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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ Third 4th Quarter Finish: Boxing Match

Happy to say that I managed to squeak in one more finish for this quarter ~ quilt #5 for my grandkids.  (Only 3 more to go!)

My grandson Nathan is a big Detroit Tigers fan, so of course his quilt had to be Tigers-themed.  I thought Boxing Match, the pattern by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct 2015) was perfect for showing off those fabrics.  

I did end up changing the orange Kona fabric to a deeper orange to coordinate better with the Old English D.

I kept the quilting simple, following the lines of the skinny strips.  I thought it made an interesting plaid pattern in the end ~ you can see it really well on the back of the quilt.

Love the front ~ very bold with the navy and orange on a white background!

Quilt stats:
Pattern:  Boxing Match by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct 2015)
Size:  66" x 66"
Top:  Kona Navy, Kona White, Basically Patrick Orange, Mirage Indigo
Back: Faux Burlap - Rich Navy
Binding: Low Country Indigo Diamonds by Nancy Gere.  

Batting:  Warm and White
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday - A Thing on my List, Something Unexpected and A New Long-Term Project

Still plugging along on my 2016 Finish-Along list, but I had this bright idea to start something unexpected (like I really needed another something!)  Oh ~ and then there's a new EPP project ...

I started on Boxing Match, the pattern by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct 2015), and I have to admit this has been the fastest quilt I've put together so far.  

Fabrics cut

I put the pieces together for the first big block (which ends up at 20") and before I knew it I had all 9 blocks finished.  (Excuse the bed in the photo ~ my design wall is up in our guest room!)  As of right now, the blocks are sewn together and I've started to add a couple of small borders.  Hoping to have it checked off my 4th quarter list by the end of the year!

My unexpected project this week is a Christmas mini.  I've had a mini charm pack of Nature's Gift by Deb Strain forEVER, so I decided to use that to make a little table topper (I think).  I'm using the pattern C'est La Vie by Lella Boutique (SO cute! ~ it was an exclusive pattern for Fat Quarter Shop in their Sew Sampler Box for November).  I'm making the mini out of 9 blocks which are each 4-1/2" finished.

I did start on a new-for-me project ~ it's a long-term EPP hexie project that I'll write more about later.  I really like having a project I can work on while I'm watching TV or sitting with a group of friends working on their own projects!  Here's a peek at Block No. 1.  

That's it for now ~ linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social!

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Finish-Along ~ Second 4th Quarter Finish: Nonchalant

Finish #2!  Even with a trip to Seattle to see this little one, I managed to finish my second quilt for this quarter.

This is the first of my grandsons' quilts (I need to make 5).  It's called Nonchalant from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  The original in the book is grey, gold and white ~ I made this one in University of Michigan colors since my grandson is hoping to go there once he graduates  (Go Blue!)

I really liked the wavy quilting in the book version, so I thought I'd give it a try on my JUKI with my walking foot.  

The waves on mine aren't quite as wavy or evenly spaced as the original, but that's OK!  As Angela Walters says ~ finished is better than perfect!

Quilt stats:
Pattern:  Nonchalant from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting
Size:  67" x 67"
Top -  Kona Navy, Kona White, Kona Gold
Back - Basic Mixologie Hashtag Navy by Studio M for Moda
Binding - Quilter's Candy Mirage in Indigo
Batting:  Warm and White
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!