Project Quilting and a Few Blocks

Monday was a school holiday and thank goodness it was because I needed a quick project before I went out of town.

The challenge was yellow which was easy for me as my quilt room is swimming in yellow fabric. I have a stack of small finishes I have made for Project Quilting that are waiting to hang so I decided on a pillow for my sewing space remodel.

I tried spiral quilting which I’m planning to use on the scrap vortex quilt. Here’s a quick peek at the other blocks I’ve been scattering yellows in

Working with a limited palette makes this one a little different. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks!

In the meantime, I’m in San Diego for my mom’s birthday and tomorrow we plan to head to Quilt Con!

More photos will follow!

Beth

Project Quilting 9.3

This was another crazy week but I didn’t want to miss a challenge. Originally, I was thinking of another direction but I ended up being inspired by something that happened at school. Two of our students sang a duet for our assembly and it was beautiful to see the student who was the more experienced performer help the other student enter the spotlight.

I think it’s easy in life to hide our light because it’s scary to take the risk. So, I quilted this little reminder for my bulletin board.

I’m still trying to get the hang of Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts’ organic wavy line quilting so I thought I’d try it in the diagonal.

So, that’s my little entry. It’s frustrating not to have more time to work on an entry but I’m still grateful for the opportunity to push myself to do something and try to think outside the the box.

Happy quilting!

Put a Little Love in Your Quilt Hop! It’s here!

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It’s here, it’s here and I’m, well, running a little late (well, kind of early since my post is going live early but, well, it’s complicated.)  Without boring you with details, my weekend had work, a trip with my husband to the ER (don’t worry, he’s fine), more work and a bit of quilting marathon!  But, before I show you my project…check out the schedule…

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I’m always honored to be in the lineup with these terrific quilters!  Thank you to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for putting all this together!  So,  this year, when I thought about hearts I remembered a log cabin sampler class I designed and taught 22 years ago.  The center was still languishing in a drawer so I decided to finish it!  First off, I didn’t want another wall hanging and the center was 47×47 so I added borders, and a twisted ribbon border, and more borders and quilted it with an allover random assortment of loops and hearts. (I quilt on my regular Bernina…yes, even the big ones but that’s another story.)  So, here it is (not bound but so much closer to finished!)…
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A special thank you to two very tall staff members at school who held this up for me!
I’m in the process of cleaning (gasp!) and sorting (double gasp!) my sewing room and I’m pretty sure I still have the instructions for the center medallion which includes a whole bunch of log cabin variations.  If there is an interest, I’d be happy to post them on the blog when I find them and/or maybe a log cabin heart quilt along?  Let me know in the comments and be sure to hop over to Just Let Me Quilt and enter for a sew cute fabric prize that’s up for grabs!
Happy quilting!
Beth

Project Quilting 9.2….Triangles

Have I mentioned that I LOVE Project Quilting? Although I must admit that this week’s theme of triangles left me with so many ideas that it was hard to pick just one. In the end, I decided to continue my Oregon theme with a few “tree-angles.” Oregon, in the part I live in, is full of beautiful trees. So, here are my little tree-angles finished just under the wire!

And now to get back to cleaning tomorrow 🙂

Happy quilting!

Project Quilting 9.1

Hello!

This is being written on my phone so this will be a short post. The first Project Quilting season 9 challenge was Hometown Pride. Well, Oregon City has a lot of fun attributes but the one that comes first is that Oregon City is the end of the Oregon Trail. (There’s a town up the Columbia that tries to dispute that but that’s a long story. )

So, despite my efforts to point my brain in a different direction… wagon trains it is. A single wagon parked for the night under the stars beneath the shelter of a tall tree. I imagine a family bunked down inside, tired of the long walk and delighted to think of the new life they will start in this new place.

Linking up to http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/p/project-quilting.html?m=1Persimmon Dreams. Challenge 1… done! Are you playing along?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Oh, I love New Years! I love the resolutions, the planning, the wide open expanse of days in which I can conquer my lists! And then life happens…. So, I’m taking a new approach this year. I’m tracking my finishes and only worrying about the projects on the immediate horizon. My UFO list is over 60 projects so we won’t go there. Here’s what’s right in front of me for the first quarter of the year… not in order of importance. 1. Scrap Vortex… nearly pieced, just one more row. 2. Baby quilts… several babies are on the horizon for the year. 3. Dublin path quilt for my daughter. 4. Dublin path charity top. 5. A pattern test I’ve made no progress on so far. 6. A heart quilt project. 7. Project Quilting challenges…I love these and find them very energizing! 8. And the biggest project on the list is the rearranging of my sewing room! So, that’s the start of my list… (Ok, so I’ve over-goaled already but I do love my traditions!) Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Oh, I love New Years! I love the resolutions, the planning, the wide open expanse of days in which I can conquer my lists! And then life happens…. So, I’m taking a new approach this year. I’m tracking my finishes and only worrying about the projects on the immediate horizon. My UFO list is over 60 projects so we won’t go there. Here’s what’s right in front of me for the first quarter of the year… not in order of importance. 1. Scrap Vortex… nearly pieced, just one more row. 2. Baby quilts… several babies are on the horizon for the year. 3. Dublin path quilt for my daughter. 4. Dublin path charity top. 5. A pattern test I’ve made no progress on so far. 6. A heart quilt project. 7. Project Quilting challenges…I love these and find them very energizing! 8. And the biggest project on the list is the rearranging of my sewing room! So, that’s the start of my list… (Ok, so I’ve over-goaled already but I do love my traditions!) Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas! (More tomorrow!)

Boo! Enter if You Dare Blog Hop…

It’s here!  It’s my day!  (Are you spooked yet?)  Seriously, though, Marian at Seams to be Sew has lined up a awesome set of sponsors for this year’s hop.

The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $75.00 gift certificate that goes throughout the hop.  Enter here

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On top of that, Timeless Treasures is giving away a different bundle every day.  Now, I personally don’t know anyone who doesn’t like more fabric!

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Click here to win this adorable bundle…those pickles look so real that my mouth is watering just a little!

I get to share today with the following talented quilters….I’m always so grateful to be included with these people!

Tuesday, Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

And, if you missed them, get inspired by looking back at the other stops!

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece
Ms P. Designs USA
Friday, Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
Just Because Quilts
Monday, Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkin Patch

 

 

Now, as for my project…it is not quite finished but I’m hoping you’ll enjoy seeing what I have so far.  Do you remember a few sneak peeks at four-patches a couple years ago?  And my “Boo!” last year (or was it the year before?)  Time is just flying!  So, I altered my original plan to incorporate the two and here’s my progress so far…

 

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I’ve still got plans for a couple more borders.  In case you are wondering, it’s about 60×60 so far and I need to add some length before the final borders go on.  One thing’s for sure, I’m going to finish it and move on to a new project for next year!  The eyes are a free pattern from Whims & Fancies from a prior hop and the Boo! is free hand pieced in the style of the book Word Play.  Despite it not being finished, I hope you enjoy my offering.  In the course of making all those four patches to use up my Halloween fabric, I’ve acquired a bunch more.  Time to start next year’s project!

Enjoy the hop and thanks again to Marian, Fat Quarter Shop and Timeless Treasures for making this a “Spooktacular” experience!

Happy Quilting,

Beth

Christmas Carol Row Along Show and Tell

I have just loved this row along!  Christmas is so packed with so many many wonderful traditions and memories…my husband tells me that anything I do once during the holidays becomes a tradition!  One of our early family traditions was to go to the Nutcracker on the day after Christmas.  December 26th became “Nutcracker Day” at our house and Santa always left an extra gift of a nutcracker under the tree for each of the girls.  As they got older, the nutcrackers gave way to Spode pieces so that, when they are ready for them, they will have a start on their own Spode collection.  (My Spode comes out on the 1st of December to be the “everyday” dishes for the month of December.) So when I saw Amy’s Nutcracker Row, I knew I had to make one…or two!  Now, I do have a confession to make…I can’t fuse.  I  know, I know, it’s easier, faster and and lots of people are great at it but I’m not one of them.  So, I’m working away on my design but hand appliqueing  my details.  I made two of the handsome guys – aren’t they adorable?  I just love Amy’s work!

I added my first bell row test row to the top and I’ve been dithering over what rows to add next.  I really love the candle row but I’m afraid it will look like we are holding their little feet to the fire. There have been so very many beautiful rows that it is hard to decide.  I am leaning towards the Let It Snow row from the Upstairs Hobby Room but done is scrappy reds and greens.

However, this is how far I’ve gotten…

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Now, just because I didn’t get much done that doesn’t mean that everyone else hasn’t been busy.  Hop on over to these bloggers to see what fun they’ve got going on.

Quilt In Piece
Words & Stitches
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Patchwork Breeze
Masterpiece Quilting
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Upstairs Hobby Room

Marian of Seams to Be Sew has put together a stellar set of prizes for this hop.  I get to give away this…you have the chance to get a code to buy one of these awesome mats for 50% off!  And pop over to Marian’s post to see what other fun things are going on!

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Enter the rafflecopter giveaway here.

I look forward to showing you my progress as I “slow stitch” my way through the details on these guys and watching this quilt evolve.  One of my quilt “life goals” is to have a Christmas quilt on every bed in the house.  I can’t wait to see my beds all decked out for the holidays!  Of course, before that, there’s another holiday….and another blog hop.

Stay tuned!