Bee Pieceful October Block

October 6, 2009

I also managed to get my block done for my virtual quilting bee.  This month’s bee wanted stars, any way we wanted to do them, as long as they were stars.  I decided to do a maverick star, because after the disaster of trying to do triangles in last months block (which I still feel horrible about), I thought this would be the best way for me to do something that would turn out halfway decent.

my wonky star

my wonky star

As you can see I still messed up matching a seam in the upper left hand corner.  But it is still definitely better than my last one, so I will give myself credit for that.  It’s just so hard when everyone else can do these beautiful and complex blocks, and I’m struggling in the proverbial kiddie pool.  I had been watching the bees before I decided to join ones, and the blocks I saw in the pools made me feel like it was something I could do to improve my skills but within a group of people who were entry level to intermediate ability.  Somehow I ended up in a group of super-quilters.  I feel so bad, because even if this block is an improvement for me, and looks pretty ok, I go to add it in the pool and look at what everyone else has done…I hate being the weakest link.  Maybe next time around, I’ll find a group that makes me feel less inadequate.

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woodland mixtape - finally complete

I am so glad I finally finished this quilt!  I will be relieved when it finally makes it to its new home on Sunday, when I attend my cousin’s wedding.  He and his fiance better like it!  I want to thank Joann at  Select Sewing Service for letting me come to the store the past two weekends to finish this thing. She taught me lots of helpful tricks and was so kind and understanding to allow me to come in and use their equipment when I was in a panic when my machine broke.   I am so glad I bought my machine at a brick and mortar store!

I’m happy with the decision to add the border, it was just a little too minimal for me without it.  I decided to name it woodland mixtape.  I even made sure I put a label on it, at my cousin’s request.  For a guy, my cousin had pretty exact specifications!  I always forget to add the label on most of my quilts.  I should make an effort to include them.  Maybe if I got that printable fabric, I wouldn’t be so lazy about making labels.

the whole front view

the whole front view

So now that’s done, I can move on to stuff that I WANT to do…

Oops, I remembered my mom’s Poky Little Puppy Golden books lap quilt request first. 😦 Hopefully it will be easier to make than this one was.  I’m just going to freestyle a design that I can use the fabric panel on.  It has each page of the book printed on it to make a soft book.  They are 8″ each, so I wanted to cut them out and use them in blocks for this quilt.  The rest I still need to figure out.  I’ll work on that now and get everything cut out before I get my machine back, so when I do I can start working on piecing right away.

Hope my sewing machine is fixed soon!  I’d like to get my Christmas project done before December 1!

The top is done!

September 10, 2009

I like the border on this mixtape quilt, I think it helps. I thought the 8 solid border was a little large.

I like the border on this mixtape quilt, I think it helps. I thought the 8" solid border was a little large.

I am so glad this top is done.  I added a border because it didn’t seem big enough.  I have lost my quilting motivation I think.  It has been so hard to get myself to work on this thing!  I still need to sandwich and quilt and bind.  I hope my motivation comes back soon!  I hate when normally fun things start feeling like a chore.

deer valley project update

September 1, 2009

I finally got the sashing on this thing, it has really been a nightmare putting it together.  I don’t know why but every row had to be ripped out and resewn at least once.  One of them took like 4 or 5 tries.  It was like every time I sewed a row on, no matter how carefully I lined things up and pinned, it came out crooked.   I was super irritated.  I still need to put the borders on, hopefully that will be a little easier.  At least after all that trouble, I finally got the vertical sashing looking straight, but it was the least enjoyable quilt top I have put together so far because I hate having to do things over, but since my pride would not let me have crooked vertical rows, I had to do it!  I hope this isn’t a bad omen that the quilting part is going to give me trouble too!

audrey’s finished quilt

August 31, 2009

finished top

I finally am able to post about this quilt I finished about 3 weeks ago.  I finished it the night before I was going to see the recipient so it was dark.  I waited to take a picture of it until I got to my parents house.  I had forgotten my camera so I used theirs.  I didn’t upload them right away, and when I left that Sunday, I forgot I had to do it.   So the next weekend I had to go up to my parents’ again for another event, and that time, no one could find the camera.  It turns out that my mom left it in my aunt’s car.  So, THIS weekend, I had to meet my mom up in Lafayette to switch cars (my car got a flat the last time I was up there and so I had been driving my mom’s car so I could get back to indianapolis and go to work while it was getting fixed).  She finally remembered the camera, so now I am able to share these pictures with you.

I think this is my favorite quilt that I have made so far.  It came together pretty quickly, and I had a good time quilting it.  I even tried to quilt Audrey’s name into the quilt.  Its hard to see in the picture, but you can read it in person.  It looks like 3rd grade cursive! But I am sure I’ll get a steadier hand the more I practice.

Im probably the only one who can read it in this picture!

I'm probably the only one who can read it in this picture!

This is also the first quilt that I have gotten tons of comments on, so it must have made quite an impression on people.  I gave it to Audrey at my cousin’s bridal shower because I wasn’t able to go to her 1st birthday party.  So now I have a waitlist of people in my family who want me to do a quilt for them!  It makes me happy though, I’m doing something people appreciate.  That makes me feel good.

...and the back

deer valley project

August 25, 2009

keeping blocks in order

keeping blocks in order

This is the start to the wedding gift for my cousin who requested something “maroon”.  I’m using the persimmon colorway of Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley line and Oh Fransson’s mixtape quilt tutorial.  I am really like how this arrangement really shows off the fabrics.  I am using a neutral (not white!) sashing, and I think it really brings everything together.  I’m excited to finish this top.  Its outside my normal color choices, so it has been a fun challenge trying to get it all to work.  I pinned the blocks up to keep them in order, and also to give me some perspective, it really helps!  My “design wall” is actually just my living room wall, between the couch and my sewing area.  I need a bigger place to live so my sewing stuff can have its own room!

Closeup

Closeup

Charlotte’s quilt

August 21, 2009

a peek of front and back

a peek of front and back

It’s my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party on Saturday so I decided on the spur of the moment to make a quilt for her.  Mainly because everyone was asking me what I was making for her, and all I could say was “I bought her some clothes!.”  This was probably the fastest quilt I have completed so far.  I started on Tuesday and was finished by Wednesday just working on it when I got home from work.  Mostly because there was not a lot of cutting involved.  Cutting out the pieces is not my favorite part of the process, it gets tedious and you have to pay so much attention to make sure everything is precise.  I was so tired of using pink, the last two quilts I’ve made have been mostly pink quilts, so I wanted to do something not pink, and also using only what I had in my stash.  So I was looking through what I had and came across this Michael Miller Ginger Blossom fabric that I had and realized that it was mostly made up of the colors in my friend’s house.  So I decided I would make a baby quilt that they could throw on the floor or over the couch and it would match its surroundings!  I added in the Midwest Modern poppies,  sky blue Carnaby Street fabric and Olive Rose Curves in emerald to brighten it up.  At first, like with Audrey’s quilt, I wasn’t sure if I made good decisions picking out fabrics for this quilt.  I was thinking it was going to be ugly.  Even when I finished the top and back, I still had my doubts.

At this point I was thinking This could quite possibly turn out to be the ugliest thing Ive made so far

At this point I was thinking "This could quite possibly turn out to be the ugliest thing I've made so far"

But once I got the sandwich together and started quilting, I began to like it more.  And once it was washed and came out of the dryer, I liked it a lot.  And it goes great with my couch!

If I had more of this fabric left over, I probably would have made a bigger version of this for myself!

If I had more of this fabric left over, I probably would have made a bigger version of this for myself!

I’m  glad I’ve been making these quilts lately using materials I already have.  Its nice and economical when money is tight, and still makes an impressive gift!  Although the next project I am working on I had to buy all new fabric for.  I love getting new fabric, but sometimes its nice to just use what you have when you are feeling poor, and I am feeling poor right now.  But on the brightside, I got a bunch of different prints  in the Joel Dewberry Deer Valley line, and I am going to be using Oh, Fransson’s mixtape quilt pattern with it, so I think its going to turn out pretty awesome.  Just waiting for the fabric to get here so I can get started!