Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Work in Progress - Stoney Creek

Hey everyone!  Just want to show you what I've been up to this week.  I've been putting together strata for my Jinny Beyer pattern, Stoney Creek, and finally mustered up the courage to cut out the pieces!!  Still have the center strata to make, so will busy myself with that today. 

Here are my floating triangles on the design wall - if you are interested in seeing the original pattern, it can be found here:
Stoney Creek
I haven't sewn them up together yet, I need to be wide awake to tackle those Y-seams! ;-)
I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Linda, Rhianon, Erin, JaneB. and to Fleur de Lis Quilts.  Thanks for signing up, appreciate it!  As always, be sure to check out what everyone else is doing over at The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Thank Goodness it's Finished! - Friday

Oh yes, it's finally done, the great pumpkin wall hanging, with ten days to spare before Halloween!  Sooooo glad this one is finally done :-)

So much procrastination over such a small project, isn't that always the ways though?

Here's the back, made up various bits and pieces from the scrap pile.

Here's a look at the backyard this morning...fog and frost...winter's well on its way.

Head on over to Missy Mac Creations for more TGIFF projects and then over to Crazy Mom Quilts for some Finish it up Friday fun!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday - it's all about the blues

Hi Everyone!  It's all about the blue and whites this week with two projects on the go, one nearing completion...don't you just love that?....and another that needs a little more work.  

This is my Cool Blues quilt and has been sitting in the UFO pile since June, just waiting for the binding...sure hope I can find the fabric...have you done that too? Set aside fabric for binding then use it in another project?  Fingers crossed that fabric is just where I left it.....somewhere in the sewing room ;-)

A closer look - each block is made of eight hourglass blocks and sixteen flying geese.  There are sixteen blocks in the quilt...oh yes, that's a whole lot of flying geese.  I had this quilt long-armed.  I'm not brave enough to machine quilt a queen-size quilt on my little Janome (yet!).

The second project in the works, my First Snowfall quilt - I'll add a one-inch blue border around this and add another white border before putting it together and quilting it.  I'll be quilting this one myself.

UFO list -
1.girl guide charity quilts charming stars
3. Stoney Creek
4. Red and white quilt
6. Christmas stockings
7. Flower power wall hanging
is it my imagination, or is this list getting longer...?

Welcome to Monika of My Sweet Prairie, thanks for joining!  Be sure to check out what Monika and all the other talented folks are up to at the needle and thread network.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WIPs and UFOs...a tale of procrastination

Wednesday already and I've barely made it into the sewing room this week.  I'm sure all that tryptophan coursing through my veins due to all the turkey leftovers we've been eating is responsible for my growing pile of UFO's and has absolutely nothing to do with my tendency to procrastinate.  Yup, sounds plausible to me.

Anyway, I am determined to get this little guy done.  I made this last year and it's been sitting in the UFO pile waiting for me to add buttons for the eyes and then make the backing and quilt it.  I have 18 days before Halloween and I will. get. this. done.

Other works in progress
1. My un-bento box
2. red and white
3. cool blues
4. girl guide charity quilts
5. let it snow
6. victorian gothic
Take a peek at some other fab projects here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It all began with Alex Anderson...

Sometimes you need to take a look at where you've been in order to appreciate how far you've come. 

It's been over eight years since I first saw Alex Anderson on tv on a show called Simply Quilts.  I always believed quilting was out of my reach because I am not and never was a "sewer" - someone who can magically whip up the frothiest dresses for their daughters and the coolest outfits for their sons.  No, that's not me...I was the kind of mother who, in desperation, used the glue gun to finish putting together her children's Power Ranger's costumes for Hallowe'en oh so many years ago.  
I wish I were kidding...really, I do. 
I never imagined that I would find myself, years later, taking part in on-line quilting bees, making free-form quilts like this red & white one, embracing the freedom of liberated quilting, testing the waters of the modern quilt styles, and yes, even learning how to applique...and finding so many others who feel the same way I do.
Who knew?
This is where I began, over eight years ago.  Three hand-pieced blocks and crooked as all get out, but it was enough to get me hooked on quilting.  It's been a grand adventure so far being part of the quilting world and it all began with Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts!  Thanks Alex!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I've been watching too much YouTube

Hey Everyone !  I'd like to welcome Susan to the blog.  Glad to have you join us. 

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a dinosaur....I love quilt magazines and books.  Whenever I need a quick quilting fix, I just head to my bookshelf, find a magazine and am sure to find inspiration for my next project inside.  Well, that is until I discovered all the fabulous quilting tutorials available on YouTube.  Apparently, that means I'm a dinosaur no more and have embraced new (to me) technology in the quest for quiltspiration.

Now, I'm pretty sure just about everyone has seen this particular video on YouTube or has heard about it at the very least, but when I saw the Jelly roll 1600 clip, I just had to go out and give it a try myself.

My jelly roll all ready to go...


Hours later (yes, hours), my quilt top is done.  It took me over 35 minutes just to get the first row done.  Then I actually stopped to press the seam...I'm thinking that's not something you do if you're in a rush. ;-)
The verdict on this quilt?  It was fun to do once and will make a great quilt for the basement, especially as I'm just using polar fleece for the backing. I don't think this is something I'll do again though. 

Here's something else I found, 10-minute blocks from Suzanne McNeill.  I had to give this a try as well.

I used some 10-inch squares I had on hand to test her 10-minute block method out.  It was pretty cool to make a Cathedral Windows block in such a short time.  It makes a very large block, I cut this one down to 18 inches to make a pillow then used it to practice my free-motion quilting.

 Remember these bags?  I made them earlier this summer and found a video showing how to make them.  They;re called cash and carry bags by Atkinson Designs.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's in a name?

Hey Everyone!  Ever wonder about the story behind blog names?  Well, Dawn at Sweet as Cinnamon has and she's asking us to tell our stories.  There's a Moda charm pack in it for one lucky blogger.

You can also find a few more stories over at KaHolly's blog.

As for me, I had just discovered the fabulous Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran and loved their philosophy about quilting...namely, not to worry so much about perfect piecing, but to enjoy the process.  I found a quote that said great artists didn't worry about colouring outside the lines, which I thought was perfect and wanted to incorporate that into my blog name.  However, "I think outside the line quilt designs are pretty cool" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue now, does it?!  ;-)  So, I shortened it to "outside the line."  And that's my story.

What's yours?