01 March 2017

Faster fourteen finish along Q1 goal complete and other sewing.

Wow, this month has been full of finishes for me. Helps that I have had a back log of quilt tops. ;) 

This quilt is called Faster Fourteen by Sam Hunter. I tested this way back in 2014 and blogged about it here.  This was one of my first quarter goals for this year so it is nice to check it off the list. 

I did overlapping random squares for the quilting. It measures 48" x 60".  This one is off to charity too. This makes three of my four goals finished for this quarter. 


This past weekend I was able to escape away on quilting retreat. I was the most relaxing time I have had in a long while. We stayed at Glenrose Patchwork in Warwick and I have to say it is hands down one of the best retreats I have been too.  

While packing projects to go away for the weekend. I whipped up a mini iron pad to go with my iron iron. The giraffes are so cute!  I used three layers of scrap batting and my last scrap of insul-bright.  

At retreat I used some scrap flannel to make snuggle hearts for the NIC units at the local hospital.  I might whip up a few more before I wash these up and post them. 


Most of my weekend was finishing up my quilt for my oldest son. Piecing diamonds is so time consuming.  I am really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to load it on the frame to quilt. 

In between piecing the word quilt I made these little minis from scraps from my friends projects.  These will be fun to quilt up on the side of my big quilts.  It is nice to make some easy pieces. 




I also managed to piece up the last eight blocks for the quilting pattern I was testing. Should have that pieced this week if all goes well. 





Thank you for stopping by, 

Abby

28 February 2017

Pink and Blue Improv Finish along q1 goal complete

I am so excited that I am so close to finishing off all my first quarter goals. This one turned out roughly 54" square. I did random all over zig zag quilting on this one. The quilting does not really show up in the pictures. 

This quilt was made entirely from my scrap bin. Yeah scraps!

This one is destining to go to charity. I hope it makes someone happy as I love how this turned out. 



Thank you for stopping by. 

Abby

18 February 2017

some recent finishes

Wow, it has been a busy couple of weeks.  I am editing and testing patterns for others plus trying to work my way through all my works in progress. Then throw in some awesome thrift shopping and I can see how time gets away from me. 


I picked up a baby changing table at the op shop and converted it into an awesome cutting table. No more aching back.




I completed three mini quilts that have been sitting around for a while, one I turned into a pillow for my sewing chair. Love quick projects.





I even managed to get one of my first quarter finish along goals completed. 



I used some scraps from a pattern test and created this great Tula improv piece. So bright.

I pulled this pair of sleeping pants that I made last year from the back of the closet, as they got stuffed to the back since they turned out to small but I just could not toss them out as I love the IKEA print.  Good thing I did that as now I fit into them.  Even got to remove my attempt to make them fit. What a happy dance for sure. :) 


I got the best Valentines gift for a quilter. A new sewing machine. So fast and great stitches.



Thanks for stopping by and visiting. 

Abby 




22 January 2017

Making Progress

This week I have been making progress on my word quilt.  Hope to start piecing the top this week.  Only 11 more letters to do.  



I am half way done with my first customer quilt of the year. The quilting is hard to see in the picture but I will try for a better picture when it is finished. 



I ended up adding onto my Dove in the daylight quilt.  It is a nice 47" now. Another to add to the quilting pile. 


I have been a bit distracted this week too or maybe that is every week but my husband finally upgraded my technology. Setting everything back up is such a pain.  I have been playing with new apps and seeing what ones I could incorporate into my quilting.  I think I might of found a keeper.  I made these designs in an app called Assembly.  I think they could make interesting quilts and great little break from the sewing machine from time to time. 






Thank you for stopping by an visiting. 


Abby 



15 January 2017

Busy Week

This week has been lots of starts but no finishes but that is ok. Half the battle is starting sometimes.  I think showing more then just the finished product is important to the process of being creative. 

I have started on a new quit for my oldest son. This involves 49 paper piece letters so it is taking a bit of time plus I had to down size my original pattern as I made it some crazy size that I would not be able to load on my long arm. 

I really love how it is looking. The final phrase will be "When you fall asleep spiders rub their willies on you".  Perfect for a 13 year old boy for sure. He laughs every time he walks past the design wall.  Still need to find a paper piece spider to add but plenty of time for that. 

While cutting fabric for this quilt there are lots of little triangle bits left over so some of these fabrics will show up in a few other quilts. Here is one of the quilts that I am doing just from some triangles that I ended up with.  It will be fun coming up with a quilting design for this. 


I also managed to whip up my January do. Good Stitches blocks before the end of the month for a change.  Nice easy block and loving the black and white. 

I took some of my 5" squares that I cut up from the scrap bin and made a giant Doves in Daylight block.  My block is 30 1/2".  I am so in love with how this turned out. I am going to add to so it finishes up at a good size a baby quilt. Hopefully will be for sale in my shop in the next few months.

To finish the week off I finally got a start on my customer quilt.  Such a pretty quilt hope my quilting adds to it. The quilting is really hard to see since I am using white thread but I do believe it will turn into beautiful texture once it is finished and washed. 



Thanks for stopping by and visiting. 

Abby 

09 January 2017

2017 Finish A Long - Quarter 1 Projects

In an effort to get things completed this year I have decided to join back in on the Finish-A-Long.  I have participated in this in the past and it really helped me get projects ticked off.  I am going to use this prompt to get my quilt tops quilted and bound so by 2018 I can have a clean slate. (hopefully)

For the first quarter I will quilt and bind the following quilts. 


1. Pink and Blue Improv - This one is going to be donated to the Children's Hospital so I really want to get it done in the first quarter. 


2. High Tea - This was a pattern test for Adrianne @On The Windy Side

3. Faster Fourteen - Pattern test for Sam @Hunter's Design Studios



Well that should do for the first quarter I think.

Abby 

#2017FALQ1abbywest

08 January 2017

Let's get this year started

2017 is going to be a great year.  I am going to push myself to actually blog more.  I am thinking once a week should be doable. But I guess we will see. My first finish of the year is a thrift shop find makeover. 

I picked up both of these foam foot stools for $8 each, huge bargain. I did do a quick smell check to make sure no one peed on them which is so gross.  I removed the covers and washed them and set the foam cubes out in the sun for a few days.  The zippers broke when I washed the covers so I just cut that portion off.  I wanted to keep the original covers on to be able to protect the foam as it does crumble a bit when handled.  




I stitched the original cover to the foam to hold it in place so my new covers can slip on and if need be they can easily slip off and be washed. 


I used linen from IKEA. I cut squares out a bit bigger then the size of the top of the stool and quilted them free motion.  I wanted the tops to be quilted to add stability to the linen since it is a bit of a loose weave. I piece that I wrapped around the sides I put a hem on the bottom to tidy it up. 


I really like how they turned out. 
  


Since the kids are on school holidays it always seems to be prime cleaning and organising time. Which is always a great way to start the new year.  Took a boot load of clothes to the op shop last week so I feel like we are starting on the year out right.  This year we did not move so I have a lot of time on my hands. Amazing the time you gain when you are not busy packing everything in boxes. My fabric shelves were looking a bit like disorganised so I tidied up and now it is much better.  

Before: 

After: 

It looks like I used a lot of fabric now. Which is good. I think I have only added around $100 of fabric to my stash last year so it is nice that I am making a dent in my stash. Luckily fabric in Australia is crazy priced so that makes me think twice about all my purchases. 

The new year also has me starting to tame my over flowing scrap bins (again).  The stuff that is to small for my purposes (smaller then 1.5" square) I will be using to fill some floor pillows as everyone likes to lay on the floor to watch TV.  I will be sad to see my scraps go but maybe some orphan scraps will end up on my door again this year. You never know.  You know Abby's Scrap Orphanage never turns a scrap away. :)

I have also gotten a start on cleaning up my scraps since I could not get some of the bins closed. I am cutting some up into squares and strips. I am planning a few scrappy quilts to be able to donate to the local children's hospital for the older kids who find themselves in hospital. 

Speaking of quilts for kids, I finished up a scrappy quilt (first of the year) that I started last year and it happens to be just the right size for the requirements for the hospital. I hope the kids will like it. I think it is interesting and fun. This one will be quilted after I finish a customer quilt. 


In the clean up I also found some Christmas fabric that had fallen behind some other fabric. So I whipped it up into a backing for my Joval Christmas quilt top I finished a few months ago. 


I am really hoping for a year of creating things that make me happy and maybe find my own style and experiment a bit more. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Abby