2017 Q4 Finish-A-Long Hopefuls!

Yes, I am calling these all hopefuls. I am fairly close to done with all of these and do think this is a possibility. Seriously! Yes, there are six here. Yes, that seems like a lot but I am hoping!

Here’s the annotated list.

  1. The Kimberly Einmo Lone Star. The center of the top is completed. Once I add the borders, it will head off to a longarmer and then when it comes home I will need to bind it. At least that is the current plan.
  2. Layer Cake Explosion. I started this one in May. I have the four paper piecing blocks to do and then sashing to cut and assembly to do. It too will most likely go to a longarmer. Although it does need a little more work than the Lone Star, I also think it is doable.
  3. Christmas Jelly Roll Race. I started this on a whim a couple of years ago. It needs some borders and then I think I might quilt this one myself. I really want to have it done for Christmas, so I think it has a chance.
  4. Finish the four table runners I have started for the church auction. Yep, these will probably get finished. After all, most of them just need quilting and finishing. And the auction is an important impetus.
  5. Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt. I would like to see this finished. It is a bright fun looking quilt! I’m not sure what I’ll do with it when it is finished, but I do want to finish it. This has a pretty long way to go though, so it is probably the least likely to make it.
  6. Disappearing Pinwheels. I have enough blocks made that I could just put them together and make the quilt top, but I think I want to make a few more blocks so I have more choices. Then the left over blocks can go on the back.

So there are my fourth quarter hopes and dreams! We’ll see how it goes!

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2017 Q1 Finish-Along List

Yes, I’m going to try this again this year. Last year my best quarter for finishes was the first quarter – maybe because it is also my LQS’s UFO finishing contest also, so I’m extra motivated. So this year, I’m aiming high again for the first quarter.

First of all, I am pretty sure I can finish my 2012 FQS Designer Mystery Block of the Month. After all, it is currently at the longarmer’s and then will only need binding.

I am hoping to finish my Birds in the Air quilt also. I need to decide about borders and then I think I will quilt it myself – unless I change my mind about that.

Disappearing Pinwheels is another that shouldn’t take impossibly long to finish. I have a couple more blocks to finish and then construction and quilting to think about and complete. Here’s a picture of one of the blocks.I only have three more blocks to finish in the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and the finishing kit is all cut out, so that could be another finish. That’s kind of an outside chance, but worth the thought. Here’s are a couple of pictures to remind you of what some of the fabrics look like for that one. I also (if sewing time is abundantly available) could hope to finish the Lone Star quilt that I started at the AQS show a couple of years ago in Kimberly Einmo’s class. That’s a real longshot though! But worth the mention. And that is my plan, including some longshots! How about you?

I’m linking this to the 2017 Q1 Proposed Finishes at Rhonda’s Ramblings.

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Working on a Huge Monkey

This is just a brief post to show you what I’ve been working on over the last few hours. Hopefully I will get this post finished before the arrival of the women to hand quilt the church quilt.

I have been working on some (okay 2) Disappearing Pinwheel blocks and adding setting triangles to the American Beauty Block of the Month (AKA Quilting Monkey #1) blocks.

Here’s the first pink houndstooth DPW with its corresponding BOM friends:

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And the second pink houndstooth DPW with its friends:IMG_2364

Because I had to step farther away to get the pictures of the whole gang, they are much darker. Maybe I need to light the design wall better.  Here’s the best of them.

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And here’s a sad truth. There should be one red houndstooth DPW but when making the next to last cut, I veered off into space. Sigh.

Get used to seeing pink, black and green on this blog. I am determined to finish the American Beauty BOM by the end of the year or die trying!

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Another Little Update

So far, the Falling Charms quilt has six rows sewn together and another row ready to attach to them. I also added another DPW;

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I’ve also spent some time cutting some more for the flower blocks for the church quilt. We are making the Scrappy Pinwheel Flowers quilt by Cottage Quilt Designs:

We are making the king sized quilt, or we were until I decided to change the borders. As pictured above, there are three different colored borders of 3 inches finished width, beginning with the background color. It kind of looks tame for this quilt, so as of right now we are considering something more like the border on Sue Garman’s Twirly Balls and Pinwheels quilt:

I purchased the pattern (mostly because I would love to make it someday!) and will be attempting to figure out how to make a similar border for our quilt. What have I gotten myself into here?

I think I’ll go do a little hand quilting. I’m almost finished with the eighth (out of nine) superblock. Then I’ll get to move on to filling the big spaces between them. And then the borders. I know I’m not nearly finished, but I am making progress.

How about you?

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Quilting Update

Over the past week or so, a lot has happened in the basement/studio! I have been knocking out a few Disappearing Pinwheel blocks and sewing together the first 6 rows (well, maybe it’s the last 6, since I started at the bottom of the design wall) of the Falling Charms quilt as I go.

Here are the most recent DPWs:

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Houndstooth Twins

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Floral Twins

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On Wednesday, Carolyn and Amy came over to help prepare fabric for the church quilt. Amy did her favorite pressing job, I did the cutting, and Carolyn did the sorting and bagging (which Amy also helped with once the pressing was done). We got all of the block kits prepared for the pinwheel blocks for the church quilt and got a pretty good start on the flower blocks. Tonight I wrote up the directions for the pinwheel blocks, so I’ll start handing those out tomorrow at church. Here’s the pinwheel block (not all of the greens are these colors):

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I spent about four hours today downstairs making DPWs, sewing Falling Charms blocks together, sewing the green pinwheel together, and making 10 more pinwheels for future DPWs. Then I spent some time this evening doing some hand quilting on the wedding quilt, so I have started March-a-long with a bang.

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Help!!!!

So, I’ve spent several months just kind of moving along in several areas without really being excited about sewing/quilting. I’ve made progress on the paper piecing of my eldest daughter’s Christmas tree skirt. (Haven’t started the one for the youngest daughter and her hubby yet.) I started the Falling Charms quilt and the Disappearing Pinwheel. I signed up for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM at the Fat Quarter Shop. I did a little stitching (and a lot of reading) in preparation for learning to machine appliqué. I fell in love with another BOM that would utilize both piecing and machine appliqué, but I haven’t yet signed up for that one. (Available here or here or here. And if we really want to confess something, I would love to make this kit and maybe even a couple of others, but I don’t usually like kits. And we’ve gotten started on the church quilt for this year, but that is not entirely on me.

So what’s missing from all of these things? Finishes! Where is the mojo for actually completing something? Does someone have a shot of that that they could send me? Please! Before I start something else that I may or may not regret starting!

Disappearing Pinwheel Progress

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I spent as much time as possible during the #MLKSI making Disappearing Pinwheel blocks. My layer cake started with the lightest fabrics on top, so as I work my way down, the contrast gets much clearer.

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I’m very fond of the above print! It looks so pretty. It was the print on top of the layer cake.

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This was sort of the grunge print in the lightest color.

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This was the text print in the lightest color.

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This print turned out very interesting.

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I like the hearts all around this one.

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More little hearts!

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Twins of the light pink grunge.

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The light pink text print should have been twins, but my ruler slipped.

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Flower twins.

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Darker pink hearts.

My plans here are currently to make all the layer cake squares into DPWs and then make two quilts using 20 blocks in each. I have purchased border fabric for those quilts, which will be throw sized. At least, that is the plan right now.

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Decision Made

You may or may not remember that I had several layer cakes to choose from for Monday’s Disappearing Pinwheel Bee on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sew-In.

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Choice of Kate Spain Cuzco or Good Fortune

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Veranda by Amanda Murphy

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Kissing Booth by basicgrey

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Moon Shadows

I considered using Moon Shadows and pairing it with a Kona Silent Film layer cake made up of all different blacks and grays, but when I looked at some of the other fabrics in this layer cake I realized that that would make a very dark quilt and I kind of don’t want to cut up the top print without fussy cutting. I really like that fabric!

So the current plan is to pair Kissing Booth with a Kona snow layer cake. I think that should come out pretty interesting. I may starch the heck out of the two layer cakes this weekend since I wasn’t doing very well working with the biases when I made a test block the other day.

In today’s stitching, I made some progress on the next units for the Celebration tree skirt.

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Early progress

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As far as I got today. Six more flying geese to go on each unit.

What are you working on?

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What Am I Getting Myself Into?

Apparently it’s feast or famine around here with the posts!

Apparently (and apparently apparently is the word of the day here!) the Twitterverse is causing me to start an new project soon. Next Monday to be exact, as we sew-in on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I think it might be AJ’s (from I Knit N Quilt 2 and The Quilting Pot podcast) fault. Or maybe it’s Sandy’s (from Quilting for the Rest of Us and the podcast of the same name) fault. I think Nonnie (from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams and the podcast of the same name) first tweeted a link to the YouTube videos. All of that is irrelevant, really.

Let’s just say that somehow someone on Twitter mentioned the Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The first tutorial is this one:

The second one is this one:

Aren’t they gorgeous? And now somehow, through the magic of Twitter, several of us are going to make one of these or at least work on them next Monday. And, yes, that includes me. And, yes, I know that I have way too many other projects going on, but there you go. I guess they are going to have to wait.

Which brings me to the big question: Which layer cake do I use? I have two Kate Spain layer cakes – Cuzco and Good Fortune. (In my opinion, one can never go wrong with Kate Spain.)

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And I have Amanda Murphy’s Veranda. (I love the brights in this!)

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And Moon Shadows by Michele D’Amore. (There are some gorgeous fabrics in here and it is very different from my usual bright colors.)

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And Kissing Booth by Basic Grey. (Valentine’s Day is coming after all.)

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Any suggestions? How do I choose? Help me! Please!

And Quilt on!