Sunday, August 30, 2015

Finished! Dogwood Weekend

This one has been untouched for about 2 years, so I'm really glad to mark it off my list!

The pattern is Happy Weekender from the Moda Bake Shop and the fabric is Dogwood Trail by Sentimental Studios.
I'm really pleased with it.  I'm not sure what to do with it.  I originally planned to keep it, but I'm not sure I really need another lap quilt.  Though it is dogwoods, and I totally have a thing for dogwoods.

This was my August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa and Shauna (goal post #48) and was on my Q3 list for the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne (listed as white/pastel dogwood quilt).

A Lovely Year of Finishes
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Finished! Pepper Tote

I don't do well with 3-dimensional projects.  But somehow, I occasionally convince myself that this time, it will be different.  It never is.

But I was feeling confident after my project bags.  And my friend Snow did a bag with a Clover & Violet pattern, and their whole thing is that they design bags for quilters.  And they had a free downloadable pattern for their Pepper Tote that they claimed was a good place to start.

So I bought a solid, went through my stash for everything else, and got started. That was in March.  I finished last Friday.
I do not like 3-dimensional projects. I had to force myself to finish this one.  Granted, I'm glad I did, but still.  I should stop starting projects that I have to force myself to finish because I don't really enjoy them.

I found the pattern to be okay as a beginner, non-bag maker pattern.  There were some parts that were not as clear as I would have liked, and the end was not clear at all.  (There are 2 finishing options, but not all the steps are included in each of the options, so there is more detective work and guessing than I felt there should have been.)  I also did something not quite right with the zipper, as my lining is showing.
Snow thinks it looks like piping, but it's definitely not the look I was going for.  It's a functional zipper, though, so I'm not worrying about it.

I'm glad it's done, though I hope I remember for a while that making bags isn't my thing!

This was a Q3 goal for the finish along with Adrianne.  My original goal list is here.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

I Spy Swap: Strips!

I've been seeing so many Jelly Roll patterns lately that I really want an I Spy jelly roll to make them with. So I thought, “let's swap strips and make an I Spy Jelly Roll!”

The Rules:
1) We are swapping 2 ½ inch strips of fabric.  Each "spot" in the swap will contribute 10 strips each of 4 different fabrics.  Each spot will get back a 40-strip jelly roll! You should get at least 10 strips from ¾ of a yard of fabric. Each spot is a total of 3 yards of fabric.

2) I'm going to do 2 jelly rolls, so if you have 2 spots, you will get back 2 completely different jelly rolls! If you are doing 2 spots, each of your 8 fabrics must be different.

3) Quilt shop quality fabric, please.  No licensed characters or teams. I Spy quilts are for everyone, so no adult-themed fabric.  Anything identifiable by your average child is a-okay. Creative and unusual fabrics encouraged!

4) Please pay attention to the scale of your fabric. Since we are swapping strips, fabrics should be of small scale. You want objects to be easily recognizable.

5) Packages must be mailed to me no later than September 24th if you are in the United States and September 18th if you are international. This is a mail-by date. Earlier mailing is encouraged. If you do not think you can meet this deadline, do not sign up. I will send an email with my address once the swap is full.

6) Sign up at the form on the bottom of the page.  Then check out our Flickr Group.  I will use Flickr to track who has signed up and when I receive fabrics.  If you don't have an account, it is free to create one.  You can also post pictures of your fabrics on the group if you choose, but that is not required.

7)   Place your strips in a ziplock bag with an index card/piece of paper/sticker in the bag or on the outside containing your name, address, and Flickr ID.  Please place all 4 fabrics for a “spot” in one bag together, alternating fabrics strips. (ABCD, ABCD, ABCD....)  Please don't forget to put your name on or in your bag--that's how I sort, so it helps me a lot.

8Include a prepaid self addressed envelope.  If you do not, I will not be able to return your squares to you!

9) Have fun!  Leave me a comment with questions! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Finished! Trees!

Paper Piecing.  For years, I was sure I would hate it.  I went to a demonstration at one of my earlier quilt shows.  I was crazy intimidated by it, plus it seemed like a lot of work.  For a while, my husband and I would watch Fons and Porter together and he would laugh every time there was a episode that featured paper piecing, because I would say how I have no interest in paper piecing.

Except that this year, I've decided that I should learn more quilting techniques, even if all I do is a small project and decide that technique is not for me.  At least I've tried it, and know for sure, plus learned something new.  So I added paper piecing to my quilting bucket list.

My friend Snow LOVES paper piecing, so I asked her to help me.  She suggested doing a square-in-a-square block because she knows I've done those via traditional methods, but I knew that I should do something that I couldn't do via traditional piecing methods, otherwise I'd have no motivation to learn the new technique.

So I went looking for free paper piecing patterns online and found this one--Sasha's Tree from  This was my first block, made with Snow.  My thought was that I needed to do it at least once on my own to be sure I understood the technique.  So I decided that I would make 4 blocks, all using the same pattern, to become confident in the technique and to make enough to have a mini quilt.

And here's my finished mini!  It's about 12 1/2 inches square, and is entirely made from non-new fabric, using scraps for all the trees and with the binding coming out of stash.
The verdict is that I don't hate paper piecing!  I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that I like it, but I have seen some really neat patterns out there, so I am absolutely open to more paper piecing in my future. 

This was a Q3 goal for the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side (listed as "paper piecing project").  My list of goals for Q3 can be found here.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August Goal

My August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is my dogwood quilt.  The top has been assembled for about 2 years.  I got the back partly pieced, then decided it was too much work while I was that pregnant (this being summer 2013), and put it away.

I got it back out a week or two ago.  I finished piecing the back, got it layered, and now have quilted all the vertical lines. Just quilting the horizontal lines and doing the binding left!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Finished! Winnie the Pooh Quartet

At some point, someone (I'm guessing it was my mom) gave me some Winnie the Pooh fabric.  It says "exclusively for Jo-Ann's" on the selvage, so I do know where it came from, but it was partly cut into and I know I didn't buy it.  Anyway, I had it, and I decided it was time to do something with it.

When I got it out recently, I as originally thinking I had enough to do 2 quilts.  Well, after some cutting, and realizing I had even more than I thought, I ended up with 4 Winnie the Pooh quilts!

Two are slightly larger and have 2 sets of Winnie the Pooh panels.  These are basically twins, with one quilt using solid green sashing and the other using solid yellow sashing.
The other two are smaller.  They each have a small inner border of the solid yellow, and then each has a larger border of a floral from my stash.  (The florals are different on each of the two quilts.)
The Winnie the Pooh print, the floral fabrics, and the binding for the smaller two all came out of my stash.  I bought the two solids for this project.  I used all the yellow, and have just a little bit of green left that was made into binding, so that will get used up when I have a quilt calling for scrappy binding.  So all in all, I used up a fair amount of stash and didn't really leave any leftovers to add to stash!

I'm into diagonal grid quilting at the moment, so that's what all of these have.  All four of these will be donated to my local chapter of Project Linus, hopefully at the August meeting.  This is a Q3 finish for the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.  You can see my Q3 goals post here.

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