Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm a Winner!

I actually won this before I went on vacation in May. I just haven't blogged about it until now. I won a $25 gift certificate courtesy of Canton Village Quilt Works from Sharon McConnell's blog at Color Girl Quilts.

So how did I spend my money? I bought the Polka Dot Bikini kit from CVQW. Here it is. All ready to be cut up and sewn.

You say you haven't heard of the Polka Dot Bikini quilt? How could that be? Take a look at this and this to see what I am talking about. The pattern was designed by Sharon McConnell and it was quilted by Jenny Pedigo from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

I fell in love with this quilt when I saw this. In my dreams, I will quilt it like that.

So many things to little time.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Designer Mystery BOM

I have completed block #2 in the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM series.
I love Edyta's fabric line. I didn't take a picture of it along with block #1. You can see it here.

I am linking up with What a Hoot BOM's Away (link here).

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Uncle Sam is Finished!

Another finish for 2014. Here he is.

I chose this wall hanging specifically because of its size (in addition to the fact that I really love it). I have an ugly spot that I needed to hide. Oh, the shame. Here it is:
When we finished our basement, I wanted to have a cover of some kind over the fuse box. The builder's quick solution was to paint it the same as the wall color. I suppose it was a reasonable solution, but it has always bothered me. Then along came the Uncle Sam wall hanging. It fits the space perfectly.
This is much better. The next project up on my to do list is another wall hanging for that same spot that isn't holiday specific.

I am linking up to Anything Goes Monday (link on right).

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Farmer's Wife Finish!

Farmer's Wife quilt is now finished.
The picture looks a bit strange because it is a queen-size quilt draped across a king-size bed. The binding is red with white polka dots. I am really happy with the finish.
Above is a requisite photo of the back. I am a little disappointed in the backing fabric. It is a white on white wide backing fabric. It has a bit of a 'plastic-y' feel to it. I haven't washed the quilt yet, so maybe it will soften after washing.

Photo-heavy post warning: following are a whole bunch of close-ups.

Vital Statistics:
Finished size: 83" x 103"; 111 6" (finished) blocks
Began piecing: June 13, 2012
Assembled into a flimsy: August 18, 2013 (see post here)
Completed quilting, binding, labeling: July 18, 2014

I am linking this post to Sewjo Saturday (here)

Monday, July 14, 2014

On the Frame

Uncle Sam is on the frame:
I have a good start on this. SID and all squared up. I won't be able to get back to this for several days. Meetings all day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. What ever happened to my 9-month contract? Oh well.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gen X BOM Blocks for July

Here are the Gen X BOM blocks for July. I have had them for several days, but just had time to work on them today.
I changed up the arrangement of the Flying Geese sets from the pattern. The colors in these pictures are a bit brighter than they really appear.
Here are all 14 blocks that I have completed so far.
What caused the delay in completing the July BOM? I completed the quilting on my Farmer's Wife quilt.
Here are a few photos.

I have ordered fabric for my binding. Wouldn't you think I would have thought ahead far enough to have that on hand already? Duh. I think one step at a time. Can't wait to have it completely finished.

Linking up with Free Motion by the River (link on right) and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story (link on right).

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Farmer's Wife Update

Farmer's Wife is still on the frame. Poor Uncle Sam is still waiting. Missed 4th of July on that one. It will be ready for next year.

An email to my dealer, Angela Huffman (here) has solved my tension problem. Her email instructions as well as the link she sent to this Jamie Wallen YouTube video did the trick. What a difference it makes when I can spend hours quilting rather than a couple minutes at a time.

Here are a couple pictures:

It is a challenge coming up with a quilting design for each 6 inch block. I feel like I am repeating a lot of things. In some blocks, I am just outlining the pieces. I am also trying to give some contrast to the swirls I am putting in the sashing and setting triangles.

I am linking up today with Anything Goes Monday (link at right); Free Motion by the River (link at right). I am also linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday (link at right), I have to say here and Freshly Pieced here.

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