Thursday, January 21, 2021

Hearts on Fire bloghop

Today is my stop on the Hearts on Fire blog hop.    When Carol @Justletmequilt.blogspot.com announced this hop I was excited.   The only stipulation was the heart could not be red.   


The beginnings of an idea. 


I had lots of ideas that I wanted to do, but in thinking about it, I wanted to try something different.    I had seen quilting designs done on a white or cream colored background and using colored threads the design made it look like they were pieced.   I am not 100% positive that mine does that, but it was something fun and new to try. 



One of my goals this year is to try new things.   


I was trying to decide if I wanted to make a wall hanging or a pillow cover.   I decided on the pillow cover and I think it will go great in my bedroom and with my new quilt I am working on.   





For the pillow cover I cut out a heart shape and traced it on to my fabric. I inadverteby my cut my pillow a bit too small and did not leave me enough time to fix it.    Then I carefully followed my tracing and using my ruler quilting foot followed it around.  Then I echoed it on the outside.   I took my 12" arc ruler from @ Sewsteady.com to make the arcs on the inside of my heart shape.  A tip:    When using a double layer of batting or a thicker loft, move the quilting foot up just a bit. 



For the quilting I used Glide thread by @  https://www.habanddash.com/ in mint.   It is a 40 weight polyester thread.   I love the sheen it gives.    I also used 2 layers of warm and natural 100% cotton batting by @ https://warmcompany.com/.  I love the puff it gives.   




I really like this and I want to practice it some more.   I may even make several hearts like this and make them into a quilt.   


Please visit all the other bloggers from this hop.  They all have some great ideas.  



I love reading your comments, so please feel free to leave them. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Make a List Monday January 18, 2021

 


 Well, I missed getting this ready for Monday, so I am posting today.    I think I will put a reminder in my phone to do it on Sunday.


So here is last weeks list.  

Hearts on Fire blog hop project.   I worked out what I want to do and am working on it.   

Little Loot Bag swap -   fabric is cut and ready to sew.   

Yellow Brick Road - ready to sew rows together and get borders on.   This should be done Tuesday as I am doing a virtual quilt day with my granddaughters.   The pictures shown are my granddaughters.    They were instructed to lay it out in a way they liked and stitch it together and give it a really good pressing as they go along.   This is the layout, unstitched.   I will be putting mine in a layout today after work. 

Orange Peel - Done.    Need to get some good pictures and then write a blog post.  Hopefully I can do that this weekend.   







Work on the Corn Maze quilt.   Everything is cut out.   Need to finish some marking and then get sewing.


Metro Medallion. Still working in this one.   I have a few rows put together

Quilt for my bed.    This is coming along.  I have 2 rows stitched together.   


So this week here is the plan

Hearts on Fire blog hop.   My day to share is Friday.    I will have it ready my Thursday.   That means it is my focus for the next day or two. 



Little Loot bag.   I need to post a progress shot this weekend.   My goal is to have it ready to mail by this weekend.  


Yellow Brick Road.   Will continue working on this one.    Plan is to be able to start quilting this weekend during a virtual quilt day with granddaughters.  



The pictures shown are my granddaughters.    They were instructed to lay it out in a way they liked and stitch it together and give it a really good pressing as they go along.   This is the layout, unstitched.   I will be putting mine in a layout today after work

Corn Maze.    This one is coming along.   This is the next quilt I will do with my granddaughters so I will get this one done and then do another one with them. 


Metro Medallion.   Just going to keep plugging away.




Quilt for my bed.   It is coming along.  Just need to make some time and really focus on this.   



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Make a list Monday - January 11, 2021


 

 Well, not starting off the year great.  I totally forgot to get this ready and posted.  Last week was just crazy.   


Let's review what was on last weeks list and see what I did.   Then I will share what is on board for this week. 

1,  work on my project for the Hearts on Fire blog hop.  I post on the 22nd and the goal is to have it done a few days before.  I know what I am doing and have it started. I can't wait to share. 

2.   Little loot bag swap.  This is going to be a fun little swap.   I make a cute little bag and then put a yard of fabric in there and mail it to my partner.   I have chosen some fabrics that I am going to send.  In return, someone sends me a fun little bag.  My fabric has been selected for the bag.   



3.  Yellow Brick road quilts.   At this point nobody has signed up for the class.    My goal is to have the tops done and ready for quilting.  I should probably change it to 3, so that I can demonstrate straight line quilting in class.   My class got cancelled because not enough people signed up.   Quilt is almost ready for quilting. 

4.  Pull fabrics for a large quadrant stars BOM that I am participating in.  Done. 



5.  Decide on project for the show your stripes blog hop that happens in February.   I do have a project that will work and I just may quilt that one up. 


6.  Work on a pattern test for my friend @ https://beaquilter.com

7.  Continue working on the Orange peel quilt.  quilt.   I am loving the variegated thread in the border.  2 borders to go. 





Now, onto this weeks list

1.    Work on the hearts on fire project. This is a blog hop and we need to add a heart to a project, but can't be red.    I am hoping my idea or ideas work. 

2.   Make a sample of the loot bag and then get started on the real one.

3.   Finish the Yellow Brick Road quilt.

4.   Start the Corn Maze quilt by Poppie Cotton.   This will be a quilt for another class. 




5.   Continue with the orange peel quilt.  Hoping to get it done.

6.   Make a shrug for at least 1 granddaughter.

7.  Work on this metro medallion quilt.   I need to be getting some of my UFO 's done. 




8.   Work on this quilt for my bed. 




I would love to hear what you are working on this week. 






Monday, January 4, 2021

Make a list Monday - January 4, 2020


 

 I am always grateful for new weeks when we can reflect on the old week and see what we need to do better on the next week.   


Let's look at last week's list and see how I did.  

1.   Finish a nightgown for my granddaughters 3rd Birthday.  It is started and almost done.   She love unicorns.   I was glad to find this fabric.  -  Done and she loved it. 



2.  Doll clothes for some of the 3 year old  baby dolls.  She has 5.  She loves to undress them as soon as mommy dresses them.  Her babies take lots of baths.  - didn't get this one done. 


3.   Doll clothes wardrobe for 18" dolls for the SWAP (sewing with a plan) I am doing with Avery Lane Designs, due by January 1st.  - not a complete wardrobe but a dress and a cute jumpsuit.    Will work on a few more this week. 




4.  2 Yellow Brick Road quilts to use for samples for my class.  1 has straight line quilting and 1 free motion. - do this with granddaughters to give practice in teaching.   This is the fabric for the 1st one.   - A really good start on this one.  1 is almost done and another is cut out. 


5.  Lesson plans for class:   accurate cutting, piecing, pressing, color selection, walking foot quilting.   -  Almost done.    Unfortunately,  at the time of writing this, nobody has signed up.  At least they will be ready when I need them. 

6.  Block ready for post on Janury 1 for 2021 monthly color challenge. -  Done.  Posted on my blog. You can read about it here.



7.   Work on project for Hearts on Fire blog hop.  -  I know what I am doing, so now just to get it done. 


8.   Finish quilting this quilt and then choose another one to work on.  -  Still quilting  it.   1 of the things I wanted to do was some quilting in variegated thread, so I am doing the border in this way. 








When I looked at what I got done, I don't feel too bad.   So for this week, there are some things I must get done, so I am adjusting the list a bit. 

1,  work on my project for the Hearts on Fire blog hop.  I post on the 22nd and the goal is to have it done a few days before.

2.   Little loot bag swap.  This is going to be a fun little swap.   I make a cute little bag and then put a yard of fabric in there and mail it to my partner.   I have chosen some fabrics that I am going to send.  In return, someone sends me a fun little bag. 

3.  Yellow Brick road quilts.   At this point nobody has signed up for the class.    My goal is to have the tops done and ready for quilting.  I should probably change it to 3, so that I can demonstrate straight line quilting in class.   

4.  Pull fabrics for a large quadrant stars BOM that I am participating in.  

5.  Decide on project for the show your stripes blog hop that happens in February.   I do have a project that will work and I just may quilt that one up. 


6.  Work on a pattern test for my friend @ https://beaquilter.com

7.  Continue working on this quilt.   I am loving the variegated thread in the border. 



Thursday, December 31, 2020

Monthly color challenge - 2021- January

 


Welcome to a new year of monthly color challenge hosted by Jen at http://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

Every year when Jen does this monthly color challenge, her inspiration comes from many things. This year it came from fruits and vegetables. This months vegetable is eggplant, so the color is purple.



This is my third year blogging for Jen for color of the month. My name is Kathy. I have been sewing and quilting for 46 years. I started sewing in 4-h, learned hand quilting from my mother, and when I wanted to learn machine quilting I read books and found videos on youtube.

The blocks this year are in two sizes 6 1/2" and 12 1/2". So just think, if you follow along all year and make all the blocks, by the end of the year you will have a quilt! Won't that be awesome!



Here are a couple of tips I would like to share with you on making the blocks.
FABRIC PREPPING: I would highly suggest using starch on your fabric, whether it is best press, niagra, or faultless, or making your own. The reason for this is your bias edges don't stretch and the fabric holds together nicer.

SEWING: I chain piece whenever I can. This might mean that I work on a couple different steps at once but then I can press more pieces at a time. It means that if you have 15 minutes to sew, you can get more done in that time frame.



Be sure to visit these other bloggers and see how they did their blocks.



We have had some wonderful sponsors who are giving away quarterly prizes this year. In order to be entered for the prizes you need to do the monthly color challenge and link up at the end of the month. Make sure you get your pattern during the month it is offered because then it will be free. You can get your free pattern at http://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com.

Goodie Bag: https://www.dragonflysquiltshop.com/

$10 Gift Certificate: https://www.appliquesquiltsandmore.com/

PDF Pattern: https://www.beaquilter.com/

Fat Quarter Bundle: https://benartex.com/

Fabric Bundle and Book: https://www.designsbysarahj.com/

Mini Monty (Fabric Bundle): https://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/


PDF Pattern: https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com/
60 x 46 Dream Angel 100% Flame Retardant Fibers, 60 x 46 Dream Wool: http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/

PDF Pattern: http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/

2 PDF Patterns: https://daybrookdesigns.com/

55 x 60 batting 80/20: https://warmcompany.com/





Tuesday, December 29, 2020

My quilting resolution 2021

 

Welcome to a day of fun and learning what the resolutions for some quilters are for 2021.

Thank you Carla @ https://createinthesticks.blogspot.com for hosting this hop and letting me join. 

There are 4 words that I am going to focus on for 2021.


FINISH

If I can learn to do this, I will have a very happy hubby.   I will also have quilts made for all my kids (4) and grandkids (9), if I set realistic goals.   





LEARN

Continue learning new things about quilting. Learn new techniques.   There are some things I want to try.     One of them is to play with quilting designs in variegated thread.    I think on this quilt, using variegated thread in my petals in the border would be fun.    





I also want to try wool batting.    I like the look it gives a quilt.    I currently have a comforter on my bed that has poly batting in, and I just cannot sleep with that on me.   I get too dang hot.    I usually use cotton.   Just working on getting this quilt done for my bed. 

SHARE

Share what I have learned and know.   I will do this by teaching classes at a local quilt shop and also with my granddaughters.   I have been doing virtual classes with my granddaughters during 2020.    Can't wait until I can do in person with them.   I will also continue to blog and share on social media. 

IMPROVE

Improve on my quilting skills.    Practice new designs.   I have been saving ideas on Pinterest as well as following some quilters who have done some free virtual classes.  


SHARING MY GOALS AND UPDATES

Because I am not always great at planning and follow through, I want to try something new to me.    Each week, on Monday I will share my Make a List, which are things I am going to work on.    I will share a goal of something new I want to learn or try.    Then the following Monday I will share how I did with that goal or over the weekend I will do a post on what I learned.   I would like to ask you to be willing to encourage me throughout the week. 


I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.   


Here are the other bloggers:

Wednesday, December 30th



Linking up with Yvonne @https://quiltingjetgirl.com for #2021planningparty