2018 Finishes · Regatta Quilt

2018 Bloggers Quilt Festival 2nd Entry

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This is the second year that I’m participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side.  There are many generous sponsors giving away wonderful prizes.  Please click on her site and visit them.  I’m sure they have something you just got  to have.

My second entry is my Regatta Quilt.  I joined in with Roseanne’s QAL earlier this year.  I just love her QAL’s.  They are no stress and no deadlines.  It’s really easy-going.  She follows us and features them on her blog from time to time.

The pattern was from Daniela at Block M Quilts.  It was a fairly easy pattern and came together very well.  There is nothing more soothing to me than sewing long strips together.  I’ve heard it called mindless sewing.  It really does clear the mind.

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Once I got to the quilting, I watched a Jacquie Gering class on walking foot quilting.  It was called Next Steps With Your Walking Foot.  I used her braid technique.  I learned from her classes that you can do very interesting quilting without FMQ.  You can see the quilting better in this photo.  Some of the rows only show the first pass, but once I was finished each had a braided look.

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I’m feeling pretty proficient with my walking foot quilting and will move on to giving FMQ on my domestic machine a focus.  I have tried it out on a couple quilts so far, but I don’t think I’m very good at it.  I mentioned yesterday that my UFO pile is growing so I am hoping I will get some good practice on them in the near future.  I’m a long away from a long arm so this will have to do for now.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  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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2018 Finishes · Finished Quilts · Stained Glass Quilt

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2018

Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

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This is the second year that I’m participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side.  There are many generous sponsors giving away wonderful prizes.  Please click on her site and visit them.  I’m sure they have something you just got  to have.

This year for me seems to be the year of piecing.  I’ve only completed a couple quilts so far, but I’ve been piecing up a storm.  I’ve convinced myself not to start another project until I can finish some of them.  That commitment may or may not last.  It’s always exciting to start a new quilt, but then again, I must remember how good I feel when I complete one.

I must confess that I’ve been wanting to do a jelly roll rug for my bathroom.  A lady from my quilt club brought one for show and tell and I am just in love with it.  I’ve purchased the supplies, but my good machine has been in the shop for two weeks now.  I need to wait until it comes home as I doubt machine number two is strong enough to sew through all those layers in a good way.   Maybe this new project won’t count since I understand it can be completed in a couple of days.

Alright, to the matter at hand.  Earlier this year I made a Grandma Window’s quilt.  I called it a Stained Glass quilt.  I had a good time with it.  The ombre fabric was fantastic.  My son grabbed it up as soon as it was done.  I did some custom walking foot quilting on each block and I used up the leftover fabric on the back.  I was very happy with the finish. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Stained Glass Quilting

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Thanks again Amy for hosting this festival.  I can’t wait to click on everyone’s entry and see their finishes for inspiration.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  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

Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing · Piecing · Triangles Quilt

Check In Time

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I’ve been set to silent last week.  We had some crazy things going on.

I had some tires put on my car and had to wait on them for three hours.  I won’t be doing that again.  Next time my husband can go alone.  We had them done at Wal-Mart and they were so busy.  I guess I thought I would shop for my groceries while they were being installed.  I finished shopping and went check on the car.  It wasn’t even in the bay yet.  I stashed all my cold items in a freezer on the end of an aisle so it wouldn’t defrost while I was waiting.  Then went back for them when it was time to check out.  Do I have to say that we left with way too much groceries?  Maybe I won’t have to shop for a couple of weeks.

Our recessed microwave broke.  Boy, I didn’t realize how much I use that thing.  I can remember the day when we reheated everything on the stove or in the oven.  This appliance has spoiled me with its ease.  It’s been having trouble for a while.  Since it sits above my stove, when I boil something, it tends to steam up the touch panel and not all the buttons work until it dries out.  Well it finally wasn’t going back to normal any more.  Another issue we were having this summer is that a wasp nest set up house in our vent pipe.  I would come how from work every day and there would be a wasp in the kitchen.  We must have killed a dozen or more of those things.  Just when I thought I got rid of them (I hadn’t seen any for a couple of weeks) the nest fell into the exhaust fan.  You could hear it popping around in there.  So you can see why we finally gave up and got a new one.  It was quite the ordeal to hoist that thing into the space.  It was a very tight fit.  Anyway, it’s now pretty and new and hopefully will last another sixteen years like the first one did.

Well that’s all the drama going on let’s talk about something fun.  I’ve gotten back on focus on my Nostalgia Twist Quilt test pattern for Denise @ For the Love of Geese.  The next row is flying geese with block in a block corner stones.  I have these Geese blocks done and still have another 20 or so to do that have six geese on them.  I am hopeful that I can finish them by the end of this weekend.

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I will be taking a road trip the following weekend to Hamilton, Missouri.  I’m sure all my quilty friends know what is there.  Missouri Star Quilt Company is having their birthday bash and I’ll go bash with them.  I’m hoping I can get a selfie with Jenny or Rob.  I’ll certainly share it with you when I get back.

The other item I’ve been trying to work on is Roseanne and Sue’s Sew Along.  I mentioned it earlier in a post here.  I’ve started putting a couple blocks together and you can see two of my color ways.  There are two other color blocks, I’ll show them off soon.

 

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  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

 

Nostalgia Twist · OMG · Pinwheel Roudabout · Sew Alongs

August OMGs Achieved

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Early this month I wrote about the goals I’d like to achieve here.

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There was three of them.  None of them were very courageous.  Mostly they were catch up items in order to keep up with obligations I signed up for.  I was feeling that I had put too much on my plate and I wouldn’t be able to finish them on time.  I’m short of finishes this year because of this.  Well, I’m glad to say that I’ve pretty much caught up on most of them.

My first goal was to make my July and August block for my Quilt Club’s BOM.  The Pinwheel Roundabout.

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These two were done and now I have eight blocks done.  Here they are.

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My second goal was to get started on my blocks for our Block Swap.  My block was called Inner Star and can be found here.  My color was navy.  Well I’m glad to say that I finished all of them and I’m ready for the swap.

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My last goal was to place the corner stones on my Nostalgia Twist pattern test.  This has also been completed.  There are only two more rows left so I am seeing the light of a quilt top finish.  Denise is a gracious pattern writer.  When I let her know I needed a small break from this quilt this month to catch up on other things.  I only heard her say take your time, no rush.  I recommend that you stop by her blog and see her Vertigo-Burgoyne Surronded quilt top.  It is stunning.

She and I are confident that I will complete it.  So far the pattern was easy to read and understand and all the paper patterns were perfect.  I have no doubt that the rest will be the same.  Keep an eye our for the next row to be started right away.

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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 leave some comments and encouragement.  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

Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing

Corner Stones

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I believe that when we are sent to this earth we are all blessed.  What we do with these blessings is really what our Lord is interested in.  I think we should be sharing these with others as He would like.

Today I would like to introduce you to a couple of friends of mine from my local quilt club.  Day and Becky Haaland @ Quilt Quest Adventures.  They are a husband and wife team who really know how to share their blessings.  They are accomplished quilters who bring amazing quilts to our show and tell each month.  I have learned that Day is involved with the process as well.  I am understanding that he helps her pick out the fabrics for their creations as well as cutting.  He also attends her club and guild meeting with her.  How lucky she is.

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They have recently retired and now have time to share more of their blessings.  See those big smiles with the RV in the background.  She is  involved with QOV and has recently given a speech on it at her guild.  Along with this charity they are also involved with Scottie Rescue.

They have recently started blogging and I would like my quilt blogging friends to pop over to their site and take a look at their works.  Give them some encouraging comments to let them know that they are appreciated.

Now on to my progress.  I have been blogging about my pattern test of Denise’s Nostalgia Twist pattern for a while now.  After my last post about it, many have expressed that they couldn’t wait to see what I would do in the corners.  This block in her pattern is at our own discretion.  She does however, provide the pattern for a basket block.  I wanted to stay with my theme of this quilt being water, land and sky with the compass being the focal point that shows us the way.  So I have chosen a star block.  I found the free pattern on pinterest.  What would I do without it?  So without further ado, here it is.

 

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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 leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.  I have learned much from them.

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

Cherie

Piecing · Pinwheel Roudabout

Check Out The Loot

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As I mentioned last week, I was going to the LA Shop Hop.  The ladies I met were all wonderful and kind.  I still haven’t decided on which of the quilts I’d like to do, but they were all so beautiful.  I’ve decided to think on it a little longer.

I did however, buy some yardage for gifts.  I am hoping to make some kitchen and dining room accessories to gift on the upcoming holidays.  I also purchased quite a few fat quarters to add to my stash.  Take a look at the haul.  This was only the first day of the hop.  I have even more now and I already ate the snacks that were given.

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You may notice that every thing is doubled.  That is because my husband (greatest love, best friend, Mr. Fixit, chauffeur, shop hop buddy, etc.) came along with me.  I purchased him a passport and it was double the goodies and chances to win.  The grand prize winners have not been awarded yet.  I am hoping some of Roseanne’s luck will rub off on me.

With all this hopping around I guess you can imagine I didn’t get much done in the sewing room.  I did get a block done for my PinWheel Roundabout BOM.  You can find additional finished blocks throughout my blog this year.  Here’s a before and after shot.

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August Block

It has very interesting corner blocks.  You can’t really tell by my picture because I cut off the top but the plaid blue was cut as a long diamond shape.  I first had to sew the dark blue patch on it and then cut off the extra plaid.  This was a new technique for me and I was a little bit intimidated by it at first.  But as you can see it all worked out as planned and I learned something new.  We received out sashing instructions, but I’m not ready to tackle that just yet.  I’ve just started thinking of the fabric I want to choose.  There are two different fabrics in the sashing that makes a pinwheel in each corner.  I am leaning to a pop of rust color to accent the flowers in the middle block and red fabric with the second color being undetermined but could be either navy or green.  Decisions, decisions!  I encourage any suggestions.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  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

 

 

 

Nostalgia Twist · OMG · Paper Piecing · Pinwheel Roudabout

August OMG

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August is shaping up to be another busy month.  I’m excited that for the next two weekends we are having our Louisiana Shop Hop.  Last year I had a fun time seeing each shop sponsored quilts.  You can take a look at the quilts here.  This year the chosen fabrics are the Grunge collection.   I’m having a hard time choosing which quilt I’ll do.  You can also see if you go the the Facebook page link above that there are some wonderful goody bags at each shop.  Also each shop is raffling a gift basket each work $250.  The shop hop is sponsoring a grand prize of a Tailormade Cutting Table as well as a bunch of gift cards and fat quarter bundles.  Fun! Fun! Fun!

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I’m going to keep my goals for August simple since I’m losing two sew Saturdays.  However, there are 3 of them.

I need to catch up with my local quilt club BOM.  I didn’t get the July block done and now I have the August one also.  I’ll do both of these.

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Our quilt club is also hosting a block swap.  These will be swapped in October so        I want to get a head start.  This is my block and my color is navy blue.

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Add the corner stones done and the sides attached to the Nostalgia Twist quilt.

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Maybe all of this may not be as simple as I suppose, but let’s see if I can get it done.

 

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  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