Friday, February 17, 2017

Savannah Bound

You guys, you guys, you guys, you guys!!!  I'M GOING TO QUILTCON EAST!! 

This is somewhat last minute and quite unexpected.  Last weekend, Irene, who is both the online Bees I am doing this year, posted in a closed facebook group asking if anyone is going to QuiltCon. I replied that I wished, but didn't realize until too late that it was half a day's drive from where I live. She sent me a personal message and asked if it was a time off issue or an accommodation issue.  I explained that I have a 3-year old, so it's a "how much solo parenting is it really reasonable to expect Dad to do" issue.  She told me that she had an extra bed at her accommodation.

Not only that, but she & her two traveling companions attend an annual retreat with someone I know through my profession; we attended a 4-day intensive leadership retreat 2 years ago. We discovered we are both crafters one morning at breakfast and started an informal craft gathering in the evenings--she does cross stitch, I had a sewing project, and we found a few knitters to pull in. So even though I do not know any of these three women, they all know someone I know and are comfortable including me in their group!

Husband is ridiculously supportive and said I should go!  So I have day passes for Friday and Saturday!!!!!!  I can not tell you how excited I am!  Anyone coming?  I'm hoping to meet some of my online friends!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February OMG: Rainbow

I really like the monthly linkup One Monthly Goal (or OMG) now hosted by Elm Street Quilts. For February, I want to finish a quilt that is all for me!

A couple of years ago, I bought a Kona New Bright Palette Jelly Roll when it was the daily deal at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  They showed a picture of a rainbow quilt that was a class/project on Creative Bug.  I pieced the top over my winter break.  I now need to piece a back, layer it, quilt it, and bind it.  I'm hoping to completely finish it as my February OMG.

Elm Street Quilts

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Butterflies in the Sky

Last year was my first year doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I chose a butterfly block that All I adapted slightly from the Summer 2014 issue of Quilter's World magazine.  Each butterfly is 12 1/2" high and 17" long unfinished.  Over the course of 2016, I made 16 butterflies.  The 9 brightest went into a quilt for my friend's daughter June.
Baby June's quilt
Six more scrappy butterflies went into this project.  I used some blue solid that I had from before I pledge my complete solid allegiance to Kona. The blue seemed like sky, hence the name "butterflies in the sky," which had the added effect of me singing the Reading Rainbow theme song whenever I worked on it.

I used my wavy line stitch in horizontal rows to make it look like the butterflies are in flight.

This will go to my local Project Linus chapter.  One of the organizations they donate to is Butterfly House, a child advocacy center in a nearby county. They especially like blankets with butterflies, so I suspect this will go there.

I took these photos last weekend and it was really windy. When my son saw the quilt blowing, he grabbed the corner to make it stay still.
I bet you didn't know Superman is also a fire fighter!
I have one butterfly left and it was the first one I made.  It will become a mini for my wall of mini quilts in my office.  It's the one with Darth Vader in it, which makes me incredible happy.

Finishing Butterflies in the Sky was goal # 17 on my list of Q1 goals in the globally hosted finish along.

Bee blocks for January

I am in 2 online bees for 2017.  This is my second year in Stash Bee and I am Hive Mama this year for hive 6.  I am also in Bee Inspired, an international bee that grew out of some of us from the 2016 New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop.

In Stash Bee, January is my month as Queen and I asked for tree blocks for a magical forest.  I did not ask for a specific tree so that I would get a more varied forest.  I made several sample blocks.

Sharon is Queen in Bee Inspired and she asked for a paper pieced Split Hatchet block.  I had to rip more times than I like to admit to finish this block, but I did get it done in one evening.

I can't wait to see what my February Queens have in store for me!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Meadow Mystery: Caught Up & Ready for the Reveal

I'm participating in the Meadow Mystery Quilt Along designed and hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  Going into January 1st, I had completed up to the September clue.  I completed the October clue on January 2nd, and at that point I set my One Monthly Goal for January to be getting caught up with all the clues, including the January clue.

November Clue
And I made it!  I now have 25 blocks, ready for the reveal of the layout that comes later this week. (Only one block of each type is pictured.)
December Clue

January Clue
I do have a problem.  I will need to remake my block 6s, which was September's clue.  Because I am using batiks and they have more color variation in them than I realized, those blocks do not have enough contrast.  I'm going to wait until the layout reveal to decide how to make them.  I'm hoping I can make something work--I chose to use up fabrics I had, so I didn't have a lot of extra, so I'm almost out of a few of the fabrics (or fabric groups, since 2 "fabrics" are scrappy).
The blocks that need to be remade.  See my problem?
I don't have a design wall or a big space to lay out blocks.  I did play a little with the finished blocks, using the most popular layouts from the facebook group, but I could only fit the center medallion.

I can't wait to see what the final design is!  I've had a good time seeing everyone's versions of the same quilt.

I was goal setter #37 in Elm Street Quilts monthly motivational link-up OMG.

Elm Street Quilts

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hazel, Hazelnut, & Nutella

When I made the Hazel & the Hedgehogs wall hanging, I made 4 Hazels but I only used 3 of them.  That left Blue Hazel.
I was going to add her into our pillow menagerie, but I decided that she would be happier with some friends first.  So I made a Yellow Hazel and Red Hazel to keep her company.  I picked the colors based on the marbled fabrics I had left and what coordinating solids I had on hand.

I used a pillow form that measures 26" x 16" that came from IKEA. Husband has named these Hazel, Hazelnut, and Nutella.  Hazel is the yellow with glasses, Hazelnut is blue, and Nutella is Red. 

The background is Kona Butter and the eyes and noses are Kona Black.  The hedgehog colors are Kona Lake, Malibu, Sunny, Lemon, Carnation, and Red.

This was goal #9 on my Q1 list of goals for the globally hosted Finish Along.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hazel & the Hedgehogs

Introducing...Hazel & the Hedgehogs!

I've been wanting to make my own version of Hazel Hedgehog for a while now.  I was particularly inspired by this version by Bendigo Lioness. I found it doing a google image search for "Hazel the Hedgehog Quilts."  I even stole the name she used!  I loved the bright print she used for Hazel's spikes.  I thought about it, and I remembered some marbled fabrics I bought at a quilt show right after I moved to Charlotte.  My packet had 10 different marbled fabrics that were 9" x 10".  Lucky for me, that meant I could make a single Hazel from each!
Hazel in progress
I love how the marbled fabrics work as the spikes.  I also like that I am now using this "special" fabric for a project.  I'm trying to move away from things being to special to use, and this is a great example.  These fabrics make me much happier as a finished project that I can look at!

I used the glasses for one Hazel because they are just too cute not to use!  As I mentioned, I had the name of the project before I started.  At first I thought Hazel & the Hedgehogs were a girl group from the 1960s, but I have decided that they are actually a Punk Band.  Because clearly Hedgehog Punk should be A Thing.
back view
Their status as a punk band is important when it comes to the back.  Since this will be a wall hanging, I was just looking to use something up, so I started ironing a green floral that I have no use for.  But then I realized that a punk band probably wouldn't use a grandma floral and I remembered a really bright, wild print that I bought at a quilt shop in MI when I was in grad school.  I have no idea why I even liked it, I find it rather too much now, but it seemed much more appropriate for a punk band.

Blue Hazel
I initially made 4 Hazels, but I ended up deciding to have the Hazels run vertically and 4 made it too long.  Which leaves me with Blue Hazel.  Blue Hazel will go into a pillow; I already made her some friends and I hope to have it done soon.  Since the wall hanging will go to my office for my wall of minis, the pillow will stay at my house and join our pillow menagerie so that I can have Hazel at home and at work.  Win!

Kona Butter is the background, Kona Black are the eyes & noses, and the colors in the Hazels are Kona Ballerina, Honeysuckle, Jade Green, Sage, Lavender, and Bright Periwinkle.  I tried an experiment and used 2 layers of batting.  I quilted around the edge of each Hazel and in between all the spikes and I was hoping the extra batting layer would help that stand out.  I don't think it did, though I haven't washed it yet--I'm worried how the marbled fabrics will hold up in the wash. 

I love it!  I can't wait to hang it up!  Rock on, Hazel!

Hazel & the Hedgehogs was on my list of Q1 goals in the globally hosted Finish Along.