Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Couldn't Wait!!

I have such an exciting thing to show you today!!
Ta Da!!!!

You know what this means, right?
Yep!  All those gazillion star points are finished!
There it is--this stack is the entire quilt!  Makes me giddy!




I was so excited to get this up on the design wall!!



I tossed up the center squares just to make it easier to see what colors and prints I had to work with.


It grew and grew.  I must admit to stopping to admire it many times and there might have been some happy dancing along the way!



Here it is in all it's GLORY!!

I love love love it so very much--it's even better than I thought it would be!
As you can see, it's so tall I ended up with the last bit of it on the floor. 

This week will be busy trying to get it sewn into a quilt top.  I'll start at the bottom this time so I can get those pieces off the floor!

And yes, I have asked my sweet husband to please leave the window CLOSED!!  LOL!

Hope there's a Happy Dance on your day, too!
Staci

Previous posts about this project: 
HERE
HERE

Monday, April 25, 2016

Log Cabin Progress

The Log Cabin Quilt is one of my FAL goals for this quarter. 
Although I have been quilting for a number of years now, I've never made a log cabin quilt.  I decided to make one from solids, and had intended to do it in summer garden colors, but when I came home from the quilt shop my stack of Art Gallery Pure Elements was definitely autumnal!  

After some slicing and I started with this bunch of pretty strips & squares.  

One afternoon of sewing had the first round finished.  Although I thought they were pretty cute, I wasn't happy with my fabrics.  I'd envisioned having 3 shades of each color for each group and my stack of fabric was only going to give me two shades.  I decided it was worth it to put the project aside until I could get more colors.  I ordered the Pure Elements color card and once it arrived and was sufficiently drooled over I placed an order for more colors and had to wait for them to arrive.  

More cutting and now this was my stack. Much better!  This is what I wanted in the first place, and am so glad I waited for more fabric. 

The Creative Grids Log Cabin Ruler was a lot of fun to use.  You can piece all your units directly to a strip of fabric without cutting it to length first.  

The first strip of every round must be cut clean on both sides. 

After that first strip the only clean edge you need is the side where the next strip will be added.  I didn't understand that with the first round of strips and stopped to carefully trim both sides, so I just made myself a lot of extra work!  The instructions actually say it's okay to just finger press all the strips open, but my quilter's OCD couldn't handle that, so I used the iron to press each strip after it was cut apart.  It gave me nice flat blocks which I like!


The ruler is very clearly marked.  You align the center square with one of the squares on the ruler according to which round of strips you have just added and then trim it up to perfection before you move on to the next round.  

Here you can see the completed block waiting for the final trimming.  A few quick slices with the rotary cutter and the block is finished!  It's perfectly square and pretty much just perfect. 


Here's my Peach blocks waiting for the final trimming.  I'm not a big peach fan, but I love them!

The Pink blocks.

Yellow blocks.

The Brown blocks might be my favorite.  

The orange blocks I'm not as happy with.  I should have swapped the position of the last colors so the more greyed one was on the outside.  The two colors are so close in value though that I can't decide if I can live with it or should make them over.  

What would you do with the orange blocks?  Leave them?  Make them over again? 


Here's the group on the design wall.  I think I'll be setting them aside for a little bit while I consider those pesky orange blocks!

Hope your day isn't perplexing!
Staci

If you'd like to learn more about using this fun ruler, here's a You Tube video by it's creator!

Previous post about this project: HERE

Thursday, April 21, 2016

FAL Organization--Staying on Task

Today I thought I'd share how I keep on task with the FAL projects I've chosen.  
First, I keep a list of my projects posted on my bulletin board.  As you can see, I've broken the projects down into each task. There's also a list of the long term projects I'm working on, as well as a list of what I hope to accomplish each month.  

The FAL projects are stored in boxes in one corner shelf of the sewing room closet. 


Here's a closer look. 

These boxes from Costco aren't my favorite, but for the price is really great, 5 for $19. 
The boxes are meant for scrapbook paper, which is a true 12 x 12.  Now all quilter's know that a 12 x 12 quilt block unfinished is 12.5 x 12.5, so they aren't great for that size block storage.  They do work just fine for keeping fabric, patterns, thread and partially sewn units together though, as well as smaller quilt blocks.  

The box on the bottom is an Art Bin Super Satchel box.  This is my preferred box, but they are pricey at $20 each.  I have ONLY bought them on sale at Joann's and have scored them for as little as $7.50 each.  These boxes have a flatter bottom than the Costco boxes and will hold a 12.5 x 12.5 quilt block flat with no problem.  

You might remember all those quilts that need binding from my list.  They have a special place, too.  Right now there's three quilts in there, the rest are still at the quilter's house.  Might need another box when they come back!

I have to tell you that my little Daisy kitty thought me wedging myself into that odd little closet was absolutely fascinating and that she should be held while I took the photos.  She was very determined about it, too.  I'd pick her up and put her outside the closet and she'd run right back in and try to get on my lap purring purring purring.  Yep, I love that little stinker!

Hope there's joy and contentment in your day!
Staci