Friday, February 27, 2015

Random Stuff on a Friday

 This post will be a good representation of my brain right now.  I've got so many ideas and things I want to do.  I spent the last two nights going through ALL my fabric.  Well, almost all.  I still have a couple small boxes - and the ones in the barn.  I folded everything and put them so that I can see them and in clear boxes.  Yay!  Hopefully it will be easier to see what I have and use it up!

 I've been collecting neutrals for a quilt, but went ahead and filed these with the rest of the fabrics - I don't think its going to be started any time soon.
 I pulled purples for my wisteria crayon challenge.  Looking forward to starting this soon.
 Pulled a backing for what I call my 'Hexie Baby' quilt.
 Found the prepped label for Miss M's quilt.  The quilt has been done since before she was born.  I need to get the label on!
 Planning to do a wee bit of destash on IG.  I've got some Tula Pink I know I won't use, some cats and more.
 A friend gave me this length of fabric she bought off Spoonflower.  I think I'll be using it for a sewing machine cover.  It's too fun to cut up.
 I really need to finish these chickens for the boutique.  I think tonight!
 This bag is ALL of my 2" strips that I've been saving up.  I foresee an ugly quilt in the near future.  Perhaps two.  I'm also thinking that this might be a great project for E.  I might even get the other sewing machine out for her.

 And my absolute favorite find of last night, my very, very first quilt block ever.  I actually still kind of want to make a quilt out of this block.  I definitely have better skills to figure it out, now.
 Check out the amazing seams and hand stitching.  I think its fair to say I've learned quite a bit in the last 16 years or so since I made this.
Here's to finishing up some small things so I can start on more!
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Patchwork Tote Bag Finish

 I finished putting this totebag together yesterday.  I'm pretty pleased.
 You could say that in one way its been a WIP for four years.
 The patchwork squares came from left overs from a quilt that I completed in 2011.  They have been languishing since then because I never had a good idea what to do with them. 
 It started when I wanted to try this stitch out on something before I committed it to a quilt.  So I started with the bottom of a bag, and things just evolved from there.
 All the pieces laid out, ready and waiting.  I didn't use a pattern, just made it up as I went along.  It is just a basic tote bag with boxed corners.
 I did two layers of Pellon Cotton for the bottom and sides.  I wanted some body, but didn't want to go so far as stiff interfacing.  I also wanted to use what I had on hand.
 Took it outside for pictures in our fresh snow layer.  And now the temperature is supposed to drop low, again.
 Needs some de-fuzzing!
 I even put a pocket and key holder in it.  More for looks, I usually don't use them.  The lining is a lightweight cotton.  A wise woman told me that bags should be lined with light color fabrics so you can find your stuff.  Same woman gave me the white fabric.  I was afraid it might show the quilting lines, but so far its OK.
 I got the D rings in part of a great bunch of loot from a local thrift store!   Yay for inexpensive notions.  If I had needed bias tape it would have been the jack pot.
 The details:
5.5" x 11.5" x 12.5"  Straps are 31".  I really like long straps to go over my shoulders.
Fabrics: batiks and plain black
Quilted with red and black Aurifil
Two layers of Pellon Cotton batting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday 2.24.15

And Wednesday rolls around again.  I'm trying to finish up a couple of projects and have a bunch of new ones waiting in the wings.

 The ongoing hexie WIP.  I am definitely over half done with piecing them all into 8s.  I foresee  a need for more hexies in my future however.
 The Feathered Christmas really should be done, but I think the borders need more lines.  Just not as dense as the middle and I think it shows. 
 We did a crazy fabric exchange at guild the other night.  "50 shades of grey"  We can pretty much do what ever we want with these - including not using them at all.  I will try to, I think.  I have a plan in my head. (For the record, I have not read the books, nor seen the movie and have no intention to, ever.)
Also in the planning stage is the Crayon Challenge.  The color I pulled this year is "Wisteria".  I think I'm going literal with this one.
The mini can either be 12" x 12" or 8" x 10".  Here are some possible designs I'm looking at.

If you happen to be stopping by before Noon, central time - I've got a giveaway over on this post that you can check out.

Linking up with Lee.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feather Fancy Christmas Wreath Finish - And a giveaway!

When it rains, it pours, at least with quilt finishes around here.
Today, the Feather Fancy Christmas Wreath.
 Yay!  I am pretty pleased with this finish. I will refrain from pointing out what I see as issues with the quilt.  It is just for me to hang up for Christmas - which I will do come December.  The pattern is called Feather Fancy by Cherry Blossoms.  The applique can be cut with a GO! machine or as I did, trace, fuse and cut.  I used Pellon 805 Wonder Under on the pieces and also used the button hole stitch on my machine to applique them down.
The quilting, applique and piecing are all in Aurifil threads.  (you know by now I'm an Aurifil snob, right?)  White, green, and red. 
The center was done in a small stipple.  The checked border is just stitched-in-the-ditch, and the outer border is (relatively) straight lines 1/4" apart.  I did the binding by machine on this one.
Because I never seem to be able to corner well, I overlapped the quilting lines in the corner, instead.
The backing is some fabric I got from Connecting Threads a few years ago.  Love the knit sweater look. 
And its superb for hiding stitches.
I call this the "keeping it real shot".  Before I cropped out the surround ;)

Quilt Details:
Finished size: 28" x 28"
Batting: Pellon Cotton
Thread: Aurifil #2024 (white) #2250 (red) #2887 (green)
Fabrics: Yes!
Piecing, Applique and Quilting done by Me!

 Did I say something about a giveaway? How about the pattern for this quilt AND some fabric to get you started.
 The pattern has been used once, by me.  So unfolded, taped, traced, un-taped and refolded.  I may have written a note about strip piecing the squares.  So much more efficient than sewing 40 1.5" squares together two at a time!
 And some fabric for you!  The greens are the same that I used in my quilt.  The snowflakes and cardinals are just to get you in a very early Christmas-y mood!

Cardinals: 28" x WOF
Snowflakes: 18" x WOF
Dark Green: 15" x 21" plus
Light Green: 13" x WOF plus

The details.
Be a follower of mine, either on the blog or Instagram, you'll find me there as rachel_thelifeofriley .  Either is fine, just tell me which in your comment.  Eligible comments have to be left on this blog post.  Remember, I need a way to contact you, so if you are not sure, leave your email in the comment.  I will take comments until NOON Central Standard Time on Wednesday February 25.  Then a winner will be chosen from the eligible comments.  I am happy to ship internationally.  Good Luck!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Temperature Quilt 2014 - Reveal

 Do you remember?  Way back in December 2013 I formulated my plan to make a Temperature Quilt.  You can read about it in the original post *here*.   I pulled my fabrics and they lived in this basket all year.
 Today is the day!  A final reveal!
 I thought it rather appropriate to be out in the 10 degree weather to take these pictures. Brrrr.
 Because just one picture isn't good enough.
 It was really great to see the whole year come together.  The vertical strips are for days where there were record lows. 10 for the year.  The horizontal strips were for record highs.  2 for the year.  I know it looks fairly warm in the middle, but we didn't have a particularly hot summer.  Only 90 or above a couple of times.  Lots of yellows and pinks - in the 70s.
  A full shot of the back.  The bug fabric is a batik from IKEA.  Do you see how well the hanging sleeve blends in with the backing....?
 The bottom right shows the fabrics that I used and each temperature range they represent.  There are also two strips for the two vacations we took.  One south to Florida, and one 'up north' to Upper Michigan.
 The quilting is all chevron stripes with Aurifil (of course).  In the colored areas I used a Silver #2600 and the borders is good old black.  There were lots and lots of threads to bury for every time I had to change colors.

 More shots of the quilting.  It wasn't what I had originally planned, and ended up taking way more time, both to mark and to quilt, but I'm so happy that I did it this way.

 The fabrics on the front are all Fossil Fern by Bernatex, and just flow so lovely together.
The Details:
Finished size: 69" x 70"
Batting: Pellon Cotton
Thread: Aurifil #2600 & #2692 (black)
Backing: IKEA batik
Pieced and Quilted by Me!

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts!
BTW the next post has a finish, too!