Friday, March 25, 2016

Project Quilting Season 7 Recap


This week I finished my final entry for 

Egg Basket Upset was finished and I posted about it here, but after that
hubby made a holder for my quilt
and
 I wanted to show it off.


Now I have the sweetest Easter decoration. 
Thank you for the sweet quilt hanger, hubby!

Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.  The season for Project Quilting begins in January and ends in the spring with a total of 6 challenges.

Here is a recap of all 6 of my entries for Project Quilting - Season 7.


Clockwise starting in the upper left corner:

Challenge 1 - Confetti
My entry:  Pixelated Confetti

Challenge 2 -  Seasons
My entry:  Seasons of Love

Challenge 3 - All About That Thread

Challenge 4 - I Need a Vacation
My entry:  Air Show

My entry:  Little Pink House

My entry:  Egg Basket Upset

I've had a blast this season and feel like I've grown in some new quilting skills.

Another bonus I enjoyed this season was a super sweet prize!!



A big thank you to Kim and all the sponsors of Project Quilting Season 7:


 Now I'm ready to catch up on everything (and I do mean everything) I've been setting to the side.  

Have a Happy Easter!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Egg Basket Upset- Project Quilting Season 7 Challenge 6

Egg Basket Upset

is my entry in the final challenge for Project Quilting this season.


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 final challenge of six for Season 7 of Project Quilting.

The Challenge:

A Goose in the Monkey Wrench


The Rules:

1  For this challenge you must include at least one monkey wrench block and one flying geeseblock.  You may add other blocks if you wish.
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, March 20th, 2016, at noon, CDT.


This is not the project I started with, although it was in the back of my mind.  I started another quilt, but I want to make it bigger and one week just wouldn't allow me to finish it.
Here's a sneak peak of it....


The paper piecing ended up taking me twice as long as I thought it should, so for many reasons I abandoned that idea and moved on to the next.

I used a little of the previous idea on this quilt.  



The butterfly has a body of part of the swirly flying geese (1" wide!) from above. The wings are 3-D and left free to fly.
Why didn't I use black thread on the applique?  (Lesson learned)

 Then I tackled the flying geese decorating the eggs and decided to completely piece the eggs instead of just appliqueing the flying geese to them.  Oh, the love of sewing tiny curved pieces.....
The monkey wrench fit in nicely with one corner as the basket and some piecing manipulation.


Egg Basket Upset

Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 6- A Goose in the Monkey Wrench
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 24" x 24"
Fabrics:  Scrappy with a lot of hand dyed fabric
Techniques:  piecing, paper piecing, curved piecing,  fusible applique (handle and butterfly body), applique with interfacing technique (eggs), 3-D effect, Free motion quilting on my Janome machine.

You can see all the Geese in the Monkey Wrench quilts
and vote for your favorites 
by clicking
Egg Basket Upset is #31.
(Second to the last....always cutting it to the last minute)

Happy first day of Spring!!!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

My Friday Finish on Saturday, again... The Busy Garden Blocks

The Busy Garden Blocks



I finished my March blocks for the 


In Our Garden
BOM blog hop.
Hosted by Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy.

Aren't they super cute?

These blocks were designed by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt.

Amy designed the February blocks.

Here are the first 4 blocks for my quilt.



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

Every month a new designer will release two new patterns, one pieced and one appliqued, 
with a fun garden theme.


April
 
May- See you here...

Carla – Creatin’ in the Sticks
June
Sue – Super Mom No Cape
July
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
August
Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
There's a group Facebook page HERE
where everyone has been sharing garden blocks.

Participants are able to win quilty prizes too!!

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!!
I have a little less than 24 hours to finish this for Project Quilting.


Wish me luck!!  lol


Monday, March 14, 2016

AKA - The Bunny House Lady

Somehow I've become known as the Bunny house Lady.


I make one miniature house, which leads to another and another and another.  Well, you get the picture.

I finished up these two today.


Each has it's own family of bunnies and a complete set of furniture.




The pattern I use (modified a little) is McCall's pattern 8346 from 1982.



They make the sweetest gifts for little ones at Easter.
I can't make enough of them. 
 Trouble is, they are super labor intensive and take so much time...

and I want to make a quilt.  wink**


These little guys have to say goodbye to each other.  
Bunny BFFs forever!!

Here are houses from the past.

All of them are being loved by little hands, except the Halloween one.  (I'm trying to keep at least one in case I have little hands around here someday)

Here is where I blogged my first one.











It has black cats instead of bunnies.



And my finishes today make 7 so far. 
 I'm sure there will be more in the future (I have lots more orders), but I need to catch up on all the BOMs and quilt alongs.

Oh, and there is the last challenge for Season 7 of Project Quilting this week.






Saturday, March 12, 2016

Down the Dyeing Path - Comes Home

My little quilt came home today after much adventure.



Down the Dyeing Path,
a quilt I made in 2012
was used in an instructional video on
iquilt.com





The course is 

Full Spectrum Dyeing by Cindy Lohbeck.

What a compliment it was when Cindy contacted me last summer and asked if she could use my quilt in her video.


This picture is from the preview of the class and there is my quilt,

 Down the Dyeing Path,
right there!!

The inspiration for the quilt came from a fabric dyeing class at my local quilt shop by Cindy.   The class was Hands on Hand Dyes and I did the Full Spectrum Playgrounds Kit.  I had never dyed fabric before and loved doing it.


Cindy makes dyeing fabric so easy and is a great teacher.

Now you can take her class at home!!
(You know I will)




Cindy took the quilt on a promotional tour for her class 
and
now it is back to hang in my sewing room.
(No more adventure) lol


Welcome Home.

Thank you, Cindy, for taking such good care of my quilt and for the opportunity to see her on the big screen computer. 
 What a beautiful treat and honor!

I made a huge (to me) quilty purchase yesterday, so between the quilt coming home and my soon to be announced purchase,
 I'm calling this post my Friday finish!!!!!!!!!

Oh the suspense....lol


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Little Pink House - Project Quilting Season 7 Challenge 5

The Challenge:  Through the Eyes of a Child




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 fifth challenge of six for Season 7 of Project Quilting.


The Rules:

  1.  Your inspiration for this week's challenge is children's art.  Be sure to include a picture of the art that inspired you.
(Luckily we could use one of the examples from the challenge page)


I used Capri's (Kim's daughter's) art as my inspiration. 
  Isn't it cute? 
My first thought when I read the challenge was a house and stick people, Capri is a little more accomplished than that.

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:

Include patchwork
Include appliqué.
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  by Sunday, March 6th, 2016, at noon, CDT 


While Capri chose a winter scene, I took the Spring route.  Snowmen go to snow as flowers go to bunnies.....  At least in my mind.

I decided to go the nontraditional route for this challenge and make a toy instead of a quilt.

The pattern I used (modified a little) is McCall's pattern 8346 from 1982.

I couldn't wait to put the Tula Pink fabric on the roof of this house. 
 I thought it looked like a tile roof.

The house is sandwiched with batting and plastic canvas.

Shall we knock on the door to see inside?  lol


The bunny isn't dressed, but he has invited us in...

I still have a bed to make and want to add a momma and baby bunny.

Here is the back of the house.



Little Pink House

Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 5- Though the Eyes of a Child
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 10" tall and 13" wide
Freemotion quilting on the door
Techniques:  house building, bunny making, furniture making, embroidery, soooo much hand sewing, and applique


Vote by clicking HERE for your favorite Challenge 5 Projects.
My little pink house is #27.

Spring is coming....


Better get ready for Easter.