Friday, August 17, 2018

Audobon's Christmas project

First block in the Audobon's Christmas. This is item number 2 in my 18 in 2018 list. The original list can be found here. I think I have a pretty good start on this project. This is the owls block. I might add more embroidery on the faces. When I look at Kathy McNeil's version, there is a lot more embroidery around the eyes.

Blue Jay Block. I am pretty pleased with the way this one turned out. I actually individually pieced each part of the three largest pine cones. For the two smallest cones, I found some fabric that I could use to applique.

Close-ups of the jays. Male on the left. Female on the right. I am pretty pleased with how these turned out. I could have used some additional shades of blue for more differentiation, but I am pretty limited on fabric that is available locally. I painted the shading on the female's tummy and the white tips on the feathers of both.

I still have to cut the blocks down to the exact size. I will wait until I am ready to begin assembly of all of the blocks.

Now, on to the chickadee block.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

FQS Coffee Koozie

FQS is running some reboots on previous projects. I am participating on the Coffee Koozie reboot. You can check these projects out on Instagram at #fqsquiltalong #fqsremix #coffeekoozie.

I selected this Michael Miller fabric from the Eco collection. I don't know how long it has been in my stash. It seemed to be perfect for this project. The whole idea of the Coffee Koozie is to avoid using those throw-away paper sleeves. This little project protects fingers from the hot cup, and at the same time saves the environment.

I found this cute little flower button in my button drawer. So perfect.

I changed up the method a little bit. I didn't use mini-charms. I used a fussy-cut piece of fabric.
Then I fused it to the batting before making the sandwich with the backing.

This photo was taken before I added top stitching around the edge.

Thanks, FQS, for the reminder about this very eco-friendly little project.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Off the List Projects

I have worked on a few small projects that are not included on my 18 in 2018 list.

First, eight-year-old Little Missy visited from Michigan. I had the perfect project for us to work on together. We used the Accuquilt Go cutter to cut out these beautiful butterflies. This project was made with the free pattern that is included with the Edyta Sitar butterfly die.

Little Missy chose the color arrangement for the butterflies and the nine-patch flowers. She has a good eye for color. She identified the warm colors and cool colors. Kudos to her public school art teacher.

She also eyed a special piece of fabric in my stash that I had set aside with no specific project in mind. She wanted to use it so badly, but I didn't think it was right for the butterflies. After she left, I made a one-way zip bag out of it. I used Joan Hawley's method from my Craftsy class "The One-Zip Way." I didn't switch out the zipper pull with a different color because I didn't have another color that would go with the bag.

Fun projects. I have made several of these bags as well the the cute little Sweet Peas. I have been using the fabric leftovers from a table runner kit I made from FQS. This just shows how generous they are with the fabric for kits.

Another project that has been waiting for quite a while is the Sew Together bag. I bought the pattern quite a while ago, but was overwhelmed by the instructions. I wasn't sure that I understood them. After making the simpler bags above, I got brave enough to give this a try.

I am having so much fun in my retirement. Visits with the grandkids. Sewing without guilt. Cleaning and reorganizing the pantry. Baking nearly every day. If I keep this up, I will have to buy new clothes.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Progress on 18 in 2018

I have been plugging away on my Diamonds in the Sky by Tula Pink project. This is #16 on my 18 in 2018 list. After purchasing the kit and starting the project several years ago, I discovered that I really do not like English Paper Piecing. This has been stuffed in a tote bag for, perhaps, three years. I discovered an iquilt class with Karen K Stone "English Paper Piecing by Machine." That is exactly what I was looking for. Her process is genius

You can hardly see the tiny zig-zag with invisible thread.

I have now completed all 13 rows. It is ready to be trimmed straight at the edges and quilted.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Exciting News 

Halo Medallion has been accepted in the Grand Rapids, Michigan AQS show. I am very excited. This is the first time I have entered a quilt in a show.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Another Finish on 18 in 2018 List

It took me a while, but I have finished the 2015 Designer Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop. This is project # 12 on my original list. You can see the list here.

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide quilting thread.

After completing the quilting, I had to sew buttons for the eyes and mouth of the snowmen. 

 Here is a picture of the completed quilt taken on my screened porch. The indirect sun makes for pretty nice pictures.

This one is for Little Missy. She will be visiting at the end of June, so she will have two quilts to take home with her; the Halloween/Thanksgiving quilt that has a hanging sleeve for display, and this one which will be used on her bed when her Christmas quilt is put away.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Progress on 18 in 2018

I have another finish on my 18 in 2018 list. Yeah! My original post can be found here. I have finished the Red and Cream Mystery BOM quilt from Fig Tree Quilts (#8 on my list).

As I was sewing the binding on, I noticed one seam on the sashing that I had not done SID. I pinned it back on one of the leaders, draped the rest of it over the belly bar. I used some plastic clips to give a little more tension and carefully fixed the seam. All is well now.

 I used red Glide thread in the center star, but cream Glide everywhere else. Hobbs 80/20 batting.

The lighting is terrible today. I managed to get a few pics of the blocks.

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