Monday, October 26, 2015

November's "A Lovely Year of Finishes".

A Lovely Year of FinishesI missed the last month's entry into the "Lovely Year of Finishes"  and yet that was my most productive month yet.  So I'm back on track hopefully. This month I'm looking at starting one quilt and finish quilting another one.  Here is my list:

1.  I need to finish my Aurifill queen size quilt that would look spectacular on my bed.  Last month I just finished a queen, an Autumn quilt, but this quilt iwth it's flowers will make the winter nights so colourful.  Here is the before picture.  It's been on this list a number of times.  You can only make out two blocks here because I did a large amount of changes to the quilt, putting in a center block and making all other blocks go around it.  I even added to more blocks to square it up, and the edging around the quilt to make it a queen will be criss crossed quilted, so I'm trying to quilt as I go in a big way here, doing the edging in one time, then the quilt top in another and piecing it together.  I've never done that before but I'll try anything once.

2.  The second one is a quilt that is cut but not put together at all.  It's a Christmas quilt.

The quilt is from Sew Emma, a free pattern that was a block by block pattern.  I've printed them all out, put them in a book, found all my christmas material and off I go.

I really loved my Quilt Doodle winter quilt I made last year and that's where I'm getting my incentive to make another Christmas quilt.  But this one is a wall hanging and I think it would look great to hang for christmas.  I may even do some applique on this one to make it a little different.

That's it, my list for a Year of Lovely Finishes.  I'm hoping to complete both and maybe one or two more other surprises  ;)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Another busy weekend of quilting

Well, I wasn't feeling like going out a lot.  Still trying to get over this cold and flu (a mix of two).  But I did cut a lot in the last two weeks (all I felt like doing) and I did sandwich my queen quilt.  But in the end I was able to finish the quilt (see the post before this one), and do a bit more.

So now I have to show you what else I've done.

My BOM by Quilt Doodle is going great.  I even did the edging into the blocks.  I also completed two more sections, September and October.  Can you guess which is which?



Then I did some work for the charity that the Fraser Valley Quilting Guild does:  a premie quilt.  It's 25 x 25 inches and nice and fluffy.

Then I completed another row by row.  This one from up north in BC.  Beautify batik with frogs.  But even more amazing.....

there's a three D flower for the lily pad.  It's great work, and I'm happy with it. 

Three frogs on a lily pad.

Was there more?  Yes, and by now you're calling me crazy....  Another row by row, this one from Arizona.  Small pieces but easy to do.  And all of it stitched down.

Is that it?  One more for Thanksgiving.  Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone.

I finshed my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!!

I finished my goal!!!  And early too!!!  I quilted an entire queen size quilt.  Fits my bed perfectly!!!

And the colors are drop dead gorgeous!!!  Chocolate brown with that red and very light blue.  Then there is green, with orange leaves and that tan yellow.  Butterflies every where.  I straight stitched lengthwise where the rectagles are....

And looped where the butterflies are.  To keep it down.  I also stitched in the ditch all around it.

 The rest I did a winding stitch all around, that wasn't too tight but it wasn't too loose as well.  It was to hold the side panels of the queen.  Take a close look.

A Lovely Year of Finishes
So happy with the results and how it looks in my bed.  I have a curtain rod in the bedroom where I hang a wall quilt.  In this case I changed my wall hanging to a brown oriental piece that is cut into panels.  The effect, very modern and quite put together.  I'm pleased with this finish!!  And so early too!

This is my writeup for the "Lovely Year of Finished"

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Another month of a Lovely Year of Finishes....

Although I am on track with the 4th quarter of the 2015 Finish Along, I am choosing quilts to finish for that quarter that are not on my 2015 "A Lovely Year of Finishes"!!!  Instead I am continuing to plan new quilts, buying material for them, and starting quilts then stopping to start a new one.  I was considering starting another block of the month with Tom's Sewing in Surrey, BC for a Canadian quilt and I stopped and said "Why?  I don't have enough?"  Like every quilter out there there is never enough fabric but we got to stop at some point don't we?  Am I the only one out there like this???? One is such a lonely number  :{ 

A Lovely Year of FinishesSo that's it!  I listed all my quilts that I have the material and the pattern to do and I've come up with 38 quilts!!!  When I told my husband he asked me what I was going to do with all of them (9 are going to be queen size for our bed)?  When I said I don't know he said I'm starting to be a quilting horder.  Is there such a thing?  

So that's it, I have promised myself that I would definitely this month finish one of my quilts!!!!  And it's going to be a queen.  And it's doable even with school duties and being sick, and all the things the two of us do.  So here it is.....

This quilt is about 15 years old.  I started it with a fabric club, loved the material samples (1/2 meter each) so much I ordered away for more and made the pattern from "Joined at the Heart" by Anne Moscicki and Linda Wyckoff-Hickey.  The quilt is called "Fireside Snuggler Quilt" and in the book it's red and tan.  My quilt has red in it as you can see, but with browns mostly.  You get to see what I'm working with but not the finished product.  I need to do one more roow around and then quilt the entire thing.  It's a queen quilt and I want it for November when the weather gets cold here in Surrey, British Columbia.

This is doable as well as necessary, as my other two queen quilts will be a little too hot for now.  Plus the colours of this quilt is to die for.  So stay tune, I'm determine to get this one done!