Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jelly Roll Race - 4th Finish Q3 2019 FAL

I'm on a roll!  I finished the quilting and binding on this Jelly Roll Race quilt the other day. 
It is now ready for snuggling under. 

This makes my 4th finish for the third quarter of the 2019 Finish-A-Long.  

I started this one in June when I was showing some quick quilting ideas to the class I teach. 

I knew this one would be a quick finish since I had the top done at the beginning of the quarter.

With a plan to quilt a quick all over design on it, I put it on this quarter's list hoping it wouldn't turn into a UFO sitting on the pile year after year.

I am happy to have this one finished and so quick.  It is colorful and bright and makes me happy to look at it.

I used some of my older fabrics from my stash for the backing.  These Sea Turtles make the perfect companion for beach photos.
This one measures approximately 57 x 64.

You can see all my Q3 hopefuls here.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Half Sqaure Triangle Quilt and 3rd finish for Q3 FAL

This quilt is the second quilt I taught in the beginner quilt class I teach. This is the version I sewed along with the students.

I wanted the class to be able to tackle Half Square Triangles since they are used in so many different quilt blocks.

What better way to learn them, than to make a whole bunch of them and turn them into a quilt.  We used 5 inch squares and the two at time method to create our HSTs for our quilts.

I like splitting my yardage in half for backings and adding a coordinating strip in the middle or slightly offset. I feel like I have less left overs when I do it this way.

Making a quilt with just HSTs also gave the class a chance to fiddle around with their own design layouts, which was fun.

Below are a few of the layouts the students came up with.  It is fun to see all the different color ways and layouts everyone came up with.






This quilt is also my 3rd finish for the third quarter of the 2019 Finish-A-Long.

This one just barely turned into a UFO when I put it aside to work on a couple other projects.

I didn't want it to stay on the UFO pile though, so I added it to the list this quarter. All it needed was some quilting and binding and now I have another completed quilt.  Yay!

Check out my full Third Quarter list of UFO hopefuls here.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

July Box from Island Batik - Island Batik Ambassador

It's Christmas in July for Island Batik Ambassadors! 
We all received our second boxes full of goodies to complete the rest of the Island Batik Ambassador challenges for the year and I am super excited to get started on these next projects!

Check out what came in my box.  

Here is a close up of the neutral fabric that was sent, it was hard to see the small dots in the video.  I am excited to work with this one.

This next set is the Kaleidoscope 10 inch stacker and the coordinating fabric.  Look at those spots on that yardage!  In the video I said they remind me of lizard skin or dragon scales.  I really love this one!

I am also excited to use this Sand Bar set.  This coordinating fabric also reminds me of dragon scales.

I must have dragons on the brain.  

Another item I am really excited about is the Block on Board die from Accuquilt.  It has all the shapes I need on one die.  Can't wait to run this one through the machine.  Come back in September to see what I create with this one.

And check out these gears! They remind me of Steampunk.

There was so much good stuff in the box! Thanks again to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, and Accuquilt.

Let the quilting commence!


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Artsy Fartsy Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

The July challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is titled Artsy Fartsy and we were challenged to use three different weights of Aurifil thread to create a fabric work of art.

This was a fun challenge that focused on the threads first instead of the fabric.  It is like buying a cool pair of shoes and then searching for the perfect outfit to go with them.

I was sent some dark purple and peach Aurifil thread in my first Ambassador box and then I received a light purple and an orange a little later.  I must say it was a struggle to come up with something that coordinated with these thread colors.

My mind eventually drifted to a sunset scene, with purples and oranges and I added a spool of Yellow Aurifil thread from my stash to finish off the colorway.

For the fabric I went to the stash builder rolls we were sent at the beginning of the year.  These are fantastic.  I love all the different colors that come in them.  I used up several more of the pieces from these rolls to make my skinny strips and I threw in some left over scraps from the other projects.

I wanted the piece to be mostly purple, to go with the purple threads, so I opted for purple water, sky, and clouds. Check out those 1/4 inch strips!  I tried adding red, but I liked the pinks a lot better for this one so I stayed with that.

I really wanted to use the peach and orange thread I was sent in the center of the sun, but the thread was a heavier weight, 12 weight, and was a little too thick for the look I was going for.  I wanted the rays to have more of a halo look. I will have to save that nice thick peach and orange for another project.

On a side note. I did try the orange in a small section and had trouble with it in my machine at first. So I went to the Aurifil website and they tell you what size needle is recommended and even what size thread is reccomended in the bobbin for each thread weight. It helped me out when trying to get the heavier weight thread to place nice together.

I ended up using:
  • 40 weight in light purple for the wisps in the sky and the reflection in the water. I used every last bit of that spool thread. That is why it is now just a green spool.
  • 50 weight yellow was used for the sun rays.
  • 28 weight dark purple for the water and inside the clouds.

I quilted it using Hobbs Theramore Batting and it quilted up beautifully.

The final peice measures approximately 22 x 30 and my smallest strips finished up a 1/4 inch. My largest strip finished at 1 inch.

Make sure you take some time to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see their Arsty Fartsy projects. Most have posted for July already and there are still more to come before the month ends.

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore


Monday, July 22, 2019

Pink Bricks - 2nd Finish for Q3 FAL

My second finish for Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long.  Wow, I can't believe it! Two finishes already this quarter.  I have already doubled last quarter finishes.  Haha!

I think it helped my sew-jo by putting small, almost completed projects on the list.  This one had been a top waiting for quilting.  It is about 34 x 40 inches. Once I got it on the machine, it only took about 35 minute to quilt using this all over quilt design.  

I started this one sometime in 2018.  I think in the spring.  

This is one of the few that I don't have an actual start date for but I do remember having a lot of pink "bricks" cut out so I whipped this little top together to have a gift ready to go in case a baby girl ever comes around.

Now it is finished and ready for gifting.

You can check out my full Q3 list here.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

That 70's Halloween Quilt - 1st Finish Q3 FAL

I know it is supposed to be Christmas in July not Halloween in July, but I finished my first UFO for the third Quarter of the 2019 Finish-A-Long and had to post it.

This one was started in October 2014 when I was doing the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop.  

It is a pattern called "That 70's Quilt" from the book Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson.

I had made several projects for Black Cat Crossing hop and this was a final project I started with some of the leftovers of the zig zag quilt.  I didn't have enough background fabric to finish it though, so it got put on the UFO pile while I waited for that fabric to come in.  Then other projects kept it on the UFO pile.

I almost had it finished for the fourth quarter Finish-A-Long of 2018. I got the whole top together In October that year and I was about to start quilting it when I realized I had left out some fabric pieces.  Ack!

In my haste to get the sashing added four years later, I didn't look back at the pattern and I sewed all the blocks and sashing together before adding the background corner triangles to each square and I totally left out the cornerstones!  So much for thinking I remembered what it was supposed to look like.
I contemplated keeping it the way it was, but the actual pattern looked so much better to me, so I unstitched all the sashing enough to get to the corners of the blocks and redid it.  It didn't take too long, just one night and a good movie to listen to and I am so glad I did it.

It is now stored with the Halloween quilts and will come back out at the end of September when we decorate for the fall.

The Back.