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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Two baby quilts finished

Here is project #13 on my FAL list.  Super Hero's quilt, crib size.  A picture of the main fabrics I had chosen and a picture of how I actually put the quilt together.  I put the fabric with the words in it on the back too.

 Project #14, Cheater baby quilt.  I used this panel fabric and the checkered, very soft, flannel on the back.  I quilted the panel to the batting and sewed it to the backing pillowcase style.  After I turned it I tied it with white baby yarn to keep the backing from shifting and I thought the ties added a design element.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

More finishes

I am trying to get more accomplished on my list this quarter of the Finish Along.
Today I finished the #10 on my list.  It was a mystery quilt from Quiltbug.
The quilting shows up more on the back of the quilt:
Free motion quilting on my sewing machine.

 Recently I finished these:

#1 on my list is Life's a Journey.
She encouraged us to personalize it so I changed a few of the apppliques.  A bike because I rode my bike all the time.  A school bus because I spent countless hours riding that back and forth from school.  I made the house block look more like our house.  I used the trims from the border of the quilt and arranged them on the back of the quilt.  The 3 blue "drops" in the bottom right corner could represent tears, blood, rain, or sweat.  (they are tears)  This quilt was a lot of fun to make.  I haven't put decorations on the Christmas tree yet.

#3, Building Blocks.  This was another fun quilt and I worked ahead of schedule on it.  I wanted to put a border on it and I wanted to use the same fabric as I used for sashing but I could not find any more to purchase.  I had enough to use for binding and that was all.  The first picture is the front of the quilt and the second picture is the back.  I did pieced backing as Leah Day suggested.  Using left overs from the fabrics for the front and a few others to kick it up a notch.  lol.  Below are 2 pictures that are a close up of the front and of the back.  I learned some new things about FMQ'ing.  I am more relaxed about is since Leah so kindly assured people to give up the fear of perfection.

#2 is the 1 Inch strips quilt:   One end of it was not laying flat so I had to take part of it off and sort of play with it to MAKE it fit!  I had to cut part of  it and add more strips and finally I was able to sandwich it and quilt it.  I SITD for the quilting.  I didn't stitch every row.  I kind of jumped around.  I used some of the wonky parts that I trimmed off and used them on the back.  I didn't want all that work to go to waste!  

 Top picture is the front and second picture is the pieced back.
The final picture is a close up of part of the back.
It is called "Quilt by the Mile".  I didn't follow her directions correctly.  I have worked on this quilt off and on for six or eight years.  All the strips aren't mitered as she instructs.  I went by how the mood struck me.  (And I didn't have the instructions with the project)

That is it for now.  It is more difficult for me to blog than it is for me to sew and quilt.

Here is hoping I can cross a few more UFO's off my list.  I made myself a list on a piece of paper this quarter.  I found out that I am very motivated to check things off.

Trying to catch up.

Here is the string quilt that is on my UFO list for the FAL.  I finished it in April and have given it to Linus Quilts.  I put the rabbit fabric on the back.  I forgot to link it up for the second quarter of the FAL, but that's ok.   I wanted to post the picture of it done in my blog so I can keep track of the finishes.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Finish Along, Third Quarter

My list will remain the same except for one quilt that I did finish in the second quarter.
Hopefully the third quarter will be more successful.  I thought about making an entirely new list but I do want to get these done!  I did decide to add 3 more to my list.  Baby quilts that I want to make.  

1.  Life is a Journey.  I have made progress and have most of the quilting done.  I made a pretty cool backing for it and I will get a picture of that to post when the quilt is finished.

2.  1" strips quilt:  I have as many strips as I want now and it all lays flat except one side is wavey, so I will have to take those off and put new ones on.  Or something.

3. Building Blocks:   I am going to forget about adding the border that I wanted.  The store hasn't gotten the fabric I wanted for the border.  It will be fine without a border.  The pattern doesn't call for a border anyway.

4. Around The Block:  I need to decide on sashing fabric.

5. Fox Quilt:  C'mon.  How long is it going to take me to finish this small quilt.  I have everything ready for it!

6. and 7.  Medallion Quilts:  No progress made on these two:

8.  Fall Colors BOM:  No progress.  Still haven't chosen a backing either.

9. Planet Patchwork mystery:  no progress.

10. Quiltbug NYD2014:  No progress:

11.  Scrappy Trips:  No progress.  I feel like I have fallen so far behind on this one that I am really going to have to get my mind back in gear to keep going with it.
12.  13. and 14:  Baby quilts.  I want to make one or more of these baby quilts by September.  I have all the fabric for the tan one , 12.  I need another fabric or 2 for the superhero's one, 13.  The last one is a cheater type quilt.  I will put the checkered flannel on the back of the little animal picture squares. #14.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2nd quarter projects for Littlest Thistle FAL

I will be rolling over all except 2 projects from the first quarter.  I only completed two but I was happy to get those done.  Also, I am adding several more UFO's to the list.  I am beginning to get frightened at my ufo's lurking around here.  Anyway, I thought if I made my list a little longer this time, it would put more pressure on me to get more of them done.
Lets get to it:

1.String quilt.  Needs quilted.

2. One inch strip quilt.  No progress.  

3. Around the Block qal 2014. 

4. Building Blocks qal 2014.  I have worked ahead on this one. I need to put binding on it but I was trying to decide if I wanted to put a border on it first.  The store is out of the fabric I want to use for border.  The same fabric I used for the sashing strips.  This is qayg.

5.  Quick as a Fox.  I have the backing ready.

6 and 7:   2 medallion quilts from 2013.  The top one needs one more border.  The bottom one is done now.  I have backing picked out for top one.  Sometimes I get stalled on picking out the backs.

8.  Fall Theme bom 2012.  I need to pick out backing.  Nothing seems quite right for it.  I have to be picky.  Right?  The back stays on there forever!

9.  Planet Patchwork.  I have the backing picked out now.  I just bought it!  

10.  Quiltbug NYD mystery.  Need to choose backing so I can go forward with it.

11.   Scrappy Trips.  No progress.
12.  Life's A Journey.  A real cool quilt along from Darlee's Quilts.  She has put a lot of work into this qal.  It is also a mystery.  She encourages people to make changes as desired and I have done a little of that.  
OK.  That is my list for the Littlest Thistles FAL second quarter.  She has put a tremendous amount of effort into presenting this to us.  I can't imagine the work involved with it.  I appreciate the encouragement to finish my poor neglected unfinished projects and to keep going on the newer ones I have started.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2 finishes for first quarter

I finished 2 of the UFO's on my list for the first quarter.  I did other sewing and quilting too and also started some new projects, of course.