Pam’s quilt – completed!

Sorry I haven’t been around the last month – I just couldn’t get enough time to log in, let alone actually write a post. That’s what happens to me at year end, every year. No matter how well prepared I think I am, it all just falls apart. Such is the life of the corporate employed accounting types.

Anyway, I thought I’d eek out a few minutes to share with you the completed quilt I made for Pam. Can you believe it’s ready to ship?! I just started it the last week of October, and here it is the middle of December, ready to ship! If anyone had told me I could finish this quilt in just six weeks, I wouldn’t have believed them. And it turned out to be a very generous size as well – 60″ x 76″ … bigger than the average lap quilt, smaller than a twin size bed quilt. But enough about all that … Now for the quilt!

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This is the first quilt I’ve ever used Free Motion Quilting in, though I have practiced on squares several times. It’s not perfect, but I like the way it turned out …

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It’s sort of hard to see where the “mess ups” might be on the front (above) but on the back on some of the lighter colored fabric, it’s easier to see that it isn’t so fluid.

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And speaking of the back … I really like the way the back turned out!

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Yes, it is wonky, and yes, it is on purpose.

Overall, I am very pleased with how this quilt turned out, and I think it will be beautiful for years to come. I just hope Pam likes it as much as I do!

 

Another Wednesday, Another WIP

I don’t really know what’s going on lately but I am like, totally focused on Pam’s quilt. I’ve spent the last several nights working on it, which is a really good thing considering that it takes a bit of time to piece each block. Remember how easy I said the “Block B” was to put together? Yeah, well, that’s not really the case with Block A. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass, but I think it’s going to be well worth the effort. When I bought the secondary fabrics for the quilt, I loved them. Then when I started to piece them together, I wasn’t so sure … they weren’t bad, but they weren’t what I wanted. But that’s really nothing new to me. Photos always help!

After realizing I wasn't satisfied with the colors in the quilt, I took a photo to check them.

After thinking I wasn’t satisfied with the colors in the quilt, I took a photo to check them.

Once I took a close look at the photo, I am very happy with the overall color scheme and how the secondary fabrics fit into it. I realized that the problem isn’t with the fabric or the colors; the problem is that when I’ve considering doing a green & purple quilt (one of my favorite color combos) I always envisioned it as bold, bright colors on black. Obviously, this isn’t that quilt. But the darker colors are P E R F E C T for the cream colored background in the primary fabric.

Once again, the proof is in the photo, and I’m very happy with the color combination for this particular quilt. 🙂

WIP Wednesday – Getting a good start on Pam’s Quilt

This week, I am starting on Pam’s quilt. Everything is cut out and I’ve got about half of the Block B blocks put together.

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Cute, huh?

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I’m hoping to be finished with these blocks today, so I can move on to Block A, which will take a little more time to put together because it’s like 25 2″ squares to sew together into a single block. Then I need to square them all up and put them together into a top. I think this quilt top should go together fairly quickly, and I’m looking into options for quilting it. My embroidery machine isn’t doing so hot but my mom has one she’s not using, so that’s an option. I think the Block B squares need some nice line embroidery, but we’ll see what I can work out.

This week is the Houston Quilt Festival! Yes, I’m going, on Saturday. My daughter is planning to go with me, so it should be fun – this will be her first quilt show. I wonder if she realizes how much walking will be involved?? If she does go, that means that only my son hasn’t ever been to one – think I can get him to go next year? Yeah, I don’t think so either. LOL Anyway, I’ll try to get some photos and post some of them here after the show. I cannot wait!

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. 🙂

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!