Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Metro Rings Progress

Just finishing up my Metro Rings project, and it's turning out very well!  Here's a quarter of the star.
Not bad for winging the star design!  I did take pictures of my process, and hope it's not too overwhelming.

Let's start with the inside rings.  I wanted the inside star points to match up with a ring seam line, and the outer points are at a point where it looked good.  The background pieces were marked, and a wide enough strip of fabric was cut to cover.
In the picture, I'm showing my seam, then it pressed.  I left the background on to help with trimming the straight edge, and the curve, then trimmed it off.

Now on to the other side.  The curve was traced on the piece, and points marked, again a bit of a guess.  Then the strip fabric was sewn on.
The background was left on for cutting guidance.  Put it all together, and it makes a beautiful star! 

I would like to say I have really enjoyed this ruler, and the pattern.  I give Jenny a 10 on 1)ruler design, and 2)clear instructions.  I can tell a lot has gone into making these patterns, and she has done a terrific job!  I definitely would recommend giving this a try.

Now I must get back to sewing, as I'm hoping to finish up today, and start the quilting tomorrow.

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Project of the Month

Made more progress on my July Project of the Month, Metro Rings, using the Quick Curve Ruler, though I'm not sure how much I can show, for two reasons.  First, this is a gift, and I don't want the intended recipient to see the whole thing.  Second, I'm working from a pattern, and don't want to give away this designer's hard work.  But I'll do my best and give a peak!

For this project, I've chosen several batiks.  A lovely gradation strip set
 and a coordinating background.
 Following the pattern, I've cut out my curves with the QCR
and sewn in the background pieces, again following Jenny's hand placement suggestions.
Unfortunately, my eyesight is not the best for fine print, and I could not tell which 1/8" mark the pattern was referring to.  Well, I found out after I cut all of the left side pieces.  Oops, too narrow!
Fortunately, I had enough strip set and fabric left to redo those sides, and get back on track!  Phew!

Today, I'll tackle my next challenge, which is not in the pattern, so I'm totally winging it.  To give you a hint, look at this Judy Niemeyer pattern here.  I've always thought this design pretty, and thought I'd work it into this project.  Wish me luck!

And linking up with Freemotion by the River today.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Row by Row Detour

This weekend was my mother-in-law's birthday, and I suggested to hubby that we take her out for lunch.  She lives almost two hours away, so quite the day trip, but, hey, it's her birthday.  And of course, it was convenient that there were three Row by Row participating quilt shops along the way!  Aren't I bad?

So now I have rows from ten shops, but I don't think I'll do them all.  There is another sailboat row, and a third leaf row, which is very autumn in it's theme.  The other rows are less seasonal, and will blend together nicely.  Here's a recap of what's done so far
Click on the following links to see the individual row posts:
Row 1Row 2Row 3 and 4

For now, I'll take a break from the Row by Row, as I really have to do my July Project of the Month because the deadline is in three weeks.  I ordered the Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) and Metro Rings pattern, and started with a test piece yesterday.
And, being me, I couldn't just use scrap fabric.  I had to use something that could eventually be made into a quilt.  When I'll get this one done is anyone's guess!

Anyway, back to the QCR.  So far, I really like this ruler.  Very easy to use, especially lining things up for cutting.  And as for sewing the curve--easy!  It's very gentle, and I did find that following her hand placement guidelines makes it come out just about perfect. 
Today, I'll start in on the real thing.  Check back again about the progress!  Linking up today with Anything Goes Mondays at Stitch by Stitch.
stitch by stitch

Have a great day, and Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Row by Row #3 and #4

Okay, I'm hooked!  The Row by Row Experience  is just too much fun!  I've made two more rows, and I'm having a blast due to my fabric choices.

Here's the sailboat row, with the shark infested water.
How cool is the zigzag fabric for the water?  And for the sails, small scraps from my overflowing scrap collection so I didn't have to sacrifice a larger piece.  Love the sharks!

Yesterday afternoon, I headed out to collect some more patterns.  Fortunately, there are four shops south of me, within an hour and a half drive, making it worthwhile.  And yes, I'm crazy enough to go for a drive.  So, this morning, I created row #4, the farm.
Isn't this cute??  Love the cow fabric!  Which I have a massive amount of.  This row gave me an idea to do another row quilt, one of a town, and farms, etc, etc, to use up some of said cow fabric.  Hmm, in my dreams!  But anyway, this is one of my favorite rows so far.

Collecting the patterns, going through the stash and scraps, and learning new techniques, all to produce a small strip (usually 9" by 36") has been strangely rewarding.  I didn't think I would like this that much, but to put some of the what-am-I-going-to-do-with-this fabric to use is great!  If you get a chance to join in, do so, it really is a lot of fun.

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Row by Row #2

Still continuing with the Row by Row Experience, and here's yesterday's accomplishment
Isn't this an adorable row???  The flowers are not paper pieced, but because of the clear instructions, it was really easy to put together with strips and squares. 

Since each flower is it's own unit, it could easily be expanded, and would make a really cute border.  I'll be putting this pattern in my 'keep' folder for future reference!

Today I'll be working on Row #3, sailboats.  Come back tomorrow to see it!

Happy Quilting!