A Little Progress

I have made some quilting progress in the last few weeks, but I just haven’t posted about it. So here goes. Not necessarily in chronological order.

First and foremost, we have been in finish-the-church-quilt mode and we are currently on track to finish the quilting tomorrow. I can’t wait!

My first Rosette 2 is still in this condition, as I’m still considering options for the next round.

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I made this lovely wreath to as the next round.img_5088

I tried it out to see if I really liked it with the center. img_5089

And I got it stitched together, so it is in this condition.img_5090

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This microwave potato baker.fullsizeoutput_1e59 And this bowl cozy.

I’m working right now on several placemats for the auction also. I may do another bowl cozy and potato baker set. We’ll see.

I still haven’t put the borders on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. Nor did I get Scrap-in-a-Box basted. Sigh.

The Fat Quarter Shop has started giving hints about the 2017 Designer Mystery BOM. I’m not crazy about the colors so I will pass this year too. It disappoints me a bit, because I do love their BOMs. There is always more than enough fabric for each block and for the finishing kit. The blocks are always fun to make. Maybe next year.

 

 

2014 In Review

One of the best things about blogging is that you can start a post and save it as a draft and add to it before actually posting it. I started this post, in note form, on January 2, 2014. I have added to it over the course of the year so that I have a pretty decent picture of my quilting year. Let me share it with you.

The first project I worked on in 2014 was the Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt for my eldest daughter. I had started it last year, but, as you can see, it was a complicated project.

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The first projected I actually started in 2014 was the Disappearing Pinwheels quilt. I’m still working on making the blocks as I have plenty of other projects that I’m working on simultaneously. I have serious Quilter’s ADD.

We began the church auction quilt in February by cutting the fabric and passing out block kits to several people at church. The goal this year was to make a quilt that would fit in almost any color scheme. We put together enough block kits to make a king sized quilt, but they didn’t all come back finished and several had to be redone, so we settled for a queen-sized quilt which I began assembling in May.

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I took part in my first charm swap in May (yes, I am late to the party!), and I have definite ideas of what I’m going to do with those 1 1/2″ squares, but I’m trying to hold the Quilter’s ADD in check and finish a few things first.

I completed a potholder (my first!) in June. I used a block from my 120 blocks project. This was also my first finish of the year. I did it to enter Very Lazy Daisy’s contest.

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As I had promised our youngest daughter and her husband, I completed the Wedding Quilt in July. The finish coincided with their first anniversary and their move into their first house. (By the way, the room where this picture was taken is now their theater room and the walls are red.)

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I completed Falling Charms a week later. It had been waiting for a binding for a month or so after returning from my favorite longarm quilter. The binding was even already made.

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Another first for this one is that I pieced the back. As a hand quilter, I don’t usually do this, because in hand quilting I prefer as few extra layers (like seam allowances) as possible to quilt through. I think I like the back every bit as much as I like the front of this one.IMG_1954

We began quilting the church auction quilt in August. We got together in my basement a few times a week to work on this.

I attended AQS Grand Rapids in August. Last year, I learned I really didn’t like going for just one day. I like the chance to drop in on the show several times during the week. I took four classes! And I learned two things about that. First, I don’t want to take four classes that start early in the morning. Second, four classes are too many. Maybe a class or two and some lectures would be better. And maybe a couple of mornings to sleep in a bit! I started two new quilts at the quilt show during my two Kimberly Einmo classes. IMG_2229

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At the quilt show, I had a great time with Nonnie and Carole. We got to spend a little more time together than last year. (Actually, Carole and I got to spend a lot more time together. Nonnie, I hope you get to come for more days next summer!)

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I completed Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt top in September and sent it out for machine quilting. I got it back and bound by October 7, making it finish number four!

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Immediately after sending off the above tree skirt, I began Carpenter’s Star Tree Skirt in September. After all, the younger daughter and her husband deserved a Christmas tree skirt also! They chose this pattern and it went quickly. I sent it out for machine quilting also and got it back and bound by October 29 (finish number five!). I was able to give both the tree skirts to their new owners when we got together to celebrate our eldest daughter’s birthday at the end (literally) of October.

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We finished church auction quilt November 25, and it was auctioned off on December 5.

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Shortly after that, I got the itch to play with some Christmas fabrics so I made a Jelly Roll Race and added some blocks to it. It is just waiting for me to take it to the longarmer, but I need to figure out a back for it first.

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I have also worked on some old BOMs this year, getting to the seventh blocks in both the 2011 and 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOMs. And I started the 2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM with my friend Amy. I am hoping to completer the American Beauty BOM top before year’s end so that it can be my first finish next year.

The last UFO that I worked on this year is a tumbler quilt kit that I bought a few years ago and started a few years ago and wrote about here. I found it last week and started a push to finish it. So far 8 of the 14 rows are together:

IMG_2483Yep, those are not my usual colors, but they do look kind of masculine, don’t they? My son-in-law’s birthday is on January 9 and if a miracle happens, this will be a birthday gift.

So, I am apparently using this quilt top to avoid finishing the American Beauty BOM. Why do I not just get that one done?

Happy New Year and

Quilt on!

Sunday Stuff

I have a finish for Very Lazy Daisy‘s 2014 Finish Along after all! Just in the nick of time!

I have made my first potholder. Yes, a whole potholder. I grabbed the Berkeley Block which I made in September, 2010 – making it a UFO for sure! Yes, I sort of threw it together ( don’t look at the uneven binding) but at least I now have a slight chance of winning Daisy’s giveaway.

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And here is the back before i put the binding on it. Yep, pretty basic stitch in the ditch machine quilting. It’s my first potholder. I have lots of blocks made of Christmas fabric. Maybe more will be coming.

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In other news, the church quilt top is finished and off to the longarmer for basting for hand quilting. Here’s a pretty bad picture since I couldn’t get all of the quilt in one picture because it is a queen-sized quilt.

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Here’s a close-up of the borders:

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One of our goals with this quilt was to make a quilt that looked more modern than last year’s quilt. Another was to make a quilt that could fit into almost any color scheme. Hopefully we have come close to that.

Quilt on!

Catching Up

I’m afraid I’ve been slacking as a blogger and been more absent than usual from social media lately. So what have I been doing?

Well, the biggest time commitment has been putting together the church auction quilt. Our goal this year was to make a more modern looking quilt that includes enough different colors so that it will go with almost any color decor. This is one colorful quilt! Here is the center of the quilt:

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Today I finished adding the three borders to the quilt (thanks to Amazing Amy’s ironing skills) but I didn’t have any space big enough to lay it all out with the borders, so here are a few shots. Please note that the outer border sort of fades into the carpet.

Here is one end of the quilt:

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This shows more of the center of the quilt:

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Here is the other end:

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And here is a closeup of the borders. The green border is actually two green fabrics alternated. The outer border is one of those miracles that sometimes happens while fabric shopping. We wanted a border that carried on the flower idea (the pattern is called Scrappy Pinwheel Flowers, after all) but did not limit the color scheme that this quilt will fit into. Sometimes when you have such a definite idea of what you want (did I mention that it had to be a batik?), you can’t find anything that works. But this one seemed to be perfect. (I think once the dark green binding is on, this outer border will stand out a little more.)

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I have also been buying fabric that I don’t need. During the trip to one of our LQSes, I purchased this bundle which reminded me of a lighter version of some fabric I used in a quilt for my youngest daughter a couple of years ago:

IMG_1853I also purchased Edyta Sitar’s Craftsy class Garden of Quilted Possibilities (w/ Edyta Sitar) (Yes that is a Craftsy Affiliate link.)and purchased (I couldn’t help myself) the fabric bundle to go with it.

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It will be a while before I can actually start the class and use this fabric, but it’s in my plan. And I think DDR Quilter will be joining me. That will be fun!

Now I have to figure out what I can possibly finish by June 11 for Very Lazy Daisy‘s contest. Will I find something? Stay tuned.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

End of the Line with the Wovens

In an earlier post found here, I mentioned the fact that three of the quilt patterns I used/completed this year had the word “woven” in them. Those patterns were named Woven Star, Woven Double Wedding Ring and Woven Links. The first two were completed last spring.

Woven Star quiltJanni’s Woven Star

Quilt in blues and greensMegan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring

Quilt in blue, green, gray, and purple shadesWoven Links (sorry about the lighting or lack thereof)

And thus ends my foray into the World of Wovens. What did I learn from this? I’m not sure at all. Maybe lesson number one is that quilts always look better after they’ve been washed. I just don’t know. Why were there three quilts in my life this year with the word “woven” in their titles? I don’t know. Was there any deep cosmic meaning in this? I don’t know.

Do you?

 

Deep Thoughts About Quilts & Quilting

Today we will sew the binding and label on the church quilt! By November 1, I did not think we were going to make it in time for the auction. Here we are a week and a day early! We rock! (I’ll post pictures after it is washed.)

Did you ever notice how much better a quilt looks after it’s done than it did while you were working on it? I’d have sworn there were huge pleats in the back of this quilt, but they don’t look so bad now that it is off the frame and I’m seeing them, not feeling them. (I won’t be able to post pleat pictures – if such exist – we’ll be covering them with scripture labels.)

In other news, I succumbed once again to evil temptress Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop and took advantage of her 25% off Cyber Monday sale. Pictures to follow.

And I have not made any progress on Christmas gifts or Easy Street, but that changes tonight!

Easy Street

I guess I’m going to be attempting to have to catch up to Easy Street. This week is crunch time on the church quilt – it needs to be completed by next Sunday – or at least only need the binding by then. I prefer completed, including washing, so we can show it in church next Sunday.

Here is how far I’ve gotten on Easy Street: I’ve chosen the fabrics. Sort of.

The fabric choices that are not batiks

Non Batik Choices

I may have to supplement with some bright blue batiks but I think I’m good here. Also, I think my grays will be Fairy Frost, my favorite. Yes, I’m not showing much imagination as far as colors since these are basically the colors Bonnie Hunter is using, but they are some of my favorites so….

But the cutting and sewing part will have to wait for a week or so. I think I’m probably in trouble starting off behind here, but I have no choice. My quilting time today was spent hand quilting the church quilt to get as much done as possible and cutting the binding strips for that quilt. I’ll sew them together later so they are ready when we finally get the quilting done. I will be ecstatic when this quilt is finished.

As for you, quilt on!

 

Sorry

I know, I know! I moved my blog to a new address and then quit posting. I’m sorry. I’ve been back in quilt sweatshop mode. This is caused by

  1. The church quilt deadline is rapidly approaching.
  2. Two Christmas presents are in progress.
  3. I have been trying to finish the second guest room quilt, AKA Rail Fence Checkerboard.
  4. I think I have been peer pressured into participating in Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt, Easy Street. (Yes, after telling 30 years worth of telling students that peer pressure is a bad thing, I have succumbed to quilter peer pressure.)

Sunday night I completed the Rail Fence Checkerboard top and prepped the backing. Today I delivered it to the quilt shop to be sent to the longarmer. Good news, right? This merits a picture, right? I forgot to take one. And, although I have some pictures of the Christmas gifts I’m working on, I can’t show them here until after Christmas.

I promise pictures in the next post. At the very least, I will have pictures of my fabric choices for the Mystery Quilt!

Quilters hand quilting the church quiltI found a picture! Sorry it is so dark. I really don’t make people quilt in the dark in my basement. Honest. It isn’t that kind of sweatshop.