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One Block Wonder – FAL #3

My third finish for the 4th quarter (original list is here)is a queen/king size one block wonder commission quilt for my massage therapist.  She gave me a piece of fabric to use for my inspiration and then left everything else up to me.





Click on this link to see more pictures and read about the making of this quilt.

Linking up to:

Monday Makers @ayliN-Nilya

Made by You Monday @Skip to my Lou

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Fabric Tuesday @A Quilt Story

Too Cute Tuesday @Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts


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WIP and FAL #2


I finished the girl’s version of High Tea which gives me my second FAL for the 4th quarter (FAL wish list).  I went a little overboard with the quilting but it was good therapy for me.  It helped to keep my mind off of Tango’s passing.  This was the pattern that I tested for Adrianne from On the Windy Side.  I also have a boy’s version in our local football team’s colours.  It is waiting for time on the longarm.

First I just did this design in pink and I was happy with it….or so I thought.


Then I came back in with orange thread and added the inner petals filled in with pebbles.  Still not satisfied I added the inner orange loops.


Then I decided to fill the orange loops with thread to give it more dimension.  I was happy with the final design and moved on to work on the next row.  Then I got the bright idea to do some dense quilting in the background to allow the design to really pop forward.  I lost track of how much time I put into the FMQ in the 15 white squares but it was substantial.



Leftovers IV is still on the longarm.  Here is a sneak peak at the quilting I’ve done so far.


I’ve also been working on a commission quilt for my Massage Therapist.  She gave me an inspiration pillowcase and then left the rest up to me so that she would be surprised.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Anything Goes Monday @Stitch by Stitch

Monday Makers @ayliN-Nilya

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Let’s Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Can I get a Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Link A Finish Friday @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday @Quokka Quilts

2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Pat’s One Block Wonder  Queen  Piecing
Urban Windows  Twin  Finished
High Tea Girls  Twin  Finished
High Tea Boys  Twin  FMQ
Leftovers IV  Twin  FMQ
Leftovers III  Twin  Finished
Waterlily  Wall hanging  quilt top
Asian One block wonder  Queen   Finished
Shoji Screen  Lap/wall   Finished
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Finished
2014 Completions   Size
Jana’s Wedding  Queen  gifted
Triangle QAL  Twin  For sale
Kimono  Wall hanging   Hung
Pink & blue batik  King  Donated
Asian Shadow Box  King  For sale
Little Warriors Charity (x7)  Twin   Donated
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby   Donated
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby  For Sale
Charm Square Crib 3  Baby  For Sale


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FAL Quarter 4 Wish List

It is that time again to make a commitment to the final quarter of the 2014 finish-a-long hosted by Katy at the Littlest Thistle.  I have one left over from last quarter that didn’t get finished and I am adding four more to my list for a total of five.

Leftovers III is on my frame and about 3/4 quilted so I just have to finish it off and bind it.


Leftovers IV is going to be a HST string quilt.  I’ve got about 80% of the blocks made so I have to finish the last few, find the perfect layout, sew them together, quilt and then bind.


Yesterday I volunteered to be a pattern tester for Adrianne at On the Windy Side.  I’ve got roughly 15 days to have a finished queen size quilt top.  Although it is a tight timeline….I’m looking forward to the new experience.   I am not allowed to share the pattern with you just yet because it is top secret until it is published and for sale at the end of the month.  I’m primarily using Zen Chic’s Barcelona fabric along with some Grunge fabric from Basic Grey.  When the quilt is completed I am going to donate it to http://littlewarriors.ca/events/quilts-for-the-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.


At the 2nd quarter FAL wrap up party I was lucky enough to win a $25 gift card from Becca at  Sew me a Song.  I used it to help purchase this 1/2 yard fabric bundle.   I think these fabrics, plus a few more from my stash, will make a cute quilt for  a little girl.  I am using the same pattern as above and it will be donated to the Be Brave Ranch too.



And my final project is a commission.  A queen size quilt for my massage therapist.  She gave me this pillow sham to use as my inspiration and left the rest up to me.  No pressure there.  I can’t say much more or show the fabrics that I’m using because she looks at my blog and I want this to be a complete surprise….hopefully a good one?!?!?!


Yikes….this is a big list.

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3rd Quarter FAL Finish


Well the 3rd quarter is almost over and I finally have my first FAL finish (here is a link back to my FAL wish list).  It is a one-block-wonder that I started back in 2010.  When I initially finished piecing it, it was too small for a queen and I didn’t like the fabric I had for the border so I just added it to my pile of UFOs and forgot about it.  I pulled it out in January and added it to my 1st quarter FAL list  It got carried forward to the 2nd and 3rd quarters before I managed to complete it.

 I removed some of the blocks in the upper right hand quadrant of the quilt top and replaced them with the blue background fabric.  I used appliqué and trapunto to show off the two beautiful geishas that were the stars of the OBW fabric.


I really like how the geisha faces made interesting blocks.


This is what the original fabric looked like.  It was made up of two geishas, rose and purple irises and a water like background.


Linking up to:

Anything Goes Monday @Stitch by Stitch

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @FreeMotion by the River

 WIP Wednesday @The Needle & Thread Network

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

WOW Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Let’s Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

I Quilt Thursday @Pretty Bobbins

TGIFF @Quokka Quilts

Finish It Up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

Link A Finish Friday @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Can I Get A WhoopWhoop Friday @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Show & Tell @ SNAP

3rd Quarter FAL Finish Party @The Littlest Thistle


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FAL Quarter 3 Wish List

It is time to commit to my list of quilts that I hope to complete in the 3rd quarter of the 2014 Finish-a-long hosted by The Littest Thistle.  There are only 4 on my list so I should have no excuses for not finishing them.

I am embarassed to admit that I still have one that was on my 1st and 2nd quarter lists that still isn’t done. I think I started this one block wonder back in 2010 and it just sat for years because I didn’t know how to finish the top to get it to a useable size.   It became a finished quilt top in the 1st quarter and I did the FMQ in the 2nd…..it just needs to have the binding cut and sewn on.   Let’s hope that 3 times on the list is the charm.


Shoji screen was on my 2nd quarter list.  It had been a finished quilt top for years but I was reluctant to tackle the FMQ on my domestic machine.  It is about 50% quilted (I had to take it off the frame to finish Jana’s Wedding Quilt).


I started Leftovers III last month.   I WAY over bought fabric for my Blue Odyssey Quilt and this is the 3rd quilt that I am making with the excess fabric.


And my final quilt for the 3rd quarter is Urban Window .  I’ve been wanting to play with the quick curve ruler since it came out.  More than a year ago I bought the ruler, pattern and this fabric and it has sat staring at me ever since.


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