I’ve been working on a mini art quilt for the current Le Challenge wilderness theme.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Tent RW

It’s a paper pieced tent pattern I found on Craftsy for free.  Here’s a link if you want to make one yourself.

I’m on the fence about this project so far.  I love the big lion for the side of the tent but I feel like the rest of the tent is too busy.  And that dandelion yellow background fabric??

I.  Just.   Don’t.  Know.

Off to the right are some improv trees.  You’ll have to wait for the full reveal for those.

- Joanna

Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs.

    Once again, another selvage feather that doesn’t read as selvages.

    Feathers P 2 RW

    Meh.  I’m still happy.

    Ready for a bunch of repetitive pictures?

    Feathers P 1 RW

    Feathers P 4 RW

    Feathers P 5 RW

    Feathers P 6 RW

    Feathers P 7 RW

    Feathers P 3 RW

    See?  There are selvages mixed in with the Kona solid white.  More Grunge fabric for the aqua background fabric.  I swear, if Grunge came in more colors I wouldn’t even look at another Kona solid again.  I LOVE Grunge fabric.  Love.  Love.  Love.  Almost as much as Cotton & Steel.  No worries though, I’m using some C&S for the back.

    Feathers P 8 RW

    I picked up a half yard of these birds for the backing.  Perhaps I should have cut the selvage off and used it in the feather?

    Feathers P 9 RW

    Feathers P 10 RW

    Since I started writing this post several weeks ago, I’ve made one and a half more feathers in various colors for this project.  And that’s pretty much the only sewing I’ve done lately.  Only one half of a feather still to sew, then sewing the feathers together, adding a border, basting, quilting, squaring up, binding and hanging it in my son’s room.  At the rate I am sewing, that’ll take me three months.  Or more.

    Click here for more posts related to my selvage projects such as my easy improv feathers tutorial.

    Feathers C 3 RW

    - Joanna

    Places this post will probably be linked up to . . . Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party, Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social,  Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday, My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday, Quilts of a Feather and Quilty Habit for Selvage Along Mid-way Check In.

      Another top I pieced together eons ago.  It was my third top I believe.  Maybe my fourth.

      Tetris on the Pine Logs Top RW

      I finished quilting it April-ish I’d say.

      Tetris on the Pine Logs RW

      To be perfectly honest, this quilt looks WAY better in the pictures than it does in person.

      Tetris on the Fence Full RW

      I made it for a friend who was due with her fourth baby!  Just the other day she passed my house running with two kids on bikes and pushing two kids in the jogging stroller.  She’s pretty much Supermom.

      Tertris on the Fence with Back RW

      It’s a tetris pattern pieced with flannel squares.  Some parts look GREAT!

      Tetris Close Up Good RW

      Other parts?  Not so great.

      Tetris Close Up Bad RW

      I made this quilt before I knew I had to nest my seams.  Before I realized how stretchy flannel is.  Before I bought a 1/4 inch piecing foot.  My mom says this foot is like training wheels on a bike and I will want to take it off eventually.  No.  You can pry it from my cold dead hands.    

      My other mistake?  I made a flannel baby quilt for a late spring baby.  Yup.  It gets hot in the Midwest.  What was I thinking???  Oh well.  90% of the use of baby quilts in the beginning is to lay on the floor for the baby to lounge on TOP of so I think it all worked out okay.

      Still.  This quilt holds a special place in my heart and I can’t exactly pin down the reason.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      - Joanna

      Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

        BOM 6 Block 2 RW

        BOM 6 Block 2 close RW

        Click here for all posts related to this project.

        - Joanna

        Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs.  She’s having a two year celebration (CONGRATS) so hop on over there and leave her a comment if you’d like a chance to win a free pattern.

          10. August 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags:

          I’ve made two feather blocks so far for the Selvage Along.  I’m saving my Carolyn Friedlander Botanics selvages from my paper pieced BOM project for a third feather block, the AMH feather that Renee of Quilts of a Feather posted a tutorial for.  In all likelihood this third feather will not be done (or even started) by the time the selvage along concludes in September.  I need to realize my limitations and I just don’t have the time for too many projects right now.  But I have printed the template and I have enough selvages for at least three feathers so I plan for it someday to be a mini quilt for my sewing room (aka the guestroom).  I believe this is exactly what Renee is doing as well so stop over to her blog next month to see the finished project.

          The first feather block I created is for my daughter.

          Feathers C 1 RW

          I used short selvages from a plus sign toddler bed quilt I started last year.  It was one of my earlier projects and the fabric isn’t designer or anything, but the colors are so pretty together.  The selvages don’t really read as selvages from a distance, but all the fabric was purchased as a fat quarter pack and that’s the selvage end I was given.

          If you look really closely you can tell.

          Feathers C 2 RW

          But far away?  It just looks like a feather.

          Feathers C 3 RW

          This was pretty easy and if you want to make your own, here’s how I did it.  I don’t have in process photos (sorry I’m not sorry but I was too busy simply ENJOYING the process) but you are all smart so you can figure it out without visual aids.

          I first started with a paper template to make sure my plan would work.  Special thanks to my kids for allowing me to borrow their crayons.

          My plan is based on fairly short selvages sewn into rows.

          Cut a V shape.

          Feathers C 4 RW

          Remove the center section and what do you get?  A feather!

          Feathers C 5 RW

          Then I sewed it up with scrap fabrics to see what it looked like.

          Feathers C 6 RW

          Hmmmmmm.  Yeah, that wasn’t quite right.  Looks more tree-like.  Feathers really need that angled top to read as feathers.  Not to worry, that’s an easy fix!

          STEP 1: Sew your selvages together in rows.  (Oh hey, I found a picture of this! Go me.)  I used a small seam allowance since my selvages weren’t very tall.  About an eighth of an inch.  Add an extra big piece of your background fabric to the bottom edge.

          Selvage Fabric RW

          STEP 2: Cut an even V shape, measuring exactly the same distance from each side.  Unless you want wonky feathers.  Which, hey, you might.  Wonk is popular in the quilting world.

          STEP 3:  Sew an inch wide strip to the left side of your right feather half.  Sew that to the right side of the left feather half.  It’s really not confusing even though it sounds like it.

          STEP 4:  Trim the top and bottom so they are straight across and parallel to one another.

          STEP 5:  Fold your feather in half with the stem you created running down the middle and trim an angle into the top.

          STEP 5:  Open up your feather and sew a square of your background fabric to each angle you just made.

          STEP 6: Trim the squares you just added to be level across the top and to match the angle of the feather sides.

          STEP 7: Sew triangular shaped background pieces to each side (you’re going for a square-ish block here) and trim at the top and bottom to create even parallel lines again.  

          STEP 8:  Add a long background piece to the top and bottom.  I haven’t gotten to the bottom yet.

          STEP 9:  Square up your new feather block!  Clearly I haven’t done step 9 yet.  Do as I say, not as I do.

          I didn’t measure anything and this project was completely improvisational.  Which is probably why I enjoyed it so much!  The white background pieces all came from my scrap bin, although I do have yardage to complete the project in the future.  It’s just a simple Kona white I stocked up on at JoAnn’s with a coupon.

          This is as far as I plan on going for now.  I have yet to back, quilt and bind the plus sign toddler bed quilt I originally made from this fabric (I cannot decide on a backing fabric for the freaking life of me) and I’m not doing anything with this block until I tackle that project.  Maybe the block will go into a pieced backing.  Maybe it’ll be a pillowcase.  Maybe a decorative pillow.  Maybe a stuffed animal.  Maybe a wall hanging.  I just don’t know yet.

          As for my second feather I made?  Here’s a sneak peek:

          Feathers P 1 RW

          I’m hoping to create one or two more and quilt as a mini art quilt for my son’s room.  In a perfect world I’d have that done as a reveal for the last link up for the Selvage along, but these days, it’s far from a perfect world.

          Have a great day all!

          - Joanna

          P.S.  If you are new here, thanks for visiting!  I currently keeps comments closed (here’s why) but I might turn them back on someday.  I have no idea when.  In the meantime, I am happy you are here!

          P.P.S.  Linking up with Renee at Quilts of a Feather and Jessica at Quilty Habit as well as Night Quilter for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.  Oh and Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesdays.  And while we are at it, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.

            I’m going to stop with the words on these beginner paper pieced BOM posts.  It’s all pretty self explanatory by now.


            BOM 6 Block 1 RW

            BOM 6 Block 1 close RW

            - Joanna

            P.S.  Those long skinny pieces at the top?  Royal.  Pain.  In.  The.  You.  Know.  What.

            Linking up with Quilt Art Designs

              26. July 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , ,

              Remember my Le Challenge entry?

              Direction 1 RW

              Yes, well, I WON!!

              Granted it was by random draw and not merit, but still.  It was a win and I couldn’t be happier.

              I won a $25 gift card to The Fat Quarter shop and here’s what I spent my virtual dough on:

              Fat Quarter RW

              A fat quarter pack of one of the new Cotton & Steel lines, Honeymoon in Teal.

              Fat Quarter 2 RW

              Yes.  Yes I did drag this pack along on one of our walks for a photo shoot.

              Fat Quarter 3 RW

              Our neighbors down the lane have horses and I was hoping they would be out, since this line has a fabric with super cute horses.

              Honeymoon in Teal R

              I’m feeling like a bit of a one trick pony these days.  I pretty much only buy Cotton & Steel it seems.  My three and a half year old son even asked me “Is this Cotton & Steel fabric, mom?”  Must.  Branch.  Out.  I don’t love quite a few fabrics in their new lines so it won’t be too hard.  Like Picnic?  Yikes, no.  No no no.  I’m waiting till August when my LQS gets the new lines in to make a final determination before I buy any more C&S.  Fabric is so different in person than online.  And believe it or not I do have a few non C&S fabrics still to showcase!

              See ya laters.

              - Joanna

              Linking up with Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

                25. July 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags:

                Selvages.

                That’s the sides of the fabric where the manufacturer puts the stats and colors used (Father-in-Law, Aly.)  You have to cut them off before you can sew up your fabric into something pretty.

                I’ve kept them because that’s the thing in the quilting world.

                Have I done anything with them?

                Nope.  They sit in a ziplock baggie in my sewing room (aka the guestroom) closet.

                Selvage 1 RW

                Renee of Quilts of a Feather and her quilting bestie Jessica of Quilty Habit (I’m in the market for a quilting bestie myself, applications being accepted now . . . crickets . . .) are hosting a selvage along on their blogs.  See posts here and here for more info.

                I haven’t fully decided how far down the selvage rabbit hole I’m planning to jump.  I really want to catch up on my Paper Pieced BOM project, I have a galaxy star baby quilt and tag blanket I NEED to finish up before a friend’s baby is born (which is soon, people), my next Le Challenge (I won the last one, by the way, woot woot!) entry in the Wilderness theme (I have a plan already and fabrics purchased and pulled), and I was hoping to participate in the Midnight Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs (I have fabric pulled and even bought a brand spanking new OLFA rotary cutter since I’ve decided my old Fiskars needs to be reserved for paper pieced as it’s always dull thanks to constantly rolling over paper.)

                Is it just me, or was that a really long grammatically incorrect sentence.

                Moving on.

                So we’ll see how much time I can squeeze in for the selvage along.  I’m hoping to do some sort of reverse applique mini quilt (ignore the fact I know nothing about reverse applique yet) and maybe something with feathers.  Renee has a tutorial coming up plus I think this free pattern and tutorial (maybe enlarged or maybe a few sew lines removed to allow for larger pieces and more info) might be great too.  I have no idea how well selvages work with paper piecing as they tend to be thicker.  I’m really drawn to selvages set on an angle like this leaf pattern.

                We’ll see what inspiration strikes with these . . .

                Selvage 2 RW

                Selvage 3 RW

                Selvage 4 RW

                It’s a fairly small pile so whatever gets made will be fairly small as well.

                Have a great weekend all!

                - Joanna

                Linking up with Quilts of a Feather and Quilty Habit

                  Most days I feel like I take a decent picture.  Yesterday was not one of those days.

                  BOM 5 block 2 done RW

                  This picture stinks and the colors are so off but at least the block is done right?  I’m really getting motivated to catch up on this project.  I feel like I’ve been working on it forever and a day.  Once I catch up there’s only two months left!  Two more 6×12 blocks and one 12×12.  I’m excited to complete this quilt and hang the finished product on the wall of the master bedroom.  I’ve decided the blocks are too busy to be sewn directly next to one another so I ordered some sashing from the Botanics line in Crosshatch in White and it arrived yesterday.  I have the backing bought AND the binding (although my first choice in binding, Line Sratch in Ash, I could not find anyfreakingwhere so I compromised with another grey from the line.)

                  Stop back in next Friday for more progress!

                  - Joanna

                  Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party

                    The latest WIP I’m jonesing to finish up.

                    Chevrons on Wire RW

                    I realize I still haven’t blogged about the last WIP I finished.  I’ll get to it. Pinky swear.

                    I pieced this at least four months ago after I picked up a charm pack of Malka Dubrowsky’s From Outside In for $5 and decided I needed to try my hand at half square triangles.  I learned I do not especially like half square triangles.  Too much trimming.  Still, it made for a bright and pretty quilt top.  I haven’t measured lately but it’s about 30 something by 40 something.  Baby quilt size.  Or in my case, snuggle up in the carseats in the cold winter when we’re driving size.  I no longer have “babies” and this quilt was too much trouble to put together to give away.

                    Chevrons on Wire Close Up RW

                    NOW I get why you are supposed to press half square triangles OPEN.  Bulk.  Oh the bulk, people.

                    Chevrons from the Back RW

                    This quilt is a little out of my norm because of all the primary colors.  It’s happy and pretty and other than a quilting issue I’m having I really like it.  I’ll post about that soon when it’s all finished (and I figure out to fix a decent sized boo-boo) and photographed.

                    Chevrons on Wire with Leaves RW

                    - Joanna

                    Linking up to Freshly Pieced for Work In Progress Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social

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