Thursday, July 30, 2015

July's completed project

I'm sure that you're all waiting with bated breath - did she finish her project on time?  Yes, I did!
It's hard to believe, but when I started quilting, I wanted / needed every aspect of my quilts to match - there's NO way that I would make a scrappy quilt!  I enjoyed other people's scrappy quilts, but it just wasn't my thing.  I can't remember when that changed, but now it seems to be the only kind of quilt that I make!  (I still have the odd unfinished "matchy-matchy" project in a box somewhere, but I'm not sure I can finish them....)
I'm also unable to pass up interesting Fat Quarters - take me to a quilt shop, or a show, and I'll inevitably end up with half a dozen FQs in my hand.  I usually don't have a plan for them, but I'll find a quilt for them someday!  That's partly how this quilt came to be - I had odds and ends of other quilt projects, or random FQs, and even a few cotton fabrics that came from "yard sales" at guild meetings.
I've made 3 or 4 disappearing 9-patch quilts, and have at least one more in the works.  It's a fun project - basically, you chose a colour for the middle block, then pick 8 more fabrics to go around it.  They can coordinate, or be any colour of the rainbow.  Sew them together, then cut the block into 4 equal sections - mix and match with other blocks and sew them together again.  The center block becomes the focus.  In my quilt, I chose red for the centers - different fabrics and shades of red, but always red in the center.  How you sew them together brings the reds together again, across the corners.
You can use as few as 2 colours, or as many as you want, but the scrappier, the better!  And here's my quilt:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

An "In-progress" report

I thought that I had posted this update a few days ago, but apparently I was dreaming!
The first thing I found out was that the 9-patch blocks varied somewhat in size - enough to make it a problem that "fudging" wouldn't fix.  So, after I cut all the squares, I measured a few blocks to find their average size, and trimmed all of the blocks down to that measurement.
You wouldn't think that just trimming off 1/4" or even just 1/8" would take up so much time, but it did!  That job is finally finished - thankfully!
This picture shows just some of the blocks, and some of the little strips that I cut off - and there were so many more!  But, that job is finally done, and I hope to start assembling the top in the next day or two...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My goal for July

I've had a tough time deciding what to choose for July's "A Lovely Year of Finishes" project.  I had a bunch of charm squares that needed to be assembled into a top - great!  It would be a relatively easy finish - and it was!  I have it done already, so that really isn't going to be much of a challenge (it still needs a border, but that won't take more than 10 minutes once I have the fabric I need).  I'll show it to you anyway - and then I'll repost it with it's borders.
I finally choose this disappearing 9-patch.  The 9-patches have been assembled for at least 4 years, so it's a perfect candidate for the challenge.  Every block has a red center, and will be cut into quarters.  The blocks are then mixed up, and re-assembled.  These are a few of the 9-patches, and a few of the quarters.  You'll have to pop in a few days from now to see how it's progressing!

I'm off to link up to Melissa's site!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A day late...

I'm really annoyed with myself - I had my June "A Lovely Year of Finishes" project completed a day before month's end, but I didn't blog about it Monday night because it was getting really late...  I knew that I still had a day to post it - and I would have, except that our phone line went out, and we had no internet either.  So, I didn't get my project linked up - once again, my procrastination has kicked me in the backside...
I know that you still want to see it though - so here's my top:
The quilt doesn't have borders - every quilt that I've seen like this just has the strips running out to the quilt edges, and I really like the look!
Note to self: When you finish your monthly goal, post it right away!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A few things I've done this month...

It's almost deadline time for the ALYoF projects, and I'll make it, but I wanted to share a few of the other things I've been working on.
Cathy and I have completed 6 months of our disappearing 4-patch quilt block swap - we're using large scale florals and Kona Snow for our blocks.  We got together last week Friday to exchange our blocks - these are the blocks I made for her:
We also had a bridal shower at church on Wed. evening.  We were each asked to bring a small gift for the couple.  I wasn't sure what to bring, but I wanted it to be hand-made.  I poked around a few crafty sites, and found more than a few great ideas - and then I remembered the place mats that someone from our quilt guild had made, using a mini-charm pack.  I had a few of those kicking around, so I made 2 sets of 2 place mats.  The floral set was made using Honeysweet, from Fig Tree Quilts, and the blues and taupes are from the Snowman Gatherings line by Primitive Gatherings.  I did simple straight line quilting, both on the body of the place mats, and also SID around the charms.

My June ALYoF project is almost ready to stitch together - the rows are all complete, and the layout has been finalized, so a few hours of sewing will get the top assembled!  Check in here on Tues. for pics of the finished top.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June's project is calling me!

I missed May's ALYoF "completed project" link-up - the project got finished, but not in time....  So, we'll try again!  You've probably seen this project before - it was the one I was hoping to finish in April.  I've been using the fabric strips and small patches as my leaders and enders while I've been working on other quilt projects.  Now that I have my H2H quilts finished, I can take a deep breath again and maybe finish this quilt once and for all - I hope!
I've been putting sections together, but now I'm debating how to put it together.  I've taken pics of 3 different options - so I'll take any and all the advice I can get!

Here's option #1:
The rows will be staggered, but sewn together with a narrow sashing strip between each row.  I'm not sure that it will work with wide "joint" sections separating each brick, and then narrow sashing.  I could make the joints narrow too - I'd have to undo all the blocks (again!), and make the solid fabric narrower, but if it makes the block work, it will be worth it! 

Option #2:    
This version just has the rows sewn together - they'll still be staggered, but without any sashing.

Option #3:  I can take version #2, and set a sashing strip between every 4 or 5 rows.  They'd probably have to be wider that the strips in option #1...

Now that I see all of these options here, I think that I know what I'm going to do, but would still appreciate hearing your ideas!  And, as always, I appreciate my readers and the comments that you leave!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

...and it's done too! (second post for June 6th)

So, I finally managed to get my second quilt done for the H2H challenge.   I had a number of interruptions, but I kept at it, and have it ready to be sent off with the first quilt.  They'll go out together Monday morning.
I used the same fabrics for both quilts (Apple of My Eye for Riley Blake), and I quilted both with a variegated thread that had many of the same colours in it.  I'm pleased with the results, and hope that both quilts bring a little bit of joy to the life of a child in foster care.  And, because you asked so nicely, I'll show you the picture of quilt #2:
I can't wait to see all of the quilts that have been made for the challenge!  I've enjoyed being part of it!