Monthly Archives: February 2015

Music Bricks Quilt - Finished!

This is the last finished quilt I’ve got to post while I’m on my trip for work; as this posts, I’m ideally flying back home, waving at people in the middle of the country out the window.

Not much of a thriller in terms of design and quilting, but a good holdover until I post Sunday Stash for this week (spoiler alert: I’m finishing nothing!)

Music Bricks Quilt

Music Bricks QuiltThis uses my Bricks tutorial and some music fabric from a guildie’s destash.

It’s a good serviceable quilt, and it comes together quickly. I’ve got just about enough squares for a second one. That’ll have to wait until I’m back in the groove after my trip.


Grand Illusion Mod Baby Quilt - Finished!

This quilt stretched my quilting process quite a bit, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

The piecing was relatively simple, from the leftovers of the Grand Illusion quilt (and the very last bits went into placemats!  For the quilting, I was originally thinking of doing a woodgrain pattern, but I ended up doing intentionally wobbly straight(ish) line quilting.  I’ve seen it in other modern quilts, and thought I’d give it a whirl.

Admittedly, it takes a looooong time to do - if I had stippled this, I could have knocked it out in an hour.  Straight line quilting it took about 3 hours.

It’s pretty worth it, though. I’m thinking I might want to replicate it on another quilt.

Of course it has a pieced back, too. Are you sensing a theme yet this week?


WIP Wednesday: Traveling

I’m sitting  in my last session for the day at my work, amazed at how much I’m actually enjoying this despite the long hours and weird sleep schedule and reports of snow days at home.

imageNot much quilting is getting done, of course!

More finished quilts will pop up on the blog tomorrow. Instead of my dulcet tones on the podcast this week, imagine the squirrely video summary I gave today on the conference. I told the videographer, “No worries, I have a podcast.” And then spazzed out and used the word “excited” 45 times in 30 seconds. Yikes.

I think my favorite part has been getting a headshot against a green screen for the photoshop potential. I’m going to make my picture in the company phone book me on Tatooine or in the TARDIS!

Pink Lady Scrappy Baby Quilt - Finished!

This type of quilt is a bit of a formula for me; I find a “big print” fabric I like and pull out a variety of squares from my scrap bin that coordinate.  Some of these quilts are more successful than others, and this one might suffer from a bit too much color.

Pink Lady Scrappy Quilt

At the very least, it’s cheerful!  With this sort of layout, you can lay out a 9 x 9 grid of 5″ squares so a width of the focus fabric fits on the border with cornerstones without piecing.  I had a little leftover, so I pieced in a row of 3.5″ squares as well.

And worse case, if it’s too bright, they can turn over since I like the back even more.

Pink Lady Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy Purple Star Quilt - Finished!

This quilt was pretty fun to make.  The center star is 36″ finished, and I think it used a total of 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 yd of purple “made fabric”.

Scrappy Purple Star Quilt

I started with piecing the smallest bits of fabric together and adding on the larger and larger fabrics until I ended up with about a yard.  From there I cut the setting triangles and the points for the star.  I had to piece together another bit for the star center.

Scrappy Purple Star QuiltThe quilting is an overall meander - purple thread in the purple, and white thread in the white.  I’m considering recreating this as a wallhanging in a different color, and making the quilting more interesting, like a different filler in each fabric.

Of course I had to piece the back, too!


Sunday Stash - Back in Green

Harry Potter POD Block 7Well, in addition to the Speaker Kits this week, I finished up two baby/lap quilts Friday night to unwind after work. That officially dug me out of the hole! I also worked on the latest Harry Potter POD block so I’m caught up on that, and ready to spend the rest of my quilting time today prepping my handwork for the trip.  I attached row 9 to the Tula Pink quilt, so I’m preppy row 10 for my travel time.

And packing. Yeesh, the packing!

  • Used this Week: 9.25 yards
    • 1.5 yd for 5 Emergency Speaker Kits
    • 3.75 yd for Grand Illusion Mod Baby quilt
    • 4 yd for Music Bricks quilt
  • Used year to Date: 62 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 6.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 33 yards (53% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 216

WIP Wednesday: In My Defense, It Felt Like an Emergency

This week, I’ve focused on finishing up some small things for my work conference next week.  I decided to make some “speaker emergency kits” for my colleagues tasked with the same responsibilities as me - shepherding speakers, playing audio-visual squad, etc.  Each kit has some antibacterial wipes, tissues, a USB wall charger, a Tide To Go pen, some Hall’s cough drops, and some chocolate.

There would be more than 3 pieces of chocolate per kit, but I sort of had a crisis myself that required chocolate. So… yeah. Also note that my own kit below has an Emergency Jedi!

Conference speaker emergency kit.

I’m also trying to stay on top of my Harry Potter POD bookshelf kit, and prepping my EPP project to work on that in my down time in Vegas (if such a thing exists!).

See more WIPs on Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash - Treadmilling

I feel as if I’ve stitched on a lot of projects this week, but didn’t really finish much.  On the actual finish pile, we have 2 travel drawstring shoebags and 2 storage bags for quilts I’m entering into the show this June (assuming they are accepted!).  On the “things I worked on but didn’t finish pile”, we have these things:

Harry Potter POD block 6:

Harry Potter POD block 6Scrapitude Scrap in a Box step 2Scrapitude Scrap-in-a-Box Step 2. Sewn incorrectly, of course, but when I was 60 into 82 finished, I realized my mistake and just plowed forward.  This is in the tradition of Scrapitude quilts-alongs for me since the one last year I inadvertently left off the sashings in my first attempt.

And finally, my One Block Wonder in progress!  I took the class yesterday from Melinda at Tiny Stitches, and made pretty good progress.

I started with 6 panels, which makes finding your repeats pretty easy! I have an extra one for the back of the quilt so I can remember what it looked like.

One block wonder- starting panel

And here’s how far I got in class - probably about a third of the blocks I’ll end up with in total.

One block wonder

  • Used this Week: 2.75 yards
    • 0.75 yd for 2 travel shoe bags
    • 2 yd for 2 quilt storage bags
  • Used year to Date: 52.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 0.25 yards
    • 0.25 yd for a FQ since Tiny Stitches gave away a free fat quarter to everyone yesterday!
  • Net Used for 2015: -2.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 25.25 yards (8% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 215

I go over some thoughts on organization in quilting, what little stitching I’ve been doing, and a brief review of the book I recently finished.

Fred was helping record this episode. Jett later walked up and gave Fred a dirty look for being in the bed.