October 16, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long Q4

I thought I would join in on the fun, for the the first time, to the 2016 Finish-A-Long for Q4!  It's hard to believe that 2016 will be coming to a close!

This is my list of projects to tackle before the end of the year in no particular order:

1.  Midnight Mystery - I'm down to cutting the courthouse step blocks into quarters and then I can start piecing the blocks together.  Related post is here.

Courthouse steps blocks cut in to quarters
I have one block complete from Midnight Mystery, Meadow Mist Design's mystery quilt from 2015.

Midnight Mystery quilt block

2. Star Light, Star Dark QAL - The large stars are complete and now I need to finish the small stars I have started.  You can see the finished quilts from the Quilt-A-Long at Quilty Habit.

Large stars for Star Light, Star Dark QAL

3.  Michael Miller Luxe Fabric Challenge - I would like to participate in the Michael Miller fabric challenge for QuiltCon East.  Now to find some inspiration on how to use this fabric.

Michael Miller Luxe fabric

3.  Placemats for Meals on Wheels - my local guild is collecting placemats to give to the Pickens County Meals on Wheels recipients.  I have several in the works which I need to finish.

Placemat with binding sewn on and still need to complete

4. Modern Quilts Unlimited Quilt Challenge - All 12 blocks are completed in the Everything Old is New Again Challenge.  I've decided on a layout and and now it time to finish it.  The deadline is November 15th.  My post about Block #12 gives more details about the blocks and challenge. Here are all 12 blocks.

Blocks for the Everything Old is New Again Challenge.

This should keep my busy until the end of the year.  Linking to the gracious hosts for Q4 of the 2016 Finsh-A-Long.

October 6, 2016

Throwback Thursday #7: Leaves Art Quilts

I'll say right off, I'm no art quilter.  So, back in 2008, when my local guild offered a monthly class/discussion to go through the Art Quilt Workbook, I signed up. We went through a chapter each month where the exercises focused on the elements and principals of design learning new techniques along the way.

For Throwback Thursday and with it being fall, I'm sharing two mini quilts made while working through the exercises from the book, both measuring 9" x 12".

In the first one, I remember us covering freehand curved piecing and flange insertion.

Leaves II art quilt

Here you can see the green flange added and the curved piecing.

Leaves I

Leaves I

I was trying to show perspective by adding the shadow below the leaf, but when in nature have you seen a perfectly flat leaf with its perfect shadow.

I had just learned to pebble quilt and I was brave enough to add the swirly feathers to portray the wind on breezy fall day.  Straight lines were added to the top and bottom borders.

I probably should review the book again.

Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Dávila and Elin Waterston

On the second mini quilt, it contains 'found objects'.  The square ceramic buttons were purchased at a street festival.  They may be a little chunky for this piece, but I used the square shape and extended it into the quarter log cabin blocks.

Leaves II

One chapter covered border options and I extended the log cabin block out into the border.  I repeated the leaf theme of the buttons in to the border by quilting continuous leaves all around.  I quilted just straight lines in the log cabin blocks not necessarily following a particular path.

You may not can tell from the photo, but I used seed beeds on the thread to sew on the buttons.  If it weren't for the colors and muddy batiks, this could almost be a modern 'ish' little quilt.

And one more with the birdhouse made from a gourd hanging from the tree.

Now head on over to A Quarter Inch from the Edge to see other makes from the quilty past.

September 27, 2016

Vintage Star Block + GIVEAWAY

I am happy to share with you a quilt block I made while reviewing a new pattern, Vintage Star,  for Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  The block measures 13" x 13" unfinished and is made from two Bonnie and Camille prints, Red Lollies from Hello Darling and Retro Gray from Ruby.

Vintage Star quilt block, pattern by Cheryl Brickey 
When reviewing patterns for Cheryl, I normally check the math and read through looking at the wording, punctuation, etc.  I just make the blocks and quilts in my head without even touching the rotary cutter but Vintage Star was different.  The trimming of the inner star mid way through the assembly of the block was something that I had not done before and wanted to test it first hand.

Vintage Star quilt block made from two Bonnie and Camille prints
I was very pleased with the sharp points of the inner star.  While I wouldn't consider this a block for a beginner to tackle, Cheryl takes you step by step with easy to follow written instructions.  And her illustrations are the best for you visual learners.

Vintage Star quilt block detail
Vintage star is available in digital format through Etsy and on Craftsy.  The printed version is available on Etsy.

Check Plus is Cheryl's other pattern release this week and you can see the versions made by the pattern testers and find the links where it can be purchased in her blog post here.  Both of patterns are each on sale for $7.50 through Oct. 4th.

This is a Check Plus block I made to go on the back of a baby quilt, Sundae Plus.

Check Plus block to incorporate in the back of Sunday Plus

Vintage Star and Check Plus Pattern Giveaway

I mentioned a giveaway right?  Cheryl has generously allowed my to give away one each of her new patterns.  Two winners will each receive one digital pattern.   The giveaway is now closed and winners notified will be open until Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 8 pm  EST.  Here's how to enter:

1. Leave any comment and tell me which pattern is you favorite if your name is drawn.  The first one drawn gets the first pick.

2.  Followers, old and new alike get a second entry.  Just let me know how you follow, whether it be Bloglovin', Instagram or email.

For more chances to win, enter the giveaways at:
Shauna of Shauna's World
Beth of Cooking Up Quilts
Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Stephanie of Quilt'n Party