• What’s up – 7.20.19

    I have too many projects going. Have you ever had this problem? Well, I decided I needed to work on only ONE (okay two quilts but if one is for charity does it count?) project to try to get it done instead of starting another one. Let’s not even talk about the ones that have been put on the back burner.

     

    Bumble Bee quilt top is all done. I decided not to add borders since it was already pretty busy. I will do a separate post to show it off.

    Habitat #2 – still using 2-1/2″ strip sets to make the block but decided to use the ‘Hidden Well’ pattern idea. I pondered many designs but wasn’t happy until I found a layout on Pinterest. This video tutorial is from Missouri Star that does a great job of showing you how the block goes together.

    Leader/Enders – I know that I said I wouldn’t start any new projects but these fabrics are for Bonnie Hunter’s 2019 Leader Ender challenge. This year we will be making the ‘shoo-fly’ block. Do you know about the challenge? If not, check out Bonnie’s post here. She explains the process and gives you great directions on the finished 4-1/2″ or 6″ block.

    There is more than one box of yarn that has been sitting around for quite a while. Since I got into quilting I haven’t done much knitting or crocheting. A girlfriend of mine prodded me into picking up the crochet hook again. It will be a small charity baby afghan.

    Lots of flowers are blooming in the garden.

    flowers
    day lily

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 6.26.19

    How can it already be almost the end of June. Gosh, summer is going by too fast. After a few rainy overcast dreary days we are having a couple of days that have been wonderful. All of this is going to change starting tomorrow. The weather forecast is for high humidity and 90 plus degrees. Yikes! This will give me some time to quilt since it will be way too hot to be working in the garden.

     

    rows
    Bumble Bee – blocks are sewn together into rows. I like the look of the quilt so I am not sure if I will add a border or not. I guess I will wait until I have the rows sewn together to decide.

    blocks
    Habitat #1 – so instead of making the blocks like I mentioned here I decided to use hourglass blocks as the alternate block. Easy peasy with just two colors. Sounded good until…. I figured out that I would have to put the blocks on point. That also means that I will have to sew them together in diagonal seams. What was I thinking.

    The peonies are all done flowering and there isn’t anything blooming right now. Many of the daylilies are showing flower stalks so maybe in a week or so we will have some blooms. Here is a photo of my back yard shade garden. There are amethyste astilbles in the back with a variety of hostas in front of them.

    shade garden

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 6.15.19

    I have made great progress with both of my projects even though I have been spending more time in the garden than quilting.

     

    blocks
    blocks
    Bumble Bee – I have 63 of these simple blocks completed and now I need to decide on the layout. You can get more info on the pattern that I am using here.

    Habitat
    blocks
    Habitat #1 – have a lot of these rail fence blocks made and have decided that I would use them for the center of a cracker jack block. The block is basically a rail fence block with triangles added to have it look like a rotated square. Angela Pingel has a great tutorial for the block.

    I just had to share some of the first blooms of the summer. Don’t you just love the contrast between the rose colored flowers and the yellow green hosta?

    weigela and hostas

    These peach irises are the first to bloom each year. I now have lavender, purple and yellow ones blooming.

    peach iris

    I have several peonies plants that range from the palest pink to dark burgundy. This plant was in my Mom’s garden and it always reminds me of her.

    peonies

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 5.21.19

    Wow…it has been awhile since the last time I did a ‘what’s up’ post. The good news is that most of the projects I was working on are now complete. Of course, I had to start a couple more.

     

    hourglass
    This small quilt is done and I will do a separate post to show it.

    modern puzzle
    This charity quilt is also done. I even have prepared the backing and binding.

    Bumble Bee

    I started working with a collection of black, white, grey and yellow fabrics. I am using Film in the Fridge’s 2×4 quilt tutorial although I changed the size of the strips to 2-1/2″ and then cross cut at 4-1/2″ because I wanted a square block instead of rectangle one.

    fabrics

    Over the past few years ago, I made Twin City 12 Patch and Antique Tile using the Habitat fabric collection by Bernatex (plus stash). I still have LOTS of fabric leftover. As you can see, the colors palette is limited and a little challenging to use. Most of the fabrics have grey, black, cream/white, greens with a couple of them that have a touch of teal. My game plan is to try to find patterns/ideas to make a couple of fun quilts. The easiest pattern I am thinking will work is a simple rail fence blocks. At some point I will probably do some shopping in my stash and see if I can bring another color or fabric(s).

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 3.26.19

    I have made some real progress on my projects lately. Maybe it is because I haven’t had to shovel snow or deal with cold temperatures lately. In fact, we might even get to be over 60 degrees this week. I still have snow in my backyard but I think that maybe spring is here.

     

    quilt center

    Sometimes, when I am hesitant on working on a project I have to step back. It seems as though this quilt has been telling me that it isn’t ready for borders. Something is missing. Well, after looking at the quilt center for awhile I figured it out. It needs a few more geese in the lower right hand corner.

    Floral Rails

    Over the past couple of weeks I was able to sew the rows together and add the borders. Yeah ! I will do a post soon to show you the finished quilt top.

    lilac star rows

    Another quilt top is done. Borders have been added and once I take a good photo I will do a separate post.

    hourglass rows

    The blocks have been sewn into rows and now I am sewing the rows together. It has a lot of seams to match but is coming along nicely.

    modern puzzle blocks
    I have had these two matching fabrics for ages and didn’t know what to do with them until I found the free ‘Modern Puzzle’ quilt pattern by Christa Watson. Click on her links so you can download the PDF. Christa’s pattern uses jelly rolls but I had yardage so I did strip sets. I added some beige fabric and starting sewing. This went together VERY EASY. I might have to make a more scrappy version some day.

    Of course, these aren’t my only projects. I am also working on two charity quilts. The patterns are easy and it has been fun to work on something that goes together quickly.

    How are your projects coming along ?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 3.05.19

    Well, it has been a few weeks since the last update and I had hoped for more progress on my projects but, instead, I started another quilt. Pinterest is a wonderful source for inspiration but can also distract you from your current ideas. There are SOOOOO many ideas on-line that you just HAVE to make. It seems like I have been playing with new ideas and not finishing up the old ones.

     

    quilt center
    The flying geese quilt is still missing the side borders. This is one of those cases where I thought I had enough background fabric UNTIL I changed the design. I have done some calculations and I might have just enough of the solid navy fabric but I need to make careful cuts.

    Floral Rails
    The blocks have been sewn into rows and I am working on adding the borders. Unfortunately, I don’t have a long enough piece of the border fabric to use for the side borders. Are you sensing a theme? The borders will have to be pieced. Not a big deal – it will look fine.

    lilac star rows
    My star blocks are up on my design wall sewn into rows. They might be slightly wrinkled but it gives you a look at the quilt center. Maybe now I will be get motivated to add the borders.

    layout
    Here is my idea for the layout of my leader ender hourglass blocks. I was inspired by a Red Pepper’s quilt . When you look at the my photo you can see that I arranged the hourglass blocks slightly different. The color section of each hourglass unit surrounds the rail fence to form a block. The pink area (design wall) will end up being a variety of plain 3″ finished beige squares.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 2.12.19

    Here is an update on some of my ‘work in progress’ projects.

     

    quilt center
    Flying Geese – I have been working on other projects and unfortunately this one has gone on the back burner for now.

    rail fence
    Floral rail fence – hey…I have figured out the layout. I have gone from square rail fences to making rectangular blocks. The pink you see in the photo is my design wall. You can tell that I will need to fill in the some blank spots.

    star blocks
    Lilac Stars – this is a small quilt of only 20 blocks (4×5) so sewing them into rows didn’t take much time but now I am not sure what to do for a border.

    hourglass
    Leader Ender Hourglass – this has been my leader ender project for awhile and I finally have enough blocks to start working on a layout for a small quilt.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki