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.  :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Independence PQ Challenge

This month's Project Quilting challenge is based on the theme Independence.  Well, this month is a little crazy for me.  I'm taking two graduate classes, I had the grandsons at my house for four days and I'm leaving for my Quiltworx retreat in Montana on Thursday.  Not much time to squeeze in a project, so I made a red, white, and blue scarf.  Ok, so it's not a quilt, but the rules say the project has to be pieced, appliqued, and/or quilted to count.  The scarf is pieced.  It's an infinity scarf and now I have something patriotic to wear to Independence Day celebrations.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Exploded Panel

This month's Project Quilting Off-Season challenge is done.  I call it Exploded Panel.  It is 32" x 34" and I made it right here in Reedsburg, WI.  In this challenge, we had to use a panel or cheater cloth to make a quilt.  I am happy to say that I suggested this to Kim and she used my idea.  :)  I used Ricky Timm's Convergence to make the quilt.  I finished it yesterday, so ignore the date on photo.  I really need to update that on my camera.


Here is a picture of what the panel looked like before I cut into it.  I've had this panel for a long time, waiting for the right project to come along.  I have to admit I was kind of scared to cut into it.  Doing a Convergence takes a leap of faith--you really don't know exactly what it will look like when it is finished.  I used two of my hand-dyes and a commercial batik with the panel to start the Convergence.  Below to the right is a picture of what it started to look like after the first cuts.  At that point, I knew I was going to like it.  Below to the left is a close up of the "exploded" panel.  I really like that skinny border in the chartreuse.  It adds a great pop to the piece.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mini Dresdens

So here is my challenge piece for the PQ measurement challenge.  The challenge was to use a ruler you have and have never used.  Like a quilter would ever have rulers she hasn't used.  The ruler I used was the EZ Dresden.  I was going to make this big, but I decided that 20x20" was enough.  I will probably use the ruler again and make big Dresedens.  The fabric in the center of the Dresedens and the center of the quilt is for the Sun Prairie Quilt Show Challenge.  You need to use that fabric and the theme was circles or curves.  So, one challenge piece meets the criteria of two challenges.  The bonus is that the Sun Prairie challenge isn't due until March.  I'm actually ahead of the game!
Here's a close-up.  The spokes in the Dresdens are some of my hand-dyes.  Nothing really spectacular, but it is kinda cute.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Birthday Challenge

So, here is my birthday challenge for Project Quilting.  Based on the month and day of your birthday, you were assigned colors.  Mine were orange and maroon.  I call this Tangerine Cosmo for my Birtthday.  I had a tangerine cosmo on my birthday, so the colors and name are fitting, right down to the green representing the lime wedge.  The finished quilt is 60x60.
I really like it.  I used a pattern from a modern patchwork magazine published by Quiltmaker.  The original design, called Prill, was more helter-skelter.  I changed the layout to the pinwheels, then added the green diamond in the center to break up all the orange.  I hand-dyed the orange and pulled the rest of the fabrics from my stash.  I have to say I have been using a lot of stash in the PQ projects.  Not enough to make a dent, but at least I feel I'm being thrifty.
Here is a close-up of the binding.  I did the faux piping.  Most of the piping was maroon, but I added a hint of the green to keep that theme going.  I'm happy with the finished product.  I used a bamboo/cotton batting, which I absolutely love.  I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

My birthday is February 22 and I quilt in Reedsburg, WI.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Graduated Spiral

Here is the Triple Threat Challenge project.  I call it Graduated Spiral.  It is about 34x40.  The challenge involved using fabric from a package purchased from Persimmon Dreams.  The package also included embellishments.  I had to use a recognizable amount of each fabric, as well as the embellishments.
This is a picture of the package I received.  Quite an interesting combination of fabrics and extras.


In addition to using the fabrics and the embellishments, there had to be three star blocks, three nine patches, and one other traditional block.  I used three bulls-eye blocks and three yo-yos to fulfill the other traditional block requirement.  As you can see, I opted to turn my blocks into circles, then spiral them around.

I made one circle block with the embellishments and I ended the spiral with the floral embellishments.  I put all the leftover fabric on the back.