Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Half Way There....

Mid-month already? Yeesh! 
I haven't even begun quilting my January goal yet. There was no time to do it before I left for retreat and since I've been back I've been doing a lot of sleeping--lol! 

I really wanted to get this quilt top put together while at camp (Sunny Lanes pattern from Pat Speth). It took forever to get the blocks together--I had made the four patches and HST's before I left home, but my brain was trying to make them into a different quilt. Needless to say, there was reverse sewing involved!
This morning my friend Jayne brought me batting and backing fabric from our guild Crisis group. As soon as I get the top quilted, I will hand the quilt off to her to be donated as the group sees fit. 
I love how cheerful it came out and it's fun to move some stash fabric out the door. 

I also added the final border to my Arctic Circles top. I was getting really bored tired of this project, so after English Paper Piecing the borders, I attached them by machine with MonoPoly and a narrow zig zag stitch. I only use my Bernina at retreats, so this was another thing I really wanted to get done. My everyday,   
"at home" machine (Juki) only does a straight stitch and I rarely need anything more than that.
Yesterday, I cut some blue strips that I am appliqueing onto the outer edges so I will have a clean finish.

I was kicking myself for not having some leader/ender piecing along with me. I'm thinking this project , Church Window Hexagon Variation starting Wednesday from Temecula Quilt Co. will make a good LE project and burn up some scraps as well. I wouldn't do them with papers though. I think there's a way to piece it by machine that would have a similar look.
I've resisted so many sew along's already this year--no Bonnie Hunter mystery, no Pam Buda 1880's 9 patches, no Kathleen Tracy Mystery 2019 (I may cave on this one!), and no Country Threads Bulls-eye Quilt (although I do want to make another one someday).
I'll let you know what I DID cave on next time! 

13 comments:

  1. Such a bright and happy donation quilt. Good luck with resisting - its really hard this time of year ;0)

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  2. Hi Karen love your Sunny Lanes quilt its gorgeous hmm i wonder which SAL's you will do this year,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

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  3. Sunny Lanes is on my bucket list. I love how yours looks!

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  4. Sunny Lanes is something I've wanted to make for a long time. It is a fun pattern.
    Arctic Circles looks like some kind of optical illusion.
    I think it would be very easy to assemble that quilt by machine. May even attempt a trial of it myself--but not the whole thing. My Circa 1880 would get jealous! :)

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  5. Wow! Great things being put together with any machine you use. So many ideas floating around it's hard not to get pulled in lots of directions.

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  6. You amaze me every time Karen, your quilts are so exquisite! Love them all.... can't wait to see what you have 'caved' for!! Christine x

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  7. I can see where Sunny Lanes would try to lead you astray - it's like Buckeye Beauty meets Jacob's Ladder! Good for you for a beautiful finish!
    I'm eyeing that Temecula Quilt Co SAL, too. Trying to resist, but it's sooooo very tempting!

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  8. It's fun to see what some people "cave" into. I'm looking forward to seeing what your next "cave in" is!

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  9. I was thinking that I would do the Temcula quilt by machine if I were to do it. For me, it would be faster than other ways.
    Gee, I like the Arctic Circle quilt. I don't remember you working on that one.

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  10. I am going through the same thing and writing about it for my blog post tomorrow...
    so many fun things and so little time!

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