Monday, March 18, 2013

Is Spring on its Way...

They say it is.  I even saw a Robin.  However, the weather is not being very cooperative.  Cold, rain, then snow, sunshine, then gray skies.  I am so ready for some warm tropical breezes.  But until they come, let's sew.

I finished my Small Quilt Talk March Challenge Quilt.





The challenge was to use some ugly fabrics.  It's funny...what looked ugly on it's own doesn't look ugly in the quilt.  This is my first challenge quilt with the group.


My second finish is a project that I made about 4 years ago but never quilted.



It is a table runner I made using leftover block from a quilt I made my son Michael 6 years ago.  I finally pin basted and machine quilted it.  It is approx. 4 feet long.  I am slowly getting some older projects finished.


I also got the top finished from my EQ7 BOM.



Now I need to get it pin basted and machine quilted.  It is on my UFO Busting list for March.


And then there are some projects that weren't on the horizon....but I just had to start.

Last year my granddaughter Ashley asked if I would make her a quilt.  We chose a design, a plaid quilt, and she picked out colors.  I had her go to the paint store and get paint samples for the colors she wanted.  I took these to the fabric store and chose fabrics that matched the chips.  Then I got chosen for the Scrap Squad and was not able to start the quilt.  The other day I was digging for fabric and came across the fabric for her quilt.  I decided I had better start working on it.  I plan on making at least 1 block a day.



Notice anything funny about the top left block.  I didn't notice until I put it up on the design wall and took a photo.  I took it apart yesterday and resewed it.  
The dark fabric is navy with a lighter blue running through it.  Probably not the colors I would have chosen but the colors an 11 year old would.

The second project is a Bonnie Hunter free pattern, Scrappy Trip Around the World.  I have seen so many people working on it and I just had to make one.



I'm using a jelly roll I got from Connecting Threads and a jelly roll of Moda solid neutrals.  It won't be as scrappy as some I've seen but I like my first block.


I forgot to tell you....My son's girlfriend commissioned me to make a photo quilt for her friend.  She wants it in autumn colors.  I designed a quilt on EQ with Maple leaf blocks and log cabin blocks.  The photo's would be in the center of the log cabin blocks.  I just started working on it and really don't have anything to show you yet.

I just got the March patterns for the Sentimental Stitches Applique and Pieced BOM's.  The applique is a house with a shamrock on it.  The pieced is going to be fun...lots of y seams.

I finished the row for my Patchwork Posse Winter Wonderland quilt.  I need to do some embroidery on it before I can show it to you.

And I have another little quilt that I made 2 years ago in the quilting frame.  Hopefully I can finish it this week so I can share a photo.

Well, I guess I had better get going.  Putting on a pot of Cabbage Soup for dinner and then off to the sewing room.  Wonder what I will be working on today.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Cathy

10 comments:

Janet O. said...

Love that little challenge quilt. I don't see anything ugly in it. Bonnie always says if it is still ugly you didn't cut it small enough. I guess these pieces were small enough.
So funny--I am just working on the sketches for a quilt I am about to start--using maple leaf and log cabin blocks!
And I was going to try and make some headway on my Scrappy Trips, but first I will be machine quilting a table topper I need to finish up.
Your EQ7 BOM fabric combo is so pretty. How large is this finishing?
Won't your granddaughter be thrilled to see her quilt coming together--in HER colors! : )

Carrie P. said...

It is funny how a fabric by itself can look ugly but put it with others and it can look just fine.
I do like that table runner. great projects to keep you busy until you can go camping.:)

Betty Lou said...

Wow, you have been sewing up a storm. Wonderful projects, all of them. Is there a little oops in your grandaughter's quilt. Love your triangle doll quilt, have to get busy and quilt mine.

Gayle said...

You've been very productive on some really fun projects - I enjoyed seeing all of them - especially the little HST quilt!

Impera_Magna said...

My goodness! You are sewing up a storm! Kudos to you!!!

Spring is being a tease here... lovely weather for a couple of days then back to chilly weather. Am enjoying the robins tho...

katyquilts said...

Love your Scrappy Triangle quilt! I have been wanting to do the s\Scrappy Trip quilt too and I too have jelly rolls from Connecting Threads. Hmmm....I might have to steal your idea!
Take care,
Katy

Karen said...

I like the little pops of yellow in your monthly small talk quilt. Well done.

Sinta Renee said...

Wow, I'm glad that you came up for air! You have been busy!!! Your EQ BOM quilt is beautiful... thanks so much for sharing it on my blog! I love yourWIP's... I especially love your little hexie quilt that you had posted about. Be still my heart!!!

libbyquilter said...

fast and furious you are~!
what great progress you are making and on so many different projects~!!

love your half square dolly quilt and i really can't call it an 'ugly' as it's just too cute~! how big are your half square blocks?

you know i have a strip of piecing that i removed from a quilt years ago and seeing your table runner created from leftover blocks reminded me of it. i think they sewed up beautifully into a table runner. i'm inspired~!

your EQ7 BOM quilt positively glows~!~a real beauty with gorgeous color combinations~!!

the whoops on your granddaughters quilt block escaped my notice until i read your 'disclosure'. lol
these things happen and they can sometimes go undiscovered until it's too late . . . at which point they become 'creative interest'.

your 'trips' quilt is going to be gorgeous and the maple leaf and log cabin memory/photo quilt sounds like a winner too. i think having the photos within each of the log cabin blocks is a great idea and i'm looking forward to seeing your progress on that one.

it's like seeing a small quilt show here lately. i'm so impressed and thank you for sharing.

:-)
libbyQ

Mama Pea said...

Your "ugly" fabrics sure look beautiful in that quilt. Isn't it amazing how that works?