Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Vintage Bloom - OMG finished

My one monthly goal OMG for December was to quilt and bind the Vintage Bloom quilt as promised here  I linked up with  Elm Street Quilts

Now for the great finish,  this quilt is hand embroidered, machine stitched and quilted.  It measures 62 by 71.  It is a free project at this year.  It's hard to photograph the delicate embroidery, it didn't show up very well.

Here is the back, there is even a label.

I'm linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the December finish.  I can't wait to check out everyone else's progress.

Also linking up with Susan of Quilt Fabrication  and  Lorna of  Sew Fresh Quilts.  Visit these sites to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.

Let's ring in the new year with more fabulous quilt plans.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Design Wall Goodies

I've tried to be productive in between holiday activities.  Working on assorted projects which I plan to continue into 2017.

Here are 8 more bear paw blocks for the Mod Bear Paw quilt.  That gets me up to 20 blocks now.  You can find the pattern from the icon on the left sidebar.

Also an early start to next year's crayon quilt - a continuation of my RSC projects.

And finally block one of Be My Neighbor.  I can't count how many new starts I have jumped into  since fall.  I can only hope the new offerings for 2017 on my favorite sites  DO NOT  call to me.

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion By The River. where you will find more quilters sharing their projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Storm at Sea - a new year beginning for 2017

We are having a "Storm at Sea" quilt-along on Cyberquilters 4-Cbees yahoo group beginning New Years holiday weekend. There is no deadline for the finish,  just a starting plan.

This week I've been fine-tuning my choice for design; then I decided to work out the cutting plan.  My quilts are getting larger than in years past.  I want them to be useful to whoever receives them.  This one is 73 x 91.  There are (48) 9 inch storm at sea blocks.

EQ quilt

This weekend I did a test block for each of the units, then spent the day cutting all the pieces.  I like the fabric combo so much.  It should make a lovely quilt!  There is hours and hours of blissful piecing ready to go..

3 "  corner squares

3 " peaky & spike

6 inch square in a square

This project won't actually start until January 1st.  Thankfully, I have lots of other ones to work on until then.

Today I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  Visit there to see what other creative quilters are working on.

Have a great week and blessed Christmas season.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, December 12, 2016

En Provence - 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery

This is my first year participating in Bonnie's mystery.  I eagerly cut and sew  each step  as they are released ............  so far.

Step 1 -  make  221  4-patches with whites and creams;  initially I was going to make half the units to see if I wanted to invest this design in a full size quilt.  I made half the units,  116 actually,  then began to second guess my decision.  A dear internet friend said she had at least 50 extra to send me,  so I went and made the other fifty -- they are still waiting by the machine as 2-patches for the final seam.  Here is the first 116 ........

Step 2 - make 100 peaky and spike units; after following the video,  these worked out well using the tri rec rulers

Step 3 - make 168 4-patches.  I'm happy to read that this is the last of our 4 patches.  Here first is the scrappy pile of 2-part units.  I thought this would make the required 168.  Seems my math was challenged and I only got 96 4-patches from this pile.

Back to the cutting board .......Sunday I made another 72 4-patches.  Phew, when I look at this pile up close, I think   that's ALOT of orange.  Anxious for the other colors to tame this down.

I think I'm ready for Step 4.    Have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Over 60's - a new generation

The RSC  (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) project over at SoScrappy is addicting. Each year as summer comes to an end, I start planning ahead to the projects for  next year.
This block has been calling to me since I first saw it.   HERE it is called Fine China  by Sandy Gervais.

  Here is a version made by the 'not so'  average quilter

This version spoke to me because of the added embroidery work in the center.  So I knew it was a  block with unlimited potential.  I decided to make a test block to be sure I wanted to commit to an entire quilt.

Here is my test block, done in blues, embroidery floss in blue also.  I used the embroidery as part of the quilting too, so I sandwiched the block first, then did the hand embroidery with 3 strands thru all 3 layers.  The block design of simple triangles is really stunning.  It takes 60 half square triangles at    1-1/2 inch finished and additional triangles on the corners of the center square.  This is where the "Over 60's"  comes in. The block finishes at 18 inches before sashing.

I'm doing a purple block next.  This will be one of my RSC projects for 2017.  This year I worked on 5 rainbow scrap projects and said I would not do that again;  but never say never as my list for 2017 is already growing.  I need to start sewing faster to keep up.

Today I'm linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication   and   Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

OMG - Vintage Blooms - a last hurrah

December already?  How could that be!  Each year flies by faster as I try to put more into it.

It's time for another One Monthly Goal.  I thought I might as well finish up what I started last month.  The Vintage Bloom quilt is so close to completed ...... sandwiched and ready for quilting.

My goal this month is to quilt it up and finish the binding, maybe even a label and be able to call it done.  It is really a lovely quilt, it will make a nice finish.

and so I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal for December.  Visit there to see what other quilts hope to finish this month.

Have a great month and thanks for stopping by!