Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book of the Month Progress

Finally some progress to report!  The top for the September/October Book of the Month, Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block is done.
I'm holding off on showing the whole quilt until the quilting is finished. But I think you get the idea of the layout.

This quilt is one of my favorites for many reasons.  The first is how easy it was to put together.  The woodpile blocks made great use of strip piecing, and the ability to use a variety of fabrics.  The more scrap quilts I do, the more I love them!

Second reason I like this quilt is because of the colors.  As a kid, I lived in Vermont and Maine, where the fall colors dazzled me every year.  Even though I'm a pink person at heart, I love the colors of fall, and find myself always drawn to them.

The third reason to love this is I have enough to make another! 
Here's fabric
 and strip sets
and block parts
and seven blocks!
But the next one will be a different layout.  That's the beauty of these blocks--there are many different layouts possible.  If you can, give these blocks a try.  It's a great way to use up your stash!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hoping to Sew

Tuesday, I added another project to my overflowing list--that of a border, in two slightly different versions.

 See the difference?

These are based on the work of Rita Hutchens, author of Totally Tubular.  I've always admired her work since I saw her on Simply Quilts many years ago.  She spoke at our guild Monday night, and I got the chance to take her Zigzags workshop.

What started as this
was cut and sewn to get the two different zigzag patterns seen above.  Awesome technique, huh?

I'm not quite done yet, as I need to make a couple more cuts, and sew a few more seams to get an actual border piece.  But they're almost done!  Then I'll need to design something for them to border.  Just when that will be is anyone's guess.

I was so hoping for a sew day today and tomorrow, but instead I'm making a last minute drive to my mom's, as she is not well.  Hopefully I'll be bringing her home with me so I don't have to take care of her long distance.

And I got this brilliant idea.  Since I'm driving, I can take my sewing machine!  Just need to pack up the three current projects:  the zigzag borders, the woodpile blocks
and the diamonds.

When she's sleeping, I'll be sewing!  What better way to pass the time.  Wish me luck on getting things done--I'll try to get some posts in on the progress.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

My PIQF Experience

The Bay Area's biggest quilt show, PIQF, wrapped up yesterday, taking with it all those beautiful quilts that I hope you've had a chance to view elsewhere in the country.

Unfortunately for me, I didn't get a chance to see the entire show.  Instead, I spent all four days with my Innova long arm dealer, gushing about the machine.  

I'd try to get there early to see the quilts, and saw at least half of them.  But by Sunday, I was so tired and suffering from quilty overload, that I skipped the international quilts.

But there definitely were some beauties.  My favorite was a 3-D ocean scene with jellyfish.  There were actual 3-D glasses to put on!  I'd show a picture, but I don't have the quilter's permission to post, so you'll just have to use your imagination.  But if you saw that quilt, wasn't it awesome? I'm still wondering how she did it.

As for my two, Scraplicious Florabunda,
and Trio Two,
no ribbons, and I wasn't expecting any.  Once again, the judges don't like the blue border around the scrap flowers. They think it's too dark.  And the other one had the comment that the quilting gets lost.  Whatever.  I like them!

As for shopping, I did very little of that.  I did get to meet Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful because of the Metro Ring Medallion I made for my nephew.  I picked up another of her patterns, Metro Medallion, 
but I think it will be a while before I get to it.  To many other quilts to get done first!

This being a huge show, there's lots to take in.  No wonder I saw people there a couple days in a row, as it really does need more than one day.  Now all of us can recover, and start making quilts for next year!

Have a great day quilting!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Diamond Class

Yesterday was my diamond teaching day!  And look at all the beauties these fantastic ladies are in the process of creating!

This last one--she gets the overachiever star!  She was determined to get her rows sewn together, and what fantastic progress she made!

But aren't these all beautiful?  Some were making table runners like mine
and others were making baby quilt size, which is what my teaching piece will be.
Quite rumpled after being folded up all night.  Eventually, I'll applique some white daisies on top--should be sweet.

I had a great time, and so did everyone else.  Many loved the hint of taking six stitches to match up seam lines, excited that they could use that for other applications.  For a review of that process, see the sewing diamonds post.  I need  to rewrite the cutting diamonds post, unless you really want to cut your diamonds out of straight strips.  The way I taught the ladies yesterday was so much easier!

Now I just need to think of another technique to teach--any suggestions?

Have a great day quilting!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I've Got Blocks!

Woohoo!  I've gotten some blocks made, and boy, are they pretty!

If you remember, I'm using the fall fabrics I won in the basket last month.  I went through my stash, which another quilter labelled 'vintage', and pulled out more leaf fabric, and any purple, orange, or brown that had a leaf pattern on it. Usually those fabrics that I wonder how I'm going to use. 

Well, now they have a home in this quilt, and they are shining!  The purple and orange add such a nice spark--who'd of thought? Years ago, I would have been afraid to put all of these together, but the more I do scrap quilts, the better I've gotten at them, and the more I like them!

Though I'm following a pattern in the book, Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block, I'm not sticking to the original layout, which is this:
Instead, I just put the blocks up on the wall, working with a zigzag design.
This so far, this is twenty blocks.  And I'm loving this layout! After I stood back to look at it, quilting inspiration came to me, that of falling leaves.  Yes!  And all was happy and good in my quilting world!  Love it when everything just flows like that.  It's a great feeling!

Hope to have a few more done by Monday.  We'll see.  I've got to prep for my diamond class on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend quilting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finally Posting!

It has been days since my last post, and frankly, I've become a frustrated quilter!  I desperately want to use up my old stash, so I can move on to acquiring a new stash to make really pretty quilts.  But life just keeps getting in the way, eating into my quilting time.  And it doesn't help that my mind won't focus for the little amount of time I do have to quilt.

So, with those constraints, I decided to continue with last month's Book of the Month for October, Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block.
I view these blocks as a good stash buster, and didn't want to give up on the book just because I didn't tackle it in September. It was hard to choose which pattern, but since I'm on a serious mission to use up my stash, I'm going with a scrappy look.  All of those fall fabrics that I won from the basket raffle
are going into this one, then I'll donate the quilt to the guild. (Cat may be included in that donation since he chomped into my arm this morning!)

I've got my strip pieces cut, 

now I just need to sew them randomly together, and cut the logs to build the woodpile blocks.  The next couple days are all I've got for that, as the following two weeks are super busy.  Here's the calendar:

Monday is a guild board meeting, and since becoming Membership Chair, I've spent a great deal of time learning the ropes.  I've still got stuff that needs addressing by the board.

Tuesday, I drop off Trio Two and Scraplicious Florabunda to PIQF, and teach a class on cutting and sewing diamonds. 

I think I get to breathe on Wednesday, then Thursday thru Sunday I'll be at PIQF helping out my Innova dealer, and attending to the guild's raffle table.  

And the next Monday is the guild meeting, which means more membership renewals to process, and Tuesday is a class with Rita Hutchens.  Phew!

By then, there's about a week left in October.  And it will be time for another Book of the Month.  So, here's to this month!

Have a great day quilting!  I hope to!