Thursday 19 February 2015

Irish Chain Twist QAL

The next part of the QAL is to make the improv blocks. Simple enough right, BUT I had to keep reminding myself not to line my ruler up just go for it. With only a little bit of hand slapping I had all my blocks trimmed to 5 1/2 inches. I love my rotating mat sure made things a lot easier. 

The blocks go together quickly. With trimming time included it only took 2 1/2 hours. Now I'm all caught up and can work on other projects. I am enjoying this QAL the directions are well written.

Monday 9 February 2015

Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long

I've decided to do the Irish Chain QAL. Melissa over at Happy Quilting is running the QAL.  I've never made an Irish chain before, but I love the look of this quilt.  You can find out all about it here.
I going to be making it in greens, my favorite colour, and purple with a white on white background. I'm going to be making the lap size.  
This week we were to cut all the pieces. Done! I did cut the background 6x6 squares in half on the diagonal after I took the picture.

Saturday 7 February 2015

More Catch up

If you are here from Vicki at 2 Bags Full Grow Your Blog party. Thank you for stopping by. My post for the party is here.

The guild I belong to had a jelly roll race after January's meeting. I don't own any jelly rolls, shocking I know. I just never had the desire to want one. I wanted to participate. So I decided to go my own way, I cut up some batiks into strips and pieced them together. I am going to use them as the background for a landscape, wall hanging quilt... we'll see how it goes. This is what I have so far.

The white pieces are freezer paper. I drew out some branches on freezer paper and roughly cut them out for placement first. I'll use them to cut out the fabric pieces, by pressing the freezer paper to the fabric and then cutting it out. I already have a couple smaller branches cut out of fabric. They don't show up very well yet. I plan on doing some thread painting on them so hopefully that will bring them to life. 

This is a close up of the fairy I drew. I am going to add some daisies. I still have a long way to go with this. Hopefully it turns out like the vision I have in mind. Time will tell.

Catch up

If you are here from Vicki at 2 Bags Full Grow Your Blog party. Thank you for stopping by. My post for the party is here.

I hate to admit it but I am not a very good blogger. Maybe I'll get better with more practice.  

I've been busy finishing up my Grand Illusion Mystery by Bonnie Hunter. This will probably be my first and last mystery quilt I do. I am glad I didn't make all 25 blocks as I really don't like it very much, too many things going on with it and no place for the eyes to rest. Maybe I shouldn't admit that as I do like scrappy quilts. Just not this one. 
I made 16 blocks added the 2 inch border all around then the pieced border on the top and bottom.

I made blocks from the border pieces I didn't use for the back. I pieced the rest of the back from my stash I have one shelf of stuff I've had it seems like forever. So I am trying to use as much as of it possible. This back eliminated 3 pieces, but lots more to go. 

My daughter likes the back better than the front. A friend suggested I use her long arm to quilt it, and I may take her up on it. I just want it done.