Sunday, January 25, 2015

Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along

I have two quilts that will finish this week.  Might as well start a new project.  LOL.  I haven't used two of my Accuquilt dies yet.  I figured if I grabbed a handful of scraps, some neutrals, and my dies, I'd be well on my way to doing this QA.  My plan is to make four of each block...  Since my blocks will be smaller, I will make multiple blocks.  A few here; a few there.  This would make a cute baby quilt.

I made two of block one and four of block two so far.  Here they are:

Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along

I'm using my 3" HST dies (2.5" finished).  I think I'll use red scraps.  Fun fun.  Maybe I'll throw in some black and some aqua?  Hmmmm.

Here's the schedule for the QA:

January 10--How to change your charm squares into Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)--the Magic begins!  (wink wink)
January 17--Block 1
January 24--Block 2
January 31--Block 3
February 7--Block 4
February 14--Block 5 & Happy Valentine's Day!
February 21--Block 6
February 28--Block 7
March 7--Catch-up week and Happy Birthday to Me!  I will be featured on Moda Bake Shop this week with another pre-cut fabrics quilt tutorial.
March 14--Block 8
Block 9 & Celebrate all of our blocks being sewn
March 21--Block 9 & Celebrate all of our  blocks being sewn.
March 28--Sewing the Settting Sashing
April 4--Add the Borders

Here's the planned blocks:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Scrap Saturday, RSC15 & FNSI Results

I'm slowly working on my little blue HST for my Scrap Crystals (Bonnie Hunter pattern from More Adventures With Leaders and Enders).  For the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) I only finished a little over 80 of the half units.  It doesn't look like much.  I'll leave them on the sewing table for now and hopefully add to them tonight.

Here's my little Friday night date helping me cut the little units apart:

Here's my tiny production of blocks:
He got all caught up with me on the little units.  I put him to work on separating batting from backing from what I trimmed from quilts that had been longarmed.  This worked out until his little fingers got tired.  Then he just wanted me to cut them and he would separate batting from trash from fabric...

But it was a fine FNSI!  Then Daddy came home and my help disappeared quickly.
Linking up with Angela of Soscrappy... ScrapHappy Saturday for the RSC15.
RSC 15
Also, check out what all the others got done at Sugarlane Designs FNSI here. 

Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM Blog Hop

It's BLOG HOP DAY!!!  Hooray for Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM.  Check them out today.  (Don't forget to come back Monday for the reveal of my finished quilt!)

January 24th

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Night Sew In -- FNSI

It's Friday Night Sew-In time!  Last week I worked on my Scrap Crystals HST (Scrap Crystals pattern from Bonnie Hunter's book -- More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!

I'm starting with my bag of HST's.  I need to add the neutral squares and then the green squares to form the units.  Here's one unit with an adorable monkey neutral print.  I love my "precut" kit.  All the parts for this quilt have been cut to optimize those little spurts of sewing.

Link up at Sugarlane Designs FNSI here.  Come join the fun.  Wendy said that there will be THREE mystery prizes!!!  Woot woot!

This is what my sample Scrap Crystal block looks like:

Quilt Doodles Blog Hop 2014 BOM -- A Friday Finish Sneak Peek

Today's Friday Finish is just a teaser.  I finished my 2014 Quilt Doodle Designs BOM quilt.

Cindy of Quilt Doodle Doodles has a few prizes for participants and visitors, so make sure to hit all the stops to optimize your chances to win.  Here's the schedule:

January 24th

January 25th

January 26th

 Here's a couple pics to tempt you to come back for the blog hop.  My day is Monday, January 26, 2015. 

I used my Circle Lord Egyptian Eye template board for the quilting.

Linking up with Link-A-Finish Friday with Richard and Tanya here.

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts
Remember to come back on Monday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Productive Thursday & Blog Hop for Quilt Doodles Schedule!!!

I was doing good today.   I finished quilting my Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM.  I LOVE the Circle Lord Egyptian Eye pattern.  It's simple and stunning.  It quilts rather quickly.  I can't wait to show you the whole FINISHED quilt at the blog hop!

January 24th 
January 25th 
January 26th
I got my Hip to be Square quilt on and off the longarm.  It's trimmed and ready for binding!  It should have the binding on before 2/6 to make Pat Sloan proud! I used the Circle Lord Egyptian Eye pattern on this as well. 
Since I finished quilting TWO quilts, I decided to make my 16 little 3.5" (3" finished) bow ties for the Quiltmaker's Itty Bitty Blocks QA.  You can read more about it here.  I'm not really thrilled with them.  I was just grabbing at the 2" squares that I have of ugly fabrics that I try to keep cutting up smaller and smaller to make them better.  Then I read the article about the blocks and decided I need to make better choices when it comes to value.  Yes, that darn Julianne just twisted my arm all the way from California AGAIN!!!

Then the school called.  My little first grader is sick.  As soon as he walked out of the school he was dancing and singing and feeling so much better???  He did have a little fever of 99.8.  I'll keep him home tomorrow as well.  There's just so much stuff going around.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday 1.21.15

Mark your calendars!  The American Patchwork and Quilting 4-Patch Quilt Along will be released in the April Issue on February 3rd!  Bonnie Hunter posted this button on her sidebar this week.  Of course, I'll add that project to the list!  I LOVE 4-patches!!!  They are such great leader/ender fun!

Quiltville's Quips & Snips

In other projects this week, I got so much accomplished!  I did a LOT of cleaning in my sewing room.  I found TEN WIPS that I did not have on the list.  Wow, that's a lot.  But I have a plan and continue to work on each project now and then.  My word for 2015 is FINISH. 

A lady at church asked me if I knew anybody that could use some fabric!!!??? What??? Fabric from her mom that doesn't sew as much anymore?  I was happy to help her out!  I am soooo blessed!  There are so many vintage florals -- perfect for my collection!  I can't wait to chop them up and use them!  I also love the holiday prints and various bags of lace and trims.

I got ALL of these blocks made for my Grand Illusion (Bonnie Hunter mystery).  What progress!  I only have four more blocks to assemble and I'm sure they will be done today.

All of my blocks for the Urban Churn Dash are complete!  I just need to do some sashing.

I made three Double 9-patch blocks for the Block Lotto.  The Block Lotto is so much fun!  Click on the button on my sidebar to get there FAST!  You could win these blocks if you play!  It's also such a great place to learn new techniques.  I use SCRAPS!  What a better way to learn?  Sophie's instructions are very easy to read and follow.

I made the block for the RSC15 project.  This is Card Trick (in a sawtooth star).

I finished all of the 600+ HST for my Scrap Crystals quilt (from Bonnie Hunter's book, More Adventures with Leaders & Enders).

Here's a Scrap Crystal block to show you how fun this quit is (and the scrappy goodness!)

I finished the blocks for Pat Sloan's Hip to Be Square challenge and loaded it on the longarm frame.  I patiently wait for warmer weather to quilt it.  (The longarm area is not 100% heated.)  Hopefully this one will be on and off the frame quickly.  I'd like to have it done by 2/5. 

I also need to get my Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM quilt on the frame and quilted.  The blog hop is coming!!!  I can't wait to see all of the pretty quilts.  What a fun BOM that was!  Here's the last row that I did in October:

Want to see the whole quilt?  I have the borders on and hope to get it quilted before the fun blog hop!  Cindy said there will be prizes for participants and readers!!!  Here's the Quilt Doodle Designs 2014 BOM blog hop schedule:

January 24th 
January 25th 
January 26th

I finished the last Classic Meets Modern block!  Next thing is to do some sashing and cornerstones.

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

New Projects This Week
1.  None
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014 
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14) Need one more red block and sashing made
17.  Modern Trees QA (at Christ's Quilts)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.
19.  Wanderlust (A Bonnie Hunter pattern -- only 2 blocks done.)
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Pat Sloan 2015 BOM -- Vacation Time
27.  Pat Sloan Jan/Feb 2015 Hip to be Square Challenge
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
11.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
12.  RSC15 Sawtooth Star Sampler

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Scrumptious Butter Churn  All blocks are made!!!
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
10.  December 2014 Block Lotto Big O blocks that I won 12.31.14!
11.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)
2.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)

Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Customer Quilt #1 -- Churn Dashes
3.  Customer Quilt #2 -- Scrap Squares
4.  Customer Quilt #3 -- Bonnie Hunter Stars pattern
5.  Customer Quilt #4 -- Browns and Golds
6.  Customer Quilt #5 -- Scrappy Fun
7.  Local Quilt Guild 2015 Spring Tea quilt (longarm)
8.  Quilt Doodle Designs BOM, 2014
Quilted, needs binding

Completed this week:
1.  Plaid Patches Table Topper (A RSC14 project)
60 -- Current WIPS
01 -- Finishes for 2015