Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Storm at Sea Update

I have another colour added, which means two more diagonal rows, so now I'm up to 9 rows done.

I'm enjoying this quilt and would make another with or without the hearts.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Progress on Storm at Sea

I got two more diagonal colours added to the Storm at Sea Quilt.  Plus each of the centre and corner square in a square in a square units and the side diamond units are sewn together although not to each other yet.

Here is a close up of one of the hearts so you can see the details of the fabric a bit better.

I was hoping to get one colour added each day so I am progressing well!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

New Design Wall and Storm at Sea Options

My husband helped me wrap three 1" x 2' x 8' Styrofoam insulation boards with quilt batting for a 6' x 8' design wall.  This is the first step in moving out of the unfinished basement room I currently sew in into the rec room. :-)

I am working on a Storm at Sea quilt with my daughter inspired by this picture fround on Pinterest.

Here is my first attempt at putting the colours of strips in order, but I think this one has too many greens together and the light gray sticks out too much.

In attempt number two the greens are better distributed, but the light gray still sticks out.

Attempt number three and the light gray still sticks out.

Attempt number four and the light gray melds in better with the central light fabrics.  I think the yellow looks like the sun shining across the water. Now I think the dark gray stands out too much.

My favourite.

Now to find out if my daughter agrees or not!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Finish for the Week

I attached the borders to my Mayflower Quilters' Guild Mystery quilt.  I had to go with the solid blue fabric as I had totally run out of the yellow fabric.  The yellow fabric is brighter "in person". It is a very foggy day here today.

Now I just have to get it quilted and bound before the May Guild meeting, or is it the March meeting?  I will have to check!

I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Second Month

Here are the Diamond Panes blocks I have made for the second month.

And here are both months mixed up together.

I'm already looking forward to the third month!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mystery Quilt, Part Two

The second clue was sent out for the Mayflower Quilter's Guild Mystery Quilt and it was to make 24 Rail Fence blocks to go along with the Nine Patches from clue one.

There were also instructions to make triangles in order to set the blocks on point.  And here is the finished center of the quilt, borders are next.

I had to piece the background fabric in order to make some of the triangles, but still have enough blue fabric for the borders.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Second X & O Table Runner

Another table runner finished! I did diagonal quilting on this one too, but only half as much as the first one.

These are going to my son and daughter and their partners. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Making things more complicated than they need to be...

I have finished the first of three X & O Table Runners.

I quilted it by following the diagonal lines created by the edges of the X & O letters and then by stitching an additional line in between each of the previous lines. I marked the quilt top using a ruler and a hera marker and then just followed the resulting creases.

This is where I complicated things....  Instead of just using a plain backing, I decided the other side should be able to be used as an everyday table runner to make it more useful.

I would have preferred to use a pink fabric for the binding, but since the table runner was reversible and there was no pink on the other side, I used the background fabric from the X & O blocks as binding as well.

I made the square in a square blocks with coffee bean fabric and coffee text fabric.  I made wof strip sets cutting a 3.5" strip for the centre and 2.5" strips for each side.  I then cut these strip sets into 3.5" segments and added 2.5" strips to each side to complete the square in a square blocks.

I then added 2.5" long side borders to the X & O blocks so the runner would be as wide as the square in a square runner.  The runners were now almost the same size lengthwise but I wanted to add end borders to the X & O runner.  I added 3" end borders to the X & O runner and balanced this off by added two more side sections to each end of the square in a square runner.

Now only two more to quilt and bind!  Why did I decide to make three, or six, since they are reversible?  What was I thinking? This was supposed to a quick project....

Thursday, 2 February 2017

X's & O's

I receive The Quilt Show Newsletter and there was a link to a tutorial for a Hugs and Kisses Table Runner from Jen at Shabby  Fabrics. I thought it was really cute and easy so decided to make it. You need 5.5" squares of pink fabric in multiples of four and eight 3" squares of background fabric for each X or O. I chose 5 pink fabrics and one of the off-whites I bought yesterday.

Sew the background squares from one corner to the other on two opposing corners of the pink squares. Trim the excess corners off 1/4" beyond the diagonal seam line and then iron the remaining triangles outwards.

Point the pink fabric inwards to create the X's or place the pink fabric crosswise to make the O's.

Because it's so easy, make lots!

I'm going to make three table runners, but laid out altogether, it would make a really nice baby quilt. Hmmmmm...

Fabric Shopping!

My daughter and I took a trip to Avonport Discount Fabric on Monday and came home with nine pieces of batik for a Storm at Sea quilt.  She was knitting a scarf and we chatted and I only missed one exit as it was right on top of the previous exit so had to backtrack just a little bit. My friend M and I have gone to Avonport several times and we seem to always have to backtrack once each visit, and I'm not always the one driving...

I also picked up some solids in black, yellow, red and blue. I can't say what I'm making with these fabrics except to say a lap quilt as the person who will receive the quilt reads my blog...

That evening I heard It's Sew Time is having a closing out sale so had to visit it on Tuesday. I'm sorry to see them close, but 50% off is a good deal! I got a couple more batiks which may fit in with the ones purchased the day before and a storm at sea ruler which will really help with the cutting and piecing.

I also purchased two neutral background fabrics and a piece of coffee bean fabric, just for fun.

I also picked up a pineapple ruler and some bobbins.

Needless to say, with all this running around, I didn't actually get any sewing done!  It's currently snowing big fat flakes sticking to everything out there so maybe Wednesday will be a snow day = sew day!