Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Update

I am still working on the Zoo Nouveau installment for this month. I attached shisha mirrors to the bitty blocks. I am happy with that part of the project.

I have not completed the embellishments of the butterfly blocks. I am hesitant to use beads because I am not sure what will be required in subsequent blocks. I am mostly using embroidery to embellish the butterflies.
 This block is completed.
 This block needs more embroidery. I am most pleased with the butterfly body on this block.
 This block is complete. I worked on this one first. I thought the french knots on the body looked like he has the measles. I added some whip stitching. This is my least favorite of all three.

I hope the embellishments will take attention away from the terrible DSM quilting. I can't do DSM free motion quilting. That is why I bought a long arm machine. Unfortunately, this project can't be quilted on a long arm. I will persevere.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Halo Medallion Month 6

I completed the June installment of Halo Medallion.
I decided not to split the floater. It was cut 1-5/8". I didn't want to deal with splitting that into two pieces. Fingers crossed that it won't seem too big when viewing the finished quilt.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Red and Cream BOM Month 6

I completed the 6th installment of the Fig Tree Red and Cream BOM.
I have been able to keep up with my BOM's this year. I have limited the number of BOM's I participate in so I don't get overwhelmed as I have in the past.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Butterflies

I thought I would never get these done. Phew. Each one is a bit different because I kept playing with the method. I don't do much handwork anymore. My hands just can't take it. I used machine piecing, machine applique, hand applique, and just a little bit of hand piecing.
 Don't look too closely. I am hoping that some of the embellishments will hide the differences in these blocks.

I have to say that I am really excited about making an "art" piece. I have always followed patterns closely and wouldn't allow myself any leeway. This is actually fun. I can't wait for the next instructions.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Doll Quilt for Little Missy

This Memorial Weekend afforded me time to complete some of the projects that have been hanging around for a while. I completed the doll quilt for Little Missy. This is a miniature of the Wall Flower Quilt based on an MSQ pattern that I made for her last year. See it here. I know she will be thrilled to have this matching quilt for her doll.
I made my own template for the small flowers. 

I made a pillow that matches the backing fabric. I stuffed it with pieces of left over batting.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sewing Room Clock

I am so excited about this. I bought the clock-works and a pattern for this clock when I was in Ireland in 2013. A couple years ago, I posted that I couldn't find the pattern in my sewing room. DH keeps telling me that I need to pull my plastic drawer sections out more often to vacuum. OK, guilty as charged. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out to vacuum up all of the dust and gunk that accumulates in the sewing room only to find the envelope with the pattern, directions, and clockworks. Wahoo!

Since Memorial Day is a free day in the sewing room, I celebrated by working on my clock. I didn't want to use the pattern that was included with the clock-works. I have had my eye on this paper pieced flying geese circle for a long time.

I had fun digging through my stash for the colors. I have learned, from reference to a color chart, that the color I have always called purple is actually called violet. The color chart color of purple, I have always thought was magenta. Who knew?

I love the way it looks on my wall. I can see it from my DSM or my long arm. Life is good.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Peacock Panel

I have finished the Peacock panel for the Zoo Nouveau project. I am a bit frustrated with the instructions. There are several pieces in the pattern that are not shown in the layout. I have no idea where they are supposed to go or what colors they should be. Also, the instructions say to use gold paint on the 'garlic' shapes for added dimension. What paint? How do I do that? Not enough information provided.  I didn't do the ruffle that was included in the instructions, because it just said put in a ruffle. How do I do that? What fabric?
It isn't exactly the size that is in the directions, but it is pretty close.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Progress

Here are some pics of my progress on Zoo Nouveau.
Feathers have been appliqued. Added the cording and additional feather 'eyes.'

I couldn't find an appropriate sized eyelash yarn. I found this one at Michael's.

Sorry for the blurry pic. This is Isaac Mizrahi yarn. I separated the black yarn from the pretty blue/purple/violet strand.

I had to change the placement of the bird and feathers. I had a huge gap, so I improvised. 

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Zoo Nouveau

I have a couple BOM projects to share. I bought the starter kit for the Zoo Nouveau project that the Quilt Show is offering this summer. I chose a color palette that I know will work in my home. Here is the base for the first part of the project.

I am working on the applique pieces. Lots of peacock feathers. More to come.

I also finished the fifth installment in the Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts.

I am loving these blocks. Ten blocks done. I hope I can keep up so I will have another Christmas quilt for next year.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Star Crossed Flimsie

Another Fig Tree project. Star Crossed using Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric collection.

I love this fabric collection. Another one to add to my pile waiting to be quilted. I really need to retire.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finally, some sewing progress

I am really ready to retire. Work just interferes with my sewing time.

I completed the April and May BOM assignments for the Halo Medallion BOM from The Quilt Show. Honestly, those flying geese arcs took! The pattern instructions are very good. I am hoping that this is the most challenging part of this quilt because it pushed me to my limit.

I woosed out and chose to use the kit so I couldn't mess up on fabric selection. I have absolutely no confidence in my ability to put together a beautiful palette like this.

I also finished this month's Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts. I love reds and this is a fun project to work on.

That makes eight blocks completed for this project.

This month Fig Tree Quilts is having a contest for quilt blocks in sizes that work with their current BOM's. I designed a 10" finished size block. This is the first time I have ever tried to design my own block. I'm not showing the picture. If I win, I will be happy to share.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Starlight, Starbright BOM

I added the last border onto Starlight, Starbright BOM today. Ta Dah!

Next step, quilting. I think I will use white thread throughout. I do not want to be changing thread colors all through this.

Has anyone else done a two-color quilt? How did you decide which thread color to use?

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Red and Cream Month 3

I am participating in the Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree quilts. I should have this top completed in time to have it quilted by next Christmas. That is the plan.

Here are the two newest blocks. #'s 5 and 6:

I drove myself crazy trying to have the zig-zag fabric all in the same direction within each block, but it was not possible. Oh well. I'll just try not to be so obsessive compulsive.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Starlight, Starbright flimsy

I had a terrible time with this project all the way along. I hate paper piecing, and this project had a lot. Even more than that, I hate templates. I never really understand how to make them fit together. Block #11, I tried three times. I finally gave up on it and made a substitution. I don't have the heart to take any of these apart to correct the mistakes I see. I'll just call this a 30 mph quilt. If you go by it at 30 mph, it looks OK. If you stop and look closely, the errors are apparent.

I can't believe that I didn't manage to get all of the borders on this during spring break week. I didn't take another picture with the borders added. I have one more border to go that will have to wait until next weekend. I didn't even get to touch my Lucey at all during the week. I spent every day working on my BOM projects.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Halo Medallion Month 3

I was able to get my month three assignment finished this week only because it is spring break. My weekend sewing time just isn't enough to stay caught up.

I had fun arranging the star centers and points for a good mix. The paper piecing took for-ev-er. I finally got it completed yesterday.
I could have played with the placement for another day, but I finally decided to space the reds the way I liked them and not worry about whether the other colors had the same center and points next to each other. I am pretty pleased with this so far. I don't know how I will be able to keep up from here on out, though. Next month is the tiny flying geese.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

What I'm Working On

I have decided to limit the number of BOM projects I take on this year, but I continue to be tempted by all of the great projects I see online.

I am participating in the 2017 BOM from the Quilt Show. This quilt was designed by Sue Garman, who just recently died. I am determined to get over my hate of paper piecing. This project will either cure me or kill me.
January Assignment

February Assignment
I have received the last installment of Starlight, Starbright. This is the red/white project I have been working on for the past year. Even though I love red and white quilts, I can't say that I have enjoyed this one. Too many templates and paper piecing blocks. No recent pictures of this one.

I am in the Red and Cream Mystery BOM from Fig Tree. This one will finish in time to be completed for Christmas. I just love Joanna's fabrics.
January Assignment

February Assignment
 Currently on the Lucey: Serendipity by Judy Madsen. This is a challenge to my quilting skills. It is definitely a stretch.

Grid with Continuous Curve completed

Sorry for the photo overload, but I am seriously in love with this one. I also loaded one of my minis on the frame so I could take advantage of using the same backing. A real time saver.

This post is linked with What a Hoot! BOMS Away (see button on right).

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