Sunday, October 8, 2017

Orphan block

A while ago I made a paper pieced pattern of a space shuttle for my son.  Somewhere in the process I ended up making two shuttles, and one just sat in my random scrap box for a while.  Then it at least got moved onto a list of things to finish.  Then this past January I acquired a zipper for it.  And finally, after a long, long wait, I finished it.

It's just a simple zipper pouch.  The boy I sent it to loves all things space.  (I'll admit, I kind of expect him to say something like, "the planets don't look like that" or "during lift off, which the fuel is burning, the shuttle goes straight up".  But hopefully it'll be close enough.)



I lined it with some cartoony space/robot fabric.  It still fits the theme.

I always forget how quickly zips go together until I make one.  I probably find a new pattern for each one, but for this one I used this lovely tutorial.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sept progress

1. Quilt Grandma's robot quilt. I think this is going to be my October goal.  It's been pretty slow going so far, but maybe it'll work better if I have a goal.  It's for my son, and has robots on the back.  He's most excited about the robots.


2. Robot quilt.  This is for the same son as the one above.  He just got a twin bed and so "needs" a quilt for it before winter.

3. Temperature quilt. Last month I was so surprised to realize that I hadn't worked on it for over a month.  I got myself caught up to mid-September.

4. Pluses.  It just needs a post and to be delivered.  Still.
5. Orphan rocket block. I made this into a pouch and sent it off.  It just needs a post.
6. Ombre hourglass quilt. This is also finished!  I really need to get on top of my blog posts.  Then I can cross a bunch of things off my list!

Other items that didn't get worked on this month, but are still loved...
7.  Scrap bee blocks. I've received most of these, but am waiting on a few yet. 
8. Meshing solid HSTs
9. Rainbow Log Cabin
10. Scrap quilt #2
12. Jeweled floors
13. Lost piece
14. Winter quilt
15. Fabric from Christmas
16. Pillow with green/purple fabric
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
18. Black scrap quilt. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Doll quilt

Over the summer we had a bunch of friends come up for the week.  The first day in the afternoon the parents of one girl wanted to relax and I was thinking about how I'd miss quilting for the week.  The solution?  Make a doll quilt.

She choose the fabrics.  She didn't get many options because her sister was napping in the room with all the fabric, but luckily I  had two pinks nearby.  We added in some white for contrast.

We cut out the pieces.
She choose the layout. 
 
We sewed them together.

And then we quilted them.  She's the first kid that has used the quilter, and she did a great job.  She had to stand on a small ladder, but it totally worked.  The thread broke several times, and so she made several comments like, "I hope the thread doesn't break!"

After all of that, I don't even have a finished quilt to show you.  But she helped with the binding and tucking the threads into the quilt.  It was a perfect vacation activity.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Owl Quilt

My mother-in-law made this quilt for her newest grand-niece.  I had the honor of quilting and binding it.


The rows with flowers in the fabric received matching quilted flowers.  This time I tried putting leaves on some, as seen below.  I also put circles in between some petal rows, like the fabric.  It only turned out ok, so I didn't take any pictures of it.  (Also peaking through this pictures is the meandering stars that I used by the owls.)

The rows with owls on branches received wood grain.

The outer border had leaves.  I feel like I've been doing a lot of leaves lately, but they just match all the fabrics really well.  The sashing had back and forths.

This was my September goal...I finished up!  Also linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Finished: In the Woods

I finished this quilt, which has gone through many different names.  I finally settled on "In the Woods"

The fabric was a Christmas present - a Woodlands FQ bundle.  I love how HSTs work together in a quilt, so decided to go that route.  (I always question myself about half way through trimming them up though.) The placement of most of the colors is not random, but figured out in advance.  That being said, I ran out of a few colors in the middle of making the HSTs and needed to substitute some other colors.  (See how there is more of the bright orange in the bottom center?)

I took my kids to a natural playground in the area and it was a lovely spot for getting pictures.  I did one other quilt that you'll see soon, but I expect I'll be back for more pictures.

If you couldn't tell, the green section represents a tree that is just starting to change color.  The brown section is the ground, which has had many leaves come down over the course of the years.  The bright yellow and orange triangles are the leaves that have turned color and are starting to fall down.

Although there are no pictures, it is backed in an orange minky and bound in an orange sateen.

There are three distinct quilting sections. The tree, which is clam shells - art deco (by Esther at I Patch and Quilt)

The air, which has loops.  Kind of like falling leaves, but there are a lot more loops than leaves.

And the ground, which has leaves.  The fallen leaves from years past.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August progress; September goals

1. Owl quilt.  This quilt was made by my mother-in-law, and I need to quilt and bind it.  It shouldn't take too long, but there are several other things that I'm doing this month too.  It's my September goal, but I'm not convinced that I'll finish.

2. Pluses.  This is finished!  It just needs pictures and to be delivered.

3. Black scrap quilt.  I finished burying all the threads in, thanks to Grey's Anatomy.  I feel like I need to block it though, and I'm feeling rather intimidated by it.  It might be a bit before I actually do it.

4. Falling leaves. This needs pictures.

5. Ombre hourglass quilt. I just finished making all the blocks.  Hooray!!!!  They took a long time and I'm glad to be done with them.

6. Robot quilt.  My son just got a twin bed and needs a large quilt now.  I had an plan, and then I saw these robots/astronauts and knew he would love it more than my plan.  So I changed my plan.

7.  Scrap bee blocks.  I made some example blocks for the bee that I'm in and will hopefully get a bunch more this coming month.


Other items that didn't get worked on this month, but are still loved...

8. Meshing solid HSTs
9. Rainbow Log Cabin
10. Scrap quilt #2
11. Orphan rocket block
12. Jeweled floors
13. Lost piece
14. Winter quilt
15. Fabric from Christmas
16. Pillow with green/purple fabric
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
18. Temperature quilt

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunset quilt

I finished my oldest in-progress quilt!  It didn't surprise me that it took so long to finish, as I decided to do some hand quilting on it and I really only did that sporadically when traveling.  It's just a small wall hanging, but I love it.

The fabric was from Play-Crafts and it was the first fabric that I ever won in a giveaway.  I was so excited.  The fabric pull was based on a sunset picture, and so I thought I'd loosely imitate a sunset.  The colors go from warm to cool and the triangles point down, to drive home the setting part.


It wasn't quite right until Claire suggested a horizon.  It was exactly what the quilt needed.

This was also my first try at hand quilting.  My stitches are pretty large, but I did that on purpose.  The quilting shape in important.  I used gold thread for the very middle of the arcs, suggesting the sun.  After a few golden arcs I changed to a varigated thread with sunset-ish colors for the rest of the arcs.

I also bound the quilt by hand for the first time.  It wasn't as intimidating as I was expecting.

The fabric on the back is a perfect match for the wall it's hanging on.  I ended up just using some 3M wall clips to hang it; if I ever feel the desire I can turn it around for a while.  I realized after I wrote that sentence that there is an ugly wall sleeve on it, but I could always cover it up for a short time. :)  It is by my computer and the only quilt I have right there; it's been nice to look up and see it.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday (when it opens up).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scraps

I've been working on the QST quilt.  Like I mentioned, it's rather repetitive.  However, my bee block is next month, so I started working on that last night.  I actually started working on it a while ago, but once again changed my mind on what I want.

I finally decided on scrappy.  Completely scrappy.  So I've been putting pieces together and it was quite a bit more fun than the QSTs.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer standings

It's been a while since I've posted, but the summer has been busy.  I've still been making progress, even though it hasn't been well documented...hopefully I'll get some of them documented soon.  In the meantime, here's where I currently stand on everything.

1. Pluses.  Quilting is almost done.  This is my August goal, but it should finish up relatively easily.

2. temperature quilt.  Here is is through mid-July.  It's interesting to see the color changes.  (One line is a half of a month.)
 

3. Scrap quilt. There are still a gazillion threads to bury.  I need to find a good show to watch.



4. green/white hourglass baby quilt.  I almost have almost two segments done.  (One shown below.)  I was hoping to only do two segments, but it won't be wide enough, so I have a whole bunch more awaiting me.
 
5. Falling leaves: This needs pictures.
6. Sunset wall hanging: This needs pictures.

                             
Other items still waiting aroundThe number has stayed the same.  I should really do some of the "finished" posts so the number can go down.  If I recall correctly, my goal was to be down to eleven at the end of the year.  That might be hard.


7. Meshing solid HSTs.
8. Rainbow log cabin.  
9. Simply solids bee quilt.   
10. scrap quilt #2. 
11. Orphan rocket block. 
12. Jeweled floors.
13. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
14. Winter quilt.   
15. fabric from Christmas.   
16. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
18. robot quilt

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ombre quilt

I've made 48 of these units and am getting very bored of them.  I should have thought about the repetition better before deciding on the size.  There are at least 32 more, although I'll probably decide I need 72 more.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Arthas in the Woods at Fall

I finished the quilt top.  I was hoping that I'd get the quilting started this month, but I was rather slow this month and so that didn't happen.  I still met my goal however.


I failed to calculate yardage requirements at the beginning, just assuming that I'd have enough of everything.  That was an incorrect assessment, but I did have almost enough of everything.  So I made a few last minute design changes and added in one extra fabric, but I don't think you can tell too much.

This was my goal for May.  June is looking rather busy, so I think I'm going to skip making a goal and just work on whatever I want as I have time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

mini quilt

A friend of mine had a miscarriage recently.  I made a tiny quilt to remember the tiny baby.

I made the eternity knot.  (I saw it here originally.)  Well, I mostly made it.  The top HST is rotated, but I didn't see it until it was way too late to fix.  I also decided that although I love how it looks, I might not ever want to make a quilt out of them.  In fact, I should probably not make a mini out of them again either.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nautical quilt - quilted!

I've had this quilt sitting around for a long time.  It was in a large stack my mother-in-law gave me, but she said she didn't care how long it took to finish.  So it probably took close to two years, when the rest of my quilt tops had all been taken care of.


In the main portion, I used a grey thread.  On the sashing I made a rope (from Angela Walters) and in the blocks I did a bunting that matched two of the fabrics.  I made some waves around the border in a dark blue thread.  I originally did the waves in the swimsuit quilt and it was nice to have something already worked out for a water theme.


The back was a solid, so you could really see the quilting well.  At first I was rather nervous about doing the bunting, especially with the solid back where you'd be able to see all my mistakes.  I knew there'd be several because the design calls for some travel over already sewn lines, and I just don't do that very well.

However, if I take a step back it looks fine.  Even better than fine.  I like how the bunting turned out. 



Friday, May 5, 2017

April progress

1. Woodlands quilt.  My goal for April is to get the top finished.  I'm about half way done, so I don't think it'll be too much of a stretch to finish it.  It's nice to have some easy months and maybe I'll even be lucky and get it quilted! 

2. Temperature quilt.  I neglected this for most of April, but when I looked in the bag I did have March all sewn together and a few days in April, so I much have worked on it near the beginning.  Although it's now May, I've finished April and am all caught up again.




3. Quilt nautical quilt.  This is all done, but it needs a final post.

4. Scrap quilt. This has been waiting for some time for me to finish quilting it.  A while ago I took it off the quilter, and then decided that I needed some quilting in the colored sections too.  Several thread trials later I "gave up" and used matching colors for each strip.  I now have a million thread ends to bury.  But I think it was worth it.

                           
Other items still waiting aroundMy numbers finally went down!

5. Meshing solid HSTs.
6. Rainbow log cabin.  
7. Simply solids bee quilt.   
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. scrap quilt #2. 
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
18. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD
19. Another baby quilt