Monday, April 14, 2014

Finish Along 2nd Quarter

Phew I'm running towards the cut off time but here are my projects for Katy at The Littlest Thistle's Finish Along Quarter 2.

Finish Along 2014
The first three projects are carried over from 1st quarter

Open Your Windows quilt top, I want to get this one quilted, bound and ready to use this winter.  I'm putting it on the list but it's probably an outside chance at this stage as a few of my other projects have definite deadlines.

Vintage Tribute Star, pinned and ready to be quilted.  It's a small quilt so really shouldn't take long, I'm looking forward to seeing it completed.

Scrappy Tripalong, just needs binding.  I know quilters who love binding, seeing it as a quick last step in the making of a quilt and eagerly getting stuck into it.  I wish I was the same!  I probably shouldn't even include quilts that need binding in my FAL list, but for me it is such a big, looming process that I need some incentive to get them done.

Street Grids, my variation of a free pattern from the Art Gallery Fabrics website.  Just needs binding and it's finished.

Triangular, a simple quilt I made using all triangles.  I quilted it a while ago but wasn't really happy with the quilting.  After putting it away for a few months I got it out the other day and have decided I can definitely live with it (and really don't want to pull all the quilting out!).  I do have another 15 quilt tops waiting to be quilted so it seems silly to look for extra quilting work.  Umm, just needs binding.  Are we all seeing a pattern here?

Feather Bed, my version of Anna Marie Horner's famous free pattern. I need a bit more of the background fabric which I've ordered, hoping it will be here before Good Friday so I can get the quilt top finished and pin it at my quilting group sewing day this Sunday.  I've got a deadline for this one, May 1st, and I'm starting to get a bit nervous about messing up the quilting.

Catvent quilt, this pile of fabric is being slowly cut into the 25 different cats that make up Elizabeth Hartmann's adorable pattern.   The cutting is taking a long time!  This is a surprise for one of my co-workers.


Trail Marker, a simple improv style quilt made up of random size triangles.  This quilt is from a pattern in Quilty magazine by Ashley Newcomb of Film in the Fridge.  I have to admit that I started this project late one night at a quilting retreat a few weeks ago and it took me a nearly the whole evening to work out how to piece them.  I felt like such a goose, but now that I've worked it out I'm loving putting them together. I've used a layer cake of Curio by Basic Grey which I've had stashed for a long time waiting for the right pattern to land in my lap. 

Madeline, another Schnibble made with my friend Chris.  We've finished the quilt tops and are ready to quilt.  It's a small wallhanging so not a big finish, but I'm looking forward to seeing it on the wall.  It's our third Schnibble, we are thinking about making a couple of  Camille Roskelly's cute Thimbleblossoms miniatures next. 

That's my aims for quarter 2!  I think I am being a bit ambitious, but hey why not take the bull by the horns?  Thanks again Katy for getting me motivated.  Now maybe I should start with some binding.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Finish Along 1st Quarter Achievements

I'm playing along with Katy at The Littlest Thistle's Finish Along.  For quite a few weeks the end of the first quarter's Finish Along seemed ages away, then all of a sudden it was here!

Finish Along 2014

I've popped my successful projects on Flickr so that they have one entry each and I'm summarising on my blog.  Hopefully I'll get all this right, this is my first time playing along!  My original list of 9 projects was here.

Let's go with my wrap up!

 1. Bag for Evie - completed and given to a happy niece!  I finished this pretty quickly back in January, and there's more pics on this blogpost.

2. Shirt for me - made and I'm pretty happy with it.  My choice of fabric wasn't really clever, I used a voile which doesn't have any ease at all.  It's a little tight across the upper arms, I've washed it hoping that it might loosen it a bit and haven't actually tried it on again yet. The pattern is a Style Arc tunic, the Michelle. 

3.  Dress for my daughter - made and given to her, and here's a pretty rushed photo of it that she sent me tonight when I realised I didn't have one.  It's a Lisette Portfolio dress, made with Denyse Schmidt dress fabric from Spotlight.  
4. Open Your Windows quilt - I didn't get this completed.  I've got the blocks together into a flimsy, but it's not quilted and I can't see it getting finished for a while yet and some other quilts have taken priority.

5. Vintage Tribute Star - I didn't get this done either, it's pinned but I had heaps of indecision about a quilting pattern and didn't make a start.  I've got a plan for it now, and as it's only a small quilt it won't take long to quilt, maybe in the next quarter!

 6. Boy's charity quilt - quilted, bound and ready to be donated to Vicquilters for their Very Snuggly Quilts project.  My quilting group make a couple of quilts a year to donate to teenage boys through to project.  I helped with the piecing and quilted this one, the Batman fabric is fun!

 7. Schnibbles Spot wallhanging - completed and ready to go on the wall once I've found the dowel for it.  I'm so pleased with this sweet little quilt, I found it quite trying to get all the sashing nicely lined up and I'm so happy that it looks effective.  The quilting is just a random meander.
8. Linen bag - made and used, although I'm not terribly happy with it.  I decided to make a 'foldover' bag but I find it annoying to use as when it's straightened out it's very deep to put my hand into and find stuff.  It is completed though!
 9. Scrappy tripalong - although I did get the binding machine stitched on it isn't hand sewn down yet.  Another one for next quarter's list.

I've loved joining in this quarter and I'm looking forward to next quarter.  I'm pleased with what I've achieved, even though I didn't get everything done.  Hopefully I'll remember to take photos of projects as I finish them, as quite a few of these I've taken tonight so I could include them in the FAL.  Thanks Katy for all your hard work to keep us motivated.