Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hedgehogs and grapes - Building Blocks Tuesday


Hedgehog 1

I've been working on my hedgehog blocks from the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (**affiliate link).  WOW, they sure do take a while to complete.  I've got a few more to finish up.  Hopefully, I will be able to share them all next week.

I've been having a little fun too.  This past weekend, the hubby and I were able to get away and tour the Napa and Sonoma valleys with some friends.  It is hard to believe that it is in the same state as us since the landscape is so different.

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It was just as hot as home, but instead of desert, there were gravevines as far as the eye could see.

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We had a fabulous time.  I recommend going if you ever have the chance.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie


***This post may contain affiliate links.  If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links, I may be compensated, but at no additional cost to you!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rainbow Road - a finish Friday

A finish!

Rainbow road

Reagan is surveying my quilting on this Strip and Flip quilt that I am calling "Rainbow Road".  I made two of these tops with the intention of donating one to the quilt auction coming up on September 24th, 2016 in Blue Jay, CA, that benefits the Ability First camp in Crestline.

I was inspired to make this quilt a while ago when I saw my roommate, the lovely Heidi from Buttons and Butterflies, binding one in our hotel room at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX.  It took me that long to get it going!

I am also proud to say that this is the 2nd quilt that I have quilted on my longarm.  I was having a lot of trouble on my practice pieces doing my favorite spirals.  When I was first learning to FMQ on my domestic machine, I found that if I just did a whole quilt with one quilting design, by the end I was much better at it!  So, I implemented this same strategy on the longarm.  I am happy to report that it worked!  My first few spirals were oval or squarish, but by the end, they were round and nesting nicely.  Hooray!

The other Rainbow Road top is destined to be for my oldest daughter.  She had been waiting patiently for me to make a quilt for her.  She is only 10, so she has only been waiting a decade.

Oh, and here is the back, in case anyone is curious.

back of Rainbow Road



Thanks for reading today,


Jen




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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fox blocks - Building Blocks Tuesday


Foxes for Fancy Forest quilt



More work on my Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (**affiliate link) blocks!   I finished up all the fox blocks, don't they look cute?  I still need to make the fireflies, hedgehogs, and thistle blocks.  I'd really like to get this quilt finished by our guild's quilt show next month, but I am not sure that is realistic.  While I should be able to spend more time sewing now that the kiddos have gone back to school (TODAY!!!!!), I realize that means that there are truly just more things that will be added to our calendars and to-do lists.  Only time will tell if I can get it done.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my post last week asking for input regarding the link up choices.  For now, I've decided to just use the free version that allows text links.  I may change my mind if participation really drops off.  I certainly don't want to make things more difficult for those of us who still like to participate.  For a while now, us bloggers have faced a decline in readers, traffic and comments due to the popularity of Instagram.  But, I feel like I am now seeing a decline there too.  Perhaps that means that more eyeballs will be perusing the blogs again??  Again, only time will tell.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie


***This post may contain affiliate links.  If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links, I may be compensated, but at no additional cost to you!