I’m so excited for the new year! I plan to do a lot of quilting and hopefully make some money in the process. I’m doing two “firsts” this year. I’m participating in a mystery quilt along and a crazy quilt along. I also just finished another “first”. Sometime in November I signed up to test a pattern for a quilting magazine. Last night I finished the quilt and it is so cute!! I cannot post any pics until the pattern is actually published in the magazine, which I believe will be in April, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it is adorable! I am so excited w/how it turned out. Stay tuned for pics. Along with all the new quilts I plan to make this year, I have a few UFO’s I’ll be concentrating on as well.
When I started this blog I planned on posting once a week but I haven’t been living up to it. Blogging isn’t easy and it takes a lot of time. Writing, editing, editing/posting pics, links, labels, hashtags, sharing…aghhh!! When I get home from work it’s shall I sew or shall I blog? It’s not always an easy decision but sewing usually wins. Blogging is great though and I’m excited to say I made a new friend! Meet +Greta Anderson from Material Detachment. A marvelous seamstress/quilter and a remarkable writer. I had the pleasure of talking w/ her on the phone yesterday. She’s an admirable person w/a huge heart for kids and humanity! Make sure to stop by her blog.
As you can see, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Kaleido-Hex quilt, officially known as a One Block Wonder (I’ll be referring to it as 1BW going forward). It still isn’t the only thing I’ve been working on (see distractions below: origami bag and applique). Once I have all of strips sewn together it will measure approx 56 x 90. I’m planning this for a king size bed so the side borders will have to be substantial. I picked out border fabric yesterday. What do you think?
This coming Saturday I’ll be heading out for a week long quilting retreat to Colorado w/a couple of friends. I’m so excited! I’m also very ambitious and will be taking at least 4 projects to work on, one of which will be the 1st quilt I’m getting paid $$ to make (A Rag Quilt). I’ll also be taking the 1BW, the applique wall hanging and a Quilts w/o Corners quilt that I’m turning into a tree skirt.
For the Rag quilt I bought some charm packs, but I have the backing and fleece already cut.
I whipped up another cute Origami bag over the weekend for a friend’s birthday.
The wall hanging is ready to be appliqued which I plan on doing while I’m in Colorado.
This is the Quilts w/o Corners quilt that will become a tree skirt. You can’t really tell from this pic…or maybe you can…but the edge of this quilt is all jacked up. I’m going to cut a slit in it, cut the middle circle out AND attempt to add a ruffle of Christmas fabric to the edge.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!
A Thread for Life
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.
1 Chron 16:34
I’m linking up on Val’s Tuesday Archives.
Zenia and I am a Quilter! I’ve been quilting for 2 yrs and am just recently inspired to blog about it. It’s kind of odd because I’ve never cared for writing much but I am quite passionate about quilting so I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about it! I’ve made 20+ quilts over the last 2 years and I plan to post all of my pics on here eventually. Someday I may write up some tutorials but until then, I’ll be posting about projects I’m working on and hopefully pass on some tips and tricks that have helped me a long the way.
I’m currently working on a kaleidoscope quilt inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book, One Block Wonders,( I prefer to call them one bolt wonders). It’s my 2nd one using this technique. I am using a fabric called “koto” by Alexander Henry.
I fell in love w/ this fabric about a year and a half ago but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it at $12.99/yd. So I put it off and put it off until finally one day I was browsing the Red Tag section at Joann when all red tag was 50 % off and guess what?!! It was there!!! I ended up paying something ridiculous like $3.50/yd! Needless to say I bought all they had which ended up being about 8 1/4 yds.
I plan to make 2 quilts for my bed. One for Spring/Summer and another for Fall/Winter.
This shall be my Spring/Summer quilt which I hope to have at least the top finished by this December.
The quick short version of this technique is.
First stack and cut the fabric yardage into 6 pieces with the same design element. (I believe this is also referred to as a “stack & whack”)
Cut into strips. I did the suggested 3 3/4 inches.
Cut strips into triangles.
|Stacks on stacks on stacks|
Because the fabric is stacked up w/the same design element lined up, you end up w/6 identical triangles.
You then sew the 6 triangles together to make some awesome hexagons!
So this is what I have so far. I will be back again w/my progress.