Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Finish-A-Long Fourth Quarter

Wow--can you believe we are in the final three months of the year? 
I don't have high hopes of getting much done before the new year with the holidays coming up and my impending cataract surgery on November 1st and 15th. I haven't made a lot of progress since getting home from quilt camp, but I've managed to do some fall clean up outside. 
These are the projects I would like to have completely completed by the end of December--wish me luck--LOL! 
Yes, this has been on my list all year--why can't I get these Stitching Society hexagons put together?? Maybe it will happen soon...

All the instructions for the Temecula Circa 2016 have been posted and will be removed soon. I have kept up with all the blocks and the half square triangles are done, so this should be a doable finish.

The final block for Blackbird Gatherings has been posted on Facebook, and I'm itching to get this all together--shouldn't be too difficult. It was fun to use up some of my homespun scraps for the log cabins--I don't use them often enough. 

I just finished the September block with the bee skep, and the bird with the heart is the final block. 

I know everyone doing Buttermilk Basin's Let It Snow is waiting on pins and needles to see what will go in that empty space--and then we will be done! 
Walking on Broken Glass by Teacher's Pet is the one and only jelly roll quilt I've ever made. I've been taking this project to retreats for years and finally just finished it. I was lucky to find a red at Gruber's for the inner border, and I found a brown Paula Barnes print in my stash (yay!) that I like for the outer border.  I was tempted to go with a green border, but I think the brown will keep it from looking like a Christmas quilt and more usable year round, since it will probably be a donation quilt. 
Lastly, since this scrappy Patchwork Olympics is my October UFO, I better get this one completed, for sure!

Linking with Scraptastic Tuesday and 2016 Finish-A-Long Q4
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Friday, October 7, 2016

One Monthly Goal

I'm choosing something simple for my OMG this month.
I've already been to quilt camp at the beginning of the month, and I have another retreat later in October. I need a goal that I may be able to actually accomplish! 
I had wanted to add a border to my Temecula Patchwork Olympics Challenge top and managed to get it done at quilt camp. I should be able to get this quilted sometime this month--possibly with Cinnamon Rolls??

Another thing I accomplished at camp was to finish the second corner block for the 365 Challenge--and this block was a challenge, for sure! I'm so glad to have it done--whew!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Something Fishy!

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I'm just back from quilt camp, and the first thing I needed to do (after visiting the clinic for my flu shot) was link up my Gwennie Inspired Medallion.  I got this finished just before I left for camp:
I wanted my quilt top to be a rectangle, so I added my "Something Fishy" themed final borders only on the top and bottom. 

I was calling these arches clam-shells to comply with the fishy scheme, but my friend Val said they were fish scales--even better!!

My top isn't as free-form and carefree as a true Gwen Marsden  would be, but I'm happy with the results and it was a fun sew along.
The best part: finally using my Lori Smith orphan block for the center.
Thanks Lori!
See more Gwennie Inspired Medallions HERE.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

One Monthly Goal

Oops! Even though my September UFO goal was finished at least a week ago, I didn't remember to take some photos until yesterday. 
How Does Your Garden Grow
designed by Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions

I changed a few things in the border--a couple more butterflies and lots more sunflowers.
This quilt was my September UFO to finish and was also on my  2016 Finish-A-Long list HERE.

The quilting is pretty simple done mostly with maple colored Omni in the lighter areas and black Aurifil in the border. 

My feeble version of McTavishing...

Of course there's a label...a gardening bunny!
I've had this Thimbleberries floral in my stash for years--I wish my garden grew like this! 

My clematis was looking to be a huge cloud of blossoms, but after some pruning by a herd of deer, I'm left with a snowball---waaaahhh!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Another Finish!

I got my Summer Crazy Tablemat finished while it still looks a little like summer in my garden (if you ignore the falling leaves and that acorn)!
This was another project on my Finish-A-Long list.

I'm loving how the Buttermilk Basin Let It Snow mystery is coming along, and I can hardly wait to see what will go in that empty space next month!
I was sooo relieved that the W fit on the last scrap of the blue check I've been using for the word SNOW--whew! 

Yesterday I had a super fun day with friends at Quilted Treasures--a lecture/trunk show with Edyta Sitar. She was so warm and delightful aaand......she will be publishing a blue and white quilt book later this year--yeehaw!! 

She will also have a book of small quilts coming out soon.
Wouldn't it be a fun to make them all as a group??
All of the quilts she brought were wonderful. She also had a few antique quilts along from her collection that she has used as inspiration for some of her designs--very fun to see those! 
One of my favorites from the show was this Hawaiian Delight Pineapple Quilt.

This Stars Upon Stars was amazing!!
I wonder how it would look with a blue chain in place of the pink--hmmmm?

Slow and Steady is from Edyta's  Handful of Scraps book--such a fun version of a Snail's Trail--I may have dig out my book and think about making one of these!
I'll be spending the rest of this week getting ready for Quilt Camp on Saturday--can't wait!!
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Front Porch Progress

Today is Front Porch Link-Up day over at Lori's blog....
...and these are my three flower pots and surrounding filler blocks.
Instead of plain blocks of fabric, I added some stars and moons.

I went ahead and put together the basket area...

..and the house block.
I'm thinking I will add centers to the flowers eventually.
On to the birdhouse block!!
Linking with Humble Quilts HERE

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free Day!

I hardly knew what to do with myself this morning when the 365 Challenge email came through. For the autumn/spring equinox earlier in the year, we had a choice of blocks depending on what hemisphere we resided in. The miracle isn't that I made both blocks months ago, but that I actually found the autumn block I had made way back when...lol! 

Well, not knowing what to do didn't last too long--I was two weeks behind on the Temecula Circa 2016 blocks. They were very easy though and made up pretty quickly, so I decided to get a walk in before it rains. 
Even though it was a little misty on Saturday, the Willow Wood Market Outdoor Quilt Show went ahead. It was so fun to see quilts hung from the trees beside and behind the shop. It was a winding path, with quilts around every bend. A maze of amazing quilts--so fun! 

My favorites were these three scrappy quilts all made by the same quilter.
A fun little spinner....

this wheel quilt was especially awesome! 

The postage stamp quilt was my very favorite--what is it about tiny squares?
(That ice cream cone border across the top is from the quilt behind this one).
The maker's daughter is also putting together a postage stamp quilt and using leftovers from this  one--that will make it even more special!
I am sooo close to the finish on mySummer Crazy Table Mat --I'm very excited to get it finished!
The crazy stitches have been a bit of a learning curve, but very fun.
I got a jolt of stitching inspiration today from the Allie Aller Crazy for Crazy Quilts segment on the Quilt Show. If you use the LINK at Allie's  blog, you can watch it for the next few days for free! Her segment is about 40 minutes long, so grab your favorite beverage, sit back in a comfy chair, and enjoy!