the few days in which I wrestled with a beast. So, here is the back story…I had this quilt that needed quilting…yes you have seen it here before.
And at QuiltCon I took a workshop with Jacquie Gering and brought this quilt for the part of the workshop in which she gives ideas about the quilting. And at the DCMQG meeting last week Meli showed me how to pin baste using straight pins and these silicon stoppers (Thanks, Meli!) and now I have to quilt it. Three bobbins later, here is what I have.
I know, bad lighting and not quite in focus, but maybe you can see the three sets of spirals I have going so far. My machine – although I love it dearly – has a fairly small harp and so I felt like I was getting an upper body workout just by arranging and rearranging the quilt to get it through the harp. This is my spring break, and I have a few more part days to work on it – and then maybe I can get some better pics. My goal is to finish this by the end of March. We shall see!
Wow! It is already the end of the first week of March- how did that happen? I already knew what my March goal was going to be…since back in January I made a master list. Already a week into the month, and two snow days to boot and I have not touched it. What is ‘it”? Quilting the Supernova quilt…You’ve seen them around, mine is made entirely out of scraps…started back in March of 2011..exactly 4 years ago. This was a quiltalong at Freshly Pieced. It needs a narrow border ….the pieces are all cut – provided that I have not lost any in the past 4 years! So, my goal is to attach the border, sandwich and quilt this puppy!
Ahhh…QuiltCon! Lest you think that I would go and never mention more about it…I have…just not here! Head over to the DC Modern Quilt Guild blog, or just click here to hear about my trip to QuiltCon. However, what is a post without a picture or two…so here are two that spoke to me…
Quilt for Our Bed by Laura Hartrich quilted by Nikki Maroon
and Fresh Pack by Dorie Schwarz. I love that this one was inspired by a knitting pattern.
Okay, so now click here to go to the full blog post…happy reading!
I really am trying to finish up projects, and goal setting seems to be a good way to do it. During the first week of the month I committed myself to finishing my solids sampler quilt for my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes – #136 on the linky sign-up. You can read more here about the summer sampler and my inspiration for carrying it further. First I edited out some blocks and then needed to make a few more. There was also the lovely interruption of QuiltCon – more on that soon. Returning from that left me a bit behind in Life. Suffice it to say that I knew that I needed to clean the shelves of my refrigerator because I could actually see them, as in there was no food covering them up! Then came the wind…and the snow…and on Thursday the 2 hour delay became a snow day and for me it became a sew day. I was able to sew all of the blocks into rows and get half of the rows assembled. This afternoon I became a sewing machine and plowed through the rest. I debated on borders – possibly none, but wanted the quilt to be a bit bigger as it would be more usable. I looked at the fabric that was left and basically made it as wide as possible, and will think of it as negative space for the quilting – heard a lot about negative space at QuiltCon. I was running out of daylight, so as soon as I just barely pressed the last seam, I rushed out to the park behind my house. I really do need to learn how to take better pictures of quilts. Here is one of the first shots…
Then I tried draping it over the bench, but did not wear boots and did not want to tromp into sooo much snow in order to not have my shadow, so we have my shadow. Makes me look really tall, yes? And, yes that is the semi-frozen pond in my park.
Finally, someone came along and helped me to drape it on a fence. Not great, but not too bad.
And so, with roughly 7.5 hours to spare….it is finished. Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes.
So, I started this post for Wednesday, but it clearly did not get finished and posted. My ALYOF goal this month is to get this baby put together, but first there are a few issues to resolve. A week or so it looked like this – the original Summer Sampler blocks.
I wanted it to be a bit larger so I worked at making a few new blocks.
First off, the dog star which is one of my favorite go-to blocks.
And then the Quatrafoil, another one that I like to make.
While looking at how Freshly Pieced enlarged her quilt I got the idea for the Snow blossoms block.
I also found that I had this Churn Dash and honestly do not know if I made it – it is in my colors for this quilt – or if I received it in a bee. Maybe looking at the construction will give me a hint. Either way, I like it so in it goes!
Also, somewhere along the way I made this extra Roman Cross block.I don’t really like the contrast of this one, or of the first, but they are all in the group, and one or both will likely be remade or swapped out. Here is what is on the wall now.
It needs at least two more blocks, if not four. I am off today and have a long weekend, so hopefully by Monday night I will have all of the blocks done. We shall see!
Since I did so well finishing up something for January for A Lovely Year of Finishes…here I am off to be a bit more ambitious for February. I am a little concerned that I bit off too much since I will be away a few days at QuiltCon and it is a short month, but whatever…let’s give it a shot.
Way back in 2011 I made these Summer Sampler Series blocks. As the name implies, it was summer, and I get so much more done in the summer. But then they sat, and sat. Somewhere along the way I made or was given a few more blocks, and at this point have 16 blocks. One or two I am not too happy about. I am not thrilled with the Roman Cross one, for example, so I might take them apart and redo or replace them. Fortunately, when I started the Summer Sampler, I purchased a large amount of the grey solid and kept it set aside so that i did not use it for something else. It is one of the Kona solids, but does not seem to quite match anything on my color card, so I am glad that I did not just wing it for once.
So…here it is…my February goal is to make a few more blocks and then put them together. The top, that is it. By Feb 28. Maybe???
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