Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I haven't had a chance to do much sewing this week.  I have spent most of my available time hand sewing binding on my Complications Quilt.  I CAN NOT wait to have this one done.  It is one of my favorite quilts I have ever made.  I'm a little disappointed that this one has the "other" batting in it but I am still a huge fan.  I did a few things a little differently with this one.  I tried trimming up 1/4 inch away from the edge of my quilt.  It does make the binding more full though in a few places it has been a little hard to navigate.  I'm guessing that is probably because those areas weren't a perfect 1/4 inch.

This quilt has gotten a lot of love over on Instagram.  It is based mostly on a block of the month pattern that was in German.  But I left some of the blogs out and duplicated others.  I am considering writing a series of post here on the blog about how mine was made with some measurements and thoughts.  I just haven't figured out the best way to do that because I don't want to step on any toes or imply that it is an original design.  Do any of you more experienced bloggers have any suggestions on how I can share what I did without offending anyone?

Next up I ordered this fabric for the back and binding of my APQ Quilt Along Quilt.  I really need to come up with a good name for that quilt because APQ Quilt Along Quilt isn't really working for me.  Most of my quilt names end up based off a combination of the pattern and fabric used in it.

Finally I did settle on my next project.  I have some fat quarters of Nordika and the Snow Blossoms pattern. I chose art gallery's tender green which was one of the suggested coordinates for the line.  I'm thinking this will be very different from anything I have made recently.  I believe we are going to do a little impromptu #snowblossomsalong over on Instagram if you have this pattern and would like to sew along.

Be sure to head over to Lee's to see what everyone else is up to this week.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Swoon (Finish It Up Friday)

My favorite block

My Swoon quilt is finally finished.  I haven't even had a chance to take good pictures of it yet but I just couldn't wait to share it with you guys.  My parents bought me the quilt kit such a long time ago and I waiting a long time to get started.  I finally finished piecing the top last year and took it to the long arm to be quilted around October of last year.

Should have known it wasn't big enough.

My long arm quilter started having problems with her machine and needed to have it serviced so she wasn't able to quilt this beauty.  So I picked it back up and later dropped it off with a new long arm quilter to work some magic.  I had envisioned using this quilt in the summer on my bed.  I don't like having a big comforter on the bed in the summer because I get too hot.  Unfortunately this one isn't big enough now to use on it's own.

Swoon Cuddles

I typically use warm and white batting but this one has heirloom in it-it's a long story about some lost batting and confusion.  Turns out the two quilts I had quilted by the new long arm both ended up with this batting.  It a lot more plush than warm and white and it also shrunk a lot more.  I'm still in love with this quilt and I'm so glad to add it to my collection but the quest for the perfect summer quilt continues.

The fabric on this one is all Ruby by Bonnie & Camille.  The pattern is Swoon by Camille.  It is quilted in large baptist fans.

I promise better pictures once it isn't so wet and yucky outside.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

VA Quilt Museum 
I feel like every week when it gets to Wednesday I am surprised by just how quickly it got here and how little sewing I have done.  Last week my parents and I took off for a visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum.  Along the way we stopped at a bunch of quilt shops and I'll be sure to tell you guys all about that in the near future.  The museum was good and worth the trip-I'm looking forward to going back after they change out the exhibit.

So with all of those hours logged in the car last Thursday and Friday I didn't get a whole lot of sewing done.  I did manage to chain piece part of a section for my turning twenty again quilt.  These will get turned into 4 patches in the next step and then I'll be able to start putting these very large blocks together.

Saturday I did manage to meet up with the long arm who had my two quilts.  I typically use someone in Elizabeth City, NC where I grew up but she has been having trouble with her machine lately so I ventured out and tried someone new.  It was an adventure to say the least.  I love the quilting that she did on these but the fact that she is a smoker has turned me off a lot.  So I'm not sure that I'll be using her again in the future.  If anyone knows of any good long arm quilters would you please do me a favor a leave a comment with their info?  I have a few names I have been seeing popping up over on Instagram lately but shipping cost back and forth is also a concern for me.  I know the easiest solution would be to just bit the bullet and learn to quilt them myself on my domestic machine.  So if you have good tips on making that less scary I'd love to hear those too.

I guess that's it for me.  I did just finish sewing the binding on my Swoon quilt last night so look for finished photos of that one soon.  Still debating binding options for Complications so that one may be just a little longer.  Head on over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

These weeks seem to be flying by faster than I can keep up.  I can't believe it is already Wednesday again. Since my big push to finish up those two quilt tops last weekend I haven't done much sewing.  I did start a new project.  It is a turning twenty again quilt that my parents picked up for me as a kit on a visit to Texas. What's funny is that I had taken a photo of the same quilt in the same shop almost a year before on my last visit.

These blocks are going to be huge.  Other than that I haven't done much sewing.  I did get good news from the long arm quilter that I should have my two quilts back by next week so that is exciting.  Can't wait to have some finishes to share with you all soon.

These are just the pieces made in the first two steps.  These will get joined together with several other pieces and make up the individual blocks.

Head on over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I'm not sure I have much to share today.  After finishing up those two quilt tops over the weekend I haven't touched my machine.  I am thinking a lot about what I want to work on next and feeling overwhelmingly like I need to finish some of my started projects.  That got me thinking about what projects I have outstanding and if in reality I want to finish them.  I think some of them are destine to stay in the unfinished pile forever.

I really need to pick back up my mystery quilt.  My mom finished the top of hers already so it's no longer a true mystery but all the same I stalled on this one as soon as we opened the instructions for step 2 and I saw all those HST's.  I don't usually mind them but in this case-there are a TON!

I also have this project that I started for an Old Red Barn Challenge forever ago.  I don't really see myself finishing this but I have four of these really large blocks done and I'm thinking they would sew up into a good size baby quilt pretty easily.  I don't really need to make any more baby quilts right now but I do want to work on my FMQ and that's the best way to get practice, right?

Photo Thanks to Michael Rosenmertz

Okay and here is one picture from my trip to Bolivia-I promise more coming soon.  This is right after this mom found out her son would receive surgery for his cleft palate.  I just need to get my thoughts together and figure out which stories to share.  Head on over to Lee's to see what everyone else is working on.  And if you have ideas about what I should work on next let me know.  I could use a little inspiration.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I know, two post in one week and it's only Tuesday.  Like I said when I got home it was dark and rainy and I needed to decompress so I spent some time with Bertha.  Before you go thinking I went all wonder woman or something in all fairness I had all but 2 blocks made for my APQ Quilt and these blocks were made, they just needed the neutral sashing and to be sewn together.  And since I was able to chain piece on the neutral fabric it went together all easy like.

Blocks before neutral sashing
This pattern is another Piece of Cake pattern by Camille.  The pattern is available in her shop but I actually made this one as part of her second Craftsy Class-Playful Piecing Techniques.  I love that it goes together rather quickly but still has good impact.  I had picked up the Whimsy layer cake during the great fabric destash over on Instagram (which is still going strong by the way).  I thought the fabrics were nice and soothing and they have such a nice hand to them.

Testing the layout

I was testing out my layout here.  I have a hard time with quilts sometimes where you make all the blocks and then arrange them.  You only need 30 blocks for this quilt so I had removed the duplicates in the layer cake to narrow down to the right number.  I still ended up with my aqua than any other color but I think it looks okay.  My finished quilt isn't the same as this layout but having it in black and white sure did make it easier to see areas that we lacking variety.

Finished quilt top

Overall if you are looking for a quick project that can be sewn up in one very productive weekend or maybe over a few weeks I would recommend any of the Piece of Cake patterns.  This is the second one I have made and honestly I have a Little Black Dress Layer Cake that I am considering making up into one of these patterns as well.

Sorry for the bad iphone photos-did I mention it was dark and rainy all weekend.

Monday, March 31, 2014

APQ Quilt Along

I'm back from Bolivia-I promise a post on that coming soon but right now I am still trying to sort out my feelings and thoughts.  I can't wait to show you guys some photos and tell you a few stories once I work it all out.

One of my Favorite Blocks

While I was gone Bertha took a little trip to the sewing machine spa.  I missed her annual check up last year and while I didn't notice anything wrong with her she sure sounds happier now that she is back.  Before I took her in I was having a problem with my thread breaking sometimes when sewing but I just assumed it was me-now I realize it was probably a tension issue.  I'm happy to have her back home and happy because we have already spent a lot of quality time together.

Row 1 sewn together

The first project I worked on was my APQ Quilt Along.  I needed to make 2 more blocks and after asking all of you over on Instagram about the possibility of having 4 red blocks in the middle everyone encouraged me to go random.  I sort of listened.  I did end up putting those blocks with the red x's in the four corners but it doesn't really stand out as much as a design element that way.

Making Progress

I also listed when everyone told me to go without the sashing.  I understand now how smart the designer was to include it.  While I really like the way these blocks look without it-matching up some of these seams really was a bear.  Especially where those little 1 inch squares come together.  In the end I think it is well worth it but I think the sashing would have made the construction a little easier.

Finished Quilt Top

I used Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille for the fabric and the pattern is from the APQ Magazine.  If you are on Instagram check out the #apqquiltalong for lots of photos and to see how everyone interpreted this same pattern.  I love the variety, some are very scrappy like the original, some are all made from one fabric line like mine, and others are a nice mix of both.  It's so interesting to see how the same pattern can look so differently when made up in different fabrics.