Friday, July 24, 2015

Sawing Logs - Log Cabin - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

Well, hello there.  I am still here and ready to start entertaining you again.  
Sorry for the absence.  
My real job (hair styling) has really been keeping me busy.  (Which is super fantastic!!)
But, oh how I've missed this creative outlet.

I have been keeping up with
for the
and have finished July's challenge:   Log Cabin

"Sawing Logs"



The Challenge:  Log Cabin

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Log Cabin’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP  by 10:55pm CST on Friday, July 31st.

I you know me, you have witnessed my play on words many times.  I just love it.  "Sawing Logs" incorporates the traditional pieced log cabin block with appliqued "pieces" of logs falling to the bottom of the quilt once they've been sawed off.  The middle square, "dream," plays right along with the name.


The quilting is a mix of wood grain on the logs and a stippling design with zzz's.  Again I'm playing on the "sawing logs" theme. That's just how I roll...lol

Here is a picture of my May- "Righty Tighty,"  June-"Light Through Friendship," and July- "Sawing Logs" challenge quilts.



"Sawing Logs"

A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20"x20"
Prism color:  Green from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Piecing and  applique
Quilting- stippling and wood grain quilting by me on my domestic machine


It's unbelievable but I have over a week before the next challenge is announced.  Maybe I'll go catch up on some swap blocks.  I do have a big quilt in the works, but that is a secret until September.
  Don't you hate secrets...
I do, so here is what I'm working on:


This is going to be such fun.  There are going to be SO many giveaways, not to mention free patterns for the rows. 
(I've seen the rows and they are awesome!!!)
 The list of prizes keeps growing so you won't want to miss this.  Plan to sew (row) along with the designers in September.  




Monday, June 29, 2015

Light Through Friendship - Friendship Star - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June

It's taken me all month to stitch up this little 20" quilt for a challenge from
for a

You see, I'm a very slow stitcher...


The Challenge:  Friendship Star

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Friendship Star’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP by 11:55pm CST on Tuesday, June 30th

When the challenge was announce it made me think of all the wonderful friendships I have made through quilting and blogging.  That was my inspiration along with the theme I had last month with the monkey wrench.  I wanted to incorporate a tool and shining a flashlight felt right.
I hand embroidered the world map while trying to make it look like the star was shining on it.  

Here is a picture of my May and June challenges.



"Light Up the World with Friendship"

A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20"x20"
Prism color:  Yellow from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Piecing and reverse applique
Quilting- stippling by me on my domestic machine

I had to wash this one before I could photograph it.  I am a mess and had a few spots on it before it was all embroidered.  I also have carried it with me everywhere I went this month so it's no wonder it had a little mess on it and yellow doesn't hide anything...lol

I have one day of rest before the next challenge is posted.  
I have NO plans to embroider the next one!!!



Friday, June 5, 2015

Star Spectrum - H2H Charity Quilt Challenge

Hi all!

Time has been getting away from me and I have been absent from here both in writing and reading.
I miss both so much.  I feel out of the loop.

Special occasions require hair stylists to work a little overtime and between proms, graduations, and mother's day, May was quite busy.

I've been working out of town on weekends (tis wedding season)
and I'm afraid my blogging has suffered.  I only have one more wedding this summer and I will be ready for "normal" to return.  

In the meanwhile
is hosting
the
Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.

Star Spectrum 
is my contribution for 2015.
(The wheat looks happy this year.  This photo is out in front of our house.)


This reverse rainbow star burst quilt was made from 5" charms I've been cutting for my scrap organization.  I used Kat's tutorial over at diary of a Flutter.Kat as the inspiration for the blocks.
Star Spectrum is 54" x 54"


Because I am so close to the deadline for the finish, free motion quilting in a meandering pattern was the quickest way to go.  I used Auriful thread 50wt #2615.


Star Spectrum will be donated to Happy Chemo, an orgnization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients.  Emily of Em's Scrapbag has been collecting quilts for this cause for awhile and has set a goal of providing 1500 quilts to Happy Chemo.  She's already donated more than 600 quilts and the H2H quilt challenge is helping to make here numbers grow.

Happy Chemo has a great blog for Cancer patients
and you can click HERE to check it out.

If you would like to see all the quilts donated during the Hands 2 Help Challenge

Have a great weekend,  It's been raining so much here that I haven't even planted my garden.  Can you believe that?  We had over 10 inches of rain in May (a record). 
 My garden hopes to be off the porch and in some dirt tomorrow.  
This picture was on May 23rd and the plants had been there 3 weeks then.....




Monday, May 25, 2015

Righty Tighty - Monkey Wrench–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, May

My reality has been crazy lately and work has been taking me away from blogging lately.
I have been sewing here and there, though.

During the month of May I accepted a challenge from Kim over at Persimon Dreams
and
Righty Tighty is the result.


The Challenge: Monkey Wrench

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. 
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics  Hopefully you already have your bundle but you can join in the fun anytime … just make sure you have your quit done by the end of the month!
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Monkey Wrench’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP by 11:55pm CST on Sunday, May 31st (Trisha’s actual birthday). 
  • A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January.

After the challenge was posted I went to work right away drawing up my plan in EQ7.  I wanted to go industrial and really wanted to contrast the traditional quilt block with an actual monkey wrench.  I wanted to work with dimension and add shadows to the blocks.  
This is what I started with.


Hubby pointed out that my wrench looked more like a crescent wrench than a monkey wrench.
So I redrew the wrench and now it is correct.  lol


The quilt block monkey wrenches are paper pieced and the wrench is appliqued.
Cherry Wood Fabrics Blue from my ROYGBIV bundle was used for the paper pieced monkey wrenches.
The dark blue background added a little contrast with tiny flowers in an industrial setting.  It's from Connecting Threads.
The black and white stripe worked perfectly for the screw adjuster on the wrench.

I worked with shadows again trying to make the blocks more industrial by making the monkey wrench blocks look more like nuts holding a box in place.


The quilting is block type stipple.  I just meandered in square shapes instead of curves.  


Here is a picture of the back to show the quilting.
The binding is blue measuring tape fabric from the She Who Sews series by Quilting Treasures.


Monkey Wrench–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, May


Righty Tighty

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20" x 20"
Prism color: Blue from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Paper piecing and machine applique
Quilting - block shaped stippling  by me on my domestic machine with Aurifil 50 wt 


The photos needed to feel industrial and I had so much fun getting out of my "pretty" comfort zone.
This quilt represents many challenges I had in my head.
Now I've put them to fabric and want to work with shadows and geometric design a little more.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday (or so) Finishes


I haven't been sharing much
but I have been sewing a little.

I finished this quilt top for the


There is Miss Molly, my little (big) helper.  
Out here in western Kansas the wind never stops.  To take a photo of a flimsy, you must allow for the wind and just get on your knees to take a shot looking up.  lol

I finished this bed quilt for a friend.


She had the denim squares and the blue fabric and asked me to put them together for her niece.
This will be for a high school graduation gift.  It's big enough for a full sized bed, but will be plenty large enough for a dorm room bed for next year.

My friend had purchased the denim squares from an individual.  I think they were all supposed to be 6" but some were larger and some smaller.  Ugh.  That was a challenge.
Some even had spandex in them.  Another ugh.   I didn't use those.... 
My friend will let me do the designing and purchasing next time she needs a quilt.  This one took WAY longer than it should have.

My friend also wanted a quillow  (quilt with a pocket to fold it into a pillow) for another niece.


This time I chose the fabrics... wink.  This is for a photography buff who is graduating this month.  The camera fabric is Michael Miller.  I used minky fabric on one side and camera fabric on the other.


I was queen of my modern block party in April and have been receiving blocks in the mail.  It's so fun and I hope to start putting the quilt together as soon as all the blocks arrive.

Have a happy May day!