Saturday, February 27, 2021

UFO Busting #138


Happy Saturday!  I'm super excited because this week I was able to move a UFO along to become a finished quilt top.  I started piecing on the Moda Modern Building Block quilt some time back in 2015.  I then spent the next 6ish years "collecting" just the right fabrics as I pieced off and on.  Seeing all the fabric in totes I "collected" I realized it was high time to finish this project and put everything away.  Space is golden.

It's huge! And I love it.  Finishing this quilt top felt just as good an I imagined it would.  The original quilt kit came with all solid fabrics, but I followed the lead of my friend Julie and created my version using prints that read (mostly) as solids.

I have to say it's super tempting to quilt this one up with all over straight lines for a faster finish, but I'm going to set it aside for just a bit longer and give it the custom quilting I imagined in my head.  It's why I pieced it in the first have fun quilting it.

So for now, it will go on the shelf and I will concentrate on finishing up the baby quilt I pieced toward the end of last year.  

What's not going to wait is looking at all the fun we had at last week's party.  Also celebrating a quilt top finish we have Gretchen at Gretchen's Little Corner.  This week she finished up her Climbing Jacob's Ladder quilt top.

Jacob's Ladder is one of my favorite blocks and I'm crushing hard for her version in the fun browns.  Simple and elegant.  Make sure you pop over and congratulate her on this finish.

Next up we have Anja over at Anja Quilts and she is celebrating a UFO finish that she completed a few months ago.  She was on the UFO roll!  

Anja participated in Leanne at Devoted Quilter's Medallion Magic QAL back in 2019 to create this quilt top.  OMG look at how those oranges pop against the beautiful dark blue!  Make sure you swing by and tell her how much you love this quilt!

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

UFO Busting #137


Happy cold and snowy Saturday!  I hope wherever you are, you are warm and safe or maybe even in the middle of summer.  Today I'm dreaming of quilts and hoping to quickly craw under some after a day of working.  This week, I plugged along with Moda Modern Building Blocks.  I'm on the last section!  The 36" inch block is completed and I've started on the six 6" blocks.

 As you can see, I've done fabric pulls for the rest of the blocks.  As much as I want this finished, I'm itching to stop piecing and start quilting.

To help curb that quilting itch, I got the Line Design set up and started playing with it.  You don't have to wait on me though, to give you lots of details about it, you can grab one for yourself here, in Kim's Etsy shop.

As you can see, set up is super simple which allows you to get to playtime...NOW!  Hopefully tomorrow morning, I will be posting more about my playtime with the Line Design.  My daughter was nice enough to help me shoot a few quick videos that I have posted to my Instagram page.  I can't say enough about how great this tool is to practice with.  It is a wonderful way to improve your muscle memory in the exact same way you quilt with a sit down machine.  A no waste way to improve your quilty confidence and that is what gets UFO's busted!

You know what else gets UFO's busted?  Not letting them be UFO's in the first place and that's what Sandra at mmm!quilts did with her Varadero Vibe project!  Sandra has been playing along this year with Project Quilting and has again made a super cool piece for the week's prompt/project.

If you know my dear friend, one thing you will know about her is she LOVES to collect sea glass or beach glass.  So it only makes sense when given the Virtual Vacation prompt that she make something to celebrate all of the fun times she's had collecting those beautiful rounded pieces of glass.  Stop by and enjoy some sunny beach pictures to warm you up and congratulate her on this finish.  You can read more about the process of how this piece came together with time to spare.  Not much time, but it counts!

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

UFO Busting #136


It's Saturday and we are back at it!  I feel like I'm getting closer to quilt top finish.  I can see the finish line but I'm still miles away.  I was able to get the third section of the Moda Modern Build Blocks quilt together this week.

Hopefully, the last section will come together quickly.  It basically consists of a huge block with some 6"blocks at the bottom.  I'm so close!

The last big block was suppose to be a fun mess of triangles and bias edges.  Yeah, mentally I'm not there.  I found a way to tackle it using half square triangles.  Fingers crossed it will still look amazing.

This week I received happy mail I have been patiently waiting on.  A few weeks ago I reached out to a fellow designer about testing, what I think is an amazing product for free motion quilting.  I was super excited when she picked me as one of the fellow testers.  I think this is a game changer!  Want to practice free motion quilting?  Afraid to actually put thread to fabric?  Want a reusable way to practice over and over again without waste?  Let me introduce you to Kim Mastromartino and her Line Design quilting tool.

I will do a full post this week (and maybe a video over on Instagram) to introduce you to the Line Design.  Since it was 8 when I got home last night, I had enough energy to squeal with delight when I opened it and go to bed.  I really do feel like this is a game changer to anyones' free motion quilting and I can't wait to play with it and show it to you!

You know what else I can't wait to do?  Share with you from last week's party.  First up we have Vashuda at Storied Quilts and all the fun projects she's been working on.

She's got the Stay at Home Round Robin, the monthly color challenge and these once abandoned block pillow cases (pictured above) going on.  But wait there's even more!  Make sure you stop by and check out all the wonderful colors and projects she is making progress on!

Next up, we have Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting and two darling baby quilt finishes.

What do you do when you make too many blocks for your quilt along quilt?  Make two quilts! (there's never a thing as too many blocks)  With Valentines Day this weekend, I am crushing hard on these pinks she used to create the quilts.  And each has its own fun quilting design.  Make sure you hop over to congratulate her on her two fun finishes and fall in quilty love.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

UFO Busting #135


Happy Saturday!  It's been a bitterly cold week here in my world, so my time has been spent inside staying as cozy as possible.  I can finally share with you my finished quilt top from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs Moorewood Mystery Quilt!

This week, she released the final block and the quilt layout.  My quilt had actually been pieced since the spring and remained well hidden so as not to spill the beans accidently.  I love pattern testing!

My quilt time this week focused on working on more of the 6" blocks for the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt.  You would think 6" blocks would piece together pretty quickly, but that is false.

Some of these blocks have lots of little pieces in them, so I'm trying to take my time to make sure they come out nice and square.  Working on them in my back sewing room is working out quite nicely.  Things are a little cramped, but I'm in my own little world back there.  Caroline followed me, rather snuck in, and had her own adventure.

The addition of my ironing board finally allowed her to be able to scale the armoire and achieve the heights she has been looking for.  Afterwards she celebrated with a nap.  Maybe that is out of her system now.

Now let's see where your quilting adventures took you last week.  First up we have Anja at Anja Quilts and a sentence that nearly gave me a heart attack.  "My final UFO is now complete!!"  What?  I find myself jealous and asking how did you do that??  No, really, that's awesome!  And the last UFO is just gorgeous! 

This is her version of the Stellar Stars Block of the Month.  She chose an all over stipple and the texture is to die for!  Make sure you hop over and congratulate her on this huge accomplishment!  Anja, just because you don't have anymore UFO's doesn't mean you can't party hearty with us!

Next up we have Sandra at mmm!quilts also celebrating a finish this week with her Rainbow Way Quilt.

This one is full of quilty texture that is leaving me drooling!!!  She packed a ton of fun quilting motifs in this one.  Just run over there and check it out!  

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

UFO Busting #134


This week I shared the finish of the T-shirt quilt I recently made.  I celebrate because it did not turn into a UFO!

The quilt has been delivered and is hopefully be loved as I type.  If you would like, you can read more about this finish here.

Something I realized I hadn't shared about on the blog is Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs current mystery quilt, Moorewood Mystery.  I pattern tested this one for her earlier last year, but I've forgot to share my progress as it's actually going on.

Luckily I was able to grab from my stash and a local quilt shop before everything went on lock down.  Since I was locked in my house for 6 weeks, I had plenty of time to work on this one.

This month, Cheryl released the instructions for block A.

It's never to late to join in.  There is still time to begin before the big reveal in the next couple months.  I did the entire quilt I think in 2 or 3 weeks and that was with lots of breaks.  

What I am (knock on wood) not taking a break from is celebrating all of your hard work last week!  First up we have Lynette over at What a Hoot! and a UFO flimsy finish!!  

This month, she's been working hard to finish up piecing this several year old snowman quilt.  And it is adorable!!  I'm not a big appliquer, but I look at this and think all those pieces must have taken forever.  Make sure you hop over to cheer her on as she tackles her next UFO and leave some virtual hugs.

Next up we have Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting and her DrEAMi/squirrel finish.  This particular squirrel was her project for this week's Project Quilting challenge, fussy cutting.

Absolutely stunning!  Those Japanese indigo fabrics are to die for!  I love how the simple echo quilting really gives this piece a modern feel.  Make sure you circle over to congratulate Nancy on this finish.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

T-Shirt Quilt Finish

 I am happy to introduce to you the first official finish of 2021!  About this time last year, I was approached by a friend about making a T-shirt quilt.  This was my first time and the process was much easier than I had anticipated. of the things that made it a tad easier was, I didn't actually iron all those shirts to the stabilizer.  My friend volunteered to do that part.  It was a bigger help to me than she will ever realize.  I was so focused on piecing this one that I didn't take any shots of the making process.  There is always the next one.

Once upon a time, this pattern was a freebie over at Craftsy/Blueprint.  It was one of Angela Walter's The Midnight Quilt Show quilts.  As of writing this post, I could not find a working link for the pattern anywhere.   I'm really glad I snagged a free copy when I did.

One thing I will say about a T-shirt quilt is that with the addition of the stabilizer to the back of some of the blocks, it is a little heavier than your average quilt.  Not crazy heavy but you can definitely notice when you are pushing it around while quilting.

 For the actual quilting I decided to do a simple stipple in Aurifil #2600 Dove.  Honestly, I was looking for a fast simple finish that would leave the quilt super soft.  Stippling was a perfect choice. 

To finish things off I decided on a flange binding.  In my head I envisioned a fun pop of silver flange with the dark purple binding.  What I got was a little bit different than what I had in mind.

 I vaguely remember being engrossed in a  Netflix show and managed to cut my binding strips flip flopped.  I ended up with a purple flanged that blends in and a silver binding.  Not that big of a deal.  The stays.

I absolutely loved the backing fabric!

And I wasn't the only one.

When the resident once feral cat breaks his no lap policy, you know it's good.

Last week the quilt was officially delivered to its new owner.  She was super excited to receive her quilt.  I hope that it brings her lots of warmth over the years and allows her to remember all the great times she had earning all those T-shirts.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

UFO Busting #133

 It's Satur-yay!  Time to talk about all the fun quilting things we were up to this week.  This week I am celebrating a non UFO finish that happened right before Christmas.  Oh, those Christmas Squirrels.  It's just hours before the jolly guy comes to visit and you are sewing as fast as your elf fingers will go.

This is a mug rug I gifted to a good friend of mine.  You can read more about how this little fellow came to life here.

This week I also snapped pictures of the finished Tshirt Quilt and delivered it to its new owner.  He was more than pleased with it.  I will share pictures this week.  I also hope to slow down and do some actual quilting.  It feels like a month since I worked on something.  

I will also be testing a new quilting product very soon and can't wait to share more details with you and how you can get one too!  I think it is something that can really help those wanting to learn to free motion quilt or improve on their quilting skills, but more on that later.

Right now, lets see what you've been up to this week.  First up we have Yvonne at Sew Yummy and her scrap quilt finish.

Every time I look at a scrap quilt, they make me smile.  You know, each little fabric probably has a story or a special little memory.  Make sure you visit Yvonne and congratulate her on this bright fun finish.  It sounds to me like another scraptastic quilt just might be in her future.

Speaking of scraps, I know a quilter swimming in them and who would love to help you make your stash larger.  Who you ask?  Why our dear friend Melva over at Melva Loves Scraps...and she really does.

She found her self in that spot we all find ourselves in...doing some scrap soul searching.  Like dust bunnies, but much much better, scraps multiply at an alarming speed.  I'm pretty sure they are in the oryctolagus cuniculus family...

Melva has decided it's time to share the scrap love.  Swing by to say hello and find out how you could adopt some of her beautiful scraps.  This is one critter we never want to fix...puppies and kitties yes. 

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Squirrel! I mean...Raccoon!


Ho! Ho! Ho! This post is only almost a month late.  The dapper little fellow above is actually a squirrel.  I know.  I know.  I haven't lost my mind.  It's actually a raccoon.  But once I spied Mary's (Made By Marney) pattern in a quilt magazine, it stole my heart (much like they steal trash from a can) and ran around my head in full squirrel-make-me mode.  I knew it would become a Christmas present for a friend of mine.

If you aren't familiar with Mary's patterns, she has a ton of the most adorable paper pieced critters in her Etsy shop.  I would say before the year is out, I will find myself making more.

The pattern stitched up pretty quickly, once I had a fabric pull from my stash.  For the quilting I went with my favorite grey thread, Aurifil 50wt 2600, Dove.

With Christmas only like 3 days away, I kept the quilting super simple with straight lines 1/2 inch apart.

All that was left to do was sew a few buttons.

And pair with a nice cat themed mug and gift my present.

I'm happy to report, my friend LOVED her mug rug.  Though she refuses to use it as a mug rug.  She has had it framed and now hangs on her wall.  Remember when I mentioned that I foresee myself making more of these paper pieced cuties?  Yeah, she's totally declared she needs more to hang with this handsome trash panda.  And being that they are all totally darling, I will be more than happy to stitch my heart out.  

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