The year 2015 is drawing to a close and I'm evaluating my UFO list. This quilt, the Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain is nearly complete. I just need to tuck in some thread ends and sew on a binding. Perhaps it will be my first finish in 2016.
Here's a little close up of my work. How do you organize your WIP's? (work in progress) I keep each project in a box, marked with the project's name on the outside. I also write lists. I have a list of quilts that need binding, a list of quilts that need to be quilted, quilts that need piecing, quilts that need cutting, and patterns that I'm working on writing.
Do you have any good WIP organization tips? Please leave a comment below.
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The Rainbow Connection hexagon quilt. This week I've added more pink and a little purple. These hexies finish at a small 3/4" per side. Again, I'm only using fabrics from my scrap basket. It should be fun to see how this one turns out.
Now that I've finished my Aura hexagon top, it's time to prepare for quilting. First, I used a crochet hook to remove the remaining hexagon papers. That was fun and easy. Much easier than removing paper foundation piecing bits. If you're curious, I used a size G crochet hook.
Then, I ironed the top and took this stellar photo on my design wall. I like the way the yellow dots of color jump out at you and move your eye around the quilt.
I'm using a terrific dotty print for the backing. I'd be quilting it right now, but I need to get some batting.
Did you guess the quilt block from my last post was a Log Cabin? Great job! Here's the finished block. It will be the first in my new series of tutorials I've got planned for next year, "Quilt Block Classics". Stay tuned.
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I am so in love with the process of making hexie quilts. Here's my start to the next one, The Rainbow Connection. As with Aura, I'll try to do a weekly update. I hope you enjoy watching it all come together.
Here it is! The Aura hexagon quilt top, finally complete. I took a clothesline pic because it's so wonderful outside today. Sunny and 75 in December - gotta take advantage of that! I've already started on my next hexie project, "The Rainbow Connection". I'll be showing the beginnings of that one on my next post.
Isn't this adorable?!? I found this treasure in a local thrift shop this week, Only $20.00, so I brought her right home with me. This tiny machine's base measures approximately 5" x 8". The machine itself is 6" tall if you include the spool pin.
As you can see, it's a hand crank, and it works. The needle plate is stamped "Itty Bitty Made in England". I still need to clean her up a bit, and from the looks of my photo, I need to clean the window sills on my front porch, too.
What a little gem for my collection. Do you have a sewing themed collection? Leave a comment below.
Looky-looky! I finished the lower right hand corner last night! Only a few more hexies to sew in the upper right hand corner and this top will be finished. What fun, I can hardly wait to start on the next one.
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Time for a little update on my UFO project. I'm sewing a quilt using my tester blocks from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4. This is the top half of the quilt, enjoying a little bit of backyard sunshine.
This setting was difficult to piece together. So many triangle squares facing different directions! I was so relieved to sew on the final strip.
This is the bottom half of the top. I like the way the setting plays with the block in the lower right hand corner. They really link together nicely.
So...I just need to sew one more seam and then add a solid border or two. What would you sew for the borders? Any brilliant suggestions? Please leave a comment below.
What's Cooking Decorative Painting Booklet, by Pat Saunders. Very good condition. 44 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1992. "Kat's Krafts" is handwritten on the upper right hand corner of the front cover (see photos).
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 15 painting projects, an acrylic paint color conversion chart, and information on surface preparation, painting, finishing, and working on watercolor paper. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Punkin' the Pig Magnet, Mother's Work is Never Done, Suzie- A Kitchen Angel, and more.
Little Whittles Garden Birdhouses Plant Picks and Tins Decorative Painting Booklet.Excellent condition. 6 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1995.
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 7 painting projects, and a General Instructions section. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Birdhouse Tin, Americana Birdhouse, Starry Water Can, Plant Picks, Milk Can, Bird Feeder, and Cabin Birdhouse.
Paint Your Own "Wanna-Be" Fantasy T-Shirts Booklet. Excellent condition. Four designs. Soft cover.
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 4 t-shirt painting projects, and a General Instructions section. Designs are all shown in full color and include iron-on transfer patterns. Designs include Ballerina, Lion, Cat, and Dog.
Just a Little Something Decorative Painting Booklet. Very good condition. 7 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1991.
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 12 painting projects, and a General Instructions section. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include I Love USA, Teddy Bear and Honey, Sheep and Tulips, Pigs and Checks, Pig and Watermelon, Hearts and Flowers, Cow and Milk Bottles, Mouse and Cheese, Bunny and Heart, and more.
Easter Parade Decorative Painting Booklet. Very good condition. 38 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1993.
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 17 painting projects. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Easter Chicks, Bunnies, A Welcome Sign, Eggs, Tulips, and more.
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Hello there! Today I am going to show my GPS quilt. The pattern for this quilt appears in the Fall 2015 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, available now.
This quilt was really fun and easy to sew, with all straight seams and bright fall colors. I wanted my color palette to evoke the feeling of bright Autumn leaves popping out against a cloudy gray sky.
The arrows pointing in different directions gave the quilt it's name, GPS. My husband can't go anywhere without his GPS, and it seems it is always "recalculating". Ha!ha! So in summary, this quilt is like driving around the countryside on a brisk and cloudy day in Autumn. You may not know exactly where you are, but it is a lovely drive, nonetheless.
I played with the blocks on my design wall while I was stitching this quilt and came up with these three other interesting designs I may use in future projects. I love my design wall. I cannot remember what I did before I had one. It has become an essential part of my sewing process.
My favorite feature of the GPS quilt is the way the gray swirly quilting stands out against the black arrows. I'm lovin' it! I used Superior's King Tut thread in a solid gray to get these gorgeous results.
Here's another angle shot of the GPS quilt on my bed. It's a tiny bit narrow for my bed, but just perfect for couch cuddling with my boys on these chilly Fall evenings.
The GPS quilt is in this issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited. If you sew one, please share a pic! I would love to see it. Do you enjoy the modern quilt movement, or are you more of a traditional quilter? Leave a comment below - I always enjoy hearing from you!
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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 12 in the popular 100 Blocks Series of special issues from Quiltmaker Magazine. This magazine features 100 blocks from today's top designers, and how to make them, plus some great quilts featuring these blocks.
This issue includes my block, #1160, Pinwheel Flowers. The other 99 blocks are all enchanting, must sew blocks, as usual. There is such an unbelievable variety of designs and quilting techniques in each issue of the 100 Blocks series.
Sew News 6226 from McCall's Misses One or Two Piece Dress pattern, sizes 16, 18, and 20.
Adorn your self in this classic style dress in four variations. From the Fashion Collection, this pattern is Petite-Able, and includes optional directions for overlock serger sewing. All dresses feature darts, long sleeves, shoulder pads, and top stitched facings. Options include corded piping, front and neckbands, skirt with back zipper, and skirt with fabric band at lower edge.
Picture yourself wearing this cute little ensemble to the office, church, or on a dinner date. This outfit will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!
This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. The envelope is a little worn. Vintage 1992.
Bust 38, 40, 42 Waist 30, 32, 34 Hip 40, 42, 44 Back waist length 16-3/4, 17, 17-1/4
Simplicity 7501, Misses, Men's, and Teen Boys Jams pattern, size medium.
Adorn your self in these classic beach style shorts and pants in three lengths. Easy to sew, this unisex pattern features side seam pockets, and elastic and cording drawstring waists. Bermuda and short length versions also feature back patch pockets. An additional version (4) can be sewn with two contrasting fabrics.
Picture yourself wearing this cute little shorts to a picnic at the lake, out shopping, or even just enjoying your home. This piece will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!
This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. The envelope is a little worn. Vintage 1986.
McCall's 5399, misses top and wall caddy pattern, sizes 10, and 12.
Adorn your self in this classic style blouse. This pattern features elastic neckline, bow, and raglan sleeves. Can also be sewn with elastic waistline option. Bonus craft pattern included to sew a hanging wall caddy featuring contrast pockets with elastic casings.
Picture yourself wearing this cute little top to a picnic at the lake, out shopping, or even just enjoying your home. This piece will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!
This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. The envelope is a little worn. Vintage 1976.
Bust 32-1/2, 34 Waist 25, 26-1/2 Hip 34-1/2, 36 Back-neck to waist 16, 16-1/4