28 March 2013

Forest QAL Block 3

Well I finally finished block 3 for the Forest QAL.  Paper piecing is very time consuming and this block took hours to put together.  

I love Autumn so I chose yellows, oranges, and reds for my block. 



Thanks for stopping by.  Now onto block 4, don't think I will get it done before our holiday but it is on my sewing table ready and waiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

25 March 2013

Forest QAL - Block 2

Finished the second block of the Forest QAL, Feathers.  This one was designed by Shape Moth

March 2013 - Forest QAL Block 2

I have to say I am finding this very challenging, mainly for all the tiny tiny pieces. This QAL is really making be slow down and focus, since I really hate having to unpick mistakes.   

I am really dreaming of making my own paper piece patterns now, not sure how I will do it but I guess that is part of the learning process. 

But for now I have to cut out all the pieces for the third block (even more tiny pieces).   Hopefully I will have it done before it is Holiday time.  


Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby   

22 March 2013

Skill Builder BOM Free Motion Quilting


I completed my free motion quilting (FMQ) on my February Skill Builder blocks.  It is getting easier going.  The hardest part is deciding what design to quilt.  

I am really liking how they have turned out, but need to try and be more creative as I find I am doing way to many pebbles.  Which is funny as they take the longest to complete.  






Now to tackle the March blocks before vacation time. 

Have a great day. 

Cheers, 
Abby



19 March 2013

241 Tote Pattern

I whipped up my second 241 Tote this week.  241 Tote is by Anna over at Noodlehead, it is a great pattern. 

My first was for a Christmas present for my mom.  Made with prints from Joann's and Kona Ash. 

Dec 2012 - 241 tote

It went much easier the second time around and finished it all in one sitting.   This one I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday.



I used Riley Blake Fabric line called Avignon by Emily Taylor, with Kona Coral for the handle and side pockets.  It is lined with Moda Bella Solid Steel.   Maybe I will have to make a tote for myself.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

16 March 2013

My First Quilt Pattern - Bilimbi

I am so excited today I am posting my first pattern designed by me. 

Last year I created this quilt for my youngest son. I even finished it up for him for Christmas instead of adding it to the pile of unfinished. 



I bought the fabric a couple years years ago because it was too cute to pass up Heather Ross Fish in bags and Fish out of bags.  Who could not love this fabric, there are even little names under the fish and bags. Too Cute!  I paired it with some Kona Tomato and a Blue/Red/Black Plaid print that I found at Joann Fabric's. The background is Kona Ash. 

I have been waiting for the right pattern to use it in but nothing really called me.  Then I decided I would just design something myself and see how it goes.  I love how it turned out and when I posted it to the Modern Quilting Facebook page, the lovely ladies in the group said I should sell the pattern.  Did not expect that. 

I thought about it and a lovely lady from the group offered to help me with my fabric requirements.  I have finally finished the pattern and even made another quilt using different fabric just to make sure my measurements where correct. 


For this quilt I used Origins fabric line by Basic Grey for Moda.  The background is Kona White and the gray lines are Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Stone. 

You can purchase your own copy of my pattern over at Craftsy. My husband named it for me, he thought it should have something unique.  So my first quilt is called Bilimbi. Which is the name of an Asian Fruit, that looks like an elongated grape, not really related to the quilt but it works and I like that nothing else will share the same name.  

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Kisha Petticolas with Covered in Love asked on the Modern Quilting Facebook page for people to help her make an auction quilt for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   She is up for Women of the year and the amount of money raised decides who wins.  You can read the whole story here

Kisha asked for wonky log cabin blocks in red and yellow.  So many great blocks are showing up already.  Here are the two that I am sending off to her.  You can't go wrong with a wonky log cabin.  I love the owl.  It is from Tina Givens fabric line called Opal Owl. 


I think I might have to make some more wonky blocks as they are very relaxing and a great way to use scrapes. 

Have a great day. 

Abby

14 March 2013

March Lucky Stars


Well March is half way through almost and I finally got my Lucky Star blocks completed.  I love the big one the best.  


They look so nice all together on my design wall.  




Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby


12 March 2013

Forest Quilt-A-long - Block 1

Well I found another Quilt-A-Long to participate in this year. Not sure that I really need something else to participate in this year but I loved the first block so I could not resist.   It is paper piecing QAL with a nature theme.  I first saw this last week over at Shape Moth, she does some amazing paper piecing by the way.  

This QAL will be more of a challenge, with a skill level of intermediate.  I hope I can do it.  I printed out the pattern and there are some very tiny sections happening.  

The first block is a Woodpecker.  Check out Julianna's sample on here blog, it is so cool. 

Here is my finished block. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

10 March 2013

A Gift for my Husband

At the end of the month the kids have spring break and we are actually taking a trip for a whole week.  This is a big deal as we have not gone any way more then a couple nights anywhere in 2 years.  I was talking about getting a couple duffel bags for the trip so we will be able to get everything in the minivan as we are going with my husbands brother and his wife.  We have big suitcases but they are big for international travel not for car travel.
My husband is happy to use a plastic grocery bag, I am not.  What is it with men and plastic bags, I don't get it.  So my husbands birthday is a few weeks away and I decided to make him a duffel bag. I have only ever made a few purses last year and the thought of making a duffel bag was a bit scary.  Not sure why as it really was not as bad to put together as I thought it would be. 

I used a Simplicity Patterns that I picked up on sale at Joann Fabrics in February, on there 5 for $5 sale.  Such a HUGE bargain.  I picked up the pattern #2274, which is designed by Studio Cherie.  I already have plans to make one for each of us but it won't happen by the trip I am sure. 

I am so happy with how it turned out. 

The fabric is from Joann's with the exception of the red which is Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen. To give it some shape I used two layers of warm and natural and quilted straight lines down and across the bag.  The pattern called for jute webbing for the handles but I just made my own handles with a layer of batting in between to give some structure. 

Can't wait to see if my husband likes it.  


Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby


05 March 2013

Progress - Working From The Book

I have made a little progress on my SuperNova Quilt.  The center is laid out but I am not totally sure I am happy with it yet.  I have placed the brown fabric around the center just to get a feel for the colors.  I am onto adding the Kona Snow (background fabric) to the brown squares. 



I have ideas in my head for this quilt just hope I can make it all come together, how it is in my head.  I think I might have to pull some more browns and blues.  I don't feel like I have enough selected.  

This is very slow going as I am working on a few things at the same time.  Hope to have a big project finished up this week so I can share. 

Thank you for stopping by. 


Cheers, 
Abby

02 March 2013

February Dancing Stars


Well February come to a close (this month is way to short) I don't feel like I have had a very productive month.  With all the snow days, kids being sick and now I think I have caught the bug, I just did not get as much done as I planned (plus I over plan so that does not help).  

On the 28th I did manage to sneak to my sewing room and get some dancing star blocks done.  This month I cut out the fabric first instead of just grabbing random sizes and using it.  I think that made these go so much faster.  I still only managed to get three together before I got called away.  So here are the ones for February, I do have a jump start on next month as I have three more cut out just waiting to be pieced.  

Feb 2013 - Dancing Stars QAL



The top star even has some Australian fabric, little gum blossoms form a bag I made for my mom a few years ago.  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby


01 March 2013

Starburst Quilt Finished

So excited I finished up my Starburst Quilt for Happy Quilting's Sew Along.   I did Free Motion Quilting on this one, my first of this size (40"x40").  It was trying at times to say the least.  I am using my Janome 760 Gem to FMQ as my Janome MC5700 does not like to FMQ.  So space to move the quilt is very, very limited. But I am so happy that I have actually finished a top instead of adding to my growing pile.  Even have it hanging up in my bedroom, all in the same month, must be a miracle.

Feb 2013 - Starburst Quilt 

Here is a close up of my free motion quilting. Sorry close ups are not the greatest, there is not great light outside today.  



In the center i just did a random looping and for the background area around the center star I did some clam shells (I think that is what it is called).  I should of done the quilting bigger and it would not of been so daunting but once it is done it is done, just have to roll with it.  The grey with white dots I did pebbles.  The blue herringbone fabric I some random back and forth.  The final background area I did the same random looping as the center.  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby