Sunday, May 28, 2017

May Goals Update

It's the end of May and I need to update you on my goals. 
One on my goals was to quilt the city bank quilt. Unfortunately, after receiving the new foot and rulers, I have not had time to sit down and try them out. The end of the school year has been super busy. Just 3 days left! 
So my city bank quilt still needs to be quilted.
Sandwiched and basted and ready to go!

My 2nd goal for May was to start piecing butterfly blocks for my nieces 2nd baby's quilt. I was much more successful in achieving this goal (working in smaller bits of time). It is all pieced together and ready to be sandwiched. However, that can't happen until I quilt City Bank! 
How's that for motivation!
I used 4 different butterfly blocks patterns....2 of them are 8" blocks and 2 are 4" blocks. 3 of the 4 block patterns were paper pieced. I wanted the butterflies to be angled but not at the 45° (on point) so I played with half square rectangles allowing a gentler angle. 
I anchored the quilt with a row of pretty flowers. 
I also finished the May challenge for RSC and The Milky Way QAL (see post).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The neighborhood has grown!

Remember my little blue houses? 
The last time I posted about the neighborhood, there were 38 houses. Now the neighborhood has grown to 48 houses!
I add a house or 2 when I'm between projects or only have a limited amount of time to play. This isn't a population boom but slow and steady growth. I'm planning on more houses! No deadline, no pressure!
I'm loving it!
Yesterday, I took some time to work on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and The Milky Way QAL. May's color is green so I pulled my green scraps bin (which is almost as full as my blue bin) and started putting together like greens. 
5 little spools of green! 
Here are all the spools together so far.
Cute! Aren't they?
I'm linking up to Scrap Happy Saturday over at So Scrappy and Oh Scrap over at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

For the Milky Way QAL, I'm using the same color (makes it easy), green. This month's star is called Vega. It is the 5th brightest star. 
Here are the first 5 stars together.
It is a bit of a mystery to me on how these will play together at the end. 
Time will tell. To learn more head over to Blossom Heart Quilts.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Setting some goals for May

It's May! Time is flying by! It is time to set some goals for May. I am looking forward to quilting the City Bank quilt. 
(pattern name from the book City Quilts...the quilt will be named later)
At the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, I purchased the foot and several rulers to learn FMQ with rulers on my domestic machine! There was a bit of a faux pas as I purchased a high shank foot/rulers
but my machine is actually a low shank. Before purchasing, I did ask the Janome dealer (I have an Elna which is now owned by Janome) to verify the shank and I unfortunately, received incorrect information. Since I wasn't entirely sure, I had asked the store if I could return it if it proved different. They were very accommodating, and I am happy to say I received the new foot/rulers today! I'm very excited to get started! 
So my goal for May is to quilt and bind this quilt!
One of my nieces, also due in June expecting her 2nd baby, asked me to make  a baby quilt for her and the baby. The theme for the baby's room is butterflies with the colors of teal and purple. 
My goal for May will be to start making butterfly blocks and piecing this quilt. 
I have little planned for this quilt. I have done some searching for butterfly blocks and I have started collecting fabrics. I hope this isn't too hefty a goal as school is quite busy as the school year draws to a close. 
Summer is just around the corner!
I will continue to keep up with the RSC and The Milky Way QAL. 
May's color is green!
I'm linking my goals up at OMG-May Link-up @ Elm Street Quilts.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Goals Update Ü

The end of April is closing in therefore it is time to update my goals. It has been a pretty productive month for me...mostly out of necessity. The elephant baby quilt needed to be finished for the baby shower last weekend. 
The quilt was well received!
I named this quilt Dare To Be Different based on the one row of elephants that are marching in the opposite direction and the one baby elephant that color is different.
The pattern is from Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts. I did add tails to the elephants. This is the second animal quilt pattern from Lorna that I have made. I just love her style.
The quilt finishes at 38 1/2" x 41"
The backing fabric (I forgot the fabric line)matches the baby elephant (Kona Wasabi) with some gray to break up the brightness. 
I quilted it using straight lined machine quilting.

Another of my goals for April was to finish the piecing of City Bank quilt.
Today I sandwiched the is ready for quilting!
I also made my RSC block and the block for the Milky Way QAL.

I'm linking up to Elm Creek Quilts ~ OMG April Finish. Go over and check out everyone's progress!

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.