Sew Sundays – Feb 4, 2018 – A new beginning

I started working on the Autumn leaves quilt briefly …

but then I needed put it to the side while I started working on another quilt which has an April due date.

This is the “Storm at Sea” pattern I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I bought the fabric – sew pretty!! but really do think I need to buy a pattern for this one – the colour placement seems to be pretty critical and I don’t want to mess it up.

I’m hesitant though because some of the patterns I’ve browsed … well…let’s just say I think there may be some patterns that are easier to follow than others. Do you have a Storm at Sea pattern that you tried and found easy to follow? Let me know and I’ll go buy it.

Here’s what I’ve managed to do so far…

I also want to work on improving my blog. I see how some people’s blogs have a “Linking to” section in theirs. Most of the time I compose my posts on my phone, so I understand that likely the functions may not be available via that method. I’m a real newbie with WordPress, so if you have any hints/tips for me — I’ll welcome them with open arms!

Spend your Sunday Sewing and Smile!

Here is my PHD list and the progress since the start of the challenge:

  1. Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased – no progress this period
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – in progress, some blocks partially done
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017 – no progress this period
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  5. Little Girl quilt – DONE Jan 2018
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started – flimsy and borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending – no progress this period
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased – pattern: Alter-ego; no progress this period
  12. Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
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Sew Sundays — January 28, 2018 A finish and a Bonus

Finished! Little girl quilt is done.

I am happy with the overall effect but do recognize now that I coulda/shoulda added either some simpler blocks or sashing to break up the repeated blocks.

This makes me realize that it’s time for me to start using patterns. So far I’ve pretty much only made one-block quilts, adding variation with borders and sashing only. But it’s time to go to the next level.

Question for you: are there some patterns which are better written than others? What should I look for when choosing a pattern?

This week I also finished a table runner for a friend. Her niece is having a stag and doe, so to help them out I whipped up this little beauty. My gf was thrilled!

Here is my PHD list and the progress since the start of the challenge:

  1. Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased – no progress this period
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – cutting started
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017 – no progress this period
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – flimsy done except for borders – borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  5. Little Girl quilt – DONE Jan 2018
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started – flimsy and borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending – no progress this period
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased – pattern: Alter-ego; no progress this period
  12. Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period

Happy sewing!

Sew Sundays – January 21, 2018 – Quilters ADD

Sometimes I feel very focused and other times I feel paralyzed by choices.

In my brief quilting journey, through reading blogs, articles, and other social media posts, two common traps appear time and time again.

1. Stash overload

Its sew fun buying new fabric! I know now that if I go to my local fabric store I need to bank on the fact that no matter why I went there I will inevitably spend at least an hour and a half there. There is simply no way around that. Where I have been successful is in not buying fabric for no reason. I’m not saying I’ve NEVER bought fabric just because it’s pretty..I’m just saying I haven’t overloaded on “just because” fabric in my stash. I think I realized that in order to make good use of a stash it needs to be of some considerable size and I just don’t want to go there.

2. UFO Overload

With the number of posts about people’s UFOs, it quickly became obvious that it’s an easy trap to fall into. Originally I wondered why…

Now I get it. Even though quilts made by machine are finished much faster than in generations before, where much or all of it was stitched by hand, they still take a considerable amount of time. And depending on how much ‘spare’ time one has, they can take even longer. In short..boredom, or getting tired of looking at the same thing is the reason I start getting antsy to start a new project. I tried to keep this trap in check by only working on two projects at a time. But all too quickly that approach fell off the rails. Now I find myself, after only starting this journey in July 2016, with a UFO list that has me feeling pressured. And then there are the new projects that pop up through the year…sigh.

I’m working through FMQing the little girl quilt on my PHD list. I’m nearly done – just have to finish the borders.

While working on this I find myself fiercely holding back the start of a new project. That new project was unplanned – 60th birthday gift due in April.

I was thinking about a storm at sea pattern but when considering the FMQ options I’m not too sure now. I think it may be too restrictive because of the lack of negative space. (I love to quilt in a grafitti quilting style.)

I may revert to a similar pattern with more open space – Tennessee waltz.

I did find this picture of a storm at sea, and with the light centres, it may satisfy my needs.

I’m thinking I would make the star points in the darkest fabric, the diamonds in medium, and the centers in light. What do you think?

Are there other quilting traps that you work hard to avoid?

Happy sewing and see you next Sunday.

Sew Sundays – January 14, 2018

Sew…this week I’ve been working on finishing my almost finished projects. For the Winnie the Pooh baby quilt all that was needed was to add the binding and label. I decided to use this quilt to work on my binding method. I tried an option which involves sewing it the back and then using a blanket stitch on the front. I LOVED how it looked from the front. But…silly me…I didn’t check the back early enough. Whoops! Given I’m using this quilt to learn its important for me to un-sew and redo it. Sew…after removing the old stitching I tried to make sure the binding was exactly on the line of stitching but no luck. After my second attempt, I gave up and used my usual method. Phd#8 is Done PhD #10 (Lewe the Ewe baby quilt) is also done. Now my grandson has something to sleep with when he comes over.

I’ve started few PhD #1 (little girl quilt) which is coming along nicely. Thank you everyone for your feedback about it. I kept the borders on. Now I realize that I should have perhaps added some more plain background blocks or sashing. There isn’t much space for the ‘fancy’ quilting that I so like to do. Still, I’m pretty happy with it. How is everyone else doing with your PHDs? Do you have different methods of binding that you would like to share? Be sew happy and have a wonderful week! See you next Sunday.

Sew Sundays – January 7, 2018

Happy New Year!! The snow and cold make sewing Sundays guilt free!  They provide the purr-fect excuse to stay in and sew.

For 2018, I’m working on my PHD (projects half done).

My cousin, Gail Sheppard, has laid out a challenge and is awarding fellow quilters their PHD if they accomplish the specified goal of finishing at least 12 projects half done.  See her post linked below.

While I tried to work on no more than 2 projects at a time, just into my second quilty year  I already found myself overwhelmed with projects I want to do, some I need to do, and others just because.  I found that I actually had enough PHDs to qualify for this challenge…YIKES!!

Here is my PHD list (pictures below in order) and the progress since Gail laid out the challenge:

  1.  Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased – no progress this period
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – has a deadline; fabric purchased and pattern selected – no progress this period
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017 – no progress this period
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – flimsy done except for borders – borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  5. Little Girl quilt – has a deadline ; fabric purchased and pattern (this is next on my to do list ) – flimsy (and borders) done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started – flimsy and borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending – no progress this period
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – FMQ in progress
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – FMQ started – FMQ done, label ready to see on
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased – no progress this period
  12. Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period

As I make progress I will post updated pictures but this is a picture of what I’ve been working on.

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And, now only a few days into the new year I received word of a friend’s milestone birthday this year, which of course means I have to add another project on my TO DO list.  I’m thinking I might use the “Storm at Sea” pattern.  This project won’t count towards my PHD but no matter.

Good luck to my fellow PHD contenders!

..and to all, a good sew

 

Sew Sundays – December 31, 2017

Sew, it’s Sunday.

I’ve been working on #1 from my PHD list.  Its a quilt for the granddaughter of my dear friend. My friend’s daughter asked me to make it and have it ready for the arrival of their second child.  It will be given to their first child to combat any jealousy that might ensue.

In my 2.5 years of quilting I’ve encountered some quilts that seem to resist my good intentions.  This appears to be one of them.

I started with a plan to use a pretty block I found.

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But the quilt needed to be pinks and purples.  I went fabric shopping but struggled to find the right balance between too much colour and not enough.  I thought I had come up with the right formula.

But now that the blocks are sewn together it is just not working for me.  I’m not sure why, its just not saying “wonderful” to me.

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I haven’t decided if I want to un-sew sections and separate some sections by adding sashing, or even blank background squares.  I made a twisted ribbon border for the sides, but there again I haven’t decided if that will add-to or take away from the overall quilt.

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What do you think?

Have you ever encountered a quilt that just needed extra encouragement to make it just right?

Enjoy your Sunday’s and happy sewing!

2018 – The Year Ahead

As we wind down 2017 and I look back at this time last year, and this time years past, I think of what I’ve learned.

The thing that stands out for me this year is – Memories.  More than anything, Christmas is about memories.  It’s the proverbial “stake in the ground”, a marker which enables you to see how far you’ve come.

As I think back to  the Christmases of my childhood all I remember is what I did for those holidays and who I was with.  My family, piling into the car early in the morning to drive 2 hours, looking for kittens in the barn, snowmobiling, tobogganing, of course, eating those yummy popcorn balls!

For 2018, my cousin, Gail Sheppard, has laid out a challenge: I’ll be working on my PHD.  In the quilty world, PHD stands for “projects half done”.  Gail is awarding fellow quilters their PHD if they accomplish the specified goal of finishing at least 12 projects half done.  See her post linked below.

Normally I like to work on two projects at a time.  It drives me nuts to have any projects not finished.  But only into my second quilty year, I find myself overwhelmed with projects I want to do, some I need to do, and others just because.  I did a tally, and have the following on my PHD list:

  1.  Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – has a deadline; fabric purchased and pattern selected
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – flimsy done except for borders
  5. Little Girl quilt – has a deadline ; fabric purchased and pattern (this is next on my to do list )
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – FMQ started
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased
  12. ….

Blast!  The rules say I have to finish at least 12 to qualify.  Well – no matter.  It’s not the award at the end, it’s the fun of participating.

Wait a sec!  I found one more!  Yay!

12.  Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ.

OK, Gail – I hope I’ve met your criteria and I hope I’ve followed the instructions!

Happy Quilting – and Merry Christmas everyone

xo

Link ups:

PHD Challenge: https://quiltinggail.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/phd-in-2018/