Monday, August 31, 2015

Designing Monday

Not much to show for the week.  I made the monthly block for the Americana QAL hosted by Dreamworthy Quilts.  It is a cute little birdhouse.

I am also playing with sunflowers.  I am designing a little 12" block for fall.  I am using a carpenter's ruler for my frame to get an idea of how it will lay out.  I am not a paper and pencil kind of person as I can't draw anything.  So I have to work it out in fabric.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Designing Monday

Lots of sewing time this week.  Yay!  I finished off my little flag quilt from last week and it is hanging on the wall.

I joined in the fun with the Sentimental Quilter and made a spool quilt.  The blocks finish at 3", so this is just my style.  Quick and easy.  I must have been a little too quick since I got my blocks turned around somehow.

Here they are all straightened out and sewn together.  This week I'll figure out how to finish it.  Such a little cutie.

I had two reject blocks.  The one on the left just didn't get along well with the others, so I put it in the scrap pile.  The other one is just a hot mess.  Those checks just went all wocka wocka, so out it went.

We went to the rodeo this week at the county fair - an annual tradition for us.  This year, someone had a drone and was flying it over the crowd on the far side of the arena and over the chutes.  This is the second time this summer we have been in a public space and someone has flown one over the crowd. It is fun to see, but also kind of creepy knowing there are cameras watching overhead.  Have you had this experience?  What did you think?

Of course, my husband wants one.

Hop over to Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Designing Monday

My life slowed down a little bit this week so was able to get some sewing in.  I finished all the trees in my little forest.

Right now I am just enjoying looking at them on my design wall.  It always feels good to get a step completed on a long journey.  These will sit for a bit while I catch up on some other projects.  You know how that goes.

I have been wanting to make this little 12" quilt for quite some time.  It is one of the blocks from the 100 Blocks magazines from Quiltmaker Magazine.

I intended to have it done before the 4th of July...

or the middle of July...
or perhaps the end of July..

Now I am settling for the 4th of July next year.

Hop on over to Judy's blog to see some more great designs.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Designing Monday

My design wall is filling up with little trees.  I am having fun making these even though I am still having to do some rework along the way.  They are such happy little trees.  I am up to 19 finished trees so far.  I only need 6 more.

I signed up for the Americana QAL from Deana at Dreamworthy Quilts.  It is posted on the Daughters of Dorinda website.  Here are the first two blocks I made.  I also made a couple of extra flags and hearts.  It is a row quilt.  I don't have a large patriotic quilt, so this will be fun to work on for next summer.

Hop over to Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Designing Monday on Tuesday

Seems I am in short supply on either time or energy right now.  I'm working on our church's photo directory.  I am coordinating all the volunteers, doing all the scheduling, and doing all the phone calling.  It is a lot of work.  Hopefully the end product will make it all worth it.

I have been making a little forest.  If you are a Bonnie Hunter fan, you will recognize her Crabapples quilt blocks.  There are whole lot of 1 1/2" squares in this quilt.  I am spending a lot of time doing rework as I am finding if I didn't sew perfectly or cut or press or trim perfectly, the blocks aren't coming out right.  So this is whole lot fussier than I had imagined it would be.  But I still love the overall look and I can't wait to see my little forest grow.

Here's the link to Judy's design wall.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Designing Monday

Mondays seem to come around so fast and this is one of those weeks when I could have used a few more days.  I did manage to get this table runner bound.  Yea!  This is Rhubarb Crisp, a design by Jo Morton.  I still have out my patriotic quilts, so this will be put away for a few weeks until its turn comes  round.

Here is my patriotic table runner.  I had so much fun making this one.  I used hexagons, but I sewed two strips of fabric together and fussy cut the hexagons to capture the flags or other designs.

I received this wonderful gift a few days ago from one of my favorite bloggers.  She is so generous with her ideas and tips and also with her jam.  Thank you again.

So have a fabulous week and hop on over to Judy's blog to see more fun designs.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Designing Monday

I graduated from my Long Arm Quilting class this week and feel like I can tackle loading the quilt and some very easy quilting designs.  We only touched on using pantographs as that is taught in the second part of this class -- someday in the future.

I got half way thru this quilt last week after many thread breaks and two broken needles.

 The teacher had me take it off and committed to having me finish it this week.  So this week was a little different loading a quilt that was half quilted, but we did it and off I went.  Only my first stitch out, the thread broke.  And then it broke again and then the bobbin thread broke and then I had a bunch of skipped stitches.

 The teacher finally decided that the needle was at fault and it did have a burr on the tip when we removed it.  The needles we tried didn't improved the situation.  So then she sent me off to her quilt shop across town to pick up more needles that were a different brand.  This was a good thing as I was getting frustrated and needed a break.  The new needle helped tremendously and I was able to finish with almost no problems, except a few skipped stitches.  I was just glad to stop.  This quilt pattern is a modified Fons & Porter design.

My classmates also finished their projects.  Sue was quilting two pillow shams to go with a king sized quilt top she calls the Monster.  It is made of drapery or upholstery type fabrics that are very heavy.

Joyce made another practice quilt with some Packers fabric and a batik on top.  It was Joyce's birthday so we had to have some carrot cupcakes to celebrate!

Here is Jana, the teacher. She fell last week and injured both her wrists, so now she has splints on both of them.  Her customers had to cut their own fabric at her shop for a few days.  Hope she is feeling better by now.

I have started paper piecing these little trees.  So perfect for the Emerald Woods.  This is Bonnie Hunter's Crabapples pattern.  I have been wanting to make this quilt for a long time and finally it has come to the top of my list.  I have about half of the paper piecing done and I think there are 882  squares that are 1-1/2".  That should keep me out of trouble for awhile.

Check out more beautiful designs on Judy's blog.