Sunday, October 11, 2015

I need to finish these! Q4 2015 Finish-Along

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Haven't posted in FOREVER, but I really, really need to finish some of my WIPs. Some of my two-year-old WIPs are not included here.

I am hoping the Finish-Along will push me along. "Put a fire under my butt" is what I thought, then I decided that was a little rude, but I guess I will never quite be a PC quilter.

So, I have many more projects waiting to be done than this, but these are the ones I hope to finish in Q4.

A tote based on Crafty Gemini's tutorial for Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It has been sitting around all summer. Time to finish it up. Fabric is from Kate Spain's Horizon line.

A rainbow quilt, which I started because I had a jelly roll and wanted a quick sew. Then I didn't like it, so have chopped it up and am adding white. Thanks to my Music City Modern Quilt Guild members for help on how to fix it. Now I just need to finish it.

The Riley Blake Quiltcon Challenge. I couldn't just go black and white, so want to add color somehow and maybe curves. I've never done true curves, so this will be a challenge. It will also be a mini-quilt.

Top and back are pieced. I just need to make the quilt sandwich and get it quilted. It won't take long if I would just get started!

I bought these "cheater" placemats to quilt for a Christmas present. Totally not my colors, but I still think they are pretty, but if I don't start, they won't be done in time for Christmas.

A Harry Potter quilt for a little girl who LOVES Harry Potter books. This is fun, but time consuming. However, it MUST be done before Christmas, so I have to get started. This may be first on my list because I want to take my time with it. I have made a mini-quilt from the same pattern and it was fun to watch it come together. Just in case she outgrows Harry Potter, thought I don't know how anyone could, the back will be Tula Pink's tigers from her new Eden line.

My goals! Hope I get there!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

We Bee Learning

This is my month for the We Bee Learning quilting bee, and I am excited to get started. I hope you all love this block as much as I do. This quilt will be for me because I have yet to make a quilt for myself. I hope you don't mind contributing to my first ever "kept" quilt.

I chose Lee Heinrich's (Freshly PiecedRibbon Star Block because she has a great tutorial, and the star is so lovely. Her blog is a great source of inspiration for me. The block is a 12.5" block, so the perfect size for our bee.

(photo credit: Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced)

(photo credit: Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced)

In terms of fabric, I prefer moderns. You can use florals, geometrics, solids, or anything in your stash. I am not a huge fan of Civil War reproduction fabrics or brown, but I like tans and creams. 

In terms of color, I am desperately in need of spring colors to get through the rest of this winter. You can see below that pinks, fuschias, blues, yellows, greens, and white are the base from the inspiration photo. However,  feel free to add in more spring colors—oranges, lavenders, reds, yellow-greens—The backgrounds can be in colors, whites, or light grays. My husband loves scrappy quilts, so a bright explosion of spring will be perfect.

I pulled in an image from Google Images and used PlayCraftsPalette Builder to come up with a color combination. The palette builder only demonstrates solids, but I love both patterns and solids, so any mix you think works will be good for me. 

I have pulled some fabrics from my stash that I will choose from to make my two blocks. First, however, I have to get Katie's blocks done. I will post my two as soon as possible in the Flickr group. Still need some stamina back after my bout of pneumonia. This winter has not been my friend.

Note: The photos are not great because it is evening and dark. I will try to retake the photos in better light tomorrow and exchange them here.

Blues and aquas - note they are not all tone on tone

Whites (though they look gray in this photo) and grays for possible backgrounds

Oranges and spring greens with a little teal

Pinks, fushias, and lavenders

My yellows are sadly lacking. I am going to have to add some more sunshine to my fabric!