Thursday, June 23, 2016

Finished - Rainbow diamonds

Rainbow diamonds is done!  In time for my June goal and in time to give to the baby the first time we see her.

I made this out of HSTs, although now that I look at it I'm not sure why I didn't do log cabin type blocks.  Probably because I was playing around with HSTs and this is what happened.

My youngest and I went for a walk to get pictures while the oldest was in a class.  I saw a park on the map, so thought I'd check it out.  It turned out to be a rather large cemetery.  We walked around for about ten minutes before we found the unused portion of the cemetery where I could take some pictures.

I really like the colors on this one.  Bright and cheery.  Besides the white and two of the colors, I was able to find the rest of the colors in the fabric I already had.  They include Kona white, Evening, Citrus, Corn, Sour Apple, Pomagranate, Mulberry, Ochre, Lagoon, Water, Grasshopper, Camellia, Primrose, and a few others from before I labeled carefully.

I used a minky on the back and sateen for binding.  I really like this's soft and cute, with butterflies and Eiffel towers.

For the quilting I used a swirly pantograph.  It's been a while since I've used a pantograph, so I wanted to do it again.  It definitely went better than in the past...I've learned that the flow of the machine is more important than staying right on the line.  It quilted up very quickly, although the edges were a pain; I kept getting them mangled.  I'm sure I'll use pantos again, but still like free-motion better.

On our way back we came across a fountain and I couldn't resist just one more picture.

Also linking up with Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, Fabric Tuesday and Sew Cute Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016



I finished trimming all the extra HSTs from the bee hive quilt.  Now to figure out what to do with them...

edit: I think I want to do a layout of 20x27.  I was trying to remember my elementary math to put the right search term into Google.  Turns out "Factors of 540" is what I needed, but it took a conversation with my husband to get the right term.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

progress during May

1. Baby quilt (girl).  I just finished the quilting on this one.  I decided to go with a pantograph for quilting since its been a while since I've done one.  The baby was just born, so I'd like to get this finished!  It's my June goal - I finally choose a reasonable one.

2. scrap quilt #2. This was my May goal.  But then I decided I wanted more quilting in the colored areas and to block it.  Blocking intimidates me so I stopped working on it.  I'm slowly working on burying threads, so there's still progress...but it isn't finished as hoped.

3.  Pluses quilt for Baby boy.  All pieced!  This is my oldest incomplete project.  And all the back and front threads have been tidied up.  I'm not sure why if there were so many thread ends on it because I didn't cut it well four years ago or if it's been moved so much that they frayed.  

4. Wedding quilt.  Two, almost three blocks are done!

5. bee hive scrap something. I trimmed up about 20 more HSTs.  That counts as progress, right?  The ones in the upper right are the ones that still need trimming.

6. Aunt's quilt.  No actual progress, but I think I understand what she's looking for and I'm mulling all sorts of ideas in my head.

Other items still waiting around.  
7. Scrap quilt.
8. The bee hive quilt.   
9. Sunset wall hanging.  
10. Simply solids bee quilt.     
11. Rainbow log cabin.  
12. Orphan rocket block.  
13. Quilt nautical quilt.   
14. Jeweled floors.  
15. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
16. Winter quilt.  
17. fabric from Christmas.  
18. Kids' quilt.   
19. A pillow with green/purple fabric. 
20. Baby quilt (unknown)
21. QDAD challenge piece?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May rollover

1. scrap quilt #2. This is still on the quilter.  It was my goal for last month, but then the quilting started taking longer than expected and the month got busy for other reasons too.  At the beginning of last month I had just started it, now I am near the end.  Due to another busy month, finishing this (with binding) is my May goal.

2. Baby quilt (girl).  I finished the piecing on this one and love it!!  It'll go on the quilter next and with any luck will be done by the end of the month too, but we'll see.

3.  Pluses quilt for Baby boy.  I'm combining my oldest unfinished quilt along with a quilt for a baby boy.  Most of the pieces are cut out, but I need to figure out what I was doing four years ago.  (My documentation was pretty good though.  This first section wasn't too bad.)

Other items still waiting around.
4. Scrap quilt.  
5. bee hive scrap something.  
6. The bee hive quilt. 

7. Wedding quilt.
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. Simply solids bee quilt.   
10. Rainbow log cabin.
11. Orphan rocket block.
12. Quilt nautical quilt. 
13. Jeweled floors.
14. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
15. Winter quilt.  
16. fabric from Christmas.  
17. Kids' quilt.   
18. A pillow with green/purple fabric. 
19. Baby quilt (unknown)
20. Aunt's quilt

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Interlocking triangles

The baby is here!  He showed up a bit early, but is doing well.

So obviously he needed a quilt.  I was going over to my parents' house and thought it would be fun to get some pictures there.  It's amazing how many fun backgrounds there can be even just going to a different house.

The design is an original.  I found out that they had this rug on their registry from Crate and Barrel.  Then I used the Play Crafts' Pallette Builder to get the colors.  I ended up changing the yellow and orange a bit so that the quilt would be a bit brighter, but am curious to see how well the others match.  My design also plays on the triangle theme, but isn't too similar to the rug.

I went back and forth on the pink...the gender was not found out until the baby was born, so should I keep the pink?  There is pink in the rug.  I decided to do it.  There isn't too much pink and it seems silly that boys shouldn't be able to have a bit of pink too.

This is my favorite picture.  It is a rock pathway that is really only about five yards long and goes no where.  But it made a great background.  If you look closely you'll notice that inside the triangles is a light tan (Kona Putty) and outside is white (Kona white).  The only reason is that I ran out of putty and was didn't want to order more.

Quilting - the triangles have a wood grain in a matching color thread while the background is stippled.

I used a flannel on the back.  I don't like it quite as much as minky, but I couldn't find the right color in minky.  The quilt is bound in red sateen.

The other colors I used were Kona Bluegrass, Mushroom, Stone, Straw, Primrose, Sunny, and Rich red.  And an orange...I can't recall where it is from.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Tuesday, and Sew Cute Tuesday

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April rollover

1. scrap quilt #2. This is on the quilter now!  I still am loving it.  My goal for April is to finish it up.

2. A triangle baby quilt. I'm just waiting on the gender and I'll bind it. 

3. Scrap quilt.  Some quilting is done.  It's off the quilter while I'm working on other things though.
4. bee hive scrap something.   I trimmed some HSTs, but that's all.  Progress, but not much.

5. The bee hive quilt.  All put together.  It still needs a back and to be quilted.

6. Baby quilt (girl).  I decided on a rainbow HST quilt.  It's been fun, but I have pieces strewn all over the place so a good picture is a bit out of the question.

7. Wedding quilt.  Fabric has been received.  After getting the fabric I decided a few design changes were in order because the grellow didn't contrast enough with the sand.  But the design is still close.

Other items still waiting around. 
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. Simply solids bee quilt.   
10. Rainbow log cabin.
11.  Pluses quilt.
12. Orphan rocket block.
13. Quilt nautical quilt. 
14. Jeweled floors.
15. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
16. Winter quilt.  
17. fabric from Christmas.  
18. Kids' quilt.   
19. A pillow with green/purple fabric. 
20. Baby quilt (unknown)
21. Baby quilt (boy)
22. Aunt's quilt

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Space robot pillow

A week or so ago I finished the space robot pillow.  It is made out of the extra flannel that is the backing for the Space Robot quilt.  I'm not overly excited about how it turned out, but it will work.

I just sewed two pieces of flannel together and cut up batting scraps for the filler.  I was wondering how it would turn out.  It turned out kind of lumpy, to be honest.  But it will work for my four year old.  It's still soft.

It has made me think about if there is a better way for using up the batting scraps for the middle of a pillow though.  Maybe I'll try another way some day.