Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Progress on a Heart Quilt

I'm rollin' right along on my 3rd Quarter for the 2014 Finish-A-Long.    Once I finished the Happy Go Lucky quilt, I started on my Heart Quilt and finished the quilting on Sunday.  



I did some wavy quilting on the sashing, straight line quilting on two of the block borders, echo quilting inside the hearts and then a diamond design on the outside border with another design on the corners.  So I guess you could call it a mixed bag as far as the quilting goes.  :)  You can't really see it in the photos, tho.



OK ~ so onto the binding!



Linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014 Finish-Along ~ 1st Q3 Finish!

I'm on the beginning of a roll (hopefully!)  When I posted my Q2 results less than a week ago, I hadn't even basted my  Hop Skip & Jump Block of the Month.  I started that process on Saturday, 


began the quilting on Sunday with a wavy walking foot stitch and finished that on Monday after I posted my Q3 list.  Binding came next ~ I've never done a scrappy binding before and I love the way it looks with all those Happy Go Lucky fabrics by Bonnie and Camille.  I machine-bound it using this tutorial.

The back is made with Dr. Seuss Citron Eggs from Robert Kaufmann and a patched strip of Happy Go Lucky fabrics.



And today I'm proud to say it's finished!  





Linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Be Social and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Finish-Along ~ Quarter 3 List

OK ~ Here's my list for the 3rd Quarter of the 2014 Finish-A-Long hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.


A few things were moved from last quarter:

1 - I'd really like to finish up the Tula Pink "City Sampler" Sew Along hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness.  I think I'm up to block 70, so I still have 30 blocks to go.


2 - Good Night Irene quilt ~ I have 11 blocks done.  I'm no longer doing this as part of a quilt-along, but I'd love to finish it this quarter.





3 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ I have 2 blocks done and hope to make a lot of progress this quarter.




4 -  Hop Skip & Jump Block of the Month over at Sew Lux Fabric.  I'm actually in the process of quilting this one ~ although it just dawned on me that I laid out the top row of blocks wrong when I put it together.  Too late to change it now, but it bugs me!


New on the list:

5 - My Heart Quilt.  I have the top done, so it shouldn't be a problem to finish it this quarter!


6 - Four SquareTable Runner.  I found this easy table runner kit on Craftsy, so it should be a breeze to finish before the end of September!



I think that's it for now!  Linking up with Katy at The Littlest Thistle.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Finish-Along ~ 2nd Quarter Results

Here are my results for the 2nd Quarter of the 2014 Finish-Along.  (See my original post here.)


1 - Verona Hourglass quilt.    FINISHED!  Blogged here.



2 - I'd really like to finish up the Tula Pink "City Sampler" Sew Along hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness.  I think I'm up to block 70, so I still have 30 blocks to go.  NO PROGRESS.


3 - Good Night Irene quilt.  Little progress ~ 11 blocks done.



4 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt.  Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on, but I can't wait to see this done!  VERY little progress ~ only 2 blocks finished.

  

5 -  Hop Skip & Jump Block of the Month over at Sew Lux Fabric.  Quilt top is done and I have the backing ready.



Not so happy this time ~ only 1 finish out of 5.  The other 4 are going back on the list for Quarter 3.

An oldie but a goodie ...

... finally finished!  I've had the top done for over a year and started the basting process this week.  I found a new tool to use!  I don't remember where I read about these, but I chopped up 20 feet of backer rod (I found it on Amazon for less than $4.00) into over 200 pieces to use like Pinmoors.  They worked great as a substitute, although I can see that they wouldn't last as long because they are a little spongy.  But for a cheap alternative ~ it'll work for me.





I quilted the hourglasses in a diagonal on either side of the seam ~ not perfectly straight, but it'll do if you don't look too close.  I machine-quilted the binding on using this tutorial.


I'm happy with it!  The fabric is Verona by Emily Taylor Design for Riley Blake.  




This is my one and only finish for the 2nd Quarter of the 2014 Finish-A-Long hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ Exhausted

Whew ~ just got back from a month in Michigan to visit our family for a graduation, birthdays, a baseball game and tons of other stuff, but I wanted to sneak in a couple of pics of what I worked on while I was there.

First up ~ I finished the heart quilt top! I love the way it turned out ~ the colors in the fabrics go together so well and they're not even the same collection!  I used fabrics from Kate Spain's Daydreams, Lauren & Jessi Jung's Chantilly, Stonehenge and Moda Modern Roses.  Love love the way they go together.



Next ~ I finished putting together the quilt top for the  Hop Skip & Jump Block of the Month.  Yay!



See that block on the bottom left?  Yep ~ I put the one hourglass block in sideways and didn't notice it until I took the picture ~ but it's fixed now.  :)  It still needs a border or two, but I like it!

So now I have to go and unpack and go through a month's worth of mail and get back into the swing of being home.  Whew ~ I'm tired!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Something new

So I took another class on Saturday from Bev, my favorite teacher at Flash Sew & Quilt ~ this is the quilt top we were learning how to make:



Just what I needed ~ another project.  :)  But I learned something new ~ applique!  We did a simple blanket stitch on this one.  I like the way it turned out and it's inspired me to do more.



AND we learned how to use a new tool:  Sue Pelland's Hearts and More template which made the hearts so easy!  (You can see her video here)



AND I tried a new fusible product ~ Mistyfuse ~ which is a very lightweight fusible ~ great for applique.



I decided to go with a totally different color scheme and went with an aqua and green palette and I'm lovin' it!  Fabrics are from Kate Spain's Daydreams, Lauren & Jessi Jung's Chantilly, Stonehenge and Stephanie Ryan's Modern Roses.



Ready for the next border!

Linking up with Anything Goes Mondays and WIP Wednesday.