Feathers Quilt – ALYOF June Finish!

This finish is perhaps a year and a half in the making.  January 2014 I joined the Feathers QAL for the quilt designed by Alison Glass.  The sewing commenced on January 3rd and I pretty much kept on target, having the top- minus the top and bottom borders – constructed by mid-March.  I had a wee bit of trouble with the background chambray as there were many, many defects in the middle of the fabric.  Fortunately I always purchase a bit more than they say that you need, so I was able to work around the problem areas.  The feathers are Kaffe Fassett prints, as I am rather fond of them.  Last fall I finally got around to getting it to Sue Bentley, longarmer in our guild, and got it back in January.  S0oooo, you wouldn’t think that it would take me that long to bind it, but there you go….I finished the binding and minutes later went to the park behind my house for a mini-photo shoot.  The dad and son fishing there were sort of wondering what I was doing, but …oh well!  Here are my attempts at artsy shots….DSC_0876

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A close up or two…yes, it is quilted with purple thread!

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And finally…the back…another Kaffe Fassett print.  I even did a good job seaming it!DSC_0880

There you go, June’s goal done!  Linking up with ALYOF – I was #82 of the goal setting party :)

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Twenty-four hours

I have been out of school for two whole weeks now and normally would have plunged into sewing, but this year there were a few things that needed my time, attention and focus.  They ranged from washing machines making puddles on the wood floor in my kitchen, a water heater also making a puddle but at least in the basement, shower faucets and toilet cut off valves, as well as a family medical emergency.  But, yesterday, things had settled down so that I could sew.  And sew I did.  I have lots of WIPs scattered around, but I decided to get going on my “commitment sewing.”  I know that the terms does not sound too good, but I do take commitments seriously.  For a recent guild swap I was surprised, and a bit dismayed, at how many people did not mail for the swap on time.  In any event, these commitments are only blocks and not completed objects, so they would be good to complete.  These blocks also require pulling out lots of fabric from the boxes that I use for storing my stash, so I might as well make a big mess all at once, and then clean up.

This year DCMQG started its first bee and kept it short and small…6 members and 6 months.  I started it off with Wonky stars in May – I will post about those soon.  Anna challenged me to something new in June…I don’t know the name of these blocks, but they makes me think of birch trees.  I have great fondness for birch trees probably because there was one in the front yard where I grew up.  By looking at them you can see why I had to dive deep into my stash!

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Just last night Rebecca – queen bee for July – posted what she wanted, so I got right on that this morning. She asked for Dutchman’s Puzzle and linked to a suggested way to make 4 geese at once.  I messed up the quilty math, fortunately making them too large and not too small, so I had a bit of trimming to do.  Perhaps that was good because I trimmed carefully so that each segment really was the size that it was supposed to be.  I will probably make her a second block because it will give me a chance to get the math correct, but here is the first block.

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Intermingled with working on those blocks, I worked on the blocks for the Heal Circle @do.Good.Stitches.  June’s blocks were easy log cabins using wide-ish strips and light solid outside rings.

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Finally, a while ago Nicke chose black and white Roman Crosses for our Heal Circle blocks.  Look at how absolutely stunning they are when put together…picture taken from xxNicke’s Instagram feed.

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She needed a few more blocks to make it a better size, so I said that I could do two more when school was out, and bam, they are done…and even already in the mail!

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So, I am up-to-date on my bees and can clean up my work space, tackle some of my other projects, and mess it up again.  It just feels so good to sew again and it is amazing to me how much I can get done in just 24 hours!

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ALYOF June Goal

ALYOF 2015Where has the spring gone?  I actually do have some things to show for it, but for now, let me post a goal.  Next to where  I sit as my favorite reading spot in the living room is a quilt that needs finishing…the binding just the binding.  Now, I know that lots of people don’t like to do binding, but honestly, I don’t mind it.  It actually is quilted too!  So, here is my June goal…to bind my feathers quilt.  DSC_0090

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ALYOF – April Goal

ALYOF 2015Ok, it is the beginning of the month and so I am back to my master list – my big sewing to-do list to finish things up.  And for April it says sew a top.  So coming up soon is Mid-Atlantic Mod. Last year I went, but I was very under the weather and as such did not get much done.  I did, however cut out a muslim for a top.  Well, it technically is not muslim, but old calico which I was happy to use up.  I am really looking forward to this year’s  event and my goal is not only to sew the muslim – and there will be plenty of folks there to help me fit it – but then to sew it in good fabric.  So there it is…my April goal is…to make a top!

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And, just for the record…I have done a few other things…made this little pouch…you can’t tell from the picture but it has a clear vinyl window where the couches are.

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And here is the mini that I started for the swap at Mid-Atlantic Mod.

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ALYOF…March Goal Met!

ALYOF 2015This year so far, I have met each of the monthly goals that I have set for myself.  Pretty good for me, but I hope that I don’t jinx myself.  March’s goal as laid out in this post, and # 132 in the linky party, was to quilt the Supernova quilt top that I started several years ago.  After taking the walking foot class with Jacquie Gering at QuiltCon, I decided on three intersecting spirals.  Of course I have not taken care of all of the little threads yet, but here it is…taken on such a sunny day that the vibrant colors are a bit washed out.DSC_0721I am pretty pleased with my quilting.DSC_0722And I even like the back…DSC_0724

The binding is attached to the front, but I still need to make a label and handsew the binding to the back.  Perhaps that should be my next goal!

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WIP Wednesday…or

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.  DSC_0715

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.  DSC_0716

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!

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ALYOF – March Goal

ALYOF 2015Wow!  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!

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