Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Finish! New York Beauty Pillow

New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Moda Summersville - Back of New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Inside of Pillow - Quilting Detail

Concentric Circles - Quilting Detail

Check out these progress photos.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New York Beauty

Check out my new WIP!  New York Beauty!  I couldn't wait for it to be a finished pillow to show it off.  I totally love how this is turning out.  This is my first attempt at curves and paper piecing. 

Learned to pin, pin, pin on my second attempt at curves!  12 pins in this piece.

Rainbow New York Beauty!

Ta-da! Four New York Beauty blocks waiting to be turned into a pillow.
Making these blocks wasn't hard or very time consuming.  The easiest part was creating the spike arcs.  My biggest challenge was none of the blocks were remotely square when I finished them.  I ripped one out and redid it and then decided to just keep going.  I could have trimmed them more aggressively but I thought that might impact the look of the circle so I decided to push, pull and tug it into submission to get the arc as accurate as possible and to heck with the rest of it.  I am happy with the results.  I would definitely make this block again.

Most of these fabrics are from Stack Stash Club.  The center Moda Summersville Print is from Sew Fresh Fabrics.  The rest I think I picked up somewhere along the 2012 SW Wisconsin Shop Hop.

I am hoping to finish this up before our next Madison Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on Wednesday.

What do you do if your blocks aren't quite square?

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Name Is...

Hello everyone!

The Madison Modern Quilt Guild Spring Challenge is to make a name tag.  I wanted to work on a new technique so I free motioned my name and framed it in my first ever log cabin block.

The fabrics are from scraps given away by Jeni Baker at a MMQG meeting.  Thanks Jeni!

Here are some progress photos!  First, I wrote my name in pencil on the fabric, dropped my feeddogs and "wrote" with thread.

Here is my name tag along side my best friend Krissy's.  Aren't her tiny half square triangles adorable?  And um, how did she make that teeny tiny binding?!  She said it was a pain but she finished it super fast!  I wish I hadn't run out of the thread I used for my letters so I could have used it for my top stitching but white thread is sort of my thing anyway.

Name Tag on Basic Grey Aspen Frost fabric

1/4" borders and 1/2" binding.

 This picture shows scale...catscale.

Thanks for reading! :)  --Wendy

Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Win!

During the course of my normal Facebook stalking I see a post from Sew Fresh Fabrics....

I'm thinking well, I need some essex linen for a bag anyway, I'll place an order.  Then just a few days later I see this on Facebook!  (Ps. I haven't started the bag....)

Omg, I am Wendy F.  Shortly after, I get and email with my promo code.   Check out the goodies I ordered!

Orchid in Stone from Cuzco and Barrels in Mustard from 2wenty Thr3e
The top print is for a quilt backing.  I have been wanting to start something in grey and yellow or grey, yellow, and blue.  I ordered enough backing fabric and Kona white for a Swoon Quilt but I am still not sure if that is what this be. I have the pattern and most of the fabrics from my Stack Stash Club Membership so....yeah it will probably grow up to be a Swoon.  Aren't those little mustard barrels so cute? 

Next up, organic fabrics.  They are so soft!  Truthfully, I almost wish they weren't organic cotton so they'd be cheaper.  Feel free to judge me all day over that statement. So these little foxes will make excellent hexagons no?  Gah!  They are so cute. This print is a little more green in person compared to this photo. 

Family Fox from Fox Hollow by Monaluna

Birch Fabrics from Storyboek I & II

The first print on the left has all sorts of little sea creatures including sea turtles and we all know I love me some sea turtles! :)

I have no clue what to do with these fabrics.  I have a half yard of each.  I have pinned a few ideas.  Maybe you'd liked to weigh in?
  • Stargazer Quilt Pattern - okay this is my favorite but am I really ready for this complicated of a pattern?  Nope.
  • Flag Day 
  • Clam Shell - I think this one might be "the one" since I would learn curved piecing and it might not be to stressful to line up.  I think I would mix in some solids to make it larger.
What do you think?  Do you have any other pattern suggestions?  I'd love to read your suggestions in the comments!  

Big thanks for Sew Fresh Fabrics for the giveaway!  I love my new fabrics!