Friday, January 18, 2019

Design Floor Friday - The Making of a B9P - {A Blooming 9-Patch QAL} x 2

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  It's an EXTENDED version.  Why?  It's because this quilt was begun as an extended project.  My Sew Saturday Group decided to do a Blooming 9-Patch QAL and it was expanded into a Nimble Thimbles Bee QAL, since members liked the quilt, too.

3/?/18, Day -1, knocked out the strip cutting, while Quilting at Needleb's:

4/4/18, Day 0, Sew Day @ Hen's house, I didn't feel like schlepping my machine and was determined to cut all the squares needed to complete the quilt.

Sorry!  No photo!  :o((

5/5/18, Day 1, Cinco de Blooming 9-Patch.  I used the day to sew ALL of my strip sets:

Art in Search B9P plan!!  Upon reading her reminder, I trotted off to the local Dollar Store for baggies to put block parts in.

Here's how I used them on 6/23/18, Day 3 of B9P progress @ Garner Cinco de Blooming 9-Patch Quilt Party:

8/4/18, Day 4, Sew Saturday in South Raleigh.  Today, I added the 3rd round of 9-Patch blocks:

8/18/18, Day 5, NT Sew Day @ C Breeze Quilt Studio and I finished sewing the 9-Patches for Round 4:

9/8/18, Day 6, Sew Saturday at Lois's church in Knighrdale.  We met in the gym.  SEW... there was PLENTY of room to lay our quilts out on the floor.  I got another round done...

... But all of this putting down and picking up has GOT to stop:

9/15/18, Day 7, NT Sew Day (intended to be) @ C Breeze Quilt Studio, actually @ Needleb's is where I started sewing the corners of my quilt together and gathered the rest for a future sew day:

10/5/18, Day 8, The Original Sew/Craft Friend-zy... Additional sections were sewn into (partial) rows:

10/30/18, Day 8.5, November NT Nights meeting...

Sub-cutting for the final round of 9-Patches was completed during this evenings meeting.  I thought it might be nice to have is done, so that all I had to do on Saturday is sit down at the machine and sew, sew, sew.  :o))

11/3/18, Day 9, November Sew/Craft Friend-zy...

It was such a pleasure to be able to sit down and begin assembling the blocks for my next round!  I had the blocks half sewn in time for lunch.  By dinner, I was done with the blocks and had puzzled out how the various sections fit together.  (They've been CLEARLY labeled for next time!!)  By the time we packed up, I had last round of 9-Patches attached and the center of  the quilt top sewn together:

12/1/18, Day 10, Sew Saturday at Tiffany's house...

Small crowd today, if you can call three a crowd.  It was just right for the jobs we each needed to do.  I got the "border" round sewn to the ends of each row.  Row assembly will be saved for another day:

In retrospect, I think I should have cut additional squares to attach all the way around BEFORE adding the triangles.  :o((

1/5/19, Day 11, Sew/Craft Friend-zy...

It took a while for me to get settled and start sewing.  Eventually, the FIRST corner was assembled:

Several HOURS later, the LAST corner was ready to attach:

It took ALL DAY, but my Blooming 9-Patch is a completed top!!!

This has been a grand adventure.  Thank you to Tiffany for starting it and to Britt for expanding the fun (as well as creating more opportunities for making progress on my quilt!)

Here are all of the tops (and quilts) thus far...

Margaret was in the second group to start the QAL, but is recently retired and full of quilt making energy.  She managed to pull off the WIN for first completed Blooming 9-Patch quilt top:

October 2018
Of the original starters, Tiffany took that honor:

October 2018
Followed soon by Lisa, later that same day:

October 2018
Then Candy:

Britt finished her FIRST quilt top...

... Cheryl K even finish her gorgeous batik quilt top that fought her every step of the way:

... Before I finally assembled my quilt top:

Cheryl B. was the last to begin and the FIRST to complete her Blooming 9-Patch quilt:

Until next time...
This is how to finish a B9P quilt top in 13 days!!!
(And 9 months!  Some quilts are all about the process.) 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday - Sew/Craft Friends-zy

Welcome to the next edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  I'm here to report about the of the recent Sew/Craft Friends-zy with my Raleigh friends.  It's a LONG day, but oh SEW productive!

I found that I need fuel on the way there.  This is what I found:

Fuel prices were BELOW $2.00 per gallon for the first time in (what feels like) FOREVER!!  I was a VERY happy customer.  :o))

Here's what I found upon arrival...

Tiffany has started a NEW quilt!  A Hunter's Star variation from Missouri Star Quilt Company:

Oh, WAIT!  Make that TWO quilts begun.  This basket is filled with squares cut for a Scrap Jar Star quilt:

Carol had her table all set up to work on Snails Trail blocks, as part of another quilt that I can't seem to recall the name:

Tiffany found jacket parts in her recent studio reorganization:

Here's a shot of the back of her newly completed quilted jacket:

Down at the crafting end of the hallway...

Rock painting for Kindness ROCKS Garner was in full swing:

Paints were provided for anyone who wanted to try:

Inspiration was also provided:

Painting a chair for a The Green Chair fundraising project:

The scrapbookers were also represented:

Someone even brought a selection of Biscuitville biscuits to share:

Joy got an enthusiastic response to this (difficult to photograph) fabric pull for her upcoming quilt, Shakespeare in the Park:

Carol's pattern came from Quilter's Cache, an amazing resource:

Carol works with a variety of materials and enjoys adding meaning to her quilts with repurposed clothing items:

Denise brought panels (sewn at home) for a new bag:

She got a patchwork Swatch watch for Christmas:

Tiffany brought a small bag of scraps for Joy:

Darling crossbody bag sighting:

Lisa is making the same pattern as Carol.  Here's the LINK from Pinterest and a shot of the block layout:

These are Lisa's luscious fabrics:

Denise's next quilt is Pecking Order from Missouri Star:

The pattern can also be found in this issue of BLOCK:

Oh, Denise!  That bag is going to be gorgeous:

Here's another great bag that Tiffany offered to swap for my fabric:

It took a while, but my space is finally set up to sew:

With interior panels constructed, Denise prepares her handles:

Raring to SEW with my deep RED nails for the RSC:

Lisa might get more sewing done, if the sun wasn't in her eyes:

Britt swooped in and got right to work on assembling her 2nd B9P

Tiffany works on trimming up her HSTs:

This photo is for my friends in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

Today's collection of painted rocks... Drying:

The 1st corner of my Blooming 9-Patch is assembled:

Tiffany is in production mode on her first Scrap Jar Star block:

Denise's Tiki Tote is DONE...

... And it's completely reversible:

This is the way it will be used most often:

It's looking GOOD, Britt:

Tiffany's daughter sent a picture of what just landed on the porch:

Denise is on to the next project:

TWO corners of Britt's B9P are sewn:

Tiffany is happy with her first Scrap Jar Star block.  The stripe in the top right corner of the 16-Patch was her starting point:

Oh!  Your Pecking Order quilt is going to be AWESOME, Denise:

Lisa's not sure she likes the center square...

... And explored options for change:

Here's Lisa's first "round" of the Snail's Trail block:

I spotted a different sort of rainbow rock on a trip down the hall...

... As well as, a rainbow of paints:

Hmm... Something happened with the block sizing:

Carol used some alternative piecing methods for her Storm at Sea:

Tiffany is busy with ANOTHER project:

Denise's stack of completed block parts:

Here's another look at Carol's fabric bin.  SEW many choices:

Denise is dealing with a pressing matter...

... While Tiffany pieces her first block for Shakespeare in the Park:

Carol is pleased with her first Storm at Sea block.  Special thanks go to her Pressing Assistant, Lisa, for the nice and flat block:

ONE star down, a bazillion left to sew:

More of Tiffany's fabric:

The last of the rocks and a thank you to all who painted:

Oh!  This rock has bits of RED for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

The adorable ladybug rock, too:

FYI... I owe Lisa a spool of thread:

Thanks, Lee!  I can't believe I left my B9P thread at home.

Until next time...
Spend the day QUILTING!!!