Saturday, January 14, 2017

My First Swap


I joined my first swap over at KoolBeenz 

We were paired up with another swapper and here is what I got.  She was perfect in the colors and prints, I couldn't be more pleased.



She also included some extras, a purple thang, which I have been wanting to try, some very cute pins, a new seam ripper (mine has the little ball missing) and some micro popcorn.

It was a pleasure to swap with KellyJo, thanks again.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finally!!!


So I am finally (I hope) over the flu.  Couldn't have picked a better week to be out of it, cold, windy and snowy all week.

In this post my Totally Triangle pick. I talk about how I joined the Totally Triangle QAL.

It started on January 7, so I am a day late.  I hate to be late, but I sure wasn't going to take a chance and measure and cut fabric with a foggy brain.  I have enough trouble with accuracy with a clear head.

I decided to start with the yellow, Andover Fabrics - Dimples.  I am going to use the grey for all the blocks and use one color in each.

First up is the nine patch.  I am fairly new to block making. So I was a bit concerned with my seams and points.  So off I went.




It really didn't take to long to put together.  I think my seams are good, but that center point is a bit off.  Not sure if I am going to go with it or redo.  




So if you want to join in, check out Mystery Quilter - Totally Triangle QAL











Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Totally Triangle Quilt Along

As the new year starts, I have one full year of quilting experience.  I am looking to have some fun and work on things that I normally wouldn't do  So I started looking for QAL and BOM.

On instagram I saw Mystery Quilter.  She was sharing her 2017 Totally Triangle Quiltalong.  It runs from January 7 to June 24.  With a new block every 2 weeks.

All the blocks are triangle patchwork.  They look fun and not too difficult.  And YEA!!!! there is no paper piecing.  I don't think I am ready for paper piecing yet.

Sheila's Totally Triangle Quilt has been accepted into Quiltcon in Savanah in February.

Anyone who knows me or looks at my blog, knows that I am not that creative.  Fabric selection comes from precuts and collections.

But yesterday I headed to the local quilt shop and gave it a try for the Totally Triangle Quiltalong.


I am using Kona Slate and Kona White.  The colors are all from Andover Fabrics - Dimples.  Technically I chose my own fabric, since it didn't come in a pre-cut bundle with a nice ribbon on it.  So I didn't really go that far out of the collection box, I do think it will be nice.

So I am off to go start the first block.  Triangle Nine Patch.

Best laid plans.  Weren't we all taught to read the instructions first.  Well I don't have a 60 degree triangle ruler, I have a 30-degree.  So placed an order and will get to iron my fabric today.


Over on instagram Sheila was looking for 5 champions to quilt along with her.  I was so excited that I got to join this journey. So you will be seeing a lot of me and my blocks for the next 25 weeks.

So here is to 25 weeks of triangle fun and sharing with Sheila @mysteryquilter

Monday, January 2, 2017

OMG January 2017


Back in September, 2016, I joined Quilting JetGirl in a charm swap using Alison Glass fabric.  This was my first charm swap, so I was quite excited.

Come early December, I got my package of fabric.




Now I need to decide what to do with this fabric.  After a lot of anxiety of trying to make a decision, I went to my all time favorite HSTs, with white.





Now that all the triangles are made another decision needs to be made, what to do with them.

So I laid out a few block choices




























I need to make a decision and move forward.

My January 2017 One Monthly Goal is to complete this quilt.




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My First Quilting Bee Ever!!!

I took the leap and joined an online Quilting Bee.  I am part of the #beehivelilypad2017.  I will be Queen in April.  This is scary for me, as I have normally used precuts for my quilts.  That way I don't need to pick fabric.  I'm not sure that my creativity is ready, but I'm giving it a try.

Here is my cut pieces for our January Queen, Rita Crews.  Rita chose Ripples by Blossom Heart Quilts for her block.  Black and whites were her color choice.

This is my first "Real" quilt block.  Normally I just use precuts and put them together.  So this was a scary thing for me.  Here are the fabrics and my cut pieces.




Once I had them cut, I let them sit a few days.  Not sure why, other than not really wanting to tackle a "block".  Once I started, it didn't seem so bad.


So here is my finished block.  It turned out quite well.  Majority of my points are looking great.  A few are off a smidge, but overall I think the block turned out great.


So now to send off my block and ticked one item off my to do list.  

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Best of 2016 Linky Party

With only a few days left in 2016, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a linky party.  She challenged us to post our 5 "best" posts from 2016 and linkup.

Meadow Mist Designs


Since I haven't been quilting for to long, my creativity is based on patterns and precuts.  But the only point that matters is I enjoy the time and the end results.

The only problem is I am not only building a stash of fabric, I am building a stash of quilts. I have given several away to family and charities.  More giving coming up in 2017.

Since I haven't been blogging long, I don't have much of a following and get most of my views from link parties.  I love them, because it give me the opportunity to see so many beautiful pieces.

So here are my Top 5 by views.

#5  Another Sew Together Bag
 

After my first bag, I thought a few more were in order.  This bag went together as nicely as the first, until I got to the binding.  I really am binding challenged.  Frustration set in, multiple needles, skipped stitches, but I plugged along and finished it.



#4  Quilt #24




I had some left over jelly roll strips from another project and put together this quilt, of course using a pattern.  I went together very nicely and made another great charity quilt.



#3  Quilt #21



I was looking for something quick and easy to put together as a distraction for a couple of days.  I used up a charm pack I had picked up on sale somewhere.  It was the first time I used wide backing.  it made it so easy, although I still love a pieced backing.

#2  OMG November Done



I had a enjoyed putting this quilt together.  It started with left overs from a previous quilt, that I needed to tear apart and put back together.


#1  Sew Together Bag




I saw this bag online and thought it would be a cute gift, to have in my gift stash.  So I set out to make one.  I enjoyed this project and it came together fairly quick.  I had been forwarned about the zippers, but I found the zippers much easier than the binding.  This was my test bag to see how it went before I made a few more for gifts.


Thanks to Cheryl for this linky party.









 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Quilt for 2016

My sister has made several rag quilts.  My husband said a few times, why don't you make quilts like this.

On my last trip to Shipshewanna, I bought this bundle to make a Rag Quilt for my hubby.


 It doesn't look like much, but it is very soft and thick flannel.  Yesterday I went to the laundromat to wash and dry the quilt.  With all that string and fuzz, I didn't want to clog my washer and fill my dryer vent with lint.  

So after $9.00 I have a clean quilt.  Who forgot to tell me that there would be so much lint/threads stuck to the fabric after the wash and dry.  Today I need to pick the fuzz off the quilt.  Then I can put it in a gift bag for Hubby for Christmas.




Wishing each of you a Very Merry, Healthy, Joyous day.  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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