The last I have been busy trying to finish my Hugs & Kisses quilt top for Christa Quilts QAL. This quilt top has given me lots of problems, not because of Christa's instructions, because I chose a different layout. My dyslexia kick into high gear and I kept placing bow ties in the wrong direction, but I persisted.
Here you can see some of the progress including the cute Bee Bow Tie. And then here is what I thought was the completed top!, until it has been pointed out to me there are 2 mistakes in the layout. Can You spot them? If you see more then 2 please let me know. In the mean time, I am setting this aside for a bit before I try to fix it.
Hugs & Kisses Wave
In the mean time I will continue to work on my Diamond Rail Fence found at Missouri Star Quilt Company
All my blocks are made so it is time to assemble them into a queen size top.
Diamond Rail Fence
I am linking to Leah Day's FMQ Firday
Have a fun week of quilting.
Today I am working on two projects (UFO's)
1. Diamond Rail Fence from Missouri Star Quilt Company
I am sewing 6.5 in. blocks together to get 12.5 in. blocks. Then I can start putting the top together.
2. This one is a Quilt Along from Christa Quilts called Hugs and Kisses. I am using strips I cut last summer so I am calling it a UFO ;-). This week we are subcutting the strips.
I have a lot of cutting left to do, then I can start making the Bow Ties. She has a give away with this quilt sew come join in!
Linking up with SewCal Gal at her Quilt Party
I hope everyone is enjoying there quilting weekend.
Time to share what I have been working on this week. My first Mug Rug. Just a little quilt to use on a table top. I had a lot of fun working on this but, the pebbles are time consuming. Just had to have some feathers and tried out Leah Day's design that looks like geese. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the swirls.
I rounded the corners, a first for me, and the brown binding is cut on the bias. Everything is from my stash. The thread is Superior's SoFine 50.
Light House Mug Rug
This will be going to my Massage therapist as Lighthouses are the theme of her business.
Works in progress WIP
These are the projects I need to focus on. That cute little blue face is saying I really need to get these done.
1. The upper right is the Mug Rug;
2. upper left is Dan's quilt with the hand work on the binding well along;
3. lower left is a pillow top from Craftsy's Carol Ann Wauh's Stitch and Slash class; and
4. the lower right is Charming Chevrons a quilt along at Christa's Quilt.
I am linking up to Leah Days FMQ Friday
It's Friday again and time to check in with FMQ Friday over at the Free motion Quilting Project. I managed to do some quilting on the last border of my Cheveron Quilt but have quite a bit yet to finish it up.
I finally received my panel for Leah Day's year long Express Your Love FMQ project and have made a small start.
Express your Love
The pin basting is almost done and then it will be time to head for my Studio to start outlining. Am looking forward to really getting started on this panel.
Double Wedding Ring
This is a fairly small Double Wedding I took to the ladies as Hart to Hart Quilting in Merrill Oregon over a year ago. I finished up the binding this week, my first bias binding on a scalloped edge.
I have finally gotten to the quilting stage on my chevron quilt. I thought I would give you a peek at what I am doing and where I am.
It is really coming along nicely. This the largest project I have attempted on my machine, sort of. I quilted a very large quilt for my oldest grandson before I had a clue as to how to quilt a quilt. I have learned a lot and, boy, does it make a difference. Much easier on my shoulders and back.
This is also the first time I designed a quilt back. I used the left over fabric from the front, some gray jelly roll strips from Kona solid. If you look closely you will see one strip I used a decorative stitch to add small cars in red. I would have liked to make them larger but, alas, the machine will only do one size on this particular stitch.
This has been a fun quilt to do so again “Thank You” to Christa for the tutorial.
I completed the Bernstien Bears Chevron Quilt top so here is what it looks like now.
Bernstien Bears Quilt top
The binding is ready for use.
I am working on piecing a backing then it will be ready to “sandwich” and baste. I am still thinking about how I want to quilt it. Do I want to KISS (Keep it simple silly) or make it more of a challenge? Thanks Christa for doing this QA (quilt along). It has really challenged me to get those points right.
I needed to take a bit of a break today so I sewed down the binding on one of the quilts that has been waiting since July of 1211. I usually hand stitch the binding as the last step but my hands are protesting so I took it to my machine, got out my edging foot and stitched down all but the corners, those will have to be hand done.
Just 3 more to go.
I am participating in a Chevron Quilt Along that Christa is putting on over at Christa's Quilts. I got all my 4 1/2 inch squares squared up and put 4 together last night to see how it was going to look
Cute Chevron Unit
This fabric is from Moda's Bernstien Bears. We read those stories to our children when they were little so I have been looking for a quilt to use them in.
Apparently my dyslexia kick in over night because when I started sewing more sections together this morning this is how they came out
What happened piecing
I'm going to be using one of those seam rippers because this is how they are supposed to look.What am I doing wrong?
I sewed and ripped, and sewed and ripped before I finally figured out I was sewing the side seams together instead of sewing the top block to the bottom one. Half of the blocks slant to the right and half slant to the left.
Now that that mystery is solved need to decide how I want the colors to flow, by value or by colors.