Sunday, July 28, 2013

PPA -- Paper Piecing Anonymous

Anyone else feel like they need a support group for their paper piecing addictions? I do!

I found this paper piecing pattern for a pineapple log cabin and I scaled it up to 6.5" finished.

I decided that I'm going to make a Christmas-y quilt with this pattern and I made two blocks yesterday:

I also made a pile of test blocks for my month as queen bee for The Stash Bee! Can't show those just yet, but they are BRIGHT!

Happy Sunday to you!

Friday, July 19, 2013

More Scrappy Baskets

Over the last few days, I used up the end of a piece of white on white (really, off-white on white) print and made a dozen more baskets for my collection of scrappy baskets.

I've also made up my mind that the next baby girl that I need to make a quilt for will be getting a quilt made of a subset of these blocks, as I've made a LOT of pink and pastel colored blocks recently.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Finished Uncle Sam Wallhanging

It's finished!!

It's a little bit hard to see in these pictures, but I did a scrappy binding on this quilt using the leftover 2.5" strips from the quilt and excess cut from the backing. I think it makes it a little bit more festive.

Here's a close up of the finished border with binding! (shows the pieced binding a little bit better)

And the ever-so-lovely scrap-happy pieced back!

I'm off to Michigan this weekend to see my lovely cousin get married! Hooray!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Quilted Uncle Sam

This project has come together so fast!

Today I did all of the machine quilting for my Uncle Sam wall hanging. I ended up doing echo quilting around Sam and all of the stars and echo quilting inside the red zig-zag border and the blue banded border.

Here's the whole thing with the binding stitched on the front for me to hand stitch later tonight:

Here's a close up of the two inner borders:

Here's a picture of the back on one of the corners:

Here's the backing (yay for pieced backings and using stuff from your stash!) with the hanging sleeve sewed on.

Thanks for all the input, ladies!

(Also, this is a little ways off, but I'll be looking for a few guest posters between October 10th-October 20th while I'm off getting married and honeymooning. So think on it for a while and I'll put a "formal" call out in a few weeks!)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Uncle Sam -- with borders!

This weekend I got the borders on my Uncle Sam wall hanging and now the top is complete!

The first border is a chevron/zig zag border that the directions said to make using the stitch and flip technique, but I decided to save myself some fabric (and time!) and used the Fast Flying Geese method instead. It turned out so fantastic!

The second border is "scraps" in the directions, but I went with 4.5" long strips of two alternating medium blue fabrics.

The outermost border is a checkerboard of the dark red and dark blue fabrics and the light fabrics. I decided to make mine with a diagonal stripe pattern with the red and blue. 

I pieced the back together with three different fabrics that I either didn't use in the project or only used a little bit of and now it is all pinned and ready to be quilted! I am not sure what kind of quilting that I want to do with this one quite yet -- I think I want to do outline quilting around Uncle Sam and the stars and a little in the borders. What do you think?

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Independent Sewing

Being gone apparently made me miss all of the invites for Fourth of July parties and plans. So I spent the whole day sewing at home instead, with a little break where I went and laid out and might have gotten a little toasted on the backside.

I made my July Stash Bee Blocks:

And I started my Uncle Sam wall hanging -- and yes, I get the irony that I started it ON the Fourth of July. It is very, very festive! I have three borders that go around the outside of this one and I am almost halfway done making the flying geese units for the first border.

I'm also really excited about this project because I am using all fabrics from my stash -- some of which was bought for this project, others not. I will definitely have more than enough to back and bind this little beauty as well!

And it's the weekend... again!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July Lovely Year of Finishes Goal

The theme for my goal this month is Christmas in July!!

I want to finish up all of the blocks for and put the top together of my Basketcase quilt that I am making with my Blitzen jelly roll.

Here are all the blocks that I have finished thus far:

I should end up with 46 blocks total and I plan to use 42 blocks on the front and put the last four on the backing.

Happy Independence Day to you!