Design Wall Monday, October 20, 2014

I am busy into my October UFO.  This one is another large design, #21.  I'm using the suggested foundation that runs through the printer.  It is a very light weight tear-away stabilizer cut into 8.5 by 11 inch sheets.  It work very well through the printer.  Janice Ellertson and Jodel Yover designed this project called Beauty 'n Check.  I started it in a class sometime ago and now it's time to finish it.

I really like foundation piecing; the results are so exact.  It does take a bit to get going after working on pieced projects, but once you start it's hard to stop.  The above pieces were my start.  I put together several units before I found my direction.  These pieces won't be used in the project.  Auditioning against the very earthy green batik brought me to the conclusion that the fabrics below would be best.   

From the bottom moving up, the black on black, ivory print, and green batik will be used in all blocks.  These are my constants.  The beigey background, black and tan dot, bright orange and teal and purple print will be scattered about depending on the block's design.  There are 25 large block designs and 5 small block designs to pick and choose from.  So far my large block designs are #1, #3, #5, #8, #10, and #23.  After #21 in the first photo I plan to tackle #16.  It is up to you to decide how many blocks and the size for your project.

Still in pieces and it will not be the final layout...this is what I have accomplished so far.  Not sure I will be able to finish before the end of the month, but I will be giving it my best shot.  My DH came up with a splendid name for my Beauty 'n Check; how about Koncentric Konnection?

I mentioned yesterday I would share my first blocks from the workshops I attend last week with Bonnie Hunter.  The one above is part of Winston Ways.  There are a total of 30 blocks that make up this design along with a checkerboard border with those cute red and white four-patches.

These two blocks are from the workshop Scrap Crystals.  Nearly all of my neutral and blue HSTs are from bonus triangles.  I really like how the secondary pattern (the star surrounded by neutrals in the middle) comes together.  This project has sashing and a nine-patch cornerstone at each union.  The project will need 20 blocks.  I'm in the process of figuring out names for these two projects...I'd love hearing any ideas you might have.  Remember I'm all about using the letter "K"!  I won't be getting back to either of these projects until next year is my guess right now.  I suppose they are the start of my 2015 UFOs.

I hope that you have something fun going on in your sewing room.  Carve out a little time in your day to see all the great projects through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, October 19, 2014

My fabric stash statistics took a little plunge this week to have the right fabrics to finish Scrap Crystals (yet to be named...).  I've been busy with Bonnie Hunter as my house guest as well as the Sunshine Guild Meeting, and two workshops through Sunshine Quilt Guild that I attended.  Since my workshop blocks are on my "wall" you will need to return tomorrow to hear all about them.

The commotion of the week concluded on Thursday evening after a fond farewell to my friend.  She was sure happy to be returning home from a hectic week of lectures and workshops.  Three lectures and five workshops; all of which were pretty much back to back to back.  Bonnie is such a pleasure to be around. Her next lecture and workshops are in Texas and then it's off on a working cruise with five other teachers on the Caribbean.  What a life!


Early on in the week I finished Kolumbia and Saturday I finished Kaktus.  Don't you just love the quilting?  No matter the quilting design Kerry has a way with her quilting that I'm never disappointed with.  I can't wait for the next one to finish...bring on the binding!

Thursday evening brought the first Midnight Flight Swap package.  Elizabeth takes the honor of being first this swap.  The turn in date isn't until November 30th, but sending them in when you finish is just fine.

Return for Design Wall "wall" awaits you!  Check out other quilters through the links at Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 176.75 yards
Purchased this week:  6.75 yards
Purchased YTD: 154.75 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2014:  22 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 13, 2014

Another complete finish!  This is a FREE pattern on Bonnie Hunter's website.  It is called Fourth of July.  I will be donating this one to a Veterans Home in Southern Maryland.  Next one to bind is Kolumbia and then the big one Kaktus.  

Kaktus and Kolumbia
So my wall still has Buggy Barn birds on it.  I am anxious to get back to it, but other quilting priorities have come above it.

Krazy Kookoos
I have been getting ready for my two workshops with Bonnie Hunter.  Winston Ways and Scrap Crystals are this week at Memory Lane Quilt Shop.  There is going to be a wonderful trunk show at the Sunshine's Guild meeting tomorrow evening.  I have all my "Bonnie" quilts made since January 2012 ready to present.  As everyone at the meeting will expect I have quite a lot to share =^.^=

Winston Ways and Scrap Crystals

I am also working on my Midnight Flight Swap units.  I have one of the two neutral squares sewn on each of the 144 Unit 1s and 144 Unit 2s.  Next will be the trimming and then sewing on the remaining neutral square.  This swap isn't due until around Thanksgiving time, but that's when the new "Bonnie" mystery starts...  If you are interested in those details you can find them on her website.
Midnight Flight Swap

Now if that is not enough after this week I will be scrambling on my October UFO.  At the suggestion of my DH there has been a change of names.  Koncenteric Konnection is at the very beginning stages of assembly.  There is a lot of work yet to pretty much looks like an impossibility that it will finish...but I will certainly give it a go.

Koncenteric Konnection
 Until next time have a great week.  Start it off with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and see lots of other wonderful projects through the links at Patchwork Times.