Sunday, February 10, 2019

16-Patch Baby Quilt!

Number 1 on my Q1 list is finished!
 My 16-Patch baby quilt! 
This quilt is made from one Jolly Bar* of Sweet Marion, by April Rosenthal.
It was such fun to piece, and I just love the sweet, but not too sweet, colors and patterns in this line!
It is simply quilted, using straight lines in a diagonal grid.
I had the perfect piece of licensed fabric for the back,
the Nut Brown Hare, and Guess How Much I Love You, a flannel that I picked up early last Spring.
It measures 48"x56".
I should be able to get it shipped off this week, and none too soon, as the recipient is due just anytime now! I can't wait!

*Jolly Bars are a Moda precut made exclusively for the Fat Quarter Shop. They are the equivalent of 2 charm packs, or half a layer cake, measuring 5"x10". This was my first and I loved using it, especially in this way!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sunday Stash!

I have recently had some very happy additions to my, ahem, fabric collection.
Some of these additions were acquired for practical finishing purposes, and others just to fill out a shopping cart! 
I just want to share a couple shout outs to some fun shops, both "local" and online.
 I don't think I have ever done a "Sunday Stash" post, so here we go, a roundup of pretty fabrics that have come to live with me  since late December...enjoy!

First up, I found My Favorite Quilt Store via Instagram...
they happened to be advertising that geometric from Hazelwood, the very print I was needing to bind my Tucker Prairie Medallion quilt.
 I threw in a random Jen Kingwell charm pack and a bolt end of Bella gray...and I was good to go!

I was also shopping for Carolina gingham to back the Medallion quilt, and found that at the Fat Quarter Shop . I rounded out my cart with a couple more Jen Kingwell charm packs (do you begin to see a new project in the works?!), some more quilting pins, and a Basic Grey print to back a Saturday Morning pillow. So almost all of these were necessities, right?
I enjoy shopping at FQS, since I have been the beneficiary of their generous sponsorships of online events more than once!

 This was a purely impulsive acquisition, again from FQS, when they showed off the new Art Gallery blenders in their newsletter, I simply would not resist these three Matchmade basics by Pat Bravo! Aaaand, one more random charm pack!
 And speaking of Art Gallery Fabrics, in January I was a very lucky winner of this amazing Half Yard bundle of Maureen Cracknell's "Sunkissed"! It is every bit wonderful!
What have you added lately?
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A New Wallet...First Finish of 2019!

Number 7 on my Q1 FAL list!
A wallet to match my Level Two Tote!
Essex linen, in aqua, and black leather outside.
Both of those, plus Alison Glass Geometry on the inside!
Just like the tote!
Because it was just wrong pulling the Mustang wallet out of the tote!

I won't be using leather in this way again, because it was a tad bulky in the corners for my skills. 
But overall, I am pleased with it for my use!

On the home front,
a very sweet IG friend, @janaguckt, surprised my family this week with a lovely and very sweet package, all the way from GERMANY!
The boys try to hide these delicious holiday treats from me, for my own good....but you know how it is, I find things!

I hope you are enjoying a fine January, wherever you are!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Q1 Finish-A-Long List!

A fresh year begins with a fresh list!
So here is my Q1 list for the 2019 Finish-A-Long!
The link up for this quarter is open now, through Friday, January 18!

1.  Jolly Bar 16-Patch
This is for a baby arriving in late February, and all the blocks are pieced, and the rows assembled.
So I think I am pretty well on track to get this finished in time for baby!

2.  Simply Flying
This was to be my personal BOM for 2018, and I had pretty good momentum, until that Year of Fabric quilt budged in line!  All my Flying Geese units are completed, and layout has been determined, so I just have to take it from there!

3.  Simply Medallion
This Tucker Prairie medallion quilt began as my 2016 BOM, but got backseated due to lack of direction.  It sprang spontaneously back to life right before hunting season last year, so I want to keep the momentum going and get this finished up!  I have procured a wonderful backing (1" Carolina gingham in Coral) and that awesome Hazelwood geometric for the binding! Ready, set, go!

4.  Level Two Tote
This will be my 3rd edition of this wonderful tote, pattern by Krista Hennebury(@poppyprint) of Poppy Print Creates
 The Level Two Tote pattern is available in Krista's Etsy shop, here.   I also found it available here, at Fabric Spark!
This one is for my wonderful Mama, whose birthday is in March...how is that for good timing!

5.  Lady of the Lake Pillow
This time using 2 mini charm packs of Saturday Morning, by Basic Grey.
I have so enjoyed my "reversible" pillow, I just have to make another!
You may see more about my first LotL pillow here!
Won't that be pretty?

6.  Dresden 
I really need to get my rear in gear on these!
 I have finished 1, with 4 more to go...If I managed 1 per quarter, they would be DONE!
I am making 5 small quilts out of the 20 blocks I received, made by my Great Grandmother.

7.   Two Wallets
I want to make a wallet to match my Essex/leather Level Two Tote

 and another to match the tote I am making for my Mom...see item 4., above!
They will be similar to this one I made last Summer to go with my Cross Body Travel Bag

8.  Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt
From 2016-17
I was very inspired by a recent finish of this design on IG I saw the other day, so I am including it, just on the outside chance I get the chance to dig it out! 
I really love this one, the deep purple and salmon pink based on my hanging basket of petunias that Summer!

That is it for me this quarter!
I feel certain that I will make at least 1, maybe 2 beautiful starts on  things that have been percolating for awhile now.  But I don't anticipate a finish, so they will keep until next quarter!
Linking up with the Q1 Linkup HERE!



Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Q1 Linky OPEN!!!








Happy New Year, everyone! It is time for a NEW round of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new round of the Finish-A-Long is starting today. New logos (thank you so much, Marci), some new hosts (and some familiar ones), some new sponsors as well as some we have known for years now. Presumably we will have some new participants as well as many who have been taking part regularly for a long time...

So let's get to it!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 1 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished!


Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:






For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.



Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q1 of the Finish-A-Long. you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their support of the FAL.





Aurifil Logo


Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection

Sew Sweetness Logo



$80 Gift Certificate



Mad About Patchwork Logo



$50 Gift Certificate

Fat Quarter Shop Logo



$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo



$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo



3 PDF Patterns




2 PDF Patterns



Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo



2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo



1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo



2 PDF Patterns



Hillstitches Logo



$30 Fabric Voucher
2019 Finish-A-Long Logo


Make your Q1 List of Unfinished Projects

So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started - and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q1 List

Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ1yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT:
Don't forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out...



Link-up Your Q1 List 

The 2019 Q1 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don't forget to include your unique hashtag.


If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on
how to link up from Instagram.



Join the FAL Community



We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.



If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram: @finishalong, too. We'll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.



When creating your list there is one thing to remember - No deductions for not completing something so - Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.



LET THE FUN BEGIN!



Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:









Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.
















Monday, December 31, 2018

Last Quilt of 2018!

Getting this last finish in just under the 2018 wire!
Number 3 on my Q4 Finish-A-Long list,
my Year of Fabric Quilt!
This quilt gets it's name from the fact that the overwhelming majority of these fabrics were purchased randomly from my LQS, Lewistown's Sew Pieceful over the course of it's first year or so in business!
I am so thankful to have such a beautiful shop in my local town!

 The original inspiration for this quilt is this lovely by Natalie @njcrabree on IG.
I thought this was a perfect way to showcase all the wonderful fabrics I had acquired, instead of just doting on them stacked on my shelf!
And the design is heavy on the HSTs, so of course it seemed a perfect fit!
I straight line quilted it, using the seams as my guide. 
I pieced a delightful backing for it that I love almost as much as the front!

 I had quite a time deciding on a binding, and had a lot of very helpful input from all my quilty friends on Instagram!  You may see the different options here!
In the end, after plenty of mulling time, I went with the dark Pearl Bracelets, as it just seemed to bring all the scrappy goodness to a tidy conclusion!
 My ever stalwart and faithful quilt holder accompanied me into the frigid outdoors for a few photos this morning!


 The Year of Fabric quilt measures 72"x72"
Thank you, Nash!
 Are you ready to link up all your Q4 finishes with the 2018 Finish-A-Long? The linky party is OPEN!
I only have 2 finishes this quarter, but 2 is better than none, right?!
I hope you will join me and the rest of the Finish-A-Long crew for more fun and finishes in 2019!
Q1 opens January 10th, so get your lists ready!