Sunday, February 21, 2016

Air Show - Project Quilting Season 7 Challenge 4


When you live in "fly over" country a familiar scene is jet streams in the sky.  I always wonder where all those planes are taking people. 
 Well, where I am, they are probably headed to Denver or from Denver to somewhere east.


Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week (due by noon TODAY- central time) to create something quilty.
This is the fourth challenge of six for Season 7 of Project Quilting.

The challenge:  Vacation

When the challenge was announced, the first thing that came to mind was,
"Get the Hell out of Dodge!"
I can say that...I live here....lol

I even drew and made a quilt block

but it just didn't do it for me.
(I'll make it into a bag and share it later)


The rules:

1. Vacation is the inspiration for this challenge.  Use the way vacation makes you feel or the places you'd go or the transportation to get there.  Anything vacation related that inspires you. 
2.  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. 
3.  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.
4.  Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge
5.  Link up either a blog post or flickr image to the linky  by Sunday, February 21st, 2016, at noon, CDT



Last summer I designed a row for the EQ Seasons row along
and
 had made a quilt to take with us on vacation.


The quilt is one of my favorites because it was a hoot to make.  
For this I couldn't copy the same thing, but I could be inspired by it 
and a quilt my friend Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt had made with my Summer Fly By row.


I started with a jelly roll of Robert Kaufman Kona fabric in the Sunset pallet and did a bargello technique to join the 4 rows of 2" squares.  Then I used the
  Summer Fly By row paper pieced pattern 
and broke it up into 3 separate rows for this quilt.



I love the way Kona fabric really shows quilting.
I used Aurifil 50 wt to quilt.


Air Show
Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 4- Vacation
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 40" x 50"
Freemotion quilting by me on my domestic
Techniques:  Paper piecing, bargello, applique

Pattern:  Summer Fly By


You won't believe the incredible quilts that have been created for this challenge.
Vacations really inspire!!!!!!

Vote for your favorite vacation quilts
HERE.
Air Show is #33
Voting ends Friday February 26, 2016 at 8 pm central time.

All I can do now is hum,
"I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again......"


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day


Have a beautiful day full of the things you love.


This block is the first block in the Splendid Sampler Quilt Along that starts today.
Why not add another project to my list?
100 - 6 1/2" blocks, 2 a week - one on Thursday and one on Sunday.
How hard can that be?  lol

This is how I kill time while I wait for the new Project Quilting challenge to be announced.

Skill building in 2016. 
 I guess that's my theme for the year.



Friday, February 12, 2016

A Whole Lot to Catch Up On

Valentine's Day
is almost here.
That means the month is nearly half over so I've worked super hard this week to catch up
all the challenges and blocks I'm involved with so far this year.

But first, instead of throwing out old free motion quilting practice fabric and because you can never have too many, I recycled and made myself a little pincushion.


  The heart pins are regular straight pins with buttons glued on the heads with E6000.
A sew simple quick finish.

I finished up the  Project Quilting Season 7 Challenge 3 challenge with Swirling Thread.


Voting for favorites ends today.  Swirling Thread is #45.
Another challenge will be announced Sunday, then I won't be caught up anymore...lol

Do you keep track of your works in progress by organizing in some way?
I like to keep everything I'm working on for the year in a notebook.

This is the 365 Challlenge.
I am ALL caught up and have made a 3 1/2" block for everyday this year.


Tiny pieces galore!!

Another 2016 project is the


Each month features a different board game and I will have a super sweet quilty gift at the end of the year, just in time for Christmas.

February's block is Nine Men's Morris.
It is a new game for me and I will have to research it a little.


This month's technique was paper piecing and I'm linking up before the end of the month...WINNING!

started this month and I couldn't wait to use my Riley Blake fabric.



Join this Block of the Month for free patterns and lots of prizes!!!!
I'll be linking my blocks up before the last day of the month on this one too!!!


and 
a little black and green from a fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake cotton solids.

I can't wait to share the blocks (another finish this week) I designed for this Block of the Month
but it will have to wait until May.  

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Swirling Thread - Project Quilting Season 7 - Challenge 3

This was supposed to be a small project because of a promise I made to hubby a couple of weeks ago.
oops.


Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week (due by noon TODAY- central time) to create something quilty.
This is the third challenge of six for Season 7 of Project Quilting.

The Challenge:  All About That Thread


The Rules:

Challenge 3 – All about that Thread
1. In honor of one of Project Quilting's long term sponsors, Aurifil, the inspiration for this week's challenge is THREAD. 
2.  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. 
3.  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.
  4. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge
  5.  Link up by Sunday, February 7th, 2016, at noon, CDT 



Inspired by string art, I created this quilt using a sandwich of white Kona fabric with a double layer of cotton batting
 and
  Aurifil 50 wt. thread.  

It started like this.


Using a pencil and 1/4" markings.  I found it easier to connect dots than to try to follow pre-drawn lines.  Can you say dizzy quilting?  lol


And after millions and trillions lots of free motion straight lines, it ended with a fun design.


I free motioned a leaf pattern in the white background to give a little more texture.

Swirling Thread
Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 3- Thread
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 18" x 22"
Freemotion quilting by me on my domestic
It was ALL ABOUT THAT THREAD!

Vote for your favorite thread quilts
HERE.
#45 is where you'll find my "Swirling Thread" quilt.

Happy super bowl Sunday.
 Go Panthers!
In my house we cheer for the KC Chiefs or whoever is playing the Denver Broncos...