Saturday, July 13, 2019

UFO Busting #66



Welcome to UFO Busting late 4th of July style.  It's been such a crazy two weeks that last weekend came and went before I realized I missed my own party.  If anyone can be late to their own funeral...I'm pretty sure it will be me.  I want to show you all the amazing sewing I've been doing, but dang it, it's pretty much all secret sewing for upcoming events.  So my question is what can I show you??  How about this.




These are my fabrics for Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs Mosaic Mystery QAL.  


I am super excited to sew along with Cheryl and all the others that will join in and I am happy to announce that I will be sponsoring a prize at the end of QAL.  I cannot wait to cut into these fabrics next month!

What I need to be doing, is getting my behind in gear and starting the Island Batik Artsy Fartsy Challenge.  In my head it looks beautiful.  Since you can't see in my head, I will tell you it has been inspired by this sign that hangs in my new office and all of the great folks at my new job.


There has been great leaps and bounds made in my quilting room.  Extra shelves have been added which as allowed me to organize all my works in progress, quilt kits and items that need quilted.  This is a sneak peak of the progress.


Hopefully, it will be all finished soon and I can share it with you.


Now for a few highlights from our last party.  First up we have Wendy and Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life.  Wendy was able to bust out a patriotic UFO finish just in time to celebrate Independence Day. 


I just love the wavy line quilting Wendy chose for this one.  It makes me think of fire works shooting into the sky.  Absolutely perfect for the holiday.


Next up we have Emily at The Darling Dogwood and her Dog Gone Cute UFO finish.


Here we have Ivy, dog model for one of the blocks, posing with the finished quilt.  I just want to boop all those snoots!  Make sure you hop over to congratulate Emily and Wendy on their finishes!!

Now it's your turn.  Let's see what you've been up to in my absence.  Link up below and tell us all about it.


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Now I will leave you with the shocker for the week.  The daughter has been away at state 4H camp all week.  I got a text from her early in the week saying guess what I'm doing?  I'm making a table runner.  Now this child has protested even setting at the sewing machine for as long as I can remember, so I surely I had to have read that wrong.




Sure enough I read it correctly.  I spoke to her briefly on the phone and asked if she thought she'd like to try more, but I wouldn't say she was like "YASSSSS!"  So we shall see.  Small steps.



Saturday, June 29, 2019

UFO Busting #65


I am celebrating another finish over here.  A small one, but they count just as much as the big ones!  Last week I wrapped up working on the June Island Batik Try It! challenge.  My poison of choice was the quilt as you go method.  I can definitely see why this is a desirable method with quilters.


Once you finish the piecing, you basically have a finished quilt!  No UFO's here.  You can read more about my experience with QAYG and the mini quilt Scottish Thistle here.

Other than that, I'm still squeaking in a special quilt for Island Batik that will be revealed in July and my August project.  Needless to say, things are a bit crazy over here.  So without further ado let's look at what was going on the last time we partied.

There was a UFO finish!  Gail at Quilting Gail finished up her 6th UFO of the year.  It dates back to 2016 and is made a beautiful blues.


In other exciting Gail news, she will be hosting an upcoming marathon!  It's one I totally think I could participate in and not have a heart attack too!  This will be a baby quilt marathon.  Make sure you hop over to Quilting Gail and congratulate her on her finish and read more about this social sewing opportunity.

Now it's your turn.  Link up below and tell us what you've been up to.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Try It! Scottish Thistle


How do we grow in life if we do not try new things?  This month that is exactly what Island Batik challenged us ambassadors to do.  I had to put some thought into this one...what exactly would I like to try?  My first thought was English Paper Piecing and hexies, but as June rolled around I just wasn't feeling it.  Then it came to me QAYG or quilt as you go. 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

UFO Busting #64


I think I have finally emerged from my sick state and joined everyone in the real world.  A head/chest cold in summer is never fun, but I guess someone has to give those germs a place to live and die.  I may have been down, but I did manage to celebrate two finishes and start some new projects.


Heats on Fire my Make it Modern challenge quilt for Island Batik saw it's finish.  Quite frankly it still has me all hot and bothered.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Passion Flowers Fat Quarter Fun


A few months ago, while part of the 2018 Aurifil Artisan team, I was offered the chance to play with fat quarters from Anna Maria Horner's Passion Flowers line of fabric.  Oh my yummy goodness!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Make It Modern-Hearts on Fire


First up a thousand apologies that this post hasn't gone live until June 3rd.  The challenge quilt was actually finished before the end of May but really icky weather and a head cold that came from no where really put the post on hold.  Hopefully all the quilty fun makes up for it.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

UFO Busting #63


What did I learn last month?  May waits for no one.  Happy first of June!  May was a month of party and celebration with little time for sewing.  I'm hoping June brings some catch up time and slower days.  First up, the daughter is all graduated and stuff!


Saturday, May 25, 2019

UFO Busting #62


It's a weekend of celebration in my house hold this weekend.  I've always said if I could get my daughter to the age of 18 and graduated from high school...I would have accomplished something.  And finally my friends, I have done just that.  Even through all the insaneness of school events and the big day itself, I managed to sneak in a bit of sewing time.

The end of the month is quickly approaching and my May Island Batik project isn't finished.  I'm calling it the Lusty Month of May Quilt and I am itching for a finish.  Quilting started this week and it has been all about the lines.  Lines are modern, right?

Saturday, May 18, 2019

UFO Busting #61


It's Saturday again!  I imagine right now I'm probably (hopefully) sitting in the shade taking in the sights and sounds of the 2019 Strawberry Festival Parade.  I will have my tissues with me because it will the last time my daughter marches down Strawberry Lane as part of the mighty BU Band.  My heart swells just thinking about it.  Today I am full of hometown pride and mommy pride.

Needless to say, not much in the way of sewing happened in my world this week.  Actually none at all.  I did however help prepare quilts for judging at our annual quilt show.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Episode 2 of C&P

Last week I was basking in a new love affair with beautiful fabrics.  We flirted.  We went out.  And it looked like this.  Bits and pieces of bright beautiful half square triangles.


But with all relationships, you come to the point where you have to decide to take it to the next level and we were there.  It was time to come together and really build something.  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

UFO Busting #60


This week I introduced a fun little bit I like to call The Cut and The Pieced.

My own little soap opera documenting my work on the May Island Batik Challenge.  It's full of passion, wondering eyes and drama...like every good soap opera should be.

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Cut And The Pieced

I had been seeing my current May challenge project for a few months.  I really thought we had hit it off.  It had everything I loved, open space for quilting and beautiful simple colors.



The prints on the purple and black Island Batik fabrics made my heart skip a beat, but something was just off for me.

Then it entered my life.  A quilt I innocently found on Pinterest and I knew I had to have it.  I ordered the book.  Try as I may, I wanted it to work for me and my original quilt.  I told my fabrics the direction I wanted us to go and they were honest with me, they didn't quite see my vision.  They didn't know if they could be the new quilt I imagined in my head.  Then she walked in...



Saturday, May 4, 2019

UFO Busting #59


Welcome to UFO Busting...where we celebrate UFO's we spot and finish, get distracted by new stuff and hopefully just have a good time.  We had several UFO's flying around last week, but we will get to them in a few.  Love is in the air over here.  I have a new crush and I'm crushing hard.

I am wine-ing and dinning this Island Batik Moroccan Bazaar strip set pretty hard.  From the moment I set eyes on it, I knew it was for me.  It totally made me walk away from a project that could have been, in hopes of something new and beautiful.  We've had our first quilty date, but that's for another post.

I'm super excited to say, that I've started to work on a secret project for August, but I can't say anything other than that and got caught up on all the quilt-a-longs I'm participating in.  I have all my pieces together for Little Bunny Quilt's Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt, just in time for new instructions to come out on Monday.



And the next three blocks for Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet are all caught up.



Wednesday the next block in Pat's Out of This World Mystery Quilt was released and landed finished on my table.


Being all caught up on everything so early in the month has me thinking it's high time I pull another UFO out to finish.  The big question being which one?

Speaking of UFO's I'm going to take my inspiration from last week's party and get to work.  Last week, Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting pulled out and finished piecing a UFO from a few years ago.


She created it using charm packs and it is full of cowboy fun!  This UFO isn't the only thing she's wrangled up over there either.  Oh, no.  She's been building quilty houses like a mad lady that will leave you feeling the rainbow.  Make sure you click over and check out all the fun stuff she has going on.

Next up we have Vasudha at Storied Quilts and her UFO finish of Hopscotch Tiles.


Not only did she celebrate an April finish of her Island Batik challenge quilt, April Flowers, she also claims a One Monthly Goal finish of piecing this UFO from over two years ago.  I LOVE how those greens and burnt oranges pop against the white background.  Make sure you hop over and congratulate her on finishing up both projects!

Now it's your turn.  Let's see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us all about it.


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Come back on Monday and I think we will have an episode of As The Quilt Turns or maybe The Cut and The Pieced.  Will I catch the attention of the Island Batik strip set?  Will I be able to convince it to let me chop it up and grow it into something bigger?  Or will a ten inch stack steal whisk me away?  You'll just have to come back to find out.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Not May IB Challenge Quilt


I promise this is not a declaration of resistance...we will be making it modern this month!  This is a story of how designs/project ideas can change.  Maybe this is the story of a squirrel, because I really abandoned my original plan for something totally different.

When I got my shipment of Island Batik goodies and the list of challenges for the year, I went into panic design mode trying to figure out what I could do with the fabrics I was sent and make sure there was enough to go around.  I seriously thought I had all my projects planned out from February till August, and for the most part I do.  However, now that I'm into things a few months, I'm relaxing a bit and finding distractions.

For the month of May, we are challenged to make a crib size or larger quilt using the Modern Quilt Guild's definition of modern quilt;

the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, Minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work--Modern Quilt Guild

So this meant I had some work to do...come up with something modern.  Ok, I can do this.  One thing I wanted was lots of negative space and something easy to work with...maybe half square triangles?  I was doing some browsing on Pinterest and some beautiful woodworking pieces crossed my path.  I found myself thinking, this would be a wonderful quilt!  So I went to work playing around with the design and translating it to fabric...fabrics I had to work with that met my quilty budget, that is.
So after much playing this is what I came up with.


I think this quilt would work well for the challenge, but for some reason I just wasn't in love.  I'm actually quite proud of it, and think it will still see life.  Maybe it's just very different than my normal style?    Maybe it felt too similar to stuff I've already made for the challenge?  Lot's of points and purple (and I love purple don't get me wrong).


I was however committed to making this project for the challenge...then this happened...My friend was over at the house while I was gathering my fabrics to start cutting.  When I told her I was working on the challenge project for May she busted out in song (life is truly a musical if you let it be).  I was like what are you signing???  She's like,  "It's from the musical Camelot.  Don't you remember?"  I totally didn't remember.  I should have remembered this song.



I just looked at her and said, "I have to make a quilt for the lusty month of May, don't I?"  So I put my fabrics back in the box and scrapped my triangle idea.  I regrouped with a new plan in honor of my new life/relationship status and the month of May..."That darling month when everyone throws self-control away."

Are you curious?  Think of this as quilty flirting because "It's May, it's may, the month of great dismay, when all the world is brimming with fun, wholesome or un-"  It's May!!



Monday, April 29, 2019

Daisy Chain Mystery Progress


After weeks where it feels like my progress on things has been a complete crawl...I am happy to say I'm completely caught up on something.  I was starting to feel like this might be a quilt along that I let get to far ahead of me.  I had the first two week's worth of instructions finished but found myself two weeks behind.  When I pulled up the online posting schedule last week so see what instructions posted this week, my heart skipped a beat.  The week of April 29th was a catch up week.  Exactly what I needed!


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ready. Set. Go! Quilt Challenge




It's that time of the month again!  Time to share what I have made for the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge.  This month Island Batik and their partner AccuQuilt challenged us to make a baby quilt using the Go! Cutter and dyes provided to us by AccuQuilt.  



Saturday, April 27, 2019

UFO Busting #58


Welcome to week 58 of UFO Busting.  Have you been sewing along with us over the past year?  If not, join us!  This party isn't just for UFO's.  We definitely celebrate when you finish one but really it's about community and sharing what you're working on.  My main focus this week has been finishing up the April Island Batik challenge quilt but before I got my nose to the grind stone, I snuck in a little time with the Pat Sloan A Flower Bouquet Quilt.


All the blocks for section three are pieced and waiting on me to sew them all together.  Who knows, I might be doing that right now?

Saturday, April 20, 2019

UFO Busting #57


Is it Saturday again already?  I'm not even sure how that happened.  The week flew by and I think the only thing that gathered in my sewing space was dust.  As much as I love warm sunny days, I do not love the responsibilities that come with it.  I could possibly be happy living in the land of snow 365 days a year...no mowing, weeding, or running everywhere...just home and my sewing machine.  

So today I celebrate the smallest of sewing victories.  All of the blocks for the third section in Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet have been released and I haven't even touched them.  One evening I found a few minutes to sort through the fabrics I'm using to plan out the next four blocks.

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