Monday, March 27, 2017

Synnove (2017 Finish-A-Long Q1 #2)

I'm excited to be posting my second finish for the 2017 Finish Along! You can find my original post with details about my Finish-A-Long goals HERE.

I met my goal of finishing this Synnoeve quilt by 2/10 so I could give it to my Mom tfor her birthday. She loves yellow so I thought it was perfect for her. I'm happy with how it turned out even though I couldn't get the best picture. I actually had yellow thread that matched the backing perfectly. Happy with how it turned out. 

Pattern and fabric by @patbravodesign purchased from @quilterscandybox

100 Blocks 100 Days / Tula Pink's City Sampler (2017 Finish-A-Long Q1 #1)

I'm excited to be posting my first finish for the 2017 Finish Along! You can find my original post with details about my Finish-A-Long goals HERE.

I worked hard and was successful in completing my 100 blocks / Tula City Sampler by January 25, 2017. Here is a picture of the final finish!

I have been using it ever since and I still feel joy every time I look at it! The best part about making and finishing this quilt was the wonderful group of quilty friends I made through the process. I was able to connect with so many wonderful and inspiring quilters and I'm glad I made these connections! 
Too many different fabrics to list. Total mishmash.
Sashing: Cotton & Steel

Warm and Natural

Aurifil 50wt Grey and Black (Backing)

Everything sewn/quilted on my very modest but hardworking Janome Magnolia 7330.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quilting JetGirl Alison Glass Challenge

Since I recently completed a small project using my new bundle of Seventy Six fabric by Alison Glass I figured I might as well write up a post about it so I could join the fun challenge hosted by Quilting Jetgirl. 

Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge

My finished project is actually quite modest, but it is still a finish! I have been thinking about creating at least one quilt with a quote that I love (still deciding on the quote!). So I took advantage of multiple Thanksgiving sales to purchase some letter patterns. I wanted to try a few of them out, and to use this amazing new Alison Glass fabric I had just received. So I got the idea for a small project I could make -- and In/Out sign for my cubicle at work! 

This little project gave me a good sense of what the letter patterns will look like in a quilt with the bonus of being practical because I use it everyday. Wish I would have switched the colors though, because I love the "out" side so much but I never see it because it is only facing that direction when I'm not there!

Thanks for the fun challenge, looking forward to making more with this amazing fabric line!

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Finish- A-Long

I'm a little bit late to the party, so I'm going to make this post short and sweet. I love the extra motivation that a little contest with fun prizes gives me to finish stuff so I'm joining the 2017 Finish Along for a few projects I really want to tie up this quarter. Since this is the first time I've done this I'm going to start small and manageable.

1. 100 blocks / Tula City Sampler: My goal is to have this quilted and bound by 1/25 to be eligible for the #100BlocksFinished prizes. Not sure it will happen, but I'm trying. It will be done by the end of March.

2. Mini Quilt from Quilter's Candy Box: This is for my Mom. For Christmas, which I obviously missed. New goal is to have it done by her birthday on 2/10. Needs backed, quilted, bound.

3. Missouri Star: I am close to being done with quilting, just need to decide how far I want to go with the quilting. Will set my goal of finishing by the end of March.

Good luck to everyone participating!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

100 Blocks, 1 Million Tears

Sometimes being a newbie in this quilty world is a challenge. Most of the posts I see on blogs, Instagram, Facebook look nearly perfect all the time. Beautifully pressed fabric, perfect fabric selections and combinations, and professional looking pictures. It is hard not to compare what is happening in my sewing room to what I see others create. And in my sewing room it is definitely not perfection. I'm still learning. Try, fail, try, fail, try, fail. It is okay with me, but sometimes I do feel discouraged.

Today's example involves sewing 6.5" strips onto the edges of my 100 Days 100 Blocks Tula Pink City Sampler. Easy, right? Not for this gal. You would think making 100 6.5" blocks in 100 days would be the hard part. Nope, not for me. The boarder sashing really is giving me a run for my money.

Being that it is New Year's Eve, I'm going to try and keep my glass half full. Despite my frustration, mistakes always provide lessons!!! My sashing was bunching. A little google search informed me that I needed measure the sashing to the exact length of the quilt, pin, and then sew (not just sew a big strip with the intent of cutting off the excess like I did at first). I wanted to do this right so I removed all four boarders to start again. Try #1 with an exactly measured and pinned sashing piece was another fail. I sewed on the block side vs. the sashing side and I guess the seams stretched and the sashing ended up too short. Try #2 used a lot of pins and sewed on the sash side vs. the block side. Still not as perfect as I would like but I think it will do!!! 

And what do you know, they are all on now and it looks pretty darn good. My goal for New Year's Day is to baste it so I can start quilting on Monday. The 100 Blocks Finished deadline will be here soon. Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Quilty Dreams for 2017

I started quilting in early 2016 (total newbie!!!) so I completely missed purchasing the 2016 Quilter's Planner. Thankfully this summer I was lucky enough to win one for 2017 as part of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Sewcial Network hosted by Yvonne AKA Quilting Jet Girl and graciously donated by Stephanie AKA Late Night Quilter owner of The Quilter's Planner. I was so excited to win and grateful for such an amazing prize!

My planner arrived a few weeks ago but I haven't had much time to look at it since I am feverishly working to finish up holiday gifts for my family and friends. Still, I can’t help thinking ahead to what I will sew in the new year. Thankfully Yvonne AKA Quilting Jet Girl is hosting the 2017 Planning Party, which gave me one more excuse to dream a little more deliberately!

2017 Planning Party

As a new quilter I really have one goal: keep making and learn as I go. I really just want to piece, quilt, and connect with and be inspired by other makers. There just isn't enough time and I admittedly overcommitted to quilt alongs and samplers in 2016. I vowed to be less of a joiner in 2017. But I'm already on board with more than I probably should be. And it's okay, I'll do as much as I can manage and have fun as I go!

I just signed up for The Bee Hive Quilts hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. This is my first ever sewing bee/swap. It just seemed like a fun way to ease into exchanging blocks with other quilters and the choice of blocks was just irresistible. I'm just now meeting my swarm and I think it is going to be a lot of fun!

The Bee Hive

And speaking of Blossom Heart Quilts, she also just announced her 2017 Sampler Quilt Along and it involves paper piecing, which I absolutely I love!!! So I might just need to do that one too. 

Milky Way Sampler at Blossom Heart Quilts

And Molli Sparkles is hosting The Honey Pot Bee where a group of wonderfully talented makers will be Queens and help people like me, a Princess, discover block tutorials and patterns. Molli said everyone gets a tiara, so I'm definitely in!

And last, but certainly not least, the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner hosted by Gnome Angel. After completing the 100 Days 100 Blocks she hosted I'm hoping I can handle one block per week. And have you seen the blocks in the Quilter's Planner. They look amazing!

If that wasn't enough to keep me busy for awhile, my Mom has a birthday coming up and of course I want to make a quilt for her. And I want to continue and finish my 100 Days 100 Blocks Quilt. And finish the Summer Sampler. And keep sewing on my Modern Makers Club blocks. Along with a few (dozen) other quilts I have started, dreamed of starting, bought fabric for, etc. And I'm sure there are a bazillion other things I have yet to discover that I want to do. I am not even going to mention the dress/skirt/pants patterns I have and want to try. There will NEVER be enough time, but at least I will always have something to keep me busy!

And one more goal. I want to blog more. Maybe throw my name in for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers? Guess we'll see....

What are your creative plans for 2017? I'd love to hear about them. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Spoiler Alert - September Stash Builder Box

Spoiler alert!!!

I've been getting the Stash Builder box since it started. I was impressed by the mission -- 20% of every box purchased is used to buy supplies for their Heart Builders program, which makes quilts for kids in need. I was also impressed by other "kind" things they have done. One month they were generous enough to give me one box for free so I could "pay it forward" to one of my friends. This company just embodies so many things that I value, especially you get what you give. 

I have been happy with all of the fabrics I have received so far. They even let subscribers help pick some of the prints which is fun! There is always a pencil with a fun saying, and accessories that are useful like thread. There are patterns too. All around it has been a great box and I'm glad to be a subscriber. 

I'm even more excited about an upcoming change: the boxes will now have a full three yards of fabric! I must say that I often wish I had more than a fat quarter. This will give you a lot of options to work with, especially if it is a fabric you really love. 

Now, here it is, the September box!

Can you see the aqua peeking out from the bottom. I have been using it in my 100 Days 100 Blocks and I'm thrilled to get more. Plus I have a few other fabrics that will blend in so well with this!