Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ First 3rd Quarter finish

I finally got around to finishing the comfy quilt I was working on.  I have to say it's not really one of my favorites, but I'm hoping there's a kid out there that likes it!  This one will be donated through our quilt guild to the Children's Advocacy Center.

The back kind of makes me dizzy.  :)

I stitched in the ditch around all the 25-patch blocks and did a double straight-line stitch in the sashing.  I tried out some free-motion quilted large flowers in the middle of the blocks ~ it's a good thing they aren't too noticeable.  :)

But I do love the striped binding!  Check off the first finish for this 3rd quarter!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some Ocean Waves progress and a new flimsy

I'm finally back into the swing of things after spending 3-1/2 weeks away from home visiting kids and grandkids, not to mention dogs and goats.

These two cousins turned 15 in June and July and they're both getting their driving permits ~ yike!

Celia's high school has a big rock out in front that gets painted pretty often ~ her mom and sister painted it on her birthday ~ how cool is that?

How sweet are these two little goats!

This one thought Celia was pretty sweet, too  :)

I did have a chance to do a little sewing while I was up there, but it feels really good to be back in my own space.  I've made some progress on my daughter's Ocean Waves quilt.  I managed to get all 432 half square triangles done ~ they're not all trimmed yet, but they're sewn at least!

Right now, I have two of the big 24-inch blocks put together.  I've been taking my time pinning all the points and so far so good!!  Here's the first block (before the 4 pieces were sewn together):

and here's the second (sewn together):

We decided to make all the X's with the same fabric in each ~ I love it so far!

I managed to finish the top of the 25-patch comfy quilt that I'm working on ~ this one should be an easy one to finish!  

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ 3rd Quarter list.

Here's my list for the 3rd Quarter:

Continuing on (again) with a couple of things from last quarter.

1 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ I have 4 blocks done and hope to make at least some progress this quarter.


2 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ maybe by the end of the year!

New on my list:

3 - Ocean Waves quilt for daughter #3.  Fabrics ready!

4 - Log Cabin Sparkles quilt.  

5 - 25-Patch Comfy Quilt.

I think I'm gonna be busy this quarter!  Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ 2nd Quarter Results

Here are my results for the 2nd Quarter of the 2015 Finish-Along.  (See my original post here.)

1 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  NO PROGRESS.

2 - Diamond District.  NO PROGRESS.

3 - Puddle Jumping.  FINISHED!!  Blogged here.

4 - Flag quilt.  FINISHED!!  Blogged here.

5 - Garden Fence quilt.  FINISHED!!  Blogged here.

So three out of five this quarter ~ better than half!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Quick little tip

I was cleaning my sewing space today and came across these little bits of paper ~

so I thought I'd share a little tip.  I was in the process of putting my Puddle Jumping top together ~ all the blocks were finished and I had to decide what order I wanted them in the finished quilt.   Unfortunately, my design wall wasn't big enough to hold a quilt that big (75" x 75") and I didn't want to lay them out on the floor.

My solution?  I took photos of the blocks and printed them out on paper, then proceeded to cut out all the blocks.   That enabled me to lay them out and move them around until I was happy with the order they were in.  Let me tell you, it was SO much easier moving 2-inch pieces of paper around than 15-inch blocks of fabric!  Once I was happy with the layout, I took a photo of them all together like the one below.

Easy peasy!  In case you hadn't seen it before, here's the finished quilt.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Next on the agenda

I know I have one more daughter quilt to make, but daughter #3 and I still have some decisions to make on that one.  But here are the fabrics we've picked so far (maybe) ~ all Cotton+Steel!

  So, in the meantime I've been cutting up pieces of Horizon by Kate Spain for another project!

I belong to another quilt group that picks one quilt a year, and each of us makes our own version of the same quilt.  This year they picked the Log Cabin Sparkle pattern out of a booked called New Ways with Jelly Rolls: 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts by Pat and Nicky Lintott.  

So here's my work in progress for this week!

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ Second Quarter ~ Finish #3

I think this may be the fastest I've ever finished a quilt this size ~ three weeks from start to finish!  I was motivated by the end of this quarter and our upcoming trip to Michigan.  This is the quilt for daughter #2, Sara, whose oldest son is a Marine currently serving in Japan.  

My inspiration was a quilt designed by Tish Douglas in Electric Quilt (which I don't have), so I had to figure out what size to make all the blocks to get it to a nice lap size.  I guess I still have some math skills left!  I only added one border instead of three ~ I like things a little more simple, I guess.  :)

Inspiration by Tish Douglas

A lot of the fabrics I used were from Because of the Brave, a collection from Moda.  I thought that would be appropriate for this quilt!

I quilted the stripes with multiple straight lines that follow the chevrons.  The star section was quilted in diagonal wavy lines.  I finished the border with just one straight line 1/4" inside the edge.

I added a star and a couple of chevrons on the back and incorporated the label in that big block.  I love the way the quilting looks on the back.

The finished quilt is 68" x 50" and it's finish #3 for this second Finish-Along quarter!

Linking up with Lorna and Adrienne!