Friday, March 27, 2015

Another Smitten Block

Here is my second block of the Smitten quilt.  I really love English Paper Piecing.  The center of this block is a 1 1/2" hexagon.  The striped hexagons are 1 1/2" with 1 1/2" equilateral triangle points.  The rusty red diamonds are 3 inch 60 degree diamonds.


Here are my two blocks so far.  I think I need to introduce some different colors into the mix.  I really wish I had some more of the blue from the block on the left.   I'm pretty sure it is a Jo Morton fabric, but I don't know what line it was from.  Does anyone know?  


Hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  I might do a bit of stitching on the bus.  I'm heading north to the International Quilt Show in Chicago.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm Smitten with the Smitten Quilt

Have you seen the Smitten quilt pattern by Lucy Carson Kingwell?  I discovered this quilt when I went to English Paper Piecing Addiction Group at Back Door Quilts last Monday.  My friend, Michelle, had ordered the pattern and was working on her second block.  It looked like fun, so I came home and ordered the pattern and the paper pieces for the quilt.  Here is my first block:


These blocks have two different sized pieces that make up the blocks.  There are a few 3 inch hexagons, sixty degree diamonds, and 3 inch equilateral triangles.  Everything else is 1 1/2":  hexagons, half hexagons, sixty degree diamonds, and equilateral triangles.  Most of the blocks that I've seen on the Smitten Facebook group page are made with bright fabrics.  While I have some brights, Kaffe, Brandon, Tula Pink and others, I always seem to return to my Civil War/repro fabrics.  And, there are a lot of those that are kind of bright.


You can see the comparison between my first Smitten block and my first partial block of the Millefiori Quilt Along.  There is one more round that makes up the first block of Millefiori.  That block would measure 36" if I finished the next two rounds.  This is the entire first Smitten block, and I'm ready to move on to the second block.  So I'm off on another adventure.



I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Starry Weekend

It rained all day yesterday, so I decided to pull out my six pointed stars and start sewing the diamonds around the outside.  I like this setting so far.  I was going to put 2 inch hexagons (probably all in an off white) in between each of the stars, but I like the secondary "cube" design that happens where 3 of the stars meet.  I still have some stars fussy cut that will probably end up in this quilt.  I hate to see this project come to an end because I really enjoy English paper piecing these blocks.  Each diamond is 2".



Here are a couple of stars that I finished last time I worked on this project.  I think I got one of the petals on the blue feathery star flipped, but it will blend in with the rest.

I've also been making a few more 3" nine patches.  I was in a nine patch swap a few years ago and haven't done anything with those blocks, so I'm making a few more to add to those.



I hope you are finding some time to spend in your sewing room this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hexagon Flower Basket

I've been doing a bit of applique' on this block and just finished it last night. The hexagons are 1/2", and the curvy leaves are from Paper Pieces.  The package of leaves I have has 2", 3" and 4", and they are called "S" leaves.  The 1/2" hexagons are left over from another project.  When I'm working on a quilt, I usually make extra blocks so I've got a choice of what I want to use.  This block is my own design.  

I've also been making more hexagons.  These are 5/8" hexagons.  The papers I'm using in these are some that I have left over from another project.  I've been on a mission to try and finish up some old projects.  I have a lot of bags and plastic containers with blocks and fabrics in them, and I'm trying to take a realistic look at all of it and decide just what I'm going to finish and what will never see the light of day.  


I think all of these may just end up in the same quilt.  What do you think?


Today is our monthly meeting of English Paper Piecing Addiction Club at Back Door Quilts.  I always look forward to the inspiration that I get from this group.  I have my camera packed.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Millefiori Quilt Along Progress

Apologies if you received my last post twice.  I was adding the Pin It button to my side bar to make it easier to pin from your tablet or phone.  On a computer, there should be a Pin It button that appears when you hover your mouse over a photo.  

This is my Millefiori Block 1 of the quilt along from the book The New Hexagon by Katje Marek.  Katje gives directions for one block a month from her book, and you can either print the blocks on card stock and cut out the shapes to English Paper Piece or you can order the precut papers from paperpieces.com.


To be honest, I've spent way too much time puzzling and trying to figure out what fabrics would look best with the fabrics I've already sewn.  The diamonds for the next round are different in the photos that I'm posting.  One problem is that there is really no good way to see what the finished block will look like unless you cut the fabrics and sew a couple blocks of each round together.  Another problem for me is that these hexagons measure 3 inches on a side.  After working on Dear Jane and Nearly Insane, one block that measures 3 inches is huge.  And yet another problem is that sewing and twisting these large pieces hurts my hands after I sew awhile.  


So after working with this block off and on for the last month, I'm going to set it aside and work on it at some other time, or I may re-purpose it into the center medallion of another quilt.  


I think when a project goes from being fun to something that you dread, it's time to move on.


Even Tiki has had enough of this block.



Here is an idea I have for the center medallion of a Christmas quilt using the first block from my Christmas Millefiori Block 1.  The 6 surrounding hexagons are from the book Pieced Hexies A New Tradition in English Paper Piecing by Mickey Depre.  



For now I'm going to work on more of my 3/4" hexagons.  I'm not sure what this project will be yet, but I love these little blocks.  


Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Millefiore Quilt Along Block One

I've been spending some time in my sewing room and have been working on a new English Paper Piecing project.  I've joined in on Katja Marek's Millefiore Quilt Along.   The blocks come from her book The New Hexagon - 52 blocks to English Paper Piece.  
This is the beginning of my second block number 1.  I stopped working on my first version of the block (the one that will go into my quilt) when I saw someone post a photo of their finished first block in the Millefiore Quilt Along Facebook Group.  The photo showed someone's husband holding up a finished block, and that really put the size into perspective for me.  I could see this block (which ends up being about 36") as a table topper or the center of a medallion quilt surrounded by smaller hexagons. So I decided to use some of my Christmas fabric to make a Block 1.  




There are two more rounds to be added to the block after this one.  These pieced hexagons are 3" on a side . I have Charlie Brown's Christmas fabric, and have fussy cut the Christmas tree for the next round along with Ruldolph on a gold background.  Choosing the fabrics for this and my other Block 1 has really been a challenge, but I'm loving this quilt along.   You can see others blocks over on the Facebook group here.  We are doing one block a month, and Block number 2 was just posted today, so I need to pick up the pace.

You can find more information about this quilt along here.



I have a pot of chili simmering and have baked a pan of Spiced Pecans, and I'm ready to watch the Superbowl and stitch.


I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Knitting and Christmas UFOs

Happy New Year to all of you.  I know the turn of the calendar to a new year is the time that many of us take inventory in the sewing room, get organized, and promise we're going to finish our UFOs.  I seem to have lost my quilting mojo lately, so I haven't done any of that and almost no sewing.  I'm not sure if mojo is the right term, but since Thanksgiving all I've wanted to do is knit.  I still have a lot of quilting ideas, but right now I'm enjoying sitting in my comfy chair with the fireplace going while I knit.  The weather here is bitterly cold with below zero F wind chills.  Here is what I've done since Thanksgiving:  my scarf hanger with the scarves I've knit.  You can see more of these and my other knitting and crochet over on my crochet blog Easy Crochet Pattern.  



Here is a poncho I knit from the same pattern as the cowl in the center of the above photo.  I just used chunky yarn and size 13 needles.




I also have a bag with single socks in various stages.  Here is the pair I just finished.  The first sock was finished so long ago that I couldn't remember the pattern that I used, so I just picked one and made the second sock.  I love wearing hand knit socks but just don't enjoy making them as much as I do other things.



I've spent some time in the sewing room today looking at parts of Christmas projects that didn't get finished (or even worked on) during the last year.  This Santa wall hanging has been in and out of my hand quilting hoop for about 3 years now.  He was a pattern from a magazine.



I have a lot of parts for quilts done and ideas for others.  There are some Christmas pinwheels in one of the bags.  The half square triangle little quilt just needs a border and some quilting.  I love the center of the Soupcon block that I did as part of a quilt along on Karen's Faeries and Fibres blog.  I started it during the time we were moving, so it isn't finished.  The hexagons were some that I tried from Mickey Depre's book, Pieced Hexagons.  


I keep something about the size of this table topper in front of the fireplace.  Tiki, our cat, likes to lay on a quilt in front of the fire in the evenings.  Maybe I can do a little machine quilting on this one to finish it by next year.  



This is the center of Holly and Mistletoe from the book When the Cold Wind Blows.  I have the blocks done and am almost finished with this center applique'.  Maybe if I leave this and the Santa on my design wall they will be finished by next Christmas.




Since I saw this Candy Cane Bouquet applique done over on Debra's Quiltingartist blog, I've wanted to make one.  I had the magazine  (Primitive Quilts and Projects Winter 2013) and pulled the vase fabric but didn't get it started.  




Lori at Humble Quilts showed this Pomegranate Quilt (Yuletide Threads Need'l Love) in her post about her Christmas Quilts.  I saw this quilt on her blog over a year ago and wrote her asking what the pattern was.  After she told me I ordered the book, and I've traced the templates.  I still have this one on my list.  





I've pulled all of my Christmas fabric out of the drawer and have put it all in a basket along with these unfinished Christmas blocks.  I kind of operate under the "out of sight - out of  mind" way of quilting.  I'm hoping that if I see these things often enough that I might start working on them during the year.

Do you have Christmas projects that you didn't get finished?  Do you have a plan for having them finished by Christmas 2015?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

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