Monday, July 27, 2009

Set 4 of the Blooming 9 Patches

I finished grouping 4 of the blooming nine patches.  I'm really liking how this is all coming together.  It's nice when you're working on a project and you continue to love the fabrics and color choices.  Sometimes the fabrics and colors look great when folded neatly next to each other, but once you start piecing them, they just don't have that same pizzaz.  

Here are the four sets next to each other.  I started to put them up on the design wall, but it was getting so full.  I need to finish a few other projects and get them off the wall so that I can begin to lay this one out.  
Sets 5 and 6 left to go and then I can start cutting the solid squares and laying the entire thing out.  I can't wait!  In my mind I'm 5 steps ahead of myself.  I'm already thinking, "hmm, what would this look like if I extended the last fabric as a border?" "How should I quilt this?"  (If you've seen any close ups of the quilting on blooming nine patch quilts, feel free to pass those along for ideas since I'm already mentally on step 1000 in my mind.)

More later... Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Binding's on!!!

I managed to sew the binding onto the front of the Happy Hour Quilt. Now I just need to hand sew it to the back. This one is going to my mom once it's complete.
I still need a name for this quilt though. Any suggestions? Here's a link to a picture of the whole quilt.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Set 3 of the 9-Patches

I finished set three of the nine patches last night for the blooming nine patch quilt. Here are a few pics of them...
And here are all three sets. If you use your imagination, you might be able to picture the transition in your head.
I also got a little machine quilting done on the scrappy flower quilt that's in my profile picture. I was having some difficulties with my machine a few days ago when I first went to do some of the sewing for it, so I put it aside and worked on something else. I came back to it today, and the machine worked just fine. I think it was just telling me to do some piecing and not some quilting. At least I've been making progress on something, just not my stack of unquilted tops. ;)

Friday, July 17, 2009

July BOM and Beginnings of Blooming 9-Patch

I finished the July BOM today.  I'm officially all caught up now!!!  Here it is.  Isn't it cute?
I also started my asian blooming nine patch quilt for my cousin's wedding.  I made the nine patches for the first two inner sections.  The lighter one is the inner most set of nine patches, and the darker one is the second grouping of nine patches.  I placed them up on my design wall for now that's becoming pretty full right now.  I'm going to have to do something about that. ;)

Here are the two of them together so that you ca see how they go together.

I'm so excited, I'm taking my sister to the Billy Joel/Elton John Face 2 Face concert tomorrow night as her graduation present.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Step One Complete

I completed step one of the McCall's Mystery Quilt tonight.  I had already made the star blocks, but I needed to make the rectangular blocks.  Here's one of the finished block.  I'm making it mostly out of blues and yellows with hints of reds and greens.  The examples shown have been a bit more random, but I wanted to be a little more uniform.  We'll see if it pays off when the quilt is complete.
Here are all of the blocks.  Step two is already out, so I still have some catching up to do, but I'l get there eventually.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Two more BOMs Done

I got two more BOMs done today.  I started the May one yesterday, but it had a ton of pieces for a 7" block, so it ended up getting finished today.  I really love this block.   The picture really doesn't do this one justice. 
I also got the June BOM done today.  I ended up feeling ambitious after I finished the May one and moved right onto the June one.  I enjoy this one as well, but it's just hard to beat that May one above. 

Here's these two with the other 7 for a total of 9 (Jan through June and Oct through Dec).  Just another 3 to go (July through September)...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back to Quilting - BOM Catch-up

So I finally have my quilting room back.  So of course, I had to do some quilting today.  I have a lot of catching up to do with all of the time I haven't been able to quilt with the move and our house guests.  

Today I worked on the Carol Doak Scenic BOM, finishing the April BOM.  Here it is:

I tried to find some fabric that had the feel of rain for "April Showers" and this Hoffman print in the setting triangles was the closest print that I could find.  
Here's all of the scenic BOMs together up on my design wall.  
I also worked on piecing some of the McCall's Mystery Quilt, but didn't get very far on that because I have a lot of work to do around the house and stuff.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Quilting Room Inhabited

So my quilting room is being inhabited right now by one of my sister-in-laws.  My in-laws are staying with us for the week, up from Georgia.  As a result, my sewing table and all my stuff has been pushed to the side, so I can't really do too much right now.  I did, however pull a few things out so that I can cut things on the dining room table. 

I'm cutting the fabric for a blooming nine-patch that I'm going to make for my cousin's wedding next May.   Here's the fabric that I'm using.  I've never been big into Asian fabric, but I fell in love with the top fabric and I know it's totally going to fit my cousin and his fiance. 
I also opened up a Swanky honey bun from Moda and began organizing the strips so that I can make an Irish Chain quilt that I saw using honey buns on the Moda Bake Shop blog.  

My 6 year old sister-in-law (my husband is the oldest of 6) was helping me pick the color combinations.  How cute.