Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 Q4 Finish Along List

Q4? What, already?!
Ready or not, here is my list of WIPs that I hope to finish this quarter!
I had a very good Q3, so I am pulling out a few of my oldest UFOs this quarter.
Putting them on the list renews my interest in them in a way that just knowing they are there does not!  Let's see how it goes!

1.  Scrappy Vortex
I am inspired to dig this out after Preeti's recent wonderful scrappy finish!
I may have made this as far back as 2014?

2. Front Yard Bundle Quilt
I love this design, but think it needs a bit more something to finish it up, which is why it has languished.  I used a bundle of Front Yard by Sandra Clemons that I won during Fall Market in 2016?

3.  Year of Fabric Quilt
A current darling!

4.  Tucker Prairie Medallion
This one has taken off rather suddenly, and I expect I will keep plugging away til it is completed!
I think this one may end up on our bed!
It will also be the third, and likely the last quilt made from the FQ bundle of  my beloved Tucker Prairie by 1Canoe2.

5.  Simply Flying
Outside chance with this one, but sometimes the spurts are sustained and a finish just may happen!
 Flying Geese made with Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

6.  The Sewcial Bee Sampler
This was a 2017 sew along with Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell.
I used my beloved Jeni Baker fabrics for the blocks and a Moda crossweave for the sashing.
 I picked up some yardage for the backing last week from my LQS, on sale, aaand it also gave me a great idea for how to quilt it!
Eh?  See what I mean?
The fabric is "Underground Blues" by Designs by jb, for Troy Corporation, part of the "Riverwoods Collection".  I thought the neutral gray/green with the blue stripe would compliment the colors on the front very nicely.  It is actually quite a bit lighter than the photo shows.

7.  Selvedge Color Block
Just carrying this one over because when it finally happens, it will happen fast, and this just could be the quarter!!! :)

8. "B is for Brenna"
A mini, in black with a pop of green for an IG friend, who is decorating a nursery!
You may see the inspiration original here on IG.  It is "b is for blue" by @ml_wilkie and is a featured pattern in the Minimalism issue of Curated Quilts.

I think 8 is enough!
Happy Finishing, friends!!!!
Of course, I am linking up with the Q4 linky party for the 2018 Finish Along!!!
The link up is open through the 18th of October!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Seeing Stars!

Number 1 on my Q3 Finish Along List!!!
"Seeing Stars"
This started life as a Jewel Box quilt, using a charm pack or two of Figures by Zen Chic. 
The design was washed out by the gray background, so this was the improvised solution!
I really love how the design evolved, gaining bands of brightness to counteract the gray.
When I had finished machine quilting it in a large diagonal grid, I added some hand stitching:
a few more stars, and 5 hearts! I also tied some points and centers of the stars, just for fun!
I think the coral binding is the definitive icing on the cake!
This quilt has finally reached my sister, a long overdue gift!
Packed with plenty of sisterly love!

 Linking up with Beth/Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday!
I am SEW happy to finally check this one off the WIP list!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival!

I am so happy that it is time again for 
Created by Amy Ellis, with an outstanding host of sponsors, this remains a foundational community building event among online quilting enthusiasts!
My first entry is a small throw I finished in February this year, my 
Carolyn Friedlander Doe/Carkai HST Quilt!
 This is a smallish throw, measuring 45"x 60", that I made just for the pleasure of making and having HSTs from a stack of gorgeous Carolyn Friedlander charm packs!
 It began with 5 charm packs, a mix of her Doe and Carkai collections.
 So much of the fun was just pairing all those charms to my heart's content!
Seriously, so much FUN!

 Of course, arranging all those columns of HSTs was also a delightful part of the quilt making process! It is quilted with simple straight lines on either side of all the seams. Nice!
 It was Instagram shopping for the win, for both the backing and the binding!
Inexpensive Doe yardage for the back, and a surprise piece of BOTANICS(!!) for the binding! 
(Do you all ever just lose yourselves in #thegreatfabricdestash? Oh my goodness!)
 If you want to see the original "Finish" post for this quilt, it is here!
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hunter Star Quilt

Flynn's Hunter Star!
#2 on my Q3 Finish Along list
I made this quilt for the grandson of arguably the most iconic hunter of my lifetime,
a man of integrity and great humor, an adventurer with whom we could trust our young sons through his articles and videos, Canada's own Jim Shockey!
Flynn is the darling son of Branlin and Ashley Shockey.
I made another quilt this year for Flynn's cousin Leni Bow, daughter of Eva (Shockey) and Tim Brent, Ribbons and Bows, for Moda Bake Shop, you can also see it in this post from February
They are both finally shipped off this month, and what fun it has been having this transitory connection with families we esteem so highly!
For this quilt, I paired bright and earthy solids with the low volume "Menagerie" print from Indian Summer by Sarah Watson!
A simple backing of polar fleece and a Kona Biscuit binding, and this 50" x 54" quilt is all ready for snuggles!

I hope they love it!
Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Let's Bee Social!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Kaffe Fassett Challenge Quilt

Number 8 on my Q3 Finish Along list!
It was really good timing that this Kaffe Fassett Challenge came to my attention during the week I was making my Q3 list!
I mean, it came with a deadline and everything!
The parameters were simple enough...make a quilt, minimum size of 50" x 60", using at least 50% Kaffe fabrics purchased from my lovely LQS, Lewistown's Sew Pieceful, to be completed by August 31, in time for the annual Chokecherry Festival in Lewistown, MT!
Now, I won't lie, I am not a huge Kaffe fan, but it seemed like a fun challenge, and with enough entries, the prizes were well worth the "investment", and just a good opportunity to support Tammy and her shop!
 I picked a crazy stripe with colors I loved to be the "action" fabric for a quilt design I figured would need all the slowing down I could muster, using a range of mostly cool, and quiet solids!
With this one stripe, which is actually many strips of stripe variations, paired with the Disappearing 4-Patch design, I hoped the Kaffe would carry the day!
Which, yep! I think it did, pretty well!
I quilted it with my usual straight lines, forgetting that with my new(used) Juki, I was in possession of a walking foot! I remembered about the time I had about 6 lines left to quilt! So, not my best work, I'm afraid.
 I used this great Alison Glass print on the back...all AG is on the sale rack! Score! And this Kaffe ombre stripe that did not make the "solids" cut for the top, became the binding! 
I love the soft color changes in the binding!  The darkest solid is a deep violet, but I have yet to get that to show in any of the photos! Oh well!
And, last shot, on a brace post, just because the sunrise was beautiful this morning!
This quilt finished at 50" x 60".
Thanks sew much for stopping by!
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Let's Bee Social!

Lady of the Lake Pillow

Number 6 on my Q3 Finish Along list!
Kind of a long shot, but I got 'er done!
Lady of the Lake pillow!
I used 2 Moda "candy packs" of True Blue, by Zen Chic, plus an Art Gallery print for the focal fabric in the four quadrants.
56 mini charms= 112 HSTs for this cushion that finished at 18"!
Using the "chained rows" or "web" method, I was able to piece the sections and keep it all in order as I assembled it!
It is quilted pretty heavily, using my walking foot as a guide to either side of the diagonal seams. 
I also decided to make this a 2-sided or reversible pillow by using a wonderful Coastline fabric, acquired recently from Needle and Foot!  I quilted this side with a simple 1 1/2" grid, on the diagonal.

I also added a zipper to this pillow cover, a new-to-me technique, following this recent tutorial on Suzy Quilts blog.

All in all, very pleased with how this turned out! It gets to live on my bed, not for general household use on the sofa!
Thanks for stopping by!
 I have several more fun finishes to share, so "stay tuned"!
(Wow! is that little saying obsolete these days?!)
Linking up with Beth and Main Crush Monday, over at Cooking Up Quilts

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scrabble Squirrel!

I simply thought that one of these little Court House Steps blocks would make a cute back for my rather impromptu needlebook, for the #SunnyNeedlebookSAL over on IG!
But since they had been dismissed from their original purpose as a round on a still unfinished  Medallion quilt, They began to go together to be something else, in a very squirrel-like fashion!
It put me in mind of a beginner(me!) playing Scrabble! 
My late Mother-in-law would play with me at the lake. 
She was very good.
And so, as they usually do, this squirrel had it's way, binding and all!
Squirrel in a Tree:
"Scrabble" 20"x 23"

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social
and for the first time, at Sandra's MmmQuilts, and her monthly
 DrEAMI (Drop Everthing And Make It) feature! I love that!!!!