10/27/14

Design Wall Monday

I've been playing with blocks and finished another baby quilt.  I'll show that one Friday.  Used up about a half yard in those blocks.
On the upper right of the DW are two new blocks for our Guild's BOM.  I really need to get a bigger design wall - 36 by 44 just doesn't do it.  On the bottom left are two blocks I'm trying out for a new VA quilt I want to make.  If it works out, I'll make a bigger one for QOV.  Hope to use up two big bag os scraps on that one.  Now tell me  - how do you count your yardage when you are using scraps?  Do you measure what is made and turn that into yardage?  For instance - the two VA blocks measure 12 1/2 inches square or 156 square inches.  A yard (assuming it is 36 by 42) has 1512 square inches. So that one block used up 10% of a yard - made 2 - so that's 20%, but I used a lot up in cutting mistakes, changes made to the blocks, etc - so say 40%.  Then 10 for the small ones - a half yard. Gessh - all that work and used only a half yard.  I'd like to hear how you calculate it.

I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday and Lyn's BOMs Away. See you there.

10/25/14

A BQF Entry for Fall, 2014

Time for one of the best quilt shows around - an online show that all can visit.  I enter not in hopes of winning, but to participate and share in the experience.  Here's my entry in the small quilts category - measures 27" square for Amy's Blogger's  Quilt Festival, 2014.
I used several techniques in this quilt.  First, the hexagon flowers on green top was given to me by a friend who got it from another friend.  After languishing in my UFO pile I decided it needed to be finished.  So I machine appliqued it to the background with a straight stitch and a walking foot.  I then decided the flowers needed leaves so I raw edge appliqued the leaves onto the top.   I hadn't a clue how to approach quilting hexagons, but after reading Karen's posts on quilting hexagons at Faeries and Fibres  I jumped into quilting it.  You know that old adage:  fools rush in.....  It's not near as good as Karen, but if I don't practice, no progress will be made is my philosophy.
Here's the back before I bound it:

And a closer look at the front:



Have you entered a quilt?  Would love to see what you've done this year. Thank you Amy and Karen for enriching my quilting endeavors.

10/24/14

Hexie Weekend

I've just run out of energy.  Was at the library for 4 hours volunteering and am just tired.  There hasn't been any time for slow stitching on hexies, so I'm just going to share with you an email from C&T publishing - you'll understand why when you read it.  No linky this week.



Tutorial: HexEssentials with Kathy Doughty
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Kathy Doughty is sharing one of her favorite quilting methods: paper piecing with hexagons! Check out our newest video, where Kathy shows you everything you'll need to create fabric hexies, pro-tips, and how she plays up a fabric's design when using HexEssentials. Happy hexie making! 
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10/20/14

Applique Tuesday

I finished my six mug rugs. Again I had to take
a photo at night and I didn't compensate for the conditions, so what should be green shows as blue in this photo.  Maybe tomorrow morning I'll try to take a better photo.  However Alan is here for the day and we're going to get the car lubed.

These leaves were made using the freezer paper and starch method.  I removed the freezer paper once the starch was dry, so I didn't have to cut the background fabric away.  I used a varigated thread in fall colors to machine applique them to the background using a zig-zag stitch. Then I stitched around the shapes and stitched leaf lines up the spine and out to the areas to make them look more like leaves all with my walking foot. It was easier than I thought.  The front is 5 1/2" square and the background was is a 7 1/2" square.  I brought the background fabric to the front to make the binding.  These were quick and easy doing by assembly line.

What are you up to?  I'd love to see your eye candy.  Leave me a comment and I'll come over and see what you've been working on.

Blessings!