Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Di Ford mystery Part 5

I finally caught up with the Di Ford mystery quilt in Quiltmania. Part 5 is now complete and now I must wait for the arrival of the next issue at my LQS. So happy to be caught up with this as the Bonnie Hunter mystery Grand a Illusion starts on Friday!

I am still working away on Stonefields but since I am loving it so much, I am trying not to rush it so I can enjoy the process. Here is the last block sewn from Part 2.

And a few more hexagons. I am really trying to use up some fabric that I had precut for hexagons from another project while injecting some of the newer Stonefields fabric for continuity. Slowly I hope to be able to add more fussy cutting too. 43 done, about 130 to go!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quilt Doodles BOM 2014

I finally was able to take a photo of my finished Quilt Doodles BOM today. While it is not yet quilted, I have completed most of the embellishments and assembly of the top. I do have one other embellishment idea that need to be added after quilting but that will just have to wait.

If you have been following along with this BOM you will see that I did stray from the designers pattern. One thing about a mystery, you never know what is coming next and in this case I started having a vision for the quilt about 1/2 way in. We started with the snowman heads and I decided to use bright colors thinking this would be a fun winter or Christmas quilt for one of the grandkids. I was happy with the stars, trees and house and had decided to add some snowflakes and little snowmen early on. The ice skates threw me for a loop but I thought they were cute and decided that my little grandson would like them so I happily sewed them together. June's row was steaming cups, adorable but not what I wanted in a quilt for a little guy so I decided to draft some mitten blocks instead and the idea of dressing a snowman was born.

I skipped the next two rows, candy and Christmas lights, and instead made some woolen hats, (toques in Canada where I grew up) with yoyos for the pompons.

I had such fun creating borders to look like striped scarves and adding snowflakes in the corners.

My snowflakes, snowmen and deer were cut from wool felt on a die cut machine and appliqued by had with a tiny whip stitch. I love the bit of texture that they add but I am not sure how well they will stand up to machine washing so for now, the quilt will stay at Grammie's house. A fun Christmas quilt for the guest room.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trying to catch up

With my excitement over Stonefields and a few other projects, I have fallen behind on my Di Ford mystery quilt. I suddenly realized that the next issue of Quiltmania will be arriving at my LQS any day and I made a start on part 4. After working on Stonefields these colors seem so dark and muddy but I am enjoying the variety.

I have also been working on finishing up my Quilt Doodles BOM. I made several changes to the design. Here is a bit of a preview of the work in progress.

The snowflakes, snowmen and little deer are thanks to my son who cut them on his die cutter and shipped them to me. They are wool felt and after fusing I ended up doing the stitching by hand, a little too detailed to machine appliqué as I had planned. But it was worth the effort. I will share the finished top soon, it is just a bit too large to get a good photo!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stonefields part 2 continues and more

First up a few more blocks from Part 2 of the Stonefields quilt. The two little star blocks together.

The three cross blocks.

And the first of two Occilating blocks.

The second one is prepped but not yet sewn as I wanted to check out my situation with the hexagon rosettes that go on the final border. Most of these are left over from a pervious project and I wanted to make sure I could use them in Stonefields. I have many more already cut but none are fussy cut which means I want to make sure to add as many details as possible with the ones I cut out now. So I did cut and make a few and think I can work these in. I have a couple with blue and I am thinking I may want to add a few blue bits to the Stonefields quilt blocks. Either that or eliminate the blue hexagons. Any thoughts?

I also finally added the last pieced border to my Sampler Magic quilt. Just one more border of the focus fabric and this one will be a finished top!

Finally, I did a wee bit of sewing for my granddaughter who turned a year old this week. Her mom asked if I would make a new mattress cover and bumper pad for her old doll cradle and selected fabrics from my stash but sadly I forgot to take a photo. However I did remember to take one of the doll quilt and pillow I made to match. Though I am not thrilled with my quilting, it was fun to just play in my scraps one afternoon and actually complete something.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stonefields, Part 2

Here are a few blocks from the Stonefields quilt Part 2. I have decided that I will try to just show the blocks as they are completed, hopefully you won't get sick of seeing them as there are lots of blocks in this quilt! First up are these blocks with little hexagon rosettes. These hexagons were just 3/8 " each and I had fun trying to find fabrics that I could use for fussy cutting. Then 2 square in a circle blocks. I hope the background on these blocks is not too strong.

This star is so pretty but sadly my inner star got out of alignment while stitching. I thought about removing it but decided that I can live with the slight wonkyness (I don't think that is a word but you know what I mean). I love the little lady in the middle. These are the little surprises that make working on this quilt so fun!

And here are 2 more that I have stitched. I love the little circle and cross block. Fun finding a stripe fabric for the cross. Those little star blocks were a touch tricky to keep in alignment but I am happy with them. I added a touch of "dark" in the star block and some of a mushroom neutral color, I think it adds a bit of spark.

So here is how it is all coming along.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Stonefields quilt has begun

This week I gave myself permission to begin my Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith. No I have not yet finished the border for Sampler Magic but it is cut out and I have started sewing the HST. I really did have good intentions to finish it first but once I had the fabrics pulled for Stonefields I could resist no longer. Since I purchased the pattern from Susan's website, I am not getting the pattern as a block of the month but have the whole pattern. Frankly, I am thrilled that it is not a BOM as I don't have to wait between parts and this is a very good thing considering the mess the jumble of fabrics is making in my sewing room. The first blocks are these little stars. I am machine piecing when possible so these were quick and easy.

Here are the first appliqued blocks. Orange peel.

Next up are these cute Pomegranate blocks. A good chance to do a little fussy cutting.

These circle blocks were fun. Based on some pastry that I have never heard of so now I can't remember the name. I changed the positioning of the little circles to keep things better balance. I planned to use this fabric for the circles in the green one and noticed on Instagram that someone else had the same idea!

These whirligigs gave me a chance to use a larger print.

And finally part one finishes off with this little posy pot. I think this is my favorite.

I have spent quite a bit of time with this quilt this week and just thought I would share a few thoughts on making this special quilt. First, it is by far the most fun I have had in a long time and I am thrilled to be using up scraps of old fabrics. Truly addicting! They are pretty quick to sew but getting the correct balance of fabrics and colors is a much more time consuming than I expected. In looking at pictures of the original and lots of other pictures on blogs and Instagram, I realized that the versions I like the best are filled with little surprises and lots of fabrics. That might mean fussy cutting or a pop of an unexpected color here and there. To help me stay on track I put a pillow and piece of decorator fabric near my design wall in fabrics that are inspiring my color palette. I think I need to add a few darker touches!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Urns finished and pulling fabric for Stonefields

Ta da! After 20+ years my Fall Urns quilt is a finished top. Despite my little errors I am so pleased with how it turned out. Sure hope it doesn't take me another 20 years to get to the quilting.

I am working on the next border for Sampler Magic but got a little distracted pulling fabric for my Stonefields quilt. Most of the fabric for this quilt came from the stash though I must admit to buying a few things once I had ordered the pattern. After pulling from the stash I realize that I certainly did not need to make those purchases. Oh well I have lots to choose from, here is what I am starting with.

The most difficult part was selecting the background fabric. The pattern suggests 7 meters of fabric which will be used in the borders, flying geese borders and many of the block backgrounds. I found a background in the stash that I liked but only had 7 yards, about 3/4 yd short. I had enough of one solid but I had already started a long term project using it as a background and wasn't sure I had enough for both. I then found a few yards of another solid and a few other similar tonals so I am using the first fabric as the borders and then the solid for the flying geese units. And that way I can mix up the backgrounds in the blocks using whatever I have on hand.