Friday, April 10, 2015

Free Motion Friday Quilt-a-Long

It time to show you the second quilted block and have you link up and show what you were able to accomplish  this week. Remember, you can follow my blocks or create your own.



 I wanted to mix it up, so I just did some wiggly lines and filled it in with some paisley, click here to see Leah Day's video on how to do paisley.



Don't  worry about perfection, it will be lovely no matter what. In the border of the block I did various sized circles and on the other stripes just followed the wiggles. The most important  thing is to have fun.
Here is my quilt. 

This is the block from last week.

You can link up here. RULES: Go visit the link ups, play nice, leave kind comments, show your Free motion quilting. If you don't have a blog to link up, feel free to post a picture of you quilting on Color Me Quilty's Facebook page.







Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Monday, April 6, 2015

Carefully Lined and Zipped!

My lovely and talented stepdaughter likes to knit and felt, but when it comes to sewing, not so much. She knit and felted two bags recently and asked if I would line them and add a zipper to one of them. Yikes, I'm not a huge fan of this type of sewing, especially zippers, but this stepdaughter keeps me stocked in homemade canned stock. How in the world could I say no?  So I said sure!

We dug through my stash and found some fabric (what a surprise) that was fun and went with the bags. There was an open sew at my local quilt shop (Quilters Corner) and I thought that this was the perfect project to do - nothing like having a little moral support!

The first bag just needed a lining - I even lined the top flap.


And of course added interior pockets.

The second bag was a little harder. I added a two-way purse zipper and a lining.
 Again, lots of interior pockets.

I was able to give them to her yesterday for Easter. I think this must have been a record turn-around time, she only gave them to me last weekend or so.

Well, I'm off to work. I have to pay for this hobby some how!

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Motion Friday - The Start of a New Quilt

Okay, so it has taken some time to get this quilt-a-long started. I have all of the blocks pieced and backed, ready to quilt. Remember: you can choose to follow this quilt OR design your own quilt. It can be an alternate grid like this OR a more traditional layout. The most important part is quilting.

This quilt was created with various sized pieces of solid fabric and a number of different strips from a Alison Glass jelly roll (2 1/2" wide by the width of the fabric)

Here are the blocks. Some will need to be trimmed, but since this is a quilt-as-you-go project, I saw no reason to do that now.
The blue outline shows the three columns of how the blocks will be assembled

I started quilting this small block as a warm-up to larger, more complicated FMQ blocks.

The FMQ on this block: started with stitching in the ditch, then a square spiral to the center of each colored block, echo lines (free-hand) on the white pieces between each spiral. On the outer strips, random jagged "teeth". I used Aurifil 50wt white thread in both the top and the bottom.

This will get you started on the first column, if you choose to follow this pattern.

Next week you can link up your work on next week's blog post or post it on ColorMeQuilty's Facebook page.

The very best part of doing a project together is the community spirit and learning. Remember Angela Walters saying - "A finished quilt is ALWAYS better than a perfect quilt."

Feel free to ask AND answer and questions in the comments here or on the Facebook page.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat


Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Motion Friday

On Monday I asked who wanted to join in with a free motion, quilt as you go, quilt a long. I had several friends who thought that would be fun. I'm at a conference for work (have to do something to afford my fabric addiction), but I wanted to give you some information on gathering your fabric and supplies.


I've started creating some crazy colored blocks in various sizes, solid interior surrounded with some fun jelly roll strip. I really love an alternate grid set up, but feel free to make all your blocks the same size, if you prefer. 


I'm planning on using plain old fleece for the batting and backing, but feel free to use separate acting and backing.

I'm really looking forward to sharing and learning from across the quilty community.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall: Free Motion Quilt-As-You-Go Project

Over the past few years, several blogs have offer free-motion Fridays. I miss the practice and the camaraderie. So my question is, would anyone else like to join up to quilt?





The idea came to me when I spied a Alison Glass jelly roll. I just fell in love with the colors.


I already had a ton of solids and some mini charms I picked up at QuiltCon. I just cut them into various sizes. Yesterday I spent the day surrounding them with the jelly roll stripes.

I don't have them all done yet and the layout hasn't been finalized. But look at all that lovely open space to quilt. I thought that the alternate grid and various sizes would give us a chance to experiment with some different fills and motifs.

If anyone else would like to play along, you can create your own layout or I can give you the dimensions of my blocks. I could have a link-up on Fridays with a block a week and we can share our questions with each other and hopefully our solutions. If you don't have a blog, you can post your picture on Flickr or even my Facebook page.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and linking up with  Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

Color Me Quilty!

Pat




Monday, March 9, 2015

A New Quilty Start

Strips! Lots and lots of strips. I purchased this cool Stripology ruler at Quilters Corner (my favorite LQS).


I can't believe how quickly I was able to cut piles and piles of strips.

This is seven yards of strips in random widths. I have an idea for a fun and easy QAYG (quilt-as-you-go) quilt.

This is what the first panel looks like. I joined the strips in a flip-n-stitch method, so this panel is already quilted.
The colors aren't quite right in this picture, but you get the idea.
Stay tuned for further design updates.

I'll be linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Friday, February 27, 2015

QuiltCon Workshop with Krista Withers

Some of you know that I LOVE free-motion quilting. I am primarily self/internet taught. I have taken a few classes, but none have been as good as the QuiltCon workshop with Krista Withers. As a matter of fact, her quilting won best machine quilting at QuiltCon.

I love that it is a mix of straight lines in multiple directions and some free-motion swirls mixed in with "ghost" shapes.


 Krista was down to earth and gave us practical strategies to layout out quilting designs.

 She showed how you can make a "path" for fills and complete the rest with various straight line designs.
She also taught us to use mylar or clear plexiglass to "test" are ideas before putting thread to quilt.

Another example of Krista's work at QuiltCon

Still planning new master pieces after seeing sew much inspiration.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat