Friday, August 4, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 4

Block 4 of the Delilah Quilt template of the month program certainly made for a challenge.  If you've been following along, the first three months called for making two 12 inch blocks each.  For me, the biggest learning curve has been machine piecing the curved sections for each block.  For some tips, check back to the first block post here.  For block #4 - Fairhaven, the challenge went even further, make three blocks each with 16 very small curved seams!  I will admit to some frustration with the first block, but by the third one I was sewing with a lot more ease.  

This was the first attempt...


...and third...

With the first two I went with some color consistency in the star points.  With the third block, I realized I would get a pinwheel effect if I used the same fabric inside and for the points.  I like how the blades of the pinwheel go through the center motif with this fabric placement.  This is also the first time I introduced this lighter blue color to the blocks.  It doesn't quite go with the other ones I've made, but I will add some more into future blocks to see if I can make it work.  

All four blocks, nine in total, so far...

An interesting thing has occurred to me as I've been making these blocks.  As a quilter, I've never been a big fan of sampler quilts, they just aren't ordered, geometric, or symmetrical enough for me with all the varied blocks.  I'm also not a big fan of the sashing that is typical of a sampler.  I was drawn to this project by Jen Kingwell because even though a lot of her quilt designs have many blocks like a sampler, her blocks are typically scrappy, different sizes, and the quilt usually has an alternate grid setting.  I've been carefully choosing my fabrics and fabric placement as I've worked on these blocks, and I've kept the background very neutral.  So...I've made a sampler did this happen!  I know how it happened...I'm a controlling person and it shows in my quilt! Anyway, I'll be trying to mix it up a little better as I make the next few blocks.  We're moving into the smaller blocks now, and I'm a few blocks behind, but I'm hoping to catch up in the next month.

What have you learned about your quilting lately?  Does your personality come through in your quilting? Would love to hear your insights.  

If you're working on Delilah don't forget to check out more inspiration here.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun Stuff

My mom comes from a big family, she is one of seven, which means that I am one of 21 first cousins on her side.  In the past year, I've had four of my cousins get engaged.  Since my mom also quilts, we decided to team up and get some handmade gifts going.  My Big Star Quilt recently went to my goddaughter, and my mom's version of the same quilt was given away this week at another bridal shower.  We're each working on another quilt for the next two cousins who are getting married next year.  Since we're splitting the work on a big quilt, we each also made some smaller gifts.

These were fun to make, especially the potholder, which is a total throwback. I highly recommend the Harrisville brand for their metal looms and cotton loops.  They even have a potholder pattern wizard, which is super fun.  Buyer will get addicted to looming!  The table runner is a cute brick pattern, called Two By Four's, that you can make with a charm pack, it's by Pieced Tree Patterns. And lastly, these microwaveable bowl potholders are super cute and useful.  

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 3

For Quarter 2 I finished two out of three projects.  I'll be keeping my list small again this quarter, adding my one leftover project, a new quilt, a project sample, and one mini quilt.

This Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip really is a work in progress.  I need a good chunk of time to get it onto my design wall and then sewn together, but other projects with deadlines keep getting in the way.  I don't want to rush this one, so I'll just keep adding it to my list!

I'll be working on this Carnival quilt with fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter.

I'm teaching a class on y-seams and the eight point star in October and have to make a project sample, so I'll be working on something similar to one of these below.

My guild has a rainbow mini quilt swap going on this summer so that will be a secret project until it's gifted in September.  Maybe a mini pow wow quilt or a star?

Good luck with your Quarter 3 projects, link up here to join in!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow My Lead

Although I'm not a fan of batik style fabric, the fabrics designed by Alison Glass in her handcrafted line drew me in.  The saturated colors called to me first, but the second benefit is the patchwork motifs in the designs. I choose the Follow My Lead pattern for these fabrics because of the flying geese in the prints and the pattern.

As I was making this quilt I realized that it was time to update my 6 year old son's bed with a new quilt, and so I added navy borders to the pattern to make it fit a twin.  He's super happy that he has his own quilt now. I love having handmade items for our home and was glad to get this on his bed.

This is my second finish for Quarter 2 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  You can see my original list here

Machine quilting by Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio.   

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 3

Back for the third block from the Delilah Template of the Month from Jen Kingwell!  This was a fun one, glad for a break from the curves of the previous two months.  (I'm pretty sure curves are back on block 4...we'll see soon.)  Even though these are made of many different fabrics, I stuck to a consistent color scheme for each component in the block.  I made the center, star, square, and background in the same color within each block.

So far in all of my Delilah blocks I've used fabric from Cotton + Steel, Leah Duncan, Jen Kingwell, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Basic Grey, Joel Dewberry, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Dear Stella, Amy Ellis, Katerina Roccella, Carolyn Freidlander, and Kaye England.  Here's a recap so far:

Access sewing tips for the first two blocks by clicking on the block name links above, and be sure to check out this Delilah board for great inspiration.  If you are working on this quilt and would like to share your blocks, please link up below.  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Big Star Finish

Last weekend I gave away this lovely quilt to my cousin for her wedding shower.  This is the Big Star quilt pattern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It uses a large diamond template and the fabric is from Victoria's Mostly Manor collection.

I loved making this quilt, as it was a skill builder for me as a quilter.  I learned how to do y-seams confidently with this one.  I've already put that technique to use in another quilt I'm working on here with a mitered corner border.

At first I cringed at the amount of leftover fabric from the fussy cutting required for this kaleidoscope effect.  But the result was worth it.  Now I can't stop looking for fabrics to do this with again.  In the end, I've used a lot of the extra fabric for smaller versions of this block.  These finish at 40 inches square.

The fabulous rose floral quilting is by Alison Black at AB Quilting Studio.  Here's the backing fabric, from the Meadow Storm collection, also by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

This is a finish for Quarter 2 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation , Crazy Mom Quilts,  and TGIFF.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 2

April brings us block 2 of the Delilah Quilt Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell.  This is Bells Beach, another block filled with curves and a mitered corner border.  This block takes curves to another level with three rounds for each set.  I'm continuing to enjoy choosing fabrics for this quilt along with cutting out all (28!) of the pieces.

Block 2 - Bells Beach

Tips for the Bells Beach block:
  • Watch this video to get started learning how to sew curves and then practice before you use your good fabric:  Sew Easy: Piecing Curves 
  • With these small curves, I found it helpful to lift my presser foot a few times to adjust the bulk of the top fabric while I sewed the curves.  Make sure your needle is down, go slow and be patient, you can do it!
  • Cut template piece nine with two layers of fabric wrong sides together and you'll have the piece and it's reverse, no need to flip the template over.  (Unless you want each piece to have different fabric, then you'll need to cut the reverse.)
  • I used a y-seam technique from this video by Victoria Findlay Wolfe to do the mitered corners. Watch from time 4:40 - 6:00, which demonstrates how to line up the two corners and sew into the seam at a quarter inch and pivot to sew down the other seam.  

For tips on Block 1 - Rising Sun, visit the Block 1 Delilah Quilt post.  Also be sure to check out my Delilah Quilt board for great inspiration as we sew this fabulous quilt.  Link up below if you'd like to share your work this month.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 2

My 2017 Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long list has three continuations from the first quarter.  I made a lot of progress with two of these and it's a good bet they'll make it to the finish line this quarter.

1.  Follow My Lead quilt is on its way home from being quilted, so it's just binding for this one.

2.  My Big Star quilt is also coming back from the quilter.  Had to change the background fabric from my original post of this one.  There may have been some seam ripping (more than once) to get this block right.  It's all good now and I can't wait to show it to you finished with all four big star blocks.

3.  Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip is still in progress, this could take a while...

I've a few other things in mind, but I'm going to leave this list short and sweet.

Happy sewing Finish-A-Long participants!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Finish

Super happy to have a finish, just in the nick of time, for the first quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. This is a quilt I made with navy and white 5 inch squares. The design is by Emily Denis, you can see her version here.

Quilting by AB Quilting Studio.

Feels good to have a finish!  I've got two other projects from quarter 1 almost done, so we'll move them to quarter 2. Looking forward to a few more finishes soon.

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Post

Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 1

March is here along with the first month of the Delilah Quilt template of the month program, designed by Jen Kingwell.  This quilt is an exciting challenge for all quilters, and I'm excited to be participating in this program.  This amazing quilt pattern includes using acrylic templates, sewing y-seams and curves, along with 6, 9, and 12 inch blocks...whew!

Each month as I work through the blocks I'll post an update including some tips.  I'd love to see what everyone is creating so please join the linkup below.  If you're looking for more inspiration check out this Pinterest board for great ideas.  So far the fabric choices are looking wonderful, can't wait to see more.

Block 1 - Rising Sun

Tips for working with the templates:

  • Cut your fabric into smaller pieces that will accommodate what you are cutting without a lot of leftover.  This will stop you from 'dragging' around a bunch of fabric as you cut.
  • Add a piece of painters tape to the bottom of your template so it sticks to the fabric so the template doesn't slip when you are cutting.  
  • If you can splurge, get a rotating cutting mat, it makes cutting so much easier.
  • Use a small rotary cutter, either 18mm or 28mm.  
Tips for the Rising Sun block:
  • Watch this video to get started learning how to sew curves and then practice before you use your good fabric:  Sew Easy: Piecing Curves 
  • With these small curves, I found it helpful to lift my presser foot a few times to adjust the bulk of the top fabric while I sewed the curves.  Make sure your needle is down, go slow and be patient, you can do it!
  • I used a combination of open and to the side seams while ironing.  Iron the half moon units with open seams.  You can press the quarter moon units to the side.  I ironed the rows with open seams.  
There is so much to love about the challenge of this project, especially choosing your fabrics and learning new techniques.  Enjoy the process and celebrate what you make!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Follow My Lead Flimsy

It's president's week and winter break here in New York, and that means a little extra sewing time, yeah!  I've been trying to chip away at my Quarter 1 2017 Finish-A-Long list, and I am making progress, but not sure I'll have a full finish before the deadline.

Right now I have one quilt out at the long arm quilter, and another flimsy that needs a back.  This is the Follow My Lead pattern by QuiltBasket, NY.  I added two rows and went with a single 10 inch navy border.

Hope you are progressing on your projects, and have fun to all who are attending Quiltcon East 2017!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

LIMQG Inspiration Board Swap

At the November Long Island Modern Quilt Guild meeting we worked on creating inspiration boards that highlight a particular color scheme.  We shared our boards and our inspiration at the December meeting.  We then each picked a secret partner, to make any project for, to exchange with at the January meeting.  

This was the inspiration board that Kim @lelandavestudios created.  Such a pretty board!

I needed to decide what to make that was pink, green, orange, floral and feminine, AND that would live up to this gorgeous inspiration board.  I started with some inspiration from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  She has a very pretty Big Block Star quilt pattern using her Mostly Manor collection.  After fussy cutting for the star block I then created some improv made fabric using fabrics from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, and Katy Jones.  

Some straight line quilting with the walking foot...

Some free motion quilting...

I love how this small quilt finished.  I think it's perfect as a large table topper or a wall hanging.  I loved this challenge and would recommend using an inspiration board and no rules to create something.  It's a real skill builder!

And here is my inspiration board and the AMAZING bag I received from Kim:

Made By Kim @lelandavestudios

Have a great week and happy sewing!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1

The 2016 Finish-A-Long was really motivating to me last year.  It was a great way to set some goals without a lot of pressure, and there were prizes, thank you sponsors!

I'm participating again for the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  New hosts, more prizes, and community support, what more could you ask for?

Here's my quarter 1 list.  Some are continuing from last year, along with a few new projects in the works.

1.  My Anna Maria Horner Scrappy Trip Around the World is still out there.  All blocks are complete, but I had to take a break from this one, as I don't want to rush the final arrangement of blocks.  I may still resew a few of these blocks to get it just right.

2.  Follow My Lead is another holdover from last year, but progress is being made.  I've got all the cross blocks complete and am working on the flying geese blocks.

3.  I'm challenging myself this year to break out of my typical square and rectangle block quilts.  This is the Big Star Block quilt from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Each block finishes at over 40 inches, which is great, and I love the fussy cutting (I'm coming to terms with fabric's worth it sometimes.) Now I have to work to get these big blocks to lay flat, which is not easy.  But I am going to persevere here.

4.  Last is a quick quilt, and the one most likely to get finished this quarter.  It's a lovely design with solids by Emily Dennis.  This will be a special quilt for a friend who lost everything in a house fire last month.

I hope you join in the fun with the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  Link up here for quarter 1!