Finish Number Two for Quarter Two

I’m pretty sure that I could spend many minutes apologizing for my absence, but you aren’t here to read whiny stuff, so let’s get to the good stuff! I finished another quilt! Really. And it’s a wedding gift for a wedding that is not until July 15! I’m on top of it! I’ve handed it off to the bride’s parents to deliver so no one has to deal with it the day of the wedding. I think it is safe to post this because I don’t think that the bride pays any attention to my blog.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that this is my last finish for the quarter.

And which quilt was this? The 2014 Designer Mystery BOM! It’s not a bed sized quilt (well, maybe a twin), but the colors will look great on their couch I’m told. We have known the bride since she was five or six years old so she is almost family. Which makes her quilt eligible.

Amy and I originally decided to do this BOM together. (Hers isn’t done yet, but she’s been grandbaby watching.) I kept up with the blocks until about month 8 or 9. My original plan was to keep this one for myself, but I really can’t keep every quilt I make. I will run out of room very quickly. So.. a wedding gift it is!

I love the way this quilt looks. The setting by Edyta Sitar (who also designed the fabric) is stunning. All of the blocks were fun to work on since I like star blocks with lots of tiny pieces. Part of the setting process required a 13th block. I have never before made such large half square triangles or hourglass blocks either. There are several posts about this quilt if you’re interested in seeing more pictures of the quilt in progress. I’m just concentrating on the final project here.

I’m linking this to the 2017 Finish-Along.

Quilt on!


I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, but not as much as I would like. I have, however, been doing lots of reading, and I’ve enjoyed that.

I spent several hours fusing and trimming up some t-shirts to make a quilt for my husband. This is not a process I’m enjoying, so I don’t see myself making tons of t-shirt quilts.

I also finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top, backing, and binding. Now I just need to make a decision about whether or not I’m doing the quilting. I need to decide soon because there is a plan for it. Here’s a very not professional picture of the top.

I also completed the blocks for this month in the Saturday Sampler Getting to Know Hue. I am not a big fan of yellowish greens, but I do like these blocks.

Loki still seems to be in love with Surrounded by Happy Scraps. It has become his upstairs bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly why he is so fond of this particular quilt, but he does seem to have adopted it.

And, if you want some more cute, here is an elephant Carolyn knitted. She knits the cutest animals and dolls.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

Sunday Evening Catch Up

If you missed the Craftsy supplies sale because I failed to post about it, I am so very sorry. It’s been a weird week.

But over the last couple weeks, I have done some quilting, other than the Surrounded by Scraps finish. For example:

I did a little bit on La Passacaglia during the knitting group get together almost two weeks ago now.

And I got some quilty mail this week. I really want to make this quilt, not that I know what I’ll do with it once it’s made.

And I did some work on the borders for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. (In the picture I somehow thought these were much smaller pieces. 

I have high hopes that that 2014 Designer Mystery BOM will be a finished top by the end of the day tomorrow. I would like to have it completed and ready to gift by two weeks from today if possible.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

Q2 Finish-A-Long Plans/Hopes

Now it is time for me to express my hopes for the Q2 Finish-A-Long. Here goes! Wish me well!

  1. Surrounded by Scraps – I’m guessing this one can be completed because I am currently all caught up and the final clue is due on April 12th. Once I finish the top, I plan to have it longarmed, so that should all go fairly quickly. This may be on the guest room bed by the end of the quarter.
  2. 2014 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – I have the center done. I need to trim it up and piece the borders. I have the backing fabric already. The big question will be if I quilt it myself or send it out. I’m thinking I ditch quilt this myself with gray thread, because I like the lines of this quilt so much. We’ll see. The whole idea of basting it might slow me down a bit because I hate doing that.
  3. Disappearing Pinwheels – This is the next closest to being done already. It is also a carryover from last quarter. We’ll see how it goes!
  4. The quilt from the Kimberly Einmo Lonestar class. Another carryover from last quarter. Fingers crossed.
  5. The quilt from the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars class. This may actually be closer to being done than the Lonestar. We’ll see.

I think that five is more than enough for one quarter. Really, I do!

Quilt on!

Q1 Finish-A-Long Wrap Up

Back in January, I posted my list for this first quarter. You can look at it, complete with pictures, here.

I was aiming high. I mentioned five possible finishes. I actually finished the first two items, the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM and the Birds in the Air, AKA My Birds Are Geese. I didn’t even touch two of the other quilts, the Disappearing Pinwheel and the Kimberly Einmo Lonestar.

I made some progress on the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Actually, I made a lot of progress and now have the entire center assembled. 

What’s left on this one now is the top and bottom borders which will take a while to piece.

Other things I worked on this quarter were Getting to Know Hue and Surrounded by Scraps.

Quilt on!

March-A-Long Week 3

My third week of March-A-Long didn’t fare much better than last week. I’m still sicker than I’d like to be so, although I have read several quilting books. I also managed to do a little bit of quilting.

On Sunday, I started assembling the rows for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. I got the first four put together and sewed the 3rd and 4th rows together.

Monday through Thursday were mostly reading days. I kept meaning to write and schedule some book review posts for the books I read, but somehow that took too much energy.

Friday night I got a little bit of sewing done, though. I sewed together the first and second rows and then sewed them to the third and fourth rows. That means that more than half the center of the quilt top was done when I got finished Friday night.

Then on Saturday, I was able to put together the rest of the center top. Now it looks like this:

The center needs trimming and squaring up but that will have to wait. I’m hoping to baste, quilt and bind the Birds in the Air quilt by Friday so that I have another first quarter finish.

How are you doing at marching-a-long?

March-A-Long Week 3

Well, the week began very very well! I made big progress on the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, including making some of the largest hourglass blocks I’ve ever seen – 12 1/2 inches. The next step is to make 12 1/2 inch HSTs and I haven’t gotten to that yet because I’ve been sick. Yep, still sick. I’m hoping to sew a bit today, but we will see.

Once I got sick Tuesday evening, no sewing happened. Looking at quilty books and magazines, sure, but absolutely no sewing. I’m afraid I’ll cough at the wrong moment and cut something horribly wrong or sew a terribly crooked seam.

So, while my sewing production is way down, my quilty reading is up a bit. And, although I didn’t sew after Wednesday, I averaged well over 15 minutes a day after a couple very productive days early in the week.

Are you Marching Along with Darla at The Scientific Quilter? What have you been working on?

Quilt on!

March-A-Long Week 2

I did not get anywhere near as much accomplished as I had hoped before the week started. I think the midweek power outage threw off my plans, as did many basketball games. But I averaged way more than 15 minutes a day.

Sunday, March 5 – I started work on a test block for Katie, at Katie’s Quilting Corner. Since it is paper pieced, I got to try out the fancy drawer in my sewing machine cabinet for trimming. Note: It is not the best way to trim up the pieces at the end of the session.

This is how far I got on Sunday.

  • Monday, March 6 – I finished that block. Since it is a test block, I am not adding a picture of the finished block here.
  • Tuesday, March 7 – I went through some books for future Books on Monday features.
  • Wednesday, March 8 – The plan for the day was that I would spend the afternoon cutting Block 12 of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and the evening sewing it together. That got derailed by a power outage that lasted until mid-afternoon on Thursday. (We were among the very lucky ones!) I had to settle for getting caught up on blog post reading.
  • Thursday, March 9 – I did read a few quilty blogs, but that was about it for the day. Did probably total at least 15 minutes though.
  • Friday, March 10 – I gathered together everything I needed for today’s pilgrimage to pick up the Saturday Sampler.
  • Saturday, March 11 – I picked up the Saturday Sampler materials. In addition to the Sampler blocks, I picked up a pattern that Carolyn saw and wants me to make for the church auction:

I don’t foresee much time available this evening for quilting but I could be surprised. Oh, and I wrote a couple of blog posts and plan to work on a couple more this evening.

How about you?

Quilt on!

March-A-Long Week One

Okay, it’s really only half a week, but here are my March-A-Long stats (completely illustrated):

  • Wednesday, March 1 – Cut out block 11 for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM (about an hour)
  • Thursday, March 2 – Assembled block 11 (about two or three hours), finished quite late in the evening. This is how it looked when I went to bed: 
  • Friday, March 3 – A very helpful quilting friend (or two) pointed out the mistake in the center. (This is not sarcasm – I am VERY glad for the help.) So, the first part of Friday’s sewing was to rip a little and repair. I got part of it fixed butAnd, luckily, the same friend (and even more others) pointed out the mistake before I got farther than this. So, a little more ripping and re-sewing and this happened.So much better! It took me an hour or so to to fix this block. Then I cut the teal fabric I needed to recut for Getting to Know Hue and started assembling units for the two blocks. That took about another hour.
  • Saturday, March 4 – I finished assembling the two teal blocks for Getting to Know Hue. This means that I’m ready for Saturday Sampler next week.

Thank you to the Scientific Quilter for starting and carrying on this whole March-A-Long thing!

Quilt on!

Recent Progress

With so many Twilters at QuiltCon last weekend, Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams instigated a #NoQC sew-in. I was excited to take part. Of course, I also watched all the Twilters Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram posts. I would have loved to be there, if only to meet so many Twilters in real life. Although some of the pictures I’ve seen of the quilts make me wish I’d seen them in person too.

Anyway, here are a few things I did over the weekend and Monday.

First, I finished cutting all the pieces for Surrounded by Scraps.

Then, I started working on Clue 2 for that quilt.

Here are some units ready to be put together.

And then the overhead light in my room burned out. Since the globe for it was heavily frosted, I did not want to put it back on. Plus the LED bulbs I had weren’t for use in an enclosed fixture, so I decided to leave it off. Not pretty. Another problem, the ceiling is pretty high. That problem was solved by the arrival of our son-in-law, who had no problem reaching the fixture halfway up the six-foot stepladder. So, even though when it’s turned off, it doesn’t look very pretty, when I turn on the light, I am quite happy with it! (Note: the reason I have not gotten a new fixture is that I need to wait for summer to see if I need a ceiling fan in there. It gets pretty hot on summer afternoons.)

Saturday I could get back to work.

Finally, I got clue 2 finished. Now I’m totally ready for the next clue.

Then it was time for more cutting. I cut out the two teal blocks for the Saturday Sampler I’m doing, Getting to Know Hue. It went pretty quickly, cutting both at once. I got into a great rhythm. Maybe too great because I ended up cutting a 3 3/8″ square (2 actually) in half when I wasn’t supposed to. And, of course, being a BOM, there wasn’t enough fabric to recut. Luckily, I can still get some from the shop, but it’s not here yet.

So Sunday I cut out the tenth block of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Then I hand sewed some binding during the Oscars.

Monday, I put the block together. I’m very happy with how my fussy cut square turned out.

This is how much thread was left on the bobbin when I finished the block. (To be totally honest, my machine tells me when the bobbin is almost empty so I was watching very carefully.)

And here is the finished block. This is a very pretty one.

Come back tomorrow to see the pictures of the quilt I finished Monday evening.

Quilt on!