Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Improv at Quilt Retreat and More

     The past week was busy and fun.  I joined sister Irene in the NC mountains for a quilt retreat. 

We did not see much of the mountains because of dense fog for a couple of days but we enjoyed sewing.

We had agreed to work on Score 1 ( “floating squares”) from the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri L. Wood. You can find out more on her website here.

This is my piece thus far. I plan to add more and also try other scores from the book.

Here is my sister’s. Sorry it is a little blurry.

The morning after arriving home, I headed to GA and Lily’s ballet demonstration.  Here the girls are showing off some ballet moves in new dresses I made them.

I am looking forward to spending more time with them this summer.  

Have fun sewing and quilting!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Preparing Leader/Ender Sewing

     I have pieced 10 blocks I’m calling “4 and 4 patch” and ran out of the block kits I had put together.  Next week I am going with my sister on a quilting retreat in the mountains and want to have more kits ready for leader/ender sewing so I spent time today putting together 20 more block kits. 

If you are not familiar with Bonnie Hunter’s Leader/Ender technique, please check out her post.  Chain piecing is wonderful but sometimes you will not have anything from the current project to go under the needle.  That is when you grab a leader/ender kit that you have prepared.  I love how it keeps you from having loose threads and you can get so much more accomplished in the same amount of time.   
    While on the retreat my sister and I plan to try out Score One (Floating Squares) from Sherri Lynn Wood’s book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. You can find more info about it on Sherri’s webpage.  I started to pull from my stash the 3 fabrics I will need.

   Yesterday I sewed a dress for my older granddaughter.  She requested a fabric flower on it so that was today’s project. 

The flower is made from many layers of folded circles stitched together.

Enjoy at least a few minutes of sewing or quilting.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekend of Piecing

     I enjoyed a Mother's Day brunch prepared by son Will and weekend soccer games for each granddaughter.  I also found time to piece blocks for a couple of scrappy projects.  A couple of years ago I made a class sample with black, white and red.  With a few blocks left as orphans and some improvisational piecing with the scraps plus a couple of paper-pieced hearts from another class, I now have 20 blocks.  Here is the layout so far.
I may move a couple of blocks, then add a scrappy red and black border and call it complete.

   I also pieced these 7 scrappy anvil blocks (inspired by a quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe).  I think that gives me 20 blocks.  I am planning to use scrappy sashing.

Have some fun piecing and quilting!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Making Best Use of Time Sewing

        I am at my home away from home for a few days visiting family. I still like to have sewing projects to work on.   I finished this top for a kid’s comfort quilt.
 I pieced the blocks as a leader/ender project. I saw the design on where she made her version of "Joy in the Morning" quilt pattern by Gayle Bong. I used my stash of 3 ½” scrap squares. I did not plan the pressing of seams and wish I had.

       Another leader/ender project is these squares.
I do not have a name for the blocks but I’ll call them “4 and 4 patches”. ! I like how the block goes together with typical 4 patch pressing for matching seams.

I also have crumbs to sew with and will play to create some more bright made-fabric squares for another project.
 Enjoy a few minutes of sewing or quilting!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Watercolor Finish and New English Paper Piecing

   My watercolor wall-hanging is finished. 
I wish I had used a different color or finer thread and even a different motif for the quilting, however, I love it and want to do more. Thanks to Debbie of  Stitchin’ Therapy  for teaching me more about color value. 

     I have done minimal English Paper Piecing, however, when I saw this quilt on Facebook I became excited. 
The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along” was Katja’s 2015 project offered readers of her book, The New Hexagon.   
I would really love to make this quilt but decided it would be smarter to start smaller. I also probably need to shop for a different selection of fabric. 

 For 2016 Katja offers a more simple project, “Blocks on the Go, for Quilts that Grow”,  where each block can be a finished quilt.   I shopped my stash for fabric and started making the hexagon blocks. 
I have not yet decided on a background fabric or whether I want to follow her directions to finish each unit which can then be joined.  She gives lots of options no matter how many you want to make.

Hope you enjoy at least a few minutes of sewing and quilting today.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Busy Week and a Finish

    The past week my quilting has taken a backseat as I enjoyed some time with family.  Son Will and granddaughter Mattie ran a 5K race last Sunday morning. 

Back at home I spent a couple of mornings working in my flower beds.  I have at least 10 varieties of bearded iris and am enjoying several in bloom. 

     Last night I finished sewing on the binding for the HST part of the “Scrappy Duo” quilts from Fons and Porter designs.  You can see more about the quilts on this post

I save Dove unscented soap slivers to mark sections on the border to help guide my FMQ of the swirl motif.  Afterwards a quick wipe with a damp cloth removes the marks. 

      I continue on my mission to finish UFOs.  This week I pulled BOM kits from Hancock Fabrics 2003 BOM.  I bought them the next year on sale.  The blocks are now pieced and I need to decide how I want to set them.  Somewhere I have some fabric I bought years ago for possible sashing and borders. 

Hope you enjoy some time sewing and quilting.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Made-Fabric Finish

    I am know in my guild as one who works with lots of fabric scraps.  I have been inspired by the work of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I used a bunch of green scraps to create blocks of "made-fabric".  I used them in this quilt and another.

I decided to quilt it with a wavy grid which is rather uninteresting. I used a light green thread.

I also have pieced a full size bed top like this one except the borders are different fabric.  I hope I can come up with a more interesting way to quilt it when I am ready.

Enjoy sewing and quilting today.