I'm so excited! I've finally finished my Moda Building Blocks QAL our guild did last year! I used a FQ set of Mimosa with coordinating solids. Some of these blocks were very tricky! I also did my first 'free motion' quilting on it - I quilted wavy lines. You can see more progress pictures and detail shots on my Instagram account!
I've been making a conscious effort to really knit down some of my MANY wips this year. I really like starting new projects, but it feels good to get that pile down!
So far I've finished an adult sweater, a kid's sweater, an adult vest, three pairs of socks, and twoshawls. I also finished three hats, two cowls and a baby sweater that weren't WIPs! It's been nice to ride the finishing train!
I'm trying to keep myself accountable by posting here what I'm working on!
This month I've dug up two shawls and a sweater that I'd like to finish. I'd also like to finish another sock or two!
For next month, I'm hoping to finish another shawl and sweater too.
Of course, this isn't preventing me from casting on a few new projects here and there! :) How do you manage your WIPs and starting new projects? I feel like it's a delicate balancing act!
I am so pleased to be part of the Moda Bake Shop ABC-along! Today I'll show some teasers of my work so far, and later my unique block and the layout of my quilt will be on the Moda Bake Shop blog! I'm using Sweetwater's Mama Said Sew 2 (pdf link) for my letters.
And you can check out one of the finished quilts here!
While I wasn't able to attend QuiltCon this year, I did have the honor of having one of my quilts hanging in the show! My quilt, 512, hung in the Modern Traditionalism category. My sweet sister-in-law attended the show and sent me these pictures of it!
My quilt was inspired by this image that I saw via Pinterest over a year ago. I loved the idea of all of the 9 patch blocks you can make only using two colors. I chose two of my favorite Kona colors (Wasabi and Pomegranate), and made 512 blocks. Then I had to decide how to lay them out. I thought it would make the most visual impact to have the blocks go in 'order' from least pink squares to most pink squares. And then I had to plan the layout for the many blocks that had the same number of pink squares in the blocks. I created a pattern, and then arranged the blocks into it. That was probably the hardest part!
I love the way it turned out, and was so proud it was accepted to QuiltCon!
Good morning! I wanted to share with you how I made one of my favorite quilts, not that yardage from this awesome ombre line is back!
I made this quilt about three years ago, using Vanessa Christenson's awesome Ombre prints. At the time, there were only 7 colors available, and now there are 19!
This is a super simple quilt to put together, and the qualities of the ombre fabric make it look much more involved than it actually is.
I used 1/2 yard cuts (that were actually overcut I believe to about 20"), but you could easily use 2 jelly rolls or quarter yard cuts since there are more prints now!
Cut your yardage (if you are using that) into 2.5" strips. (If you're using a jelly roll, you can skip this step!)
Sub cut your strips into 2.5" squares. You should be able to get 16 squares from each strip. (If you use quarter yards from each print, you should be able to get 912 squares. If you use two jelly rolls, you'll have many more!)
Calculate how many squares you have, and how big you want your quilt to be. Mine was 28 squares across, and 33 rows down (I had enough squares for 34 rows, and I misplaced a whole row while I was sewing them up!)
Then I put all of my squares into a largish box and mixed them well. I would then pull two squares at a time and sew them together. When I had all my sets of two, I would make sets of four. Continue piecing into rows until your rows are your desired length. Then press your seams, and pin and sew your rows together.
Baste, quilt and bind! I quilted mine through every other square.
And that's it! Awesome color with really little effort! I'd love to make this over again using all of the new colors! I'd love to see one if you make one as well!
I've seen lots of "16 in 2016" posts going around lately. Folks who want to finish 16 certain projects, use their 16 oldest skeins of yarn, etc. I decided to take a different spin on it - my goal is to finish 16 WIPs that were started prior to 2016! (And yes, I have more than 16!).
The sock pile - there are two other pairs that were missing for the picture. That's 9 pairs that need finishing.
Four hats (one missed the photo call!)
Five shawls (one is in the sweater photo below).
5 sweaters and two vests (and that shawl).
One shawl just needs an edging, one sweater just needs fronts and button bands, and one sweater just needs a sleeve and cowl, so I'm hoping to finish those three projects soon! And we won't discuss the 12 days of casting on I've been doing!
What are your 2016 goals? I'm still working out what I want to sew this year!
Good morning! I am so excited to share this quilt with you - it is one of my favorite recent finishes!
I made this Firecrackers Quilt as part of the Fat Quarter Shop's blog hop to celebrate the release of their new pattern! This is a great pattern for a confident beginner/intermediate quilter! It uses 2 jelly rolls and background fabric, and is completed by strip piecing, and then using the Creative Grids 30 degree triangle ruler to create your blocks!
I had fun playing with the combinations in my strips, and then the layout of my final blocks. I used April Rosenthal'sMeadow Bloom collection with Moda Bella White as my background.
I quilted my quilt with diagonal straight lines, about 1/2" apart.
The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video to show you how to piece your blocks and square them up - so helpful!