Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ a few things

I know I should be working on my Q3 list, but I do have 4 finishes done so far (yay, me!) and I seem to be focused on this Diamond District quilt.

So this DD quilt starts with lots of rectangles:

which are sewn together in 4s:

then cut in half and paired with another 4:

with white strips in between and triangles on the outside:

then trimmed into small blocks:

and then four of those are sewn together to make a diamond.  I've got four diamonds finished so far and I love them!

Aside from the DD quilt ~ I've made a little progress on the Dapper quilt.  I've actually finished 4 blocks so far.

I love the way the swirled seams on the pinwheels make these little pinwheels on the back.  Makes for a much flatter quilt back.

I'm guessing this quilt should come together fairly quickly, but I'm going to be adding both these quilts to my Q4 list, so no rush!

Almost forgot my September Bee Block for Newbie Quilters Hive #8 at Threadbias ~ love the bright pop of green in this B&W block!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Finish-A-Long ~ Fourth 3rd Quarter Finish

I guess I would have finished this table runner earlier, but we took a week-long trip to visit one of our daughters and her hubby near Seattle.  :)  It was a great trip and a much-needed break for both of us!  We finally got up to the top of the Space Needle ~ great views from up there, but unfortunately my pics didn't turn out so well.  Good memories tho!

So on to my fourth finish for this quarter ~ the 4-Square Table Runner.

I really liked the fabric I chose for the back, but I find it rather boring after piecing most of my other quilt projects.

Cute little rollup pic ~

I quilted it with straight lines (big surprise) around the border of the 4-squares and a diamond pattern within the 4-squares (which is really hard to see in the dark fabrics).  The binding was attached to the back first and machine stitched on the front to finish it off.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Random Sunday tidbits

Just a few photos from today ~

LOVE the difference in the brightness of my sewing machine space with my new lights from Inspired LED.

Four-square tablerunner is basted and quilting is half finished.

Took a class on Saturday ~ here's the first block for a quilt called Diamond District ~ love the white strips against the colors.

Like I said ~ tidbits.  Now I'm ready for a new (hopefully busy) week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ New projects in the works

Two new projects in the works this week!  The first is on my Q3 list for the 2014 Finish Along over at The Littlest Thistle.  It's the Four Square Tablerunner which came in a kit I bought at Craftsy a while back using Tonga Treats charm squares in Ebony.  I'm not normally drawn to batiks (it's taken me a while to warm up to them), but I loved the black and white combination!  

The pattern is easy-peasy ~ putting together four-square blocks and slicing them up to create a more interesting block.  I finished the piecing on Tuesday, but I need to head over to my LQS to pick up some fabrics for the backing and binding.

For the second project I picked a pattern from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelly.  I don't buy too many books, but I felt I just had to have this one!  The pattern I chose was a baby quilt called Dapper.  I've had a fat quarter bundle of Zoe & Zack for a while and I thought it would be perfect for this pattern.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Let's Be Social!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Stuff Tuesday

I love giveaways ~ especially when I win one!  I was one of ten lucky people to win SewCanShe's giveaway of Inspired LED's Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit ~ I've been drooling over this since I saw it months ago.  A HUGE thank you to Caroline at SewCanShe and Inspired LED!
So I guess this just means that I'll have to do more night-time sewing ~ awww, what a shame.  ;)

I finally broke down and washed three of my latest quilts yesterday ~ and I know what everyone means when they talk about "crinkly goodness"!

I especially love the difference in Good Night Irene between the freshly-made ~

and the freshly-washed quilt.

Speaking of Good Night Irene ~ I experimented with a quilt label that I did on my printer and stitched on with cotton embroidery thread.  I still have four quilts that I haven't labeled.  What do you think?

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

Friday, August 15, 2014

2014 Finish-A-Long ~ Third 3rd Quarter Finish

Can it be?  Another finish?  Why yes ~ yes it is ~ one more finish for my Q3 list.  This is my Good Night Irene quilt that I started back in February for Terry's quilt-along.  I missed all the deadlines for prizes, but I think this quilt is a prize in itself!  I love love it.  :)

(I really need to find a more creative way to take photos of my finishes ~ this closet door just isn't getting it!)

Here's a closer look at the quilting ~

and a roll-up shot :)

I love the straight line quilting I went with ~ the grid pattern it makes on the sashing looks really interesting while not overpowering the blocks.  

Quilt:   Good Night Irene 
Size:      Approx. 50" x 50"
Fabrics:  Delighted by Quilted Fish for Riley Blake
Batting:  Warm and White
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt
Pieced and quilted by me!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend progress with Irene

I love it when I have a productive weekend!  In between shopping for tile and a vanity for our bathroom remodel (my hubby's summer project), I managed to make some more progress on my Good Night Irene quilt.  On Friday, I finished piecing the top:

Then on Saturday (after losing a bit a lot of sleep trying to figure out what to do with the back and what kind of quilting to do), I managed to get the back pieced and I love the way it turned out!

Next up, I put together some Franken-batting and made the binding (how cute is this 

Delighted Blue Floral by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake?)

On Sunday, I managed to get it basted ~

and started the quilting.  So far, so good!

Linking up with Anything Goes Monday and Sew Cute Tuesday.