Friday, September 30, 2016

OMG Completed!!

At the last moment, but I was able to iron the last of the blocks, and draw the last of the lines for stitch and flips today!  My September OMG was to make the border blocks, Block A, start Block B, and draw all of the diagonal lines that I need to, which I had calculated to be 460, but I really drew 692, as I wanted to draw a second line for bonus triangles on the biggest set I needed to put lines on.  (Not one of my brightest ideas as I could have used my 1/4" foot to stitch that, oh well.)

Here is everything completed!  I have already figured out what my October OMG will be, and will be posting about it in a few days.

I'll leave you one last picture of the scenery of where I took the picture.

Pretty, the rose matches the reds in the quilt.  I can not wait to get this top completed, but there are many more steps before that will happen.  One small bite at a time.

I'm sliding in at the last moment, again, at Heidi's blog, which is Red Letter Quilts.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Slow Stitching Sunday

Today has been a relaxing day.  I was able to finish cross stitching the Torah verses I was assigned from Torah Stitch by Stitch.  This is the full and completed text I was given.

I'm really proud of how it turned out!  Now it will be sent off to it's new home in Canada where it will be combined with other verses and put on display.  A pretty cool project, you can check it out here.  This was one of my goals for the Quarter 3 finish a long.  I'm slowly knocking them all off, and I could not be more prouder of myself!

The next slow stitching project I'm working on is another cross stitch, but it is a marriage record.  I have two weddings coming up in November, and this is for one of the happy couples.  I hope that I do not have to give an I owe you credit for their quilt and marriage record, but we will see what time permits me to finish.

Off to see what everyone else is working on over at Kathy's Quilts.  I love seeing other things and getting inspiration from them.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Blogger Quilt Festival - Small Quilt

My second entry into the Blogger Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side is called "Spring Butterflies."  This quilt was finished just in time for this festival and I'm very excited to be sharing it with everyone.  I am entering it into the small quilt category, as it is a baby/toddler size quilt.

This quilt was made with a simple 4-patch square and a charm square to create the pattern.  I love how the diagonal lines are created with the placement of the 4-patch squares and charm squares.  I love when a binding is able to achieve this because I feel like it gives a frame to the quilt, to help focus the eye somewhere on the quilt.

I did the quilting myself on a long-arm.  A simple meander with butterflies mixed in, as there are butterflies in the charm squares and the backing fabric, hence the name of the quilt.  I would like to believe that my quilting has gotten better as I have practiced using the long-arm machine.  I do not own one, but I rent time at my local quilt shop.

One last picture of the back with the front, which ties it together perfectly.  If you are checking me out for the first time welcome.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is running between September 18 thru September 30.  I'm going to head over there and see what everyone else has entered.  Thank you to Amy for doing a wonderful job of hosting and putting this all together.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Blogger Quilt Festival - Scrappy Quilt

I am participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival that is being held by Amy's Creative Side for the first time.  The first category that I am entering into is the Scrappy Quilt category.  The quilt is called "Spinning Love."  This quilt was finished in the middle of the year, and given as a belated wedding gift to a great couple that my husband and I are good friends with.

I started out with a group of fabrics mixing it up to create a scrappy look in the 4-patches, but kept it similar with the pinwheels.  The pattern I used is a Bonnie Hunter pattern entitled Patches and Pinwheels.  I believe she is the Queen of Scrap quilting.

I did the quilting myself on this quilt with a simple heart design turned clover design on a long arm, and I think it turned out pretty well.  I'm working on trying to perfect the drape on a chair, but it did not work out very well.  I'll get it right next time.

If you are checking me out for the first time welcome.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is running between September 18 thru September 30.  Thanks for stopping by!


Spring Butterflies Finish

I have finished a quilt entitled "Spring Butterflies," perfect timing for everyone in the southern hemisphere, while the northern hemisphere start to prepare for winter with fall, which started yesterday!  This quilt was on my Quarter 3 goals, which I am making great progress on!  I can not believe I have gotten as much as I have, but there is still a lot more to go.  This quilt is perfect for the new addition in the family or friend circle.  Made with some classic nursery colors for a little lady's nursery.

I think the quilting is wonderfully done, my first time doing butterflies, and each one is a little different, and it adds a great effect to the quilt, making it look softer with the simple meander.

Last picture is the comparative of the front and back of the quilt showing off the wonderful print I found for the back.  A little darker pink with butterflies and flowers on the back ties it all together wonderfully!

This quilt has been listed at my Etsy shop, and ready to ship when someone buys it.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.  Check back later for my entries into the fall festival at Amy's Creative Side.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Design Wall

I am finally joining in on posting about my design wall!  I do not have a design wall, as our space is just too small (I sew at our kitchen table), but I laid out everything on the ironing board.  I think it is suitable.  I started work on my September OMG hosted by Heidi at Red Letter Quilts.  This is my progress so far.  I have the border blocks all completed, I just need to trim them, and I started on block A.  I'm making great progress towards my goal.  I have figured out that while watching Gilmore Girls is the best time for me to be drawing lines on the squares I get to stitch and flip at a later date.  I hope to make my goal early (before the last day) this month, but only progress and time will tell.

My goals for this week are to finish the cross stitch of my verses from the Torah, which visit this post if you would like to learn more about it.  Then I want to trim my border blocks, and start to put together block A with all of the units that I'm in the middle of making.  Lots to do, I better get to it.

Linking up with Patchwork Times, and Sew Fresh Quilts.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy Weekend

This weekend has been a relaxing weekend, watching lots of Gilmore Girls (November 26, I'm looking forward to), and making some progress on this beauty.

I have to finish it by September 30, as that is the deadline I given myself/the organization that I am making it for.  The organization is called Torah Stitch, and it is based in Canada.  They are having stitchers stitch different segments of the verses of the Torah onto Aida cloth and sewing it together to create a scroll which will become an art exhibit.  If you want more information check it out here.  My real goal, as long as I am able to stitch the times I have set, is to finish it by the end of next weekend.  I only have a little less than 2 and a half lines left.

Linking up at Kathy's Quilts to see what everyone else is hand stitching today.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Puppy Love

Introducing Puppy Love!

A commissioned quilt that I just finished!  It did not take very long to do, the top was quick to piece together as it was easy.  The quilting was a pantograph (my first time), and took about 3 hours due to my inexperience.  I still have to figure out how to move the quilt forward the correct length to make sure the quilting motif does not overlap, if there was an easier way than what I was doing.  The binding I was able to finish while watching Gilmore Girls during the evenings.  I did label this quilt, which I sewed into the binding.

I am really proud of this quilt, my piecing has improved (as I have learned from everyone), and I was able to quilt the whole thing.  This quilt is part of my Quarter 3 goals.

Now to start work on a wedding quilt for November, which is my September OMG.  It is not going to be finished at the last moment this month (ha! famous last words).  I hope to do a design wall post on Monday about my progress over the weekend about this quilt.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 2016 OMG

Wow, where has the beginning of September gone already?  I'm sliding this in at the last second it feels like (and is).  In June I had the one monthly goal of cutting the pieces for a wedding quilt, which I finished.

However, the pieces have sat over the summer as I finished up some other projects.  Well these projects are almost done, and I'm going to make some good progress on getting this top done.  My goal for September is to get all of the the Border blocks, and Block A completed, plus start on Block B, and draw the 460 diagonal lines I need to draw for some stitch and flip that will take place in later blocks.  It sounds like a lot, but it should not be too much for me to accomplish.  Maybe I can get even further?  We will see at the end of the month!

Below is a picture of the finished quilt, however I'm going to be making it bigger than this picture to fit a king size bed!  I can not wait to see how it all turns out!

Linking up with Red Letter Quilts for September's OMG.