"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

August block for the Block of the Month

The next week will be a little crazy as I get ready for the first day of school (teachers report back on 8/1, students on the 4th), have visiting family and friends, and still work extra hrs at the store.  

So I'm posting the BOM block for August a few days early.    This block is called "Ninja Star" because it reminded me of the metal stars that you see used in movies.

I hope you enjoy making it!

You can find the block located on this page of my website - http://thequiltedsnail.com/bom2013-14.html.

Gratitudes:

1. For the jobs that God has provided for me.

2. For the fun that I have when designing my quilts and sewing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Binding strip quilts finished

The binding strips and COC strips that I sewed together a couple of days ago became two donation quilts for Sunshine Quilts, and nope I didn't quite use all of the green binding up.   All fabric in the quilts, with the exception of the border fabrics were from scraps.   The borders were two pieces from my stash that were less than 1/2 yd in length.

Still have blues/purples/blacks, and reds/pinks/orgs/browns/yellows in the leftover bindings to use up.   Am thinking about what I want to do with them.  

Gratitudes:
1. Found some great bargains at the goodwill sale today.
2. My parents are due to arrive tomorrow for a short visit, followed by a visit from friends from Phx on the 5th.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So what do you get.....

.......when you decide to do something with all the pieces of leftover binding from long ago projects and a stack of precut strips of COC fabric?   Enough fabric for a couple of scrappy quilts!   After sewing only the green binding leftovers together I ended up with a 3" wide strip of fabric 15.839 yards long.   And the COCs ended up 2" wide by 16.722 yards long.  

Have started two different scrappy quilts from these and am working on them at the same time (I know silly me.....lol).   the first one is based off a pic that I saw somewhere and puts the two strips together in a spiral.   Haven't figured out how bit I'm going to make it yet, but what I've got done so far is shown here.   I'll finish this one off with a couple of borders around it and it will be a donation to Sunshine Quilts.

The second quilt will be made from at least 4 log off-set log cabin blocks using the same strips that I'm working with now.    And given how much yardage there is in these strips I may end up making another quilt as well.   This second quilt will also be donated to Sunshine.

What do you do with your leftover pieces of binding?

Gratitudes:
1. Cool, rainy day weather
2. Still have a week left till the start of school.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Almost done with challenge quilt.....

Have finished up quilting my wallhanging for the challenge.   Stretched myself on quilting patterns and overall am happy with how it has turned out.

First pic on the right shows a close up of the quilting in the sky.   My frame was being a pill so it's a little more jerky than I wanted.   thankfully the worst will be covered up when I add the fabric with the verses written on it to the quilt.

The bottom pic shows the quilting that I did in the water and the look that the tulle gives to the piece.  I like the extra dimension that the tulle gave to the scene and will use this technique again in the future.

Still to be added to the quilt is a piece with the two verses from Jeremiah 17.   I need to dig through my scraps and stash to find something that will work.   Will do that tonite, or might grab something from the store tomorrow after I get work.

So what new techniques have you tried with your quilts lately?

Gratitudes:
1. Challenge quilt is almost done and even a little (very little) early.

2.  Still have 2 wks of summer vacation to go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Uncooperative challenge quilt....

Most of the challenge quilt has decided to cooperate.   But the wording that I need to add to it just is not being cooperative.  

What is working  ---  

The quilt will show a forest that comes right down to the waters of a lake/stream and then are reflected in the water.   I have the material ready to fuse for all of that, and will be using a royal blue, shiny tulle overlay over the reflected trees and water to delineate where and what they are.  The tulle will be scrunched and bunched to show the surface of the water, and will be quilted down as I quilt that part of the quilt.   I have a plan for the quilting, and will do that on my mid-arm machine.  

What isn't working ---

The upper part of the quilt will have a large letter 'T' on it, and then a Bible verse (Jeremiah 17:8).   I'd planned on doing the verses in cross-stitch on linen and then stitching them down on the quilt, however my attempts at the cross-stitch are now working out the way that I want them to.   So plans are continuing to evolve.  At the moment, I'm probably going to cross-stitch a large letter "T", and then applique it onto the quilt top.   Then will write the verses either directly onto the quilt top or onto a piece of linen that will then be added to the quilt top.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finishes - Wedding quilt and one for Sunshine

I finished the wedding quilt for my nephew and his lovely bride earlier in the week but couldn't post pics of it because my computer was in the shop to see why it was overheating and shutting down.   Computer is back, so now I can actually post pics.

The wedding quilt finished out at 90" by 98"   I used extra wide muslin as the backing and gold/tan tonal print for the binding.   Label was written directly onto the backing of the quilt.   It will be delivered this weekend and I'll take more pics (and hopefully better ones) when it is delivered.

The last quilt completed is one for sunshine made from blocks that someone made with fabric that I sent and a few scraps of other fabrics.   It finished out at 48" square.

Gratitudes -
1. Computer is back and is working great again.
2. I get to spend time with my GF, her family and her new DIL this weekend.  =)