Monday, May 25, 2015

Righty Tighty - Monkey Wrench–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, May

My reality has been crazy lately and work has been taking me away from blogging lately.
I have been sewing here and there, though.

During the month of May I accepted a challenge from Kim over at Persimon Dreams
Righty Tighty is the result.

The Challenge: Monkey Wrench

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. 
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics  Hopefully you already have your bundle but you can join in the fun anytime … just make sure you have your quit done by the end of the month!
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Monkey Wrench’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP by 11:55pm CST on Sunday, May 31st (Trisha’s actual birthday). 
  • A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January.

After the challenge was posted I went to work right away drawing up my plan in EQ7.  I wanted to go industrial and really wanted to contrast the traditional quilt block with an actual monkey wrench.  I wanted to work with dimension and add shadows to the blocks.  
This is what I started with.

Hubby pointed out that my wrench looked more like a crescent wrench than a monkey wrench.
So I redrew the wrench and now it is correct.  lol

The quilt block monkey wrenches are paper pieced and the wrench is appliqued.
Cherry Wood Fabrics Blue from my ROYGBIV bundle was used for the paper pieced monkey wrenches.
The dark blue background added a little contrast with tiny flowers in an industrial setting.  It's from Connecting Threads.
The black and white stripe worked perfectly for the screw adjuster on the wrench.

I worked with shadows again trying to make the blocks more industrial by making the monkey wrench blocks look more like nuts holding a box in place.

The quilting is block type stipple.  I just meandered in square shapes instead of curves.  

Here is a picture of the back to show the quilting.
The binding is blue measuring tape fabric from the She Who Sews series by Quilting Treasures.

Monkey Wrench–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, May

Righty Tighty

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20" x 20"
Prism color: Blue from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Paper piecing and machine applique
Quilting - block shaped stippling  by me on my domestic machine with Aurifil 50 wt 

The photos needed to feel industrial and I had so much fun getting out of my "pretty" comfort zone.
This quilt represents many challenges I had in my head.
Now I've put them to fabric and want to work with shadows and geometric design a little more.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday (or so) Finishes

I haven't been sharing much
but I have been sewing a little.

I finished this quilt top for the

There is Miss Molly, my little (big) helper.  
Out here in western Kansas the wind never stops.  To take a photo of a flimsy, you must allow for the wind and just get on your knees to take a shot looking up.  lol

I finished this bed quilt for a friend.

She had the denim squares and the blue fabric and asked me to put them together for her niece.
This will be for a high school graduation gift.  It's big enough for a full sized bed, but will be plenty large enough for a dorm room bed for next year.

My friend had purchased the denim squares from an individual.  I think they were all supposed to be 6" but some were larger and some smaller.  Ugh.  That was a challenge.
Some even had spandex in them.  Another ugh.   I didn't use those.... 
My friend will let me do the designing and purchasing next time she needs a quilt.  This one took WAY longer than it should have.

My friend also wanted a quillow  (quilt with a pocket to fold it into a pillow) for another niece.

This time I chose the fabrics... wink.  This is for a photography buff who is graduating this month.  The camera fabric is Michael Miller.  I used minky fabric on one side and camera fabric on the other.

I was queen of my modern block party in April and have been receiving blocks in the mail.  It's so fun and I hope to start putting the quilt together as soon as all the blocks arrive.

Have a happy May day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop - PERK POWER!

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
my stop in the 
Have a Latte blog hop.

How 'bout I pour you a cup of 
Perk Power?

That's how my grandparents always made coffee.  I remember waking up at their house and smelling the coffee perking on the stove.  That was the best smell...

I've been exploring new techniques and made the coffee pot and the handle of the coffee cup with bias tape.  Perk Power was made similar to the quilt, Love You to Pieces,  a finish in February.

Perk Power
was created with

The sashing is Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in black.

The quilting is whimsical swirls (thanks to my friend Vickie for inspiration) and straight line quilting from the pot to the cup to draw the eye all with
Aurifil 50 wt #4012

I just love that line, "Good Coffee, Good Day!"
(I have been better about labeling my quilts)

Moda marble for the back and a strip of Have a Latte fabrics to make it as fun as the front.  

The binding is a mix of Latte fabric and Kona black.

I'll be out on the patio enjoying a cup of java and checking out the other posts of the day.

        April 17
    Creatin' in the Sticks you are here

Thank you Joan  for cheering and organizing this hop.
You always make me smile.

Thanks to Madame Samm and Clothworks for the opportunity to participate in this 
 caffeinated blog hop!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop - sneak peak...

It's time 


Joan over at MooseStash Quilting has set the schedule
bloggers are creating projects

I will be posting on Friday, but here is a sneak peak

Thank you Madame Samm and Clothworks for this wonderful opportunity.

Here is the complete schedule so you can be inspired by these caffeinated quilters:

April 13

        April 14

          April 15
  April 16

  April 17

  April 20

  April 21

  April 22

  April 23

Enjoy the hop and be sure to come back Friday to see my little spot of java goodness.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tweet Dancette - Project Quilting Season 6 Challenge 6 - Isn't That Charming?

It's hard to believe, but this is the final challenge for 
Project Quilting Season 6.

My finish for challenge 6 
"Isn't that charming"
Tweet Dancette

Project Quilting is the brainstorm of

A challenge is presented and you have one week to link up
a project of your interpretation of the challenge.

The Challenge: Isn't That Charming?

This week we're going to use Charms.  Charms are 5 inch squares of fabric.  Many of you probably have charm packs in your stash.  Or if you don't you can cut your own 5 inch squares from any fabric you choose.
  1. The entire right front side of your project must be constructed using charm squares. The only exception is the binding. It can be cut from yardage along with backings, linings, etc, that will not show on the right front side of your project.
  2. You must use at least 20 charm squares.
  3. The charms squares can be cut and manipulated in any way you choose.
  4. Embellishments can be added, but are not required.
  5. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include appliqué.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  6. Your project must have a name.
  7. Projects must be FINISHED and LINKED UP by Sunday, March 22nd at Noon, CDT.

I've had these charms for quite awhile and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to use them.
I cut more charms of Kona solid in silver.

I then set to work on about a billion  120 half square triangles.

I haven't made a chevron quilt until now.
Oh, points, points, points....

Once the blocks were all put together, I felt like a little embellishment was needed.
Inspired by a blog hop with all kinds of little birds I decided to add that "tweet" inspiration.
I embroidered the little birds perched on a few of those points.

The back and binding is from Basic Grey Sweet Serenade (Moda).
I had it in my stash and have always thought it was part of the Noteworthy line.
It wasn't until I started preparing the fabric for the back that I realized those little birds weren't the same.  

Here is a closer look for the little birds. 

I quilted a meander stitch because it is fast. 
One week isn't a lot of time....

Isn’t that Charming?–Challenge 6 of Project QUILTING

Tweet Dancette

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas

Size: 40" x 48"

Fabric:  2 charm packs of Noteworthy by Moda
Kona solid in silver

Hand embroidery and piecing

Quilting - stippled by me on my domestic machine with Aurifil 50 wt. #2615

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 22, 2015
by clicking
Tweet Dancette is # 50

I hope to do a recap of the 6 Project Quilting Season 6 quilts I've made later in the week.
It's been a great season, but I know one man that may be glad it's over for the year....
Guess I owe him a few meals.