29 May 2013

Forest QAL Block 9 and Retro Rubies Progress

I finished off block 9 of the Forest QAL, Fern & Flower.  Sorry about the bad picture it is raining out once again so had to take an indoor photo. 



Now on to complete the Squirrel and Pine Marten blocks.  Have the fabric picked out just need to cut out pieces and get going.

I have managed to starch and start cutting for the Retro Rubies QAL. I am sure I have not cut enough for a queen quilt yet but it will get me started and I can figure out how I am going to lay it out. 




Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

25 May 2013

May Lucky Stars BOM

Wow I am on a roll with catching up on all my BOM's, only thanks to the rain.  Since it is to wet to do yard work, darn. :)

Here is my May Lucky Stars Block,  I did both again.  I think I might have to pull a few more fabric selections from my stash to give me a few more options for the stars. 



For some reason I had a hard time this month working out the placement of fabric, not sure what the deal was.  The 6.5" block I had to do over as I was just not loving it.  I did how ever turn it into a totally different block by arranging the blocks sections differently.  What do you think? I think it is wonky but interesting. 

Not sure what I will do with it maybe put it on the back of the quilt since it does not really look like a star. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Cheers, 
Abby

24 May 2013

Forest QAL Block 7 & 8

I finish two blocks today for the Forest QAL, block 7 - Slow Coming Spring and block 8 - Red Panda.  

Block 7 is came out really cute. 

Block 8 I did not do a Red Panda since Michigan lacks them but I thought the pattern also looked a bit like a Raccoon which we have plenty of them around.   


I have two more blocks to finish to be caught up, hopefully I can do them this week too. Then I can be all ready for the finally two blocks (May 27 & June 3) and then I will be able to figure out how to put it all together into a really cool quilt (hopefully). 


Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

20 May 2013

Sew She Can Crazy Quilt Block Sew Along

SewCanShe is hosting another Sew Along and the theme for this one is Crazy Quilt Blocks.  I have had the following blocks in my stash for a few years, just waiting for the right project.  


I was going to make a big quilt but I just did not have much time, I did make 4 more blocks so I could whip up two things to enter.  I put together a wall quilt and a tote bag and I finished them just in the nick of time as the deadline for submission is Saturday the 18th of May.  

I made a wall quilt that is 19" x 25",  it reminds me of how the farm fields look from in the sky.  I did some Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) circles around the frame and just random lines across the orange. 



My tote bag turned out really cute, maybe a bit bold for me. I wanted to get away from a square block to I used my 60 degree ruler and trimmed the square down.  I think it makes an interesting shape and paired with Kona Eggplant it really pops.   I ran out of Kona Eggplant and could not find any locally so I had to use what was in my stash so went with polka dots. 




Not sure if I will win but I like just entering you never know what the judges are going to like.  Wish me luck. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

18 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Bilimbi

This is my fist time participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side.  There are a lot of amazing quilts already submitted.  The quilt I have entered in the Bed Quilt Category is called Bilimbi. It is the first quilt design that I have created into a pattern. 



I love how the red pulls you through the quilt and the goldfish in the little bags you can't help but smile.  I did a simple plaid style quilting on this quilt and backed it with Chevron flannel so it is very cuddly.   

You can make your own version of this quilt for yourself, the pattern is for sale on Craftsy.  

AmysCreativeSide.com



Thank you for stopping by my blog and don't forget to visit all the other great quilts submitted. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

17 May 2013

Retro Rubies QAL

I joined the Retro Rubies Quilt Along hosted by Alyssa Lichner with Pile O' Fabric, she also designed the pattern.  When I saw this pattern I knew I had to use vintage sheets and Kona Solids,  it is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw it.   

I chose six sheets from my little collection and coordinated them with two different shades of Kona each: Lemon, Sunflower, Pomegranate, Azalea, Baby Blue and Alegria.  

The background will be Kona Snow.  The vintage sheet in the back ground will be the back of the quilt,  it ties all the fabric together nicely I think. 


I decided to make a practice block before I started cutting in to my other fabric and I really love how it turned out.

Now I need to get cutting!  I decided this will be a gift for my mom's birthday at the end of June, plenty of time. Right?  I hope so.  I am thinking of doing this as a quilt as I go just so I will be able to do a bit more then straight lines.

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

16 May 2013

Sew Mama Sew Modern Block of the Month 2 - March Block

I have joined a few BOM's this year and am still trying to catch up on them all.  I did manage to finish the fist block for the Sew Mama Sew BOM (it started in March) that is Designed by Alyssa Lichner over at Pile O' Fabric.  

I am not going to make a big quilt out of these blocks.  I decided I have enough sampler quilts and want to be able to practice my Free Motion Quilting so I am doing each months block as a pillow cover or a small wall hanging.   

Here is March's block:


I used Bella Mustard for the background and a few of the prints from Moda PB&J, Painter Canvas in Navy by Laura Gunn and a red Denyse Schmidt print from Joann's thrown in.  

Each block is quilted different and I was going to do echo quilting for the whole background but decided to just mix it up a bit.   Not sure if I am 100% happy with the quilting but it is better then the Christmas pillow cover that was still on the pillow before I finished this off.  :)

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

14 May 2013

Skill Builder BOM - April Blocks FMQ

Wow sorry I have not posted in a while.  The sun has finally decided to shine here in Michigan and my yard was in some serious need of TLC after the long winter. Then for Mothers Day weekend the weather decided to jump back to February temps, not good for my Azaleas and garden but fantastic for sewing. 

I managed to finish off the Free Motion Quilting on my April blocks for the Skill Builder BOM today.  



I am really pleased with how the FMQ turned out.  On the hex block I did a different shape for each color but it is really hard to tell in this picture.  I tried to use the fabric design to give me my direction as to what to quilt. 

Thanks for stopping by.  

Cheers, 
Abby

02 May 2013

April Skill Builder BOM Blocks

April's Skill Builder blocks are English Paper Piecing (EPP), what can I say.  I don't mind it, it is just a very slow process.  I have done EPP in the past, I actually have over 300 finished 1-1/2" hexagons.  I put them together and then took them apart as the layout did not appeal to me.  They are now sitting in a box waiting or me to finish them off one day.

The first block Diamond Carat,  this one was really frustrating to me as I was not able to get my edges as crisp as I would like.  I even ripped the stitches out several times, but I finally got it together.  Still not as crisp of lines as I would like, but it is OK. 


The Chev N'  Hex block went much better but instead of hand sewing I just went with the Mono-filament thread option as I just don't have the time for hand sewing right now. I laid my hexes out a bit different then the pattern but I love how it turned out.


Have a great day and thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

01 May 2013

April Dancing Stars

Another month has come to an end and I have very little progress to show for my Dancing Stars blocks.          

This month I managed to get four blocks put together. 


I am now up to sixteen blocks! I am sure I will need another 100 or so to make usable, not sure if I will get there before the end of the year but I will try.  It will defiantly be scrappy. 



Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby