Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 02.24.15

I was fairly productive last week and was able to accomplish everything on my to-do list.  (I love it when that happens!)

I blogged about my 25-patch quilt and have slept under it every night since finishing it. I can't seem to stop petting it while I'm reading before bed.  It's so soft and drapey; much more so than the quilt I made using DS fabrics with Kona.  I love the color selection with Kona, but Free Spirit solids are like butter in comparison.

I made progress quilting the chevrons.  I've got about a quarter of the quilt left to finish.  My swirls are getting better; they're certainly not perfect, but I'm making progress.

I finished piecing the top of my Layers of Charm quilt, but I don't really have anything that works for the back.  I have enough Geekly Glasses, but that print is not right at all.  I will probably just set this top aside until I find something during a sale.  I pieced this top on a whim -  all that #WhipYourWIPS2015 and #SewMyStash2015 over on IG has got me on a roll!  I really have no plan for it, so it's not a big deal if I wait to complete it- as long as I finish it this year!  

I finally cut into my Indelible stash...I have big plans- we'll see how that turns out.  I also cut into my Moon Shine stash- I made a couple Escape blocks and I'm loving them. No rush on this project either, as it's just for me.  I'm quite stingy with my Tula stash- hey, at least I admit it.  I would have posted pics, but the light is awful today and I couldn't get decent shots.

I waited eagerly, impatiently and with great excitement for my book shelves and quilt ladders to arrive.  I'm still waiting on the second bamboo ladder.  They were shipped separately and one made it through the snow storm last week, while one did not.  The shelves are put together, but I'm still working on filling them up.  I've got some quilts on the ladder that did arrive, but I'm still playing around with where I'm going to put it.

This week's list:
  • Finish quilting the chevron quilt
  • Start binding it
  • Work on Indelible layout
  • Get stash put up
  • Wait eagerly, impatiently and with great excitement for ladder #2 to arrive

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Friday, February 20, 2015

A Friday Finish | 25-Patch Style

The moment I laid my hands on Denyse Schmidt's line Hadley, I knew I wanted to cut it up into small squares.  I just wasn't sure if I wanted to do a 9-patch or 25-patch.  The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn't want to do a 16-patch. I don't know if it's my OCD or just some weird quirk, but I like my patchwork square rows to start and end with the same print or color; so 16 patches were out.

So, enough about my quirks, let's talk quilts.

Most of the quilt.
It's too wet and snowy outside to lay the quilt down and there's not enough room inside.

This quilt is just big enough to barely hang over the edges of a queen sized bed, which works out well since that's what we're sleeping on in the apartment we're renting in Tennessee- and let me just say, another quilt on the bed has been a welcome addition in these single digit  and negative temperatures we've had lately!

I used Free Spirit Designer Solids in Natural for the background and I love it.  It's maybe a shade darker than Kona snow, with just the tiniest tinge of brown to it; not quite a beige.  It's perfect for Hadley because of the browns, yellows and oranges; but it's neutral enough to work well with the blues and greens of the collection as well.

I was stuck when it came to the back.  I had enough Geekly glasses left; but I'd just used them on my Florence quilt and they read a bit too yellowy-cream for this quilt.  I'm trying really hard not to buy fabric (excluding Tula of course!), but I had to for this quilt.  I  came across this adorable bird print at Joann and thought it would work well. 

 Naturally, I didn't buy enough.  Luckily I had enough of the binding fabric, which is from one of Denyse Schmidt's Joann's collections,  to make up the difference.    I also incorporated some of the solids that came with Hadley.

 I opted for some FMQ on this quilt- simple "loop-d-do's" as we call them in this house.  I love the look, but I man did I struggle while quilting!  However, all my struggling led to learning. I finally got it through my thick skull to let the dang quilt puddle up around the machine instead of rolling it up.  SO. MUCH. EASIER!    Also, while my FMQ is FAR from perfect, this is the first quilt where I could actually see that I was improving. Sure, my stitch length isn't always consistent, I have some herky-jerky angles and my hands and foot don't always communicate well; but I'm starting to see less of all these things.  I felt so much more confident about my FMQ after this quilt that I decided to give swirls a try on another quilt.  Swirls are my favorite, but I absolutely suck at them!  As always, the quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil.

Fabric: Hadley by Denyse Schmidt; Free Spirit Designer Solid in Natural; 
Batting: Pellon White 100% cotton
Thread:  Aurifil; Pieced & quilted with 2021 Ivory, 50 wt.
Size:  approx 66" x 76"
Quilting: "loop-d-d00's"
Finish Date: February 15, 2015

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 02.17.15

I only had 3 items on last week's To-Do list and I was able to check them all off.  I love it when that happens!

I was able to not only baste and quilt my 25-Patch quilt, but also bind it and toss it in the wash. It's currently on our bed, but I need to snap a few pics for my Friday Finish post. Maybe the sun will come out sometime.  (Not holding my breath on that!)   I also got a little more knitting done on the Cozy Striped Blanket.  Not much, but enough so that I didn't feel guilty striking it off my list!

In addition, I basted my Charming Chevrons quilt and started quilting it.  I pieced this top waaaaay back in 2013 when I saw it on Christa's blog...and then it sat in a box.  Me & procrastination?  We're good friends!

When I got frustrated with my swirls not being as awesome on the quilt as they were in my head, I took a break from the chevron quilt and whipped up the blocks needed for a Layers of Charm quilt.  It's the perfect pattern for the big prints in the layer cakes of Sun-Kissed I bought a hundred years ago.

Now, on to this week's list:
  • Write up a Friday Finish post for the 25 patch
  • Continue quilting the chevron quilt
  • Decide on a layout for the Layers of Charm quilt and pick out backing and binding fabrics
  • Wait eagerly, impatiently and with great excitement for my Amazon Prime order to arrive!  Hubs ordered me a white book shelf to house my stash along with not one, but TWO bamboo ladders for displaying quilts! (Not only is the stash getting out of hand, but there are only so many quilts you can throw over your furniture before it starts looking a bit chaotic- especially when you're married to the ultimate Virgo neat freak!)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To-Do Tuesday (On Wednesday!) | 02.11.15

Last week flew by so quickly!  Luckily, I was able to get some things done.  

I made two wonky star blocks for the charity block drive my guild, the Knoxville MQG, is running in honor of one of the founding members who recently lost her battle with breast cancer.  If you'd like to contribute a block or two, you can find more info by clicking the link above.  Also, check out #StarsForStephanie on Instagram to see some really fun blocks!

I'm still plugging away on my Cozy Striped Blanket. I love this pattern, it's so quick and easy...however, I'm sort of "meh" about this thing.  The color of the orange yarn I ordered was very different than the picture on the website.  Interestingly, the other colors were spot on.  Anyway, things always look better once they're finished; so hopefully I'll like this thing enough to throw it over the back of the couch or a chair.  If not, I guess I'll donate it.  Really, I just want to get it done so I can start on this Horseshoe Cable Blanket.

I also managed to finish the top of my Hadley 25-Patch quilt.  This thing is huge and I have no idea how I'm going to get it basted in this little apartment we're renting while we wait for our house to sell.  I pieced the back yesterday so it's time to get creative with my basting method.

This week's list is short and sweet:
  1. Baste 25-patch quilt
  2. Start quilting 25-patch
  3. Continue knitting Cozy Striped Blanket 
So, what are you up to this week?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | #StarsForStephanie

As some of you may know, I recently joined the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild.  We recently lost one of our founding members, Stephanie Hicks, to breast cancer.  In honor of her memory, the guild is running a wonky star charity block drive. 

If you'd like to participate, blocks should be 12.5" unfinished and made using Stephanie's favorite bright solids: any aqua, green, yellow, orange or magenta with cream as a neutral. More information can be found on the blog by clicking the button or link above.  

Having just joined the guild, I did not get the opportunity to meet Stephanie, but my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.


I was fairly productive last week and accomplished some things I had on my list.  I finished up my whirligig quilt. and got some more knitting done.  I also managed to finish piecing all the blocks for my Hadley 25-patch quilt.

Just a few of my Hadley 25-patch blocks

I ran out of time and did not get to the anvil blocks.  I've got some time to finish those though.  

Here's my list for this week:
  • Make some wonky star and anvil blocks
  • Finish piecing 25-patch quilt top
  • Pick out back & binding fabrics for 25-patch quilt
  • work on my knitting project
  • Finish book 3 on the #26bookswithbringingupburns challenge (I'm on "A Book You Pick Soley Because of the Cover".  I picked Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty because it was the best cover I found in the whole 3 minutes I searched.  It's a good, fast read.)
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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Friday Finish | Whirligiggin'

Hubs named this quilt. I love it when he when he comes up with names for my quilts. They're always fun to say; e.g. The Chicka-Chicka--Boom-Boom Quilt. 

I think this quilt is so much fun.  According to Hubs, it's my best work ever.  (Full disclosure- he says this roughly every 3 quilts.  However, he did ask if I could manage to not give this one away or sell it.)

I had no plans to make this quilt; every bit was done on a whim.  During the amazing holiday sales, I scored a layer cake of the Kona New 32 for less than $10.  Once it arrived, I planned to make another of Kristy's Modernized D9P quilts. (You can see my first one here.) That idea quickly morphed into a whirligig quilt instead.  I'll just have to make another MD9P later this year- it's a really fun pattern!

During a different holiday sale I bought a ton of the Cottage News Print in Grey from the Cottage Garden collection by The Quilted Fish.  I used this print for the background and love the way it looks. The solids really pop against it.  

I had originally planned on quilting swirls in the background, but decided to go with a simple grid after the struggles I had with the the quilt that almost killed me.  I spaced both the horizontal and vertical lines approximately 1.5" apart.

For the back I went with that wide back Windham text print in white; and I chose a black and white stripe for the binding.  I'm going to have to find more of that, because it is definitely my favorite binding ever.  I've had both these fabrics for quite some time so they count towards my #SewMyStash2015 goal!  Search that hashtag on IG and you'll see some great stuff!

Fabric: Kona Solids, Cottage News Print in Grey by The Quilted Fish; Windham text print in white
Batting: Warm & White 100% cotton
Thread:  Aurifil; Pieced with 2021 Ivory, 50 wt.; Quilted with 2600 Dove Grey & 2021 Ivory, 40 wt.
Size:  just over 63" square
Quilting: 1.5" gridwork
Finish Date: January 25, 2015

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 01.27.15

Last week I managed to finish a quilt and destroy an afghan.  

More on the quilt Friday, but as for the afghan... OMG.  DIS.AS. TER.  I had to rip out about 10 rows of stitches.  I must have had one too many glasses of wine while binge-watching Alias and knitting Saturday night.  All of the sudden I had some major mess ups. I was so frustrated, I had to walk away from it for a few days.  I was so distraught, I forgot to get pics of the mess before I pulled out the stitches.

Sneak peak of the whirligig quilt!
I've also made some progress on my 25-patch quilt.  I spent a few hours yesterday chain piecing while listening to How Did This Get Made?  Y'all.  I've mentioned this on IG, but this podcast absolutely kills me. The one on Xanadu?  If you've seen that movie, you've got to listen.  I laughed so hard my abs hurt the next day.  Yesterday I listened to the one on A View to a Kill, which was almost as good, but started off a little slow.  Fair warning:  I'd give HDTGM an R rating for language and (sometimes) subject matter.  Definitely worth it though.

Now, on to the To-Do List:
  • Finish chain-piecing strips and start piecing 25-patch blocks
  • Fix the afghan disaster
  • Take pics of the whirligig quilt and write a Friday Finish post
  • make the anvil blocks I didn't get to last week.  (I did manage to pull out my solids from the bins my stash is temporarily housed in though.)
  • Pick out my next book for #26BooksWithBringingUpBurns (I've challenged myself to read 30 books this year on Goodreads and this list seemed like a fun way to get most of them in.  I've currently reading my 4th of the 30, but will only be up to #3 with my next book on the 26 books list:  "A Book You Pick Solely Because of the Cover".  I'm trying to shop my Nook/iBooks/Kindle libraries before buying anything new, so hopefully I'll find something good when I finish The Princess Bride ["A Book That Was Made Into a Movie"].)

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