Monday, May 4, 2015

#58 Badass Quilters B&W Skully Challenge...excited!!!


BadAss Quilter's Society is having a Black & White Skully challenge using a FQ pack of 6 of their skully fabrics and any other black, white, or b&w fabrics.

The chosen '6':
BadAss Quilter's Society B&W Skully

and I think these on the bottom will be my add-on's (with the 6 chosen at the top)

I know what pattern I'm going to do with this!  I'm a little under the gun on this - have to have it finished, quilted and binding on before month end!  Hang around and see!

Wow I'm so pleased!  Here's a few peeks of the progress...  yes HST's!


 See the Skull Candy kind of Skulls?  Yep, Glow in the Dark!!!

 Update May 10 - I've actually completed the top, I  have asked my favorite local quilt shop if they have a particular fabric in stock for backing...will check that out tomorrow... then on to the quilting!

When I started this one, I fully envisioned it for my daughter however, the son stepped up and asked for it so she gets another and this one will be his!

May 11 - Thanks to my favorite LQS, Nana Bear's Notions, I got the last of the bolt that had 'just' enough for the backing...Michael Miller's Painters Canvas Charcoal...

So a few little glimpses until the quilting is done...

 YES, I did take these shots with different lighting...

Long Arm Quilting 

 Eeek!  Love the Straight Lines!

And a few more pics:

 The back - see the skulls?  :)

More of the front - I love it!  Can you tell?

TaDaaa!   56 x 72.  Skully quilting in the B&W and Straight Lines in the White.  Black and White Verigated thread.  Pattern is 'Quill' by Amy Ellis, from the Sep/Oct 2014 Issue of 'quilty'

and a little larger 'view'!

Voting for this runs June 1 to June 5!  Please travel on over to
BadAss Quilters B&W Skully Challenge  and vote for your favorite! I'd love you to vote for mine!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#57 Shimmering Triangles

From the first time I saw this pattern (several years ago) I 'needed' to make this. Jenny Bowker is the designer extraordinaire! She made the pattern commercially available via Craftsy around January 2015 - it's on! I had some Kaffe Fassett and Phillip Jacobs fabrics and got a few more... I wanted to make this one large enough for our bed with about a 16" overhang on each side... 
I found a Facebook 'support' group where members are awesome and Jenny comments all the time!  Lots and lots of great feedback if you're going to make one!

Here's my starting fabrics:

Variety of colors, lights, darks, scale, patterns, etc.  (I did not use the 4 fabrics on the right side) 

Set to cutting, laying out, sewing...  made my 'first' shimmering' block and quickly decided it was moving to the bed since I don't have a design wall at the moment.  Also found out getting the shimmer effect isn't as easy as it looks when you have two fabrics on the diagonal that don't have alot of contrast!   Kept it in as a reminder :)

I tried to lay it out in a way that would make sense to me (the pattern tells you how to do it - I made it hard lol)

I actually felt myself getting a little uptight with this and decided just to go with it and see what happened (very much not my style!)

Got some more cut out and sewn and laid out --

Had to move off the bed for a short time so I thought, I've got pictures, this is easy enough to lay back out.... NOT lol.  It took me a couple of hours to get the blocks back close to where they were as i'd not sewn much together at this point.

Then, slowly... more HST's and more quad units sew together...

I can actually see progress!  Mind you I can't lay the whole thing out at one time on this bed so I'm working in 'sections'  (yeah, another oh I've got this moment lol)

Got serious over the weekend... I have 12 rows (full length) and need to sew all of the blocks together to make the rows.  Then scoot it all over on the bed and add 3 more blocks to each row!

I'm loving how it looks!  Yes, it's a lot of close work, paying attention, etc.  I have had reservations along the way but just thrilled each time I get to look at it like this!  
A few more days and I'll have the top finished!

Update ~ it's a flimsy!  Have the border and backing fabrics and soon it will be a quilt!

Monday, March 23, 2015

#56 Carpe Diem

This was an interesting quilt to make!  I would change a couple of things if I were to make another State Flag quilt - especially Colorado.
I used an accuQuilt die cutter to cut 3-1/2" square of assorted blues, whites, golds and reds.
I bordered the flag with a 2" strip and then added the wonky Winter border.  Isn't that beautiful fabric?  Hope to get it quilted in the next week...stay tuned for those pics!

This was the first attempt - not so crazy about all those blocks corners on the 'c'....

Better and finished!

Post Quilting:

The quilting design is 'Breath of the Gods' and so appropriate for this I think!
And one last photo ~

Friday, March 20, 2015

Civil War Sampler ... quilted!

In one of my earlier 'saved from the pizza box' posts, I showed a Civil War sampler quilt that I'd put the blocks together on.  We got it quilted!  We put 'block specific' designs in some of the blocks - log cabin, dresdan plate, friendship star; and used a collection of 5 or so blocks for the rest.  We used dyed natural thread.  You can't see the quilting real good in the pics but it's a pretty enough quilt and I'm sure someone somewhere is going to love this!