24 May 2014

The Library Project QAL - May Update

Well not sure what I did to my blog post but I some how erased it.   So here is a redo, now what did I write on Friday.  

I am making slow progress on my Library Projects but there is some progress.  I started chain piecing my sewing machine cover. Now just to cut these apart and sew the other strip of Inigo on.  Then they will be ready to start piecing the cover. 



I also almost finished cutting out my Rapid City Quilt, maybe 75% done.   I am hoping this will speed up the process since this quilt is my May goal for  A Lovely Year of Finishes.  


Here is what the finish blocks will be like.  



Thank you for stopping by and visiting and sorry if this feels like deja vu. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

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20 May 2014

Winter Plus Quilt Complete

I finished off my Winter Plus Quilt last week but finally remembered to take a picture of it.   This is one of my Finish Along Quarter 2 goals, once again I really need to get moving if I am going to achieve the goals I set for myself.   

I made the top of this quilt back in 2012 so I am finally finished up old tops, to bad I am adding new ones to the pile.  

I used Moda Blitzen Line with Red Painters Canvas and Kona White for the background. I sketched up my own layout for this quilt.  It finished 72" x 78".  It is backed with Grey with tiny white dots Quilters Flannel from Joann Fabric.  It really washes up super soft and warm.  

Here are some closeups of the quilting.  





This is a close up of the back of the quilt. 

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Cheers, 
Abby 


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17 May 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014 - Entry 2

I was not going to enter a second quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side but I really do love my Star Light Star Bright Quilt that I finished up back in March.  It is large coming in at 93 x 93 and very warm.  


I made this during the quilt along over at Happy Quilting Host by Melissa.  I have quilted along with all of your QAL in the past couple years.  This year I really wanted to make mine stand out and put my spin on it.  I made two different size blocks and am really happy with the end layout.  

I quilted this on my Juki TL2200QVP longarm quilting machine and carried the quilting throughout the whole quilt.  Imposing the star into the navy was a bit tricky as I did not do any marking before loading it on the frame.  But I think I matched up the start/stops nicely.  The filler in the navy is over lapping squares done with Rock Navy Glide Thread.  I also quilted random light blue squares in the navy but it is hard to see in the picture.  Here are some close ups of the quilting. 





All the fabric is from my stash except I did have to buy some more Kona Navy but I still feel like it was mostly from my stash.  I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting for this quilt, first time using this batting.  It is backed with flannel for extra warmth.  


I am entering this into the Large Quilt Category and I see there are already so many lovely quilting in this category.   Be sure to go check out all the eye candy of the Blogger's Quilt Festival there are 11 categories of quilts.  Voting will start next Friday the 23rd, be sure to go and vote for your favorite in each categories.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby



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16 May 2014

Blogger Quilt Festival - Spring 2014

It is time for the  Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side.  Amy is so kind to host this festival twice a year and I am so excited to enter one of my quilts in the running.   

The quilt I have entered in my version of Tipsy City by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.  I made this for the Pantone Challenge earlier this year.  I could not be happier with how it turned out and I really love that my quilting turned out.  I did all the quilting on my long arm quilting machine a Juki TL2200 QVP with Glide Thread.  I was originally going to do straight line quilting but then I thought it would add more interest if I used the quilting as texture.  I did not really plan this out I just went with the first thing that popped in my head and went with it.  This quilt finishes 34" x 37".




You can find my entry under the Small Quilt category


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Cheers, 

Abby 


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15 May 2014

Round Robin Add On - Royalee's Quilt

I took a leap this year and joined a Round Robin that was organized by the Modern Quilting Facebook Group.  I have never joined anything like this and am scared to death of messing up someones quilt.   To start out the round I was sent this starter block by Royalee.  



I have had this hanging on my design wall for weeks now and just did not know what I wanted to do. When others in my group started showing there additions I figured I need to get moving as it need to be sent to the next person in the group by Friday.  Now the pressure is on.  

On Mothers Day I got to spend some time in my sewing room (don't usually get to sew on weekends) and I made my addition to Royalee's quilt. 


This is my first truly scrappy project and completely out of my comfort zone.  I like scrappy improv but in the past I have tried to limit the amount of colors.  Here it is all sewn together.  Now to pass it on to the next person so they can add there part. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

12 May 2014

May Globetrotter Block - London

I complete my London block for the Globetrotting BOM this week. Love the mushrooms, so I fussy cut the 1.5" squares so I could make sure to get little mushrooms in each square.  

It is so hard waiting for the next block but I guess I should get on to doing the many other projects I need to accomplish. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers,
Abby


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10 May 2014

Some Improv Patchwork

This week it feels like I have not managed much.  I spent most of the week creating a back for my Craftys BOM 2012 but of course forgot to take a picture before I loaded it on the frame.  Here is the start to the top of the quilt, my husband told me to not quilt it to death so I am trying my hardest :) but not sure if it is possible.  He insist that my quilts are not warm and I just say pile more on and you will be fine. 


My cousin sent me a email a couple weeks ago asking for a pouch that she could put her wallet in; she loves her wallet but the zipper broke.  So I took her dimensions and this is what I came up with.  




So excited that I created the pattern all on my own :)  The finished size is 8-1/2" x 4-1/4", used a mix of orange and purple scraps bordered with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax.  I love how it turned out.  

I also created May's Classic Block of the month for Caroline at Sew Can She host over on her Facebook Group page here.  This is the first month that I actually made a block beside just pulling out fabric.  This month's block is Dutchman's Puzzle, I made my block to finish up as 8-1/2" square.  


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Cheers, 
Abby 

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07 May 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - May Goal

Time to set my May Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and once again I have so many projects to do or want to start that I had a hard time picking what to do for my goal.  Then I decided to be able to keep my goals that I set at the beginning of the year I will make my goal for May to have the top pieced for my Rapid City Quilt that I am making from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman for the Library Project Quilt Along.  


Here is my first block for the quilt, only 24 more to go. 


This quilt I am using my scrap bins of black/grey/white with mostly Kona Rich Red for the background. Might throw in a few other red shades to provide more interest but can't really tell till I start working on the blocks. I also will be enlarging the finish size as I want to make it at least a twin size.  

I am sure this month is going to go by in a flash as it is baseball season and both my boys are playing so we spend most nights of the week down at the fields. 
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Cheers,
Abby

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05 May 2014

April Ruby Red Dots Blocks 7 & 8

Two more blocks down for the Ruby Red Dots Block of the month.  Here are April's blocks:



I love how fun and wild the flowers are all turning out using Kaffee fabrics.  Here is the layout that I am planning to use which is a big change to how the original pattern is.  


The background for the blocks is Timeless Treasures White Sketch and the other day when I was finishing up this months blocks I was thinking how to really make this quilt shine, right now I am thinking it will be on the boring side if I just do white between and round the blocks.  I think I will add wonky color frames around the blocks in contracting colors, something like this maybe.  


I like different size borders but not sure if I will use a mix or maybe just pick one color to use on each of them.   I will have to go to the quilt store and audition some fabric.

Here are the first eight blocks all together.  I really love  how fun and whimsy they look together. 



Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

02 May 2014

April Lucky Stars A Win and A Fail

For this month I planed on making a 12" & 6" block for my quilt top but something went a rye with the 6" block and it did not turn out.  The 12" turned out great even though it is only three colors.  Changing the color placement really changed the look of the block.


Here is the fail.  Really not sure why it did not work but I will redo it and all will be well (hopefully).

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Cheers,
Abby

01 May 2014

Resonance Quilt Pattern

Finally I can share with you all a quilt that I tested the pattern for Aria Lane back in March this one is called Resonance and is designed by Tara Knight.  I made the twin size from the pattern, that is 71 drunken path blocks.  I used Kona Rich Red and three prints from Tim Holtz line at Joann Fabric; which is a mix of subway signs and passport documentation.  


For the back I used Kona Charcoal and Rich Red. 



I am still thinking about how I am going to quilt this one.  

This quilt was very easy to put together once you cut out all the pieces.  Chain stitching really speeds the process up on the drunken path assembly. 

Before I start a pattern I always make a test block here is the one for this pattern: 


I really love it and think I might have to make a quilt with these fabrics.  For now it hangs on the design wall waiting to be added to.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby