Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Jelly Roll Finish

This isn't the jelly roll quilt we'll be working on today at Ruth's Stitchery. It's for June 6. I forgot to take a photo of today's quilt before it was hung in the shop!

It was hard to get a good photo with the wind blowing and oh no! it's upside-down!

There, that's the way it's supposed to look.

The pattern is Celebration by Sweetwater Designs, and the fabric is theirs also -- Wishes.

Linking up to Link-a-Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya Quilts:

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

as well as Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict:

Congratulations on 1000 followers, Sarah!

And of course, TGIFF at Quokka Quilts!

I'm hoping I'll have some photos from Estes Park, Colorado to share with you tomorrow. Come back and see!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Day UFO Parade

Are you starting to see a dent in your UFO pile? This is the fourth month for the 12 in 2014 challenge. If you haven't joined in yet, go to this post to see how it works! And BTW, it's OK to send your finish as soon as you have a photo -- you don't have to wait until the last day of the month.

May UFO Number

I showed off my April UFO finish on Friday's post, "Thank Goodness It's (Barely) Finished Friday."

If you saw my "test post" from my new iPad yesterday, you saw a glimpse of my May UFO project. It's "Bounce" by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilts. I made it at Cindy's quilt retreat two autumns ago. When I got home and took photos of the "finished" top, I realised I had done the borders wrong. I love the fabric so much (Tula Pink Birds and the Bees) that I decided to un-stitch the borders and re-sew them.

Here is a photo of the (correctly) finished quilt, from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.:

I love a parade!

The first April finish came in early in the month. Elisa finished this quilt for her daughter's birthday the first week in April!

Here's her story:
From last finisher (in March) to first in April?? Got my project done early and I'd be proud, except it's my daughter-in-law's birthday present from LAST year.  I gave her the pieces and said I was working on it, then got frustrated with it and put it away for almost a year. Embarrassing. But it's off to the long-armer - and it's better for the wait, since I'm a better quilter than I was last year.  Blog post is here: 

Elisa, I love that you found the silver  lining!

Addendum -- at the last minute, Elisa sent a photo of this one quilted and bound:

And here's a closeup of the back so you can see the quilting:

She was so jazzed at her early finish, she finished a second UFO for April! Click on this photo to admire the feature fabric:

And here's a shot of the entire top:

Elisa says this quilt is for her, read all about it on her blog "Yarn Tails" here.

Be sure to go to Mary's blog post at Zippy Quilts, here, and read her tutorial on this UFO finish. What an excellent way to use up scraps, Mary!

Mary writes she just started the UFO Challenge in April. She is so pleased with her progress, she's decided to go back and finish one for February-forward!

New grandmother Martha reports that the grandbaby is keeping her from her "work." But she managed to finish this "vintage" (that is, purchased a long time ago!) beauty.

Here's a second finish by Martha. Wouldn't these be perfect for a cabin (or Colorado mountain home, cough, Mary M.?)

Martha writes:
These were pillow kits on the latest shop hop in Idaho for $29 each pillow. Ultra suede tapestry and for animal motifs. They were quick to finish and will look great in the cabin!
She offers to provide info if you want some for your own mountain retreat. Email me at AuntMarti at 52quilts dot com and I'll forward your email  to Martha.

Becky finished this Bonnie Hunter Bargello quilt and sent a photo to Bonnie. And Bonnie Hunter commented on it on her blog!

Becky even took a page from Bonnie's book and pieced the back!

And I love her semi-scrappy Susie's Magic Binding! She used one fabric for the outside (main) part of the binding, and scraps for the flange:

Here's Becky's reaction to Bonnie's  post, and link so you can read it yourself:
 Guess what, guess what!  Bonnie Hunter mentioned my Scrappy Bargello on her blog!  I was so tickled I just about jumped out of my chair! I emailed her pictures of it because I know she likes to hear about people using her designs (who wouldn't!).  I also explained how I was going to be donating the quilt to my local batter women's shelter and how appropriate I thought scrap quilts were for people in that type of situation.  She replied to my email and said she liked the quilt and the story.  I was tickled and didn't think anything more of it.  I was gone on business most of this week and when I was catching up on Bonnie's blog I saw a picture I recognized and I thought, "Hey, that's my quilt!  OMG!  Bonnie Hunter shared my email on her blog!"  
Good on you, Becky! And I'm sure the recipient will love this quilt.

That Martha! She has a third finish for April! I'm really excited to share this one with you, because the designer is a personal friend, Melissa of We Shall Sew.

You can get the pattern free from Robert Kaufman, just go to their website here. There is a second Hope Takes Flight pattern using batiks, also free here.

I love Sue's May finish. I've "pinned" it to my Quilt Wishlist on Pinterest!

She made it with the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone QAL last year. I don't know how I missed that, because I love this quilt! (I already said that, didn't I?) Sue blogged her story at Sue's Quilty Bits and Bobs, here.

Oh, look at this gorgeous quilt Heather finished! She found a baggie of 10-year old cross-stitched roses and calculated the setting herself. She even did the custom quilting - isn't it gorgeous?

I had to make the photo extra large so you could see the lovely cross-stitch roses. Wow, Heather. Just. Wow! Here is a link to her blog, Peachy Pages, which has the rest of the story.

Nancy's finish has a funny story behind it.  I'll let her explain:
I hate to admit it but several years ago when I was attending the local quilt guild I was given a charity quilt to piece into a top.  I am sorry to say I found it last year buried on a shelf with other UFO's when I was pulling stuff out of my sewing room. . . . . This quilt top is long over due...that is why it is my 'guilt' quilt.  Every time I have run across it in the last year I have felt guilty that it has taken me so long to complete.

Nancy, I think you did a great job and now you can let go your guilt!

Betsy completed this darling Halloween quilt from 2007 or 2008. My favorite holiday -- 'cuz you get to dress up, ring strangers' doorbells and demand candy, right?

Katie finished a long-time UFO at the request of her husband.

Isn't this incredible? Here are some close-ups:

And this one really shows off the quilting:

Here's what Katie writes about this quilt:
This quilt is one I started in a class in 1995 at Asilomar's Empty Spools Quilt Conference. It was hidden away for years when I wasn't quilting. My husband kept asking me to finish it. So last year when I found my unfinished quilts after having put all quilting away for almost 20 years, this was one that begged to be finished. I will say it is the hardest thing I have ever done, but in the same instance, probably the most rewarding. The machine quilting was done by Heart to Heart in Merrill, OR. She did a beautiful job interpreting what I felt would be the other natural elements in the scene, i.e. the wind, water, weeds, etc.
Love it, Katie, and thanks DH for getting her to finish it!

Amy's finish has a touching story behind it. First, the quilt:

As you can see, the focus fabric is "Thomas the Tank Engine." She writes:
Just in time for my 4 year old to start phasing out of his love for The cloud fabric on the top and bottom glitters, and is from my Grandmother's stash. She passed in 2005. My son and I are both thrilled it's in his quilt. 
Gill has two finished for April:

Here are my April finishes - previous UFOs from your challenge - which I quilted and bound this month. One is a scrappy trip with 1 inch straight(ish) line quilting and the other is columns of flying geese which has a dense all over stipple. It feels good that these are now finished and will not be added to next years challenge!
Gill, you know I really admire all those Flying Geese!

Joy's April finish also has a story behind it. Here's the photo:

What do you see in the focus blocks? Click on it to enlarge.
I meant to use this quilt to really focus on my 1/4" seams, pressing, and piecing, but turns out that I did most of it in a room with the lights off.  My grandnephew was sick, and they were always trying to get him to sleep while I was trying to sew.  Oh well...He's worth it.  The name is from his Dad, who saw the quilt from a distance, and questioned why all of the frogs were pink.  He laughed when he saw it up close.  Since I use floral frogges when I make arrangements in my real teacups, the name seemed appropriate: Teacup Frogges.
Great name, Joy!

Donna stepped outside her comfort zone for her first finish this month. She bought a discounted jelly roll at JoAnn's and made this table runner in one of my favorite color combinations:

Say, Donna, are those some A Quilt Block a Day blocks I see peeking in at the right-hand side of that photo?

To really understand Donna's second finish this month, you have to see the cover of the magazine where she got the pattern:

Here are the pieced blocks, sewn together:

Donna is a quilter after my own heart -- no applique'! She decided to add a HST border rather than all that applique'.

I think you made the right choice, Donna!

Noela finished her April UFO during a FNSI (Friday Night Sew-In). Be sure to go to her blog, Quilty Bits from the Blue Room to see the clever light her son gave her to help with nighttime outdoor sewing!

Saving a special treat for last, here are two Talkin' Turkey quilts finished this month. Another Bonnie Hunter design, Sandi explains:
This is a great design by Bonnie Hunter.  Who would have guessed a block in Quiltmaker;s 100 Blocks Volume 5 Magazine could turn out to be such a wonderful project with the layout she created.  Talkin' Turkey is one that a bunch of us who regularly swap components for Bonnie Hunter designs have been interested in creating.  I coordinated a block swap that started late last year and was finished in January.  It had everyone swapping the strings that make the corners of each block and the nine-patches that are the center of each block.  All the remaining parts were up to you.  I did manage to double the requirement for the flying geese units...I think I have enough for a second quilt! 
A reader on my blog came up with the clever name that I just love! 
You may recall that all of Sandi's quilt names begin with the letter "k."  This one is named Kranberries.

You can read more about Sandi's quilt on her blog, KwiltnKats, here.

Here is the second "Talkin' Turkey" quilt, this one by Debra B. Gosh, you two, I wish I lived close enough to be in your Bonnie Hunter group!

Look closely to see the little quilt admirer in the upper right corner! Debra writes:
Quite few of us did a swap (Sandi Delman, coordinator) of the strings that were used in the individual blocks surrounding the 9-patches. We were on our own with the outside border strings - boy-oh-boy do they ever take some time to do. I love how the quilt came out. It barely fit on my living/dining room floor.

She's a Winner!

Let's see who the Random Number Generator picks for the UFO Parade  winner.

Oh, look, it's Mary! A first-time finisher -- I like that! Congratulations, Mary, I'll be emailing you asking for your postal address. And I'll find a nice surprise to send you!

I'm going to a "SpinFest" retreat this weekend, so I'll be posting from my new iPad. Yippee!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Testing testing testing

The boys bought me an iPad for Mother's Day. This is a test post to see if I can figure out how to blog from this surface!

Ok, got it. The only problem is, I don't see how to re-size the photos. I usually set them to 450 on the largest side. Any iPad users out there have some advice?

Tomorrow is the May Day UFO Parade. Is your April UFO finished? Email a photo and description to AuntMarti at 52quilts dot com,

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Not Quite Ready for Primetime!

I know I promised a Bloc_Loc Bloomin'  Cogwheels tutorial for today! But I had a little trouble figuring out how to use the rulers . . .

I wanted to make a block like these from Janna's sample I saw at Cotton Candy Sewing Shop:

But I had a little trouble deciding what width to cut the strips:

Using the ruler to cut the strata was easy. 

But I forgot about a background! I don't want to applique down the cogwheels!

Thank you, Janna and Chrystal for sending me a preview of the Bloomin' Cogwheels recipe book! And I will write a complete tutorial when I get the book.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

A Quilt Block a Day: The 40th Day

Can you believe Spring is nearly half over? If you're doing the "Quilt Block a Day" challenge with the Facebook group, today you should have 40 "Bethlehem Star" blocks in your pile.

I inherited the "Quilt Block a Day" page from one of my quilting heroes, Karen Snyder of AnnaLenaLand. I enjoyed her challenge so much, I just couldn't let it go. So I asked, and Karen agreed that I would take over the "Block a Day" group.

I've kept up with my blocks so far, and my quilt top is nearly half finished! It's not necessary to sew your blocks together in rows as they're made -- I just did that so it would be easier to show them off at Front Range Modern Quilt Guild.

I spread the four rows out on a Full-sized bed, and this quilt will fit perfectly. It's so much fun to just reach into the bin of low-volume prints and sew them together as they come!

If you'd like to make some Bethlehem Star blocks, here is the post with the tutorial. Please don't worry about being behind -- just begin from where you are right now!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday is for Scraps -- and Almost a Finish

I've been trying to dedicate Sundays to finishing my Bonnie Hunter "Celtic Solstice" mystery quilt. Today I sewed together and added the second border, the orange and blue tri-rec squares.

Bonnie's  directions call for a 2.5" green border on this size quilt. That just seems too narrow to me. I'm curious to know, from others who've made this quilt: "What size did you make the last border?"

Linking up to Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways.

Tomorrow, those of us who are making A Quilt Block a Day should have 40 blocks completed. Are you keeping up? Come back tomorrow to see how I'm doing!

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