Saturday, July 4, 2015

Black and White and Red All Over

This top for Covered in Love is being sewn up out of scraps and stash. It actually started because I had cut 24 of those red squares for another project but ended up not using them, so they went into scraps. I needed a way to use those squares in a top and then I saw this tutorial: perfect!  FYI, I used 5.5" squares and 2.5" sashing (both unfinished measurements).

And here is the latest progress on my crumb blocks. 8 sashed, 3 to go! I am doing pretty good if I can tackle one of these per day.

Also, I had this baby panel and a couple of coordinating prints in my stash for some reason, probably a remnants bin find.  I stitched it together and, in the interest of trying something new added prairie points.  

For anyone interested, this is the tutorial I used and it worked great.  Since the front is so muted I think I may go with something nice and bright on the back ;)

Linking to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot and Cold {do. Good Stitches May}

Finally, a finish! I tend to work in cycles where I work on lots of WIPs then finish them all at once, and this week was full of finishes.  First up is this bright and happy quilt from the NURTURE circle of do. Good Stitches.  This blocks is called a Four Patch Charm Square, you can find my tutorial and links to the original here if you are interested.

I am thrilled to say that this is the first quilt my group has made which will go to Covered in Love, my pet charity giving quilts to the families of patients who pass away in the hospital where I work.

For quilting I did FMQ with ribbon candy-type squiggles in the cool colors and a stipple in the hot colors.

The ladies in my circle did a great job getting their blocks done right and quickly. It's amazing how a quilt made by 10 people can look so cohesive.   The quilt finished at 50"x62".

For backing I used a really bright blue-green print that looks like coral and a strip of bright red. Binding is a crisp, sort of sour-apple green, except for one strip of yellow where I ran out.

So satisfying to see both those label sewn on together. Thank you to the NURTURE circle ladies for supporting Covered in Love, I promise these quilts will be well used.

Linking to CrazyMomQuilts Finish it Friday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quilt Finishing Marathon

I've got the pedal to the metal on my machine and Netflix on the laptop as I finish several tops that had piled up.  FMQ on everything and now binding is being applied :)

Pretty bindings in the sunlight make me smile. Now we will have some Friday Finishes to look forward to!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Working on Route 66

I first posted about this Route 66 quilt last WIP Wednesday.  This week it is still up on the wall, but finally almost done! I cleaned out my space last week so that I could expand my design wall and I am sooo enjoying the extra space. You can see my crumb slabs up on the left there. Just plugging along slowly on those.

I have a stack of 4 quilt tops and backings ready for basting. Time to have a basting party ASAP!

Linking to WIP Wednesday at FreshlyPieced.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Design Wall: Cat's Meow

 Do you follow Quilting is More Fun Than Housework? If not you really should. I love her Scrap-a-palooza quilt series, so inspiring!  Recently she hosted an orphan adoption event where people could release their old UFOs to loving homes. I was fortunate enough to score 11 cat blocks from Laurie at ThreeOldKeys.

About half done sashing the blocks up to 12.5" sq
There are paper pieced, applique, embroidery, and traditional pieced blocks.  Several of the cats are accessorized with buttons and ribbon. So cute! I made a 12th cat (the black one on lower left) and got to work sashing them with browns and neutrals from my stash.

Here is the top, not sewn together yet.  A dozen happy cats getting ready for a new home. This will, of course, be another quilt for Covered in Love.  I checked in with the chaplains on Friday and they are down to 3 quilts, so I need to get some more up there pronto!

Linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Route 66

WIP Wednesday and I have new quilt on the design wall. This is another one for Covered in Love.  I had gotten a couple of remnants of this novelty Route 66 fabric and just pulled some matching stash to go with it.

I wanted to show you a little bit of my design process for a quilt like this. First I cut as many 10.5" squares as I could from the focus fabric, which turned out to be 12. Then I used grid paper to create a design using those and 5.5" squares to make a quilt finishing at 55"x70".  Since I knew my smallest unit was going to be the 5" square I decided to go ahead and set that as 1 square on the grid paper.  (The design wound up using only 11 of the novelty squares, so one will go on the back.)

Linking to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Paper Piecing Pineapples

Happy Monday :) It is a happy Monday for me. After working a loooong 3 days weekend I am back at the sewing machine. First things first I need to get this month's do. Good Stitches blocks done before I leave for my trip next week.

This month Louise has us paper piecing her inside out pineapple pattern.  Above is one finished quarter. I need to make 8 quarters in order to have 2 blocks.  Now, while I don't hate paper piecing, it is definitely not my favorite. And so time consuming!

After completing the first block to get my head around it I am assembly-lining the other 7.  Currently I am attaching pieces 7 & 8 (of 20) to each of the blocks.

If you come around here this afternoon your might hear some inappropriate words directed at Louise, but I promise it to only in the heat of the moment. This meticulously pieced will be gorgeous, and so worth it in the end.  Right? Ask me again in a couple of hours.


edited to add:

5 hours of so later, here they are in all their glory!

Linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday.