Monday, January 5, 2015

4th Qtr FAL Finish

The linkup for the 4th quarter Finish-Along ends tomorrow night so, of course, I'm hustling to finish posting my completed items.

One of the items on my original list was this table runner.
I purchased the kit on Craftsy.  The fabric is Moda's Winterlude.  I liked the blue in the collection and thought it would match my dining room.  It measures 51" x 25" and fits my table quite nicely.
I was very happy with the end result.  The pattern itself was not difficult.  It's made with a Honeybun which means that there are a lot of 1 1/2" squares.  It took me longer than I anticipated.
One of the things I like about the pattern is that there is a flange between the outside border and the inside border.
It's a nice effect.  I did an all-over stipple for the quilting.  The back is just a plain piece of a cream print.
I enjoyed using this during the holidays.  It's still on my table.  The poinsettia, however, didn't make it through Christmas.  I think they come to my house to die.

Joyful stitching,

Linking up to
Finish Along 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 - It's a wrap.

I went through my photos of things I finished in 2014.  It was not a banner year for finishes, but still, there's still plenty to show.  I was surprised, however, to realize that I had only finished 3 larger quilts.

The top one is a sampler made from 1 layer cake, the middle one is all Kaffe Fassett stripes and shots (super soft after washing!) and the bottom is called Hexie Garden.

I also finished some baby quilts.
All of these are from scraps/stash with the exception of the lower left hand one.  It's a version of a disappearing 9-patch using just one charm pack and some Kona Snow.

I made a few small runners and wall hangings, too.
These are all seasonal and already packed away for next year.

My biggest collection of finishes are my small items.
I made a number of mug rugs for my sister's birthday, another rose star EPP block, a Social Tote, a bib for my grandson's 1st birthday and 3 Sew Together bags for Christmas gifts.

As I went through my mess of photos (I resolve to be more organized in 2015.), I realized that there were some things that didn't make it into the photo collages.  There are a few that I haven't posted about yet, but I'll need to get them blogged about since they are part of my 4th Qtr FAL.

Looking forward to a few changes in 2015!  More on that later.

Joyful stitching,

Linking up to...

Small Blog Meet

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Back on Track

I'm finally getting back on track with blogging and sewing.  The holidays seem to wipe me out. Got back to my yoga class this morning and I already feel better.
I have several finishes for the 4th Qtr FAL that I have not written about yet.  Today, it's the snowman wall hanging that was finished last month.

The pattern set is called Winter Trio by Edyta Sitar.  I purchased the pattern and 2 fabric kits a couple of years ago and then proceeded to forget about them.  
It's all raw-edge applique. I stitched 1/8 inch in from the edges of each piece and did some stippling in the background.  This was a very easy project and very forgiving.  It was nice to take a break from trying to match points and seams.  The fabric kit contained batiks, but I think this would be really nice made from other quilting cottons.  Maybe next year.  Maybe not.
It may sound strange, but I enjoyed cutting out all the little angles and lines on the snowflakes.  Just like trimming, it's a zen thing for me.
The piece measures 16" x 24". 

Lots more to blog about, but that's it for today.  Off to have tea with Mom and the sisters.

Joyful stitching,

My original 4th Qtr. list can be found here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Fall Finish

My 4th Quarter finishes are coming along slow but sure.  I completed this Thanksgiving table mat in plenty of time for the holiday.
I had a charm pack called Give Thanks that's been hanging around too long.  This quilt pattern (Charm Play by Larisa Key) uses up every square of the pack.  There are a few prints in the collection that I didn't care for, but thankfully they're sort of lost in the mix.
I quilted in a straight line all around, echoing the outside of the center block.
The back is from my stash and the binding is Kona. I'm not sure of the color.  This finished size is approx. 34" square.

This was a pretty quick finish.  I did a bit of picking apart seams since I kept getting the blocks turned around as I sewed the rows.

I've made some progress on a couple of winter wall hangings and hopefully I'll be posting those soon.  Clock's ticking.  I really need to get busy with my gift making.

Today I'm linking up to:
Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to say
Take a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts

Joyful Stitching,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fun with Mug Rugs

I was trying to figure out what to give my sister who had a birthday last week.  She's very crafty, but mostly she's a craft hoarder.  A lot goes in, but not much comes out.  She claims she's prepping for retirement.
I didn't want to add to her hoard, so I decided to make her some mug rugs that she can use throughout the year.  It was the perfect way for me to try a few techniques/styles that I don't often use. 

 This pumpkin is paper pieced using fabrics from my scrap bin.

This snowman is raw-edge applique finished with a machine blanket stitch.  I used some leftover Kate Spain fabric from a quilt I made a few years ago.    I used to think that raw-edge applique was cheating.  I've changed my mind.

This shamrock is also raw-edge applique.  It's for the Irish half of the family.

My sister likes the Day of the Dead stuff.  I added a few crystals to the lady skeletons to tart them up a bit. (crappy photo)
I love the colors in this folk-art flower.

I saw a similar leaf on Pinterest.  I tried to make the right-hand side resemble twigs using the method where you slice, insert a strip of fabric and then sew the sliced sections back together. I like the way it turned out.

My sister likes to make hexies, so I had to include some.  Did some simple echo stitching.

One of my next projects is a quilt with curves.  This circle was my practice block.

I had a lot of fun making these.  I gave them to my sister on Sunday and she loved them.  Yay!

These mug rugs count as a finish  for the 4th Quarter of the Finish-Along hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle

Today I'm linking up with Show and Tell Tuesday at i have to say.

Joyful stitching,

Monday, October 13, 2014

4th Quarter Hopefuls

It's time to post my hopeful finishes for the final quarter of the 2014 Finish-Along hosted by Katy at the Littlest Thistle.
Most of these will need to be finished before the holidays, so I have some added incentive to get them done.
#1 Mug Rugs for my sister's birthday...
I thought it would be nice for her to have something on her desk at work that she can change with the seasons/holidays.  I have 7 that I want to finish.  Most have been started, none finished yet.

#2 Thanksgiving table mat...
Not in love with the fabric, but I'm determined to use up my charm packs.  This mat needs the outer border added before I can sandwich and quilt it.

#3 Winterlude table runner...
I bought this during the summer when it was on sale on Craftsy.  It has some blues in it that I can pull out to match my dining room.

 #4 and #5  Winter wall hangings...
This counts as two separate entries. I bought these a couple of years ago.  I got as far as tracing the applique shapes onto the fusible web and then ended up putting them away.  I'm making the snowman one and the one with the mittens and holly.

#6 The Beatle bag....
I bought the pattern and inserts last spring.  My sister gave me the bundle of Indelible for my birthday.

 #7  Flower Power quilt...
This pattern is from a Quilter's Mixology.  I love this book.  I purchased a circle/drunkard's path template a while back with the intention of making a circle quilt, but once I got my hands on this book, I knew this was the one I wanted to make.  Made a few practice circles only.

A little ambitious considering all the Christmas gifts that I'll need to make.  I haven't even thought about those yet.  Hopefully, I'll end the year with a fabulous finish!

Linking up with
Finish Along 2014

Joyful stitching,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another Disappearing 9-Patch

My final finish for the 3rd Quarter Finish-Along.  I'm trying to use up my charm packs and the disappearing 9-patch makes good use of just a single pack. This is a very happy and bright quilt.
I used some Kona Snow along with the charm pack.  Don't remember the name of the fabric line (maybe Snap Pop?) I had some yardage leftover from another project and a couple of unused blocks on the back.
I think it turned out nice. 
I did an all-over stipple which crinkles up nicely after a trip through the washer and dryer.  The binding is a solid blue.  This quilt measures 36"x44".

It wasn't too bad of a quarter.  I managed to finish 4 of my 7 hopefuls on my original list including these 3...

 The Kaffe Fassett stripes...
the  Sasparilla Tumbler baby quilt...
and the Social Tote.

I've got a pile of things I hope to finish in the next quarter, but that's for another day.

Linking up with
Finish Along 2014

Joyful stitching,