September 30, 2012

Some New Tricks and a Finish!

Thanks to my husband taking the boys out of town, this has been a very productive quilty weekend for me!  Yesterday, I spent the day in a quilting workshop sponsored by the Austin Area Quilt Guild and I learned how to make Angle Play blocks using Margaret Miller's templates and techniques.  I was very nervous about the class because, maybe like a lot of you, I have been sticking to squares and half-square triangles and haven't ventured out a whole lot outside of my comfort zone.  So, I decided to go for it.  And the results, if I do say so myself, were pretty cool.  I used some left over fabric from my husband's man quilt - I wasn't sure I wanted to invest in new fabric if I was only going to make a few blocks - and thought, at worst I could make a table runner out of the blocks.  So here are two of the sample blocks:

The cool thing about this is that the four templates in Set 1 can be used to make something like 25 blocks and there are really endless possibilities.  It was a lot of fun and opened my eyes to a whole new genre of quilting.  Here's a peek of some great Angle Play quilts from the Margaret Miller website. So, I guess I can add an Angle Play quilt to my quilty bucket list!  I'm thinking this will definitely end up a table runner because I like the blocks a lot and who can't use an extra table runner, right?

And, in other quilting news, I finally finished my Flurry Star Quilt!  The pics aren't great but here she is!

I added an embroidered block in the top right hand corner that I found last year on Urban Threads - and I think it really adds a fun element to the quilt.

I quilted this a lot more densely than I normally do and I did a grid pattern in each of the 8 star points (I honestly don't know what I was thinking, that was SO time consuming - but the result is so great).

So, I think I may need a day or two break from my 48-hour quilt extravaganza.  I need to get some laundry done and some serious kitchen scrubbing.  Ah, who am I kidding, I'm already itching to cut into my next project...

September 27, 2012

To Bee or Not to Bee

I've been debating for a while whether to join a bee through the Austin Area Guild or not, and so far, nothing has worked out for a monthly get together. So, I was really excited when I came across an online bee starting up that was still accepting new members.  SO, I'm very thrilled to have joined Color Bee Shocked!

All of the details are still bee-ing worked out but I will post blocks here and I'm hoping my fellow hive-mates will join my blog as we bee-along this year.  So FUN!

The group has a Flick page which can be found here.  I think the group may still have two openings, so if anyone is interested in joining an online bee - check it out soon!

September 24, 2012

Keep Calm and Hustle On!

Finally, I'm starting to see some progress in my project list. Now would be a great time to figure out where I've been, where I am and where I'm going!

I ran across the 100 Day Hustle at Kelsey Sews and this might just be the kick in the pants I need to finish out 2012 with a bang!

Kelsey Sews

So, here's the list...

Finished this week (Woohoo!):

(1) Scrappy Happy Pinwheels - DONE!

(2) Red, White and Blue donation quilt - ready to deliver back to my Guild at the next meeting (only a few months past when I, ahem, promised it)

(3) Flurry Christmas Star - pieced, sandwiched and basted - now just needs to be quilted.

(4) Gypsy - about 1/2 way done with piecing - not really sure where I'm going with this - it was a Riley Blake 1/2 jelly roll and I just love the colors. I bought the eggplant/deep purple to widen it but I haven't fully committed to the future of this one.

Need to Start (not sure about the order)

(5) Tipsy Quilt Kit
(6) The Twister pattern using Sassy by Sandy Gervais
(7) Salt Air Baby Quilt
(8) Granny Square Baby Quilt
(9) Reindeer Wall Hanging (purchased 1 year ago at Houston Quilt Festival - yikes, I haven't even taken it out of the bag yet. For shame!)
(10) I really want to do the Bee In My Bonnet Row Along - they are only on Row 3 and I still have time to catch up if I can get myself organized. I love the first three rows and love that it is scrappy.
(11) I must find something to do with this Flea Market Fancy - it is calling to me!

(12) Just bought Hexa Go-Go today - I very intrigued by English Paper Piecing and I'm dying to try it - the projects in this book are gorgeous but I have to admit I'm a little intimidated.

OK, so there she is - sew much to do and sew little time!

I'm also linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday for an extra shot of inspiration this week!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

September 18, 2012

It's Been Too Long

It's been forever since my last post, so in words of one of my favorite movie lines..

"Lemme 'splain.  No, there is too much, lemme sum up." ~Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.

I have been helping my wonderful Guild with the 2012 Capital of Texas QuiltFest, which wrapped up this weekend.  I am so honored that I won one of the incentive quilts for selling the most program ads. It is a smaller version of the raffle quilt, which was one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen  - and it's even more special because it was hand appliqued by the members of the Austin Area Quilt Guild.

Here is the larger raffle quilt:

"Affairs of the Heart"
Austin Area Quilt Guild 2012 Raffle Quilt

And here is my very own smaller version of the quilt - hand appliqued AND hand quilted by members of the Guild:

 Just look at some of these close ups! I am going to hang her (because of course she is a woman) in my sewing room and it will serve as an inspiration for me for a very long time.

 So, that has been occupying a lot of my time.  I've got so many WIP's I don't even know where to start, but it seems like a lot of my projects are getting pieced and then set aside because I haven't been in the mood to do a lot of machine quilting.  I need to knock a few of these babies out in the next few weeks.  I want to put a few items on Etsy to try to pay myself back for some of these big fabric purchases.

I did manage to finish one baby quilt for my mom's neighbor's granddaughter (isn't it funny how those projects spring up from time to time).  It was actually pretty fun and I decided to do all solids on the inside for a change - I picked the 1930's style colors which I love.   I also dabbled a little into some appliqué and I was pleased with the results. Not perfect, but handmade goods aren't meant to be, right?

I've got two charity quilts for our Baby Bundles project that I need to quilt and one charity quilt for our Red, White and Blue project that I need to finish binding.  Those are on the front burner so I can get them out the door at our October meeting.

And, of course at the QuiltFest, I added a bunch of fabric to my stash and I'll need to prioritize those projects - but don't you just want to start cutting right away into those pretty new fabrics??

I bought a new quilting tool at QuiltFest called the "Twister" - and it makes some really awesome pinwheel quilts using a layer cake and border fabric.  I have only been eyeing Sassy by Sandy Gervais for about a year and I finally broke down and bought it - it will be made into a Twister very soon! I found this pics online of samples using the tool:

Oh, and I discovered a new pattern company that I love - it's called Prairie Grass Patterns. I came across it blog surfing last week and just had to buy two patterns - I bought Russian Rubix and Parcheesi.  I cannot wait to try these out!

Finally, I just signed up for an AAQG quilting workshop next weekend that teaches the AnglePlay method - this looks interesting and makes some stunning quilts. I need to decide what colors from my stash I want to use in this (I'm forcing myself to use what I have on hand for this class and not buy anything new!).  Here's some more samples I found to serve as an inspiration for me next weekend.

So, that is what has been going on for me, quiltily speaking. I'm hoping to have a big post soon with a lot of finished projects to share.

Sorry, there aren't a whole lot of WIP pics to share, but it's an overall status on where I am with all of my projects, if for nothing more than to force myself to commit to it all! It's going to be a busy fall!