365 Challenge Quilt Sampler – Week 04

28 01 2016

365 Challenge Quilt Sampler Week 0422. Broken Dishes, 23. Small Triangles, 24. Mixed T, 25. Lost Ship,
26. True Blue, 27. Jacks On Six, 28. 28_Shoo Fly

In order to work on this last batch of blocks, I ended up cutting into a bit of my stash – small WOF strips no wider than two inches each. Altogether, it came to be about a quarter of a yard that came out of my stash, so that’s being logged as part of my stash use for the month.

As I work on these blocks, I continue to piece odds and ends of fabric bits together, making what I call ‘found fabric’. Others might associate the words ‘scrap vortex’ with this sort of piecing. I’ve three panels in progress, though two of them are no bigger than my hand. The largest panel is about 12″ X 12″ now:

Found Fabric Progress 05

The bottom half of the panel includes from of my smallest scraps left over from piecing the 365 Challenge Quilt Sampler blocks, while the top portion are larger strings left from cutting my scraps down into easily usable sizes.

It’ll be interesting to see how this grows. I would like to end up with a lap quilt from these odds and ends.

The Fibs and Fables quilt is moving along… I’m at a stopping point until I can starch and press several yards of fabric in preparation for cutting and chain piecing. I did, however, piece together all of the sub-units for which I had already prepped fabric. I also pieced several scrappy four patches for another project that’s been designed for quite a while.

Lots of things in progress and moving, though I need to get off my duff and work on the Fibs and Fables project. My One Monthly Goal for January is still to get that top done, and that gives me through Sunday to get it together. Not sure I can get there, at this late date, but I’m certainly going to try!





365 Challenge Quilt Sampler – Week 03

20 01 2016

Another week, another set of blocks:

365 Challenge Quilt Sampler Week 03
15. Triple Rail, 16. Maggie’s Mystery, 17. Thrifty, 18. Double Four Patch,
19. Half Square Triangle, 20. Triangle Combination, 21. Broken Wheel

I’m still having a lot of fun playing in my scrap bins, though I am going to have to start pulling from my stash soon in order to supplement. I’m running short of black and grey scraps – which, considering what I sew with, shouldn’t be happening, but that’s all right. It’s an excuse to cut into yardage (not that I need one).

I did end up doing some extra work, and re-made two of the blocks. I just didn’t like the way my first attempts turned out, and I had the extra time, because the last few blocks were very simple.

For anyone working on these blocks with me, I highly encourage you to starch your fabrics. I’m even hitting the completed blocks with another blast of starch. It’s extremely helpful for these small blocks. Also – less fraying of the blocks, so they’ll be nice and crisp when I get ready to sew them together.

I’m still loving the process of putting these blocks together, and am looking forward to being able to start assembly.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday. Also linking to Let’s Bee Social.





Second Finish of 2016

19 01 2016

I’m on a roll!

Sort of.

In all fairness, this quilt was like, 70% quilted when I tucked it away, and it’s a small quilt. Still, it’s finished, and I feel better for it!

Neutral Star - Finished

Neutral Star is a baby quilt, measuring 40.5″ X 40.5″. I started it on a whim in November of 2015, so it’s a very recent start. It’s another riff of the Made in Cherry quilt pattern, which is available for free via the Lecien webpage.

Rather than piece this out of charm squares, I used pre-cut, scrap, 2.5″ squares from my scrap bins. The background and binding fabric is a Cotton & Steel solid called peacock, which I used previously in Spice Garden.

No photos of the backing – I decided to use up two prints that were languishing in my stash. I’m not counting them against my total for the 2016, because I pulled all of the fabrics for this quilt before the new year even started.

It needs a washing – I can’t wait to see it when everything’s all crinkly fresh from the dryer, but I’ll get to see that soon. Laundry day approaches, lol.

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365 Challenge Quilt Sampler – Week 02

15 01 2016

In addition to completing a quilt yesterday, I made a delicious pot of soup, and caught up on my 365 Challenge Quilt Sampler blocks. I’d let myself get a bit behind – I was focusing on what felt like miles and miles of binding to stitch down/

It was only almost 400″ of binding. No big. Really. *headdesk*

Anyway – I turned that final corner, took photos, had dinner, and then headed to the sewing machine. I was ready to make!

365 Challenge Quilt Sampler Week 028. London Stairs, 9. Uneven Nine Patch, 10. Double Four Patch, 11. Checkerboard, 12. Plait, 13. Mountains, 14. Six Strips

I needed four blocks to be caught up to current posting, and got them all done today. That allowed me to enter the weekly give-away for those individuals who have completed the current week’s blocks.

I added a bit more color, in blocks Twelve and Thirteen. So far, my favorite block is Number Twelve: Plait. I just love the graphic appeal of the scraps I used.

And, just to further illustrate my insanity…

Super Scrappy Piecing

I’m taking all of the scraps from the 365 Challenge Quilt Sampler blocks, and piecing them into found fabric. Yes, I’m going all scrap vortex on these leftovers. Ultimately, I think I’d like these to become the backing of another quilt top. We’ll see if that ever happens – I’m working with very small pieces here. The sample above is probably only 4″ X 4″.

That’s it for this week. If you’d like to keep up with my daily progress on these blocks, I am posting these to Instagram.





First Finish of 2016!

14 01 2016

This past Saturday, I was able to finally quilt up the top I’ve been calling ‘Charmed, I’m Sure’. This particular quilt top has been waiting for its turn to be completed since March 23, 2013.

*facepalm* Yup, I’ve some ancient quilt tops in my pile.

I’ve spent the week since alternating working on stitching the binding on, or sleeping underneath the thing. This morning, I put the last stitches  into the binding – which used up half a yard of one of the oldest prints in my stash!

I then took my husband and the new quilt out for a photo shoot.

hate taking pictures of my work in the winter – today’s shoot involved some mishaps due to the light, and a slide down a hill on his stomach for my husband. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the ready with my camera, so I didn’t get any footage for posterity.

First Finish of 2016 - Charmed I'm Sure

This quilt is HUGE at 99.5″ X 99.5″ which is why it waited so long. I couldn’t imagine trying to shove that beast through my domestic machine.

Charmed I'm Sure Backing

The backing was another of my make-do affairs. I very rarely buy enough of a single fabric for backing, unless I get it at an amazing price. For this particular quilt, I decided to use up the rest of the hospital scrub green solid that I used in the quilt top, two ‘ugly’ fabrics that I wasn’t going to use anywhere else, and a feather print that I’d purchased for another project. I ended up needing just a few more inches for this backing to work, so I inserted a strip of charm squares to make up the difference.

It’s so good to have this one off my WIP list, even though it didn’t help me much with my stash usage… I’d had the backing prepped for ages, so it very definitely pre-dates my stash resolution for 2016.

But, it’s a finish! And as such, counts for the:

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Linking up to Finish It Up Friday and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? since it’s the end of the week.




365 Challenge Quilt Sampler

9 01 2016

Yes, there is a 365 Challenge Quilt Sampler out there, and yes, I’m doing it! Of course I am. It’s a quilt-along – we’ve already established that I’m a sucker for a quilt-along.

Blocks are being posted daily – one block for every day of the calendar year. Blocks are mostly 3″ and 6″ finished, but there will be a few other sizes mixed in. Also, come April, there will be instructions to complete borders, so none of the participants will have to wrangle 365 separate blocks at the end of the year.

It’s a good reason for me to take a few minutes and sit at my sewing machine every day. So far, that few minutes has been just enough to spark me to sewing on other projects.

I’ve already determined that I’m going to work from my scraps and stash for this top. I’ve started with my greys and blacks, but I’m throwing pops of color in as I feel like it. So far, I like the look.

Rather than inundate the blog with a daily post about each 365 Challenge Quilt block, I’m going to do a weekly round up, of that week’s blocks. As of writing this, nine blocks are available, and I’ve nine completed.

365 CQS Week One1. Three Stripes, 2. Easy H, 3. Red Cross, 4. Four Patch,
5. Nine Patch,6. Four Strips, 7. Two By Two

Seven days, seven blocks. They’ve been simple blocks so far. My understanding is that difficulty will increase as we progress through the year.

It’s been fun, revisiting my scraps for these blocks, and more fun to use scraps leftover from the scraps to piece later blocks. Doing this, of course, means that I’ll probably play with the final layout, to spread out the random pops of color, when it comes time to start assembling, but I’m okay with that.

I’m just going to enjoy the journey.





OMG: January 2016 Goal

8 01 2016

Keen observers of my blog will note that I’ve been dinking around with my side bar, and that a couple of new buttons have popped up there. Among those new buttons is:

Since A Lovely Year of Finishes is now retired, I decided to follow along with Red Letter Quilts One Monthly Goal. While I’ll still be doing the 2016 Finish Along, I like the idea of having a monthly goal. I can set smaller milestones for myself.

For instance, this month my goal is to take my Fibs and Fables to a complete quilt top:

A Start

I’ve got all of the large diamonds cut, strips for the small four-patch diamonds prepped, and all of my fabric has arrived. This means that I will have more starching and pressing to do, but the starching is totally necessary for this particular quilt top.

I may be able to make quite a bit of progress on this quilt top tomorrow – it’s my monthly group sewing day. It’s just a matter of what I work on… I’m hoping I might be able to quilt a top up.

We’ll see what happens. Regardless, progress photos soon.








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