Finish #3 for 2015

2015-Drop BoxThis week I started quilting on all the quilt tops that I made during the 2 January retreats. The first one finished from the group is Drop Box. This is a pattern from the book Take 5 Fat Quarters by Kathy Brown. I’ve seen this pattern made in several fabric combinations and they’ve all been great. This one started with a free fat quarter packet. The colors are not my favorite, but I’m sure someone out in the world will love these peachy and warm tones. This is part of my 2015 goal of using up some of my precuts and turning them into donation quilts. The quilt is 42″ x 55″.

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January Retreat #2

What is better than a retreat? How about 2 retreats! The Bits retreat was lots of fun and very productive for all! I finished 2 and a half quilt tops. Again, these are smaller ones that might end up as donations or kid’s quilts. Here are the 2 that are completed.photo 1 (3) photo 3 (3)I now have 5 quilt tops that need quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of other interesting projects in the works. Here are some of them.

 

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First Finishes for 2015

puzzle sqAlthough my goal was to finish this one in December, I didn’t get it quilted until January! But now it’s finished. The pattern is called Movement in Squares by Wendy Sheppard. The fabric in the squares is mostly from the Mosaic collection by Marcia Derse. It’s 54″ x 62″. After I take it to show and tell at my guilds, it will go to California to hang in Beth’s new office.

My second finish was much smaller! I sewed together my leftover blocks from the One for the Money quilt and made a table runner. A little quilting and it will make a great donation for the raffle at the next Bits show!

2014 One for the money table runner

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January is Retreat Month!

What is better than going to one quilt retreat? Going to two quilt retreats in one month! Last week I went to the Piece Mill Quilter’s retreat.  On Wednesday, I’ll be going to the Bits and Pieces retreat!

We had 4 great days of quilting with good friends at the PMQ retreat which is always extra fun because we have two former members, Bonnie and Sherry, who return for retreat. It’s always good to see them! I finished 3 small quilt tops.Smoke and Sunshine

My goal this year is to start using up some of my many precuts. Many of these were free ones from Quilt Market or things I’ve won. Some of them are ones that I’ve actually bought!

This is Smoke and Sunshine. The pattern is from “Precut Quilts” by Janie Lou. The quilt top is 49 x 52.5. It started with a free charm pack from Studio E.

 

intersectionsI named this one Intersections. The pattern is also from “Precut Quilts” by Janie Lou. I started with a fat quarter packet that I won at the December Piece Mill Quilters meeting. I added the shaded fabric that connects the blocks. It’s a Nancy Crow piece that has been in my stash for at least 15 years. The color was just perfect! The quilt is 41″ x 57″.beads on a string

Beads on a String is the third quilt top I finished. This one is a pattern from a new book called “Take 5 Fat Quarters”. I actually had 7 fat quarters so I was able to make the quilt a bit larger than the pattern. The quilt top is 42″ x 56″.

Quite a few quilt tops or quilts were finished by the 17 members present. Here is a sampling.

 

 

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Year End Finishes

This month I decided that I was going to try to quilt all my unfinished quilt tops by the end of the year. I had four ready to quilt. Currently, I have three completed! Yeah! The first was Australian Adventure. I had been wanting to do something with Australian fabrics for a long time. When I found this pattern, I knew it was the perfect one. It’s Pyramid Scheme by Pa Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts which was published in Quilt Magazine. It is 49″ x 64″ so it is a good wall quilt or lap quilt.Australian AdventureNext, I quilted “The Big EZ” by Bloom Creek. It’s 63″ x 79″ and all in fabrics from The Quilted Fox. This was a great pattern to feature some big prints.Big EZ QuiltFinally, I finished my quilt from the One for the Money pattern by Grizzly Gulch. The quilt is 53″ x 65″. I started with a beautiful red and gold stripe from the Valley of the Kings Collection. It’s been sitting in my stash for several years and this seemed like the perfect project for it.One for the Money I just have one more quilt top to finish by the end of the year. Do you think I’ll make it?

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A Nautical Quilt

Nautical baby quiltI just finished this very nautical quilt for a new baby. The parents requested a nautical theme with navy, yellow and aqua. Collecting nautical theme fabrics in the Midwest was a little tricky but I finally found enough. The quilt is 60″ x 72″. It will go to Portland, Oregon next month. The baby is due early in December. This was a fun quilt!

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Charity quilts finished

This weekend I finally made some time to finish up some charity quilt projects that have been sitting on the UFO shelf. These two were from kits made up by the Piece Mill Quilters charity quilt committee. I made the tops at a sew day a few weeks ago. This weekend I quilted the tops and bound them. The labels are sewed on and I’ll be able to turn them in this Friday at the meeting.photo 2 photo 4These are both 36 x 54.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also quilted and bound this 36 x 36 quilt for the Honor Flight project. photo 1Once it is washed, I’ll be able to turn it in at the November Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting.

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Houston 2014

This past week, I made a quick trip to Houston for the International Quilt Festival. I took 3 classes this year. Two of the classes were on using Electric Quilt 7. Here is a screen shot showing a practice quilt I designed during class. photo 1

 

 

 

 

My friend Tracy and I took a class with Ana Buzzalino on using Transfer Artists Paper. The class was a lot of fun and Ana was a great teacher.photo 3

 

 

 

 

 

At home, it’s been a beautiful fall. Here is a photo my husband took in our back yard that shows how beautiful it’s been.

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Piece Mill Quilters Retreat, October 2014

I’m so far behind on my blogging! And this last month has been so busy!! In mid-October, I enjoyed 4 wonderful days at the Piece Mill Quilters retreat. I worked on several projects.

IMG_1172These are the first 3 blocks in the Star Light, Star Bright block-of-the-month from The Quilted Fox.  I’ll be making 3 blocks each month for 12 months.

 

IMG_1177This is the first blocks in a quilt made with many of the wonderful Australian fabrics from The Quilted Fox. I made a good start on the blocks but I still have many more to piece. I am quite happy, though, with the color combinations.

 

 

IMG_1171Then I pieced this small lap quilt. When finished it will be donated to the Honor Flight group. It will keep a veteran warm on his or her flight to Washington, DC and then be a permanent keepsake of the flight. It is 36 x 36.

 

 

IMG_1173Finally, I put the borders on this wall quilt made from the “One for Money” pattern. The center part is made totally from one striped fabric.

It was a busy retreat, but I was quite pleased with how much I accomplished!

 

 

 

I also took some pictures of projects that others were working on at retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Challenge quilts completed

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In the last month, I’ve finished challenges for both my guilds. The one on the left is for Bits ‘n’ Pieces. The challenge fabric is the print with all the faces. The challenge was to make a donation quilt for Cover Our Kids. Fortunately, I had suitable colors in my stash and didn’t need to buy anything!

The quilt on the rights was the challenge for Piece Mill Quilters. I received the fabric with cowboys in rows on a black background and needed to make a quilt that would appeal to a child. The quilt will go to Cardinal Glennon for a sick child. I combined the cowboy fabric with some tone-on-tone pieces and some horse fabrics. Hopefully it will appeal to some child with a love for horses! Again, this one was made totally from stash fabrics.

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