Monday, August 18, 2014

Quilt Cam Fun!

 Last night I was motivated to get out this long forgotten hand sewn hexie project (seriously the longest running project I have ever had!) and sew on a few hexies.  It it tucked away again til I go in and get bifocals!  Yes, since the last time I did this my eyes have changed and I found it frustrating to not be able to see as I used to.  The last time I went to the eye doctor (last fall) he told me I should get bifocals and I did not believe him...I could see fine, apparently he knows more about my eyes than I do and I should have listened to him!  Anyway I am due to go back in about September and so I cannot wait to see better close up!
 Tonight I came home and got some fish, sweet potatoes and green beans going.  I then did some Quilt Cam sewing with Bonnie then dinner was done and I ate and worked out.  Jammed to ABBA and discovered my workout is more effective and energetic and seemed to go faster with music instead of the TV.  Think there will be more music.  Here is my very happy fitbit--first time I have ever seen eight leaves!
 Nailed my steps and the best part is 24 very active minutes....when I first got my fitbit it had zero forever and once in a while it would tell me one or two very this makes me happy!
 Then back up to finish my Quilt Cam start on this extra Wild and Goosey block.  I was overjoyed to get another row on.  I swear this quilt never gets any larger....something Alice in Wonderland is going on with it!

Around the World Blog Hop!

Today I am participating in the Around the World Blog Hop--I was invited by Gina over at Occasional Quilter.  The goal of this hop is to share a bit about my creative process (or lack thereof) and invite others to join in the fun!  You can read Gina's post HERE.  It is always neat to see how other folks create so I will be linking up to three more blogs at the end of my post so the fun can continue.   I also love the ability to connect with other bloggers and see what they are doing that inspires me!

Who am I?
I am "Andee in AZ" and Bonnie Hunter's # 1 Fan!  At least that is how I identify myself to all my quilty friends.  I have been seriously addicted to quilting for the past ten years or so.  I sew a lot!  People seem to think I get lots done, my most frequent comments are about how many finishes I have.  I always have several works in progress and a few marinating but I rarely have anything I can really call a UFO--I am a finisher!

What am I working on?
If you follow my blog you are aware of all the fun stuff I am sewing, but in case you are new I will share what I have been up to lately!
I have been on a Block of the Month kick this year!  I am working on this Quilt of Valor from the Quilter's Newsletter Magazine "Ooh Rah!" pattern on their website.  Check out the pattern if you want it.  I donate my Quilts of Valor to Alycia in Colorado!  She has a great blog with pictures of soldiers getting quilts and can always find someone willing to quilt and bind my flimsy so I can donate my fabric and time doing what I like to do--piece them!

I am working on the Classic Meets Modern Quilalong on Sew at Home Mummy's blog.  This BOM is obviously modern and while there are tutorials that are super easy to follow, there are also suggestions to help make each block more uniquely your own.  This is about as far as I go toward designing anything!  I love that it stretches me and that each block is incredibly fun--I am not sure I can give this one away when I get it done!

For my third BOM, I am working on "Traditions" which is from a local shop BOM.  Here is what I have so far on those blocks.  The best part of this one is the cost of all the fabric for the blocks is ten bucks as long as you keep up with each block and show up to pick up the next block on your day/time.  Fits my current budget and keeps me on track!

I also have a long term leaders and enders project.  This is a challenge set forth by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville in which we make a specific block as leaders and enders between other projects.  This year Bonnie has us sewing lozenges!  I have found I do better with this sort of thing if I do it by color--turning it into a smaller monthly goal so I do the Rainbow Block of the Month color for each month and by the end of the year I will have enough for a full quilt.  This month the color is lime green--I went ahead and did all the greens so I may just start assembling some of what I have this month so it doesn't wait til December!
I am also doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler.  Angela is hosting this at her blog this year.  We follow the rainbow color and make fun blocks that Angela suggests and provides tutorials for.    Here are all the blocks I had done about a month ago, and the red ones added since.  I have never done so many 6 inch finished blocks and it is really fun to use my precut scraps and have such variety in here!  I also love that there are traditional and more modern looking blocks. 

 Another long term project I am working on is Wild and Goosey--designed by Bonnie Hunter.  This pattern is from Quiltmaker.  It is in the May/June issue from 2013 and you can find it here.  These blocks are paper pieced and are each one is scrappy goodness!  I love each and every block!
I feel like the brights make this one look more modern.

Hawaii Sunset on the other hand is old fashioned traditional!  I love it too!  This one is waiting on sashing and borders to be complete.  I love civil war fabrics almost as much as I love modern fabrics.  I just keep putting off finishing this one!
 I can almost label this quilt a UFO...this is Talkin' Turkey (another Bonnie Hunter don't you know) which I did for the Rainbow BOM last year.  I had hopes of making another of each color this year but I just have not done it!  I love to look at the blocks and do plan to get it back under the needle soon.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I am a pattern follower and rarely venture out from a pattern!  When I first started quilting I really preferred working with one line of fabrics, or at least coordinating fabrics and I mostly did traditional piecing.  As time went on I realized I really like the look of scrappy!  It took Bonnie Hunter's Orange Crush mystery quilt and alot of time sewing on it with tons of different fabrics for me to fall in love with scrappy!  I love scrappy even more than coordinated now!  Then farther along the line I realized I loved the look of modern quilts!  I started sewing more modern stuff, but at the same time I kept on sewing traditional stuff.  So that might make me unique, it seems like most quilters I know prefer one style over another and I really like them both equally! 

Why do I write/create what I do?
I love to document things.  I started out writing in a journal and putting real pictures in it of each and every quilt I sewed.  I number my quilts too!  Eventually I found someone's blog and decided to start writing online--eventually I stopped writing in my journal and the online outlet became my documentation of my quilting and my life.  I wish I could read about my great grandmother's life and so I hope one day my descendants will read about me and my family. 

Now be sure to continue hopping along and visit three of my bloggy friends!
1. Ros the Quilter is my go to longarmer of choice who lives about forty minutes from me.  She is a dog lover and fab grandma who always has tales of the grands on her blog--along with lots of quilty goodness of course! She also loves Bonnie!
2. Amy of Amy's Passions is a fellow Packer fan who lives really close to my Dad's old place in Wisconsin!  We have shopped at the same quilt shops and share a love of all things Bonnie Hunter but we have yet to meet in person.  Her blog has quilting, crocheting, life, kids, gardening and lately even hobby farming!  I feel like I know this lady without actually meeting her.
3. Angela of SoScrappy shares my name, my love of Bonnie, and all kinds of inspiration on her blog!  She writes of work and home, kids, trips and lots of quilty stuff!  She hosts the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and has a weekly link up for all of us rainbow sewers!  I have not met her in person yet,  
since she is in Florida, but I am hoping one day I will meet her too!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ironing Board Redo!

 In the past seven months or so I have worn out my lime green ironing board cover!  It has been in need of a redo for at least two months or so and I Jo's challenge finally got me on it!  Thanks Jo!  We decided to put this lovely 80's blue stuff on it that we found at the estate sale last May.  I have several chunks of it and the first one I grabbed was already the perfect size!

 It only took about ten minutes to pull off the old and remove the screws that hold my ironing board to the shelves underneath, staple the new fabric on and rescrew the screws.  Of course Kathy did most of the work--with her power drill.

 One of the light bulbs burnt out in here today (and of course we don't have any the right size here) so it was either too bright or too dark for the picture, but you can see my ironing board looks like new again!

Linking up to Jo of Jo's Country Junction!  Go on over and see everyone else's ironing board makeovers and maybe do one yourself!

Green (Bay Packers!)

 I wasn't too sure I was going to like this ticker tape block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler, but it was kind of fun and definitely different.
 So far five green blocks.
 Then since I needed a project I immediately decided to "just start" on the March quilt that I had cut parts for yesterday.

 Eventually I sewed all the yellow and white four patches and all the green and white hsts.

 And then I snipped and ironed.
 So I thought why not just do one block.
 Which led to making all ten of these blocks!  Only ten of the alternate to go!

So then I sewed up all the shirting/white strips for the four patches in the other block (and wondered how exactly I have SO many yellow/white four patches left over--no worries they will get used, I just cannot count!) and here is my stopping place.  By the way this quilt is from a tutorial over at Amy's Passions from March of 2009!  I have always wanted to do it, and once it occurred to me I could change up the colors (and do it scrappy too) so that it would be a Packer quilt (have a whole list of folks who want one of those) I finally got to it.  Some things just have to hang out for five years I guess!

And the best thing is I can count this as some GREEN sewing!

Wild and Goosey Sunday :)

 I did some cleaning in my quilting studio this weekend because it really needed it!  I like to be organized, I work better that way!  Shark week on the TV (I did finish listening to "Secrets of Eden" yesterday then back to the TV).  I sew on the left and Kathy on the right.
Here you can see my design wall--yes that modern medallion is still percolating!
My beautiful newly recovered ironing board.  80's blue this time around.

My fabric shelf.  I always take a picture of two of it this time of year so that I will have it on shop hop.  Then while shopping if I am unsure if I really need to buy something I can look at the picture and say--umm no you do not need any BLUE fabric, etc.  Looks like I need orange and aqua and purple.

Here is the 80's blue ironing board cover and the latest Wild and Goosey block!  The pattern is at Quiltmaker if you feel the need to start one of these babies.  The paper piecing is fun--takes me a good hour to make each block and the blocks are small!  One more block and I will add the most recent row.  It really helps to have a goal each week (one block a week) because it is growing!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Prepping for the Next Quilt Camp!

 I am planning to go to quilt camp again this Fall (though I haven't actually signed up yet!) and I got to thinking I should start deciding what I want to bring.  I haven't gone in a long while and I don't have near as many working in progress as I used to that I can bring with me.
First up is a paper pieced pattern of the Arizona flag that we got at shop hop last year.  I now have scraps all ready to go for two of them.
 I prepped up Piney Flats (a mini Bonnie Hunter) because I love those minis!  I am using leftover nine patches from Carolina Crossroads and Puddle Jump Mystery, but the rest is just cut and ready to sew.

 Several years ago Amy posted this pattern from a calendar picture that inspired her.  I was doing too much other stuff at the time and always wanted to get to it!  So finally I got to working cutting this one out.  I decided to do the four patches in yellow so this will be a Packer quilt.  I have no shortage of folks wanting one of those!

I have a few other things ready for cutting--pretty sure I will be all set by the time camp comes around!

All the Green I've Got!

Northwinds in Green for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler.

That is all the green I have this Saturday!  Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Angela's Blog.