Friday, December 27, 2019

Last Hurrah for 2019!

I finally finished what will be my last quilt for 2019! 
(I still have some UFO's from 2019 projects)
This quilt is one of two from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2019! The block is called Waterfront Starburst from the book The Quilter's Paper Piecing Workbook. It will be a wedding gift for tomorrow's wedding! 
After sewing the blocks in a 3 x 4 array, I added large Kona white borders. This created large negative space for quilting. 
I FMQ in a rainbow, variegated thread mimicking the points of the starburst. I also straight line quilted around each starburst in the color of the star. 
It was such a warm, sunny day yesterday, I took advantage and went to the park for a photo shoot. It was almost too sunny!
The backing is pieced with fun stripes and brightly colored 
Day of the Dead fabric.
The quilt finished size is 60.5" x 74"

I'm linking up to Brag About Your Beauties over at From Bolt to Beauty, Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts, Scrap Happy Saturday at So Scrappy.
And because I promised...2019 new ornaments!
My new ornament is the snowman, my daughter's is the reindeer, and the little 3D tree is her boyfriend/partner. It has been a tradition in our family to make handmade ornaments for many years (started my my sister years ago.) We no longer exchange ornaments, but now my kids have taken up the tradition! FUN!
The little tree is so amazing! It is 3D printed! The center 2-pieced trunk fits together at 90º to form a stand, then 5 stars in varying sizes are put on, biggest to smallest. The largest size has Merry Christmas printed on it! So cute!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

December Update

December is almost over and it is time to slow down and celebrate this 
special season with family and friends!
I can say that I finally finished my Christmas sewing/handmade projects ~ 
(I only have the binding on a wedding quilt left). 
This cute little snowman coaster was part of the gift exchange for my knitting club.
The finished snowman table topper! A free tutorial from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting. It was part of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop in July.
One was so cute, I made two!
I also made a set of garden banners ~ 12 in all to be used throughout the year and for special occasions!

I knitted a hat!
...and I completed the blocks for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt! This was step 5.
I will link up to the December flying geese link up over at Meadow Mist Designs. In January we will start putting together the quilt!
I also made my Christmas ornaments for 2019 but I forgot to take a picture. I will share on my next post 😉
I enjoy making these little projects but I still need to finish up some large quilt projects before the end of the year! 🤞🏻

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2019 progress

At this time of year, many of the monthly challenges come to an end. Then it is time to try to finish them and make quilts (not UFOs)! If you have been following along with me this year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I did 2 blocks: The Waterfront Starburst and the Reverse Star blocks. I finished the Waterfront Starburst blocks and posted them here. Those blocks have been put together into a top and the quilt has been sandwiched and pin basted. It is now waiting for some time for me to get to the quilting! 
I finally put together the remaining Reverse Star blocks. 
in browns
in blacks
in peach/corals
Here are all the blocks together!
No sashing on this quilt but I may add a border. 
I will link up to Scrap Happy Saturday over at So Scrappy.
In the meantime, I have been working on a bit of Christmas sewing. Here is a sneak peek. 
This is a table topper from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Sarah @Confessional of a Fabric Addict. All that's left is hand stitching the binding!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Small Steps

I made some small steps in my sewing room. I put together the top to one of Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts:Waterfront Starburst! The backing is also ready so now I need to find some time to sandwich, quilt and bind it.
Another small step was to finish Step 3 in the Mosaic Mystery Quilt ~ The Diagonal Block.

 Wouldn't this make a cute quilt!
I will link up to the November Diagonal Block Linkup at Meadow Mist Designs. 
I made 2 charity blocks for the Covered in Love charity hosted by Kat & Cat Quilts. The November/December block requested the color palette of sea foam green, navy blue, true blue, light icy blues, snowy off whites, and some grays.
Here are my blocks! I really love these blocks.

My knitting club does charity knitting for a local hospital and other charities. I just finished this baby blanket.
Doesn't it remind you of the Neapolitan Coconut candies? Remember these?
My grandson will turn one on January 1st...his golden birthday! To make it special I made this crown to go with the theme of his birthday based on the story Where the Wild Things Are.
He will be treated royally! 👑

Friday, November 1, 2019

A finish and more!

I am still behind on my monthly blocks but I am determined to plug away and slowly get there! Someone said "Slow and steady wins the race!" Not that quilting is a race unless there are deadlines! 
The quilt I just finished, which I'm calling Simply Perfect, has a deadline which is tomorrow! It is a wedding gift and the wedding is tomorrow! I finished it with a photo shoot yesterday! 
Who would have thought that an October photo shoot would be in the snow?
The main fabric line is Nostalgia for Moda. I bought this fabric in a honey bun roll (I don't think they even make honey buns anymore?) a long time ago. I paired it with Kona Khaki and drew up a pattern for 1 1/2" wide cuts. 
(There are very few patterns out in cyberland for honey buns.)
The border and binding fabric I found at Joann's. They coordinated well with the colors in the line. 
The backing (colors are not accurate in this picture) is from my stash. 
This picture shows the front and back (correct coloring) together.
I quilted in straight lines about 1/2" apart and then FMQ a braided rope in the border. 
All labeled and ready for the couple to enjoy!
This is the best I could manage for an October photo shoot in the snow!
This quilt is 43" x 57"
I'm linking to Can I get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts - Quiltygirl.

In other news, I managed to finish one of my October Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks! October is the last month that a color is released as November and December are used to assemble and finish the quilts. October colors were brown and/or black. I decided to do both and to even out to 12 finished blocks I added a hot pink. So I actually made 3 blocks this month!
brown waterfront starburst
 black waterfront starburst
 hot  pink waterfront starburst
All 12 waterfront starburst blocks! Now to figure out how to set them!
Linking to So Scrappy

I'll leave you with a few Halloween photos. 
The first 2 are from the Halloween pumpkin decorating contest at school to resemble character(s) from a book.

And of coarse, my favorite little piñata!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Where Does the Time Go?

It seems like I keep getting busier! I find I have less time in my sewing room than I did before. My monthly commitments, that I have done for several years, now always seem to fall behind. I have been unintentionally absent from my blog as I just don't find the time! UGH!
Enough complaining...
On the positive side, I have accomplished a few things.
First up is the 2 blocks I made for the Covered in Love charity hosted by Kat and Cat Quilts. This block is for the months of September/October. 
Next up are my blocks for the Mosaic
Mystery Quilt. Step 2 was released October 3rd. We made 2 different Square in a Square blocks. 
Step 2
Steps 1 & 2
Linking up to Square in a Square linkup.
Finally, I was able to finish a baby quilt for my nephew's baby. I took it with us on our Door County extended weekend over Columbus Day to finish and photograph. 
A beautiful setting!
 Even with the gray overcast sky!
 I drew the pattern based on a quarter log cabin with the logs in varying sizes. 
Woodsy fall leaves!
This quilt finishes at 34.5" x 44.5"