Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday -- Bitty Blocks

Since January 2015, I've been sewing along with Quiltmaker Magazine's "Bitty Blocks."  Each month, a new 3" or 4" block pattern was released on their blog.  You could make as many or as few as you wanted.  About March or April, they gave us an idea for a row quilt for our blocks.  I made 16 of the 3" and 12 of the 4", based on the size of one of the layout ideas.  It's been soooo fun making these blocks each month.  ALL the blocks have been made from my scrappy stash of squares and strips...so it's been easy to get a wide variety of fabrics.

I was finally able to catch up with December's blocks...3" pinwheels.  I made these with 2 1/2" squares.  So simple...but I love them!

I should have been sewing in rows all year as I went along...but nooo...I didn't do that!  Next step was to get all the rows sewn together....

But there were more blocks needed!  I needed three rows of flying geese.  Of course, they are itty bitty flying geese...finishing at 1" x 2".   I turned to my box of 1 1/2" squares for the sew and flip method...can you believe I had enough pairs of squares for 150 flying geese?  If you look close at that box...it doesn't look like much of a dent was made either!!  

Instead of totally scrappy, I thought using one colorway would help tie it all together.  I had some left over red strips from another project and cut the rectangles I needed.  It took a few days to get them all sewn...but look at those pretty geese all lined up! 

All ready for sashing strips!  I'm still deciding what to use/how to sash it.  I'm really trying to use only fabrics from my stash and so far I haven't found a big enough piece to use for sashing.  If I use all the same fabric, I'll need a yard...if not, I'll do a scrappy sashing too.  I'm still working on it! 

I really didn't expect to love this project so much!  I did enjoy making the blocks each month...but seeing it come together now...it's just so fun and scrappy.  I love it more each time I look at it! Hopefully, I'll have more progress to share soon with sashing and final borders!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Two Finishes!

I'm so excited to share two quilty finishes!  Recently, I signed up for a UFO Challenge with the local guild here in town.  Every other month, they will pick a random number and we'll pick that number off our list to finish.  Since the challenge is just getting started this month, we were to finish #1 on our list.  First on my list is Oklahoma Backroads.  This is from a workshop I took with Bonnie Hunter in March 2012.  I've had this top done, except for borders, since I went to retreat in November 2012!!  Why, why, why???  I pulled it out, added borders and loaded it on the machine for quilting.  I just love the scrappiness of it.  I look at all the different fabrics and can remember when I bought them, where I used them, maybe someone gave it to me...so many memories!

It's all from my stash, including the backing.  I bought a bolt of this fabric for $3/yard from Burkholders a couple years ago...I've just about used all of it up with this quilt. 

I surprised myself using the brown for a border...but it's perfect, if I do say so myself!  I tend to always choose blues or reds...but I didn't have enough of anything in my stash to work.  Then I pulled out this brown....LOVE!!  I used the same fabric as the back for the binding...using a light fabric for binding is something I don't do often either...but it works!!


 My second finish is the Quiltville Mystery "Allietare!"  I'm always motivated to finish these mysteries...I've finished six of the seven I've participated in.  The first one is the one still unfinished!!

Anyway...here it is before quilting.  My cat is exceptionally large, e'hem, big boned.  But this picture gives an idea of the size.  It's half-sized from the original pattern.  All the grey half square triangles and small black squares finish at 3/4".

I believe this was my first attempt at a scalloped border...if I've done it before, I don't remember!  LOL  I used a small Fiesta bowl as the template, and I have to say...this part worked out remarkably well.  Actually sewing the binding on...hmmm, not so much.  I needed about two other hands to maneuver the binding, quilt, presser foot up and down, etc.  But I just went for it!  

It's not perfect...but the best part is, sewing it up and hiding all those wonky seams!!  I did a 2" bias binding as Bonnie recommends.  She has some great tutorials on Clue 6 of her pattern.

Ta-da!!  I love the scalloped binding!  As tough as it was, I would do it again...it gives it a fun, whimsy effect.  I would be fun for a baby quilt.  It's far from perfect, and I can see the flaws...but I love it anyway!

I hung it up on that same fence as Oklahoma Backroads above...to get an idea of the size again... 

 The black has a small grey print...but doesn't really show in the picture.  I used a thread called Cookie Dough, which is a muted gold...

Leftovers on the back!  The camera had a hard time with this red on the back and that grey is the same as the grey on the front...it looks almost blue in this picture! 

This corner is what the red really looks like.... 

Just can't thank Bonnie enough for another fun mystery!!  Mystery quilts are not my favorite...but Bonnie's never disappoint!!


Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Monday, January 04, 2016

Quiltville Mystery 2015 -- Revealed!

Happy New Year!!

Miss Bonnie didn't let us down...the final layout of the mystery quilt was revealed on New Year's Eve.  I didn't see it until the morning of January 1st...but that's okay, we were having too much fun with friends from out of town celebrating the New Year!

After our company left on Saturday...all I wanted to do was sew, sew, sew!  I got to work putting the blocks together and by late last night I had this!

The colors are so much prettier in person.  The yellow in the picture seems to "pop" more that it does in real life.  I'll admit, after seeing some of the colors other quilters have chosen, part of me wishes I would have switched things up a bit too.  But, I love stretching myself to use color combinations I would not normally choose.  My daughter said it looks very sunny!  I agree!

I have three rows sewn together and hopefully I'll get back to it again later today.



 Since this likely will be a wallhanging (will finish about 41" wide), I'm thinking about making it square.  Hmmm...what do you think?  Do you prefer a square or rectangle wallhanging?

Be sure to check out all the other Allietare quilts in progress over at the Quiltville Blog link up!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle