Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 1st Quarter Results


Well, that was a quick three months!  Here are my results of my list for the 1st quarter:

1 - Interlocking Chains from the book New Ways with Jelly Rolls: 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts by Pat and Nicky Lintott.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.



2 - Rail Fence.  This is going to be a comfy quilt for the Naples Quilters Guild using this tutorial.  I'd like to have this one finished by the end of January.   FINISHED!  Blogged here.


3 - Facets from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.   The background and the solid diamonds are cut out ~ but I'm still working on the improv fabric for the rest of the diamonds (it's harder than I thought!).  Hoping to finish next quarter.



4 - Christmas Mini - C'est La Vie.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.


So 3 finishes out of a list of 4 projects ~ I'm happy with that!  

Linking up with Marci!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long - Third Finish: Interlocking Chains

This has been a good quarter so far for the 2017 Finish-A-Long ~ I don't often finish three projects.  This latest one is one of my favorites, because it's going to my grandson who will be coming home soon from being stationed in Okinawa.

This is Interlocking Chains from the book New Ways with Jelly Rolls: 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts by Pat and Nicky Lintott.  (The same book my Log Cabin Sparkles quilt came from.)


My grandson is a big Detroit Red Wings fan, so I made sure there were some Red Wings fabrics in this quilt.  


I love the fabric I used for the binding!



I kept my quilting simple ~ just two cross-hatched lines crossing through each of the links in the chains.





I hope he likes it!  My biggest concern is that one of the lighter fabrics looks kind of pink from far away ~ but I'm trying to ignore that.  :)

Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Surprises!

This was a weekend of surprises, both totally unexpected!

I entered my Day Break quilt in the Naples Quilters Guild show this weekend ~


and it came home with a ribbon ~ Yay!!


But an even bigger surprise was this:


Our daughter is expecting twins!!  She and her hubby are over-the-moon excited, as are we.  💓💓
It's going to be a great year!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday ~ Finishing and starting

I love it when I'm almost done with one thing and starting another (especially when they're both on my Finish-A-Long list).  

I'm finishing up the binding on the Interlocking Chains quilt today - I'll share more details and pics later, hopefully this week!  I would have had it done sooner, but I ended up ripping out 12 lines of quilting and taking the back apart because I hated the solid black fabric I originally chose to surround the center panel.


Love the front ~ no changes there!


Can you tell this is for a Detroit Red Wings fan?


Next ~ I'm starting on a  Facets quilt from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.  This is turning out to be a challenge for me, mainly because I have to make my own fabric out of bits and pieces of a bunch of other fabrics.  

This is what I started with:


and here are a few pieces of the new fabric:


I have a lot more "fabric" to make, but I just had to try making two halves of a block to see how they might look.  I like it!  (Whew!)


Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Finished! Twirling Flowers Baby Quilt

Just wanted to share the finished quilt I made for the Small Quilt Auction at this year's Quilt Show.  My last post tells you all about it, so this is basically a picture post.






I love the pink flannel backing!  Besides being soft and cuddly, it really shows off this simple quilting.







For anyone in the Naples, FL area, the Naples Quilters Guild show "Stitches in Time" starts next Friday, February 24th, and the auction is Saturday, February 25th.  Here's a link for more info:  http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/Show.html.  Hope to see you there!  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Last minute project - Twirling Flowers

I really wish I would have thought ahead and added this to my 1st quarter FAL list.  But I decided at the last minute to put together a baby quilt for the small quilt auction at our Guild's show (which happens to be at the end of this month).

I'm using some goodies that I received in the September Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop.  The fabric is from the Sweet Orchard Rolie Polie by Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs. The pattern is an exclusive pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called Twirling Flowers.


I love making pinwheels, so this little quilt was fun to put together!  I ended up with 21 blocks ~ 20 for the front and one for the back.


Sashing and borders have been added, the back is finished (with an adorable pink polka dot flannel) and I've just started on the quilting.  


I forgot how much I love making baby quilts ~ I love seeing a project go together so quickly!

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long ~ Second Q1 Finish: Rail Fence


Finish #2!  I don't think I've ever made a quilt this quickly ~ from cutting to binding it only took me 8 days.  It's the Rail Fence comfy quilt for the Naples Quilters Guild using this tutorial.    Granted, it's an easy pattern, but I wanted to finish it in time for this month's meeting next week because it's going to the Children's Advocacy Center in Naples.


This was my first set of strip-pieced blocks.  I ended up with 25 blocks ~ 20 on the front and the remaining 5 on the back.


I quilted a wide zig-zag in the center of the quilt, wavy lines down the side borders and small loops on the top and bottom borders.  It's really hard to see the quilting on that border fabric, but that's a good thing since I'm practicing my free-motion.  :)



I used a Bali Poppy collection called Storm for the blocks - love the colors!  The blue batik I used for the small border and the binding was in my stash, so I have no idea what it is. The wide border and backing fabric (DAIWABO Selection?) was found at my local quilt shop.


Hooray for checking another project off my list!  Linking up with Finish or Not Friday.