Friday, March 8, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Florence, Eula, and Bess Blocks

It's hard to believe we are almost finished with our hand piecing journey! Patty and Kristin are the brave hosts of this quilt-along, and they named these blocks "Florence", "Eula", and "Bess" after characters in Friendship Album, 1933, a podcast novel. Gardening put my sewing on the back burner for a few days, so instead of weekly, I am posting three this time.

The Florence block is a pinwheel block surrounded by half-square triangles in the corners and flying geese on the sides.

The Eula block is assembled with HSTs (half-square triangles) and flying geese. It's amazing how many different designs can result from little HSTs and flying geese!

The Bess block is made with Flying Geese, Half-Square Triangles (HSTs), and a Square-in-Square. The sub-units are the same as the Eula block but with a different placement.

Since I fell behind, I am linking all three blocks to Patty's linkup for the Bess Block.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March

One of my goals for this month is to start a quilt for this beautiful girl, our granddaughter Sydney. Her 18th birthday is in April, and she will graduate in May. She requested a quilt in "greens" last Thanksgiving. I took her into my fabric closet, and she loved one of the fabrics that was yellow with a green design. She was vague about the particular greens she wants, so I may make a trip to my LQS and get some suggestions. There should be an ample supply of greens this month!

Another goal is to keep working (and not tap out!) on the Meadowland Quilt-Along on Instagram. I will make the large throw size, 64" x 80". As you can see by the above picture, my version is in light blue, mint, navy, gray, and yellow gold. There are so, so many beautiful versions on Instagram, I can't help but be inspired! I just finished mixing up colors, so I will start on my first few blocks for this week.

I am linking this post to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal linkup.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Eternally Yours Pattern Test

When Julie at Running Stitch Quilts requested pattern testers for her new pattern, I volunteered. I made Julie's Scrappy American Flag and have purchased Snowflakes in July, Summer Garden, and Ombre Gingham, all of which I love and hope to make this year. I've never tested a pattern before and felt nervous and excited but honored to give my opinions. I made notes on the pattern as I cut and sewed, made suggestions/corrections by category, and typed and sent it as a PDF to Julie, along with a photo of the flimsy.

Jack inspected and approved the flimsy

I cut into my cherished stash of Gooseberry fabrics for this quilt and love the way it all went together. I will post a final list of fabrics once the quilting is finished.

Julie's pattern, which is alternating X and O blocks, has instructions for 3 sizes with minimalist and scrappy options and is available for purchase here. If you use the code ETERNALLYYOURS you can get a 20% discount until Friday March 8, midnight eastern time!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Little Bear Quilt - Finish for OMG February and Q#1 Finish-Along

My February OMG goals were to finish the Eternally Yours pattern test for Julie at Running Stitch Quilts and the baby quilt for our future grandson. The pattern test quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt and will be detailed in a later post. I did finish the baby quilt, which was not only a February OMG goal as well as a first quarter Finish-Along goal. Our daughter, who is expecting our second grandson in May.

This baby quilt is done in the colors my daughter requested, navy, gray, mint green, dark kelly green, mustard, and burgundy, and in the same simple style as for our granddaughter's quilt.

I found a fabric called "Sleepyheads in Blue", which featured a cute little bear.

The back is a pieced combination of flannel and cotton.

My daughter has nicknamed the baby "Little Bear".

I free motion quilted this quilt, using my "new" (used) Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP, which I purchased last year. This was my first time trying FMQ on this machine. It was so much easier than previous FMQ attempts with my old Janome, and I was happily surprised to find there was no "eyelashing" on the back of the quilt. I used a Supreme Slider beneath the quilt, which helped move the quilt around. I watched a Leah Day video on stippling several times and practiced before I worked up the courage! I have a lot of practicing to do before I feel truly confident. There are really tight stitches and really big stitches, but overall I am feeling much better about free motion quilting!

Jack has given his stamp of approval.

Size: 36" x 45"
No pattern, simple patchwork

Front fabrics:
Triangle Tokens Metallic from AGF
Enchanted Pond from Moda
Panache Profundo from AGF
Black Forest Hunter from Cotton + Steel
Elk Family in Sun from Birch Fabrics
North Pole Forest from Dear Stella
Sleepyheads in Blue from Blend Fabrics
Pandalicious from AGF

Sleepyheads in Blue from Blend Fabrics
Flannel from Hobby Lobby
Gray solid from my stash

Reminisce Meadow Gold by Bonnie Christine for AGF

So Fine Genoa Gray and Pearl by Superior Threads

I am linking to Patty's OMG Finish for February link-up. Click to see other quilters' amazing finishes!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Countdown to Christmas SAL February Blocks

Here are the completed February blocks in my monthly goal to have a Christmas quilt before Christmas by participating in Mama Spark's CTC (Countdown to Christmas). The blocks are from the Moda Countdown to Christmas for 2018, and the links are found here. Click on "2018", December is the first month that appears, and you can click on the individual blocks. Warning: some of the instructions are not crystal clear! But the patterns are free, so I can't complain - lol! I am picking and choosing my blocks instead of making all of them in order, and the blocks I chose for this month are Prairie Christmas Star, Wrapped Up, and Reindeer Games.

Prairie Christmas Star

Wrapped Up

Reindeer Games

Jack (tail pictured) is glad Mama Spark initiated this sew-along.

I am enjoying sewing for Christmas early in the year, with no holiday pressure! I am linking to Mama Spark's February CTC Sew-a-Long Link-up. It's not too late if you'd like to join in. You can do as many or as few as you like, even just one for a pillow!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Dorothy Block

This week's block for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along is an Ohio Star block with half square triangles in the corner. The two hosts of this QAL, Patty and Kristin, named this block "Dorothy", after one of the quilters in the novel Friendship Album 1933.

We are finally beginning to combine blocks we have already done, and this block involves half square triangles and quarter square triangles. Again, I did not mark the quarter-inch seams, and the block is a near-perfect 6-1/2 inches. So weird!

Patty hosts the link-up each week, and if you click on this link you can see many pretty blocks done by other participants.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Quarter Square Triangle

Week 4 of the Hand Pieced Quilt Along features the Quarter Square Triangle. Patty supplied the video and instructions (and encouragement!) This block is also known as the Hour Glass block, and all pieces are cut individually and pieced together.

This time I did not mark seams prior to sewing. I simply eyeballed the quarter inch seams, and lo and behold I finally achieved a 6-1/2 inch square. Lol! Although it was a little bit challenging in the middle of each unit and at the center of the block, I enjoyed sewing these triangles together.

I am linking this post to Patty's Hand Pieced QAL link-up where you can find some very pretty versions of this block!