Friday, March 28, 2014

I've been busy, really

The biggest hurdle was piecing the back of the Under the Stars quilt.  Silly me, I just assumed that the yardage "package" sold at the Craftsy site was the correct amount needed for the entire back, but when I went to measure it out realized that, yikes, it was only 4 yards. Then I thought, Oh, that must be a mistake and went to look on the site - nope, they sold it in 4 yard increments. Grrrr!. Well, then I thought that I would just use up my scraps from the front and make a special back, because that's where the love is. Which turned out to be a lot of fun.

Then, after carefully lining up the the verticals I pin basted. So, then, what to quilt? I didn't want to do stitch in the ditch, because, as Weeks Ringle says in her Craftsy course, it is a wasted opportunity to add something more to your quilt. And since I'm doing Leah Day's Building Block free motion quilt along, I felt inspired to try to free motion flowers on the stars and curves along the red squares. I did initially SITD the main blocks to hold everything together, but I used wash away thread, so that it came out when washed.

 Here is the result.
Front


Back

Back without flash to try to see quilting

Front

Front,  can't see quilting on red squares

Back, quilting over piecing

Front, quilting on squares!
 Now, all that's left is to label it and ship it off to my parents. Whew!

I also am finally caught up on Amy Gibson's 2014 Sugar Block Club! Yay!

January

February

March
Holy Smokes! These were fun to make! Especially after "stressing out" about my fabric choices. In the end I went with a darker second background. We'll see how that plays out.

And finally, not quite done with all of Leah's blocks for March.
The white fabric all looks pink in these photos.




Wonky circles, Grrr


This one is still on the machine



This one is still pinned.
Here's the link back to Leah's Friday Link-up.

And I am so slowly piecing together the blocks of Bonnie Celtic Solstice.

I'll also link up to Cat Patches New FO Challenge, when it goes live on Monday.

Off to quilt!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Continuing on my quilty journey...

I'm still working CS. Currently assembling the blocks, but I've decided I had to start some new projects as well.

I joined Amy Gibson's The Sugar Block Club for 2014 and I have yet to make either January of February or any to the treats she has posted. Boo!! This will change this month!!!

I have also joined up and downloaded Leah Day's Building Blocks Quilt Along and I have finished January's quilting and February's piecing!!!  Yay!! Caught up!

My wiggly line is a little too wiggly.
This one was very much fun to do





The backsides..



I struggled a bit trying to make the points line up after pressing my seams open.

February!





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So, since many of the fabric I'm using are fat quarters I did not prewash in an attempt to avoid the horrible unraveling. I have been testing for colorfastness by placing pieces of the colored fabric in water with a piece of white fabric.  Well, I got burned, or so I thought.

I left my bowl with my snips of background, the green and the white for two days. And on the second day the white fabric had a bluish cast. I panicked. By this time I had pieced and cut all the backs for February's three blocks and I already had January done. So I decided that I better wash everything now to avoid a big problem down the road. (I've done that and now my son has a quilt with some muddy purple blocks, but a really beautiful red flannel backing …can you hear the sarcasm?) I washed al the dark fabrics together with a color catcher as well as the completed quilted blocks. The quilted blocks are still their proper color! Yay!!. They're just a little wrinkly now. I wonder if I can still use them in this quilt? maybe I'll press them out and see what they look like.

I'm also going to link up to Cat Patches 2014 New FO Challenge! Yay I love starting new things!!

Off to quilt…

Monday, January 6, 2014

Celtic Solstice Link Up #6

The reveal of Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice quilt was gorgeous!!!! So gorgeous that I was kicking myself for not making the larger version. Also, I didn't think my fabric choices were playing all that well. So my solution was to make more blocks to mediate the fighters and make my quilt bigger! Yay!

I decided to add two more rows and two more columns. My version should be in-between Bonnie's smaller and larger version. For the neutral blue Tri-recs I will pick darker blues to help define the neutrals. I will pick more red and deep/dark pinks in place of the oranges. Will try to make the greens a bit more friendly to each other.

I'll need to make:
64 Neutral and Blue Tri-recs - done
24Red and Blue Tri-recs - done
64 Chevrons
128 HST - 16 pinwheels and 64 free guys for Clue 5 - next today?
80 Four patches - done
64 more Clue 5

Hard to see that upper left is deep pink

Hopefully not too Christmassy

Reds playing with oranges

And then I noticed the greens...
 And I thought to myself, "You idiot!" All this time I was focusing on the orange and red line moving up diagonally and there was a green line moving in the opposite direction!!



So, rearrange, rearrange, rearrange…




Because I want those greens and the reds to be present.

Ugh, wish I had more wall space to make a bigger design wall.

I did peek at the other link-ups at the link party - everyone is so inspiring!

Off to quilt.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Link-up #5

These blocks were even more fun than the last clue! I ended up cutting more pieces than I needed.


 I was careful to finger press all the seams as Bonnie suggested, but I still had to trim everything.



After I made all the blocks for the small quilt, it wa time to play...


I'm pretty sure the finished design will not be any of these, but they are so much fun to play with.

Thanks again, Bonnie!  Here's the link to her party!

I'm off to sew…
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Celtic Solstice Link Up #4

Wow! This last clue was even more fun than the previous three! I can't say how much I enjoyed making these little four squares. I don't know if it was because I was caught up on the other clues, but I just had a blast with these.





And the seams actually swirled!



Then, I felt kind of sad because I was caught up.  So I played with my squares…



I also splurged and bought this ruler, which has been incredibly useful. I would have preferred a creative grids, but I didn't want to wait to order by mail.


It's a long time to Friday.
But it is going to be a really busy week.
But maybe I should consider making the larger king size version…:-).

Thank you so much Bonnie!  Here's the link back to her blog.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Link up for Celtic Solstice Mystery Clue #3

Making progress on Clue No 2, but not quite done.



But I'm working my way through Clue 3



Here's the link back to Bonnie's Celtic Solstice Mystery Link Up.

Although I disk I could be off to quilt, I have to do some holiday shopping ;-(

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celtic Solstice Mystery Link Up

This is going to be my attempt at joining the link-up at Bonnie Hunter's blog for the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt.
I've read her tutorials, but I'm not sure how much I understand.
I'm not entirely sure what a widget is.

Well….

Anyway I am having way too much fun making these squares.













Still need trimming up.


















I've also started clue #2.

I'm picking these neutrals...



These yellows…




And these "greens"…



This is (hopefully) the link back to her blog - Celtic Solstice Link-Up #2



 Here's everything cut up.

















Mistake number 1







My first Chevron!








Assembly Line….

Now, I need to figure out how to put that widget up at the top….


Off to sew,
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