Monday, May 25, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I have a lot to be thankful for on this Memorial Day.  I am proud to be an American.  My grandfather served in World War I and survived or I wouldn't be here today.  So many people gave their lives for our country.  I grew up going to cemeteries for Memorial Day putting flowers on deceased family member graves.  It's hard to go to my son's grave but I decorated it along with Doug's parents who are in the same plot.  Doug's grandfather purchased a plot of six graves in 1925 in the little country Teakean Cemetery in the middle of farm fields.

I have a lot of machine quilting to do in the month of June and there are 11 days of school left this year.  I am ready for a break!

I have been busy working on my quilt for the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  My reveal is in mid June, but here is a teaser.  I do love those bright colors and the blocks look awesome on my design wall if I say so myself!  I am toying with borders now.

 This quilt was made from leftovers from my Strippy Pyramids quilt I posted last week.  The quilt evolved based on how many strips I had.  I looked for coordinating solids in my stash and came up two shades of blue.  I don't normally do charity size child quilts with so much white, but this is the way it worked and I love the modern look.  My issue now is binding (planning ahead for having it quilted!).  I don't have enough blue and I could do green or the orangy color or I could go scrappy adding in some blues to the orange and green.  I ruled out red, it didn't look right.  Even though orange is my least favorite color that is the binding color I am leaning towards.  The quilt top is 43 X 54.

Linking up with Patchwork Times.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Wall Monday - finished tops!

For a few weeks I had a couple scrappy small charity quilts on my design wall.  I had used them as leader/enders when I was sewing other projects.  I actually have them sewn together now into tops! Plus I got the pyramid quilt top together.  I have a lot of machine quilting projects going on so all these will go into my collection of "to be quilted" tops.

Wallhanging from leftovers from making this quilt for Quiltmaker Scrap Squad

made from 2" squares (1.5" finished) charity quilt top.  It's very purple, my favorite color!
Strippy Pyramids - double bed size
For years and years (at least 20) I have been sewing 1.5" squares together as leader/enders.  Of course I have made several other quilts in between using this same technique but bigger squares.  I have been sewing them in rows of 16 squares and throwing them in a box not pressed.  Over the years I have sewn some of the blocks together.  I thought surely there was enough for a quilt...  I have six completed 16" blocks and enough strips for four and a half more blocks.  Hmmm.... not quilt the 12 blocks I was planning on but getting there!  I will do a solid sashing some year when I get more blocks done.  It's very busy!
1 inch finished squares randomly sewn squares
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I feel like I am swimming in projects and not finishing anything but I keep seeing so much inspiration! I have my latest Quiltmaker Scrap Squad fabrics and design picked, ready for cutting and piecing.

My Fire Island Hosta is currently off the design wall, but not finished.

I made another Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt block and now I really want to get a bunch more blocks cut out.  I hadn't worked on them since 2012!

I started the Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt Sew Along and have 3 six inch blocks made.  I am using a mixture of fun "girly" prints I have been collecting over the years.
Farm Girl Vintage Blocks
The project below is the one on my design wall currently.  While I was at a retreat at Reflections Inn at the end of April a friend ran out of projects.  I had obtained a jelly roll of Mixology Fabrics at a retreat last September in McCall, ID hosted by Craft Taffy the sister site of Quilt Taffy.  As a side note I highly recommend their retreats and I'm signed up again for this September.  There are still openings. 

I had seen a cover quilt on a Scrap Quilts magazine by Fons and Porter called Strippy Pyramids and cut the strips and have been hauling them around.  My friend Rosan pieced the strips together and I put the triangles on my design wall.  I have the top two rows sewn together, along with the bottom two rows (they are piled up on the floor).  I realized there is no purple in this quilt!  I guess I am branching out.  My quilt guild friends will think this is funny because I would NEVER use orange and yellow for years and years!  Now they are showing up a lot more!
Strippy Pyramids

I have some machine quilting to do and lots of end of the year school stuff and field trips going on too.  I am linking up with Patchwork Times, check them out for other Design Wall projects!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I have something new on my wall!  Not that I finished one of the other projects but I needed to put up my Fire Island Hosta. (pattern by Judy Niemeyer) I went to a retreat with 8 other women this past weekend and I spent the whole time sewing the pieces for this quilt top.  I am working on assembling it now.  I am so excited because I love the visual impact.  Picking fabrics was tough and I changed a couple fabrics during the cutting process. Most of my quilts involve purple and I am not a green fan, but I am excited by this quilt!
pieces for my Fire Island Hosta
our 9 week old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd  puppy, Leia

Flower Bed, tulips are already starting to fade away

winter wheat field near my house.  I just watching our crops grow!
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Design Wall Monday New Projects and a Finish!

My design wall is exactly the same (I MUST finish those two charity tops), but I did finish a quilt last week!  I had pre-entered it in the Palouse Patchers quilt show that was held this past weekend in Moscow, ID.  Entering it was my motivation to finish the quilt and it was down to the wire, but I made it.  I drove the quilt and a friend's entries to Moscow Friday.  I attended the show Saturday and didn't even get a picture of the quilt hanging!  My friend brought the entries back Sunday night and I was shocked to see two ribbons hanging on the quilt!
Finger Lakes Log Cabin - pieced Nov/Dec 2013 Quilted March/April 2015
Ribbons won - First in Piecing and Second in Machine Quilting
My friend Anita Brumley's quilt.  She won first in Best Use of Color and a Second in Viewer's Choice Large Quilts
photo by Anita
I fell in love with this quilt by Debbie Goetz.  She called it Bubble Gum and the pattern is called Cotton Candy Dots 2 by Amelie Scott.  I love the simplicity of the pattern with the random dots appliqued on which were added by Debbie.
 At the Quilted Posies booth I found this aqua /grayish brown bundle of FQ's.  I purchased the fabric on the right at the Island Quilter booth and 3 of the coral/orange fabrics and had the remaining 3 corals in my stash.  The fabrics at the top I removed from the pile and will be on the back of the quilt.  They were too distracting to me.  I am so anxious to make this quilt!
However I will be going to a quilt retreat this coming weekend and decided to actually read the directions for cutting out my Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern.  I am using this selection of fabrics.  I added a few more and changed one my last post about the quilt.  The light fabric is a mottled Nancy Crow gray I have had in my stash for years.  I now have most of it cut out.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday and Quiltmaker

My design wall hasn't changed one bit.  It's been a crazy April so far with spring break and my daughter and two grandkids here for over a week.  I definitely couldn't sew when I had those two adorable kids here.  Nicole is 11 months and Jared is 3 1/2.  My other daughter and husband were here for a few days also, and add in a family burial and dinner and Easter...  Yes, busy!

However I did machine quilt a large quilt, starting in March and finishing this past weekend.  I have shown it on my blog before but now it's to the binding stage!  I have pre-entered it in the Palouse Patchers quilt show in Moscow this coming weekend so it needs to be finished!
Finger Lakes Log Cabin from a pattern by Judy Martin
The big news is my two blog posts for Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  I can now show them and the quilts I made!  The first I call Gemstones and go to the post to see the original pattern I was asked to do on Quiltmaker Quilt Pleasures blog.

The next quilt I have now named Charming Chopsticks based on comments I received on this blog post!  Check out the link to Quiltmaker Quilt Pleasures blog!
I have my third assignment and I'm looking forward to getting started on the next quilt.  I have yet to make a dent in my scraps as a member of the Scrap Squad!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday

Time has flown by.  I haven't posted design wall Monday for a bit as I really can't show some of my projects!  I have two small charity quilts on my design wall.  My first blog post for Quiltmaker goes live Friday and I also have my second quilt going live on April 3rd.  Be sure to follow Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog!  You will get to see two quilts I have been working on this year.  Here is a hint on the second one, part of the border and backing!
scrunched up backing, border and binding for Scrap Squad quilt #2
Design Wall - Leftover scraps from Scrap Squad quilt #1.  This will be a charity quilt when it's assembled.

Design Wall - This has been on the design wall for weeks.  I keep compacting the pieces.

 I made these two child quilts for Quilts for Kids.  I requested two quilt kits, the only thing I had to provide was assembly, quilting, and batting.  Even the backing is included in the kit.  I happened to have the same gray Moda Marble the kit included that I was able to use for
binding on one quilt and I had enough backing left on the first quilt to use it as binding.  Below is a quilt top I made from a Connecting Threads kit and I will get it quilted for a graduation gift for a girl that was a member of my 4-H group for years.

quilt for Lindsay - worked on at a retreat and didn't have a chance to really lay it out so I just sewed rows and then tried to arrange them.  I don't recommend that!

I gifted this queen size quilt to my late son's former roommates Cole, and Danielle.  
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