Monday, February 8, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I was hoping to have more giraffe to show this week, but it appears we're building him from the bottom up. So here we have some legs.  It appears I have some challenges in reading patterns and matching the correct colour - a few of the greens are not as planned. However, I think it all still works so I'm not going to sweat about it.  It just makes him unique :)

And a finish for this week. I put this binding on this quilt today, so it just needs a quick trip through the wash and it's ready to donate to Victoria's Quilts on Wednesday.  This was one of the New Year's Day mystery quilts that I did this year. Not too bad - in and out in a month and a half.  It has some friends who will also be heading out this week, once I finish a few more bindings.

I'm linking up at Patchwork Times today.

Friday, February 5, 2016

UFO Challenge, February

It's time to own up to our progress (or lack thereof) on Vicki's UFO challenge this year. I'll start with the summary, for those who don't want to read the nitty gritty details at the end of this post.

At the beginning of January, I had these projects in the works:
16 in progress
7 planned but not started
20 to be quilted
4 to be bound

As of today, I have
10 in progress
7 planned but not started
30 to be quilted
3 to be bound
4 completed this past month

I'm not sure whether to consider that progress or not :)  Fewer in progress quilts, but a pile more to be quilted. Fortunately, 5 of them are tiny so I should be able to get them all quilted in one go before my next guild meeting, I hope.

This is one of my completed quilts for this month. It started as a side project with a block party group about a year and a half ago.  I provided fabric to anyone interested and promised that the finished project would go to a charity. Well, it's finally finished, and will be donated to Victoria's Quilts next week, assuming I get the presentation bag made before then.

The details from the above list:
4 to be bound were completed
4 in progress moved to "to be quilted" and
3 in progress moved to "to be bound"
5 new quilties to be quilted (3 disappearing hour glass, 1 disappearing 9-patch, 1 Kaffe stripes)
1 new quilt to be quilted - Glorious and Free
One new "in progress" project, for a class I'll be teaching in the spring.

The current list:

In progress:
  1. Reflections of the North
  2. Scrappy pineapple
  3. giant scrappy swoon
  4. Row by row 2015
  5. Edge of 17 shop hop quilt
  6. Kaffe stripes
  7. Patchwork Year 
  8. Gardener's Alphabet
  9. Merry Mayhem
  10. Giraffe Abstractions by Violet Craft
Planned (fabric bought and/or collected)
  1. recipe wall hanging
  2. drunkards path variation
  3. Christmas wreath
  4. Christmas reindeer
  5. two cityscapes/panels
  6. ombre flying geese (leftovers from Spectrum) 
  7. Jeans quilt
to be quilted
  1. Building Blocks - 2012
  2. Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter 2012 mystery
  3. Turquoise Trails - 2013
  4. Labyrinth - 2013
  5. Starburst - 2013
  6. Rainbow Explosion - 2014
  7. Brights baby quilt - April 2014
  8. Tell it to the Stars - Judy Laquidara 2014 mystery
  9. Flowers in my Windows - 2014 New Year's Eve mystery
  10. Block of the Week
  11. turquoise &; brown rectangles
  12. turquoise & brown diamonds 
  13. turquoise & brown baby quilt
  14. One Block Wonder #2
  15. Border Creek Station mystery (started Oct 2014)
  16. one-fabric quilt
  17. Houses - Done
  18. Paris
  19. baby twister
  20. baby reflections 
  21. Mexican star
  22. Allietare - Bonnie Hunter 2015
  23.  mystery
  24. mystery
  25. Glorious and Free
  26. 3 disappearing hour glass quilties
  27. disappearing 9-patch quilty
  28. Kaffe stripes quilty

to be bound
  1. Stonehenge
  2. Yahoo group mystery
  3. Yahoo group #2 

Done this month
  1. Chain Reaction - Done
  2. snowball/9-patch - Done
  3. scrappy quilt - 2013 - Done
  4. Disappearing hour glass- Done

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Giraffe Madness

You probably can't tell, but this is going to be a giraffe when it's done. This is the new project I started yesterday. It will be a class at in the spring, so I need to get the sample done.  So far, I've completed about 15 of the 100 sections - this could take a while :)  It's a really cute paper pieced giraffe by Violet Craft and I'm loving watching it come together.

On another front, this is the finished quilt for the Ottawa modern quilt guild contribution to the QuiltCon charity quilt challenge (camera skill not withstanding, this is actually a rectangular quilt).  12 members worked together to make blocks representing early Canadian industry and put them together into a quilt.  The colours were oh-so-close to Hudson Bay colours (think green, rather than turquoise) that we decided to use that as part of the theme for the quilt. You can see many variations of Hudson Bay stripes incorporated there.

Linking up at Freshly Pieced and the Needle and Thread Network today.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Feb 1

My design wall today still has my scrapy swoon on it, waiting for borders. This is going to be my One Monthly Goal for February - to finish that top. Hopefully that will keep me focused this month while I'm in my sewing room, between long arm sessions.

This past weekend I was away at a retreat, and took a new project with me.  And as a result, I have a finished top, from the Glorious and Free pattern by Brandy Lynn Designs. I love this maple leaf design, and although it looks complex it is made entirely with squares and half-square triangles.  It went together really quickly (one day at the retreat).  Once I get it quilted, this will go to Quilts of Valour (Canada).

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stash Report - Jan 31

I had a super productive weekend at my retreat, despite coming down with a cold the first day there.  I made a new quilt top - a pattern I've been waiting to start, and the retreat seemed like the perfect place to play with it.  This is "Glorious and Free" from Brandy Lynn Designs, and will go to Quilts of Valour once it is quilted.

Then I made some progress on a UFO.  And I made 5 little quilties while I was there, playing with fat quarters and the disappearing hour glass design. I discovered that 2 Canadian fat quarters make a quilty from this pattern.  The US fat quarters don't quite stretch far enough, so they need a small border added.  For those wondering what the difference is, a US fat quarter is 1/4 yard - 18"x22". A Canadian fat quarter is a quarter metre, which is about 20"x22".  And the quilty needs two 19x19" squares of fabric to make a 24" square quilt top.

 Here are 4 of the quilties I made this weekend. The top right is a disappearing 9-patch because my 'fat quarter' was actually an 8"xWOF strip.

Glorious and Free - 5.5 yards
5 quilties - 2.5 yards

I did bring some fabric in this week, because I was lucky enough to win the door prize at the retreat.  7 fat quarters (oh goody, more quilties!)

2016 totals:
63.75 yards in
58.75 yards out
Total: 5 yards in

Head over to Patchworks Times today for more stash reports. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Troubles part 2

Thud.  Thud.  That's sewing machine for "Clean me please!". I finally registered that my machine was thudding along with every stitch.  First step,  I replaced the needle, since I had not changed it since I bought the machine.  That definitely lessened the thudding.

Then someone walked by and asked if I had cleaned it recently.  Well that reminded me that I was going to clean it out the other day,  but didn't have a screw driver handy to remove the stitch plate.  So I borrowed one from another quilter, and went to work.  I had to dig out the fluff from between the feed dogs with my seam ripper it was so well embedded in there.

What a difference!  The fabric is now feeding smoothly over the feed dogs, it's not chewing up the beginning of my seams, and doesn't need encouragement to get over bulky points. Now I guess I should figure out if this machine needs oil.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fixing Troubles

I took my travel sewing machine to a retreat and spent all day yesterday griping at it because it just would not see over the seams in my blocks.  I have a quarter inch foot and it was working great but those bulky seams were killing me.

Today,  I had a sudden inspiration.  Instead of using my quarter inch foot.  I put in my regular foot and moved the needle to the right,  so that the edge of the foot is a quarter inch from the needle.  Viola,  a perfect quarter inch seam guide,  plus,  the fabric I'm feeding through now covers BOTH feed dogs. What a difference that made! The fabric stays straight,  it glides over the bulk at the seams,  and I still have that perfect scant quarter inch I need.