Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another One Done

Well almost done. I have a few finishing touches to incorporate but then it'll be in the mail tomorrow. I can't share this one with you, unfortunately. We're sworn to secrecy until the magazine is published and therefore can't show you what I've been up to for the past few days.

But, have no fear, I've also been at Quilt University this past weekend and did complete a disappearing nine-patch quilt top so I'll be sending that off to Akay Creations hopefully by weeks end. Well, maybe not. The money maker in the house has put the brakes on to most of my big-ticket spending until we get through the wedding next month.

Perhaps this would be a good time to make/finish something small-ish so that I can at least share with you via pictures on what's going on down there in that studio of mine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hold the Phone!

Apparently there was a mix up at the Quiltmaker headquarters (or something) and we, the Scrap Squad Group, was inadvertently given our #3 quilt (see previous post) instead of the actual #2 quilt. So, we put away what we started last week and began on this new one mid-week instead. Here's where I'm at on that so far:

After a few days
I love, love, love working on this quilt. I actually get bored working on some quilts because of the repetitive nature of each block. It's the same colors and the same pattern over and over and after about block number so-and-so, I start to look forward to getting the thing off my design wall and moving along to the next project. 

I think this is why I have so many projects going at once all of a sudden. I didn't used to be like that. I used to only complete one, maybe two at a time, but I believe at present I'm up to six. 

Anyway, I digress. The really nice thing about this quilt is the variety of "chores" we have to do within the quilt. The red/white stars are paper pieced. The blue/purple and green/purple are half square triangles. The yellow/purple squares are four patches. The white/red/white sections are strip pieced, and the yellow/dark blue squares use the flip and stitch method of block creation. See what I mean about variety? 

I decided on using up the remainder of my 1930's prints left over from the dresden quilt because I thought this would incorporate those colors pretty well. What do you think? 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Got the winter sewing bug

Winter and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate the cold, the fact that snow keeps me at home, and the nasty mess my wood burner leaves all over the house. I love the cold because I get so much done downstairs in my studio!

Currently, I have three, no make that four quilts going right now. We have received our second scrap squad quilt layout on Saturday (or thereabouts) and have already delved into that. It's a paper piecing wall hanging and we all know how much I LOVE paper piecing! Here's what I have on the wall right now:

The second quilt is called Animal Whimsy and is a "kit" of sorts that mom purchased for me for Christmas (I have the coolest mom). I have the shoo fly blocks completed and a few of the animals but have run out of fusible web for the rest. There is NO place around here that sells the stuff so I'll have to pick some up this weekend. No pics of this but you can see the two shoo fly fabrics (red and white) next to the Star Spinner blocks down below.

The third quilt is the dresden quilt made out of some 30's fabric, and yes, I'm still working on it. The blocks are 20" square so it's a rather large undertaking. I have two blocks completed, and have been tackling a dresden a day, or thereabouts. Here's a pic I shot of it before I took it down from the design wall to make room for the scrap squad quilt. There are 20 total blocks in this quilt so the reason for the longevity in creation.

The fourth quilt is a my favorite even though there are a LOT of HST's! It was in the most recent issue of Quiltmaker and when I saw it on the cover, just knew I had to dig right in given the bugger is of course, yellow. I'm not altering this one at all because it looks perfect just the way the designer/creator made it. It's called Star Spinner and here are a few blocks that will be incorporated into it:

I'm off to my ASQ guild meeting tonight to hand out supply lists for the class I'm teaching a week from Saturday. I'm so excited!!! Can't you tell! Hopefully the winter storm they are predicting for tonight holds off until I make it back home (my blood pressure has already escalated just knowing it's on its way). Until next time...happy sewing!