Heather’s Quilt – the final version

I finished Heather’s quilt about a week ago, and I’ve been enjoying it sitting here in my studio until she can get back to me on shipping instructions. This really did turn out to be one of my absolute favorite quilts I’ve ever made, though it’s obvious I need to seriously work on my corners (Sorry about that, Heather). Here is the final quilt ..

The front of Heather's quilt

The front of Heather’s quilt

 

And the back …

Back of the quilt

Back of the quilt

 

And some detail in the border.

Detail of the border

Detail of the border

 

This quilt was inspired by the Mountain Paths design from the Quiltmaker Classics, Vol. 1, Summer 2013. This one is not a queen size, though it’s a relatively good sized quilt at about 65″ square. It’s far from perfect, and I know there are many things I need to work on improving, but for the most part I’m happy with it. It’s already been washed and dried and it’s ready to head to its new home!

 

 

WIP Wednesday – Vacation Edition

Yep, I’m on vacation. Or rather, staycation I guess … we had all these great plans to go to the Smokey Mountains and see the sights and then real life intervened, and we decided to stay home instead. So for the most part, this vacation consists of some fall cleaning, some quilting and canning some homemade tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce, just pure tomatoes).

I mean, check out these beauties we picked up at the farmer’s market yesterday.

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I’ve finished Heather’s quilt (more on that in a later post) and I’m trying to get this Halloween quilt made so we can enjoy it this season.

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After I am done with this one, it’s on to Pam’s quilt, which will actually be a double Irish chain (I swear this time it won’t morph into something different). Once I have Pam’s quilt done, it’s on to my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding quilt. And then … who knows? I have probably 10 quilts at least that are either in some form of UFO-ness, or ready to be started. It’s my mission to get as many of them done as possible in the coming months. I had to tear myself away from buying an adorable piece of fabric on Monday at Sew Contempo in Clear Lake, and now I’m kicking myself for it – I should have just bought it and held on to it until I have time to do something with it. Check it out …

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Isn’t it awesome? I might need to go back and pick up a few yards of it … or at least I want to, then I look at this and decide maybe I should wait a little while.

 

Current Fabric Stash

Current Fabric Stash

 

But if I wait … will it still be there when I go back?? Ahh, the quilter’s dilemma!

WIP Wednesday

I’ve FINALLY come up with a backing I like for Heather’s quilt! It’s currently under construction …

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A bit of a close up …

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It’s just fat quarters and left over focal fabric sewn together. Nothing fancy, but I really like it so far.

Also, I bought fabric for Pam’s quilt ..

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I really cannot wait to start this one, but of course, I need to get Heather’s quilt done first. 🙂

WIP Wednesday

Things are going pretty slow right now, with the wedding and everything, but I have managed to make up all the squares for my Halloween quilt.

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Right now, I’m trimming the tips off the squares that are created when sewing half-square triangles together.

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You’ll notice that I’m pressing the seams open on this quilt, which normally I don’t do. But after reading how Leah Day presses her seams open to prepare for free motion quilting, I thought I’d give it a try.

Also, I’m still rinsing the dye out of the backing for Heather’s quilt, but I’m pretty sure this is the last rinse; by the time you read this, it should hopefully be dry, and ready to sandwich Saturday. I have high hopes because I really am ready to get this quilt done and out the door to its new home. I think the backing is going to be just beautiful; what do you think?

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Things will be quiet …

At least, this week, they will be fairly quiet around here. My daughter is getting married on Friday, and while it’s not a big wedding there will still be a small reception at our house on Friday night. So, between the cooking and cleaning and generally getting ready … don’t expect a lot of activity here on the blog this week.

However, I can give you a brief update on Heather’s quilt. I dyed a backing and hated it. It came out lighter than I wanted it to, and it had a bunch of white spots throughout, so I decided to hang on to it and over-dye it for another project and start fresh on backing for this quilt. Right now, the backing is sitting downstairs in a storage box full of dye water, waiting for me to rinse it out and get it ready for use.

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This one is a sunrise orange color, which I love so far, and I cannot wait to see the final product! I think it’s going to be simply gorgeous. 🙂 Since I’m using this color for the backing, I am seriously considering using something similar for the quilting thread on both front and back. I really cannot wait to get it done!

Also in progress is a Halloween quilt that I’m hoping to have done shortly. It should be really cute, and I have high hopes for it. 🙂

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And finally, I’ve got another commission quilt to be started shortly, for my friend Pam. I just need to go pick out the fabrics to go with what I already have. I am excited about it because I am considering doing a double Irish chain, which is what Heather’s quilt was to be originally, but which I think will really be spectacular with this new quilt.
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I’ll try to set up posts for WIP Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Photo Friday in the next day or so, so there will be activity here, but I will otherwise be pretty silent. But I’ll be back next week!

 

WIP Wednesday

I debated quite a bit whether or not I should post this today, because normally I prefer to be silent on social media on 9/11. But then I began to think that I can still remember all of those who died on that terrible day, all the horrible things that happened, and still live my life. After all, life goes on for all of us who were touched by that day, and I’m pretty sure those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, would not want us to stop living for them. So I took a moment this morning and said a prayer for all of them, remembered where I was and how it felt to see those heartbreaking images, and I decided to move on. Twelve years later, I still choke up thinking about what happened, but I can’t let it stop me from living, even on this day. I will always remember, but that said, it’s time for time to start up again this morning.

I am very pleased with Heather’s quilt at this point; the top is completely done, and now I’m working on washing all of the excess dye out of the backing. I went with a light amethyst color for the backing, just because I thought it would contrast nicely with the greens and blues of the focal fabric. I still have some of the focal fabric left over, so I’m toying with the idea of piecing some of it into the backing, but I haven’t decided on that yet.

This photo really does not do the quilt justice; I think it looks fabulous in person, but it doesn’t quite convey in this picture.

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I went with the orange inner border to try to bring some of the yellows and oranges out in the quilt a little more and it does a great job of doing that, though you can’t really tell from this photo. But I’m happy that I’m heading into the home stretch here and can only hope that Heather likes it as much as I do!