Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Finish No.2 - 2nd Q

Finish #2 this quarter is based on Missouri Star Quilt Company's Whimsical Shoo-Fly pattern, and used my left over Momo Flying Colors layer cake squares, plus two matching 10" squares I cut from my stash.

To make this quilt and the Color Weave quilt you need a total of 44 layer cake squares.  They are perfect companion lap quilts!  I made a pair of them at Christmastime last year for my nieces...the fabrics match, but the quilts are different!  Perfect for sisters!


For my version of the quilt, I added 2" sashing between the Shoo-Flys with pinwheel cornerstones made from the cut-offs from the Shoo-Fly HST units.


I backed the quilt with this cute bicycle fabric from my stash.  Between this and the Color Weave quilt the only fabric I purchased was for binding...which, in the end, was the wrong color...so I used stash!  Woo-hoo!  Stash Busting!


I sent this quilt into MSQC for quilting, using the Dragonflies and Flowers pattern.


Some Stats for the quilt:
Size: 56" X 66"
Quilting: MSQC - Dragonflies and Flowers
Started: 10/25/16
Finished: 04/17/17
Fabric Used: All stash - 100%!

This makes finish #5 for 2017...and 45 remaining UFO's (32 remaining on the 2nd Q List)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finish No. 1 - 2nd Q


Bad pictures....of a very cute quilt!

I really need to work on my picture taking skills...and of course, not waiting until the very last second to snap a quick pic as the quilt is walking out of the door to its new home, might be the starting point!

Sigh!

Anyway, this was a pretty fun quilt to make, and really fast!  The pattern is called Color Weave by Julie Hirt (found at the Moda Bakeshop).  I made the Throw size, which uses 24 Layer Cake squares.  The fabric is by Momo, called Flying Colors.  It's a layer cake I have had in my stash for a couple of years.


I've made this pattern twice now...and really love how it showcases the fabrics.

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I love this print!

I sent the quilt to MSQC for quilting...and really, how perfect is this kite pattern!  I fell in love the second I saw it!

So that's it...the first finish for the quarter, which I actually finished on April 17th, but didn't take pictures until May 30th...and then got around to blogging on June 20th.

Some Stats for the quilt:
Size: 57" X 68"
Quilting: Missouri Star Quilt Company - Kites pattern
Started: 10/25/16
Finished: 04/17/17
Fabric Used: All stash - 100%!

This makes finish #4 for 2017...and 44 remaining UFO's.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wendsday

I know, I just posted a quarter end status update and right before that the new quarter goals...but since then (yes, since Monday) I have have made progress!  I've ripped out and restarted the quilting on my Red & White Scrappy Trip Irish Chain...RWSTIC, for short (wink-wink)...and things are moving along pretty quickly.

I love those little scooter girls!
Simple cross-hatching, but I think it will be perfect for this quilt!


I love this backing...it is an extra-wide from Connecting Threads, and a great match for the top!


And of course, what I'm working on also means, what the cats are working on, right?


Helper #1, Joe, holding the quilt down...should it decide to up and run away from the sewing machine!





And helper #2, Elaine, making sure there are no mistakes on the underside!






Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 First Quarter Round-up

I'm such a dolt!  I finished two of my UFO's from my 1st quarter FAL list...and just realized this morning, I never published the second blog post.  Which means I never got that finish linked up...doh!

Anyway...at least it's finished (and now posted retroactively).

Anyway, on to the 1st Quarter list...and how I did (not too shabby, if I say so myself...and I do):


The Red & White Scrappy Trip/Irish Chain:  I love this quilt.  I finished all the blocks and got the top put together and basted.  I even got one row of quilting done...but then set it aside.  That's okay though, I'm glad my unfinished top list is dwindling...if I can just keep my promise to not start anymore new projects for awhile!



The 2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery:  So beautiful!  This one also moved from the unfinished top list to the needs quilting list.  I have a backing all ready for it...I'm leaning towards "dot-to-dot" quilting for each of the stars...



The Feathers Star Pillow: No change...

The Hexagon Baby Quilt: Finished! Gifted! And currently being loved on!

Dapper Dan/Strip Quilt: No change...

Hand-pieced Henry: Still plugging along...hand quilting is slow work for me!

FQS Snapshots Quilt:  The top is done!  I have a little bit of embroidery to do one the backing...and then it will be ready for quilting.  This one is sooooo cute!  It definitely deserves some special quilting!



Clovers: Done...and over-with!  My mom loved it, at least someone did!  Such a cute pattern...I think I just didn't love my colors...my tastes changed.

Black Cats and Pink Polka-dots: The top is done...and looks great.  I need to decide what I want as a backing...I'm considering a pink minky, and then gifting it to a cat-loving friend.



Cherry Tweet:  I made progress on this...but not a lot.  I have a lot of the applique blocks fused down, but not sewn.  Progress is good!

In the end, I finished 20% of my list...I'm good with that!  And I moved five unfinished tops of that list!

Next quarter...it's all about the quilting!



Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long

So...quick and fast, before I miss the deadline...

My 2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long projects, all 34 of them!  This quarter I am going to focus on quilting instead of piecing...

Diamond Tread, Cat Chevron, Pink Cts, FQS 2014 Mystery, FQS Snapshots, Oh My Stars, Blue Geese, Dapper Dan, Box Lunch, Kaffe Ribbons, Hawaiian 1600, AppleStars, Scrappy Paths, You+Me Batik, Bee Row Along, En Provence Variation, Batik Chevron, Christmas Geese, 12/26, Round Robin, Aunt Ruth's, Feathered Stars, Placemats, Red Chain, Log Cabin, Feathered Star Pillow, Adore floral, Hand-dyed stars, Quilted Oak Leaves, Shoo Fly, Color Weave, Kaffe Lattice, Canoe Ridge, Pins & Paws

Edited to add: Of the 34 UFO's on my list, two only need bindings (really, why haven't I done this yet!), five have the quilting started (even if it is just one row of quilting!), one is basted and ready to quilt (I just need to get the courage up to do more feathers!), fourteen have backings made and are ready to be basted (after I buy another roll of batting), nine need a backing made, one needs borders and two are still being pieced into tops.

I know I won't really get all theses done, even by a long shot!  But I just threw all of the completed tops on the list...I really want to focus on quilting over piecing this quarter...and you can never tell what kinda quilting you're in the mood for, right...straight-line, hand quilting, free-motion...easy or challenging...lightly quilted or heavily.  And as long as I make some progress, I'm happy!

Wish me luck!  And I wish all of the FAL-ers luck this quarter!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Tickled Pink Beachy Quilt...

Every year my local quilt shop, A Quilted Heart, puts on a fantastic fundraiser for breast cancer research called Tickled Pink.  A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be asked to help with the organizing of the event...a highlight in my year!

Tickled Pink 2015 (I don't have pictures from last year's...strange)

The event is a 12 hour sew-in...dinner included!  There is some free sew time, eating time (all the time), silent auction and raffle time, group bee-sewing time of a huge charity quilt (raffled off the following year at Relay for Life) and after midnight there is "mystery quilt" time.



Last year the event's theme was Toes in the Sand...and I picked some cute fabric 1/3 yard cuts I had in my stash that were very beachy for the "mystery quilt".


And got to sewing...well, at least as much as I could functioning on no sleep at 2 in the morning!



I sent the quilt to Missouri Star Quilt Co for long-arm quilting...



...FLIP-FLOPS!  How perfect is that!

I just love how everything turned out...this one may find a permanent place in my home...hmmm



Some Stats for the quilt:
Size: 68" X 74"
Quilting: Missouri Star Quilting - flip-flops
Started: 10/15/16
Finished: 02/10/17
Fabric Used: All stash, but not all scraps

This makes finish #3 for 2017...and 44 remaining UFO's (8 remaining on the 1stQ List)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Finish No.2 - 1st Q

I've finished my second project from my 2017 Finish-a-Long 1st Quarter list...yay!



Part of my strategy for finishing up all of my...ahem... 47 remaining UFO's (yes, I've added 7 new one this year), is to spend a little time with each of them...and decide if it is a project I want to finish.

With Clovers, I decided I really love the pattern (Fig Tree & Co has such cute patterns!)...and I used to really like the fabrics, but honestly...


...they were old-old stash, back from when I started quilting in the mid-90's.



So with that in mind...I had 12 blocks done, two each of six different fabric match-ups.  I decided that was enough to make a small version.



I laid out 9 of the blocks, 3X3...used the pattern's sashing instructions, and added just one outside border.  Done!

Aren't my mom's camelias beautiful!
I used it as a practice piece for FMQ meandering in the background, and did some straight line quilting with my walking-foot in the "clovers".



I took it up to my mom's to take some pictures...and she just loved it, so there it stayed!

Backing...my mom loved this fabric!  I was just trying to use it up!
Some Stats for the quilt:
Size: 46" X 46"
Quilting: FMQ meander and walking-foot straight lines on my Pfaff
Started: 01/21/12
Finished: 02/07/17
Fabric Used: All stash - 100%! (and some very-very old)



2nd item checked off my UFO list!

This makes finish #2 for 2017...and 45 remaining UFO's (8 remaining on the 1stQ List)