Friday, September 22, 2017

Finished: In the Woods

I finished this quilt, which has gone through many different names.  I finally settled on "In the Woods"

The fabric was a Christmas present - a Woodlands FQ bundle.  I love how HSTs work together in a quilt, so decided to go that route.  (I always question myself about half way through trimming them up though.) The placement of most of the colors is not random, but figured out in advance.  That being said, I ran out of a few colors in the middle of making the HSTs and needed to substitute some other colors.  (See how there is more of the bright orange in the bottom center?)

I took my kids to a natural playground in the area and it was a lovely spot for getting pictures.  I did one other quilt that you'll see soon, but I expect I'll be back for more pictures.

If you couldn't tell, the green section represents a tree that is just starting to change color.  The brown section is the ground, which has had many leaves come down over the course of the years.  The bright yellow and orange triangles are the leaves that have turned color and are starting to fall down.

Although there are no pictures, it is backed in an orange minky and bound in an orange sateen.

There are three distinct quilting sections. The tree, which is clam shells - art deco (by Esther at I Patch and Quilt)

The air, which has loops.  Kind of like falling leaves, but there are a lot more loops than leaves.

And the ground, which has leaves.  The fallen leaves from years past.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August progress; September goals

1. Owl quilt.  This quilt was made by my mother-in-law, and I need to quilt and bind it.  It shouldn't take too long, but there are several other things that I'm doing this month too.  It's my September goal, but I'm not convinced that I'll finish.

2. Pluses.  This is finished!  It just needs pictures and to be delivered.

3. Black scrap quilt.  I finished burying all the threads in, thanks to Grey's Anatomy.  I feel like I need to block it though, and I'm feeling rather intimidated by it.  It might be a bit before I actually do it.

4. Falling leaves. This needs pictures.

5. Ombre hourglass quilt. I just finished making all the blocks.  Hooray!!!!  They took a long time and I'm glad to be done with them.

6. Robot quilt.  My son just got a twin bed and needs a large quilt now.  I had an plan, and then I saw these robots/astronauts and knew he would love it more than my plan.  So I changed my plan.

7.  Scrap bee blocks.  I made some example blocks for the bee that I'm in and will hopefully get a bunch more this coming month.


Other items that didn't get worked on this month, but are still loved...

8. Meshing solid HSTs
9. Rainbow Log Cabin
10. Scrap quilt #2
11. Orphan rocket block
12. Jeweled floors
13. Lost piece
14. Winter quilt
15. Fabric from Christmas
16. Pillow with green/purple fabric
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
18. Temperature quilt

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunset quilt

I finished my oldest in-progress quilt!  It didn't surprise me that it took so long to finish, as I decided to do some hand quilting on it and I really only did that sporadically when traveling.  It's just a small wall hanging, but I love it.

The fabric was from Play-Crafts and it was the first fabric that I ever won in a giveaway.  I was so excited.  The fabric pull was based on a sunset picture, and so I thought I'd loosely imitate a sunset.  The colors go from warm to cool and the triangles point down, to drive home the setting part.


It wasn't quite right until Claire suggested a horizon.  It was exactly what the quilt needed.

This was also my first try at hand quilting.  My stitches are pretty large, but I did that on purpose.  The quilting shape in important.  I used gold thread for the very middle of the arcs, suggesting the sun.  After a few golden arcs I changed to a varigated thread with sunset-ish colors for the rest of the arcs.

I also bound the quilt by hand for the first time.  It wasn't as intimidating as I was expecting.

The fabric on the back is a perfect match for the wall it's hanging on.  I ended up just using some 3M wall clips to hang it; if I ever feel the desire I can turn it around for a while.  I realized after I wrote that sentence that there is an ugly wall sleeve on it, but I could always cover it up for a short time. :)  It is by my computer and the only quilt I have right there; it's been nice to look up and see it.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday (when it opens up).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scraps

I've been working on the QST quilt.  Like I mentioned, it's rather repetitive.  However, my bee block is next month, so I started working on that last night.  I actually started working on it a while ago, but once again changed my mind on what I want.

I finally decided on scrappy.  Completely scrappy.  So I've been putting pieces together and it was quite a bit more fun than the QSTs.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer standings

It's been a while since I've posted, but the summer has been busy.  I've still been making progress, even though it hasn't been well documented...hopefully I'll get some of them documented soon.  In the meantime, here's where I currently stand on everything.

1. Pluses.  Quilting is almost done.  This is my August goal, but it should finish up relatively easily.

2. temperature quilt.  Here is is through mid-July.  It's interesting to see the color changes.  (One line is a half of a month.)
 

3. Scrap quilt. There are still a gazillion threads to bury.  I need to find a good show to watch.



4. green/white hourglass baby quilt.  I almost have almost two segments done.  (One shown below.)  I was hoping to only do two segments, but it won't be wide enough, so I have a whole bunch more awaiting me.
 
5. Falling leaves: This needs pictures.
6. Sunset wall hanging: This needs pictures.

                             
Other items still waiting aroundThe number has stayed the same.  I should really do some of the "finished" posts so the number can go down.  If I recall correctly, my goal was to be down to eleven at the end of the year.  That might be hard.


7. Meshing solid HSTs.
8. Rainbow log cabin.  
9. Simply solids bee quilt.   
10. scrap quilt #2. 
11. Orphan rocket block. 
12. Jeweled floors.
13. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
14. Winter quilt.   
15. fabric from Christmas.   
16. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
18. robot quilt

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ombre quilt

I've made 48 of these units and am getting very bored of them.  I should have thought about the repetition better before deciding on the size.  There are at least 32 more, although I'll probably decide I need 72 more.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Arthas in the Woods at Fall

I finished the quilt top.  I was hoping that I'd get the quilting started this month, but I was rather slow this month and so that didn't happen.  I still met my goal however.


I failed to calculate yardage requirements at the beginning, just assuming that I'd have enough of everything.  That was an incorrect assessment, but I did have almost enough of everything.  So I made a few last minute design changes and added in one extra fabric, but I don't think you can tell too much.

This was my goal for May.  June is looking rather busy, so I think I'm going to skip making a goal and just work on whatever I want as I have time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

mini quilt

A friend of mine had a miscarriage recently.  I made a tiny quilt to remember the tiny baby.

I made the eternity knot.  (I saw it here originally.)  Well, I mostly made it.  The top HST is rotated, but I didn't see it until it was way too late to fix.  I also decided that although I love how it looks, I might not ever want to make a quilt out of them.  In fact, I should probably not make a mini out of them again either.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nautical quilt - quilted!

I've had this quilt sitting around for a long time.  It was in a large stack my mother-in-law gave me, but she said she didn't care how long it took to finish.  So it probably took close to two years, when the rest of my quilt tops had all been taken care of.


In the main portion, I used a grey thread.  On the sashing I made a rope (from Angela Walters) and in the blocks I did a bunting that matched two of the fabrics.  I made some waves around the border in a dark blue thread.  I originally did the waves in the swimsuit quilt and it was nice to have something already worked out for a water theme.


The back was a solid, so you could really see the quilting well.  At first I was rather nervous about doing the bunting, especially with the solid back where you'd be able to see all my mistakes.  I knew there'd be several because the design calls for some travel over already sewn lines, and I just don't do that very well.

However, if I take a step back it looks fine.  Even better than fine.  I like how the bunting turned out. 



Friday, May 5, 2017

April progress

1. Woodlands quilt.  My goal for April is to get the top finished.  I'm about half way done, so I don't think it'll be too much of a stretch to finish it.  It's nice to have some easy months and maybe I'll even be lucky and get it quilted! 

2. Temperature quilt.  I neglected this for most of April, but when I looked in the bag I did have March all sewn together and a few days in April, so I much have worked on it near the beginning.  Although it's now May, I've finished April and am all caught up again.




3. Quilt nautical quilt.  This is all done, but it needs a final post.

4. Scrap quilt. This has been waiting for some time for me to finish quilting it.  A while ago I took it off the quilter, and then decided that I needed some quilting in the colored sections too.  Several thread trials later I "gave up" and used matching colors for each strip.  I now have a million thread ends to bury.  But I think it was worth it.

                           
Other items still waiting aroundMy numbers finally went down!

5. Meshing solid HSTs.
6. Rainbow log cabin.  
7. Simply solids bee quilt.   
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. scrap quilt #2. 
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
18. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD
19. Another baby quilt

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scraps: a blog hop

Scraps.  Everyone has them, right?  This blog hop, hosted by Jen of Faith and Fabric, focuses on scraps and how they are saved, stored, or used.

I will be concentrating on how I store my scraps.  I feel like it is a little bit different than many other people that I've seen.

First off, I keep anything that is larger than 1"x 1".  I don't applique, so anything smaller than that probably won't get used.

Secondly, anything that isn't currently in a planned project is considered a scrap.  Yes, that means I have some very large scraps.  Any fabric in a planned project goes on a special shelf so I don't accidentally use it and everything else goes in bins.  I separate my solids from my other fabrics, but besides that I sort by color.

So here is my non-solid green scrap bin.  Until there is the tiniest amount left, it all stays folded together.  The little pile in the lower left are the pieces that don't have enough to fold together anymore.

Here is one of the fabrics I pulled out, but all the fabrics look similar.  

Inside that fold I have all the smaller pieces.  They aren't ironed.  They aren't trimmed.  (These all ended up as rectangles, but I often have triangles or other randomly shaped pieces.)  But they are all together, and I've found for me, that is the key.  I can easily tell if I'm going to have enough of the fabric for whatever project I'm working on right away.  If I'm doing a pure scrap quilt it's fun to go through what I have and rediscover some of the fabrics.

I never know what size of fabric I might want so I don't precut.  I don't iron because (if I do iron) I like to do it right before I sew.  If I end up never using this fabric again, I won't have wasted time on it.  So that's it.  That's the whole system...keep same fabrics together.

Check out the others in the blog hop!
Faith and Fabric
Swoodson Says
Vicky Myers Creations
Quilting is More Fun than Housework
The Cloth Parcel
Hilltop Custom Designs
Lulu & Celeste
made by ChrissieD
Fabric Engineer (you're here!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Triangles Here, Triangles There

I finished my Riley Blake challenge piece called "Triangles Here, Triangles there.

It's a bit hard to see, but besides the obvious large triangles all the background pieces are triangles.  (The quilt was made in triangle blocks too).

It's a loose play on how there are all sorts of different people in the world; there are all sorts of different triangles too.  Large triangles, small triangles, equilateral, isosceles, and scalene.  There are double triangles (that one is shown above...since there aren't lines dividing the larger triangle blocks this one didn't come out quite as well.)  There is also one triangle that is missing part of itself.


I started feeling like I was running into the deadline to finish, and so I did a quick triangle stipple.  It was much faster than I expected and two days later it was done.  I never finish quilting that quickly!  I did not quilt over the dark orange triangles, making them pop out a bit more.

Some of the random stuff...the binding is in RB neon blue because that is the only RB solid my LQS had.  I had been hoping for orange, but I really like how the blue looks.  A happy problem!  I also ended up going with this design after taking a picture a few months back and realizing how much the orange stood out from all the other low volumes in the bundle.  I had to scrap an idea that was forming in my head and change it completely.  Lastly, the bundle image that they said they were going to send us included two solids.  I do love my solids and the colors match a wall in my house, so I figured I could make a wall hanging.  (Not shown, as I want to hang it up on an angle and haven't figured out how to do that yet.)  I was rather disappointed not to have any solids come with the bundle.  However, it worked out.  I like the final product. :)


This was my April goal.  I'm also linking up to Finish It up Friday.

Monday, April 3, 2017

March recap

1. Riley Blake Challenge.    My goal for March had been to finish piecing this.  I wasn't too far off, but I also wasn't all that close.  I'm not all that surprised by this; March was rather busy.  However, that means that now my April goal is to finish it all up.  I don't think it'll be too hard.

2. Temperature quilt.   I did spend one night in the middle of March getting up to date on this.  I now have January and February all put together and the days for March 1-17 put together.

                          
Other items still waiting around. I keep adding baby quilts...hopefully some of them can combine with other things. :)

3. Meshing solid HSTs.
4. Quilt nautical quilt.  
5. Rainbow log cabin.  
6. Simply solids bee quilt.   
7. Sunset wall hanging. 
8. scrap quilt #2. 
9. Scrap quilt.  
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. baby boy quilt - possibly pair with another quilt on the list.
18. woodlands quilt.
19. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
20. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD

21. Another baby quilt

Monday, March 6, 2017

February progress

There are only two or three less days in February than the other months, but it felt so much shorter!  Anyway, here's some of the progress from February and some of the plans for March.

1. Riley Blake Challenge.  I have the idea drawn out and ready to go.  My goal for March is to (start and) finish piecing this.  It's a busy month, so we'll see how it goes.



2. Meshing solid HSTs.  I have the HSTs all sewn together and the background on some.  The picture below is a few of the rows.  (After taking the picture I put it all away.  After my big clean three weeks ago my area is still clean!)


3. Temperature quilt.   I'm half way through February, although only January is shown.  The months go rather quickly, so I'll probably catch up sometime soon.


4. Quilt nautical quilt. The quilting is done and I just need to deal with loose threads!
                          
Other items still waiting around
5. Rainbow log cabin.  
6. Simply solids bee quilt.   
7. Sunset wall hanging. 
8. scrap quilt #2. 
9. Scrap quilt.  
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. baby boy quilt - possibly pair with another quilt on the list.
18. woodlands quilt.
19. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
20. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD