It’s that time of the year again…twice a year during quilt market, Amy, who blogs over at Amy’s Creative Side, hosts the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger’s wonderful quilts.
I am entering my Zen Gardens Bento Box quilt into the large quilt category. The quilt finished out at 86 inches square. It was made from a set of red, white and black jelly roll strips that I won in a giveaway contest.
To give the quilt design some added interest, I made half my bento box blocks with white solid and the other half with gray solid. You can read more about the process here in this blogged post and here.
Here you get a better feel for the entire quilt with it laid out on our king size bed. I chose to call the quilt Zen Gardens as it was the line of fabric that a couple of the prints had on their selvedge edge.
I pieced a fun plus and dash backing strip for the back of my quilt. It utilized some red solid that I miscut from another quilt project. I thought it was a fun addition to the crazy black,white and red paisley fabric that I chose to use as the focus fabric for the main part of my quilt backing. I quilted the top in a pattern that I call a mock plaid with a series of lines stitched through the center of the blocks with a diagonal added to crisscross the entire quilt. It shows up quite nicely on the back. This quilt is one of my favorite finishes for this year.
My other entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is Lion’s Roar Mod D9Patch which is entered into the small quilt category and can be found here.
I entered two quilts into the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival and they can be found here.
If this is the first time you are visiting my blog via the Blogger’s Festival, I thank you for taking the time to visit. My blog can be found on Bloglovin and there are links to sign up by email on the front page of my blog as well.
Hi, I am extra happy to share my completed Flying Happy quilt top today. It took me a couple extra days longer than I thought it would to get all the flying geese and the other block components assembled into the 36 blocks needed for this 72 inch square quilt top.
I laid out all my quilt blocks on top of my bed and determined how I wanted them to be sewn up colorwise. I even took a photo. I carefully picked them back up last to first. While the block is able to be switched top to bottom and the geese stay in the same formation, I think I got a couple blocks switched around in how I wanted the center cross block to lay. I had to switch a couple blocks back around while sewing and it must be why I ended up with a cluster of turquoise in the bottom section. There are two different turquoise batik prints and they look very similar from a distance. A few of my fat quarters were larger than standard and I was able to cut more blocks out those particular colors so more squares show up in the mix.
I tried my best to get 6 different colored batiks in each block. It is amazing how many different variations appear when you cut one fat quarter into the needed squares. I think only one block ended up with both turquoise batiks in it.
When looking through the camera lens and using the flash, this corner of the quilt showed alot of bright pink. There are actually numerous color variations in this corner. I probably could have done a little more mixing in the top two rows, but it is all together and I really do not want to attempt to take any of it apart. I was rather anxious about all the geese playing nice, but in general they went together well. I finger pressed for the main part until all my blocks were made and then I gave them a good steam press when completed first from the back working on getting my seams to lay in correct direction and then I flipped the block right side. I then pressed from the center out to the edges. I did have a few geese that were a bit off but when I made sure I sewed them together and my stitching went through the little intersecting x, I was able to make all my points pointy.
I really love how this quilt top turned out. It has many of my favorite batik prints in it. I am usually one who thinks bigger is better with quilts. I really love flying geese but 288 flying geese is ALOT of geese to make. I do not think I would want to size up this quilt to make it king size. It fits the top of our king size anyway at it’s finished 72 inch size. I would think there should be a bit of shrinkage after quilting and washing. This will be a throw quilt that I will be keeping for my own use.
I will be linking up my flimsy finish with Fabric Tuesday, Linky Tuesday, WIP Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social.
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Hi, I thought I would share what I am working on this week and give some progress reports. (Updated for Friday)
I have been attempting to make some headway on the 288 flying geese needed for my Batik Flying Happy quilt. I think I have over 80 completed.
Here is one pile laid out in flying formation.
I love chain piecing. It just seems to take forever to make these geese because I have handle them so much. I started finger pressing my cream squares to get a sewing line. I now have decided to just wing it sewing the diagonal of the 2.5 inch squares. It is not too hard to sew a straight line for that short of a distance. Everyone will get a good press before being assembled into the rest of the block.
I am working on designing a back for my The Cowboy Way quilt which is a Grande Scrappy Tiles design by Meadow Mist Designs. It is for my daughter who is studying Animal Science and Veterinary Tech. She loves her cowboy boots, cowboys and horses. My daughter started a personal blog but did not get too far with it. She has kept the name and is looking to revamp the page and maybe use the name to sell some of the things she likes to make like jewelry, headbands, and tooled/beaded leather items. She calls herself “Shunned From the Herd”. I had one of those lightbulb moments in the shower a couple weeks ago to (of course) make an appliqued back for this quilt. I remembered that I had Holstein cow print leftover from my grandson Sawyer’s 2nd birthday quilt Oinka Doodle Moo. Years ago we bought a Holstein calf and grafted it onto one of our favorite Gelbveih Momma cows who had lost her calf. We named him, Daryl as in “Daryl and my other brother Daryl from the Bob Newhart show”.
I did have the two cowprint strips sewn to my appliqued strip but cut them apart as it appeared to be too much white and black. I am looking at adding a strip of the red print to both sides of the applique to frame it. The length of the word applique by itself is 57 inches. I am needing a 80 by 100 inch backing so I have some more piecing that needs to be designed for this backing yet. Maybe some plaid shirting, stars and stripes bunting??? Digging deep in the fabric bins for this one.
The red is from the front of the quilt, and has a really neat old barn scenery design inked on to the barn red color.
I did not do any new sewing over my birthday weekend, but I did finalize two new quilting project ideas.
I have finally decided what I can make with my two charm packs of Get A Clue Nancy Drew fabric. I will be making a modernized disappearing nine patch quilt for my son’s girlfriend. I discovered that her Mom shared the love for reading and the Nancy Drew Mysteries with her as a child just like my Mom did with me. So it seems fitting to make her a quilt with these fun prints. I miss I could find more squares as it is out of stock and out of print.
Any One have some in their stash hidden away???
My second quilt project idea is a way to use the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fabric I bought my grandson Sawyer. It will be for a quilt to stay at Grandma’s house. I love these design so much that if it all goes together nicely, I have other fabrics to use in this quilt pattern.
This quilt pattern is Giddy Gridlock by Tanya Finken and it is in the last Quilty magazine issue ever (May/June 2015). I thought about using Thimble Blossom’s Framed to make this quilt idea, but I really like the angular longer rectangles to show off my turtles. I of course have ideas all ready for a special backing for this quilt. I am pretty excited to start piecing this one, but I need to finish up my flying geese first.
I got some exciting news this week that the Blue Island Tribal block that I designed for the Fabri-Quilt Block Hop was chosen to be entered into The Quilter’s Planner that my quilty friend, Stephanie over at LateNight Quilter designed and is publishing. You can preorder this wonderful and useful planner for holiday gifts.
Updated for Friday:
I have finished piecing all the flying geese for Flying Happy. I may have gotten off count and made more than I needed. Any extras may be worked in to a backing design.
The piles on the outer perimeter are sewn into two patches. The center three rows of sorted flying geese needed to be sewn into matching pairs yet. In my counting of blocks this is where I am possibly off, as I count enough geese to make 37 blocks and I all ready have 4 blocks completed. This would make a possible 41 blocks when I need 36. I only have centers pieced for 36 blocks.
With four blocks completed, you can get a better idea of what the Flying Happy quilt pattern will look like in batiks. I am pretty happy with the color choices. I am doing my best to make sure that each block has 6 different colors.
I save all the trimmings from cutting my 288 flying geese. It fills a gallon size ziplock bag. It looks quite pretty. They would make 1 inch finished half square triangles when sewn and trimmed.
I am hoping to get my Flying Happy flimsy completed this weekend. I had hoped for a Friday finish but it will more likely be a Saturday finish. I have made a lot of progress in just two days.
I hope that everyone is having a great week. I will be linking my WIP with various weekly linky parties that the links are on my linky page at the top of this page.
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Hi, I would like to thank all the quilters who linked up their lovely Friday finishes for my turn at hosting TGIFF. I had a wonderful birthday week and weekend spent with my family and friends. I will be visiting all the linked up bloggers and commenting and also sending replies to all the wonderful comments on my Mod Gear posting telling me about their favorite birthday memories. They all were awesome.
And we have a giveaway contest winner of the package of two of my favorite things:
Our randomly drawn winner is: Heidi of Red Letter Quilts
I have sent an email to Heidi and am waiting to receive her mailing information so I can send her these items.
This weekend, I was able to present Thomas’ Mom with her Lion’s Roar quilt and my kids and I got to visit with Eli John and his Grandma and give them the Mod Gears quilt. Everyone loved their quilts. There were tears of joy at Eli’s grandparents’ home. My kids and I each got to hold and love up on Eli. Such a cute baby! My son told me later that it was not fair as he did not receive “tears of Joy” when he completed one of his customer’s roofing projects. LoL
I am busy trying to make progress on the 288 flying geese blocks in my Flying Happy quilt project. I have a few more projects started and in the works over the weekend. I hope to blog later in the day about more of them.
Many thanks to all of you that continue to read my blog.
Welcome to TGIFF! I am Shelley and I blog as The Carpenters Daughter who Quilts. I am excited to share with all of you my Friday finish this week. Today (Friday) is also my 50th birthday and my blog is also celebrating having over 100 postings. I am holding a giveaway contest to celebrate both events.
Let me first share my fun quilt that I made. It is Mod Gears by Elizabeth Dackson (Don’t Call Me Betsy). I made it in similar to Harley Davidson motorcycle colors. This is a quilt for our friend’s first grandson. Both Mom and Dad have their own Harleys. I decided to personalize the back with the little boy’s name, Eli John. He is named after a beloved cousin and his grandfather.
I decided to add the extra white border and rounded the corners with a dinner plate. I made bias binding in orange that is in the main quilt. I planned to hand sew down the binding but at the last moment and it was after midnight, I decided to sew it down by machine. It is sturdy and should hold up in the wash.
I really like how the quilting shows up on the backing. I really enjoy making pieced backs for all my quilts. Many could be reversible.
I design my names or wordings that I applique on my quilts with a simple program called Print Artist. It is software that you can design your own printables like gift cards to business cards. I chose how long I need my words to be and how tall. There are hundreds of fonts to choose from. I print out my names in coloring book format. I cut out all my letters and trace them backwards on to Lite Steam A Seam 2 double layer fusible. I fuse my letters into position and usually stitch close to the edge of the letters in a straight stitch.
I am excited to present this quilt to my friends. I think they should love it ( or hope they do) as much I as I do.
In honor of my 50th birthday and passing the 100th blog post (actually happened in August when we did all the work on our house) I am giving away some of my favorite things. Batik fabrics and my favorite fusible product so that one of you can try your hand at some type of appliquing.
A lovely Bali Crackers layer cake in Rum Raisin.
I discovered today that JoAnn’s now is selling this version of the Lite Steam A Seam 2 that I previously have been purchasing. There is 5 (9 x 12inch) sheets. You can create numerous projects.
***To enter this contest, please leave a comment telling me a favorite birthday memory or gift that you have received in the past. If you are a reader follower of my blog, you can have a second entry. Just tell me in a second comment how you follow. I will keep the contest open til Sunday the 18th Midnight (US Central Time zone). I will announce the winner by noon on Monday October 19th. If you think you maybe a non-reply blogger, please include your email so I can get ahold of you. Thanks!***
Contest Has Ended
It’s time to link up your Friday Finishes. Please visit as many of your other linky party neighbors as you can and share your support. Everyone loves comments! Thank you for hanging out with me on my birthday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Hi, I am just popping in to share what progress I have been making on my Flying Happy quilt this week.
I am making the largest version of the Flying Happy quilt and it takes 36 blocks. I am using 18 different batiks in the design. These are the two patches that build the center blocks.
I did my best to get a good mix of the combination of batik colors. The pattern cutting instructions has extra of the 4.5 inch center squares. I thought I misplaced or lost the entire set of 36 squares that I set aside to use in my blocks. This was the morning after an unexpected visit by my grandsons and later I discovered that I had all ready sewn those squares in to my blocks. The extras are just extras to be used in another project or in the backing design.
This is the rest of my center block color combinations. Now I need to finish piecing my 288 flying geese blocks. I am attempting to finger press my plain squares and stitching across my blocks by sight. So far so good as I have new light bulbs in my sewing machine. I now have a light in the center of the upper arm of the machine. Yeah..
Smokey showed up out of nowhere just as I pulled a pile of my squares out of the basket to start piecing my flying geese blocks. Apparently there is just enough room to manuever around the piles of fabric so he can get comfortable.
I finished my Mod Gears quilting and it is bound and finished. I will be sharing more photos tomorrow after I can get better full on photos taken. I made the Executive decision after Midnight to machine stitch my binding down. Crampy tired hands told me that hand sewing was not in the cards. I am expecting this quilt to be well loved and washed often so the binding needs to stay in place.
Apparently Smokey does not care if a quilt has a million safety pins in it. It is a cozy place to escape the wrath of the Aussie puppy. Thankfully Katie did not try to pull the quilt and the cat away from the machine.
It is my turn to host the TGIFF (Thank God It’s Finished Friday) linky party tomorrow. I will be revealing Mod Gear’s finish, and a possible Flying Happy flimsy finish. It is my 50th birthday on Friday and I have passed my 100th blog post anniversary so I will be giving away some lovely fabrics to celebrate both milestones. I hope you will all come back tomorrow to check it out.
I am linking up this progress with various mid week linky parties. You can find the links on my linky page at top of the blog.
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Hi, I thought I would give a quick peek at the quilting I started today on my Mod Gears quilt top. Mod Gears is a pattern by Elizabeth Dackson (Don’t Call Me Betsey). I am making it as a baby quilt for a special little boy whose parents love Harley Davidson motorcycles.
This version of the quilt is to be approximately 56.5 inches square. I chose to add a white border and then I rounded the corners with a dinner plate. With my added borders, my quilt top is approximately 62 inches square.
I am quilting inside each churn dash and cross section with coordinating thread colors.
I am using white in the bobbin for simplicity and it does set of the overall quilting design nicely. I do not want additional colors taking away from my center name applique work.
My basted backing is smoother than this photo looks. Picking it up and flipping around causes wrinkles. I did get the top centered so the top and bottom last black rows will likely be cut off when finished. I will be making bias binding out of the orange colored grunge fabric used in the cross blocks on the front. I will be hand stitching to finish this binding which is the first I have done in ages. I will be using the Wonder Clips that I won from Scraptastic Tuesday.
I can see that the quilting will take a little longer on this quilt with working around all the churn dashes. It should be neat in the end.
I am linking up this post with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
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Hi, I am happy to be able to share today my finished Modernized Disappearing Nine Patch baby quilt that I am calling Lions Roar. It was made from a set of five fat quarters and three bright solid half yard cuts and white solid yardage. All of the fabrics in the quilt( except the 2 yards of brown mottled fabric used in the backing) came from my stash. The fat quarters had been purchased 5 years ago before we knew whether our grandson was going to be a girl or boy. I ended up using a different fabric theme for my grandson, so these fabrics sat in storage.
I really like how this quilt turned out. I originally hoped for a larger quilt and had cut extra squares of fabric. I did not use all my pieced blocks because the left over ones did not have much of the main 5 focus prints in them, just solids. This is just shy of 60 inches square and that is a nice size quilt. Mom or Dad can cuddle under it with the baby or it can be used in the future for floor play or in a play pen.
It unfortunately is not very sunny today. I think the quilt looks like it is in a jungle setting hung in amongst the hackberry tree’s changing leaves. Even the lawn is getting ready for fall and changing colors. I quilted in an all over diagonal grid in white and then went back in to add some accents of yellow, green and orange straight line stitching. I added bias cut striped binding that has all the colors of the quilt with a touch of blue.
This is my appliqued backing. I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for my fusible. I did fold my white strip in half and had Thomas’ name centered on my length. I must not have had true center to the rest of the backing when I sew the strips together. If you are wondering about the lion’s head?? When I was almost finished with the quilt and had half of it bound, I noticed a series of tiny holes in my brown fabric. I did not see them when I purchased the fabric. I purchased 2 yards and cut my fabric down the center fold to get the pieces I used. When the dark fabric was folded on itself, you would not have seen them I guess. I did some quick thinking and come up with a lion’s head from some clip art online and made a quick layered applique. I cut the orange first and cut out the lion’s face and ears. I cut the face out of the gold and cut out his eyes. I layered small pieces of brown in behind for the eyes and ears. It was very easy to accomplish with the double sided Lite Steam -A Seam 2 fusible sheets. You peel off one layer and lay your fabric on it. You can trace your design on the other backing sheet. You cut out your design and can lay in position. It can be lifted again to reposition and then give a final press to make permanent. I stitched closely in matching colors around the cut openings of the applique to permanently adhere it.
I was not sure how to handle stitching the applique on to the back of a finished quilt. I thought about using a monofilament thread in the bobbin but I could not find where mine was stashed. It is not something I have used very often. I chose to use white thread in the bobbin. Since there is so much white background and all the quilting criss crossing the quilt in white and the other colors, the lion head design will not be too noticeable. You only really see it because of zooming in the photo.
I really like how this quilt turned out. 60 inches square is probably considered a small quilt for me. I really do not find use for much smaller. I guess I think all my effort is better shown in a larger format.
I showed off the quilt before finished binding and making the applique. Thomas’ Mom loved it. I sent a finished photo of the applique to my best friend and she shared it with her niece. She thought it was so cool. I guess that is all that matters. I make quilts to be loved and used up and know that this one will be going to a loving home.
I am off to work on finish quilting another baby quilt. My Mod Gears that I made the top earlier this Spring. I have heard there maybe another baby on the way, so need to the first little guy his quilt.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I do appreciate all comments and do my best to get personal repliessent back. I am linking up this finish with various linky parties this week that can be found on my Linky Parties tab at the top of this page.
Hi, I am happy to share the completed flimsy of my Lions Roar! Modernized Disappearing Nine patch baby quilt. It is just shy of 60 inches square. This will be a gift for my best friend’s niece whose baby is due at the end of October.
I am choosing the name Lions Roar! after one of the prints in the quilt. It has lion’s heads and says Lions Roar! all over the fabric. Or I could call it Lions, Tigers, Crocodiles Oh My!, there are no bears on the other printed fabric but there are crocodiles. I did cut some additional bright solid squares and white background squares in hopes of making a bit larger quilt. I made 39 nine patches and they cut down into 156 quarters. I only used 81 quarter blocks for this top as it used all of the main focus prints. This top is made using Kristy Daum’s tutorial for the modernized disappearing nine patch. Her initial layout in her tutorial used 36 squares and I just continued the pattern on with in each row across and started the pattern over again with row 7 to get my 9 rows of 9 blocks.
I caught my daughter’s sinus head cold this week, and just lost steam yesterday. The baby shower is today, but I hope to get the quilt completed yet today and will give to the family tomorrow. I am thinking that I will quilt diagonally across the blocks in white, and then add some accents of orange, green and brown in straight line stitching ??? (I have those 75 extra unneeded blocks that I can practice on as a sample first. ) Maybe a plain white all over grid quilting?? It all depends on things go while quilting on cold medicine.
I am going to applique the baby’s name on to the backing of the quilt. I have 4 sheets of Lite Steam – A- Seam 2 pressed to black solid fabric ready to have the letters traced and cut out from.
I am going to be piecing a striped background with a white center with the baby’s name appliqued in black. This row will be between two rows of green multi dot print fabric and then a row on each side of that of chocolate brown mottled blender print fabric. I will be making a striped bias binding. I had the green multi dot print in my stash, and also the left over striped bias binding fabric. I used the striped binding on another brown, green and orange baby quilt. It’s great to be able to shop for almost all of the fabric from my stash. I only purchased the 2 yards of brown mottled.
I hope that everyone has a great weekend. I will be linking my flimsy finish with Crazy Mom’s Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
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Hi, Hope everyone is having a great week. I discovered I have a baby shower to attend this weekend so I am hurrying to make a quilt as a gift. I also have cut out fabrics for a blue version of my Blue Island Tribal with the hibiscus flower appliques that I worked up a quilt design last week using the PhotoScape software program. While I am trying to work on these two projects, I am hoping to be able to sew more blocks for my Flying Happy batik quilt.
I am working on another version of Kristy Daum’s Modernized Disappearing 9 Patch quilt tutorial. I am making a baby quilt from a set of 5 fat quarters that I have had in my stash for 5 years and three bright solids with a white background.
These are my cut fabrics that I am working with. I cut 12 – 5 inch squares from each of the 5 printed fat quarters, and 16 – 5 inch squares from the three bright solids. I had a 2 yard cut of each of the bright solids in my stash. I had various left over cut strips of the white solid and managed to cut 80 – 5 inch squares. Since you use 5 white or background colored squares in each of your nine patch configurations, this should produce 16 nine patches. I have 10 nine patches made and cut into fourths so far.
This shows 8 of the 10 nine patches that I have made so far. I am not sure how large my quilt is going to be yet. I am flying by the seat of my pants. I have made the tutorial before but with 4 inch squares and used it on the back of my Puppy Stars quilt. I have been thinking of possibly making a larger than standard baby size quilt that Mom or Dad can snuggle with the baby in and if there are extra squares also make a small car seat size baby quilt. I do want to incorporate the baby’s name “Thomas Owen” into the back of the quilt and could applique a large letter “T” in a circle on the smaller quilt. This all depends on how many blocks I get made. When they are cut into their fourths, mine are measuring approximately 7 inches square. Using those numbers, 16 nine patches would create 64 quarter blocks and that would make an approximate 52 inch square quilt. I would like larger than that, but if that is all that I can create with my fabrics that is fine. I am just going to make nine patches til I run out of my main fabrics. I can always cut more white squares. Whatever I do needs to be finished by Saturday afternoon.
I have cut out fabric to make a quilt with 20 blocks from my Blue Island Tribal quilt block design. I only have a portion of the half square triangles created. I have a stack of each hsts that need to be squared up. I still really dislike that process but it is necessary to have good fitting squares to piece with. I am using a bright blue solid instead of the bright blue mottled blender fabric I used in my demo block. I was not able to find more of that same fabric. I should have enough of the pink, yellow and green to make my 20 hibiscus flower appliques.
This is the version of the Blue Island Tribal quilt that I have the fabrics cut out for.
I am hoping to find a way to work in making more of the Flying Happy quilt blocks. I have been using scrap material for leaders and enders when piecing my blocks this week. I just need to figure out how I want to layout my blocks and just sort the squares out so I can feed a few in at a time between piecing other blocks. I found the nice plastic basket at the Dollar Tree. It works nicely for laying out quilt projects in. I need to go back and buy more baskets. I only have two at the moment. The other basket has pieces for the Single Wedding Ring Block quilt, black and turquoise plus blocks for backing of 39 Shades of Charming quilt all in stacks in the one basket, separated by instruction sheets. I certainly would not want to dump over either basket.
Well, it looks like I have a lot of sewing to do this week. I hope to be back on Friday with a Friday Finish of the disappearing nine patch baby quilt.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am linking up with WIP Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social.