Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 3rd Third Quarter Finish ~ Sea Swept

Sea Swept is finished!  I have to say I'm really proud of this one ~ my first totally paper-pieced quilt.  I presented it at our Guild meeting for Show & Tell and it was met with a lot of ooo's and ahh's.  The credit for that really goes to the gorgeous pattern by Cotton Patch Quilts!

Here it is ~ before its first bath:




and after:




 I always love the crinkly texture of a freshly-washed quilt!





The fabrics I used for the front of this quilt are Robert Kaufmann's Kona White and Kona Lagoon.  The wavy background is from the Baby Zoom Submarine collection by Northcott.  Binding and pieced backing fabric is by Timeless Treasures ~ I bought it way back in July and forgot to save the selvage, so I'm not sure what collection it's from.  :(

This quilt is sandwiched with Warm and White batting and it ended up at 56" x 64".

So this is finish #3 for this quarter!  Three out of seven so far ~ better than last quarter!







Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Light at the end of the tunnel




So I'm well on my way to finishing Sea Swept!  I had a little help from something I just picked up called The Weightless Quilter.  It holds the quilt up for you so you're not constantly picking it up off the table and moving it around!  It was a little pricey for my budget, but it has already saved me a lot of time.  Here's an action shot ~ I was just using one of the arms included (there are 4 provided) in this photo.  I think for free-motion it'll be invaluable!



It took me a while to decide how to quilt this ~ but I was looking at the quilt on the table and saw these white wavy bands going across diagonally in both directions and said "Voila!"  I started with straight lines across through the white squares of the snail trails to stabilize and then quilted 1/4" inside both sides of the wavy bands with my walking foot.


I like the design it makes on the back ~ it just "goes" with the wavy design of the backing fabric from the Baby Zoom Submarine collection at Northcott.


Now my favorite part ~ hand stitching the back of the binding.  :)




Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 2nd Third Quarter Finish ~ Day Break

Happy to say I have another finish for this quarter!  It's a quilt I started a little over a year ago, so I'm really happy to have it done.  :)

The pattern is Day Break by Jay Bird Quilts.  I used the Simply Colorful collection by V & Co with Architextures in black by Carolyn Friedlander as the background.  




I love the contrast between the background and the sunny colors of the Simply Colorful line!   I had a hard time deciding on a binding, but I thought the Yellow Geometric Frames set it off nicely.  Backing is Orange Leaves with a star block split in two.

Binding in progress






The quilting on this one is simple with lines on the sashing surrounding the stars and inside the stars.  If I ever get decent at FMQ, I may go back and add some accent stitching to the stars.  :)  (But don't hold your breath!)  The quilting is hard to see because of the dark fabric, but it shows up a little in this sunny pic.


So this makes finish # 2 for the Third Quarter!

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 1st Third Quarter Finish ~ Sew Together Bag

I almost forgot I had put this project on my list for this quarter.  My daughter Jen and I really wanted to make the  Sew Together Bag (pattern by Sew Demented at Craftsy), so when my hubby and I were in Michigan this summer that's what we did!  I didn't really bring any extra fabric with me, so I just used some of Jen's Cotton & Steel stash.  

I found the pattern a little tricky, but got some good tips from Heather at the Quilt Barn Sew-A-Long





Action shot:


I really LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag and I've gotten a lot of use out of it since we've been back home.  Jen's turned out really cute, too!



Linking up with Fabric Frenzy Friday!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday ~ Making progress!

I just realized I haven't posted since July 8 ~ how does that happen?  Part of the reason is being up in Michigan for a month with the family ~ the other part is being buried in paper.  :)

Oh Happy Day ~ I finally finished paper-piecing my granddaughter's Sea Swept quilt top!  It's been quite a journey ~ the only other paper-piecing I've done is a mini - but I'm really happy with the result!

Ready to sew the last seam.


I love the simple blue and white color scheme that my granddaughter picked out.  Lots of movement in this pattern!


Now the tedious part ~ picking all that paper off the back.  Hope there's a good movie on tonight!



Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social!

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 3rd Quarter List




I have high hopes for this 3rd quarter - my goal is 3 finishes.  Fingers crossed!

1 - Seasonal Silhouettes.  This pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is my first attempt at such detailed applique work.  I have the first three blocks fused and I've decided to make each block a separate wall-hanging so that I have one to show off each month.  :)  It's definitely a long-term project!

   

2 - Day Break Quilt.  Top is finished, backing is finished and the quilt is basted ~ hoping to finish this quarter!





3 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ still have only 4 blocks finished.
               


4 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!  (This makes a good leaders-enders project ~ I really should take advantage of that!)


5 - Garden Fence Comfy Quilt #2.  February was my month for the Newbie Quilters Bee (Hive #11), so I'm doing another Garden Fence quilt and have lots of blocks from my bee mates to put together.  



New this quarter:

6 - Sea Swept (pattern by Cotton Patch Quilts).   This is the second out of 8 quilts I'm making for my grandkids.  So far I've cut all the pieces, organized them in baggies, and started the paper-piecing.




7 - Sew Together Bag (pattern by Sew Demented at Craftsy)  This is a bag I've been wanting to make for a while ~ so far I have the fabrics cut and I'm ready to jump in.




Linking up with Debbie at A Quilter's Table for this quarter of the 2016 Finish-Along!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ Second Quarter Results

Not much to report this quarter due to 5 weeks of traveling - no craftiness involved. I have high hopes for next quarter!


So here's my list for the 2nd quarter (which is a total repeat of last quarter's list ~ plus two extras):

1 - Elephant Parade.  FINISHED!


2 - Seasonal Silhouettes.  This pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is my first attempt at such detailed applique work.  I have the first three blocks fused and I've decided to make each block a separate wall-hanging so that I have one to show off each month.  :)  It's definitely a long-term project!  NO PROGRESS

   

3 - Day Break Quilt.  Top is finished, backing is finished and the quilt is basted ~ hoping to finish this quarter!


4 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ still have only 4 blocks finished.  NO PROGRESS
               

5 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!  (This makes a good leaders-enders project ~ I really should take advantage of that!)  NO PROGRESS


6 - Garden Fence Comfy Quilt #2.  February was my month for the Newbie Quilters Bee (Hive #11), so I'm doing another Garden Fence quilt and have lots of blocks from my bee mates to put together.  Might as well add it to this list!  NO PROGRESS


7 - Heart's Content "Little Love" mini quilt project by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. It's made with a mini charm pack which is included in the kit along with 7 small spools of Aurifil thread.  I've decided on the layout I wanted and finished fusing the hearts (another fusible applique project ~ yay!).  This one may end up as a hand-quilting project, since we're going to be traveling.  :)  FINISHED!



So 2 finishes out of 7 - not as bad as I thought and better than last quarter!