Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday ~ Little Bits

Working on multiple projects this week ~ so here are just a few little glimpses.

Made some good progress on the first block (January) of the Seasonal Silhouettes.  I actually love the process of fusible applique ~ from tracing the patterns pieces to cutting them out and fusing them onto the background.  I'm using Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 and it's a dream to work with!

I forgot to put this one on my 2016 Finish-Along list (darn!).  It's the Heart's Content "Little Love" mini quilt project by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and it's made with a mini charm pack which is included in the kit along with 7 small spools of Aurifil thread.  I decided on the layout I wanted and finished fusing the hearts (another fusible applique project ~ yay!).  But I think I'll put this one on hold for a while so I can add it to my 2nd quarter list.  :)

Finished all my mama elephants for my granddaughter's Elephant Parade quilt!  I decided on prints instead of solids.  (I haven't warmed up to solids quite yet.)  I am making the quilt a little bigger than the pattern by adding another row at the bottom and another baby elephant to each row.

So that's what I'm working on this week ~ fun stuff!

Linking up with Lee and Lorna!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 1st Quarter List

Yay!  It's a brand new year!!  Last year wasn't bad ~ 10 finishes ~ but
I'm happy about that since I'm a pokey quilter and some of them were pretty labor-intensive for me.  Time to get excited about all the projects I'm going to finish in 2016!  :)

So here's my list for the 1st quarter:

1 - Elephant Parade.  I love this pattern by Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts, so I was pretty excited when my granddaughter picked that for her quilt this year.  I have most of the fabrics cut into strips, so I guess it's time to get started!

2 - Seasonal Silhouettes.  This pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is going to be my first attempt at such detailed applique work.  I have a feeling that it might  not probably won't be finished by the end of the year, but it's a great long-term project!

Those are the two new entries for this quarter.  I've decided to put my leftovers at the bottom of my list this year (I get tired of them glaring at me when I open this page!)

3 - Day Break Quilt.  Top is finished ~ will definitely finish it this quarter!

4 - 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.

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!)

In the meantime, I'm going here for some much-needed nourishment!

Linking up with Rhonda for the 2016 Finish-Along!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ 4th Quarter Results

Hard to believe it's the end of another year ~ I managed to finish 10 quilting projects this year and, for me, that's a good thing!  Here are my results for the 4th Quarter of the 2015 Finish-Along.  (See my original post here.)

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.  NO PROGRESS.


2 - Diamond District.  I'm still on six blocks ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!  NO PROGRESS.

3 - Log Cabin Sparkles quilt.   FINISHED!  Blogged here.

New this quarter:

4 - Day Break Quilt.  Top is finished ~ will definitely finish it next quarter!

5 - Medallion Star Mini Quilt.    FINISHED!  Blogged here.

That makes 2 (almost 3) finishes for the last quarter of 2015.  Looking forward to next year (I really need to make some progress on those first two on my list) ~ Thanks, Adrianne, for helping us push ourselves along this year!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Finish #2 for this quarter

I'm happy to say that I finished Log Cabin Sparkles - and I actually got some outside shots for a change!

I took the easy way out (as usual) and did a simple cross-hatch on the diagonal.  I'm still happy with the result ~ I like simple.

I backed it in the Horizon Leaves fabric in blue with a circle of Grunge HSTs.  I love that this book includes a pattern for a pieced back for each of the quilts.

Quilt stats:
Pattern: Log Cabin Sparkles from the book New Ways with Jelly Rolls: 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts by Pat and Nicky Lintott.
Size:  72 in. x 72 in.
Fabrics:  Horizon by Kate Spain, Grunge Basics Ocean by Basic Grey, Kona Snow
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. 2021

Happy that I can check off my second (and probably last) finish on my 4th quarter list for the 2015 Finish-Along!

Linking up with Lorna on Let's Bee Social!

Monday, November 30, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ First 4th Quarter Finish

Check off one project on this quarter's list!  I realize it's a small one, but it was my first hand-quilted project so it took me a little longer.  :)

The pattern for this quilt is from the book Fat-Quarter Quilting by Lori Smith (which is a great book full of 16" x 20" small quilt patterns).  Fabrics are scraps left over from my Flag Quilt.

Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social and Kelly for NTT!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday ~ a few things

I can't believe it's been almost 6 weeks since I've posted anything.  I have been working on stuff, mind you, but haven't really taken any post-worthy pics.  (I think one of the reasons I haven't posted more is the crappy photos my phone takes ~ sorry about that!)  Thought I'd post some today anyway - photo-worthy or not!

I started hand-quilting my Medallion Star mini-quilt.  I haven't really warmed up to hand-quilting ~ my fingers and joints don't seem to react kindly after stitching just a few rows ~ so I don't think it will be something I'll be doing much of.  I will say, however, that with time my stitches have become a little teeny more even, so that's a plus.  


The Day Break blocks are coming along ~ 10 finished (one still needs its sashing).  Love this pattern by Julie Hermann @ Jay Bird Quilts!  I'm using the Simply Colorful collection by V & Co with Architextures in black by Carolyn Friedlander as the background.

I've made a lot of progress on my Log Cabin Sparkles quilt!  Top is done and I just need to piece a back together so I can get to the quilting ~ happy dance!  I love the way it's come together and Kate Spain's Horizon collection really makes this one.

All three of these projects are on my Finish-Along list ~ so that's a good thing!!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 Finish-Along ~ 4th Quarter List

Here's my list for the 4th Quarter:

Continuing on with a few 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 ~ hopefully a few more blocks by the end of the year!

3 - Log Cabin Sparkles quilt.   Fabrics cut.

New this quarter:

4 - Day Break Quilt.  I started this one in a class and have finished 6 blocks out of 15.

5 - Medallion Star Mini Quilt.  Another class ~ this one is ready to be quilted.

Another busy quarter!  Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side!