Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mid week progress

Since I moved to Texas in 2016, I feel my quilting has taken second fiddle to everything else.   So, I decided in 2018 I would place my stitching closer to the top of my daily list of things to do.  My goal this year is to empty a large container of strings.  I have made 170 blocks since I started these back in 2015.




So far this week I have made ten blocks a day.  On Tuesday I even made a few hourglass blocks for a scrappy hourglass quilt.  So, I guess instead of making excuses it's much better to have determination!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Red Triangles

A damp rainy day here in North Texas. I think I will try to spend most of the day sneaking in some enjoyable hand quilting stitches.  I started out quilting the white triangles in this quilt and decided to see where it takes me.  Friday I was very curious on what it would look like if I quilted the red triangles also.  I tried  a triangle with the the natural color thread I was using on the white triangles and found it distracted from the high contrast that I love in two color quilts.  I found some red thread in my stash to try and am pleased with how it looks. 

So today I think I will go back and just add red to the units that already have the white triangles quilted.  

I also am thinking about adding a star to the white alternate squares.  I played around and made a template to fit the space.  But, I think I want to finish all of the triangles before making a final decision on the alternate square.  

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ocean Waves in the hoop!

Well, Christmas is over and the cold weather is upon us.  During 2017 I really fell off the wagon when it came to blogging.  I started my blog to keep a record of my quilting journey.  So, today I am featuring the red and white ocean waves quilt that I pieced this year.  I machined pieced it like a hand piecer would piece this pattern. The reason being, I didn't want seams in the white squares.  I found that piecing this way really helped with my accuracy, a constant struggle for me.  Now, I am not saying all my seams are perfect but they are something that I can live with.  When I started quilting trying to achieve perfection often would  take the joy out of my craft, it was suppose to bring me joy!  So, I no longer beat myself up over seams that are not perfect.  I still try to do my best, but a finished quilt made with love is my goal these days. The following are some photos that I did capture in the process of piecing this quilt. It measures approximately 76X76. 

So yesterday, I pulled out this top and got it basted! I am excited about having a quilt in my hoop.  I love finding a few minutes here and there to sit and add a few stitches.  To begin, I am going to outline quilt the white triangles.

 After that, I am really not sure, I am open for suggestions if you have any.  I hope your staying warm and finding time for a few joyous stitches. I know I am looking forward to 2018 and getting my ocean waves quilt quilted!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Pillow

Last Sunday Tanya shared the tutorial for this Christmas pillow. It will be the perfect gift for a gift exchange we do Christmas Eve with extended family.   What a cute and fun  little project!  Much like hand quilting, embroidery is so calming. I used a simple back stitch and I so enjoyed the sound of the needle and thread going thru the fabric.  A few hand quilting stitches helped to add some texture and before you know it was finished.  I hope you have some time for some slow stitching today!