Monday, March 19, 2018

Working on a New UFO

I was looking at my UFO list yesterday, and decided that I just wasn't "feeling it" for the next item on my list for this month. It's an autumn themed churn dash quilt and it's just the wrong time of year to feel excited about autumn fabrics. So I decided to simply pull another UFO out instead.

This week I had bought some red and blue yardage to finish this patriotic panel. So it was the ideal next project.

I've added a red inner border around the panel so far, and have 7 red/cream/blue stars made for a second border. There are 13 more stars cut out and ready to sew.  And there is plenty of the red and blue to add a third border.  I think this will become a Quilt of Valor.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Laser cut words

I picked up this laser cut message on my road trip through Iowa last summer.  At the time I didn't know what I wanted to do with it, but I just knew that I wanted it.  I've ironed it onto a medium tan fabric with a small print.  The color here is way off, but the black does look good on it. The vines printed on the fabric look like the vines in the black laser cut piece.

So now, I'm thinking some simple hand quilting to finish it and then mount it in a picture frame.  I recently saw a gorgeous small hand quilted piece done with a diagonal grid and a tiny bead stitched into every place the stitching crossed.  That might be too much work, but I think it would look great. So for now it's hanging on my design wall.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

RSC18 green blocks

I'm keeping up so far with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018 blocks. January was blue, February was purple, and March is green. Check out the Squared Away sampler page.

The March block is an old pattern called Red Cross.  It has elements of Broken Dishes I think with the half square triangles joined this way.  So far I'm loving all 3 months' blocks and am looking forward to see what April brings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Saturday Sampler

I really love going to Saturday Sampler each month. First of all, the Show n' Tell is always amazing and inspirational.  And the demo teaches us new techniques or reinforces techniques that we maybe don't always remember to do correctly.  Even though I've been quilting for over 30 years I still learn new things at Saturday Sampler and other classes. And it is an opportunity to experiment with colors and blocks.

This Saturday Sampler has encouraged us to "shop our stash".  Since I have a lot of black and whites, and a lot of brights in the stash that is what I've chosen to use. I've pulled different brights each month.  And since each month we are doing 2 variations of the block, I've been trying to make a light and a dark version.  This month's block is called Homemade Ice Cream and I used a coral batik, with a slightly lighter coral in this second block.  This might be my favorite block so far from the group.

Summer Watermelon Sampler is the name of the sampler program, but my fabric choices say nothing about watermelon.  But they might be kind of summery with all of the bright colors. The only block I'm not sure I like is the one with the green. It should have black where the green is and more yellow in those corners. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Homemade Ice Cream

Isn't that a great name for a block?  It looks a bit like the dasher in an ice cream churn.  Have you ever made homemade ice cream?  We used to do it more often when the kids were around, but now that we have grandkids it may be time to pull out that ice cream maker again.

This is the first of 2 versions of this block for Saturday Sampler.  I have the parts cut for the second one, which will rearrange the colors.  Hopefully I'll get it sewn together later in the day. Black and white and bright makes for a happy color scheme so far. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fabric weaving 

What a fun afternoon with friends!  Our friend Sylvia is visiting from Iowa and brought a project for Pam and I as early birthday gifts.
Fabric weaving. These take 3 identical fabric panels, a canvas and staple gun.

One panel is stretched over the canvas. The other 2 are ripped into strips and woven like a lattice pie crust. I love my red poppy. But don’t love the bad hair. LOL

EDIT:  Check out the designer of these fabric panels. And the Cedar Rapids Iowa shop Delve MIY. All I can say is Wow!! I visited this shop in December and it is wonderful.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Yellow Pineapples

I have a finish for March and it's all from scraps, including the back and binding.  I love the quilting (Thanks Bonnie!!) because it looks a lot like the texture of a real pineapple.  It's only 14" square and may just need to hang in my sewing room to brighten the space.