Wednesday, December 30, 2015

More Leftovers

I was looking for some backing pieces that I knew I had stored in some of my fabric bins out in the garage, so I as I was looking for these backing pieces, I came across a UFO that I had already cut out, but for some reason did not go ahead and get it sewn up.  I did get this stitched up before Christmas, but I have hit a little snag.  Read on and I will further explain.

The pattern called Fresh Tradition comes out of the magazine "American Patchwork and Quilting" in their February 2007 issue by the designer Darlene Zimmerman.  Darlene Zimmerman is famous for using 30's reproduction fabrics and has several fabric lines of her own.  Since I so like 30's reproduction fabrics so much, I really enjoy her patterns and fabrics.  In fact I have a lot of her different lines over the years.  As I have mentioned before, I have a large storage bin full of these fabrics.  

It is a simple four patch and what I call half a snowball block as seen in this close up picture.  

The pattern of the quilt top comes in the arrangement of the blocks.  I like the vintage look of the solid dark blue.  The dark blue at the bottom of the quilt top is the backing peeking out, as this picture shows the it all sandwiched together ready for the quilting I need to do next.


It should have had solid blue bindings, but then I would have had to piece the backing.   Now that I have it sandwiched and see a hint of what a blue border (it is the backing peeking out), I might have to change my mind and un-sandwich it, put on the blue borders and then piece the backing.  Sigh, I do so dislike doing double work.

Hint:  Bonnie Hunter has complete instructions to do this quilt pattern on her site "Quiltville" that you can fine here. She does hers in red, white, and blue, which gives you a different look of the same pattern.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

I can't believe we are ready to celebrate Christmas, but here it is right now.  

See you after the first of the year!  Maybe sooner.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Allietare Mystery Quilt Part 3 and 4

During the Christmas week, I have been working on keeping up with this years mystery quilt.  I have completed parts 3 and 4.  If you are interested in finding out more about this mystery quilt you can go here.

Part three picture:

Nothing special, just a simple 4-patch.

Part 4 pictures:

So there you have it, all the parts are done, and I am caught up!

Below is just for me and my keeping record of the fabric I am using in this quilt:

 For the red I am using Victorian Portrait by April Cornell for Moda.

The yellow is Urban Indigo by Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quinn with Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

The green (black substitute color from the Mystery colors chosen by Bonnie Hunter) is Back Home Again by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints.

The peach (gray substitute color form the Mystery colors chosen by Bonnie Hunter) is Urban Indigo by Joanna Figureroa and Lisa Quinn for Fig Tree Quilts by Moda.

And my neutral is Memories of Love by Maywood Studios.

Now waiting for part five.  The parts come out on Fridays, and since Christmas is Friday, not sure if we will get a clue before, on, or after Christmas.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Star Struck Quilt Done

Please Note:  I'll start out by saying the pictures are very good, as the lighting is poor this time of year in the Pacific Northwest.  We have had overcast and rain for days on end. Sorry, but I still wanted to get a post out, as I am pretty excited to have a completion under my belt.

Well it took me a few years (from 2007) to get this finished and on the bed.  Our bed it king size, and it only overlaps a couple of inches on each side.  

I wrote some about this quilt here, but not revealing much about it, only because I might not have gotten it done, and it would be just another half done project.  My resolutions this year was to get quilts done, and only do few new things.

Here are two closer views of each side of the quilt.

This is the borders and binding.

This is a close up of the quilting.

And of course the kitty found her way right away to find a nice spot on the new quilt.  I don't know how they know when you have new fabric, towels, clothes, etc. laying around, but they find it very fast and settle in nice and comfy.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Trying to keep up

I think I might have overextended what's on my plate.  I mean as far as taking on tow online projects, one sew along and the mystery quilt.  These are the next two blocks I have finished for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt.  I am currently 3 blocks behind, but hoping to get caught up this week.  I want to get them done before this Friday as the next part comes out for the Mystery Quilt.

When this block was assigned, I could not for the life of me, see a daffodil.  Really a daffodil?  I made it anyway and will always look at it and wonder.  A Daffodil????


Quiltville Mystery Quilt Allietare Part 2

I worked on this all day Saturday and finished this step.  It was a good day to be inside to sew, as it was a rainy cold day outside.

I had my partner in crime helping me while working:

You can see part two all cut out ready to start sewing in a cardboard box next to him.

I took my time, watching Downtown Abby (for the first time), and was able to accomplish getting the step completed. Actually part two is at the top of the picture and part one is at the bottom.

If you want to find out more information about this mystery quilt and see all the others who are participating you can go here which is a link to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog and the post about this part.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Quiltville Mystry Quilt Allietare Part !

I posted awhile back that I decided to do this Mystery Quilt that Bonnie Hunter does every year.  I posted here about the material and colors I chose to use this year. The first clue came out the day after Thanksgiving and I was able to get all the required pieces cut out and all organized into units of 10.  This helps to keep track of the amount you need for this clue, which is 294 pieces!

I have three cardboard sheets holding 10 sets of 10 units for a total of 300 units.  This way I can a few extras if needed.

It took most of the week to get this part done, completing them this morning. Here is the finished results:

I then laid another piece of cardboard on top of this top sheet and rubber band all four sheets together, which holds the pieces in place until I am ready to use them to make bigger units down the road in future parts.  I like this better than using paper plates.  Once the pieces are used, I just file the cardboard sheets away until the next project.

If interested in doing this project, finding out more information, or seeing what others are doing with this mystery quilt, you can go here and it will take it you to Bonnie's blog, Quiltville and the tab Allietare Mystery Quilt.

I will be participating on her blog in her weekly linky party for Part 1, and I will be back in a couple of days to post about Part 2, as it came out yesterday.