Its almost the deadline for the second quarter of the 2013 Finish-a-long.
I've got an easier list this time with most of the first quarter attempts repeated in the hope of actually getting some finishes done.
First up is Lucy's hourglass quilt - it just needs to be quilted and bound.
Next on the list is the Mod Pop quilt - I'm pretty confident in my quilting design for this one so I just need to get the back made and its ready for quilting - I'm going to piece the back using the mistake blocks from the front although I'm not quite sure how yet !
Then there are the two whirlygig mini wild things quilts from the first quarter that didn't really get a look in although I did finish unpicking all of the blocks :)
and just to add some interest I have listed these blocks that I've made recently that I'd like to do something with - I made one while I was making the mod pop blocks and now I've made a few more - they seem to grow like topsy :) just wish I had more of the fabric as I'd love to make a quilt with them !
its time for the first quarter finish-along finishes post and I'm a bit sad to report that I don't have one total finish !
having said that I am pretty happy that I have three tops finished and two of those were big projects for me - the first top to be finished was my totally groovy quilt-along quilt - the post about that finish is here.
The second top finish was lucy's hourglass quilt which I loved making - I was really hoping to get it quilted and bound by today but alas I've had a very sore shoulder for the past week so I haven't done much sewing at all !
I sewed the top up and then when I looked at it thought that it was a bit skinny.
so I unpicked the last row on the bottom of the quilt and used those blocks for the side - then I decided it was too square !
so I unpicked those blocks again and put them back on the bottom - so this is the final layout :)
can you see why it takes me so long to get something done !!
I'm going to do straight line quilting on this one in a diagonal grid so I'm going to list it again for the second quarter of the finish-along and hopefully it will be a finish !
The third top that I finished (well started and finished) this quarter was my mod pop quilt - I have a quilting design worked out that I should be able to do but I need to make the backing - I really want to use up the curved blocks that didn't work out for the front so that might take me a little while but I think I should be able to get it done in the second quarter.
I've also made progress on my fourth and fifth quilts on the list - I have all of the pieces cut out - now to sew them up ! I'll list them for my second quarter as well - hopefully I will have some finishes then :)
its my month for the care at do.good stitches quilt – I’m very excited to be a quilter and stitcher this year!
I was having trouble thinking about what block to use as I hadn’t worked out a charity to give the quilt to so when Kristy (our team leader) suggested Angels for the Forgotten I was really happy to see that it’s an Australia-wide charity based in Wagga Wagga which is about an hour’s drive from me. They do great work helping children in care or living in crisis.
"Angels for the Forgotten is dedicated to giving dignity, hope and joy to our community's most vulnerable who are entering foster care or living in crisis.
Our aim is to put a little bit of Sparkle in to otherwise bleak and traumatic situations, to instill the feeling that "somebody does care" in to the hearts and minds of those who feel alone and isolated in this world and with your help we can all make "real change", "a real impact", and "a real difference".
They ask for blankets and quilts around 70 x 70 cms so I’ve decided to use our 20 blocks to make two quilts – one for a girl and one for a boy and I’m imagining their ages to be 6 – 8 years old.
When I suggested to Kristy that I might do a plus sign quilt for the boy and a star quilt for the girl she gently pointed out that it might be simpler to have one design only :) thanks Kristy!
As I didn’t really want to use a star block for the boy quilt I settled on the plus sign. I had resigned myself to having to use a 9 patch block for the plus as most of the plus sign blocks I’ve seen are interlocking which doesn’t work for group quilts, then yesterday while visiting the new members of our little care group I saw Rachel’s plus block and knew I wanted to use that one so I emailed her straight away to ask if I could use the block but with bigger dimensions.
I've been a bit busy for the past week - starting and finishing my mod pop quilt top !
As soon as I saw Leanne's mod pop quilt-along last year I just had to join in - I LOVED Julie's pattern and immediately thought of using the pezzy print in pink - I'm in love with that sweet little pez :)
At the time of the quilt-along in September last year, I'd also recently joined the totally groovy quilt-along and had purchased a couple of the new Kona colours that Kaufman had just introduced which included azalea - another colour I'm just a bit partial to so I just had to mix them - I actually thought of using some bright pink solid by Moda for this quilt but I wasn't convinced and when I tried out the azalea I thought it was a match made in heaven - well my heaven anyway :)
The totally groovy pattern uses curves as well so I thought I'd be fine with the curves in the mod pop - well a few curves is one thing but 120 curved blocks is quite another!!
Of course, at the time I signed up I didn't really think about how many curved blocks there were - I only just counted them yesterday which I'm thinking was a good idea !
so I'm officially no longer afraid of curves :)
while the quilt-along was underway I managed to make one block - I was making the lap size which requires 8 blocks - I used the curve master and managed to make a couple of ok curves although there was some unpicking involved but I was pretty happy with the block.
Then of course I was behind in other projects I had deadlines for - an excuse for not wanting to sew curves perhaps !! so this quilt was put on hold. When Leanne introduced the 2013 Finish-along I was determined to get this quilt done so put it on my first quarter list!
I spent most of Sunday and Monday week cutting out all of the pieces
and then last week started slowly sewing the curves and blocks together
of course I hadn't sewn a curve since October when I made my first block so when I tried to sew them on the Janome I had all sorts of issues - I sewed up 12 blocks and unpicked 10 ! so quickly decided I had to try something else so I started pinning the blocks which was a bit slower but way better than sewing and unpicking :)
I think the issue with trying to do it on the Janome is that the needle is at the back of the machine whereas on the Elna its at the front so I got the old faithful Elna out and tried again ... what's that saying about a poor tradesman always blames her tools - lol ... it seemed that I'd just lost the knack of being able to sew curves - the ones I sewed without pins all came out uneven as well as a smidge small and didn't lay flat and the blocks that I pinned all turned out the right size and laid flat so I just kept going with the pins.
I also ran into another issue that I hadn't really thought about (I've learnt some great lessons doing this quilt !) that the way I cut the pezzy fabric made a difference as its directional !
When I started to sew them together I noticed that a few of the pez were going in the wrong direction which would have made the quilt look quite different so I needed to re-cut some of the pieces. I'm planning on having some crazy curved blocks on the back to use up those pieces :)
after sewing most of the weekend I finally pressed the last seam at 10pm on Monday night - I'm so glad its finished as I just love it :) Hopefully I'll get to take a half-decent photo of it this weekend in the daylight but until then I'm showing the just finished night shot !
I've already worked out the quilting that I'm going to attempt to do which amazes me but of course it won't be quilted by the first quarter of the finish-along deadline which is in a couple of weeks as I have some overdue blocks, some other projects with deadlines, and a mini quilt for a swap that needs to be started !
Last year I signed up for the Craftsy
BOM with Amy Gibson of Stitchery
Dickory Dock which was great fun so when I heard Amy was doing another BOM
this year I just had to sign up for that - I also signed up mum so that we
would have a project to do together !
Amy's block of the month is called the Sugar Block Club - as well as a monthly block pattern you receive a fabulous dessert recipe too - I
haven't actually made any of the desserts although they do look good:)
Amy is using some colonial blocks from the 1920s and it took me a while to
decide on fabric but when I saw the January
Blogger's Choice fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop I knew that was
the perfect fabric ! Sinta Borland of Pink Pincushion has put together
some cute fabrics from Pam Kitty Morning and also Hill Farm by Brenda Riddle.
I'm using the Cotton Couture Primrose as the background and as I need 17 fat quarters for the BOM I've added a few extra solids.
This is my January block ...
mum's January block ...
I love how we've both used pink for the background and green outer points !!
My February block ...
and my March block ...
Not sure whether mum has finished the February and March blocks but at the moment she and dad are holidaying around Tasmania so I'll have to check up on her when they return home :)
its time for the march project for a lovely year of finishes - jeepers - I didn't even get the February project done - these months just seem to whiz by !
My February project was to get a cushion or three finished which I haven't but they have progressed a bit so I don't feel quite so bad :)
I've managed to unpick and replace the border for the bunny cushion and I've sewn the gathered edge on the green cushion - I was really sweating on the gathering but now that its done I have no idea why !! seems its always the way that you put something off 'cause you think it will be too hard and when you finally get it done it wasn't hard at all !I
So I'm allowing myself one small project for the March A Lovely Year of Finishes so that I might get that and February's cushions done :)
As I'm behind in my Star of Africa bee blocks I'm putting the June (and hopefully August - yes 2012 that is !) block down as my finish for this month ! This block needs a bit of embroidery to finish it off ...
and this block needs to be sewn down and have some detailing done !
and if you're linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes I wish you good luck too !
its time to draw the material obsession 2 book giveaway - thanks to those who visited my blog and left a comment - it was great to hear your tips for machine quilting :)
so I've decided to just go for it - I think the reason I haven't started fmq even though I've had the Janome for almost two months is that I'm just scared that
I'll mess up a perfectly fine quilt top !
but tomorrow I’m going to ignore my
fear and just go for it :)
I've been practicing my stipple quilting ...
I’m pretty happy – mostly round curves – just need to
relax and breath !
I'm a bit obsessed about pebble quilting too - lots more
practice needed for that design though.
so onto the winner of the book...I had 20 comments although two from
Linda (hi Linda - waving :)) and one from my dad (thanks dad - love you ! ) so I
put numbers 1 - 18 in mr random generator and he came up with #13 - lucky for
Can’t believe it picked my dad’s comment (mum already has this
book!) so the next comment was from Michele of Quilts from my Crayon Box - congratulations
Michele and thanks for your tip!I’ll
be sending you an email today to get your postal address – hope you really
enjoy the book :)
I'm off to the sewing room this afternoon – I've failed on my
February projects !my three cushions
for A Lovely Year of Finishes are still not finished although they are further
along than the beginning of the month. I
also have to re-do February’s And Sew On BOM block – the “unpicker” block has
caused me to unpick at least 5 times but I just can’t get the handles to match
happy 3rd birthday little blog - yes, three years although I only did three posts in my first year and it wasn't until October 2011 that I really got into blogging - I was in my first blog hop in November 2011 so that was a great motivator :) Actually I think it was around October 2011 that I went "live" with my blog - nothing like a long honeymoon !! so if I want to get persnickety I could say I've only been blogging for 1 1/2 years but I'm going with 3 :)
I'd really like to thank everyone who has ever visited my blog or left a comment - I'm pretty amazed that I now have over 100 followers on google friends and I also have readers through email and RSS - thank you so much- its really nice to receive so much support from people all around the world and it continues to amaze me daily:)
I've met so many wonderful people online over the past three years and as I usually sew by myself its been so nice to be able to connect with people with the same passion !
so to celebrate and to say thanks for following along with me, I have a copy of Material Obsessions 2 for one of my readers :) its such a great book with heaps of eye candy ! its by australian quilters Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke - and just a heads up Sarah's newest quilting book, Hand Quilted with Love is due out in March - keep an eye out for that one - it looks fabulous too :)
if you'd like to add this book to your library, just leave me a comment by Friday 1 March (australian time) and as I'm about to start on my free motion quilting journey you might want to share your best fmq tip !
giveaway closed - Michelle from Quilts from my Crayon Box was the winner :) I'll email the lucky reader on Saturday 2 March so please make sure I can contact you :)
good luck and have a great weekend- I'm off to the sewing room:)