I made some good progress on my City Sampler quilt this past week ~ I finished the back and got it basted. But then I ended up very frustrated with the quilting. :( I decided just to quilt straight lines horizontally and vertically 1/4" outside the blocks ~ no big deal right? What I ended up with were crooked lines, uneven stitches and puckers. In all fairness, this is the biggest quilt I've made to date, and I had a hard time wrestling with it on my little machine. I guess it's a good thing I'm keeping it for myself. :) I did finish the quilting today, got the quilt trimmed and cut the binding (using this tutorial for continuous bias binding).
I know I have 4 other projects on my Quarter 4 Finish-Along list, but I came across this QAYG Quilt-Along at Quilting In The Rain. And since I've never done quilt-as-you-go, I had to try it, right? I'm using a jelly roll of Valencia by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. Finished one block so far ~ need to finish four more by Sunday. Love the QAYG process!
It's only been 1 year and 4 months since I started the Tula Pink "City Sampler" Sew Along that was hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness. I finally finished the quilt top this week ~ using 63 blocks of the 70 I finished. The other 7 blocks are going on the back somewhere. (I know there were 100 blocks in the book, but 70 blocks were enough for the quilt I wanted to make!)
It's hard to see in the photo below, but I added a 2-1/2" border. (Sorry for the bad photos ~ but I like the way the light is shining through on this one.)
It feels good to be making some progress on this project ~ with any luck this will be my first finish for the 2014 Finish-Along!
1 - Tula Pink "City Sampler" Sew Along that was hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness ~ WAY back last year. I'm up to block 70 and decided that it was big enough for what I wanted. :) I've just about finished the quilt top ~ just needs a wider border around the outside. 63 blocks on the front ~ I'll put the 7 leftover blocks on the back somewhere. :)
2 - Star Light Star Bright Quilt. Another quilt-along that I lagged way behind on ~ I still only have 2 blocks done and hope to make at least some progress this quarter.
New this quarter:
3 - Dapper quilt from from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelly. I love this pattern and the fabric collection I chose for it! I have 4 blocks done so far.
I must say my results are much better for this 3rd Quarter of the 2014 Finish-A-Long hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.(See my original post here.)
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. I did make some progress on this one! I decided to stop at 70 blocks and I started adding the sashing ~ so far I have 7 rows sewn together. This is going back on my list for next quarter ~ I think I can finish it by the end of the year!!
I guess I would have finished this table runner earlier, but we took a week-long trip to visit one of our daughters and her hubby near Seattle. :) It was a great trip and a much-needed break for both of us! We finally got up to the top of the Space Needle ~ great views from up there, but unfortunately my pics didn't turn out so well. Good memories tho!
I really liked the fabric I chose for the back, but I find it rather boring after piecing most of my other quilt projects.
Cute little rollup pic ~
I quilted it with straight lines (big surprise) around the border of the 4-squares and a diamond pattern within the 4-squares (which is really hard to see in the dark fabrics). The binding was attached to the back first and machine stitched on the front to finish it off.