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:  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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long ~ 1st Quarter Finish: Christmas Mini

Like I said in my list ~ I was almost finished with this one.  :)  And since it was so easy, I decided no time like the present!  

I was lucky enough to find this pattern by Lella Boutique in Fat Quarter Shop's November Sew Sampler Box (if you haven't subscribed to this, it's pretty awesome!) and I just happened to have a mini charm pack of Nature's Gift by Deb Strain, so of course I had to make a mini-quilt out of it.

I did simple cross-hatch quilting on the diagonal.  The backing and binding fabrics were leftovers in my stash and I don't remember what they were.  I had one block left over, so I pieced it into the backing.  

My first finish of 2017 ~ a great way to start the year!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long ~ 1st Quarter List

So excited to get this year going!  My goal is to exceed last year's total (9).

Here's my list for the 1st quarter:

I have a couple of new projects that have deadlines, so those are up first.

1 - Interlocking Chains from the book New Ways with Jelly Rolls: 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts by Pat and Nicky Lintott.  Hoping to have this finished by the end of February for a small quilt show.

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.  Strips are sorted, so that's a start!

I thought I'd add a couple of other projects although there's really no deadline for these:

3 - Facets from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.  

4 - Christmas Mini.  Almost finished with this one - should be ready for next Christmas!

I was going to add some oldies but goodies, but I think I'll stop right here ~ no sense in getting discouraged right off the bat!  :)

Linking up with Rhonda and the gang for this quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long!  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ 4th Quarter Results

Last Quarter of 2016!  I have to say I love being a part of the Finish-A-Long.  I jumped in for the last quarter of 2013 and haven't stopped since.  It's just so motivating ~ so a big "Thank You" for those who host and cheer us on every year!

Here's my 4th Quarter list and the results:

I'm working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and I've decided that each block is going to be its own mini-quilt so that I have something to hang each month.  Here's my basket of fabrics for the next 3 months.  (BTW, this is the Oslo Craft Bag ~ a free pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness)

1 - Seasonal Silhouettes - November.  This one is fused, but I didn't finish it.  Here's the pattern.

2 - Seasonal Silhouettes - December.  Still not started yet, but here's the pattern.  NO PROGRESS.

3 - Seasonal Silhouettes - January. I started this one when I first got the book and finished fusing the applique pieces.  Love the skates!  NO PROGRESS.


4 - Downtown Cabins - from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

5 - Boxing Match.  Pattern by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct 2015).  Quilt for my grandson in Detroit Tigers colors.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

6 - Nonchalant.   Another pattern from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  Quilt for another grandson in U of M colors.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

Oldies but goodies (i.e. not much hope here):

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

8 - 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.

That makes 3 finishes out of 8 projects on my list this quarter ~ 3 big lap quilts for my grandkids, so I'm happy!!

Linking up with Rhonda at Rhonda's Ramblings!  #FALQ4theshyonesews