Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lots of Appliqué Going On!

Here is Allietare, the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2015. It was supposed to be my February finish and it came close. All is done but the binding and I must find a red that works and just haven't gotten that purchased. I went scrappy on my narrow gold border but I want the binding to be one fabric.
 Here is the appliqué! More circles - these are just a few I've sewn. Think I'm up to about 45 now and I began on February 28. My goal is to make 366 this year so I am playing catch up. Just can't help needing to have it all in one year.............crazy, isn't it?? They are fun and easy though. 
I am now moving into my Kaffe Fassett box as can be seen on the top right and bottom left. The bottom left is one of my favorites. It was used in Lollypop Trees and I think even reprinted years later. The tulips on the bottom right - of which I have about seven color ways, were a Jeffrey Gutcheon fabric from the early nineties I think. I just loved all those pretty tulips.
 Here is some finished appliqué from my Sarah Fielke BOM, Happy Days. I used the starch method for appliqué so it's a good bit of prep time but it sure makes it easy to stitch once you get that done.
 Here are more waiting to be stitched. It was fun choosing all the colorful leaves and arranging them.
I used a very unusual background - low volume - which I still wonder about but in the grand scheme of things, I think it will be fine. It's going to be a large quilt and these are just a few wreaths along the borders. 
 This is the pieced block for the second month. A challenge to put together but I am happy with the results.
One day I had the idea of making two BOM quilts so I pulled fabrics together and came up with this block. Once I received all the appliqué on the second month, I came back to reality and said no. I have way too many other things to finish but I like the block. I'll figure out somewhere to put use it one day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Quilty 365!

I kept looking at all the circles being made by others who had joined in the Quilty 365 and decided to join in. My personal deadline was February 29, since this year, there will be 366 days. Just think it's sort of cool and knew I had to begin by then. So here goes . . .
 For now, I am using fabrics from my stash that are mostly scraps. Many I can remember what quilt they may have been in or that I've had them for 20+ years or just liked the colors. So, I'll say this quilt will be a memory quilt in some ways. I began using some low volume fabrics for the background but since my circle is so large, very little of that will be seen. So now I'm rethinking the size of some of the circles. But can I handle more than one size?? I don't know. This tells a lot about my personality I suppose. . .we'll see.
Here are a few more already cut and ready to be starched with the appliqué method I am using which makes the stitching go very quickly. I also pulled quite a few cream on cream fabrics for backgrounds that my mother-in-law had left from some beautiful pillows she had made, doing crazy patches with embroidery on them. . . .more memories!
 At first I could not decide on my background so I had a large piece of gray fabric. I made a hand drawn circle - it looks like a misshapen rock - and put it on the gray. It just had no life to it so I tried some other backgrounds as you see below . . .
 This was good . . .
 So was this . . .
and this . . .but for some reason the odd shape circle just did not work for me. I got my scrapbook circle cutter out and made my own circles with freezer paper and templar plastic to get going. It's working for me now . . .I'm thinking of an on-point layout. . .
I am such an assembly line person, that I had to get a stack of them to sew instead of picking and choosing one a day. Of course, it's up to each individual but it's great fun to look at the others and see their progress. Here is a link for more circles!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happy Days - Sarah Fielke BOM 2016!

 Everywhere I turn, there are online BOMs to tempt me! Some free and some for a fee. Since I am such a fan of Sarah Fielke's quilts, I chose hers. It's not even too late to begin, as the first pattern just came out the last of January and it's pretty simple - above. Here is the link to this BOM.
She shows three different color ways and since this happened to be one of my favorites right now, I chose it. Of course, you can do anything you like but I like the aqua and pinks and greens.
 Here is my quilt, Botanical Gardens, I did last year from her book below. She makes happy quilts that make you smile!
This is just one of her many books!
Stitch when you can!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Di Ford Mystery Quilt 2014

Here are some borders of the Di Ford Mountmellick 2014 Mystery Quilt. I now have this appliqué ready for stitching.
The little hexagons went together well and I did use a suggestion from Lisa Bongean in one of her recent posts. She said quilters need to use darker threads so the light thread does not show through so I followed her advice and probably went a couple of shades darker than I might have. It worked! Now the paper is removed and they are 'glued down' with Roxanne's glue to hold them in place while I stitch.
My stems are already stitched.
 Here is a little of the process. I most often have done needle turn appliqué with the freezer paper still on the top to use as my guide - no marking on the fabric, no glue, etc, but you have to continually put your overlay on the block for placement. With the starch appliqué method, you can lay it all out, glue baste in place with tiny dots to hold it down and stitch. I like that part of it.
Since this is a tight border, I decided this method would work best.
Above you can see my new Clover iron. No steam, 3 settings and it is small. 
 I have never mastered using the tiny Clover iron many people use so this seems perfect for me. Before, I used a small travel iron I had. I get better control with this. I have my spray starch in the lid with my little stencil brush. Under my muslin is a teflon pressing sheet so my ironing board is not absorbing all the liquid going on the muslin.
Here are some leaves that are starched. I remove the paper (three layers of freezer paper) and press flat again before I glue them onto the background fabric. It is suggested that you rinse the appliqué in water before you proceed to get rid of the glue and starch. Now I have some good handwork to do for a few evenings!! Happy Stitching!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gardenvale Jelly Roll Quilt

 I purchased a jelly roll of the Gardenvale fabrics by Jen Kingwell for Moda. I thought they would work for the Gypsy Wife quilt but once I got the fabric and tried to put it with other things I had, it was just not working.
 Meanwhile I quilted a quilt for a customer that had this pattern - I have no idea what it was called but I realized it was so easy and I could use a jelly roll since the strips were 2" finished. I sewed my 
2 1/2" strips together in coordinating pairs, cut them 4 1/2" long and pieced them as shown below.
 I used the whole jelly roll. There were some blocks where the sets were not all identical but that just added to the variety to me.
I found an unusual colorful piece of fabric for the border I had on hand 
and used some leftover squares and rectangles of the jellyroll 
for the back! It is fun to make quilts when you don't know the end results but are pleased when it is finished!