Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UFO Invasion

I'm going to be straight with you here. I didn't even dig into the closet to include the unfinished projects therein. After snapping as many shots as the paparazzi in my main sewing area, I decided I was already aiming high. Here comes my personal shame...
Ok, I'm over the personal shame. Let's look at this in a glass half full kind of way. Just think of how great it is that I have such a nice start on so many, so, so many things. Just think of how much farther along I am on these projects than if I hadn't even begun. (Don't tell me how I could have completed projects instead bits and pieces if I focused on one project at a time instead of flitting around like a fairy on Redbull. This is my quilting happy land, and there's no place here for the cold hard truth.) I could quilt for years without starting another project. But I will, because clearly I can't help myself! I am an awesome starter.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
For the Year of Lovely Finishes, I'm picking Tutti Frutti (as I can pick only one project even though that feels so wrong) to finish. It just needs a bit more quilting.
I'm also joining the fun at:
Modern Tradition Quilts
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Onward to 2015

I've scoured the internet for non-to-be-missed events for 2015. As I resolve to clear out some sewing room space by dealing with my unfinished object infestation, it makes perfect sense to join in the fun at A Year of Lovely Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts and the 2015 Finish-Along with Adrianne at On the Windy Side.
A Lovely Year of Finishes
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
Since I love when freebies and quilting coincide, the following quilt alongs caught my interest. There's also the fact that they're great looking patterns. Deana at Dreamworthy Quilts is offering a Shimmer Braid block of the month on the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog.
Quilt Along by Deana @ Dreamworthy Quilts for Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Kristy at Quiet Play is offering up one free pattern monthly. The flamingo is available for January.
This year, Aurifil's Design Team will be sharing mini quilts. Doesn't that sound fun?
Craftsy has a new block of the month including free video lessons. Isn't it lovely?
Will you be joining in on the fun?
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2014 Recap

Let's look back on 2014, shall we? I joined a Round Robin through the Modern Quilting Facebook group, which was a first for me. I've enjoyed the experience, which has been a nice challenge and full of fun surprises.
Online bees have been another fun way to learn new skills without building upon my UFO collection. I participated in the Stash Bee, New Quilt Blogger Bee and the Hope Circle of  do. Good Stitches.
Also, I finished some things! Hooray for that. It's easy to forget my completions given the shameful amount of incomplete projects lurking around my sewing room.
I'm looking forward to what I hope will be another year of plentiful quilting opportunities.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Round Robin - Laura's Quilt

I would like to present to you Laura Capello of Thread Up Studio's Round Robin quilt.
It began with the sun in the center, and was followed up with Kathy's warm-colored stitch and flip triangle mound.
Joy added Anna Maria Horner feathers, and came up with an "Earth, Wind, and Fire" theme, to which Lisa added water.
Using free paper-piecing patterns from the Quilt Talk blog hop, I added text to visually express our theme.
I incorporated the color schemes of each section on a low-volume black and white background, to give some repetition to the top.
 Have you ever incorporated text in a quilt? If it's on your bucket list, check out my Pinterest board.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bee Blocks - December

This month's Impov Wonky X blocks for the Hope Circle of do. Good Stitches were familiar territory after my addition to Paula's Round Robin quilt. Ellen McKee requested orchid and teal similar to the colors in the Art Gallery Indelible line.
Improv Wonky X for Hope Circle of do. Good Stitches December @ Quilting Mod
Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter instructed the New Quilt Blogger Bee to create Anna Maria Horner feathers in jewel tones. She asked us to include some white strips and a charcoal shaft. The background has been omitted since she plans to hand appliqué them to her quilt top.
Anna Maria Horner Feathers for New Quilt Blogger Bee December @ Quilting Mod
Pam Wilde of Sewing Wilde offered an alternative tutorial. Meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted also has a tutorial to lessen fabric waste. If paper-piecing is more your style, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts has taken the pattern that direction.
Personally, I cut the pattern pieces out of freezer paper, which I used as a foundation, as in paper-piecing. I cut the finished pieces 1/4" from the edge of the templates so I could turn the edge under using starch and my iron.
Have you made, or are you considering making, either of these blocks?
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Today's Tidbits

Today, I figured I share with you some lovely things I found on the web that I would want to know about, if I were you.
If you are into paper piecing, the holiday spirit, and free patterns, I recommend this quilt along.
Speaking of free holiday patterns, check out these offerings from Craftsy:
Or, if your holiday sewing schedule is already overloaded, pick a year-round color scheme for these classic stars (also free).
Happy Holidays!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sewing with Children

I have a confession; I have sewing minions. Not really. But I do have little ones who have their own options as to how a sewing machine should be used.
I heard the Fiber Arts Fiesta is going to have a children's exhibit, so I thought I'd help my five-year-old son turn his drawing of a princess into a quilt. I enlarged his drawing and traced it to paper-backed fusible and to clear vinyl using a permanent marker. P.S. Images need to be mirrored if you mind the final result being reversed. I bubble cut around the pieces and fused them to solid fabrics chosen by my son, Bryce. He cut out the pieces on the line with scissors and placed them on the background fabric using the clear vinyl as a guide.
I fused a piece of fusible batting 1/2" smaller than the top to the back of the quilt top. I placed this right sides together with the backing, and used a pillowcase method to deal with the edges of this quilt, as binding is not something I am prepared to accomplish with a preschooler. My son added some details with a fabric marker. For the love of your quilt, do not use permanent marker! I set my machine to a wide Aziz-zag with a minimal stitch length for my son to add the arms and wand. My son did straight-line stitching to quilt the quilt. Yes, I know they aren't technically straight. However, he's five, so I'm going to call it improv curves in the entry description, for his sake. In hindsight, I should have had him do before fusing down the pieces so he wouldn't have to start and stop to avoid sewing over her royal highness. He also insisted on the grass in the lower left.
Here's the artist.
Being the little sister, Linnea wants to do everything everybody else does. Below is evidence of her presence.
Ah ha! Crud, if you ask me, that little green button isn't the most convenient when you have a one-year-old.
But she looks so innocent!
Don't be fooled.
And never, ever leave the machine on!
Do you have minions of your own?
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