Sunday, March 19, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 6 - Time is Up

It's the final challenge for Season 8 of Project Quilting: Time is Up, hosted by Persimmon Dreams.

Like buttons through an hourglass...time flies.


This is 7.75 by 14 inches. Machine pieced, the red is machine quilted. Buttons are from the EXTENSIVE stash! I'm calling it "Time in a Button."

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Well-Dressed Man–Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING Season 8

I don't think that a man needs  to wear a tie to be well-dressed - but sometimes a well-dressed man wears a tie.  And sometimes that tie is a bow tie.

I made this little block quilt for Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING  over at Kim Lapacek's Persimmon Dreams. Overall size is six inches square. The body is some suiting fabric I found in the stash. And if you're going to do a bow tie, it might as well be paisley!



I'm sure people already do this - but when I was fiddling with a folded square to make sure I'd have the right size  triangle for the knot of the bow tie, I discovered that I could just fold it and sew it in! It gives the bow tie a little bit of dimension.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bright- Project Quilting Challenge 4

Still haven't fixed the featherweight, and I don't like piecing on the other machines, SO - a small wholecloth quilt using perle cotton for big stitch improv quilting:


It's 12.5 x 14.5 inches overall.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 3

The third challenge done for Project Quilting over at Persimmon Dreams. As usual, I'm queen of the last minute. The theme for this challenge was "texture."

My inspiration was my kitchen floor. It's brick, and despite what an amazing pain it is - it's impossible to keep clean - it has texture out the wazoo.





My original thought was to do a full-size quilt, but the tension on the featherweight went all kablooey. I finally realized I did have another machine I could use. I finished this in basically one day. Finished size is 17 x 32, so a nice tablerunner or wallhanging.

I used some batiks that are AWESOME for texture, but it still needed something. My alumni association president had suggested that I might donate a quilt for our upcoming silent auction, and since one of the University's symbols is the ginkgo, I added the leaves.



 Ginkgo leaves have AMAZING texture - and they're fun to quilt!! 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Project QUILTING, Season 8, Challenge 2

Project QUILTING is a fun challenge found over at Persimmon Dreams. This past week's challenge was "Carolina Lily." I went in a different kind of crazy from the first challenge.

One block, miniaturized, all hand-pieced. Stems are embroidered.

Hand quilted and hand  bound. Finished, with binding, it's 4.25 inches square.

No lily fabric on the first dive into the stash, but I found some with nice colors to go with.

I like it, but BOY is hand-piecing hard work!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Last week's WITB

A few more WITB over the past week:

A project bin with a ton of stuff:

 An abandoned project that needs a bit more to at least finish out a square for a pillow:

 In another bin, the backing for a challenge quilt:
 And one box of doom was explored.

Stash Report – January 8, 2017

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 0.2 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 0 yards used

Fabric used is mostly from the little challenge quilt; I also tossed some that was past redemption.

Project QUILTING - Season 8, first challenge

Project QUILTING is a fun challenge found over at Persimmon Dreams.

The first challenge this year, appropriately, is EIGHT.

My first inspiration for eight was eight LEGS - a spider. I know a LOT of people are terrified of spiders, but I am truly fond of them, and appreciate all they do for the world.

My first idea was to have a pieced background with an appliqued spider. While pulling green fabric for the background, I found this small piece of batik that was absolutely perfect - shades of green for leaves, pops of orange and yellow for flowers.

 Next step is to quilt the background with a spider web. Just winging it, like my arachnid friends.

 Once it's done, I scrapped the idea for an applique, once I remembered I had a bag of plastic spiders in the basement.

But that web is so plain...what it needs is some dew, in the form of beads. And boy do I have beads.

I start beading with the intent of adding a few beads. And then realize I won't be happy unless I bead the entire damn web.
 So I do. Web beaded, spider attached.
It's small - about 10 by 10 - but I really like it.

Monday, January 02, 2017

OMG- One Monthly Goal

I tried this a couple of times last year, with not much success. Perhaps this year will be better.

Each month, Elm Street Quilts sponsors a One Monthly Goal blog party. We pick one project to work on during the month, then report progress (and hopefully a finish!!) at the end of the month.

My project for January will be one of my guild challenges. Our theme for the Ultimate Guild Challenge is to make a quilt inspired by Bob Dylan's lyrics. I have a background pieced, and some other bits started, but if I work on it I think I can finish it early.

Stash Report – January 1, 2017

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 0 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 0 yards used

Here's hoping I can keep track this year - I'd like to use up some stash. 

My quilting goals for this week:
~work on Bloomin' challenge
~work on Ultimate guild challenge
~work on Service Projects challenge
~use binding clips on mini leaf table runner
~keep on with stash organization
~decide on setting stones or not for sampler quilt
~look for backing for zig-zag quilt