Friday, February 3, 2017

Monthly Quilting

One of my goals for 2017 was to become more social with my quilting. Some of that is done in person, and in today's social media world, some of it is done by connecting with other quilters online. I decided to join in with various groups this year, two online bees, one LQS Saturday sampler, and several online QALs. The problem isn't finding places to join in...the problem is that there are so many great ones I want to do too many!

Anyway, I narrowed it down to just a few for now...although I'm sure that there will be more that I can't resist later this year!

This first one is a brick and mortar store in Edgewood, NM. Busy Bee Quilts is one of my favorite places to shop, and they host an annual Saturday Sampler where you show up to the shop on the first Saturday of the month for a 30 minute demo then you go home and make your blocks. As long as you bring the completed block back the next month, you pay only the initial fee. This year is a mystery sampler, and we had three choices of fabrics. I couldn't decide between the black and white prints and the Australian prints, so I'm making both!
 
Saturday Sampler blocks

The Stash Bee is an online bee that runs January through November. Each month a participant has a turn at being the Queen Bee that chooses a block and color scheme, then the participants in each Hive send a block. This is the January Hive 3 block, a modification of the bear paw.

Bear Paw block

The Bee Hive is the brainchild of Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts. In this Bee, the participants choose from the patterns presented during the blog series, and each month they get sent to the Queen. January's queen choose an inverse of the Ripples block...I liked it so much that I made one for me too!

Inverse Ripples block for bee
Inverse Ripples block for me
And then the online Quilt A Longs...oh, all the fabulous quilt-a-longs! This is where narrowing the options down became difficult!

I enjoy paper piecing, although I am by no means an expert, so I thought that the Milky Way Sampler QAL being hosted by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts would be a great way to practice those skills. Each pattern may be downloaded for free in the current month, or you may purchase the pattern with all at once and get an additional medallion block. I'm choosing to do this one in various batiks, and I made two of the January block, Sirius.


Sirius in purple

Sirius in pink
Alida at TweloQ Designs is hosting an intriguing Growing Up QAL, if you look at the blocks, there are going to be many different techniques learned. The pattern is emailed to you each month for free, if you post a picture of the completed block from the prior month. I like the idea of stretching myself with all the techniques, so here is January's applique block.

Rose applique block
And then The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting the Patchwork QAL...five inch blocks!!! They are so cute and fast! This is a charity qal, and you are encouraged to make a small donation to Make A Wish with each months pattern, how neat is that? I'm out and out copying Melissa at Happy Quilting, and using the Desert Bloom fabrics for my quilt. Here are January's Souvenir of Friendship blocks.

Souvenir of Friendship blocks
That's it for now...in and among my other sewing projects...it should keep me busy and out of trouble! And I just have to mention, if you are looking to add a bit of social sewing to your calendar, then you should absolutely check out the linky of 2017 QALs at Busy Hands Quilts, what a great resource! Be sure to visit, scroll through the list, and find one (or a few!) that you would like to participate in! I'll be joining in with Myra's Postcard from Sweden QAL starting in March, I've already set aside the fabrics to use!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Linking up to:
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it up Friday
Busy Hands Quilts: Finished or Not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Whoop Whoop Friday 


One Monthly Goal: February

Well, the January OMG setting worked like a charm...so here goes for February!

I have this great baby sized quilt made from hst scraps that I put together last year, and my OMG for February is to get this one quilted and finished! 




My guild tells me that I am supposed to donate a quilt for their silent auction happening at the biennial show at the end of February...I suppose that this quilt will do! 

I plan to plain Jane the backing and binding...I have a denim looking wide backing that I'll use for both. The quilting will be done with my walking foot echoing the diamond shapes. Maybe red in the warm diamonds and blue in the cool diamonds? We'll see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Meredith

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: One Monthly Goal


 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017: January

One of the lovely things about quilting is that even when you are finished with a project, you have the scraps! 

As a consequence, there are many great ideas on what to do with your scraps...and one of those is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, hosted by the SoScrappy blog. The basic premise is that a color is chosen for the month, and you use that color to make scrappy blocks in the pattern of your choice. Each Saturday during the month, there is a linky where you can show what you've done for that month...or, and I highly recommend this...you browse for inspiration. There are some fantastic ideas in those linkys!!!

Well, after seeing a great quilt made by a participant from last year's challenge, I decided I'd like to hop on the bandwagon! I'll be using the Medallion Log Cabin tutorial by TanyaQuilts. 

Here are the blocks I made with purple for January...


The purples are from my tiny purple scrap pile, and the background I'm using is a neat angular backing fabric that I used on the second quilt I ever made. It was a wide backing, so there was a lot left over...hopefully it will last me through this particular quilt!

I look forward to next month's color!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith 

Linking up with:
Scrap Happy Saturday at SoScrappy

One Monthly Goal: January, Finished!

I did it! Having the accountability of the One Monthly Goal linkup at Elm Street Quilts really worked! 

Because I published the goal on my blog and linked up, I was inspired to pull out this quilt in the last couple days of January and finish it up, I'm so pleased!

Rainbow Baby Quilt
 What a beauty! I quilted it with my walking foot and a serpentine stitch. Just simple lines along the seams and in the middle of each block to form about two inch squares.



And I made a scrappy binding with fabrics that were used in the blocks...they were hanging out in my 2.5" scrap bin.





The backing is just as wild in color as the front! I had thought about using a black and white print, but then just decided to go for it! This quilt will be given to a baby born in the Florida Keys, so I thought the fish would be just perfect!


I can hardly wait to wash this one up and see it in its crinkly goodness!

I'm glad for the push having the One Monthly Goal gave me, and look forward to seeing what I accomplish next month!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts: One Monthly Goal January Finishes

 



 

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 FAL Q1: Goals

Alright! On to the second part of my plan to tackle my unfinished projects this year! 

There is a wonderful and encouraging link up called Finish A Long that is hosted by multiple international bloggers. The year is divided into quarters, at the beginning of each quarter I will write a post listing my goals, then at the end of the quarter, I will post my finishes! There is also a week of tutorials leading up to the finish linky, and I'm excited about that too!

I have ambitious goals for this first quarter, especially considering that the first quarter of the year is when I work my 'day job'. But hey, if I don't make the goals, I'll never make progress on any of it, right?

So, on to the projects:

As seen before, I'll be finishing this Rainbow Baby Quilt. Right now it is in the flimsy (finished top) stage.

WhatsNextMa: Rainbow Baby Quilt
I have this great Summer Solstice Quilt flimsy to finish as well. 

Summer Solstice Quilt
Next up is my Southwest Saturday Sampler Quilt. It needs one more pieced border, then finished.

Southwest Saturday Sampler
My Positive Symmetry Pillow will be a free pattern/tutorial here on the blog, and the beginning of a series of mini charm patterns too!

WhatsNextMa: Positive Symmetry Pillow
I purchased a kit from Connecting Threads last year of the Sparkle Plenty pattern in Sedona Sunrise fabric, what can I say, Southwest themes make me smile! I've only barely started stitching the hsts together, so this quilt has a long way to go to be finished.


Another pillow to finish, a Hunter's Star that I made as a sample for a workshop that I taught last year (and just booked another one in April, yeah!)

Hunter's Star Pillow
A quilt made from leftovers is always a bonus! This is a Hst baby quilt. 

WhatsNextMa: Hst Value Baby Quilt
 Once again I find myself with an unfinished Christmas gift in January...really? I've already made good progress on this Hidden Stars quilt this week, hopefully I'll get it done soon!

Hidden Stars Log Cabin Quilt
Another project that was originally a sample for the workshop, my Scrappy Hunter's Star quilt. I know the picture shows it in blocks, but it has made it to flimsy stage.

Scrappy Hunter's Star quilt
And one more Hunter's Star project, a Black and Bright Hunter's Star quilt. There are sixteen different brights in this quilt with the black background, and it is stunning! Right now they are all in block units, I need to get them up on the design wall to decide on color distribution, then make the top and finish it.

Bright Hunter's Star Quilt
That should be more than enough to keep me busy for three months, right? 

With these projects along with some new sewing that I will be doing, I should be pretty happy in the quilting room!

I look forward to reporting on my progress, and I thank you for stopping by!

Meredith







 
 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

One Monthly Goal: January

What a fun an encouraging place the online quilting world is! I enjoy my interactions with my local guild members, no question, but it has been a surprise to me how much I enjoy the digital interactions too!

I've almost finished a review of my unfinished quilting projects from 2016 and prior years (an accounting for another post!), and part of my plan to move forward on them is to participate in the One Monthly Goal linky hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

My goal for January is to finish up the Rainbow Baby Quilt.

Rainbow Baby Quilt

It is currently in the flimsy (finished top) stage, so I need to choose a backing, sandwich, quilt and bind it.

The making of this top was a great deal of fun. One of my 2016 accomplishments was to make my scraps available for use, so for this quilt, I pulled out my 5" square bin and started pulling bright and happy colors. I only used one square from each fabric, so there are 100 different fabrics in the top!

It is a simple 10 x 10 layout, and right now I plan to do strait line quilting...we'll see whether I stick with that or try a spiral or something organic. I do know there will be lots of it, because it is intended as a baby quilt, so I want it to be able to handle many washings.

Thanks for stopping by!

Meredith

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Finished Projects: Made in 2016

Hello, hello! Welcome to the third and final post on my quilting adventures in 2016!

This post is dedicated to the finishes...and may I just tell you, I am so surprised with how many projects I actually finished this year!?! Granted, many of them are small...but I'll take what I can get!

I started the year by finishing a Christmas gift...tell me I'm not the only one? It's a simple pillow cover from a charm pack with some strait line quilting on each side of the seams.

Winter Pillow cover

Next isn't technically my finish, but I had a part in it, and I'm so darn proud of how it turned out! This is a New York Beauty quilt, Florida Keys style! I contributed two blocks. I don't personally have a picture of the finished quilt...but it is finished, and will be up for raffle at our guild show in February 2017.

Paradise Quilters Raffle Quilt

My husband had a coworker expecting their first grandchild, and he asked me if I could whip up a little gift...of course I could!

Hot Air Balloon baby quilt

We have dark leather furniture in the living room, and wanted to brighten up the look...quilted pillow covers to the rescue! On the right is the contact print pillow from Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts, the second on the left is my original design.

Pillow covers for living room

And then, my crowning glory of the year...my very first commission quilt! You can read more about it here...and later on I made a pillow cover to match it!


WhatsNextMa: Improv Neutral Baby Quilt

WhatsNextMa: Improv Neutral Pillow Cover

My youngest (17) has discovered sailing since we moved to the Keys, and he loves, loves, loves walking to the sailing center after school to sail for a couple hours before it is time to come home. I made him a pillow to celebrate his new found hobby.

Sailboat pillow

For some more tropical color and brightness around the house, I made a quick batik table runner from a charm pack or two.

Batik table runner

And for Christmas sewing, I made a quick ornament from the tutorial by Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Too adorable!

Itty Bitty Tree Ornament

And just to round out the year...I made a pillow as a Christmas gift...only I actually finished it before Christmas, lol! This is for my youngest again...he loves penguins too!

Penguin Pillow

All in all, far more finishes than I would have originally thought! Now that I've looked at what I've accomplished, I get to plan on how to get things done in 2017!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith