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Monday, June 22, 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilts

I finally finished the quilts!  This past years Designer Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop was made with Edyta Sitar's (Laundry Basket Quilts) blue and cream line called Snow Bird.  FQS is generous with the amount of fabric you get and by ordering a mini fat quarter pack extra I was able to make 2 blocks of each block with lots of fabrics left over.  Here's the original quilt pattern set in the way they designed it.
 Here's the other quilt with the extra blocks and extra fabrics from the finishing kit.  I think I also bought more of the blue dot fabrics.
 Here's the quilting on the back of the quilt.  Both were custom quilted by me and my Bernina.
 I also finished by guild's challenge quilt.  I can't show it all yet, but I wanted to prove (and log the date) that I finished it.
 I finished binding these quilts this weekend while spending Father's Day with my dad.  Like I've said before, he watches a lot of National Geographic and that type of tv so I always bring handwork.

Our guild is having their Ice Cream Social at the July meeting and I thought I'd donate this mini quilt for the monthly auction.  It's the extra block I made from the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots July block.



Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Block of the Month Update

I've  been busy machine quilting 3 quilts (which I will show when the binding is sewn down) so right when I was done with those I got busy working on my Block of the Months.

The first one is the first in the new Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month.  It's a blue and cream holiday themed quilt.  I believe the fabrics are Primitive Gatherings and a bunch of designers design the blocks for it.  I'm only making one block this year instead of the two each like I was able to do last year.


Also through Fat Quarter Shop I'm working on their Snapshopts Block of the Month. These have been fun blocks to make and I even made an extra of this one because our guild is having an ice cream social in July and I thought I'd donate a mini quilt made from the extra block.


And speaking of guild, here's their block of the month.  The center block fabric was what they gave us.

And because of my glutton for punishment, I got caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks.
And last but not least, I am also doing the Pat Sloan Vacation Block of the Month.  Here's June's block.
And I was curious to see how they looked together.

Off  to spend Father's Day with my dad this weekend. That should give me some time to sew the binding down on all those quilts so hopefully I'll have finished quilts to show next week.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Material Girls Spring 2015 Lunch-Block Exchange

Every year my friendship group Material Girls decide on a challenge.  This years the challenge was to make each of us a signature block-one in a theme or style that we want.  Then by our Holiday party in December we need to have the blocks put together in a top.  Here are the blocks I received.
I love all of them.  The challenge will be to put them together in a top that will be beautiful.  I love a good challenge.

Here are the blocks that I made for everyone.
I liked making all of them but the crazy quilt blocks.  I left a lot of seams for those people who get them.  :0   The Sun Bonnet Sue and turkey blocks were not really exchanged.  I had made all the blocks and then those two ladies had to back out.

Here are the blocks that my friends all got from everyone.








This block should have been where the red/white block on the top right is.  That start block goes with the bunch below.



We all have our hands full and it will be interesting to see how we do.  I'll show you the results in December!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BOM, POM, BOW and GBOM

Not a comic strip reference but Block of the Month, Pillow of the Month, Block of the Week and Guild Block of the Month.  Oh and I finished a baby quilt and finished knitting a pillow.  First the Block of the Months.
The last month of Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery BOM

Fat Quarter Shops Snapshots Block of the Month.
Pat Sloan's Vacation Block of the Month
And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month for May


And Farm Girl Vintage Block of the Week


 And this is our guild's Block of the Month.


And in March I decided I wanted to knit something and learn how to do cables.  I finally finished it two nights ago.
An old intern from my job just had her first baby and I had to make her a baby quilt.  It was a kit I bought at a local quilt store.  It's got a chennille border and minkee on the back.  It was a simple quilt and quick to make but turned out so cute.

 
I did finish the top of one of the block sets from the Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery.  I love how it turned out.  Can't wait to quilt it.  I bought some clearance fabric today for the back.

I also got all the blocks done for our guild's challenge.  I need to put them together which I have all laid out and ready to sew.  I'm liking how it turned out.  Can't wait to get it done too.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nickel Quilt Finished

I took Pat Speth's class in March 2015.  She's the author of all the Nickel quilt books.  If you get a chance to take her class, I recommend it.  I've had the top done for a while - just needed time to machine quilt it.  Finished the binding after a nice mother's day lunch with my hubby and in-laws.  Missed my mom so much today.  Hand stitching the binding down was very good therapy.


This is the second big quilt I've made with this fabric and I still have a lot left.  Here's the first quilt.  It was Pat Sloan's Block of the Month last year called Globetrotting.

I started the Farm Girl Vintage quilt along last week so with that and all my block of the months it looks like I won't be working on too many other projects.  This is the last month for the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month so I need to work on putting at least one of the quilts together.  Then I have to finish the guilds challenge quilt.  I have all the blocks done and put them out on a design board on Friday so I can put that top together.  And Loose Threads next art project is due in just over a week.  Oh, and I have a baby quilt that I need to put together.  I bought a kit at a local quilt store and it should be fairly easy to put together.

So I need to go.  I have so much to do.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Block of the Month Updagte

Finally.  It seems like I haven't finished anything because I haven't posted, but that's not true.  I finished (almost) 14 quilt blocks for my Material Girls Block exchange which is due in June.  All I have left to do is some fancy stitching on 3 Crazy quilt blocks.  (We all put our 'order' in on what kind of block we wanted.)  And then I have to sign each block.  Can't show pictures though.
See this lovely sign.  My sister Brenda cut the vinyl for me months ago, and I finally got around to painting it.  I love it.  Thanks Brenda.

And for Easter weekend I went and visited my dad.  He and my brother and I had a nice quiet Easter dinner.  Brian's family were all down south visiting Marcy's family but Brian couldn't go because of his job.  But my dad did have these blooming that he wanted me to take pictures for him.  He said that he and my mom planted them years ago, but they never bloomed until last year, after my mom passed away.  A friend on facebook said, "Well since she is in heaven, now is the time for them to bloom, when she was around , there was no need for them to bloom as she was the bloom in you all's garden."   And according to my dad, they are still blooming.   



I have also started my Common Threads Quilt Guild challenge quilt which I won't be able to show pictures of either.  I hope to get more done on that quilt this weekend.  My Pat Speth Nickel quilt top is done, the back is ready to go - just needs to be pinned and quilted.  Binding is even ready to go.

A few of my friends went to Cambria last weekend for a Handwork only retreat.  It was so relaxed and fun.  I got a little bit done on a lot of projects.  Nothing done so no pictures, but I worked on wool felt, applique and a scrap rug.  We watched lots of movies and enjoyed the cool but sunny weather and the fellowship with friends.
We did sew - this was just a little movie break.  :)
But I did finish these block of the months this week.

First the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer mystery.  This is month 11.  One more month and then I have to put them all together with the finishing kit.
 And this is the latest Pat Sloan Vacation quilt block.
 And Fat Quarter Shop's free Snapshot Quilt block.  My puppy is golden like my sweet little Needle.
 And Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month.  3 dimensional flowers made with ribbon and hot glue.  But like last month, I did just safety pin them on so I can take them off when I need to wash the pillow covers.



The art group ladies are coming back to my house on Monday so I have to do some cleaning this weekend.  Barbara Sawyer offered to make snacks so I don't have to worry about that.  Company coming is always a good excuse to clean.

No new grandchildren pictures, or puppy pictures to share.  I'd say my life is boring, but it's not.  I love my life.  I love that I have the time and resources to create the quilts I do.

Oh, I do know something that I haven't shared yet, Our local regional quilt show, Best of the Valley, was a few weekends ago and I got the Chairman's Special Merit Award for my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I was so thrilled.  I also received two Honorable Mentions ribbons.  One for my Christmas BOM and another for the red/cream quilt I finished in January.
It looked great hanging considering I really wasn't able to block it.  I tried to at work on the cubicle.  I pinned it, splashed it with water and hit it with steam and let it dry overnight.  The whole quilt wasn't able to fit so only a part of it got a little attention.

Thanks for looking.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Block of the Month update

I know - two posts in one weekend after a month of silence.  What can I say, when it rains it pours.

I finished all my block/pillow of the months today.  Between cleaning house (my art girls are coming on Tuesday so good inspiration to clean house) I was able to finish these.  First, my Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month (#10).
 And then Pat Sloan's Vacation Time Block of  the Month mystery.
 Fat Quarter Shops Snapshots mystery.
 And Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the month.  Made my first rouched flowers on this one.

And I got the piping/binding on this one.
I also got 3 blocks for my Material Girls friendship group block exchange done.  Can't show those though.

Thanks for looking have a great week.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

A ton of finishes

Kind of only 2.  You'll see in a minute.  I was busy the last few weeks with guild business and then I had three of my quilts and a guild charity quilt to finish.  First my quilts.  Remember in December when I started the Bonnie Hunter Mystery this year?  This is the last time I posted about them.  I wasn't thrilled with the green sashing.  I saw on Facebook where someone took all those sashing pieces and made a separate quilt.  I liked what I saw so I went ahead and did that.  But here's what I did with the other blocks.  I didn't use any sashing.  Just the blocks and I did use the border pieces.  I just quilted an all over stipple and got it done.  Pretty bright and outside of my 'wheel house' let's say.  But I'll put it to good use somewhere.  
 And just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I finished this little lap quilt with the sashing strips.  Just stitched in the ditch and a feather in the border.
But my favorite of the quilts I finished was this Wheel quilt.  It was a pattern I got from Joanna Figueroa (of Fig Tree & Co) Craftsy class.  I used Me and My Sisters LOL fabrics and a white from Blank Fabrics.  (I want to buy a bolt of that white.  It is so pretty.)  Anyway if you want to take a good Craftsy class, that is another one I would recommend.

 I did a lot of marking and specialty quilting.  Tried some new design in the sashing.  Thank goodness for the Frixion pens.  I love those things.

And another little St. Patrick's Day little quilt finished.  I got this kit 2 years ago while at a retreat.


And for my art quilt group, I had to create a quilt inspired by the Impression artist.  

Not quite finished.  I'm going to do a small turquoise piping and brown binding.  It's a mini version of a Laundry Basket pattern. 

And for my guild, I pinned and quilted this little quilt for their charity.


Our guild had Pat Speth, the Nickel Quilt lady, as a speaker and workshop at the beginning of the month.  I started a red-white-blue quilt and hope to finish it soon.  I have a few other things that I need to get finished first.  (That would be all my block of the months.)

And since I like to end on a cute note, look at this little guy.  He's a catcher like his pro baseball player uncle John.
He said that was the best part of the day.

Thanks for looking.