Thursday, August 09, 2018

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Challenge Week #1


Yay!  It's starting!  The day is here!  It's time to begin....
Yes, "I'm so excited....and I just can't hide it..."
Suzn Quilts' Dresden Quilt Workshop Challenge began yesterday!  Do you know about it?  If not, click that link on the top of my sidebar to get all of the details OR click any of the clickable links I'm embedding into this blogpost!
Susan Marth of Suzn Quilts is offering a FREE Quilt-Along on her blog for the next 26 weeks!  She's broken the challenge down into small, do-able steps that can be done weekly to make that CUTE, CUTE, CUTE quilt shown in the poster above.  All you need to get started is her book and a few tools that she recommends to get your absolute best results (Best Press, Roxanne Glue, etc.).
 So...what was the challenge this week?  A little buttonhole stitch applique!
And that, my friends, is my finished Dresden Workshop Challenge week #1 block!  Only 25 more weeks to go....

For more fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!
~ Heather

Monday, July 23, 2018

Stormy Seas

Pfhew....(wiping my brow...), somehow this project feels like a major accomplishment.  It's weird.  It wasn't really that difficult. I guess it was just a combination of a few techniques that I either didn't feel like I had a good handle on or were relatively new to me.
For example, s-curve piecing...not hard, just a little extra pinning (I almost NEVER pin) and a bit of glueing.  Oh, and let's not forget I had to muster a lot of patience (having to begin sewing from one end of the curve to stop and start again from the other end on each set of s-curves).  I just had to slow myself down a bit and just progress step-by-step.
Also, I steer clear of bias binding.  Why?  Well, because I never really have a need for it.  I generally don't choose projects with curved edges so no bias binding required!  Also, my first, and only other, attempt at bias binding was not very successful. So, for this project, I enlisted the help of my friend (and amazing quilt designer/teacher) Susan Marth of Suzn Quilts to give me a quick lesson on how she uses bias binding.  With her help, I was finally able to finish this table runner/bed runner (whatever it ends up being).  Did I mention that Susan is an amazing teacher?!?!?!!!!!
Speaking of Suzn Quilts, have you heard about Susan Marth's upcoming Quilt Along being hosted on her blog?  It's too cool!  We'll be sewing up a free bonus quilt that Susan has designed using all of the tips, techniques and designs included in her latest book Dresden Quilt Workshop (love this book!) She's already posted some instructions to help us get started on the right foot.
I hope all of my quilt-y, blogg-y friends come and participate, too.  I can't wait...I'm so excited!

Stormy Seas
Designer:  Judy Niemeyer
Size: 31x78"
Featured Fabrics: Assorted Blue & Neutral Batiks 
Quilting:  Water Wings (Barbara Becker)
Quilting Thread:  Fil-Tec Glide (Ocean)
Batting:  Legacy Wool

For more fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!
~ Heather

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018-Q3 FAL Goals

Q3 (July-September 2018) Finish Along Goals: 
  1. Game On! Bench Pillow (Kimberbell)
  2. Deck The Halls (Doug Leko)
  3. Spice Market (blocks from Bobbi Reskusich)
  4. Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  5. Crazy Quilt Pillow (inspired by Valerie Bothell)
  6. QAYG Reversible Quilt
  7. Thank You Stars (for Shrimp)
  8. Dresden Daisies #2 (Suzn Quilts)
  9. Asian Sidelights

...and believe it or not, I got quite a few finished from my Q2 list, 6 to be exact, I just didn't have time to blog about them or link them up.  I'm hoping to make more progress this quarter and become better about blogging the finishes!

Linking up to the 2018 Finish-A-Long hosted by Leanne at her blog She Can Quilt.

For fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!
~ Heather

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Q2 FAL Goals

Q2 (April-June 2018) Finish Along Goals: 
  1. Home Sweet Home Bench Pillow (Kimberbell)
  2. Stormy Seas Tablerunner (Judy Niemeyer)
  3. On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter)
  4. Bloom (Lori Holt)
  5. Cozy Christmas (Lori Holt)
  6. Texas Braid (Bonnie Hunter)
  7. Swoon (Thimble Blossoms)
  8. Spice Market 
  9. Thai Rhapsody 
  10. Crumb Along (Jo's Country Junction)
  11. That 70s Quilt Re-Do (Ellen Meli)
  12. Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  13. Crazy Quilt Pillow (inspired by Valerie Bothell)
  14. Patriotic Stars (charity, Bobbi Reskusich)
  15. Tiny Dresden Series July-September (Suzn Quilts)
  16. Tiny Dresden Series October-December (Suzn Qults)
  17. Land of the Free (Primitive Gatherings)
  18. QAYG Reversible Quilt
  19. Americana 9-Patch Star
  20. Dresden Daisies (Suzn Quilts)
Home Sweet Home
top pieced, needs applique and finishing
Stormy Seas
paper piecing finished, needs arcs pieced and finishing
On Ringo Lake
fabric and supplies ready
Bloom
fabric and supplies ready
Cozy Christmas
fabric and supplies ready
Texas Braid
3 braids complete, many more to go...
Swoon
fabric and supplies ready

Spice Market
blocks finished, top ready to assemble
Thai Rhapsody
center medallion finished, needs corner blocks
Crumb Along
carried over from 2017 - still needs more blocks
That 70s Quilt!
carried over from 2017 - needs to be disassembled and blocks repaired
Spoolin' Around
carried over from 2017 - blocks finished, ready to be assembled
Crazy Quilt Pillow
carried over from 2017 - 2 blocks made, 4 more blocks needed

Patriotic Stars
carried over from 2017 - top made, ready to be quilted
Hoping to make some more progress this quarter...
Linking up to the 2018 Finish-A-Long hosted by Leanne at her blog She Can Quilt.

For fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!
~ Heather

Monday, April 02, 2018

Q1 FAL Finishes

In quick summary, here are the 4 UFO projects I managed to complete off of my list:

This...
Dresden Flags
fabric and supplies ready
became this:

And this...
Dresden Buddies - Uncle Sam
fabric and supplies ready
became this:


Then this...
Tutti Frutti for Mishayla
top finished, needs quilting
became this:

Finally, this...
Split 9-Patch
carried over from 2017 - blocks finished, ready to be assembled
became this:


Q1 (January-March 2018) Finish Along Finishes (4 out of 18): 
  1. Home Sweet Home Bench Pillow (Kimberbell)
  2. Stormy Seas Tablerunner (Judy Niemeyer)
  3. On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter)
  4. Dresden Flags (Suzn Quilts)
  5. Dresden Buddy Uncle Sam (Suzn Quilts)
  6. Tutti Frutti for Mishayla (Easy Weekend Quilts)
  7. Bloom (Lori Holt)
  8. Cozy Christmas (Lori Holt)
  9. Texas Braid (Bonnie Hunter)
  10. Swoon (Thimble Blossoms)
  11. Spice Market 
  12. Thai Rhapsody 
  13. Crumb Along (Jo's Country Junction)
  14. That 70s Quilt Re-Do (Ellen Meli)
  15. Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  16. Split 9-Patch (Bonnie Hunter)
  17. Crazy Quilt Pillow (inspired by Valerie Bothell)
  18. Patriotic Stars (charity, Bobbi Reskusich)
For fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!
~ Heather ~