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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wild Geese Straight Furrows

This is another Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along project. I don't think I have ever seen this block pattern before. Kimberly Jolly has a video to help you with the construction of this block here.

I chose a piece of fabric that I have had for a long time. I bought it because I really love the teal with purplish/bluish colors. The problem was that I could never put it into any project because those colors were never right with any of the 'normal' colors. I thought this would be ta great project to use that fabric. A two-color quilt is the perfect solution. The colors do not show true in any of my photos, so don't judge.

I used Triangles on a Roll for a 2" finished triangle. I must be a really terrible sewer because these never seem to be any more accurate for me than when I sew them with traditional methods.

I laid them out on my small design boards so I wouldn't turn them around. Yes, that is another problem I have.

First block done. I really love the graphic nature of this block with two colors.

Six blocks done. The pattern is really starting to show even with so few blocks. I will continue to work on this small project.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pumpkin Patch Lane Finish

Pumpkin Patch Lane was on my 18 in 2018 list to be finished this year. The original post is found here. I had stopped working on this BOM project before finishing the first block. I experienced problems with the bobbin thread being pulled to the top on my zig zag stitches. I tried switching to mono-filament top thread, but had the same problem. I saw Edyta Sitar say that she always uses a size 70 microtex needle when she sews with mono-filament thread. That did the trick. I was able to finish this project.

This project is going to my granddaughter. I quilted in 4 spiders for her to find.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Progress on 18 in 2018

This is my last update for March on my 18 in 2018 list. My original post can be found here.
First up is my Red and Cream Mystery BOM quilt from Fig Tree Quilts (#8 on my list). I am getting very close to finishing the quilting on this. I have one row left to finish. Here are some detail pics.

 I decided to use red thread (Ruby Glide) in the center star only. All other areas are cream Glide.

 Lots of feathers. They don't show at all in the checked fabric.

Next, is the Pumpkin Patch Lane BOM quilt. This is # 18 on my 18 in 2018 list. I solved the issue about bobbin thread being pulled to the top. I heard Edyta Sitar say that she always uses a Microtex 70 needle with monofilament thread.  That did the trick. I had the upper tension at zero.

I have one more pieced border to complete. This is a very cute project.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Halo Medallion Ta-done!

I love spring break. I completely finished the Halo Medallion today. This project was number 1 on my 18 in 2018 list. Here is a link to my 18 in 2018 post.

Here is a pic of the last row when I finished quilting. Still on the machine. I made and attached the binding yesterday. I saved the hand sewing for today. Done. I also attached my label and the hanging sleeve.

This is the first quilt that I am satisfied with enough to consider entering it in a show. I would really like to get judges' comments.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Progress on Halo Medallion

I had another two great sewing days. I feel good about what I completed. I worked on the center medallion. I saw this corner triangle design on a quilt on Pinterest. I was able to recreate it. The first one was the easiest. It was the upper left corner.

 Fingers crossed. Three more to go. Two of them are upside down.

I am pretty stoked about the way this turned out. Love those feathers. A lot of geography covered in a few strokes. Such a change from the circle flying geese blocks.

Ta da! I finished the medallion. 

I am now more than half finished with this one. I should get it finished next weekend.

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Hanging Minis

I have had several minis ready to be hung on the wall for quite some time. DH and I put them up in my sewing room yesterday.

The first one is mini Cherry Pie, pattern by Joanna Figuero at Fig Tree Quilts. So cute. I put it next to my TV and above my ironing station. 

This wall is getting pretty full. The two on the left have been around for a long time. They are probably around 30 years old. The Amish design is hand quilted. They are both a bit faded (or maybe they are dusty). This wall is to the left of my DSM. I use the side table to trim blocks and press as I am sewing. Cut, Press, Repeat has been hung since 2016. I have two versions of mini Blossom (also from Fig Tree). One is scrappy and the other is red and cream. The top right is mini Twirl (also Fig Tree). I have a full size flimsy of Twirl which is on my 18 in 2018 list. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Halo Medallion Progress

I got Halo Medallion loaded on the longarm this weekend. I had two days of quilting. Everything worked out great. Good tension. Lots of ideas from the quilting of Angela Walters on the Quilt Show sample and ideas from Margaret Solomon Gunn from her blog. She quilted a customer quilt that was Halo Medallion. I have taken ideas from both of these wonderful quilters.

You will notice that I am putting the double bubble, or olive in the solid green 1" sashing. I have no ideas for the other 1" or 3/4" sashings. I will not quilt inside the half inch or smaller sashings. Any ideas? Should I just leave them empty? I have done SID on both sides. Is that enough?

The cross-hatching is really hard. I don't have a curved ruler that matches that curve. I am using my Quick Curve Sidekick ruler, but I have to adjust every inch or so. I am concerned that I will really mess up as I will need to complete these in different directions. I do not want to have to turn the quilt to complete the sections.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

18 in 2018 January Finishes

This is a very late post. I finished all of my easy-peasy projects from my list in January.

This is the Wanna Build a Snowman wallhanging. I just had to bind, label, and add a hanging sleeve.

I finished the lap quilt and table runner Double 9-Patch, a Fat Quarter Shop project. I had to bind and label these.

I designed the quilting based on Judi Madsen's iQuilt classes.

Original 18 in 2018 post here.