Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I had a relaxing weekend at the lake but I didn't get to do much sewing this past week.  When I got home I had this lovely package waiting for me.  I was so excited to dive into it but forced myself to start laundry and unpack the suitcase first.  It was great motivation to get that done.

Inside was my Snow Blossoms Quilt.  This is the first quilt I had sent to Sarah (Crinklelove) and she did a great job with it. (More on that in a later post).  Last night I made lots and lots of binding.  I never thought binding was that hard but ever since I switched to using a diagnal seam to join the pieces I have had a lot more trouble.  It seems I have to use my seam ripper every third piece or so.  I don't know why I can't seem to get it right but it causes me a lot of frustration.  I did however manage to get it done and get it sewn to the front of the quilt so now I imagine I will be spending a lot of quality time hand stitching it down in the back. It's a big quilt coming in at 83 by 83 inches.

Other than that I spent some time getting the backs of my Jelly Filled Quilts ready to go to the quilter.  I'm trying out several new people right now in hopes that I will find one or two I really like.  I plan to do a full review of each of them as I get my quilts back so I'll keep you posted.  The baby quilt finished at about 40 inches wide so I just sewed a piece of muslin down one side of my back fabric to give them the extra room necessary to stretch it on the frame.

That's it for me this week-be sure to head over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  It's been a little difficult to get back in the swing of things this week after having a nice long weekend.  As we were expecting hurricane Aurthur here on Friday the picnic I had planned to attend and lots of local fireworks were canceled.  But that just meant I had more time to sew.  First up I tackled the Pips Quilts.  I added a few more rows to the large one and then a made a matching baby quilt with some of the more subtle colors from the line.

This one is getting a 4 inch boarder all the way around to bring it up to 42 by 37 1/2.  The larger version ended up at 69 1/2 by 71.  Nice and roomy should mom and baby just want to share.

After that because I can't seem to focus on just one project and because the 12 I currently have in progress just didn't seem like enough I started something new.  This is the Swell pattern from Camille's second book.  Still plugging away on that challenge to make all of her patterns.  I had two Moda Candy Bars of City Weekends plus 1/2 a charm pack and some scraps that I commandeered from my mom-leftovers from a baby tumbler quilt she made.  I only have enough fabric for a 3 by 3 layout which will end up somewhere around 36 by 36 and I have a yard I picked up in the great destash over on instagram for a boarder.  I'm thinking it will be just enough for a baby quilt or table topper and I'm good with that.

I am using the white and yellow polka dot from the line in place of a solid.  I have to admit since venturing out from my typical solid snow first with the pale green, then bright orange, and now with a print of all things it feels good.  I'm not planning on breaking up with snow anytime soon but it is good to have some variety.

That's it for me this week.  Head on over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.  And if you are on Instagram be sure to check out the Auction @quiltingfairy is hosting on Friday.  There are lots of hard to find fabrics & homemade items to be had and the proceeds are going to help a member of our quilting community after the loss of her mother in law.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I missed all of you guys last week-but sometimes I just don't have anything to share by the time Wednesday gets here.  I do a lot of my sewing quilting on the weekends and so if I have a super busy weekend I might not have anything to share come Wednesday and then other times if I am feeling super motivated I can get a little time with my machine in after work during the week.

The hubs was out of town on Friday night so I treated myself to Sushi and had fun quilting.  My quilting ADD was in full effect and I couldn't settle on a project so I managed to piece the first set of pinwheels for my Dilly Dally quilt.  Then I thought maybe I would give Juggle another go but I only managed to add one row.  That does bring me to the 1/2 way point but I need to do more cutting before I can make anymore progress on that one.  I snuck one more Scrappy Trip Along block in there as well.  And then I needed to do some cleaning so that was the end of the fun for me.

Then on Saturday I got a chance to head down to my parents and my mom helped me out with making quilt backs for several (okay 5) quilts that needed to be done.  I typically like to piece my backs.  Nothing fancy but I usually will use some blocks from the front or another fabric so I can avoid trying to match up a pattern reprint.  This time though I just used one print and I didn't match them up.  They still look okay and once they are quilted I doubt the seam will even be noticeable.  But I think on the next one it will be back to a pieced back, it just makes it feel a little more special to me.

I'm not sure why but when I was doing the math for this one in my head I made a bit of a mistake.  The quilt top is 83 by 83 and so when I seamed the two lengths of fabric together I only had a total of 3 1/2 extra inches on the sides.  Most long arm quilters like 3-4 inches per side to get a good stretch on the frame and there is no way I was quilting this one myself so I ended up adding some muslin to one side to make it big enough.

My mom also gave me her Sherbet Pips Jelly Roll and since we had 11 yards of fabric for backing I knew I wanted to make my Jelly Filled Quilt Along top bigger and then it seems I just couldn't stop.  I still need to add one more row and thanks to some smart friends on Instagram I think I have a plan to make a baby quilt that matches.  Maybe my SIL and soon to be niece would like these as matching quilts.  My SIL loves all things pink and I think this one would do the trick.

That's it for me this week-I hope all of you in the US will enjoy your 4th of July and that all of my Canadian friends had a great Canada Day!  It looks like we are going to trade in our fireworks for a hurricane this year.  Head over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Patchwork Puzzle (Layout)

Okay before we get too much further into this thing, I want to recommend that you visit the original quilt over here and print off the layout grid.  I found this to be very helpful as I was constructing my block in chunks.  I used highlighters to color in each section as I finished it.  I was also able to draw in additional blocks (those I duplicated or extra blocks I added) so that I had a feel at all times as to how much more I needed to do.  One of the first things you will notice in looking at this layout is all of the open space.  When I first started working on this quilt that was one of the things that caused me the most anxiety because I wasn't sure how to fill in all of the space around the blocks.  In the end I decided to use 2 1/2 inch and 4 1/2 inch blocks.  I also made duplicates of some blocks to take up extra space.  Another great thing about this quilt is that it really allows you the opportunity to make it your own.  You can be as creative as you want when it comes to the making of this quilt.

This is where I am going to break away from the original instructions a bit as well.  Since her quilt along was already finished when I started my quilt and I had access to all of the blocks I didn't go in the same order.  I wanted to be able to put large chunks of this quilt together as I went-patience is not something I am very good at.  Because of this I worked my way across the top of the quilt first.

The first section I put together

Here you can see the first section I assembled for the quilt.  Since I was working this way-I skipped around and made a bunch of different blocks.  I also didn't include all of the original blocks.  I had trouble with one or two and couldn't get them to turn out right-instead of getting frustrated I just took them out of my quilt.  Remember you have control and can be as creative as you want with this one.

This is the width of the entire quilt.

I believe there are a total of 6 nine patches in the original instructions there are 18 in my quilt.  I found those blocks to be super easy filler and I liked the way that it allowed me to use blocks to fill more space instead of just using the squares I talked about earlier.  So go ahead start working on some nine patches and I'll be back soon with more instructions.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Patchwork Puzzle-Day Trip (Block 2)

I made this block around the same time that the scrappy trip around the world quilt was making a big splash on the interwebs.  This block reminded me a lot of what a baby quilt made like that would look like and so I started calling it day trip.  This block is based on 2 1/2 inch squares and it does take a little work to put together but it's not too bad.  In fact you could even use them as starters and enders on chain piecing.

So what do you need?  This block utilized 9 different fabrics and you will need 2 1/2 inch squares in varying amounts.

A-1          B-4          C-8          D-12
E-16        F-20         G-20        H-16

A couple of things to note about this block-if you want to avoid sewing partial seams I recommend not attaching the first two rows or the bottom two rows.  This will help later, especially if you use the chunk method that I used to assemble my quilt. 

You can see the original instructions in German and the quilt that inspired mine here

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WIP Wednesday

 Today is another one of those days where I think I can't believe it is already Wednesday again.  I've been doing a lot of sewing this week but I'm not sure I am making any real progress.  I've been super distracted in my sewing space which means I tend to start a lot of things all at once.

In my quest to make all things Bonnie & Camille I started working on Dilly Dally.  There are over 80 HST's in this quilt.  I made this big stack but have yet to trim them up.  The bug I had last week is still clouding my brain and making it somewhat difficult to focus so after sewing up these units I decided precision piecing probably wasn't in the cards and moved on to something else.

I picked up some Chicopee and Florance scraps over on the great fabric destash.  I knew after seeing this quilt by my friend Leanne that I really wanted to make a scrappy trip along using Chicopee but I thought for sure I had missed out on the collection.  I was lucky enough to find scraps in the perfect size on the destash and by adding in my hope valley I should have just enough.  After I made my second block I thought about calling it quits because I wasn't sure I really loved it but after some Instagram encouragement I kept going and I have four blocks done.

Feeling guilty for starting something new I figured I should finish up one of the active projects in my space. So I finished piecing together my Turning Twenty Again blocks.  I don't have floor space large enough to lay this one all out so it's going to have to wait just a little bit to get put together.  I'm thinking next time I go to my mom and dad's I will take this along to finish.

Finally this week I put up a post about my Complications Quilt since so many of you had asked for help making one similar.  You can find the information here and here.  If you make one of these I'd love to see it.  Leave a comment or tag it with #patchworkpuzzle over on Instagram so I can check it out.

That's it for me, head over to Lee's to see what everyone else is up to this week.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Patchwork Puzzle (Block 1)

The first block for the patchwork puzzle is a very simple plus sign block and I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how to put that together.  But I figured I would share some tips and tricks that I used while making this block.

This is only the first 1/2 of the block.
Notice the way the pieces make
the plus signs.

Based on the 2 1/2 inch block size that we have established you will need to cut these pieces at 3 different sizes.  You will need 2 1/2 inch squares, 2 1/2 by 4 1/2, and 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 pieces for this block in a variety of colors.  You will have several 2 1/2 inch squares that act as filler pieces and do not make up a plus sign. Notice the green square in the first row of my block below.

You will notice that as I made this block I left it in two pieces.  This will help us to avoid those partcial seams and make it a little easier to put together this section of the quilt.

I also made a duplicate of this block which I used to fill in space in the lower left hand corner of my quilt. You may choose to make a duplicate of this block for that space as well.

You can see the quilt that inspired mine here.  As well as read her instructions for this block.  Please note that the sizes I am using may be slightly different as I chose to base all of my measurements around a 2 1/2 inch square early on.

If you end up making this quilt I would love to see it.  If you are over on Instagram please use the tag #patchworkpuzzle or leave a link to your blog post here in the comments.  Happy Sewing!