Thursday, January 31, 2013

Link a Finish Friday #52

It is now time for Link A Finish Friday.  Today I would like to start with a big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop who has offered to Sponsor our Link A Finish Friday with Prizes.  This month's winner (Febuary) will win a $15 gift certificate to spend on Fat Quarter Shop. 

Please remember to thank our sponsor by visiting their store at http://www.fatquartershop.com/ their blog http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/ and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop








These are 3 of the wonderful quilts linked up last week.  Please share with us what you have done this week.

1) Who likes rules. Toss them out.
2) Add a link to your finish blog or where ever you show off your finishes (Not limited to quilts but I like them the most).
3) Visit a few of the finishes and comment or encourage them on.
4) Monthly random winner picked from all of the months linkups to $15 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop.

Not required but fun to do

1) Follow my blog.
2) Follow the blog of all those that link.
3) Link back to my blog.
4) No finish, go quilt and stop reading the web.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Such a Sew and Sew


I would like to introduce any that does not already know about the wonderful blog "Such a Sew and Sew" hosted by Elizabeth.  This is one of the blogs that has influenced me the most since I have started quilting and one of the first that I followed.  You could say I am a little biased because I have won things from her.  I will explain my newest thing later in this post.  A year ago with in the first few weeks of the year she was celebrating her Birthday and Blog anniversary, She inspired one of the funny posts I have done in the past where I offered as a giveaway my 17 year old son (well 16 at the time) if you have not read it go do so, its funny.

Long story short I won my first prize from her in February of last year, a Jelly roll which you can read on this post.  I am one that loves to talk (if you can't tell from my blog) and if you have ever commented on my blog (which I encourage) you will almost always get a fun response back.  I have had many a fun conversation with Elizabeth.  I think what I enjoy most about her and her blog is that she is friendly and helpful.  Through the early days of my blog when I had no clue what I was doing (Sometimes I still think I have no clue) she would always help and encourage me and later on I though reading her blog was inspired to try many new and exciting quilting techniques.  For example my great desire to learn paper piecing is so that I can do some of the amazing things she has done.

Well she does not know that I am doing this today, but I am sure she will read it as she has read and commented on almost every post I have ever written.  She is a True hero to me.  Take some time today and go visit her blog at http://emsewandsew.blogspot.com/.  You will love her blog, and while you are there tell her hi from me.

So as mentioned above there was incentive to me praising Elizabeth and its not just because she is a wonderful person.  Its that I won a wonderful prize from this months B-Day and Blog Anniversary.


This is a fat quarter from each of the 20 prints in  the Indie from Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics).  I am sitting here right now looking at all the pretty colors and trying to come up with a project or 2 to use them in. (suggestions welcome). This is not what makes me realize how special and neat Elizabeth is, almost a year I talked about a quilt that my wife Tanya wanted to make.  It is a "Bug Jar" quilt if you have ever seen one I talked about it back in this post. One of the things we realized is it is harder then one thinks to find the proper type of bugs to go in our bug jars.  In our conversations she mentioned that her and her mother were also working on a bug jar quilt.  Well along with what I won above, I received a huge stack of "Bugs" I am so excited Tanya and I can now finally do the bug quilts that we wanted to make.


So again check out Such A Sew and Sew and see why she deserves a post all about her.  Oh and for those interested in giveaways she has a wonderful finish giveaway every month (I won one last year) Go link up your finishes and win something too.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Madrona Road by Violet Craft Chevron Challenge Quilt


The Modern Quilt Guild is having a quilting challenge with the Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics.  As a member of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild we are participating in this.  The Parent guild gave us 8 fat 8th's of this line (well 7 of the line and then a yellow solid) the rules were we could only use material from the line and then add any solid.  The SLMQG added the rule that we had to include triangles.


I will have to give my wife Tanya the credit for the design on this one.  While at the December meeting, one of the guild members gave me their piece of with the words on it which is the top full and bottom full row (She said she hated the words, Me I loved them).  So this quilt was made with exactly 8 fat eights. (OK, binding I bought a half yard to do this) and of course the solids.


Well this is what I came up with (OK. Tanya designed it and I quilted and bound, oh yea Tanya basted it).  I echo quilted all of the lines.  On the rows, when I was quilting it I decided to have some fun. On the non yellow Chevrons I quilted from the beginning to the end of the lines (echo), but on the yellow I echoed around the full yellow chunks.  You will have to look at it close up to see what I am saying, but the 3 rows of chevrons that were non yellow I echo quilted the whole groups.  I thought it turned out wonderful.


I had a yellow solid back, which I though was BORING! I quilted it in all black, both front and back so that you can see all of my quilting lines on the back.  I thought it turned out fantastic.  I am still not sure if Tanya does, she just glared at me, which is typical.  I really wanted to get outside shots as I need to post my photo soon to get into the final contest.


When I opened the door, this is what faced me.  You can't see it in the picture, but it was dumping snow out of the sky as fast as it could.  I should have fun digging out my car in the morning to take Jared to school.


Here are some other views of it.  So what do you think?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Link a Finish Friday #51

It is now time for Link A Finish Friday.  Today I would like to start with a big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop who has offered to Sponsor our Link A Finish Friday with Prizes.  This month's winner (January) will win a $15 gift certificate to spend on Fat Quarter Shop. 

Please remember to thank our sponsor by visiting their store at http://www.fatquartershop.com/ their blog http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/ and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop








These are 3 of the wonderful quilts linked up last week.  Please share with us what you have done this week.

1) Who likes rules. Toss them out.
2) Add a link to your finish blog or where ever you show off your finishes (Not limited to quilts but I like them the most).
3) Visit a few of the finishes and comment or encourage them on.
4) Monthly random winner picked from all of the months linkups to $15 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop.

Not required but fun to do

1) Follow my blog.
2) Follow the blog of all those that link.
3) Link back to my blog.
4) No finish, go quilt and stop reading the web.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scraps, Strips, and 2 1/2 inch Squares


A few weeks ago I started working on a "strings quilt" and went though a small pile of  strings that my wife put in a small basket.  I had 2 large plastic containers of "Scraps" in my stash and since I want to do a large project with 2 1/2 inch squares more or less a rainbow.  Any way I have been going though the bins and I have made a small dent in the pile.  I now have the gallon size bag of strips for my strip quilt above and I have tons and tons of 2 1/2 inch squares.  The ones on the left below are sorted by colors and the ones on the right still need sorting.  Note this pile does not include the leftovers from my Gray and Orange quilt (or the Orange + quilt).  Though there are a number of new grays on the bottom right of the not sorted stuff to add to that.


The amazing thing is I still have too much to go through, this is what is still left in my "Scraps" basket below.  I think it will take me another month of cutting to go though it all.  Maybe I will have to make some string blocks again this week.  But then again, Tanya plopped a new quilt she basted on my desk and told me its ready for the "Quilting Fairy" to quilt it.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Twisted Around


The other night I told my wife that I was finally going to use my twisted ruler.  I bought the ruler a year ago, with the desire to make a wall hanging or quilt with this pattern as I find it enjoyable.  Being scared of the weird shape, it has set in a box all that time without being used.  Well I am finally turning over a new leaf and doing things that scare me.

On other notes of things that can sound scary, last Thursday was our January meeting for the SLMQG and they elected their new  board of officers for the next year.  You say that does not sound scary.  My thoughts exactly when I walked into the meeting. When I walked out I was thinking other things.

Here is the Board as it was Elected.

President: Colleen Molen
Vice President: Marci Warren-Elmer
Secretary: Sarah Oviatt
Treasurer: Rachel McPhail
Historian: Brooke Johnsen
Web Content: Richard Healey
Charity Coordinator: Barbie Mills

Yes you read it right I am on the board.  I am excited in the sense that I guess that means I have been accepted as a male quilter. I am also nervous because now I need to step up and do a job that makes me nervous.  Not that I don't have the skills.  I am a programmer first and know my way around some web content.  I am nervous that I now have some responsibility and can't let them down.

So I like to have a question in almost all posts I write.  My question for today is have you ever served on a Quilt Guild Board and if so what position and tell me about it so I know what to expect.  If not a quilt board have you ever served on any board for a group or organization and if so same question.

Any way I need some encouragement and advice.  I guess I need to step up the modern game a bit more to fit in better.

Oh and if you don't think I am in enough trouble with just the board stuff check out this video of Julia walking.  Julia has improved her talents.

video


Monday, January 21, 2013

Rainbow Quilt


 Posted by Tanya.

The simple rainbow crib size quilt out of mostly non floral prints from Ticklish line by Me & My sisters is done.   This was a very simple quilt, basically 2 rows of 10 4.5 inch blocks of each color.  I pieced the top, basted it, and made the binding and my wonderful husband quilted it and bound it.

I really like the  way it turned out. It is one of my favorites.  It has a light pink minky back.

Unlike many quilters, we use a cotton batting plus the minky.  It makes for a heavier quilt, but also seems to make it easier to baste and to keep the minky from stretching/shifting.


 The binding was done using a rainbow stripe leftover from all of our Twirl quilts.  This quilt has been added to our Etsy store, as Julia has way too many quilts, at least until she is a little older.

http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/05/17/bloggers-quilt-festival-baby-quilts/

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My Orange and Gray Needs a New Name!


On the left is my Completed top on the right is my pattern.  I have made a PDF pattern for this.  One of my big goals this year is to share more of my patterns.  Like the last pattern I would like comments either good or bad.  I will not take a critical comment bad.  I want to improve my patterns and I want comments from those interested.  This pattern can be found here.


Ingredients:
5 – 2 ½ inch squares in 33+ colors.
1 ¾ Yards for background color.
1 ½ Yards for the quilt back.
1 ½ Yards batting.
½ Yard for binding.

Instructions:
Begin by gathering the 33 colors for you plus blocks. I suggest 33+ as when you are putting them together you may not like the colors that are getting grouped together and I would rather have some options to include or exclude a color depending how it looks. For my quilt I choose Orange, Yellow, and Red as my primary + blocks with Gray as my Background block. Other ideas would be pink and Grey, purple and gray, black and whites. I personally am a fan of orange and have more then 40+ different colors so that was my pick.


Start by pining your 5 colors into stacks (just to keep you from misplacing them) throw them into a pile. Now grab 3 that you think would work next to each other and start laying them out on your sewing table or design wall. I used the above image as my guide for laying them out and I laid out just the Oranges (not the gray's) first making about 4-5 rows at a time and then sewing them together into strips. To make things go faster I chain sewed 2 side by side blocks then the next 2 for 4 or 5 rows worth. Then took the pairs of 2 and laid them back out again to make sure they were still all in the correct order. Then I sewed pairs of 2 blocks etc tell I had full rows.

I then started sewing gray blocks together in the same fashion (looking at the image as a guide) then sewed them on each side of the rows. I then ironed each completed row and then sewed the rows together in pairs etc. Eventually you get done with the quilt top.


Baste and quilt as desired. My plan is to echo quilt each seam. This will make a 36×48 inch quilt which would work as a great baby size, smaller lap quilt or even a wall decoration.

Oh last but not least I need a good idea for a name for this quilt as Orange and Gray just wont cut it.!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More Christmas Gifts Ready


You are most likely thinking I am early for next Christmas.  That is not the case, I am behind on last Christmas. Some of these pillowcases are gifts for Tanya's Step brother and sisters kids.  Though Tanya did manage to get a few also listed on our Etsy Store  The Perry below is one, as well as the Dr Suess.



You can buy this one here.




So what the heck is this bag of stuff?  I have been going though all our scraps looking for more strips for my strip quilt and I can't help but turn any scraps that are bigger then 2 1/2 inches into blocks.  You will see many quilts this year with 2 1/2 inch blocks.  I have hundreds and hundreds of them now cut out.  What to do with them? I don't know, time will tell though.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Link a Finish Friday #50!!!

Its the big 50! Fifty weeks of Link A Finish Friday.  I want this to be the best one yet.  In addition to any finishes for this week, I want you to link up your favorite finish EVER! Make it your own favorite, don't link up a strangers finish. Share with us your favorite of all finishes.

My favorite all time finish of my own hast to be the first quilt I made Julia.  It is Hearts and Flowers.  This quilt was the 2nd quilt I finished and the blog post was my 3rd blog post made on Jan 6th 2012, just over 1 year ago.

When you link up Put your name (or Blog name) - Favorite Finish so we can see which one's are this weeks and which are Favorites.  The finish could have been last month or from 5 years ago.  It can be linking to a blog post or to your flicker image.

It is now time for Link A Finish Friday.  Today I would like to start with a big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop who has offered to Sponsor our Link A Finish Friday with Prizes.  This month's winner (January) will win a $15 gift certificate to spend on Fat Quarter Shop. 

Please remember to thank our sponsor by visiting their store at http://www.fatquartershop.com/ their blog http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/ and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop


So for the rules.

1) Who likes rules. Toss them out.
2) Add a link to your finish blog or where ever you show off your finishes (Not limited to quilts but I like them the most).
3) Visit a few of the finishes and comment or encourage them on.
4) Monthly random winner picked from all of the months linkups to $15 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop.

Not required but fun to do

1) Follow my blog.
2) Follow the blog of all those that link.
3) Link back to my blog.
4) No finish, go quilt and stop reading the web.


More Hearts

Posted by Tanya.  Yet another rag quilt.  I had this cut out waiting to be assembled before Christmas, but had a zillon other projects to finish.
 This one in gray and pink and hearts.  These are some of my favorite colors and I love hearts.  Do you notice a trend?
They happened to be our wedding colors way back when, almost 20 years ago. Richard likes oranges, I like pinks and grays. Our 20th wedding anniversary is coming up in less than three months and we are trying to figure out something to do that won't completely break the bank, and doesn't involve too much travel as we have four kiddos to worry about. Most likely, our usual dinner and movie will end up being it.

(Richard Speaking: Oh No, I need to think of a gift?  What to get the most wonderful woman in the world?  She already has me what else could even live up to that?  Any ideas let me know!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday #36


For this weeks Work in Progress Wednesday I though I would show you a few pictures from my Gray/Orange (well orange, yellow, red) Plus quilt. A few months ago at on of my SLMQG meetings during show and tell commented that the quilt I was showing was the most "Modern thing" she had seem me do.  I could have taken that as a insult.  Iinstead I took it as a challenge that I need to try some more modern things.  Well any way above was part of the next modern thing that I will show off.


Above is the bottom and below is the top (Yes I could have put them in the right order, but what fun would that be).  Tanya has been working the past few weeks on getting our Etsy Store more organized and I have been working on not feeling rushed.




Linking To
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Owl Quilt Part 1

Today's post is by Tanya.

I have been trying to figure out how to sell quilts on Etsy.  We have sold a few rag quilts, but no pieced quilts yet.  I decided to make two baby quilts, one pieced and one rag out of the same fabric.  I chose the owls and jacks from Ten Little Things.  Both quilts are relatively simple and have the same green flannel for the back.

  Owls seem to be a popular item for babies right now.  Here are pictures of the rag quilt that is finished.  The pieced quilt top is finished and basted and waiting  to be quilted.  I was going to show a comparison shot, but I guess I didn't take a picture and I am too lazy to go take one. I guess another post about that one.  This one will be added to our Etsy store in the next few days.

How do you take your pictures for your blog or online store? Do you have a photo booth, a special stand for hanging quilts, have someone hold them up or what? Do you use special lights?  I would appreciate suggestions, especially ones that won't cost a fortune.  We have a pretty good camera, a tripod somewhere, editing software, but haven't had much luck with inside pictures other than closeups or folded quilts.

There is over a foot of snow on the ground at our house and the high tomorrow is 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside pictures are out until it warms to at least freezing. I already work out in the cold, so I don't necessary want to go out in it anymore than I have to.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I need more strings.


Well I guess I don't need strings, as much as string blocks.  I went to try and organize some of my sewing room today (since I was making the kids clean and all I figured it just seemed fair, I did also.   It started with the great intent to clean up some of the mess.  I saw all the strings laying around, some of which I bought in a bag of scraps for 3 bucks and some are scraps from projects I have done.  I made 4 initially.  Then I found a few more strings that looked good and made another 11.  So I showed Tanya my nice pile of string blocks (these are 6 1/2 squares) and she looks over and says they look too red.  Hum, I like red?  Maybe I should have used more variety. I ask her what I should have done and then she just looks over again and tells me she really does not like random.  So what do I do now, she hates them?  Oh I know.


Yep you guessed it, I just made more blocks.  My feelings is you can't make every one happy all of the time.   Over the years I have learned Tanya does not like all my wise choices (or even my unwise ones). I will keep using up all those silly scraps up that I have until I run out of them.  Overall the layout plan I am going for will be something like this.


This is something I whipped up in EQ7.  Its 9 x 12 blocks (total of 108 blocks). Seeing as I have around 30 blocks it won't be any time soon.  I will from time to time add blocks to my collection.  The blocks today that I made ended up in my homeless block box (Yes I have a box with a lot of various blocks in it now). It might take me 6 months to finish this one, but its at least started today and a little of my cleaning is done.  Oh and for any one that was wondering, while I was distracted the kids did not clean and the house is still a mess, oh well there is always tomorrow.


I will end with this cute picture of Julia. Tanya was trying to get a cute picture of Julia and out of all of her toys it was her shoe she chose to play with.


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