I've been roped into starting a new project (it doesn't take much). Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses is very popular. Many quilters, English Paper Piecing enthusiasts mainly" have made or are making this quilt. I am not a fan of this method and I would rather draw sewing lines on my fabric so I'm grateful for Inklingo which saves me the time by allowing me to print those lines.
On Saturday I purchased a lovely focus fabric intending to use it for this project but when I got up on Sunday I had other plans. I spent the day over thinking the whole process and almost gave up on starting. In the end I just reached into a scrap back and out came a lovely striped fabric. I only needed a 5 x 7 piece for the four center hexagons. I then dug around for fabric to go with it. Why didn't I think of doing this earlier? I really enjoyed that process.
I haven't sewn it yet. There are two options I'm considering. I'll sleep on it. I'm thinking I'll go with the one that has the dark brown or I may use all the stripes and add some dark brown to replace the light ones. Here I go thinking again.
I've added the second block to this progress. It's huge already. There are some missing elements that overlap other blocks.
I finished these three at wok lat night. They go together really easily and I'm loving them. Not perfect but very cute.
I'm trying my hand at kaleidoscope blocks aka one block wonder aka stack 'n' whack. I'm using Inklingo and hand piecing. Inklingo makes it easy to print indentical sheets with little to no waste. I found this method better than having to line up fabric repeats and stacking to cut.
I'm using this cat fabric as practice before investing in more yardage:
The first three blocks are done. I'm liking this technique very much. I'm not sure what these little blocks will become but I'll make some more. I had a yard of that fabric.
We're working on this project as a group. I was tired of the Civil War scene so decided to make my blocks in halloween fabrics. I don't celebrate halloween but the fabrics are so vibrant, fun and cute. They're keeping me motivated. I bought one yard cuts of some fabrics to get started then I acquired fat quarters and remnants along the way. Some of the fabrics are from years gone by some are new this year.
The blocks are assigned six at a time every two weeks. I'm actually caught up. 54 blocks and counting. I've started a few projects of this nature and never managed to keep up or finish any of them.
Another garden themed project. I've had the patterns for years but only started working on it last September. I actually bought it twice LOL. I have four blocks completed and am working on the fifth. It's slow going since I only work on it between patients at work. I'm really loving this one.
We are well into 2014. Will this be the year I blog consistently? I have tons of projects going and I'm going to try to post my progress as I go - sort of as a motivator and to hold myself accountable.
Lets kick it off with a fun one; The appliqué group is working on "Garden Party" from Buggy Barn's book "Crazy for Appliqué". I bought a kit for this when I visited the Barn in 2012. The pieces in this one are huge. The book comes with full sized patterns. Working on such a large scale is awkward at time but it's not difficult now that I've found a place to work. Block one is on my design wall. Glue basted, waiting to be stitched down.
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Here is the fabric we all started with:
Here are the blocks.
2: Marge P
3: Donna B
6: Darlene (2 Many Horses)
7: Judy T
15: Patty Mc
I'm participating in the UFO challenge and so far I've completed two. My latest, for February, is called "Moving on Up", I got the patten from "Crazy Mom Quilts" blog:
I used left over blocks on the back:
My January UFO is a quilt made with fabrics from a fall fabric swap:
This quilt was designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios and has been a longtime favourite of mine. I signed up to do it as a BOM almost 10 years ago but never made it. Red just wasn't my colour so I bought fabrics to make it in blue. While working on my blue one a friend admired it so, this year, I decided to make her one; the red one.
I started in September of this year piecing the blocks at home on the weekend and doing the embroidery at work during down time. It really helped having a week at retreat in Leavenworth to work on it exclusively. I put it all together last friday and was completely done by 5 this morning due to complications with my machine during the quilting process plus one minor injury (needle through finger).
I am pleased with it. I delivered it just before she left work a short while ago. I'm happy to say she loves it.
My DH finally finished his quilt and gave it to has sister last Saturday. I'm really proud of him. He complained a lot along the way and I thought it would be a UFO for good. He's happy with it and is now talking about making a quilt for his best friend.
The design is his (done on EQ6) and he did all the cutting (templates) and piecing. I helped with the quilting and started the binding for him.
The back is solid black cuddle fabric and it has Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting.
The dark blue looks darker at the top due to shadows on the quilt.
My latest quilt was made for a little girl named Isabella. She is DH's great niece. He picked the black cat print and the neon green. I added the pink and chose the design. It is a pattern found in the book "Tuck Me In" from the editors of "Quiltmaker" magazine. I made it larger than the original.
I used a cuddle fabric for the back.
I realise I forgot my label. That will be added before I give it to her on Saturday.
I finally finished this project and delivered it to Sarah who is very pleased with it.
After my first entry about this project I sandwiched it and proceeded with the quilting. I was so pleased with my FMQ that I neglected to check the back until was almost done. This is what it looked like:
I was really heart sick looking at this. If I were making this for myself it would have ended up as a true UFO or in the trash. It took over three hours to get all those stitches.
There was no way I was going to repeat this disaster so I decided to just outline the letters and do a border design. Here's the finished project:
Here's the happy recipient:
My cat, Orca, not being able to access my lap, decided to take matters into her own hands er paws.
Now back to work. LOL
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