Flannel Goodness

Berties Year

Berties Year

Last year I made “Berties Year” as a BOM using the Woolies line of flannels from Maywood.  I had a lot of left over pieces, as every month I received at least a 10 x 10 inch piece of fabric for each color used in that block.  Plus, I ordered a few extra yards of the dark brown houndstooth for extra borders or backing, I forget which. I have yet to quilt the top, but it is finished.  I think it will be too heavy as a quilt for around here, more of a wall hanging.  I may experiment with a bit of trapunto.  I was thinking of just using muslin for a backing and a light poly batt, or no batting.

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Anyway I had a lot of scraps left over and no plans for a quilt.  Then I saw one on Pinterest, Jacob’s ladder, done in flannel with appliqué flowers on the borders.  I started cutting squares and HST’s from the colored scraps, I think it is going to end up being 60″ x 84″, 36 twelve inch blocks.  I need to cut all the brown squares and HST, that will get done this weekend.  Along with two more 1930s Farmers wife blocks, Belle and Betty.

Jacobs Ladder

Jacobs Ladder

The postcard Cuties are coming along, only 2 and a half more blocks to go.  Then on to the scalloped borders.

I started quilting the Rock Candy quilt, trying to create some three D effects, like a prism, to give it some life.  I got one border done, but we have a house guest, so no more sewing on it until Wednesday.

I’m linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, for Can I get a whoop Whoop Friday, and A Quilting Reader’s Garden for WIP’s Be Gone.  I really appreciate your comments on my work, thanks!

Snowmen and 1930s

This week was productive.  I worked on the Postcard Cuties, Farmers wife and got the center of the Coxcomb together.  The Postcard snowmen are coming together quickly, I have 7 blocks done.  They are wool appliqué and regular needle turn.  I used the Union Blues line of fabric rather than the Snowmen Gatherings line of fabrics from Moda.  They are similar in colors and the Union Blues was in my stash.  The blocks are pieced first then the appliqué and embroidery is added, then the top is put together with the borders.  It uses a jelly roll and a charm pack to make it up.IMG_1604I completed  this weeks Farmers wife blocks, Bea and Becky.

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I went to PIQF yesterday, Sunday.  It was a good show, since there was a football game I think a lot of people stayed away.  The floor wasn’t crowded and the quilts were very well done.  I have three that really stood out in my mind.

“Joyful Heart” by Aki Sakai

This was so intricate and impeccably pieced. Tiny yo-yos, appliqué, embroidery, lace, beads, everything.

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Next, a red and white sampler(?) inspired by the “Infinite Variety” red and white exhibit.

“An Exercise in Red” by Carol Stapleton

Some of the pieces were ½” finished.  The reds were scrappy too. Very crisp and well quilted.

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This Medallion Quilt was by a New Zealand Quilter.  I didn’t get a shot of the info card, but the quilt was very striking to me.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Also WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

2015 Finish Along – Q4

I just found out about this finish along from a link on shecanquilt .  On the Windy Side is a blog from New Zealand.  Adrienne is offering a bunch of goodies to a lucky finisher.  I am going to enter my Coxcomb Medallion quilt, I am hoping that I will be getting all the installments to finish by December, its a good incentive.  I probably have a bunch of other UFO’s I could add to the list, but I’m going to keep it simple.  Here’s a picture from a few weeks ago.

cox comb partsI have many more block done, just didn’t want to put them up on the wall.  I have since finished six months of the pattern.  I am missing 4 and 5, I’ve done 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8.  My goal for this week is to put the center together.

Monday Wall

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My design wall is getting filled with the Farmers Wife 1930’s blocks.  I make two blocks a week, for the QAL with VeryKerryBerry.  They are fun and fairly easy paper pieced.  The hard part is choosing the colors and prints.

Other projects in the works are the Coxcomb Medallion Bom.  I made some headway this week finishing the appliqué swags, a bunch of the flying geese blocks and some quarter triangle square blocks.  I need to make 2 more sampler blocks for it, and I think I am all caught up. I have to do the Rubies Diamonds and Garnets block for October yet.   I also started a Bunny Hill Design pattern, Postcard Cuties for Winter. It’s a snowman appliqué wallhanging, primitive, in blues and tans.  This is my hand work project for now.

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PIQF is this week, YAY!  I must try to keep the shopping in control there.  I bought 47 yards of fabric this past weekend.  A local yard sale had bolts of top quality cottons for 1.00 a yard.  Catch was you had to buy the whole bolt.  Great for backings and borders, I don’t feel guilty at all.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Kaffe and me

I was away last week, so there wasn’t much done in the sewing room, I think my machine enjoyed the break too.  This week I made two more blocks of FW1930, Aunt and Augusta.  These blocks are fun, but when I think of how much time I spend on each I start to wonder if i’ll make it through to 99 blocks.  I’m getting better at streamlining the process.  Cutting pieces then piling them with their respective parts of paper pieces.  Trying to sew in sets, usually there are four parts the same, making chain piecing possible.  There are two Sew Alongs that have started for the Farmers Wife.  The one I’m doing is through verykerryberry the other is through Gnome Angel .    Lots of instagram photos at #FW1930sqal or #fqs1930farmerswife.

Aunt

Aunt

Augusta

Augusta

Kaffe fabric has always been a love/hate thing for me.  I think it’s because of the grey tones he uses sometimes, maybe it’s the cabbages.  I started this quilt with the intent of making split rectangles.  The whole left/right slope thing was making me over think the cutting.  I only wasted one strip of print fabric.  Now I am set, wrong sides together, cut 5×7, cut diagonal with point in upper left hand corner.  Next decision was lay-out.  I thought simple zig zag across, but upon laying it out, I didn’t like the white triangles.  So I went with pinwheels, they are elongated because of the rectangle, but effective.  Looking forward to quilting this top. This photo is about 1/3 of the blocks so far.

Pinwheels

Pinwheels

One last finish, the Splash quilt, yesterday.  Why is it that the simple designs take the most time for me?  I quilted double triangles in most of the blocks, with split triangles in the others.  I used wool batting for this quilt, so its puffy, but very light in weight.  I changed the edges and added a solid straight border, I wasn’t looking forward to binding all those points.

Splash

  Splash

Quilted Triangles

Quilted Triangles

I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop” today.  Also check out A Quilting readers Garden for WIPs Be Gone, there is a book give away to enter.

Tracy