Monday, September 29, 2014

Block Inspired by Connie @ Freemotion by the River GO! Style

Today Connie that blogs at Freemotion by the River inspired me today to make this little spinning star block.  I just happened to have my Accuquilt kite die (55254) on my desk from playing with scraps in the RSC14 this week.  I combined it with my rectangle die (55159) and made this little 8" block (7.5" finished).  (I tend to stitch a little wider than the standard 1/4" seam on most days.)

I can see I trimmed one side a little short...  This is just a "sample" block for future reference.  It will end up in my red/white/aqua Gypsy Wife style (orphan block) quilt.  I also need to remember that I have to put the print of the fabric on the die right sides up on the kite die to get the spinner star to spin in this direction.  I think it will spin the other way if I put the print side down.
  I made this block rather quickly.  Sometimes with the GO! it's easier for me to just grab some scraps from the pile and make a block when I'm inspired rather than to pin it for future reference.  My pin boards are out of control!
Thanks, Connie!!! 
Oh, and I also got this a week or so ago
It's still in the plastic package!  I need motivated to start that.  BUT I am staying motivated by using my Fitbit (that I've had for a couple of years).  Looks like Connie and I have quite a bit in common.  If you are interested in a dvd such as this, check out Connie's site and click the link there.  She blogs about it here.  I promise to use my dvd when the weather is bad.  Here in Ohio it's the BEAUTIFUL time of year.  We are having exceptionally great weather (mid 60's) and sunny most days.
I sent Bonnie Hunter a "friend" request to walk with her via Fitbit.  Now I need to look for Connie's contact info so that I can send her a request.  I love "walking" with my quilty friends!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Celtic Solstice Motivation

It's only a matter of time before October is here and Bonnie Hunter announces the colors of the 2014 Mystery quilt.  I decided to dust off my Celtic Solstice BOXES and get busy.  This weekend I finished 62 of Block A:  54-40 or Fight!

I'm so happy that I have learned early to keep projects like this nice and organized with all of the blocks going the same way.  Yes, I know it's fun to lay them all out and look at the progress...  just make sure you put them back nicely.  I don't like to have to rework (iron) disorderly blocks.

For my notes...

For the SMALL quilt, Make 24 blocks.
For the LARGE quilt, Make 60 blocks.

Press  seams AWAY from the star points units and toward the 4 patch units.  Keep all of your oranges in the 4-patches going the same direction!
Now I need to suck it up and make the rest of those bazillion chevron blocks that I need to finish Block B.  Here's what I have now for that...

Then we need to make Block B:  Birthday Girl Block from 100 blocks Vol 2!

For the Small Quilt, Make 25 blocks
For the Large Quilt, Make 61 blocks
Press seams toward the chevron units and away from the split triangle corner units.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

RSC14 -- Orange 9.27.14

Say it isn't so?  September is almost done???  Where has this beautiful month gone?

Here's my orange kite girl for September for the RSC14.  She's so bright. 

The block is made from 2" squares.  The block pattern can be found at Q is for Quilter blog.

Here she is with all of her friends (January through September).  I'm getting more and more attached to this quilt as the months roll by.  I need to start thinking about sashing.  PLEASE share your ideas!  I'm thinking 2" squares in rainbow colors, but a white square every other?  Hmmmm.  I will wait until I have all the blocks done before I embroidery the flower stems and the kite strings.

This is all thanks to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2014. I'm linking up with Angela at SoScrapy: ScrapHappy blog.
I also played with my Accuquilt GO! Kite die.  I got it new this summer.  It's die #55254.  It makes three pieces for a 4" finished kite block.  I'm playing with ORANGE, grey, black/white, and pinks.
Then I couldn't stop...  With my beautiful, happy orange scraps on the table I just didn't want to put the bag away just yet.  I made this improv log cabin block.  It's about 13" square.  Looks like another rainbow quilt will happen sometime next year.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Just some Accuquilt Broken Dishes

My friend, Julianne, just had to send me a link to the Wishes Quilt Along, from the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber.  Although I am not a huge sampler quilt person (for the most part), I LOVED the block Broken Dishes.

I've needed a reason to use my Accuquilt GO! HST 2.5" Finished Square.  I got it new this summer.  It is die # 55257.  I played with a few red/neutral scraps that were left out on the desk from another project.  I quickly (about 30 minutes) made this adorable broken dishes block.

After trimming just a few little snips, my block measures 9.5" (9" finished).  This will make a cute quilt with sashings in probably a 5 x 6 setting.  We'll see.  I'll have to play with some scraps as a leader/ender project in between my churn dash leader/ender project.  LOL.
For my notes, I used the 0.5 seam allowance setting (hit the right arrow twice).  I also set my ruler to the 2.5" line when squaring up the block.  I see this being a long-term thing.  (Just watch, I'll have a cute finished baby quilt in two weeks because these blocks are addicting.)  But it's SUPPOSED to be a leader/ender project in between other quilt blocks...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fun with Scraps

I'm having fun sorting through scraps for something else and finding more black/white fabrics that I forgot that I had.  Isn't that always fun?  I made more addicting churn dash blocks today.

 These little blocks are so addicting! This is the pattern that is free at Jo's Country Junction blog.  It's called Scrumptious Butter Churn.  You can find the pattern here.  The blocks are 7.5".

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP Wednesday 9.24.14

I'm super excited about getting caught up on project after project.  Here's what happened this week:

I thought I was all caught up on my Quilt Doodle Designs 2014 BOM.  After looking at this picture I can tell that I clearly forgot to put the appliqued blade on each hockey skate.   I also got the toasty mugs done this week.  I love the heart steam on the 4th one.  (Click photo for detail.)  The blades will just take a little bit this week and I'll be able to call it caught up.  But I am loving this scrappy goodness so far.

All of my kite girls for this year is caught up.  I'll finish the orange kite girl this week!  This is one of the blocks that I use for my RSC14.  I'm getting attached to these blocks! The block is made from 2" squares.  The block pattern can be found at Q is for Quilter blog. Here's green:
Another project I am making for the RSC14 are churn dashes.  These little blocks are so addicting! This is the pattern that is free at Jo's Country Junction blog.  It's called Scrumptious Butter Churn.  You can find the pattern here.  The blocks are 7.5". I made these last week
Then I decided to use them as a leader/ender project and made a few more:

New Projects This Week
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.  Bonnie Hunter's 2013 Celtic Solstice Mystery
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.  Pat Sloan Globetrotting BOM 
14.  Super Mario QA
15.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Red Frosty & Friends quilt #3
5.  Maroon Star Sampler Quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt) (Set as a Q2 Goal)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
11.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
12.  Blue Frosty & Friends quilt #1
13.  Blue Frosty & Friends quilt #2

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Butterfly Blocks (that I won) (Set as a Q2 goal)
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) (worked on these blocks this week.)
6.  Tall Fly
7.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)

Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)

Ready to longarm
 1.  Market Day Sew Along (Heartspun Quilts)

Quilted, needs binding
1.  Dutchman's Puzzle

Completed this week:

  My WIP count this week is still 37.  My WIP goal for New Years Day 2015 is 19.  I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I am working from this list right now.  I need to get caught up on my BOM's and county fair projects.
1.  Complete my Born on the 4th flag quilt before the fair deadline of 8/20.
2.  Completed my mounted block before 8/20 for the same fair.
3.  Complete my Paris, France block for the Pat Sloan Globetrotting BOM.
4.  Pull bright green scraps for the RSC14.
5.  Pull black and white and bright scraps for the Block Lotto windows blocks for August.
6.  Pull fabrics and make Sweet Tooth row for the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM.
7.  Cut fabrics for the July Toasty Mugs row for the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM.
8.  Cut fabrics for the June Northern Hockey Skates row for the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM.
9.  Cut fabrics for June Star block in the Cora's Quilts Super Mario Brothers QA.
10. Cut fabrics for July Cloud block in the Cora's Quilts Super Mario Brothers QA.
11. Cut fabrics for August Mushroom block in the Cora's Quilts Super Mario Brothers QA.

12.  Finish longarming Pegasus 2014 charity auction quilt for my local quilt guild.
13.  Select fabrics for the ugly churn dash block for the quilt for my local quilt guild.
14.  Decided how I want to quilt the Market Day Sew Along from Heartspun Quilts blog.
15.  Finish Block 8 of the Spring Sampler at Cora's Quilts.
16.  Finish Block 9 of the Spring Sampler at Cora's Quilts.
17.  Complete the August Churn Dash block for the Classic Meets Modern at SewatHomeMummy.
WHOHOO!  I only got three more things to do on this list!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kite Girl -- Still playing catch up

Yesterday I had time to make a green kite girl.  Things got a little behind this summer due to having too much summer vacation fun.

The color for August in the RSC14 was green.  Well, I already did a bright green kite girl for March...  I didn't realize that March was regular green, and August was bright green.  (I don't think anybody noticed on my March kite girl.)  It's all about the scraps, anyways.  Anywho...  Here's one more green kite girl:

I love the detail on her green sock!
The block is made from 2" squares.  The block pattern can be found at Q is for Quilter blog.