Showing posts with label Northern Lights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Northern Lights. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday WIPS - Strip piecing!

I've been doing a lot of cutting and sewing, working on a custom order quilt inspired by my Northern Lights quilt.

  It's fun working like this, I'm pretty much just winging it and seeing how it develops as I go.  Pretty exciting!  I've got a bit to go as this will eventually be a king size quilt, but I've got all my strip sets sewn, so technically it is halfway finished - just have to do all the vertical sections :)  Well, truthfully, it's halfway done if you don't count adding borders, quilting and binding!  It's going to be gorgeous, though.  I found the perfect border fabric and backing, too (love fabricdepot.com)

I've been nursing a bad back the last few days, thanks to missing the bottom step while carrying a tote full of quilts down stairs.  I landed hard on my knees and gave my back a big jolt, so it hasn't been happy with me. Unfortunately I've been too uncomfortable to quilt, but I think I should be back on my game by the weekend.

Before my tumble I did take a bunch of quilts outside to take new pictures.  I was happy - had some nice early morning light and no wind!  When I brought them in I realized that my Christmas stars quilt had a spot on the back from it's time as a shop sample.  I decided the quilt needed to be washed so I used some soap and water to work on the spot, then set the quilt  by the washer to wait for the load in it to be done.  When I checked back I saw that there were red spots on the back of my quilt!  I realized that the red batik on the other side was bleeding through where it got wet from my spot cleaning - yikes!  I grabbed a color catcher sheet and threw the quilt in the washing machine, crossing my fingers very anxiously.  When the rinse cycle was finished I was delighted to see a very deep pink color catcher sheet and a perfectly unmarked quilt!  Woohoo!  After drying it I was so pleased with the crinkly texture of the quilt - I just love a washed quilt.  Beautiful!

And tonight I found the perfect pattern for a special quilt that is 3 years overdue - so even though I haven't done a lot of quilting this week, I've made a lot of progress with other quilt related chores.  I can't wait to get back to my sewing machine and sew a lot of stitches!

Linking up to the Quiltsy Team blog - come by and see what some other quilters have been up to this week!

Friday, February 07, 2014

One down....Eleven to go!

So far so good on my plan to complete at least 12 UFO projects this year...number one was crossed off on the last day of January!

This quilt is Northern Lights.  It is made from 10 fat quarters - 9 of them were from McKenna Ryan's Glacier Lights line, 1 was a grey tone on tone that went fairly well with the rest and yardage for the borders.  It was made using a free-form Bargello style of piecing.  The original quilt flowed better than this one, but I am pleased with the results, and it is a finished quilt as opposed to a collection of fabric in my drawer now.
I had a good sized piece of the border fabric left, but not enough for the back.  I also had a nice batik that I felt really went well, but it wasn't nearly large enough, either, so I decided to make a pieced backing.  In order to keep it simple I cut strips that were 12 1/2 inches tall and pieced the border fabric and batik along with some other pieces that were left from the top, and some prints that I thought really looked like they went well with the border fabric.  I really like the subtle colors and shading in the finished back!

The finished quilt - the colors really reflect our current weather - very gray and drippy! I quilted the color waves in green variegated and blue variegated threads.  The batting is 100% cotton, and once this is washed it will be so lovely and soft and have wonderful texture!  It measures 61 inches wide and 64 inches tall, and is available for purchase in my Etsy shop - Northern Lights.


This is the project I drew for my February project!  So excited - all it needs is quilting and it will be finished!  I purchased the backing this week, so plan on having this one done early in the month.  I'm thinking of some type of a feather in the red triangles, but what to do on the rest?  It's pretty busy, so the quilting won't make a huge impact, but it would be nice to do something a little more interesting as long as it doesn't take me forever to finish.  I'll gladly take any suggestions you can offer (hint, hint!)  

Sunday, January 05, 2014

2014 UFO Challenge

I am setting a challenge for myself this year and trying to empty out my drawer of a rather neglected assortment of partially finished projects that are just languishing there.  Each month I will draw a number and work on the project that is designated.  This way there is a bit of randomness and hopefully the one I really don't want to work on won't be the last one (which it would be if I weren't doing it randomly!).

The number I drew for January is number 7 - Northern Lights.  This is a quilt I designed for Threads That Bind.  We kitted it up and I wrote up the pattern.  I ended up taking a kit home for myself and it's been hanging out in various places in my sewing room.  I resisted putting it in the designated UFO drawer for a long time because it was never started, but I decided that since it was a kit that I should.  When I pulled out the kit I realized that it was missing a fat quarter....wonder how that happened?  So I had to go digging in my stash for a replacement.  Now I have all my fat quarters ready to go and will start working on piecing the top this week!  I will need to buy a back for this, so will be on the lookout for something I like.
This is what the original sample looked like...I love the border fabric!  As I work on this I'll be double checking my pattern instructions and will add it to my patterns for sale when I finish.  I thought it was a fun idea for a pattern.  I'd love to try it in some different fabrics, but I need to make this one first and get it done.

I'd love to have you join with me in my challenge - feel free to make your own list and play along - if we can get a few people interested we can link up at the end of the month to tell about our projects :)  Here's to ending 2014 with less UFO's and more finished projects!