Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November One Monthly Goal Finish

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



For those in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm opening the link-up a day earlier than usual but you've still got to the end of the month to link up your finishes!

Want to see everyone's goals for the month - check out the November goal post.

My goal for November was to make some progress on orange peel blocks after first deciding whether to piece or applique.  Pieced it is!  You can read more about my project here.


Now it's your turn to link up!  Please 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:  
Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

My Next Knitting Project

I so very much enjoyed knitting my Fibonacci blanket that I was ready to cast on another project.


I'm following a Purl Soho pattern for a small blanket and am using two strands of yarn on a size 13 needle so that it is extra warm and soft.


The blanket currently measures about 16" from cast-on corner.  It will be a gift for someone who uses a wheelchair so I'm aiming for roughly 38" x 40".

The yarn chosen is Plymouth Encore - a blend of acrylic and wool.  I choose this primarily because the end result will be washable.  I purchased 2 balls of Light Gray Heather (color 6007) and 6 balls of Dark Wedgewood (color 598).  (affiliate links)    I enjoy using these needles from Clover - bamboo tips feel nice to hold in your hands.

For my next knitting project - and I'm certain there will be a next one! - I will go back to natural fibers because they are so much nicer to touch and knit with.  That said, the texture on this one is really yummy and soft given the double strands of yarn!





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Celebrating My QuiltCon Entries

I submitted 4 quilts for QuiltCon this year.   As many of you know, it is really hard to get a good quilt photo - especially one that shows up the quilting and gets the color correct.  I photograph every quilt outside and often am trying to capture photos in between wind gusts!

One thing I always do is jump in a photo with the quilt - here is me with my quilt Sanity.


Sanity was one of my favorite quilts made this year.  It even showed up in an issue in Curated Quilts.  I don't actually remember if I entered it into the Small Quilts category or the Log Cabin challenge.

Decade is my entry to the X (or plus) challenge celebrating ten years of QuiltCon.


 Sea of Tranquility is my entry to the fabric challenge.  It was also my entry for our guild's challenge and I'm excited that it won Viewer's Choice!



Finally, my quilt Patent Pending, a Rube Goldberg device in fabric, created with support of some wonderful quilting friends - Linda @flourishingpalms, Sarah @saroy, Val @valbetweenquilts, Charles  @feltlikesweets, Kitty @nightquilter, Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl and Pat @peacockcreekdesigns.  I submitted this quilt into the Group category.


Yvonne from QuiltJetGirl has started an initiative to #CelebrateMyQuiltSubmission.  I love this idea because it recognizes that it takes a bit of courage to actually submit a quilt to a show.  Acceptance and rejections letters will be sent by mid December.  Fingers crossed.


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, November 10, 2022

My Color Journey


Aren't these pretty?

These arrived in my mailbox as a FQ bundle - all Painter's Palette solids in the colors Amber, Bisque, Colonial Blue, Daydream, Gold, Golden Brown, Goldenrod, Haze, Jack O'Lantern, Paprika, Portabella, and Redwood.  

When it comes time to choose fabrics for a project, I consistently lean towards using the same colors.  It has been a goal of mine to break away from this by choosing colors that I am not normally drawn too - like several quilts made recently with wasabi and/or purple.  

So I decided to create my personal solid stash program by purchasing a bundle on a regular basis and then challenge myself to make a quilt that used all the colors in that bundle.

When this bundle arrived, I broke out my curve templates, cut some orange peels and then paired them with some low volume fabric.   At first, I did a few as applique but quickly decided using my sewing machine was a much preferred option.


I took some step by step photos to help me remember my cutting and trimming process - sharing them here in case it is helpful for someone else.  Once I sewed one side piece, I pressed and used the template to get things all trimmed up.  With the second side sewn on, my 4 1/2" ruler did the trick to square up the block.


I'm not yet sure of the final quilt layout - right now I'm just enjoying sewing the peels.





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, November 7, 2022

Decade


The MQG has a category for the upcoming QuiltCon for quilts with an X (or a plus) to represent the ten years since the first QuiltCon.   And I love quilt challenges so I couldn't resist giving this one a try.

My very first QuiltCon was in Savanah in 2017.  I felt like I found 'my people' and I've never looked back.  (I had just joined my local guild right before the show too.)


This quilt was a great opportunity to play with a large scale paper pieced block.  The initial version of the block brought all the points together to one spot.  While it looked good on paper, the giant traffic jam of fabric didn’t work well in practice.  After a bit of rework, the final design, color placement and quilting help the center X to jump to the front.


I quilted with matching thread all different designs with my walking foot inside the X. Doesn't the back look cool? And for the record, I was not trying to get the backing seam line down the center of the 'x' because I didn't want the extra stress. But look how close it came!


Decade measures 29.5" x 34.5". Happy Anniversary QuiltCon!


P.S. I had a really tough time photographing the quilt so the quilting lines shows up.


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Fibonacci Finish


I am excited that my Fibonaci blanket is done!   (I've no idea how to properly photograph knitted projects so I asked my quilt-holding husband to help me out.)

Handwork of any kind is a great stress reliever for me.  The beauty of knitting a simple piece is my hands can be busy and my eyes can rest.  I can knit while visiting with a friend or just sitting enjoying a nice day.  It kept me busy (and calmer) during my daughter's surgery and hospital stay and calm during a 5 hour delay for a flight to my son's graduation.


The blanket was knit in 3 panels which made the knitting process very portable.  Each panel measures 55" long.  The side panels are 20" wide (92 stitches) and the center panel measures is about 15" wide (70 stitches).  The top and the bottom of each panel have a couple of rows of K2 P1 ribbing while each side panel has 5 stitches of ribbing on one side.

Before joining, I blocked just the un-ribbed edges by using a spray bottle and pinning them carefully to make sure everything lined up.   The mattress stitch was relatively easy to do in order to seam together edges.  Burying yarn tails was as tedious as burying thread tails on a quilt.  Next time, I will work those yarn tails into the process.


I blogged more about creating the blanket on April 11April 27, and July 5

The colors are following a pattern - dark gray to blue to light gray to white to light gray to blue to dark gray - and the width of the strip follows the Fibonacci series, namely 1", 2", 3", 5",  and 8".  I am using Berroco cotton yarn in color ways Waterman (1685), Tiverton (1623), Gadwall (1608) and Bluffs (1600).  The yarn is wonderful to use and the knitted piece is very soft! (affiliate link)   


I'm ready to cast on for a new project but haven't yet figured out what it will be yet - perhaps another blanket but this time made out of a different fiber.  Something simple.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November One Monthly Goal

Welcome to November!



New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project plus, 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.  (Results link-up opens for the last 7 days of the month.)

My goal for November is to kit up orange peel blocks.  I'm still deciding whether I'll do these as applique or pieced.


Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for this month?   The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on November 24.  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:  

Take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

October One Monthly Goal Finish Link-up

Ready to link up your October finishes?
Don't panic - this link-up is open until October 31 at 11:55 pm ET.


Want to see everyone's goals for the month - 
check out the October goal page!

My goal for October was to finish my Lovely Llamas quilt - a gift for a family member who moved across country.  I'm pleased to say the quilt is finished!  You can see more about the quilt on this post.



Now it's your turn to link up!  Please 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:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 24, 2022

Orange Scraps


I store my scraps smaller than a F8 sorted by color.  When the small bins start to overflow, its time to take them out for a spin!  Such was the case for my orange/yellow/gold/brown bin.  The colors also suggested fall so I had a bit of improv fun and created my mini circle quilt below.


When the circle mini was done, I had a bit of a flashback to a piece of artwork that hung in the living of my parents home in the 70s!

The orange peels came about because I am thinking about doing a 100 day project to make a bunch of orange peel blocks.  Using my orange scraps was a great way to practice and sitting on the back porch on a warm fall afternoon was just a perfect way to spend some time.


It was some good practice too because I sewed way too many stitches for my first orange peel and my stitching got more even and faster over time.   I'm looking for a handwork project and although not a big fan of needle turned applique, I may just give this a try. 

I'm not done with my orange box of scraps so more play time ahead!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Sea of Tranquility


In 1969, Apollo astronauts landed on the moon for the first time in an area known as the Sea Of Tranquility.  As a kid, I was fascinated with NASA and the Apollo program and remember being glued to the t.v. as each  mission unfolded.  This experience has stayed with me for my entire adult life.  I still enjoy looking up at the moon each night and with a recent purchase of a telescope, I’ve gotten the opportunity to explore different moon features from the comfort of the ground.  My quilt Sea Of Tranquility captures a nighttime viewing of our moon through my daughter’s window.


The quilting was a fun experiment using different thread shades and weights to create the texture in the design.  You can really see the different quilting densities on the back.


The quilt was created in support of the QuiltCon Ruby + Bee challenge using 4 of the 6 fabrics.  I will also be entering it into my local guild’s monochromatic challenge.

The quilt measure 28.5" x 31".  I've got a spot all planned for where it will hang in my home!





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 14, 2022

Lovely Llamas Quilt


(Ignore the feet.)

Typically I get my husband to hold the quilts while I photograph.  However, for the Lovely Llamas quilt, I took advantage of a walk in a park with my daughter and gave her the job of photography.... which meant I was the quilt holder.  (I'm sure my husband will be relieved to know that he has some job security as a quilt holder!)


A family member just moved to Arizona and I wanted to make a quilt as a house warming gift for their new home.   Several years ago, I won a fat quarter bundle of the Pacha line from Art Gallery Fabrics.  The prints are so sweet - filled with several different animals that live in the southwest US.  My plan was to use the fabric to make a baby quilt (and there is enough fabric left that I can still do so!) but it is also perfect for this quilt.

Love those hedgehogs!



I paired the Pacha fabric with solids - Paintbrush Studio's Midnight and Wasabi.  The quilt measures about 57" square. 

My intent with the quilt design was to have the squares appear randomly placed in the final design but to actually be built with five basic 12" blocks.


The worlds best quilt model!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Saturday, October 8, 2022

HRT BOM October Update


The blocks for both September and October were fun to put together.  It is working out well (for me) to do 2 months at a time.

This means 2 more blocks to go from the Modern HST BOM.   They all look so good together - even the few I don't really like on their own!






Have a wonderful day! Patty

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October One Monthly Goal

Welcome to October!



New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project plus, 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.  (Results link-up opens for the last 7 days of the month.)

My goal for October is to get my Llama quilt finished - the quilting is underway.  (Since this is a gift, I've not shared much about this - can't wait to get it done!)



Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for this 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:  

Take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Saturday, September 24, 2022

September One Monthly Goal Finish

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


Want to see everyone's goals for the month - check out the September goal page!

I've finished all the machine quilting on my entry for our guilds monochromic challenge.   I used my walking foot and did some lines from top to bottom and some at a diagonal.  I really like the area in the top left of the photo where the lines intersect.  I plan to add some hand quilting accent.  The goal will be to finish in early October.  (In truth, I've got 2 other quilts that are also oddly monochromatic so I'm not quite certain which one I will actually enter.)


Now it's your turn to link up!  Please 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:  

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, September 23, 2022

Patent Pending - The Quilt!

Introducing Patent Pending!

Patent Pending is a Rube Goldberg machine in quilting form.   A Rube Goldberg machine is a chain reaction-type contraption intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way.   Since my least favorite task in quilting is to rip out a seam, Patent Pending offers a way to remove those unwanted stitches with ease


I’ve always wanted to submit a group quilt to QuiltCon.  When the (bizarre) idea to make a Rube Goldberg machine quilting style popped into my brain, I decided to reach out to a bunch of quilting friends. 

I am thankful that Linda @flourishingpalms, Sarah @saroy, Val @valbetweenquilts, Charles  @feltlikesweets, Kitty @nightquilter, Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl and Pat @peacockcreekdesigns all responded enthusiastically when I asked if they’d like to contribute a block.  Everyone was given an entry and exit point for the ball within their block and then it was thinking caps on to figure out what happened inside their 12” x 12”.  (At this point,  I know that more than one of them wondered what they actually got themselves into.....)    (Pattern from Kristy @quietplay was used for the scissors, seam ripper and pin cushion.)


The blocks arrived in early June and Patent Pending became my primary quilting project for the summer.  The first block (the whirligig) and the final block (seam ripper tower) were created by me once everyone's blocks were here.  At times it was great fun and at others, well, let's just say I was questioning my own sanity!  

So how does it work?

The first ball is tossed out of the whirligig  . . . . .


Credit Patty (that's me!) - @elmstreetquilts

..... and is caught up in the spinning fan, only to be launched into the air once more!  


Credit to Linda - @flourishingpalms

The large scissors directs the ball into the cup which releases a second ball to . . . . .


Credit to Sarah - @saroy

. . . . .   travel down the loop and . . . . .


Credit Val - @valbetweenquilts

. . . . . cause the small scissors to snip the thread which tips the fabric bolt and launches the third ball.  


Credit: Charles - @feltlikesweets

The third ball knocks into the bowling pin, releases the bird from its cage and then rolls downward only . . . . .


Credit Kitty - @nightquilter

. . . . . to be pinballed back up to . . . . .


Credit Yvonne - @quiltingjetgirl

. . . . . roll down a ramp into a small wagon.  The wagon delivers the ball into the pipe and the ball rolls a final ramp, . . . . .


Credit Pat - @peacockcreekdesigns

. . . . . knocking down the seam rippers which are holding up a pin cushion.  As the pin cushion falls a string is pulled through a pulley which then moves the seam ripper to get rid of a single unwanted stitch!  


Credit Patty (that's me!) - @elmstreetquilts

After catching the bird, the machine is reset and ready to remove the next stitch!

The quilting was done on my domestic machine - mostly walking foot and some FMQ.  There were a gazillion threads to bury at the end.  

Primary fabrics used were Kona Crocus, Kona Morning Glory, Kona Duckling Yellow, Bella Magenta, and Bella Summer House Lime.  (Contributors could add additional solids of their choice.)

The quilt measures 51" x 66".


Patent Pending will be entered into QuiltCon in the Group category.  Fingers crossed - I hope to see it in the show and then I can grab a photo with everyone and the quilt.  Until then, I jumped into the picture!.

Have a wonderful day! Patty