Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015 Finishes

Here is this month's collage of finished quilts:

 

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bucket List Quilt # 2

So far, I'm staying on track with my 2015 Quilty Resolution to complete 6 quilts on my bucket list (see initial post here).

My goal was to finish one quilt every two months, and I'll be sharing the second quilt today. (I completed Carnival in February and blogged about it here).

I love hexagon quilts, but I definitely prefer machine piecing, so this Juggle quilt pattern and hexagon Honeycomb precuts of Happy-Go-Lucky seemed right up my alley!

I started working on it in January, and although it was slow-going at first, once I got the hang of lining up the hexagons and triangles, the rows went together pretty quickly.

I ended up enjoying the process so much, I purchased a couple of Fig Tree honeycomb precuts, and I'm looking forward to remaking the quilt!

The back had to be this cuddly aqua minky from Hawthorne Threads. Because I love aqua minky!

I've also recently purchased two other hexagon related tools to play with -- the large Accuquilt hexagon die, and the half-hexagon template from Missouri Star . I'm looking forward to making more types of machine-sewn hexagons in the future!

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Finishes

Here is this month's collage of finished quilts!

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bucket List Quilt #1

In February, I introduced my Quilt "Bucket List" Challenge for 2015. These are the six patterns I want to make from my current pattern library:

Although I showed you a sneak peek of my Juggle quilt top, I actually switched gears and decided to finish Carnival first.

Since I still have a healthy stash of Central Park (one of my favorite collections to hoard) I decided to stay pretty close to the fabric choices in the cover quilt design.

I bought this pattern at the Vermont Quilt Festival a few years ago. Although I loved the look of the quilt, once I read the pattern, I was a bit intimidated by the angles in the blocks. They did turn out to be a bit tedious to put together, but once I got the hang of it, they weren't too bad.

I like to chain piece, so I started out by working on two blocks at the same time. Eventually I worked on four at a time. Each block has four pinwheel corners (and each of these are made of three pieces). Also, half of the pinwheel blocks need to be cut with the fabric upside down in order to get the "dancing pinwheels" look of the quilt.

When you first start sewing the pieces, they look a bit weird, but there is trimming involved, so all of my pieces ended up fitting together pretty nicely. I'm happy with the overall look of the finished quilt, and I used one of my favorite Central Park prints for the backing!

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Finishes

Here is this month's collage of finished quilts!

 

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bucket List Quilts

In lieu of "Quilty Resolutions", this year, I've decided to work on a "bucket list" of quilts.

There is something so tempting about a beautiful new quilt pattern, and these are six from my library that I'm determined to turn into quilts this year! I chose six because two months to work on each sounded reasonable! I'm hoping to share either a finished quilt (or at least some progress!) every couple of months.

If you're interested in making any of these, too, here are some links:

"Jellybean" (Thimbleblossoms): The quilt on the cover is made from a Ruby jelly roll, which I do have on hand, but I'm not sure that will be my final choice!

"Suburbs" (Cluck Cluck Sew): I have no idea what fabric I'll choose for this one yet!

"Carnival" (Jaybird Quilts): I am thinking of making this one like the pattern cover -- I do have a healthy stash of Central Park, and this would help me tame it a bit!

"Juggle" (Thimbleblossoms): I am making the larger of the two sizes in Happy-Go--Lucky, as pictured!

"Pow-Wow" (Cluck Cluck Sew): I'm planning to make this one with a medium grey Kona background, and some Groovy Guitar fabrics (Michael Miller)

"Swoon" (Thimbleblossoms): I keep going back and forth on fabric choices for this one! I love the idea of the navy background, but I'm also thinking about the possibility of an aqua blue background. So many choices!

 

Here's a sneak peek of the first pattern I decided to work on:

More to come soon!

 

Quilty Resolutions

Last January, I made 7 Quilty Resolutions. Before I make any this year, I thought I'd better check in to see how I did in 2014

#1 Package up finished quilts

FAILED IT!

I still need to work on this one. It is so much more fun to make quilts than to package them. But I do love having them ready to ship, so I'm determined to try to nail this goal in 2015.

#2 Use up fabric in my fabric drawers to make room for new fabric!

NAILED IT!

I did use up a lot of previously purchased fabric making quilts this year, and I was more careful about what I added to my stash. Obviously, I still have a very healthy stash, but it has been fun using it! Here are a few of the quilts I made from stash/ WIP's this year:

#3 Spend at least five minutes daily keeping up with my Etsy tax Excel spreadsheets

FAILED IT!

I did okay on this for the first three months. Then I lost my momentum. Then, I hated myself in December for not keeping up with it. Sigh.

#4 Continue to blog regularly, and do a blog makeover

NAILED IT! (mostly)

I'm going to call this one a success, although there is more more to be done, and there were many bad months of blogging. I did redeem myself at the end of the year with a great month of blogging, and I finally learned how to change fonts, colors, etc

# 5 Make at least one donation quilt each quarter

NAILED IT! (Only three of the four are pictured)

#6 Use up scraps in the pink Rubbermaid tote

FAILED IT!

Although I did use up a lot of scraps from my sewing room, the infamous pink Rubbermaid tote is untouched. Maybe this year?

#7 Write at least one new pattern each quarter.

NAILED IT!

I wrote four new patterns in 2014! This resolution was a great incentive to put some focus on my pattern writing.

So, moving on to 2015...in lieu of resolutions, I've decided on a bucket list of quilts I'd like to make based on patterns I purchased (but didn't necessarily make!). I'll be sharing those in an upcoming blog post!