Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More Wonky Log Cabin Blocks

I managed to make another four blocks of my Wonky Log Cabin quilt last night. I'm so loving this easy method of constructing a quilt block. If you are interested in the tutorial to make these check out Quiltdad's detailed instructions at:
Make sure you click on either newer posts or older posts to get to the beginning or end of the entire tutorial.
Mo! You would absolutely love making these!

Monday, June 28, 2010

More Wonky Blocks

An update on my most recent Wonky Log Cabin Blocks!!! I love these so much, they are so much fun to make. Definitely a completely different style than sewing curves. Can't wait to do some more tonight. I hope that I have enough fabric to make at least 12 blocks...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Katie Jump Rope Apple Core Quilt

So here is the Apple Core quilt finished except that it needs the binding attached and sewn down. Honestly, I don't think I would have been able to get this far with this quilt without all of the encouragement from you guys out there in blogland. I found this quilt difficult!!! But, finally, with lots and lots of pinning of the rows together and a lot of patience to check each row carefully. take out stitches and redo all the mistakes I finally managed to get this far with this little cot sized quilt! This quilting part was very fun. I was still able to use the walking foot even though the quilting was in curves. If I was having a girl this time this would be the perfect quilt. But, alas, I am having a boy (don't get me wrong--I am very excited about having another boy) and this might not be as fitting. I had to make it though because ever since I acquired the Katie Jump Rope fabrics, I envisioned using it to make an apple core quilt.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Neptune Quilt Top Finished

I managed to get the borders on my Tula Pink Neptune quilt last night. I'm very happy with the borders on this quilt. The outside border is my favorite print from the line and I was very lucky to find some of it at my lqs. The winter light here isn't doing this photo any justice, but not much I can do about it. Maybe when we finally move downstairs I will have more light and space to work with. I know it's sort of picture frame-ish the way I often put borders on quilts and probably not very modern, but sometimes it's just part of my style. A little bit traditional, but also interested in modern style too. I think this quilt turned out much much bigger than I originally planned. I think it's about 85inches square. It was made from 1 layer cake and about 2 yards border fabrics. I am not sure what the name of the solid I used is, but I am quite sure it is a Moda Bella solid--very close in color to the Kona stone. I don't have a Bella card, but I do have a Kona card... I hope to quilt this one soon!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Winding Ways Quilt in Aqua and Red

Aaaahhh, so I have been diligently working on this quilt over the last week and a half. After I started the Katie Jump Rope Apple Core quilt, I couldn't figure out why I was having so much trouble sewing curves. I had done it before. I did it with a John Flynn quilt kit in a quilt called "Wheel of Mystery" using batiks. It was one of the first quilts I ever made and I didn't really have any trouble sewing the curves in That quilt... So, I decided I would try the same pattern out again after I found the template set that I had purchased a long while back called Winding Ways by Marti Mitchell-same quilt block different name. I decided to use some of my favorites in my ever growing aqua and red fat quarter collection. Actually, I've been trying to collect by the half yard, so I used fabrics from my 'back-up' set to make this quilt. The sewing has been slightly slower than just sewing straight, but fairly easy and straight forward. I think the apple core is just plain difficult no matter what technique is used. Oh well, anyway, I am happy with my result! I can't wait to quilt this one, I will just quilt stitching in the ditch on this one and use Kona Snow for the backing and just use some Kei dots for the binding.

My next mini project is to get the borders onto my Neptune quilt! I will use the suggestion to quilt that quilt in waves. Great idea and I can't wait to try it out! Originally I had thought I would ditch stitch and then quilt lines between the ditching but it would drive me crazy to try and turn the quilt that many times on my sewing machine!!!

The last picture is of some fabric I received recently in a swap. I had to swap some of my most precious Flea Market Fancy fabrics, but I think it was worth it. Mono pez by American Jane. Beautiful! I will dream about what to do with these fabrics for a while at least...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Quilt Made With Neptune

I know I skip around with various quilt projects, but I guess that's just the way I work... I quilt because I love to and because it calms me, so I don't feel the need to come up with self-inflicted requirements as to the way I should do things:) This quilt I have had in the works for months! After I finished making the half square triangles, I got tired and wasn't sure how to do the layout. My husband chose this layout, which is one of my all time favorite ways to put half square triangles together, but it's a bit tedious to put together in rows. One needs space and the ability to keep it all in order as you sew. I guess I could have broken up the job differently by sewing in larger blocks, but anyway... It's done now. I'm pretty sure that I will put some borders on this quilt and then do the quilting myself. I'm contemplating actually having a go at free motion quilting the entire quilt. Aaackk! If I do, what design to chose??? I need something that it easy so I don't get too frustrated. Any ideas???

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Sewing Room in the Making!!!

I've been so excited that we are finally in the last phases of finishing the house which includes a new sewing room space for me! Not that I will have much time to use it with the new baby coming soon, but at least I will be ready for any chances I do get to sew. At least I think it will make our lives much more organized that I will not have to have my projects out on the kitchen table or in our bedroom anymore. About 6 months ago I had to clear out all of my sewing stuff out of the spare room as well as all my husband's office things so as to be able to move Alexander into his own room. It has made life chaotic for us as neither my husband or I have had a space to work in. But, this will finally change! This weekend we are going down to the coast to pick up furniture from his sister's storage place and he will start moving paperwork and things into his new office downstairs! I probably won't be able to move into my new sewing area for at least another month, but progress has been made as you can see in the photos...

Originally I had planned on having a desk in front of the window to look out while I sew and to build the shelving on the side. But, I didn't think the window would sit so low either before we started building, so at the last moment yesterday I asked the builder if he could build me this L-shaped desk configuration so I will have space to sew and cut without disturbing the window space. My plan now is to put a desk sideways on the other side of the window to help block off little people from entering my sewing area and to have more working space. I will put an ironing board along the left side wall and have a design wall above it. Anyone else have any ideas?

It's hard to understand in the photo, but the sewing room is actually located in the living room area of the new downstairs. The dividing wall had to be there for structural reasons having to do with the fact that the house was first put up on stilts before we actually started working on closing in the downstairs. At first I was annoyed with trying to come up with a layout for the downstairs until I realized that this extra space would be the perfect sewing area for me one day! It's great to see ideas coming to fruition.

The other photo is of my new fabric that I adore by one of my all time favorite designers, Urban Chiks. This one is called Dream On and is not due to come out until October! I managed to find a fat quarter bundle, though... Hee, hee. I have my ways, even all the way here in Australia! Do you love it? They seem to be vintage sheets reproductions, which I think is very clever of them. Good on you Urban Chiks! I wish we knew who you are! They don't seem to tell us much about themselves but design great fabric. Just in case you're wondering, they've also designed Moda's Summer in the City, Blossom, 1974, Sweet and Swell...

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