Challenge Quilt Swap – Meh

The challenge was to sew nine identical 12″ blocks from one yard of the challenge fabric. Quilters were allowed to use any design and any coordinating fabrics to create the blocks. Each participant would keep one and give away eight blocks, resulting in a quilt made of nine different blocks. The resulting quilt tops were displayed at our guild’s annual retreat.

 

While I appreciate the work and thought process behind this challenge, I wasn’t overly excited by the product – mine included. Besides uninterrupted sewing bliss that this retreat afforded us; there were plenty of coolers with libations, snacks, meals, banter, and my favorite: door prizes! Why is it so exciting to win a prize? I received a fat quarter bundle and I don’t even want to open the packet; let alone cut into it! 🙂

Wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the retreat fee, but I am glad I did. I learned new techniques and got to play with the newest gizmos. And the quilts! So many to share, but here are just a few of my favorites. 

(clockwise) a very detailed Village, Alison Glass pattern, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, Tula Pink Sugar Skull

Well, It’s back to reality. Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy April Envelop Blocks

This April, the quilt guild I belong to is celebrating its 7th anniversary. I don’t always take part in the monthly block lottery (this month is a 6.5″ envelop block). But being that it will be a festive meeting and that I have many, many, many fabric scraps 😀 I decided to participate. I made two to double my gambling chances!

Alison Glass, Kaffe Fasset, Kona, Riley Blake . . . I save the tiniest scraps. Perfect sized scraps for this block’s measurements and a Scrap Happy project. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Maybe I will win the lottery and get to sew a really nice quilt made from guild member blocks.

Wish me luck! – – Joanne

Burnout Meet Sásta

A recent tidying up of my sew/craft room found containers, baggies, boxes… of quilt UFO projects. This begs a question: Why do I lose enthusiasm towards some projects?

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My latest completed UFO project, one I once looked forward to, had become a chore. It wasn’t turning out how I envisioned. I was simply tired of it.  I found excuses to work on other projects. I even started to work on a new quilt made from the scraps of this quilt (Huh?).

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Teal Holly Leaves Runner

The quilt guild annual retreat was coming up and I needed a quick  – and easy – Christmas gift idea for my guild advent gift. I found a free table runner pattern online at Carol’s Quilts. Not only do I like the “nontraditional” look; I was able to incorporate teal scraps from an ovarian cancer quilt fundraiser (Go Teal it on the Mountain) block sponsored by Kate from Tall Tales From Chiconia‘s. 

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I used the teal scraps for the holly leaves, low volume squares for the background and added red jumbo rickrack and berry fabric. I adhered and quickly sewed around each raw edge applique several times using black thread and free-quilted down each side edge in cream thread. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like the back or front more? teal-christmas-runner-1.jpg

Regardless, I hope my Advent Partner likes it. 🙂

Have a good week!! – – Joanne

 

Scrap Happy Hometown Block 2

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap initiated by two friends. Paper piecing has really intrigued me. Participating in Scrap Happy has done what I’d hope: encourage me to learn more about quilting. So, now I am on the search for a local quilt paper piecing class. 

OCTOBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I was determined to include fields, forests, waterways — all the way to the coastline of Virginia Beach.  Last SH post, I’d figured out the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.  I added prints and solids for the Piedmont’s rolling hills and sandy coastline.  I thought the batiks worked rather well for the waterways. Eh. That pesky top, left corner, again…

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy! 

SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.

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I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.

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