Monday, December 3, 2018

Fat Eighth Fruitcake

I posted some preliminary pics on Instagram about this project. It is the Fat Eighth Fruitcake quilt from Fat Quarter Shop. I love that you can get such a cute quilt with a fat eighth bundle.

I chose to use Winter Village from Basic Grey for a Christmas-themed throw. I love that this collection isn't 'slap-you-in-the-face' Christmas.

First block: You can see the happy little village design in the fabric. Love it.

The Fruitcake block design left lots of fun spaces to fill with quilting. 

Here are the finish photos.

Thanks, Fat Quarter Shop, for another great project. So much fun!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sherbet and Cream Finished!

I have completed another project from my 18 in 2018 list. Sherbet and Cream is #11 on my list. The post can be found here.

I have posted progress pics on Instagram, so this will be familiar to some of you. Pictures were pretty hard today. It is cloudy and we are getting snow. I finished it off with a scrappy binding.

Here is a pic of the back. It was a pretty tedious quilting design so I am happy that it is done.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Audubon's Christmas Progress

Yesterday was a bummer. I was making great progress adding the sashing between blocks on the Audubon's Christmas project when I hit a major speed bump. The top row was .5" shorter than the already assembled blocks below. Do you see the difference on the design wall?

I was so pissed off that I stopped sewing for the day so I could attack the problem with a fresh mind this morning. I had to take sections apart and do more trimming to make the bottom part match the size of the top row. So many opportunities for math errors. I am sure that math errors is what got me into this mess in the first place. Here is the result.

If you look closely, you can probably see the places that were trimmed. No matter. I am satisfied with the result and am moving forward. I think this will marinate on my design wall while I decide how I will finish this off. Kathy McNeil put prairie points on every side of the project. I have never been a fan of prairie points. I need to think about how I want to finish this off.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Progress on 18 in 2018

I am working on the seventh block in the Audubon's Christmas project. I am getting there. I have all four cardinals attached. Just the feeder to go.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Star Crossed is Finished

I have another finish on my 18 in 2018 list. Find the original list here. Actually, I finished this quilt on September 23. I didn't post about it then because we were having rainy, dreary weather and I just couldn't get a good picture.

Here are a couple close-ups of the quilting. I used Bethanne Nemesh's method for quilting sampler quilts. You can find it in her book Sampler Smack Down. I am pretty sure I didn't get it done in 12 hours, but her procedure makes good sense to me.

I did whirly-twirly feathers in the center of each block and Bethanne's no backtrack feathers in the star. I still need practice to get the little q-tip end and not just a u-turn when I change directions. I really do love the way these look.

Pretty backing fabric from Fig Tree.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Clear the Decks!

I have been busily working on the Audubon's Christmas applique project. I haven't posted about it for a while. I have started the last block, the cardinals. It is the center block and the focus of the piece.

This project includes applique, fabric painting, embroidery, and trapunto. Every horizontal surface in my sewing room is full of parts of this project.

Ironing station

Cutting table


Table adjacent to sewing machine

I needed to bind a quilt that has been waiting for a long time. I couldn't even begin to work on that until I cleaned off all of these surfaces. Oy. What a pain.

I finished binding the quilt, so now I can make messes again.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Juggling Multiple Projects

It has been a busy summer. I retired as of July 1. We made two round trips to Pennsylvania to pick up and return grandsons. They spent 10 days with us. We made two round trips to Michigan. The first to help our son after back surgery, and the second to attend the AQS Grand Rapids show. My Halo Medallion hung in that show. It was a trill to see the quilt hanging in a national show.

I picked the quilt up after that show because I stupidly did not enter it in Paducah or Virginia Beach. I intend to enter it in Daytona, Lancaster, and Spring Paducah. I also discovered that judge's comments are only given at Paducah, not at any of the other shows. My main purpose for entering was for comments. That was disappointing.

I took four classes from Bethanne Nemesh at the GR show. She is a fantastic teacher. I have lots to practice. I purchased her book, Sampler Smackdown. Her goal is to complete the quilting in 12 hours. I used her method to quilt my Crossroads quilt. I lost track of the time, but I don't think I made the 12 hour goal.

It is now hanging on the machine because my sewing room is completely filled with my Audubon's Christmas project. My binding is cut, but I don't have space to work on the binding. My ironing station, cutting table, countertop, and sewing table are filled with various parts of the project. When I worked on the owls and blue jays, I kept putting materials away. I found that I was wasting a lot of time because I was just putting away at the end of a session and taking things back out at the beginning of the next sewing session. I have allowed the mess to take over.

I have all of the chickadees sewn. Three of them are attached in this photo, and the other three are pinned on. I had to paint the leaves in order to get a good shade of green. I had fun getting various shades to look like light and shadow. The leaves are pinned on.

I thought that the two birds with black beaks looked more menacing than cute, so I removed the black beaks and replaced them with tan. When I have finished appliqueing all of these pieces, I will embroider tiny berries. This will look much prettier with the red berries.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

New FQS Project

Here is a sneak peek at the next FQS project I will be working on. This one is called Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt Along.

I chose a Fat Eight bundle called Winter Village by Basic Grey. I will be using Moda 'Bone' solid for the background and the cute, cute snowman print for the binding.

The big reveal is currently scheduled for October 23. I will put work in progress pics on Instagram.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

First Chickadees

Just a quick post to show the first two chickadees in the Audubon Christmas wallhanging.

I know it looks like I stabbed them, but they are just pinned to the design wall.

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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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