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Last minute finishes

First of Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you all had a happy holiday.

Sitting here today, waiting for banana bread and orange muffins to finish baking. It’s the perfect time to catch-up on some project finishes.

Portable selvedge ironing board

I finished my portable ironing board made from selvedges. I have been asked by several people “how does it work ironing on”.  As the selvedges are top stitched there is very little bulk, and so far the ridges or bumps have not pressed through & the board has held up well so far.

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Please note when making a portable ironing board, there are a couple of differences from the tutorial I posted a few days ago.

  • The 17 x 17″ board is much harder than the ironing board that below the insulated ironing padding, I added an additional layer of batting.
  • For the edging, I used four (4) 17.5″ x 3″ strips. Sewed each strip together to form a square, pressed the seams. When sewing the strips to the top, pin at the corners and sew corner to corner, leaving a 1/4 space at each end (this allows the ability to turn easily and have neat corners).
  • Lightly stretch top over the board and using a staple gun adhere the fabric to the board. I then used washi tape to finish the edges neatly and added small feet to the bottom of the board.

I plan to make a couple more ironing board covers and use more of my constantly growing pile of selvedges. Definitely a fun project!!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts

I finished Ashley’s Quilt top right before Christmas. I love it. I would so not have made a rainbow quilt on my own, so this experience was fantastic. More information about all the contributors in this WiP post.

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Design wall

My hubby moved his office of the bonus room and now I have the whole room to myself. He had the only valuable flat wall space. I now have my 7 x 8′ design wall up. It’s so great to have that much space!!

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Its been a week of some great accomplishments and so happy with my new work items. I hope you all have a great New Year!!

 

Traveling quilts, progress and lessons learned

Throughout the year, I have been working on 4 quilts for our Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I have loved the process and have learned so much. I thought I would share some of my thoughts of the process, some realizations and some of my contributions.
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[My starter pack for my minimalistic road sign inspired quilt]

First off some background, a traveling quilt involves a small group of people. Each person creates a starter for a quilt which then gets passed systematically to the next person with guidelines and some fabric. You may be asked to add a row, a border for a medallion quilt or just blocks. The last person to contribute to the quilt, pieces the top together (if this is a row-based or block-based quilt).
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[Renee’s quilt: my contribution – 1st border]

Usually each quilt will have a theme, for instance, in our group:

  • Renee (quiltsofafeather) Started with this amazing center and asked that Bison to be the main background color. You can add solid purples but keep purple prints and oyster solid to a minimum
  • Laura (littleandlots) asked for each person to add a row to her quilt, with the row containing rainbow colors.
  • Jess (quiltyhabit) asked for blocks that all had curves in it and she had a specific jewel color theme she wanted to use. With one of the colors, mustard/gold,  Jess added additional details to ensure that the color matched her desired outcome.
  • Ashley (wasntquiltinaday) had an idea for a rainbow quilt as well, but she wanted each row to be of a single color. Her initial starter kit was 72″ wide so the goal is to create a row of that length to add to the quilt.
  • Myself: My thing was minimalism with a limited and heavily neutral color palette (pops of navy, aqua and orange). The theme was interpreting road signs.

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[Laura’s quilt: My contribution of the Rainbow Chorus Line]

My goals:

  • Adding “me” to another persons quilt and know that person will always know…”oh that was  done by so-and-so”
  • Making sure I produce a high standard as these ultimately are someone else’s quilts
  • Be challenged by other people’s ideas and projects
  • Have Fun and Enjoy!!

I think, I managed to meet all my goals. I have definitely had a lot of fun and enjoyed the overall process. The lessons I learned were more about me:

  • I was definitely challenged. Renee’s quilt was a very different color palette than I would choose but I love the results.
    Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid, embrace the challenge and it will surprise you
  • I had fun with Laura’s, as I played around with fabric and worked out what combinations would work best.
    Lesson learned: take the time to make the decisions that you need to make the product the best you can.
  • I enjoyed adding my own block design to Jess’ quilt – definitely something recognizable as me.
  • Now it’s my turn to actually make up Ashley’s top, as I am the last contributor. This has been fun working out the Math, adding various colors and designs for the 3-4 rows that I need to add.
    Lesson learned: while making the final top check with the “receiver” what their final expectations are. In general, get to know the people in the group and use fabrics /blocks that you know they will like.
  • As I wanted to contribute my best, many times I over committed and under estimated my time to the project.  For my contributions on the first two quilts, I choose projects, that in total took over 30-40 hours to complete. This was usually for a single row or a border. Due to some of these project decisions, I was late by 2 weeks on one quilt and 4 weeks late on the other.
    Lesson learned: this was unfair to the group, so this is something I improved for my 3rd and 4th contributions. Choose do-able projects in the time you have but still produce a high quality result. It should still be something you are proud of or you would be happy to receive.
  • One of the things I enjoyed, most was watching how others were doing on their contributions and ideas by sharing on IG.
    Lesson learned: sharing built our communication/ friendship, it also gave us all check points to see where people are etc.
  • I loved getting to know folks through the process.
    Lesson Learned  take the time to get to know each other. Also, it’s really about communication, and being part of a team. You can’t let people down but most of the time  if you communicate the situation people are usually understanding.

My recent finish, that is due end of August, was Jess’ quilt that incorporated the curves and jewel tones. I added 3 of my Phased Circle Blocks, that I designed. I also added two more blocks using the circle cut-outs as additional blocks added to a low-volume print in a like color.

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The last quilt I am working on, is Ashley’s rainbow quilt (each row of one color). Being the last person, I get to also construct/piece the top. Like I mentioned above, I am loving working on the math. The additions I have added include a row of red crosses, a row of Anna Maria Horner feathers in teal/aqua and the blue row consisting of economy blocks and blocks from Patchwork City.

The red crosses will be added to an orange row (still to be decided) and Laura’s fabulous yellow and pink rows.
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In this last picture, you can see how the bottom 1/2 of the quilt is progressing. It starts with Ashley’s starter row of Green flying geese, Renee’s row addition of the HST teal/aqua, my feather and blue row contributions and the purple churn dash row from Jess.
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I would highly recommend the traveling quilt process. I enjoy it more than bees. I can’t wait to see how my road sign minimalistic quilt turns out. I am off to make dinner and work on more of Ashley’s quilt!!

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

 

 

Can-Can Girls & the Rainbow Chorus Line: Giveaway

It could be a headliner for a show but no its even better ;-). I finished one of my WiPs from Wednesday. The Rainbow Can-Can girls, which is my contribution to Laura’s (@littleandlots) sisterhood of the traveling quilt. Rainbow Chorus Line Here’s a close up of Miss Red…I love her shoes!! Miss Red
I think Miss Blue is my favorite as that catches your eye first but if you look a little longer then I also love Miss Green and Miss Orange. Best news though, I know Laura loves them already!! I hope that also excuses me (at least a little) for being 6 weeks late. Even more reason to celebrate the finish by linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.

Details

Pattern: Juliet @ Tartankiwi (available at her pattern store is here)

Fabric: Dress and Plume are made out of Alison Glass and Tula Pink fabrics ( who knew how well they compliment each other, right!!),
Skin: Kona Peony Hair: Kona Cappuccino, Kona Mocha and Kona Chocolate.
Shoes: Kona Purple, Kona Nautical, Kona Pickle, Kona Mustard, Kona  Torch, Kona Tomato. Background: Cotton + Steel (Netorious, XOXO, Dottie), Alison Glass Sun Print Text, Lizzie House mini pearl bracelets + Moda Sweetwater Lucy Crabshack Numbers (I think??)

Size: Total for the Rainbow Chorus line = 60″ x 15″ each block 10 X 15″  finish Estimated time: 4.5 – 5 hrs per block

This pattern has various sized blocks so you can also build a chorus line vanishing off in the distance. Obviously (as seen above), it also has a left and right facing girl for each size. Juliet is truly gifted in her pattern making and makes it so easy for the person making it. Great news, Juliet has also offered to provide one copy of her pattern as a giveaway.

Giveaway!!

One full pattern of “A Chorus Line” Pattern by Juliet @ Tartankiwi + I will throw in some scraps of the fabric I used in my Rainbow chorus line – oh yes, some Tula Pink and Alison Glass. All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know what your favorite Paper Piecing Pattern is from Juliet’s store. If you follow me, you can leave a second comment. I will randomly choose a winner @ 10 pm Friday August 14th.

UPDATE: The lucky winner of this pattern is #7 Catriona. I will email you shortly.

Focus : Week 1

I have had some deadlines lately that I have just missed. I feel bad about it and decided that this month, I am committing to finishing up some projects.

This week’s WiP and focus projects are:

  • First priority: Sisterhood of the traveling quilts – Laura’s (@littleandlots) quilt addition…She wanted a row of blocks, that represent the rainbow.  I was pulling fabric trying to decide and all of a sudden I found that I loved Tula Pink + Alison Glass combination. It just happened I was pattern testing at the same time for Juliet @ Tartankiwi, and feel in love with the Can-can girl paper piecing template. I am almost finish – here is Miss Orange through Miss Violet…
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    Only Miss Red to go, and I am hoping that she will be finished tonight (PS. there might be a giveaway on Friday to celebrate completing these).
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  • Secondly: I plan to bind my Idea, Design, Create quilt to show at our Guild meeting this weekend…probably my Friday night sew along project. I got the quilt back from Sarah @ Crinkle Love who did the wonderful quilting!!IMG_4749

Planning ahead:

  • Project of the Month and my goal for ALYoF is the same as last month – my Spoonflower Sampler Quilt. I actually plan, starting next week to release a block or two patterns per week (total of 12 blocks), as I complete the quilting and binding on this project. So stay tuned every Saturday for the releases!!
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  • Sisterhood of the traveling quilt: Jess’ @Quiltyhabit who wants jewel tone curves. I have the perfect start, for this project and I am re-purposing this UFO.
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  • Start and complete my quilt top for our guild’s Spoonflower charity quilt challenge.
  • Lastly, is my planning and buying supply’s for my possible QuiltCon entries.

Linking up for this week’s WiP projects @Freshly Pieced WiP Wednesday  and for my monthly goal, A lovely year of finishes (see buttons on the right).

 

Saturday – officially catch-up day

This weekend was the first weekend in a while where I got a solid sewing session in. It felt good.

I caught up and finished the border, I was adding for Renee’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I can now send it off on Monday to the next person. I loved working on this quilt as the color scheme was a challenge. It managed to stretch my imagination and come up with this design for the 1st border. I am really pleased how this turned out.
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The other finish for me this weekend was a Rainbow receiving blanket. This was for a request from a friend, who wanted something to give to someone who was having a rainbow baby (see urban dictionary for a beautiful description).

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I made each color stripe in five (5) 2″ x 5.5″ low volumes and five (5) 4″ x 5.5″ saturated prints. Yellow was a little difficult finding enough contrast between both the low volume and the darker toned fabrics. The hardest though was finding good purples….I was very thankful for some of my favorite designers – Anna Maria Horner, Lizzie House, Tula Pink, Cotton & Steel, Lotta Jansdotter and Alison Glass as they made up some of my purple selections.

For the back I used, some Pretty Potent – Anna Maria Horner Flannel.IMG_4246

The weather here has been great, we also got some great quality family time in. I hope your weekends were just as good.

WiP Wednesday (actually on a Wednesday)

I can not tell you how many times I have forgotten to post my WiP list on a Wednesday lately!!

For this installment, I have narrowed down my list to just to the projects I am focusing on for this month.  One step at a time…. I just need to finish a couple of things.

Project Dates Current Status
 Sisterhood Quilt  18th May (ship) BLOCKS/ROW (UNDERWAY)
 It takes a Village  18th May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
  Idea, Design, Create  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP, BACK, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP (last-minute changes – adding a strip to top),
BACK, BIND
 Yoshiko Jinzenji Quilt Sampler  End of May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The fabric finally arrived for me allowing me to finish the border of the sisterhood quilt.

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One of the new projects that I am working on this month, is this Yoshiko Jinzenji Modern Quilt Sampler, for World Book Media. It is going to be a great low volume quilt using her fabrics. This is one of the blocks. I am super excited about this project.

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So there you have it, a big sewing weekend planned!! Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

WiP Wednesday: Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts

The first round for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts is almost finished. I have been working on Renee’s quilt. She made this amazing center using a paper piecing pattern from Angela Walters.

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This quilt when I received it made me nervous. I had no idea what I was going to do. The color palette was definitely not my usual palette and Renee’s center was so fantastic. What to do, which direction to take?? I had an idea with one of my previous designs, and decided to play around with it in Quilt Canvas (design tool).

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I felt so much better once I worked out this plan, even though the color palette was still a little scary. I went to work and spent a whole day (while on vacation) starting to piece together my border (6″ across). 5 or so hours later (I need to find a quicker way to do those 1.5″ geese) I am so happy with this quilt addition so far.

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I am hoping to finish the border this weekend, along with my do.good.stitches blocks. I am just so happy to be feeling well again and sewing. FYI…don’t forget if you sew with browns (this is Kona Bison) that there is a hashtag #sewingwithbrowns. Yes, Brown can be in a modern quilt!!

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).