Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Midweek Makers 112

This Midweek Makers comes with a lot of pink and red!



Since last week was Valentine's Day, there were a lot of heart projects, including those for Galentine's Day. Let's have one last look:

from The Syende Sky,

                                

from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting,

                                        

from Hazel's Daughter,

                           

from Clever Chameleon Quilting,

                           Galentines Day mug rug quilt

from The Little Mushroom Cap,

                           Scrappy Heart Pillow

from Joy for Grace,

                                                      

from Not Afraid of Color,

                           

from Tu-Na Quilts,

                           

from MMM Quilts,

                           

and from Quilting and Learning Combo,

                           

Go ahead and grab the 'Featured' button for all of this fabulous pink and red - thanks everyone!

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What's are we up to this week? Come share your projects, tutorials, or anything else related to sewing and quilting.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Improv Project #4

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Yep, starting another improv project as there's still time left to explore the January/February Book of the Month selection, Improv Patchwork


Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell

First, I need to start this post with a confession. In the fall, after working with the charm squares, I decided I had had enough of those charms, and sold the rest. This is all that remains.



Being in a 'clean out' kind of mood, I also sold off several bags of scraps, a couple containers of small squares, all fabric dyeing paraphernalia, and eight bags of yardage (25-30 yards each). It felt incredibly good to lighten the load, and relieve myself of the burden of using uninspiring fabric.

Unfortunately, of all the bags, the pinks and florals remained. Apparently, nobody likes those. The bags sit in the room, making it look cluttered, and causing an occasional twinge of guilt. Ugh.

Fast forward to last Friday. Thumbing through the Improv Patchwork book seeking my next quilt to make, I came across Birch Stand - perfect!

Hmm, maybe I could use those pinks and florals for this one - I'll see if there's enough fabrics in there that work together. Adding a couple pieces from the keeper stash, I think I've got enough variety for this quilt.

fuchsia fabric pull for a birch stand style quilt

With the aid of my favorite Color Tool

Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool

I'm pairing these fuchsia prints with the soft, buttery yellow of Kona Banana - yummy!

Now I'm off to make up strip sets - I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Zee Quilt

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Another Improv Patchwork quilt finish!


Zee Quilt by QuiltFabrication

Introducing Zee Quilt! Aren't those curvy, wavy stripes awesome?!

So why the funny name? Well, a few posts ago, in New Improv Stripes Project, I mentioned how the striped strips were really making me think of zebras. And Bonnie commented about how zebra stripes go up and down,


Zebra stripes

and suggested I try turning the quilt.

At first, I thought, nah, I like it vertical,


Zee Quilt hanging vertically

and proceeded with the quilting that way, plus the first round of pictures. In this direction, I was going to name it Z-Legs, because the strips could be legs, and zebra stripes go horizontal on their legs. So the name would make sense.

After snapping away, I thought, hmm, what does it look like horizontal? Well, I found out it looks just as awesome! Uh oh, now what?


Zee Quilt with improv freehand cut stripes

Time to involve hubby in the which-way-does-it-go decision. 
me: Hubby, which way looks better - vertical?



Z-Legs, the Zee Quilt in vertical orientation


Hubby: that's nice
me: or horizontal?


Zee Quilt horizontal orientation

Hubby: Oh!
Guess that answers that question!

me: but now what do I name it?? I still think it looks like zebras.
Hubby: just call it the Z Quilt
me: the letter Z by itself is weird. I'll spell it Zee. 
Hubby: sounds good!
And all of that took under 30 seconds Wednesday night. Was it the right decision? I think so, but that hanging sleeve isn't on there yet!

Let's look at the quilting, which is a bit hard to see due to blending of the green thread. Leaf and pebble texture fill in the green areas, and stitch-in-the-ditch brings out the stripes.


leaf and pebble quilt fill closeup


leaf and pebble quilt fill

And for backing, I choose a black and white print from the stash.


Zee Quilt closeup and backside

The making of this quilt has garnered quite a number of views, including the making of the wavy stripes and the in-progress pics of the blocks. Though popular, I won't be writing a pattern for this one. But if interested, I suggest reviewing the above two posts to make the wavy striped fabric. Measurement for the blocks are as follows: the stripes are 2 1/2" x 12 1/2", and the two sides (green) are 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". Black separating sashing is 
1 3/4" x 8 1/2". Feel free to ask me any other questions about this quilt!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Midweek Makers 111

Happy Valentine's Day Midweek Makers!



Anyone have heart projects to share today? I've got my most recent table runner, Love Match,


Love Match improv valentine table runner

and given by what I've seen from all the blogs I follow, there are a ton of hearts out there.

These pretty hearts were shown last week:
from Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

                            
from Karen at Tu-Na Quilts

                                                       

from Katie Mae at Katie Mae Quilts

                                         big heart block.jpg

from Patty at Elm Street Quilts

                            

and from Leeanna at Not Afraid of Color

                                         

Feel free to grab a "Featured" button for all that love!

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Let's see all those great projects out there - come link up what you're working on!
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Blog List - Edition 3

Who's ready for more blog inspiration? 
Then come explore The Blog List - Edition 3!



There is no sorting the blogs into categories this time, as that has become more difficult. And remember, some blogs were suggested by readers, and others are ones that I follow - being on this list is truly random! 

For the previous Blog Lists, check out:
The Blog List - Edition 1
The Blog List - Edition 2

So here goes Edition 3!

Quilting is More Fun than Housework           Cynthia Brunz
Crafty Quilter                                                       Julie Cefalu
Geta's Quilting Studio                                        Geta Grama

Cluck Cluck Sew                                                   Allison Harris
Just Let Me Quilt                                                 Carol
Kitchen Table Quilting                                       Erica

deJong Dream House                                         Jen 

Pink Doxies                                                           Julie
Kathy's Quilts                                                      Kathy

LuAnn Kessi                                                         LuAnn Kessi
Soscrappy                                               
Dutch Comfort                                                     Nicolette

Esther's Blog                                                        Esther
JanaDohnalova                                                  Jana
Frugal Little Bungalow                                     Debra Lynn Pugh

Enjoy!



                   
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Friday, February 9, 2018

New Improv Stripes Project

Remember the wavy, curvy improv stripes from a while ago? 

improv stripes cut into strips


Don't they look awesome cut into 2 1/2" strips? I just love the curves and varying widths!

improv stripe strips



I got the itch to pair them with an ombre fabric, and knew I had some in the stash somewhere - I just didn't know what color. Fortunately, I didn't have to turn the room upside down looking for that ombre! In the fourth bin I opened, I found this green, which has tiny black and white dots in it, working perfectly with the stripes.

So, after a bit of cutting and sewing yesterday, I now have this on the design wall:

improv stripe blocks on the design wall

Doesn't look like much at the moment, and not sure if it will turn out really cool, or be a wild mess to look at! Every time I walk by it though, I keep thinking there's a bunch of zebras hiding out in a forest, which is odd, since zebras live on the tree-less grasslands of Africa. But the zebra image is certainly providing inspiration for a quilt name!

So what am I absolutely loving about this? Those curvy stripe strips - say that three times fast! - in the block centers. This is one of the center blocks,

center block


and this is an end block, for one column style at least.

bottom block

The plan is to have two more columns, switching the light and dark areas, and off-setting the blocks. I'm thinking of topping off each block with a black strip, giving the whole thing a bit of a woven look. That might work, and it might not.

Today's project is to finish up making the other blocks, testing the black strips, and hopefully birthing a quilt top!
Wish me luck!

Update: check out Zee Quilt, the fabulous finish!

Have a great weekend quilting everyone!

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