Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More Sunshine Blocks

These are for charity quilts as part of an online group called Sunshine Quilts.  It's a fun way for me to work on a few blocks each month to bless someone else.  Both the Feb and March blocks are meant to be patriotic.  The February quilt will be a sampler, so we could make a block of our choosing.

I saw this one on a Facebook post for Craftsy and wanted to try it.  How fun!  I love the end result, but I truly didn't consider how long each block would take.  That's 57 pieces of fabric in each.
These stars are so pretty.  I may decide to make them again.

March's blocks are requested to be 9 patches.  Here are mine.  These were very quick to make and I had just enough of this white-on-white to use for a couple of blocks.
I can't wait to see the quilts made from our Sunshine blocks this year.  If possible, I'll link to them on this blog once they become a quilt.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Friday, January 30, 2015

... A Lot Like Christmas

Here's another Christmas quilt.  I'm working on the borders, so it's still on the frame. This piecing pattern is the Missouri Star Company's Double Slice Layer Cake.  It's a quick pattern and works well for busy prints.

The backing is a cream colored minkee.  I really love how the quilting shows up so well on the minkee side, but blends in on the top.  Ooooh!  That soft, cushy feel of minkee!  It makes a lovely quilt back.

I borrowed some of Lori Kennedy's inspiration for this quilting with the poinsettias and ribbons.  You can find her blog and tutorials at theinboxjaunt.  I like her designs and her tutorials are well organized.

After quilting the swags and holly in the wide border, I needed more to fill in the open spaces.  These bows and long ribbons are a little strange in that they remind me of an octopus.  My hopes are that they won't mess up the overall effect and before I'm finished, I might like them a little more.

I'll share the back side of this quilt soon after it comes off the frame.  So, although the tree is gone and the lights are put away, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in this household.  A few items on my gift list for next season will be checked off early.  Woohoo!

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like ....

... I didn't finish all the Christmas projects I'd hoped to make this past fall.  So this is a good time to get them ready early.

This panel wall hanging stayed on the frame through the season and was quilted in early January.  The binding is attached, but needs the hand-stitching.  I love to bring a quilt in this stage with me  anywhere I need to sit still and behave.  It's relaxing and helps me to be patient instead of squirmy.

I think I'll enjoy displaying it when December rolls around. As a wall hanging, I didn't go overboard with the quilting.  Just enough to trace an accent or two in each rectangle.  I used red, green and gold threads to keep the quilting more subtle.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunshine Quilters - January

These are blocks I made and sent to be used in a quilt for a child.  It's for an online sewing group called the Sunshine Quilters.  Each month, a hostess accepts the donation blocks and makes a quilt to bring a little sunshine into someone's life.
The hostess picks the theme, block size and/or colors.  They also select a recipient organization such as Project Linus or Quilts of Valor. Some requests are very open ended and others are more specific.

I need to get started on some patriotic blocks for next month.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Saturday, January 17, 2015

On the Frame - Modern

Here's a modern baby quilt in progress.  The top was pieced last fall, but has waited patiently for the holiday activities to subside.

I think these fabrics are cheerful and fun, just right for a friend's baby.

Here's another view.  I'm still on the last row this morning.

I'm using Glide white thread with Warm & Natural cotton batting.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another Quilt Of Valor

This top had been in a to-be-quilted stack at Magnolia Park Retreat for the Alabama Quilts of Valor.
Facebook : QuiltsOfValorAlabamaChapter
They have an HW Sweet 16 sitdown longarm machine there, so last weekend, while I was there, I helped them get this one quilted.  I think they are presenting it tomorrow.

I really like this string pattern with the white stars.  It's forms such a striking pattern.  Plus, it's perfect for using up scraps.  You can find the book/pattern on Bobbie and Ginger's website : Strips and Strings.

Here's a closeup of the front quilting.  I wanted to use something that is masculine and compliments the top's design.  Simple stitch-in-the-ditch and outlines of the white stars, then waving lines in the strings.   The navy border needed some fireworks for fun and pizazz.

Here's the back side.  I like the design that the quilting stitches made.

So, after using my frame and their sitdown machine, I've decided that I really love my frame.  With the sitdown machine, at first I fought gravity as the quilt slipped off the small table.  We set up 2 tables on either side to form a U shaped workspace with me sitting in the middle.  This helped a lot and the quilting went easier after that setup, but the frame quilting supports the weight of the quilt entirely and the machine glides so effortlessly on its wheeled base.

Also, when I quilt my machine, I use the stitch regulator.  For this quilt, I did not use it (although we could have read instructions and set it up).  It took a little while to get the hang of not speeding up too much in the middle of the waves since I slowed down at the ends to stitch down the straight lines.  It's not perfect (and neither is my stitch regulator), but it turned out pretty nice.

An online order for some quilt backing just arrived, so I can get busy quilting a few tops I have stacked up here at home too.  Maybe a few of these will end up under the tree next month.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Superman Stars

I love vibrant colors.

These stars have been fun to make for my Superman quilt.  It's an easy project to do when I have 15 or 30 minutes.  This one will be gifted to one of our new babies who are a part of our church.  I've also been able to enjoy the wildlife as the sun rises and sets.

BTW, for those who do not know this about me.  I do not have a cat.  His name is Vincent (as in Van Gogh).  He's missing part of an ear.  And he is not my cat.

The binding is a little over half way completed on my mom's southwestern quilt.  Since I've enjoyed seeing a 6 point buck and a spike from my studio windows in the past few days, here's the hunter block.

The flip side ....
Some of the quilting details in those 5 inch blocks.

Amongst the schedule filled with band competitions and college visits, I'm looking forward to a quilting retreat next week. It will be fun to reunite with quilty friends.  Oh my the full belly laughs we share!

Well, it's time to get organized and dash off to work.  I'm thankful for my job with a renewed challenge.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars