Blogger’s Quilt Festival – American Beauty BOM

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Welcome to my second Blogger’s Quilt Festival quilt. I’m entering this one in the Large Quilts category because it is very large! So large that it is a little tricky to get a good picture of it! As you can see by the three pictures below.

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In 2010, my LQS, The Quilting Season, offered the Marti Michell Block of the Month American Beauty made using some of her Patchwork Templates. I decided to do it even though the colors weren’t exactly something I could use, because I wanted the piecing practice. There was a choice of white borders and setting triangles or black. The white just looked too much like a wedding.

I started it right away but fell far behind. Most of the blocks are hand pieced, because I had a job that required me to sit and wait a lot, and my boss had told me to bring a hobby I could do in between bursts of busyness. There are several posts about this process, in case you are interested.

Once all twelve blocks were pieced, I put off finishing the quilt for a very long time. The sashing and its fussy cutting of the stripes intimidated me. IMG_2565

Then I made a cutting mistake and had to find more of the pink floral that is the cornerstones. I bought quite a bit extra so it also became the binding because I liked the way it looked better than the black and green stripe that had come with the setting kit.

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This is a queen-sized quilt and was machine quilted by Crystal Smythe of Longarm Lyrics. I completed it April 2 of this year.

Quilt on!

Some Finishing!

I finished 2 of my quilty resolution goals this week!!!

First, I completed Goal #1 – Completing the American Beauty BOM. It came back from the longarmer on Tuesday. I trimmed and made the binding and sewed it onto the front on Wednesday. There was a bit of concern about the original stripe fabric that was meant to be used. I would have liked it better if I’d had enough to make it a bias stripe. Then I remembered that extra pink floral I had to purchase after I made a mistake a few weeks ago. I had purchased way more than I needed, so I had enough to do the binding with it. I asked my Twilter friends for help with this decision.

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I was kind of leaning toward the pink, as were all of the Twilters who responded. Great minds think alike.

Thursday, Amazing Amy (whose favorite part of quilting is hand sewing the binding) and Careful Carolyn met me at church to hand sew the binding. Carolyn brought along a friend who was very cute but not very helpful.

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There is a big table to rest the quilt on in the Sunday School classroom we used for this. You can’t really see the quilting here, but it’s a light green in a swirls and leafy looking things pantograph.

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I took a close-up of one block hoping you could see the quilting, but not so much! Sorry.

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After we completed the hand binding, I rushed home and through it in the washing machine and then the dryer. And here are the pictures of the finished quilt.

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My other quilty resolution finish is #5 – I finished deconstruction my wedding gown. All of the lace is now off of the dress and currently soaking in Woolite. Do I know what I will do with it? Oh, heck no! But I have all that lovely lace, except the part that went around my daughter’s wedding bouquet. No pictures though.

So, this week feels very productive.

How was your week?

Quit on!

Thursday Update & The Craftsy Spring Blowout Sale

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First the exciting Craftsy news. There is currently a fabric and kits sale going on from today (March 19, 2015) through March 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM Mountain time.

Here are some links directly to sale areas:

There are some great items on sale, so if you’re looking for fabric or a new project, it’s well worth checking out. (Note: yes, in case you’ve never noticed, I am a Craftsy Affiliate and this blog will benefit financially from your patronage.)

Now that I’ve tempted you with that (the Parasol quilt kit keeps calling my name but the amount of fabric in the basement is telling me to ignore it!), let me tell you what I’ve been working on for the last week or so.

The American Beauty BOM is a completed top and is off to be quilted! Yes! I started this quilt in 2010 (April, I think) and hand pieced all of the blocks and the setting triangles. They sat for years waiting for me to trim up the corners of the setting triangles! I finally did them and attached them to the blocks last fall. Here is a picture of half of the blocks with their setting triangles attached.IMG_2418

Then came the sashing, which I dreaded working with because it all had to be cut with templates. You may remember these pictures:

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Then came the fatal flawed cuts of 3 1/2 inch squares which caused a panicky search for 5-year-old fabric and the wait for the fabric to arrive from Sew Fun Fabrics. Once it got here, I went full speed ahead because I’m hoping to complete it as one of my UFO finishes for the LQS contest.

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The first completed block

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First two blocks together

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First two rows together

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All four rows together. (Borders are missing.)

I also added the borders, which are the same black fabric as the setting squares, but I didn’t get a picture because this quilt is HUGE!

Next I spent over an hour ironing the muslin for the backing.

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While I wait for the quilt to be quilted and come home I’ll be making the binding from this fabric:IMG_2600

I’m hoping there is enough for a bias binding because I’d rather see those stripes at a diagonal than just straight in the border.

Next up on my agenda: machine quilting and binding a table runner, the tenth FQS 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, and a mug rug. And, of course, binding this baby when she comes home. Then, I think my machine will deserve a trip to the spa.

Quilt on!

Late Friday Catch Up and a Craftsy Sale!

I have been such a slacker as far as blogging and promoting the current Craftsy sale so that you can take advantage of it! Let me change that right now.

 

Yep, the classes are on sale in honor of National Craft Month, which March is! This sale has already begun and lasts through Monday, March 16. So, if you’re celebrating National Craft Month by learning something new or improving your skills or learning something new.  There! Now you know.

As far as progress on quilty things, Clue #3 for Scrap in a Box came out on Tuesday. Here’s a picture of my completed first part:IMG_2586

And this evening I finished the second part (I had to add a 7th color of strip because I cut some pieces poorly):

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I’m not really happy with the red/gold fabric next to my blender, but we’ll see how things go.

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I also cut some border strips and triangles for the American Beauty BOM and sewed these little squares. They do still need a bit of trimming, but that was enough for one night.

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Then I’ll make the binding so I’m ready for it when it comes home.

So what have you been up to?

Quilt on!

A Brief Quilting Update

I did make some progress in the quilting arena this week. First, I am totally caught up on the FQS 2014 Designer Mystery BOM! Here are blocks 8 and 9:

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I am so excited to be caught up! This is a first!

Next up is the Big Monkey! I really am hoping to finish it by the end of March to enter into my LQS’s UFO challenge. I got the basic sashing strips all trimmed up. (Yes, I had to fussy cut them.)

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Then I cut the triangles for the ends and got them sewed on. No, they are not perfect but right now I’m feeling like done is way better than perfect! I don’t even know what I’m planning to do with this quilt.IMG_2566

Once I got those done, it was on to cutting the cornerstones. And here is where the crisis showed up. I needed 3 1/2 inch squares. 20 of them. I got 16 cut. I cut the next strip at 3 inches, and did not have enough fabric to do it over. Sigh. This BOM was started in 2010. How was I supposed to find this fabric? I didn’t totally panic because I reasoned that since that fabric is nowhere else in the quilt, I could find something similar if I needed to, but I really didn’t want to. So I searched online & found it at a quilt shop in Chesterton, Indiana – Sew Fun Fabrics. I ordered it right away, but have no idea when it will actually arrive. I went on overkill and ordered a whole yard, but this way I’m covered if it is not exactly the same colors as the 16 squares I have cut. (I also ordered a Creative Grids 8.5″ X 24.5″ ruler, just for fun.)

I still have the outer sashing to work on (and probably should get to that because that shop has some of that fabric too, in case I mess up. And I could cut the borders (at least an initial cut). And I could make the binding (which is a really cool striped fabric!), but I’ve not done any of that yet.

And today’s and tomorrow’s project will be the 2015 Craftsy BOM blocks. There are two. And I keep wondering why I am doing this since I really am not a fan of basket blocks. Oh, well. If I get those done, I will be caught up on all my current BOMs.

Oh, and while I’m thinking of it, Connecting Threads has a gorgeous new fabric line called Luminescence! I purchased one of the dark fabrics and the set of 2 1/2″ strips ($11.17 for 27 strips) and I’m seriously considering going back for some of the backing and some other fabrics. Obviously this line is all my favorite colors. And obviously, I do not need more fabric. Except maybe another set of the strips. And….

Quilt on!

Just a Few Things

Just in case you’ve been wondering, I have done some quilting but have still not finished my goals from this post. I did a couple updates here and here, but I have done a little bit more. Just not much. Here’s what I’ve been working on.

  • Finishing Clue #2 of Scrap in a Box. Here it is:IMG_2553
  • Cutting and piecing the 3 blocks I currently have from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Here are Blocks 6 & 7: IMG_2556 IMG_2555And in the meantime, Block 9 arrived, so now I have 8 & 9 to complete. I have started cutting 8.
  • Cutting the rest of the sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM. I looked at them. Does that count?
  • Then on to the February 2015 Craftsy BOM. Nothing here either, I’m sorry to say. Soon now.

You may remember that I mentioned the Craftsy class that I was taking, Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting (w/ Debbie Caffrey). Well, I finished that one (which I found very helpful) and have now started her new one,  Clever Cuts for Efficient Quilting (w/Debbie Caffrey). This one also is very good and I highly recommend it.
Craftsy also has some new eGuides on various topics. For a limited time, some of them are free – from now until Saturday, February 21 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Now that I’ve shown you a sampling of the non-quilting eGuides, here are links to some of the quilting eGuides. These are also free for a limited time, but I’m not sure how long.

eGuide: Save Those Scraps! A Scrap Quilting Handbook

eGuide: Pre-Cuts: Everything You Need To Know For Successful Quilting

eGuide: A Metric Conversion Guide for Quilting & Sewing

eGuide: Genius Hacks Every Quilter Should Know

And in the spirit of full disclosure, yes, I am a Craftsy affiliate and following these links will help support this blog.

Quilt on!

Small Wednesday Update

Just a brief update here. Nothing exciting. Really.

I finished cutting all of the fabrics for Scrap in a Box on Monday, just in time since Clue #2 came out Tuesday evening. I didn’t get downstairs quickly enough to complete the whole clue, but I got 1/3 of it done!

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I must admit that the Craftsy class I am currently watching, Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting (w/ Debbie Caffrey), was a great deal of help in speeding up my cutting process. So much so that I also purchased her newer class (but I haven’t watched it yet, so I can’t tell you how I feel about that). I think my cutting is also more accurate, which is always a good thing.

Up next, finishing Clue #2, cutting and piecing the 3 blocks I currently have from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, and cutting the rest of the sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM. Then on to the February 2015 Craftsy BOM. And, of course, there is another block on the way from the Fat Quarter Shop. AAAAARGH!

Quilt on!

Sunday Stuff

We’re expecting several inches of snow today, so we are not attending church this morning or any Super Bowl parties this afternoon. I foresee a very lazy day today, except for making the necessary snow day chocolate chip cookies.

We saw our youngest daughter and our son-in-law this weekend so were able to hand off the Tumbler Quilt. This means we had the tall guy around to hold up the quilt so I got a better picture. (Yep, the son-in-law is behind it. You can almost see his feet.)

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I have spent some time cutting fabric for Scrap in a Box. I hope to finish that tomorrow so I can sew step one before step two comes out. I am afraid that I dread cutting so much that I kind of avoid the cutting area. And since it’s my next step…

My plans/hopes for this upcoming week are:

  • Finish cutting fabric for Scrap in a Box and do step one.
  • Cut and piece the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM blocks 6, 7 and 8 so I’m caught up before the next block comes.
  • Finish cutting the fabrics for the American Beauty BOM  sashing so I can assemble the sashing and the quilt center.
  • Do some hand quilting on my own quilt (AKA 2009 Designer Mystery BOM).

Does that sound a little ambitious? Well, I’ll keep you updated. Maybe I’ll actually get some of it done. I’ll keep you posted!

Quilt on!

Sunday Stuff

I have been working on some quilty types of stuff. Honest. Some is even part of my quilty resolutions.

I completed the tumbler quilt top and pieced the backing for it. No new pictures though.

I also completed Block 7 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. Here it is unpressed:

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And here it is nicely pressed sitting on the design wall:

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I also trimmed some sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM, but I haven’t taken any pictures of those.

And I cut the Block 8s for both the 2011 & 2012 Designer Mystery BOMs. Those are ready for me to start working on piecing by hand sometime soon.

And here is a little humor for Sunday. My DH received this t-shirt from some close friends today at church:

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We have funny friends!

Quilt on!

 

2015 Quilty Resolutions

Sandy of the Quilting for the Rest of Us podcast & blog is urging us to choose one thing we’ve wanted to do or learn for a very long time and use that as our quilty resolution, with an optional addition of a word for the year, so I will address those two things first. Then, of course, I will add some of my own because I feel the need to do that!

My one thing is free motion quilting. I know I’ve wanted to work on that and learn to feel comfortable with it ever since I realized I am beginning to get arthritis in my hands. I have had free motion quilting on my resolution lists for many years and have taken classes in person and on Craftsy, but I never seem to do it. So, there’s that.

I am stealing my one word from the author Marie Bostwick, although she gave me permission so I guess that doesn’t count as stealing. My word for this year is attuned. I want to be attuned to so much on so many levels. Attuned to the moods and feelings of my family. Attuned to my quilts and what they are trying to tell me about next steps to take with them. Attuned to that still small voice of God speaking to me in my Bible study and prayer life (and daily life). Attuned to the world around me and the opportunities to help and appreciate everyone and everything. So, yes, attuned is my word for 2015.F

Now that I’ve done that, let me tell you about my own other quilty resolutions for this new year.

  1. I am going to finish the American Beauty BOM by my birthday at the end of May. Really! It’s a done deal. I’m even going to enter it in my LQS UFO contest so maybe it will actually be completed by March!
  2. I am going to complete at least one other BOM from the following list:
    1. 2009 Designer Mystery BOM
    2. 2011 Designer Mystery BOM
    3. 2012 Designer Mystery BOM
    4. 2014 Designer Mystery BOM
  3. Once I feel a bit confident with the aforementioned free motion quilting, I am going to complete my oldest UFO. (I don’t have pictures of this yet so I can’t include them.)
  4. I am going to begin at least one of the two projects for which I have been collecting special fabrics. I won’t be able to post pictures of one of them until completion and gifting. Sorry.
  5. I am going to complete the deconstruction of my wedding gown. I began this in order to give my daughter some lace for her wedding bouquet and decided I wanted to save all of the little lace pieces but it has been sitting around for awhile, waiting for me to finish.

I will put a section for an abbreviated version of these in the sidebar as soon as possible.

Books on Monday will be back on Monday!

Quilt on!