I went to a quilting retreat over the weekend and started sewing! My swap partner, Patti from Canada, sent me some fun fabric to work with. I'm working with my design wall to decide on the layout. I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions! Thanks! Linda
I have now finished the top of my second "uglyfabrics" quilt. I´m very pleased with it. The fabrics is from Diane in England. I added several fabrics from my stash and now there is only fabric left for the binding. I also sew a sewing machine cover and used all the small triangles that was left over from the quilt.
It's summer... school's out... I don't get to sew much during this time. I LOVE the uglies that Terrie sent me. I'm so lucky!!!
I paired them with this (the light color on the right was fabric that I won in a fugly giveaway).
Here's what I got done so far on my "ugly" quilt. I will definitely have to rename it. This is about a third or so of it... It is also sideways in the pic. I am falling in love with more and more as I go. It's Cafe Mocha pattern by Amanda Murphy. You can find the pattern here. This quilt is definitely worth the time I am putting in to it! Once I get done with my monthly swap obligations I only have time left for about a row or two per week. But slowly this quilt will come together. I'm so proud of it right now!
Hey everyone!! I have to say, I am super impressed with all of the sewing going on with all of these "ugly" fabrics.
I feel terrible that I have not posted one set of uglies I received yet....the first set of fabrics are on my design wall and have yet to be sewn together. I HAVE got to start working on that!! I do have the outer border blocks for this quilt done, I just have not sewn the body together as of yet. LOTS of small pieces that have to be joined and I have been putting it off!! I have had so much to do!
I will post a picture of the second set of "uglies" that Gun, from Sweden sent to me soon. I am ready to start planning for those sets of fabrics too!!
Thanks for keeping all of these post going, I have enjoyed looking and reading.....I am amazed at all the creativity out there and am in awe of the greatness!! Have a great weekend!! Suzanne
I've started on project number two using my 'uglies' cause after project one I had uglies leftover. This is a 16-inch Churn Dash block! One of my favorite blocks of all time. I love the simple look and ease of construction. I've never made such a large Churn Dash block before! And you haven't missed my first project, I am waiting until it is quilted to show it.
More at my blog.
Posting a picture of my finished blocks. There are 56 of them. I know that doesn't seem like that many but it seemed that I wouldn't see the end of them. The hardest part was to double check that no 2 blocks were alike except the few surrounded by the teal. Now the layout begins and finally sewing some rows together. This part is fun but I will fiddle around a bit before I am happy (at that time) with it all. I am hoping to get some rows together this week. There will be 8 rows.
So I am done. I like it. My children love it! I guess that that is what counts when I am sewing something. I really struggled deciding what to do with all of the different tones and types of fabrics sent to me for my challenge. I am pretty boring when it comes to my quilts, I guess. Red, green, brown and tan are my go to colors. So this was a fun challenge for me. I found this quilt http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/04/hands2help-time-to-check-in.html on Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I love the blog and I love the service that is given here. I loved this quilt and I decided to try my own.
I made little owls with a rough applique on the deer fabric. There was no returning after this.I made heart blocks, apple blocks, circle blocks, square blocks, you name it or just look at the quilt. My favorite is my childrens' hand prints at the bottom. They keep matching their hand prints up on the quilt. That gives me another idea........ The most difficult was the fish blocks. I drew the pattern and then sewed it together. Eventually, I was happy with the results.
So here it is. I get a sewing vacation. The machine is in the shop for it's annual clean, so I am glad to have a break and to look at the quilt later..........
I finished my top and am pretty pleased with the results. The striped fabric really helped to pull in the 4 different 'ugly' fabrics, although nothing REALLY makes them go together. I think I'll put it aside for a few weeks before figuring out what to back it with.
I finished up my quilt last night! It came together really easily and with straight line quilting was pretty quick! It's not very big, just right for a picnic size, I'll probably use it at the park or in the hammock. I used a variegated thread in jewel tones, which was perfect! For the back, I just echoed the front with very large 12" triangles and a nice wine-ish color from my stash.
I decided the name of this quilt is "Tumbling Jewels" because of the triangles and the jewel toned fabric.
Last week I received my fabrics on the same day that my partner received hers. Pretty quick travel time between Canada and the US. There were four fabrics of different lengths in my package. I love those snails. I find florals a challenge at the best of times, so this package will force me out of my box.
Focusing on the snails, I had no trouble finding fabrics in my stash that will work with it. I have used the bees , though in the orange colouration, and loved working with them.
I am looking at a design by Judy Martin and am hoping that it will work with these and the other fabrics I have drawn from my stash.
This is looking like it's going to be lots of fun.
I just got back from vacation, but before I left I received my package of uglies from my swap partner Kristy at In Stitches On The Compound.
And to tell the truth.......nothing is really speaking to me right now. Uhhhhh.......I think I will need more time to think about this project! The fabric is good quality but, wow, there is some chicken fabric......
I rethought my previous idea for using these fabrics, I couldn't seem to find anything that would tie the green of the Thimbleberry with the other fabrics, but with the help of the owner of My Favorite Quilt Shop, I found this lovely striped material that pulls that green in. This isn't the finished product, but I'm really liking the direction that it is going in now.
Hello everyone! I realized I was almost done with my quilt top and had never introduced the fabric I was working with :) So, top picture is the fabric I received from Gari. It's ended up that I'm not using the white fabric because it was too thin,which works out fine because she sent me about 3 yards of that dark fabric and so far I've already used 1 1/2 yards of it and almost all of the other floral! Initially I was thinking some sort of pinwheels or something similar, then thought it might be too busy.
I've been wanting to try out triangles forever so bought a triangle ruler and started cutting. Here's what I came up with:
I am going to use the stripey fabric as the binding and use up the rest of the dark fabric on the backing. I'm thinking straight lines for quilting. Should make a nice picnic/beach blanket!