Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ribbon Dance in Progress - #33

A few weeks ago, I started March OMG (One Monthly Goal) using MSQC Ribbon Dance pattern.  When I started to put the blocks together, it was moving along great.  After a few blocks, I was challenged with the pressing.  Seams open, to the dark side, up, down yikes I was failing.

I decided to go back to what has always worked for me, Rows.  So I layed the quilt out and but it together the rows together.  Not sure if it was the best use of time, but it worked for me.  I knew exactly how to press to get the seams to nest.  I was on my way to a finished quilt top.

MQSC Ribbon Dance piecing


We are almost there.  Once I completed the top, it was on to decide on backing.  I had planned on using Me and My Sisters Designs pink polka dot.  Of course, I didn't buy enough.  Time to modify the plan.  I had left over HSTs from the front, but decided that wouldn't be what I wanted for the back.  I wanted something light and airy.  So I cut up some Kona Snow White and added to the back.  Here is the back ready to be pressed and sandwiched.




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February Queens Reign is Over - Quilt #33

I posted a few days ago about joining the #beehivelillypad2017 and being the February Queen.

I received all the blocks and got busy on putting together my quilt.  You know I don't like to have unfinished projects sitting around.  Although right now I do have a few, okay only 2.

I chose Homebase by Blossom Heart Quilts  It was a simple block.  I chose white on whites as the background, greys for the pieces and bright colors for the middle.  This was my sample.



Before I knew it March was upon us and the blocks rolled in.  It was fun to see them posted online and then get them in the mail.  A got a few extra blocks from some in the group, so I only had to make one additional block to come up with 16.  So it was decided a 4 x 4 quilt.


I was so please with the finished quilt.  The binding is my favorite black and white stripes.




The backing was a wide back piece I had left from other quilts.





I decided I will be donating this quilt to Hand 2 Help  I stumbled upon them last year and made a few quilts.  They are starting 2017 right now, so this will be one of my quilts for them.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

February Swarm Lily Pad Queen

I joined my first Quilt Bee, Swarm Lily Pad 2017.  February was my month.  I was the Queen.

I chose the Homebase Block - Blossom Heart Quilts.  Here was my sample block.



I requested a white low volume background, grays and bright color for the middle.  It was a blast to see the blocks online and even better to start seeing them in person.

After getting all the blocks, even a few extras were received I made one more block.  I have a top.


It turned out great.  The sandwich was made last night and I hope to have it finished by tomorrow.  This one will be going to Hands 2 Help.  I signed up last year, as well as this year.

Thanks to my bee mates for the great blocks. #BeeHiveLilyPad2017

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Paper Piecing

I joined my first online Bee - Swarm Lily Pad 2017.  January's block was a good challenge for me.  It has lots of pieces and surprisingly went together quickly.  It was Blossom Heart Quilts - Ripples  When I saw the directions and pieces, it was a bit intimidated, but I did it.




Next up was February, I was the Queen.  So we know that it would be a simple block.  I picked Blossom Heart Quilts-Homebase.


Now onto the scary part, March.  Our Queen picked a paper piecing block, Blossom Heart Quilts - Wanta-Fanta.  I knew someone would pick paper piecing.  So I started.

Here are the snowballs pieces with one of the X units.  None of the seams in the X unit matched, not even close.  I thought I followed each direction so carefully, but no luck.  Second try wasn't much better.


Yesterday was gonna be my day. Either third strike and I'm out or third time was a charm.  I think it worked are pretty good.  A bit off on some of the X unit seams, but good to go.



Paper piecing was on my list of things to try in 2017, so I can say I tried.  I think I'll be doing some others.  They will be for myself, then I won't be as concerned with perfect matches.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Stash Additions

Many of you know that I haven't really been quilting that long, 18 months.  My stash is really sad.

Yesterday I was heading across the state to have dinner with some girlfriends from high school (we aren't really girls anymore).  Go Class of 1974!!!  I was going to do a slow drive and stop along the way.

I remember Pam at Mama Sparks World, who is from Ann Arbor, about her favorite fabric stops.  So after an email, she gave me a few places to stop.  I only had a chance to stop at one, Pink Castle Fabric.  When I pulled up, it wasn't quite the quilt shop I was expecting.  It was more like a work type building.  Once I got inside, who cares what the outside looked like.

Here is the fabric I added to my stash yesterday:




There is no plan for the is fabric, other than to look at it and find a way to be able to see it when it gets put away.

Thanks Pam!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March One Monthly Goal - Quilt #32

I can't believe it is March already.  When setting my February goal, I said I was really resetting 2017, as January was a troubled month in our house.  I can't believe I am saying that again.  Hopefully all the germs are out and we can restart 2017 in March.  Here's to a healthy 2017!!!

I met my February goal but didn't get too much else done in the month, so March creeped up on me.

I saw this pattern in my email from MSQC, Ribbon Dance


and had a layer cake of




So I am off to making another great quilt.





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Monday, February 27, 2017

Totally Triangle QAL @ 2 months

In January I started the Totally Triangle QAL.  It is hosted by @MysteryQuilter, on instagram  she posted she was looking for 5 champions to quilt along with her on this journey. It was a totally new thing for me.

First doing blocks is was new to me.  Then cutting things like diamonds, parallelograms, jewels, lozenges, trapeziums.  Yikes what was I thinking.  Ok, I'm an old broad, I can do this.  Sheila's instruction have been great, even for a beginner like me.

We are now 2 months into the Totally Triangle QAL and I have finished the first 8 blocks.  So here they are:

Triangle Nine Patch


Bunting


Egg Timer


Arrows


Campground



Propeller


Evening Star


Tararuas




Made it through February, bring on March.



If you want to join on this journey of fun, head over to http://www.mysteryquilter.com/.



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