Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fanciful Garden - Phase 2

I've been creating fan flowers.  Lots of finicky work and pre- planning, but very enjoyable.  I have 8 flowers of assorted sizes ready now.  I dont know how many I'll need. I may resort to making a bunch of smaller ones.  After that setting is figured out,  then there is the stems and leaves and fence and raindrops.  I dont forsee getting bored with it yet.

Close-ups of the latest 7 flowers ready now..................








Yards and yards of jumbo ric rac and I may need some more.  I hope the local store has re-stocked their supply.  If you missed Phase I of this project, you can read about it   HERE

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion By The River today  and  Wednesday linking up with Sue of Quilt Fabrication and Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.   Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fanciful Garden

I changed the name of my Dresden Gardens project to Fanciful Garden,  because I am making fans instead of dresdens, simply to keep it easier for attaching to the quilt top.

Here is a photo of the background  put together from collecting batiks that would appear gradated.  This is my canvas for applying all the fans and accessories.

 


Last week I made a few fanciful flowers and spent some time experimenting with methods to dress it up before attaching to the quilt top. 

Here is the first fan made with pretty blues.  I truly thought I had gone overboard dressing it up and quilting it to death, as they say.  We had a sew day at church yesterday.  I brought this sample with me to get another quilter friends' opinion.  She immediately loved it and convinced me not to scrap it, but to continue with these design elements.

And so,  here it is to share with you all.  I will not be offended if you offer alternate opinions and design ideas.  I welcome them all !

When I stitched the arcs with the gold thread, it didn't show up alot, so I went over it 2 more times.  I intend to apply white jumbo ric rac on the outside edge before applying to the quilt top.  I need to visit the store to get a supply of ric rac.




This is the back, just so you can see all the stitching.  It will not be visible after the fan is applied to the quilt top.



I'm linking up with Susan of Quiltfabrication  and  Lorna  of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Be sure to visit these sites to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

RSC18 - Pinks

I did some piecing from the pink scrap bins  ......   (9) -  20 triangles blocks (hidden gems) ;   55 pink hourglass blocks  and 23 silver/cream hourglass blocks for the separating borders. I will add these to the building WIP collections for Bonnie Hunter's Hourglass Quilt  and the Hidden Gems quilt.




I'm linking up with Angela of Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018
and on Sunday with Cynthia for  Oh Scrap..  Be sure to visit these great sites to see what others are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hugs & Kisses - ICC #4

This quilt is now finished.  Not a UFO,  but it is ready for gifting  My cheater label is just a name and year embroidered by machine close to the binding.


                                                   Hugs & Kisses  50 x 50


and here is the fleece print on the back, this is a cushy quilt with poly batt too.



This is #4 in the Irish Chain Challenge for this year. It was quick to make.  I got to use some new fabrics I had picked up too.   You can find the free pattern at:



I'm linking up with  Susan at Quilt Fabrication
and
Lorna  of  Sew Fresh Quilts 

Be sure to visit these great sites to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rebecca's Latest Delights

Since we are not able to upload new photos on our Yahoo group,  Rebecca has allowed me to showcase her latest accomplishments here:

This is her lovely Bento Box quilt.

made by Rebecca Jeffery






and this is one of the newest additions to her family





Hop on over to Cyberquilters group where Rebecca can share her stories about these photos.


Thanks so much for stopping by

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On Ringo's Starr - ICC #1

The name of this quilt makes perfect sense if you know how it came to be.  It all started last November with Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery ... On Ringo's Pond.  I loved the color palette but wasn't ready to begin another huge, multi-pieced project.  I still have last years' mystery in many parts living in a clear plastic tub.

Okay so the color palette is different on this quilt.  I was all pumped to start collecting coral and aqua fabrics - practically none of those in my stash.  But then,  I have so much fabric, did I really want to start collecting new ones for this project.?

I loved the idea of browns,  and so I substituted  greens and blues  for the corals and aquas.  All the parts came from my scrappy bins except the white background.

ICC is in the title because it was a new years challenge on Stashbusters yahoo group...all started by our instigator Lori1R.  I am working on my 5th ICC this year, which is all new starts.  ICC  stands for  Irish Chain Challenge.

Ringo Starr of Beatles fame (my era) and of course the friendship stars in this quilt, so the title was born - On Ringo's Starr  ICC #1 - started last November. I quilted it with curvvy orange peels on the star blocks and some dot to dot quilting on the chain blocks.

On Ringo's Starr - 48 x 74

fleece backing

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion By the River  today
and Wednesday with Sue of Quilt Fabrication and Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.

Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

RSC18 - Pink for May

This is what I've done during stolen moments this week.  It is not my usual RSC projects this year, but I can share because it used up most of my pinks (which I don't have alot of anyway).

This fun project would only take one full day to assemble, if you have the whole day to work on it.  It was so fast, the flying geese units are jumbo size.  I expect lots of fun when I get to quilt on it.  It is a free pattern offered here : 



This is folded in half vertically to fit on my design wall for a photo, it actually measures 72 x 81.  There was a flying geese challenge on the Stashbusters list  and this project certainly busted some stash.  I know ....  that black and white checked fabric will make you dizzy  and I wanted to get it used up.



I am linking up with Angela of Soscrappy.  Be sure to visit there to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hugs & Kisses ICC #4

This is my version of the Hugs & Kisses quilt,  free patttern can be found here ........


I used 3 fabrics, a celery green print for the background, a lovely green and a lovely pink/orange print for alternating blocks.  It really makes a pretty quilt.  I pieced and assembled it over 2 afternoons   I may make another one once I get over my disappointment of having to trim the blocks down to a smaller size.  I used the strip/stratta method to make this one.  I may try traditional cutting/piecing next time.  I have the perfect fleece print for a backing and it is now in my ' waiting to be sandwiched' pile.



I'm sharing today with Connie at Freemotion By the River  and  

Wednesday sharing with  Susan of Quilt Fabrication   and  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.  
Thanks so much for stopping by.



closeup of background fabric,  just for Carol.






Saturday, April 14, 2018

RSC18 - Yellows

A bit of progress, finished up 7 blocks I term  "20 triangles"  .   I am tiring of making these blocks, but together they make a gorgeous scrappy quilt,  so I press on.

I also made 70 hourglass units for my new RSC project this year.  I have some plans in EQ to tell me how many of each color I will need,  just haven't looked at it too seriously yet.




I'm linking up with Angela of  Soscrappy  today  and  Sunday linking up with Cynthia of   Oh Scrap.  Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

RSC18 - Greens

I made some progress on the Hourglass quilt.  This week was the batch of 45 scrappy green units.  I also added 4 new purple blocks for the 20 Triangles quilt started last year.   I have 3 new purple blocks to make for that project today.  The top batch of purple hourglass blocks were shared last week.

So this is my design wall today .....................


Pretty soon I will need to use EQ to figure out exactly how many units of each color family I will need.  I know I have a long way to go.

I'm linking up with Angela of Soscrappy today  and  tomorrow
I'll link up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap.  Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

RSC18 - Purples

I am a tad behind with the challenge.  I spent today trimming up 2 small scrap drawers;  then I set about cutting hourglass units from purple scraps.  I also cut some for the Hidden Gems project started last year.

Today I did sew up 26 purple hourglass units.  I wish I had a specific color and/or layout plan, then I would know how much I really need.... for now they will be gathered together waiting these decisions.




So this is progress.  I have a stockpile of greens and white quarter square triangle units waiting to assemble for March's challenge.

I'm linking up with Angela of Soscrappy today  and  with Cynthia for Oh Scrap on Sunday.  Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mary's Strippie 18-1

This project was cut into a kit last December.  Actually, I cut 4 kits.  It's hard to stop when you're on a cutting roll.   This year I have been practicing FMQ and these kits are serving as a great canvas for my practice.  The strips are prints and my   'not perfect'   FMQ is not screaming visible.

Making these child size, about 50 x 60.   I cut extra strips and put them on the 2 sides to make the pattern wider.  You can find Mary's free pattern  here :



and  here is my finish.............  I used a border stripe.  I was very careful trimming the ends so the stripe would line up throughout the quilt.  


Here is the back, a gray and yellow printed fleece.  I used cotton batting.



I'm linking up with  Susan of Quilt Fabrication
and  Lorna of  Sew Fresh Quilts

Be sure to visit these sites to see what other quilters are sharing today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rails Quilt

Rebecca has another finish !!  You go girl!  Lots getting done in your neck of the woods.  This is another quilt finish for Taps.

Rail Trails by Rebecca Jeffery

Rail Trails back by Rebecca Jeffery


Thanks for letting us share your finish, Rebecca.  Have  a great week.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Few Pics from Marianne

Marianne wants to share these photos and tell their story over on Stashbusters.  We both tried several times to upload to the Stashbusters photo site, but not successful today.










Whatever their story, it all looks   SO   YUMMY !