Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12.17.14

Still getting quite a bit done even though it's the holiday season.  Here's the highlights this week:

I finished the two blue snowmen quilts (Frosty & Friends) pattern by Debbie Mumm.  I gave them to my son's two teachers for Christmas.  They were pleased.



I finished all the pink blocks for Scrumptious Butter Churn Quilt.  Pattern is at the Moda Bake Shop and was done by Jo of Jo's Country Junction.



I actually took the time to put my little Cascadia doll quilt on the longarm.  I got all the quilting done.  I just did a simple stipple.  A little  binding and it will be ready for a Friday Finish.  This little QA was at Humble Quilts.  Here's a photo of the quilt top.





 
I finished clue 3 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery -- Grand Illusion.  I did not use 2" strips for this clue.  I used all 2" squares cut by my Accuquilt die.  This makes for a very scrappy quilt.
 
 
 
My WIP count this week is 35.  My WIP goal for New Years Day 2015 is 19.  Uh oh, I've got a ways to go!  I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
 
 
New Projects This Week
1.  None
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Quilt Doodle Doodles Designs 2014 BOM
10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014 
 
 
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Scrumptious Butter Churn  All blocks are made!!!
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)


Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt

Quilted, needs binding
1.  Cascadia Mystery Quilt -- From Humble Quilts
2.  Red Frosty #2
 
Completed this week:
1.  Blue Frosty #1
2.  Blue Frosty #2

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3 Progress

I think I got a little carried away when it came to cutting 2" squares for Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion.

I keep my scraps sorted by color instead of using Bonnie's scrap user's system.  When I work on a project I cut the colors by shape instead of useable strips using Accuquilt dies.  Here's what my process looks like:

 
Sometimes there's only enough of the scrap to make one or two of the desired shape.  It makes for a super scrappy quilt.  Keep in mind that most of these scraps were given to me.  Yes, it's a lot of work to sort and iron them.  It does fit my budget perfectly.  It only takes a few minutes to cut the shapes.

 
This time I went a little overboard and cut too many green 2" squares.  But don't worry, I have my eye on a couple of the quilts in Bonnie's Leader & Ender (books)!  If they don't get used in this quilt, they will be used.  Many of the fabrics would have only made a string and didn't have enough for a 2.5" square.  Many of the shapes I was able to save the string after placing it on the die!



I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville's Quips & Snips for the Mystery Monday Link-Up.

Grand Illusion

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scrap Saturday RSC14 -- 12.13.14

This week I finished the last of the churn dash blocks needed for the  Scrumptious Butter Churn by Jo at Jo's Country Junction for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC14).  Thank goodness for the catch-up month.  Here are the rest of the pink churn dashes:


Soscrppy
 
 I'm linking up with Angela at ScrapHappy blog. for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2014.
 
Giveaway Alert
One of the bloggers that I follow has changed the name of her blog and the domain.  It was supposed to switch over seamlessly, but I wasn't getting updates.   So Pigtales and Quilts  is now Stitch and Quilt.   To get the word out about the change, she is having a giveaway sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop. So go to the giveaway and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Mimosa in one of four colorways - because there will be FOUR WINNERS! 
http://www.stitchandquilt.com/2014/12/christmas-baking-and-sponsored-giveaway.html
I like them all, so I am glad I don't have to pick one. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Seeing Double? Friday Finish #2

I'm excited that I just finished Frosty & Friends quilt #2 in blue.  My son has two special teachers this year.  These are teacher gifts for them.  I'm so happy that I beat the deadline of next Friday and that these two are done.


Frosty & Friends is a pattern by Debbie Mumm.  It is in a book from 1992 called Quick Country Quilting.   This used to be a free pattern on  Debbie Mumm's site here.   I can't find it right now. :(


Linking up with Link-A-Finish Friday with Richard and Tanya here.

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

Friday Finish -- Blue #1 Frost & Friends

It's Link-A-Finish Friday!  This week I finished one of the three Frosty & Friends quilts. 


 
I backed them with this holiday print.  It has a little glitter in it.  I am not a huge fan of glitter!

 
I quilted it with Loopy's.

 
Frosty & Friends is a pattern by Debbie Mumm.  It is in a book from 1992 called Quick Country Quilting.   You can also find a FREE pattern on Debbie Mumm's site here.



Linking up with Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link-A-Finish Friday!
 
LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts
 
 
Our Elf, Chippy made breakfast today.  I found the little printable doughnut box on Pinterest.  It's the perfect size to fit 12 Cheerios.
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12.10.14

For the busy month of December, a lot of sewing is getting done.  Here's what happened this week:

I finished the red churn dashes for  Scrumptious Butter Churn by Jo at Jo's Country Junction for FREE!!!  I LOVE the print fabric (which was the instructions to a Christmas vest -- probably from the 80's.)  It's so IN right now.



Here are the green ones I finished this weekend for the RSC14.

 

I finished clue #2 for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion (button on my sidebar).  Here they are all neat and organized in their little boxes with an empty box ready to go for Friday.  When doing a quilt like this it's soooo important for me to keep all the blocks that are made on a stack going in the same direction.  Organization is key.
 
Chippy our Elf on the Shelf had to work a little today too.

 
I finished Block 2 of Sew Sweet Simplicity .  I'm not thrilled with working with the shirtings as much as I thought I would be.  The little lines makes it look like my blocks are really crooked.  I didn't have 100% cotton shirts.  Some of the fabrics stretch and are tricky.  I'm learning something new every day.  I'm going to just stick with it.  This is a charity quilt for my guild.
 
Here's a tutu I made for a lady at church -- Her daughter loves to dress her granddaughter in tutus!  This one matches her Frozen shirt.
 
 
My WIP count this week is 35.  My WIP goal for New Years Day 2015 is 19.  Uh oh, I've got a ways to go!  I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
 
 
New Projects This Week
1.  None
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Quilt Doodle Doodles Designs 2014 BOM
10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014
 
 
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)


Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt
2.  Cascadia Mystery Quilt -- From Humble Quilts

Quilted, needs binding
1.  Blue Frosty #1
2.  Blue Frosty #2
3.  Red Frosty #2
 
Completed this week:
 1.  Teal tutu

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday for December

Welcome to Scraptastic Tuesday!  I'm linking up Leanne at She Can Quilt (with Nicky at Mrs. Sew and Sow . )  See all the scrappy goodness.  Scraptastic Tuesdays happen the second Tuesday of every month.  Come join us!

Here's what I'm playing with today.  They are scraps cut to make little churn dash blocks.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the black/white print scrap.  That scrap is the instructions to a Christmas vest or something like that.  I can't just throw fabric away.  Printed words on fabric is really  HOT right now.  I love it.  Cut it up and use it.

 
You can find the pattern for Scrumptious Butter Churn by Jo at Jo's Country Junction for FREE!!!
 
With Linky 2nd Tues @ Month