Friday, April 17, 2015

Still At It

I was able to finish quilting the gray areas yesterday on my Modern French General top. Click here to see the completed top and the quilting design I'm doing on the gray.

I switched to a red thread and am now quilting the print fabrics.

This design doesn't take quite as long as the other but still isn't exactly quick. It will take me a few more days to finish this one up.

I didn't work much on this quilt on Wednesday because it was Scrap Group day. We had a great time making Boxy Stars. Here are the four I completed.

I don't know yet what I will use for the sashing. I'll get all the stars done before making that decision.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This is Gonna Take a While

I pulled out this quilt as my next completed top to finish.

The top was completed in December 2012 as a class sample for my former LQS.

I took some time to play around with designs by sketching them in my sketch book. This is the one I chose to quilt on the charcoal gray parts.

This is how it looks stitched out.

It's gonna take me a while to finish up this one, but I'm loving the results. I'm doing this with my Handi Quilter Sweet 16. No rulers, no marking, no stencils, no templates, no stitch regulator, no computer - just little old me. I plan to do this same pattern on all the gray. I have a few other similar designs drawn out in my sketch book. I will probably use one of them for the print fabrics and switch thread color too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Covered Notebooks

I purchased a couple of mini charm packs recently and turned them into these.

I'm working on tweaking my free pattern for these. I need to make one more as a test before I will feel comfortable re-releasing the pattern.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Finish :: Strip QAYG

My first attempt at a beginner friendly QAYG project didn't turn out as well as I imagined in my head.

Here is the front.

There is not enough contrast in the fabrics, even though they are all from the same fabric line (except for the solid green used for the joining strips).

And this is the back.

I like the back better than the front.

The idea has potential, but it needs some work. It ended up being a good size for a baby quilt. The finished size is 38" by 42." I'll try again soon.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Next Scrap Project :: Boxy Stars

My scrap group meets next week. I have the pieces cut out for eleven Boxy Stars blocks. (The link will take you to the free pattern)

I only have the pieces cut out for eleven blocks because I already made up four units for one block so I would have a sample made up for everyone.

I'm not going to sew them together until I get all the units made and have time to play with the layout. I plan to set them with sashing and cornerstones just like in the pattern. I haven't decided what I will use for the sashing yet though. I probably won't put on an outer border because that would make it too large for an oncology quilt.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Two Things

First, my iron died.

I noticed last week that it wasn't getting as hot as it used to. Then, yesterday morning I turned it on and it never got hot. Luckily I have a couple older irons. I just pulled out one of those and will use it until I get a new one.

Second, I started a new project.

This is my first attempt at an idea for a QAYG pattern that I could use to teach the method. Currently my class is a "technique class" but I've had some interest in a "project class" version of my QAYG class. I'm trying to come up with something interesting that is beginner friendly. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yellow Brick Road :: A Finish

I completed the binding and label over the weekend on my Yellow Brick Road quilt that got quilted last week.

The Front
I love how this turned out!

The Back

The quilting design is one that I learned in a Craftsy class, The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting with Christina Cameli.

I've mentioned this class before but at that time I hadn't finished watching the whole thing. Now I have finished. It's a great class. She does not cover any of the basics of free-motion quilting. By this I mean there is no information on basting, batting, thread, or needles. The class only covers designs - how to stitch them and how to recognize them and figure out how it was done when you look at a finished quilt. She uses a domestic size Juki machine in the videos so these designs are doable on a domestic machine. Christina makes it look easy, but alsoI highly recommend this class if you are looking for free-motion quilting designs!

This is a now a completed UFO!! I'm counting this as my completion from the "completed top collection" for April.