Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bucket List

It has been forever since I did the bucket list.  I'm not doing very well about knocking things off it.  I haven't really touched it since I last posted it in July.  So much for accountability.

Here is the bucket list.

HST-  so many options, so little time

Drunkards Path-  not yet

Improv stripes bed spread-  Must finish this before summer. (Ha! Let's shoot for next summer.  I did pull it out and there really isn't too much more too do, I just need a bigger table to support the mass.)

Interlocking wonky stars wall hanging-  So many stars  I've lost count of how many, debating one star from each fabric, or more than one.  I have enough for wall hanging but I'm debating if I should keep going.  These things are addictive. (I've been adding to the pile, but there isn't any good way to start assembling before I'm completely finished.)

Dutch windmills- have a stack of fabric put together, but am debating using it for On a Whim.  I don't think On a Whim looks like much fun, but I should try at least one block before I change my mind again. (This is so at the bottom of the list)

Rainbow charm squares- I cut a few more charm squares from recent projects to add.  Baby girl has requested a rainbow room when we move, so that will be a goo project for these.

Flying Geese

Perfect the zippered pouch- might work on this one for Christmas

New Patterns- working on 2 different ideas, have prototypes, but need to work out the kinks. (Thinking about going in a new direction on one of these.)


Swoon- 100% done and I've slept under it.

Postage Stamp Quilt-  100% done and living in it's new home.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fall Decor

I pulled out the fall decor a few weeks ago and decided I wanted a wreath to match a garland I made for the mantle.

The garland was just strips of fabric tied onto a strip of muslin.  You could use twine or string, but I have a bolt of muslin, so I just ripped off 2 wof strips.  I pulled out my brown, yellow, orange, red and olive green scraps.  I cut a ton of strips 5-9 inches long and 1-2 inches wide.  I also threw in some black and orange tulle scraps from Baby Girl's tutu.
I filled that gallon ziplock to bursting and then had to cut more.  I can got the lid on the warm scrap bin again, but there is still a ton in there.

I cut a ton more for the wreath, but I tied them onto a wire wreath frame that I got for less than $5.

Since I used scraps and ugly fabrics, the only cost was frame.  It turned out nice and full and even looks good from the back, which is important because our front door has windows at the top.  I hung it with a command hook on the inside of the door.  I had to take this photo against the wall, because all the pictures on the door were backlit.

The nice thing about this project is that all your ugly scraps get hidden in the mass and are used up.  I added a little orange tulle poof, because it seemed to need a little something.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Seashore Granny Squares

I jumped on the granny square bandwagon.  I had a bunch of charms squares that I had cut up for the baby quilt I made for the BFF to give as a gift.  I didn't want to do patchwork again, but I wanted to use the charm squares.  Granny squares seemed like a good fit.

 I ran out of aqua before I got to the setting triangles, so I used a medium grey for those.

 I FMQ'd this one too.  Since the quilt is bigger I used a bigger scale loop and tried harder to be consistant.

 I'm so thrilled with my new skill.  It really is like riding a bicycle.  You just to have confidence and just go for it.

 On the back I used a big piece of madras cheater patchwork and pieced in the scraps and a navy print.  I believe the navy is a DS for Joann's.  The madras cheater is from Shore Thing, I think.

 I'm really pleased with the front and I hope the recipient, will love it and use it.

 Washing it really helps smooth out all the funky places in the quilting.

 I bound it in a connecting threads stripe.  Perfection!  And I didn't forget to label it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A quick little patchwork

I put together this fun little stack over the past few months.   I didn't have a plan, I just liked the fabric colors and themes together.  My BFF recently came to vist and asked if I could make her a quilt to gift to a friend who was having a baby.  I asked her if she liked this fabric combo and she did.

Here is my BFF with the kids.  They took to her right away despite not having seen her in 2 years.

We whipped up this little patchwork quilt in an evening and I quilted it and bound it the next afternoon.

I planned it so I could sue a single piece of fabric for back without piecing.  I believe the madras cheater is from Shore Thing, but don't quote me on it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter Forest

This is a quilt I started last winter, before I put all the Christmas fabrics away.  It languished as a WIP most of the year because I couldn't decide how to quilt it and I didn't know what I was going to do with it.  I've been practicing my free motion quilting and finally decided that I simply had to bite the bullet and just do it.  This seemed like a good quilt to sacrifice because it wasn't very big and I didn't know what I was going to do it with it anyway.

 I am so unbelievably pleased with the way the quilting turned out.  I quilted it with a loopy meander.  I can't for the life of me get the movement of stippling down, but this loopy meander comes naturally.  I really like the cut down trees.  It was a great use for the end of the strip that I cut the triangles from.  I believe these are either 50 or 45 degree triangles.  I don't remember which I used.
Lookit!!!!  I FMQ'd!!!!