Thursday, January 15, 2015

Starburst Quilt

I don't know if any of you remember me working on these blocks because it hasn't been touched since Jan 7/2014. I love these blocks and I was making them while participating in Little Bunny Quilts Starburst QAL. I chose to make four of each of the nine blocks that were released and once I got them completed the project got shelved for one reason or another.

I wanted a full sized quilt and I decided on an on point layout but that meant I needed to make some more blocks. I have printed out the paper piecing patterns and I am working on them today. Some of the blocks are a bit challenging but I am up for it. Hopefully, over the next couple days I will have enough completed to start putting the top together. I am excited!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dear Jane - Ashley's Aura (C-6)

I made another Dear Jane block for Tiny Tuesday. This is another block that I chose to complete using applique. I traced the block onto freezer paper and I cut away the melon shapes. Once I did that I ironed the freezer paper onto the background fabric so that I would have an accurate template for placement of the melons.
freezer paper template

With a Frixion pen, I marked the melon shapes onto the background fabric. I then removed the freezer paper template. Once I made the melon applique shapes I used a bit of glue to hold them down in position while I stitched away.

As you can see I am still having trouble with the points on the melons but there is improvement. One of the points actually looks pretty good. ;))

My Dear Jane blocks are not perfect but I am learning and practicing many new-to-me techniques. If I waited until I had perfect skills (which is not ever going to happen!!!!) then I would never make any quilts. I am truly enjoying the process!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

RSC 2015 - Week 2

This week's sampler block is called Card Trick. I am glad Angela posted the directions and a diagram to make this block because I had never made one before. I really had to pay attention when I put it together. ;)

I spent a lot of time picking my fabric scraps and not because I wanted a specific look other than the medium blue and the light background. The block required the use of 1.5" and 2.5" strips and therein lies the problem. I had a lot of trouble trying to find fabric that I wanted to use and that I had available in both sizes in my bins. I really am quite determined to use just scraps and bits and pieces from my parts bins.

I had great intentions of making some other blue scrappy blocks this week but life happened and the blocks didn't!
Wanda's Card Trick
When Angela posted the block it reminded me of the quilt that my late sister-in-law made for my husband and I. It was a gift that she made for us for Christmas 1995. I don't use it a lot because I don't want to ruin it but after I took the photo I put it on our bed. I think I will keep it there for a little while.

Pop on over to soscrappy's so you can show off what you made with your blue scraps this week!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winding Ways is Coming Together

I swear....I am being gaslighted and the perpetrator is me!! Why am I doing this to myself??

I was missing the center pieces for four of the Winding Ways blocks and I couldn't seem to find them. So, as I wrote yesterday, I had gone on a frantic search looking for some of the leftover brown fabric and after turning everything in my sewing studio upside down I found some. My sister brought the Go die over to my place so that I could cut more pieces. Calm down...everything was going to be okay.

In the meantime, I finished making all of the blocks but the four and when I counted them I had a total of 81 + 4 which = 85. I couldn't for the life of me think what kind of layout I would have designed with 85 blocks?? I was thinking that I needed to somehow make some more blocks but I knew the piece of brown fabric I had just wouldn't be enough. What was going on?? Even though it was months ago I was so sure that my sister and I had cut enough of everything. I had tried to keep everything together as a project even though that hunk of brown fabric did escape. ;)

I decided to lay out all of the blocks onto the floor and lo and behold the numbers worked out perfectly. When I counted the blocks I must have used the 1, 2, skip a few, 3, 4....counting technique. lol.

With the number of blocks situation settled, I was preparing to cut the brown center sections to replace the missing parts but when I looked at the die I saw that it was impossible for me to not have cut all of the pieces and they had to be somewhere in my sewing studio. I walked in my sewing studio ready to search again and those missing pieces were just sitting in a bin on my sewing table. Huh?

All is well that ends well and I know my niece is going to have a gorgeous quilt but I sure hope that all of this nonsense is behind me!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winding Ways Blocks

Every so often I would take a little time at my sewing machine to work on my pink and brown Winding Ways blocks. Those occasional sewing sessions have added up and I now have all of the blocks finished with one small exception. I say a small exception but it really had me in a bit of a panic!
ready for pressing

I have four more of the brown blocks to finish but I don't have enough center strips to finish them. I was so sure that my sister and I had cut enough of the strips for all of the blocks but I couldn't find them anywhere. That is when the panic set in and I was hoping I had some fabric left but I wasn't 100% sure.

I had a picture in my memory of a piece of the fabric somewhere and when I checked the bin that I had stored my extra/leftover fabric for this quilt I had no luck. I searched my fabric cupboards, my fat quarter bins and my strip bins but nothing to be found. All the while I was thinking 'how will I get a replacement piece'???? I lastly checked bins that contained the parts for other projects and finally at the bottom of one stack I found a nice chunk of the brown fabric. Thank goodness...I must admit I was really relieved to find it.

Just four more to go!
I had cut this quilt using my sister's Go Winding Ways die and I was going to go visit her and use the die while I was there but when she visited me recently she brought it with her. I will just cut the last couple pieces that I need and that will be that!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Midget Block #90 - Sea Star

I finished another Midget Block for Tiny Tuesday. I pretty much copied the fabric choices for this block and I had it nearly done when I made a cutting error. I used scraps for the yellow...and I mean scraps....and naturally that is where all the trouble began. I ended up short on one of the hsts and I looked everywhere for a replacement piece but could not find anything. I checked my strip bins and my parts bins but couldn't find one piece of the yellow fabric so I pieced together two very small scrappy bits and went with it. I am pretty sure that a week from now I will find a piece of that fabric but I won't redo it.

The center square of this block was hand pieced and it was quite fiddly but the rest was done by machine.

On a very happy note, the print fabric that I used is a scrap of vintage fabric that came from my late sister-in-law's stash. I really love it when I incorporate fabric from her stash into my quilts.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Block Lotto - January

It has been many months since I have participated in Block Lotto. You know what happens - every thing is going along smoothly and then all of a sudden something gets in the way. I think that is what happened last year and one of the things that got left behind was Block Lotto and for some reason I never got back to it.

I really do like the concept - you make blocks for submission and at the end of the month a certain number of participants win those blocks. If you are not the winner then you mail off your blocks BUT if you win you get a bunch of blocks mailed to you! Pop on over and take a look around and maybe join in. Sophie does come up with great blocks including these black and white Double Nines.