Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday 7.30.2014

I'm making slow progress on the next panel quilt. Nancy at Wyoming Breezes also sent me this flag panel - a long time ago. It aged until I decided to use crumb blocks with it. I then had the *bright* idea to float the crumb blocks!

I have 8 out of 9 rows completed.  I may *frog* the first row/ panel and insert a sashing there.  Not sure, yet.  One thing though, I'm running out of background.

The question is: Do I buy more or use a different fabric in the border?  When I asked DD what she thought, I heard my own voice!

"It's a DESIGN OPPORTUNITY not a mistake!"

 KIDS! she actually listens to

DS helped me to make a map so that the red/blue crumbs would be the correct orientation.

so good.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 7.25.2014

Time to get your Whoop! Whoop! on...the glamour shots!

This is the front of the next Quilt of Valor. I was thinking of naming it: Liberty's Eagle but I'm not real sure. Funny, I never used to name the quilts I made until I started using the pre-printed labels for Quilts of Valor and there is a line for a name...and I feel that I need to fill in the blank. Crazy, eh?

It really is straight - I just hung it up crooked. At 60 x 80 it is out of my comfort zone for handling!

pattern inspiration: Turtle Twirl from Quiltmaker Magazine September/October 2008

Many thanks to my friend Nancy at Wyoming Breezes who sent me the panel - many moons ago!

quilting: Halcyon from Lorien Quilting

Today I am linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday's Tell All

Since I missed WIP Wednesday, I thought that I would share what I have been working on.

Wednesday, I made more crumb blocks. This time blue and wouldn't you know - the blue scrap box lid still doesn't close!

This morning I washed the four quilts for Margaret's Hope Chesthere, here, here and here. Although I didn't participate in Amanda Jean's Scrap Basket Along, I still wanted to send quilts for the Children's Prison Ministry. This is very personal for me and a charity I always hope to be able to support! I have inked the labels and they are all packaged up. Tomorrow I will put them in the post to arrive in Michigan before the August 1 deadline! picture of the brown box.  :)

I also worked on tacking back the binding for my next quilt. Glamour shots tomorrow with the Whoop! Whoop! for my week!  :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Well...the day didn't go as planned but the alternate was equally fulfilling!

I was able to dig into the red scrap box and made a few crumb blocks...also known as mile-a-minute blocks. Later in the week, I'll pull out the blue scrap box and make a few blues to go with the reds. Then I'll play around with this panel and the crumb blocks and see what happens.  :)

I'll be sure and listen to this quilt as it comes together.  :)

I received this panel from my friend Nancy at Wyoming Breezes many moons ago...

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Angel of Light Quilt...Hockey Style

For inspiration I used this quilt and this diagram for my partial hockey rink. I decided on a partial rink as the Angel Quilt is only 15 x 15.

I dug into my scraps for the red line, blue line, face off circles and goalie net.

That makes me HAPPY!  The ice is a white snowflake fabric - from the stash! I was going to make DD's coach a signature quilt but the decided against it.

The quilting was a little trickier.  DD suggested that I venture into the rink after her practice and look at the ice. I suppose the patterns in the ice are the results of the drills each day. So that there is *no right or wrong* skating pattern.

I used this tutorial for the color coordinating binding.

I also added a girl hockey player for the Angel to guide and watch over.

I was #9 on the July Goal Setting Linky Party.

Today I am linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts


Fiber of All Sorts: July Finish Linky Party

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I think I might have been the big winner at my table at the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild Strip Poker night!

Total take was  95 : 2.5 x 20 inch strips.  WooHoo! and a little bit of everything!

I already have an idea brewing...

Road Trip Wednesday

I spent Wednesday morning at the Waukesha County Fair judging 4H quilts with 4 other members of the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild. I am always amazed at the fine craftsmanship of the next generation of quilters!

We awarded the following ribbons to the 4H quilters:

Best Theme:

We liked that it's a complete set for a doll.

Best Use of Color:

Who doesn't LOVE Trip Around the World! I really liked the quilting on this. This 4H-er stitched 1/4 inch inside (!) each patch. That's quite a few starts and stops, friends...

Best Quilting:

This was long-armed but was done really nice.

Best Borders and Bindings:

We all liked the way the borders flowed and oh my, what wonderful corners and blind stitch of the border!

Judge's Choice:

This was really a WOW! Raggy edge appliqué, too.