On October 16th I was able to claim a finish for a Pattern Test that I did for The Quilt Pattern Magazine, an on line publication.
The pattern is “Garden View” by Barbara Gavlick Hartnett. This pattern is suitable for a beginner/intermediate or intermediate Quilter. The finished size is 68 1/2” x 84 1/2”.
For my fabric pull I chose the black with bright accents which did not have a selvedge edge, the gold/ orange from the Stonehenge Collection, a light blue Kona Cotton, and my treasured leftover jelly roll strips from Kaffe Fassett.
I was able to use my Accuquilt Cutter and dies for most of the cutting so it only took a couple of hours. I love using my Accuquilt products for the speed and accuracy when cutting.
In all there are 277 – 4 1/2” blocks used in this pattern. With life getting in my way it did take me two weeks (in between dealing with life and some other time sensitive projects needing attention first) to get all of the blocks pieced.
The colours sure made my heart happy!
Strip piecing was a definite way to go with this beauty!
Once the rows were assembled the top went together quickly.
This is my take on the Garden View quilt. It is a perfect pattern to do if you have a focal fabric that you want to fussy cut and if you aren’t already a subscriber to The Quilt Pattern Magazine you do have time to get it before the end of February for this pattern.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed this bright bit of colour today. 😄 Carol
As all good things come to an end so, too, do Blog Hops. Today is the final day of what has been a fun and inspiring Blog Hop. I’d like to thank Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for organizing a hop that has been fun and hopefully a bit of bright, happy positive fun in these trying times.
So here today for your viewing pleasure is the final lineup for the Hearts On Fire Blog Hop:
It’s always so much fun to see so many of my favourite bloggers posts and enjoy seeing their creative projects. I love being introduced to new creators on hops and always find new to me bloggers to subscribe to.
Carol from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting another blog hop with an intriguing theme; hearts but no pink.
Right away my mind wandered to a fun fact. Did you know that Hearts on Fire is the brand name for a jewelry company? There diamonds are very pretty and the jewelry settings are pretty unique!
Now I have a history with diamonds. My ex husband was a jewelry addict and always liked buying me jewelry for gifts. The problem is that I seldom wear jewelry so after we divorced I found myself gifting the jewelry to family members; both his and mine. 😊
My mind quickly turned to a paper piecing project I have been mulling around in the back of my mind. Out came paper, rulers and pencils and after a few hours I had what I wanted, even though the perspective wasn’t quite right!
I printed the pattern and pulled some bright scraps from my scrap bin (yes, I’m working hard at getting it emptied this month) and started to play.
I finished the block and then did some reverse appliqué and added a strip of bias binding to make me think of a setting for the “diamond”. Using my favourite Aurifil thread I echo quilted the block.
Since DH and I often use our iPads while watching tv, I thought some holders might be a good idea. I thought about how to make one. I played with some orphan blocks I had and made this one, which DH quickly grabbed to use. I work with my IPad upright but DH orients his sideways. I knew my pattern didn’t quite work.
Internet searches did not turn up any idea that were just what I was looking for since DH has specific needs. With his MS his left hand is always in a clenched position so he needed something stable but able to perch in his lap comfortably. He is left handed so has some issues with some tasks. His on/off button sits on the left when he is using his iPad, so he often knocks it over.
I decided to try another idea for a design that might work.
I sandwiched my block wrong side in with backing and batting, and then I stitched around 3 sides, leaving the bottom open to turn it right side out with a beautiful faced top.
I added some fibrefill stuffing, a fabric covered cardboard stand and a fibrefill stuffed tube to the front to rest the iPad on.
Now I’m sitting comfortably in my chair and checking the other bloggers today to see what everyone else has made for our inspiration.
1. Spend some more time cleaning out the scrap bins. Still have 3 baggies to go.
2. Send photos and do write ups for pattern tests.Done
3. Keep working on Sarah’s pattern test. Flimsy is done
4. Have fun with quilting and binding the pattern test flimsy. Not done. Still waiting for my longarm.
5. Finish the little Christmas table topper.Done.
6. Keep knitting my shawl. Some progress.
7. Finish sewing my project for the Hearts on Fire Blog Hop.Done and will be posted on Tuesday, Jan. 19th. 😉
This week’s goals:
My list for this week has been postponed in order to make a quilt for a very good friend who was just hospitalized with Covid.
1. Finish clearing out the scrap bin.
2. Finish Sarah’s pattern test.
3. If my longarm is delivered/set up quilt and bind the last pattern test flimsy I did.
4. Make the blocks I designed to finish Delaney’s quilt.
5. Finalize a pattern for Grace’s quilt.
6. Deal with any squirrels or requests for pattern testing that come up.
7. Look for ideas to use the 32 patches I made from scrappy 2 1/2” squares.
8. Keep up with the SAHRR.
9. Check out the Project Quilting 12.2 post to see if I have a project that will work.
10. Start planning my project for:
I know I am not going to complete this list, but it’s good to have alternative projects to work on depending on what life throws my way.
I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.
Previous time – January – 9/10
This week – January 11 – 17– 7
Year To Date – 16/17
To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces
I had to go to my LQS this week to see how my technician is doing and see if we could set up delivery of my longarm. Delivery will be determined once he knows when his employee will be back at work. Possibly/probably this week. While I was there I picked up 2 more yards of a background fabric I’m going to be short of for my SAHRR project.
Fabric previous balance: 127 yards
Fabric Used this week 0 yards
Fabric Bought this week: 2 yards
Balance in stash: 129
* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash
Thank you for reading my post. Do stop over to the blogs I’ve linked with to see what everyone else is working on; how their goals are proceeding and what they are planning next. 😄 Carol
I’ve been continuing on with cutting the scraps from my bin into the appropriate sizes of squares, strings and HST’s but got a bit sidetracked playing with the scraps so I’m still working on the last 3 baggies.
I did get 18 – 32 patch panels done with a few 😉 of my 2 1/2” squares just because mindless sewing is the order for the week it seems.
I also managed to make 3 more of my pink scrappy blocks.
I also tried something I have never done before. I was inspired by Gail from Quilting Gail to do a flanged binding. I did the quilting on a hexagon Table Topper and thought the flanged binding might be the perfect finishing touch.
I just found out a dear friend has been hospitalized with Covid so I’m dropping everything and pulling fabrics for a quilt for him. He had asked me to make one for him in June but I’m thinking he needs it now. We have a mutual friend who works in the hospital and says he can sterilize the quilt once I get it made and take it to our friend.
I’m so glad you visited my blog to read my post. Thank you 😉 Carol
Since 2013 Shelly from Prairie Moon Quilts has a monthly block challenge with some amazing results. Here are the statistics from Shelley’s blog.
• 111 participants signed up this year.
• Of those 111, we had 98 reporting participants.
• Of those 98 reporting participants, 75 were considered active participants, by reporting in at least 6 times during the year.
• Of those 75 active participants, 58 made it past the 350 mark!
• Twenty of us made it past 1000! That is way more than have ever made it past 1000 in any year! And . . . two of us made over 2000 blocks — WOW! Were we stuck at home or something? Haha!
• The greatest number of blocks made by one participant was once again Christopher, with 2425 blocks. Wow!
• The average number of blocks made by our group each month was 4723. That’s dangerously close to 5000 quilt blocks a month — I think we could cover the entire world with quilts! But isn’t that what quilters do?
• The total number of blocks made in 2020 by our entire group was 56,674.”
The new 350 Block Project kicks off on January 15th.
I know I’ll be joining in. It was so much fun to see how my stats held up next to everyone else’s. 😉 Carol
Debra Davis has started a new BOM with her first block out now. I’ve done a few of the QAL’s from Tuning My Heart and enjoyed them. It’s a great blog with several free BOMs each year to challenge yourself and learn new skills.
In keeping with my goal to clean out my scrap bins, I cut several stacks of 2 1/2” and 4 1/2” squares with my Accuquilt cutter and dies.
I’ve been having issues with the Covid brain fog (or perhaps too much American news on tv?) so haven’t been able to muster the concentration I need to finish the blocks I designed for my granddaughter’s quilt or figure out a pattern for my newest great granddaughter so I’ve been playing with scraps.
Simple sewing making four patches and then joining the four patches to make 8 patches, and then 16 patches .
Fun, easy, scrappy fun to keep me occupied while I try to work out a choice of patterns for a sweet new baby girl and muster the concentration needed to finish the other blocks for Delaney’s quilt.
Thank you for stopping by to read my post. 😄 Carol
On Thursday a group of quilty friends get together on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color to share gratitude posts filled with their Likes/loves. It’s always fun to visit and see what everyone is sharing and a real comfort in these crazy, stressful times.
My first loves are my DH and my growing family. I am so excited to have another great great granddaughter. Grace was born last Friday and the whole family is doing well.
Her big sister, Clarke wasn’t too sure what to do with her baby sister the first time she had her in her lap.
I enjoy playing with scraps and orphan blocks to creat fun new things:
It really works for me right now as I’m too unsettled to be able to concentrate on some projects I need to finish.
Instead of stressing over things I can do nothing about, I’m going to concentrate on enjoying my walks. Our grey, cloudy days of continuous rain or snow have cleared, bringing us cool weather with beautiful blue skies.
How are you all doing? Have you had some time to play and create? What is making you do a happy dance today?
This is another pattern test quilt I did for The Quilt Pattern Magazine in the summer of 2020.
The pattern is written by Barbara Gavlick Hartnett. Finished size is 63 1/2” x 63 1/2” and only uses just under 7 1/2 yards of fabric including the binding.
The piecing commenced while DH was recuperating from his knee replacement surgery. With all the drama I was really pleased to have a quilt pattern with well written instructions to keep me occupied. It obviously was well written because Jack didn’t have to be used even once😉
I finished the top and actually remembered to take a picture but was not able to get an outdoor photo before it got too smoky here.
Are you ready to follow along, collect some inspiration and show some appreciate by liking, commenting and following these blogs? I know I’m sure to find some squirrels to chase me around until I just jump in and make it! 🐿😄🐿
I decided that since I am trying to clean out my scrap bin I would play a little and use up the orphan blocks I found in the bin as well as some scraps for the RSC.
First up was to make an iPad holder using some leftover blocks;
My next bit of fun came about because I am making a concerted effort to finish emptying my scrap bin. I found a baggie and some bits of pink fabric. I was going to cut them up in to my usual various sizes of squares and put them in my scrap savers system (clean unused pizza boxes), but decided instead to play. I was able to finish pinwheels, wonky churn dashes and courthouse steps and fun crumb blocks all 4 1/2” square; 9 total blocks.
I’m so pleased you stopped by to read my post. What are you managing to do on this cold, dreary day? 😉 Carol
Here is what FQS says about this fun new QAL and for the details of this fundraising event.
“The Stronger Together Quilt Along and Stitch Along will last for four weeks, from February 1 – 28, 2021. Each week we’ll sew part of the Stronger Together quilt and cross stitch and share updates each Tuesday on the blog. The quilt along will follow the pattern instructions, week by week.”