Friday, October 31, 2014

Paint Chip Challenge

After Joining the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild this September, I had to partake in the current Challenge going on....I immediately ran across parking lot to the Local hardware store to pick my Paint Chip for the Paint Chip Challenge.  Now I couldn't just pick my favorite color...the gal in the paint department told me when to stop, while I was moving my hand randomly behind me over the color sample display...

 Here's the color I ended up with....

Now...at first glance you think..."Hey that is a Great Color"... and I thought the same thing as I drove home... lots of this is in my stash...Yeah Right...This is more of a muted grey purplish blue and I really had NOTHING... So...that meant...
a trip to the LQS.....*giggle*...  

As I walked the aisles comparing fabric to my paint chip, I actually started to get nervous, there really wasn't much matching... until I hit a NEW Display section and BAMM...There it was..Lots of new modern fabric and Perfect colors.  I bought a few half yard cuts of these pretties and added an Awesome Orange for contrast.. 

Now that I had Fabrics to match my Paint Chip... I took on the Paint Chip Challenge.  and looking at the fabrics..the Floral with the orange in it reminded me of the Wonky Dresden I made last year for a Swap I participated in.... Check it out Here ... 
But this time a Mini Quilt for my Wall was on my mind... 


I pebbled stitch the background fabric...and did a outline stitch on the inside.   I found a fabulous Orange button to embellish it with and Viola'... Here is my Finished Paint Chip Challenge Project.


So this past week at the Guild Meeting, everyone brought their challenge pieces to share.   I think Everyone's Paint Chip Projects turned out Fabulous!!!  Here's a Group pix...SO MUCH Inspiration!!!!
Snuck from FB *wink*
A few spread out on the Table (From FB too *wink*)
Next on my agenda....we picked names for a Holiday Gift Exchange....  Whoo Hoo.. I love SWAPS... Off to Stalk and decide what to make for my partner...

Happy Quilting...Till Next Time...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coffee Cozie Weekend of Fun

After working for a couple hours in the early AM, I packed up some scraps from my Dining Room Wall Project...  


 ....and headed to my LQS for some sewing fun with the ladies from TMQG Guild.  


We had a couple of Charity quilts to assembly first...
 These Blocks are all from members making the Block of the Month in a specific Color from Sew Mama Sew!  I took home the Red blocks and some Sock Monkey Fat Quarters....I had some white to use for piecing top at home...
Large Meander with Yellow
Flannel On back...

Put it all together and finished it up this morning.. Finished size is just under 36" Square.  Will be a great baby quilt for someone.


In the course of figuring out the best way to assemble the other blocks we came across a Great Website for figuring out how to calculate triangles for your "On Point" Settings...  Check out this post at Quiltville.com.... "Math for On Point"... It really helped us out on the Teal Quilt...

Snuck this picture in from FB. *wink*

Then I got to work on Coffee Cozies...I thought it would be a great little Thank You Gift for the gals I work with.  They always seem to be running over to the coffee shop next to our office... Very Fun Quick Project.     


Had to make a SeaHawks cozie...there is a Big Fan amongst them *giggle*... May have to make a few more of those..

The Tutorial is available online at In Color Order...CLICK HERE I modified it just a bit, as she suggested for bigger pieces, to show case the Hydrangea's.

I think I'll start working on another row of my Ticker Tape Quilt... The wonderful ladies yesterday brought me in some of their Scraps....It'll get done sooner than later I hope *wink*

All in all A Great Day of Sewing!  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ticker Tape In the works

After helping Mr Fantastic finish up the Fence with the accent pieces on the outside...I got to spend the rest of the day in my sewing cave.  but FIRST.... Here's our New Fence...All done...for now... we want to stain it, but will have to wait for better weather....Just have to share *wink*...I love how it turned out...

Our view from the back porch.. Love having the middle rail up higher..gives it a bit more decorative look..
The view from the street,  We added the 4 inch cedar rails to give it a bit more decorative appearance!  LOVE IT!!!!  
Our new gates....

Now for some Sewing News....

I played with my Sunday Morning Quilt Bee Blocks... The Bee is based on the Book by Amanda Jean..and I Loved the Ticker Tape block...I asked everyone to make me 22 inch squares with Aquas, Teals, Yellows, Lime Greens, and a bit of brown... This is the color Sample I shared...

  
This is all my blocks laid out and I LOVE how they turned out.  The Ladies on Flickr did a Fantastic JOB!  

I trimmed up all the squares to 22 inches and have started sewing them together and adding scraps in the middle to fill in the space for a continuous flow of ticker tape pieces.   The scraps are all 1 inch x 1 inch to as big as 3 x 3 and any size square or rectangle in between.     This is going to look fantastic on my bed.


I've asked my fellow guild members to save their scraps for me so that I can keep a large variety of fabrics in the filler spacing.  I don't want mine fabrics to get too repetitive.  It will be a fabulous quilt when it's all done.

I also worked on a couple bee blocks...but only finished up this one...

and I did a DIY project for my recently acquired jewelry.. :)
Love how it turned out TOO.  



Okay that's about all for today... Action packed and Fun Filled.. Time to go to bed...

Till Next Time....

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Official....

...I've joined a Guild.   Yep... I have met a wonderful group a ladies at Tacoma's Modern Quilt Guild...and decided to Join the Fun.   Tonight was the second meeting I've attended and it was great....Very pleasant, very informative.  Paper piecing geese with curved design was on the agenda tonight, it was a great tutorial..very happy to get some ideas...

I anticipated I would be joining after my First visit back in July *wink*.....so I followed the advice of a member and worked on my name tag last weekend. *giggle*  Here's what I came with...now..don't be to critical of my embroidery work..it was my first attempt.. Not too bad, but I need practice for sure..


I used some selvage left overs and white fabric.. I think it turned out cute enough for my first attempt...    

They are also working on charity quilts for local groups and I made a block to contribute.  They are using the BOM patterns from Sew Mama, Sew!...and purple is the color for September... Here's how my block turned out...


It has been wonderful to be around some other quilters..and I am looking forward to more fun.   They are having a Paint Chip challenge...and I ran over to the hardware store in the same parking lot, after the meeting and randomly picked a paint chip.. The gal working told me when to stop *giggle*.  

I have some interesting shades of Blue to play with... Saving the paint chip for the big reveal of my project... but here's a sneak peak with the color names....
Spacious Skies...
Stainless Steel...
Waterline Blue....
 51% or More of the quilt has to incorporate the color choice... Hmmm going to see what I can come up with... hopefully I'll have some time to play with an idea... 

Till Next time.. it's good to be back in the Sewing Cave and looking forward to some fun with new Friends :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Getting back in the Groove...

It's been awhile since I have been able to spend any time Quilting or blogging.. and I've felt a bit lost.  Like so many of you, I use our quilting time as a therapy.. Stress reduction and relaxation.   Another reason I've been Lost and MIA is I can not seem to get into my Flickr Acct...I can see pictures, but it won't let me get to any of my groups or my email... I think I am just going to have to start over with FLICKR.. I have reached out to my swaps via email and shared my problems with the Leaders and working on getting caught up...but in the mean time I took blocks I received from a couple of my Swaps, and made two projects for my bedroom.  

 Instead of tackling a KING size quilt.  I ordered a generic plain gray colored comforter..(after receiving the comforter I sorta wish it was a tad bit lighter, but it will work just fine until I find the right one)....and will use BED runners to decorate and change things up a bit in my room.  This happens to be the first project I have COMPLETED for myself in over a year.. shoot it may have been over two years since making something for myself, now that I think about it..  *giggle*.


I LOVE how it turned out.  I used the Wonky Pinwheel pattern from GreenLeaf Goods... I had a few blocks I had to unsew and resew so that the rows lined up for the pinwheels properly...and there are still a couple that somehow I goofed up, but you can't really see them unless you start to look closely...*wink*. 

I was fortunate enough to have just enough squares left over to make an oversized pillow, perfect for propping myself up with to read or use my computer in bed!  Here it is....  I LOVE it TOO *giggle*

I wish I could say THANK YOU via FLICKR to all the ladies that helped me make these blocks on FLICKR and post pictures to my Flickr Acct, but it won't let me sign in...so I'll have to find them under a new log in I think.   But all the Ladies did a wonderful job on the blocks and I absolutely LOVE them all!!!   SO IF YOU are Visting my blog and worked on any of these blocks for me I AM GRATEFUL!!  and I LOVE THEM ALL!!!

My New bedroom is coming together nicely...I added some bright colored solid pillow cases until I can make some printed projects... a wonderful pillow I received in a previous Swap..


Some Candles and Bottles I found from Hobby Lobby and Artco to decorate around the room with......Which I was super Excited to find... 
I am a bit worried about my money tree...It's look a little pale and I don't know what I've done to cause it to happen :'(   (Any advice is appreciated)


Here's the Bed all Decorated....


Excuse the Wrinkles... It was straight and then... Jasmine Photo bombed it before I could get a shot...  and I didn't realize it was still all wrinkly until I enlarged the pix.. HAHA.  


Thank you again to all the wonderful ladies that helped me make these blocks.  It's been rejuvenating to get back into my sewing mode... I've actually worked on a couple other projects since finishing this up and I can't wait to share more soon.

Hugs and Till Next Time.....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Still Alive, I promise..

Well everyone.. I know you've wondered what has happened to Christine... Did the Quilt Monster finally come out of the closet and get her?   Seems like it's been a monster alright, but not the quilt monster that has taken me away.   I truly can't tell you what happened to the months of May, June or even this month July.   Seems like I was in some sort of creative RUT.   But I am hoping to climb out of the chaos and get back to my Room and projects.

I was fortunate enough tonight to go to my first Guild meeting in over 15 years... I met some wonderful ladies at the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild social.  My sis in law at the last minute invited me to go with her and I thought what a great way to get motivated again...and Boy I think it will work!   Was wonderful to meet a nice group of ladies in person and share various projects and ideas.   I am looking forward to seeing what happens over the weeks to come and to continue to get inspired!

Thank you for still visiting while I have been on a temporary Hiatus and I hope to be back at it here SOON!

Hugs to you all,
Christine