Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - fall 2013

This festival snuck up on me!  My entry is going to be my red/white urban 9-patch quilt!

I used a fat-quarter bundle of ''Redwork Renaissance'' and a solid red and the background is white polka dots on white.

When Jenny announced her urban 9-patch quilt along, I knew I had to use that bundle to make this quilt!

I love this block and it helped me a lot to get comfortable with curved piecing!  So much that I am now working on a double wedding ring qult - and have plans for yet another DWR (with ''Seascapes'') after that, and also plans for a quilt with just the curved 9-patch section of this block (with my precious FMF!)  Lots of curvy piecing in my future!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hello Betty double wedding ring quilt progress

Well, I have gotten a little more done on my double wedding ring quilt top.....

Several 'footballs' done:

many waiting for one last seam to become a football:

and lots of arcs finished paper piecing:

and even more arcs in the process of being pieced:

I was able to find out what the bella solids are - looked on United Notions website, found a number on the Hello Betty pdf and tracked them down as ''Betty Teal'' and ''Betty Orange'' - so, now that I know they are available, I will see how far I get with the 4 strips I had of each color (from 2 jelly rolls).  I am hoping this will make a full size quilt, but we'll see.  I think it will be close!  It's hard to estimate size of a quilt that doesn't have square blocks!  If I don't have enough of the solids, at least I know they are available now, which is a relief!  I am using bella Snow as my background color.

And, no, I haven't forgotten about my Sunnyside postage stamp quilt!  The top is 96'' square and I am postponing doing the final iron because I really don't like to iron a big quilt top!  What a pain!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

the other side of the quilt

Over at SwimBikeQuilt, she is having a linky party for quilt backs.  So, I thought I'd share in one post some of the pieced quilt backs I have done:
This one is on my latest Moda Bake Shop project ''Sunnyside Stars''


This one is the backing to my oldest son's camo kaleidoscope quilt.


This one is the backing to my Dandelion Girl ''Hunters Star'' quilt.


I have some other pieced backings, but am unable to locate anymore pics.  Or, the pics are quite uninteresting.  These 3 stand out to me as the most interesting pieced backs :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


I've finally got around to adding the widget so you can follow me on Bloglovin' if you are so inclined :D

I've been working away on my Sunnyside postage stamp quilt and I have 29 blocks completed so far and the rest are in varying stages of completion.  I should be done with the top by the weekend if all goes as planned!

I am going to wait to do the final pressing of the blocks until I decide on a layout.  That way, I can get all the seams to 'nest' nicely :)

I really can't wait to take my Pfaff in to get the dual-feed repaired - I can't believe the difference it makes in piecing to be without it!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

pile o' patchwork

This is what I have been working on lately - a big old pile o' patchwork!
enough for SIXTY FOUR 36-patch 12'' blocks.  Yes, that is over 2300 little 2'' finished squares.  It's gonna be huge!  96x96 - I think the largest quilt I've made yet.  This will definitely have to be longarm quilted, and I think I already know how I'm going to do the quilting  - in chevrons with a variegated thread.

Prints in this quilt are Sunnyside (same as my latest Moda Bake Shop project) and Moda Bella Snow for the solid.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pfaff dual-feed

I think I have wore out the dual-feed on my Pfaff :(  She might have to go in to the sewing machine doctor!

I like to use the dual-feed pretty much all the time when I sew.  It just sews so nice with it engaged!  But, lately it has been giving me problems.  It hangs up on seams really bad, and now I cannot use it at all for piecing quilts :(

This is where is hangs up.  Every time.

Presser foot UP, and you can see it has caught on the seam:

I think maybe the tip of it where the 'teeth' are has just worn down.  I sew a LOT!  Quilting is less than half my sewing.
It's due for a tune-up, so when I take vacation around Thanksgiving, I will take it in to be serviced and hopefully replace that dual-feed foot.  And, hopefully, it's an inexpensive part and easy to replace!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunnyside Stars - a Moda Bake Shop project

Yay!  Finally time to share my latest Moda Bake Shop project ''Sunnyside Stars''!

 This was my first experience on a longarm (I rented time on a computerized machine), and it was FUN.  I chose a semi-loose quilting design so it didn't shrink up so much.  I didn't notice they looked like sidesways S's until it was done, LOL.  Perfect for the name of the quilt :)
 Sunnyside has some gorgeous prints in it, so this pattern really shows them off!  I was hoping for a little more contrast so the stars stood out better - I think I might do some hand-stitching around the stars to make them POP.  I was picking the yellows/oranges mostly, but I probably should have chosen the blues for that pop!  They seem to stand out the most in this line.  Maybe I will do the hand-stitching in a coordinating blue.

 This is my helper ''Tikka''.  She is such a good girl <3

Since this quilt is on the large side, I knew I was going to have to piece the backing in more than two pieces.  I decided to do a large scale modified 9-patch.

I really like how the backing looks!  It's pieced, but doesn't look 'thrown together' pieced :)

As much as I love this quilt, I have so many quilts that need quilted, and SO many quilts in my head that I want to do,  that I need to move this one on so I can get to the next one :)  This one is for sale in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

finished quilt sneak peek

I will show more pictures later, promise!

This was my first experience on a longarm (I rented time on a computerized longarm), and it was really fun!  I definitely think the background in embroidery helped with getting the hang of the quilting.  This was a pre-programmed design, but I am hoping to jump right into FMQ as soon as possible :)  I plan to quilt my ugly trip-around-the-world quilt (I am calling it Trippy) next:

THEN, onto my urban 9 patch after that!  EEEEP!

Then, maybe my selvage spiderweb quilt top!  (This is the one hubby calls the circus quilt, LOL)