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Mystery Quilt 2015

Last year the guild I was a part of did a mystery quilt that ran the course of the guild year.  I was the one running the mystery quilt so I knew what the finished product was going to look like.  I really liked it and thought it would be great in two colors or a scrappy look like the design was intended.

However, I wasn’t fully aware of how many half square triangles there was going to be.  Lets say over 300.  And they were all very very small – 2.5″ unfinished.  As many of you may know I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HST.  I love the quilts that they are apart of, but HATE making them because somehow I mess them up.

I decided that this would be the quilt to use to try out the different methods of making HSTs, after all I had to share a demo about the HST in guild.  I search all over the place for methods on making more than 2 – again this quilt needed about 300.  I had originally tried the bias method – sewing all the way around your square then cutting it up along both diagonals.  Like the demo that Missouri Star Quilt Company has in this video.

But the math I tried, according to one tutorial, was a little wrong and I ended up creating smaller HST than I needed.  For every 1 that was the correct size I ended up with 3 the incorrect size.  I was worried I was going to run out of fabric.  Then I remembered that Melanie over at Melanie Dramatic did a HST mini series so I made my way over and discovered that 1. I did have the math wrong and 2. the simplified grid method where I could make 8 HST in one fell swoop.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Especially if you needed 8 of that color scheme.  It made this quilt much less daunting as well.  The method worked amazingly well and I was able to finish the quilt using this method.

HST and I still have a love/hate relationship, but using this simplified grid method may be the way for me to work with HST from this point moving forward.

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FNQG: Challenge Wrap – a late update

Last year our guild had a challenge to make a scrappy quilt.  In my opinion, I don’t have a large stash of fabric to dive into – though Nate would probably disagree.   I have a lot of fabric (don’t get me wrong) but they are destined for projects.  So this challenge stopped me in my track. Part of the challenge was the quilt had to have a minimum – a MINIMUM of 40 fabrics.  YIKES!  40?  I didn’t want to (and my fun budget wouldn’t have allowed it) to go out and purchase 40 meters/fat quarters etc, but I also didn’t want to miss out on the challenge.  I enjoy the challenges – besides I’m a touch competitive so the word challenge stirs something inside.  Then I remembered that Carrie Nelson – Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company specializes in those fun little quilts using a bit of yardage and charm squares.  An answer to my problem because charms packs usually have 43 different fabrics and are reasonable priced – though sometimes challenging to find here.

I really liked the McGuffey pattern in the Schnibbles line.    It reminded me a bit of a bento box quilt and since I like that look I decided to give it a whirl.

I never did get to enter it into the challenge – though I did finish it well within the time but our little girl’s arrival a few days earlier made it a touch difficult to get there on time 🙂

The Schnibbles patterns are really enjoyable to do.  The are a great size for a wall hanging or a table topper.  The instructions are terrific and easy to follow, which was good for my then pregnant brain – only had to use the seam ripper ONCE!  They are economical too since charm packs and the minimum yardage doesn’t set you back an arm and a leg.  And finally Carrie Nelson’s patterns are quite funny.  If you actually read every word she has little jokes throughout or answers questions that people send her.

I would recommend her patterns for sure.

 

 

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Brown Bag Challenge – the conclusion

Last Saturday my guild held their last gathering of the year.  The day we showcase all our challenges for the year, pick our viewer’s choice and settle in to a fun potluck – hopefully this year with some dessert (unlike last year’s debacle).

With the arrival of our little girl, attending the last gathering wasn’t looking so good.  After all Ella arrived on Monday (June 3) and we didn’t get home from the hospital until late on the Thursday (June 6), so getting geared up to go to an event on the Saturday just didn’t seem feasible.

However, on Saturday morning after making a comment about how disappointed I was about not being able to drop off my Brown Bag Challenge and show my other challenge pieces, Nate suggested we take a little drive in our 3 hour feeding window to say our hellos, give my partner her quilt and say goodbye before scream fest began.

So just to recap the Brown Bag challenge once more…..

The Brown Bag Challenge

Anyone who wanted to participate in this was to bring a brown bag filled with 4 fat quarters, 1 meter of fabric and a cookie cutter.  We all put them in a pile and then randomly grabbed a different bag.  Your job with the new brown bag is make a completed (bound and quilted) quilt for your partner using what they’ve supplied you.  In June the finished quilt will be given to your partner.

This was the back of the quilt I created for my partner and until now that was all I could show you.  But since she has it in her hands here is the front.

Deets:
Pattern name: On the Plus Side (no pattern, just created the quilt using the plus block)
size: 20″ x 24″
fabrics: whatever my partner gave me

I’ve always really liked the Plus Sign Block and have always wanted to create something using it.  Seeing the type of quilts that my partner typically created – more of a modern slant than anything else, I decided to finally put this block into a quilt.  Due to many sleepless nights, thank you pregnancy, I was able to sketch out the pattern in my graph paper sketch book.  I drew where my plus signs would be and where parts of signs would be then took my fab pencil crayons and colored them.  The biggest thing I wanted to make sure I had was a single yellow plus sign off to one side.  I wanted it to STAND OUT to show the PLUS SIGN – and from that my title was formed “On the Plus Side”.  After I decided where I was going to put that yellow plus sign I just had to make sure I varied the placement of the other 4 colors.  This did prove to be more of a challenge then I thought, so there unfortunately was a couple of drafts of the coloring.  Again good thing for sleepless nights 🙂

We were able to stop by on Saturday just in time for the Brown Bag swap.  It was amazing to see all the different quilts that the ladies created using only 4 fat quarters and 1 meter of fabric.  I think this very well might be my FAVORITE challenge the guild has ever had.

Here is the wall hanging the my partner made me.  Cute hey?  I gave her a tiny bird cookie cutter and she enlarged it to use as an applique.  I think it turned out well.  She even flipped some of the fabric around to give her a couple more fabric options.  I didn’t think of that at all.  Great idea.
I think this type of challenge would be a lot of fun to do as a swap through blogs or flickr.  Maybe once the new schedule settles in I’ll give it a try.

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Brown Bag Challenge: An Update

As I mentioned back in November, my quilt guild introduced a few challenges  on this year’s program.  One of them was the Brown Bag Challenge.

brown bag

 

The Brown Bag Challenge

Anyone who wanted to participate in this was to bring a brown bag filled with 4 fat quarters, 1 meter of fabric and a cookie cutter.  We all put them in a pile and then randomly grabbed a different bag.  Your job with the new brown bag is make a completed (bound and quilted) quilt for your partner using what they’ve supplied you.  In June the finished quilt will be given to your partner.

I’ve been working on the quilt for a little while now.  One night when I couldn’t sleep I finished sketching the design I wanted to use.  It is a basic design, but it did take a bit to figure out how all the pieces would fit together.   When we found out we were having a baby and she would be due in June I was a little concerned with the commitment I had made to complete my partner’s project.   I know my partner would totally understand if I didn’t make the deadline, but I just didn’t want to have that happen.  The worst thing that will happen is that I won’t be able to be the one to deliver it to her.

Since I wanted to ensure that I had it complete for the June reveal I made it one of my first priorities – after all it was being made for someone else.

I love how it turned out.  I call it “On the Plus Side” but I can’t show it to you yet.  But I will show you the back of the quilt.

My partner included this mustard colored fabric that I used as the backing – as you can see.  Her cookie cutter was a little hippo that I had to somehow use in the quilt.  I used a wavy quilting pattern that Bijou Lovely did a tutorial on and when I would look on the back I often thought it looked like rolling hills.  So I appliqued the little hippo on the back to wander over the rolling hills.

I really like the back and really like how the wavy quilting turned out.  I will definitely have to try this quilting pattern again.

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FNQG: Guild Program

This year we have some terrific challenges at the guild.  I just wanted to share some of our ideas with you.

The Brown Bag Challenge

Anyone who wanted to participate in this was to bring a brown bag filled with 4 fat quarters, 1 meter of fabric and a cookie cutter.  We all put them in a pile and then randomly grabbed a different bag.  Your job with the new brown bag is make a completed (bound and quilted) quilt for your partner using what they’ve supplied you.  In June the finished quilt will be given to your partner.

I’ve got my partners brown bag and she has some great fabric in their.  I really want to create something awesome for her.  Right now I’m sketching ideas for the quilt.  I know I can only make something about 20×20 because out of the fabric I have to have a backing and binding.

A Stitching Good Time – A Round Robin of Sorts

I was inspired by the Stitch Swap that Wild Olive did last year and turned it into a round robin for the guild.  Each month you stitch a little something (something that would fit into a 4″ hoop) that matches their theme.  For example my theme is gnomes, each month someone will stitch me something with a gnome.  At the end, I will have 6 little gnomes that I can turn into a wall hanging or some hoop art.  I’ve seen some terrific themes so far: joy, day at the beach, butterflies, and sea creatures.

Source: flickr.com via Jen on Pinterest

                            Fashion Bag Challenge

The goal here was to create a fashion bag that you would not be embarrassed to carry around with you, or one that one of member’s daughter wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry with you.

Source: flickr.com via Jen on Pinterest

Mug Rug Christmas Swap

At Christmas this year we are making mug rugs to swap.  We were to purchase a mug and create a mug rug that compliments that mug – and fill the mug with some fun goodies.

Source: flickr.com via Jen on Pinterest

Scrap Quilt Challenge

Our big challenge this year is the scrap quilt.  We are to create a scrap quilt using a minimum of 40 fabrics.  We will have a small and a large category.  You are able to use pre cut fabrics in case you don’t have a stash.

I think it is going to be a good year.

What is your guild up to this year?

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Guild Challenges

I love a challenge, ok not entirely true.  I love competition more than a challenge.  This is leading to you seeing a very UGLY side of me – but…. I do enjoy competition, sometimes “ugly jen” comes out, she is snippy, determined, a bit petty, and not always good sport – you should see me at scrabble (which I don’t play anymore because Nate cheats!)

Competitions help spur me along with things.   Knowing there is an end and at the end a prize or recognition or that fact that someone won.

Anyways, every year the guild I am in does these yearly challenges.  They do a big challenge that matches the theme for year, a medium challenge (like a round robin where people sign up in September), and a mini challenge something like a pin cushion.  And there are prizes.  Good ones too.

In September I wait with bated breathed through the show and tell until they unveil the challenges for the year.  The rest of the day I spend thinking about, dreaming up what I am going to do, figure out what would be a shocker, what would get people’s attention, what would I actually enjoy putting together.  Sometimes in the end this step takes a couple months.  Then over the year I get my supplies together and get working.

This year we had two challenges.  A quilt made entirely of solids for the big challenge and make a pillow for the small challenge.  I was pumped.  I dreamed up 10 ideas for the solid quilt, sketched them out, got my material together and then school got more underway.  Then school continued.  Then we had to move into the new wing at school.  Then some friends had babies and there was nursery quilts to make and other nursery items.  And school rolled on and before I knew it I had one solid top done and two days to finish it.

Currently I have three solid quilts that could be constructed this year.  COULD BE!

This is the one I managed to complete for the June showing (this picture was taken using instagram).  It was a workshop I did on flickr with Rachel from PS I Quilt.    I started to quilt this – oh I don’t even remember the first pattern I tried but I failed miserably.  I tried three or four quilting patterns with no success and woke up one morning at 2am and said I will just stipple the thing – and I got to work.  By the time Nate and Molly had gotten up it was finished.

On the back of this quilt I used the left over pieces I had from the front and pieced the back.  Right now I don’t know which I like better the front or the back.

Unfortunately I did not place in the quilt competition for this quilt.  😦

I also managed to complete a pillow for our guild challenge.  I’ve been working on it FOREVER.

 

This is the Vintage Postcard Pillow by Crabapple Hill.    I stitched it on a piece of white silk that I got over at Pastimes Online.  And I stitched it in COSMO Season’s Variegated floss (colors 8039, 8040, 8049, and 8061). This one took me quite a long time to stitch. It was a large pillow (19×14 inches) and some of the stitching was using a single piece of floss.  But once again the COSMO thread came through for me, didn’t tangle or knot, had a beautiful sheen to it once it was stitched and I didn’t lose bits of the floss because of shredding.  Amazingly enough I won!  I didn’t think I would with the other pillows that were there, but this little pillow won.  I got a gift card to Traditional Pastimes and a pack of charm squares.

Can’t wait to hear what is on the list for this year 🙂

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