Sunday, August 28, 2016

This and That

Binding is done, so time for the unveiling of This and That!



I've done pretty good over the last two months, having made three quilts from the Book of the Month(s) selection, Black & White, Bright & Bold.


All three, Licorice Medley,


Tile Works


and This and That 


were all fun and easy to make, especially in baby quilt sizes.

For the quilting, This and That got the custom treatment. The last few quilts have been pantographs, which have worked fine on them. But this quilt just called out for something more. Channeling some Shape by Shape ideas, I quickly drew out a design on paper, then just went for it.









And in the black and white squares, 

  


a bit of 1/4 inch echo stitching defined the block, with a loop de loop fill design in the light center. No need to get super fancy here, as it can't be seen, except on the back with teal Glide thread.





For the front, I chose Glide in silver. It's always a tough choice as to what to use on black and white quilts. A light thread, or a dark thread? Either way, one of them is going to get lost in the fabric. And a colored thread would have completely changed the look of the quilt, diminishing the black and white. Ultimately, it's a tough decision for each and every black and white quilt, more so than others, I think. Of course, one could always drive themselves completely nuts by using both, and with numerous thread changes! Maybe for a show quilt, but for an everyday? Nah.

Here's one more shot of the quilt, full on.


Measuring in at approximately 40" x 40", this quilt is one row and one column smaller than that in the book. The layout of the original, with alternating rows of 2 plain blocks and 3 plain blocks, looks better, but it still works, especially for a baby quilt. This one will stay in the quilt stash for awhile, but the other two go to their new homes on Monday.

And now it's time to get cracking on the Shadow Blocks.


Stayed tuned, as it won't be quite what you expect!

Happy Quilting!



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sneak Peeks and Upcoming Events

On Wednesday's post, I mentioned I've been working on fun, upcoming projects. So it's time to give some sneak peeks!

Off the frame today was This and That,



giving you a teaser picture of the quilting in one eight inch square. More pictures will come once the binding is on!

Remember the Christmas scrap quilt from a few weeks ago? 



Well, it's finished, but I'm saving the grand reveal for sometime in November, when it's closer to Christmas. Just couldn't get it done in time for Christmas in July!


And earlier this week, I quilted a nine patch seashell quilt for a friend,


and just received permission today to post about it, with a tutorial in the works for longarmers! Lots of writing to do next week.

And there are also two upcoming quilt-along/blog hops I'm participating in. The first is the Shadow Block Mini Quilt-along,



over at Color, Creating, and Quilting. I've got my fabric pulled, 



and ready to start cutting and sewing. Grand reveals of all the quilts are Sept 5. Can't wait!

And new to me this year, is the chance to participate in the Road Home Row Along quilt-along/blog hop sponsored by Seams to be Sewstarting September 6.

                                                           The Road Home-wide


Here's a sneak peek at my row,


though you'll have to wait until my day, September 29 to see the whole row, and to get the pattern. Yes, it's a long time to wait, but there will be plenty of rows to see along the way, and rest assured, I'll be posting about them as they come up. For a preview of who's participating, check out the list on Seams to be Sew.

I think that's all I've got on my to-do list at the moment. I'll let you know if there's something else!

Have a great weekend quilting!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Midweek Makers #34

It's party time with Midweek Makers, the linky to show off your stuff!

I'm busily working away on another quilt, This and That,


from Black & White, Bright & Bold, but in teal,


though a combo with orange as some of you suggested would have been fun! But alas, my orange stash (and coral) are quite limited.

I've only gotten through some of the cutting, as I've been working on other fun, upcoming projects. One of those is the Midweek Makers Feature this week, the Shadow Block Mini Quilt quilt-along,

                             

organized by Janice at Color, Creating, and Quilting, and her fellow blogger, Jen at A Dream and a Stitch. I've always been fascinated by the shadow concept, and when presented with this pattern and a mini blog hop, it was an immediate YES! I'm in!

And there's still time to get in on the fun! Just contact Janice or Jen by August 31, with plenty of time for sewing when the big Shadow Block Mini Quilt blog hop reveals happen September 5. Can't wait! Thanks, ladies, for putting this together - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Tile Works

Yet another finish from the July/August Book of the Month choice, Black & White, Bright & Bold. Introducing a baby size version of Tile Works.


Isn't it pretty??? And yes, it's Blue & White, not Black & White! Just as nice in blue, this pattern lends itself to any color. 


But why not black? Two reasons: I'm not that fond of straight black and white for a baby quilt, and hubby needed another boy quilt. So blue it is!

Once the fabric pieces were cut, the blocks were quick to put together with chain piecing. Using a tiny blue dot-on-white fabric in the blocks, I didn't have enough for sashing. No biggie, solid white was a good substitute.


Since almost all of the fabrics had stars in them, I chose a new-to-me star panto, with a pale blue Glide thread.


Just what was I thinking?? Unfortunately, this star panto is not one of my favorites. Far too many pauses for the points, and the panto was rather straight, not zig-zag for nesting. In the photo below, you can see the unquilted channel in the middle that separates the two rows of the panto.


Not the prettiest, but at least the whole design looks good on the quilt.


Now I'm eyeing another quilt from the same book, maybe This and That, though in another color as I have plenty of girl quilts! Any suggestions? Teal? Orange?


Well, while I'm off deciding that, have a great weekend quilting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Midweek Makers #33

It's midweek, which means it's time to show your projects at Midweek Makers!



Lots of participants last week with great projects - putting me to shame! Viewing everyone's work was a ton of fun, as some inspired me, others brought back good memories, and others touched my heart. Such was the case in a Lap Quilt for Marie,

                      

made by Kathy at Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap. If you didn't read the story, hop on over to Kathy's blog. I thought it so sweet of her to make a quilt for an older relative, with special needs in mind. And of course, she chose my favorite color, though the fun title of her blog made me laugh! Kathy, be sure to grab the 'Featured' button for your blog!


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So what am I up to? Well, another quilt, Tile Works, from Black & White, Bright & Bold. Here's a sneak peek.



It's almost done, though I ran out of white fabric (gasp!) and will head to the store tomorrow. 

Now, what is everyone else up to? Come join in the fun!
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