Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finally, some sewing progress

I am really ready to retire. Work just interferes with my sewing time.

I completed the April and May BOM assignments for the Halo Medallion BOM from The Quilt Show. Honestly, those flying geese arcs took! The pattern instructions are very good. I am hoping that this is the most challenging part of this quilt because it pushed me to my limit.

I woosed out and chose to use the kit so I couldn't mess up on fabric selection. I have absolutely no confidence in my ability to put together a beautiful palette like this.

I also finished this month's Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts. I love reds and this is a fun project to work on.

That makes eight blocks completed for this project.

This month Fig Tree Quilts is having a contest for quilt blocks in sizes that work with their current BOM's. I designed a 10" finished size block. This is the first time I have ever tried to design my own block. I'm not showing the picture. If I win, I will be happy to share.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Starlight, Starbright BOM

I added the last border onto Starlight, Starbright BOM today. Ta Dah!

Next step, quilting. I think I will use white thread throughout. I do not want to be changing thread colors all through this.

Has anyone else done a two-color quilt? How did you decide which thread color to use?

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Red and Cream Month 3

I am participating in the Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree quilts. I should have this top completed in time to have it quilted by next Christmas. That is the plan.

Here are the two newest blocks. #'s 5 and 6:

I drove myself crazy trying to have the zig-zag fabric all in the same direction within each block, but it was not possible. Oh well. I'll just try not to be so obsessive compulsive.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Starlight, Starbright flimsy

I had a terrible time with this project all the way along. I hate paper piecing, and this project had a lot. Even more than that, I hate templates. I never really understand how to make them fit together. Block #11, I tried three times. I finally gave up on it and made a substitution. I don't have the heart to take any of these apart to correct the mistakes I see. I'll just call this a 30 mph quilt. If you go by it at 30 mph, it looks OK. If you stop and look closely, the errors are apparent.

I can't believe that I didn't manage to get all of the borders on this during spring break week. I didn't take another picture with the borders added. I have one more border to go that will have to wait until next weekend. I didn't even get to touch my Lucey at all during the week. I spent every day working on my BOM projects.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Halo Medallion Month 3

I was able to get my month three assignment finished this week only because it is spring break. My weekend sewing time just isn't enough to stay caught up.

I had fun arranging the star centers and points for a good mix. The paper piecing took for-ev-er. I finally got it completed yesterday.
I could have played with the placement for another day, but I finally decided to space the reds the way I liked them and not worry about whether the other colors had the same center and points next to each other. I am pretty pleased with this so far. I don't know how I will be able to keep up from here on out, though. Next month is the tiny flying geese.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

What I'm Working On

I have decided to limit the number of BOM projects I take on this year, but I continue to be tempted by all of the great projects I see online.

I am participating in the 2017 BOM from the Quilt Show. This quilt was designed by Sue Garman, who just recently died. I am determined to get over my hate of paper piecing. This project will either cure me or kill me.
January Assignment

February Assignment
I have received the last installment of Starlight, Starbright. This is the red/white project I have been working on for the past year. Even though I love red and white quilts, I can't say that I have enjoyed this one. Too many templates and paper piecing blocks. No recent pictures of this one.

I am in the Red and Cream Mystery BOM from Fig Tree. This one will finish in time to be completed for Christmas. I just love Joanna's fabrics.
January Assignment

February Assignment
 Currently on the Lucey: Serendipity by Judy Madsen. This is a challenge to my quilting skills. It is definitely a stretch.

Grid with Continuous Curve completed

Sorry for the photo overload, but I am seriously in love with this one. I also loaded one of my minis on the frame so I could take advantage of using the same backing. A real time saver.

This post is linked with What a Hoot! BOMS Away (see button on right).

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Crossroads Finish

This has been finished for a while, but I only got the pictures today. We have had a lot of dreary days and I have been traveling. Not too much time has been spent in the sewing room lately.
Here are pics of the Crossroads Quilt Along.

I used a pantograph instead of custom quilting. I really love the house blocks. This will probably be my last finish of 2016.

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