Monday, January 23, 2017

It's so Hip to Be Square!

Today I'd like to show you the beautiful quilt my daughter is making.  
First, let me show you her inspiration print.  

One day we were wandering a local quilt shop and she spotted this butterfly print and fell in love with it, but she'd already spent her fabric budget so it stayed in the store.  Her birthday was coming up so Hubby and I went back to the shop later and picked up the print and a bunch of 1/2 yard pieces that worked well with it as her birthday present.  Looks like I never photographed the entire stack, but here are several of the prints. 

Daughter chose to use the Hip to Be Square pattern from Busy Bee Quilt Designs.  

We spent a day cutting this one out.  Although this is a very fast, easy and beautiful pattern, the cutting directions were somewhat exasperating.  In the directions the pattern designer comments that you should view the cutting process "as a fun puzzle".  Daughter and I were not feeling the fun at all!  But at last it was all cut out and we breathed a sigh of relief and there might have been comments that sounded like "let's not EVER do that again!"

One day before Christmas Daughter came over and we started getting the quilt blocks assembled.  We have so much fun working together.  Daughter will do the sewing and I'll help with the pinning and do the pressing for her.  In just one day she had all the blocks made and they looked fantastic!  The blocks are 12 x 12 inches square. The four simple blocks will be combined with squares of the feature butterfly fabric.  

By the end of the day she had this up on the wall:

Yesterday Daughter came over and added the simple pieced border,  made up of a ton of little patchwork squares. Since long narrow borders can be stretchy we decided to add the border squares directly to each block.  This pattern lends itself to this construction method because the border pieces are evenly matched to each block.  It wouldn't work with an irregularly pieced border.  This is a close up so you can see the three squares of the border attached to the block. 

We were so busy sewing, pressing and pinning I forgot to take any pictures at this point, but here are the finished rows up on the design wall.  

Gotta say it, There was some happy dancing going on at this point!  Daughter plans to come over later this week and sew those rows together.

And I might have been searching through my stash to see if I have any fabric that works for this pattern.....Yep, the finished product is so wonderful that I'm willing to endure the cutting process again.

Hope your Monday is filled with bright colors and happiness!

Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 FAL Project: Geese are Flying in Formation.

So, these are lousy phone photos taken about 5:00 AM while it was still dark.  My good camera has died!  We sent it in for repairs since it was still under warranty and recently received the news that it is "beyond repair" .  Now we are waiting for the reimbursement check to arrive so I can get a new one.

Anyway, here's what I wanted to show you.
As I worked on those geese this layout is what I had planned.  Once it was up on the wall though I knew it was no good.  I don't like the way the geese with the red sky pieces look like little houses or arrows.

Next I tried gathering those red sky geese together. Although it is better, I sure don't like those geese flying downward, plus I still had a big stack of blocks to add.

Adding another red row came next.  Yes, I did like this better, but I was thinking I needed to fix this so the first red row went up and not down.  My FRIEND is another early bird and we were texting about my photos and she was sharing her opinions.  She gave me a suggestion I hadn't considered: Make both red rows going the same way.  

She was right!  This is it!  I was so caught up in the idea of having the rows alternate direction I don't think I would have tried this without her suggestion. 

Putting this together is going to take a while!  There's 162 individual geese on that design wall.  
Wish me patience, I am going to NEED it! LOL

Actually, the first thing I need to do is jab a pin in every single block because if THIS were to happen again I wouldn't be laughing this time! ; )

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 FAL Project Progress: Christmas Goose!

At this point I've lost track of how many of my happy sewing days have been spent on this flock of geese! The exciting moment has finally arrived-- the last goose has been sewn.  Woo Hoo!!  Happy happy happy dance time!

I've made some dumb cutting errors on this quilt and ended up grabbing a few more prints from the stash as well as buying a couple more pieces.  The aqua fabric was always part of this line, but I had opted to skip it initially.  The more I looked at all my piles of red and green though I felt like I needed a little pop of something else, so the aqua jumped in my shopping bag and I am so glad it did!

Here's 174 giant flying geese and 348 bonus HST's. These piles make me so happy! (As does my scrappy log cabin in the background!  Not done admiring it yet!!)

Here they are, all spread out on the cutting table ready to hit the design wall.

Yep, this arranging part may take quite a while!

Happy Geese, quilting friends!