Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along - A Modern Take!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the third week of the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along!  If this is your first time stopping by, here's a rundown of what's happened so far.  The first week, we discussed several different ways to make sixteen-patch blocks.  Last week I showed you one way to use those blocks

 by alternating them with pinwheel blocks.  A fresh take on two traditional blocks!  (By the way, this quilt is being raffled off to help raise money for my daughter's adoption of Nathanael, a sweet little boy from China.  You can read more about that raffle here.)


Today I want to show you a more modern take on the sixteen patch quilt, which I created based on inspiration from the picture above this paragraph

This is a true scrappy quilt!  Those sixteen-patch blocks were made from 5-patch strips left over from a postage stamp quilt I made several years ago.  I repurposed those strips into the sixteen-patch blocks you see.  Each block finishes at 8" square.  

Since I had sixteen of the sixteen-patch blocks, I chose to make my quilt 64" square.  (Eight rows of two 8" sixteen-patch blocks each.)  I started by laying out the block design, separating each pair of blocks with a four inch wide background piece.  (Graph paper is my friend!)  My top row of sixteen-patch blocks is 12" from the right edge of the quilt and 32" from the left edge.   It's fairly easy to figure out the size of the background pieces from that.  I chose to work the quilt in rows all the way across rather than piecing the center section and doing large pieces to either side, although either way would work.

The back is several large remnant pieces of batik, separated by 1" strips of the background fabric from the top (in this case, Kona Khaki, I believe.)

But what I love most about this quilt is the actual quilting!  This design is from Christina Cameli's new book, Step By Step Free Motion Quilting.  I love the contrast between the straight lines of the piecing and the wavy, organic lines of the quilting. This was a very simple pattern to create, too.  I'll be doing a review of Christina's book (and her Craftsy class!) next week - be sure to come back and check it out!

All in all, a fairly simple quilt to make, and one that lends itself to some creative quilting if you are so inclined.  It would look equally good with a simple random meander, straight line or organic straight line quilting, too!

And remember that fundraiser I mentioned earlier?  Well, if we get to $500 in donations (and we're getting close) this quilt will be added in to the raffle, so there will be two winners!  Help us #bringNathanaelhome!

One more thing - just to whet your appetite, here's a sneak peek at next week's sixteen-patch offering…

So now, it's your turn! Are you ready to show off what you've been working on for the quilt along?  Link up below and give us a peek!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Feeling Modern...

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  I hope you're ready - I know I am!

My finish this week is another 16-patch quilt for the 
Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along...

This one is made using leftover blocks from a batik quilt I made several years ago…

with some very cool quilting that I learned from Christina Camelli's new book, Step-By-Step Free Motion Quilting.  I'll be reviewing that book and her new Craftsy class next week - be sure to watch for it!

Here's the back - several pieces of batik separated by the same Kona cotton from the front.

I'm really happy with the way this quilt came out!  And - this will be the second raffle quilt if donations for the adoption fundraiser exceed $500!  If you're interested in participating in the fundraiser/giveaway, or want more info, check out this blogpost.  There's still plenty of time to enter - the entries close on Thursday, February 5th at 5 pm CST.

Can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you dancing the happy dance this week?

What's making you give a little whoop whoop?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!



PS Remember to link up with Julie's Saturday link party, Pet Project Party, over at Pink Doxies!  It's a new party, so show her some love!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Let's Hear It For Sunshine!!

Hi, all!

I hope your weekend has been as lovely as ours!  Fabulous weather AND a three-day weekend - what more can you ask for?  All that sunshine has truly brightened my outlook - I don't feel quite so pushed by everything on my plate, even though the plate hasn't changed.  Amazing what a little Vitamin D can do!!

Let's take a look at last week's list...

1.  Quilt two of the sample quilts.
Done!  Here's a peak at one…

…and here's the other.  This quilt is actually serving a dual purpose - it's one of the examples for the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along, AND it's being raffled off to raise money for my daughter's adoption!  You can read more about the quilt and how to help us #bringNathanaelhome at this blogpost!

2.  Start working on the third quilt along sample quilt.
Done!  The top is finished, and I did the back today. Tomorrow it gets sandwiched and I start on the quilting!

3. Quilt two quilts for the quilt ministry.
Done!  But of course, I took them to church this afternoon and forgot to take pictures!

4.  Write at least one and preferably two quilt along posts.
Well, I wrote one.  The other one is still locked in my head!

5.  Keep working on the scrap tubs.
I didn't get to this one, unfortunately!

6.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
Done!  We gave away three more quilts this week.  This quilt, paper pieced and quilted by Mary Ann, went to a gentleman who is in failing health...

This quilt, pieced and quilted by Jeana (her first!), is going to a woman who is going through chemo treatments.

And this lovely quilt, which was donated to the ministry, is going to an elderly couple dealing with various health issues.  It's a big one!!

I'm also very proud to say that I spent last Thursday morning at church, cleaning up the sewing tables and working on cleaning up the power cord mess!  I finished it up tonight, putting power strips on each table and running the electric lines under the tables.  It looks so much better!!  I also moved in more chairs and put away the clutter on the tables so it's easier to find places to put newcomers to the group.  We had six newbies last Wednesday night!

OK, so all in all I think last week was very successful!  Here's what I'll be working on this week

1.  Sandwich, quilt and bind the third sample quilt for the quilt along.

2.  Cut and begin sewing the fourth sample quilt.

3.  Start working on a commission t-shirt quilt.

4.  Update the Hands2Help page with the new button, charities, and schedule.

5.  Write the next quilt along post.

6.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that come up this week.

I think that's enough to keep me out of trouble!!

A few reminders - there's still plenty of time to join in the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along, and it's a great way to get a head start on your  Hands2Help quilt!  Posts go up each Sunday…

And... as I said above, we're having another quilt giveaway/raffle to help raise funds to #bringNathanaelhome.  You can enter in until 5 pm CST on February 5th, and we'll announce a winner on Friday, February 6th.  I'll be adding in another quilt and another winner for every $500 raised.  Last time we did this, we ended up with six winners!  Let's do it again!!

So now, the question is….  what are YOU working on this week?