Monday, June 27, 2016

Rowing along

Over the last 7 days I have been picking up Row patterns and kits from around Michigan, participating in the 2016 Row by Row Experience.I have two rows almost done and have started on two more. The Hexie bees nest and the log cabin blocks are from two different rows.

I am going for a whimsical look to my quilt, so where the shop chose more traditional colors/fabrics, I have been swapping out my own for brighter, happier colors.

I have enough patterns and kits to choose from for my finished quilt ... now to get crackin' on putting them together!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Petting Fabric

I am working on a quilt design and just had to buy more fabric. It is a modern style and I didn't have enough fabrics in my stash to pull it off (or so I keep telling myself). Maybe I just needed more fabric to run my fingers over ;)
It is kind of satisfying to cut the fabrics and lay them out in neat piles. A couple of these piles needed just a bit more cutting to get the right shapes, but ... they made me happy to see here.

I had a couple fellow quilters working with me on their versions to see if my instructions were clear. That means I am now in the process of editing my instructions ;)

And then to figure out numbers on other sizes ... in the meantime, I'll just keep petting the fabrics (my top is almost completed).

Monday, June 13, 2016

It is Monday!

 And I am off to teach classes today! So I have been preparing - today's classes are on binding, so I was making sure that my ric-rac binding was just right ;)
Last week I took a class with Nancy Mahoney and here are my three completed blocks. I almost have three more ready to go (half the blocks for the field!).  I enjoy taking classes as well as teaching them. When taking classes, *I* don't have to do much thinking and can just sew on. 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

challenged and plugging on

I finished up the quilting on the base of my Cherrywood Lion King Challenge piece. That means it is time to add the first applique elements ...

I am liking how it is turning out, I put thin black batting behind each gazelle so the background quilting does not come through the appliques, they puff ever so slightly above the surface.

It is not fun to manipulate a quilt through the machine while stitching down the raw edges of the elements. My domestic machine does not have a large throat and those gazelles have lots of turns. I will add that thought to my eventual machine search ... sometime in the next two years I plan to upgrade my machine and I'm making a list of features that I would like (and then I will look at the budget to see which ones I can afford!).

What are you working on this week?

Friday, May 13, 2016

I wish I could just sew and quilt all day!

I'm still trying to catch up after two extremely bush semesters at college. With the house is a mess, the Boybarian graduating from our homeschool (with all that entails), and needing to pick up various household items ... I didn't spend much time in the Sewing Dungeon.

My mind was on the Cherrywood challenge. I have almost decided to add this next element before quilting the piece. Right now it is pinned onto the background while I commit to that decision. It is hard to commit for sure ... Once it is permanent, I don't have as many options going forward. 

More of my (limited) time in the Sewing Dungeon was spent on class samples. When teaching a class, I like to make sure that I have worked through all the various parts so I know where my students will run into issues. When I figure those out, I will focus on solutions so that the students aren't left high and dry, we can work on getting the project to work out right.

An upcoming class that I am teaching is one binding. While going over my options to present, I realized I didn't have a sample with ric-rac. So, I am working on putting that together. This is going to look so sweet on a baby quilt done in 30s fabrics!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Challenge continues

Today, in between graduation things (The Boybarian is graduating from our homeschool next week) and cleaning house, I spent some time with the Cherrywood Lion King challenge. I added some squiggles that were inspired by some of the visuals from various performances.

I also put the background together ... Now to decide whether to quilt it first and then add applique elements OR add some applique now, quilt and then add more OR add it all and quilt it all together.

I thought the challenge had a June 1 date so I was focusing on working on it whenever I had a couple extra minutes. I re-read the challenge and it has a JULY 1 date, whew! I can back off a bit and work on preparing for the Boybarian's graduation (and open house!) and working on some class samples for upcoming quilt classes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Up for a Challenge?

I am working on the Cherrywood Fabric Lion King Challenge. I have had images floating around in my  head, now I have to translate them into fabric.
I am pretty sure that I will piece part of my background, use raw edge applique for some elements, quilt two or three elements separately, and then sew them together with some more applique on top ... Throw in some thread painting and this could be a time consuming quilt! All in 20" square.

I'm thinking of using a snippets technique for one of the elements in the quilt. WOW! what a mess all those bits of fabric can make!

Are you working on any challenges?