Star Voyage Finish

Hello Everyone! Star Voyage, the foundation pieced quilt is finished!

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I love this 40″ x 40″ wall hanging! I started it in June at my guild’s Foundation Paper Pieced Workshop with David Gilleland of Vector Quilts. Star Voyage is one of David’s designs. He also has other stunning designs on his website. I’ve done very little foundation paper piecing (FPP) before this and what I had done, I just winged it. Star Voyage is a beginner FPP design and David did a great job of taking us through all the steps and techniques for the piecing process.

Because we were in the summer, Fourth of July time frame, I thought a red, white and blue quilt would be appropriate. The fabrics are Moda Grunge Peacock Blue, Moda Marbles Hot Red, Moda Bella White, Moda Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille, and Moda Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan. I love the contrast in the colors and the white space left some great areas for quilting. I pieced and quilted Star Voyage with Aurifil 50 wt thread and used two layers of Quilter’s Dream Select batting.

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Before I started quilting, I took a few days to work on the quilting design. I’ve started printing a full page low ink picture of my quilts. I still have the colors, but I can clearly see the designs that I’m drawing. When it’s time to mark the top, I like to use a Hera marker by Clover if I can, then use a disappearing pen just before I quilt if I need to mark connecting dots on the quilt. The Hera marker is great for marking lines.

 

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As you can see in this picture, I changed my thread colors for each fabrc color. I tried several neutral colors of thread, but because of the high contrast in colors, nothing looked good except matching colors. I am really pleased with the progress I am making on quilting the swirls. They do not come easy for me. Some designs I pick up right away, but for some reason the swirls have been a struggle. I have several quilting books and I found a swirl hook design by Angela Walters in “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. I followed the diagram and practiced over and over on paper. Other quilting designs are Ribbon Candy, Wishbone and free motioned narrow straight lines.

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Before I did any free motion quilting, I used the Westalee Ruler foot on my Pfaff QE 4.0 and my straight Westalee Ruler to quilt all the straight lines in the quilt. Then, I switched to the free motion foot and did the rest of the quilting.

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The backing is this Basic from Bonnie and Camille. I debated over using the red or blue for the binding, but I’m glad I went with the blue.

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Star Voyage will hang in my foyer until it’s time for fall decorating. And because the outer border looks more British (think Union Jack flag) than American to me, I had to get a picture of it with the British Hawker Hurricane around the corner.

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Yesterday, I did a fabric pull for August’s Minis and More Parade mini or minis in this case. The fabrics are from Corey Yoder’s lines Sundrops, Lulu Lane and Pepper and Flax with a few matching Bella solids thrown in. The pattern we are using this month is Barn Charm by Christine Weld and can be found here. The minis are inspired by barn quilts and finish about 14″ x 14″. You still have two weeks left if you want to join in the parade. You can check out all the details on Sherri’s site.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas in July Minis and More

Hello Everyone! I’m back today with this month’s Minis and More project. Be sure to check out Michele’s and Sherri’s blog to see the rest of parade. Our project this month  was to make a Christmas mini of our choice. After thinking about it I decided I would use some pieces of my Winterville quilt that I couldn’t use because I sewed them wrong.
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Do you notice these holly blocks are all going in the same direction? Well half should be going in the opposite direction. I didn’t notice they were wrong until I was ready to put the pieces together. So I made more for the quilt and had a lot of leftovers.

They became the start of a pillow cover to match the Winterville quilt.

IMG_6821.1Here it is, nice and flat. The nice thing about making a pillow cover is that you can use them as a table topper and you can change your pillows seasonally.

DSC00736.1The background fabric in the pillow is the same Shadow Play by Maywood Studios that I used in the quilt. I thought about reversing the colors and using a light background, but I liked the snowflake fabric. I was able to cut all the pieces from a layer cake piece (10″ square) of Bonnie and Camille Vintage Christmas. The red is a Henry Glass fabric, not sure from what line. The green pieces are from my stash. The pillow measures 18″ x 18″.

IMG_6824.1You can see in this picture that the white has a metallic design. I’m not usually one for bling in my fabric, but I like it in the pillow. This picture also shows the background quilting in the blue, some small curly q’s. I decided not to quilt in the white so the fabric would “shine”.

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I quilted a wishbone design in the green pieces just to keep it simple. For all the quilting and piecing, I used Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread.

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The pillow will be a nice addition to my Christmas/Winter collection. The Winterville quilt just needs the houses finished to be able to put it all together. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have that done.

IMG_6836.1I like to make an envelope back for pillows so they can be removed easily. This fabric is Mingle and Jingle by Alicia Jacobs Dujets from Ink and Arrow Fabrics for QT Fabrics. This is a cute line of fabrics and I have several more pieces in my stash.

Be sure to check out Michele and Sherri for the rest of the parade. Thanks for stopping by!

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June Progress Update

Hello Everyone! I am writing this from my porch this morning because it is such a pleasant day. We rarely get those in the middle of July here in North Georgia. It’s either been hot or rainy. Then, when the rain stops and the heat is back, the humidity has been dreadful. It seems like all we do, no matter what season it is, is complain about the weather. I see it all over the country on Instagram.

Speaking of Instagram, I just enjoyed participating in the Instagram #patrioticquiltparade hosted by @sewstacysew leading up to the 4th of July. If you want to see more of my quilts, go here.

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I was quite busy in June, but there were a few items that weren’t even touched last month. We spent a week on the road, so I did only have 3 weeks in June.

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First I finished Alex’s quilt and the T-Shirt quilt, which got added to the list after I decided to get it made in a few weeks. If you missed them, you can find them here.

I finished the Succulent projects, which will now be known as the Needles Collection, and sent those to Jacquelynne. I finished the pattern instructions just in time too. I had a July 1 deadline. Writing the instructions aren’t hard, but working on the diagrams takes me a lot of time, although I am getting better.

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Here’s a peek at the Table Topper in the collection with the embroidered designs by Jacquelynne and the project designs by me. The collection will be available in August for Club Members. If you aren’t a member, you can sign up here to be informed when the club will open again for new members.

As you can see from the list, I didn’t make the house blocks for the Winterville quilt, I didn’t even get the fabric cut out. I am happy to say that the blocks are now cut out and I’ll probably work on them this afternoon.

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I wanted to get them all laid out with the coordinating windows, doors and roofs before getting them ready to sew.

IMG_6820.1 They are now on my (messy) design board, waiting for the sections to be chained pieced.

Which brings us to July’s list:

IMG_6817.1I have the first item on the list half complete, I’ve finished the top for the Foundation Pieced Star Voyage wall hanging.

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I finished it on the morning of July 4th and was able to show it in the patriotic quilt parade. I’m hoping to quilt it this week so it will be finished in time for my guild meeting next week. It was started at a guild workshop in June with David Gilleland of Vector Quilts. I had fun piecing this and will be looking for another paper piecing project to work on.

Another project already finished on my July list is the Minis and More Parade mini. Fortunately, Sherri and Michele, decided to have the parade on July 10th. That worked out for me because I’m not sure I could have gotten it finished last month. I’ll have that post up on Tuesday afternoon.

My July list looks ambitious, but I think I can get most of it accomplished. We aren’t traveling this month, so I feel like I’ll have some extra time. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the beginning of the week.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Snowbirds Quilt Finished and Gifted

Hello Everyone! We have been back from our Virginia trip for almost a week and I’ve been very busy finishing my project for the Art of Home Club. The quilts have been shipped and the patterns finished. It’s always good to finish a project. I’ll get to show the collection to you in August.

In the few weeks before we left, I was busy finishing the Snowbirds quilt and making a T-Shirt quilt.

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This quilt was made with half square triangles, lots of them! I do love the way it looks, though. The pattern is a free Moda Bake Shop pattern by Ann Weins. After all the trimming of HSTs, this quilt went together pretty fast. I used a layer cake of Amy Ellis’s Adventures fabric with some matching Moda Grunge and Black Grunge as the background. The colors are a good combination for a young man, my nephew Alex, who just graduated from high school and is starting a new chapter in life while continuing his education.

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I decided to keep the quilting simple. I used a Hera marker to mark the diagonal lines, then quilted it with my walking foot using Aurifil 50 wt thread in a dark khaki color. It blended well with all the earthy tones and the black.
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While we were in Virginia, I was able to give Alex his quilt in person. I’ve made four graduation quilts, but have had to ship them, so it was nice to be able to give it to him.

I made a T-Shirt quilt for one of Alex’s best friends who also graduated. His friend’s mother asked my sister to make a T-Shirt quilt for her son. My sister had the t-shirts for a while and didn’t have time to do it, so she asked me last summer and I said yes. I got the shirts in January and she said there was no hurry so they sat and sat. Sometime in May, I decided I would make it so I could take it with us when we went on our trip.

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T-Shirt quilts sew together very quickly, but there is a lot of prep involved. First, the shirts need to be de-boned (cutting them apart). Next a plan needs to be made so the shirts can be cut close to their final size. The next step is to interface them so they aren’t stretchy. I use Pellon SF101, a fusible woven interfacing.  The final step before sewing is cutting the shirts to the final size. Nothing hard, it just takes some time.

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This was the fourth T-Shirt quilt I’ve made, all commissioned. Every one has been pieced a little differently and I’ve loved the results of each of them. I used the same color of Aurifil thread to quilt this. I started with the walking foot, but after quilting one wavy line row, I switched to my free motion foot. I found it easier to make the wavy lines with this foot rather than the walking foot. My sister was planning on giving it to her friend this week.

We had a great time on our trip last week. We spent time with family and searching for retirement cities. We saw most of Virginia except the coast, the DC area and the very  southern part of VA. Our first stop was Blacksburg to give it another look and walk around the campus of Virginia Tech.

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It was a beautiful but warm afternoon and we enjoyed our walk around the drill field. Fortunately the wind was blowing like it always does there to keep us a little cool.

IMG_6638.2Of course, we had to walk by our dorms. Blacksburg is still a beautiful place and would make a nice place to retire. It’s still on the list.

We left Blacksburg the next morning and instead of taking the interstates to Williamsburg, we went by way of Smith Mountain Lake. Neither one of us had been in that area and it was a beautiful drive. We only saw a small part of the lake, but that area got crossed off the list because it was pretty remote and I think we want to be in a small city. On the way, we stopped at Appomattox Court House.

IMG_6641.1This is the house where Lee surrendered to Grant. An interesting fact; the McLeans moved from Manassas because the First Battle at Bull Run took place on their farm and they wanted to get away from the war.

We spent a night in Williamsburg with my father-in-law, then spent the next couple of days in Fredericksburg with my parents.

There was a lot of rain.

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The Rappahannock River was supposed to crest at it’s second highest flood stage; the highest was during Hurricane Agnes in the early 70’s.

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That’s the train bridge. Fortunately for us, the rain stopped in time for us to enjoy some blue crabs.

IMG_6668We had a great time, but it was time to move on. We spent our last day driving around the Shenandoah Valley from Luray to Harrisonburg and finally to Staunton. Staunton is a small city with a lot going for it. It’s about 2 hours from every where we would want to go, it has a quilt store and an indoor pool (my requirements) and a nice downtown area. This area is at the top of our list right now. It could change, we still have about 4 years to go before retirement.

I know this has been a long post, but thanks for sticking with me. Have a very pleasant week and 4th of July.

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Foundation Piecing Workshop

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. We are on the road again, but I wanted to tell you about the Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop I did with my guild on Monday.

I haven’t done a lot of paper piecing, but when I have, I just did it with some very basic knowledge that I’ve picked up over the years. Taking the workshop taught me about cutting, organizing, and sewing the pieces.

The workshop was taught by David Gilleland  of Vector Quilts. We used David’s pattern, Star Voyage.

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This is a beautiful wall hanging and I decided I needed a red, white and blue project for the summer.

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I’m using red Moda Marbles and dark blue Moda Grunge with white Moda Bella. I think this is going to be a very vibrant quilt when I finish.

David did an excellent job of taking us through the process of paper piecing.

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We received the cutting instructions before the workshop and they were easy to follow. David also had tips on keeping your pieces organized and how to lay them out before you begin to sew. He also showed us how to place your pieces on the foundation to make sure the angle was right so you would get your quarter inch seam allowance. This made all the difference. The few things I’ve done in the past were frustrating because I’ve had to remove the pieces because I didn’t get them lined up just right. After David’s workshop, I feel more confident with the FPP and see myself doing more in the future. Another thing that made the process easier was that David’s patterns are not printed on paper, but an interfacing type of material that seems to hold up better than paper.

Here we are at the guild meeting on Monday night with our pieces.

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When I get home, I have a few things to finish up by the end of the month, but I hope to get this one finished by the 4th of July.

I recently took a Ruler Design Class from David also. He does his own quilting on a long arm, and as you can see from the cover of Star Voyage, it’s stunning. Even though I quilt on a domestic machine, I learned some new ways to design with rulers and some techniques to use to make using the rulers easier. If you have a chance to take a class or workshop from David, I would recommend it. He’s very personal and his teaching style is easy to follow.

Last week I was so busy quilting, that I didn’t have time to post any of my progress. Two of my quilts that I was working on will be gifted during this trip so I can show them to you in a couple of days. Until then, have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Time for a Progress Check-in

Hello Everyone! I’m a little late with May’s progress update, but I’ve been busy with some priority quilting and my daughter has been home this week. It’s been nice spending time with her, if only for a few short days.

IMG_6605.1Here is my May list again, this time with all my check marks! I accomplished almost everything I set out to do in May. That’s always a nice feeling.

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We’ll start with number 2 on the list. I finished the Succulent’s Table Topper for Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home Club, but I haven’t even begun to write the patterns except for the notes I took while I was making it.

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I did start the Succulent wall hanging and pillow, and finished the tops in June.

You can see my Winterville Quilt here. I was glad I got the sections all sewn together, too.

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You just recently saw my Flower Patch Mini made with the lovely Pepper and Flax fabric. I have to say, this was my most liked picture ever on Instagram and Corey Yoder, designer of Pepper and Flax, reposted it as well. Have I told you how much I love this fabric?

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Last time, I showed you a peek at my Save the Bees blocks for the free BOM by Jacquelynne. You can still sign up to receive the patterns here. I did get the quarter square triangles made and decided on my final fabric selections for the inner border. The first block will be available the first Monday in August.

I got the backing made on my Moda Blockheads Quilt and have all the layers basted. Did you know they are starting Moda Blockheads II? I decided not to participate because of other commitments, but I am following along, and may save the blocks that I like.

I did not even touch Jacquelynne’s mystery Giving Thanks blocks, available only to The Art of Home members, nor the swoon blocks. I hope by the end of June, I can get back to those.

I did get the T-shirts cut apart and fused, and Alex’s Snowbirds quilt top finished, which leads us into June.

IMG_6604.1The first four items are a priority this month. I need to have the first two finished before June 20. We are going to Virginia and I want to take Alex’s quilt and the T-shirt quilt with us so I don’t have to ship them.

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I have finished the Snowbirds Quilt except to hand sew the binding. That should be done this week.

I’ve also made good progress on the T-shirt quilt.

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I have four columns ready to be pieced with vertical sashing between them. My sister was asked by a friend to make her son a T-shirt quilt some time last year and when my sister realized she wouldn’t have time to make it, she asked if I would make it. This was late last summer or early fall. I told her I would, but didn’t get the t-shirts until January. I could have been working on this since then, but no, I decided last month to go ahead and try to get it finished before we go visit. T-shirt quilts take a lot of prep and planning, but do sew together quickly. I still need border and backing fabric before I can begin quilting. I have a week and a half to get it finished. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

My other priority is to get the succulent projects quilted and the patterns written and sent to Jacquelynne by July 1. I hope some of you are members of The Art of Home Club, because they will only be available there.

Next on the list is the Winterville quilt.

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I have the 9 house blocks to cut and sew together. Then I will need to sew the houses, trees and corner snowflake sections together to finish this quilt top. My goal was to finish it by the end of June. After the first four tasks are complete, I will concentrate on this. I would really like to meet my goal on this one.

Number 7 on the list is to continue with Courthouse Step setting blocks for the Quilting Life BOM that I participated in for 2017. I finished the 6″ version earlier this year, but wanted to make setting blocks for the 12″ version.

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Early one morning in May, I needed something simple and quick to sew, so I started on these. They were all ready to go, I only needed to start adding the rounds. I only have one more round to go. I work on these when I have just a little bit of time to sew because they can be chained pieced and put together quickly.

The June Minis and More project is still up in the air. This month’s theme is anything Christmas and it’s not due until July 10, so there is some time. I’ve had a few ideas running around my head, but haven’t decided on anything yet.

I would like to get as much as possible done on the Save the Bees quilt. At least the blocks are all finished so I’m ready for the first month of the BOM. The rest we will have to see. I signed up for a workshop with my guild to make the Star Voyage  paper pieced wall hanging with David Gilleland. I need to select and cut my fabrics for that this week, the workshop in next Monday. I’m also taking a class with David this afternoon on designing with long arm rulers. He said that it will work for domestic machine quilters, too. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to learn some new things and get some new ideas.

Did you make goals and plans for the year in January? Since we are almost half way through the year, how are you doing on them? I would love to hear how your progress for the year is going. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Jacquelynne Steves New BOM Sign Ups

Hello Everyone! I wanted to let you know that Jacquelynne has announced her new Block of the Month, Save the Bees!

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This is a cute wall hanging that can be appliqued or embroidered. Here is a peak at a couple of my blocks.

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Jacquelynne’s BOMs are always free, but you must sign up in order to get the patterns. She emails them to you so you don’t have to download them from the website. If you are a member of The Art of Home Club, the patterns will be on the club page, too. Jacquelynne also has fabric kits and more fun stuff available to go with the BOM if you are interested.

Speaking of the Club, I hope some of you signed up during the last open sign up session.  I’ve been working on the collection for August. Jacquelynne designed the applique and embroidery patterns and I designed the projects to go with them.

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I’ve finished all the tops, now on to the quilting. I  can’t wait to share these with you later in August!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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