Saturday, December 15, 2018

UFO Busting #40

Oh my goodness, y'all, the linky party just turned older than me, but I'm not letting that slow me or it down.  I've been trying desperately to get a photo shoot with the second Fireburst Quilt but the sunshine is not cooperating with me.  So all I can give you for now is a sneak peak of the quilt folded kind of funny.

It's finished and bound and just waiting for its day to shine.

One of the things I love about #2 is the subtle texture the black thread on black fabric gave this quilt.  What I didn't love was actually stitching it.  There was no good lighting to see what I was quilting.  What's a girl to do??  I decided to go to the preverbal drawing board.  An LED light for the throat of my machine would be ideal, however, things are a bit tight in the budget and running to the store wasn't an option. Making Jenny hold a flash light seemed like a funny option but I let that go.  Then I remembered, I have an LED light!  Where?

After some digging I unearthed it in a cabinet.  I originally bought it to make a light box for tracing motifs onto quilt tops, but for the life of me I'm not sure why I abandoned that project.  But a few Velcro Command Strips later and I have a working light.

This is a HUGE improvement.  Why didn't I do this sooner?  Plus the Velcro allows for the light to be removed, if the light box idea comes back around.

Another thing that I am trying with this quilt, is using threads that slightly contrast with my fabrics instead of blending completely in; show those motifs off a little better.  Let me tell you it's a scary thing to try, even for someone who's been quilting for a while.

Like seriously, I feel like I just stripped down to a thread string bikini and I'm strolling down the beach for better or worse.  I'm just going to go on a limb here and say in the end I'll be my own worse critic.  Life is short, wear the swimsuit...stitch with contrasting threads.

So swimsuit stitching pretty much sums up my sewing week.  Let's see what you guys were up to last week.  Keeping with the Fireburst party, today I'd like to high light my friend Lisa over at Sunlight in Winter Quilts and her Fireburst Quilt top finish.

I just love how those bright colors pop against that dark blue back ground.  If you haven't popped over there to show her some love make sure you take some time to go visit.  Also I am accepting entries for the display of Fireburst Quilts on New Years Day.  You can email me a picture of your quilt or quilt top to tishnwonderlandqal(at)gmail(dot)com.  I will be accepting entries until noon on December 31st.  You can read about our list of sponsors here.

Now let's see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us how your sewing week has gone.  Are you a good elf or a distracted one?  Santa is watching you know.

This is me hanging out last weekend with my good friend Meredith.  Since it's been so cold, we thought we would surprise her with a new hat for winter.  We talked that hat right off a stuffed teddy bear's head.  Who knew that not everyone appreciates hat weather....or hats??

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt Sponsors

The end of the year is upon us and that means it will be time to celebrate my 40th birthday and our hard work on Fireburst Quilts with our fire works display of quilts!  Our own personal bursts of color in which no dogs or humans will have to run in fear of loud noises.  So how will this work? 

If you have made a Fireburst Mystery Quilt (quilt top or finished quilt) during the quilt along or after it wrapped up, email me a picture of your quilt with your name and link to your blog if you have one (you do not have to have a blog to participate) to TishNwonderlandQAL(at)gmail(dot)com starting today(I created a special email to send the pictures to).  You can even include where you are from if you would like (example: West Virginia, USA) just so we can see where all our fire bursts are launching from.  How cool would it be if we could light the quilty skies all over the globe?

We've  had a total of 11 sponsors for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt!  I am completely overwhelmed that so many quilters offered to help celebrate your quilt finishes.

Beth over at Cooking Up Quilts is serving up for two lucky winners a pdf pattern of their choice from her pattern shop.

Leanne from Devoted Quilter is offering up two pdf patterns of the winner's choice.

Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs will give two winners their choice of 2 pdf patterns from her online store.

Sandra at mmm!quilts will be giving one lucky winner a copy of her two pdf patterns.

Bernie at Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics will be giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to her online fabric shop.

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl will be giving a winner their choice of two pdf patterns from her shop.

Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts will be giving one winner a pdf pattern from her Etsy Shop.

Cindy from Stitchin at Home will be giving one lucky winner a pdf copy of her patterns Lattice and Outside Stars.

Jean from All Points of the Compass has very generously donated a hand made wooden bowl made by her sweet husband, Hugh.

And here in Wonderland we will be giving away to two winners (maybe a few more depending on how many people we have) a pdf copy of Star Blossom and Laurel Burst (not released yet) patterns.

There is no better way to celebrate the start of 2019, major life changes, and a mile stone birthday than with quilty friends from everywhere!  I do hope you will join in the fun.  There is still plenty of time to whip up a quilt top (32" or 64") before the end of the year.  You can find all the instructions here.  I will be accepting email entries until noon on December 31st.  Hope you will join us in all the fun!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Garnet Fireburst

I am bursting at the seams over here!  I finally have my first (of 5) Fireburst Mystery Quilt finish!  This is technically the quilt that started it all.  It was to be my submission to a guild challenge using birthstone colors (I ended up using another project).  As I pieced the quilt together I kept thinking it would make a great mystery quilt and I think as a mystery it held up pretty good.  Today I want to talk about the quilting on this quilt.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

UFO Busting #39

It's been a week of nose to the grind stone-ness over here.  I decided this year to throw my hat in the quilting ring with the good folks over at Island Batik for a spot as a 2019 ambassador.  I've drooled over their fabrics for years so why not try to play with them as part of their team?  One of our tasks for first year applicants was to make a 12" block and send to them.  Above is my entry made with batik fabrics that were gifted to me back in the fall.

The rest of the focus this week has been on my second Fireburst Mystery Quilt and the quilting there of (a post of the first one is to come on Monday).  It always amazes me how many hours of quilting can go into a small quilt...needless to say I'm quilting the snot out of life into it.

With this version I am playing with secondary designs that are hiding in the background fabric, just waiting for you to see them.  I'm down to stitching black thread on black fabric, hopefully I'm not blind from eye strain when I'm done. #quiltersproblems.

Earlier this week, I shared my recent Americana Flag finishes.  If you missed them you can check them out here (there also may be a link to a free tutorial).

These flags lived in UFO land for way to long!  Now they just wait for loving homes.

Let's take a look from last week's party.  Gail from Quilting Gail had a cute little wine bag finish!

You have to love those super quick finishes right before the holidays.  Little gifts to show our loved ones how much they mean to us.  Gail also talks about her PhD program, designed to motivate us to finish UFO's.  It sounds like the program will continue on to next year and I'm thinking I just might have to join in.

Kathleen McMusing had a sweet little finish this week as well.

Her husband requested an iPhone mat and she delivered...two to be exact.  Kathleen has been joining in on the #slashthatstash movement I'm trying to start and found some fabrics she forgot how much she loved, and boom, iPhone mats.  Lot's of other fun stuff going on over there too.  I think I may have read there might be an upcoming give away and she could use some advice on picking fabrics for her Island Batik challenge, so make sure you go show Kathleen some love.

So what have you been up to this week?  Are you in the middle of the Christmas UFO or Squirrel shuffle?  You know that dance where you think you can make all the Christmas presents you need in the count down hours of the holiday??  Link up below and tell us all about it.

I leave you with this picture.  My mother and other neighbor are really into decorating the outside of their houses for Christmas.  It's just never been my thing...never enough hours to get stuff up and then there is the whole take it back down thing.  I just want to quilt.  When I came home earlier this week, I found these little guys dancing in my yard and flapping in the wind.  My sweet neighbor couldn't take my lack of cheer anymore and decorated for me.  How sweet is that?!?  Wonder if she will take it down too??  Just kidding...kinda.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Americana Flag Finish 2018

Two small UFO's busted!  These sweet and innocent Americana Flags have been hanging out in my house, basted even, for three years...gasp.  Picture it, West Virginia 2015, a girl and a dream.  She wrote a tutorial for Americana Flags (you can find it here) a small wall hanging so easy you could piece it together in two-ish hours or less.  Her vision was to make flags and give them to all her loved ones for Christmas.  Needless to say five were promptly stitched up and given away.  Three were basted and banished to the back room.  Why?  Cause she's a quilter and got distracted by 20 million other things.

Then December 2016 one of those three flags managed to escape from the back room prison along with materials for some hot pads and found itself finished and gifted to a neighbor; leaving these two poor flags left to float around in UFO land again.  Their cries of anguish finally paid off.  The girl decided it was time to set these UFO's free!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

UFO Busting #38

I may have got a bit distracted and full on turkey last week and totally didn't make the party.  Ok, there is not may about it, I did.  But that's okay.  I enjoyed every minute of family time and the bits of stitching I was able to sneak in.  I actually have four finishes to share with you over the next few days (when I brave the snow and cold to take pictures).  So what have I been up to?

Well, I'm happy to report I have my first personal Fireburst Mystery Quilt finish!  Here it is all bound and ready for pictures.

If you are dying to see where the quilting was going, you can always pop over to my Instagram page and see some in progress pictures.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

UFO Busting #37

I guess I must have had a quilting hangover last week, cause I totally missed our party.  Actually nothing really quilting related happened because I was too busy real life-ing...sometimes that's the pits.  But I'm quilting sober now and all ready to go!

Operation #SlashThatStash is back in swing!  Though it's been more sorting and pressing than actual slashing.  I have pulled out the small yellow tote of fabric to work on with the browns and it hit something cool with your fat quarters!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

UFO Busting #36

Well my friends, it has been one exhausting week and I feel like I haven't got much in the sewing department done.  But after reviewing some pictures from this week, I've decided even though the sewing machines were not buzzing, I was productive anyway.  

Last weekend I concentrated on basting quilts.  My mom's garage was open because they were out of town and I decided to capitalize on it, in the form of setting up tables and getting high on basting spray fumes (joking to the last part of course).

It took several hours over two days but I managed to get 8 quilts all basted up.  Most of them are baby size, but it will make going from project to project so much smoother.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

UFO Busting #35

I think I blinked and October has totally flew by.  Where has it gone?  I feel like I don't have much to show for it.  This week has been slow in the stitching world for me.  I have still been stealing every moment of free time to continue slashing my stash.  With the green tote completely finished,

I have started on the brown one and I am happy to report that I've seen a bit a progress.  Everything that could be chopped into jelly roll strips has been.

Now I'm starting on charm squares and will finish off with 2.5" squares and crumbs.  

Next up on the quilt front this week, has been quilting on two Americana Flags that I hope to sell.  I have a free tutorial on making them here.  With just the blue part of the flag to go, these should be ready to be rehomed before Christmas.

Other than that, the temperatures have been dropping to a snuggly 34 F and I say snuggly only because I have a million quilts at the house.

They are also handy at high school foot ball games as well.

Now let's see what you were up to last weekend.  Emily from the Darling Dogwood linked up with her finished Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilt, Elephant Parade (by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts).

Look at all those darling little elephants!  Make sure you hop over and congratulate her and find out just where those pink elephants ran off to?

Next up we have Gail from Quilting Gail and her Fireburst Mystery Quilt.

I love the beautiful fall batiks she used in making her quilt top.  She has just started quilting on it.  I need to take a page from Gail's book and start quilting on mine!  

Now let's see what you've been up to this week?  Link up below and tells us all about it.

I'm hoping for a mostly quiet at home weekend this week.  I see lots of basting in my future, since my mom's garage will be almost empty this weekend.  And of course I'm going to continue to slash that stash!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Slash That Stash!

That's my motto for the next couple months.  I am taking time each week to organize my fabric stashes into manageable bits and pieces.  In 2019, momma wants to make some quilts and she wants to use what she has on hand.  There is a million free (and bought) patterns for precuts that I'm dying to make.  So the idea is to chop up my existing fabrics into pre cut bits so that I can make these patterns more usable for me.  You are more than welcome to join me in a Stash Slashing party for encouragement if you'd like.  So here are the rules I've made for myself as I tackled my first fabrics.

Any fabrics 1/2 yard or bigger where pressed, neatly folded and placed back into the container.  All fat quarters were also placed back into the container.

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!

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