Monday, April 24, 2017

One Monthly Goal April Finish

My goal this month was a continuation of an ongoing quilt project for me called Colfax County:

 

My next step was to make more star blocks and my goal for this month was to complete the other 12 of these 24 total (12 inch) needed star blocks.



 
I  made it, here they are, all 24 star blocks are now finished, yay!
Just for fun here are a couple pictures of my son's Canstruction project.  He and a group from his high school built a local landmark from cans to support the food bank.



 A picture of the actual museum...


Linking up with:



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long Time Gone - Week 6 Plus a Star Block

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.
The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.


This is my version of the block for this week, Plus a Star Block:
 This was a fun block to make with interlocking plus shapes and a star in the mix.
A bit of fussy cutting as well as just a lot of fun color interplay with this one...it looks a bit of a mess but looks really good when set in with the other blocks.

 If you want to see more gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/


 My other blocks for this sal:
 
 



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Long Time Gone SAL - Week 5 Trip Around the World

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.
The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.
This is my version of the block for this week, Trip Around the World:
 There are 139 pieces in this seam-heavy 12 inch block...no strip piecing for me, I wanted lots of variety in the background...
I had fun playing in this colorway...lots of choices in my stash of fabrics.

This block is a bit thick with all the many seams even though I did press them open...



 These are some of my daffodils, they are a bit weary as they have weathered some storms.
And a small hyacinth that shows up every spring.
 Asparagus makes a good snack on my morning walks!

 My chickens wondering why I have my camera and not a snack for them!!

 If you want to see more gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/


edited to add:
linking to:  http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2017/04/i-may-have-scrap-problem-how-to-make.html


My other blocks for this sal:

 



 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Long Time Gone SAL Week 4

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.

The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.

This is my version of the block for this week, Jacob's Ladder:



I had fun with some random fabric choices on this one and I love the resulting block :)


 If you want to see more gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/


My other blocks for this sal:


 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal - April 2017

I am sorry, dear readers, that you may find this goal a bit repetitive...truth be told, so do I!!

I have had such good luck linking to OMG this year, thanks for the motivation Patty!  I was able to complete my January, February, and March goals so I am going to join in again this month.

My project this month is a continuation of a quilt project for me called Colfax County:


 

Last month's goal was to complete 12 of the necessary 24 star blocks.  So, you guessed it, I would like to declare my goal for this month to complete the other 12 of the 24 needed star blocks. 

Here are the first 12, finished.  I am loving the variety in the hues and prints of the blues:


...and, yes, those are 1" finished hst's.

Linking up with: http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2017/04/one-monthly-goal-april-goal-link-up.html

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt, Rose of Sharon

Happy April 1st!

This is a project I am hoping to finish this year, my top is sewn but I am spacing out my block reveal to follow along with the sew-along.   I am hoping to get my top sandwiched and quilted soon.  I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.


The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size (8 1/2" finished), many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are well worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of the block chosen for April, Rose of Sharon:



This block had lots of tiny bits, I love the Rose of Sharon plant and we are blessed with a large "hedge" of them bordering our garage.  I looked for a photo to show but came up empty - I will have to wait until this summer :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Long Time Gone Week 3

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.

The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.

These are my versions of the block for this week, Crosses of the UK:



These little sweetie blocks are 4" finished but are pretty easy to construct and it was fun to pick out the color combos.  Now that I am looking at the picture, looks like I need to trim the "whiskers" off the edges :)

 If you want to see more gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/


My other blocks for this sal:
 
 Found another linky to join :) edited to add, linking to Sarah here:
 http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2017/03/i-may-have-scrap-problem-but-i-also.html


Monday, March 27, 2017

One Monthly Goal March Finish

My goal this month was a continuation of an ongoing quilt project for me called Colfax County:

 

My next step was to make star blocks and my goal for this month was to complete 12 of these 24 (12 inch) needed star blocks. 


 
This was an ambitious goal for me as my son's Spring Break falls in March and I am doing a large bit of secret sewing right now...lots of irons in the fire right now actually...and, yes, those are 1" finished hst's.

But, here they are finished, yay!
Sorry for the perfectly awful photo, they are all there but our soggy dreary windy weather doesn't allow for a pretty group shot.
 
Linking up with:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Long Time Gone SAL Week 2

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.

The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.

This is my block for this week, Square in a Square Stars:

 I went with a warm palette and lots of AMH, Kaffe, and Tula prints for this one. 

BTW: It has occurred to me that the rest of the blocks in this sal sure have a lot of pieces!!    :)

 If you want to see more gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day and National Quilting Day

I am sewing slow today :(

No, it wasn't a rotary cutter it was a knife I was using in the kitchen.  I won't show you any pictures of the wound but I think this will slow me down for awhile.  Turns out I should be using my reading glasses for more than just reading and sewing.

Have a good day my friends.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Long Time Gone SAL Week 1

I love so many of Jen Kingwell's designs and when I heard there would be a SAL using her sampler pattern Long Time Gone of all machine pieced blocks, I decided I needed to play along.
The details can be found here at  http://www.gnomeangel.com/week-1-long-time-gone-sew-along-bow-tie-block/ if you would like to join in the fun.

These are my blocks for this week photographed in our latest snow:

Bow Tie:


The pesky wind flipped the corner of the block on the right and the snow makes the light corners difficult to see but I am going with this photo because I am hoping this will be my last snow shot as we are getting so close to Spring!!

I used some of my all-time favorite prints (Chickopee, Loulouthi, Hope Valley,Prince Charming, Architextures, Vanilla Grunge, Mama Said Sew) for these blocks and plan to continue that trend throughout the top as I sew.

If you want to see some gorgeous blocks,look to the IG feed here:
 https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/longtimegonesal/

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal - March 2017

This is my third time linking to OMG 
this year, thanks for the motivation Patty!  I was able to complete my January and my February goals so I am going to join in again this month.

My project this month is a continuation of a quilt project for me called Colfax County:


 

My next step is to make star blocks as I now have the triangle pieces finished from last month's goal.  I would like to declare my goal for this month to complete 12 of the 24 needed star blocks. 

Here is my first star, finished.  I am loving the variety in the hues and prints of the blues:

This will be an ambitious goal for me as my son's Spring Break falls in March and the mild weather has me out and about more than usual for this time of year...and, yes, those are 1" finished hst's.

Linking up with

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt - Jacob's Ladder

This is a project I am hoping to finish this year, my top is sewn but I am spacing out my block reveal to follow along with the sew-along.   I am hoping to get my top sandwiched and quilted this winter.  I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.


The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size (8 1/2" finished), many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are well worth a look...so pretty!

This is my version of the block chosen for March, Jacob's Ladder:






Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One Monthly Goal - February Finish

My goal for this month was to finish about 700 of these units:

 
for this quilt:
 

I made it, yay!!
 This is the first time I used my Juki to piece, I had only used it for straight line quilting tops before.  I am a fan - it did very well and it is fast!  Good thing too, because the weather has been phenomenal and I have spent way more time outside than I usually do in February.

Now I am ready to start making some star blocks!!

Linking up to:
 Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish February Linkup


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Design Wall

I received a very nice early Valentine's gift from my husband this year...a design wall!!

It is 48" x 92" of batting covered insulation board and it is perfect!!

I had to take down a huge bookcase and shift around some other furniture to bare enough wall to make it happen and unfortunately it still looks like a tornado hit my sewing room as a result but ...soon...I will be using this, yay!
 What it looked like before covering it with batting.  We just wrapped it with batting and duct taped it to the back.
 Installed and ready for action.
A few of my Green Tea Sweet Beans blocks up to show it works :)