Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIPs Today...

What works in progress do I have going on today?  Well...

1.  Blocks #10&11 are finished for the Women of the Bible Quilt Along.
2.  The top is all finished for Friends & Companions Quilt Along and ready to be quilted (after I get the backing pieced together).  I've already made the binding in anticipation of getting it done!
3.  No real progress had been made on the Thai quilt, but that's my piecing station project for the next couple of weeks.  I'm hoping to get it finished by the end of the month...fingers crossed!  It still needs 8 more blocks to be pieced...
4.  Charming Stars is now quilted and I'm currently stitching down the binding in the evenings while DH has the TV turned on.  It even has it's label and hanging sleeve on!  Am I the only person that puts a hanging sleeve onto everything just in case I ever want to hang it (BTW, I rarely ever hang anything - and I use the flat sleeve method instead of the folded quilt show variety).

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and BOMs Away!


Friday, October 03, 2014

October UFO Goals

Autumn is upon us, so says the calendar, but I really can't believe it's already October!!!  This year has just flown by, but now it's time to declare my October UFO goal...again, this month, I've got 2 UFOs that need finishing.  And once again, one is a MUST finish because of an upcoming wedding!!!
 I've had these blocks put away for several years, just waiting to come out and play.  They are very simple scrappy HSTs set in a diamond layout.  They've been put away for so long because the piecing certainly left something to be desired (they were gifted to me some time ago and I thought I would be able to do something with them at some point).
Over the last couple of days I've cleaned up the blocks...trimming edges, resewing to match seams, and lots of thread trimming as many of the blocks were originally sewn with dark threads!
 As of today, these blocks are now a flimsy top.  I added a 3" white on white inner border and then a multi-colored paisley outer border.  I'm thinking this will make a nice sized cuddle quilt, at 63x72," for the newlyweds couch!
 This Thai inspired quilt was begun as an ostrich challenge hosted by Kimberly Crenshaw (aka Camou) over at Divine Inspirations.  You can read more about my journey thru this challenge here:  Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3.  Due to some unforseen circumstances, we never finished the challenge and thus, I ended up with yet another UFO.  Now, it's time to finish her up!
This quilt began with three metallic fabrics I picked up when we visited Thailand several years ago.  After the ostrich challenge got cancelled, I sent some of the fabric off in a squishie swap and got back nine blocks that others had made for me.  Now, it's time to put all of this together with at least 7 more blocks that I'll have to whip up!

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Beginning of Charming Stars

Have you heard about the Charming Stars Sew Along that is currently being hosted by Terry's Treasures?  Each year, for the past couple of years, Terry has chosen a new pattern and a bunch of us just sew along!  As for me, I use them as leaders & enders to other projects that I've got in the works!
This time around, Terry chose "Charming Stars," a super cute, free pattern from the Moda Bakeshop.  The pattern calls for 3 charm packs and some additional yardage for sashings, borders and of course backing and binding.
For my version, I've chosen to begin with Moda's Odds & Ends (by Cosmo Cricket) charm packs.  I'm using a warm chocolate brown blender for the stars and sashing.  I cut a couple or extra 5" squares from a green fabric from Marcus Fabrics' Visual Effects line that will also be used for the outer border.  Finally, I'll be binding and making cornerstones with that pretty turquoise from the Raindrops Collection by Coral Tree Fabrics.  I had a backing fabric picked out a while ago, but I'm currently rethinking that.  Hmmm...
Charming Stars (as of 1 Oct 2014)
Linking up with the Charming Stars Sew Along & WIP Wednesday.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday BOWs

Only one more week and this project will be off the design wall and ready to quilt up!  This is block #8 - Lisa's block, from the Marcus Brothers' Friends & Companions Sew Along.  The block was designed by Lisa Shepherd Stewart, Marcus Brothers' Marketing Manager.
Block 9, Marcus Brothers' Friends & Companions Sew Along
Here are all 9 blocks from the Sew week we'll get finishing instructions and I can hardly wait to quilt this little cutie up!  Notice the color differentiation in block 9 in both photos?  The photo below is actually more true to color.  And all of the blocks were made strictly from scraps...I didn't have to cut into so much as a FQ!  Hmmm...maybe I have too many scraps!!?!?
Marcus Brothers' Friends & Companions Sew Along:  Blocks 1-9's an update on my other long term Sew Along project, Women of the Bible hosted by Hoppin' Bobbin on Facebook.  This week, we made block #8, a 15" Girls' Favorite block representing Ruth.
Women of the Bible:  Block #8 - Ruth
So far, so good, I think.  I'm beginning to like the way the blocks are coming together.  Everything you see so far is strictly from my stash.  I'm not planning to purchase any new fabrics for this project either (with the exception of the backing later on).
Women of the Bible:  Blocks 1-8
Linking up to Design Wall Monday and BOMs Away!


Monday, September 22, 2014

September UFO Completions!

Yes, completionS, plural!  Whoohoo....both goals accomplished!

First, please meet "Peaches & Dreams," a 20 year old UFO that began with the ugliest, most terribly pieced fan blocks in existence.  I'm ashamed to say that, yes, I pieced them myself approximately 19 years ago and that is why they became a UFO...more about how this all got started here in this post from earlier this month.  "Peaches & Dreams" is my own design, a bit of a modern twist based on a traditional Grandmother's Fan block setting - my first "modern-ish" attempt.

Peaches & Dreams 
Pattern Designer:  Heather Gunter
Quilting Design (Panto):  Paisley Playtime (Hermionee Agee, designer)

My second finish is a wedding quilt for my sister and her fiancee, who will be getting married next week.  This one was a rush order (more here) with a couple of weeks to spare and I LOVE the result!

Woven Together
Pattern:  "Salute to Plaid" Natalia Bonner, Quiltmaker (free pattern)
Quilting Design (Panto):  Holly's Hearts (Patricia Ritter, designer)

Linking up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop, A Lovely Year of Finishes, and 52 Quilts!