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: