Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moda Blockhead BOW Update

Here are the blocks I have completed since I last posted about the Moda Blockhead BOW 2017.  I have been keeping up to date, usually making the block on the Wednesday they come out or on the following Thursday.  Each block has the same background fabric, I just took the pictures under different lighting conditions.  (Note to self - Don't do that!)
Block 23 - Winneconne Star by Lisa Bongean

Block 24 - Corn No Beans by Carrie Nelson

Block 25 - Twice the Friendship by Lynne Hagmeier

Block 26 - Cat's Cradle by Betsy Chutchian

Monday, August 28, 2017

August Activities

My daughter, Jennifer, and her family have moved in with us for a few days while in transition from selling their house and moving into their new home.  Its so much fun having her, her husband (Bobby) and 6 children (Tess, Timothy, Taralyn, Toby, Tori and Titus) all with us.  Tess and Taralyn are sleeping at Adam & Ellen's house (youngest daughter) which is right behind ours.  This morning I was quilting on my Irish Chain quilt and had two  observers keeping close watch over my stitches.  I am so blessed. 

I completed the Bali Wedding Star quilt top last week.   I still need to square it up and then get it ready for the long arm quilter.  I debated on attempting to machine quilt this one myself, but I really do not like quilting on black background.  (That's my story and I am sticking with it!)

This past week I took a class in machine quilting from Linda Hungerford .  I feel real inspired to do some machine quilting, but think I will stick with something a little smaller than this Bali Wedding Star.

The color for August RSC is neutrals - but I chose to use my fabrics left over from another quilt in the Forever Love fabric line by Eleanor Burns.  I got this finished by August 19 and therefore had some time to sew some blocks together. 

Here are the first two blocks  for the Jack's Chain quilt.  I am really liking how this is looking and have already decided how to quilt it.  I still have a ways to go before I am to that stage, so will probably change my mind several times before then.  It will be partially hand quilted, center motif in hexagon, and partially machine quilted through the nine patches. 

Looking forward to September and finding out the color for that month.  :)


Saturday, August 12, 2017

RSC - August blocks

My fabric choice for August in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is to use the fabric left over from making my Star of Bethlehem Quilt. 

The challenge calls for pastel neutrals, and with my white background I am using for the Jack's Chain quilt, light neutrals will not work.  Many of these fabrics are pastels though, and I love love love this fabric, so am enjoying making the pretty little nine patches.  The fabric is Forever Love by Eleanor Burns.

Here's my work tray, as I like to call it.  It has everything I need, plus there is storage under the tray for keeping finished blocks and blocks in process.
I also completed block 23 of the Moda Blockhead Challenge.

I put all the blocks up on my design wall and will get a good picture when it is a little brighter outside and my room has more daylight.  Hopefully post a picture soon of all I have put together.

I have also worked this week on my Bali Wedding Star, starting to put the top together.  Its fun to see the top taking shape rather than just a stack of blocks.  Once again, I hope to get a picture later on today  and will post soon on this progress.

So many projects stand ready for me to work on, but hours and days just seem to slip away.  I am so thankful though that I am able to retire and spend time with my family and friends, as well as work on my projects.  Life is good, thank you Lord.


Monday, August 7, 2017

New Beginning - 15 Degree Quilt

So this is what happens when you purchase fabric for a future quilt, and you just have to see how one of the blocks will make up.  After attending a workshop on making this block using a 15 degree ruler, and being in awe of the instructor's quilt, I knew I had to make one...but only after I finished the Bali Wedding Star quilt!

Then I made the mistake of going with a friend to pick out fabric for a birthday gift for another friend and spotted this floral print (Hobby Lobby) that I "had to have".  I am sure many of you know what I mean. It reminds me of wall paper from days gone by. Then of course, I wanted to go ahead and get coordinating fabric, after all, it might all be gone in a week or so.  
 Now that I had all the material, washed and ready to go....I simply had to make a block. 
The floral will be used in every block, but the blue and yellow will be rotated with a pink. And so it goes - another UFO is born!
Moda Blockhead Block 22: 
Thanks for stopping back to the Bali Wedding Star.  After all, I am taking a class with Anita Bowen in September on the Galaxy Star - and yes, I have the fabric for that one and even have started on the "homework" for the class.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August fabrics - RSC

In the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, the color for August is to be pastel neutrals.  That just does not go with my Jack's Chain quilt I have been putting together, and I was at a loss as to how to proceed. 
I have this collection of Forever Love fabric by Eleanor Burns that I have been using to make my Star of Bethlehem quilt, which I finished last month.  Hmmmm...have not used these fabrics in any of the other months, and I have lots of pieces left, and I just love them - so I decided to make August my Star of Bethlehem month.
I did not use everyone of these fabrics in my quilt, but I had purchased a 5" collection of all the fabrics in the line which I used to select which of the fabrics I would use.  Therefore, I had enough different fabrics to complete the month requirements, plus had a few that did not make it to the RSC.
I will enjoy working on the nine patches as I just love these fabrics
I also completed a couple more blocks in the Moda Blockhead challenge:

Block 21
Block 20