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15 March 2017

Building Blocks Tuesday


I’ve been making another Bubbles Bee block this week – in red and black for Jan – I’m trying to get it finished as I’m a few blocks behind and the Bee finishes this month !

red and black Bubbles Bee block

The Bubbles Bee is making blocks based on Aylin's Bubbles quilt.  Its a log cabin block that makes circles which is just so fabulous !  This round of the Bee started in June last year with members all over the world.

I’ve made a few other Bubbles blocks over the past few months - this one in yellow and black - the dark background really makes the bubble pop !

yellow and black Bubbles Bee block

this one in all the blues - very calming !

blue and cream Bubbles Bee block

and this one in pink with a white and text background - Lisa requested pinks with no or minimal white and I'm pretty amazed that I was able to find fabrics with no white - I've discovered that so many fabrics have a lot of white included, especially "modern" fabrics !

pink and white Bubbles Bee block

You can see the earlier blocks I made here and here – I'm so looking forward to seeing the finished quilts as they will all be so colourful !

While making the blocks is a little time consuming, I think the end result is worth it.  My best tip is to have the strips cut and sorted before you start sewing !!

Linking up over at Quilter in the Closet

Building Blocks Tuesdays at Quilter in the Closet

14 March 2017

day 60 update

its time for the 60 day check-in in the 100 day challenge - well that was 10 days ago so hopefully Jen over at Quilter in the Closet won't notice I'm a little late !!

My projects for this year's challenge were:
  1. sew the Aurifil 2014 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top - blocks finished
  2. sew the Foxley Village 2016 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top
  3. FMQ and complete my cousin Susan's quilt (top done in 2011)
  4. and make a Plus quilt from start to finish (new project but being planned for a while !)
Since my day 30 update I've been working on the Foxley Village BOM quilt and I've completed the houses block

Foxley Village Houses in a Row

and I'm almost finished the garden gate block !

Foxley Village Centre block

I seem to be making good progress with this quilt - hope the next 30 days is just as productive !!


Linking up to the 100 day challenge

http://quilterinthecloset.blogspot.com/2017/01/100-day-challenge-2017-kicking-it-off.html

01 March 2017

The March link-up - Quilty 365 (2017)


Yay - its time for the second Quilty 365 linkup for 2017 !!

daisyandjackhandmade

It's the first of March so another month of blocks to link up - I've created circles every day although I only have a couple actually sewn ! I'm not concerned as I've got a few other deadlines keeping me busy until May so I figure as long as I keep choosing the circles every day I can sew them over winter.


I had fun again this month in picking out fabrics every day - I'm enjoying jotting down a few notes about the choices I'm making on the day too !

This is block 55 from last Thursday - Quiltcon was about to start and I discovered a box of scraps with pieces already sewn together and this sweet bee and text was just right for that day - instead of wishing I was at Quiltcon I thought about finding the quiet joy instead !!


Loving these sweet little animal blocks too !


and of course I had to change it up for Valentine's Day this month with a little hand-drawn heart block in my favourite Cotton and Steel XOXO in Velvet Ribbon ♥


16 February 2017

a little progress !


at the beginning of January I posted about my UFO/WISP plans for 2017.  I’m concentrating on a handful of projects at a time to try and get some finished.

I was thinking a quarterly update would be fine but then I thought that I should do an update each month to keep these projects uppermost in my thoughts as I've discovered I'm very much an "out of sight out of mind" kind of girl !

I'm happy to say I've actually made some progress on most of the UFOs on my current list !

1. Bubbles Bee blocks

I’ve made another block and have three more to do - my deadline for these is March !


2. Tula Pink Gridlock quilt

This quilt top is now finished and has been added to the "to be quilted" pile !


3. Green Tea and Sweet Beans

I have this hexy block and another flower block prepped ready for hand sewing.


4. Hawaiian Applique - no progress on this one !


5. Sugar Camp BOM

I've finished sewing all the blocks - now to be sashed and the top will be finished !



6. Project 48 BOM - unfortunately no progress on these !

7. Max and Whiskers wonky

Only two more white borders to be pebble quilted !


8. Double Wedding Ring

A little more hand quilting has been done on this one !


I've got a couple of deadlines coming up soon so not sure how much progress will happen on these projects in the next few weeks - any excuse - ha !

Linking up to Em's Scrapbag for Moving It Forward Monday and also Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday


Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

09 February 2017

100 day challenge check-in

its time for a 30 day update in the 100 day challenge being organised by Jen over at Quilter in the Closet and I'm excited to show some progress !!

My projects for this challenge were:

sew the Aurifil 2014 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top
sew the Foxley Village 2016 BOM blocks and finish the quilt top
FMQ and complete my cousin Susan's quilt (top done in 2011)
and make a Plus quilt from start to finish (new project but being planned for a while !)

I've actually finished the blocks for my Aurifil 2014 BOM and now I need to sew the sashing and finish the quilt top.


There's also been a teeny bit of progress on my Foxley Village BOM - I've got the fabrics sorted for the houses block and the Tea Shoppe block is almost ready to be appliqued - this block was ready to sew a while ago but I decided the fabric I chose for the front of the shop was way too busy so I've replaced it !

Foxley Village Tea Shoppe block

I haven't made any progress on the actual quilting of my cousin's quilt or the St Kilda quilt but I hope to work on both of them this month !


Hopefully I'll have some more progress to show in another 30 days :)


http://quilterinthecloset.blogspot.com/2017/01/100-day-challenge-2017-kicking-it-off.html

01 February 2017

the Quilty 365 (2017) edition linkup

Welcome to the first Quilty 365 linkup for 2017 !!

daisyandjackhandmade

I'm so excited to be doing this project and the linkup - I know there are a few people continuing from last year and hopefully a few, like me, who are just starting it (if you missed the news that I''m continuing Audrey's Quilty 365 project and hosting the linkups in 2017, you can read about it here).

I'm making squircles on 4 1/2 inch background blocks - I'll be using Audrey's maths to work out the exact amount of blocks needed but it will be at least 365 of them.  When I visited Audrey's blog thsi week I noticed how many pieced circles she used - it makes for an awesome bunch of blocks !

here are my January blocks - they are laid out in day order for the monthly photo !

quilty 365 January 2017 blocks

there are already quite a few favourite fabrics among them and still a few blocks to be sewn.


I'm on day 32 and although I'd love to be keeping up with the sewing I'm happy if I can pick the fabrics each day.  I've got a little notebook that I'm writing what I use for each block and if I have a reason for picking that fabric !  I think it will be fun to look back on - can you guess what day it was that The Ghastly Cats appear ?

 

I've decided to piece some circles as well as have weeks of colour themes otherwise I might just end up with a pink circle quilt !!  Although looking at my selection so far, while there are a few pinks, there are also a range of other colours so it mightn't be too bad !


   
   

28 January 2017

Sugar Block Club 3.0

I'm so excited to share all of my finished blocks from last year's Sugar Block Club 3.0 - a free BOM run by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock !

I made 6 blocks in 2016 (photos here) so I'm happy that I've managed to finish the final 6 at the beginning of 2017 - this might be one of my faster quilts - ha !!

October's Bear Tracks


December's Sugar Plum Forest


July's Lady Liberty


September's To and Fr


August's Shenandoah block


and November's Morning Sun block - applique is almost complete !



This is the layout I've chosen - I'll put sashing in between the blocks and I'm considering putting a border around it to make it bigger but I'll cross that bridge later !


I'm looking forward to putting these blocks together as I'm loving all of the Denyse Schmidt fabrics (swoon!!) I think I'll have to make another DS quilt soon !!

Linking up with

Quilter in the Closet for Building Blocks Tuesday

Quilter in the Closet
and Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social

Sew Fresh Quilts


20 January 2017

2014 Aurifil Designer of the Month


I'm so excited that I've actually finished the blocks for the 2014 Auriful Designer of the Month sew along - after two and a half years it only took two weekends to get the 5 missing blocks done !!

I'm really not sure what happened in 2014 for me to stop making the blocks - obviously someone yelled squirrel !! eeek I am so easily distracted !

These are the blocks I'd already done - I really love the fabrics !

Aurifil Designer of the Month 2014 blocks

and these are the blocks I made recently !

October - circle of love block designed by Jane Davidson

circle of love block

June - chain links block designed by Heidi Pridemore

Chain Links block

September - Stars of my Life designed by Pat Wys

stars of my life block

November - tossed salad block designed by Scott Hansen

Tossed Salad block

December - Not afraid of flying designed by Carrie Nelson

Not afraid of Flying block

Can't wait to see them all laid out and then put sashing in between and sew them up - I've listed this project on my 100 day challenge so hopefully I'm on track for that !

linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday ...

http://quilterinthecloset.blogspot.com/

10 January 2017

quilty365


Audrey over at Quilty Folk started a Quilty 365 project in November 2015 - she started making circle blocks with a 4 1/2 inch square background with the aim of making one block a day for a year - picking fabrics that feel right each day !

As others wanted to join in this project Audrey started a monthly linky party for everyone to link up their monthly blocks.


I only happened upon this project at the end of last year when I was doing the 100 days 100 blocks sew along so I put it on my list for this year !

Audrey is now at the end of her project and she put out a call for someone to take over the linky party and as I've just started my Quilty365 project I thought it would be fun to host the monthly block link up - I figure it will keep me on track as well !! I know there are a few other people who are making these blocks or have just started so I thought it would be fun to continue Audrey's project !


I'm making my circles more like squircles and I started on the last day of 2016 so I have 10 blocks in various stages so far and I'm still to pick today's scrap !  I'm also keeping a little diary of why I picked each fabric - I'll see how long that lasts but I thought it would be fun to look through at the end.  I'm writing each block number on the back of my blocks too and I'll line them up chronologically for the linky party although who knows how I'll lay them out at the very end.

If you want to join in with the fun, check out all the info about the blocks over at Audrey's blog  and come back here on 1 February for the first link-up of 2017 - you can also grab the Quilty 365 blog button on my sidebar !


If you want to see all the amazing circle quilts that were done last year - check out the December 2016 link-ups here and January 2017 link-ups here and if you're on Instagram, check out the #quilty365 hashtag !  My friend Smazoochie has made a mostly polka dot circle quilt that is fabulous and Maryse has made her circles with a red background that looks so amazing !!

Please leave a comment or drop me a line if you need any further info too :)