WHOOMP There IT Is! #15 – Gossamer

Hello, and welcome to another edition of WHOOMP There IT Is!  And what a special edition it is!

People, I give you, Gossamer!

Late October, I started my very 1st paper pieced project as a Christmas gift for David. Earlier in the year, I sent a photo of his 1976 Ford Bronco, Gossamer, to Janeen Van Niekerk of Quilted Art Designs and she made it into a paper pieced pattern. She does fantastic work by the way and has MANY wonderful patterns. Be sure to check out her pattern store.

I had mentioned to some ladies at Quilters Anonymous about my plans to learn paper piecing in order to make this special gift and they pointed me in Sue’s direction.  Sue is a wonderful teacher who does it all; paper piecing, quilting, embroidery, applique, etc and she makes beautiful tops, like the one she’s wearing in the pic below.  She taught me the Judy Niemeyer technique of paper piecing. She said I was a fast learner and a dream student. Okay, so she didn’t use the words “dream student” but, I know it’s what she was thinking. 😉  On a quick side note: Sue just opened up her Etsy shop, AZ Quilted Angel, where she sells gorgeous handmade purses! Be sure to check out her shop as well!

All I’d done before I got to her house was pick out the fabrics I wanted to use.  She pinned up the guide and got me started on cutting out ALL the pieces. And there were a lot! I spent about 5 hours a day for 5 Thursdays at her house working on this masterpiece.  And in my eyes, it is a masterpiece!

This is all I got done the 1st week.

2nd week

3rd week

4th week

5th week

 I made her proud!

If it weren’t for Sue coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces and getting them all lined up for me, it would’ve taken me much longer to finish. Thank you, Sue!

I thought I would hate paper piecing but I’ve grown quite fond of it.  I decided early on that if I liked how Gossamer came out, I’d enter it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March.  I’m extremely pleased w/this finish so it will definitely be entered! David will have to wait a few more months to hang this beauty on the wall!

So here’s to my 1st paper pieced project AND my 1st quilt show entry!

Here’s another of last week’s finishes. The block is called Summer Breeze by Upstairs Hobby Room.

One last thing before I let you go, I’ve listed another pattern in my Craftsy Pattern Store. My Easy Grocery Bag Catcher pattern is free for a limited time so be sure to download your copy today!

So that’s all I’ve got folks! How about you? Do tell!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #12

Hi y’all.  I hope this post finds you all in your right mind and not too stressed. =)

I’m very thankful to have celebrated another birthday yesterday.  I bought myself a bunch of gifts…most of which I wrote about in this post a few weeks ago…so I’m a happy camper.

Even though, I’m not going to finish all I’d set out to do “by Christmas”, I’m totally okay w/it! I’m making progress and keeping my sanity and that’s what it’s all about.

I finished and delivered this comfort quilt for a friend whose son was senselessly shot and killed while playing his favorite sport. I pray it brings her a bit of comfort when she wraps up in it.

I made and mailed these lovely pillowcases for some littles of friends and family.

And just this evening I basted this Vintage Summer quilt, which I plan to have finished and mailed by Monday evening.

One of my son’s had a marvelous idea.  He saw how cramped I was getting in my sewing room, and suggested I swap my bedroom(master), w/my sewing room!  I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner! And of course once I get something in my  head, there’s no stopping me. So…the big things have been moved and I’ve been working in my new space all week and it is so wonderful! I will post pics when the move is complete.

It’s that time again. I’d love to know how things are comong along w/you.

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #8

Thank you all for your kind comments regarding my uncle’s passing.  My cousin loves the quilt I made for her.  I finished it at about 1145a Saturday and left my house at 1230p.  It was my fastest binding job ever. I love machine binding!

I’ve got a few WHOOMPS to share this week.

I finished the quilt top for the custom order that I got through my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, which is for a throw size (60″ x 75″) of the Hillside Houses Quilt. I finally cut into my new roll of batting.  It is already basted and I will start quilting it this Sunday.  I’m hoping to have it completely finished and ready to ship next Thursday. A pic is coming soon.

This week I sold another quilt listed in my Etsy shop.  The wall hanging I made during the Hillside Houses QAL.  I call it Evening Hillside Houses.

I had to add a sleeve to it, which is something I hadn’t done before but I got ‘er done.  I used this handy dandy tutorial and watched this video.  I shipped it yesterday.

I recently listed a few patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Store and am extremely pleased w/the number of sales I’ve had so far.

I finished the Christmas gift paper piecing project! Well…it’s not finished finished but the 20″ square top is finished and I must say, it’s pretty darn amazing!  Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.  I’m also thinking about entering it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March.

And lastly, I made a mug rug this week using this Tea Cup Pattern.  I liked it much better as a flimsy.

I learned a couple of valuable lessons in quilting it.
1. I should use a walking foot for straight line quilting, no matter how small the project.
2. Binding projects this small is for the birds and I will not do it again.

Now I’d like to see what you did this week. Link up and share below. =)

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