Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fall Quilt Along

Last year, I participated in a Christmas Quilt Along designed by a group that now calls themselves Partners In Design.  I really enjoyed it and was excited when they announced that their 2018 QAL had a fall theme.  Every two weeks, a different block was released.

Here's my completed quilt!  For the Christmas sampler, I was 100% scrappy from stash.  I liked it, but missed the cohesion that I saw in some of the other quilts.  So for this one, I chose a background fabric, Kona Waterfall, and everything else was from stash. So it's scrappy but looks like it all belongs together.

That turkey was the hardest block!  It's cute, but man was it tricky.  So many pieces!

The QAL had twelve blocks.  I planned on a 4 x 4 setting, so I needed four additional blocks.  The acorn block gave two options and I made them both, leaving me with three blocks needed.  Since colorful leaves are such a big part of fall, I decided to make different leaf blocks and put them in each of the corners, with the leaf designed for this QAL in the fourth corner. 

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I did this as a Quilt-As-You-Go project.  My favorite quilting is that sunflower with the big spiral.  This is my third quilt using this version of QAYG and I'm starting to fall out of love with it.  I love doing the quilting in small sections, but I struggle with the assembly.  I'm going to try a different technique for QAYG and see if I like it better. 

I think the owl and the hedgehog are my favorites! 

When I say that everything but the background is from stash, I mean everything, including batting and backing.  I had a dark teal mottled fabric that I used for most of the blocks, but there wasn't enough for 16 blocks.  So whatever I had in shades of green that was big enough was used for the other blocks.  It's a bit eclectic.

The same group is planning another quilt along in 2019.  They asked for theme ideas and I suggested "day at the zoo."  It will be fun to see what they pick!

Fall QAL was #18 on my list of Q4 goals for the globally-hosted Finish Along.  It has been donated to my local Project Linus chapter. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December OMG

In November, I set my One Monthly Goal (OMG) as completing my last 8 car blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I did complete those 8 blocks.  On December 3rd.  Better late than never, right?

Aren't the cars the cutest?  The pattern is Bumper2Bumper by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  For my December goal, I'm going to be optimistic and set completing this quilt. Linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

November Bee Blocks

November was Queen Becky's turn in Stash Bee.  She asked for kaleidoscope blocks.

I think this was my first bee block that used a paper template.  I was not a fan of cutting using that template and am glad I only had to make 2 blocks that way!  I hope Becky likes her blocks!

Bee Inspired scheduled everything so that the last Queen was in October, so this marks the end of the year for me in terms of Bee blocks. 

Bee Inspired is changing how they do things for next year, so there is no "bee" in that we will not be making blocks for each other.  I believe I am slotted to continue in Stash Bee, though.  It's fun to try all kinds of blocks in different color schemes without the commitment of an entire quilt. I also really enjoy the social aspect of bees and knowing that blocks I made end up in quilts all around the country and the world.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quilty Bucket List: Needle Turn Applique--Rin

Last spring and summer, I participated in the Rin Along hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  They were doing the pattern Rin by Carolyn Friedlander.  Rin is a needle-turn applique pattern, and needle turn applique has been on my quilty bucket list for a while.  I decided to sew along and make one block.  I finished my block in time to be part of the parade last July. Then the block sat unfinished.

I'm pleased to say it is unfinished no more!

I used a beautiful rainbow batik fat quarter for the rings.  The light blue background is the only fabric I bought for this project.  Once the block was done, I used batik scraps to make it bigger.  The first border and binding are left from a yard I bought at QuiltCon last year to use as binding for my Meadow Mystery quilt. 

The teal and pink 2nd border is an Island Batik print that I won from Laura of Slice of Pi quilts.  She had a giveaway for scraps from her beautiful scrappy lone star and I was the lucky winner! The colors of this fabric go so well with my ring fabric, you'd think I bought them together! 

The last two borders are leftovers from a quilt I made my college friend Jen years ago.  I remember buying the outer fabric (it has such awesome colors!) at a shop when I was living in Michigan for graduate school.  Scraps live forever!

I used crosshatch quilting.  I'm super pleased with how it turned out, and bonus for crossing an item off my quilting bucket list!  This will be donated to the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus.
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Rin was #1 on my list of Q4 goals for the globally-hosted Finish Along.  It was also on my list of UFOs to finish to earn my PhD (Projects Half Done) with Quilting Gail.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wall of Mini Quilts

I have a large blank wall in my office at work.  I've slowly been adding mini quilts to it, and my goal has always been to fill up the entire wall.  Well, we're moving to a new building as soon as the semester ends so I will never get to fill up this particular wall.  I've already taken them down, but I did take a picture so I can remember them all together.  Don't they just look so great all together?? There is something magical about a wall of mini quilts.

Projects pictured here and their original posts (left to right, and top to bottom when applicable)



Batik Hexies

Singing and Dancing in the Rain

Purple Elephant

Home Sweet Home


 Darth Vader Butterfly

Hazel and the Hedgehogs

I'm not sure that I'll have such a great blank wall in my new location, so what happens to this collection remains to be seen at the moment.  And I have a few almost finishes to add to this group, once they have a new wall to call home.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I first met Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland during the 2016 New Bloggers Hop. I immediately knew from her writing that she was my kind of quilter.  I've been following her blog and her quilting adventures ever since.She's hilarious, generous, and thoughtful.  When she started her first mystery quilt, I knew I had to participate.

I love how it turned out!  The fabrics are all from my stash.  Tish offered color advice via email.  Here you can see my first picture to her, asking about which fabric to use where.  I didn't want to have to say "the dark purple one" and "the pink one" so I gave each fabric a name.  Can you tell the theme I used??

Tish's mystery was wonderfully paced.  A small clue each month with plenty of time to start late or get caught up.  Mine is the smaller of the two sizes and will be donated to my local chapter of Project Linus.  I quilted it in a large spiral, one of my favorite quilting designs for a quick finish.

Tish will be hosting a parade on January 1st for completed Fireburst quilts.  It's a quick enough pattern that you can even start now and have a top for the parade!  Here is her QAL page.

This is #16 on my list of Q4 goals for the globally-hosted Finish Along

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Car blocks - November OMG

My project for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been Bumper2Bumper by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  So far, I've made blue, green, purple, and yellow cars, but I'm behind.  I need to make eight more cars.

Completing all the blocks for the top is my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November in the linky party hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.