Saturday, 31 January 2015

January Goal Finished

     Well here it is the last day of the month I've managed to finish my quilt!  I was hoping to have it done by Friday so I could link it up to Friday Finishes posts but squeezing in to the Year of Lovely finishes deadline will have to do. So here it is pinned up on my design wall.

     And here's a picture I took outside yesterday on the clothes line when the binding was only part done.

     The pattern is Giant Chevron.  It's a pattern by Jess Frost that you can buy on Craftsy. Jess ran a free motion quilt along in the fall and I chose to use her pattern to practise the patterns on.  This quilt along was awesome.  Every few weeks or so. Jess would post a u tube video showing how she quilted a pattern.  I'm really happy that I used her  quilt pattern and that I tried each of the different quilting patterns, one pattern for each of the rows of the chevron. Because the rows changed direction I got practise changing directions while quilting.  The patterns alternated from curvy pattern, to angular pattern.  I found the curvy patterns easier to do, but I'm glad I persisted with the angular patterns as well.  Usually by the time I got to the end of the row my skill with each pattern improved.  

     Here are some close ups of some of the quilting.

       This quilt along helped me to really improve my skills.  Thank you Jess for your great quilt along.   This is my first finish for the first quarter of the 2015 Finish Along ( here's my original list) I'm linking up  with The Year of Lovely Finishes January Linky Party  with Shana at Fibre of All Sorts ,  (heres my goal setting post) and with the Free Motion Quilt Along  Linky Party with Jess at Elven Garden Quilts.  

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Surviving Winter

     Way back before I knew about the miracle of Vitamin D.  I took a quilting workshop to help me get through the winter.  Winter is a little easier on me now but sometimes, especially when it is cloudy I still need ways to get myself through.  So today I took a vacation day to work on finishing my January quilting goal, which is of course the Giant Chevron Quilt.

     I'm currently working on the background and expect to get it finished this afternoon!  It's such a beautiful sunny day today so I'll have a great walk to the fabric store  later where I can pick up some fabric for the binding.  I hope to have a Friday finish.

     Another way I get myself through the winter is by taking workshops.  This coming Saturday my local guild is having a workshop with Local Art Quilter Maggie Vanderweit.
Maggie was one of the first people I met when I moved to town but this will be my first workshop with her.  It's on curves wedges and wonky log cabins. Here are some of the fabrics I'm planning on working with.

     I'll probably add some greys and blues to the mix, and maybe a pattern or two.  I'm also planning on using these same fabrics to try out some of the techniques in the curved piecing lessons by Jean Wells in  "American Patchwork and quilting.

     The following Saturday I'll be going to a Modern Melon workshop with Sue Forbes at Greenwood Quiltery.   Here are some  fabrics I've been auditioning for that quilt.

     I'm hoping all these warm colours and interesting projects will get me through this winter.  It's a beautiful sunny winter day here .  I hope you have some sunshine where you are as well.  I'm linking up to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday

Since the last time I posted on Scraptastic Tuesday my grey improv blocks have doubled with the addition of these two blocks

and they will soon be joined by this little partially made block,

and here's what the 4 completed blocks look like together on the design wall.

     Hmm I seem to have cut off the bottom of the blocks in this photo.  I'm not sure if I will stop at 6 blocks or 9.  I guess I'll keep going until I tire of them, or until my grey scraps run out.

     Last month I had the good fortune to win the $30 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork.  It was very exciting.  I used the gift certificate to buy fat quarter bundle of Moonshine by Tula Pink.

     But of course I couldn't stop at just one purchase so I added the Handcrafted bundle from Alison Glass to my order.

     I added the cutter to the photo to give an indication of the scale of the designs.  I have no plans for the Tula Pink at the moment but I'm planning on a large scale cross block for the 
Handcrafted.  I'll be joining the link up which is hosted jointly by Nicky at Mrs Sew and Sow and Leanne at She Can Quilt.  I'll also link up on Wednesday with Lorna at Let's Bee Sewcial

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2015 First Quarter List

     I joined the finish alongs in the second quarter in 2014 and found them to be a great way to get at least some of my sewing goals met.  Thanks to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for hosting last year.  This year Adrienne at On the Windy Side is hosting (Thanks Adrienne), and I'm joining the party again.
     I think I had 5 projects listed for the 4th quarter of 2014 and I only managed to complete one.  No matter I made quite a bit of progress on three of the others so I'm carrying the three of them  over to this quarter.  Surely I can finish them this time.

     First up is the Giant Chevron Quilt, designed by Jess of Elven Garden's Quilts. It's about 1/2 quilted and giving me lots of joy and  sometimes frustration as I practice my fmq on it.  I'm really stretching myself with this quilt as I quilt along with Jess. 

     Next up is Swoon .  I've got the rows together .  Now I have to get the sashing between the rows (the hard bit) and then quilt it (the other hard bit).  

 I made great progress with my hexagon sewing kit., last quarter. The outside is quilted quilted.  I just need to assemble the pockets and other goodies for the inside and it will be all done.  

     Of course I have to replace my one finish with a new project.  Our local Guild is having a quilt show in May and these are the two challenge fabrics.  We have to use these two fabrics and they have to be recognizable.  We can add other fabrics as well.  It's definitely going to be a challenge using these two fabrics...but of course that's the idea.  I think this is enough to get me busy this quarter so I'm linking up with Adrienne  On the Windy Side, and because I feel like being social I'm linking up to  Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year

     Happy New Year to all my quilting buddies.  Here's wishing you many hours at your sewing machines or with your needle and thread in 2015.  As I write this, these little babies are slowly making their way to Australia where they will be joined with other blocks to be made into quilts for the  families of the victims of the hostage taking in the Lindt cafe in Sydney Australia.  Thanks to Mollie Sparkles for organizing this.  You can read more about this here.  

     These two little blocks are the only things I managed to complete in December.  Yes this means I did not complete my December goal....but I did make progress so that's a positive.  I'm setting my December project aside for now as I  really want to work on my free motion quilting.   It seems to work out better for me if I concentrate on the fmq for stretches, rather than trying to fit it in around other things.  So my January goal is the finish the Giant Chevron Quilt.

     I have to say that I've loved working on this quilt since I joined the Giant Chevron fmq along with Jess at Elven Garden Quilts.  The quilt along wraps up at the end of the month so I would really love to have my quilt finished.

     In this picture you can see some of the spiral quilting I worked on yesterday.  I had a lot of fun quilting these spirals which sort of look like cinnamon buns in my case.  The next pattern is another straight line pattern.  I find those harder to do but I'm up for it.  Linking up with Shana at Fibre of All Sorts.  Good luck with your January goals everyone.