Monday, July 6, 2015

Bee blocks - May and June

For May we made the double star block.  I like how it turned out and think the final quilt will turn out quite nice, especially since every was given the same background fabric to use.

For June we made Wanta Fanta.  I really liked this block when it came out and was glad to get to try it.  I could see making this one for my month.  Again, the block turned out nicely and I can't wait to see the final result.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July rollover

1. Baby blessing quilt. As part of a baby shower some relatives wrote on fabric squares.  I put the top together this past month.  (Which took way longer than it should have because I didn't lay it out properly.)  So for the July ALYoF, my goal is to quilt and bind.

Other things that are still in progress that I worked on this past month...
2. Sunset wall hanging.  This is all ready for hand quilting.  It took a few iterations, but I'm happy with it now.

3. Baby quilt, girl.  This is finished!  I just need to take pictures of it.

4. Baby boy quilt - using Urban Cabins.  I just need to tie off threads and bind.  The baby has shown up, so I'm hoping to do this promptly.

5. Pillow for family room.  I don't think I'm going to quilt this because there are so many seams.  I have all the panels ready and just need to put them together.

Other items on which I didn't make progress this month...
6. scrap quilt. 

7. Simply solids bee quilt.  

8. map wall hanging.  
9. Stack and whack.  

10. QST.

11.  Baby quilt, boy I'd like to finish by August - I have a plan and fabric, but kind of doubt I'll get it done on time.  I can hope though.
12. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  I'd like to finish by December

13. Space robot quilt.
14.  Pluses quilt. 
15. Orphan rocket block 

16. Quilt nautical quilt   
17. Quilt Christmas quilt 
18. Jeweled floors. 
19. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt). 
20. Winter quilt. I colored some layouts for this and have one I'm happy with.
21. Baby quilt.  I'd like to finish by January

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


For June ALYOF (#16), I said that I wanted to finish piecing the sunset wall hanging and get ready for hand quilting.  It didn't take too long, but it still took most of the month.  I didn't like the first version of the wall hanging and the advice I received was to add grey and to add a horizon.  I also added one more orange color to mix up the colors more.  And I really, really like how it is turning out now.

I also have a tentative quilting plan and supplies.  Western Michigan has been having a cool summer so there haven't been many warm nights to sit outside, but assorted vacations are coming up and I might try and start then.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spools and bobbins

The other day I bought one little spool of thread.  I wasn't sure it would be enough, but I thought that I could get two bobbins out of it and still have enough for the top thread.  So I wound my two bobbins.

So yeah, not even close to enough thread left over for the top.  I feel like I do this all the time, so here is my equation, extrapolated from the above picture.  It will help me know how many bobbins I can wind from a spool and still have enough left for the top.  This is mainly for Gutermann; I don't know how it would translate to other types of thread.

Number of bobbins = meters of thread / 100

So in the example above, I had a 100m spool of thread.  I should have just made one bobbin to have a roughly equal amount on the spool and amount on the bobbin(s).  It's even an easy equation to remember!  But we'll see if I actually remember it in the future or not...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Duplo quilt

My son wanted to play duplos, so I worked on the layout of a quilt.  I don't think the layout will look the same since the palette isn't even close to the fabric colors, but I think I worked out the color placement enough.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Scrap quilt

So a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I started a scrap quilt.  I couldn't decide on a layout, so I decided to just make long strips and mull over what I wanted to do.  I played around with several different layouts in the QDAD facebook group.

Then, suddenly, all the strips were made!

All those pretty colors.  The volume of all of them seemed quite different, so I unrolled them to get a better look.

But, there is one problem.  The strips are way, way bigger than I expected.  Below, the white backdrop is pretty long...probably a bit longer than a queen quilt.  I thought that green was going to be my biggest roll, but it just goes a bit past the far wall.  The blue roll goes to the far wall, back to the start, and then half way up the back drop again.  I was hoping that the longest one would be about the length of the yellow one. 

So now I need to I still go with one of the designs above and have left overs to make another quilt?  Do I start designing again to use most of the pieces, albeit in shorter strips?

And lastly, what leader-ender project do I work on now?

Questions, questions.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and Scraptastic Tuesday.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sunset help

I finished piecing the top of my sunset piece yesterday and I'm not in love with it.  Something seems off...maybe the light colors and the dark colors don't mix well enough??

I could add a few more rows to mix them more.  I'm not completely sure of the best way to do that though.  Any thoughts?