It took me a while to choose but for my April One Monthly Goal, I decided to start on the Sewcialites Quilt Along at the Fat Quarter website. It seems like it will be fun and there are still three months left before it is finished.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
This completes my March One Monthly Goal, for the most part. I got really distracted earlier in the month and didn't think I would make it, so I'm pretty relieved.
This also is on my 2021 WOOFA list, so it's nice to be able to cross it off.
Linking up with TuesdayToDo. For next week, I'm hoping to get started cutting out my next quilt. I'm not really sure which one is next; I want to make everything at once. LOL
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
I finished my list, though it wasn't exactly ambitious. My goal was to finish cutting out Jeff's Garrick coat and re-read the directions, which I did. I have spent a couple hours on assembly, but it's going slowly. I'm currently in the process of pad-stitching the collar. There is nothing good to take a photo of yet.
Yesterday, I was able to get help from the Electric Quilt technical assistance and now my program is working perfectly! I also bought BlockBase+ this past week while it was on sale, so soon I'll be in designing nirvana.
This coming week I would like to continue to work on Jeff's coat when I have spare time, but I have found someone to help me with a long-wanted closet finishing project, so that will be my priority this week.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
One last quilt design I've been playing with, and then I'm definitely going to go work on Jeff's greatcoat. LOL
Judy Martin has three log cabin quilts I'd really like to make in her book, Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. (I don't know why she used such weird names for these fantastic designs.)
- Snake River Log Cabin
- Finger Lakes Log Cabin and
- Timberline Log Cabin
Anyway, the design will look something like this.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
I obviously need to do more sewing and less designing. LOL
I've been thinking about joining the Sewcialites Quilt Along for a while now. I've been going to their website every weekend and downloading the blocks, but I haven't sewn any of them yet. To be honest, I didn't like the finished project, but it is fun to sew along with others and share your progress.
Learning how to use Electric Quilt better gave me the perfect excuse to come up with my own block arrangement. I think sampler quilts look better with sashing and I thought it would be fun to do a design with different size blocks.
|The large blocks are 9" and the small blocks are 6".|
The center block area (not including the borders) is 51"x51".
Except for the stained glass fabric and the light blue background fabric, I'm hoping to do most of this with scraps/fabric leftover from my Queen's Jewel quilt.
Update a couple hours later: Got it figured out. Now I'm gonna have to spend a while trying to figure out what color to use. =)
This week I finished everything on my list from last Tuesday. I finished Task #11 of the Basic Crazy Quilt Class. This was the next to last step. The last step is to sew on beads, buttons, charms and any other embellishments. Since I don't plan to do anything with the block, I don't think I'll waste the beads. I've had years of beading experience playing with a medieval group so I think I'm going to call this class done.
I enjoyed this class and would recommend it to others. It was free and the "handouts" are excellent, but the format does not really work for me. The way the class is structured is the teacher emails you a handout with instructions and you do the task, take a photo and then post it to a private blog. Then after the teacher has a chance to review your photos and leave comments (usually a day or two) she sends the next handout. Usually, I got distracted while I was waiting. I have Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting book which has some nice projects in it, so I think I will look to that for inspiration for my next Crazy Quilt project.
I finished the Aged Elegance quilt flimsy last Friday during Friday Night With Friends. Then, when I finished early, I finally made the green Xmas pillowcases. Those border prints were leftover from the quilt and I rather like how they turned out.
Crazy Quilt Class Task #11✓ Finish the outer border on the Aged Elegance quilt. (Inner border is finished..)✓ Make a green pillowcase to coordinate with our Xmas quilt.✓
Linking up with Tuesday ToDo over at ChrisKnits.
Monday, March 8, 2021
|Their original quilt design|
|This was one of the original designs that I thought was finished.|
|That center block is a paper-pieced Clematis block|
I swiped it from Joen Wolfrom's A Garden Party of Quilts.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
I don't normally make the same quilt design more than once, but I think I can do it better. LOL
The name of the pattern is Pansies in Paradise by Debbie Beaves. I actually have the Pansy Paradise set made by Timeless Treasures (not the set the pattern was originally designed for) and I think I'm going to try this pattern again with that fabric but I'm going to reduce the block size to 9 inches. It just works better for the queen-size quilt layout.this), but I think I'll like this better. But because I want to fussy cut some border for the four-pointed star blocks, I had to look around and find more of the border fabric.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
I discovered Electric Quilt 8 works on Macs so I bought the upgrade because I wanted to be able to use it on my Mac laptop. I've had EQ7 for a very long time, but I can only use it on my gaming computer down in the basement dungeon.
I've downloaded EQ8 and installed it and I keep getting warnings, but then it seems like it's working. I've uninstalled and reinstalled it at least three times. I submitted a support ticket and I'm hoping the issues can get figured out.
This morning, however, I was so excited about the new software that I did something stupid. I spent a couple hours putting in a fairly complicated quilt design and it looked like it was working okay. I was wrong.
I am hoping to make another of Judy Martin's log cabin quilts. This one is called Finger Lakes. (I finished her Snake River design in January.)
|This quilt design is from Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book.|
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
I guess I didn't do a great job getting my list done. We are replacing the handrailing on our backyard stairs so I ended up spending a bunch of time on that project and the sewing projects moved to the back burner this week.
|I managed to assemble the blocks and add the first border before I got distracted.|Finish assembling the blocks for this quilt.✓ Assemble the blocks to make the quilt.✓
- Crazy Quilt Class Task #11
- Add the outer border. (
Inner border is finished..)
- Make a green Xmas pillowcase to coordinate with our Xmas quilt.