Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March update

1. Baby girl quilt.  This is my March ALYOF goal.  I actually got pretty far on in during February, which is good because I won't have a ton of time in March.  I still have to quilt two of the colors and the background and bind.


2. Braid in braid. Once the quilting got going, it was fast. I still have to bury threads and bind.


3. Aunt's throw. The rays are finished.  Next up is to put it back on the frame to do a bit more quilting.  I'm still hoping to finish by Easter, but we'll see what happens.

4. scrap quilt.  Still working on blue, but making progress.

And a whole bunch of quilts that I didn't touch this month.  (Dates are when they were started)...
5. Baby quilt, unknown gender.  Not sure what I'm doing with this yet.
6. Baby boy quilt.  No progress. I'd like to finish by July.
7. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  No progress. I'd like to finish by August.
8. Baby quilt - urban cabins. No progress
9. Space robot quilt.  No progress
10.  Pluses quilt.  April 2011.
11. Make the wall hanging for office.  June 2012.
12. Orphan rocket block  July 2013.
13. Pillow for family room.  August 2013.
14. Simply solids bee quilt.  August 2013.
15. Quilt nautical quilt  Nov 2013. 
16. Quilt Christmas quilt  Nov 2013.
17. QST.  Sept 2014
18. Orangy quilt.  Oct 2013
19. Jeweled floors.  Not started
20. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  Not started
21. Winter quilt. Not started

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rainbow zigzags

Rainbow zigzags (i.e., Eleanor's quilt) is finished!  It was my February ALYoF goal, and not only did I get it done, I even gave it to Eleanor.


I started with a pack of Kona Classic hexagons.  I cut the hexies in half, and then each half into a parallelogram and an equilateral triangle.  I used the parallelograms in the quilt and have a bunch of triangles just waiting to become something really cute.

For the larger parallelograms I used fabrics that I already had...except for purple.  I had to go buy two more purples because I didn't have anything dark enough. 

The colors are all the same size within a column, but the background (Kona Putty) varies.  It was a nice semi-improve way to do it.

The quilting is a wood grain.  Nice and easy and it felt just right for this quilt...especially since the quilt itself is rather busy.

The backing is a minky.  The background is white which doesn't really go with the Putty on the front, but it was just so much fun.  And of course nice and soft.

Once again we had a recent snow and so I took advantage of the pristine backdrop.  It's really quite fun to take pictures in the snow.

The original inspiration for the quilt can be found here, although I've seen a few other similar ones around too.

Linking up with LAAF, Whoop-whoop Friday, Finish it up Friday. (Once the linky parties show up.)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kona

One of the reasons I love Kona is because of the names of the colors.  And the names are on the bolts.  So instead of putting colors that looked good together for the Kona challenge, I thought I'd put some themes together based on the names instead...

First off, we have Fruit Salad, made from watermelon, blueberry, orange, peach, and berry.  There were several fruits that I didn't put in too.


Secondly, we have A Walk in the Forest, made from fern, shadow, spruce, forest, thistle, moss, earth, evergreen, and leaf.  I think this one might be my favorite of the three.

Lastly, we have Agate Hunting on the Shores of Lake Superior, made from stone, lake, forest, sky, and sand.  I take back what I said above.  I think this is my favorite.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wood bees

I started wood grain quilting on Elanor's quilt.  As expected, it is going pretty quickly.

I also finished my bee block and signature block.  They even got put in an envelope and just need to be posted.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Feb ALYOF

I don't feel like I got a ton done in January, but I also started playing a computer game more again.  Life is rough when you have too many hobbies. :p

1. Baby Elanor's quilt. My February ALYOF goal is to completely finish the top.  I have two more rows put on since the picture was taken and it still isn't quite wide enough so I'm making two more rows.  I'm hoping it doesn't look too crazy and that I can finish it by the end of February.  I'm going with an easy quilting pattern, so that should help.

2. Braid in braid.  This was supposed to be a quick and easy quilting job, but I'm currently on my third thread and have unpicked the right two braids about four times.  Urg.  But I think it's finally a go, and now it should be quick and easy.  Except that I might run out of thread...



3. Baby girl quilt.  I've mapped out the pieces needed for the next baby quilt.  Colors are not correct.  It'll be more girly.


And a whole bunch of quilts that I didn't touch this month.  (Dates are when they were started)...
4. Baby quilt, unknown gender.  Not sure what I'm doing with this yet.
5. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  No progress. I'd like to finish by July.
6. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  No progress. I'd like to finish by August.
7. Aunt's throw. No progress. I'd really like to finish by Easter.

8. Baby quilt - urban cabins. No progress
9. scrap quilt.  Still working on blue
10. Space robot quilt.  No progress
11.  Pluses quilt.  April 2011.
12. Make the wall hanging for office.  June 2012.
13. Orphan rocket block  July 2013.
14. Pillow for family room.  August 2013.
15. Simply solids bee quilt.  August 2013.
16. Quilt nautical quilt  Nov 2013. 
17. Quilt Christmas quilt  Nov 2013.
18. QST.  Sept 2014
19. Orangy quilt.  Oct 2013
20. Jeweled floors.  Not started
21. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  Not started
22. Winter quilt. Not started

Friday, January 30, 2015

Noah's quilt

My goal for January in ALYOF was Noah's quilt.  I finished it!  I was debating about taking pictures yesterday because it was so grey out, but then very pretty big snowflakes started falling and I quickly grabbed the camera.


This quilt is from a QDAD design.  The first one that I've actually finished.  In EQ7 the block is a criss-cross variation.  I colored it and then mirrored and rotated it in some places. 

This was the original coloring:




You might (or might not) notice that there is a slight change though.  I made the blocks so that they were very easy to make, but it means that I cut of some of the points on the rectangles by the HSTs.  I thought about it for a second and then decided it would be a design feature.


For quilting I did Mesh Curtain from Leah Day.   I really like the texture that it creates, although I formed it a little differently then she did in the video.  It was easier to keep track of where I was if I didn't do any overlapping until the first layer was down in a section.  And while this is a very easy and forgiving quilting pattern, it also takes a lot of thread.  I probably used at least twice as many bobbins as I normally do.

The kona colors are tomato, citrus, kiwi, and water.  It is backed in a grey minkie.  I love pieced backs, but I love the softness of minkie even more.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday and Whoop-whoop Friday.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Metro Lattice

I finished Metro Lattice!  It was made with the quick curve ruler.  I didn't have perfect piecing, but it still went together so quickly.  I wasn't really trying to get this one done until June, but before I knew it I had a top.


I love it.  It is probably one of my favorites.  And there was a big snowfall, so everything was looking so pretty outside.

I bound it in coordinating colors.  I think it brings the quilt together so nicely.

I did pebbles and arcs in the pinwheels, back and forths in the middle parts, and echoes in the white sashing.  I realized there was a long arm ruler after I had quilted all of it...it probably would have been easier to use than my cardboard templates.  But the templates worked fine, especially since everything didn't line up perfectly.  I did a lot of ruler work on this quilt and feel like I'm finally starting to get the rhythm down a bit more.

This is also the first quilt that I put an official tag on!  I always tell people how to wash the quilts, but I'm not sure that it sticks.  So I have a tag with my name and the washing instructions.

Finally, I made my first pillow with the scraps using this tutorial.

It was a gift for a friend's daughter.  While most of the fabrics are unique to hers, there are some orange fireflies that are also on her brother's quilt.  I'll admit, I probably wouldn't have done that except that the orange was just perfect.  (Of  course, I don't have a close up of the fireflies.)  I've been told that her brother's quilt has suddenly become more popular now that they both have one.

Linking up with Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Finish it up Friday, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Fabric Tuesday, Sew cute Tuesday, and Linky Tuesday.