Friday, May 20, 2016

{ Another first ~ An Envelope Back PIllow }

I had several left over blocks from the log cabin quilt and decided to try 
making a pillow.
I used THIS tutorial from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

The process was really simple. For me, the hardest part was deciding what thread color to use for the quilting. Since the blocks have both dark and light areas, I wasn't sure whether to go dark or light with thread color. 
My first choice was to use a burgundy thread in a simple  X through the blocks. I didn't like how the dark thread looked in the light part of the block so I picked you the stitches and went with the cream thread. {Which I'm not really thrilled with either}


I'm wondering if I would like it better using dark thread and light thread. I'm not very confident machine quilting anything other than straight lines but I'd be willing to try on a small project like a pillow. 
I think I'm going to make another pillow to try it out. I'm also going to switch the dark/light placement on the next one.

I'm linking up with 
Finish it Up Friday
at
Crazy Mom Quilts
and
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
at
Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

{ Progress on the Cabin }

I've finally finished adding all the rounds to the remaining blocks and trimmed them all using the Log Cabin Trim Tool. I had a little delay when I ran out of light colored prints and needed to order more.


 This is a lot of trimmings.


Purchasing the Log Cabin Trim Tool was really worth it. All the blocks are a  perfect 8 1/2 inches even though some of the rounds are a little wonky. 
Now comes the fun part.....trying to figure out the pattern to sew all these perfect blocks together in.
I planned on a 8x8 grid for a square quilt, which gives me several choices. I'll be on hands and knees this evening trying out all the options.
Me thinks it may be time for a design wall.







Thursday, March 3, 2016

{ First Time for a Log Cabin }

My husband complains that I'm always making things {socks, quilts} for other people and never for him.
I guess it's more of a statement than a complaint. So, I started knitting a pair of socks for him in October figuring I'd give them to him for Christmas. I got the first one done in record time for me and started the second sock. Then I had a finger injury which interrupted my knitting for two and a half months. Major bummer. Second sock is still being worked on ~  it should be done just in time for spring.

Anyway, I decided it was time to make make him a quilt too. So, his Log Cabin quilt jumped the line. I've never made a log cabin block before but I thought that it would work well ~  being a masculine block for a masculine guy ~ as long as the fabrics were masculine too, of course.

I love Primitive Gathering's fabrics so I chose to use Miniature Gatherings.


Just the right amount of MAN, with a little bit of woman thrown in. {After I took this photo I ordered several more 1/2 yard cuts of prints in the line for more variety.}  I love the colors. This quilt will match perfectly in our home.

I began cutting 2" strips of fabrics and sub-cutting them to the sizes specified in the Hope Blooms Log Cabin Block tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop. I was looking for a way to organized 8 sizes of strips. Walmart to the rescue. I picked up these drawer organizers. They work perfectly.

 

I splurged and ordered the 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool. Two thumbs up for this ruler. It's made the process so easy and accurate. The blocks finish up at a perfect 8 1/2 inches. Even if some of the interior rounds get a little wonky, the finished block will always be square. I'm all for being square.


I made the first six blocks one at a time, then decided to switch it up and work the remaining 62 blocks at the same time. Each stage of block construction happens on each of the remaining blocks. I'm liking it this way.


I've got 5 more pieces to add and all blocks, 64 for the quilt and 4 for a matching pillow, will be complete. Then the fun begins ~ choosing a pattern to assemble them in.

Linking up to 

Friday, February 19, 2016

{ A Finished Quilt Top }

My 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM quilt top is done.
I cheated on the borders, shhhh. This quilt has been hanging around for so long I just wanted it to be done. And, now it is. I really do love it.


I've already prepared the binding. All that's left to do is piece the backing and decide what to do about the quilting. 
My quilting skill stops at straight lines. I think this quilt top needs a little more attention than I can give it. So, I will probably mail it out to a professional to make it pretty. 
Even without finishing the borders per the pattern, it's still a large quilt. Great for snuggling under--there's room for two.

I'm linking up to :
Finish it Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
and
Confessions of A Fabric Addict



Friday, January 22, 2016

{ First Finish of 2016 }

I'm getting to check UFO numero uno from my list for the first quarter.
The Tumbler Quilt is complete!

I originally got this pattern, by Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts, from Moda Bake Shop. The link isn't available anymore. {sorry}

Since  I have no one to gift it to presently, it has been keeping me company on the couch the past few evenings. I love the fabrics and colors. I used Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung.





{ Moving Right Along }

Even though it's not a finish....yet, I wanted to share the progress on my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM from 2012. 

The top is almost finished- I just have the borders left to do. Three of them, with some flying geese thrown in for fun. {yeah, right}


Since we're expecting a winter storm this weekend, I'm hoping to get the borders pieced and attached. Maybe I'll even make the binding and piece the backing.  The blizzard could be a good thing!

I'm linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Can I Get A Woop-Whoop

and

Sew Fresh Quilts ~ Let's Bee Social

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

{ A Work in Progress ~ What I'm Working on Currently }

The next item on my "lets get this done" list is my 2012 FQS Mystery BOM, using the Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie and Camille. The information on the completed blocks is HERE 

Last night I cut out all the pieces for the flying geese units that are part of the sashing. This morning I marked all the squares with sewng lines and tonight I'll start putting them together.
I'm linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

{ Addendum 1/13/16 }

I started piecing the flying geese ( not one of my favorite blocks) I'm glad I'm seeing progress.


I'm linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts