Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tweet Dancette - Project Quilting Season 6 Challenge 6 - Isn't That Charming?

It's hard to believe, but this is the final challenge for 
Project Quilting Season 6.

My finish for challenge 6 
"Isn't that charming"
is
Tweet Dancette


Project Quilting is the brainstorm of

A challenge is presented and you have one week to link up
a project of your interpretation of the challenge.


The Challenge: Isn't That Charming?

This week we're going to use Charms.  Charms are 5 inch squares of fabric.  Many of you probably have charm packs in your stash.  Or if you don't you can cut your own 5 inch squares from any fabric you choose.
  1. The entire right front side of your project must be constructed using charm squares. The only exception is the binding. It can be cut from yardage along with backings, linings, etc, that will not show on the right front side of your project.
  2. You must use at least 20 charm squares.
  3. The charms squares can be cut and manipulated in any way you choose.
  4. Embellishments can be added, but are not required.
  5. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include appliqué.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  6. Your project must have a name.
  7. Projects must be FINISHED and LINKED UP by Sunday, March 22nd at Noon, CDT.

I've had these charms for quite awhile and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to use them.
I cut more charms of Kona solid in silver.

I then set to work on about a billion  120 half square triangles.


I haven't made a chevron quilt until now.
Oh, points, points, points....


Once the blocks were all put together, I felt like a little embellishment was needed.
Inspired by a blog hop with all kinds of little birds I decided to add that "tweet" inspiration.
I embroidered the little birds perched on a few of those points.


The back and binding is from Basic Grey Sweet Serenade (Moda).
I had it in my stash and have always thought it was part of the Noteworthy line.
It wasn't until I started preparing the fabric for the back that I realized those little birds weren't the same.  


Here is a closer look for the little birds. 

I quilted a meander stitch because it is fast. 
One week isn't a lot of time....



Isn’t that Charming?–Challenge 6 of Project QUILTING


Tweet Dancette

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas


Size: 40" x 48"

Fabric:  2 charm packs of Noteworthy by Moda
Kona solid in silver

Hand embroidery and piecing

Quilting - stippled by me on my domestic machine with Aurifil 50 wt. #2615

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 22, 2015
by clicking
Tweet Dancette is # 50



I hope to do a recap of the 6 Project Quilting Season 6 quilts I've made later in the week.
It's been a great season, but I know one man that may be glad it's over for the year....
lol
Guess I owe him a few meals.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hands 2 Help Quilt Challenge - Sign Ups Start Now!

This will be the third year I have participated in
Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge
over at
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
and you can join too!

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Sign ups start today and go until Saturday, March 21st.

The challenge is to use your hands to help others.
Quilts are made and donated to your choice of 3 charities.
All the details are over at Sarah's blog and you should check it out.
There are all kinds of prizes too!

Hope you had a great weekend!


My BFF from high school came for a visit and spent some time here in the sticks.
We really had a fantastic time.

My babies surprised me with an afternoon of fun over the weekend, too.


So I don't have any sewing to show, but I hope to do a little tomorrow.




Monday, March 9, 2015

Blocks Galore - Modern Quilt Blocks, that is

I've made a little progress on 
my


My hope is to make the 
blocks in Tula Pink's City Sampler book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" 
starting with #1 and going in order to the end.


I showed 1-5 
and
last year 
but never posted any more.

Well, today I'm playing catch up with 3 baker's dozen and another group of 10.
That means you will see 49 blocks
and it takes me up to 64 blocks I've completed.





Now I am officially caught up.
Only 36 to go...




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blooming Stars - Project Quilting Season 6 Challenge 5 - My Favorite Fabric


I'm posting this quickly because it is due in 20 minutes.

I've been up quilting and binding all night and have just finished it.

Life happens and then you just have to adjust....  lol




The Challenge:  My Favorite Fabric

This week we’re asking you to pull out your favorite fabric.  You know, that one that’s too pretty to cut into.
  1. Use your favorite fabric.  You can add as many other fabrics as you’d like, but since this one is your favorite, I expect it to be easily recognized in your completed project.
  2. Be sure to take a picture of your favorite fabric and post it with your finished project.
  3. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
  4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include appliqué.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  5. Your project must have a name.
  6. Projects must be FINISHED and LINKED UP  by Sunday, March 8th at Noon, CST.

This was the fabric I chose as my favorite.  It just makes me smile to look at it.
The colors are so fun and bright.
I've just been afraid to cut into those pretty blooms...
until now.
The fabric is Riley Blake - Just Dreamy 2.


This quilt started with the small star in the middle.  
That block was 10 1/2"
then I doubled the measurements and used the first star as the center for that block.
That block was 20 1/2"
then I doubled the measurements and used the second star as the center for that block.
That block was 40 1/2"
then I doubled the measurements and used the third star as the center for that block.
That block was 80 1/2"
then I added a border.

Is that easy enough?  lol

The last half square triangles I worked with were 20 1/2 inches.  Those are the biggest hst I've made to date.


Blooming Stars


Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas

Size: 84" x 84"

Pieced stars with attention to points
Free motion quilting on my domestic machine






You can see all the other challenge projects and 
vote
 for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 8th, 2015
by clicking
Voting ends Friday March 13th.
Blooming Stars is #49




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Love You to Pieces

First things first
THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for voting for 
I was overwhelmed with all the kindness from everyone.


It's a snowy day here in the sticks.

Of course it is, I needed to take pictures of my finish for


Project Quilting is the brainstorm of

A challenge is presented and you have one week to link up
a project of your interpretation of the challenge.


The Challenge:
  1. Your project must include at least 12 hearts.  They can be any size and any technique.  Pieced, appliquéd, embellished, even added into the quilting or printed on the fabric will work.
  2. Check out ‘Hearts for Susie’ and see why hearts aren’t just about love and valentines.  It’s about keeping your heart healthy, being aware of the signs that it’s not, and taking care of yourself and those you love.
  3. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
  4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include appliqué.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  5. Your project must have a name.
  6. Projects must be FINISHED and LINKED UP  by Sunday, February 22nd at Noon, CST.


Love You to Pieces
a mix of modern and traditional quilting

The inspiration from this quilt came from
an article in American Quilter, November 2014
about an Overland Park, Kansas quilter
Trisch Price.
I just loved her "Baby Love" quilt and wanted to make something similar.


Sticking with my scrap management for the first 6 months of this year
I used freezer paper for foundation and sewed red scraps.
I spent all my breaks at work this week
picking freezer paper out of the blocks
and then pieced the blocks with 2 1/2" strips of sashing.
I had drawn the pattern on paper and ended up having to do partial seams to piece it as it was drawn.
Something new to me, but it was pretty easy and I won't be afraid of it anymore...lol


I was going to make my own white bias strips for the heart, but found some pre-made in a drawer
and to save time (I had a week) I drew the heart with 1/2" bias tape.

After sewing the bias on the red blocks
I ripped out the seams where the heart met the sashing and tucked the raw edges into the seams.


Two designs in one quilt!

I have been in a practice mode with free motion quilting and tried to make as many heart designs as my brain could muster.


This is the back fabric showing some of the whimsy quilting.

Once the quilting was finished, I just couldn't put a straight binding on this quilt.
It just screamed scallop border to me.


My scallop borders are stitched out in this picture.  
  I have a cardboard circle that I mark and then draw the scallop on the quilt.
Bias binding was used
Amanda Murphy has an excellent tutorial for continuous bias binding on her blog. 



Love You to Pieces

Have a Heart - Challenge 4 - Project Quilting

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas


Size: 40" x 54"

Foundation piecing, bias applique, scallop border
Freemotion quilting by me
Fabric - a ton of scraps :)

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
February 22, 2015
by clicking
Here.
Love You to Pieces is #41


I do hate winter and snow.....ugh.