Thursday, June 25, 2015

Progress!

I am so happy to report that I will finish my 3rd UFO this week and get it sent off!  Woohoo!
 
I was so happy to get this on the machine, I actually sent a sneak peak to Ashley (the recipient).

After a year of sitting in my room with no ideas coming forth on how to quilt it, I decided done is better than nothing, so I went with a meander.  The colors remind John and I of the ocean and the beach, so we decided the squiggles of the meander are like the ripples the water leaves as it flows back into the ocean.

This is the first time I've used multiple colors in a quilt, the meander is off-white, the corner is red and the waves are blue, in case it's hard for you to see.  That wasn't even planned, and guess what, they live in Texas where people bleed in red, white, and blue, LOL!

I decided yesterday morning that this may be my favorite part of the process.  That point where you're cutting off the "extra baggage" and revealing the nice, clean look of the quilt.

 

Isn't this just lovely?

So, today I will get the binding assembled and hopefully put on this evening after work.  I just have to avoid eye contact with John and keep off the comfy couch.

I had a moment to lay out my Snapshots blocks and pick out the colors I'd like to use for the next block.  Ice cream, yay!

My goal on this is to have it (and the camera block) done before the next block is released.  So I still have a couple weeks.

And I had another deviation (darnit!) but I need it, I really need it!  I am making a pillow using directions from Gerri Robison's pattern from her book A Cut Above.  I am very excited because I'll be learning how to make a piping!
 
This weekend is our guild's retreat, and I'm going just for Saturday.  One of my fellow guild members, Megan, had invited me to ride along with her, and after I discovered bonus money in my purse I agreed to go.  I had wanted to attend, just didn't think we had the extra money for it, but it turned out I did!  Plus John encouraged me to go  It's an hour and a half drive, so Megan and I figure we'll leave ~7:30am and then come home whenever we feel like it (probably won't leave later than 8pm).  I think it will be fun, Megan is about my age and is happy to escape from packing, if only for a day.  They are moving in a couple weeks, yuck!  So I'm also happy I get to spend some quality time with her :)
 



 
I decided that I will take the Big Fish Little Fish wall hanging, the football pillow sham, and the pillow up above as my projects.  I hope to complete the Big Fish Little Fish, hahaha!  I have heard sometimes there's more visiting than actual sewing, so I'm keeping my options open.  But who knows, maybe I'll actually get all three done!
 

UFO Challenge List:
1. Bright start baby quilt FINISHED 6-5-15
2. Ashley's quilt- SO CLOSE (needs binding)
3. Attack Cat FINISHED 6-9-15
4. Football Pillow Sham-taking to retreat
5. Fabric Basket
6. Big Fish Little Fish-taking to retreat
 
I hope you all stay cool, it's going to be 100 degrees at our house today!

 ~Brandy
 
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

A paper-pieced pretty

I offered to test a pattern for Sunshine in the Attic, she designed a Christmas Star Stained Glass block and I just loved how it looked.  Since I had just received my reward from Connecting Threads' drawing on Facebook (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!) I was inspired to use some of the sea-themed batiks.  This is the fabric I received:
 

Isn't it gorgeous!?  This is their new line called Batik Paradise and I'm impressed.  The batik fabric is not as stiff as some others I've worked with from my local quilt shops, but I like the quality just as well.  And love the designs!  I feel very fortunate to have received this beautiful collection.  The funny part was I had just ordered the following stash builder from them the day I found out I had won:
 
This is for my sister's quilt, I needed to boost my red, white, and blue stash and this was the perfect way to do it.  I shall have to get started on the cutting so I can use it as a leader-ender project for now.  The idea is to have it finished by next May & her 25th birthday.
 
Anyway!  Here is the block and some pictures of playing with the layout of the center:
 
I have decided to name my block Sea Glass, I feel it is fitting with the sea-themed fabric and stained glass idea.  And I'm trying to decided if I want to go ahead and make a full quilt with this or just a wall hanging that can act as an indoor window... decisions decisions!  I'll ask John.
 
 




 
This was great fun to play with, and I look forward to seeing the color-ways the other pattern testers go with!  I may need to try this with actual Christmas colors and see how I like it.  And now seeing the red, white, and blue next to the pattern intrigues me as well, hmmmm...
 
Alright, let's get out there and play with color combinations!
 
~Brandy


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Two UFOs down!

Woo!  Let me tell you, it's not easy for me to not start new projects.  But I've been trying really hard to focus on these UFOs, and so far I'm doing pretty good!  I got the Attack Cat and the bright star baby blanket finished, and will be passing it on this evening to Cathy.
 

I made the above nice and big so you can see how my quilting made some great snuggly crinkles :)  I am so please with how comfortable this quilt turned out after I washed it.  I will definitely use more flannel in the future!

Neat label I made, it's a hexagon while the quilt is an octagon, let's see how long it takes baby's family to realize it!
 
Finished at 36"x40" with the 2" green border added to it.

This is pretty much the first time I've worked with a panel, as far as I know, and I decided to do basic outlining.  Not as easy or quick as one might think!

 So, I get the Attack Cat finished in ~5 hours right, and take it to guild Tuesday night to turn in.  Remember, it was a challenge put out to the members to take the panel and practice our quilting/piecing for borders/whatever then bring it back this month and we'd vote on who's was best liked.  Well, I was the only one who grabbed one, and since I actually finished it they gave me all the rest as well as the original prize of the 3 fat quarters!  I'm excited because they said I can keep one of the panels for myself, which I plan to do and create a larger lap quilt with it.  And my favorite color is blue, so it was a perfect prize for me, plus now I get to create 3 more donation quilts to practice FMQ on again.
 
I did deviate a little in starting a new project, HOWEVER, it was because John and I travelled a total of 16 hours this last weekend for a vendor event for his job, and then we were sitting at said event for 12 hours.  So I made a soccer ball:



 
And here is an idea of the Diesel Dyno Days at Adrenaline Performance this last weekend:
Our booth, my husband designs diesel exhaust systems for Diamond Eye Performance and they allow him out for a couple shows a year, our other show was at BD Diesel in Abbotsford, BC (Canada) about 3 weeks ago.


 
Cam and Terra are the owners of Adrenaline, and they are the most wonderful people.  This was our third year of attending, and I have decided they deserve a quilt.  Turns out their colors are red, black, and grey, how awesome is that!  I've seen some amazing quilts with that color scheme.  Pretty excited.
 
We stopped ~20 minutes outside of Baker City, OR at this abandoned factory to take photos of the show truck, just for the heck of it.  It was amazing, but also 95 degrees so we look forward to returning at a later date for more exploration.
 

 
UFO Challenge List:
1. Bright start baby quilt FINISHED 6-5-15
2. Ashley's quilt
3. Attack Cat FINISHED 6-9-15
4. Football Pillow
5. Fabric Basket
6. Big Fish Little Fish
 
Loving the progress, yay me!  I hope some of you are also encouraging yourselves to have that sense of completion.  I am definitely struggling with not starting something new, but find if I jump a little from one UFO to another (as long as it's on my list) I get enough variation in routine to satisfy most of the cravings.  Now if I could just stay away from cookie dough I'd be great!
 
Oh!  And I completed my Snapshots apron quilt block two days after they released the pattern, I just spaced putting it up a couple posts ago:
I have more to say on the theme of aprons, but really need to get to eating some lunch now, so I'll tell you about it later.  I'll tease you with a number though: 8. 
 
Have a wonderful day!
~Brandy
Belle says it's too hot, I'm going to take your sewing chair, hope you don't mind...