Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the Works

This is a small selection of fabric that I am piecing together.  I've many ideas as to what design to use, and even what other fabrics to add, but somehow (no surprise) I keep changing my mine.  

I thought I had decided on a quilt pattern designed by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and started cutting according to the directions. I cut the chosen fabrics in three sizes, 2.5", 3" and 5" squares.   I knew this was only the tip of the iceberg, which gave me too much time to think.  

 So I started sewing, lots of sewing!

It took me several sittings to chain piece these  (80+) 5" HSTs.

Well, that's where it's at right now.  I need more Kona white and many more squares.  I think I've come up with a design, which I need to draw out or I'll be cutting fabric forever. Without a plan, who knows how many HSTs I'll make.

And the quilt pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts, I've already compiled a new selection of fabrics!

My other project in the works is from Stash Bee 2014.  I designed a block which you can read about here.
I received quite a variety of blocks, it was exciting!

I'm playing with the layout.  The first layout requires I make another block - should I?  I like the second layout, although I'm thinking it could use some white sashing of some sort, maybe on two sides of each block & twist them around.  Increase the negative space a bit.  Maybe add large squares of white?  Too many ideas floating in my head over this one!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bee Blocks Sewn Together

Last year, 2014, I participated in three online bees.  For Scrappylicious Bee, I chose My Stars Align which I wrote about here

bee blocks, my stars align, scrappy

With so many projects on the list, in the books I own, in my imagination and in the works, it's taken me some time to get around to piecing these blocks in preparation for quilting. I love how the blocks came together.  Now I just have to piece a back (how long for that?) and quilt.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party

This year's goal is to be more consistent with posting - sharing my labors of love.  In light of that, I am linking up with 2 Bags Full, Grow Your Blog. I also plan on getting a bit more tech savvy - I want to add the official button but can't figure out how!   Give me a few days and it will appear.  It's here!

What will I be sharing?  My quilting adventures!

Someone's Happy 

I am a full-time teacher.  I have been sewing since I was about 7 - taught by my grandma.  I've made many things; clothing, totes, quilts, doll clothes, and more.  Currently, I spend my sewing time on quilts.  They take some time but the reward is immeasurable.  I also enjoy helping others learn to quilt.

Almost complete!

I love color, all kinds!  I rarely repeat a pattern I have made for someone.  Once I've made something, I'm onto a new design.  I like to design my own patterns (with pencil & paper) and have a pretty good grasp figuring out the math.  I'm sure all my math teachers are surprised by this!

I am participating in Stash Bee for the second time.  It's fun making new blocks that I normally wouldn't try.  Last year's group challenged me, especially with paper piecing!

And I'm never alone - Cola and Mini are my ever present assistants.

My Quilting Companions

Thanks for joining me on my adventure!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Someone's Happy

This quilt was months in the making.  Of course, if I would work on one project at a time, it might have been finished sooner. Read the original post here.
This quilt finished at 98" x 98".   I quilted it with two different threads, yellow and white.

I changed up the quilting for both effect, and my arms and back.  It was a lot of quilt to move around.

Here's a close up of the back.
I was able to get a binding to match the colors perfectly.  I love the stripes.

The happy recipient snuggling under the quilt.

I'll be linking up with Let's Bee Social, NTT, and Crazy Mom Quilts!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Worker Bee

I love sewing and making quilts.  I take a long time to finish projects because I am a procrastinator and have questionable time management skills.  I want to make everything, all at once.  That's where joining bees comes in.

Over the last year and a half I have been in three different bees.  All three had different guidelines, group members and focus.

I was challenged to improve my paper piecing skills,

purchased fabrics that I normally didn't look at twice and made blocks that I thought I wanted to use for quilts and then realized that one or two blocks were enough for me.

I like the idea of deadlines ( a good idea for procrastinators) and I like having small finishes.  I always included a personal note and felt good after a trip to the post office.
Now that my third bee is winding to a close, I am reflecting on whether to join another.  These bees have given me challenges and food for thought.

In one bee, we lost a member early on, and I received all my blocks.

In another bee, we started with 12 or 13 members and I have received from five members.

In the final bee, we lost members, and it still took months to get blocks from everyone.

I should also mention that I joined a few quilt alongs, which, I'm still doing even though the events are long over.  I do work best with deadlines and perhaps if I didn't have too much going on, I might even meet one or two.

I learned that I have to say no, evaluate my time commitments and be more realistic about how much time I need to complete a project
- and to always keep in mind just how many projects I am working on.

Should I join another?  I think I'll give myself some time before I do.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Slow, Steady Progress

Quite some time ago, I joined The Library Project with Adrienne from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts and one of the quilts I committed to making is Summer Sunshine from Material Obsession.  You can read about my choices here.
 I started with a collection of scraps and sewed interfacing to scraps - lots of them!
I slit the centers of the interfacing, turned them right side out and then began pressing them to white squares.

After making 36 blocks, I then drew the stems, and hand embroidered them.

I used 10" squares as I had several Kona White Layer Cakes, searched my stash for a suitable sashing and sewed them together.  I just ordered fabric for the final border, binding and backing.  With any luck, this will be finished before the end of the year!

Linking up with "Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?"
                            "Let's Bee Social"

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Garden Grows

Just because I've been absent from blogland doesn't mean I've been absent from sewing - not at all!  I've been quite busy since my last post.  In fact, too busy!  I just finished participating in two bees and am currently participating in a third bee.  It's been quite a challenge to keep on schedule, work on my own projects and return to my job in August.  Given all that - let me show you a finish.

For some background on this project, you can read about it here and here.

curves, Atomic Flower
A Garden Grows
72" x 72"

The background is Kona Expresso.  At first, I wasn't sure about this color and now I see it was the perfect color for the flowers to grow.


A bit of shade from the tree.

curves, walking foot quilting

I played with the quilting.  I used a walking foot and started with straight line quilting. 


I then tried different quilting patterns in different sections.  It was definitely an experiment which I enjoyed.


 I machine stitched the binding to the quilt and finished it with hand stitching.


The quilt washed beautifully - soft and crinkly.  Waiting for cooler weather to snuggle under it.

Linking with Let's Bee Social

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