Saturday, June 23, 2012

Schnibbles Work in Progress

I am slowly but surely making progress on the June Schnibble for AYOS. I have been having a busy summer so I have only been able to sew a couple blocks a day. This month is the Leap Year pattern.  It comes with a couple different variations.  I chose to do the 49 patch block.  I have also decided to make it a wee bit bigger.  I plan on making 20 blocks instead of 16. I have 9 blocks finished and up on the design wall.

I have two blocks laid out on some tiny design boards I made from Lori's tutorial.
These mini design boards are awesome.  I had been laying the pieces out on my cutting mat, but they kept shifting.  So I whipped up these two mini design boards and the squares stay right where I want them.  

I have one block on the machine,

and 8 ready to be laid out.  These 8 blocks are short a few fabric squares though.  They each need one more pink color and one more green but I have used all the bright greens and pinks in my stash.  Since I don't want more than 4 of each fabric in the block, this means I get to go shopping for Pink and Green fabrics today!  
Yay!  :)


Saturday, June 16, 2012


I spent the June FNSI finishing up my 7th quilt top made from men's shirts.  I didn't do any math for this quilt, I just cut out squares and hoped everything would fit and if it didn't I would fudge it to make it fit. The sides of the checkered outer border fit perfect! But the top and bottom borders were a wee bit too short.  
Instead of adding a couple 2x4 inch rectangles in the top and bottom border, making the those sections look weird, I decided to trim one inch off each side of the vertical inner black border.  That seemed more visibly appealing to me rather than having 10 squares and one rectangle in the top and bottom border.

After I finished the top I decided to work on my Schnibbles for June. I decided to do the 49 patch version and got out my bin that holds 1.5 inch scraps. On the top of the pile was all the leftover green and pink squares I cut out for my I.S.T.H Schnibble project back in February. I didn't count all the leftover squares, but it looks like it might be enough to make the whole quilt out of pink and green.  I got two blocks together before I decided to hit the hay.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shirt Pinwheels

This is the latest top I am working on. It is the extra shirt quilt, #7.
The pinwheels are sewn together, I just need to cut out a few more 4.5 inch squares for the outer border and sew those on.  Once I am done cutting those out I think I will still have enough scraps left over to make and 8th shirt quilt.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Martha's Quilt

This is the quilt I quilted for Martha at the end of April.
It was her entry to the Swamp Fox Quilter's 2012 Challenge.

She used so many different wonderful batiks in this quilt!

And her piecing was superb.  It really made this quilt a breeze to work on.

I LOVE this backing!  How awesome is that!

Martha asked for somthing ferny and woodsy in the quilting. I quilted each diagonal row alternating loopy feathers and what I thought looked like fern leaves. My kids said it reminded them of fire.
I also did the fern leaves in the brown border.  

I really enjoyed working on this quilt.  Great piecing and great colors!
and Martha won 2nd place in the Guild show for "Best Piecing"!
Gratz Martha!!!



Sunday, June 10, 2012

SFQ 2012 Challenge

I finally got my photos cropped and resized for my blog and without further ado here are all the quilts I was allowed to take photos of  at my Guild Quilt Challenge.

The theme for 2012 was "Quilting in the Carolina's"
This quilt was made by Lorene and won first place for "Best Use of Theme.

There were a total of 41 quilts turned in to the challenge.
They ranged in size from miniature to King size.
Ribbons were awared in several categories.  
As a guild we decide the winners by secret ballot.
Those who attend the show walk around and look at all the quilts.
Then we write down who we think should win for each category.
The votes are then tallied and ribbons awarded.

This quilt by Harriet won second place for "Best Applique" Unfortunately my camera picked up some bad lighting and totally distorted the beautiful blues in this quilt.  It was very beautiful in person.

Lots of beautiful wall Hangings.

This one was turned in by Donna.  You can see more about it here.

Beth turned in this quilt and it won 1rst for "Best Piecing"

Ginny's first ever entry.

This one was done by Elaine H.. It is HUGE and is all hand quilted.

This one was turned in by Lucy.  It won 2nd place for "Best Machine Quilting"
Gloria did the quilting.

This won the  "Best first ever entry" that was presented by the president of the South Carolina Quilter's Guild.

This humongous quilt took home two ribbons.  1rst for "Hand Quilting, and 2nd for "Best Art Quilt"

Martha turned in this one.  She took home 2nd place for "Best Piecing"  Tomorrow I will post more pictures of this quilt.  It was one of the ones I quilted but wasn't able to show till after this show.

Lovely Applique flowers by Alice.

More lovely wall hangings.

I love how the batik fabric makes perfect swampy trees.
and Elaine T.'s quilting added a lot more to look at.

Peggy made this stunning crazy quilt.  The white dots on the background are actually stiny sea shells.
You can also faintly see the hand quilted images in between the shells.

More lovely Art Quilts.

Rita T. turned in this beauty.  It took home three ribbons:  "Best of Show', 1rst for "Best Art Quilt", and 2nd for "Best use of Theme"

Mine again.  :)

This one by Susan took home two 1rst place ribbons.  "Best Applique" and "Best Machine Quilting"

Tish added some embroidered labels since I last saw this one.

This is also Tish's.  She took the same mariner's compass class that I did and she put her quilt in a glass box with some beach sand and some ocean themed statues.

Very nice work done by Karen K.

Akemi won 2nd place for "Best Handquilting" with her feed sack quilt.

Another nice Applique by Peggy.

And we end the show with Sara's Turning Twenty.

It was fun to see everyone's quilts! It was a fun morning spent at the Museum.

Hope you didn't feel too bombarded with so many photos, but since the show was fairly small compare to big quilt shows I felt like I could show every quilt and not take up too much space.