Friday, October 21, 2016

Can You See It??

Can you see what I did?? In the bottom picture, you can see my loopy design in the black and white chevrons. I ripped it out and just stitched 1/4 inch away from the seam line. I like it so much better! 
I like the loops but I don't think that was the right place for that design. I tried to ignore it but my eye just kept going back to it. I decided to just rip it out and do it over. It took over an hour to rip out but about 15 minutes to quilt. Definitely worth it! 

I also quilted these radiating lines in the black and gray triangles. I really love the look of straight lines with this quilt. I like have some curved designs but the straight lines seem to reinforce the strong lines of the actual  pieced pattern.

I just sewed the binding on this today. I machine quilted it with a simple big meander. I can't wait to hang this up for Halloween! 

Have a nice weekend!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Holiday Projects

I just finished these adult socks. I had knit child socks for a friend's daughter and decided to make a pair for my friend. They'll have matching mother-daughter socks. I think this will make a nice Christmas gift for them. I still have to wash and block them but they're done as far as I'm concerned!

I also started quilting this today. I thought it was so cute! It was on sale at my local quilt shop. I think it will be a cute decoration for my house. I'm about halfway done quilting it. I'm just quilting an all over stipple/meander. So fun!

I've been quilting Arcadia Avenue but decided to rip out one area. I just didn't like it. Of course, my eye kept focusing on the quilting I didn't like. After much thought, I decided to rip it out and quilt something else. I'm ready to start quilting the third block but I had to fix this first. I hate having Quilt OCD!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scrap Quilt Project Continues

I made more blocks for my scrap project. I really love how it's coming out. I'm also happy to be using up my stash. (Which never seems to decrease!)

I only have 2 more solids to go. That means 22 more blocks and this quilt top can be sewn together! I'm not used to using my own patterns but I like it! It's liberating to just pick up your fabric and cut and sew whatever you've decided. This is only the second quilt pattern I've come up with on my own. I'd love to design more patterns but we'll have to see how often I get inspired!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Block #2 Arcadia Avenue

I'm almost done quilting the second block of Arcadia Avenue. I'm doing lots of stitching in the ditch which you can't see! However, I did do a little free motion quilting as well.

I made these swirls in the center.  I also outlined  inside the solid shapes next to the center.

I made these loops in the black/white areas. This was not my first choice. I tried a few other shapes but nothing seemed to work. Out of desperation, I tried this design and decided to keep it!

I  have the outer triangles left and this block will be complete! I still have to decide what to do! Starting to look through my books for designs. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Scrap Quilt Project

I had some free time today and got another 10 blocks done. As you can see, I have completed 30 blocks. It will be made up of 64 blocks, 8 rows of 8 blocks each. I'm almost halfway there!

Here are my squares all cut out. It takes longer to cut out the squares when comparing to sewing time. These blocks are fast! It's a nice little stash buster!

I was asked about the pattern. I'll be writing the pattern if anyone is interested. Just private message me and I'll send you the pattern when I'm done! Nice and easy!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Arcadia Avenue FMQ

I finally got the courage to start quilting Arcadia Avenue. I chose a block that was in the middle of the block. (Sort of!) I outlined the middle black star-like image. I wasn't sure what color thread I should be using. I was afraid that black would show up on the fabric next to middle image. White was completely out of the question. I ended up using a silver gray. I used Aurifil thread which I love to quilt with!

I quilted around each colored triangle. Then, I went back and stitched around the white boomerang shape. On my way back, I quilted loops and continued on to the next colored triangle. 

These hexagon blocks are rather large. They measure 20 inches across the middle. It seems as though the quilting went much faster than I expected. Good news!! Hope to be moving on to the next block soon!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Latest 2 Projects

I just love these Kaffe Fassett fabrics! I think they look great together. I'm thinking of using them for the guild's mystery quilt. I have enough of each fabric. I think this would make a striking quilt! I need a light, medium, medium-dark and dark. I've been partial to Kaffe Fassett fabrics lately. I think I'll love working with these fabrics. 

Here's my scrap project so far. This is not the final layout. Just giving you an idea of what may be coming! I was making such great progress but haven't found time lately. Between work, and family obligations, my free time has been limited. Hoping I find some time to play!!