Monday, May 4, 2015

Badass Quilters B&W Skully Challenge...am I up for this?

So BadAss Quilter's Society is having a Black & White Skully challenge using a FQ pack of 6 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 will be my add-on's (with the 6 chosen)

Yes, I know what 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!


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 one like this. 
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!





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!










Friday, March 13, 2015

#55 - Two Fabric Bargello


Somewhere on the internet, probably Facebook or Pinterest, I saw a two fabric bargello.  :)

I have wanted to make a bargello for some time and even have a pattern for one that has 30-something different fabrics.  A two fabric really piqued my interest.  Could it possibly be? 

I found the pattern designer, Susie Weaver who lives in Arizona, also on Facebook and got the pattern.  I looked through my stash and found 'just' the fabric, plus I had some leftover black from Anthony's quilt that would be great for this and decided to use a third fabric for the border.




Yes, fabric from 2010!  Jinny Beyer's Outback collection.  Aren't the color's great?
After a phone call with Susie, on one of our snowy icy weekends,  I methodically followed the pattern. 
On this you can see my registration marks and my 'labels' to keep things in order and...

my first Bargello Flimsy!





Isn't this pretty?  I can't wait to quilt this and show it in natural light.  More pics coming soon!

Quilting...
Using a pano by the name of Whispy Feathers




Hot off the frame, trimmed:


Lots of luscious feathers!




 The back ...same fabric collection






My new favorite quilt!