Saturday, March 23, 2019

Project Quilting 10.6 - Craving Chocolate

I'm excited that I actually managed to finish all 6 of this year's Project Quilting challenges!  I got the cutting done early this week, but didn't have any time to work on my quilt until today, when my guild got together for a sew day.  It was the perfect opportunity to get my sew on and finish up my project!
I started off with this little pile of pieces I cut using the Accuquilt GO!  I received as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I wound a full bobbin of Aurifil 50 wt thread in dark brown to piece with, and got to work sewing square in a square and flying geese units.  Once those were done, my four blocks came right together and were sewn into a top.

After that, I layered my top with the backing and a piece of Hobb's Black cotton batting - awesome stuff!  I've used poly batting in black, but this black cotton batting is really terrific!  It's thin and light and has just the right amount of loft.  You will definitely want to give this batting a try.

Then I just quilted this with diagonal lines, easy as pie!  My friends were actually a little surprised at how quickly this quilt was finished.  I'll tell you what was amazing to me - I only had to wind one bobbin!  I pieced, quilted and stitched the binding all with one bobbin of thread, and had plenty to spare.  Just one of the reasons I love Aurifil!

This quilt measures 24 x 24.  My inspiration is the color - plus this block is Chocolate Cake from EQ8.

 And chocolate was consumed during the process of making it!  (Should have got a picture, but I forgot)  Created in Coos Bay, Oregon in the company of my friends from Coos Sand 'N Sea quilters - it was fun ladies, can't wait until we can do it again!

Thanks to Kim at Persimmon Dreams for the fun challenges this year!  It's been a blast, and I appreciate all the work to make it happen.  And the participants are amazing and creative - you should definitely check them all out!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Craving Chocolate...yes!

After taking a couple days break from the computer, I checked in this morning to see what the final Project Quilting challenge would be this week.  Craving Chocolate sounds like a great challenge to me, I do love my chocolate!  I had a great idea and decided to break out some pieces of lovely brown Island Batik fabric (received from Island Batik for my role as an Island Batik Ambassador) that I've never used yet.  My intention was to make a simple mug rug this morning and have an early finish for a change...
Well, I had so much fun cutting out the pieces using the Go! fabric cutting system that my quilt is definitely going to be larger than a mug rug!  Oh well, never enough chocolate, am I right?  (Thanks again to Accuquilt for providing this awesome cutting system, I am having way too much fun using it!)

Can't wait to start sewing these lovelies into a quilt!

I've got all the blocks quilted for the Brothers and Sisters quilt!  Now to get through the four borders....
And I'm putting the finishing touches on the wedding gown for my daughter!  I can't believe it's less than a month away already.  We are so looking forward to it!
I also snuck in a little bit of fun sewing some strings up.  Next week is Carla's String Along Blog hop - guess I'd better get ready for that, too.  Lots of sewing to do, I'm a happy girl to have so much fun fabric to play with and projects to work on.  I'll never be bored as long as I keep this up!

Looking forward to a fun week!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Happy National Quilting Day!

What are you going to do today?  I am looking forward to making more progress on quilting the Brothers and Sisters quilt! 
It took me a while to decide how to quilt all the blocks, but now I am on a roll and have just more than half of them done.
I'm doing curves and swirls - I think it adds a nice softness to the blocks.  
After the blocks are done I have borders to figure out.  Three plain and one pieced.  The pieced one I will do like it is in the book, but the plain borders I need to figure out.  I'm sure an idea will come once I get there!

This is a huge quilt, so I'm glad I was able to get the centers done fairly easily.  Thank goodness for that extra throat space that my Juki has!  I'm using light delft blue in 50 wt for the quilting, and it looks perfect.  I bought two large spools because, like I said - this quilt is huge, and I don't want to run out.  Plus I will be making matching shams as well.

Hope you have a great day, and especially that you get to do some quilting!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Seashore Splendor - Block 3 - Sailboat

Ahoy there!  I hope you've had a good two weeks and been able to sew the blocks for part 2.  For today's block we are going above the waves and creating a sailboat block.  If you are just joining in, welcome!  I encourage you to subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss any blocks, I'll be posting a new block every other week through the end of the year.

Today's block is a 12 1/2 inch (unfinished) Sailboat Block.  You will need light sky, light sea, red and white fabrics for this one.

Isn't that sea fabric fun?  No swimming here, there are sharks in the water!  I love the fabric for the sky as well, it's a pale blue floral, but I think it will look great in my quilt, it's a great color for a misty sky!

The sewing for this block is super easy.  Make four half square triangles.  Make sure you measure them to make sure you are sewing accurately!
Sew them together in a four-patch, then add the sides to finish off the sails.
Make your boat unit using a sew and flip technique and add the sea strip at the bottom.

Sew it all together and you have your block!  Easy, peasy, right?

I'm really having fun using some unusual fabrics, and challenging myself to use stash.  Now all you need to do is go download your block and make it, too!  Click the picture below to download from my Payhip shop.  I hope this is working out for everyone.  I haven't heard any complaints, so I assume you have all been able to get your patterns all right.  If not, please let me know!

Download Sailboat Instructions here!
See you in a couple weeks with the next block!  Thanks for quilting along with me.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day!

It's been another busy week here!  This week I've been putting the finishing touches on some secret sewing I've been doing.  I'm going to give you a peek, and share the fun with you!

Ready to pack your trunk for a dream trip? 

Tomorrow is the start of Northcott's Stonehenge Block Party!  Collect 12 block kits from different shops, make a quilt with them and you could win a trip for two to England including a private tour of Stonehenge.  I have designed the block kit for my local quilt shop:  Threads That Bind.  I also made a sample quilt top for the Panel Quilt Challenge.  You can see more about all the fun in the video below:

And here is a Pi day sale for your from my friend Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts:  Pi Day Pattern Sale - including her new Hee-Haw Donkey Quilt!  Really, you want to check it cute!

Now, go eat some Pie, and go quilt!  See you tomorrow with Block Three of my Seashore Splendor Quilt along...

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Joy Journal Cover - Project Quilting 10.5

I loved this challenge - Abecedarius.  My project was inspired by a friend's experience that she shared with me.  She was having a tough day, but when she was stopped at an intersection she saw bubbles floating by and was reminded of all the joy there really was in life.  I have wanted to make something inspired by this story, so decided to make a journal cover featuring the word “Joy” along with floating bubbles.

This is my finished journal.  I really enjoyed the time I spent creating this, and I love the results - I give a lot of the credit to the lovely Island Batik fabrics that I used.

Here is the back.

And the front flap and pocket.
My journal cover measures 10.5 inches high and 7 3/4 inches tall. The lettering and bubbles were attached using fusible web and two rounds of topsttitching (the thread is Aurifil 50 wt in bright green)
 I created this in my Coos Bay home - I'll be linking to the Project Quilting 10.5 challenge page - make sure you visit and vote for your favorites this week!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Daisy Chain Mystery and Color Challenge for March

Yesterday I set aside some "fun" sewing time and got my unit A pieces done for the Daisy Chain Mystery.  Love these little pink birdies!  I am enjoying the relaxed pace of this Quilt Along, plus I am making the crib size, so I know that I won't get too overwhelmed.  You can definitely still join in now, the sewing for these pieces can be done in an afternoon, even for the larger sizes.

I also got my block done for Jen's 2019 Monthly Color Challenge.  Finding two fabrics that I would call Navy Blue was a bit of a challenge because I am using up some of my Island Batik stash!  I love this block, it's very simple, yet has a very neat look. 
I moved my Color Challenge blocks up to the top of my design wall so I can get busy on the Sleepy Sloth quilt.  One block down, three to go!

Very satisfying sewing time - it's always great to feel like things are under control!  I'm almost done with the little chair that I am recovering.  The red velvet is lovely!

Hope your projects are staying under control, too!

Monday, March 04, 2019

March 4 2019–Monday Motivation

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.    
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even though I love light, bright colors it is the dark contrast that really makes those light colors shine – sometimes I have to remind myself of this when I’m working on a quilt design and it just is blah, often all it needs is more contrast, and for me that often means adding a dark fabric.  I really didn’t like some of the dark greens in this quilt, but when you put it all together, those colors really make the lighter colors pop!

It’s time to get rolling on March projects.  Among my goals this month are to get that Brothers and Sisters Quilt finished.  I have the March Island Batik challenge – Vintage Reimagined.  Blog Hop – All About Strings.  There will be two new blocks for the Seashore Splendor quilt to post, plus blocks to make for various sew alongs (how many did I commit to?) There’s the Grinch Panel that’s in line for quilting, plus another quilt basted, and a flimsy that’s ready for basting.  Not to mention final touches on the Wedding  Gown!  I guess I’d better be glad that March has a few extra days, I’m going to need them all!  As usual, my project list looks rather intimidating…

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Happy 13th Etsy-versary

Today I am celebrating the opening of my Etsy shop, PamelaQuilts thirteen years ago!  I started out opening my shop just to find a home for some of my excess quilts, and it has grown into so much more than that.  I now sell PDF patterns I have designed as well as quilts and other quilted items.  I am also the captain of a great team of quilters - the Quiltsy Team.  I love the community and support I get from all the lovely quilters on the team.  It really is a big part of my life and I do love being part of this group.

Anyway, back to celebrating!  All regular priced PDF patterns in my shop will be 50% off until March 15th.  Plus small quilts will be 15% off, lap quilts will be 20% off and large quilts will be 25% off! 

And - I am only 8 sales away from 2000!  That means that the person to make that 2000th purchase will get a great prize from me.  You want to see it?

I'm giving away this fun quilt from a pattern by Whole Circle Studio!  I love it, but I made two (the first one used Island Batik fabrics, so I want to keep that), so this one will make a great prize!

Thanks for all your support!

February Project Roundup

Happy Saturday!  Since I had to post the new block for Seashore Spendor I waited until today to do my monthly summary.  I did a lot of sewing again in February - I did not finish my OMG project (Brothers and Sisters quilt), but it is basted and ready for quilting, so it will be done shortly.  (It's king size, so will take me a few days of work to quilt it.)

I had two finishes for Project Quilting - both of which also were Mini Quilts, so also fulfilled the requirement for the February Island batik Ambassador Challenge!  Quilt number one was lots and lots of blue and neutral triangles!  The original pattern was called Blues Bayou - perfect!  The theme for the Project Quilting part of it was Bigger Than a Breadbox, so it was great there, too at 20 inches square.  This quilt is now available in my Etsy shop for purchase.

The second mini/Project Quilting Challenge was my pixilated Eiffel Tower.

The theme for this challenge was Pixel Play - it was so much fun!  I'm looking for more designs to make with this technique now.  This little quilt is definitely a keeper, and will hang on my wall in my sewing room.

I also participated in a Blog hop - Dust off a Quilting Book!  I made this pretty quilt using teal and brown scraps from Island Batik.  I did all the cutting on the Accuquilt GO! and just loved the accuracy and ease of putting those blocks together.
This one is available in my Etsy shop for purchase.

I finished a Nine by Nine quilt as a sample for Threads That Bind:
This is pretty and very subtle!  I really like the bright pink against the grey.

I also made a Jelly Roll Rug - fun project!  I would like to make more of these.

In between all this I did some hemming of dresses and a few other alterations.  I (finally) got the Seashore Splendor Quilt Along started, and wrote a block pattern for the Stonehenge Solstice Block Contest for the quilt shop (can't wait to show you that!).
I finished the February Color Challenge block.  I didn't get my Quilter's Planner Blocks for February done, but will get those done today for sure!  I pulled and cut fabric for the Daisy Chain Mystery.  I'm also going to participate in the Sew Let's Quilt Along - because I just don't have enough projects to work on!  Haha!

And, I just realized today that I opened my Etsy shop 13 years ago tomorrow!  I'm going to have a big sale, so if you are interested in one of my quilts, or pdf patterns, you will want to check it out...

Looking forward to a busy and fun March!

Friday, March 01, 2019

Seashore Splendor - Part Two!

Wow, did two weeks go by fast or what?!  I am excited to have so many following along with my fun project this year - and I can't wait to see your blocks!  This week we are actually making two blocks, as well a bonus block to use for a filler when we put the top together.  I called this block One Fish, Two Fish because we are making two of them.

It's a nice easy block to make - one large and three small Flying Geese units and a couple of squares for each block. When I made my green block I had a brighter green in mind, but I spotted this cool fabric that looked like scales, so it had to go in my quilt!

Sometimes it's hard to see your markings on the back of dark fabrics.  I have an assortment of different colors of marking pencils so I tried pink.  I think yellow would have been more visible, but I managed to get my pieces sewn.  By marking two stitching lines you get an easy bonus triangle from your Flying Geese units.

I recommend pressing the seam between the middle Flying Geese open to reduce the bulk where the tip of the bottom Flying Geese unit meets that seam.  Pinning will help you get an accurate join here.

We'll be making quite a few filler blocks that are 6 1/2 inches as we go.  I like to use up those bits and pieces and this is a good way to do that!
My fish are a bit on the muted side, but I also have some brighter reds and greens that will be popping in as well.  Here are my fish with the filler square.  Looking good!

Here's a look at where we are at - a bit of progress.  I can't wait to see more blocks added!

Download the pattern by clicking the image below and have fun making your blocks!
One Fish, Two Fish Block
Thanks for joining in - if you missed out on the first post you can see it here:  Block One.  I will be keeping all blocks available for the duration of my project, so don't worry, you can always catch up!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Project Quilting 10.4 - Pixel Play

I was a little intimidated by this week's challenge for Project Quilting - I can honestly say that I've never made a quilt like this before and didn't want to get in over my head and pick a project that I wouldn't have time to finish.  I did some googling early in the week and didn't see anything that looked do-able and sparked my imagination.  Finally on Thursday I found a really cool Eiffel tower that was pixilated.  The only problem was that it required about 15 or 20 different shades of fabric, and I wasn't up to mentally dealing with that complex of a project in the time I had!  Then I tried looking for a simple Eiffel Tower pixel project and found a really neat You-tube tutorial on how to draw your own!  Bingo!

First of all I got my tower drawn out, then started figuring out how I would like to construct it.  I knew that I did not want to make the whole quilt out of individual squares!  I broke it down into sections, and decided to be really brave and make it out of 1/2 inch squares so I could hang it on my Mini wall.

All in all it took me a couple of hours to piece this quilt, and about an hour to quilt and bind it.  Not too bad!  And it really was fun - kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  I was delighted with my end result:
Isn't it cute?

I quilted it in a 1/2 inch grid with 28/2 wt Aurifil thread in a light grey.  I was a little worried that my quilt was getting skewed about half way through, but it came out perfectly.  I used a scrap of 100% Tuscany Wool from Hobbs for the batting.  I love how flat and lightweight it is, perfect for a little wall hanging.

I'm experimenting with using glue dots to hang my mini quilts.  That wall is a super hard paneling that I have a tough time getting nails into, so if this works I'll be able to easily hang my mini quilts and move them around as I add more.  So far most of them have stayed up just fine!
My pixel Eiffel Tower measures 15 inches high and 10 1/2 inches wide.  It was made by me (Pamela Boatright) in Coos Bay, Oregon!  Oh - I forgot to say that I used scraps of the Island Batik solids in grey, white and black.  These were the leftovers from my CrossFlight quilt that I made for the Black and White Blog Hop - that's why I always hang onto my scraps - you never know when you might need a little of this and that for a project!  And this quilt would also qualify for the Magnificent Mini challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors - so I guess it's another two-fer!

Anyway, shout out to Island Batik for the super terrific solids!  They are so awesome for minis because they don't fray, and they press so nice and flat.  Many thanks for providing me with wonderful fabric to play with - I very much appreciate and enjoy each piece!

And thanks to Kim for the great challenges - I'm having a blast with each one this year, and am enjoying trying some new things!  Now I'm going to go link up and check out the entries!