Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Oh no! What am I going to do?

Ok.  I have succumbed to the pull of the all mighty Quilt Along.
How many of us always have 'too many projects' that we just HAVE to get done and then the urge to start something new becomes even stronger than ever? 
Too many quilts, too little time is becoming my new motto.
But, I just couldn't pass up the Fireburst Mystery Quilt Along because there are so many of my quilty friends doing it too.  I have a very strong FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) on this one.  So, why the heck not right?

Tish's Adventures in Wonderland just started this one a few weeks ago, so it is not too late to hop on yourself if you are so inclined.  It is going to be a fun one. If you are interested in joining, head on over and check out Tish's intro post:

I am just a wee bit behind because I just made my final decision to join yesterday.  And I knew I was going to pull from my stash for this one.  And I wanted to use some fun crazy fabric.  

I have a bit of a dilemma though.  I can't decide which fabric to use for my background and I need your help.  Here are the fabrics I have picked. 

I have enough of both the floral and the blue to use as the Background fabric.  
I need your opinions.  
Which would you choose?  

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Catching up on Bee Blocks

Last weekend was spent at my sewing machine playing catch up.
As most of you faithful readers know, my quilting life has been an overwhelming mess and I have been getting next to nothing actually finished.  

Picture a deer in headlights covered in piles of fabric.  

I haven't been making the time to blog or focusing on getting projects on my list actually done.
I decided last week that trend had to STOP and I had to get back to enjoying my quilting time.  

So, I wrote up a list of all the little things I needed to do and what I was behind on in order of easiest finish to "should be done this year, but haven't started yet".  Then it was time to stop planning and start doing.

Of course at the top of the list were single blocks.  Blocks for the lovely quilters in my Bee Inspired quilting Bee group came first. I have been a very poor BeeMate this year so far and I am determined to finish the year being punctual and earning back the respect of my BeeMates so they don't boot me out next year. 

I had two to get done (April and May).  Both great blocks.
Emily - The Darling Dogwood - had us doing some paper-piecing.  I have been wanting to work on this skill for awhile now and this was a great block to do it.  Just enough difficulty to make me work for it.  :)

I plan to make a few more blocks from this pattern and quilt them as minis for my wall and to give to a few friends.  They are so much fun.  :)

The second block (May) was something just as fun.  Velda - Freckled Fox Quiltery - asked us to all make her some cake!  :)

So, I give you a lovely Marionberry Chiffon cake:

And a Raspberry/Coconut Ice Cream cake:

I can't wait to see all the delicious goodies together!
I have grand plans of quilting more this weekend and continuing along my path of finishing projects and making progress.  
Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Color Challenge Block - Green

The month of May.  Most certainly Springtime by now right?  :)
I cannot believe how many people are still dealing with snow right now.  Good thing we have our pretty green quilt blocks to deliver a touch of spring to everyone.

This month we have a gorgeous Green Block designed by Patterns by Jen for the Monthly Color Challenge.

 It was so much fun to put together and super quick too.  You can find the pattern over at Patterns by Jen and later this month, she will have a link up for you to share your own green quilt blocks.  And of course there will be prizes.  This month The Monthly Color Challenge sponsor is Island Batik.

And don’t forget to check out all the other blogs on this month’s hop:

Patterns By Jen
Dizzy Quilter
Powered By Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Quilts by Joanne
Clever Chameleon Quilting

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fabric Storage

This weekend I didn't get much actual sewing done (besides the binding on a quilt, but I'll share that finish in another post).
But, what I did get done I am very excited about.
I finally put together my new IKEA Kallax shelf!  Wheels and all. 
It is so pretty and I spent the rest of the day re-sorting and pressing my fabric so it would look all nice on my new shelf.  I am semi-tempted to get some boards for my fabric, but we'll see how it works without for now. 

Don't mind the dirty carpet.  But look!  Wheels!!  :D

The next step is to get over to the hardware/lumber store and get a board for the ironing top.
I have not decided yet if I want to bracket the board on top so it will be a permanent fixture or to have slats on the bottom to make it snug, but removable. 
What do you all think?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March Bee Blocks

You know, I really don't know why I haven't been posting about what I have been working on lately.  I seem to have developed this habit of only blogging when I have a finish or have a hop that I am participating in. 
It is a silly habit and I miss writing and hearing from all of you, so I am going to stop it right now.  :)
March was a busy month for me and it went by so quickly. 
It was the double up month in my year long quilting bee (Bee Inspired). 
Although I finished the blocks in time, I completely failed to get them mailed out before April hit.
And I did not get great photos ahead of time either.  So, I had to snap some quick shots after I had them in my bag all day.  Sorry for the wrinkles and frayed edges. 

BTW - how do you all keep the edges from getting so frayed.  I have been noticing so many photos of clean, sharp cutting lines on blocks lately and no matter how soon I take the photo, I can't get them as crisp and nice. 

Both the blocks this month were so fun to make and so different. 
Some little shamrocks for Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter and fun bordered I-spy type rectangles for Paige at Quilted Blooms.
I'm not going to lie, I made a shamrock for myself too and already have a plan for another quilt using the same idea as Paige.  :D

Happy Quilting!  :D

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Color Challenge Block - Orange

April is here!!
Not only is it my birthday month, but the color chosen for the Monthly Color Challenge is one of my recent favorites!
Orange is a difficult and confusing color.  People either love it or hate it. It is the color of citrus and prison uniforms.  It represents health and caution.  It is sunshine and Halloween.  If you study color theory, orange could be a research topic all of its own.  It has the vibrancy and power of red, but also the calm comfort of yellow.  I love orange.
It is a fickle color too.  It, unlike blue, does not always play well with others.  You can't just say, well I'll throw this orange in there because I need one more Fat Quarter.  That could be disastrous.
I think of orange as a color that doesn't always go right, but when it IS....oh boy look out because it will blow you away.  :)
It has become one of my new favorites.  Paired up with a Plum and a Teal .....oh, I just love it.
But, for the Color Challenge this month, I stuck to what orange fabrics I had on hand.
My goodness, third month in a row where I don't seem to have as much variety in a color as I thought.  I really struggled finding that medium orange.  In certain light, it is an obvious difference, but I am not sure that you can tell where the difference pieces are in these photos.
Either way, it is a super fun block to make and you can find the pattern for it over at Patterns By Jen.

 And as usual, don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the Monthly Color Challenge to find more Orange blocks:

And there will be a Link party to share your Orange blocks on Patterns by Jen at the end of the month for a chance to win a Fat Eighth bundle sponsored by Island Batik!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blog Hop

When Cheryl, of  Meadow Mist Designs, and Paige, of Quilted Blooms  invited me to make a quilt from their new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts I was absolutely ecstatic!  I know both of these ladies to be extremely talented quilters and designers and I could not wait to see what they had put together this time around.

You can purchase the book here:
Signed Copies

Hard copy or digital:

They had asked me which of the 16 quilts in the book I would like to make and I just COULD NOT CHOOSE. There is a pretty good chance I will make at least half of the quilts in here!!  I ended up making Plus Surround.  This pattern was so amazingly well thought out!  I was a teeny bit intimidated because I had never tried anything like it before.  But, it was so straight-forward, that there was zero stress once I got started making it.  The size of the quilt is just perfect for a bed topper or a large throw.  
Although I don't have the quilting skills to do anything fancy with the quilting, this particular design would be the perfect pattern to show off an elaborate quilting motif if that is something you are looking for.  

I was really lucky and we had one day where the ground wasn't a muddy mess and I could take my quilt outside for a super quick photo session (hence the lack of decent pressing ahead of time).  

There are other quilters on the hop today (and yesterday, and tomorrow)  :)  Make sure you check them out.  These patterns are so versatile that everyone will have a different take on them.  Also, make sure to check out Cheryl's and Paige's blogs every day too.  They have giveaways!!!!!

Here is the schedule:
Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
 Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch   You are Here
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March Color Challenge Block - Yellow

Certain colors are always associated with certain holidays or seasons.
For many of us, March signals the beginnings of Springtime!  *About time right*

Spring is one of my favorite times of year.

I love the heat and warmth of sunny Spring days and look forward to them all winter long.  And what color represents that glorious sunshine and heat?  Yellow of course!  :D

Yellow is the color for the March Monthly Color Challenge.
If you haven't seen the January & February Challenges, then hop on over to Patterns by Jen and check out the last two blog hops AND link-ups!!  There are some great Red and Blue quilt blocks (not to mention some fun new/free patterns).

I am sticking with the 6" blocks designed by Jen for the hop and at the end of the year I will put them all together to see what happens.  :)

I did have a bit of trouble finding just the right yellows and ended up cutting into some of my fat quarters that I had hoarded away.

I love rows of flying geese and this block had me excited right from the beginning.  Although, my Square In a Square could use some tweaking, I think it still turned out pretty good.

ooops.  Points are off a little more than a bit.  Not ripping stitches on this little block though.

Make sure you check out what the other Blogs have to share for the month of March!

If you link up with Patterns By Jen towards the end of the month with YOUR Yellow March block you will have a chance to win one of three 6-month subscriptions to Make Modern Magazine!!!
How awesome is that??!?!

You can make the block pattern that Jen shares on her blog or a yellow-toned block of your choice.  Many of the other bloggers share their own patterns as well.  Just don't forget to link up March 24th - March 31st!  

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why can't I finish this quilt?!

What is it about an almost finished quilt that makes us pause and want to start something new?

It can't be boredom.
It can't be deadlines of other projects.
It most certainly can't be the Fear of Saying Goodbye ... or can it?

I don't know a single quilter that has no WIPs (Works in Progress) or UFOs (Unfinished Objects).  Actually, I know many that have piles and piles of them.  I know it isn't just me that suffers from whatever it is that stops us from finishing these projects.

There is the occasional one that just isn't appealing anymore.  The "what was I thinking" quilt top.
Then there is the mistake or method we just can't get right.  Too much frustration to keep going.

But, there is also the one we love too much.  We all have our weak points when it comes to the skills needed to make a quilt start to finish.  For some it is the start of the design - they are the pattern followers.  For others it is the fabric matching - the kit buyers. The piecing perfectionists have multiple, sharp seam rippers at the ready.  And others (like myself) need quilting practice. (and sandwiching practice too).  I am not "terrible" at it, but I want to be so much more. 

I am one of those quilters that likes to do it all myself start to finish.  Besides, I don't really have the funds to hire out a long-armer anyways.  That is probably why I have so many loved quilt tops in a tote setting off to the side. 

Every once in awhile I will pull them out, caress the fabrics and look at the beautiful fabrics and patterns, then fold them up and put them away, not quite ready to quilt them yet.  I want so badly to have the time to practice my quilting, but I just don't get around to it enough.  Not for the level of quilting I want on the beautiful tops I have set aside.  I want to learn to use a long-arm machine.  I would LOVE to be able to practice on one during my own time, but that just isn't the way it works.  Sigh.....

For you out there with your own long-arm machines.  What made you decide to finally make that purchase?  Had you built up your skill before buying one of your own?  How did you KNOW it was what you wanted?

Just a couple of Blocks & Tops I love too much to finish:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Color Challenge Block - Blue

It is time to reveal the Monthly Color Challenge Block for February!

February is BLUE!  Oh I love blue.  Such an extensive variety of tones and shades to choose from.  I have a lot of blue in my stash (unlike the red from January).  I have pale denims and royals that pop.  I have deep, stormy fabrics and festive, playful ones too.

For the block that Patterns by Jen designed this month I decided to go with a bit of a subdued tone that went well with the red from January.  At the end of the year I want to put them all together, so I am considering that in my choices when I can. 

Two of my favorite fabrics in my stash paired with an almost-solid.

This block was super fun to make and you can get the design over at Patterns by Jen.  I want to make this one in some different colors eventually.

The threads were running wild in my sewing room.  I could not seem to take a single photo without some of them making an appearance.  Also, no natural light to be found....oops.  

Make sure you check out the other blogs that are sharing their versions of this block and some of their own BLUE blocks for the February Color Challenge!

And don't forget to make your own Blue Block for the linkup at the end of the month!  The sponsor for this month is ....... The Fat Quarter Shop!!

Happy Quilting!