Saturday, February 6, 2016

Feathery Doings

I know, pretty cheesy title but some days I am desperate.  I threw my bricks quilt on Ruthie after I took off a customer quilt.  I want a few finishes for myself this month.  I bought a new edge to edge design called Feather Boa from Digitech Designs. I like how it looks on this quilt.  I'm using a beige So Fine thread on the top and bottom.  I should get this finished today.  Then back to customer quilts. 

Here's an idea for finishing my OMG quilt for February.  I realized that this quilt is made from the same block but turned to create the secondary design.  Very cool.  But, it doesn't lend itself to taking off some of the units on the side to make it rectangular.  And, I have about 9" of the green and the magenta and a bit more of the neutral.  Sigh.  And this doesn't work because I'm short on the magenta.

I'm wondering if it would be better if I turn the light triangles out and then have the light as the rest of the border with green and light four patches in the border.  But I still wouldn't have enough of the magenta.  Maybe I should put a small border of the magenta and then checkerboard of the green and beige?  (would I run out of fabric?) 

I went back up to the studio and moved some fabric around.  Here is another thought.  Hum, the triangles on the outer edge don't really work as it doesn't finish off the row.  I think, I like the magenta by itself.  Except, I don't have very much of it left.  

So, does anyone know what this fabric is called?  It was readily available 5 or 6 years ago.  And, it is a great basic.  Help!  Name? Anyone! Hum, I wonder if that "man.com" upside down on the label might be Hoffman... If I remember correctly it is the only fabric I purchased for this quilt.  Why didn't I buy more? 

It's time to finish off this post and get to stitching on the bricks quilt.  
I'm linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! and Wips Be Gone. 

And here's Ellie (and Daddy) wearing the jacket I embroidered for her birthday. They came for a short visit last Saturday.


Happy quilting all!  


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January Stashbusting & February OMG

Ok, even though I spent a lot of time in my studio during January, I just didn't have much in the way of finishes.  In fact, I almost forgot about over a yard of fabric used in making blocks for last month's FCQ EQuilter. It did help! Not the best start but definitely not bad either. 

2016
Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year
JAN
7.50

7.50
3.00
-4.50
-4.50









I finished January's OMG with about two days to spare.  And, honestly, I thought I had my nose to the grindstone to get it done.  I picked what I thought would be fairly easy to accomplish -- you know start with success! 

My goal for February is to finish this top.  It is mystery 12 from Mysteries for Relay.  I started it in 2010 (or so I think...) when we lived in Greentown, PA.  I think I put it away because I wasn't sure what to do with it.  It is 48" square or so.  I don't really need a square quilt.  At least not one that big as I have no wall to hang it on. 


Here's my plan for this quilt.  I  will take off the outside columns to force it into a rectangle. Then I think I will finish off the cream squares that look like they are on point.  I'll have to dig out the directions and get to making the units.  I have a limited amount of fabric left and all the larger half square triangles I will need. (Bonus!) 


Perhaps what I really should do is draw this in EQ and see what I can do to make it look finished.  I doubt if I have enough of any of the fabric to border it but I might. Any suggestions? I'm open to ideas from everyone.  

So, that's my one monthly goal for February.  Make this quilt a finished flimsie.  I considered having the whole quilt finished as my goal but I know I've got a lot of things scheduled this month, it's only 29 days and 2 days have already passed and don't want to not finish the goal. If I finished it I'd also have to find some backing for it and I doubt I have anything in my stash that would be reasonable. But if get rolling on this, I'll quilt it too.  Oooh.  Wouldn't that be terrific...another quilt off the UFO list! 

I'm linking up with Red Letter Quilts' One Monthly Goal Link Up and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Meanderings 2 - 1 - 2016

Zoom -- there went January. On to February!  I finished 2 small quilts -- Saturday I shared the little wall hanging.  Later this week I'll share the table runner I finished last Friday.  Not the biggest finishes this month.  

Here's what is really on my design wall.  I had to shove around some of the little antique 9 patches to make enough room to get good photos of these two projects. 
First, the Seattle Sea Hawk blocks for Irma, a member of the FCQ EQuilters.  She asked us to make these as she plans to make a quilt for a friend who is a big Sea Hawks fan.  I hope to get 10 made and sent by the end of February.  I cut two more blocks last night. 
This is the block for the next charity challenge quilt from fabrics given to me by the Maryland guild.  Remember this quilt? I had saved more masculine fabrics to do another quilt.  This is the pattern.  I'm mixing in quite a few of my own fabrics to get a more masculine feel.  The blue and the cream will be the same in all the blocks. What I'm just thinking -- could I actually cut the blue as a square? Probably not based on the way it is constructed.  Oh well.   Now to just find time (and room) to cut out the fabrics.  Here's why I say this: 
The disaster of the cutting table.  The box has been emptied and some contents thrown away or recycled.  Maybe if I actually cut out the above quilt I would have less scattered across this table.  You can see some lime green for the Sea Hawks blocks too.  

Perhaps I should include cleaning off the cutting table in the goals for the week! 
January 25, 2016
Quilt Two Customer Quilts √ one done, the other started.
Finish quilting patriotic table runner
Finish 2nd little antique 9 patch quilt√ need borders still
Finish patriotic table runner (bind)

Finish quilting and binding OMG top

And coming up this week... 
February 1, 2016
Finish quilting 2 customer quilts (one from last week and a new one.)
Put borders on two antique 9 patches
Pick the next OMG
Quilt one of my quilts
Clean off cutting table
Cut out next charity challenge quilt

Just as a side note check out this post of Sarah's from Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  She's showing a different 9 patch quilt every Sunday for 6 weeks as part of her Nifty Nines Quilt Along.  I love this one and need to figure out when I can make it.  I have a lot of 2.5" squares already cut -- all I would have to do is cut a background fabric.  It is a great way to use up all those squares I keep cutting.  

That's it from me.  I'm linking up with Monday Makings at Love Laugh Quilt and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  

Happy Quilting All!