Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday #15

This week brought 2 new projects!  One I can talk about and one's a Christmas Secret for 4 special someones - you know who you are!!  :) More on 'that' later....

The New Project that I can show you is going to be a quilt for our lake house.  I'm working with colors I have in a Batik Painting I purchased in an Etsy store this past year.
Etsy Artist: He's only showing Owls now but I ordered this special and was very pleased with how it came out. 
I have been wanting to work with two ideas.  One is Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project (1-10 shown) and the other is from the Crazy Shortcut Quilt Books YouTube Video (they used 4 fabrics).  Use the links here to go see these are useful demos :)

So my idea was to pull the colors out of the batik above.  I decided to use 10 different fabrics, I layed them face up then I cut them into 10 pieces then took one piece of each color fabric for each block.  So this one fabric 'cut'  will yield 10 blocks.- confused??  Look below and I'll show you what I have done so far.  I wish I had taken pictures as I went - maybe with the next set of 10 if you're interested.  I started with blocks of fabric that measured 20" square.  After the seams the blocks will finish at 18" - just barely!!  More was lost in the seams than I anticipated but I can make this size work :)
Block 1 of 10 - first series - FRONT
Block 1 of 10 - first series -BACK
To piece this block to attach the pieces in the exact reverse order that you cut the in.  Last cut, first seam, second from last cut, second seam..... 
This first block has been pieced together, I then used one of the built-in stitches to go over the seams then I begin machine quilting using Leah's first ten blocks - sorry Leah, some might not be quite what you were looking for, but I'm happy with the results and looking forward to all the practice with free motion quilting this project is going to give me.  I was working from pictures of the blocks and only after watching the videos again did I get the 'cursive f' - I plan to watch the next 10 BEFORE I start!    

Here's the back.

My plan is to make 3 sets of 10 blocks - 30 total.  Each block will use a different built-in stitch from my new sewing machine.  I will then take on 10 new free motion stitches from Leah's Free Motion Project and continue to post the results.  30 blocks = 30 built in stitches and 300 Free Motion Stitches.

I have the next 3 blocks pieces together and the seams are sewn over with the built-in stitches.  Next step will be to free-motion quilt them, finish the remain 6 in this group, then on to the next batch.  Here are pictures of the next 3 so far:

Close Up

Close Up
Close Up

Camp Bed Quilt Blocks: First 10: 1 done, 3 pieced, 6 cut out

Completed Projects:  none
New Projects: Camp Bed Quilt - Free Motion / Crazy Quilt (November 2011)
Eric's Browning Quilt (Christmas present 2010!!!)- still! hand sewing binding :)
Secret Christmas Project

Ongoing Projects: Worked on this week: also see no progress
Bottled Rainbow - ticker tape quilt - Continue collecting fabrics & attached borders :)

Ongoing Blog Projects-monthly: include donated amounts - shows one person CAN make a difference!!!
4 Patch 4 Hope - 72 4-patch blocks (December (Nov = 0)
Block Lotto - monthly  - December (Nov = 0)
Valor Quilt Bee (Month 1)

No progress:
Berry Bliss Twin Quilt 2of2 played with several designs... still deciding pattern 8/17/11 (got some fat quarters for this!)
Mason's graduation quilt - Back - continued - cut out fabric and started to assemble blocks 8/31/11
Snowman Quilt - top together awaiting borders, quilting, and binding 8/17/11
Boat Log Cabin Quilt 8/17/11 - took pictures - hanging in sewing area
Row Robin Sampler Quilt! have 5 strips of four blocks each... MoVeD the rows around... Still Thinkin...  8/24/11
Sunflower Glacier Star -Completed June's block - 4  behind now! progress!!! 9/4/11
SVQG - Mystery Quilt - Received instructions month 2&3!! - 9/9/11
Jelly Roll 1600 quilt! - completed top :)  10/5/11 - thinking I'm going to add some flying geese?!?
Two baby quilts! - pinks using D4P design - still piecing blocks...
Door quilt for camp

This week’s stats:
New projects – 2
Completed projects – 0
Currently in progress –18
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Jean said...

Your quilting is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

I like how you got two lessons squeezed into one project.

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

I love your quilting. :) So outside the box!


Laurie said...

They are gorgeous! I love the decorative stitches along the seams, and I'm sure Leah will be very proud! Can't wait to see the rest.

Leah Day said...

Wow! I absolutely love your combination of designs in your crazy quilt block. What a wonderful idea and terrific way to learn a variety of designs and see their textures at the same time. Can't wait to see more!

Leah Day

Marie said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments! And thank you Leah for dropping by & encouraging me :) Can't wait to work some more in this project this weekend!