Sunday, March 22, 2020

Vibrant & Vivacious: Project Quilting Challenge 11.6



This week, more so than others, was a great way to escape from what's happening in the world. 
I'm sure many of you can relate. 
There's little I can think about when I have my sewing machine needle piercing through fabric. 
It's a wonderful thing to create, isn't it?

This week's challenge at Persimon Dreams was to use vibrant colors! 
It's been rather bleak, gray weather here in my corner of Iowa, so playing with these fabrics added some joy.

I've had a pattern on my Pinterest board for a long time, and I knew I could figure it out without too much trouble. 
Who needs a stinkin' pattern to buy when you can finagle on your own? ๐Ÿ˜


I was trying too hard to  make my Flying Geese matchy-matchy and I wasn't really getting the effect I wanted. So, I threw caution to the wind and put crazy combinations together. So much easier!




Here we go with my layout....looking good, right? Vibrant and Vivacious?




I even sewed up all those cut-off corners for another project down the line. 





I wanted to try mitered corners and this was the perfect time! 
I found a great video from Fons & Porter. 
Easy, peasy...except for one corner that I had to re-do THREE times!





Details on quilting and getting that binding just right. 







Now, if I could just learn to take a decent photo! 
This is a perfect rectangle...believe me!
Measurements: 29" x 15"
Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa

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Friday, February 28, 2020

RSC 2020: Orange!


My mama would be proud! In fact, she would be gushing at the progress this month and requesting an entire quilt be made from these blocks.

๐ŸงกOh, how Hazel loved orange!๐Ÿงก

At one time, she even drove an orange car! 

In full respect, orange is not one of my favorite colors.

Even though I had one reader offer to send me orange scraps 
(bless your ever-loving orange heart), 
I spent a few bucks to purchase a few fat quarters 
and even found some orange remnants in the bin at JoAnn. 


Many strips were sewn and cut to make 24 more 9-patch blocks....
2 rows of 12 blocks.

Sewn to the green strips and we have ourselves the beginning vision of a colorful quilt!

 

Mom, orange you happy? ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Put a Heart on It! Project Quilting 11.3











I have participated in the Project Quilting challenges for the past several years, but this last week's challenge is the first one I've taken on for this year.
 I just couldn't pass up creating something with hearts!



I think it was just a few days before Kim at Persimon Dreams announced the topic for this challenge that I received the "Love Is Scrappy" tutorial from Blair in her Wise Craft Handmade newsletter. I knew I had to make one! 

The one major change I made was to make mine smaller. Blair's finished wall quilt measures in at 32" square. Mine is a mere 16" square. 
Yep, that's a lotta 2" squares!


Fortunately, I had only to shop my stash for this mini quilt.
 No shopping required! (Shucks!)


It was fun to lay out the scrappy squares and get a visual for the final project. 

You might notice my orange strips at the top. 
They are waiting to be sewn into 9-patches for the RSC project. 




Sewing the tiny squares together was going just fine til I got to the 
top of the heart. 

I blame it on Oprah. I was listening to her podcast and got distracted. 
My husband thought I was sewing a fox head.






Simple, straight line stitching for quilting the 3 layers together. 
I  had a fabric piece just the perfect size for the backing. 




In my stash, I also had a package of bias tape that served very purposeful here!
It was a bit tricky since it was so narrow, but it worked out.




This 16" x 16" mini will be a gift for my daughter on her 30th birthday. 
She celebrates on Feb. 16th, but we've always considered her a
 Valentine's baby. 








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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jumping into RSC 2020!



I've been a spectator on the sidelines of the RSC parade for several years.
Late last year, I told myself I was going to join the fun for 2020!

For the first month of the year, light and bright green was the color. 
The RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) is hosted by SoScrappy.
Each month, a new color is chosen and the participants search through their stash and scrap bins 
to sew whatever their heart pleases!
 No rules, just sew with that color!

I like sewing by those rules. 


Lime green fabrics seem to be abundant in my stash, so this month was no problem.

I chose to make the classic 9-patch block using a white center.


After making 12 of these 5" blocks, I was pleased, but felt I needed another row.

This time, I alternated the white centers so it would look like a white ribbon 
weaving through the blocks. 

January's green RSC rows are 56" long and 9.5" wide. 
That's 216 2" squares!

I'm already worried about February.

The color is orange!
Orange is not abundant in my stash. 

I may have to go shopping. 


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop!



It's such fun to join a blog hop with fellow quilters! 
Today is the third day of the hop.
Over the course of 5 days, the hop will feature 38 creative quilters who are anxious to show you their favorite blocks!
Many thanks to Carla, our hostess, at Create In The Sticks for making this blog hop possible!

Today, my favorite quilt block is the Half Log Cabin. 
I've been hooked on this block for a few weeks after seeing a quilt on Pinterest (what a rabbit hole to fall into!).
I didn't follow a pattern for it, but just figured it out to work for me. 



I made this table runner for my best friend for what I thought was her 60th birthday.
Turned out, she was only 59! 
Oh well, she'll have something special to remember her 59th year around the sun! 

She loooooves color, so working from my batik basket was a given!

I started with a 3" square and worked around 2 sides, alternating widths as I went. Keeping it rather wonky, I'd sew on strips til the block was at least 10" square, then I'd trim them all to be the same size. 

Here they are laid out ready for stitching together and auditioning
 for a white background. 



Quilting was fun using a leaf-type design on the batik blocks and 
straight line on the white. 
I'm getting better with my FMQ. Still makes me nervous. 











I added a sweet label to the back corner. 
Don't ask my why I threw grass clippings on there. 
I even made her a birthday card using batik strips!




This is the runner in her new home! 
She is adorned with a lovely vase and garden flowers!




Since then, I've made another smaller table topper using all scraps,
 not just batiks. 



Of course, before I could finish it, I had to make a few more smaller blocks.
This time, I thought I'd keep the outer strip in a solid color. 
Not sure what this will be yet!

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th


Wednesday, September 11th


Thursday, September 12th



Friday, September 13th


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