Friday, April 21, 2017

First Finish Q2!

First finish, but actually the last item on my Finish Along Q2 list!

I made a 2-sided cushion with the 2 large hearts from the Rainbow Heart Trio by Twiggy and Opal!
I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Jayne back at the end of the year (2016).
As I did with the small heart, I added the simplest of embroidery bits to one side of the pillow.
***Word to the wise: remember to embellish before stitching sides together and stuffing the pillow!!!
(I "unstuffed", but did not "unstitch"...all embroidery done through "the hole", lol!) 
I may have "lost" the larger heart by turning these into a pillow, but I like how the edges match up all around....
...and I think it is a darling little pillow!
Whether you choose to make these all into wall hangings or make multiple blocks for a sweet quilt, or simply turn them into a pillow, like this one, the Rainbow Heart Trio pattern provides a lot of fabric play all packed into one pattern! I highly recommend*!

Joining the fun, a day or two late, but better than never at Let's Bee Social over on Sew Fresh Quilts!
And right on time for Finish It up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts!
See you there!

*unsolicited opinion, strictly my own ;)

Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 Finish Along Goals: Q2

I do love the quarterly prospects of fresh finishes that the Finish Along promotes!
Have you participated in the Finish Along? It is a super way to assess your own goals and progress with the added fun and incentive of prizes at the end of each quarter!
I highly recommend!
Just Jude Designs

I had but 2 finishes for Q1, so I hope to make a bit better showing this quarter!
A growing stack of finished tops awaits....but they won't all make the list this time around.
I took a couple fresh photos to maybe up the momentum on a couple that really need to be finished!
1. Seeing Stars
This will likely go to my youngest sister. I have the backing fabric: Tula's Free Fall in orange and gray. It will be great to check this one off, forever!!!

2. Ben's Quilt
I finished his brother's quilt last quarter, so it stands to reason and impartiality, that I really should finish this one this quarter, right? I have the backing fabric for this one also!

3. "Kiss Me in Santa Fe"
A wedding gift for my niece and her husband, who were married April 1st!
They were engaged in Santa Fe, and she expressed a desire for a Southwestern style quilt when I asked her what she might like in a quilt. This original design has been waiting patiently in my notebook for several months. It is a thrill to see all my math working out, and the colors come together!
Do you like? Does it say 'Southwest" to you?

The last 3 on my list I am just throwing in there for good measure...
4. Rainbow Plus
Still in pieces....

5. "On Target"? "Sighted In"?"Prairie Prickle"...
Suffice it to say that this original design has no name! Suggestions welcome!
Made with "Front Yard" fabric, a bundle I won during Fall Quilt Market, courtesy Michael Miller Fabrics!

6. Rainbow Heart Trio
Two of my Trio remain to be finished. I am thinking of making a 2-sided cushion from the larger 2 hearts. For myself! The small heart was one of my finishes last quarter.
Rainbow Heart Trio is a pattern by our friend and quilting compadre, Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

So there we have it!
Ready and Rarin' for Q2!

To the tireless hosts and generous sponsors of this ongoing yearly event:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some February Fun!

First of all, I finished up a project I am super excited about!
It is my first submission to a magazine! McCall's Quick Quilts
Check back in June, when I will be able to share this one in full!

Secondly, I assembled my Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt top!
I am loving the versions with extra borders, and I think I will add a couple to mine as well!
During Fall Quilt Market, I was lucky to win this bundle of Front Yard fabric by Sandra Clemons, for Michael Miller.
So many really sweet hues and designs! I made my Get Cozy mini with them...
but wanted to use them in a bigger way, on a design that has been in my notebook awhile now.
So with the finish of the "magazine quilt", I jumped right on this! I had cut the pieces out in January, and didn't want to forget how they all went together by waiting too long! And it is on my FAL list, number 5, I think!

Lastly, I have joined in on the Sewcial Bee Sampler, co-hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell!

I have a small bundle of Jeni Baker's Curiosities, plus a few others that I think are appropriate for this sampler! Jeni's HST BOM, back in 2012, was the first group sewing I ever did, and laid the foundation for the love of HSTs that I obviously still have! It is also remains a fave quilt in my family!

 Sew, that is what I have been up to of late!
Joining the fun over at Lorna's Let's Bee Social!
See you there!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

First Finishes of 2017!

I am so happy to have not 1, but 2 finishes to check off my Q1 Finish Along list!
Number 1:  Nashua's Irish Chain Quilt
We had a glimpse of fickle sunshine today and I took lots of pictures!
It measures 65"x85"

A little "help" from Quigley, the mini dachshund next door!
Nash picked the pattern and the colors! And held the quilt!
He has waited patiently for his blue and white Irish Chain!
 We also had an audience for the photo shoot, Rosebud and Haley!

The next finish is Number 9 on the list:
Rainbow Heart Trio Mini, pattern by Twiggy and Opal
This is the little heart which finishes at a darling 6 inches!
I embellished the center with a few lazy daisies! Such a fun splash of color!
Backed with a rainbow print from a fave collection, Melodies, by Sarah Campbell.
Bound in a Moda CrossWeave.

I have one other finish, one that was not on my FAL list.
Remember these very first Prairie Rose blocks, from waaay back in 2014?

I turned one of these into a sweet little mini!
I about had it all packed up before I remembered to take a picture!
(Sent to a friend, with HST love!)
This Lotta print was perfect for the back! Bound in a strip of shot cotton from those amazing jelly rolls I won(!!!) from Cheryl@Meadow Mist Designs in December!

Let's Be Social @Sew Fresh Quilts!

I am glad to have these finishes under my belt, as I jump in on a long awaited *secret* sewing project! That came today!!! *YaY*

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finish Along 2017! Q1

Nice button Leann!
I am sew thankful to the hosts and sponsors of the 2017 Finish Along! I was thrilled to win a prize from Mariners Compass Quilts for FAL 2016 Q3, with only one finished entry!
I had a dismal showing for Q4...ZERO finishes from my list!
I am ready to rumble this year, and especially this quarter!

1. Nash's Irish Chain
The quilting is in-progress! That bodes well!

2. Ben's Peaks and Paddocks
Top is finished. Backing is purchased and in hand. A finish sounds good in theory!

3. Seeing Stars
Same as #2 above. 

4. Doe/Carkai HST
Top is finished. And I really love this one, which is highly motivating!

5.  No Name Big Block
I have cut most of the fabrics for a fun new design in my outside entry, but if I didn't think there was any chance of finishing this, I wouldn't put it on the list! Fingers crossed!

6. Baby quilt for Wee Shelley
Due the end of March, my niece's second child will have a quilt from Aunt Sarah to welcome him or her! Of course! Thinking I may use this pattern, which I saw on Debbie/A Quilters Table blog. If not this, something else, but a baby quilt for sure...
Egads!!!  I just came across this Medallion would be perfect for a baby quilt as is, maybe? Yes or no??? 

7.  Southwest Wedding Quilt
Another much loved niece is getting married 1 April....sooooo, if it isn't finished this quarter, I'm in trouble! I have a design made, and will use an assortment of Me + You Indah batiks! 
I am very excited about this out of my usual! It has a name, but both it and the design are kinda a surprise. You will have to trust me on this one!
8. The Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt!
I think the design is revealed in February, so there is a pretty good chance of finishing this one too!

9. Rainbow Heart Trio, pattern by Twiggy and Opal
I know these will be perfect to fill in spaces between the larger projects...and they are irresistible!
This may end up being 2 or 3, 9, 10, and +/- 11!

Whew! This is my longest list ever!!! Wish me luck! I am off to oil my machine!

Make'er Hum!