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2017: Back In Blogging Action

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Hello, world!  It’s been a while. I’ve spent some time away because I had very limited time, and I prefer actual making to blogging about making.  Things have calmed down a bit and now I’m back for the 2017 Finish Along.

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Since I’ve been away so long, I do not have many current pictures of projects, so this post will lack eye candy.  I’ve got some old pics I can use, otherwise, you’ll have to be patient and wait until my “Finished” posts for those pretty pictures.

Without further ado:  The 2017 FAL List!

  • Shabby Fabrics “Count On It” Wall Hanging Club
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    This is my first foray into applique.  It may be a bit ambitious, but it’s so cute! I also think that the completed blocks will make a great Christmas present for my parents.  The pieces come laser cut and pre-fused, so all I have to do it lay the pieces out, iron to fuse, and machine stitch around the edges of the pieces.  Each moth they ship next month’s kit, so I should receive February, March, and April in time for the end of Q1.
  • The Lattice Quilt

    This quilt has been in the works a long time.  We were hot and heavy for a while, and it was blogged about two years ago with potential for a tutorial.  Seems I owe you guys.  But after some time apart (the single blocks got quite boring after a while), I finished the top!  Now it’s time for the quilting.

  • Autumn Spin Cyclelayout
    This one has also been kicking around a while.  After some time on the shelf, the its been sewn together and got borders and now it’s a completed top!  This one is going to get longarm quilted by me with a leaf pantograph of some kind.
  • Arcade Quilt
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    When I saw the cover of the 2016 Winter edition of Quilts & More, I just had to make this quilt!  I’ve loved Sherri’s Dessert Bloom fabrics since she started posting pictures of her projects.  I grabbed 2 layer cakes and a charm pack fir santa to bring me for Christmas and I’ve already stitched all of the quarter-square triangles together.  Now I have to cut the sashing and piece the quilt.  I changed the dimensions a bit so that I’ll end up with a queen sized quilt– hopefully for my parents.
  • QAYGFMQAL
    Back in 2012, Quokka Quilts hosted the Quilt As You Go, Free- Motion, Quilt ALong— an effort to practice FMQ and put those practice blocks to work in an actual quilt.  Inspired by that style, I purchased a bunch of solids from connecting threads and sewed up slightly larger blocks for the task (bigger is always better, right?)  My blocks have 8 in squares sashed by 3 1/2 inch strips.  Once I quilt them they will all get cut down to about 12 inches finished and sewn together in the QAYG style.  This is a skill builder with no true deadline, it may not actually get finished for years, but a good burst of energy and inspiration is always around the corner
  • Ric Rac PaddyWack Rag Quilt
    This is a necessity.  I’ve been freezing through this New England Winter and I need a nice, thick, heavy quilt to keep me warm.  I found the perfect fabrics at my LQS and chopped them and the batting up over the weekend.  This could be finished within the week!

Other UFOs on the shelf:

  • Kim Diehl Scrappy Quilt
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    This one has been on the shelf for a while and, honestly, I’m lacking the inspiration for it.  Currently, all the fabric has been cut, sewn and cut again, and about 30% of the fabrics have been sewn back together into their final form.  This one isn’t on a deadline.
  • Bargello Table Runner
    I purchased the fabrics for this one over the summer, but I haven’t started it yet.
  • Red and White Double Irish Chain
    This quilt was cut over the summer and the 25 patch squares are all assembled.  All that’s left is finishing the mostly white background blocks and assembling the top, but I’m a bit burned out on this one.
  • Blue and Green Crosshatch Quilt

    This one got started back in 2013 and I made steady progress on it… until I realized I did my math wrong and had only made half the blocks I intended.  This one has been abandoned for quite a while now.

  • Rainbow Stars Quilt
    This is the first quilt pattern I ever bought.  I eventually saved the money to get the ombre fabrics for the top, but was afraid to start it.  I have yet to feel the inspiration for this one.
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After a Long Break… A New Quilt

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This quilt has been a long time coming.  When I first started quilting, I checked out a copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ Grandma’s Best Full-Size Quilt Patterns.  In it, I found a ton of traditional designs– most of which were a bit too “old” for me– including a red and white lattice quilt I simply had to have.  I loved the simplicity and I loved the lines.  The handquilting on the original made me want to curl right up under the quilt.  I just loved it.  Unfortunately, the pattern was not reprinted in the newest version of the book and it doesn’t seem that many others have shared my love for this quilt– a Google search yeilded no pictures of the original for you to oogle.

I, however, do.  I will be posting a tutorial for this simple quilt in a week or so, but until then, I’ll leave you with some pictures.  I cut, subcut, and pressed 8 yards of red and white fabric:

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Then, I pieced and squared-up 84 (about half) of the blocks.

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Eventually the quilt will look like a 70″ x 80″ version of this:

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I am excited!  And linking up to:

WIP Wednesday: Skirts!

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After working through a different version of Vogue’s V9007 skirt pattern, I decided to take the plunge.  I cut up three fabrics at a time and am now chain piecing them on my machine.  They’re so colorful and awesome!  I’m wicked excited.

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Unfortunately, as it is 9 pm, we have to settle for poorly lit iPhone photos, but whatever.  They are better than none!  And, yes, that is Michael Miller’s Edges dots on the right.  I’m really hoping the pattern will do it justice.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Hopefully, I will be able to add a few posts for TGIFF this week!  Wish me luck!!  For today, I am linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday

Taking the Plunge… Q1 FAL List

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I’m gonna do it.  I’m gonna join the 2014 Finish-Along.  Firstly, I must make a disclaimer.  My finishes this quarter and this year always fall lower on the list than my job and grad school. Also, I am pretty fickle, so I’m just gonna post all the things that are in my head right now as well as WIP’s and UFO’s.  It’ll give me a better chance at actually accomplish something.  Without further ado, here is my list:

  1. A blue quilt for my niece.  Probably HST’s sewn together to make small and large squares.  Gotta finish it by her wedding in June!!!!
  2. The “Welcome Back, Kevin” quilt.
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  3. Quilt my rainbow bricks quilt.  It has been languishing on the shelf for a year!!!!  The only decision left to make is black vs. invisible thread.
  4. Quilt the starshine quilt.  It’s mine.  I deserve a damned quilt.
  5. My parent’s crosshatch quilt.  Only 30 partial seam blocks to go!
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  6. The Christmas echo star quilt.  Okay, so this one probably won’t be done anytime soon.
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  7. Andy’s fingerless gloves. Attach the finger flaps, then knit and attach the thumb flaps.  If I don’t hurry up, it’s going to take me another winter.
  8. My mother’s blueberry pillow (or possibly throw-sized quilt, but probably pillow).  This should probably get finished before her birthday in March.
  9. My jeweltones scrappy quilt.
  10. The Vintage Quilt Revival sampler in solids!!!!!
  11. Possibly even a Retro Rubies tablerunner.

Well, that’s a long and entirely unmanageable list.  Can’t wait to get started on it this weekend!!!

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A New Project

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Sometimes– okay, most times– I buy fabric without a specific goal in mind.  Such was the case on Black Friday.  I go out because JoAnn’s is having a sale and I can get some stuff that I need.  I get there and there are some cute Christmas prints.  This is clearly a sign from the heavens as I do not often like themes or prints.  I buy them.  I bring them home.  I’m browsing the interwebs in an attempt to get some inspiration when it strikes!  I’m going to make a giant eight-pointed star out of half-square triangles.  I’m going to echo it twice.  After some sketching and some math I come up with this:Image

I’ve since been working on this thing through all of the craziness of life.  And here is the progress:ImageImage

I’ve pieced a bit more.  And I am superduperflipping excited.

 

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Fabrics: Assorted “Holiday Inspirations” from Jo-Ann Fabrics, Kona White
Piecing Thread: Coats and Clark, 30 wt, 100% Mercerized Cotton, White #1
Finished Size: Who knows?!?!

A New Hobby

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Since the new year I have started quilting.  I started out by  cutting and piecing the bricks for a full sized quilt based on this one.  It will be full of some wonderfully bright batiks I picked up from Keepsake Quilting with my sisters.  I decided not to assemble the top, however, because I was afraid it would be far too unwieldy to quilt on my own.  I have since finished a mini-quilt based on this tutorial where I got in some practice with straight-line quilting.  I quilted and bound the whole thing during Winter Storm Nemo after school was cancelled for the day.

I’ve got the bug now, though.  I decided to pull out my bricks last night and lay out the design.  Now I’m piecing the bricks into blocks of four bricks which I will connect up after.  Unfortunately, part of the reason I stopped the piecing before was that I did not have a 1/4 inch foot, so I eyeballed the piecing of the bricks (which I’m not sure were cut all that well to begin with).  A lot of them are off by up to 1/8 inch.  I’m hoping that constructing the blocks in this way, unlike the tutorial where they are assembled in strips will help me to get a more even quilt.  The batiks are hiding the abnormalities a bit, but I would like to have the corners as tight as possible.

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I’ll post pictures later.  Unfortunately, I left my camera at my parents’ house over Christmas and will not be able to get it back until the weekend.

Getting Started

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I figure I should start by introducing myself.  I’m a second year teacher (high school math) who will be starting work on my master’s in the spring.  I’ve been crafting my whole life, but knitting is my main vice.  It keeps me focused by providing a glorious distraction from the craziness of life.