Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lime Green for Spring

2 weeks ago I had made this green background. I worked on making Hexagon flowers to go on it and got them appliqued in place. The plan is to make a bag. In this photo, they are only pinned in place. 

I have been unable to make a blog post for a while. My computer broke. I have gotten a new one. I think I finally have all that I need now to do my normal computer work. I did not have email. I had my phone and could go to facebook but I do not use it to do web stuff as I have a laptop. What a pain.

Friday after working, I got the machine quilting done. I did tiny leaves all over the green and also quilted the flowers in matching thread. 

Here are all 3 pieces. The top 2 for the bag and the large bottom one for a book cover. I still have the finishing to do still. But my new fabric is ready for the projects. 

I trimmed up my 2 piles of triangles. I need them for my sampler blocks. 

Here is a tray of more cut units for blocks I have planned. 

I got 1 sampler blocks done today. It is the smaller 7 1/2" blocks. I still plan to make more 7 1/2" and 3 in the 10" size. My units are done and ready to sew. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Spring Green

Spring is in the air, NOT here. We got a dump of the white stuff today. You know up to your knees stay inside, shovel every few hours or lose track of the the drive way. 
So I got to stay in and sew all day. 
I got a few strips and squares sewn in to green patchwork. My plan it to make at least a bag, maybe a book cover. I have not really thought about what size I need for sure. 

Also I got a ton of sorting and trimming down some lime green scraps. 2" sq, 2.5", sq 3" sq, then strips that are 1 1/2", 2", 2.5", and 3" strips. There is also the larger chunks and a pile of the dark green that was in the wrong box.  I will be more ready to make my sampler blocks this week and the few others blocks. 

I finished up some of the purple still this week. I had lots of triangles left, so I made pinwheels. I also make a patchwork of purple for a book cover. 

I have been thinking of doing a string quilt for sometime. Well I got a good start on some blocks. I prepared my papers 8" sq phone book pages. I still have 6 or 7 phone books hidden away for paper. I am using then a 1" strip of white kona down the middle. Each side of the the blocks will have a different colour. So far I have 12 purple halves done. I think I will get out graph paper and colour in a plan. Then I will know how many blocks and what colours to do. 

I got this patchwork quilted later today. Just before supper. 

Close up of some quilting. 

I have a quilt going to the National Juried Show! I got happy mail this week. I have keep this little quilt off the blog and I will show you after the show opens near the end of May. I might know a judge or 2 and I do not want them to know what quilt is mine. So it is still off the internet. 
No, you have not seen it. 
I am going to make you wait. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Bionic Gear Bag for mom

Finished another Bionic Gear Bag, this time it is for my mom. I told her I would make one for her and plan to give it to her for Mother's Day, I guess I am early this year. I am sure she will love it. 

For mom's bag I have added some special zipper charms. 3 of the charms are made from scrabble tiles, a B, an M, and then Donald Duck. Dad's name is Donald. Then a photo transfer of my dad about 3 yrs old sitting on an old Ford car. I had made some photo transfer charms a few years back and this was an extra.  

You can see I made this bag Bright! I am very happy with the family of bright colours. I have added 2 vinyl pockets, one in front of the orange pocket and one in front of the first pocket. She can put paper note in the large vinyl pocket and maybe needle packs in the front one. 

This bag is also larger than the original pattern. I have made the bag 12" wide not the 9" as in the pattern. I also added a stiff bottom in the lining so it does not fold in the middle. I got the pattern over at Sew Like a Rock Star. I love her patterns they are so worth it. I joined the site and bought this pattern and the mother load bag. There are so many great videos. I love to watch the videos and seeing how fussy I can get. The Facebook group site has some other good ideas from the members. 

Here is the all zipped up photo. I am also very close to finishing up my bag too. I still have some hand stitching down the binding. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Purple On the Go!

All the purple I got sewn this month. I love to see it all up at once. 
I have linked up with Soscrappy and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018.

I got 9 Poverty Piecing blocks done today. Yes, Crumb blocks, I like to call them Poverty Piecing in memory of a friend Lou. She showed them to me many years ago and she called them Poverty Piecing. I do not have many little bits in the scrap box now, mostly strips and some squares and large pieces. 

Migrating Geese blocks. I do not know if it is a real pattern but I have seen some of these blocks on the internet and thought I would make some.   

My blocks use up 2" squares and then the geese have a 2" by 3 1/2" rectangle. I think that means the blocks finishes to 9 1/2" sq. 

I had 2 of these strip sets and needed one more. I have an idea how I will use them but until I have more done there is not much to show for now. I have 3 done in pink from a few years back. Maybe in a month or 2 I can show you more about what the plan is. 

I found it!
This is my all time favorite rainbow fabric to use for binding. I had some like 6 years ago but then could not find more. Well last week at a 20% off sale, there it was. I got 2 m more of it. I hope to use it as I get some Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts done. I am so happy! 
You other scrap challenge ladies should understand. 

I used the rainbow fabric on this quilt. I had this quilt done in early 2012 and it got a prize at the Canadian National Juried Show in May of 2012. 

I think I will start some string blocks and get some purple strips used up. I got out the old phone pages. I have kept some books. Now what size to make my blocks. I am going to go look around for string blocks. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Blue Spirals

Blue Spirals is a quilt top!

I am very happy to get this one a step closer to being done. In January, I worked on Blue blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018
I think I will keep is this size and use it as a baby quilt. 

Here is a closer look at a block. It is a log cabin based blocks. I received a block like this from a block exchange. I love it and wanted to make some myself. It used up all kinds of Blue strip that were 1 1/2" wide. I did have to cut a few light blue ones that were longer, as you need the longer strips at the end of the block building. 

I have added this post to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict

I am working on another bag. It is a Bionic Gear Bag from Sew Like a Rock Star. I am hoping to get this one closer to being done this weekend. I sold one of my bags to a local friend. So I need a replacement bag now. I also want to make one for my mom too. 

I showed a bag I made from Sew Like a Rock Star last week. I had the rudest comment. 
Why does anyone waste time to put others down? 

I will be blog hopping this weekend and commenting on the projects I like.
 Hope you like my projects. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stitching Olympics

I have some special fabrics that are from Japan or inspired by Japanese culture. The blue indigo fabrics are dyed by me in a vat. I hand stitched a resist pattern in them and dyed them. The red print was from Japan, I won a pack at the Edmonton guild years ago. Well I needed to stop saving them and make good use of them.  

I like watching the Olympics each evening with my husband. I like to keep my hand busy with something, so hand stitching it is for now. I plan to use my new stitched fabric to make a bag. I think I might put a handle on the bag and use it as a hand bag. 

I have linked up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Purple Play Time

I got 4 more Honey Comb Blocks done and added then to the blocks done last week. 9 in Total. I think I might have enough blocks. So it will be time to put the blocks together. I could use just a few more blocks of some colours, like Red. 

Here are the 4 new blocks. I love the Blue purples and the Red purples. 

Do you see the crazy purple pears? 
My mom won a fat quarter of that fabric and I asked for a strip, just for this block. 

Some nice deep purples in this block. 

Well on Wednesday it was Valentines Day, so I just had to make a purple heart. 
My spare parts department made it quick!

I few years ago I made most of these blocks. So this week I just made the 2 on the far right to add to them. Someday it will be some kind of a quilt. Just need inspirations for a few more blocks or a special layout. 

I have added this post to Soscrappy and the RSC 2018

I have also added this post to Oh Scraps

My purple sampler blocks. The top row is the 7 1/2" blocks and the bottom row is the 10" blocks. 

Now all of the sampler blocks together so far.