Friday, September 8, 2017

Another Mystery Finish

For several years now, I've been designing a mystery quilt as a fundraiser for the Westside Quilters Guild in Hillsboro, Oregon. Our 7th Annual Mystery Workshop will be held on October 28th. I finished up quilting one of the quilts this week, but since I can't share the quilt I thought I'd share my fabric choices. I've been working toward my designs being very friendly for charity, throw, or twin-size quilts. This one finishes at 64'' x 81''.

Here are my choices for quilt #1. Focal = red; yellow= pop; blue = frame; cream = background.

This is for quilt #2. Background = grey; pop = green; focal = fishing print; frame = black.

Version #3 will have a background that shines with solid or tone-on-tone playmates. This is going to be one fun class! I can't wait to see what everyone makes. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Oops Quilt

Have you ever made a quilt that defied you all the way? This is mine. Every year, I design a new quilt and teach a mystery workshop to the Westside Quilters Guild. I've also designed two "clue of the month" type quilts that we made on our Sewing Saturdays. I designed this Be Mine quilt, got all the instructions written, and started cutting. (Yes, I write the instructions first and test the pattern as I go for accuracy.)

I got all my cutting finished and realized I had too much fabric left over. Double-checked  the number of strips -- no, that wasn't it. Then it dawned on me... this quilt was designed using 2-1/2'' strips and I cut everything at 2''!!  So my class version of the quilt was a mini version. Ugh. It's a little embarrassing when the designer can't even cut her own fabric.

The second oops was my binding. It turned out wider than usual and my seam allowance was narrower. At this point, I just wanted it finished so I finished hand sewing the binding last night. While I love this quilt, it may need to find a new home. :)

P.S.: This year's mystery design has been much easier and I'm even including some new construction methods in the pattern. Looking forward to class on October 28!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Finish

Woo hoo! Another Friday finish to share. I've got about four quilts that need binding so the finishes may come a little quicker than usual.

This was originally designed as a mystery quilt, but after making two of them I decided my friends at Westside Quilters Guild would not be very happy with me. Bonus for me, matches the couch beautifully!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday's Design Wall

This week I'm hoping to finish an updated version of an old quilt pattern. I'm teaching this class in October at Ocean Waves Quilt Camp and decided it would be fun to make a more masculine version in a twin size -- 60'' x 84''. It's a great size for charity quilts as well.

When I was cutting out this quilt, I made the borders and binding immediately to keep them safe from accidental cutting.... and was feeling pretty smug. Now, though, because of a tiny design change I really want to change my binding to the brown color. 

Two problems -- 1) all of this fabric came from my stash and I don't have the same brown and 2) I don't want to waste a perfectly good binding that matches the border. We'll have to see what happens after it's quilted. Sometimes my design sense overcomes my good sense.  :)  Yes, I've already auditioned some browns.  

P.S.: That darling doll is one of the Binding Babies by Doohikey Designs I bought while in Texas visiting my brother. She's sitting on the second spool post of my machine.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pineapple Quilt

I'm taking the time to share some finishes that were never shared on the blog -- like this pineapple quilt. I'd had this in my design notebook for years. I knew I wanted these colors, but couldn't decide on a construction method.

Creative Grids Mini Trim Tool to the rescue! I tried out four different pineapple rulers. They all worked, but this one was the most logical and simple for me.  I'm a huge proponent of finding the sewing method and tools that work best for each person.

I've already got another pineapple planned... even though this one is 3,600 pieces in a 48'' x 60'' quilt! The "logs" finish at 1/2'' wide.  It was densely quilted with an allover pattern called Melange by Patricia E. Ritter.

Finished size of the blocks is 6'' with an 8 x 10 layout. I've got a wall that measures 51'' and have really enjoyed making some quilts that just fit that space.

I apologize for my picture quality today, but you do what you gotta do -- I'm home by myself today (woo hoo!) and realized I really do need photo helpers. Thus, the quilt hanging on the garden shed door.  :)

P.S.: There is a Creative Grids pineapple tool that makes a much larger block, I just enjoy the little pieces. Happy Friday!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Challenge Quilt

My husband and I just returned from a month-long road trip…. we had a great time visiting family and friends across 14 states! Long times in a car also allow for the mind to recharge and refresh and I realized I've got lots of quilts to share on Fridays! When you're sewing for a book, or new pattern, or guild challenge, you can't really share much. I've got some new patterns in the works, but for today I'd like share a challenge quilt.

The Westside Quilters Guild is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and their challenge was to use ten solid fabrics in a quilt approximately 36'' square. At the same time, I was the featured quilter for the Krazy Horse Quilters Guild in Pendleton, Oregon and their theme was "not your grandmother's log cabin". I've had a pieced log cabin quilt designed for years and this seemed the perfect time to blend the two challenges.

The quilting is panto pattern Ba Da Boom by Patricia Ritter. I bought it from Urban Elementz. I'm open to naming suggestions for this quilt if you've got one! For now, I'm calling it the 2017 Challenge Quilt. Brilliant, right? :)

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Quilt Finish!

My niece Dana got married on June 23rd and I knew the perfect pattern to make – Elizabeth Hartman's Dogs in Sweaters (Dogs in Sweaters pattern). 

However, Dana's little dog Autzen didn't look exactly like the pattern, so an edit was in order.  The pattern came out in June, so I knew it would be a time crunch to get it made as I had knee replacement on May 15th.  

Then came the edit of the dog pattern – Autzen was a not as long as Elizabeth's dogs, so that was easy to shorten up. The ears and tail had to change as well. I kept redrafting and sending pictures to friends until I got happy with the overall design.  
My friends and husband came to the rescue in a big way! Annette delivered University of Oregon fabric (and went so far as to replace fabric that was stolen from her car!). My husband agreed to take me fabric shopping right after a physical therapy session as the surgery was on my right knee and I wasn't driving yet. Here are my blocks:

Here's a picture of my niece with her Dad opening her gift after the wedding. Yes, I got it finished on time… the day before the ceremony! Dana and her husband Ryan love it. Woo hoo!

PS: I wanted the quilt to be a bit larger, so decided to add little blocks of the sweater fabric on the left side... my knee just couldn't take sitting long enough to sew more dog blocks.