Monday, November 24, 2014

Scrap Busting

I've been in a scrap-busting mode lately.  I finally finished the top of my scrappy herringbone last night.

My plan for the rest of this quilt is a black and white backing (still to be determined) and possibly a grey binding.  I'm not completely sold on that one yet, so the color is still up in the air.

I still have TONS of scraps left over.  I started sewing them together by color to form 12.5" squares and turning them into HST.

This was my trial run to determine if it was even worth it.  With one 12.5" aqua block and one 12.5" yellow block, I was able to create four 8.5" HST blocks.  I think this looks pretty cool and has lots of potential.  We shall see where this takes me.

Friday, November 21, 2014

iQuilt Mini

I had fun learning how to reverse applique to create this mini.  I've been working with scraps lately and decided to use the scraps from my scrap quilt that I'm putting together to create this fun little project.

I also enjoyed FMQ the wavy lines.  The effect it gives is perfect.  Plus, it's hard to make a mistake with this technique.

I found this teal binding fabric at the store that was a great accent to the colors of the scraps and the dark grey overlay.  I found the navy and teal fabric in my stash that worked perfectly as the backing.

Now that this little distraction of a project is done, I will return to my scrappy quilt.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Scrappy Mini with Reverse Applique

I tackled a new skill this weekend and learned how to reverse applique. I've always loved the way it looks and had a bunch of scraps laying around from a scrappy quilt I'm working on right now.

 I didn't have any freezer paper, so I used interfacing.  Although it works, the interfacing is very thick.

 I'm about half way through quilting this one.  With the backing fabric, batting, interfacing, and two layers of fabric on top, this is a very THICK quilting project.  I'm hoping to be done with the quilting tonight so I can put the binding on and be done with it. 

The binding material is the teal fabric on the top left corner of the picture.  It should pop against the dark grey. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quilt Show and Scraps!

Last weekend, the Memphis-Area Modern Quilt Guild participated in a local quilt show at the Davies Plantation.  Most of the quilt entries were a bit...ummm...traditional.  Three of our members entered quilts and we also had a booth showing off modern quilting.

We also challenged people to try some improvisational piecing.  There's Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation ready to help anyone with the piecing.

Here's Kelly's quilt...

...and mine (Don't get me started on the folding of my quilt for display...I was not a happy camper.)...

 ...and Jenny's (another member of our quilting guild).

It was a busy weekend, but well wort it.  I loved meeting local quilters from all backgrounds and recruiting new members.  It was time well spent. 

Thanks to a sick little boy, I had some time at home this week.  I finished up all my scrap strips and started piecing the strips together.  I'm making a large (80x80) herringbone quilt.  I finished up 2 columns last night and have 8 more to go.  This is going to be one very colorful quilt and I'm exceptionally giddy about it.

I can already tell that I have way more scraps than I need for this quilt, so I need some more projects  to use them all up.  Any suggestions?

Monday, November 3, 2014

My Garden Lattice Grew

After a bit of deliberation, I decided the Garden Lattice quilt top needed to be a bit larger.  The finished quilt top did look like this before this past weekend.

Now it looks like this

A friend said the 16-patch blocks look like they are floating now, which I can totally see.

I'm really happy with the addition to the quilt top and now I can move on to my other WIP quilt top without continuing to worry about whether this quilt is big enough or not.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I had so much fun hosting TGIFF! last week and seeing all the great projects that linked up.  It's fun being connected with so many talented quilters out there.  Since hosting, I've have been moving full steam ahead.  Friday night my kids had their first belt tests for Karate.  We are now yellow belts!

Saturday was filled with a picnic by a pond and college football.

Following the GameCast is just not the same as watching the game on TV, or watching the game in person.  Oh, how I miss going to college football games...sigh...

Sunday, we went to the Memphis Air Show and had a blast.


Crawling in and around of the planes on display was so much fun, and watching the planes in the sky brought back lots of memories of attending air shows as a kid.  My daughter informed me that it was boring when we left.  I guess it will just be me and my son next year while my husband (who didn't have as much fun as I did) can find something much less fun to do.  :)

In the midst of all this weekend excitement, I did manage to start working on 2 new WIPs.

I finished piecing all the columns and am now attaching the columns together for my second Christmas quilt gift.  I'm going for a masculine feel for this one.   Once I get the flimsy done, I'll share with you the whole top.

My other WIP is a scrap-crazy quilt.  I'm clearing out my scrap baskets one color at a time and sewing them into strips between 12 and 14 inches long.  I can't wait to see this one come together.  I have this vision in my head of what this quilt is going to look like, and I'm really excited about it.  I hope I'm not disappointed after all this work.

The pink, red, orange, and yellow scraps are finished.  I'm currently working on green, which leaves me with aqua, navy, purple, and gray to do.  My goal is to have all the colors in organized strips before our local quilting guild's Sew-In on November 1st.  I would love to start assembling the quilt top on that day.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Hello Everyone!  It's a beautiful Friday and time to show off what you've finished this week!  I've been working hard this week to finish this quilt top I've named "Garden Lattice."  I had 11 Flea Market Fancy prints hoarded in my fabric cabinet for the last couple years and it was time to pull them out.  I added some bright coordinating solids into the mix, and I think I've created a pretty happy quilt top.

I initially wanted to center the diamond affect given by the HST, but I've decided I really love the offset look much better.

Now it's your turn to link up those fabulous finishes here.  Don't forget to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love! Please include a link and/or button for TGIFF! so your visitors can see other fabulous finishes.

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