Once again this year I am going to participate in the Finish-a-Long (FAL). I have found it to be a very productive tool to help keep me on track. This year the FAL is being hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.
Because I have been so successful with the FAL the last two years, I am shocked to say that I only have a few works in progress so my first quarter list is going to be very small.
First, I would like to finish the FMQ on Leftovers IV and bind it.
I have a baby/crib quilt in progress made with Barcelona from Zen Chic. It is just a pile of blocks right now.
And my last FAL is for Quilts of Valour. I was very lucky and won a fat quarter bundle from Sew Sister’s Blogathon Canada. I am planning a HST quilt….not sure what the final design will look like but I am in the process of making lots of HSTs.
This is my final finish for 2014…and #4 out of 5 that I had hoped to finish in the last quarter (see list here). It is a quilt that I made to test a pattern called High Tea designed by Adrianne at On the Windy Side. The quilt is is going to be donated to Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch. Each child is given a quilt when they arrive at camp and when they leave they get to take it home with them.
I came so close to completing all 5 quilts. Leftovers IV just needs a tad more FMQ so I guess it will have to go on my 2015 first quarter list.
I can’t believe it. I just got an email from Sew Sisters Quilt shop telling me that I won their day 6 give-a-way from Blogathon Canada. I’m so excited. I won a fat quarter bundle of Stonehenge Oh Canada fabric. In my comment I said that the bundle would make a lovely Quilts of Valour quilt. Well I am going to follow through on that and donate the finished quilt to QofV. Thanks to Sew Sisters for hosting this wonderful event and for all the quilters around the globe that participated. I found some wonderful new blogs to follow.
Adrianne from On the Windy side has released her new quilt pattern High Tea so now I can show you the quilts I made to test her pattern. It is a very quick and easy to make pattern that is pre-cut friendly (charms squares, layers cakes and jelly rolls) but also easy to make using yardage. I made a ‘boy’ version using green and gold sashing in support of our Edmonton Eskimos. I used charm squares and a few layer cakes for the 4-patches and yardage for the sashing. I followed her pattern exactly on this one:
For the girl’s version I used yardage rather than pre-cuts. I left every other centre block plain so that I could do some free motion quilting and I changed the sashing around the centre blocks so that the neutral sashing acts as a frame for the bright/busy 4-patch and the coloured sashing forms a frame around the FMQ.
When these quilts are finished, I am going to donate them to the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch. Each child is given a quilt when they arrive at camp and when they leave they get to take it home with them.
Adrianne’s pattern is officially available for purchase starting today and for 48 hours it will be half off at her Etsy shop and on Craftsy. You can see mine and all the other pattern testers’ quilt tops on Adrianne’s website.
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Batik Beauty 109″ x 109″
I recently donated this king size Batik quilt to be used at a silent auction fundraiser for The Bockman Foundation. It is a non-profit charity that helps people with spinal cord injuries. I got a thank you email informing me that the quilt sold for $600. I then found out that the people who bought the quilt re-donated it to another silent auction fundraiser for a family with 3 young children that tragically lost their father. I hope that my quilt brings at least another $600 for that unfortunate family.
Way back in the beginning of January I set my sights high and put 11 quilts on my list (I blogged about it here and here). This year the FAL is being hosted by Katy at the Littlest Thistle. Although I did finish piecing and/or quilting all of them, a few never got the bindings sewn on so technically they don’t qualify as a finish. Officially I have 8 finishes. I quilted all 5 of the charity quilts for the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch (I blogged about them here, here, here and here). In the end, I actually FMQ 6 of them. I hope the kids enjoy them.
I was particularly pleased with finally finishing my Kimono wall hanging. It was on my FAL list 3 times before it actually was completed and hung on the wall.
Finish #7 was a baby quilt. I did my first test drive of a longarm machine with it. I enjoyed playing with the machine so much that I ended up buying my own longarm. This quilt was donated to a silent auction fundraiser for a friend’s daughter. (I blogged about it here)
And finally, this is finish#8. It is a monster 104″ x 116″ king size quilt filled with gorgeous, blue asian fabrics. I made my own pantograph for it. It is clam shell shape with 3 grass like fronds coming from the bottom left corner. I saw a similar design on line but it was a digitized pattern and I don’t have the computer module for my longarm so I couldn’t buy it. I used the old fashioned, pencil, graph paper and the bottom of a jar to make my design.
What started out as a gift of a lap quilt for our Niece’s wedding gift has now morfed. First it grew to a queen size. I went out and bought more fabric and I also purchased my backing fabrics. Well surprise…surprise….it is now a King Size Quilt. Yikes…..not only do I have to do some extensive fabric shopping for the quilt top but the two fabrics that I bought to use for the backing are now too short and there is no more on the bolt at the fabric store. Not sure what I am going to do but I guess it is going to be a pieced backing for sure. I don’t want to show any pictures of the completed blocks, I want the finished product to be a surprise, but here is a glimpse of the fabric explosion in my studio. I’ve got so many different fabrics that I am using to make the house blocks.
Even though I am on a tight deadline to get our Niece’s ever growing wedding quilt completed…..I’ve decided to join the Triangle Quilt-a-long. Am I crazy or what???? I was going through my bloglovin’ feed and came across a post about this new QAL. I like having more than one project on the go at a time cuz sometimes you just need a break….just to walk away from the current project you are working on to get a new perspective. I thought I would use my leftover collection of Summer Breeeze I and II fabrics (left over from making this quilt for my friend Sue) and add a few solids for contrast. If I like the final product it may be another charity quilt for the Little Warrirors Be Brave Ranch. Here is my stash…..I just need to officially sign up and iron and starch all my fabrics…..cutting starts this Friday.
There is one week left until the end of the first quarter finish-a-long hosted by Katy at the Littlest Thistle. All of my tops have been finished and they have been sandwiched and quilted. I’ve got to do some mad hand sewing to get all the bindings on in time.