Sunday, 15 January 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: Q1 Proposed Finishes

 Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings
I've sorted through my piles and boxes of unfinished quilting projects and, they seem to have been multiplying in the cupboard.  One of the cupboards is getting a bit difficult to close now so it is time for action.  I've decided to join the 2017 Finish Along to help motivate me to get some of them completed.

I have three goals for the first quarter.

First up is this wonky star quilt.  The blocks were made by three of us from my little quilt group, and as you can it has at least progressed to the quilting stage. 

Second is to put the facing on this art quilt for a mid February online reveal.  This pic is just sneak preview.  This quilt is the 3rd piece in a series of 4.

The third and last project is this sampler quilt which is at the top stage, so another quilting project.  This has been a stop-start project that began life as a quilt along and turned into a bit of experimentation.  It took a couple of years longer the original quilt along timetable so I'm super pleased to have the top together, and am looking forward to getting it finished.  I have no idea how I'm going to quilt it.  Along with the Wonky Stars, this quilt will be a donation to Foster Hope, a group which provides support for children in foster care.

This is going to be fun!  But I gotta go quilt now.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sunday Sewday

Lots of time stitching lately round here.  I think as the year gets busier I'm making myself spend time stitching to try to balance it out.  Here's some of what I've been up to.

The RSC has moved on to yellow for October.  I have lots of yellow but have only made a start on some star points because I was buy sewing blue stars for the collaborative foster kids quilt.  You can check out what others are up to here.

The last two blocks for my sampler, which started a couple or so years ago as a Classic Meets Modern QAL over at  Along the way I disliked my choices, changed direction, lost interest, until finally I made a new plan to finish this.  I found some blocks around the internet that I wanted to make and have used lots of nice strong fabrics in these to pull everything together.  Watch this space for the setting plan.

I'm continuing to work on the Project 48 Quilt.  Dodgy photo I'm afraid, taken at quilt group when I laid the blocks out.  Below are the blocks made since then.  I think I am one block behind; the applique month really slowed me down.

Also under my needle:  blue stars, postcards for a swap, a secret project for a Christmas Swap.

On my mind:  finishing the RSC Sampler from 2014, my much neglected wonky houses, a row quilt from a swap a few (could it be 10) years ago.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sunday Sewday

My Project 48 Quilt has been languishing over the past month or so.  I had spent quite a bit of time on other projects with deadlines so this took a backseat, and  though I normally try and keep up to date with these blocks there seem to have been issues with recent blocks.  Some blocks have needed more thought than usual around fabric choice and placement, some needed alternative techniques to be found, and others that just took a long time to make.  I'm still not up to date, but I feel like I've made some good progress with these.

With deadlines met I've also got back to making my Wonky Stars for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for her weekly check-in.  Angela's blog is wealth of pattern and project ideas based on using your scraps by colour.  The link ups give you a chance to see what everyone else in blog-land is doing.

Now what about those deadlines?  Here's one.  This is a 12 x 12 piece for the Aotearoa Quilters yellow challenge.  I had lots of ideas for yellow, but none that really formed into a plan.  Then I found a pile of doilies with yellow embroidery and I figured I could do something with those.  My favourite shirt provided the inspiration I needed.  It is a really graphic print that makes great use of colour, and I love the way different designs flow into and across each other.  I stamped and stencilled some background fabric, and found a graphic print, and a retro floral (a sheet) to add the different patterns.  I quilted it in a variegated yellow, and then stitched in black, cutting across the yellow quilting. 

I'll blog about the other deadline project another time.  It will take a wee bit of explanation.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Quilt Salad

I feel like I've been working on a bit of everything this week.   My really creative project is a small abstract piece for an online art quilt group I joined.  It's the second in a series. That sounds very aspirational for me, but really I'm just having another try at making the first one again using a different technique.  No pictures yet; it's still a bit too rough, and I had to give up this afternoon when I couldn't get the cat off the work in progress.  The group is also having a postcard swap which I was a bit worried about about the workload of at first but then I put my thinking cap on and went through THAT BAG in the bottom of the cupboard.  Well I found some spares of these postcards from a few years back to use, and the off cuts of this netted a few more so I'm well on the way now.

I've spent some time on my Project 48 Quilt blocks, trying to resolve the 'issues' that seem to have come with some of the recent blocks.

As well as some being too big and some too small, I fear that some are  just plain gaudy.   I fell in love with the orange solid in the top two blocks while browsing at Nancy's win Wellington and had to buy it. Unfortunately once it's pieced I find it a bit sickly sweet, like a icing, or Fanta with ice-cream.  I'll have to work had with the next few block to focus the colour scheme again.

Wonky stars continue to make me smile.  I made parts with my blues and completed a few pink blocks for the weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge link up which you can see here.  There are some amazing projects being made by the other participants.

One more week and then I'm heading off for a quilt retreat with my quilting buddy!  Yay.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Back in the wonky swing of things

I've really got back into making wonky stars this week.  These pinks make me smile.  A few years ago I would have cringed at pink, and I wouldn't have had any in my stash, but after making Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt a couple of years ago I collected some pinks, and combined with crisp white and the Wonky Star block, I have to say I'm in love with these pinks.

Don't forget to have a look at Angela's blog and see what other pink projects are in the pipeline with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge weekly link up here.

I also made some blue stars for my group's charity project.  I'm in catch up because we were planning a multicoloured quilt, but at our first check in when we combined the blocks, I was the only one who didn't make blue stars.  We've now turned the projected into a blue quilt LOL.  These are my blue stars from the past couple of weeks combined.  Obviously I'm playing in the very dark blue end of the blue drawer.