Monday, July 7, 2014

July ALYOF Goal

I have been stalling at choosing my July A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for a couple reasons. 
First, we're going on vacation next week, which definitely shortens the time I have to finish something this month. 
Second, I'm six weeks away from my due date, and my focus has been the baby, to a name for the baby (!), to finding bunk beds for the boys' room so the baby can have the crib, to vacation, to work I need to finish before my due date, to wondering when the baby will get the picture! 

This morning I decided on my goal: it's to machine quilt this top that I completed two summers ago. I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do (though simple straight lines sure are compelling!), but it seemed like fate that this post from the Free Motion Quilting Project popped up in my blog reader this morning. Hmmm...a post specifically about machine quilting a disappearing ninepatch, with a promise of an easier design option being posted tomorrow? Talk about ready-made inspiration!

Stay tuned to see how this quilt gets quilted (happily it's fairly small--about 48" wide), as well as how all my other wanderings/wonderings turn out over the next 6 weeks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Easy Flag T-shirts

Last year I shared this tutorial for making easy flag t-shirts for the 4th of July.

With July 4th just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to re-post this tutorial, along with an updated photo--here are my boys in their shirts (a year older!) plus their cousin, wearing one that I made for him last week when he was visiting.

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June ALYOF goal: the quilt back!

Those 30-day months are tricky! But just under the wire for my June A Lovely Year of Finishes goal (and right before a big thunderstorm rolled in), I finished piecing the back of my new bed quilt. You can see the front and the fabrics I used here.

Hooray for A Lovely Year of Finishes...this is one of those projects that could have lingered forever because it was for me and didn't have a concrete due date!

Now to call the machine quilter and get this puppy (front and back) handed off! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June Goal: Piece the Back!

Almost 3 years ago, in August of 2011, right after my second baby was born, I finished a quilt top for my bed--one that I'd bought the fabric (mostly Kaffe prints) for in 2006. All I needed was backing, and then I'd be set.

This spring, I got motivated to finish this and use it on our bed. I decided to do a simple pieced backing to make it reversible--after all, if this was a quilt that took some eight years to make, I might as well make it extra functional so I didn't grow tired of it too soon! :)

Back in March, I purchased this beautiful blue Kona solid and some  quarter yard cuts of Kaffe Fassett prints.

Now it's June, and my goal is to (start and) finish piecing the back for my quilt for my June ALYOF goal so I can get it quilted. With baby #3 coming in August, finally completing this quilt that I was working on when baby #2 arrived seems appropriate!

Friday, May 30, 2014

May ALYOF: A quilted quilt!

I'm happy to say that I finished my May A Lovely Year of Finishes goal...and even a few days early! I enjoy machine quilting smaller quilts better--they are easier to manhandle and they go more quickly! 
This quilt is a baby gift for my newest niece, born last August. I just need to bind it and then send it to her! You can read more about the design/fabric choices here, and see my beginning of the month May goal here.

I did a little wavy freeform quilting in the background of each pennant section (including under the pennants that flap!) and then tried an orange peel design in the fourpatches. I really like the concept of the orange peel quilting, but I definitely need a little practice on it. 

The side texture shot:

Now to decide what my June goal will be...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Small Study: Blogger's Quilt Festival Miniature Quilt Entry

Here's my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side, this one for the miniature category. (You can read about my first entry, in the scrap quilt category, here.)

I made this mini (measuring approximately 45" in perimeter) at a "Small Studies" workshop with Gwen Marston back in April--what a great day!

I chose to use several of sea-colored solids for my small study, along with olive green, two creams, and a tiny check. Since I don't actually live by the sea, photographing this piece outside with some plant life seemed like a good second choice!

The workshop was fantastic, as was Gwen herself. She demonstrated how to make different types of "parts" and then figure out which ones would go together to create a small study.

A close-up of some of my favorite parts:

Me with Gwen at the end of the workshop:

I used a single fold binding to finish it off--I love how quickly binding goes on such a small piece!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Improv Herringbone: my Blogger's Quilt Festival Scrap Quilt Entry

After in-person show-and-tells in the last five days at my two guilds, I'm thrilled to be doing a virtual show-and-tell today of my (finally finished) improv herringbone quilt, as well as entering it in the Scrappy Quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.

These blocks were made by members of the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild as part of our online challenge last fall. I had fallen in love with this block from this tutorial by Amy from 13 Spools. I suggested it to our guild and we had the 16 blocks you see here in our September raffle (I made two, hoping to increase my chances of winning!). You can probably guess what happened next--I won the raffle for the blocks! Woo hoo! I finally assembled the quilt in April and then quilted it over the last few weeks. It measures approximately 56" square. 

At first glance, the quilting looks like it's just plain diagonal lines, and it almost is--I stitched a big "X" from corner to corner and then quilted "V"s out in all four directions. A subtle difference, but I like it, and it simply provides texture--I don't think it takes away from all that piecing on the front!

 What a great way to use up scraps! Thanks, fellow guild members, for sewing such fantastic blocks!

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the post about my second entry (in the miniature category) here.