Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP Wed = Curve it up



 Last night at a guild meeting I gave a demo on using the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny and Helen @ SewKindofWonderul. I don't have many rulers but I purchased this one to do a sewalong that Jenny was doing on her blog. I quickly fell in love with the easy piecing. I was sewing curves and they were turning out every time.  No I am no affiliated with them at all but the ruler really makes curve piecing so sew easy!

Some of samples from the class. I really love the stacked wave piece and I think that has lots of possibilities.

There is my finished Abacus quilt that I will blog about for my Lovely year of finishes so far this year!
The demo was fun and a few actually sat down and tried piecing it and all were successful! :)

One new member, won the QCR giveaway. She was afraid of curves but no more......


Linking up with WIP Wed over at Freshly Pieced
and
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts

There is still time to vote for the Sunrise /Sunset challenge at Persimon Dreams Project Quilting
season 6  I am # 11 and you can see my blogpost HERE

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sew My Stash Challenge- Hearts


After talking about wanting to try something new yesterday during a Sew-In with one of my guilds, I went home and got out my fabric and pencils. 100% stash fabrics, thread, and pencils.

I am not going to pretend it is great but I love it anyway. I used Inktense watercolor pencils, did some stitching with variegated thread and then hand stitched with another variegated thread and there you have it.

This is my progress last night but it was getting to dark to see well.  The fmqing was really quilt fun but the tension was off over half of it before I knew it.
Still, I was able to do something new and fun for me.  Bring on the hand sewing too! I never really liked embroidery when I was little but I think I would like to do some more sloooow stitching! :) I don't mind hand binding so maybe this is my new thing...who knows?

Linking up with Details from ProjectLeasa over at Project: Leasa  and
also new this week for me Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Finish and PQ 6 = #2

Here is my Project Quilting season 6 project #2 entry held by Kim of Persimon dreams. The challenge this week was Sunrise/Sunset.  I used this tutorial from Melissa Correy over Happy Quilting. It is her Off Kilter quilt. I loved it when I saw it so I knew it was a dream quilt for me. This PQ challenge allowed me to do the theme and do a dream quilt. Bonus: all the fabrics including the backing and batting were all in my stash. You only have a week to do the challenge so this was extra easy this week.

I drove over to the park by my sisters house and the sun was so bright I could not see so I went under this tree to shoot. In those few minutes the clouds rolled in and that was the last of my sun. So this version with the yellow to the top is my sunrise side....and if you flip it over 

....you see my sunset!  A park walker stopped to help me since the wind came up too. :) Thank you park walking lady!!!!

Sunrise.... Sunset
 
 
 
The back is this fabulous month fabric (Windham fabrics - 8 days a week) with a strip of fade to gray pieces of leftover fabric on the side. I love how that turned out. I used simple organic lines across my bright yellow to gray blocks on the opposite corner.
Sunrise/Sunset challenge PQ #2
58" x 71" ish after washing
all Kona solids but the two pieces on the back (40 shades)
All from my stash fabrics
 
Not sure what I am going to call this one. Any suggestions?
Linking up with Finish it up Fridays @ Crazy Mom Quilts  and http://tgiffriday.blogspot.com/
with Michelle who is guest hosting @ from Bolt to Beauty
 
and I am trying to keep up with this idea for IMG_0279.JPG this is project #5 mostly from stash fabrics over @ Project Leasa and
Stayed tuned for public voting starting Jan 29 - Feb 6 over at the PersimonDreams link! thanks
 VOTING IS OPEN NOW: Until Jan 30 at 8 pm c time HERE



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP so far this week


A little blurry..sorry! I am working on a project and not sure of some of my color choices so stay tuned. :)  Not sure what I am doing or if this is a go but one must go for it!  ...lots of kona solids

Linking up with WIP Wed with Lee Freshly Pieced

and

Let's Bee Social with Lorna HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Finish is in the Bag!


I made this quick little tote bag out of some Sew Mama Said fabrics I had left over. I used the main part of the tutorial from Very Shannon Reversible Box Tote. I did my own twist on binding the edges with some left self made binding. In hindsight I didn't look at the placement of the dots so on the binding around to the back it looks slightly different.  I also made another iPad rest/ pin cushion based on a tutorial from Michelle at Factotum of Arts. Super easy and so cute!
The tote is reversible but it is pretty stiff with the interfacing I put in it.
It stands up by itself.  I love the mix of fabrics.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday and

 Where Valerie is hosting today at Val's Quilting Studio

Sunday, January 11, 2015

PQ Season 6 #1 - Mighty Scrappy





"Mighty Scrappy"
 Time for Season 6 of Project Quilting with Kim over at Persimon Dreams!
I saw the first challenge go up Sunday and I was not sure I could do it fitting with my goals to finish some things laying around here. I thought about it until Wed or so and decided I could do this challenge " Trees" with scraps and that would be a win win!!!  So here is my " Mighty Scrappy".

Mighty Scrappy
18w x 22l
all scraps
fmquilting
made in Ne

If you pop over to Kim's site her first photo of a tree was my inspiration.

I tried to add some shading but the scraps are pretty bright. If I do it again I think I would try some applique over the dark side.

Stay tuned I think she is going to open up for voting by the public later this week. VOTING till Jan 16th click.
 
linking up with Sherri over @ A Quilting Life for Scraps Monday

Friday, January 9, 2015

Finish it up Friday! Black-eyed Susan






 A Friday Finish!! This is my little wall hanging made from the free pattern over at SewKindofWonderful HERE using the Quick Curve Ruler. I wanted to make a scrappy (from my stash and scraps) wall-hanging using the ruler.  This was super fun AND......drum roll please! I tried two new techniques for me on this.

First, because I spiral quilted it, it was pretty wavy. I was able to figure out how to block this since it was so small. super easy and now it is very flat even though in the photo it looks wavy on the bottom. That is because I launched it out in front of me in the snow..haha!
Second, I tried the fake piping binding. Super easy!!


This is scraps of AG Indian Summer fabric. It has such a soft hand. I love the fun way the pieces are just shades in this scrappy piece.
I am calling this one :
"Black-eyed Susan"
24" x 24"
spiral quilting
fake piped binding
scraps/stash fabrics
 
 
Here you can see a bit better the binding. I used THIS Faux Binding Tute and I will do it again I am sure!
 
 
Here is the center. I used a fun decorative stitch on the circles because I had the capability and it was there ...so why not! I think it turned out pretty cool.
 
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday HERE
 
and
 
 
Try something new every month #TSNEM HERE
 
and
 
TGIFF hosted by Quilt Matters today HERE