Monday, January 15, 2018

Q1 FAL Goals

 It's good to have goals, right?

 Q1 (January-March 2018) Finish Along Goals: 
  1. Home Sweet Home Bench Pillow (Kimberbell)
  2. Stormy Seas Tablerunner (Judy Niemeyer)
  3. On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter)
  4. Dresden Flags (Suzn Quilts)
  5. Dresden Buddy Uncle Sam (Suzn Quilts)
  6. Tutti Frutti for Mishayla (Easy Weekend Quilts)
  7. Bloom (Lori Holt)
  8. Cozy Christmas (Lori Holt)
  9. Texas Braid (Bonnie Hunter)
  10. Swoon (Thimble Blossoms)
  11. Spice Market 
  12. Thai Rhapsody 
  13. Crumb Along (Jo's Country Junction)
  14.  That 70s Quilt Re-Do (Ellen Meli)
  15.  Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  16.  Split 9-Patch (Bonnie Hunter)
  17. Crazy Quilt Pillow (inspired by Valerie Bothell)
  18.  Patriotic Stars (charity, Bobbi Reskusich)
Home Sweet Home
top pieced, needs applique and finishing
Stormy Seas
paper piecing finished, needs arcs pieced and finishing
On Ringo Lake
fabric and supplies ready
Dresden Flags
fabric and supplies ready
Dresden Buddies - Uncle Sam
fabric and supplies ready
Tutti Frutti for Mishayla
top finished, needs quilting
Bloom
fabric and supplies ready
Cozy Christmas
fabric and supplies ready
Texas Braid
3 braids complete, many more to go...
Swoon
fabric and supplies ready

Spice Market
blocks finished, top ready to assemble
Thai Rhapsody
center medallion finished, needs corner blocks
Crumb Along
carried over from 2017 - still needs more blocks
That 70s Quilt!
carried over from 2017 - needs to be disassembled and blocks repaired
Spoolin' Around
carried over from 2017 - blocks finished, ready to be assembled
Split 9-Patch
carried over from 2017 - blocks finished, ready to be assembled
Crazy Quilt Pillow
carried over from 2017 - 2 blocks made, 4 more blocks needed


Patriotic Stars
carried over from 2017 - top made, ready to be quilted
Hoping to make some progress this quarter...it's been a while.  Wish me luck!
Linking up to the 2018 Finish-A-Long hosted by Leanne at her blog She Can Quilt.

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~ Heather ~

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sapphire Stars by Kevin the Quilter

Have you heard that Kevin the Quilter is hosting a new scrappy mystery quilt over on his blog?  Well, he is!  Check out his blog here:  Kevin the Quilter

Sapphire Stars (photo courtesy of Kevin the Quilter)
And here are all the clues you'll need to make his wonderful quilt:
Sapphire Stars - Intro
Sapphire Stars - Clue 1
Sapphire Stars - Clue 2
Sapphire Stars - Clue 3
Sapphire Stars - Clue 4 Surprise!
Sapphire Stars - Clue 5
Sapphire Stars - Clue 6 The Big Reveal!

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~ Heather ~

Thursday, July 06, 2017

July & Q3 Goals

Q3 (July-September 2017) Finish Along Goals: 
  1.  Crumb Along (Jo's Country Junction)
  2.  That 70s Quilt Re-Do
  3.  Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  4.  Split 9-Patch (Bonnie Hunter)
  5.  Holiday Blossoms (Doug Leko) 
  6.  Reflections (Suzn Quilts) 
  7.  Log Cabin Variation (charity)
  8.  Christmas Stockings x5 (Kim Diehl) 
  9.  T-Shirt Quilt 
  10.  Crazy Quilt Pillow 
  11.  Patriotic Stars (charity)
Crumb Along
carried over from 2016 - still needs more blocks

That 70s Quilt!
carried over from 2016 - needs to be disassembled and blocks repaired

Spoolin' Around
blocks finished - ready to be assembled

Split 9-Patch
blocks finished - ready to be assembled

Holiday Blossoms
top finished - ready to be quilted

Reflections
top finished - ready to be quilted

Log Cabin Variation
quilted - ready for binding

Christmas Stockings x5
partially cut out - needs a lot of work

T-Shirt Quilt
t-shirts prepped - blocks ready to be made

Crazy Quilt Pillow
2 blocks made - 4 more blocks needed

Patriotic Stars
top made - ready to be quilted

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<\br> Heather

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fat Man Squeeze

Fat Man Squeeze was a quick, easy and fun jellyroll quilt.  The focus fabric is Bees'n'Blooms, but because jellyrolls don't always have enough light fabric included in the line for variation, I added a few extra strips of other Kansas Troubles and repro collections in similar tones.                   
 I love working with Kansas Troubles fabrics.  Most all of their collections include interchangeable colors that work together year after year, line after scrumptious line!
Have you ever noticed backing fabrics are so thin?  They even have a sheen sometimes.  The weave is really different from that quilting cottons we find on the 44/45" bolts for piecing.  Why is that?
i really enjoy picking out panto designs to quilt on each quilt. My machine is not computerized, so I tend to choose designs that do not overlap with relatively easy to follow lines.  I'm getting to the point where I only have 2 or 3 pantos that I haven't tried yet, so I guess it's time to order a few more.  Any favorites?

Once again, another finish from last year...this one was quilted and taken to Jackman's for display in April 2016 (and yes, I have it back now).  

Fat Man Squeeze
Designer:  Kathy Brown (Strip Smart Quilts)
Size: 44.25 x 55.5"
Featured Fabric Line: Bees'n'Blooms (Kansas Troubles for Moda)
Quilting:  Ambrosia (Hermione Agee)
Quilting Thread:  Fil-Tec Glide (Wheat)
Batting:  Legacy Wool

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines.  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me and becomes my property at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Variegated Spools

Based on the Spools quilt pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company, I created this Variegated "strippy" Spools quilt.  The only significant change I made was to use scrappy strings where the pattern called for 2.5" strips to make the thread!
As you can imagine, it was a really fun quilt to make...and better yet, it helped to clean a ton of those thin little strips out of my scrappy color bins (and, yes, they're already overflowing again - aren't yours?)!
I quilted this cute quilt with an all-over free motioned double loop to kinda feel like the thread was unraveling off of the spools all over the quilt.  In retrospect, I wish I had used several different thread colors to do this, but you know how it is...when you get it to that point, all you want is to have it done!  And speaking of done, I'm really late blogging about this one, it was done in March of 2016 - LAST YEAR!  Yes, I'm still catching up on blogging my finishes...wonder when you'll get to see what I'm currently working on, hehe!
Variegated Spools
Designer:  adapted from Spools by Missouri Star Quilt Company
Size: 82x82"
Featured Fabric Line: scrappy, scrappy
Quilting:  allover freehand double loop
Quilting Thread:  Fil-Tec Glide (Willow)
Awarded:  2nd Place Bed Quilt, 2015-16 President's "Bee Creative" Greeting Card Challenge 
Ties, Needles & Threads Crafter's Guild, Glen Carbon, IL

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