Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ Second 4th Quarter Finish: Nonchalant

Finish #2!  Even with a trip to Seattle to see this little one, I managed to finish my second quilt for this quarter.



This is the first of my grandsons' quilts (I need to make 5).  It's called Nonchalant from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  The original in the book is grey, gold and white ~ I made this one in University of Michigan colors since my grandson is hoping to go there once he graduates  (Go Blue!)





I really liked the wavy quilting in the book version, so I thought I'd give it a try on my JUKI with my walking foot.  


The waves on mine aren't quite as wavy or evenly spaced as the original, but that's OK!  As Angela Walters says ~ finished is better than perfect!


Quilt stats:
Pattern:  Nonchalant from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting
Size:  67" x 67"
Fabrics:
Top -  Kona Navy, Kona White, Kona Gold
Back - Basic Mixologie Hashtag Navy by Studio M for Moda
Binding - Quilter's Candy Mirage in Indigo
Batting:  Warm and White
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social!

Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ First 4th Quarter Finish: Downtown Cabins

I'm happy to say I can check off my first finish for this 4th Quarter ~ my granddaughter Maya's Downtown Cabins quilt.  After the paper-pieced quilt I did last time, this one went together pretty quickly.  The pattern is from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  




I love the way the back turned out!  I had some half log-cabins left from the front and I thought it created an interesting design.  I used a couple of those to create my label.


For the quilting, I did an uneven grid of serpentine stitching.



I love all the solids Maya picked out for the log cabins, but I didn't keep track of what they were.  The backing and binding is Topsy Turvy by Karen Dumont & Deborah Edwards for Northcott.


Soaking up some sun :)

Linking up with Myra for Finished or Not Friday!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 4th Quarter List


Hard to believe it's the last quarter for this year's Finish-Along!




I'm hoping I can continue being productive this quarter ~ fingers crossed!  Here's my list for this quarter:

I'm working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and I've decided that each block is going to be its own mini-quilt so that I have something to hang each month.  Here's my basket of fabrics for the next 3 months.  (BTW, this is the Oslo Craft Bag ~ a free pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness)


1 - Seasonal Silhouettes - November.  Not started yet, but here's the pattern.


2 - Seasonal Silhouettes - December.  Not started yet, but here's the pattern.


3 - Seasonal Silhouettes - January. I started this one when I first got the book and finished fusing the applique pieces.  Love the skates!

  

4 - Downtown Cabins - from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  Top is finished ~ working on the back.


5 - Boxing Match.  Pattern by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct 2015).  Quilt for my grandson in Detroit Tigers colors.


6 - Nonchalant.   Another pattern from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  Quilt for another grandson in U of M colors.



Oldies but goodies (i.e. not much hope here):

7 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ still have only 4 blocks finished.
               


8 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!  (This makes a good leaders-enders project ~ I really should take advantage of that!)


Linking up with Debbie at A Quilter's Table for this quarter of the 2016 Finish-Along!  #FALQ4theshyonesews

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

And now for something completely different

So I asked my daughter Jen what she wanted for her birthday and of course she said "A new bag!"   I haven't made a bag in a while, so I was happy to oblige.

She picked the Brooklyn Handbag by Swoon Patterns and we decided on these fabrics:  Floral Swell from the Fleet and Flourish line by Maureen Cracknell for the exterior and a Monokeros Ocre Stripe from the Fantasia line by Sara Lawson for the lining.  All the contrasting trims were made with a Natural Cork fabric from Sew Sweetness.  I've always wanted to try the cork fabric ~ it sews like a dream!



Between the pattern and a Photo Tutorial on the Swoon blog, the handbag went together without any hiccups and I'm SO happy with how it turned out!





Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social #145.

Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ Third Quarter Results

Much better this quarter ~ especially considering the finish of that totally paper-pieced Sea Swept Quilt!




1 - Seasonal Silhouettes.  This pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is my first attempt at such detailed applique work.  I've decided to make each block a separate wall-hanging, so each block will be a mini-quilt.   This quarter I created the mini for October, so I'm counting that as a finish!

   


2 - Day Break Quilt.  Pattern by Jaybird Quilts.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.


 3 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ still have only 4 blocks finished.  NO PROGRESS.
               


4 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!  (This makes a good leaders-enders project ~ I really should take advantage of that!)  NO PROGRESS.


5 - Garden Fence Comfy Quilt #2.  February was my month for the Newbie Quilters Bee (Hive #11), so I'm doing another Garden Fence quilt and have lots of blocks from my bee mates to put together.   FINISHED!  Blogged here.




6 - Sea Swept (pattern by Cotton Patch Quilts).   FINISHED!  Blogged here.





7 - Sew Together Bag (pattern by Sew Demented at Craftsy)  FINISHED!  Blogged here.





So that makes 5 out of 7 finishes this quarter and my best quarter ever!!  (Patting myself on the back)


Linking up with Debbie at A Quilter's Table for this quarter of the 2016 Finish-Along!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One more finish! ~ Garden Fence

I've been on a mission this quarter of the 2016 Finish-Along ~ trying to make up for a dismal first half (2 finishes).  



Today I was able to squeak out my last finish for the 3rd Quarter.  It's another Garden Fence quilt that I made with the help of my bee-mates from the Newbie Quilt Bee.  They made some beautiful blocks and I gleefully put them together into this quilt!


In my first Garden Fence quilt, I used yellow and grey ~ I changed it up this time and used my favorite turquoise with the grey.  Not sure which one I love best!  This is another quilt that will be going to our local Children's Advocacy Center as a comfy quilt.





I switched up the quilting on this one, using a wavy stitch grid on the diagonal  which is fast and easy and I love the way it looks.  I did bind this one with the the same grey stripe, but i didn't do a bias binding this time.  This little quilt ended up at 33" x 44".



I have to tell you about a new product I found ~ Quilter's Perfect Stick Klips.  I've been wanting to find a wall to hang my quilts for photos.  (All our inside walls either have chair rail or aren't large enough.)  These Stick Klips are perfect!  They work like Command Strips and I wasn't sure if they would work out on our lanai wall because of the roughness of the concrete, but they do!  




So this is finish #5 for this quarter in the Finish-Along ~ Happy Dance!  Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 3rd Third Quarter Finish ~ Sea Swept


Sea Swept is finished!  I have to say I'm really proud of this one ~ my first totally paper-pieced quilt.  I presented it at our Guild meeting for Show & Tell and it was met with a lot of ooo's and ahh's.  The credit for that really goes to the gorgeous pattern by Cotton Patch Quilts!

Here it is ~ before its first bath:




and after:




 I always love the crinkly texture of a freshly-washed quilt!





The fabrics I used for the front of this quilt are Robert Kaufmann's Kona White and Kona Lagoon.  The wavy background is from the Baby Zoom Submarine collection by Northcott.  Binding and pieced backing fabric is by Timeless Treasures ~ I bought it way back in July and forgot to save the selvage, so I'm not sure what collection it's from.  :(

This quilt is sandwiched with Warm and White batting and it ended up at 56" x 64".

So this is finish #3 for this quarter!  Three out of seven so far ~ better than last quarter!