Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Knight's To Remember!

Hello friends, how have you been?  I've got the ick.  It was bound to happen, seems like everyone at work has it.  Just a matter of time.  Any who.  Before I had to go back to my full-time job, (shock! horror!) I tried to get as much of my stitching done as I could.

My mother-in-law Ann commissioned me to make her mother, Jeannette Knight, a quilt.  The photos are of a cross country trip she took last year with one of her other daughters, Cathy.  There's a lot of Knights... I think Jeanette had 10 or 12 children and still has SO much energy!  You can imagine she hasn't had much time to do a lot of traveling over the years.  So, Ann wanted to commemorate the occasion with a memory quilt.  They got some GREAT photos!  Looks like she went to DC, New York, Hershey, PA, they caught a Kenny Chesney show or at least saw his tour bus!  Looked like they had a grand time & I hope she enjoys the quilt for a long time!  I had been putting that off until after the holidays, my December was packed.  I was really excited to use that Cherry Mint fabric, I'm so in love.
 Then Bethany had also asked for a t-shirt quilt with some of her favorite shirts and pajamas from high school.  Her 21st Birthday is the 27th so, I had a goal.  Funny enough, they are the Triad "Knights"!  HA HA  I put the fuzzy jammie fabric up top so she can get the fuzzy touch going when she's cuddling.  This girl has been the same size since the 3rd grade.  Those polka dot pajamas had lasted a LONG time and still fit.  She's just ready to move on, understandable.  That's her behind the quilt, straddling between the recliner and sofa to be tall enough.
Hedwig got a revamp and I'm SO much happier with him!  I used a solid for his book and I got his feathers in the right place!  If I was going to be super picky, I'd put the feather direction going down but there's no way I'm re-doing him a 3rd time.  It took about 2 hours to do the one block!
 I did the Butter Beer block.  I messed up, here's what happened.  I printed a bunch of the pages out at once.  Some have alternate components.  I think I made the Butter Beer with extra books because that block was much longer than the others.  So, I added it to a book only block, thinking that I split that one up some how.  Now, the row will be longer.  Not sure if I need to add some books to each row or remove some books from this line up.  I just looked at the designer's page, the green vine book and the blue lightening book don't belong...but the purple star does.  You can find the patterns at Fandominstitches.com.  You can find any kind of paper pieced geekfest quilt blocks imaginable!  So great!
 And Professor Lockhart's Peacock Feather Quill.
 Decided to reward myself with a book only block.  Paper piecing takes SO LONG!  For me at least.  I almost bought a bolt of wood grain fabric but the only option they had left looked like it had a green tone to it, so I may wait until the perfect color is available.  I think I want a whole bolt so I can do the back in it as well.  Why pay retail for that much when I can get it wholesale and sell what I don't use, right?
 I used a 3M strip to attach my magnetic pin cushion to the wall next to my design board.  Took an embarrassing long time to figure that out!  Very convenient.
 Then, because I'm giving a lecture on Crazy Quilting at the Waterloo Guild in February, I decided to make a pillow out of this crazy block I made a few years ago!  Quick and easy, I felt very accomplished.
I've also been working on the upholstery for a couch that Hunter is using on Lucky the tiny bus.  I will share more on that later.  That was on my list of things to finish before going back to work but it didn't happen.  He's gotten so much done so far and it looks amazing.  Yes, I'm bragging up my kid but he's mechanical like his dad without the ADHD and artistic like his mom without the laziness.  It's pretty great to see.  Check out their blog!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

6 and 6 2018




I know, I know another UFO list but this is new and improved.  I decided to follow along with 6 & 6 2018 with Pomegranate and Chintz (Australia) and Frayed At The Edge (Scotland).  I have been following Frayed At The Edge awhile now and enjoy hearing about her adventures.  The two joined forces and came up with 6 UFO and 6 new projects for 2018.  A nice balance I can get behind!  So, here we go, things to work on in 2018...

1.  President's Challenge due by May: center block completed
2.  Beloved Baltimore: 14 blocks of 25 completed

3.  Bonny Hunter's En Provence: needs assembly and quilting

4  Heather Double Wedding Ring: needs quilting
 
5.  Hungarian Heritage: needs quilting
 
6.  Harry Potter book shelf:  10 blocks complete
I've got a large Baltimore album I'm planning, a t-shirt quilt for Bethany and 3 more t-shirt quilts for Carmen's family.  So, finding new projects will NOT be a challenge!  Maybe you'd like to follow along as well???

Happy Stitching,
Heather

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's Check In

 Happy New Year friends!  Hope everyone has been able to stay safe and warm.  Once we were finished with Christmas, I jumped in head first into my UFO list!  I was so busy living life before hand, not much got done.  I finished my Heather Double Wedding Ring quilt top!  I love the way it turned out!  I wish it were bigger.  I probably should have done 2 pkgs of the jelly rolls but to be honest, I was sick of making the same block over and over as it was.  So, it's a lap quilt.

I managed to finish a block for the Beloved Baltimore quilt.  Those tiny pieces are killing me!!  I've already got another project lined up that's going to be nice big pieces!  However, I love this peacock.  The sequin tail is a little over the top compared to the rest of the quilt but if anyone can get away with it, it'll be a peacock. 
 I finished the top to my flamingo quilt as well.  I bought this fabric a couple of years ago.  Bethany had declared that the flamingo was my spirit animal and had one tattooed to her calf... so I bought some matching fabric.  I know, I'm a wild one.  Any who, I was following the Turning Twenty block of the month around the same time and decided to do pink & grey.  Apparently, I missed months 9 & 10, so I had to come up with 2 random star blocks to fill it in.  Also, I just noticed that I missed a few points on my friendship stars!  Grr....  Well, 2 are skipped and one is upside down.  Blech!!  Naturally, I was up to 3am doing it.  I should really stop myself and go to sleep before this crap happens.  But, do I care enough to fix it, is the question.  A question for another day.
 Moving on to the Splendid Sampler.  I had 50 done before I decided enough was enough.  So, I did the Hour Glass quilt block in pink and red to set them.  It turned out better than I expected.  This was another project I wanted to be done with but had put in too much effort not to finish.
 Last but not least, I got caught up on my guild BOM stitching blocks.  I do love embroidery!

 The project so far.  4 more to  go.
I did another quilt that I can't share.  It's a commissioned photo quilt.  I'm really happy with it but won't be able to share until it's final recipient receives it.  Just in case she reads my blog, don't want to give out any spoilers!

I go back to work full time in a couple of weeks but still have much to do.  I'll check back in with you before I go back!  Try to stay out of trouble!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Getting Lots of Nothing Done

 I've been hard at work doing a lot of nothing.  But, getting so much of it done...  My first week of layoff, I was able to complete my Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  I love making these blocks but I always hate them when they're put together.  This one turned out better than last year's, but I still felt like some of them went in upside down anyways.



 This button is sideways, she should be facing the wall, not the ceiling.




 This bee is flying upside down...
And so is this butterfly, or maybe he's just dive bombing the flowers.

But, there you go.  It is what it is.  You know I don't care enough to rip it apart and start over.  Maybe next time I'll try making one of those books that I've been hearing about.  On the second week, I finished my Clam Shell quilt.  That was fun. 
 I quilted a little heart in each of the clams.  I did end up finding 1 duplicate fabric while I was quilting.  Dag Nab It!!!  But, it was one of my all time favorite reds.  So, honestly, I'm not surprised.  And, it took me forever to see it, so it can't be that obvious.
 I did a leaf pattern in the borders to mimic the floral pattern a little.  Then, forgot to take to my TAS group for show and tell.  Dag Nab It!




 This really should have been on my UFO list last post.  I had started these Wedding Ring Arcs back in November when I finally got my Heather jelly rolls in.  I LOVE it!!  I even postponed putting them in my store because I wanted to make sure that I had enough for my quilt before selling the rest off.  I bought the above Heather sprig fabric on grey to be my background but when I put them together, I thought the sprigs made it too busy.  Now I'm thinking that it'll be fabulous on the back.
 So, I tried the green dot companion fabric, better but not quite what I wanted.  Pink gingham was a big no...
 The pale grey linen print was JUST RIGHT!  However, I had sold most of it & didn't know if there was enough left over for me!!  AHHH!  I redesigned, making the outer blocks 6" deep, and now I'm good to go!!
 My practice blocks.  I used the green dot for the corners.  Sorry about the bad lighting, you know I do everything in the middle of the night.  I also forgot to cut the background big.  After sewing down the arcs, I'm at 12.25" instead of 12.5"  Now I've got to keep that in mind when I'm trimming down so that my corners don't get too cock eyed on me.  I think I'm going to love this one!
We celebrated my youngest's 17th birthday yesterday with a trip to the theater to see Justice League.  The party continues tomorrow with a trip to the St Louis Art Museum.  My absolute favorite STL destination!  Happy Stitching friends!  If I don't see you before, Happiest of Holidays to you all!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Big UFO List

Okay, here we go.  The UFO list.  We'll just see how much time I've got.  I usually put too much on my To Do List and then am upset that I failed.  So, this year, I'm going to give myself more flexible expectations.  First off, we have my Beloved Baltimore quilt.  There are (25) 8" blocks for this and I just finished #13, half way there.
 This block really had me experimenting with 3D flowers.  Pretty cool.  I also hand wove the basket out of my own hand-dyed silk ribbon.  Quite the stretch for me.
 I had finished this frame previously but was totally stumped on what to put in the center.  I opted for some broiderie perse.  I'm very happy with the results.  Again, stretching my abilities.  Can't say I've done broiderie perse before, quite fiddly.
Did the same with this frame.
Obviously, have done no more on Mosaics.  I've only got the center and all the paper pieced hexis done and that's it.  Kind of bleak.
TAS did a class on Reverse Applique, this is the block I finished.  Now to figure out what to do with it.  I bet I can come up with something.  I'm seeing yellow rickrack...
Pink Flamingo quilt.  Have not gotten very far at all.  There are a dozen star blocks.  I always planned on adding some appliqued flamingos.  Eh, we'll see.  No idea about this one but it'll be cute when I'm done, I'm sure.
I did 53 of the Splendid Sampler blocks.  I'm thinking about doing alternating 4-square blocks in red and pink.  I may downsize to 52 blocks and get rid of that purplish one on the left.  That's a lot of blocks, so we'll see how it goes.  But, I definitely want to do something with them.
Bonnie Hunter's Mystery from last year needs to be assembled.  I've seen so many other people finish this one and I love it!  So, I just need to dig in.

I had all but forgotten about my Harry Potter Bookcase!  I don't care for paper piecing and Hedwig's feather fabrics are in the wrong place but I really want to finish this one!  I'm already about 1/2 way through my annual Harry Potter Marathon.  I have 3 more blocks printed out but I don't know how big I was going with this.  That would be a tall, skinny quilt.  Perhaps, I was going to print more after I'd gotten these done.  I also need to procure some wood grain fabric for the actual shelving.
Then, there's my Valentine quilt.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  At some point, it really bothered me that my birds weren't cohesive.  I switched them out myself, so I have no one to blame but myself.  And, that one bottom center is ugly.  Not sure if this one will ever see the light of day or should I just finish them individually as mini-quilts.
Then, there is the guild's Block of the Month.  Obviously, that won't finish until May but I do need to stay caught up.  Then there's the President's Challenge due in May.  I could get that done and out of the way before Prom Season sets in.

Alright, I certainly have my work cut out for me.  Wish me luck!