Monday, January 30, 2017

Sitka Rose

It's done! Sitka Rose, the January Book of the Month selection, is finally finished, as a baby quilt.


Sitka Rose quilt

Made from the Sitka Rose pattern

Sitka Rose pattern

in the I Love Color book by Marcia Harmening, 



it's a lovely design that's perfect for scraps from two color families. 

If I hadn't been so distracted by other pretties, I would have given this quilt a bit more of the attention that it deserved. Once it got to a baby quilt size, I was ready to move on - other projects started calling! Not saying that I wouldn't do it again. I'd love to make it again in some bright, fun prints, or even solids.

As for the quilting, one of my favorite pantos, Easy Peasy, is stitched in a mauve pink Glide thread which accents the rose idea perfectly.

Sitka Rose quilting

And a pretty, soft floral flannel graces the back.

















Just keeping with the flower theme in a perfect quilt to snuggle a little girl in!

Have a wonderful day quilting!







Friday, January 27, 2017

Distractions Yet Again

Once again, I have gotten distracted. No, not more strawberry blocks, or yet another QAL. This one I blame on the guild member who showed a simple heart quilt at the meeting on Monday. And that started me on the road to wanting something with hearts or maybe red and white. As soon as I got home, all of the heart fabric came out of the drawer, and the ideas started to flow.

After spending a couple of days designing in EQ7, I've worked up another table runner, all red and white!



The 4-patch is a little sneak peek of what's in store. Meanwhile, I'm taking lots of notes while constructing, as there will be a pattern for this one. 

And really, by now, I should be showing the Sitka Rose quilt. It's quilted, and the binding is on, at least on one side. Though it's a nice pattern, I've lost interest in it, and so it will become a baby quilt.

But it does have friends in that unfinished pile. There's a quilt needing a label for a gift, and two quilts needing sleeves. And let's not forget the bin of purple scraps for the RSC17 QAL, let alone a setting idea for the strawberries. There is just not enough time in the day!

This post is perfect for a new linky party called DrEAMi! hosted by Sandra at mmmquilts.



The party is all about those crazy inspirational quilting moments that take over our lives. Definitely a terrific idea for a linky party - be sure to check it out for inspiration!

So I'll bid you a great weekend quilting as I work away at my own to-do list.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Midweek Makers #56

Quilt-alongs (QAL's) are in full swing, as evidenced by several showings on Midweek Makers last week. 



Along with my strawberry blocks,  Anja at Anja Quilts submitted hers for the Honey Pot Bee.

                                                    

Cathy at A Quilting Chick made this adorable umbrella block for the Adventurously Epic Sampler.

                                                A Quilting Chick - Adventurously Epic Sampler

Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties finished up her En Provence mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter.

                                  

Patty at Elm Street Quilts announced her Improv QAl, starting February 13.

                                                     Elm Street Quilts

And if you work a lot with pre-cuts, Louisa at Sew Motion is hosting a Pre-Cut Linky Party on Thursdays.

                                                


So far, I've chosen to participate in three QAL's, and hope to keep it up through the year, though it's tough when other projects come up. Maybe we can support and encourage each other to continue on - nothing like peer pressure! And I do need to get to work on these QAL's - the month is almost over.

My sharing for this week is pretty slim. The Sitka Rose quilt is on the frame, ready for quilting. 




And those strawberries blocks are awaiting a setting inspiration.



I got distracted again with hearts and Valentine fabric, with possibly another table runner in the works. Really - this has got to stop. 

So how about you? What awesome projects/distractions are you working on? We'd love to see them here on Midweek Makers!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Home from Road

Ah, what a fun time! Too bad it's over, but due to weather conditions, I had to say goodbye to Road2CA a day earlier than expected. 



Which means I missed seeing all of the quilts, though I got to see some of them as I volunteered to help hang Tuesday night. And what I did see where incredible - I have no plans get to that level!

The quilts are outstanding, but for me, Road is all about the classes. Tuesday and Wednesday where spent with Claudia Pfeil, with a lot of thinking at the machine. We did paisleys,



which Roscoe liked very much. Me, not so much.



I had a better time with bubbles and circles.



For that class, I had the machine to myself, so I really got to do a lot of filling. But when I want to do something like this again, I'll spend some time doodling first so that my brain can get in the groove of the process. 

And a belated birthday celebration did happen, complete with cake, candles, and a perfect card from my sister.



Today, I hope to get some sewing done. Yesterday was catch up day - laundry, grocery shopping, unpacking, dentist appt, etc. Can't wait!

Happy Quilting!




Linking this post to the Pets on Quilts 2017


Pets on Quilts 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Midweek Makers #55

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Bring whatever fabric related project you've finished or that you're working on - we'd love to see!

So many awesome projects were shown last week, but one really made me stop and think about participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC). Take a look at this beauty, made by Kat at Scrapbox Quilts.


                                         

Wow! What a fantastic use of scraps! When she's tired of this quilt, I would certainly have a home for it. Well done Kat, and proudly place the 'Featured' button with it!


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Being that I'm so impressed with Kat's use of scraps, it has inspired me to give the RSC17 at SoScrappy a try this year. I've regained the courage to look through my scrap bag, and it looks like there's enough there to give it a go. At least I got a start with reds for the strawberry blocks, though RSC17 starts off with purple.

Unfortunately, those purple blocks will have to wait a few more days, as I'm at the Road2CA show. On Monday, I had a fabulous longarm class that utilized stencils. This is my favorite stencil for the day - and doesn't it look gorgeous in that variegated thread?



Tuesday was a Paisley class with Claudia Pfeil, which was a bit trickier for me, as I'm not that fast at thinking of different fills on the fly. But it was great to have the exposure, and it's a skill that I would like to work on. Time to pull out the drawing pad and start practicing.

And in other news, I holed up in the hotel Monday night (some way to spend a birthday), and finished the painting on Santorini! Woohoo!



Now it has the blue rail, the iron bars and gate, and the tree. I'm really pleased with it, and hope that the quilting goes smoothly. I think I must contact Lenore for hints on that.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Road Trip!

After spending the day in the car yesterday, I'm finally here in Ontario, ready for class at the Road 2 CA quilt show. 



This year I've signed up for three longarm classes, mainly because I don't want to cart a bunch of fabric around, nor do I want another project to finish up. Just get me to a class and let me play and learn! 

On today's schedule is "Begin with a Stencil" with Linda Matteotti. I love the idea of using parts of a stencil as the foundation for another design - the possibilities are endless! I keep you posted on how it goes.

And when I'm not in class, I will attempt to get more painting done on Santorini, a project started at Road two years ago.



Hubby would like to see this finished and hanging in the house. And he's right - I really need to finish this. Promise.

Wish you were here!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Strawberry Blocks

Aren't these sweet???



I couldn't stop at one as these have been a yummy distraction - I highly recommend them!

The tutorial to make your own can be found at Skyberries Handmade, as part of the Honey Pot Bee at Molli Sparkles.

Though this block takes 35 pieces,



turning it into this



was a snap with chain stitching. Starting in the upper left corner, column 2 was stitched to column 1, chain stitching style. No cutting of threads here!




Column 3 is added to the column 1+2 unit, then column 4 to the 1+2+3 unit, and finally column 5 to the 1+2+3+4 unit, all the while keeping those chains intact. The result? Seven rows, all in the right order, and no parts to lose or confuse!



Now time for pressing. The first block I did, I pressed all seams open. But I found it hard to match up the seams when sewing the rows together.

So for the next blocks, I pressed the rows in alternate directions.



The nesting of the seams made stitching so much easier!
Now I could sew the rows in pairs, 




then sew the pairs together, to finally make a luscious berry! Yummy!







Ready to make yours? Then hop over to Skyberries to get all the details. Meanwhile, I'll be thinking of a way to set these off in a quilt. Who knows - maybe I'll have to make a whole basket of them!

Happy Quilting


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Standstill and a Distraction

A standstill, defined as no movement or activity at all, can be caused by a distraction. It happens to a lot of us, no matter what activity we're involved in. In my case, it's a self imposed standstill, with the distraction doing exactly what's it's supposed to - distracting me from my standstill.

Here's where I'm at with Sitka Rose.


Block components are done, but not sewn together. Currently, it measures around 42" square. The pattern has it longer, with applique roses on vines in a large border. Since I'm not a big fan of borders, I have no plans to go down that road. 

So, I'm at a standstill. Do I sew it up, leaving it 42" square? Use it as a wall hanging? Possibly a baby quilt? 

Do I make it larger, to maybe a lap or twin size? My husband wants it as a wall hanging, as he does with everything I make. But the closet is getting full, and I'm running out of wall space. Lord knows, I have enough quilts to drape over chairs! What to do?

While I try to figure this out, I'm distracting myself with an adorable strawberry block that's the first block of the Honey Pot Bee QAL at Molli Sparkles.




The tutorial for this 7.5" x 10.5" block can be found at Skyberries Handmade, and the larger version at The Gnome Angel. Since I have a lot of scraps to use up, I've gone through them, piece by piece, cutting squares, and making hardly a dent. Needless to say, I have five more berries to stitch up. Distraction indeed!

While I busy myself with berries, I'd love any suggestions regarding Sitka Rose.

Have a great weekend quilting!







Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Midweek Makers #54

Awesome projects last week at Midweek Makers,



with this one from Janice at Color, Creating, and Quilting catching my eye. What a stunner!

                                          

Definitely an amazing pattern and a great family heirloom. This quilt really brings home the history of quilting for me, and what it's purpose is. If you haven't already, hop over to her blog to check out the close ups and read the full story. And Janice, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!


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To make my own bit of history, I've chosen to work on Sitka Rose from the I Love Color! book, 


with these being my fabric choices.


After cutting yesterday, I'm ready to start sewing the first round of blocks.


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