Wednesday, March 27, 2013

W.I.P. Wednesday - Good progress

For the past few weeks, I have been making good progress with my projects:
  1. Dancing Stars Quilt Along: I completed 4 blocks and 10 more are in progress. I am using quick strip paper piecing technique. I can quickly whip through the top and botton row of each block but the mid section just takes long. I hope I can keep my goal of making a lap size quilt. Will have to see how it goes in the coming months.

  2. Charity Wonky Log Cabin Block: I saw a post from fellow Boston Modern Quilt Guild member Stephanie, and I wanted to pitch in one or two blocks for a good cause too. So, here is my first completed Wonky log cabin block which I will be sending out soon.

  3. March Bootcamp Sunday Block: I finally got out of rut of not posting for my Boot Camp Sundays and posted a tutorial on Wonky Log Cabin. I really love making these blocks. I am forcing myself to limit to one block but I just had to make one for the charity above. Here is my block for this month which will be a pillow :-)(May be a baby quilt ;) ).
  4. Tumbling Blocks Quilt: I completed this quilt top last week but missed the deadline for WIP Wednesday. So, here is another look at it:

    So, that's what I have been working on lately. I am hoping that I can get back to my FMQ pile for rest of the week.

    Linking up to W.I.P. wednesday@ Freshly Pieced blog.

    Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Boot Camp Sunday March - Wonky Log Cabin

February was extremely busy and couldn't find much sewing time to post my FMQ lessons. I will be posting them soon. Also trying to make a video tutorials is little harder than I thought, with the time limits on the YouTube and not having proper software to fine tune the tutorial. So, will do a combined one next week for February and March.

Now getting to this month's block tutorial.

First start with the center piece. Any square or rectangle is good. No worries if its not perfect square, the wonkier the better.

3 to 4 inch piece of fabric

Another 3 to 4 inch piece of focus fabric

Now align the ruler with your wonky cut and trim the excess from the strip your going to add.

Aligning for wonky cut to the strip
  I decided to press the seams open for this project. Since the strip being added to the blocks are wonky I want the block to lay flat and pressing seams open does help with that.

First strip added and pressed open
Trim the excess fabric off. 

After trimming the excess fabric
  Now add a ring of neutral fabric of your choice. I choose to go with white for my blocks.

Neutral fabric strip added to all sides of the block

Before adding the second round of strips. I added another focus fabric to the strip I am going to add. Then added the strip to one side. Please follow the how to align your next strip and trimming from previous step.

Trim off excess fabric from the side
 Second round of ring of strips all done.

Now before adding the 3rd round of strip, I decide to add another small piece of the focus fabric to my strip. You can choose to skip this and don't have to include this in every ring of strips you add. But this does add an interest to your blocks.

Add this piece to to the strip you are going to add to the block. And then added another strip of neutral(white) fabric to the side.

Now finishing off my strips of red all around the block.
Wonky Log Cabin Block
If am making a quilt/pillow with this block I would added my neutral fabric all around the block to give the illusion that the block is floating in the quilt. Trim to the desired size after adding the neutral fabric. The inspiration for this block was Elizabeth Hartman's Inspired Modern Quilts craftsy class.

This is such a fun and easy improvisational piecing technique. You design your block as you go. And no two blocks are alike.

I hope you get to make one of these and enjoy the process. 
Next week I will be back with FMQ tutorial for February and March.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tumbling Blocks Quilt Top Done

I was working on this all day yesterday to finish up the quilt top. Instead of stacking the alternate block on top of one another. I just added a little twist by adding sashing to one of the end blocks in each row to create this tumbling block effect. I really love how the quilt top came together. Now have to decide whether I need to add some white border or skip it.

What would you suggestion? Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Quilting with Kids - W.I.P. Wednesdays

For a while I have been trying to get my daughter into sewing. This is an on and off project. Sometimes we do lot of stuff together and then it stalls. She does love to go fabric shopping with me and spends as much as I do ;).

I wanted to get her involved in as many steps as possible. So,we printed out 4" alphabets of her name and then some circles and heart. She decide to go with smiley face using this. Check this out:

This is a super simple quilt with some applique and charm square border. The design idea except the border was my 5 year old daughters and I put it together for her. 

This is a great project for us together. Keeping things really simple and letting your guard really helps to introduce the little ones to sewing/quilting.

Now linking up with Lee's W.I.P. Wednesday @Freshly Pieced blog.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

I am working on a few different things. I am hoping that in March I should just focus on finishing up WIPs.

Dancing with the stars QAL quilt blocks in progress, blogged here:
Dancing Stars Quilt Along

The blocks for Star Burst quilt along are all done and now I have to put the top together after I finish working on my high priority project, blogged here.
Star Burst Quilt Along

Now linking up to WIP Wednesday@Freshly Pieced.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Dancing Stars Quilt Along - February

I finally cut into my fabric for Dancing Stars quilt along @Amy's Creative Side blog.
I am using "Peggy Martin" Quilt Strip Paper Piecing technique to make the blocks. I haven't finished any blocks yet but this method seems to be faster.

I like simple yet fast ways of piecing.
Here is my progress:

Right now I am in the process of making 15 blocks in Kona Ash background. And from my color wheel bundle I chosee the yellows, orange and reds for these blocks.

My goal for March is to have 15 completed blocks. Let's see how it goes.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

StarBurst Quilt Along with Melissa Corry - Almost done

February has been really crazy for me. I have been able to get much sewing done. Work has been pretty hectic this past couple of weeks. So, between kids and work not much sewing time.

I was hoping that I would have my Quilt Top all done and ready. But haven't got to it. But at least I have all my blocks done and thinking about how to arrange them. One of the block just stands out with the golden star bursts.

Star-burst Quilt top - Option1

Star-burst Quilt top - Option2

Star-burst Quilt top - Option3
I really had fun making these blocks. Each block is 32inch square. I am thinking of adding some shashing and borders to make the quilt measure 80x80inches.
Just one block with some border would make a cute baby quilt.

Please leave me a comment letting me know which arrangement you prefer. I am leaning towards option2.

Now linking up with Melissa Corry's blog.