Friday, August 7, 2015

Let's Try That Again

During July, I didn't complete my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal, but I'm ok with that. It was more challenging for me to find time to sit at the sewing machine last month, although I did get to work on some smaller piecing projects, take a moment to baste my Plus Wedding quilt, and even attend a free motion quilting class with Christina Cameli (offered through my quilt guild). It was awesome by the way! 

On the plus side, at work we got through our busiest month of the year and had two major events go off without a hitch, so that's something. :) I'm looking forward to getting adjusted to a more even schedule this month, and hopefully making some progress on this project.

M+C Wedding Quilt

My Plus Wedding Quilt is all basted and ready to be quilted. I selected thread earlier this week, and decided to go with a yellow variegated thread in 40wt from Aurifil.

M+C Wedding Quilt

There is actually a slightly funny story behind this too. I was searching through my thread looking for the perfect color that would be subtle, but still add to the overall design. This yellow variegated thread immediately jumped out to me as the clear choice. The color is just perfect. I must have been feeling extra scatterbrained though, because at first I thought the thread was 50wt and was kind of bummed.

You see most of the Aurifil I have is 50wt (that's what is usually available and that's what I piece with), but I was looking for something more substantial for quilting. I've seen a few popped stitches here and there on some of my other quilts where I used 50wt cotton to quilt, and I really want this finished quilt to be used and loved as much as possible while still looking good. I totally spaced that Aurifil thread has this handy color coding system where green means 40wt (red is 50). Crisis averted! ;) I will have to remember that information for the future too!

My moment of brain lapse aside, I think I have finally settled on a quilting style for this project. I'm going to do straight-line quilting all over in the yellow thread and add some pops of red thread (also 40wt) to the red pluses scattered over the quilt top. I wanted to employ some of my new FMQ skills into this project as well, but I'll have to see if I have time to add some embellishments.

I'm linking up my August goal to finish this quilt with A Lovely Year of Finishes:

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, July 13, 2015

3rd Quarter Goals

It's time to post goals for the 3rd Quarter of the 2015 Finish-Along. Last quarter I had a pretty ambitious list and did manage to finish a couple things, my Stacked Tiles Quilt and my Idea Pouches. I feel pretty good about getting these things done, even though my overall list was much longer.

In April we moved and I started a new job, so in the midst of all that transition, it was nice to finish a quilt (that I'm using with my summer bedding) and a couple new bags to keep smaller projects organized. In the end, staying focused on finishing a couple top goals felt like the right pace for me during those busy months.

This quarter I'm also going ambitious with my list and hoping to get at least a few of these crossed off in the end:

M&C Wedding Quilt Top

#1 M&C Wedding Quilt - Backing is sewed as of tonight - need to baste, quilt, and bind. 

Alchemy Fusion Quilt Top

#2 Alchemy Fusion Quilt - Needs additional borders, backing, quilt, and bind.

Hello Fall Wall Hanging 

#3 Hello Fall Wall Hanging - Present for my sister, hoping to finish in time for her to display this fall.

Sunglow Quilt Top in Loulouthi

#3 Sunglow Quilt - Need to finish sewing the backing, quilt, and bind.

#4 Satsuma Street Autumn Bird Cross Stitch
#5 Imagine Gnats contributor project - fabrics are selected

I'll also most likely continue working on a small rotation of WIPs that I've been adding to here and there, like my improv hexies. For now I'm going to let those build slowly and not try to get them wrapped up quickly just yet. A few of those kinds of projects mixed in with this more-defined list feels right for this quarter.

I'm linking up with Adrianne today:

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, July 6, 2015

July Sewing Goal / M&C Wedding Quilt

July is already here and we've reached (and passed) the midpoint of the year. It's a little crazy how fast 2015 is going by, but I'm happy to report that I've kept up with meeting at least some of my goals each month and quarter for the two finish-alongs I'm participating in this year. 

Once again, it's time to record my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (the monthly link-up) and so for July, I plan to finish this quilt top.

M&C Wedding Quilt Top

As you can maybe read in the embroidery, I began this quilt in 2012 for my brother and his soon-to-be wife. We're actually headed out to visit them in Wyoming this September, so I'd like to have this finished in order to be able to give it to them in person for their anniversary. 

I'm going to go ahead and pretend here that this is totally meant as an anniversary quilt and not a really late wedding quilt. ;) They have been patiently waiting for me to finish this up for the past 3(!) years, but I hope that once it's finished it ends up being worth the wait and becomes the go-to family quilt.

Anyways, I'm linking up with ALYoF:
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, June 29, 2015

Alchemy Fusion Quilt Top

For my June A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, I decided to take a break from my ongoing WIPs and start working on a new quilt top using a single charm pack with some solids and blenders.

I began this project partly as a way to whittle down my sizable charm pack stash (I can't help but collect them it seems), and partly to help jump start my sewing mojo. Since moving and beginning a new job this past spring, I've been trying to find time here and there to sew, but it has been more of a challenge. This project, with it's bite-sized amount of precise piecing, ended up being just what I needed to get back to the sewing machine. My stash is now one charm pack lighter, and I'm feeling more inspired to sew and start planning for some new projects too.

Alchemy Fusion Quilt Top

When picking out a design for this quilt, I was inspired by the Four-Patch Fusion pattern by Anka's Treasures (from "Charmed & Dangerous" by Heather Mulder Peterson). I ended up modifying the design to work with a smaller amount of fabric and also changed around the piecing and the scale of the blocks to fit my own preferences. I used one charm pack of "Alchemy" by Amy Butler plus some Essex linen, Andover textured solids in peacock, and some chambray from Robert Kaufman. I was pleasantly surprised to use up every last bit of the charm pack to make my blocks, and thus avoided feeding my scrap bin (which let's face it, also needs to be whittled down). :)

Before I baste and quilt this, I think I might build out the borders a bit more to make a more substantial quilt. In the meantime, I'm checking off my goal to finish the central piecing and linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes:

A Lovely Year of Finishes

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