Friday, October 19, 2018

Works in progress I really want to finish

I organize my quilting to-do list into 4 categories (Must Do, Have to Do, Like to Do and Squirrel).  (Listen to me discuss this on Pat Sloan's podcast - I'm guest #2).   Here are the 4 projects on my Like to Do list that I've started and hope to get back to soon.

First up is a single block quilt (Endless summer block pattern from A Quilting Life) that I am going to hand quilt. 

Then, it will be onto my Stars Wars blocks - this will turn into a Christmas gift for my son.  Next block will be a Yoda block - you can find these block patterns from Kristy at Quiet Play in her Quiet Play pattern store.  These have been waiting for me to finish since January!

A year ago, I took an improv class from Michelle from Factotum of the Arts.  The blocks hung out on my design wall for awhile and now need to come back out and play.

Finally, I made these two blocks for a guild challenge - we had to make a deconstructed quilt block and I decided to see what a log cabin block could look like if you made it backwards (on left) and compared to it made traditional way (on right.) 

These are each so different from each other which makes them a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My Fall Quilt mini

Sunday, the 23rd, was the first full day of fall.  But it took until last week - after Hurricane Michael blew through - for temperatures to drop and sweatshirt weather to arrive.

I've a bunch of fall themed fabric in my stash and when the season arrives, I have sudden desire to make pumpkin quilts or quilts with leaves.

No pumpkin quilt this year but I did make a mini fall quilt to celebrate.

The mini is 9'' square and I used Trip Around The World Mini Quilt  tutorial.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Quilters Planner October block update

Happy October!

The October block joins my other 9 blocks.

My original thought was to make a pillow from the blocks - they are all 6'' finished - but I may actually make a small wall hanging.

Two more blocks to go.  The fabric is a Moda line by Amy Ellis.

One more thing ...  Fat Quarter Shop has a massive giveaway going on.  I've entered and hope you will too!  Contest is option through October 26.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 12, 2018

Adding a Facing

The hand quilting is done.  I finished it on Sunday, excited as I approached that last stitch.  Every single stitch in this quilt was done by hand, by me.

The blocks were hand pieced using my precious scraps of SunPrint 2018 fabric by Alison Glass.  I started in early May, finding great enjoyment in my very first hand pieced project and was excited to share my very first block.

Once the quilt top was completed in July, it was time to decide on how to quilt it. 

Since this was my very first hand pieced project, why not go for broke and make this my very first large hand quilted project.  So I took my first quilting stitches in early August and finished stitching in early October.

And now I'm done!  I love the back too!

Deciding to face the quilt instead of binding was an easy decision.  I've faced a few mini quilts before, but this was my first time facing a large quilt.  And, strangely enough, the first time I used my sewing machine for this quilt to attach the facing.  (And, yes, I do realize I could have attached that by hand.  But didn't even briefly consider this!)

The tutorial I used by EVQuilts is just awesome.

I love that I've captured all the milestones on making this quilt on my blog - from the very first post in May to today's post.

Can't wait to get the facing stitched down and take some glamour shots of the quilt.  Plus, I do need a name for the quilt.  I've got zero idea so far so if you have one, leave me a comment!

I'll be linking up at Brag about Your Beauties Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 8, 2018

My Rin Blocks

Summer of 2017, I participated in a  QAL for Carolyn Friedlander's Rin pattern.  The QAL was the first time I had tried needle turned applique.  I enjoyed the process although some of the part of the shapes were difficult to get into a smooth curve.

By the end of the QAL, I had finished 3 blocks and considered various layouts to a quilt with just three blocks.

Since I enjoyed the whole process of making the block, including the fancy fabric folding technique required to get the pieces, I started on a 4th block.

Saturday, I finally finished that 4th and final block!   I had left it in a almost done state for almost a year - somewhat unusual for me!  Other handwork projects were more important or interesting to me.

I had an opportunity on Saturday to sit and sell tickets to our raffle quilt so I grabbed my applique bag and went to work!  I had only that bumpy inner ring to finish.  It didn't take too long.

The fabric I used was Desert Bloom line by Sherri from A Quilting Life.   I will assemble the blocks into a 2 x 2 grid.   I am planning on straight line quilting this one although I was also thinking about concentric circles.....

Next step to trim and assemble my quilt top!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 5, 2018

HRT logistics

My goal for October is quilt my HRT quilt, made with 720 HRTs of fabric all by Moda Sweetwater.

Typically, I baste a quilt on my kitchen table and use large binder clips to hold things flat.  This works fine for quilts that measure smaller than the length of my table (~ 60").   While I've had occasional success with quilts larger than 60" - including the one pictured below - it can be a real struggle.

My first attempt at basting my HRT quilt on my kitchen table did not go well.  And all the pins had to be removed when I discovered areas where the backing fabric had large wrinkles or gaps on the edges.

So I moved the quilt to the floor.  Since my son is away at school, I could spread the layers out on the floor of his room and not rush myself through the basting process.  The backing fabric was taped down using painters tape and the batting and quilt floated on top.

With the basting done, I've started FMQing.  My plan is to tackle the quilt by working on a small area at a time with the goal of avoiding needing to tie off thread by using something less than a bobbins worth of thread for each section.

Given each HRT measures 2" across, I am quilting a strip down the quilt which is three (3) HRTs wide aka 6''.  This means I will be moving the quilt through the machine 12 times (which seems like a lot!) but it minimizes the side to side movement which usually causes thread breaks.

I've been making great progress this week, just doing a section at a time with a simple meander.  You can see a bit of the quilting on the back.  I was lucky enough to find 4 yards of  a Sweetwater print I forgot I had in my stash and with a little bit more fabric (that fun house print) pieced together the back.

I'll be linking up at Brag about Your Beauties Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

September Temperatures

North Carolina is slow to move away from summer.  Look at all those days in the 90s (i.e. red) and 80s (orange) that we had this month!  Temperatures dropped a little when Hurricane Florence came through and although parts of the state were hit extremely hard with flooding, we were lucky and did fine in that storm.

The first column (of color) on the left is January 1 through 15, next column January 16 through 31 etc which means the last column on the right is September 16-20.  I'm using a low volume fabric to fill in months that don't have 31 days plus surrounding the overall temperature quilt.

I did get myself a little twisted up this month when I added the hexie for the 16th at the end of one column instead of the beginning of the next.  That meant ripping out and reattaching a whole bunch of hexies!

The quilt measures roughly 32'' x 28''.   Here is the mapping of color to temperature range - 

I'll be linking my quilt up to a temperature quilt link-up plus I'll be linking up at Brag about Your Beauties Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 1, 2018

Check out today's Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan

I'm quite excited to be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting's podcast with hostess Pat Sloan today!  It will be fun to talk about all things quilting with Pat.

You can listen to episode 394 live at  4 pm today (Monday) or download it from iTunes  Find more information about today's episode and past episodes on Pat's site.

Looking for the October One Monthly Goal link-up?  You can find it here!

Thanks for listening!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

One Monthly Goal - October Goal Setting Link-up

Welcome to October!  We had 105 projects linked up in September - let's see what this month brings!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post, an Instagram post (tutorial) or a post on Flickr and add that photo to the link-up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

We have wonderful sponsors this month - three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from those that link up in both the goal and the finish event.  Plus anyone linking up will earn an entry for the bonus prize.  (Bonus prize to be awarded in January - you can earn up to 3 entries by joining the link-ups October through December.) 

Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project. Consider their Sew Sampler box to receive a monthly surprise delivery of fabric and fun.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Make Modern is a digital magazine launched by a collaboration of quilters based in Australia. Their magazine is filled with modern quilt designs and a wonderful source of inspiration. Make Modern is offering a 6 month subscription to one lucky participant.

Aurifil is home to a beautiful rainbow of thread in all weights, perfect for any of your sewing and quilting needs.  My favorite product is the designer collection boxes which coordinate with various fabric lines.  Aurifil is offering a thread set for the fourth quarter bonus prize.

I'm very excited to introduce Natalia Bonner from Piece n Quilt as our featured designer for October!

Image credit - Natalia Bonner
Natalia is an award winner quilter, fabric designer, teacher, quilt designer, author and LAQ extraordinaire!  Natalia's online Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting begins today, October 1 plus you can find her classes on Craftsy and her YouTube channel.  She also has a 4-1 ruler for use when quilting with many supporting videos on YouTube that each how to use this ruler.

Natalia partners with her mom, Kathleen Whiting, also an award winner quilting, for patterns and fabric designs.  (See a cute mom / daughter photo on their about us page.)  Together they have written five books and you will be inspired by her free motion quilting designs and tutorials.  Their two fabric lines - Thrive and Flourish - are just beautiful and coordinate well together.

Image credits: Natalia Bonner;  Top: Barn Star pattern, Stand Tall pattern
Bottom: Flourish fabric, Next Steps in Machine Quilting, Free Motion Quilting on-line class
Natalia is offering a pdf pattern of the winner's choice from her pattern shop.  You can find Natalia at Piece n Quilt plus on her blog, on Instagram, on Facebook, on YouTube, and in her Pattern store.  

My goal for October is to get the quilting done on my half-rectangle triangle (HRT) quilt.  There are 720 of these HRTs, all made with Moda Sweetwater fabric.  The quilt measures 72 x 80.

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for October?  (A goal could be to finish a quilt but it could also be to attach a binding.  Whatever it takes to help you move forward and make progress on your projects!  And as long as the project involves making something with a needle and/or fabric, you can link up!)

Make sure you visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 
 Your blog post (or Flickr post) must contain a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and a link back to Elm Street Quilts.  Your Instagram post must include a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and the tag #onemonthlygoal.  (Entries which don't contain the required information may be disqualified.)

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.   (The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on October 25.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post: 

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, September 27, 2018

100 yards of gray and counting - Hand quilting Update

When I started my very first hand piecing project of my Double Wedding Ring quilt, I really had no plan in mind.  I intended to make blocks until I ran out of fabric.

Once the quilt was assembled, it wasn't a hard decision to decide to hand quilt my hand pieced project.   After some experimenting, I decided on big-stitch quilting using an awesome collection of 12 wt thread.

(The thread picture makes me so happy.  The colors are just so beautiful and vibrant.)

I have used coordinating thread throughout the project.  I wanted to bold colors used in the rings to stand out from a distance against the gray.   On the rings themselves, I've done stitching in each of the rings at various density for interest.  Now 100 yards and counting of gray later, you can (hopefully) see what is quilted and what is yet to be done.  (Hint look for the pins and ignore the crack on my driveway!)

The texture makes me so happy!

I am using a plastic frame 16'' square with smaller clamps (from another frame) and scrap fabric to protect my hand quilting from the clamps.  In the gray areas, I am quilting "ghost rings".

I've order 3 more spools of gray (50 yards on each) and truly hope to finish this in October.

The quilt design is my own.  The block pattern is Tara Faughnan.  The fabric is Alison Glass Sunprint 2018 plus a gray Painters Palette solid.

I'll be linking up at Brag about Your Beauties Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, September 24, 2018

One Monthly Goal - September Finish Link-up

Ready to link up your September finishes?
Don't panic - this link-up is open until September 30 at 11:55 pm ET.

My goal for September was to finish all the color work in my big stitch hand quilting project.   I've now just have the background outside the rings to work on!

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Make Modern Magazine is offering a 6 month subscription to their digital magazine and Amy Ellis is offering a $25 gift certificate to her pattern store!

Visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month. (
September Goal Setting Link-up.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

Sign up to receive email notifications when the One Monthly Goal linkup is open.  Think of it as a helpful reminder!  Joining the link-up from Instagram -see the tutorial.

Note - Congratulations to Barbara, Susan, Julie, and Shelia - the lucky randomly chosen participants for September and from all entries submitted in 3Q.
Winners were notified by email and accepted their prizes.  (Updated 10/4)

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Oh My Darling

Its that time of year again - time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.  (See my other entry).

It is fun to revisit quilts finished since the last festival and pick two favorites to share.  (To my regular readers, you just saw some photos of this one!  Thanks for patiently looking at them again.)

This quilt is called "Oh My Darling" - blocks created as part of Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL.  I went with an alternative setting and love the way it turned out. 

The quilt was gifted to my daughter in honor of her very first apartment, shared with her friend for their junior year in college.  The goal was for it to be on their couch.  I suspect it is just as often on the floor but hopefully getting used and enjoyed!

Leftover blocks were placed on the back.  I love the way it looked but this did make the quilting process a bit more challenging!

To quilt, I did straight line quilting with my walking foot on the diagonal, leaving three gaps (roughly 5'' wide) that I filled with one continuous feather.  This is probably the third time I've quilted this way.  I really like the way it looks and the whole process.

 The quilt measures 68 x 68 ''.

"Oh, my darling... oh, my darling,...oh my darling Clementine...."

See all the beautiful quilts and enter your own at Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival!

I'm also linking up at a new link-up Brag about Your Beauties.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A challenge quilt

Michel Miller has a challenge for this year's QuiltCon to make a quilt using these beautiful fabrics.  These are Hash Dot in Grass, Marine, Ebony plus Couton Couture in Peach.

I love quilt challenges.  Ideas spin around in my brain - many are quickly discarded, some make it to paper but not to fabric.   For this challenge, you must use at least two of the dots plus the solid and are welcome to add any other Cotton Couture solids to the quilt.

I made lots of HSTs and used my design wall to refine the design, leaving it sitting there for about a week before I sewed anything together.

The quilt top is now assembled and I'm working on the quilting plan.  For now, I'm just sharing sneak peaks!

Have a wonderful day! Patty