Thursday Update & The Craftsy Spring Blowout Sale

Craftsy

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

IMG_2594First completed row

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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!