Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It's a Finish!

 A Wheelchair Quilt
for someone who loves their Irish ancestry and the color green. 

36 x 45

 It is now in transit to the intended recipient. 
I hope he can use it. 
He went home from an extended care facility on Christmas eve and we were told his Parkinson's progressed to the point where he would be confined to a wheelchair. In the last few weeks I understand that he barely makes it to the wheelchair now. 

for January as declared at Elm Street Quilts. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's a Finish!


Autumn Orphan Blocks
40 x 60

It's a finish!

It's ready for giving or gifting. 


 I dug into the orphanage and found several blocks that had an autumn color scheme.  Looks like I did that way back in February 2018.   I'm pretty sure some of the blocks were long ago winnings from the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild Block Lotto.  This will probably also be donated to one of the causes supported by the Sunshine Guild - Wrap-A-Smile or Quilts Beyond Borders. 

I have made a lot of quilts in autumn color schemes and I usually end up quilting them on my sewing machine with some free motion leaves.  I still need practice but I'm getting a LITTLE better at it. 

The batting was pieced.  The binding is scrappy and made from pieced leftover binding I had in autumn colors. 

for 

On to the next...

Monday, January 14, 2019

It's a Finish! Crumby Stars

 Crumby Stars
from a constellation far, far away.

It's a finish! 
Ready for giving or gifting.

40 x 56
 Last year I worked on getting my crumbs (small weird sized scraps) under control. I made crumb fabric each month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. Crumb fabric was then made into a variety of blocks.   Eight inch Crumb Star blocks was one of those blocks. I made enough Crumb Stars for two small quilts. 
 For the Crumb Star background I used scraps in a complementary color. 
I Spy!

Batting was pieced. I used a soft pale green cotton sheet for the backing and quilted it with loops and stars on my DSM.  Binding was made from scrappy bits and pieces of leftover binding. 

I just found out one of my nieces is pregnant with twins and will give birth in July.  After I finish the other Crumb Star I may send her the two quilts.

This was my goal #10
for
Q1 Finish-Along

Sunday, January 13, 2019

It's a Flimsy! #84 Spiraling Geese


Spiraling Geese
66 x 77 
It's a flimsy! 

Made from scraps leftover from making a Vintage Spin quilt finished in January 2016. 


My inspiration was this Spiraling Flying Geese quilt from the book History Repeated.  I did not use the book instructions because my Flying Geese were a different size. I also added one more row and column than this one in the book.  When I made the Flying Geese from leftovers I had no idea what I was going to do with them and only settled on this layout recently. 
 I see from an old blog post that I started making the Flying Geese from leftovers way back in August 2015.   The blue-gray background was a big piece I purchased back when Hancock's went out of business.  I think I have five yards and intended it for a backing. I have a pretty good chunk left that I may be able to use for backing on this quilt. 

 You may not have noticed my UFOs in 2019 page - a list of what I counted as UFOs as of December 31, 2018 -- but there's over 100 projects on that list.  What possessed me to finally get this one from the list to flimsy stage?   Well, I have belonged to the Stashbusters Yahoo Group for a number of years.  A lot of ladies in that group also have lots of UFOs so a number of games are played to encourage us to bust stash and complete UFOs.  I have participated in a UFO Challenge since I joined; however, I have not ever participated in the Random Numbers Challenge.  The way it is played is you number your UFOs and then two random numbers are drawn each month and you try to complete those UFOs within the month.   This year I decided to give it a try. These Flying Geese Leftovers from Vintage Spin was #84 on my list. 

#84 started with 52 Flying Geese...
...and leftover scraps...

...to make more Flying Geese.  I made 84 more Geese,  decided on a layout, found enough fabric for the quilt background, did the math to put it all together and then put it all together.   I don't think Ill get it completed this month but it's moved forward.   And I still have lots of scraps left.  Hmmmmm....

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Red Scraps

 From 1.5 inch red scraps...a Bitcoin block and several little rail blocks. 
 From 3.5 inch scraps...Broken Dishes and anything less than a 3.5 square sewn into a strip and...
 ...a couple of 16 patches with stars that don't really show up all that well. 

From 4.5 inch scraps...HRTs and anything less than 4.5 inch square sewn into strip and...
 ...a 16 inch Fractured Rail block. (Yes, I see the lower right piece is not turned correctly). 
 From red chunks (pieces greater than 4.5 inch but less than a FQ) some cats. 

In case you haven't guessed yet red is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Selvage Stars

Selvage Stars

Blocks finish at 12 inches. 
My goal is to make six stars a month until I have a total of 56.
I'm alternating red and yellow backgrounds. 

It's kind of fun to read what shows up in some of those itty bitty selvages - Bees Knees, Bloodshot Eyes, Sweet Dreams, Scrapbag...


Last year I worked on taming my crumbs. This year I want to tame the selvages and strings.  I'm working on a variety of string and selvage projects and hope to work on them a little each week and post about progress on Fridays. 



Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 First Quarter Finish Along


Time to declare goals for First Quarter Finish Along.  The list is long. Here goes: 

1. Fractured Rainbows (aka Garden Mosaic aka Totally Demented). 

2. Birds in the Air - currently hand quilting
3. Animal Farm
4. What's Black, White and Read All Over? 
5. 6. 7. - Happy Block quilts 
8.  Sunshine Lotto quilt
9. Crumb Fish
10. 11. - Crumby Stars
12. Depression Blocks
13. Round Robin
14. Red, White, Blue florals
15. 16. - Sunshine quilts. 
17. Rail Leftovers
18. Salsa Dancing
19. 20. - Ducks
21. Princess
22. Rocky Road to Kansas
23. Pink strings
24. Lizards
25. Autumn Orphans (the one on the left. The blue and the green quilts have already been quilted and donated.)

26. Rosebuds

27. Really, really, really old mystery


28. Valentine placemats and napkins (set of four)

29. Make pillow from this embroidery.


30. Waste Triangle Butterflies


I told you it was a long list!!
I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Q1 Finish Along. 

What will you be finishing this quarter? 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A FQ Challenge Finish!


It's a finish! 
A Fat Quarter Challenge 
sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. 

40 x 58

 The FQ I used is that lime green/white gray in the star center.  Funny that after I added some lime green star points the lime green in the FQ looked yellow. 

I stretched the FQ as much as I could for 12 Star centers.  Some stars centers are just the FQ fabric, some have the FQ fabric framed...

 ...and for one star I really had to stretch the FQ fabric by making a nine patch.  I had just enough of that fabric in the nine patch to...
 ...add a border at top and bottom. 

 The rest of the quilt is made of a variety of gray scraps from the chunk crate. 
 I quilted it on my sewing machine with some stars and loops. 
The batting was pieced from scraps. The backing is a piece of flannel I made sure to wash before use because I've found that flannel sometimes really shrinks. For the binding I used solid gray and lime green bits and pieces.