Monday, January 16, 2017

Road Trip!

After spending the day in the car yesterday, I'm finally here in Ontario, ready for class at the Road 2 CA quilt show. 

This year I've signed up for three longarm classes, mainly because I don't want to cart a bunch of fabric around, nor do I want another project to finish up. Just get me to a class and let me play and learn! 

On today's schedule is "Begin with a Stencil" with Linda Matteotti. I love the idea of using parts of a stencil as the foundation for another design - the possibilities are endless! I keep you posted on how it goes.

And when I'm not in class, I will attempt to get more painting done on Santorini, a project started at Road two years ago.

Hubby would like to see this finished and hanging in the house. And he's right - I really need to finish this. Promise.

Wish you were here!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Strawberry Blocks

Aren't these sweet???

I couldn't stop at one as these have been a yummy distraction - I highly recommend them!

The tutorial to make your own can be found at Skyberries Handmade, as part of the Honey Pot Bee at Molli Sparkles.

Though this block takes 35 pieces,

turning it into this

was a snap with chain stitching. Starting in the upper left corner, column 2 was stitched to column 1, chain stitching style. No cutting of threads here!

Column 3 is added to the column 1+2 unit, then column 4 to the 1+2+3 unit, and finally column 5 to the 1+2+3+4 unit, all the while keeping those chains intact. The result? Seven rows, all in the right order, and no parts to lose or confuse!

Now time for pressing. The first block I did, I pressed all seams open. But I found it hard to match up the seams when sewing the rows together.

So for the next blocks, I pressed the rows in alternate directions.

The nesting of the seams made stitching so much easier!
Now I could sew the rows in pairs, 

then sew the pairs together, to finally make a luscious berry! Yummy!

Ready to make yours? Then hop over to Skyberries to get all the details. Meanwhile, I'll be thinking of a way to set these off in a quilt. Who knows - maybe I'll have to make a whole basket of them!

Happy Quilting

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Standstill and a Distraction

A standstill, defined as no movement or activity at all, can be caused by a distraction. It happens to a lot of us, no matter what activity we're involved in. In my case, it's a self imposed standstill, with the distraction doing exactly what's it's supposed to - distracting me from my standstill.

Here's where I'm at with Sitka Rose.

Block components are done, but not sewn together. Currently, it measures around 42" square. The pattern has it longer, with applique roses on vines in a large border. Since I'm not a big fan of borders, I have no plans to go down that road. 

So, I'm at a standstill. Do I sew it up, leaving it 42" square? Use it as a wall hanging? Possibly a baby quilt? 

Do I make it larger, to maybe a lap or twin size? My husband wants it as a wall hanging, as he does with everything I make. But the closet is getting full, and I'm running out of wall space. Lord knows, I have enough quilts to drape over chairs! What to do?

While I try to figure this out, I'm distracting myself with an adorable strawberry block that's the first block of the Honey Pot Bee QAL at Molli Sparkles.

The tutorial for this 7.5" x 10.5" block can be found at Skyberries Handmade, and the larger version at The Gnome Angel. Since I have a lot of scraps to use up, I've gone through them, piece by piece, cutting squares, and making hardly a dent. Needless to say, I have five more berries to stitch up. Distraction indeed!

While I busy myself with berries, I'd love any suggestions regarding Sitka Rose.

Have a great weekend quilting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Midweek Makers #54

Awesome projects last week at Midweek Makers,

with this one from Janice at Color, Creating, and Quilting catching my eye. What a stunner!


Definitely an amazing pattern and a great family heirloom. This quilt really brings home the history of quilting for me, and what it's purpose is. If you haven't already, hop over to her blog to check out the close ups and read the full story. And Janice, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!

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To make my own bit of history, I've chosen to work on Sitka Rose from the I Love Color! book, 

with these being my fabric choices.

After cutting yesterday, I'm ready to start sewing the first round of blocks.

That's enough from me - what's everyone else up to? Share at Midweek Makers!
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Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Block 1 of the Growing Up QAL

In December, I signed up for Alida's Growing Up QAL, and this month, the fun began! 

This gorgeous rose was designed by Alida at AlidaTweloqDesigns, and isn't it a beauty? She also has a swirly heart, so two designs for January.

This month, the goal is to cut out applique in one piece, fuse it, and sew it with no stops and starts. 

Truly easy! I will admit I was tempted to cut the background away in certain spots, but resisted. 

And glad I didn't give in, because with a bit of trimming on the background, I ended up a rose outline piece.

This is not fused to anything yet, as I'll decide what to do with it at a later date. I want to see how the other blocks go before committing.

Stitching was super easy, with a 1.5 length and width zigzag using invisible thread. On the back, I used Pellon's 541 Wash-n-Gone stabilizer.

Having done a lot of embroidery many years ago, I learned the value of stabilizers. With a bit of trimming around the edge, eventually this one will disappear with washing. More could be trimmed but I'll leave it at that.

So pretty!

There's still to get in on the fun! To see a linky party of everyone's roses and hearts, hop on over to the Growing Up QAL linky page.

Happy Quilting!