Jul 05

Fourth of July Sew-In Results

Most of the weekend I sort of avoided sewing. I know that part of the reason for that was the project I really needed to be working on – the t-shirt quilt. I had done one block already and all the t-shirts were fused and trimmed but… so not excited to do this. Yesterday, I bit the bullet, went into the sewing room and pretty much stayed there until the top was completed.

Just so you know, I had purchased fabric for borders, but this feels big enough as it is so this is the finished top. What does it say that I’m more excited about making the back for this project than I was for making the front?

But before I get to the back, I need to make my Saturday Sampler blocks.

What have you been doing?

Quilt on!

Jul 03

Q3 Finish-Along Goals (or suggestions)

Now that the second quarter is behind us, it is time for me to decide what it is I’m hoping to finish this quarter. I usually pick five things or so. This year I’ve finished two each quarter, which honestly feels like a lot. Here are my goals for this quarter:

  1. Finish my husband’s t-shirt quilt. It is actually a goal for this month since his birthday is the 21st, but, as he says, he won’t be using it in the middle of the summer.
  2. Finish my quilt from my Kimberly Einmo Lonestar class 2 years ago. I’m dying to work with those fabrics again.
  3. Finish my quilt from my Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars class 2 years ago.
  4. Finish my Disappearing Pinwheels quilt.
  5. Finish the Christmas Jelly Roll Race quilt.

I’m linking up with the Finish-Along at She Can Quilt.

Quilt on!

Jun 30

Shipshewana Quilt Festival 1 – Fangirling

Last Friday, three friends and I went to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. This was the second time that Carolyn and I have gone down for the day. Amy and Stephanie joined us this year and a good time was had by all. There will be a few posts on this trip over the next couple of days.

Today I am playing the fangirl. Before I get to that, however, allow me to mention one of the biggest highlights of this trip. I got to meet Kathy Mathews of  Quilting, Sewing, Creating fame. We’ve known each other online for several years now, but this was our first in person meeting. I had asked the Twitter Facebook group whether anyone would be at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival because I was going on Friday. Kathy had replied that she usually goes on Saturday, so I didn’t expect to see her there. Near the end of our quilt show time, just prior to food, I heard a voice call my name and looked up to see Kathy. It was just like running into a friend I haven’t seen in a long time and I can’t wait to see her again sometime. I was sooooo excited! Can you tell from the picture? (I’m the short one.)

Now on to some quilts. Since I’m calling this part fangirling, we will start with some quilts by one of my favorite quilters, Margaret Solomon Gunn. You remember that I reviewed her book earlier, right? And how much I adore her quilting? Well, she had entered three quilts in the show. The first was Twisted Sister, which took first place in the Machine Quilted category.

Yes, those are hexagons that she made by hand. I’m sorry the zebra print around the outside of the hexagon flowers doesn’t really show up well, but you’ll just have to go see this for yourself someday. I did take some close-ups of the amazing quilting.

This quilting is amazing. Want to see it a little closer? Note, the clusters in between those feathers are hexagons, not circles.

Now that you’ve seen the borders, here is a bit of a look at the area between the hexagons. And some of the outsides of the hexagons too. Here it is!

This next quilt is one that I saw at the AQS Grand Rapids show last August. It is Ode to Spring, also by Margaret Solomon Gunn. It took First Place in the Mixed Media Large Category. 

And here is a little closeup of the quilting. I’m sorry it is a bit blurry. 

And the final Margaret Solomon Gunn quilt is Illuminations which took first place in the Pieced, Large category. This is the quilt in front of which Kathy and I are standing. And a couple of closeups of the quilting:

I hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I did.

One last fangirl quilt for this post, and then I’ll end this for now. I’m a fan of Claudia Pfeil’s quilts ever since the special exhibit of her quilts at the Grand Rapids AQS show a couple of years ago. She had one here this year. This is Fractal, an honorable mention in the Mixed Media Large category. They don’t show up well here, but there are 30,000 (yes, I said 30,000) Swarovski crystals along with all of the other embellishments. I have a feeling this quilt is very heavy. It is also very gorgeous.

I’ll post a few more quilts in a future post. In the meantime,

Quilt on!

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Jun 30

The Craftsy Class Sale

The Craftsy Class Event is going on now, as long as you are reading this before July 4, 2017, 11:59 Mountain Time. And, yes, that says all the classes are under $20. (The fine print from Craftsy: *Not valid for classes from our special Startup Library series or classes from our partner, The Great Courses. Offer price is in US Dollars. Expires July 4, 2017 at 11:59PM Mountain Time.)

Just click here to shop the class event and help support this blog!

Learn something new and

Quilt on!

Jun 28

Finish Number Two for Quarter Two

I’m pretty sure that I could spend many minutes apologizing for my absence, but you aren’t here to read whiny stuff, so let’s get to the good stuff! I finished another quilt! Really. And it’s a wedding gift for a wedding that is not until July 15! I’m on top of it! I’ve handed it off to the bride’s parents to deliver so no one has to deal with it the day of the wedding. I think it is safe to post this because I don’t think that the bride pays any attention to my blog.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that this is my last finish for the quarter.

And which quilt was this? The 2014 Designer Mystery BOM! It’s not a bed sized quilt (well, maybe a twin), but the colors will look great on their couch I’m told. We have known the bride since she was five or six years old so she is almost family. Which makes her quilt eligible.

Amy and I originally decided to do this BOM together. (Hers isn’t done yet, but she’s been grandbaby watching.) I kept up with the blocks until about month 8 or 9. My original plan was to keep this one for myself, but I really can’t keep every quilt I make. I will run out of room very quickly. So.. a wedding gift it is!

I love the way this quilt looks. The setting by Edyta Sitar (who also designed the fabric) is stunning. All of the blocks were fun to work on since I like star blocks with lots of tiny pieces. Part of the setting process required a 13th block. I have never before made such large half square triangles or hourglass blocks either. There are several posts about this quilt if you’re interested in seeing more pictures of the quilt in progress. I’m just concentrating on the final project here.


I’m linking this to the 2017 Finish-Along.

Quilt on!

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Jun 09

I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, but not as much as I would like. I have, however, been doing lots of reading, and I’ve enjoyed that.

I spent several hours fusing and trimming up some t-shirts to make a quilt for my husband. This is not a process I’m enjoying, so I don’t see myself making tons of t-shirt quilts.

I also finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top, backing, and binding. Now I just need to make a decision about whether or not I’m doing the quilting. I need to decide soon because there is a plan for it. Here’s a very not professional picture of the top.

I also completed the blocks for this month in the Saturday Sampler Getting to Know Hue. I am not a big fan of yellowish greens, but I do like these blocks.

Loki still seems to be in love with Surrounded by Happy Scraps. It has become his upstairs bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly why he is so fond of this particular quilt, but he does seem to have adopted it.

And, if you want some more cute, here is an elephant Carolyn knitted. She knits the cutest animals and dolls.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

May 22

Books on Monday – New York Beauties & Flying Geese

Books on Monday kind of snuck up on me this month, probably because this is the earliest date that can be the fourth Monday of the month. Sigh. Anyway, today we are looking at New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns by Carl Hentsch. Yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link that helps to support this blog.

I am a sucker for New York Beauty quilts and flying geese, especially curved flying geese, so the title of this book grabbed me at once. The pictures on the cover sealed the deal. And then I discovered the very interesting format of the patterns in this book. Let me explain!

All of the patterns in this book are made with different combinations from a fixed set of block elements, varying combinations of solid arcs, arcs with rectangles, and arcs of flying geese, fans and circles. All of those elements are found in the back of the book, as are the diagrams of the 31 blocks that can be made from these elements. This means that if you make more than one of the quilts in this book, the second and third should feel familiar.

The book starts with a note by Tula Pink, followed by an Introduction by the author. Then comes a section on The Basics. This includes information on fabric selection, thread selection, making the blocks, cutting pieces for the blocks (the measurements for the different sizes of patches are on page 11, so you don’t get confused like I did when I was first reading some of the directions for making one of the quilts), making templates, foundation piecing, curved piecing and appliquéd center circles. There is also a section about finishing the pillows.

The next section is all the projects, those 10 quilts and 27 pillows. Once you have spent some time with the basics, the individual patterns make sense. Since fat quarters are suggested for some of the quilts, there are cutting diagrams to help you get the most out of your fat quarter in some of the cutting instructions.

The Block Index comes after the patterns, followed by the foundation pieced arc patterns and the circle, background and plain arc patterns. The final part of the book is About the Author.

I really like almost every single one of these patterns, even the pillow patterns although I don’t usually make pillows. (The throw pillows that came with our couch tend to spend most of their time out of the way on the floor.) What I like even more though, is that I can see using the block elements and the blocks to design my own quilts. There are not a lot of pattern books that inspire me like that, and I appreciate the inspiration.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a fan of this book and very glad that I bought it.

Quilt on!

May 21

Sunday Evening Catch Up

If you missed the Craftsy supplies sale because I failed to post about it, I am so very sorry. It’s been a weird week.

But over the last couple weeks, I have done some quilting, other than the Surrounded by Scraps finish. For example:

I did a little bit on La Passacaglia during the knitting group get together almost two weeks ago now.

And I got some quilty mail this week. I really want to make this quilt, not that I know what I’ll do with it once it’s made.

And I did some work on the borders for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. (In the picture I somehow thought these were much smaller pieces. 

I have high hopes that that 2014 Designer Mystery BOM will be a finished top by the end of the day tomorrow. I would like to have it completed and ready to gift by two weeks from today if possible.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

May 13

Surrounded by Happy Scraps Is a Finish!

I have my first finish for the second quarter in the 2017 Finish-Along! This is also the third finish for the year, and all finishes have been quilts that are couch sized or more! Whee!

Here is Surrounded by Happy Scraps as held up by my husband and son-in-law.

Just to recap so I can use this post later as the official post for the 2017 Finish-Along, I started this quilt earlier this year as part of a mystery quilt by Charlotte of Charlotte Hawkes Quilts: Making Scrappy Quilts with ATTITUDE. Her name for this one is Surrounded by Scraps. I chose all bright cheerful colors (or almost all) so I renamed mine Surrounded by Happy Scraps.

I love Charlotte’s scrappy designs. I missed her first scrappy mystery and last year’s scrappy mystery, but I did complete the 2015 mystery, Scraps in a Box. I finished it for the fourth quarter of the 2016 Finish-Along and blogged about it here. One of the things that I hadn’t liked about about working on that one was that until I got to the sashing stage, the quilt felt very dark and I didn’t enjoy working on it as much as I would have expected to. So this time I told myself I would go brighter. I also told myself that I would only use scraps or stuff I already had in the house, even for the background. So I loved working with this one all along the way.

First we put together some four-patch and nine-patch blocks.

Then we made these units:which were attached to become the units on the far right in this box.

Then we made these:

And made different units with the four and nine patches:And then on to these!Finally putting some blocks together – they are very large!

To see it all once assembled, I had to lay it out on a bed!

Charlotte’s layout called for a five inch border, but I really like this just as it is, so I skipped the border. This means it’s a little too small to be a good queen-sized quilt.

I sent it to Crystal to quilt on her longarm, giving her the choice of how to quilt it. This is what she chose:

When it came back, I opened it up to look at it and admire the quilting, and that is when the trouble started. Loki fell in love with the quilt.

Every time I looked, he was there.

I didn’t dare move the quilt.

Let me add that his mom is currently out of town, so we were happy to see him really enjoying something.Finally, yesterday when Loki and Grandpa were out for a walk, I managed to get the binding on the quilt. I figured that I needed to do it as quickly as possible, so I would do it all by machine. This is something new for me. I have not been very successful with machine binding in the past and since I like hand work, it didn’t bother me much but I really wanted to get this done, so I sewed the binding onto the back and then attached it to the front with a decorative stitch.

Here’s a corner: Here’s my worst corner.You can see that my stitches were not always uniform, but now that it’s washed, that’s a little less noticeable.

Of course, I made the mistake of putting the quilt on the floor while I waited for the load in the washing machine to get finished.

I’m not sure what it is about this particular quilt that has him so fascinated, but he does look quite comfortable on it!

Quilt on!

May 13

Craftsy Mother’s Day Weekend Sale

Craftsy has three offers for this Mother’s Day weekend.

  • Offer 1: Any class for $19.99 using code MYTREAT
  • Offer 2: 50% off 1 Boundless item using code JUST4MOM
  • Offer 3: 50% off 1 Cloudborn or Sprightly item using code JUST4MOM

All you need to do to take advantage of this sale and help support this blog is to click here.

This sale ends May 14, 20017 at 11:59 MT, so you don’t have much time.

Quilt on!

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