Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Bonnie Hunter Visit

Our guild was blessed to have the legendary Bonnie Hunter this month as our National Speaker.  She was here April 2012.  Back then guild days generally consisted of....work.  I took the day off to go to the guild meeting, however, no classes, just an in and out.

Retirement is nice.  This time...2 classes.  I now have 2 more UFO's on the list.  It is so worth it.

I have been active in our guild for more than 15 years.  I know many of the members.  If someone needs a helping hand (as I am younger than many-it used to be most) I will carry, hoist, drag, climb or lift for those in need.  Bonnie needed help with her quilt bags...into the building, down the stairs, and even onto the table.  And after taking classes for 2 days, I was a familiar face.  Our meeting room was the location for Vacation Bible School. We all needed to chip in and quickly turn the room around before the 165 people arrived.


 The Sunday class was Scrap Crystals.  This block is just 1/2 square triangles (with the easy angle ruler) and squares.  Color, accuracy and 96 pieces make up this block.  We had 38 ladies in the class....this was the end product of a 6 hr. class. 


My block is the darker background with purple.
The progress has been slow.   Here are the 2 blocks now completed.
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Hoping to have a little Quilt Cam time with Bonnie today.  This is usually the only time I clean my area.

Happy Quilting,

Just Another Quilter 



Friday, June 10, 2016

Finished it Up on Friday-Quilter's Scrapbook

Finished Up the quilting and binding. Here's the quilt.
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After some car rides last weekend, the binding is done just in time for Bonnie Hunter to see it for Show and Share.

The Quilter's Scrapbook pattern is designed by Canuck Quilter.  I just love looking at all the pieces. It brings back all the quilts given to loved ones over the years. This quilt top is a from 2012. I just might have to make a new one with all the current leftovers.TheUpsandDownsofQuilting.blogspot.com
This quilt gave some practice on the long arm.  The spiral designs turned out great. a different design in each block.
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 These spirals are so forgiving.

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 There is some straight line ruler work in the quilt.  The lines aren't straight. No pictures. No proof.

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 Always something different to try.  Those corner loops were just added to bring the design into the corner better.

This is my youngest in the house.  She arrived in January 2015.  She left a house a full house where she couldn't get along with her brother and sisters.  Here she is the Queen.  She loves to sleep while I sew.  She took a quick nap in the sun while I took the few pictures.  She found the spot and was all cozy while the block pictures were taken.

Linking Up with Amanda Jean and Finish It Up Friday
Happy Quilting,
Just Another Quilter 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday

Scraptastic Tuesday   is going on over at Mrs Sew & Sow.  Check things out over there.

Last week I showed the Batik Leaf Quilt.  So excited today when I dropped in to see the projects and found I was a gift certificate winner!! Check out the options that come with the gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts.  

The latest project is machine quilting on the DSM a quilt made by a lovely lady from church.  She had a machine quilter at least 10-15 years ago finish some of her pieces while her and her husband would winter in Texas.  This quilt was slated to be quilted when they no longer could make the trip.
 Here is the close up of the blocks.

The sashing and borders need to be finished.  Below is the pattern that was slated for in the sashing.  

I am afraid that enough of the fullness won't be taken up with the quilting.  The outside border will get the Baptist fan design. This is my go to design for the outer border.  
Any ideas to help quilt out some of the fullness.  I suppose a meander might take up more of the fullness than the loops.

Linky Tuesday is also running at Freemotion on the River

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday

Yesterday the last stitch was put in the binding. The sleeve was put on and hung up in the sew room. Late last night. It looks great in there. Enjoyed a little Netflix while it was hanging last night.

I didn't take a picture in natural light before it was hung.....so this morning down it came. The sun was beautiful this morning. 

It was quilted on the long arm, which I still am growing accustomed to. Since the quilt was going in my sew room I decided that it was an opportunity to practice some new designs. The quilt was sectioned off with double lines and loops. Each section has a different pattern. It gives some practice without a huge commitment. 

The quilt is made with blocks cut with the Accuquilt drunkards path block and 5" batik squares. The 5" squares are from the guild fabric exchange in February 2015. 

Check out the other projects at Connie's Linky Tuesday and with Mrs Sew & Sow Scraptastic Tuesday.

Happy Quilting,
Just Another Quilter

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Spring Green Finish

Recently I was asked to donate a quilt for a fundraiser for an organization at my husbands work.  Currently there are no quilts that are set aside for this purpose.  Frequently there is something laying about that is made from scraps that has no meaning or no scheduled home.
The deadline for the drawing was close and I decided that it wasn't in the cards this year.  After some consideration, I asked 3 others who have a tie to the facility if they were interested in helping....all said yes.
What looks hard but isn't?  That many can work on?  Can use any pre-cuts that we already have?  Will appeal to men (generally male work population)?

The neighbor with her sister had recently made a quilt for her grandson who is getting married.  It was beautiful and made with jelly rolls.  And the neighbor stated how easy it went together.  Off to do some research.  The pattern is a 3 Dudes Quilting in Mesa, Arizona.  After saving some pictures of the variety available in the pattern, this was the inspiration.
Ray's Quilt from 3Dudes Quilting


So a YouTube video is available from Missouri Star quilt company for this Quilt.  

3 Dudes Quilt 2
Ron Appell 3 Dudes Quilt


This version has a slightly different strip set.  But the strip set is available on-line, is made with jelly rolls and 1 1/2" black strips.  And best part....looks hard without being hard.


Spring Green with 3Dudes
Here is some pictures of us working on it along with the final top.  The quilting is done-interlocking squares.  The fundraiser is going great and we are proud of the finished product.  Thanks to those that made it possible in the 3 week process.



Keep Quilting,
Just Another Quilter

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Quilt of Valor Option

Our guild swapped Blue and Red 10" squares about 2 months ago.  These will lend themselves to making a great Quilt of Valor quilt.  The medallion style quilt found on Moda Bake Shop by Andrea Harris is called Avignon Picnic. It utilizes jelly rolls for a quilt classified as "easy".   Here is how to convert the pattern into 10" squares.  Here are my blue choices.

Layer up 2-10" squares and sew on both sides.  I paired up blues with blues.



 Cut the units apart and press seams to 1 side. Trim unit to 9 1/2" square.



Place background and blue unit that are 9 1/2" square, right sides together.  Cut apart on the diagonal.  Sew the diagonal seam.  Press to the dark.

 
 Arrange in a pleasing manor.  You can see my plan.  These are very versatile blocks.  Any of the log cabin or half square designs can be achieved.  Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com has shown numerous different layouts.  Her blocks measure 6" these more in the 9" arena.


I will post more about this quilt as it gets closer.  Problems: Only 1 background fabric used.....Not enough to make those last blocks.   First option is to go shopping to see if any is left. 

Here is the previous quilt finished with the medallion style layout in the Avignon Picnic Quilt. The quilt below has an inner border that is 2 1/2" around the center unit.  The next border is more 2 1/2" strips.  The strips alternate 2 1/2" by 6" and 2 1/2" x 4" with a background 2 1/2" square. 

Check out what is going on over at Freemotion by the River's Linky Tuesday.  Connie always has a great response with so much to check out just down river.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I am hoping to turn over a new leaf for 2016.  This blog has taken a back seat to life.  This isn't always a bad thing, but I am hoping to spur on some quilt finishes this year.

The design wall is full of possibilities.  Goal for this quilt:  to be finished by the first Tuesday of February.  That is our quilt guild meeting.  Most of it is done.  It won't take long to finish up.  I am hoping to get it on the long arm soon.



It is based on an idea from the web.  Possibly Angel Pingel's Cut to Pieces.  I love her book "A Quilter's Mixology".  It "seams" like I came across a cool quilt from somewhere on her site, maybe pictures from a class.  That was my inspiration for this quilt.  Our guild swapped 5" square pastel/light batiks in 2015.  This quilt just goes together great using these 5" squares as the main area of the quilt.  The leafs let me use the Accuquilt Drunkards Path Dye.  The design wall is a little small for the current size.  Stop back and let's see if I can hit that deadline. I am imagining a small dark border surrounded by another round of light squares.  Opinions please.

I am linking up with Judy L. "The Patchwork Times"-Design Wall Monday.  Go see what others are up too.

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