Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 6 Disappearing Pinwheel

I'm so excited about this block.  Not only was it an extra of block 6, I cut it down and made it into an all new block.  Quilting it was fun too and I think I did a good job on the quilting part.  

I took the pinwheel block and cut it into thirds. 

Turned the four center bars, then stitched the pieces back together.  I still have a tiny pinwheel in the middle.

These are the plans for the quilting.  I may change them up a bit when I do the actual quilting. I see a mistake on this piecing, can you see it?

The first on done.  curved lines, grid lines and swirl in the center.  I think I did great on this swirl. I like the grid lines too. 

The back.  The back of the quilt will have mostly gray squares, with a few orange and black mixed in.  
Curvy lines and pebbles.  Did I mention that I really like doing the pebbles?

This swirl is a little shaky, but I'm getting there.

My attempt to make a dog shaped pebble.

I'm getting pretty good at making heart shapes.

This is my best curvy line so far.  
The back, a little blurry, lots of travel stitching on the pebbles.

I like the puffiness of the pebbles.

I like that this heart stands out among the pebbles.

Six blocks down, six to go.  On to block seven, eight and nine.  I like to piece several blocks at once then do the quilting on them, gives me lots of time at each machine.  

Again, if you like this quilt and want to learn how to free motion quilt, please check out Leah Day's website.  She is an awesome teacher and has several videos for this pattern, which can also be purchased on her site in either download version or print.  

Happy Reading! 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 6 - more quilted

I've been busy lately, but not sewing though. 

We had company over for Easter lunch, so took one day to clean the place. Had a great time with the family.  Always nice to get together, missed my daughter though.

Finally finished my taxes that I started in January.  Found out we owed, so put off sending them in as long as possible. How we ended up owing the federal government, but not the state is beyond me. 

Now that the holiday is over, the place is clean and the taxes are done, I don't have to feel guilty when I sit down to sew.

I finished quilting two more of block six, and working on the two extras I made.  I am really enjoying making this quilt.  As I am sewing I have all kinds of ideas floating around my brain on what to make next, who to make it for, and how to pay for all this stuff.  I sure could have used a refund this year.

Take a look at the next two blocks that I quilted. 

This was just straight lines. Like the previous blocks, I drew in one corner then free hand the others. Can you tell which one I drew the lines?

The back. 

Swirls and pebbles.  I really liked doing the pebbles, and I think they came out awesome.  Still working on swirls, even did a few extras in the one section to fill in.

Up close of some of the pebbles. 

Have you ever seen a heart shaped pebble? Almost looks like water moving between the pebbles.
Oops, forgot to take a picture of the back of this one.

Next post will be the two extra blocks I made,  disappearing pinwheels.  I'm excited to show these off because I think I did a really good job on them. 

Happy Reading! 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 6 - Quilted

Block six is going to take some time to quilt.  I made six blocks of block six.  Four based on the quilt pattern, and with the extra fabric I made two more then modified them.  See My 2015 Project Block 6.  As I get a few done I will post them.  

Block 6

Squiggly lines.  Since I only drew on one section and the rest were done free hand, I'm impressed.  I really had to think on the orange sections on how the lines went on the drawn piece.  Can you see where I got confused on which way to go? 

The back.  I was concerned with so much stitching going back to the center of the block, but it came out pretty good. 

More curved lines.  This one looks pretty neat with the curved lines going in different directions.  Some are a little shaky, but I'm happy with it.
The back.  My traveling stitches are getting better and better. 
Don't forget to check back soon to see the rest of block six quilted.

Happy Reading! 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 5 Part 2

Well, I can see this is going to be a great day.  For some reason I was not able to complete my last post due to technical difficulties.  I just could not go past the last picture.  So this will be the second part for block five.

So this is the final completed Aztec block.  I love the grid lines. 

The back.  

Squiggly lines.  Even though I drew the design first, I almost never can stay on the lines.  I must have failed this in Kindergarten.  Once I erase the white lines, no one will ever know, unless they see this post. 

The opposite end.  Added another fancy stitch on the raw edge.

Reminds me of a baseball.
The squiggly lines down the center were harder than I thought.  I found it easier to do the squiggly lines on the ends.

The back.
The last of this block.  I did a satin stitch on the raw edge, wasn't too happy with it.  It looks good, but just seemed like too much. 

The back of the satin stitch.  Good thing this is the back, not impressed.
Lots of curves.  As I said earlier rotating my hand while doing the curve resulted in some awesome looking curves.  I can tell my hands were fighting each other while doing the spiral in the center.  On the plus side, my spirals would look great on a Halloween quilt. 

The back.  So far I have not had any more issues with knots and dragon teeth on the backs of my pieces, they are looking pretty good.  
 This was a fun block to do.  My favorite so far, and the Aztec looking one was my favorite quilting so far, with the curved lines coming in second.  If I was to do this block again, I would have done the fancy stitching on the raw edges after I did the quilting, it would have hidden some of the lighter colored threads along the curve so they would not have been so noticeable. Onto quilting block six.  

Please check out Leah Day's website if you are interested in making this quilt.  The pattern can be purchased in print form or downloaded.  Lots of videos to help with the techniques too. 

Happy Reading! 


My 2015 Project Block 5 Part 1

Having a lot of fun doing the quilting on this project.  Learning what works and what doesn't.  I do better going from left to right than right to left, forward better than backward, and learning to turn the piece as I go so it is easier.    Here is the quilting on block five which was already pieced. 

Block five on the left.

My Aztec looking piece.  Straight lines are getting easier, still need some practice on traveling (the thicker lines), only missed in a few places. 

The opposite corner.  I found when doing the curved lines if I just slowly rotate my hand I get a pretty good curve.  Also when doing the straight lines if I only use one hand, lining my finger up with the needle, I can get pretty straight lines, otherwise my hands start fighting each other on what direction to go, kind of like when learning to drive a car. 

I did a fancy stitch on the raw edge to help hold it down and so it won't fray too much. 
The back.  I used my sewing machine to do this fancy stitch, with the same thread I am using for the piecing.