Saturday, May 6, 2023

I Got a New Finish, Update on H2H and RSC

 I am so excited for my latest finish! In April I finished this quilt to the flimsy stage but then I wasn't sure about how to quilt it. I felt that it would be a good candidate for an all-over design. The only all-over design that I have previously attempted was a meander. I decided to try the lilypad design by Christina Cameli of @afewscraps. 

I practiced a bit on this piece of glass with a dry erase marker. Once I was pretty comfortable, I started on my quilt...not totally confident...but I went for it.

I was surprised about how easy it was and the overall effect of the design. 
(I quilt on my domestic machine)
I put the last stitches in the binding last night and put it through the washer and dryer before going to bed. This morning I took it out of the dryer. Here it is textured with all its crinkly goodness!
This pattern is Sparrows by @penandpaperpatterns. It is all machine pieced and free motion quilted. 
All of the solids fabrics are Kona cottons. The small accent triangles, the backing prints and binding are purchased coordinating prints. 
I really wanted the floral print for the backing but all that was left was just under 2 yards. So I found a geometric print that coordinated and pieced the back. 
My newest favorite finishes at 65" x 70"

Linking to Off the Wall Friday @Creations-Quilts, Art, Whatever, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Fridays @Alycia Quilts, Link Party @Patchwork and Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss @the inquiring quilter and Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up @Meadow Mist Designs

Tomorrow is check in for the Hand2Help Challenge @Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Right now, I have 2 quilts that I have ready for this challenge that I will send to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.
This is my Squiggles quilt that I made as part of the RSC in 2022. You can read more about it here.
This quilt is Play Nice quilt and it was made as part of the Stash Buster Challenge in 2022. You can read about it here.
I'm super excited to be participating in this wonderful charity quilt drive hosted by Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I hope to be able to add one more quilt to this group!
I will link to H2H check-in.

I also worked on my button blocks with the new May color-ORANGE
Here are my first 2 blocks.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday @SoScrappy

I'm also excited to say I earned another badge from Wednesday Wait Loss for my mini quilts! 

Saturday, April 29, 2023

New finishes and RSC update

 Last Saturday I took a class hosted by Rachel Pierman of #craftymonkies. This was the second class I took taught by the talented @victoria_vanderlaan. Her technique is called intuitive stacked forms. The results are unique and amazing! You can read about the 1st class and my finish here.

This 2nd class was a follow-up class - Explore your Intuition Further. I started several quilts in the class and here are 2 that I recently finished. 

This mini I'm calling 7, 8 Lay Them Straight
It was inspired from Victoria's blunt edge quilt that she showed in the class. It was inspired by a pile of sticks she found on a walk. 
I choose a plum fabric I had in my stash as my background and scraps of light gray and a bright orange from my scrap bins. It is intuitively machine pieced and densely straight-line quilted every 1/4". It finished at 14.5" x 18.5"
This mini is called Disconnected
The forms in this quilt mini are cut-offs from the wedge table topper I made. You can see it here. I chose Kona butterscotch as the background. Butterscotch was also one of the colors in the wedges so after sewing them into this piece, I realized that the middle disappears into the background creating a disconnected look. I was pleasantly surprised how this piece turned out. 
When you sew intuitively, what you think the finished piece will look like doesn't always happen!
It is machine pieced and densely straight-lined quilted about every 3/8". It finishes at 14.5" x 16.5" 
Both of these quilts are faced as the finishing. 
I'm linking to Off the Wall Fridays @Creations-Quilts, Art and More, Finished or Not Friday @AlyciaQuilts, Linky Party @Patchwork and Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss @The Inquiring Quilter
I also want to mention that I was featured on Wednesday Wait Loss last week. Thanks Jennifer!
April RSC color is purple and I have made all 4 button blocks. Here are the 3rd and 4th blocks and all 4 together!

Linking up to ScrapHappy Saturday @SoScrappy
Next up is ORANGE!

Saturday, April 15, 2023

A finish and RSC and Sparrows QAL

 This week I finished the quilting and binding on the second quilt from last year's Stash Buster Challenge. The original quilt was so big that I wasn't comfortable quilting it. I intended to send it out to charity as a flimsy but the postage was so much. I ended up taking it apart and making 2 quilts instead. The first (larger) quilt was gifted to friends. This quilt will be sent to charity as part of the Hands2Help 2023 campaign hosted by Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

I changed the layout to a 4 x 5 grid and quilted vertically in straight lines about 1" apart.
I used a piece from my stash for the backing and a coordinating piece for the binding. 
I'm calling this quilt Play Nice!
Linking to Finished or Not Friday @Alycia Quilts, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Linky Party @Patchwork & Quilts, and Wednesday Wait Loss @The Inquiring Quilter
I also finished 2 of the purple button blocks for this months RSC.

2 more purple buttons to stitch! Linking to ScrapHappy Saturday @SoScrappy.

My Sparrows top is all put together! I'm loving it. More to come soon!

Wearable Art

 I have a lot to show today! 

I can finally share a commissioned project that I finished. It is not a quilt per se but does involve quilting. My Music teacher/colleague asked if I could make a banjo for the back of her jean jacket. I showed her this quilt I found on Pinterest and she loved the idea! So the design process started! I didn't want to applique the banjo (as the quilt inspiration) but wanted to piece it. She plays a 5 string bluegrass banjo which has a longer, thinner neck. We decided to let the arm just run off the top instead of trying to fit the whole banjo on the back. I also needed the head to be big enough to stitch the chorus of a song she chose.

Once the design was finished, I shopped for 14 different rainbow colors of fabric.
 I stitched the bottom right first.
After I made the bottom left but I didn't want a seam in the larger white piece because I would be FMQ words on it. So I figured out how to keep the white intact while still piecing the rainbow head. I was happy that it worked out! I continued with the top right and then added the rainbow strip to the right of the white for the remainder of the neck. The piecing was a bit tricky but it all worked out!

Next I added the chorus to the white head section. I used a fusible woven interfacing to stabilize the block before FMQing. I wrote the chorus in water erasable ink and I stitched using 40wt navy blue Aurifil thread. On the left side, I stitched the same chorus in larger font twice to fill the space. 

I stitched the piece onto the back section of the jacket and between the colors. I stitched 2 rows with white between the chorus on the left to keep the large sections secure. 
It was fun to create this wearable art piece! My friend was thrilled with it as she stated "Even better than I imagined."
Linking to Off the Wall Fridays @Creations-Quilts, Art, Whatever and TGIFF @Tamarinis

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Melodic Mystery finish, birds, and buttons

 I just realized that I never posted about my Melodic Mystery finished quilt, Jolly Holly Christmas, that I finished in February. Yikes, I'm just in time to not miss the parade over @MeadowMistDesigns!

Since I had a lot of Christmas fabrics, I choose to make this mystery in Christmas colors! I am happy with how it turned out! Bonus: It is ready for next Christmas without the usual last minute rush!
This is my 4th QAL @MeadowMistDesigns and I have enjoyed them all. Cheryl makes the QALs easy and at a great pace. Her designs are great and come together precisely.
It is all machine pieced and quilted by me using fabric from my stash. 
I FMQ poinsettias in the star blocks and holly leaves and berries elsewhere. 
This quilt finishes at 69" square.
I'm linking to the linking party here.

Even though it is April and the new color was announced as purple, I was out of town and unable to post my last green buttons. So here it is
That make 4 of each color!
I'm linking to ScrapHappySaturday @So Scrappy!
Now moving on to purple buttons!

I also joined the Sparrows QAL with @penandpaperpatterns on Instagram! I love Lindsey's designs and have several of her patterns. I bought the Sparrows pattern a while back and even most of the fabric but then it sat. When Lindsey announced the QAL, it was just what I needed to get it done! 
Aren't they cute!
Four different color combinations for the sparrows. All facing the same directions.

All sewn together in rows.
Now to make the same sparrows facing in the opposite direction. 
These little birds are so fun to sew! I'm trying to pace myself with the QAL. Going out of town for a few days helped! 
Another project I've been working on is a commissioned jacket by a music teacher and banjo player (she plays many instruments). She wanted a banjo quilt square quilted onto the back of her jean jacket. The colors were to be bright rainbow. She requested the chorus to a song stitched onto the back. The inspiration came from here. I didn't want to applique it so I needed to design it so it could be pieced.

A few attempts during the design process. (Notice the white out.)
Fabric selection-14 different colors
I pieced in sections (also a few attempts.) Then marked, cut and sewed the white sections.
Once assembled, I needed to determine the placement of the lyrics.
Here it is sewn on to the jacket.
I hope she likes it!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

SAHRR and some green button blocks

 My 2023 SAHRR quilt is finished! I started with an orphaned Halloween block I made in 2012 as part of the Wicked Blog Hop. I also won a fat quarter of Halloween fabrics that were just sitting on my shelf. It was time to use them. 

My quilt grew as the rounds were announced each week. 
Week 1: spools
Week 2: stars
Week 3:hourglass
Week 4: flying geese
Week 5: square in a square
Week 6: pinwheels
After Week 5, I decided to add Week 6 to the top and bottom to make a rectangular quilt instead of a square. I also decided to add 2 more rows to make it a bit longer. I drew up a paper piece pattern for a simple witches hat and some candy corn. I added one row to the top and one to the bottom.
I finally finished the quilting! I added custom quilting in the rounds like spider webs and 'ghost' quilting of the pinwheels, stars, etc.
Easier to see on the back.
Now it was photoshoot time! I went to a local park that has a cute Kids Only house. 
I'm calling it Halloween Night!

The finished size is 42" x 53.5"

I pieced the backing from most of the leftover pieces from the fat quarters. It will be fun to have a Halloween quilt ready in the Fall. 
Thanks Gail for hosting this SAHRR with all your host friends! 
I'm linking to the SAHRR Parade linky party @QuiltingGail

I also finished 2 green buttons for the RSC.

Three finished and one to go!
I'm linking Scrap Happy Saturday @So Scrappy!

With my last 2 finishes, I started a new project! News about it coming soon!