Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Here it is!

The finished product...kind of. This isn't the greatest pic of it, but once it comes back from the quilters, we'll get a final shoot and send it back out here.

No Guilt Quilt

I've been working away at the t-shirt quilt. I'm finding it fun, yet frustrating. Inspirational, yet very challenging. Colorful, yet painstakingly slow. As much as I've been working on it, I'm barely half way through designing it on the wall. I almost feel like I need to put together what I've got up there so far and see more where I'm at, but I won't.

I have already moved a few of the shirts around a bit to make up for fillers and positioning, so I know if I start putting it together, I'll end up ripping out a few of what I've done to accommodate my new ideas; and unsewing is NOT fun!

Since Monday was my birthday, Jim got a few quilt-y things for me. Four layer cakes from The Marshall House for a larger blocked Anita's Arrowhead quilt. The cakes are so fun and in terrific colors so it'll be cool to see how they all come together over the next few months. I want to have this one done for our quilt show in March, so I'm doing a few blocks each day to ensure completeness for the show.

The second thing he got for me was a complete (directions, patterns, AND fabrics) set for the Wind in the Whiskers wall hanging by McKenna Ryan. I love her colors and use of batiks and this will be a winter project that should keep me busy for quite some time. There are seven panels to complete the whole quilt and each panel has lots and lots of pieces to work with so this should perk up those blah winter months.


Friday, October 11, 2013

More Mystery Pics

Cheeseburger, I want my cheeseburger!

Taco's, get your taco's here.

This was under my machine being blanket stitched.

I'm getting hungry just looking at these and it's just past 10:00 in the morning. I think we'll have burgers tonight for dinner. Yum.

I'm delving into a new facet of quilt making. I started this two days ago and have found it very therapeutic, yet very time consuming. I'm the guinea pig for this project just in case any other members of the family want one, but making a t-shirt quilt was on my quilting bucket list. 

Jim and I have a cedar chest full of memories and many of those are t-shirts we've collected throughout our lives. Some of them are not in very good shape, but I decided to include them into the quilt because they are a significance of my life I feel is important. And, since this is my quilt, I have the final say, right?

And, I'm not making a traditional t-shirt quilt; most of the examples I've seen are set together with equal block sizes, with or without sashing strips in between each block. A book purchased earlier this week is teaching me how to get out of that box and steer the ship in a different direction. 

Wednesday evening was spent going through the t-shirts and picking out ones I wanted to include in my experiment. After selecting about 18 of them,  the next step was to iron, cut, attach interfacing to their backside, and then start designing the quilt on the wall.

I found I didn't have enough t-shirts cut. Can you believe it? I dug through the t-shirt pile once again and selected another six more to add to the quilt. This changed the whole layout (pretty much) and so back to the design wall we go. Once I arrived at a suitable layout, I started making deconstructed flying geese. These are flying geese that aren't measured or equally balanced. Wonky geese if you will.

I chose this method for two reasons: 1) I'm not balanced (giggle, giggle), and 2) I didn't want to be tied down to a traditional quilt-making method while wanting to have fun doing this uncharted project. I knew that I was going to be slow at it since it's so new to me, so I didn't want to loose interest after doing four or five of the fillers between each of the blocks. 

I think too that I'm going to border each t-shirt in a wonky square so they appear even more randomly laid out. I have to remember how to do this since it's been a while. 

The other project I've been working on the past few days is a challenge quilt set out by one of our ASQ guild members. It's an art quilt with four self thought out nouns to build the quilt upon. It's only a small piece (less then 20" square), but it occupied most of my Monday and Tuesday, as well as Wednesday morning. I have put it aside though because I have some questions about the challenge parameters and need to ask the challenge person for clarification.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Almost There

Here are even some more delicious varieties of yummy blocks to peruse.




I can't wait to show you the rest of this quilt!

In the meantime, I've been working on a few other things the past few weeks. Ben and Alisha's wedding quilt top is now completed. I'm not going to post it here because they haven't even seen it yet. And quite honestly, I don't want to show that one until I get it quilted.

I found some amazing flannels at JoAnn's (yeah, go figure), and had to make them into something. I have yet to "cut" the edges of this cozy ragg quilt, but here it is prior to doing so. I guess while I had my camera out I decided to take advantage of those quilt-taking opportunities today.

Cozy Christmas Ragg Quilt

I have been working on the Craftsy BOM for 2013. We have been given all of our blocks and last month's instructions included how to put in the fillers and get all the irregularly shaped blocks together. This is what it looks like on the design wall. I don't know what I'm going to do with this quilt yet?!?

Craftsy 2013 BOM

And we must not forget our Scrap Squad #5 quilt. I'm calling it Scrappy Star Search. I think it turned out nice and like what the borders did for the overall appearance. This pic is a little washed out despite having taken the pic during a cloudy day last week, but you get the overall, well, picture. :-)

Scrappy Star Search. Scrap Squad #5!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A few more blocks...

...to make you wonder. Okay, so some of you followers have already seen the completed top, but for those of you who haven't these will keep you wondering.




Friday, September 27, 2013

Mystery Day #2

Here are a few more blocks to wet (whet) your appetite.

Hot Dog

Giant Cone

I have been painstakingly blanket stitching around all the pieces needed for this quilt. It has taken me days and days and hopefully, with positive thoughts and a productive mind, I'll finish blanket stitching today. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's a Mystery

I began this quilt last Tuesday. This is a pattern I picked up this summer while on our way up to quilt camp. The shop was located at Elm Creek and I have been just busting to get started on it.

While the Scrap Squad quilt was at the quilters, and since I don't normally sew binding during nice weather days (it's a thing), I ventured into this project and thought I would, over the next week or three (depending on how long it takes me to get it done), feed only pieces of it to you in random order. Sounds like fun, huh?

Here are the first few pieces.

Soft Ice Cream from Tasty Twist

Cupcake Number 1
I'm just getting hungry looking at these!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Piccadilly Circles

Isn't this quilt so beautiful? When I saw it in the July/August 2013 issue of Quiltmaker, I knew it was to be done! I started the quilt shortly after receiving the issue, but a house move, a wedding, and renovations to said house were definite quilt-making stoppers.

Piccadilly Circles
Since I'm working my way through some of my UFO's, this top was nearly at the bottom of the heap. There still are others, but they are work-as-you-go tops. This top just needed to get done since it is so nice.

Speaking of Quiltmaker, Linda, at B's Floral (also home to Bee Quilted) phoned me today and said my Star Search quilt was already done! What? Are you kidding me? Talk about the royal treatment! After I got it home and grabbed a bite to eat for lunch, I laid it out to see whether the prairie points I wanted to put into that last border would work. Nope. Too much. I'm going to leave it "as is" and call it good. I'll start the binding tonight and get some pics of it up as soon as the binding is completed.