Piecing

April Quilt Club BOM

Hi Everyone,

Our quilt club meeting occurred last week. The fantastic ladies showed off their blocks of the month.  Here is mine.

Quilt Club March BOM

Here are others in my group in different color ways.

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOPM

Quilt Club March BOM

Everyone’s blocks look great.  I can’t wait to see them all on a quilt top.  I’m always surprised how just the difference in the colors makes the blocks look different from each other.  Please let me know which are your favorites.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

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Quilting

April OMG

Hi Everyone,

April OMG

I’ve been working on my stained glass quilt for a while.  This month I intend on finishing it.  My son has expressed a liking so it will be gifted to him.

I found the pattern in a Fons and Porter Magazine.  The colors just blew me away.  Fabric and Pattern

I thought the pattern would be more difficult than it was.  It clearly indicated how many and size strips I needed to cut from these lovely ombre fabrics.  The blocks came together quite easily.

Stained Glass Blocks

I sewed the quilt top together and was very pleased with the results.

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I used remnants for the backing to show off the fabric in its full ombre glory.

Quilt Back

I’ve been quilting this using my walking foot.  A different design in each block.  It has been a long process of turning the quilt in each direction.  I’ve put it on hold for a while during the holiday and to give my shoulders a rest.

Stained Glass Quilting

Stained Glass QuiltingStained Glass Quilting

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Piecing

OMG March Complete

Hi Everyone,

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I’m pleased to say that this month I have achieved my goal.  I joined Roseanne’s Regatta QAL a little late.  It was a no pressure QAL in which there were no time limits so I didn’t feel like I had to rush to catch up.  It seemed like it was an easy pattern from Block M Quilts so I joined in the party.

It took me a while to decide on my fabric, but after looking around I chose a nice jelly rolls with colors that I liked.

jelly roll

I got to work and cut my white strips and started sewing them together.

Strips

My goal was to finish the quilt top and here you have it.

Regatta Quilt Top

I am still considering what color to back it with.  My favorite thoughts are either the lavender or the sea green.  My quilt club meeting is in a few days and we get 20% off on those days so I will see what my choices are.

I also have already been thinking about the quilting.  My thoughts are on a pattern I saw on  Jackie Gering Craftsy Class.  It is a walking foot pattern that just “gently curves” from each side of the strips.  If I sew it four times alternating from side to side I am hopeful it will look like a braided line.  More on this later…

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

 

Piecing

March Pinwheel Roundabout BOM

Hi Everyone,

One of my projects for 2018 is the block of the month I am participating with my local quilt store.  The quilt is called Pinwheel Roundabout.

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The March block is called Sweet Sixteenish.  Last month while my machine was in the shop I had time to cut out the patches needed for each of my blocks.  This made it very easy to find the correct Ziploc bag tagged with each month and get to cutting the squares and triangles needed for the block.

Fabric

We are using Perfect Patchwork Templates from Marti Mitchell Set B to make this block.  I’ve gotten the hang of folding and pressing the patches in half if there are quite a few to cut of the same size.  This also speeded up the process.  Template B

The fabrics to be used on this block can be seen below.  Notice how nice the patches are pressed and ready to go.  I am feeling pretty organized right now.  Just don’t go in my sewing room.

March BOM Fabric cuts

I learned a new technique on this block called a swirled pressed seam.  I’m not real sure if everyone else calls it that, but that is what I came up with.  It is where you rip out a couple of stitches in the middle of that block that allows you to press the block very flat.  The center then presses around the middle instead of one side.  It reduces the bulk in the center.  I found that the blocks were also more accurate that way.

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The block was constructed using a nine patch technique.  Once I had all of the nine patches done, I sewed them together in 3 strips and then sewed the strips together.

Here is the finished block.  Not too bad.

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The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Piecing

Regatta Quilt Progress

Hi Everyone,

I’ve put aside my stained glass quilt for a while so I may work on my OMG for this month.  It is coming together nicely after I fixed my mistake of sewing a four strip unit instead of a three unit.  I guess I didn’t pay enough attention to the pattern.   Oops and oh well.  I’ll do better next time.

I’ve laid out the strips to give me an idea of the overall finish and this is what it’s looking like.  I will be working of putting the strips together this weekend and hopefully my goal will be met.

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By the way,  I’ve been invited to participate in the 2018 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop.  I am very excited to be a part of this group.  I have been learning many things so keep a look out for changes to come on my blog.  I will be implementing suggestions provided by my peers.  Some of the items suggested are beyond my technical level which I will have to research a bit because I am unfamiliar with some of the concepts.  It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to a better blog at the end.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

Quilting

Quilting on the Stained Glass Quilt

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been quilting on my Stained Glass Quilt.  This quilt seems to be everyone’s favorite of mine right now. I also really love it.  The ombre fabrics are fantastic, the pattern fun to make and I am trying to top it all off with some great quilting within my experience limitations.  I’ve mentioned that there are different size blocks that I was hoping to make a different walking foot designs in each.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Quilting1

I’m keeping the quilting pattern format to 3 lines a quarter-inch apart.  This has enabled me to only mark one line and be able to stitch along the foot for the others.  This seems to be working well for me. I’ve been using a clover chaco liner chalk for the marking and I like that the lines are bright and fine.  Once you stitch over it, it just about disappears and you can just brush off any lingering chalk.  I purchased a white one earlier and like it so much I’ve ordered a blue one to work on my white fabrics later.  I’m looking for a good chalk marker with a pointed tip that removes easily also.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  I have some frixion markers that I used before, but on this quilt when you ironed off it removed the color pigment from the fabric.  Glad I tested first in an inconspicuous spot.  This is the first time I had problems with it so now I’m scared of them.  I guess it’s all about testing first.  I’m glad this didn’t turn into a disaster.

My quilting is quite a bit of turning the quilt around, but I’ve been managing the bulk pretty well.  I’m getting used to the knee lift on my machine to help me out with this.  It’s not quite in the right spot for me but that is probably best as a couple of times I have pushed the foot instead of the lift and sewn off in to the wild.  I guess they need to be as far apart as possible for me.

I have to take breaks from it from time to time as my shoulders begin to hurt after I’ve worked on it too long.  I’ve got about half of the quilting finished and hopefully I can finish by the end of next weekend.  We will have to see if I can accomplish that without depriving myself of sleep.

Let’s look at a couple more samples of my quilting.  I’m going to stick with the motto “Done is better that perfect”. quilting3.jpg

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The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

Piecing

Quilt Club BOM

Hi Everyone,

Last week we had our monthly Quilt Club meeting at A&A Sewing in Broussard, LA.  This is when we show and tell, discuss quilty topics, and learn new techniques.  We get our new block pattern as we are doing a  Pinwheel Roundabout BOM.

Here is another shot of my BOM for February.  I chose warm colors for my quilt as I am always drawn to those first.

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Others in my group have chosen cool colors and I really like those as well.  This one is by Becky Haaland.  Those bright colors are certainly energizing.  The fussy cut center block looks like a sunflower to me.  It reminds me of summer, which is only a couple of weeks away when you live in Louisiana.

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Another lady, one in which I do not know her name as of yet, picked out some lovely pastels.  I have asked for her name to give her credit and will update the post once I receive the response.  Some ladies that don’t care for their picture being taken hide their face with their blocks.  I tried to encourage her to show her face, but was not successful.

February

This block was made from the inside and worked around to the outside.  It was not a regular 9 patch in which was made by sewing blocks together.  This was a new technique for me.  I didn’t find it hard as the instructions on the pattern were very easy to understand.

I am enjoying my time at Quilt Club meeting new people who enjoy quilting as much as myself.  Everyone shows off some wonderful quilts they have made and I am always amazed at their talent and creativeness.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie