{Finished} HMQG Row Robin

One of the first swaps/challenges we did for HMQG was a row robin.  Each of us started a row and then passed the quilt around the guild for members to make a coordinating row.

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My row is the top, then we have Fi, Sean, Bry, Liz, Amy, Jen and Beth — with a little Coco mixed in!

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I asked for red and aqua star/pinwheel blocks and some kind of symmetry in the row.

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I love what people came up with!

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It had been so long since I’d pulled out the rows that I had almost forgotten who did which row, so I asked Pam to quilt our names into it!  Do you see Amy?

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And Beth?

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As always, Pam did an incredible job on the quilting.  I asked her to do these cool hook flowers that she did on a quilt for Patty for her market booth.

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We backed it in a grey she had on hand and she quilted it with a really subtle light grey thread.  She also used a wool batting, so the quilting really pops!

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Most of the binding is the red bias stripe from April Showers, but I also tossed in a corner of aqua pindots — also a Bonnie & Camille!

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It’s kind of like candy!

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This quilt ended up really narrow and long — about 70″ x 120″ so I think it will be perfect for sharing on the couch.

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So glad one of my oldest WIPs is done — I can’t wait to use it!

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Linking to Finish it Up Friday!

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{Finished} Sherbet Pips Apple Core Quilt

This is a long post about a quilt that truly only came about thanks to Instagram and my fun friends there.

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110 weeks ago I posted a gender neutral fabric bundle  and asked for suggestions for a suitable pattern. Michonne suggested Christina’s Retro Flowers Pattern and Katy immediately agreed.

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I was a little intimidated of the curved piecing, so I immediately ran to Joann to see if I could find a drunkard’s path ruler.

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They didn’t have one and, in my excitement, I came home with an apple core ruler instead and immediately cut up a Sherbet Pips Charm Pack.

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If you have more common sense than I did at the time you may be thinking to yourself that with a drunkard’s path block you sew one curve and then revert to straight lines, whereas an apple core quilt just becomes an unmanageable mess of undulating and never ending curves, so why practice the easier one with the harder?

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And you would be right.

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As soon as I started piecing I realized that I had created a monster for myself, but not only did I move forward — I decided to make the piece larger.

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In order to do that, I tried to purchase an additional charm pack from Amanda, who didn’t have one in stock and instead sent me one from her stash!  So now not only had I been challenged by two IG friends, I’d basically stolen fabric from another.  I had to finish this quilt and it had to be super cute.

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I made it as big as I could with the two charm packs, added a couple of borders (which I never do) using white and the extra charm pack pieces, made a super cute backing and then I debated how to quilt it.

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I actually started quilting it, but it didn’t quite seem right so it sat basted for two years.

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I pulled it out recently thinking I was halfway done with the quilting. When I realized that I had only done one line half the length of the quilt, I emailed Pam and asked her to longarm it.

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Guys, I will never let something linger when instead it could be longarmed!  Having this quilt done is the best!

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Pam quilted it with a pink, variegated Aurifil thread.  We chose hook flowers in the apple core section…

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… and feathers, scallops and loops in the various borders.

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Instead of sitting in the to-be-quilted pile, this is now in the to-be-enjoyed pile!

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Thanks to my friends for the encouragement and inspiration!

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Linking to Finish it Up Friday!

WIP Wednesday – I Love Longarmers!

~~PSA: Love your local longarmer! ~~

Three (3) quilts finished this week thanks to the lovely and talented Pam!

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One from each of 2011, 2012 and 2013  — I just wish I had done this earlier!!  I can’t wait to show each of these to you in more detail…

Pams Quilting 1

And look!  The list is below 10!  Let’s see what I do about that at Stash Bash

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (strips cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 0
WIPs: 8

WIP Wednesday – April 16, 2014

This past Saturday I dropped three quilts off with Pam for her to long-arm.  By Sunday she had already completed one and sent me this sneak peek!

Pips Quilting Peek

Obviously I love, love, love it!  Since she is cruising along so quickly, I decided to finish prepping binding and now have this lovely (red) stack.

Quilt Binding

I can’t wait to see the finished results in person!

Now here is a blast from the past… In 2012 HMQG hosted a challenge to make a mini in the colors of the guild’s logo.  The guild ordered some coordinating solids and we divvied them up.  I added to it (entirely from my scrap bin!) and set out to make my favorite, a kaleidoscope quilt.  The top went together super quickly and then sat, unfinished, until last week when I quilted it.  Monday night I went to put the binding on and decided on a whim to try machine sewing it.  It looks great on the front and, while there are no mistakes on the back, it’s not as precise as I would like.  I’m glad I tried a new technique, though, and I may practice this one again because it took less than 5 minutes to bind this mini!

HMQG Mini

I’m thrilled with how it turned out and I wish I’d finished it and hung up my minis earlier!

Mini Quilt Wall

Now I want mini quilts everywhere!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin (at the long-armer)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilted!)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (on the rack!)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (strips cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – Quarterly Report 2014Q1

I feel that I have been very productive since my “return” to quilting, but this WIP list is just bringing me down.  I stared at it a bunch last week and noticed that I had four oldies and four earmarked for myself — just right to divide into quarterly goals.

So… in 2014, each quarter I will set out to complete one WIP from the 2011 (and older) pile, one quilt for myself and up to three quilts for other people.  (Setting a goal for quarter end when you’re about 4 days out isn’t really fair, but I’m running with it!)  

My Q1 goals are:

  1. Old: 3×6 Bee Quilt
  2. Me: Sherbet Pips Apple Core Quilt
  3. Gifts: Hazel, Darya and a coworker

My Q2 goals are:

  1. Old: HMQG Row Robin
  2. Me: Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt
  3. Gifts: I have two slotted so far

Here’s my first Quarterly Report:

I pieced a quick backing and basted the 3×6 Bee top and will be practicing some FMQ on my juki…

 3x6 Bee Basted

… I finished up a quilt for a coworker whose office shower is this week…

Blue and Mustard Triangles

…I got the binding on Hazel’s Quilt…

Hazels Quilt

…I assembled my ancient HMQG row robin into a lovely (and loooong) quilt top…

HMQG Row Robin

…and have decided to send three quilts to the long-armer!

 Quilts for Long Armer

Take that, WIP list!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (basted)
  • HMQG Row Robin (off to long-armer)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (off to long-armer)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (off to long-armer)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt (binding on)
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 12

Hazel’s Quilt

My cousin Massoumeh had her second baby, a gorgeous little girl named Hazel, in the last days of 2013.  I had not yet started Hazel’s quilt, but I had some ideas percolating.  Since Ruby, her older sister, has a quilt made out of Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples line, I was fixated on using Sherbet Pips.  I also somehow settled on the Round and Round quilt pattern from Thimble Blossoms.  I used my Sherbet Pips Apple Core quilt to audition background fabrics and I took a leap of faith and went with Alexander Henry Heath in black.

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After making a million half square triangles…

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…I put together my first block and realized just how much I love this quilt!

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The absolute best part is that I won long-arm quilting services from the wonderful Becky (in a #sweatnsew giveaway on Instagram!), and have sent the top off to her for a little special treatment.

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I can’t wait to see it when she finishes!

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It’s wrong to steal a quilt from a baby, right?

WIP Wednesday: April 25, 2012

This weekend I felt an urge to clear off my design wall a bit.  It had, at one point, 4 swoon blocks, my apple core wip, my flower sugar diamond stars and a couple of assorted bits and bobs pinned here and there! Since two of my swoon blocks were completed, and two had all the components ready to sew together, I thought that was the best place to start.

After a couple hours on Sunday and a bit of a struggle last night, I have two more swoon blocks:

I love the navy with the pink.

Going back through my flickr stream, I realize I never photographed my fourth and fifth blocks, which I finished sometime in early February (probably).

The chambray and black look great, too!

And here is a little mock-up of my quilt so far.

Now I’m motivated, so I think I will cut out the pieces for the last two blocks this weekend and see how far I can get.  Also, my good friend had her baby on Monday (on my anniversary!!!) and she is the recipient of one of the two WITW quilts I still have to make.  I am planning to make her a mega swoon block that measures 48″ square, so I think I will cut everything out for that as well.

2012 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge (quilted)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (bundle ready)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • ???

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 0
WIPs: 13