Thursday, May 24, 2018

Garnet Star Crystal

I can finally cross this one off the list and call it finished.  Though it hasn't been hanging around for to long, as far as WIP's and UFO's go, I have set it down a few times to work on other things.  This is my version of Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl's Star Crystal Quilt.  How did this mini come to life?

I introduced a challenge to guild members to create something in their birth month colors to be revealed at our June meeting.  Being a January baby, meant my project would be full of rich dark brownish reds, representing the garnet.  I have to admit, this has never been my favorite color and I wasn't necessarily turning cartwheels at the idea of my color palette.  Then I found a pretty paisley fabric that would allow me to stay true to the concept but sneak in a few more blue.

 I decided to use an original design by myself and David.  I cut all my pieces and quickly went to work.  Standing back and admiring my work, I couldn't help but think, man this would make a great mystery quilt.  I talked the idea over with the mister who said, go for it!  So I did and Fireburst Mystery Quilt (going on now here) was born.  However this left me, the thrower down of the challenge, without a challenge project.  So back to the drawing board.

I needed something quick and easy.  I've been wanting to make the Star Crystal Quilt for quite some time and decided this would be the perfect opportunity.  Instead of the whole quilt, I went with just one block.  Lucky for me, I had just enough fabric left over from Fireburst to pull the one block wonder off.  Well I didn't of that deep red, but did of a more medium tone.

Once I was able to focus on the quilting, I was able to quilt it in just a few hours.  I wanted to keep my quilting threads matchy matchy with my fabrics.

My weapons of choice was Aurifil #2021 Natural White for the yummy Moda Grunge fabric and Aurifil #2460 Dark Carmine Red and, my personal favorite, #2260 Wine.  This is probably the only time it is acceptable to spill wine on a quilt...and spill Wine I did...all over that delicious dark red fabric.

I started in the background fabric first.  I knew I wanted straight lines and lots of them.  I just love the texture it gives. 

A little dot to dot ruler fun in the darker sections of the star.
Just for fun I added some continuous curves and pebbling in the other star points.  I have to admit the paisley fabric threw me for a loop...or swirl...or what ever paisleys actually are.  I didn't want to spend much time putting a filler in there because chances are the fabric is so busy you wouldn't see it.  So I went with straight lines like in the background.
I LOVE all the quilty texture I was able to cram into this little one.  After all that quilting and Aurifil Wine, I was drunk and in love.

I was able to finish this one in time for the local quilt show, but we will talk about that in another post soon.  Now I will bombard you with quilt pictures but I promise quilty goodness as well. 

I cannot wait to reveal my challenge project at the meeting next month and see what everyone else came up with.  Super Dave has his project pieced and if he doesn't quilt it soon, I may just have to steal it and quilt it for him.  Hopefully, the ladies will give me permission to share their projects with you as well.  Does your guild participate in challenges?  I'd love to hear about it.

Today I'm linking up with TGIFF, and Can I Get A Whoop! Whoop!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UFO Busting #20

It's time to celebrate today!  I'll be keeping things short and sweet though.  This week I celebrated the finish of a UFO from fall of last year and hosted for the first time yesterday TGIFF.  You can read more about this quilt here.

The quilt is an original design by myself and my husband, David.  Star Blossom is available in my Craftsy store.  Now that she has been quilted and bound, I'm happy to report she has went straight to work.  I gifted her last night to my friend for her adorable 9 month old daughter.  We were in line to handout pinwheels during the first night of parades for our local Strawberry Festival when the quilt officially went to work.  Star Blossom looked so happy when baby "Tish" (totally not her name, but I can call her what ever I want here) laid on her for the first time.  I think this quilt will be well loved and lead a very long life...if it's not replaced by 20 millions quilts I'll make for baby "Tish".

This week I am featuring Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and her recently finished Plus quilt.  I LOVE plus quilts.  But Vicki tugged at my heart strings and stirred some nostalgia with the fabrics she used, Moda Fabric's Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen.

Every time I hear "gooseberry" I'm reminded of my best friend John from high school.  We spent hours on the phone watching TV (I think you have to be child of the 90's to get that).  Our favorite show/episode hands down was the "Rashomama" episode of Momma's Family.  It was a who done it episode, when momma was smacked in the head with a pot while making Gooseberry Jam.  Vicki, thanks for sharing your beautiful finish and giving me a reason to walk down memory lane.  Read more about this beautiful and fun quilt here

So now it's your turn?  What have you been up to this week, UFO busting or happily and shamelessly starting something new?  Link up below and tell us all about it.

Time for me to sign off for this week and enjoy some fun in the sun....or rather strawberry short cake in the rain.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

TGIFF--Star Blossom Baby Quilt

Well hello, everyone!  If you are new to my little neck of the woods, I welcome you and hope you will stay a little bit. 

This is my first time hosting TGIFF and thank goodness I had a finish to share with you.

I allowed this sweet little baby quilt to become a UFO.  She originally started out life to be used as a class sample for teaching a class on my and David's (my quilty husband) Star Blossom Quilt at a local quilt shop. 

After the class was over, her bits and pieces made their way with me to a weekend retreat at my friend Julie's (Pink Doxies)  and she became a cute little quilt top.

And then her story ends, November 17, 2017.  I neatly folded her up and stuffed her in the back room.  How sad.

Fast forward to now.  I'm trying to get a long arm my uncle purchased up and running correctly.  Feeling pretty certain I had the tension issues worked out to an expectable level, I decided to jump in with both feet and work on a real quilt.  So on the frames she went.

I decided on an over all edge to edge design of loops.  I'm a beginner, you know.  Every thing went pretty smoothly until the end.  There seems to be an issue with the machine but we are working on it.

I did have some weirdness in the borders.  I'm chalking it up to my first time doing this.
But for my first time trying, I'm pretty proud of it.  She's not a show quilt, but hopefully she will be a loved quilt. 
I just love this soft lavender background.  Lots of little flowers for those butterflies on the front.

Hopefully, we will have the long arm, buzzing again soon.  This quick and easy finish has me itching and begging for another one.
How about you?  What finishes are you celebrating today?  Link up below and tell us all about it.
Before you leave I'd like to tell you a little more about me, every Saturday I host a linky party called UFO Busting to celebrate our works in progress and finished UFO's.  You'll find I'm very lenient in my definition of a unfinished object, so I hope you will come back sometime and party with us again.  I also have a mystery quilt along that has just started called Fireburst Mystery Quilt.

  You can find more information about it here.  Thanks again for stopping by for TGIFF.  I hope we will see you again soon.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 4-2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Can you believe it's week four of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop?  I have to say I feel quite sad to see this party start coming to and end.  So let's make this week the best week yet of the hop.  We've got new bloggers, and more fun prizes from our generous sponsors.

This week from the HST's hive I would like to introduce to you...

Please make sure you stop by and visit these lovely ladies and learn a little bit more about them and the amazing quilts they make.  It's been such a wonderful time working with everyone in my hive.  I hope everyone takes away many found memories and friendships from this years hop.

After you have visited with Liz and Terri, make sure you visit Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, Jen at Dizzy Quilter and Sandra at mmm!quilts to meet the other six bloggers participating in the hop today.  You can click on the rafflecopter below to get entered into this last week of giveaways.  

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I want to thank all the new quilt bloggers and my fellow co-hosts for working so hard during this hop.  Without them, our extremely generous sponsors and all of you wonderful readers out there we wouldn't have a hop.  I look forward to watching each of the bloggers continue to grow and look forward to seeing all those friendships continue to blossom.  I hope you will continue to spread word about the hop and can't wait to see what 2019 will bring!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

UFO Busting #19

I guess I distract to easily.  Why can I not just start a project and finish it?  Instead it has to linger in various states of work in progress land before I can finish it.  I guess that's just what makes Tish, Tish.

This week, I managed to distract myself with one little word "scrappy".  I had a few inquires if scrappy would work for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt.  My answer, yes I do think it will.  "Scrappy" just kept eating at the back of my brain until I did the only thing I could do.  I went dumpster stash diving.

I decided to make a 64" lap size version of the quilt, with Fabric 1 being scrappy blues, Fabric 2 being scrappy reds and Fabric 3 being scrappy whites.

My background will be this lovely gray and white polka dot fabric.
After participating in Melva's Quilters Through the Generation a few weeks ago, I decided it's time for my mother to start sewing again.  Wasn't that nice of me?  So on an outing this week, I surprised her by swinging by the fabric store and proudly announcing that she was going to pick out fabrics and make my mystery quilt.  It took some coxing, but she was a good sport and played along.  I had to laugh though.  The fabrics she picked out are almost identical to the ones I used for my Magnolia Mystery Quilt.

I did manage to actually work on a project this week.  I am happy to report the Star Crystal bock is now basted and has been stitched in the ditch. 

Hopefully, between prom festivities, I will be able to put some thread to fabric in the form of free motion on this guild challenge project.

A few more things happing this weekend and coming up.  David is being featured over at Melva Love Scraps in her Quilters Through the Generations series. 

If  you'd like to read more about what makes this rough and tumble quilter tick, make sure you check out her post.
Monday will kick off the last week of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. 

I can't believe it is almost over already.  If you haven't visited this weeks bloggers make sure you take a peak here and definitely come back Monday to meet the next eight quilt bloggers we have for you. 

If you haven't heard, next Friday I'll be hosting for the first time ever the TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday) linky party!

So bring your finish and come join the party.  Heck come back Saturday as well and let's do it again!  I'm excited to have a finish and bust a UFO all at the same time.   I think I'll celebrate with three fun filled parades and strawberry short cake, but honestly, I'd do that with out the finish.

This week I'd like to feature and celebrate Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats UFO finish.

She calls it "She Has Her Mommy's Nose" and it has the cutest story behind it!  Congratulations on your finish, Karen, and getting to try some awesome ruler work!

Now it's time for you to share.  What have you been up to this week? Have you made any progress on those lingering projects just begging to have their day or was there 20 million distractions running around in your head.  Link up and tell us all about it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

S.S. Playtime Plus--Cutting

Now is the time to start chopping up fabrics for the Playtime Plus QAL at mmm!quilts.  I had decided on my fabric colors and placements, but needed to slim down my fabric pull.  I may have got a bit crazy with the black and grays.

Technically, the quilt would only need 14 of each color, so I needed to down size them.  I decided on seven of each color.

From there I decided to cut enough pieces for two pluses in each color.  I'm thinking I might have a few pieces left over at the end, but that's okay.  Now as we put the blocks together I can decide which plus will go where.

I can't wait to start piecing all these beautiful strips together!  Sandra, do I have to wait????

Also don't forget that the third week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is going on right I type! 

Be sure to check out this week's post make new friends and maybe win some prizes. 

Some other upcoming events; on Saturday, David (or as we call him around here Dave the Quilt Engineer) will be highlighted at Melva Loves Scraps in her Quilters Through the Generation series.

You can read a bit more about how he started quilting and why he does it.  Also on Friday the 18th, while I'm parting at our annual Strawberry Festival, you can party with me and your Friday finishes.  Wonderland will be hosting for the first time the TGIFF linky party.

So round up your finishes and meet me there!  Come back and see what UFO I've finally busted.

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