Saturday, October 20, 2018

UFO Busting #34

Momma's back from her four day quilting retreat and she is refreshed and ready to get things done!  I did manage to get a few things accomplished while away at retreat and hit the ground running with a few small projects as soon as I was back home.  

This is me talking about Laurel Burst at my guild meeting.
The first item I tackled while away was to finish piecing this quilt top (full disclosure all the blocks were already pieced but four).  I'm calling the pattern Laurel Burst and it will be released within the next few weeks.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Disney Land

Incase you didn't know, my version of Disney Land includes goats that take their meals on metal roofs.  What can I say, I'm a simple gal.  I tell my dear friend Julie all the time, she is my Disney Land, more specifically my Tigger (she is bouncy and full of energy, and just makes you smile).  Every fall for the past three years, she graciously invites several quilters/quilt bloggers to retreat to her little slice of heaven and spend several fun filled days, sewing, shopping, and don't forget the laughing.  I can honestly say if it's my one and only trip each year, I can die happy.  Meeting with friends, new and old, recharges my batteries and leaves my heart full.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--The Layout

Today is a day of celebration!  Let the fireworks begin!  My daughter officially becomes an adult today and I finally get to reveal to you the layout of the mystery quilt.  Let's do this!  

Arrange your blocks like the diagram below.

Next sew the blocks into rows.

Sew the rows together.

Your finished top should measure 32" baby quilt and 64" lap quilt finished.

That's it!  We are finished!  I thank each and everyone of you who sewed along with me.  Mystery quilts are huge risks and I hope you are happy with the outcome of your tops.  I look forward to seeing all of them as they come together.  If you post to Instagram feel free to tag me @tishnwonderland or #fireburstmysteryquilt.  You can also post your picture to our Facebook Group.  You can download a printable copy of the instructions in my Craftsy Store.

Even if you didn't participate in the QAL, there is still plenty of time to make your own version of Fireburst and participate in the fireworks display on New Years Day!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

UFO Busting #33

Can you believe October is already upon us??  I always welcome this month when it comes in.  It brings with it the wonderful smells and cooler temperatures of Autumn.  The leaves begin to change and there is so much to do.  This weekend (hopefully), I will be following our band to a neighboring town to take in the Forrest Festival.  In all my almost 40 years of life, it will be the first time I've ever gone.  Jen and I are busily preparing for all the fun that comes with her reaching adulthood.  There are colleges to visit, tests to take and forms to complete.  Needless to say, for the most part sewing took the back burner this week.  However, I did manage to sneak in moments here and there.  Five to ten minutes a day can make a huge difference.

I'm still hard core juggling the Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks.  I try to stitch up 3-5 at a time when I can.  This was me block juggling, complete with open rotary cutter.  I call it extreme block making.  Do not be like Tisha.  Do not sew with open sharp objects.  No Tisha's were hurt, but this should be left to only professionals...and probably not even then.

My efforts proved worth it though.  I'm almost done...all but five blocks.  Then the sashing can begin.

I am also happy that I can finally share my Bohemian Baby Star Blossom quilt finish this week.  The quilt its self has actually been completed for two weeks, the weather just refused to cooperate for pictures.

You can read more about this finish and the quilting here.

Let's see what happened in last week's party.  First up is Roseanne and Sue from Home Sewn By Us.  Those two have been working hard at working on older projects.  This time they tackled their I Wish You A Merry Christmas Quilt.  

I love this quilt.  It will be a fun one to cozy up to the fire with, hot coco in hand and Christmas movies on TV.

Next up is Gail at Quilting Gail and her Sudoku Quilt.  I'm a big fan of that game and an even bigger fan of her quilt.

I love how she used those squares to practice different free motion motifs.  It added great texture to the quilt and is just plain fun!  If you haven't been by to congratulate all of them on their UFO finishes, hop over and visit them now.

Now it's your turn.  What have you been up to this week?  Link up and tell us about it below.

I have exciting news for next week...I'm going on a bit of a field trip and so is UFO Busting.  Since I knew I probably wouldn't get a post together for next weekend, my dear friend Sandra at mmm!quilts has agreed to host UFO Busting over on her page!!   I do hope next Saturday (the 13th) you will continue the party over there.  Then things will be back to normal here the next weekend.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week with lots of stitching!!!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Bohemian Baby Star Burst

Time to celebrate a long over due quilt finish!!  When a quilty friend of mine told me a few months ago she was expecting, I was so happy for her!!!  I know this baby will never grow up wanting for quilts, because it is being born into a family rich with quilters, but I had to make a quilt.  That's what we do!  After inquiring about how she intended to decorate the nursery, I knew these prints in Kate Spain's Voyage would be perfect; modern, fun and kind of bohemian.

Star Blossom is a beginner friendly, piece up quickly and an original design here in Wonderland.  If you'd like to learn more about it or pick up a copy you can find it here in my Craftsy Store.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--Block 3

We are in the home stretch!  We are down to our last block and guess what?  You only have one block to make!  Since there is only one block this month I will release the block layout instructions on October 9th, which is a day of celebration at my house...Jen's birthday.  So without further delay, let's get stitching.

You will need the following pieces to construct block 3.  You will also need four Fabric 1 flying geese, four Background flying geese and the square in a square unit.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

UFO Busting #32

The UFOs were buzzing like crazy in my house this week, so much so, that it was hard to focus on just one of them.  The first project I tackled I can't show you quite yet.  I put the finishing touches on the Fireburst Mystery Quilt post, finished Block 3 stuff and pieced the quilt tops.  We actually had 20 minutes of sunshine and no rain so I grabbed the opportunity to get pictures of all five (you read that right) of my mystery quilts hanging on the clothes line.  Since I opted for the Fireburst photo shoot, I totally missed out on getting pictures of my finished Star Blossoms Quilt for a look-I'm-finished post.  When I say 20 minutes of no rain that was it.

Since a project is finished a new UFO needs to be born, right?  I've decided to participate in Angela Walter's newest Free Motion Challenge Quilt Along.  It is a weekly project in which she will walk you through various dot to dot quilting motifs on a simple quilt.  The first quilting instructions will be out on Monday October 2nd so there is still plenty of time to piece the quilt and gather supplies if you want to join in.  Seriously, there are only 3 seams to sew.  The trickiest part was marking the 4 on point squares.

Next, I decided it was way past time to work on the Sewcial Bee Sampler again.  I have all the blocks through 11 complete, so I pulled 12 and 13 out of their baggies and thought why not?

I got all the half square triangles and flying geese finished for the blocks, but for now they are probably going to have to just hang out on my sewing table until I can grab a few minutes to stitch them up.  

That pretty much sums up my week of sewing.  Let's see what fun things were posted last week.

There were a few UFO finishes to celebrate last week!  First up we have Roseanne and Sue at Home Sewn By Us.  They sewed along last year with Pat Sloan and her Grandma's Kitchen QAL.  Instead of turning all of those blocks into a quilt, they decided to make table runners instead.

I just love them!  Because they were not huge and bulky like a quilt, it was the perfect playground to practice free motion quilting!  Make sure you hop over and check them out.

This one is technically not a finish but it's so close it isn't funny.  We have Helen visiting from Midget Gem Quilts.  She currently has two projects she's focusing on; her so close to a finish it's not funny, Playtime Plus Quilt and her Quatrefoil Quilt.

She's taken a break from burying threads on Playtime to hand stitch the binding down.  That seems reasonable to me.   And I'm so proud of her for plugging right along with the free motion and she's working on quilting Quatrefoil!  Her grandson will be snuggled up enjoying his quilt in no time, I can just feel it.

Now it's time to link up what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and show us all the fun stuff you've been working on!

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