Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016: Assessing What To Do Next......

 I could hardly wait to start 2016....but I didn't know WHERE to start.  I have shelves and shelves of fabric:  Fabric on bolts, mini-bolts, folded in baskets, and scraps separated by color of which most is cut into various sizes of squares.  I decided to concentrate on using what I have rather than make new purchases.  First, I went through patterns and found one I bought about 5 years ago called "Radiant".  Then I picked a fabric of which I knew I had at least 2 yards to use for "inspiration" and as the outer border.  The next step was easy:  picking out fabrics from my stash that fit the color scheme of the "inspiration".  This called for 32 different problem!  One thing missing was a light neutral.  I used all my light neutral fabrics in Christmas projects, so I had to break down and buy some white-on-white at the local quilt shop.  The directions were easy and the project went pretty fast.  Here's the finished product......It is backed in maroon and quilted with gold thread.

Fewer Projects This Year......

My quilting time has suffered due to working a full time job, but when I found some time to sew, I decided to do another Radiant pattern in a different color scheme:  blues, purples, and greens.  Since I didn't have an "inspiration" border, I made more blocks and omitted the wide outer border.   It's backed in a country blue and quilted with ecru thread.     I enjoyed this pattern so much that may make more in additional color schemes (I have lots of fabric!!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Big Finish for 2015

Working fulltime really cut into my quilting time, but I persevered and managed to get the last stitch done in time for Christmas Eve.  Here are the projects for my girls:

Junghee's Oriental Stork....a symbol of long life:

Shelley's Blue Floral.....I saw this pattern in a catalog and thought it was a great opportunity to use some of my stash:

Stephanie's Coral Floral......another pattern seen in a magazine using same overall floral fabric as in Shelley's.  The different accent fabrics changes the entire look.

Cristi's Maroon Americana......this was a 2014 Block of the Month winning Honorable Mention in the 2015 Granbury Quilt Guild Quilt Show.

Mary Joy's Yellow Butterflies....Yellow Ohio Stars compliment these varied butterflies; accented with a bright teal.