Friday, July 1, 2022

One Monthly Goal July Link-up

Welcome to July!


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 July is to quilt a wall hanging.  The quilting lines are marked and I've already threads to bury! 


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 July 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!

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, June 24, 2022

One Monthly Goal June Finishes

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



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

My goal for June was to make some progress on my Ottoman Rings wall hanging after my class with Tighe Flanagan earlier in the month.   A lot of the work the picture doesn't show is cutting all the pieces out using templates.  Read more about the quilt and the class 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

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Surf's Up!


My family spends a week each summer at a NC beach and I enjoy sitting and watching and listening to the waves.  My mini Surf's Up attempts to capture the magic of those waves!

To create, I drew out a coloring book style wave and layer it with various colors of blue using fusible applique.  To secure the fabric layers, I did big stitch quilting.  The walking foot quilting was done after the waves were appliqued which meant threads to be buried.  I could have quilted the background first but my original plan was to quilt the waves with my walking foor.

I'm glad I didn't - I think the hand quilting adds some fun to my piece!

My mini finishes at 12" x 12".

I'll be submitting my quilt to the MQG's 2022 Make a Difference Challenge prompt is oceans and the challenge will benefit Oceana - a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans on a global scale.  The deadline to submit a quilt is early August.


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, June 13, 2022

Square Grapes



The latest Curated Quilts Mini challenge carried a unique color palette and a prompt of 'gap' with a focus on the negative space.  I found scraps in my stash that matched two of the colors and then rounded it out by ordering some Bella Concord color.  (I suddenly seem to have lots of purple solids FQ size or smaller in my stash.)

My design idea was born out of necessity  - letting the fabric I had on hand dictate the design.  Once assembled, I used 40 wt Aurifil variegated thread and added a series of rectangles that interacted with the squares.

The result surprised me - the quilting really made the piece come alive!  I had great difficulty getting a good photo that showed the colors well and this one still isn't right.

My quilt Square Grapes measures 15 1/2" square.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Ottoman Rings Workshop


Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop via Zoom with Tighe Flanagan for his Ottoman Rings pattern.    Although it may not look like much, pictured above s is the bottom right quadrant - once it is squared off - for a 24" square wall hanging.


Before the class started, I figured out placement of the rings using a coloring sheet. The pattern is assembled using a series of partial seams and isn't that hard to sew once you get the hang of it- the curves themselves are very gentle. 

What I didn't prep ahead of time was transferring marks to the pieces from the templates.  The pattern does require a bit of marking on the pieces to get things lined up and I quickly regretted my choice of a dark linen as a background fabric because it was hard to see my marks.

I'm excited to put this project together but before continuing I plan to do two things.  First, rethink my choice on background fabric - I plan to audition some solid quilting cotton in a lighter color as an alternative.  Second, I will organize the pieces on my design wall for the entire quilt before sitting down to sew.


Tighe is a great teacher and had really helpful videos that walked your through complex assembly.  I can't wait to get this quilt top together!


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, June 6, 2022

Scrap Mini Quilts

Let no scrap be left behind!

A mini quilt made from a left over block from my I Believe in Dragons quilt.  This one finishes - once I get the binding on - at 3 1/2" square


I used scraps leftover from my quilt coats to make this mini (7" x 7" ) and a couple of bags.


Finally a set of leftover small HST from some projects - not sure which one! - makes a fun mini which finished at 9 1/2" square.


These were fun little projects with no real purpose other than to relax and sew!


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, June 3, 2022

Pencil Sleeve


I've been looking for a way to better keep track of my quilting projects plus something that would work a little bit as a journal of projects completed.  The MQG had a seminar recently about bullet journaling which helped convince me to give the dotted grid a try.

I made myself a pencil sleeve to keep my markers all in one place.  I really like this design because it lays flat when open on my desk but you can also tuck the flap in to keep things all secure.


I used my favorite Alison Glass scraps and based my pencil sleeve on a tutorial I found here.  I went with a piece 3 1/2'' wide and about 15" long and used fusible fleece.  For my next one, I am going to try tapering the flap a bit so it fits better.

And in case you are interested, this was the journal and markers I purchased (affiliate links).  The paper quality is really nice!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

One Monthly Goal June Link-up

Welcome to June!



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.)

I've got a virtual class in early June with Tighe Flanagan on his Ottoman Rings pattern.  My goal for June is to make some good progress on assembling the quilt top.  Below is my first pass at the fabric pull - its a fat-eighth bundle of Giucy Giuce.


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 June 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:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 30, 2022

New Pool Bag


Summer has arrived!  The pool is open and my daily walk has shifted to be a daily swim.

To carry my things each day, I assembled a quick bag using my Market Basket tutorial.  The outside is 'vegan' leather and the inside is a canvas print from Spoonflower.  The vegan leather was purchased from our guild members destash sale and the canvas print was a freebie.  


The bag measures  11" x 4" x 9 1/2" and was as big as I could make it with the supplies I had.   I didn't have enough of the canvas print for the inside pocket so went with a solid.   The bag has a reasonable amount of structure - it will stand up on its own - but might have been better if there were some interfacing.

It was a fun and quick project.  Goggles at the ready, you can find me at the pool. 


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, May 27, 2022

Illusions - A Finish


I've often admired quilters who create a series of works around a theme and I wanted to give it a try.   The idea is to use regular quilt blocks - in this case the HRT (half-rectangle triangle) - to give an illusion of curves.*  (My Harmony quilt design is another example.)

My quilt Illusions is roughly 28" square.  I used Painters Palette fabric in wasabi and black.  (Wasabi is hard to photograph to get true color.  The indoor photo shown below is closer to the real shade.)

The quilting was done with a walking foot and some ruler work with my FMQ ruler foot to get the denser quilting I wanted inside the HRTs with some variety on the width between the lines.  The black HRTs are not quilted.


I took a deep breath before cutting off a corner to emphasize the curve.  My original plan was a binding with a mitered corner bringing the two colors together.  I struggled to get it to look as I wanted so faced binding it is!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

One Monthly Goal May Finishes

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


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

My goal for May was to turn scraps into bags.  Such a fun project - read more 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:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, May 20, 2022

Oceans Away

The MQG's 2022 Make a Difference Challenge prompt is oceans and the challenge will benefit Oceana - a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans on a global scale.  The deadline to submit a quilt is early August.

My family spends a week each summer at a NC beach and my favorite thing to do is to sit and watch and listen to the waves.

For this challenge, I considered a bunch of different ideas including a more abstract quilt but decided to focus on a sketched wave coloring book style.

I worked with a bunch of scraps and just layered bits of color on using raw edge applique until I found something I liked.


Not sure where this quilting is taking me but I'm enjoying it so far. I may just call this mini Surf's Up!

The challenge in 2021 was trees and I entered a mini Three.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 16, 2022

Happy Mail

I love getting happy mail!  Anything to do with quilting - be it fabric or not - counts.


The catalog of show quilts from QuiltCon 2022 arrived this week.  I had 3 quilts in the show and ended up abandoning my plans to attend somewhat at the last minute.  I viewed many of the quilts through the IG posts of others but I really wanted a souvenir of the show so I pre-ordered the catalog.  The quilts are all professional photographed.

Its filled with pages of inspiration - if you need me, I'll be doing a slow page turn through and enjoying every quilt.  (Mine are on pages 62, 114, and 132.  I got a thrill seeing my name in the index.) 


Have you heard of a zine?  It is a self-published mini-magazine (the 'zine' is pronounced the same way as the zine in the word magazine).   

My friend Frances @offkilterquilt has published her very first zine on Sustainable Quilt Making.  Frances has also authored 2 quilt fiction novels - Margaret Goes Modern and Birds in the Air (affiliate links).  Birds in the Air is the story of a new quilter who discovers quilting and friendship after moving to a new town.   Margaret Goes Modern is a collection of short stories.  I recommend both of them.  Frances has also written a number of middle grade novels - check them out!



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Bags from Scraps

I've been working hard to get my scraps organized so they actually get used.  Typically, I store them by project in a plastic bag and then promptly loose the bag!


When I cleaned up after making two different quilt coats (the first and the second), all my scraps and leftover geese and HST stayed piled on the corner of my table and I turned them into two bags!

Such a fun quick process.  I used Noodle-head's wide open pouch tutorial.  The largest maps to her middle size while the smaller one is somewhere between her small and medium.

I love them both!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, May 6, 2022

HST and HRT BOM May update


Block 5 is now done from the Modern HST BOM .   This is absolutely my favorite block so far!

When the QAL started, you were told how many HSTs and HRTs you would need for the whole quilt and you could size them anyway you wanted to get the finish size that would work for you.  My blocks will finish at 8" which means my HST or squares finish at 2". 

Here are the other 4 blocks



Check out all the blocks at #modernhstBOM2022.  While most of my quilts are made from my own designs, I always enjoy having a project where someone else tells me what to sew.  My only decision is the fabric!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Sunday, May 1, 2022

One Monthly Goal May Link-up

Welcome to May!



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.)

I've been reorganizing my fabric stash and doing a general tidy up of my sewing space.  I've got a bunch of zip bags filled with scraps from specific projects.  For May, I want to turn these scraps into at least one open wide zip bag.
        


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 May 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!

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, April 29, 2022

FPP Sewing Supplies

From my blog post title, you may have thought I intended to list the tools I use in my sewing room when I am Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP).   And while I will still do that at the end of this post, this is really about making these fun blocks designed by Kristy at Quiet Play.


Since I'm not exactly sure how I will end up using these blocks, I've chosen not to neaten things up.  Next up is to make the pincushion from the pattern! 

I've made a lot of Kristy's patterns including the sunflower block and my Star Wars blocks.

I enjoy the process of FPP (except perhaps removing the paper) and have designed a few of my own patterns including Boomerang and my Chunky Alphabet.   Below are products I find really useful  (affiliate links):



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Fibonacci Blanket Update

I've been knitting up a storm more than doubling the length of my panel for my Fibonacci blanket since my post on April 11.

The panel is not blocked and is wider than it appears.  At this point, it clearly resembles a scarf!

This panel measures 55" long and about 15" wide.  My original goal was to size my blanket at 45" square but I've decided slightly bigger - namely 55" square - would be a better option.  To increase the width of my blanket, the other two panels will be 20" wide and will go to either side.

I've cast on one side panel, this time with 92 stitches to support my initial couple of rows of K2 P1 ribbing.  I'll also add ribbing to one edge.

This is a perfect knitting project for sitting in front of the tv or sitting on the couch talking to a family member.  Its also a good excuse to sit quietly and relax for a few minutes.

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".

The yarn was weighed after finishing the middle panel to help me calculate how much more was needed.  The results were interesting - the light gray was the most used with only 14 grams left.  The blue, dark gray and white had 41 grams, 47 grams, and 48 grams left, respectively, which means the middle panel used 250 grams of yarn.


More yarn was purchased!  This is Berroco cotton yarn in color ways Waterman (1685), Tiverton (1623), Gadwall (1608) and Bluffs (1600).  The Waterman (blue) dye lot was able to be matched to my original purchase but not so for the other colors.  However, I'm not worried about this for this particular project.  (affiliate link)


Happy knitting.


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Sunday, April 24, 2022

One Monthly Goal April Finish Linkup

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


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

My goal for April was to quilt at least half of the clamshells, each with a different motif.  I ended up modifying that goal slightly and went for a different motif in each color (i.e. shade of blue).  Roughly 2/3 of the clamshells are quilted so I met my goal.  You can read more about the quilt 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:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Orange Slice Progress Update


Orange Slice started off as a project to get me out of a sewing slump.  I started sewing drunkards' path blocks without a plan for where I was headed until I arrived here!   (Read more about the process of quilt top creation.) 


Although my original thought was to make each clamshell a different quilting motif, I ended up with a simplification by making each colorway a different motif.  This was much more manageable for my brain!  So far, I've got 6 different motifs, 5 of which were done with a walking foot.    (Ignore all those threads that have not yet been dealt with.)


The back of the quilt really shows off the quilting.  The pebble was the most tedious of the design choices.  I like the way it looks but it is a lot of work!


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, April 18, 2022

Illusions


I've often admired quilters who set out to do a series of works around a theme and I wanted to give it a try.   The idea is to use regular quilt blocks - in this case the lowly HRT (half-rectangle triangle) - or secondary patterns to give an illusion of curves.*  (My Harmony quilt design is the first time this happened but it was not planned - just an unexpected surprise.)

My quilt Illusions is roughly 28" square.  I used Painters Palette fabric in wasabi and black.  (Wasabi is hard to photograph to get true color.)

I've done the first pass of quilting with my walking foot and everything is secure enough that those basting pins could actually be removed.

But the quilt isn't quilted densely enough for my liking so I'm trying to decide what to do next - I see two options. The easiest approach would be to pick a color of thread and quilt without regard to the color of fabric.  The more work approach would be to match the thread to the quilting.

(I tried to edit my way into the correct 'wasabi representation' for this picture - not even close!)


While I decide if I want to set myself up to bury a bunch of threads, I decided to bury the ones I already have.  It really doesn't take all that long.

* Whether I do another second quilt so that this really is the first of a series remains to be seen.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, April 15, 2022

HST and HRT BOM April update


Block 4 is now done from the Modern HST BOM - block 1.  When the QAL started, you were told how many HSTs and HRTs you would need for the whole quilt and you could size them anyway you wanted to get the finish size that would work for you.  My blocks will finish at 8" which means my HST are 2". 

While I made all my HSTs ahead of time, I am creating simple FPP patterns for each month's HRT blocks to eliminate seams wherever I can.  


It's fun to start putting together the blocks I've made so far.  At this point, I'm not really liking the one in the bottom left so it may not make the final cut.

Check out all the blocks at #modernhstBOM2022.  While most of my quilts are made from my own designs, I always enjoy having a project where someone else tells me what to sew.  My only decision is the fabric!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Curated Quilts Red Issue


I got some happy mail this week - the latest issue of Curated Quilts magazine plus my mini quilt Red Alert.

Red Alert is 14" square and used almost all the colors from the starter bundle I purchased.  When I first heard the energize prompt, I thought Star Trek (as one does) and from there red alert.  Red alert is the highest emergency on a Starfleet ship and results in red flashing lights and a loud alarm noise.  Although the red alert displays have gotten more sophisticated since the original series, my quilt is imagines what the light waves look like from that red flashing light.  (For the record, I did just binged every episode and movie from TOS, TNG and Voyager, Picard is the best captain.  I absolutely love the new Picard series.  Just saying.)

Issue 19 is called Red and is filled with a quilt gallery of beautiful red modern quilts and a fun mini gallery from the challenges. The issue also contains several articles and 3 quilt patterns.


Curated Quilts is a quarterly journal and each issue is filled with quilts curated with modern community that fit a particular theme.  I really enjoy their quarterly challenges and had a mini in the Polygon issue too.

Check out Curated Quilts for yourself!  Use the code ESQ to save 10% off!  (As an affiliate, I'm excited to offer you the 10% off code.)

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, April 11, 2022

Fibonacci Blanket


During the holidays last year, I treated myself to some beautiful cotton yarn with the goal of making a smaller sized blanket.  I wanted knitting that was portable so the idea was to knit long panels and then bring them together.  

I purchased Berroco cotton yarn in color ways Waterman (1685), Tiverton (1623), Gadwall (1608) and Bluffs (1600).


I cast on 68 stitches on a size 7 needle. To reduce rolling, the first few rows (and the last 3) are a KKP repeat. 

My goal is to switch colors following a Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) as measured in inches.  I started with the dark gray color for 8" then switched to the blue for 5".  As I started, I only roughly measured these larger sections - which means I'll need to count the rows so everything matches up.  But then I realized that every 6 rows = 1" so there will be more accuracy moving forward.


This project was good knitting during my daughter's hospital stay.  No goal for when I will finish - just relaxing stuff.

Have a wonderful day! Patty