A UFO Revived

Before Nathan turned 2 my husband and I took my parents to Hawaii for a family vacation.  We wanted to go before he had to pay for a seat on the plane.  Not a big fan of typical touristy things we chose to go to the island of Kauai, the island where Jurassic Park was filmed.  While there I visited some of the quilt shops and found the works of Sylvia Pippen.  I was looking for something representative of Hawaii to remember our trip, although the suitcase of fabrics my husband had to pack arguably should have been enough.   When I saw the “Plumeria Floating On Water” kit at one of the stores I knew I had to get it.  Being a fan of Japanese culture and art I had always wanted to try sashiko.  Although I had never really done applique before, I figured it couldn’t be too hard.

Plumeria Floating On Water wall hanging
Finished Top – Plumeria Floating On Water by Sylvia Pippen Designs

I wasn’t a big fan of the huge light blue border so I went with a more subtle folded accent.  I also added some additional batik fabrics to get more variety to the Plumeria flowers.  I found the fun multi-colored batik to frame it in a clearance section of a local fabric store.  Not knowing any better I had actually used a monofilament thread, which means someday I may have to re-create the wall hanging.   I finished up the top in about half a year but sometime soon after I ended up setting it aside, probably to work on Christmas gifts or something.  It got folded up and became a forgotten UFO.

Hooped wall hanging
Hand quilting has begun on the wall hanging

While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found it again.  I think this would be a good practice trying to learn hand quilting before I tackle the big Traveling Quilt (am I insane that I want to try hand quilting it?)

 

Layer Cake Sampler – Week 11/12

I finished the sashing on my Layer Cake Sampler Quilt this morning!  We were given two weeks to finish this up, which with a busy weekend in Whistler for Mother’s Day/Birthday/Early Anniversary get-away and a busy week at work, I really ended up needing the full two weeks!

Layer Cake Sampler QAL - Quilt Top with Sashing
Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Quilt Top with Sashing

I went with a dark grey (although the photo makes it look black) for the sashing.  Mostly because I couldn’t get more of say dye lot for the grey I used in the blocks, everything I could fine had too much yellow in it.  My grey had a blue undertone.

Close up of sashing and cornerstone blocks
Close up of sashing and cornerstone blocks

I thought about doing the sashing in the blue or green tone-on-tone fabrics but it got to be too dominate with some of the blocks that used those fabrics.  I also auditioned just grey squares for the cornerstones.  I liked a thicker sashing, but the grey squares I felt were too boring.  So I pieced some more HSTs, cutting them twice to make the cornerstone blocks.

This has been a lot of fun!  I’ve definitely gotten a lot better at matching points during this journey!  After creating this project I’m finding piecing friendship blocks for my quilt guild friends are getting a lot better as well.

A big thank you to Amanda of Material Girl Quilts and this wonderful sampler quilt pattern!

 

MQG Reflections

Our guest at the Moonlight Quilters guild meeting this month was Helene Knott.  I didn’t think to borrow my CAT quilt from Mom for the Show & Tell!  I wish I could’ve attended her workshop, the Molas were pretty cool.  She had a lot of variety in her trunk show, very inspirational!

I managed to turn in a friendship block as well as some Christmas Log Cabin blocks for the guild quilt.  Hopefully the friendship block is acceptable, I didn’t have enough different whites to do a scrappy block like the instructions (the center should’ve been a white) but this Nordika fabric in the center has some little white stripes!  This is going to a family that lost the husband who is leaving behind an infant.  I don’t think they’ll notice…  I hope we get to see the finished piece before it is given away.

Friendship Block
Friendship Block

Next month they are having a challenge for people to turn in blocks with prizes for people who turn in the most.  I was able to collect some more sheets so hopefully I can get them done for next month.

Christmas Quilt Log Cabins
Christmas Quilt Log Cabins

Layer Cake Sampler – Week 10

I finished out the last two blocks for the Layer Cake Sampler hosted by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts.

Layer Cake Sampler QAL - Blocks 1 - 20
Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Blocks 1 – 20

Block 20 is my favorite of all the blocks!  I did a variation of her third colorway for this one to keep with alternating the two HST blocks.

Layer Cake Sampler QAL - Blocks 19 & 20
Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Blocks 19 & 20

While getting ready for work Nathan decided to play behind my design curtain, causing a bunch of the blocks to get knocked off.  He was kind enough to try to put them back up for me.

Nathan giving his creative input after knocking some blocks down
Nathan giving his creative input after knocking some blocks down

 

Getting more blocks
Getting more blocks

 

Giving instructions on where the ones he can't reach go
Giving instructions on where the ones he can’t reach go

 

Monday Morning Star Count – 75/75

I finished out the last star on my 60° EPP Traveling Quilt last week. As I suspected I would get the last pieces finished that evening while watching TV with the family.

The Final Star for my 60° EPP Traveling Quilt
The Final Star for my 60° EPP Traveling Quilt

 

I was ecstatic that I did all the hand piecing done in under a year! My EPP journey started on a flight to Toronto on May 4th, 2013 and the last diamond was finished on my couch April 28th.

Stitching the last triangle!
Stitching the last triangle!

 

I thought I would have the borders on and do a big reveal this week but fun times with the family got in the way. It didn’t help that we had two gorgeous summer-like days, which meant a trip to the park for a picnic dinner!

What's better then a picnic at the park?  A bun on a fork! The bun never stood a chance
What’s better then a picnic at the park? A bun on a fork! The bun never stood a chance.

 

I did get the inner border on, it was interesting trying to transition to machine piecing. The 120° triangles were easy enough to cut down to a quarter inch (I had purchased 2.5” templates as they didn’t have 2.25” available), I just used my Add-A-Quarter ruler off the point of the diamond. The other sides with the equilateral triangle were trickier as a few times I caught both layers of the back side of the fabric on the diamonds which made things difficult to press open. In a few places I had to cut the fabric, otherwise I would have a funny tucker where the border was sewn in.

Inner Border finished
Inner Border Added

 

I am thinking of doing a 15” outer border with some applique. I really love the raffle quilt done by the Stray Threads quilt guild and was thinking of doing a similar corner border out of the recognizable EPP pieces. If anyone knows of a pattern or image they can point me in the direction of, I would greatly appreciate it!

The mitered corner
The mitered corner

 

I did get a few more hexis sewn for my Halloween table runner. The pattern only calls for 8 of the large 2” hexigons, so this is going pretty fast. I will need to start brain storming my next EPP project soon!

4 more hexis added
4 more hexis added

Layer Cake Sampler – Week 9

As I got to the last two weeks of the Layer Cake Sampler QAL hosted by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts I started to reflect on the blocks up on the design “wall” I’ve hung in my curtain track.  So far I had used every fabric in the collection twice (the Metropia collection has 17 fabrics, which let me make 17 blocks using each fabric twice).  My last two HST color were a black tone on tone and the green bubble/grids.  The green didn’t really work for the bow ties, the black connecting stripes never matched up nicely so I skipped Block 17 and used the last HST I had already cut for Block 18.  I’ve actually had Block 18 ready to finish for a week now.  I had four strips of four HSTs ready, they just needed final block assembly which I finished this morning.

Layer Cake Sampler QAL - Week 9 Block 18

Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Week 9 Block 18

 

Block 17 was another matter.  I have chosen to be careful about which prints get placed when forming a cohesive unit (such as a flying geese shape) and the bow ties were really getting to me.  I decided to wait until last Friday to see what Week 10 blocks were going to look like before picking the last repeating fabrics.  There are 6 designs in the collection and I wanted to try and have one of each for the last three blocks.  Looking at my design wall I wanted to make sure I didn’t use the same fabrics within a block that I had already chosen.  I didn’t really have a strong teal/green combination and I thought that would work for Block 13.  Before I sewed it all together I wanted to see how the rest of my fabrics played out.

Experimenting with Block 17

Experimenting with Block 17

As I tried to work through the last three blocks I kept glancing at my design curtain.  Block 4 was really bugging me.  It was the only block that read as 4 separate blocks within a block (or 8 flying geese).  My husband kept teasing me about how I must be still pondering fabric choices.  I decided it had to come down and reassembled.  I wanted the directional geese to be more “scrappy” looking like the rest of the quilt.

 

Original Block from Week 2
Original Block from Week 2
Revisiting Block 4
Revisiting Block 4

 

And the results of Block 17?  Last night I finished it with a different HST combination I found that fit with my quilt top:

Layercake Sampler QAL - Replacement for Block 17
Layercake Sampler QAL – Replacement for Block 17