Saturday, March 21, 2015

Coffee Time Blues

Whew!  Boy, life sure does move fast!  Its like it's own particle accelerator.

Coffee Time Blues - 14.25" x 24.5"
This project is in response to the Project Quilting Challenge #6 'Isn't That Charming'.  Hosted by Kim at Persimmon Dreams I have followed this for some time, but seem to usually miss the start of the weekly challenges.  This time I caught it, and it was right up my alley challenge wise.

Take 20 + charms (5" squares) and using only those - make something with the front of your project having the charms.  OHHHHHH the possibility!

I knew I did not want to make anything large as I have SO many things going on right now.  I also knew I wanted something I would use.  Hmmm.  I decided, since I am enjoying spring and my kitchen these days, to make a counter runner for next to my coffee station.  Coffee is my life blood in the mornings and I feel it deserves something a little special.

Next, I had to decide on the charms.  I have a huge collection of charms for my 365 project but I decided to both simplify and challenge myself by sticking with one line.  I took a charm pack I recently got from JoAnn's; Flourish by Fabric Central.
I decided to work with all 30 charms and see what I could do with my favorite - cut and sew cut and sew method.  I started with random curved cuts. .  Then I did another curved cut and worked with that.  The results were a little crazy, but I elected to continue.  After making the curvey 4 patch, I squared the blocks to 4 inches.

 I found it really difficult to work with essentially 2 colors - white and blue.  At several points while sewing I was NOT sure I would like the results - but I kept going.  28 blocks later (4 x 7 setting) I have a top to work with.  Next I had to decide on the backing.  I pulled out a neutral I fell in love with - 'Vintage Sterling Formal Setting' by Susan Winget.  I cannot get enough of this fabric!

Once I had my top and backing, time to decide on quilting.  I had many thoughts, but elected to go with an organic (unplanned) wavey machine stitch to accent and pull together the curves in the piecing.

I finally started to see some cohesion.  The thread I used is a very light yellow, it adds a bit of brightness to the look and helps pull the eye along the top.

Next design decision was the binding. I knew from how much the 2 color white and blue bugged me (and SO does not match my eclectic kitchen colors!) I wanted a bright binding.  I decided to machine bind and used a risky fabric that adds a ton of colors to the piece.  It has a faux piping in a light blue with the crazy random print of fushia, green, orange, white, turquoise and blue.

The thin blue piped binding adds a nice frame before we get back into the crazy colors of the binding.

I have been using this for a few days now and I just love it.  It adds a bit of bright to my morning.

 The waved quilting is very calming, while the curved piecing of the blues and white fabic is slightly jarring and invigorating.

 The crazy cuts of the fabrics reminded me of broken china.  While the pattern name broken dishes is taken, that thought led to the name - 'Coffee Time Blues'.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

So this is Love - First Q1 Finish!

While this is not my first finish of 2015 it is my first finish from the Q1 goals I set myself. 

So this is Love - 22" x 18"
I am thrilled with this finish for several reasons.  I love the ticker tape style of raw applique.  So simple, yet creates a story in a story depending on your view.

I also really enjoyed playing with a new-to-me binding style - the faux-piping binding.  A friend at guild pointed us at this tutorial, which was JUST what I needed.  It can be a bit tricky - ironing the piping all the same size then keeping it all together when sewing to the back was probably the part that was most fiddly.  But I do love the result.

I got to play with a teal shot cotton.  These fabrics just have to be seen and felt to understand why they are SO luscious.  The way the colors move and seem to glow makes them just gorgeous solids to work with.

This was also a big chance for me to play with a few of the fabrics I created over at spoon flower.  My little artsy geek soul giggles everytime I look at them!  I have a few of the medium hearts in the applique pieces, and the small print in blue and black as the binding.

Finally, I love the treatment I did with the back.  Taking the 2 layers and as the raw edge happened on the front it allowed creation of a negative image of the same on the back.  It is almost a reversible wallhanging.

I am inspired to keep going with my Q1 list!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Q1 - WIPs and To Be Finished!

2014 was a rockin and rollin year, both personally and in the quilting I did.  I finished a LOT - several challenges, and some swaps, baby quilts, and even a family quilt.

However, as we quilters seem to do, I swear I started even more!  So, this year I am joining the 2015 Finish Along at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So here is my Q1 list, and a few WIPs tossed in I know I wont have totally finished - but I need a good boost on.

1-  2015 Guild Spring Challenge

This is a test hexie for a quilt guild challenge I am going to do.  My first attempt as english piecing, I think I love it!  The challenge will have to be done around April, so this is a must finish.

2- Sister's Oregon Quilt Show quilt

In 2014 I won a selection of blocks from a block challenge hosted by Sister's Oregon.  I want to make a quilt and enter it in the outdoor show.  It would have to be finished by June, so I better get crackin!

3 - Friend swap in 2014
 I figured we would get off track on this friend swap.  I am still working thru the packets of goodies she has sent me.  However, I would like to have them done and the top done by Q1 so I can say 'yeah!' and focus on 2015.

4 - 2014 Around the World Swap
 This is the results of a swap with people from all over.  I have seen a few of our facebook participants post finished quilts which has me inspired to make this happen and get it quilted.

5- 2014 Quilt Guild Paint Chip Challenge

I really love the design I created for this challenge.  I still need to finish 6 blocks and then get it quilted.  I would love it on my couch this summer.

6- Garden Wallhanging

This is a gift for a friend I want to have done this summer.  I got stuck on quilting the tiny little bits I fused, but I think I have a solution.  This should be finished this quarter.

7- Shop banner wallhanging

This has been around for at least 2 years.  Again, I got stuck not sure how to quilt the edges of the small pieces.  However, I want it done and on the wall and then photographed for my etsy shop.

8 - awake my soul wallhanging

Similar to the above.  Inspired by Mumford and Sons song lyrics, I would love to do a line of wallhangings with song lyrics like this.  Just have to finish and then do more.  I want to add building silhouettes and a few simple things to give depth, then quilt.

9 - Mini Swap

I am waiting for fabric I ordered to do the binding, then this will be off to it's swap partner.  This is a definite finish in Q1.  So fun to make this kind of design!  I might make one for me.

10 - hexi mini

This is kind of a personal challenge to figure out hexis and hand sewing.  I actually kind of love it, and made a ton of 2 inch hexi forms I can use over and over.  Hoping to have the mini on the wall in Q1,but i also plan to hand quilt this baby, so we will see.

11 - Saving the Pillow Top

This is for my cousin.  My grandmother made this for her years ago, and since grandma has passed it is one of a kind.  It has been well worn, and I don't think can be a pillow anymore.  I am thinking I will turn it into a wallhanging, and then make a pillow for her using this pattern.

12 - Commissioned quilt

 I have to get this done.  I have gotten stuck on designing an applique tree in king size.  I just need to get the base on the wall and do it, and stop waffling.  I want at minimum the top done in Q1.

13 - Baby quilts

I have 3 of these tops done in scrappy HSTs.  I just need to back and bind them.  I will donate them when finished.

14- Disappearing Blocks Quilt

This is a quilt intended as a Christmas gift.  however, life got busy and I did not finish.  I would like to finish it this spring to gift or put in my own closet.

15- HST quilt\wallhanging. 

 I challenged myself last fall to work with half square triangles and pink.  I have a lot cut and pieced.  I need to square up and iron and then decide on the top.  I would love for this to be a quilt I gift or sell -and not hang around!

16 - Winter Wonderland art

I painted some snowflake designs on fabric and have been adding thread to them to create unique art with them.  I want to make a wallhanging with them - or maybe a couple of wallhangings.  These were intended to be done for last holiday, but life got in the way, and I got stuck on the sewing portion which is taking a while to make each flake unique.  I love how they are coming out - this may also turn into a teaching aid for a fiber art class.

17 - purely fun pot holders

I made a couple of potholder gifts from a pattern I saw online - little R.V. designed art.  I loved them, my recipient loved them, and now I want a few for me!

Well, quite a list!  I would love to get 75% of this done in Q1.  Here we go, linking to Adrienne!

Dear, Deer, Deere...

Sometimes the ideas just come along so fast and furious I can't stop!

WIP pieced hexie test

I am part of a local quilt guild.  I joined a guild about 2 years ago here as a way to get out of the house on a regular basis to purposefully interact with humans - otherwise I tend to avoid doing such things.  I had been curious about a guild for years but just did not have the social chutzpah to invite myself.  Until I did - and discovered it is a fabulous way to expand your quilting horizons.

The guild I am part of is in a small town in the country.  It is full of generations of ladies (no men for us) but mostly in the older years.  I am one of the youngest at 39.  Things I expected from a guild; fuddy duddiness, traditional quilting, a lack of imagination, snooty opinions of modern or avante garde quilting, people who were so good at what they did they are intimidating.

I will say some things came true.  We have some excellent artisans who put me in awe.  Most of the ladies have strong opinions and are willing to share them.  At times there is fuddy, and other times duddy.  There is also a plethora of traditional quilting (whatever that is).

MANY things did not come true, or were a pleasant surprise.  The amount of creative support is amazing.  We have show and tell at each monthly meeting and it is wonderful to both share and to see what others are doing.  I go home every month artistically rejuvenated (and sufficiently socialized!).  I love being part of a guild and recommend it for ALL quilters.

Each year our guild does many activities like a raffle quilt, and projects and trades etc.  We just set up a challenge for the guild that I am currently drafting the rules to share.  The fabric is from Emily Herrick with Michael Miller fabrics.  It is so fabulous!  We will share the fabric with the guild and similar to the hoffman fabric challenge yearly the guild members who participate will need to have a recognizable amount of this fabric in the top.  Well let me tell ya, it has my creative juices flowing!

Since I was placing an order with spoonflower for some of my own fabrics, I decided to check out what deer fabric they have that would contrast with the deer print in our challenge fabric.  Oh my, the offerings are tremendous!  I finally found the following;

Retro Deer Head Stone by scrummy on spoonflower
I am so in love!!!!

With this in mind I am looking at doing a hexie design.  Variants of the following;

the caffeinated quilter
I am trying to do one per day, by hand, using english paper piecing.  While I wait for my fabric to arrive I am starting with a few pieces here that I may be able to use - because I have never used english paper piecing before!  The sample at the top is my first one.  A few bobbles but on the whole I like it!

I can't wait to use the deer head fabric as a fussy cut hexigon with the pieced hexies around it!

Sew away!

Friday, January 9, 2015

5 months later....

Whew.  That was a break.  Well, breaks over.

Since August life has done a lot of rockin and rollin.  We are back to semi-normal in Indigo land and I miss this blog.  So, time to restart the blogger horse here and get trottin.

I have several things in the works.  I want to get back into WIP it Wednesday.  I would love to get some UFOs off he shelf and under the needle.  And I want to continue being challenged with new ideas and projects.

I have been exploring spoonflower of late.  I made my first fabric line!!!

I call the pattern - So This is Love.  A drawing I did a few years ago uploaded to spoon flower then manipulated to several colorways.  This is SUCH a fun thing to do, and I am a bit in love with the results.

Still working on the monthly block creative swap with a friend.  still working on a commissioned quilt.  I am also involved in a round robin that is almost done, and working on a finished item swap (that has some of my fabric in it!).  Life is busy.

I will be posting more specifics and linking to the 2015 finish challenge hosted by On the Windy Side.  Come join the fun!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP it Wednesday - Week 5

Well, I definitely did not do a great job with the whole 'every week' idea.  I do find that me and schedules tend to not meet for long.

Oh well, that means I got lots and lots done, right?  hmmm...
Several weeks ago here is where we were...

  • More Done - 368 Project.  Last block created on 6/25/2014.
  • Not completed - Blocks for the next swap. I have 50 Cathedral Windows to make and 48 1/2 square 5 patches.  
  • More Done - Commissioned quilt.  33 rows to go.
  • Not completed - Commissioned quilt - design applique tree.   I am actually aiming to do this 4th of July weekend.
  • Done - QAYG project from this blog, Span the Distance in Stitches.  Send compiled May/June and work on pounding flowers (that sounded better in my head...)
  • Not Completed - Play Time quilt.  15 blocks to go! 
  • Done - Baby quilt that must be completed by July 10th.  I moved the date because I think I will be mailing this instead of personal delivery.  I have a bunch done!  Details below.
  • Sidelined - Pink Color challenge wallhanging.  I started this because I saw some fabrics and had an idea.  Oi vey.  Working with HSTs, thinking it will be a chevron design.  
  • Done done! - Quilt guild meeting is next Wednesday so I have a few things to do for that.

  • 368 Project - 10 rows
    As of today - here is the new list...

  • 368 Project.  Last block created on 8/10/2014.
  • Blocks for the next swap. I have 50 Cathedral Windows to make and 48 1/2 square 5 patches.  
  • Commissioned quilt.  20 rows to go.
  • Commissioned quilt - design applique tree.   needs to be done asap.
  • QAYG project from this blog, Span the Distance in Stitches.  need to send August and open and work on July.
  • Play Time quilt.  15 blocks to go! 
  • Baby quilt that must be completed by July 10th.  it is done.  I entered it in a couple of quilt shows then will send to its recipient.
  • Seed packets wallhanging.  Details below.
  • Mail 'And Sew it Goes' for Quilting Arts photos  Details below.
  • Get as many votes for 'Indigo's Galaxy' thru end of August as I can.  Details below.
  • Finish Round Robin border #1 for mail date of first of September. Details below.
  • Work on wallhanging for FB wallhanging swap. 
  • Quilt guild meeting is Thursday and I need to make pasta salad and gather a few things for it.

  • Whew!  Started July with 9, finished 5 - sidelined 1.  In August the list has grown!  13, sort of.  

    So, details of the above list.  Seed Packets wall hanging.  I had one of those ideas that came to me.  Then I went to sleep with it on my mind.  I woke up thinking of how to execute.  Basically - it would not go away.  I know a lot of gardeners and I suspect this is one I could make a version of for many.  Right now I am just charmed by quilted radishes.  They are way cuter than they taste!

    Clockwork Yellow
    Quilting Arts magazine hosts many challenges thru the year.  I entered a few in the challenge for opposites attract - using 2 colors from the color wheel.  I started with one idea that I slaved over - tons of sewing and embellishment for 'Clockwork Yellow'.  Then after entering that one I had a simple little notion that I ran with and emailed it as well - 'Nautilus'.  Of course - the second one was accepted!

    The following challenge was to celebrate changing seasons.  I truly did not think I would be accepted a second time but made a fun sewing machine thru the ages wall hanging that would be loved by many a sewer.  Shock of my heart - 'And Sew it Goes' was also accepted!  I cannot wait to get the magazines and share them.
    And Sew it Goes

    Quilting Daily is also hosting a challenge with Singer.  The challenge is to make a 12 inch block incorporating a circle.  Thats it.  That is the guidelines.  Whew!  After a ton of thought and playing with circle ideas I finally decided to go with our galaxy.  A little otherworldly in color choices and certainly scale, I call it 'Indigo's Galaxy'.  And I need votes!  Its a fierce competition with excellent artistry and skills displayed!  Anyone can vote, and if you are reading this - please check out the banner on the right and click the link to go vote.  

    Indigo's Galaxy
    I am also participating in several swaps of various kinds.  One where we make 50 each of 2 blocks to send, one where we will be swapping finished art wall hangings.  And a round robin.  Its a very interesting challenge - in groups of 9 people each person makes a center block - mails to the next person, who then adds a border to the block.  then mails it to the next person and so on.  Once the robins make the round and get back to thier original owner - you have a quilt top worked on by yourself and 8 others.  A very interesting way to combine artistic talents and collaborate!  I sent off my block a while ago - a original design that reminds me of gears.  And I am working on the robin I got a few days ago.  Not in colors I would normally work with so it is definitely a challenge!

    And there we are!  Lots to do!  Better get back to the sewing!

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