Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UFO Sunday's with Leah Day: Little Hexie Quilt

This week I actually didn't not work on an existing UFO/project but started a new project with my 5 year old daughter. Even though this is new project, I consider this as UFO beacuase I have been thinking of introducing my daughter to sewing. Knowing her I felt that she would really enjoy working on Hexies with English paper piecing. She loves to use her kids scissors. This will be my first time trying English paper piecing too. We both are learning ;).

We started a few weeks backs cutting the hexagon templates. She did really good at the beginning and then got bored of cutting the templates. I first thought this would be fun part which she would enjoy. Then later I cut the templates for her and let her cut the fabrics and gluing the fabrics to the Hexagon templates. She does love craft work and she did enjoy this part. But I had to let go my perfectionism with this project and reminder myself that she is only 5 years old. LOL

Hexies and Leaves all done


I'm just trying to relax and not worry too much about it. But this seems to be really the hard part and I have to keep reminding myself that the goal here is to introduce her to sewing/quilting. Here is a picture of her first little stitches. I'm so proud of her.

Little stitches from a 5 year old


Our inspiration for this project was from Craftsy Block of the Month April : English paper piecing. This past Sunday we made all our hexies. Throughout the design process I'm making her pick the fabrics(from charm pack), which she totally loves. She even made a design decision on the background color for our little quilt and I like that more than my original choice to go with ivory or cream background. She picked sky blue for the background.
Our Wall Quilt Design - Need to add the stem though

Here are some pictures of our joint venture so far :-).
Our Quilt Progress
I had stitched the hexagons to the quilt. The sun rays are all stitched together I have applique the rest next week.

Boy this was fun, but lot of work. I'm totally exhausted now ;). Now, have to go catch-up with work.

Have you taught a little one to sew? If so, would love to hear your experience and how to got them started.
Any tips and tricks would be great appreciated too ;).

Good night now!

Blogger Quilt Festival Fall 2012: Shades of Blues Quilt(#462)

I am really excited to be participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012 and entering my "Shades of Blue quilt this year. I have been quilting for about an year now and started practicing Free Motion quilting starting of this year.

I started working on this quilt for Leah Day's Modern Quilt QAL in July, but I took a different route and designed my own pattern. I picked different shades of blue from Moda's Marble fabrics. My goal for this quilt was to try out different Free Motion Quilting designs. My FMQ inspiration were Leah Day from Day Style Designs, Angela Walters from Quilting is My Therapy and SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge for this quilt.

The design/pattern inspiration for this quilt were from Jenny Doan's following YouTube videos: Disappearing Nine Patch and Double Slice Quilt Block. I used these two alternative blocks in the quilt. I played with the placement of solid(background white moda bella broadcloth) fabric and the blue fabric to achieve a modern look & feel for the quilt.
Shades of Blue Quilt

Shades of Blue - Closeup

Shades of Blue Quilt - Closeup View

Shades of Blue Quilt Back


Name of the quilt: Shades of Blue
Quilt Measurement: 43 x 47 inches
Special Techniques: Disappearing Nine Patch and Stack and Wack technique.
Designed and Quilted by: Me (Malini)
Started: July 2012
Finished: October 2012
Best Category for Blogger Quilt FestivalFavorite Baby Quilt, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt and Favorite Wall Hanging
Link# 462 (for voting purpose)

My initial intention was to make a baby quilt for my 15 months old baby boy. But now I'm thinking of showcasing this as Wall Hanging in my living room. I really enjoyed the process of quilting various Free Motion Quilting designs on this. This is definitely my sampler FMQ quilt quilted on my Domestic Sewing Machine. I'm extremely happy with the outcome :-).


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Totally Groovy Quilt Along - Quilt Top finished

I am so thrilled to say that I finished my groovy quilt top. Lately its been very hard to find time for quilt. The tricky part of the this quilt is those curves. Once I got the curves done during our BMQG meeting everything else did seem little easier. Time consuming though ;). I was originally thinking "Sleepless in Boston" as the title of my post ;). But didn't go through with it .....that it would be too creepy.

Here are some pictures of my quilt top:

Groovy Quilt Top


Alternate View of Groovy quilt
Now, I have to piecing my backing. I'm just keeping it simple and using a large print my Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller fabrics.
I have to also start auditioning some FMQ design to quilt this. Its going to be a challenge since I will be doing it on my DSM and this is first big quilt ever.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quilt Along with Leah Day - Week 33

Wow, its just awesome to be so close to finishing up this quilt. Only if I didn't ran out of my bobbin thread.
Any way wanted to a post on the Pointy Pailey(Triangle Paisley I call :-)) to link up to Leah's Quilt along.

Quilt Top - just some more border to be quilted

Pointy Paisley in the blue squares
Now, I'm thinking of using this as wall hanging in our living room. Wondering if I should have a hanging sleeve or not. Also any ideas about how I could hang this puppy ?
I would love to hear what you would do.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quilt Along with Leah Day - Week 32

This week's FMQ was Snake Paisley. But this reminds me of leaves though :-).
The texture is beautiful and this did come more naturally. I guess, the waviness and then circle with Lava Paisley was tougher than this one.

Here is my quick practice sandwich:
Can you believe it, this is actually back of my quilt sandwich? I didn't want my thread hanging for the picture.
Back of the practice quilt sandwich


Now 'll try to get some sleep.