Showing posts with label Put Your Foot Down. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Put Your Foot Down. Show all posts

Thursday, January 30, 2020

May Roses Pattern, featuring Sunny Side Up by Island Batik

I had a request from the local quilt shop where I work to add a smaller size to my May Roses Pattern, so I got to work and got that done.

I'm really glad that this top is only 48 x 48 because I only had a weekend to get it quilted and ready for the Willamette Valley Quilt Festival!  For the May Roses block I did a curvy outline around the patches in the center.

For the chain blocks I did a diagonal curve through the center of the dark blue, and a loop in the yellow print.

For the inner border, I quilted a swirl with the yellow thread, then a meander in the border.  I just love the border fabric, the cherries in it are so cute!

I ordered the Como Blue Color Builder box by Aurifil from the Fat Quarter Shop earlier this month and it had the perfect shade of blue for this quilt!

So, now the quilt is off with the rest of the samples, kits and products from Threads That Bind and is headed off to the quilt festival for the weekend!  I do have the pattern available in my Etsy shop, and with it you can make this quilt in your choice of two sizes - 48 x 48 or 61 x 61.  This has a lot of half square triangles, and it's set diagonally so you piece the setting triangles.  It's not super hard, but you do have to pay attention to get all the triangles sewn together properly!

Just click the image above if you would like to find out more about my May Roses pattern!

I had it ready for quilting when I was asked for a photo me in my studio so Island Batik could post an intro on their blog.  With a little luck, the sunshine came out and I was able to get a picture of me with my finished top!  Go ahead and check out the interview - you might find out a few fun facts about me.  Notice how I dressed to match my quilt - not on purpose, but it is one of my favorite color combinations!

Now I'm off to put the finishing touches on the Stepping Stones Sampler lesson that is coming out on February 1!  If you haven't signed up yet we've only been getting our fabrics together so go ahead, click the link on the sidebar and sign up!

Linking up with:
Wednesday Wait Loss
Put Your Foot Down

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Color Challenge Blocks are done!

I am very happy to say that I've caught up on the last three months of the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge Blocks!  Here is May - the floral inspiration was a lime green spider mum - which made a very pretty block - I am glad I had a good green in my Island Batik stash for this one.
This one went together with no problems at all on my end, thank goodness!  So then I decided to do the June block.  This one was orange - in dark medium and light.  I did have to dig a bit, but found three good oranges for the block.  This is a good old favorite - Card Trick.
Not super bright, but I loved the peachy shades I chose.  With these blocks behind me, all I had to do to be all the way caught up was to finish the July block!  I'd never seen the beautiful Jade Vine that inspired the aqua color for this month - what a lovely flower!  Aqua is a favorite of mine, so it was fun to choose fabric for this block.

So now I am all caught up!  Just in time for the link up, too!  I'm all ready for the August block to come out next week - can't wait to show you my block!  Red-orange is a great color for August.

So glad to be caught up, and hopefully will stay up to date for the rest of the blocks :)  It took a commitment to putting my foot down and getting these done, so I'm linking up with Denise for Put your foot down Thursday!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Daisy Chain Mystery - finally finished!

I have totally fallen off course and gotten behind in all the quilt alongs and mysteries I've been participating in, and I feel really bad about it!  Today I decided to take an afternoon off and see how far I could get in the Daisy Chain Mystery.  I had completed the first two clues - both were four-patches.  The next step (unit C) was something different - ribbon units!  I cut and sewed up all the triangles and finished 20 units in a short time.  Yes, I am using Island Batik fabrics leftover from previous projects.
So it was on to Unit D - border chunks.  They were super fast and easy to make, and I got to use some of those bright fabrics I chose.  I've been avoiding all reveals of the top, so I still didn't know what the finished quilt was going to look like, but I knew we were getting close because we've used most of the pieces that were assigned at this point!
At this point, I am up to the May getting caught up for sure!  This clue was assembling blocks!  Exciting and fun - ribbon units, four patches and plain squares all went together to make 5 pretty chain blocks:
May 20 was the final unit and top reveal!  So onwards I went - the final block used the border chunks and four patches.  Whoops.  I ended up with two greens right next to each other...
It's not really that bad, but since there were only four of the four patch units I decided to remake them and put blue so it would be next to the green instead.
Much better!  Now to sew all the blocks together into a top!  Only 9 blocks, so it wouldn't have taken long except that my machine decided to have a problem.  A piece of thread wrapped around the little flap on the bobbin and bent my needle out of shape and got something out of whack.  I had to clean lint out from under the needle plate, and work on the bobbin for a bit, but eventually I got everything in line and was able to finish up the top!  So cute!

Go check out Alison's reveal post to see her baby version and check out the other finished tops!  You actually could easily make this baby size quilt over the weekend if you want - the link up and quilt parade starts next week, and there are giveaways!!!

I'm really happy I was able to get caught up and now I'm super excited to quilt this because it's so pretty.  I think I'll use my leftover strips to make a rainbow binding.

Linking up with Denise for Put Your Foot Down - I had my petal to the metal today, and it was well worth it!