Mar 19

March-A-Long Week 3

Well, the week began very very well! I made big progress on the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, including making some of the largest hourglass blocks I’ve ever seen – 12 1/2 inches. The next step is to make 12 1/2 inch HSTs and I haven’t gotten to that yet because I’ve been sick. Yep, still sick. I’m hoping to sew a bit today, but we will see.

Once I got sick Tuesday evening, no sewing happened. Looking at quilty books and magazines, sure, but absolutely no sewing. I’m afraid I’ll cough at the wrong moment and cut something horribly wrong or sew a terribly crooked seam.

So, while my sewing production is way down, my quilty reading is up a bit. And, although I didn’t sew after Wednesday, I averaged well over 15 minutes a day after a couple very productive days early in the week.

Are you Marching Along with Darla at The Scientific Quilter? What have you been working on?

Quilt on!

Mar 15

Life’s Full of Tough Choice, Isn’t It?

Today was a day for decisions. Yesterday, I cut the pieces for the twelfth block for the 2014 FQS Mystery BOM and began piecing it. These were the first two pieces.

Now, I must confess that today I realized that my husband had unselfishly shared RSV with me. Hopefully, I won’t feel as lousy as he does, but it did make me pause when considering whether or not I should do any sewing. Yes, I probably should have napped at least once, but I went to assemble this one.

I’ve been thinking of this as block twelve, but when I looked carefully, this is actually block 11. Block 12 is the one I had so much trouble with last week.

Here are all twelve blocks. Well, you can see 11 1/2 of them. Small room, cutting table in the way.

This brought me to decision time. What would I work on next? The finishing kit for this was already cut out. But Charlotte’s Clue 3 for Surrounded by Scraps came out yesterday and all those pieces were also already cut out. Then there are also the magenta blocks for Getting to Know Hue. What to do? What to do?

I opted to start the finishing kit for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. First up was this block, same size as the other 12.

I also put together 8 12 1/2 inch hourglass blocks. Then the illness caught up with me and I figured I’d better quit for the day. Vegging in front of the TV now. Hoping to do more tomorrow.

Quilt on!

Mar 13

Books on Monday – Mode All Stars – Scraps Made Simple

Today we are looking at Moda All-Stars – Scraps Made Simple: 15 Sensationally Scrappy Quilts from Precuts compiled by Lissa Alexander. This is available in both Kindle and paperback versions, hence the two different Amazon Affiliate links.

This, like the other Moda All-Stars books, is basically a book of cool projects designed by Moda designers. For me, this book is a keeper  because I like almost every quilt in this book and can picture myself making them. Plus, I have a lot of precuts so…

The book starts with an introduction. As part of the Introduction, Lissa Alexander includes the questions that were asked of each designer for the Scraps of Wisdom insets that go with each quilt. The next section of the book is A Primer on Precuts. Most of these are given their Moda names since this is a Moda book.

Then it’s on to the quilts. This section includes quilts by (in this order) Carrie Nelson, Amy Smart, Laura Boehnke, Amy Ellis, Edyta Sitar, Sherri McConnell, Lisa Bongean, Corey Yoder, Jan Ragaller, Susan Ache, Jenny Doan, Lissa Alexander, Lisa Calle, Lynne Hagmeier, and Sherri Falls. I am not kidding when I say i want to make them all. After all, I have soooo many precuts.

Cutting instructions are mostly given as if one is cutting from yardage, but, of course, it is easy to recognize where the precuts would be used. Edyta Sitar does map out how to cut her quilt from fat quarters. It’s always nice to see a map!

The instructions are clearly written and very well illustrated. I saw a couple different ways of making half square triangles in the book. I always like to see new ways of doing things. I will definitely look into some more of these Moda All-Stars books!

Quilt on!

Mar 11

March-A-Long Week 2

I did not get anywhere near as much accomplished as I had hoped before the week started. I think the midweek power outage threw off my plans, as did many basketball games. But I averaged way more than 15 minutes a day.

Sunday, March 5 – I started work on a test block for Katie, at Katie’s Quilting Corner. Since it is paper pieced, I got to try out the fancy drawer in my sewing machine cabinet for trimming. Note: It is not the best way to trim up the pieces at the end of the session.

This is how far I got on Sunday.

  • Monday, March 6 – I finished that block. Since it is a test block, I am not adding a picture of the finished block here.
  • Tuesday, March 7 – I went through some books for future Books on Monday features.
  • Wednesday, March 8 – The plan for the day was that I would spend the afternoon cutting Block 12 of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and the evening sewing it together. That got derailed by a power outage that lasted until mid-afternoon on Thursday. (We were among the very lucky ones!) I had to settle for getting caught up on blog post reading.
  • Thursday, March 9 – I did read a few quilty blogs, but that was about it for the day. Did probably total at least 15 minutes though.
  • Friday, March 10 – I gathered together everything I needed for today’s pilgrimage to pick up the Saturday Sampler.
  • Saturday, March 11 – I picked up the Saturday Sampler materials. In addition to the Sampler blocks, I picked up a pattern that Carolyn saw and wants me to make for the church auction:

I don’t foresee much time available this evening for quilting but I could be surprised. Oh, and I wrote a couple of blog posts and plan to work on a couple more this evening.

How about you?

Quilt on!

Mar 11

Craftsy Class Sale!

Yes, there is a Craftsy Class Sale! All classes are under $20 from now until Monday, March 13 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time. Just click here to support this blog by shopping at Craftsy and save on the class of your choice!

While we are on the subject of things available on Craftsy, Road Home Quilting has a brand new pattern for her Dresden Steps quilt available on Craftsy here. You can see more pictures at that link or on her blog.

My March-A-Long post will magically appear later!

Quilt on!

Mar 04

March-A-Long Week One

Okay, it’s really only half a week, but here are my March-A-Long stats (completely illustrated):

  • Wednesday, March 1 – Cut out block 11 for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM (about an hour)
  • Thursday, March 2 – Assembled block 11 (about two or three hours), finished quite late in the evening. This is how it looked when I went to bed: 
  • Friday, March 3 – A very helpful quilting friend (or two) pointed out the mistake in the center. (This is not sarcasm – I am VERY glad for the help.) So, the first part of Friday’s sewing was to rip a little and repair. I got part of it fixed butAnd, luckily, the same friend (and even more others) pointed out the mistake before I got farther than this. So, a little more ripping and re-sewing and this happened.So much better! It took me an hour or so to to fix this block. Then I cut the teal fabric I needed to recut for Getting to Know Hue and started assembling units for the two blocks. That took about another hour.
  • Saturday, March 4 – I finished assembling the two teal blocks for Getting to Know Hue. This means that I’m ready for Saturday Sampler next week.

Thank you to the Scientific Quilter for starting and carrying on this whole March-A-Long thing!

Quilt on!

Mar 01

First 2017 Finish!

Monday evening, I finished (including washing) the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. (How many years has that been a quilty resolution?)

Just as a reminder, I used the blocks for this quilt as hand work when I was waiting places or watching football, so all the blocks are hand pieced. Here they are in no particular order.

I had also purchased the finishing kit. This is the Fat Quarter Shop’s original design for setting the blocks.

I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t feel like this was the right setting for these blocks and fabrics. I was able to use the fabric in the kit to do something a little bit different.

These were taken in the sunroom on a cloudy day. My husband generously held up the quilt for these pictures.

A closeup of the quilting:

And a couple of glamour shots:

I am so happy with the way this looks! And I’m happing to finish a longterm project!

Quilt on!

Feb 28

Recent Progress

With so many Twilters at QuiltCon last weekend, Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams instigated a #NoQC sew-in. I was excited to take part. Of course, I also watched all the Twilters Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram posts. I would have loved to be there, if only to meet so many Twilters in real life. Although some of the pictures I’ve seen of the quilts make me wish I’d seen them in person too.

Anyway, here are a few things I did over the weekend and Monday.

First, I finished cutting all the pieces for Surrounded by Scraps.

Then, I started working on Clue 2 for that quilt.

Here are some units ready to be put together.

And then the overhead light in my room burned out. Since the globe for it was heavily frosted, I did not want to put it back on. Plus the LED bulbs I had weren’t for use in an enclosed fixture, so I decided to leave it off. Not pretty. Another problem, the ceiling is pretty high. That problem was solved by the arrival of our son-in-law, who had no problem reaching the fixture halfway up the six-foot stepladder. So, even though when it’s turned off, it doesn’t look very pretty, when I turn on the light, I am quite happy with it! (Note: the reason I have not gotten a new fixture is that I need to wait for summer to see if I need a ceiling fan in there. It gets pretty hot on summer afternoons.)

Saturday I could get back to work.

Finally, I got clue 2 finished. Now I’m totally ready for the next clue.

Then it was time for more cutting. I cut out the two teal blocks for the Saturday Sampler I’m doing, Getting to Know Hue. It went pretty quickly, cutting both at once. I got into a great rhythm. Maybe too great because I ended up cutting a 3 3/8″ square (2 actually) in half when I wasn’t supposed to. And, of course, being a BOM, there wasn’t enough fabric to recut. Luckily, I can still get some from the shop, but it’s not here yet.

So Sunday I cut out the tenth block of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Then I hand sewed some binding during the Oscars.

Monday, I put the block together. I’m very happy with how my fussy cut square turned out.

This is how much thread was left on the bobbin when I finished the block. (To be totally honest, my machine tells me when the bobbin is almost empty so I was watching very carefully.)

And here is the finished block. This is a very pretty one.

Come back tomorrow to see the pictures of the quilt I finished Monday evening.

Quilt on!

Feb 27

Books on Monday – Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

Welcome back to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites: 12 Captivating Scrappy Quilts by Carrie Nelson. This book is available in a Kindle version as well as the paperback version. The Kindle version is the second Amazon Affiliate link below. (Also, check out the links because you can see pictures of each and every quilt in the book there.)

If you looked at the cover picture in those two links, you know that the fabrics that Carrie uses are not at all my aesthetic! But, oh, the quilts are gorgeous! I want to make every single one of them. Seriously, every single one of them.

I have not yet tested out the patterns because I’m really trying to get some things finished, but they are very clearly written with lots of illustrations, so I’m pretty sure that I will be able to follow them. At least I hope so, because, in case I didn’t mention it, I want to make all the quilts!

With each quilt, Carrie shares a bit of history of how or why she designed it and where the name came from. (There are some very interesting quilt names here!) I already knew I love her writing because I read the Moda blog and I can always tell which posts are hers without looking at who wrote them. I love the Log Cabin and Flying Geese quilts! I love the…Wait! I already said I want to make all of them, so you know that.

This is a very straightforward project book. There is an Introduction, then the projects, and, finally, an About the Author. Very straightforward.

If, like me, you have some scrappy quilts in your future, I strongly recommend this book!

Quilt on!

Feb 24

End of February Craftsy Supplies Sale

It’s time for the Craftsy End of Month Supplies Event!

  • Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 60% off
  • Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off

This started at 12:01 Mountain Time this morning and ends Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time.

Shop, I mean quilt, on!

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