Sunday, January 22, 2017

Black Tie Lily - Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 2

Black Tie Lily





Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

This is the second challenge of 6 for Season 8.


Black Tie Lily is not exactly what I had in mind when the Project Quilting Challenge was announced last week, but I was at a conference and couldn't sew until yesterday.  On the flight back home from the conference I had drawn what I hoped to make for this challenge but by the time I arrived home and looked around (HUGE ICE STORM AND TREES DOWN EVERYWHERE), I knew there was no way I would have time to complete the first plan. 


This book was given to me by my sweet Mother-in-Law and I had never tried the patterns so I took this opportunity.  After 5 years of not missing a Project Quilting Challenge,  it's more about the challenge and fun than just throwing something together so I decided it was OK to do the traditional block.  Have you ever tried making the traditional block?  It's a lot of Y seams which I kind of like....

The Rules:

1. Your project must be somehow inspired by the Carolina Lily.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (January 15 through January 22, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 

3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after January 15, finished by January 22). 

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.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, January 22, 2017, at noon CDT.

I wanted to make the block more modern, but with time not on my side, I went traditional with monochromatic color.  I love black and white and it's so unexpected with this block.
It was really a challenge to follow the pattern and I found out after I was finished with the piecing that there are plastic templates in the back of the book.  That may have helped...


I wanted to make this a wall hanging but was running out of time after choosing to do all those straight lines in the quilting.   I felt like the quilting was like pin stripes on a suit and I just had to take the time to do it.   


Black Tie Lily

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 2 - Carolina Lily
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  16" x 16" pillow cover
Pieced traditional block w/ fusible applique stems
Straight line (pin stripe) quilting


You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
January 22nd
by clicking 
HERE.
Black Tie Lily is #110 (not the last entry this time)

My husband will laugh when he reads this, I haven't helped with tree limb removal yet...
It's a mess and I have too much stitching to do.
Have a happy day!!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Forever Pillow Cover

Say, “Happy Valentine’s Day” with a 10” x 16” pillow cover that says I love you forever.



This is super easy!  

I'm over at the Thermoweb blog today to show you how to make your own forever love a pillow cover.

The full FREE pattern is available in PDF form in my Craftsy shop.

Enjoy!!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

In Our Garden Blocks - The Final Blocks

The
In Our Garden Block of the Month blog hop
Hosted by Amy over at 
is coming to a close with the last 2 blocks.



Every month one designer shared an applique block and a pieced block
and by the end of January I hope this will be a super cute quilt.
Amy created these super cute blocks and you'll find the patterns over at her blog.

This one is Garden Cabin


and this one is Heavy Load.


Of course I used my favorite fabric iron on adhesive by ThermowebHeatnBond® Lite, for the fusible appliques.

 I was lucky enough to receive Riley Blake fabrics for this quilt.


Here is the list of bloggers and the months with links to find the 
blocks and patterns:

February - Blocks 1 and 2

March - Blocks 3 and 4
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 


April -  Blocks 4 and 5

Bonus Block


May - Blocks 7 and 8

Bonus Block

June - Blocks 9 and 10

July- Blocks 11 and 12


August - Blocks 13 and 14


September - Blocks 15 and 16

Bonus Block


October - Blocks 17 and 18

November- Blocks 19 and 20

December


January
The next BOM will start next month.
Are you ready?



There's a group Facebook page HERE 
 and a Flickr Group 

Join in on all this fun!!!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

8 Days a Week - Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 1

Several years ago I came across an exciting way to challenge my brain and creativity
in quilting.



Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.


Season 8 of Project Quilting has just begun and there will be 6 challenges.
This is my 5th year to participate and even with a crunch of a schedule, I couldn't let this challenge go by.




The song, "8 Days a Week" was one of my first thoughts when the challenge was announced. 
8 love notes (hearts) for every day.


The Rules:

1. Your project must somehow involve the number 8.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (January 1 through January 8, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 

3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after January 1, finished by January 8). 
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.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, January 8th, 2017, at noon CDT.


To my husband, who I've been away from lately because of work, here is my love in a jar.  Every pizza you eat while I am away can come out of the oven with this 8" hot pad and you will think of me missing you 8 days a week.

Since I've been out of town a lot, sewing had to wait until yesterday, but I have been planning my design for this challenge on my computer all week.  If you would like to make your own jar, I have included the templates here for you.  Just save the next 3 pictures and make them the size you would like.




8 Days a Week is a fusible appliqued (HeatNBond Lite) quilt.
Before I stitched around the hearts with black thread, I backed the piece with high loft fleece.
A little ruffle and ribbon were added for a 3 D effect then I made a quilt sandwich with another piece of fleece and stitched around the jar and quilted the background.  This made the jar look like it pops off the background.  
The quilting is figure eights and swirls. 
Do you practice your freemotion quilting before stitching it?


I have to get my brain into the design before I can stitch it.



8 Days a Week
A jar full of love.

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 1 - 8 is Great
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  8" x 8"
Fusible Applique with black stitching,  Ruffle
Freemotion quilting "8's"  by me

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
January 8th
by clicking 
HERE.

The next challenge will be coming up next weekend.
Are you ready to join us?


Monday, January 2, 2017

Easy Hat and Scarf with Applique - Made possible with New HeatnBond Soft Stretch™ LITE

Brrr.  It's cold outside.  It's a great time to stay in and sew a hat and scarf using the new HeatnBond Soft Stretch™ LITE iron-on web adhesive to applique a personal touch of whimsy.  A couple of hours is all it takes and you have the templates with a cookie cutter and a dinner plate.



These are the supplies you will need:

StitchNSew fleece (small pieces for the applique)
1 Yard of fleece (blue)

1 cookie cutter (pattern for the applique)
11" Dinner plate (or an 11" circle template)
scissors, rotary cutter and mat, matching thread, sewing machine with zigzag stitch, walking foot for machine, iron,  ruler, and basic sewing equipment.





To make your own hat and scarf set, head over to the Thermoweb blog for the full tutorial.









I used the same tutorial (different appliques) to make a hat and scarf set for a gift exchange during Christmas.
My nephew won it!


This is my hubby, nephew, and son showing their holiday spirit.  
My nephew will be sporting his new stylish hat and scarf on campus this semester.