Wednesday, 16 January 2019

High Tech Tucks

This is actually a 2018 finish. It's just been waiting for me to get around to posting about it. I took a class in December with one of my guilds - "High Tech Tucks".  The background is a panel, and it is overlayed with fabric strips - black on one side and ombre on the other.  Portions of the strips are "flipped" to give the bright path down the quilt (yes, the picture is sideways).

The class was a lot of fun, and I definitely learned some things during it.  The quilt is complete, all the way to a hanging sleeve, so hopefully it will find its way onto the wall in my longarm room soon.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Winding Ways

In 2015, one of my guilds ran a "Crayola" challenge. You picked a crayon, and had to make a quilted object using only that colour. I got grey.  I was very uninspired by that selection at first, but once I realized how many shades of grey one could find, things got a little more interesting.

I thought about what quilt I wanted to make, and remembered that I had a template set for Winding Ways (which I must have bought around 2008), that I never used. So, a plan was born.  The challenge was due in June 2016, but I figured I could make a lap quilt in that time.  I plugged along, and by April I had this much don. Looking good - except none of those pieces are actually sewn together.

Around that point, I abandoned the idea of finishing in time for the challenge, and decided to make the quilt a bit larger as a potential gift down the road. So, I grew.  And grew. And I ran out of fabric.  But then I found some more. And it grew again.   Eventually it became big enough for my queen bed. After this photo was taken, the final border (a 6" dark border) was added. And now the poor baby resided in the "to be quilted" pile, patiently awaiting its turn.

I have grand ideas - and eventually I'll get up the never (and the time) to try bring them to life on the quilt.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2019 UFOs

I made such fantastic progress on my 2018 UFO list (18 UFOs completed) that I'm going to try again. I'm still way up there in UFOs (25 to quilt, 13 in progress), so I'll aim for 19 in 2019.  12 official ones for the UFO challenges, and an extra 7 to throw in as I have time throughout the year.
My list of UFOs for this year is here.

If I can find a place to link it up I will, but I'm a bit late. I will however be following along each month with PatchworkTimes and APQ

Here's my list of all outstanding projects on Jan 1, 2019

Tops in progress

  1. spinning star
  2. small bulging checkerboard
  3. squedge stripes
  4. ombre quilt
  5. Patchwork Year 
  6. Gardener's Alphabet
  7. Apple Core 
  8. Cathedral Window 
  9. string star 
  10. Bonnie Hunter Good Fortune
  11. Turquoise orphan blocks 
  12. Blue border print one block wonder
  13. Italy OBW (needs 2 more rows)
Tops to quilt
  1. Winding Ways - top done Apr 2018
  2. purple/olive quilt (needs borders) - top done Jan 2018
  3. mini one block wonder - top done
  4. 3-D cubes quilt - top done
  5. Row by Row (Water theme)
  6. Edge of 17 shop hop
  7. Tell it to the stars - Patchwork Times 2014
  8. Border Creek mystery
  9. Kaffe Handkerchief 
  10. recipes wall hanging
  11. paper pieced houses
  12. paper pieced stars
  13. Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter 2012
  14. Block of the week
  15. One fabric quilt
  16. modern abstract quilt
  17. Triangle log cabin table runner
  18. diamond chain
  19. reflections of the north
  20. Judy Niemeyer Storybook Pastures - top done, October 2018
  21. Block Party Turquoise - top done, July 2018
  22. Paris One Block Wonder 
  23. Swoon
  24. baby swoon
  25. Summer sampler
Other UFOs (need binding etc.)
  1. Confetti
  2. Baby Makes 3
  3. Butterfly OBW
Plus current projects (not yet UFO worthy)
  1. OVQG Mystery
  2. Almonte Guild mystery
New Projects started
  1. Murder Mystery quilt
  2. CQA Mystery

Fabric bought
  1. green/white OBW 
  2. Butterfly OBW

Sunday, 6 January 2019


The big reveal of Bonnie's Hunter's Good Fortune mystery came out! I love the quilt. But this is what my version is looking like :(

Not good :( I switched the colors around so I knew things would be different than Bonnie's. But that green just is not working for me in any location. It's going to have to go.

I kind of like this. But there isn't enough of that fabric to make all the blocks.

Digging through my stash, I found a similar but darker fabric which isn't too bad. My fellow quilters declared it just right (or maybe what they meant was best of a poor selection)

I'm going to continue on, although I did decide to make it a smaller quilt, which might just mean I have enough of that other fabric...

While I contemplate options, I'll continue making these blocks. The more I think about it, the more I think I like the idea of at least a few blocks in the other fabric. And with all the extra 4-patches we made, I can definitely make up a few, risk-free.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Guild Challenge

Last year, one of my guilds had a panel designed by Grace Noel when she spoke at our guild.  Everyone received one fat quarter, and our president challenged us all to make a project using the fabric.  A lot of bags were made, but I wanted to do something different. I've been on a One-Block Wonder kick lately, and decided that would be a perfect way to show off the panel.
I reached out to the designed, snagged an extra 8 fat quarters, and tried to create a wall hanging from that.

A few false starts, and I eventually ended up with this layout.  I wanted a couple of borders to set it off, and decided to use the blocks on the back of the quilt to avoid getting too big.

Carefully stitched 1/4" dark border, a blue flange on the binding, and my wall hanging was ready for the reveal at our December meeting.

The quilting design is intended to look like water, keeping with the theme of the river flowing through the center.

And the back - the extra blocks from 8 of the 9 panels I used.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Neutral strings

I've lost count of the clue number, but the latest clue in Bonnie's mystery is done. My neutral strings are very subdued, but I hope they will play well on the final product. I did toss in a few additional fabrics, some darker creams from my scrap bin, to add a bit of interest.

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I went on a couple of retreats this fall, and was scraping the bottom of the pile to pull together projects to take. So I hauled out this quilt, from at least 5 years ago. I taught this pattern at a quilt shop back then, and had my sample pieces all collected with enough fabric to finish the whole quilt. But in the interest of getting it done - and because I have no place for the original plan - I put together a subset of the blocks and a solid border. It will go to Victoria's Quilts after I get it quilted.

This was another part of the sample set, to demonstrated the pieced border that went with the pattern. But I've decided to just finish the block as a quiltie for the children's hospital and leave it at that.