Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Q2 FAL Goals

Q2 (April-June 2018) Finish Along Goals: 
  1. Home Sweet Home Bench Pillow (Kimberbell)
  2. Stormy Seas Tablerunner (Judy Niemeyer)
  3. On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter)
  4. Bloom (Lori Holt)
  5. Cozy Christmas (Lori Holt)
  6. Texas Braid (Bonnie Hunter)
  7. Swoon (Thimble Blossoms)
  8. Spice Market 
  9. Thai Rhapsody 
  10. Crumb Along (Jo's Country Junction)
  11. That 70s Quilt Re-Do (Ellen Meli)
  12. Spoolin' Around (Bonnie Hunter)
  13. Crazy Quilt Pillow (inspired by Valerie Bothell)
  14. Patriotic Stars (charity, Bobbi Reskusich)
  15. Tiny Dresden Series July-September (Suzn Quilts)
  16. Tiny Dresden Series October-December (Suzn Qults)
  17. Land of the Free (Primitive Gatherings)
  18. QAYG Reversible Quilt
  19. Americana 9-Patch Star
  20. Dresden Daisies (Suzn Quilts)
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
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
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 more progress this quarter...
Linking up to the 2018 Finish-A-Long hosted by Leanne at her blog She Can Quilt.

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~ Heather

Monday, April 02, 2018

Q1 FAL Finishes

In quick summary, here are the 4 UFO projects I managed to complete off of my list:

This...
Dresden Flags
fabric and supplies ready
became this:

And this...
Dresden Buddies - Uncle Sam
fabric and supplies ready
became this:


Then this...
Tutti Frutti for Mishayla
top finished, needs quilting
became this:

Finally, this...
Split 9-Patch
carried over from 2017 - blocks finished, ready to be assembled
became this:


Q1 (January-March 2018) Finish Along Finishes (4 out of 18): 
  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)
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~ Heather ~

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Dresden Flags

I am so happy!  I am so excited to have a pair of quilts finished in time for the upcoming patriotic holidays!  This is the larger option in the Dresden Flags pattern by my friend, Susan Marth of Suzn Quilts (keep reading to see the oh so cute, little one).
The larger of the two Dresden Flags has 12 tiny dresden plate stars machine appliqued onto sweet little 4-patch backgrounds - did you catch that?  Machine appliqued...no handwork, no raw edges!  Even sweeter, this baby is quilted as a QAYG (quilt as you go) project.  By the time you're finished with the piecing, you're also finished with the quilting.  Just attach your walking foot and whip it out - all on your domestic machine...I love that!
Add a label, hanging sleeve and bind...easy peasy!
For a bonus, the Dresden Flags pattern includes a smaller pattern perfect for hanging on a small table stand or gifting as a mug rug.  I had plenty of fabric left over from the supply list to make this, too!
I simply quilted my small flag with a stitch in the ditch, added a hanging sleeve, label and binding to finish.
The small version only uses one tiny dresden plate star on a scrappy background, but can you imagine a whole quilt full of these little babies?  Oooooo....I can!  😍

Dresden Flags
Pattern (Designer):  Dresden Flags (Susan Marth of Suzn Quilts)
Size: 30.25x42" (lg) & 10.25x12.5" (sm)
Featured Fabrics: Assorted Americana
Quilting:  Quilt As You Go (lg) & Stitch In the Ditch (sm)
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil Mako' NE 50/2 (Off-white 2021)
Batting:  Warm & Natural

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.”

Dresden Flags is my fourth completion from my 2018 Q1 FAL list!

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~ Heather

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Split 9-Patch

Thanks to my guild friend, Bobbi, I have this cute Split 9-Patch quilt to share with you today!
Bobbi stopped me in the parking lot of our guild meeting place one morning and asked me if I had any use for some leftover 2 1/2" squares of batik fabric.  And, of course I said "yes!"
Little did I know, this quilt would only scratch the surface of those leftover squares!  I'm pretty sure I could make AT LEAST one more quilt like this, if not 2, with the squares I still have leftover!  Bobbi cut A LOT of squares!!!
And, can you believe this is not the first time Bobbi has given me some of her "leftovers?"  I can't wait to show you what else I do with some of the other squares and blocks that she gave me. Not to mention, she is always gifting projects and blocks to other ladies in the guild!  She's very generous!
 And, who doesn't love a good precut batik project?  Thanks Bobbi!!!

Split 9-Patch
Pattern (Designer):  Split 9-Patch (Bonnie Hunter)
Size: 72.5x84.5"
Featured Fabrics: Assorted Batiks & Neutrals
Quilting:  Echeveria (Hermione Agee)
Quilting Thread:  Signature So Fine (Pink/Purple/Orange Variegated)
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

Split 9-Patch is my third completion from my 2018 Q1 FAL list!

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~ Heather

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Uncle Sam (Dresden Buddies)

So, I started making a few new shop samples for the store and I'm really having fun with them!  I'd like to introduce you to Uncle Sam from Susan Marth's (designer, Suzn Quilts) new-ish Dresden Buddies series:
Susan has a really fun way of making tiny and mini dresden plates and incorporating them in to all sorts of designs.  I've gotta say, I've never enjoyed a machine applique project so much!  
For the most part, my husband is very supportive of my quilting, but I think he's getting a bit too comfortable with his commentary.  This time he pointed out that Uncle Sam has no nose!  "Where's his nose?" was the first thing he said when I showed him the finished wallhanging.  Susan Marth's response to this, "Noses are ugly.  He's cute enough without one!"  Hehe!  I like that chick!
When it came time to quilt, I just added an allover pantograph, but the stars and waving striped suited Uncle Sam just fine!  I know many people do not like to quilt over their applique, but I don't mind one bit!  Let's face it, quilting is not my favorite part of the process.  So, by the time I get there, I'm just ready to be done and on to the next project!
Uncle Sam is awfully cute and I can't wait to have him back home, hanging on the wall, tormenting my husband :)

Uncle Sam
Pattern:  Dresden Buddies - Uncle Sam 
Designer:  Susan Marth (Suzn Quilts)
Size: 10x43"
Panto:  Star Spangled Allover (Jessica Schick)
Quilting Thread:  Fil-Tec Glide (linen)

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.”

Uncle Sam is my second completion from my 2018 Q1 FAL list!

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~ Heather