Category Archives: Quilts

Judy’s Virtual Challenge 2

I am late to the party, but better late than never.

I participated in the Virtual Quilts first challenge to use Electric Quilt 8 to play with a block. The result of that challenge is here.

Challenge #2  was to select one of my virtual designs and add  Christmas colors.

I chose the Alpine Cross from this blog post to play with.

* You can also find the Alpine Cross by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab above my header.  There are more designs there for inspiration.

How I originally colored it:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 4

Now in Christmas colors:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 8

Thanks for the fun, Judy!

December OMG 2018 Goal Update

It is time to be accountable and declare what I accomplished with my December OMG (One Monthly Goal).

Because of Christmas and the e-commerce explosion (I work at a post office), I kept my goal light…I really did not expect to accomplish much.  I thought I just might have time to machine quilt half of The Case of the Secret Garden (a Linda Franz/Inklingo mystery from 2013).

But I put my nose to the grindstone, and quilted at every opportunity that I could, and I am so happy to report a finish!

If you click on the link above, you can find links to the beginning of this project, and each clue that I worked on it, as well as find where it originated on Linda Franz’ website, Inklingo.  

Some of the pictures aren’t that great (it is hard to take good pics indoors in the midst of winter), but they show that I finished this baby!

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

By clicking on a photo, you can see it enlarged.  This quilt was machine quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

The Case of the Secret Garden

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see the other goals that were accomplished for December!  

December OMG 2018 Goal

Funny how what goes around comes around.

For my December OMG, I decided to focus on a UFO called The Case of the Secret Garden.

The Case of the Secret Garden

I dug through the blog to see when I last worked on this project.  It appears it was also my goal for December OMG 2017.  Hmmmmmm.

The Case of the Secret Garden

If you click on the links above, you can find links to the beginning of this project, and each clue that I worked on it, as well as find where it originated on Linda Franz’ website, Inklingo.  Linda began this enjoyable mystery in the year 2013.

So, why did I wad this project up in a corner?

Partly because I went through a tough time (why do I throw my creativity aside when I need it the most…another mystery), and partly because I changed my mind about my fabric choices.

I like the fabric choices.  I don’t like the fabric choices.  I like the fabric choices.  I can’t stand the fabric choices.

Oh brother!

The Case of the Secret Garden

But then, my Mom and a couple of sisters visited for Thanksgiving.  One of my sisters said, “I really like this!”

The Case of the Secret Garden

Nothing like a little positive motivation!

So this top is pin basted, and I am in the process of machine quilting it.

The Case of the Secret Garden

I hope to complete the quilting, of course, but realistically, because it is December, and the busiest time of the year, my goal is to complete half of the machine quilting.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see the other goals for December!  Maybe you would like to add a goal!

Judy’s Virtual Challenge

Judy, of Virtual Quilts fame, issued a challenge to use the Electric Quilt 8 program.

The hardest part of this first challenge was for me to make the time to actually do it.

And then, it didn’t take that much time after all.

Judy challenged users to select an Antique Mosaic block from the Classic Pieced EQ Library.

That was simple.

Challenge 1 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

I chose  Mosaic, No. 5(2).

Here is the color version from the library:

Challenge 1 Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

And here is my colored version, using fabrics from the default fabric library:

Challenge 1 Color 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are challenged to add at least four seam lines, and play with color placement.

Challenge 1 Adding Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Moving Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are also challenged to delete lines.

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

This was a fun little challenge.  If you are an EQ user, perhaps you’d like to join the fun!

There is an Electric Quilt Facebook group that you might like to join.  I am going to link this blog post there.

RSC18 November

There are no new colors/blocks being announced for November and December.  Instead, we are given the time to move our projects forward, or complete them.

I chose to make my RSC18 blocks for the Squared Away Sampler this year.

I have sewn my blocks into an on point setting with star sashing.

RSC18 November

I am very happy with the results!

*If you click on the photo, then you can see a closer view.

I don’t know it you can tell, but the setting triangles are white polka dots, not checks.

I am still considering a border, but I don’t really think that I need to add one.

If you would like to make the Squared Away Sampler, you can visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making all of the blocks.  

I am linking up with So Scrappy.  Click on the link to discover more scrappiness!

November OMG 2018

Before I state my quilting goal for this month, I would like to take the time to thank Patty, of Elm Street Quilts, for hosting One Monthly Goal.  She has kept me accountable and thus motivated me, to work on projects and achieve accomplishments all year long.  She is uncluttering my mind (and making room for other projects), stitch by stitch, project by project.

Thank you, Patty!

I am planning on devoting free time (It is holiday season after all…how much free time can there be when one works for the post office?) to turn my RSC18 Squared Away Sampler blocks into a flimsy.

Here are the blocks:

RSC18 October

And here they are on my ‘design floor’:

RSC18 November

I added one more block, a brown one, and am working on the sashing and cornerstones.

I can’t leave them here since I have a sweet chubby calico baby who finds it fun to roll around on them.

Hubby remembered that we bought a backdrop set up used for photography, and then promptly forgot that we had it.  Good grief! 

Click here to see what I am talking about…there are other systems but you get the idea.  It is nice when one doesn’t have any wall space.

So off to the fabric store to buy some flannel, and I will soon have a proper design wall to use.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Click on the link and go see the other participants and get motivated to work on your projects!

RSC18 October

Dark green and sage are the colors for the month of October announced by So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter.

I made three Dewey Dream blocks in the 5″ size for the Squared Away Sampler.  I reversed the green and neutral in one of the blocks just to have a visual of how the block would look when moving value around.  Now that I see it, my personal preference is having a dark value for what I am calling the background.  

For some reason, the camera didn’t pick up the green color very well; it isn’t that dark!

RSC18 October

If you would like to make the Squared Away Sampler, you can visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making all of the blocks.  

Here are all of my blocks together:

RSC18 October

If I decide to set these blocks on point, I shall be making one more block, perhaps a brown one.  I am holding off on my decision (although I do have something in mind) until I see what The Academic Quilter suggests for settings.

I will be linking up with So Scrappy.  Check out the link and see what others are doing with dark green and sage this month!