Monday, September 1, 2014

September Book of the Month

Time keeps marching along, and it's now September!  Where has this year gone?  I feel I haven't accomplished all I've wanted to this year, but when I look back, I've done a lot. I'll continue working towards my goals, with one of those being to make something from all the quilt books I own.  With that, I'm introducing the September Book of the Month, Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block by Anita Hallock.
It was a tough choice this month, but eventually I'll get to the other books than were second choices.  I'm hoping to use up some of the older stash this month--it's bogging me down.  

As are the scraps.  How is it that they just keep growing?  I think I've used some up, but the pile doesn't get any smaller! Ugh!  But at least I got the scrap quilt top done.  
I tried setting them on yellow, which could have worked, but it was just okay.  Then I found this dark blue fabric with the same blue blocks on it as mine,
and thought, perfect, time to use it up!  And that I did.  This is all I have left.
More scraps.  Such is the life of a quilter!

To make this top a bit bigger, I added a frame around each scrappy block.  
If I were to have planned this out better, I would have used a darker blue in the center of each scrappy block, instead of white.  But it's done now.  And the top measures in at 45 1/2" x 45 1/2", a good baby quilt size.

Now to get it on the frame today for a freehand all over design.  Quilting pictures to follow!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Banishing the Blues

The last two days have been spent banishing the blues.  No, this is not a post on how quilting can help alleviate depression!  Instead, it's about using up the blue scraps. Specifically, the light blue scraps.  Now, keep in mind, this is still a work in progress, as I need some blocks for the corners.

Had to take this picture on the floor, as the design wall still has Sunny Lanes on it.  But this is the block placement I'm thinking of.  See what I mean by it needing some corner blocks?

I got on a bit of a role from making the 15 1/2" blocks for my small group, and thought I'd do some more.  Pulling out all the light blue scraps, I did the stitch and flip method again on phone book paper.  The piles of narrow blocks at the bottom of this picture shows them still with the paper, and needing trimming.

Those will be cut down to 3 1/2" by either 8 1/2" or 10 1/2", so that they fit with the four rectangle blocks, which measure 8 1/2" x 10 1/2".
The 3 1/2" width was just because I had several blue pieces in which that was the longest side.  This is another one of those random let's-see-what-we-have-to-use tops.  It's a process that's seems to work for me (see Random Acts of Blue).

Still haven't decided what the sashing color will be.  White? Done that.  Medium blue?  Maybe.  Dark Blue?  Yellow?  Any ideas??  Keep in mind that this will ultimately be a baby quilt. And hopefully I won't fall in love with it and keep it!

Happy Quilting this weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What a Difference a Day Makes!

All it took was one day, and what a transformation!  Sunny Lanes now has borders, and boy, is she pretty!

Now the piecing pops!  Even my son, who usually gives me a 'meh' on my creations, said "Oooh, I like this one!"  Geesh!  And what am I doing for quilting, you ask?  Uh, don't know yet.  Another that will have to hang there while I think about it.

Also got some scrap busting done yesterday.  My small modern group decided to use up our scraps making random pieced blocks.  Each of us chose three colors to each make a 15 1/2" block, with a white center.  Here's mine.

 Aqua (hmm, wonder why I chose that color!)
And just finished this morning, Blue.

All of these were done with the flip and stitch technique with phone book pages as a stabilizer.  Check out this post, playing for more than 15 minutes, on how to do the flip and stitch. These were fun to create, so I might just make some more for a different quilt.  I'll stick to a smaller block size though--15 1/2" is a bit big for what I have in mind.  Plenty of scraps still to use up!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced today!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sunny Lanes Progress and a Thank You

Lots of progress this past weekend on my Book of the Month project, Sunny Lanes.
This top is 3 blocks by 4, and currently sewn together in rows.  Today I'll tackle connecting the rows, and adding on a border or two.  

Amazingly, this quilt hardly made a dent in the batik strips and squares. There's definitely enough left for another quilt. I could make this one bigger, but frankly, I'm done.  Time for something else!

To see more about this quilt, check out these posts about the fabric, and the block.

Now for the thank you.  I have a had quite a number of new followers over the last few weeks, and I would like to say welcome and thank you!  I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to follow my quilting journey.  I hope that I have inspired you in your own quilting, because it's more about the process than the result.  Each and every time I make a quilt, I learn something new, and hope you do to. That's the beauty of quilting.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diamond Table/Hutch Runner

The class sample table runner is quilted, bound, and resting on my hutch.  
Yes, hutch.  I've tried putting table runners on my OVAL table, and they just don't work.  So I made this one to fit the top of the hutch, and it adds some autumn sparkle to the room.

The quilting is composed of billowing lines,
with some maple leaves here and there.  Unfortunately, they're hard to see.
Oh well, win some, lose some!  Leaves in a wave are in the border.  And once again, pretty gold Glide thread was used throughout.

I've also made some progress on my Book of the Month project, Sunny Lanes from Nickel Quilts.  Wanting to use up the 2 1/2" strips first, I cut off 10" lengths and sewed them to background strips.

That way, I had a lot of four patch variety immediately. Then I did the nickel squares to make half square triangles, and popped everything up on the design wall.

Pretty, huh?  Here's one block:
I think I have enough to make a queen size quilt, but I think that may change.  Maybe a lap size, we'll see.

Okay, got to get back to it!  Have a great weekend and spend some time quilting!