Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Getting Ready for February


February is my month to present the blocks for our current quilt guild project.  This year (and into next year) we are doing blocks from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt.  I chose the Butter Churn block (top) and the Milking Day block (bottom).  I did mine in the 12-inch size.  I would not have wanted to do the milking day block in the 6-inch size, simply because of the pieces that make up the handles on the sides of the milking can.  The little "flippy corner" piece is cut at 3/4 inch square for the 6-inch block.  That is quite small. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the blocks, because I'm not planning to make the guild project quilt this time.  I tried to come up with a pattern to use multiples of just these two blocks, since I have to cut extras to show how the block is put together, but I couldn't come up with one that I liked.  Below are pictures of the blocks with the extra pieces to use in the demonstration.

The Milking Day blocks are identical to each other, but the Butter Churn blocks use different fabrics.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Some thoughts on last year

Looking back at last year (2015), I feel like I had a less than productive year, at least compared to some recent years.  I completed 12 projects, which really isn't that bad, but it is my minimum goal for each year to finish one project per month.  At the beginning of the year, I had set out 5 goals for myself:  hand quilt something, make a batik quilt, make one quilt from the quilting books I got for Christmas (in 2014), donate a quilt to charity, and make a quilt for my bed (queen size).  I only accomplished one of those goals - donate a quilt to charity.

I'm not sure how 2015 got so out of hand.  Not only did I fall behind on my quilting goals, I also fell behind on my reading.  In 2014, I read 22 books, and in 2015, I only read 16.  And the most pathetic thing is that I read 6 out of those 16 in January!  Between September and December, I only read ONE.  Now true, it was 555 page Charlotte Bronte novel, but it still shouldn't have taken my 3 months to read it.

Now, in all fairness, I did accomplish something pretty major in 2015.  Back in August, I started on a Baby Steps to 5K program that was on one of the apps on my phone.  I completed the program and now I walk 5K three times a week and I do it in under 45 minutes.  I also lost over 15 pounds in 2015, through the increased exercise, a gradual calorie reduction process, and trying to eat healthier meals.  I know that took a good bit of my time and energy, and I'm very happy that I did it.  I also want to continue the exercise and healthy eating and make sure it becomes a part of my lifestyle going forward.  But I also want to make sure that I fine more time for reading and quilting in 2016 than I did in 2015.  Finding a good balance, that is my goal for 2016.  Wish me luck.

  • Hand quilt something
  • Make a batik quilt
  • Make at least one project from the books I got for Christmas
  • Donate at least one quilt to charity   Sent quilt to Project Linus on 4/17/15
  • Make a quilt for my bed
  • - See more at: http://the-creative-side-of-me.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-years-resolutions-sort-of.html#sthash.qOTgsb11.dpuf

  • Hand quilt something
  • Make a batik quilt
  • Make at least one project from the books I got for Christmas
  • Donate at least one quilt to charity   Sent quilt to Project Linus on 4/17/15
  • Make a quilt for my bed
  • - See more at: http://the-creative-side-of-me.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-years-resolutions-sort-of.html#sthash.qOTgsb11.dpuf

  • Hand quilt something
  • Make a batik quilt
  • Make at least one project from the books I got for Christmas
  • Donate at least one quilt to charity   Sent quilt to Project Linus on 4/17/15
  • Make a quilt for my bed
  • - See more at: http://the-creative-side-of-me.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-years-resolutions-sort-of.html#sthash.qOTgsb11.dpuf

  • Hand quilt something
  • Make a batik quilt
  • Make at least one project from the books I got for Christmas
  • Donate at least one quilt to charity   Sent quilt to Project Linus on 4/17/15
  • Make a quilt for my bed
  • - See more at: http://the-creative-side-of-me.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-years-resolutions-sort-of.html#sthash.qOTgsb11.dpuf

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Cascades


    So this is my last quilt of 2015.  I named it Cascades, because the design reminded me of water rippling over a cascade-style waterfall.  I'm thinking about writing a pattern for this one.  It is made with one jelly roll and one charm pack of the same fabric.  I attached the label while at my sewing group at the library today.  It makes my 12th quilted item of the year.


    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    2015 guild quilt

    I just realized that I never posted my finished quilt top from our guild project this year.  (I finished it back in September, I think.)  It was a jelly roll mystery quilt that one of our members found at Carter Quilter.  The project could be done in any of three sizes, but I decided to go with the smallest of the three.  It only required 23 jelly roll strips, so I bought a package of strips that only had 24 strips in it, and was all color coordinated, as you can see.  I used solid black for my background fabric.

    The top is all finished and it is ready to be taken down to the quilter.  I am hoping to have it quilted in "Glowing Embers" King Tut thread.  It is variegated red and black with seems like it would be just perfect for this quilt top.  I haven't decided yet what pattern I want it quilted in.  I know she has a pattern that is flames, which seems fitting, but I'm not quite sure I want to go that route.  I know I don't want anything floral.  I guess I'll just have to see when I get down there.

    2015 Moda Quilt Top

    This is my Moda quilt top from our 2015 project.  We did the Vintage Quilt Revival book this year.  I did mine in the Piecemaker fabric line by Kathy Schmitz, which is all blues, browns, and creams.  I think it has a nice masculine look to it.  If I were doing it over again I would pick different fabric, though.  I wasn't paying attention to how much of the fabric was directional.  I'm a little OCD about keeping the direction right, so that made it less fun to work with.

    I decided not to go exactly with any of the three layouts from the book.  One layout had the blocks simply sewn together in rows, no border, no nothing else.  The second layout had dark, narrow borders around each block and then light sashing and dark cornerstones to put the blocks together.  The last layout used setting squares and set the blocks on point.   I thought about doing the second layout from the book, but I didn't have enough background fabric to cut the sashings the width recommended in the book.

    As you can see, I decided to go with a narrow sashing in the background fabric and no cornerstones.  I like it better than butting the blocks up to each other directly.  I think the individual blocks stand out a bit better this way.  I had a good bit of fabric left over from the fat quarter bundle I was using to make the blocks with, so I decided to cut them up into 5 inch squares and make a pieced border out of them.  I still have some left even after that.

    It is now ready to take down to the quilt shoppe to be quilted.  Not sure when I will get the chance, though.  It may not be until after the holidays.

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

    Last Two Moda blocks for 2015

    These are the last two blocks we had to do for our Moda group quilt this year.  The one on the left is "dove in the window"  and the one on the right is an Art blocks.  The center of the Art block was supposed to be just solid background fabric, but some of the fabric I was using had small panels, set on point, which seemed perfect for the block.  I sorta looks like applique, which makes it a little different from the other blocks, but that's okay with me.

    Now I need to figure out how I am going to lay out the top.  I'm sure I won't get it together before our final meeting on Wednesday, but I'm glad that I at least got the blocks finished.  I'm thinking that I will sash blocks with the background fabric, if I have enough of it, and put colored corner stones in between.  I'm considering using what is left of the fabric to make a pieced border.  I'm not sure yet because I'm not sure how much fabric I have or how much it would take to make it.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Wonder Woman fleece

    Since I didn't get to finish the quilt that I was planning to donate to the blanket drive at church (see previous post below), I bought some fleece and quickly made a fringed fleece blanket to donate.  That is what most people make for our church blanket drives anyway, so It's no big deal that I don't have a quilt, but since I'm a quilter I like to donate one if I can.  This year fleece will have to do, though.

    Simply Gorjuss quilt top and pillowcase

    I finished this top back on the 27th of last month, but I'm just getting around to posting it.  Things have been so crazy around here.  I was hoping to get this one finished by this weekend to donate to the blanket drive at church, but apparently that just wasn't in the cards. 

    Two weeks or so ago, I got the backing fabric cut, pressed, and ready to sew together.  I left it laying on the floor in my sewing room, so that it could be flat and not get creases in it from being folded.  Unfortunately, we got a lot of rain (Sunday night into Monday morning) and my sewing room flooded, which it had never done before.  So then I had a major mess to clean up including washing the fabric for the backing. 

    I got the mess mostly cleaned up (sewing room, laundry room, guest bedroom and bath) and then we got more heavy rain and flooding the following Sunday (day before yesterday).  Now I did have the good sense to not put the fabric back on the floor or anything else that I had already cleaned up, so there is much less to do now than last time. 

    I'm not really trying to get the sewing room put back together until we can find out why the water is getting in and stop it.  So this quilt top will just have to wait until another day and another blanket drive.  I hope normal sewing can resume soon, though.  It is depressing to not get to sew.

    I did, however, make a matching pillowcase for the quilt, before all the flooding started.  It is made from extra backing, border, and binding fabric.


    Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    September Moda Blocks

    Even though we didn't actually meet for our Moda group in September, we still got our block assignments.  I'm glad that we did because I want to get them finished up.  I finished up the second one today.  Just two more blocks to go.  Woohoo!!