I was a very busy at the sewing machines the past few months. I know that I've finished 6 quilts since Christmas, and I've made progress on some WIPs, but it still seems like there's more in the "Needs to be Finished" pile than the "Yay, it's Done!" pile...
This quilt is made entirely from donated items from school families (shirts, pillowcases, fabric scraps). I brought my antique hand crank into the school and everyone made a quilt block, signed it then I brought then home to be assembled into a twin size quilt. I had intended this to be finished as is, but after closer inspection - not all the seams are quite secure or "caught", so I need to add some creative free motion quilting to get all those pesky seams tied down! A few students had signed their surnames, so covered those with appliqued patches. We sold raffle tickets and one lucky person won this quilt at our April Spring Fair.
This was a HUGE undertaking - mostly because we designed and started the piecing long-distance - and only 3 months before the big event. I live about 5 hours drive from my family, so we planned a quilting bee in March for three of us (Giselle, Roxanne and I) to assemble the quilt. We had a blast working together, and came very close to finishing the quilt in 2 days - until we ran out of the yellow binding fabric!
My grandparents love the quilt, and it has been shown at my Mom's quilt guild show this past month too!
I love scrappy quilts, so of course I follow Bonnie Hunter over at quiltville.com....
Her mystery quilt this winter is called Grand Illusion, and it's inspired by a hotel in Michigan. I stayed true to most of her colour scheme and I'm happy with the layout and design. I'd still like to do more quilting on the borders, but this is a finished functional quilt which makes me happy!
My brother is in the Canadian Navy, and I want to honour his service with a quilt. I found this pattern almost 2 years ago on the Island Batik website (don't know if it's still there..) called Scrappy Maple Leaves.
I want this to be a totally scrappy quilt, and I refuse to cut into yardage to get more pieces. So, I've been cutting an extra 2 inch width of fabric from every fabric I've used in every project for the past 2 years. I'm getting close to having enough pieces to assemble the quilt, YAY! Hopefully this can move from the UFO pile into the Finished gallery!
I made very little progress on this project, I think I only stitched on it one afternoon and I was starting to assemble the units into block rows. Each block is 5x5 2 inch squares or HSTs, so it is very intimidating to start this process. Hopefully I can find a simple scheme to run them quickly through the sewing machine....
My Mom gave me the best Easter present: cash to go quilt supply shopping :) Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book is what I came home with. I love the detail in all these quilts. Summer Lake Log Cabin is the design I chose to make for my sister and brother-in-law. They will celebrate 15 years of marriage in August, so I'd like it to be finished for then, but I've got some customer quilts to finish first....maybe it'll be done for Christmas :) So not a finish for this quarter, but definite progress!
Way back in 1987, the best movie ever made was released. The Princess Bride has swordplay, pirates, exceptional dialogue, and a sweet love story. There was a paper pieced quilt pattern released over at http://www.fandominstitches.com that I totally followed and have been waiting to make. I'm sure there are a few extra lines that I'll add to blocks, and I think it's going to need a really special pieced border to show off all the stitching and piecing involved. This is my long term project - something just for me, just because I love it - and I don't expect that it'll get done this quarter, but a girl can dream!
I think that's a very respectable list - 3 finishes, one with lots of progress and 2 still waiting in the wings. How did you do with your goals?
My latest memory quilt was delivered last weekend, and it's a cute one!
A new applique technique this month really challenged my fabric folding ability!
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!