Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday - The back of Charlie Brown

I'm am still working on my husbands Charlie Brown Christmas quilt.  I have the front completed and yesterday started working on the back.
I have a plan for it which is half the battle.  I want to try and get it finished, basted and quilted this week so I will be done.

I had found some other Charlie Brown fabric that seemed to go with the panel and my husband wanted me to use it so it's going on the back.

I was going along really well yesterday until my bobbin ran out and then I stopped to eat lunch.  That's when all my energy drained right out and I had to stop.  I did work on my new English Paper Piecing project though.  I'll tell you more about that when I have more to show.

Thanks so much for reading my blog!  I hope you all have a blessed day.

**Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced**

Friday, September 4, 2015

MQG Riley Blake Challenge Quilt

In my continuing attempt to catch my blog up with all the items I've managed to finish so far this year, I'd like to share my Riley Blake Challenge Quilt.  As anyone who is familiar with the Modern Quilt Guild knows, the periodically have challenges sponsored by some of their awesome sponsors such as Michael Miller or Riley Blake.
 Earlier this year, Riley Blake sponsored a challenge with the Quilted Fish's fabric  line called The Cottage Garden.  It is a beautiful line of fabric with lots of my favorite colors like aqua, yellow, gray and it also came in a pink colorway.

We were sent the aqua/gray colorway to get started on our quilts.  Of course I had to buy more fabric because you just never know, right?

The challenge was to try something new and do something you'd never done before.  I had never done triangles and had been wanting to try them.  Also, I've been wanting to start designing my own paper piecing patters.  So I decided to design all the patterns for the entire quilt.  It was a very simple design as each square only had 3 pieces and I had 3 different square shapes and sizes.  It was fun and I really enjoyed it.

Ironically, I barely got my quilt posted to the site before the deadline.  I had finished the quilt but forgot to post it until the very last day.  I haven't received an email yet about the challenge winners so I guess they are still working on that.  But its the challenge that's the fun part - although it would be awesome to win ;)

My pieced quilt back and label.  I used lots of leftover fabric for the back and I think it came out great.

There were two great text prints in the line, a white with black text and an aqua with white text.  I loved them both.  I used the white for the binding. 

Quilt Stats:
Name - Triangles
for the Riley Blake MQG challenge 2015
Size - 39.5 inches tall and 32 inches wide
Quilting - Quilted on my Juki with straight line quilting.  I actually measures and marked every line because I wanted them to be straight and precise.  They were exactly 1 inch apart.

**Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?**

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIP Wednesday - The New Hexagon

Welcome to WIP Wednesday everyone!  

Even though I've always said how much I hate handwork, I've decided to try my hand at English Paper Piecing.  I bought a new book a few weeks ago called The New Hexagon by Katja Marek.  The makes EPP looks so much easier than other books.  For one thing, she teaches you how to glue baste.  I think that's great!  Less hand sewing but it's still something you can do while watching TV or in my case, when my energy level is at zero for the day but I'd still like to feel that I can accomplish something.

Katja is sponsoring a free Milliefiore Quilt Along on her blog.  There will be 12 Rosettes in all (I think) and you can make your own paper pieces or do what most people do and order them already cut from  The Rosettes use the hexagons from her book but she provides the patterns on her blog for the rosettes.  Confusing?  I was too at first but I think I've got it now. 

Anyway, I've got my book, my papers and now I'm trying to decide on fabric.  I'm trying to be careful about value because I tend to pull all medium value colors.

I've gotten it narrowed down to a green, aqua, pink, gray color scheme.

Or a red, yellow, orange, with black text print color scheme.

I think choosing the fabrics will be the hardest part.  I hope I can do this.  I really need some type of handwork that I like.

** Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

A Lovely Year of Finishes - September Goal

I've posted about my husbands Charlie Brown wall hanging here as my goal for August.  I wanted to finish the quilt top and ta da - I have!  Unfortunately, I didn't get it posted to Sewbittersweet's blog in time.  BOO!  For some reason I was thinking that I had until the 7th day of the new month.  Sigh.

I'll try not to make that mistake again.

So my goal for September, is to piece the back of the quilt and get it quilted.  I want to finish it as fast as I can so my hubby can have it well in advance.

I've got several things I need to get quilted so I'm going to try to do those things this month.

But my goal will just be to finish the back and quilt the Charlie Brown Christmas Quilt.

*Linking up to SewBittersweetDesigns