Monday, October 16, 2017

Quilt-Along and Other Things

This is the Poinsettia block, though I keep referring to it as a star. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out; I just really love this block. I think I might consider making three more to use in each corner of the 12-block quilt top, but that would mean dropping three of the other blocks. I will have to wait and see if I want to do that.

I have also been trying to figure out what to do with my collage cat. I have been auditioning different backgrounds for it, and trying to figure out exactly how I want it to end up. Right now, I’m leaning towards this…

But, I’m not entirely happy with the background…or the flowers at the top. I like the idea of the turquoise/aqua with the orange and black, but I'm terrible with color, so I'm not sure. I also have a solid light grey and a print turquoise/aqua fabric that I am considering. We have our final class Wednesday morning and I may just need to walk around the shop to see if any fabric jumps out at me. Part of the dilemma is deciding if I want it to be a simple project (without the flowers at the top), or the more embellished version. I guess I will make that decision Wednesday. Once that decision is made, I will spend some time this week (hopefully!) starting to quilt it.

The last item on my agenda this week is to finish up the crochet sunflower afghan. I am on the second to last border…

I can’t wait to get this done. Not in a bad way…I’m just excited to finish up this big project. Hopefully this will be shipped out in the next couple of weeks.

That’s it from here. The weather has finally turned fall-like, and I’m loving it! I have some things going on this week, but I should be able to spend some time on my projects as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purrretty in Pink

I took a little time yesterday to put together a couple of pink Kitten blocks…

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I didn’t have any pale pink fabrics that really jumped out at me, so these will be bright pink Kittens. I just have a few more block to make for November, then I can start putting this quilt top together. It’s getting exciting!

I’ve been spending much of my time lately working on my collage cat and the crochet sunflower afghan, so I haven’t spent a whole lot of time quilting. Those two projects are getting closer to being finished, so hopefully I can pull out some other projects soon and make some headway on them.

We have some work around the house this weekend, then cooler fall weather will be here by Monday (yay!) I’m ready to say good-bye to the 80s and hello to the 60s. It’s not unusual to have snow fall the first week in November, so our temps may very well plummet quickly here. No fear though, it will get back up to the 70s by Thanksgiving. Sometimes you can’t tell what season it is here!

For today, I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you stop by to see all the fabulous pink projects!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Collage Cat

Last Wednesday I spent the day in a class at a local quilt shop. We were working on Laura Heine’s collage quilts, and I am making the cat. I have fiddled with it a bit since my last post and I now have the cat done and fused to its foundation…

There’s no going back now! I know I could change it around again and again and never get it just right, but this is “right enough” for my first collage project. Now I need to piece the background and then cut out the cat and glue it to the background. I’m planning on adding whiskers and face details with some embroidery, then it will be ready to take to the last class next Wednesday. At that time, I will probably add more fusible flowers on the background then get it ready to quilt. I have had a fun time with this project and already have ideas for more collage quilts.

Other than that, I will probably do some more quilting on Vintage Skate and try to finish up the crochet sunflower afghan. I have the outer border to put on two sunflowers, then they can all be stitched together. After that, there is a border to crochet all around. Hopefully, this project will be done by the end of October, because I have a knitting project I would like to start for Christmas.

That’s it from the sewing room here. Today I need to try to get the dog into the vet…bum leg again. I also have some bread to make. Otherwise, it’s keeping the dog company downstairs (she’s been banished there because of her leg…it saves her from having to go up and down the stairs to go outside). Fortunately, my sewing room is downstairs too, with plenty to keep me busy.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Finish and a Start

Over the weekend I put the final stitches in the binding of the Halloween Wonky 9-Patch quilt, and it should be in my daughter’s hands sometime today…

It was a fun and relatively quick quilt to make. And it’s great to have a finish!

Since I finished that up, I had no guilt about starting a new project at a class I took yesterday at a local quilt shop. We are working on collage patterns from Laura Heine at Fiberworks. I selected the cat pattern because it was pretty small (21 x 35)…

I had thought about the pin cushion, because it’s not very big either. The woman next to me in class did the pin cushion and it looks WONDERFUL! The other 5 people in class worked on some of the larger patterns, and it made me very grateful I decided to start with something small.

Once I traced out the pattern and cut and laid out some under lay pieces of fabrics, I spent the remainder of the class cutting out flowers from my fused fabrics. Occasionally, I would lay out some flowers onto the under lays. I did fiddle with the face a little in class…

Don’t look too close – it’s scary looking!

What I have come to realize is that I need a WHOLE LOT more cut flowers for this! But, this was so much fun. I came home from the class yesterday and spent a couple more hours working at it. By the time I stopped I had the cat looking like this…

None of this is fused yet, so things are going to change. Actually, when I got up this morning I made some changes. I’m still not pleased with the placement of everything, plus I need a lot more flowers cut out before I go further. One thing I am happy with so far is the cat’s tail…

I think that will stay just as it is.

As you might be able to tell, this is a calico cat like my Miss G. I needed some structure to this as far as color goes, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make any decisions about placement if I had an unlimited color palette like it shows on the pattern. It helped me to stick with orange, black, and white.

That’s about it from here this week. I plan on continuing work on this. Our class meets again in a couple of weeks and I want to have the cat and the background completed by then. I think this project just might go quickly.

Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict