Friday, February 28, 2014

Quilty Fun Sew Along Progress, Weeks 1 - 15

The rows on the left side of the quilt have been pieced together and that panel is complete. The rows on the right side of the quilt have also been pieced together but that panel needs a row on the bottom, a row of flowers. That download is week 18. The pieces in the middle of the quilt are placed on the "design floor" in the general area they will be when everything is pieced together. Five more weeks of downloads.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vrooman's "Let's Book It" and "Wishes QAL" Progress

Sharon Vrooman is hosting "Let's Book It" on her blog. She has challenged us to choose a project in a book, magazine, or individual pattern that we bought and never used. I looked through my collection and found a pattern, "Full House", that I have never used. I pulled my batiks and started making colorful little houses. I'm linking up here.

I've had this pattern for a couple years and it feels good to finally enjoy using it. Thank you, Sharon, for giving me a nudge.

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a sampler quilt along called "Wishes." Pictured are my first two blocks of the 12 month project. The link to the "Wishes Quilt Along" is on the side of my blog.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Goodnight Irene Sew Along, February Progress

During February, I added three rows to my Goodnight Irene flimsy. If I add four more rows and a border I'll have a twin size quilt top. I've auditioned some white on black fabric as a possible border option.a few minutes ago. Looks pretty good but I'll make a decision later. The indoor picture doesn't do the fabrics in this work in progress justice.
To see the progress of other Goodnight Irene Sew Along quilt tops, go here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, February, Pink, Week 4

We had company last week, three nieces. Two of them and I learned to crochet with the help of YouTube video clips. We started to crochet shawls. We're still working on those. One crocheted a hat, the other started one, and I learned how to crochet hearts and five petal flowers. There was some reading. I read Vampire Academy and now I'm ready to see the movie. No sewing so I'm playing catch up this week.
Four 6.5" pink sampler blocks, a pink knitted dishcloth and some crochet hearts and flowers made it into the picture. My pink scraps took a good hit this month. I'm ready to move on to another color. To see what others made with their pink scraps, go here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge February, Pink, Week 3

Happy Valentine's Day! It stopped snowing and sleeting and the sun is shining today. Yah.
It's been a busy sewing week. My friend Barbara saw and kindly let me know that I had three incorrectly turned block units in my Celtic Solstice quilt top. They were not difficult to make right as I had not started the quilting step. Thank you so much Barbara. I would have felt terrible when I found them after quilting and binding. I've also been piecing Quilty Fun and Goodnight Irene blocks that I'll show in later posts.
Today I'll post pictures of Scrappy Rainbow Challenge progress.

Last year I paper pieced 6.5" 60 degree pyramid units with scrappy strings. I'll continue making them this year or until I have enough for a quilt top. Forgot to piece some dark blue ones last month.
I'm going to start making 7" scrappy string blocks, too. Sometime I need to make something to use up the scrappy crumbs that are accumulating. Suggestions?

I pieced two pink scrappy happy houses, then wonky sashed those as well as two pink houses from previous RSC years. When I have 42 blocks, I'll have enough for a wonky scrappy happy house quilt. Two 8.5" kitten blocks, three 5.5" coco mug blocks and a pink strip knitted dishcloth made it into the picture. The plan is to eventually sash the kitten blocks I make this year with purple fabric for a lap quilt. The mugs will probably be a long term project. Possibly a coco mug wall hanging or a quilt of coco mugs. The coco mug pattern is from Lori Holt's Quilty Fun book.
To see what others made with their pink scraps go here Saturday morning.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, February, Pink, Week 2 and a Win

After playing with my pink scraps this week, I'll add four 8.5" blocks, a heart, a 16-patch, a star and a spool and two 6.5" sampler blocks to my collections.  A knitted pink dishcloth made it into the picture.
Lucky me! Each week The Fat Quarter Shop draws a name in the Quilty Fun Sew Along. Last week we made Honeycomb blocks and my name was drawn for a package of Wonder Clips. Yah! The box of clips made it into today's picture.
I reply to all my comments. Lately I have been getting some no-reply comments. That makes it impossible to answer those questions directly. One week someone asked how I piece a 8.5" spool blocks. They are easy.

1. Sew skinny strips on a 4.5" square piece of paper. Yes. It's paper pieced. Remove paper, press and trim if necessary to make a 4.5" blocks.
2. The spool top and bottom is two 8.5"x 2.5" rectangles with four 2.5" background squares placed on the ends of the rectangles, right sides together. A diagonal seam is sewed on each 2.5" block from corner to corner. Seams are trimmed to a quarter inch and pressed open.
3. Two 4.5"x 2.5" rectangles of background fabric are sewed to the sides of the paper pieced 4.5" paper pieced square.
4. Sew the three units sewed together to made a 8.5" pieced block.

Now you can have fun making colorful, fun spool blocks, too!
To see what others made with their pink scraps this week, go here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Celtic Solstice Quilt Top

I finished piecing my Celtic Solstice quilt top this morning and I like it. This small version is supposed to be 75"x 75". Mine is around 80"x 80" but will probably shrink 5" when it's quilted and has a go in the washer and dryer. Next week I hope to sandwich and quilt it with a loose meander.
To see other Celtic Solstice quilts and quilt tops, go here.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, February, Pink, Week 1, A Finish and A Win

This Christmas a niece and her hubby announced that they are going to have a baby. My niece loves scrappy quilts. The scrappier, the better. So this week I sewed together 8.5" rainbow blocks I made last year during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to make a small quilt. I used 30 RSC scrap blocks for the quilt top.

And I sewed 23 RSC scrap blocks and seven solid 8.5" blocks cut from scraps and stash for the backing. It's quilted with vertical wavy lines and bound with white polka dots on black fabric from my stash. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at 39"x 48".

February's color is pink! I made three pink string 8.5" blocks to add to one I made last year. Two knitted dishcloths made it into the picture as well as a cute small wallet I won this week. Thearice of Pig Tales and Quilts drew my name! Yah!

To see what others made with their lovely pink scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.
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