My 2018 Q1 FAL list

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Ok, so if you read my blog you will see that I am rolling over several (as in many) items from my last quarter 2017 post.  Yup, just need to keep trying to finish up!  I have until April, right???   Here are my 2018 Q1 goals:

  1.  Quilt and bind pastel charity quilt – Someone else pieced this – don’t know who – but I stepped up to quilt and bind for 100 Quilts for Kids.

pastel charity quilt

2.  Quilt and bind Arkansas Traveler quilt – Many of these blocks were from a Solids Bee in 2013 on Flickr.  In 2015 I made the large blocks and pieced this together.  It is currently a top, so needs quilting and binding.

Arkansas Traveler

3.  Quilt and bind Piece Bee with You quilt – Also from a Flickr bee, 2012.  I still am in touch with two of these folks…so that is good!  Blocks pieced together in 2015 and then bordered recently.  Needs quilting and binding.

fish quilt

4. Pajama pants – Flannel PJ pants – meant for Christmas, oops!

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5.  Baskets Quilt – No idea how old these are…I was cleaning out and purging my stash and found this project.  It was a program run by my local quilt store, obviously a very traditional quilt.  I gathered all of the blocks and associated fabric.  Need to…create a top, quilt and bind.

basket quilt

6. X and Plus Quilt – These are from one round of the DCMQG Bee plus a few more from a mini-bee.

X plus quilt

7. Embroidered needle book – From an Alison Glass workshop at QuiltCon 2014.  I need to put something in the lower right section.  Plus, it is not going to be a needlebook, but something else…perhaps I will frame it.

Needlebook

8.  Mini-quilt from Alternate Grid Workshop at QuiltCon 2017

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9.  Quilt from Denyse Schmidt Workshop

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10.  Snowflake Potholders – I love snow and snowflakes, so this fabric from Spoonflower called to me.Snowflake potholders

11.  Dresden  – Anne showed me how to make this at a DCMQG retreat but I really need to finish this up as a mini-quilt.

Dresden

 

12.  In 2017 I finished a quilt for my bed, now I need to make two quilted pillow shams to go in the bed.  I have the extra quilt blocks, extra fabric and the pillows – I just need to piece, quilt, and complete the pillows!  If I am good…it will be my first finish!

Whew!  That is it!  For the last quarter I said that if I completed six of them I would be happy!  Well, I completed 5 of them and a sixth was almost completed before it had to be aborted due to a yarn problem.  Not too bad, especially if I can avoid adding to the WIP list!

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2018 Finish- A-Long First Quarter Link up

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New Year…new resolve to complete those unfinished projects.  Come join the 2018 Finish-A-Long!  And…guess what?  I am one of the hosts this year.  I have been a participant for many years and it has helped me to get some of my WIPs done – and even to know how many I have!

What is the Finish-A-Long

The Finish – A – Long is the brainchild of Rhonda (Rhonda’s Ramblings) and was started back in 2012 as a no pressure linky event that allows you to make a quarterly list of the works in progress (WIPS) that you are hoping to finish during that quarter of the year.  You create a list (big or small, short or long) at the beginning of the quarter and link up via one of the Finish – A – Long hosts blog linky post.  You then use that quarter to finish your projects, and at the end of the quarter you link up any of these finished projects and become eligible for prizes (randomly drawn.)  There is no penalty for not finishing these projects and they can be carried over to the next quarter.  Win, win!  One of the best aspects of the Finish – A – Long is the community involvement via the host blogs linky, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.  Once you have linked up take some time to visit other links, leave comments and participate!  You can encourage, meet and make new friends, trust me, I have!  Ready to participate?

This year will be hosted by a collection of bloggers.

Sandra – Studio Sew of Course

Marci – Marci Girl Designs

Leanne – She Can Quilt

Izzy – Dizzy Quilts

Ella – Throw a Wench in the Works

Felicity – Felicity Quilts

Karen – Capitola Quilter

and of course me, Lynne – Tinking Along

The full schedule and rules are listed on my permanent 2018 Finish-A-Long page,  What do you need to do now…sign up!  Did I already mention prizes????

Her is the schedule for the first quarter…

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1/7/18 Q1 proposed finishes linky opens – Now Open!  Read on…link at the bottom of the page.

1/15/18 Q1 proposed finishes linky closes Monday

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4/1/18 Q1 finishes linky opens Sunday (Easter)

4/2/18 – 4/6/18 – Tutorial week

4/9/18 Q1 finishes linky closes Monday

Remember to link up your proposed list of finishes. You must link up in order to be able to be eligible for those prizes at the end.  Please only enter ONE blog post, Flickr photo or Instagram photo at this starting link-up. If you use Flickr or Instagram please describe your plan in the description. 

Be ambitious!  What you don’t get done in the first quarter can be rolled over to the second quarter.

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Star Blazer Planner Cover

I love everything that Sari (aka Sarah Thomas or @sariditty) does, so when she put a call out for testers, I jumped at the chance.  I seem to recall writing something like “arm waving wildly in the air – pick me, pick me!”  I have never had a Quilter’s Planner, but decided that I would give it a try this year as it would help me meld together my sewing life with my personal life, all in one spot.  Sari sent me the files to test and I started planning.

I originally was going to use all solids for the cover.  Pantone had just announced their 2018 Color of the Year, and it was….wait for it…ultraviolet!  Well, as a science person who loved teaching about  light, I know well that ultraviolet is not something that you can really see, so how could I sew with it?  Their take is that it is a particular shade of violet.  I wrote Kona and heard right back that they thought that Bright Periwinkle was a great match for ultraviolet.  You need to know that I love, love, love purple.  Although I am a pretty drab dresser, I love purple.  I even graded in purple and still have lots of purple pens lying around the house.

I ordered fabric and was on my way.  Once I received this gorgeous fabric, however, I was not sure how I was going to use the colors for all of the flying geese and stripes in the star panel.  I kept on rearranging the solids, but none of the layouts called to me.

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This put me off for a day or two, and then I finally went for my tried and true box of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Violets and purples – I have lots of them!  Now I am on my way!

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First I made the center star panel.  Easy peasy.

Next were the paper-pieced flying geese.  I can only do so much at a time, but soon those were done too.  When you are using a solid as your background, it is a bit easier as both sides of the fabric are the right side.

starblazer pieces

On to the inside…There are left and right panels that hold the book cover in place.  It works like an old-fashioned school book cover.  Did you need to cover all of your books in school?  I did – brown paper sacks did the job!  Kids don’t know how to do that nowadays.  There were four optional add-ons in the pattern and I did 3 of the 4.  The ribbon page marker and the elastic to section out the back of the book were definites for me.  I also added a piece of elastic to corral a pen or marker.

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The front interior panel showed a vinyl business card pocket.  I liked that idea and set it on the angled pocket.  I can put my business card there to show that it is mine – as if no one would know whose planner it was by the cover!

starblazer front inside cover

I did not make the other small pocket as I really couldn’t think of what might go into it.  Any ideas?  Ok, now that I think about it, it would be a good spot to stash little sticky notes.  Oh, well!

Before I did the final closing up, I did do a test to be sure that it was going to fit properly.  Too big is one thing, but I would have been annoyed with myself if my seam allowance was off and it was a tad too small.  I also found out that some of my geese are flying the wrong way.  Wouldn’t that be typical for me?  Just goes to show that no matter how well written a pattern might be, there always is the possibility of user error when the sewist does not follow the pattern correctly.

Here it is…a Sari-designed Star Blazer cover for my Quilter’s Planner!  Woo hoo!  I love it!  Thank you, Sari, for an awesome pattern!

starblazer front on bookLet the organization begin!

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Columns, Columns, Everywhere

I am always up for a challenge, especially a sewing challenge.  In January my guild is having  a quilt exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center in Shirlington and this time there is a theme, Local Architecture.  That seems like a theme that I could get behind.  I recently had finished two pillow tops – one of NYC buildings and the other of DC buildings…see here…what strikes you?

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To me, it was all of the columns.  That is what got me started.  Later, when I was asked if I had drawn the whole quilt out on graph paper and then constructed it, I had to admit no…I winged it.  I started with the Lincoln Memorial, with the columns, what else?  I like to work in solids and wanted a strong contrast and for the colors to be not too literal, so I started with a medium aqua for the building and black for the background.  After sewing a long strip of black and aqua, I cut it in half, sewed those together and cut in half again, and then repeated. Voila!  Columns!

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Once I had columns, I looked at pics on the web to get general proportions and created the rest of the building.

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On to the next building.  Just a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial is the Jefferson Memorial.  This presented two mini-challenges – the curved dome, and the fact that the profile of the curved building makes it look like some of the columns are against each other.  Oh well, that is really how it looks.  I choose a lighter aqua and was on  my way.  At this point I was shopping around for DC buildings with columns, and there are sooooo many of them.  Somehow I settled on the Supreme Court, and off I went.  Now, a note about this challenge.  These quilts were to be 24 inches square.  With my wing it approach, I made a building and then placed it on the 24 inch square that I had taped off on my design board, and then if I had lots of room, made another one.  At one point I put the three buildings on the black background, trying to figure out the placement.  It was then that I noticed that my Jefferson Memorial had columns just sticking up in the air without any cross-piece. Whoops!  It was good that it was just on the background and was relatively easy to fix at this point.

first layout

Looking at it however, it was missing something.  More columns!

At the Arboretum there actually is a place of just columns.  This is also when I delved deep into my brain to think about the types of columns – ionic, Corinthian and doric and checking which these buildings had.  Just by luck I had constructed one building with each of the three types.

column layout

From there it was just a matter of jigsawing in the background.  For anyone interested in process, here are my journal pages on this quilt.

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On to the quilting.  I procrastinated on this for a while.  I knew that I wanted to accentuate the columns, so I started there.  In the end, I found the back to be very interesting.

columns back

After a few mishaps – sewing the binding on backwards – having trouble sewing black on black at night – I present to you my completed entry to our show.

Columns, columns, everywhere

final bound column quilt

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Finish-Along Q4 2017

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I am joining into the finish-along.  Let me tell you, it sure has been eye-opening going through all of the things that I have in progress.

Let’s see how many of them I really can get done!

1. Ventana Quilt for my bed – This is my highest priority.  It needs borders and then I will send it to be longarmed.  This baby will be 100″ by 110″, so it is a tad big for the tiny harp of my machine.

Ventana Quilt

2. DC Archictectures Quilt – I have fabric and I have a plan…need I say more?

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3.  Bind red charity quilt – This is for 100 Quilts for Kids and it was pieced and quilted by Angela.  All that I need to do is bind it.  Can do!

Red Charity Quilt

4.  Quilt and bind pastel charity quilt – Someone else pieced this – don’t know who – but I stepped up to quilt and bind for 100 Quilts for Kids.

pastel charity quilt

5.  Quilt and bind Arkansas Traveler quilt – Many of these blocks were from a Solids Bee in 2013 on Flickr.  In 2015 I made the large blocks and pieced this together.  It is currently a top, so needs quilting and binding.

Arkansas Traveler

6.  Quilt and bind Piece Bee with You quilt – Also from a Flickr bee, 2012.  I still am in touch with two of these folks…so that it good!  Blocks pieced together in 2015 and then bordered recently.  Needs quilting and binding.

fish quilt

7. Pajama pants – Flannel PJ pants

flannel

8.  Baskets Quilt – No idea how old these are…I was cleaning out and purging my stash and found this project.  It was a program run by my local quilt store, obviously a very traditional quilt.  I gathered all of the blocks and associated fabric.  Need to…create a top, quilt and bind.

basket quilt

9. X and Plus Quilt – These are from one round of the DCMQG Bee.  Next month I will have a few more from a mini-bee.

X plus quilt

10. Hitchhiker scarf

Hitchhiker

11.  Anne scarf – a thank you for our hostess in Idaho last August…to be knit in my go-to scarf texture pattern from the Yarn Harlot.

Scarf yarn

12.  DC/NYC pillows

DC NYC pillow covers

13. Embroidered needle book – From an Alison Glass workshop at QuiltCon 2014.  I need to put something in the lower right section.  Plus, it is not going to be a needlebook, but something else.

Needlebook

14.  Mini-quilt from Alternate Grid Workshop at QuiltCon 2017

Alternate grid

15.  Quilt from Denyse Schmidt Workshop

DS workshop

16.  Snowflake Potholders – I love snow and snowflakes, so this fabric from Spoonflower called to me.Snowflake potholders

17.  Dresden  – Anne showed me how to make this at a DCMQG retreat but I really need to finish this up as a mini-quilt.

Dresden

Wow!  As much as I am appalled at the number of projects, I am sure that there are a few more lurking around, but I just don’t want to look.  If I completed six of them I will be happy!

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Its a Fib, not a Lie

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Nowadays I belong to two guilds, a modern one and a traditional one.  I get different things out of each…one meets weekdays…one weekends…it works out.

The traditional guild frequently has themed challenges and most of the time I miss out on them, but this time it was a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenge, right up my alley!  Being who I am, I first checked to see if my Silver quilt (more on that soon) fit the size requirements, but it was too large.  Then I started thinking about pleasing dimensions for quilts, trying to remember the proportions for the golden rectangle, but thinking about that made me wander into information about the Fibonacci sequence.  The Fibonacci Sequence is a mathematical sequence in which the next number is the sum of the two previous numbers:

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1+0 = 1

1+1 =2

1+2 = 3

2+3= 5

You get the idea.  It also turns out that there are many arrangements in nature that are in the Fibonacci Sequence, the bracts on pine cones and seeds of sunflowers are two of the most notable.

When I looked up the sequence, checking that I recalled it correctly, I saw images with the squares arranged so that they spiraled out.  Indeed, there is something called the Fibonacci Spiral, which was the quarter circle for each square continuing into the next one.  I made the sketch and figured out the dimensions.  If I started with a one inch square, then the rectangle that I wanted would be too large for the 100-inch perimeter allowed for the challenge.  I scaled the design down so that the smallest square was 0.75 inches and I was off and running.  I really like to work in solids and as I was sorting through the bin, I realized that I actually could come up with 8 shades of teal blue that became progressively darker.  Yay!  Ok, so not quite yay…it looks like I started with a white rectangle, but really it is a white square and a very pale blue square.  Yeah, I know, you really cannot tell that in a photo…or you can just barely tell here.

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Construction was pretty easy, but then came the quilting.  My walking foot is my best friend and so I started with the Fibonacci Spiral.  Normally when I quilt curves with my walking foot, I use the edge of the foot to make parallel curves.  Since this was a spiral, I needed to add extra lines, and at the very end, I just winged it.  Actually, I was pretty pleased with my quilting.  On to the binding…

Since I made this all from stash, I had some solids that matched with I used, but not quite enough.  Now, I do love a scrappy binding, and did find this Alison Glass fabric that played nicely with the colors, so I was set.

So, there you are… a Fibonacci Sequence and Spiral.

 

Joining up with the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.  Go check out all of the wonderful quilts!

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Year in review

such as it was…I actually tried to write a post a while ago, but could not get my account to save a draft.  But now, after thinking to change browsers…here I am!  I organize my pictures by month, so here are my major makings…

February – DCMQG did a swap with the Ottawa MQG, and my swap person really liked the upcoming Ottawa anniversary logo, so that is what I based her mini on.  It took me a while to figure out the piecing and to think about how literal to be, but I was pleased with the outcome.

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In March I finally finished my daughter’s holiday gift of a place to put all of her Junior Ranger badges and other travel patches. The national park snow globe fabric is from Spoonflower.  I did finally get the patches sewn on and a few pins, but apparently never took a pic of that.

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I also went to a DCMQG retreat and made a Sewtogether bag.  I used an Alison Glass motif for the main panel.

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Not too much sewing this summer due to some disruptions…but in July I was in a pillow swap and my partner really wanted a Halloween themed pillow.  I don’t usually applique and decided to quilt, then applique and was pleased with the results.

halloween-pillow

 

August brought a few more disruptions, but I had this stack of wonky star blocks from two rounds of the DCMQG Bee, and managed to get them sewn in this improv layout.

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I was in a winter/holiday pillow swap and was partnered with someone who loves grey.  I took a bit of liberty with that and wandered into silver, but all was good.

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So, those are the big things that I made this year.  So, what are the not big things?  Blocks for the DCMQG Bee, monthly blocks for the Serenity Circle of do.Good.Stitches, and lots of little things, mugrugs/hotpads, small zip pouches, and the such.  Currently I seem to have lost my sewing mojo, but hopefully it will return tomorrow, just in time for 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

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