Saturday, April 12, 2014

2nd Quarter Finish Along Hopefuls

It's time to make my list of hopeful finishes for the 2nd quarter of the Finish Along hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.  I managed just one finish for the 1st quarter, so some of my unfinished items will have an encore performance this quarter.

The Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along.  These are blocks 9-14.  Six more to go.   I'm using a Ruby layer cake.

HST baby quilt.
Summersville quilt.  This has been hanging around for more than a year.  The top is finished.  I need to find something for the back.

My Economy Block quilt.  This will be a stretch to finish. Since I enjoy making this block, it may not be an impossibility.
 The Local quilt.  We'll see.
Kaffe stripes. (This photo does not show the actual gorgeous colors.)  I started this at retreat last month.  This is a bit of a departure from my usual quilt projects.  There's no white fabric in it!

Lots to do.
Joyful stitching,
Linking up with
Finish Along 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 Finish Along Q1

Q1 of the 2014 Finish Along hosted by The Littlest Thistle is over. 
Just one finish out of a possible four.  My 1st quarter list is here
I enjoyed making this quilt. The Hexie Garden quilt (pattern by Atkinson Designs) took me a bit longer than I had planned.  Lots of little triangles and lots and lots of bias edges.  I used a fat quarter pack of Simply Color.  This quilt measures approx. 58" x 68".  Nice lap size.
I opted to do straight line quilting on this one. 
I didn't buy any yardage for this project and used  a bunch of leftover strips and FQs for the back.
The photo isn't so hot, but the backing looks really nice in person.  It sorta makes it a reversible quilt.
For the binding, I used the collection of ombre solids that came with the set to make it a bit scrappy. 
The color gradation works well as a binding and I would definitely use them again.

My 3 unfinished  items from the 1st quarter will all go on my 2nd quarter list.  I think I have a decent chance of finishing them this time.

This .250 batter is linking up with
Finish Along 2014
Joyful stitching,

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Falling Behind (so what else is new)

Ok, so I'm supposed to have 12 blocks finished for the Layer Cake Quilt Along.  I have just 8 finished.

However, I do have all the rest of the HSTs cut and sewn. Some are even trimmed nice and neat.  It will take me very little time to put the block together. I'll hopefully get them done tomorrow night after work.
 I'm using a layer cake of Ruby.  The only colors will be green, pink, red, gray and turquoise. The background is Kona Snow.   I'm liking it so far.  My favorite block is the green and red one in the middle of the top row.
I haven't been completely slacking.  I did finish a baby quilt.  I'll post a picture next time.
This is the quilt has been taking up most of my time.
I finished piecing the top at retreat.  It's all sandwiched and is in the process of being quilted.  I used a fat quarter pack of Simply Color.  I didn't want to buy any yardage (and not because I went on a royal fabric binge 3 times in the last 6 weeks) so I decided to use some of the leftovers pieces and unused fat quarters.
This is what the back looked like while I was playing with the fabric.  It took me all day yesterday to measure and piece, but it came together rather nicely if I do say so myself.  Photos later. 

Joyful stitching,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along

Like a needed another project...

There's a great Layer Cake quilt along hosted by Amanda at Material Girl Quilts.
It gives me a great excuse to use up a layer cake that has been languishing in my stash for much too long.

The goal is to make 2 blocks each week.  Each block consists only of half-square triangles. I'm using a Ruby layer cake and am happy with the results so far.
Amanda has a great tutorial for cutting the HSTs.  We're on blocks 3 and 4.  I've actually constructed the HST units for most of the blocks, so assembly will take no time. This is a really easy project.
Here's what I have so far...
 Block 1
 Block 2
 Block 3
 Block 4

So far so good.

Joyful stitching,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

February Finishes - Put Your Scraps to Work

Time to link up to Put Your Scraps to Work.

February was almost a no-sew month for me.  It took me almost two weeks to get these two table runners finished.  The good thing is that they came from my stash and my pile of leftover jellyroll strips.
The bad thing is that I went on a fabric binge in February, but that's for another time.
I needed one for the buffet and another for the table.  The one for the table is slightly wider.
They were really easy and a bit mindless, actually. 
The quilting is just straight lines and not necessarily spaced evenly. Easy peasy.
A great way to use leftovers.  I still have plans to make some placemats.  Hopefully, they won't take a month to finish.

Joyful stitching,

FairyFace Designs

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I put my scraps to work

Last month I decided to follow along with Sarah @ FairyFace Designs and her Put Your Scraps to Work 2014 project.  This was perfect for me with my "make it do" mindset (also known as my 2014 Austerity Quilt Tour). 

My January finish is this cute baby quilt using the leftover pieces from this other cute baby quilt.  No additional purchases necessary.
I'd wanted to make a triangle quilt for a while and this fabric was just right.  It's a Riley Blake line called Life in the Jungle.  It was very easy to do once I got the hang of lining up the individual triangles.  I quilted using just straight lines along the seams.  This quilt measures approx. 31"x36".
The back is made up of the rest of the yardage and a few pieces of the fat quarters.  I still have a few scraps of this left and will try to work it in with other scraps for a different project. 
I had just enough orange to bind it.
 Not sure what I'll do for February's scrap project, although now that I think of it, I do need some new potholders and a cover for my mixer.  

Joyful Stitching,

Linking up to

FairyFace Designs

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've been tossing around some ideas for the Riley Blake challenge.  One of them involved some type of dresden block.  I decided to make a practice block and grabbed some Kaffe Fassett fabric that's been hanging around for much too long. 
I wanted to make one that would finish into a 16" block.  So I used the 7" measurement on my ruler figuring that each half circle combined would be 14".  My pea brain totally missed that there's a 3" opening in the middle.  So what did it do?  I made more.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with these. They'll get put away and maybe added to my 2nd quarter Finish Along list.  Making these dresdens was not in vain.  I now know that I definitely don't want to do a dresden block for the Riley Blake challenge.

I also finished another block for my Hexie Garden quilt.  So far, so good.
Linking up to Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Joyful stitching,