Monday, November 12, 2018

You Have My Heart

A few weeks ago, I found some  UFO's in my project box that I wanted to finish.  I assigned each project a day of the week and for the first two weeks at least, I followed my schedule.  This was my weekend project.  Rosann at Home Sewn By Us suggested I turn the few Splendid Sampler blocks I'd made into a wall quilt.  I had 8 blocks sewn together so I needed 1 more.  I picked the pattern for the flower in the center bottom as my 9th block.  I have a new granddaughter coming on December 26th and this will be for her.  I really love the way this wall hanging turned out and I can't wait to meet the little girl it is for.

I'm not a fan of tiny pieces.  I like my points to match and the tiny pieces didn't come together easily for me so I sewed a few of these blocks by hand.  I am glad these little blocks have turned into something because I love them.

Linking to:  MCM, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stepping Stones Flimsy

Can I just say this top has been sewn together twice.  I did more ripping and resewing on this top than on all of my other quilt tops combined.  And all of this ripping after taking a class and following the directions.  The directions are very wordy and I like simple to follow directions with lots of pictures.  No excuses.  Would I make this quilt again?  Yes, now that I know the pattern I think the next will go together pretty quickly.  

I don't paper piece often so I forgot about making my stitches a little smaller, which turned out to be a good thing due to all of the ripping I did.  It did make removing the paper a bit of a chore, however.  It didn't take long to find the perfect layout for the blocks.  I put these sets of three down randomly and thought they looked just fine.  I did switch one, but if I had left it where it was, it would have been perfect too. 

I had several strips left after stitching the quilt together so I just sewed these together to make the border.  I don't think it's too busy do you?  I will bind with black.  I can't wait to finish this and figure out who to give it to.  

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

OMG November

This is my latest UFO, a Quilt of Valor for my son-in-law.  Joey served two tours in Afghanistan while in the Army.   I used the Jelly Girl pattern, designed by Joanna Figueroa for Fig Tree.  This pattern is made with 2.5" X 42" strips.  My goal is to finish this quilt by the end of November-at least the top.  

Linking to: OMG November, Oh Scrap, MCM #137

Friday, November 2, 2018

Kory's Forest Quilt

About 10 years ago, my son asked me to make him a quilt out of  jeans.  At the time, I was making bags out of denim and I had a pile of fabric for the job.  I used patterns from Terrie Kralik's quilt book titled, A Forest of Quilts. I grabbed some batiks and and some denim and started cutting.  The animals and birds are done with fusible, which I sewed to the quilt.  My son is an avid outdoorsman and I thought he'd love the animal and bird motifs.  He is a commercial fisherman and this quilt keeps him warm no matter the weather on our frigid Alaska waters.  

Kory's washing machine was broken and he brought some laundry to my house.  I was surprised to see this quilt in the pile of cloths.  It is well worn.  It is always satisfying to know that something you made with love is loved.

Linking to:  Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop, Finish It Up Friday,

Monday, October 29, 2018

OMG October Finish

I finished my first Quilt's of Valor quilt this month.  This one is for my dad who served in the Army.  He doesn't know he's getting it and I think he will be very happy.  I started the month with this block. I was able to finish the top and quilt it this month.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday's UFO - Alaska Flowers and Berries

I'm spending most of my quilting time working on UFO's.  It has been a new challenge to work on one project and put it away at the end of the day and work on a different project the next day.  I like to work on something until it's done and each project is hard to put away for a week.  I am working on this Alaska flower and berry quilt on Wednesdays.  All of the pieces for the unfinished blocks were in a pile in a plastic bag.  Great storage-not!  I had pieces for 5 quilt blocks all piled together, so my first task was to find the pieces for each block.  

Some were labeled like this, what?

It turned out that all of the pieces had the label of the block they were part of, except one group and that group all went to the same block, the blueberry block.  

I separated all of the pieces into block piles.  This is the blueberry pile.  Look at all of those tiny pieces.

My next task was to lay the pieces onto the pattern page to see what I had and what I needed to cut.  They were all cut at one time, but who knows where the lost pieces went.

These pieces are for the lupin pattern.  I put all of my flowers and berries together and pressed them in place on my fusible applique' sheet.

Organizing, tracing, cutting and putting these flowers and berries gave me a bit of neck tension but they're done.  I will iron these onto their squares and they will join the rest of the bunch for top Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stepping Stones UFO

When I dug into this project, I almost put it back.  Thank goodness I'd posted it as a UFO I planned to finish or I would have returned it to the deep, dark UFO pile.  This pattern is called Stepping Stones by Judy Niemeyer.  I took a three hour class to make this quilt but you know only so much can be done in 3 hours.  There are 3 different blocks titled J, K and L, and you make 12 of each block for the quilt.   The teacher reminded us that we would sew one black strip to block K and I was sure she said to the beginning of the block.  Of course it was the end of the block, the last seam not the first!  I had sewn all 12 K blocks with the black strip first so I had to rip...grrr.  In addition to this mistake I had sewn an extra strip to all of the L blocks, so that had to be ripped too.  

You sew the J, K and L blocks together to make one unit for the setting.  I ripped and sewed to make this unit.  I had to have a little satisfaction at the end of a frustrating sewing day.
I decided on the layout and pinned the blocks together in sets of three.  You can see some of the K blocks have been ripped and just need to be sewn back together, and some still need to be ripped out. I will finish each set, one at a time, which includes more ripping and sewing.  I put this away until next Monday.  Stay tuned.