Christmas Boxes

I played with many layout options on this quilt that can be seen over here. I ended up with this option, different from the rest, but similar to my Box of Chocolates.Christmas BoxesI used Moda’s Joy Batiks Jelly Roll by Laundry Basket Quilts.Jelly Roll UnwrappedI sewed two strips together, pairing a red with each set.
Christmas Boxes StripsThen cut into triangles with the Creative Grids Double Strip, Quarter-Square Triangle ruler.Christmas Boxes with rulerChristmas Boxes Strips2Then I played with options:Christmas Boxes CollageI loved the top left layout the best but I didn’t have enough of the combinations to make a decent sized quilt.

Here is a close-up of the front. I did straight-line quilting about 3/8 inch away from the seam. A lot of stops and starts but good practice with a ruler on my long arm. Christmas Boxes Close-upHere is a close-up on the back, attempting to show the quilting on the back. Christmas Boxes Back close-up

The quilt finished is 39 1/2 x 55 1/2. I used Aurifil to piece it and Robison-Anton Candy Apple Red (5807) to quilt it.

Another easy finish, on the Journey, Jackie


December Sew-In for Veteran Quilts

Ann and Linda joined me last Friday evening for a night of fun, food, fellowship and even some sewing.

Such concentration and focus:Close-up Ann and Linda

Linda choose this layout for her quilt:Linda's QuiltAnn finished piecing her 9 patch blocks for a disappearing 9 patch quilt. Ann's QuiltI was able to get this pieced as well. closeupThank you Ann and Linda for a great night and progress.

On the Journey, Jackie


Week in Review, December 14, 2014

I pieced the blocks for this strip quilt:

Strip Quilt

Still have leftover blocks, though I have another layout planned:Strip Blocks

This veteran top was finished during my monthly donation quilting sew-in:Mini Charm Veteran Quilt

And while the above tops were pieced, these served as leaders/enders to add to my pile of 3 1/2 inch blocks:Postage squares

And on my Winter Wonderland,  I’m ready for the next embroidery piece:WWL Snowman Ski

Did you make progress this week?

Little by little making progress on the Journey, Jackie

Christmas Candy Sticks

This started as a Jelly Roll Race experiment gone bad. My thoughts of controlled random didn’t work. So I ripped out and started over. Snowman Jelly RollVery controlled and if I hadn’t lost pieces in the cutting above, it would be more symmetrical I may have to do another one to put my ideas to test. 
Christmas Candy Sticks

Here is a close-up of the quilting. I was going for a swirling wind/snow look.Christmas Candy Sticks Close-upAnd the back:Christmas Candy Sticks Backing

I used the “Snowed In” jelly roll strips from Connecting Threads. I love the bright and cheery colors and it makes for a very fun quilt. It finishes at 44 x 70. I used Aurifil thread to piece it and Superior So Fine (451) for the quilting.

After the redo on the direction, it pieced and quilted up easily and quickly.

Are there any “redo’s” in your life?

Loving a finish on the Journey, Jackie

What Color Would You Choose?

This fabric was my gift during a one yard gift swap. I thought it would be a good test of the Stack and Whack method by Beverly Reynolds. DSCN9327I purchased this fabric to make a quilt using the method.Stack and Whack Fabric

I like the vibrancy and variation of the second fabric, but the method is new to me.

One yard was not enough (it is based on repeats) to make anything other than a runner so I pieced 3 hexagons.

Here are some of the layout options I played with:
Stack and Whack Option CollageNow for the help part. I want to use fabric I already own, so here are 3 background choices. The first 2 are colors found in the blocks. The red is the triadic of the blue and green.
Blue Background Green BackgroundRed Background

I can see where each background color has merit and it is interesting to see how the colors in the blocks standout or recede based on the background.

What background color would you choose and why?

Making decisions on the Journey, Jackie


Ugly Fat Quarter Fabric Quilt 2

One was not enough….

2-DSCN8077Well, that is not true. One was enough. But I had lots of 1/2 square triangles cut and pieced and I didn’t want them to go to waste. So here is a second quilt. Ugly Quilt 2 Finish

I’m amazed at how when you take a step back you can see the variations in fabrics.

It is 39 1/2 x 51. Here are close-ups.

I did a wave stitch in the black diamond frames:Ugly Quilt 2 Diamond closupAnd a curling ribbon in the center squares, this is on the back as it is easier to see. Ugly Quilt 2 back closeupI’ve been asked why I would work with ugly fabrics. One, not everyone thinks they are ugly. Two, I could use up fabric I have had for years. Three, I could play with design and not fret about using “good” (again that is defined individually) fabric. Finally, four, I could practice long arm designs. It’s all a win win for me.

I learned I didn’t like using black as the background/neutral fabric. In this case I thought it would help show off the fabrics more. I suppose in that regard I was successful, but it’s too dark for me.

I learned that I really like the combination of blocks that I used for the top quilt and I think I may want to try it again with different fabrics.

I learned that I don’t like stitching in the ditch on my long arm machine anymore than I do on my domestic machine.

I learned that while meandering is quick and easy it is boring. The wave stitch takes some practice and the curling ribbon is very forgiving.

Finally, I learned that I don’t have to like every quilt I make, and that is okay.

Sewing, testing, and learning on the Journey, Jackie

Week in Review December 7 2014

I can’t believe that the first week of December is over.

Another week of decent progress:

Scrap in a Box is cut. I cut enough for 2 donation quilts. Check out Charlotte’s blog post for cutting instructions for this mystery quilt. Scrap in a box piecesI finished quilting and binding this quilt (details later when I can take pictures outdoors):Candy Ribbon

This spent a good part of the week on the long arm:On the long armThis is on the design wall, waiting for quilting inspiration:

Flying Geese

This yard of fabric was my gift at our yard of fabric exchange at Club yesterday so I started cutting it up for my stack and whack quilt.


So what have you been working on this week?

Busy on the Journey, Jackie