Monday, July 27, 2015

Show and Tell Challenge

Over at Jo's Country Junction, Jo and Kelly are having a short challenge, Show and Tell Challenge, based on their need to get some Bonnie Hunter quilts done before their retreat. Those of us that have an unfinished Bonnie Hunter quilt are encouraging each other to finish or move further along those quilts. I have only one so it was an easy decision for me. I have been working on Double Delight for a while. I liked up last week with my sandwiched but unfinished quilted quilt. I have now finished all of the quilting. 

This first picture shows the quilting I already done. I had quilted straight lines through all of the nine patches. 

I wanted to do something in the bigger blocks. This is what I came up with, but after two blocks I did not like it so I stopped. When I got the quilt out again, I decided I liked it and just went with my original idea. It is not perfect. The lines are wavy and none of the flowers look the same, but that is what I like about it. I need to stretch my quilting wings and this is the way to do it. 

Here is the quilt under my machine. I just love being able to do this at home.

Then I decided I needed something in the big triangles. I wanted something simple. I love how this turned out. 

Now I am off to trim up the edges, make and sew on a binding, then a label. After all that, a turn in the washer and dryer. I will be so excited to have this quilt done. Thank you Jo and Kelly!!

Oh one more thing, these were my quilting buddies. Buster the dog and Alfie the "broken" cat. How can she sleep like that? Just to mention about keeping it real, look at the floor. 

Because we are talking about Bonnie Hunter, don't forget her Leader & Ender Challenge 2015, this year, Tumblers.

 I have joined in with this and have quite a few done. I am using a stack of 5" rainbow charms. I love it. I am not sure on the layout yet. You can see in each of the three pictures I moved the bottom row over just a little bit each time. So for know I am just sewing them together in color order. It is not that hard to unpick a seam. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rainbows, Christmas Blocks, and Bonnie Hunter

I love rainbows. There are two reasons. The first is the religious reasons. After that it is just because they ARE rainbows. Beautiful, colorful, miraculous, fascinating. We have been having a lot of late afternoon storms in my area for over a week. I took this panorama picture behind my husbands shop yesterday. I have so many pictures of rainbows now. 

As I was cleaning a stack of papers yesterday I find a wonderful large block pattern. It was an insert in a package from American Patchwork & Quilting. I decided the blocks would be great for a Christmas quilt. Below are the first two blocks. They are very large. They are 15.5" unfinished.

 Over at Jo's Country Junction with Jo and Kelli, they are having a little Show and Tell Challenge. The challenge will run for a few weeks, so I need a quick-ish finish. To use her words, "The goal is to get a project further along or maybe even to get it finished-either a Bonnie Hunter project or a project that Kelli and I have designed." So I broke out this quilt. I started working on it about three years ago. I finally have it finished and sandwiched. I started quilting it, but got frustrated and put it away. Well, this looks like a good way to break it out and finish it. 

This is the top.

Here is the back. I used up a bunch of larger scraps to make the back.

Here is my idea for the quilting. I drew this design into every main block. I am not sure what I will be doing with the other blocks yet. 

Here is a quilted block. I still like the design, I just need to relax and do it.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge and a Finished Top

Over at Fabric n Quilt, Shannon, is hosting Scrap Quilt Challenge 5. I thought I would jump at the chance to make a fun scrap quilt. How about you? Go check it out. 

I wanted to show off my finished quilt top. I have worked on this off and on for a long time. Now I can add it to the top box. One day I will work on making them all finished quilts. HA HA But for now, it is a finished top and that makes me happy. I have not even measured it but it is big enough for at least a twin bed if not bigger. 

I eve got a bonus baby quilt out of it. I need to trim and iron it. I love both of them. 

I wanted to show some other fun blocks. I finished four blocks for my quilt group. These are 7.5' unfinished paper foundation string blocks. They are so fun and quick.

These are the two Farm Girl Vintage blocks I got done. This is block #1 for week 11. It is named Grandma's Quilt Block
 12.5" Unfinished

 6.5" unfinished
Both together.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Minis and More

For a few years I participated in Another Year of Schnibbles. I made some fabulous patterns.




Now Sherry over at A Quilting Life and Michele over at Islandlife Quilts have started Minis and More. It will work like before. At the beginning of the month they will pick a new pattern and you will have all month to finish it. On the first of the next month there will be a parade. Come join, it will be fun. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What I Have Been Working On

These days with going back to school I don't get much time to sew but I am working on that. A while back we had a Sew-In with PQA, my quilt group. I was able to work on this beauty for a while. I just love these colors. It is an older line of Bonnie and Camille's, Vintage Modern. I am doing  the On The Road To Spring Quilt Along. This is about a third of the quilt. I will have to pick apart a few pieces, because when I worked on it last time, I just started sewing things together. If I just leave it as it is, the quilt will be long and narrow. I need to make it a little wider. 

I also have been working on the blocks for Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet blog. I have not had a lot of time to work on it, but when I do I make both sizes. The 12" and 6" finished blocks. I have jumped to the first few blocks that I made to the newest blocks. That way I don't feel like I am getting left behind.

 Week 1, Apronstrings

Week 2, block #1, Autumn Star

Week 9, block #1, Feed and Seed

Week 10, block #1, Gingham
 I will be back soon!!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Almost Finished H2H Quilts

Well I did not make the deadline but I wanted to post the almost finished quilts. All I have to do to finish is sew down the binding. I will get them done as soon as I post this and link up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Jump over and check out the cool H2H quilts everybody made.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

AWOL But Busy

Hello! Long time no see. I have been very busy until recently. My husband and his brother's business just had two big orders to fill and I had been working almost everyday. Sadly things have been quiet this last week. But here are two pictures to show you what we accomplished. Seven of them. Plus one on the floor in the shop that we shipped out the next day.

I have been taking some time to get caught up on a few things around the house. Plus I have been quilting. Strange I know. Sometimes I won't get into my sewing room for days and then this last week there have only been a few days that I have not sewn something. I have a few deadlines I am working toward.

The first is the Hands2Help Challenge. Up until last week I had not made one stitch. I had the fabric and a plan, just no time to work on them. Now I am down to just needing to quilt and bind them. I saw the pattern on Quilt Kisses and love it. Each of the blocks is one blue, orange, and red piece. They end up being 12.5 inches square unfinished. Mine are fine but hers looked great. I think the orange and the red are too saturated and stand out too much but some little kid or young adult will love them, so I did not change them.

Next up is my quilt for our local summer festivities. We live close to the Snake River and back in the old days there used to be a fort here for the travelers passing through. Aptly named Fort Boise. We have a replica in a park here in town. Every summer we celebrate Old Fort Boise Days. My sewing group is holding another Quilt Show. We will be raffling off a quilt. I just finished the top. I will be working on the back today. After I am done I will take it to one of our members to quilt it on their long arm machine. Red Barn Quilts by Flynn and Co. is the name of her business.
The light strip is a fun find. I found it in the clearance section after I had picked out the gray, yellow, and teal. Here is a close up of it. It is perfect!
Now off to work on the back.