Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 1st QTR Finish-Along Link Up

Here is a recap of what I have been working on this year.

2016 1st QTR Goals w/ progress in Purple

Projects that are ready to quilt & bind:
QOV/Mystery at the Library-Quilted and ready to bind
Bagged with finished pillow case waiting for binding.

MIL's Pink
MIL's Yellow
MIL's Bright
Christmas Tree Pants

These blocks are ready to join:
Lotta Baby Blocks-Joined and ready to quilt
No photo but this is my retreat sewing space and where I joined the blocks.
Here's what I am currently piecing:
Cotton & Steel Basics Dog Gone Cute-one additional block added
Here are the other fabrics that I will be using for additional blocks. You can find this pattern at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Melanie's Quilt-HSTs sewn and trimmed
I think I'm settled on the Crosses & Losses pattern that was shared by Fresh Lemon Quilts not long ago.

Misc. Projects:
Christmas Pizza Box Pillow

Projects on deck:
4 Quilted baskets-FINISHED
Three of the four baskets I finished. Love this free pattern by The Sewing Chick.

3 Dish Drying Mats-FINISHED
Forgot to take a photo of the mats but here is a sample of what they look like.
Link to my Tutorial

4 Outdoor Pillow Covers-FINISHED

Here are some photos of our porch all ready for the Master's Golf Tournament guests that will be staying here next week.

I am really happy with the pillows that I made this year. The red pops against the white and black and I didn't have to put much thought into plants. Red geraniums and ferns seem like the perfect choice.

Some other projects I have worked on this year that were not on my 2016 1st QTR Finish-Along list:

Hexie handwork. It's about half done now.

Augusta MQG challenge project baby quilt. Finished!

I made 6 pillow cases for the Ronald McDonald House with my traditional guild, Pieceful Hearts, on World Wide Quilting Day.

The top for my #maythe4thmqs is done. Love the pattern by Quiet Play.

My first finished hexie project for the #skinnyminnyswap on IG. I used Modern Handcrafts Modern Hexie tutorial.

Participated in a Round-Robin Sew-in with the Augusta MQG in January and February. Branum's Sewing and Vacuum let's us meet in the shop. Stop by if you are ever in Augusta, GA.

My January Nurture Circle Do.Good Stitches block. Pattern by Shape Moth on Craftsy.

'Lancastered' WIP. Another project from the Augusta MQG Challenge.

Pot Holder/Trivet I made for a gift.

And on to next week:

I'm all packed to do some Airstream sewing while we are camping in the North Carolina mountains. I'll have plenty of time while Hubs is conquering mountains on his bicycle.

I have all of my Cotton & Steel stash packed so I can work on my Splendid Sampler.
My Tula Pink is kitted up to finish a placemat with blocks I received in the IG #truecolorsswap.
My Hexie project is in there for hand sewing.
My March Nurture blocks are on the list too.

Here's a sample of what my sewing room will look like next week.
I hope to get some open air sewing in too.

Well, that will do it.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Traditional blocks into Modern Quilt

Let's play some catchup on one of the things I've been up to this year...

I just finished up a challenge with  the Augusta MQG. It started out as a giant stack of orphan blocks donated by Branum's, the LQS where we meet. They were distributed in paper bags and we did not know what we were getting. I got some real lovelies and most of them looked about like this...

I did get two Amish blocks, you can see them in the first photo, and one paper pieced Asian block, which I will share at the end of this post.

Our challenge was to make these mostly traditional blocks look modern and the resulting quilts would be donated to charity.

I started by slicing up my generic traditional blocks. These represent non-Amish communities.

I saved my two Amish blocks intact because I LOVE traditional Amish quilts. I placed them in the top and bottom rows.

The black patches with red and orange improv triangles represent Amish buggies with caution signs on the back traversing through the countryside.

I started out with  solid green patches but then I Googled Lancaster, PA and could not believe how similar my layout was representing the lay of the land with two large swaths of Amish areas divided by Lancaster. The big difference was the green on the satellite map was very striated. I then sliced up my greens to replicate that detail.

The rows of blues and purples represent Amish girls standing in rows. I am going to add a few more strips.

The gray strips are roads and I'm still on the fence as to how much to include.

So far, I have one and a half rows complete and the others are still in preview.

I plan to quilt the town area in criss-crossing straight lines to represent electrical wires and the green areas will be in channeled rows to give a sense of planted fields. 

I am calling this quilt Lancastered. 

My husband is crazy about this project and does not want me to donate it. I am with him, not because I am crazy about it. I want to keep it because I do not see this making a very comfortable quilt. It is better suited as a wall piece. I may have to see if I can work out a cash donation in lieu of this project with my guild.

Now, here's the finish...

But, I did create one quilt that I think fits the challenge.

I took my single Asian paper pieced block, which was beautiful on its own, and floated it in an asymmetrical background of Kona Snow.

I backed it in this cut I picked up at Jeff's, our other LQS. I found it on the sale rack and it's a Deb Strain pattern. I had a more pinky-peach piece that I was planning to use but it was a bit off so I was thrilled when I got this home and realized it was perfect!

I put it on my Grace frame and quilted it in this overlapping wavy line design. I love it and will be using this design again.

I finished it with a binding of Kona Snow to keep with a minimalist look.

We turned in our projects at our meeting last week and we voted on whose project best represented the challenge of re-making traditional into modern. We only had to turn in a complete top but mine was so simple I finished it. There were several finished projects but mostly tops were turned in. The winner will be announced at our next meeting. I'm on pins and needles.

Thanks for visiting!