Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hidden Stars

Over a year ago, I bought a package of 10″ squares of fabric from Kaffe Fassett.  I spent many hours last summer cutting 336 triangles and 168 hexagons.  In the fall, I started the assembly of these hexagon rows.  In the winter, I added borders.  In the spring, I pieced a backing.  Finally, after all four seasons, I quilted and finished the binding of this quilt.  So far, I must say that this may be my favorite quilt!  I named it “Hidden Stars” — as throughout the quilt, there are hidden stars!

I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday and Sew & Tell on amylouwho’s blog.

Fresh Poppy Design

Sewing Along with Another Baby Quilt

It must be baby season!  Lots of babies, which means lots of baby quilts.  Here is another baby quilt that used the Yellow Brick Road pattern, It only uses 6 fat quarters for a baby quilt, so I was able to pick out primary colors.  The backing is flannel and has adorable turtles and anchors with a wave patterns!  This is a very cute, fun pattern!

I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Moving through my Fabric

I am continuing to make progress of finishing up quilts, which includes two quilt backs this week, with a combined total of 8 yards of fabric!  This two quilts will be shown this week on my blog.

Also, I did get some new fabric for my baby quilt and a little over a yard of Jay McCarroll’s Habitat fabric line.

Here is my weekly stash report update:

See how others are using up their stash with the Sunday Stash Report, hosted by Judy of Patchwork Times.

Thinking Cap

The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild had a guest speaker at our last meeting – Jay McCarroll.  He presented his new fabric line, Habitat.  It was great to hear his inspiration for the various patterns, along with how he develops a line from various medias, determines a color pallet, and markets his line.  He even kicked-off the Modern Quilt Guild Habitat Challenge.  We have over a yard of various fat eights of his fabric and some FreeSpirit solids that we will use to create an original 12” block.  With over 50 guilds participating, we will have lots of blocks that combined into quilts for Japanese earthquake victims.

I now have my thinking cap on this weekend to come up with my original block design…

Goal is to Finish Projects

But isn’t this goal of finishing projects something that we all strive!?  My goal has a deadline.  Before I can start the baby quilt, I need to finish off all of my UFOs (and clean the sewing room along the way!).  I completed two quilts this past weekend and another one this week!

As for my progress this week, I posted my Monochromatic or Print ‘n Solids Quilts over the past two days.  This weekend I will post my Hexagon Quilt — in the meantime, I have a sneak peek in the header!

I am now down to following five projects, which isn’t bad when last week the number was eight.

What are you currently working?  Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out the WIP’s!

 

Dodging the Safety Pins

The pattern for this monochromatic quilt Stitchin’ Heaven’s Gumball Quilt Pattern and uses 10 blue/green batiks.  I started this quilt last September when I created a production line for each step.  After the blocks were made, this project came to a halt, as I always find the hard part of quilting is basting the quilt, where lots of space is needed.  Does anyone else find this part the stalling point in the quilting process?

I quilted last week.  With so many safety pins in this quilt, the quilting method used was “dodging the safety pins” — or just basic stippling.  Over the weekend, I finished up the binding and yet another quilt is finished.  If you didn’t see my Prints ‘n Solids quilt from yesterday, be sure to check it out.   I still have a few more UFO’s to complete (come back tomorrow to see all of them!) before I can start on the big baby quilt!!

I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

Prints ‘n Solids

Over the weekend, I finished up my Philly Modern Quilt Guild Kona Charm Challenge quilt.  The challenge our guild selected for the Robert Kaufman Kona Charm Challenge was to use the Bright Kona Solids charm pack and add prints.  I used Jelly Roll strips and a single charm pack to alternate prints and solids for an entire quilt top – the size of a baby quilt.

 

See other modern projects with Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Weekly Fabric Update

No new fabric this week — but I will be placing an online order tonight!

With no new fabric, I was able to finish up a two projects with 4.5 yards for my gumball quilt backing and binding and another 1.5 yards of fabric for my Philly Modern Quilt Guild Kona Charm Challenge quilt.  I will be sharing these quilts this week!

See how others are using up their stash with the Sunday Stash Report, hosted by Judy of Patchwork Times.

Phillies Stitch ‘n Pitch Night

On Wednesday, I went to the Phillies game with the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.  The theme night was Stitch ‘n Pitch.  Within the section, there were groups of knitters and quilters working on small projects.  My intent was to complete the binding for my Gumball Quilt; however, I sat back and enjoyed the game.  They even had a giveaway of a Stitch ‘n Pitch bobble head:

Here is the quilt that I brought to work on the binding; however, no progress was made.

Rather, I hung out with my husband and some fellow guild members.  It was a great night — even with a win for the Phillies!

 

Updated Work in Progress

Since my last update a couple of months ago, I was able to finish a few projects:

My plans for this week will be to finish the gumball quilt.  Over the past few days, I have been basting, quilting, prepping the binding in preparation for the Phillies Stitch ‘n Pitch night with the Philly Modern Quilt Guild.  I will let you know tomorrow how much progress I make with binding during the game.

Here are my current projects that I am working: