Saturday, November 5, 2016

Quilty365

Over the last few months, my daily circles have slowly evolved into "monthly" circles; the excitement of making them every day dropped a bit about halfway through.
That was until we neared the end of the month, then I was playing catch up for the monthly link up at Quilty Folk. Surprisingly It was still very much enjoyable once I started, go figure. I have completed all my circles except for three. I started my circles on November 15, but I decided to power through and finish them all and be done with it.

Here are all my circles by months:

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

The extra circles

I try different layouts, but as you know, it was impossible to make a design with 365 blocks, so I round it up at 380; I thought it was preferable just to make a few extra circles. What's a few more when you've been making them for a year?

Here is a rough sketch of my layout (the center isn't quite accurate but, I didn't feel like drawing another one). Just to give you an idea of what I am aiming for.


I played with three different shades of red for my circle's background. The lighter ones will be placed in the center, then the med red around the middle section and the darker ones, all the way around the outside. Hope this comes together nicely.


I just can't wait to put all my blocks together, it's been a while since the last time I've played with them but, that will have to wait for now. I won't be back in FL until the beginning of December, and I have a couple of quilts I would love to finish for Christmas first.

Stay tuned!


Linking up with Audrey at QuiltyFolk





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt :: Finished

It always feels good to finish a project, but this one, this one, in particular, felt great! It was the oldest unfinished project I had laying around the house, it took eight years to bring to completion. It was put aside a few times as you can imagine. I still can't believe it's finished.

This quilt has traveled quite much over the recent years; it kept my hands busy on many road trips, many getaways. I can't think of a better take-along project, everything I needed fit in a small plastic bin. This quilt is far to be perfect; there wasn't much on the subject when I started, so I learned as I went. I made a few mistakes in the beginning which I choose to embrace.
Maybe I was hopping they would disappear in the magic wash ... :-)) 
You can read more about it HERE.




 




The pictures above were taken at Fort Christmas Historical Park in FL.


Here's to another favorite; the texture is incredible, she is very soft and comfy!

Some quilt stats:

Name: ??
Size: 57 x 76
Pattern: One inch hexagon paper templates printed online; 1 333 total.
Fabrics: Just a mix of scraps and fabric from my stash; mostly Kaffe Fassett's fabrics.
Backing: Chard Leafy Green by Kaffe Fassett
Border: Kaffe Fassett Marquee in Husky and Bright
Batting: Quilters Dream Cotton
Quilting Thread: Size 12 Valdani Perle Cotton in Turkey Red
Binding: Marquee by Kaffe Fassett in Husky
Finished: October 7 2016


Linking-up with:

Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for NTT
 Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 FAL Q4 - The list

I managed to finish My Scrappy Hexagon quilt last quarter right on time for the link up, but Hurricane Matthew left us without power (and no internet) for a few days; I was not able to post my only finish. That's part of life, isn't it? All is good; we were lucky; there was no damages, just clean-up to do.

Without further ado, here's my list for the last quarter of 2016. Three projects on my list for this quarter:

1. Christmas Double Wedding Ring

The top is done; I will probably hand quilt it as I don't feel ready to tackle this one on the longarm. It might be finished by Christmas or it might not!


2. Scrappy Christmas Trip Around the World

The top is finished, it needs to be quilted, and hopefully it will be done in time for Christmas; crossing my fingers.


3. Scrappy Court House Steps

The top is finished and ready to be quilted.



Linking up with the FAL 2016

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On a different note, my AMH Dresden Plate won the Hand Quilted Category in The Blogger's Quilt Festival. I was the runner-up, the talented Wendy @Wendy's Quilts and More won in three different categories!! Because of Amy's policy of sharing prizes among winners, I will be receiving the prize from the hand quilted category. I won a bundle of patterns from Prairie Grass Patterns, and as soon as it arrives, I will be sharing one pattern with one of you. Stay tuned for my giveaway!





Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilts Festival :: Fall 2016 Edition


The Blogger's Quilt Festival is off to a good start; welcome to everyone visiting! I am thrilled to participate again this time around. 

I am entering my AMH Dresden Plate in the Hand Quilted Category

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She is about 60"x 80", great size for a lap quilt. I started this quilt during the summer of 2015 and finished it a few months ago. The Dresden Plates are made exclusively with Anna Maria Horner's fabrics; I played with different collections of hers except the centers (Juliana Horner). The Dresden Plates were appliquéd on a pieced background featuring AMH's Loominous collection. I hand quilted vertical lines every inch with a Sashiko thread. I am very pleased the way the quilting turned out!!

The Festival will run from September 19 through September 31; voting starts on September 25. Thank you, Amy, for hosting this event once more.


Past entries in The Blogger's Quilt Festival:
Clamshell, 23/10/2015
Modern Fat Cross, 25/10/2014
AMH Honeycomb, 24/10/2014


Thanks for visiting and Happy Festival!!




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Scrappy Christmas Trip Around the World



Last year I started a Christmas Double Wedding Ring, it's been off and on the design wall a few times. I finally got to the point that I am happy with the design and I'm currently piecing it together, but more on that later ...


After making that quilt, I was left with a considerable amount of scraps and also fabrics that didn't make the cut. What can you do with Christmas fabrics besides another Christmas quilt? So I made another Christmas quilt but this time, I was looking for a quick fix, after all that hand stitching I've been doing this summer, I was itching to be sitting at the machine. I made another Christmas quilt using the scraps from my Double Wedding Ring above.


The top is 72 x 72 inches. I was considering to maybe add a small border; I bought more of that red plaid you see in the quilt, and I think it would do the job just fine. Although I used a great deal of scraps, I still have plenty left, maybe even enough to make another quilt.


It was a lot of fun; it's a real scrap buster, and it's quite fast to make. It would also be a good pattern to use all that fabric from your stash that you fell out of love with.

Interested in making one?
I like this YouTube video by Rose Smith. There are also many tutorials out there, this one from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. Pinterest is also a great place to look of course!!




I am linking up with Scraptastic TuesdayOh Scrap! and NTT


  




Friday, September 2, 2016

My September OMG



I'm joining Heidi this month at Red Letter Quilts for the One Monthly Goal party (first time for me). My goal is to finish my Scrappy Hexagon, I am half way through the quilting part; it's been way too long in the making!! So the plan is to work on it every day even if it's only a few stitches and there should be a finish to brag about at the end of this month. :-)

Enjoy the long weekend!
Maryse 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Quilt For Pulse










This quilt will be donated to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for their Charity Drive; they are collecting quilts and blocks for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub that happened on June 12. You can read about it HERE.

Rainbow hearts was the theme and the Heart Block by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew was one of the blocks that were suggested, it's the one I chose to make.

They called for bright rainbow colors, and that's pretty much the closest I could get to a rainbow quilt from the fabrics I had brought with me ... I had also taken with me a few low volume FQs that I used as background. I bought the fabric for the backing, but everything else came directly from what I already had in my big black traveling bag. I had not planned on making a whole quilt, it just happened. I started with six blocks, and I kept doing more and finally decided to make the whole quilt. I am so happy I did!

Quilting: Using the walking foot, I started in the center and worked towards the outside, I made horizontal and vertical lines to create an irregular grid. I made a scrappy binding using the low volume scraps from the background. For the backing I used a wide solid backing by Robert Kaufman in bright orange. Almost ready to ship, all that's left to do is a label.



Linking up with:

 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Crazy Mom Quilts