I'm completely surprised by my lack of finished in the first quarter - I had 6 goals....and not one of those quilts is finished!
I have a very good reason to rank this quilt first on my finishes goal - it is going to be raffled off in less than TWO WEEKS.
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!
Second on my goal list is another deadline project. My grandparents' 60th anniversary (was actually yesterday - Happy Anniversary!) surprise project. For this momentous occasion, a large party is planned for April 18...yes, that's about 8 days away!
I cannot say too much on this subject, other than it is SO TOTALLY GRANDMA!! If you know her, you'll totally get it when you see it at the party in 2 weeks. Since some of you don't know Grandma Betty, here's the lowdown: she loves bright bold colours, she's loud, she plays autoharp, she lives beside a golf course, and she's an agricultural fair judge.
I can also say that I've only got to finish hand-stitching the binding - but I'm slow at it, so I might be in the corner of the dance hall finishing this up!!
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 really like the way the blocks are looking now, so hopefully I'll have no problem staying in the groove and getting this quilted and bound by month's end.
There's no real deadline for this, but I'd like to have it for our first camping trip in late May.
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 have some really great family members who gave me some cash this Christmas to use however I wanted. So I went shopping online...and got some great fabrics, a new ruler, and Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. I love the detail in all these quilts. I seriously would make all 16!! I'm planning a controlled scrappy quilt, but I haven't completely decided between 2 patterns: Stone Cottage or Summer Lake Log Cabin. This is my next project quilt. It has a deadline of July, so I'd like to have it done before school's out!
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!
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!