A Lovely Year of Finishes – January 2015

This year, I’m joining Melissa at Sew Bittersweet Designs and Shanna at Fiber of All Sorts in A Lovely Year of Finishes.

I’m declaring 2015 the Year of the UFO.

I have so many quilts in varying stages of the process, waiting to be finished.  It makes me sad.

I think what it comes down to is that there are so many quilts that I want to make and I don’t have enough time.  In 2014, I made a total of two quilts, but dozens were added to my “To Make” list.  This makes it so easy to get sidetracked without really finishing anything.  I want to find more time for sewing in my schedule.

It’s my hope that by pulling some of these unfinished beauties out of my closet and finishing them, I’ll be inspired to work more sewing into my daily life.

Pinwheel Quilt

My January goal is to finish my Pinwheel Sampler quilt, from the quilt along hosted by Rachel at P.S. I Quilt.  I started this quilt in January of 2010, and I think five years later is high time to finish it.

Cheers to 2015!

Wings In The Moonlight {A Paper Pieced Halloween Pattern}

It’s here!  Today’s my day for the Something Wicked This Way Comes blog hop!

Those of ya’ll that hang around here probably know that paper pieced images is not my “usual” style, but when I get the opportunity to design a block, I love to take it.  Not only is it fun to take an idea and turn it into a fabric image, but it’s a major brain workout as well!  I find that I get a little better and a bit more technical with each one.

So, without boring you further, here’s my block!

And you can find the pattern here:  Wings In The Moonlight Paper Pieced Halloween Block

Fair warning, I designed this block the old school way – with paper and pencil!  I just find that it works better with my brain than doing it electronically.  I’m thinking that has something to do with the fact that I’m an engineer and on the computer all day.  I just can’t break out of that mindset and be creative on the computer!

I hope you enjoy piecing this block and I look forward to seeing your blocks in the Flickr group!

PS – Don’t forget to sign up for the LillyBelle Fabric Giveaway!

Jessica

A Bookcase Block and a Scrap Vomit Swap

The thing about being a blogger is that you’re always chasing the light.  With the hours I keep at my day job, I typically leave the house around 7 am and don’t get home until 6 pm or later, which means I don’t have a lot of daylight to work with.  Except on the weekends.

It basically means that for swaps and bee blocks and such, if I don’t get them done early so I can photograph them over the weekend before I mail them, I don’t get pictures.  That or I get really crappy pictures that I don’t wish to share.  I guess the moral of the story is don’t procrastinate.  Except in the summer.  You get longer days in the summer so then I guess you can get away with it.

Anyway.

I’ve got a couple of things to share which I actually got some halfway decent photos of.  The first is my bee block for Anna, the first month’s host of the Anything Goes Quilt Bee.  Anna requested these blocks and sent us fabulous Tula Pink fabric to work with.  She asked that we each make a bookcase block and include one book from our own stash as our little signature. In going with the Tula Pink theme, I used a bit of leftover Nest for my book:

When all the blocks are lined up, she’ll have rows and rows of books making a gorgeous bookcase.  I was thinking this block design would make an awesome quilt from outgrown clothing or scraps from previous projects.  Kind of a “story of your life” thing.  If you want to make your own bookcase blocks, Anna has shared the tutorial here.

The other thing I’ve accomplished lately were these Scrap Vomit squares for a Scrap Vomit Swap hosted by Gnome Angel.  If you haven’t seen the original Scrap Vomit Quilts designed by Katy Jones of I’m A Ginger Monkey, you need to check them out.  They are amazing.

The only reason I even share this photo is because Whitney is hosting a copycat swap for US participants only to keep the postage costs down, and signups are ongoing.  Want to get in on the fun?  Sign up here!

I’ve actually got lots of other exciting stuff to share in the near future, but I’ll save it for when I can get some decent photos.  I hope everyone has been having a great week!

Jessica

 

 

 

Gone Quiltin’ Bee Blocks

Well, I’m sad to say we’re wrapping up the Gone Quiltin’ Bee (unless Annaliese decides to organize another round *hint* *hint*).  I guess it’s time I showed you all the blocks I made, and sent you along to their blogs to say hello! I should have been doing this all along – bad blogger I am!

March

We started out the swap with these fun gumball blocks for Debbie.  She sent along some Thangles – this was my first time using them, and they were really neat!  This was a great opportunity to use some fabrics I wouldn’t normally use.  I’m not daring, so I tend to go with safer fabric choices (a habit I am trying to break).

We also did these Wonky Star blocks for Alisha.  Her fabrics were from the Promenade collection by Riley Blake Designs.  I have to admit I enjoyed making these blocks so much, I requested them for my own host month!

April

In April we did some Deep Blue Seas blocks for Annaliese.  The fabrics were her younger sister’s school colors – we got to help make her graduation quilt!

We also made Granny Square blocks for Phuong.  I fell completely in love with these granny squares.  Expect to see a lot of them around here!  I’m obviously not the only one – they’ll make several appearances in this post.

May

In May we made more Granny Squares for Melissa.  I love the Red and Aqua color scheme!

We also made these Churn Dash blocks (also know as Monkey Wrench blocks) for Katie.  She sent us all scraps from a quilt she made for her mom, so that her new quilt would match.  How cute!

June

In June, we made a variation on the Granny Squares for Mary.  She came up with a brilliant way to make the blocks square with a border around them!  She called them “Granny Square Squared”  I must have been in a rush, because I don’t have any photos of these blocks!

June was my month to host, and I chose Wonky Stars again.  Ya’ll know I love me some Nicey Jane

July

In July, we made Super Granny Squares for Mallory.  These babies were HUGE!  They take up my whole cutting table for the shop!  Love those Joel Dewberry prints.

We also made improv tree blocks for Kelly.  I’m not proud to admit it, but I was super late on these blocks.  So late that the minute I clipped my threads, I put them into the mail without taking photos.  I know!

August

August was our last month for the bee, and we finished it off with some great blocks!  We made Rainbow Starflowers for Lorelei.  Aren’t they amazing?  And much easier than they look!

We also made My Blue Heaven blocks for Michelle.  She let us use our scraps, so I got to dig through my huge scrap basket.  I so enjoyed pulling out fabrics from projects past!  I need to make a scrap quilt soon:

 

 

Pinwheel Sampler Top is Finally Finished!

I can’t believe the top is finally finished!

I spent my whole weekend doing nothing but sewing and going to the dog park. I got several bee blocks finished (more on those later) and I *finally* got my Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along top finished!

Hopefully next weekend I’ll get this lovely basted and start the quilting. But now, if you don’t mind, I’m just going to stare at it for a while.

Linked up at:
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

The Last Of The Pinwheels

Are you breathing a sigh of relief?  I know I am.

The block above is my substitute for Block #7.  I wasn’t feeling the framed pinwheel Rachel called for, I guess.  The block is a scaled-up version of the pinwheel from the State Fair Schnibbles pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.   I’m having second thoughts about it now, but we’ll see how it turns out in the finished quilt.  These blocks used far too much of my precious Hope Valley fabric to replace them now.

By the way, I apologize for the awful photos. I haven’t seen the sun, literally, in a week.

Next up is Block #8.  For this block, Rachel directed us to choose a pinwheel block of our own, to make our quilt uniquely ours.  I chose this double pinwheel block, and I have to admit I am a little tiny bit in love with it.

So that’s it.  I promise, no more pinwheels until this baby is put together and ready to quilt.

What have you been working on?

Note:  This project may be linked up at some or all of the following parties, depending on my caffeine intake.  Either way, you should definitely stop by!

Monday: <a href=”http://www.canoeridgecreations.com”>Sew Modern Monday @ Canoe Ridge Creations</a>

Tuesday: <a href=”http://quiltstory.blogspot.com”>Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story</>

Wednesday:  <a href=”http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com”>WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced</a>

 

Are You Sick of Pinwheels Yet?

Blocks #6 complete – I’m almost there!

More Pinwheels

I got a little bit of time over the weekend to work on my pinwheel sampler.  Block #5 is now complete:

I also whipped up another selvage block:

It feels so good to be playing with fabric again!

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

I’m linking up at:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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