Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday ~ First 4th Quarter Finish

Even though I debated on whether or not to add more quilting, I decided to leave the blocks alone and let them be themselves.  :)  Finished and washed and ready for snuggling ~ my City Sampler quilt!  

This is also my first finish for Quarter 4 of the 2014 Finish-Along.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ City Sampler progress and something new

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!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ Long overdue

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!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014 Finish-Along ~ 4th Quarter

Here's my list for the 4th Quarter of the 2014 Finish-A-Long hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle.

A couple of things were moved from last quarter:

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.

4 - Diamond District.  Again ~ four blocks done (hmm - I see a pattern here)

5 - Triangle Frenzy table runner.  This one's for me for Christmas!  

I can't believe it's the last quarter of the year!  This has been a great motivator for me, so Thanks, Katy!!  Linking up at the Littlest Thistle.  :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Finish-Along ~ 3rd Quarter Results

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!!  

2 - Good Night Irene quilt.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

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.  NO PROGRESS.

4 -  Hop Skip & Jump Block of the Month over at Sew Lux Fabric.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

New on the list this quarter:

5 - My Heart Quilt.   FINISHED!  Blogged here.

6 - Four SquareTable Runner.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

So 4 finishes out of 6!  I'm happy with that.  :)  Linking up with Katy at The Littlest Thistle.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday ~ a few things

I know I should be working on my Q3 list, but I do have 4 finishes done so far (yay, me!) and I seem to be focused on this Diamond District quilt.

So this DD quilt starts with lots of rectangles:

which are sewn together in 4s:

then cut in half and paired with another 4:

with white strips in between and triangles on the outside:

then trimmed into small blocks:

and then four of those are sewn together to make a diamond.  I've got four diamonds finished so far and I love them!

Aside from the DD quilt ~ I've made a little progress on the Dapper quilt.  I've actually finished 4 blocks so far.

I love the way the swirled seams on the pinwheels make these little pinwheels on the back.  Makes for a much flatter quilt back.

I'm guessing this quilt should come together fairly quickly, but I'm going to be adding both these quilts to my Q4 list, so no rush!

Almost forgot my September Bee Block for Newbie Quilters Hive #8 at Threadbias ~ love the bright pop of green in this B&W block!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Finish-A-Long ~ Fourth 3rd Quarter Finish

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!

So on to my fourth finish for this quarter ~ the 4-Square Table Runner.

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.