Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saturday's sewing and a card!

I know, I'm a few days late, but, better late than never, right?  I worked on my second set of rainbow scrap blocks, in April's colour, which is purple.  These are my Kickin' Stash blocks, and yes, I found the fabrics that I mislaid last week - hooray!  I'm not going to make you beg - here's the picture:
I'm starting to get excited about my finished quilt!  Angela has chosen some really great colours so far, and I can't wait to see what the final product will look like!
Then, as if I hadn't done enough work on Saturday ;-), I also took a few minutes (okay, half an hour!) to make this birthday card for my aunt.  Two different embossed panels, some ribbon, a little buckle, and, of course, a label with happy birthday on it, and it was ready to go.  I hope she'll  like it!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lovely Year of Finishes April project

I have a problem.  No, seriously, I have a PROBLEM.  I love making quilt tops!  It's so fun to watch all those random bits of fabric come together, one bit at a time - and then, suddenly, you have a completed quilt!  Well, a quilt top that is.  It's not really a quilt until you have the backing and batting and quilting stitches in it, and the binding sewn down front and back... and that's where my problem lies.  I LOVE making the tops - they're pretty, and fun to watch as they come together - but the backing and batting just don't give me the "rush" that I get from completing a top.  So, I end up with a pile of tops, and there they sit, until I have a deadline to finish one of them.  I got a new sewing machine a few years ago that makes quilting them much easier, but even that hasn't made much of a dent in my pile of tops.  So, you probably know where I'm going, right?  I'm going to post a pic of one of those tops, and tell you about getting it quilted by month's end - but you'd be wrong!  I don't have that kind of motivation today....
So, what am I going to do this month?  I'm going to finish the blocks that I need for my disappearing pinwheel quilt.  I bought 2 packages of fat quarters a few years ago, hoping to make a Swoon quilt with them, but when I pre-washed them, most of them were just shy of being the right size to get a Swoon block cut from them.  They'd been put in a box, and were almost forgotten, until I switched my sewing room to the spare bedroom downstairs and they reappeared.  The pieces are big enough to get 2-10" squares cut from each of them, so I hope that it will make a decent size for a quilt.  I'm not sure what I'll use for the pinwheel border - I'll have to see what I can find in my fabric bins!  Here's a pic of some of the pinwheel blocks:
And, once again, I'm aiming to finish this quilt top before the 26th of the month - I hope to be successful this time!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April's first blocks

Today is the first Saturday in April, and that means that it's time to reveal the new colour, and also my first blocks using that colour.  Angela has chosen purple for April, which is very appropriate seeing as Easter falls later this month, and purple can symbolize pain and suffering, but also royalty - all things connected to Jesus' death on the cross for us.
I started the month with my X and + blocks.  I didn't have any purple scraps, or maybe I just couldn't find them, so I ended up cutting up some fat quarters.  Some of my purple fabrics are quite dark, and they show up almost as black. Rest assured, they are purple!  Here are the first 2 blocks:
I even managed to find a few fabrics with bits of purple in them, to use for the light contrasts for the corner blocks!
I've also cut the purple strips for my Kickin' Stash blocks, but I've temporarily lost my white fabric for the balance of the blocks, so those blocks will show up later this month....  I need something to do next week!

Monday, March 31, 2014

My March finish

Well, I'm not doing so well with my New Year's resolution to finish my projects with a few days to spare....  but does anyone ever really keep their resolutions?  Seriously, I'm still aiming for that - it just didn't happen this month.
However, I did finish quilting and binding my "Arrows" baby quilt.  It's going to be a gift for friends of my son - they're expecting their first baby in a few months.  They have no idea if it's a boy or girl, so this will be the gift if it's a boy, and I'll be making another quilt for a girl.  My son was home on the weekend, and he approves of the quilt, so that's the first hurdle behind me!
So, here it is:
I used 2 charm packs of Malka Dubrawsky's "Simple Marks Summer" for the arrows, and a coordinating orange for the border and binding.  I can't wait to find out if the baby's a boy or a girl!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

More scrappy goodness!

I still have one project for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge...
A few weeks ago, I worked on a scrappy quilt project that is one of our Guild challenges - to make a completed project, at least crib-sized, ENTIRELY from stash.  I found the perfect quilt design in an older issue of Scrap Quilts, and managed to get the top done.  I had so much fun doing it, (and fabrics cut for it!), so I decided to make one more RSC project.
I used the same taupe and white fabric for the starter strips (most of it ends up being cut off), and then I started to add, first, my dark and bright blues, followed by February's pinks, and then March's teal / aqua challenge fabrics.  I decided to use only 3 sections each month, hoping that I'll end up with a quilt large enough for at least a child's quilt, or even maybe a lap-quilt for someone confined to a wheelchair.
Of course, now that I have this month's projects done, I'm eager to find out what April's colour will be!  A lovely bright green perhaps?  That would be encouraging for us - we've still got snow in the forecast for Wednesday and Saturday....
The strips so far:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

National Quilting Day Mar. 15, 2014

I've just got a few minutes left in National Quilting Day to post my latest quilt top!
I've been wanting to do a "Plus Quilt" for a few months at least.  I've been scooping up charm packs when I find them on sale, and I finally got 5 matching charm packs from the "Snowman Gathering" line.  I laid the top out on my "design floor" (I don't have room for a design wall...), and this morning, I started pinning the rows together.  Every time I got 4 or 5 rows pinned together, I went to the sewing machine to piece them together.  Then I went back to the rows on the floor, pinned a few more, sewed those strips together, and repeated.  I finally got the last rows sewn together around 11:25.  I didn't want to take the time to press all the seams flat - my hubby was (im)patiently waiting to hold the quilt up while I took the pic, and he was ready to hit the hay.  (The time change may have been a week ago, but we're both still trying to catch up with the hour of sleep that we lost).
I'm sure you've been holding your breath, anxious to see my quilt top - so, here it is:
I have a bit of yardage of at least one of the cream-toned prints, and I may use it for a border, although most of the Plus Quilts don't have a border.  It just might pull all these fabrics together.  I'm thinking of adding a flange of one of the navy prints as well - but I'll leave that until Monday...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

More Teal Blocks!

I'm trying to keep up my routine for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt blocks - I showed you my Japanese x and + blocks last week, and today I have my teal/turquoise "Kickin' Stash" blocks.  I didn't realize that I had such a wide variety of teal fabrics - but it sure comes in handy for challenges like this!
Here are the 2 blocks I've done for today:
I also started another set of blocks for this challenge - it will make a completely different quilt than these blocks will - I hope to be able to share that project with you next week.