Monday, March 2, 2015

Back to Grand Illusions - ALYOF goal

Time to finish up my Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusions quilt.  I've got all the outer border blocks completed....



so it is time to finish the border assembly and schedule a trip to the spa for my quilt.

We had TWO snowstorms in North Carolina last week - the last one left us with 6" of very wet snow.   I rarely get to take pictures of quilts in the snow - yes, I know this is actually a good thing - but I couldn't resist snapping a picture of the quilt.


Finishing my quilt top is my March goal and I'll be linking up at Another Lovely Year of Finishes .  

6" of snow looked so pretty that first morning.  Happily, temps were above freezing the next day so melting started quickly.



Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Farmer's Wife Puzzle

Best puzzle ever - assembling quilt blocks!

Starting to assemble my Farmer's Wife quilt as I finish up the blocks was my ALYOF goal for February.  (My goal setting post was here.)



My blocks are red, aqua or gray so I decided on a layout with roughly 80 blocks completed and am now planning carefully to fill in the color I need.  I've already printed out the paper piece patterns for the remainder of the blocks so I was able to put them in place and record what color they need to be.



I've made good use of graph paper to keep track as well as to record what specific block is where!



I've assembled things in sections - just seaming together a couple of blocks in each row and using webbing to keep the section together.  This will make it easier to hit the 'undo' button if I find a combination I don't like in the final layout.


About half of the blocks are all assembled in these rows.

I also have each section marked with a scrap piece of fabric and the position in the grid where it will fit.   The rows are numbered, the columns are labeled.

I am so excited in how this is all coming together.  Can't believe I've about 20 blocks to go!

I'll be linking up here - 
 Another Lovely Year of Finishes 

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snapshots Quilt A Long - Sew On & Sew On

Block 2 in Fat Quarter Shops's BOM is called Sew On & Sew On



I'd really love to have an aqua sewing machine!   

I had a little bit of trouble with this one because I was trying to keep the pattern in the fabric all going the same way.  I cut incorrectly several times but saved all the scrap pieces - they'll likely come in handy later.

I'm using a fat 8th bundle of Miss Kate to make this quilt.

Here was my first block - Let them eat cake block!



You can find the pattern for this month's block here and more information on the Fat Quarter Shop page.  Besides the fun of building the quilt, this is all about donating to St Jude.


Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Farmer's Wife Blocks 88 - 90

Early last week, we got about an inch (or less) of snow, sleet, freezing rain that closed schools for 4 days.  Yes, 4 days.  Somewhat embarressing but with very cold temperatures, North Carolina just can't deal with it.

Temps climbed into the 50's on Sunday so icy roads are behind us.


Had fun with this week's FW blocks.#88 -  Star of Hope  - using a piece of my favorite fabric in this one.


#89 - Steps to the Altar  - this one didn't look at crooked in person.  May need to fix it a bit.




#90 -  Storm Signal  - Wanted to make this an all gray block but it looked ... you guessed it .. too gray!



Have a great week!



Happy Stitching!