Thursday, January 30, 2014

The First Finished Quilt

It is finished! I love how the quilting turned out.

 It is not what I was planning on. I guess I need to practice more free motion quilting. It was supposed to be more of a figure 8 type stitch but it turned into a wavy line. I like it and I echoed it in the binding stitch.

There are giant X's in the squares.

The back is a solid coordinating pink.

Now it is time to plan out the next one. I am thinking.... purple!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My Tennessee Project

 In the 24+ hour drive to Tennessee I did some sewing in the car. I wasn't quite sure what it was going to be until I finished it on the way home.

Hexagons are so much fun and a god travelling activity because it is all hand sewing.

We played Settler of Catan a few times while we were visiting our family and it must have influences my sewing. When I was putting it together my husband mentioned how it was the right dimensions for the board game. So it turned into a Christmas present for the family we visited. Besides, it turned out to be the same color scheme as her kitchen.  

They kept asking me what it was going to be. I honestly didn't know. Sometimes projects like that are fun!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Coming right long

I have goal this year to make at least one quilt a month. I know some months are going to be crazier than others. but we will see how it goes.

Here is my quilt for January. It is a simple Jelly Roll quilt.

I make a blocks before December but Christmas happened and everything got shoved to the side. Here it is right before it got basted. I am thinking some straight lines and some pebbles or swirly lines on the border. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My first Dresden Plate

 I love it!

I am following Craftsy's 2012 Block of the Month. This is July.  I am excited about all the fun stuff I am learning in this and in Quilt Guild. This is definitely a year when I learn a ton!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My design wall.

 For Christmas my hubby got me a portable design wall.

I have never heard of these and it is amazing that he got me something that was a complete surprise.  Usually I figure it out sometime before Christmas. But since I had no idea these existed it gave him an advantage this year.
It is basically on side of a tent made of flannel. My friend called it the giant flannel board. I can put my fabric pieces up there and rearrange them how I like. Usually I do that kind of stuff on the  floor and I have to battle the kids not to step on it of get their toys all over it.  Now the kids can play and color and watch Tangled and I can quilt all at the same time. Yea!

I never thought I would have a design wall. I mean a whole wall just for my quilts? That is crazy talk! I have heard that Anita Grossman uses the hallway outside of her New York apartment for a design wall and where she would baste her quilts together.  I don't think I am that brave.

See that quilt on there? It is almost done! More of that coming later!