Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilting Past My Bedtime

Designer's block and procrastination got the best of me on the PQ challenge--Sunrise/Sunset.  I didn't really get serious about it until today.
  It is finally done, with 12 hours to spare.  I call it "Here Comes the Sun(flowers)," based on the Beatles song of the same name.  It is 62' square.  My name is Kelly Kroon and I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.

I am exhausted and am going to bed.  I promise I will blog more tomorrow--well, actually, later today--and tell the whole story behind my quilt.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Forest of Wonky Trees

Here is the first Project Quilting Challenge of 2015.  The theme is Trees, so I decided to make a forest of wonky, liberated trees, a la Gwen Marston.  I just sewed up a bunch of trees, laid them out on the floor, then added strips to fit it all together.  It measures 34" x 35" and I call it A Forest of Wonky Trees.  I'm happy with how it turned out, but I may add some more quilting.

I made a little chicken that I was thinking about putting on the quilt, but decided against it.  It is a cute little chicken and it may just show up in another quilt in the future.....
P.S.  I quilt in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  This statement is to fulfill the PQ requirements.  :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final PQ Challenge of 2014

So the PQ Challenge for December is "Baby, It's Cold Outside."  I had visions of a blue jellyroll quilt with a snowman appliqued on top.  Then I went to find the jellyroll I thought I had and of course, it wasn't what I remembered.  It wasn't a complete jellyroll and there were only a few blues with a lot of yellowy creams.  So I started digging through my stash, thinking I could find enough blues to make my own jellyroll when I happened on leftover strip sets from the wedding quilt I made for my daughter and her husband and a new idea was born.
I call it "January Blues."  It reminds me of the cold, dull month that is January.  There's the after-Christmas let-down, the below zero temps, the bare trees.  Time to cuddle with a quilt and stay indoors.  This quilt has a brushed cotton backing and is 52"x75".  I'm going to give it to my husband so he has his own nap quilt.

By finishing this quilt, I have completed ALL of the PQ challenges for 2014.  I am very proud of myself for that accomplishment.  The first challenge of 2015 will be up in a few days and I can't wait!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

6 am--not this chick!

The theme for the November Project Quilting Challenge is to be inspired by 6 am.  Those of you who know me well know that 6 am and I don't get along very well.  I am NOT a morning person!  It's hard to be inspired by 6 am when I'd rather be in bed.  So, here is my rooster, who had better not dare to wake me up.  I call him "Cock-a-doodle-DON'T."  He's small--13'' x 11'' and is made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics (the background is one of my hand-dyes).  He is kinda cute.
The binding is fused.  I cut 1" strips, then used a decorative rotary cutter blade to trim the strips.  After I fused the binding on, I stitched it down.  I like this finish for a small project.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Challenge

October has been a busy month, but it has been great.  I am really loving the school year thus far--much better than last year!  I'm feeling more productive in my quilting than last year.  Being happier makes it easier to be motivated to quilt.

So, this month, the challenge was to be inspired by candy corn.  Here is my piece, A Leaf from the Candy Corn Tree.  It is Judy Niemeyer's pattern One.  My son helped me pick out the background colors.  It is 20" x 40".

 Below is a close up of the leaf.  I used my yellow and orange hand-dyes for the leaf and a purple hand-dye for the center vein.  The picture on the right shows a close-up of the binding.  I managed to make a perfect switch in the binding color as I transitioned from one background color to the other.  I'm pretty proud of myself.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Challenge

Here is my miniature for the September Project Quilting Challenge.  I call it "The House on Apple Tree Hill."  It is 13" x 16" and with the exception of the multi-colored strips, it is made of my hand-dyes.  It is a pattern by Laura Wasilowski.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

This has been a great month.  I started my new teaching job and LOVE it!  What a change from a year ago.  I really do better with the younger kids.  I have to say the Project Quilting challenges helped me keep my sanity last school year.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Red and White Challenge

August has been another crazy month.  I was taking some grad classes, and of course, there is all of the back-to-school inservices.  It seems like I didn't have any time to work on the challenge.  I've done everyone so far this year, so I figured I'd better make sure to get this one done, too.  I started and finished it yesterday.  It is 9 1/2" square.  I had plans for something bigger, but life got in the way.

I call this Playing With ThRED.  It's loosely based on a Zentangle design.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  It did give me a chance to work on my machine quilting skills.  I'm never going to be able to do fine, heirloom quilting, but I like the modern look.

This is another reason I did not have time to work on the red and white challenge.  It is a quilt that will be donated to my church's fall festival to be auctioned off.  I spent time at the school run by my church last spring, working with the then-7th grade students.  They cut and sewed the blocks, then I put the whole thing together and quilted it.  The festival is a week from today, so it had to be done.  I work best under a deadline.  :)