Monday, April 29, 2013

Shine Finish

I finished quilting this one up last week in plenty of time for my April goal of the Lovely Year of Finishes.

I free motioned stars over all of it using two different colors.  I used the poly thread from Superior So Fine on the light areas and then in the red/blue areas I used a red in Aurifil.  I wanted to try the So Fine thread since that is what Angela Walters uses and I just finished watching her class on Craftsy.  I liked them both.  I didn't really think one was better than the other or they looked different either.  Maybe they will when they are washed as I have not done that yet.

I did the outer border with bigger stars all the way around.

When I had it finished both the DS and DH both loved it.  They wanted to know why I don't make more in that color scheme.  While I do love the look from far away this quilt gave me a little heartburn so not my favorite but I think it did turn out great. I really liked the back.  I bought one piece of the QOV fabric and used a navy with white stars that I had in my stash since about 1994!  I had enough for the back and the binding!  That one piece added looked great!

Thanks for stopping by! Linking up with Let's Get Acquainted Meet over at Gemini Stitches.

List of Goals found here.

Linking up at She Can Quilt for the Finish Along.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Q2 Finish Along Goals

So it is time again to post the goals for Quarter 2 over at She Can Quilt.

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I didn't do too bad last quarter with 3 out of 5 finishes.  There was one more goal  that didn't count since they were not even started but I did get a part of that one done. I am pretty happy with those successes.   Well, I have decided to put it all out there and see what I can get done.  The list is pretty aggressive but don't know unless I try.

1.  Shine-Quilts of Valor Quilt - Finished

This one I started last month at a quilt retreat and I am not real happy with how it turned out since between the crazy pattern, late night sewing, it is really wavy and off.  I am happy with the colors and the overall look of the quilt just laying it out and measuring it, disappointed since I know I can sew better than that.  It is a little better with the borders added.

Current Status:  I just put the borders on this weekend, pieced the back (which I love) and made the binding.  Just need to baste it and quilt it.  Expected Finish April 30th.

2.  Easy Street- Finished

I started this one in November 2012 from Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt and it was on the Q1 list of goals.  I knew that would be a stretch so I was really happy with getting the progress done I did get done.  I did make lots of progress last quarter and have the top done.

Current Status:  Flimsy done, borders bought.  Need to put the borders on and figure out the back, binding and if I will quilt or send it out.  It is 100x100 so it is large and not sure I want to tackle this on my machine.  The piecing is also really busy so the quilting will not show up too much and have a few ideas I would not mind trying out.  Expected Finish April 30-May15th.

3.  X and + Quilt

Current Status:  I did a couple of swaps last year and have 20 blocks sitting and waiting.  I would like to add another 10 for a nice size and finish this one up.  Expected Finish by June 30th.

No Progress as of July 3rd.

4.  Moda Quilt from 2010-11

Current Status:  I have 5 out of 6 blocks done and need to finish up the sixth block.  I did get some help on it last month so I think I can finish it up.  I was so mad at the block and I messed up sewing it so I put it aside and did not pick it up again.  The blocks have to be sashed and then pieced rows that attach them all. It is really pretty and I had done it out of a lot of  Fig Tree and some coordinating prints which make for a pretty little quilt. I really don't think I will get this one done but if I could get the top done I would be thrilled.  I do need to find the other 5 blocks too!

Finished that one pesky block and put it back.

5.  Heart Strings Quilt

Current Status:  The strings are cut along with the tissue paper to work on the 20 string blocks.  Expected Finish May 31st only because I am really excited to work on this one.

Quilt top done, back bought need to piece the date for the back.  Have to finish in July.

So I am pretty sure I am pushing my luck with getting 5 quilts done in 3 months but I know Q3 I really won't get much done so I am going to push to see what I can get done and wow wouldn't that be fun to get all of them done.  There is some hopeful wishing in there!

I am also linking up at WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A New Start-Strings

I have a wedding to attend in August and she is an older bride with a house full of lots of stuff and I saw over on Don't Call me Betsy a quilt mini heart quilt that I thought would be perfect for a hard to buy for friend.  She loves the color pink!  Everything in her wedding is going to be pink so I decided on these fabrics.

I pulled a few more from my stash but I definitely did not have a whole lot of pink.  I need to make 20 string blocks and cut up strips to work on them on Saturday at our guild sew day.  Perfect kind of sewing for a day  with lots of socializing too.  Here is the pile of strings I have ready.

I cannot wait to get started on this one.  I think it will be lots of fun to make and quilt.  Hopefully, she will love it.  

I am linking up over at Made in the Home for the Let's Get Acquainted Link. I am totally getting in under the wire on this week's link up.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April's Goal and a WIP

So first up is what I plan on finishing this month.  I know my sewing time will be a little more limited since the weather is getting warmer and there is lots of outside work and gardens to get done.  My plan is to finish my red, white and blue, Shine Quilt.  I will donate this one to QOV.

I had laid it out and cut the first set of borders over the weekend but a movie with my son somehow seemed fun so I haven't had a chance to sew them on yet but should be able to do that this week.

I have the back picked out but still contemplating the quilting.  I did sign up for a quilting class on Craftsy taught by Angela Walters.  So I think I need to watch that a bit and then try something new on it.  I know I want something in the backgrounds and then something different in the red part.  So we'll what I come up with.

I haven't worked on anything else since I finished the Scrap Vomit.  So time to get to work on a few other projects!

Linking up to Wednesday WIP and ALYOF!

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Meet Up


1. Moda Bee Blocks-6, 2. scrap vomit - done, 3. Bee Block - Erin, 4. Shine 2, 5. pouch, 6. Bee Test Block, 7. Civil War Sampler, 8. Easy Street - layout

I had lots of sewing time plus a quilt retreat in there this month but not so sure April will be as productive since once the weather gets nicer it is harder to be inside.  The Scrap Vomit and Moda Sampler I completed this month and then Easy Street and Shine are in the flimsy stage awaiting borders, backs and quilting.  I have the borders figured out but not yet sure on backs and how they will be quilted.  I am hoping I can get them done this month.  I am pretty sure Easy Street is going to be sent out so I think its possible.

So this is the first time I was able to figure out the Mosaic thing.  Really wanted this to end up bigger but didn't want to mess with it anymore.  I was glad to have figured it out!  That's a step in the right direction.

I'll have to see what others have been up to!