Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge and more...

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap challenge is mixed up colors. We all have those multi~colored fabrics that don't fit into any one color category. Those are the fabrics to play with in April. 
Since I am doing mini spools this year for the challenge, I am calling this months spools variegated threads. I found plenty of scraps to play with in my scrap bin Ü
For each spool, instead of using multiple fabrics, I choose one fabric and cut it in narrow strips and the mixed them up. We will see how they play with the other spools as the year progresses. I may try some more of these if I find the  time.
I'm linking up over at So Scrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday! Go on over and check out what's happening there!

I have been using the same monthly color for The Milky Way QAL over at Blossom Heart Quilts. The star for the month of April is Arcturus. I picked 2 coordinating multi~colored fabrics for this star. I'm hoping that it will play well with the other stars as the QAL progresses. 

I am not 100% satisfied with this block especially when I read that Arcturus is the 4th brightest star in the sky.  
My goal is to only use scraps from my stash so I will leave it for now. 

Yesterday, I went to the International Quilt Festival here in Chicago (Rosemont). I will leave you with a few of my favorites from the show!
 technique is pretty amazing! Tiny scraps with and overlay of netting.
Tulip Fields by Denise Oyama Miller

Beautiful colors and details!

This quilt won a blue ribbon! The quilt below is one of the blocks made full size. The challenge was taking traditional blocks and making them modern.

I'm a little partial to this quilt! Celebrating my beloved hometown Cubbies!

There were so many more! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April goals

April is already here and moving fast!
My first goal for April is to sandwich and quilt the elephant baby quilt. 
I worked on piecing the back so it is a matter of finding the time to get it layered and start quilting.

I will also continue to piece the City Bank quilt.

I cut the materials and have sewn 5 blocks to date. 
I'm using some Kona, Grunge, Tula Pink and a green from my stash. 

I will also complete my RSC blocks and my block for The Milky Way QAL. This month's color is multi-colored. 
You know, the fabric prints that don't fall into any one color way.
I'm linking up to OMG at Elm Street Quilts for the April link up. 
Be sure to head over to see everyone's goals. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Goals Update

March is coming to a close. Will it go out like a lamb? 
After mild weather for most of winter, which spoiled us, Mr. Winter came back just  a week before the official end. We got quite a bit of snow!
March was a short sewing month for me as we headed to visit our kids for 10 days in warmer weather!
However, I did work to accomplish my goals! 
My first goal was to complete my leader/ender baby quilt for donation to 
Project Linus. 
This quilt used squares that I over cut for my niece's 1st baby quilt and sat around my sewing room for way too long. She is 2 1/2 years old. 
The pink is very light so I emphasized the greens.
The quilting is concentric squares around the mini pieced squares and loops in the border. 
It is labeled and ready for donation! Finishes at 34" x 39 1/2"
My second goal was to finish piecing the Elephant Parade quilt and get it to the flimsy stage. 
I love how this quilt is turning out. I just had to add a unexpected pop of color. It is Kona cotton Wasabi. Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts does a great job with her tutorials. These blocks are fun to make!
I ordered this fabric for the backing. It just arrived! I have some work to do!
My third goal for March was to decide on the pattern for the modern wedding quilt I will be making. I'm going to use a pattern from this book. 
The couple lives in the city so....
I will be making the quilt using the City Bank pattern. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for March

March's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is green red. Not the expected color for March! Angela did a random choice of colors from her crayon box. 
So this month we play with reds! 
My red scrap bucket is overflowing Ü
My mini spools do not use many scraps...but they sure are cute!
I'm linking up at So Scrappy. Join me over there to see all the amazing red projects this month.

I'm also using the RSC color of the month to make my Milky Way QAL block. This month the star block is Alpha Centauri.
Here it is with Sirius. The first star in the series.
This QAL is hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts.
New over at Blossom Heart is mini blocks of these stars. 
Maybe a few minis will be in my future.

April is just around the corner...what will April's color be?

Project Quilting #6 Time is Up

The final challenge for Project Quilting Season 8 is Time is Up. The challenge is anything related to time. I found that to be so broad that it was difficult narrowing it down. Do I go with the standard clock or calendar? 
What about seasons...spring time?  
Then there are all the sayings or idioms related to time.
Have a whale of a good time, Once Upon a Time, time out, most wonderful time of the year, running out of time, time flies, time is money...
Then there is time management and Time magazine. 
You get the idea...we use time for many things. I knew I couldn't ponder this too long as this is a short week for me as we are leaving to visit our daughters tomorrow. 
I decided to go with Tea Time. A mini quilt that I could use. I got started and while I was paper piecing my mind kept going...maybe I should do a play on these words...tee time...
No! I didn't have TIME to play. So here it is: Tea Time
This mini finishes at about 14" square. The tea pot and tea cup are paper pieced  using this pattern and I FMQ around the pot and cup as well as the background. I FMQ straight lines to represent the table. I used a doily under the tea pot.

This is the final challenge! Voting next week. It has been fun!
Linking up to Project Quilting @ Persimon Dreams.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Project Quilting #5 Well Dressed Man

The 5th challenge for Project Quilting is the well-dressed man!
Immediately I thought of pin stripes or hounds tooth or herringbone...all patterns in mens wear that are classic. 
Then I did a search through my husband's closet where I found a few more patterns...stripes and plaids ties and shirts. I rummaged through his sock drawer and ...
I remember that for my daughter's wedding, my son-in-love wanted the men to wear argyle socks! 
This is not a picture from their wedding as it didn't get captured by their photographer.

The color scheme for their wedding was purples but my SIL didn't care what color argyle socks the men wore. So my husband bought these 
(he couldn't find purple). 
Using an argyle pattern - Argyle Sketches by QuilterChic available on Craftsy, I created this mini quilt.
Using the dimensions of the argyle diamonds in the pattern, I cut out 3 diamonds (2 blue and 1 gray). I used a darker charcoal gray for the background. I flipped the diamonds on their sides instead of upright like in the pattern to look like the socks.
I backed this with a print from my stash.
I quilted around each diamond in the ditch and extended the quilting into the border following the argyle diamonds. Then I hand quilted using big stitch quilting with pearl cotton, the white argyle lines. 
This quilt finishes at 15" x 22". Created by me in Des Plaines, IL


March Goals

It is now March 3rd and I am just getting to set my goals. February proved to be a busy month and looking forward into March, it will also be a short month as we head down to Texas to spend time with our daughters and son-in-love.  
I also became aware of some quilts that I must get for my niece's baby shower in April and a wedding quilt. 
So my goals for March will put a few things on the back burner like my Sail Away quilt and my Go Cubs Go! quilt. I will complete my leader ender baby quilt for donation. This quilt has a little bit more quilting and the binding to be completed. 
For my niece's baby quilt the theme is elephants in greige (a new neutral color. Have your heard of it?) I am making the elephants from the pattern Elephant Parade by Sew Fresh Quilts. This was from a quilt along that Lorna did in 2015. I choose this pattern because not only are her patterns cute, Lorna does an incredible job at clear and easy to follow instructions.  I recently did her quilt along Modern Bear Paw and I loved it! 
My goal is to complete piecing the top of this quilt.
I also purchased fabrics for the wedding quilt. The colors are plum with silver and a touch of green. 
I choose Kona silver for the background and several Kona purples and one American made brand and 2 Grunge, a Tula Pink print and a green from my stash. I haven't quite figured out what pattern to use yet. It needs a modern feel and I'm leaning towards a hashtag quilt. I don't have a specific deadline for this quilt as the couple was married in October at Disney World. We weren't invited (only immediate family) but it is for my close friend's oldest son and his new bride. In March, I will finalize my decision as to the pattern and start cutting out this quilt. 
As always, I will continue to keep up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and the Milky Way QAL. This month's color is red!
I am linking up my goals at OMG-March goals at Elms Street Quilts.

I hope to be better at giving my March goals update at the end of this month. In the meantime...Happy Quilting!