In Progress – 2016 Finish-A-Long – Q2 Proposed Finishes

I proposed eight projects for the 2016 Finish-A-Long and I actually finished three of them. I misunderstood part of the rules though and thought I was supposed to propose things that I would finish this YEAR, not just this QUARTER. I’ve figured out my mistake now though and this quarter, I’m proposing eight that I’m hoping to actually finish this quarter. πŸ™‚

2016 FAL Q2

Starting from the top left and going clockwise, here’s my list of projects:
1. Paradiso Beach Quilt designed by me – Just a simple quilt top made from charm packs. I need to pick a backing fabric. This one also needs quilting and binding.
2. Double Cross Mystery Quilt by Heather Spence Designs – The top is done on this one and I’ve sandwiched it. I just need to decide how I want to quilt it. I’ve decided to send this one out to my trusty long-arm quilter. πŸ™‚ FINISHED – JUNE 30, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Double Cross Mystery Quilt
3. Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. I have 17 of 20 blocks finished, so I just need to finish the last three blocks, assemble the top and send it to the quilter. FINISHED – MAY 30, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt
4. Stitch People Family Quilt designed by me using the Stitch People book – I just received the fabric I ordered, so I’m ready to start this one as well.
5. New Years Day Mystery Quilt by Heather Spence Designs – I have the blocks sewed into rows now, so I just need to put the top together and quilt it.
6. HST Strip Quilt by Red Rainboots Handmade – A few weeks ago, I won a jelly roll of the soon-to-be-released North Woods line by Kate Spain, so I’m going to finally make myself a Christmas quilt! I just need to decide on a solid white to match and I’ll be ready to start this one.
7. Easter Bunny Wall Quilt – I used the Bunny pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and enlarged it 400% to make a wall quilt to cover up our ugly fireplace. This is one of a series of seasonal and holiday quilts I’m making for that particular wall. The top is done and it will be sent off to the quilter soon. FINISHED – MAY 21, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Easter Bunny Wall Quilt
8. Minecraft Quilt by Kelli at Seriously…I Think It Needs Stitches – I have the first 11 patterns printed out and I bought the coordinating fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop. I think this will go pretty quickly once I get started, so I’m hoping to get it done this quarter. It’s going to be a gift for my daughter. πŸ™‚

Oof! That’s quite a list of projects! Can’t wait to get started! πŸ™‚ What will you be working on this quarter?

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Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

I just realized I never posted here with my good news about my Snapshots quilt! Oh a whim, I decided to submit it for consideration for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, which is held in Hampton, VA every year. A few weeks ago, I received a letter from them and I said to my husband, “Oh here’s my rejection letter!” but it wasn’t a rejection!

MAQF Acceptance Letter for Snapshots Quilt

I delivered Snapshots to the show early last week and then the wait began! I had a beginning free-motion quilting class on Thursday, which was so much fun. The teacher was Ashley Nickels and she was so great! Here are some of the samples I made in the class:
Free Motion Practice

During our lunch break, I fast-walked through the show floor to find my quilt. I ended up not winning a prize, but I felt like a Best of Show winner when I saw it hanging up there! ❀ ❀ ❀

Snapshots hanging up at MAQF

Snapshots and I at MAQF

These two ladies were inspecting her when I walked up, so I prevailed on them to take a picture of me with my quilt. They were more than happy to oblige. ❀

Snapshots being viewed by admirers

Here’s the catalog with my name in it:
My name in the MAQF catalog

So, all in all it was a super fun day! It was amazing to see my quilt hanging up with so many other gorgeous quilts and my free-motion class was a blast! πŸ™‚

Finished!! – Snapshots Quilt

My first finish of 2016!! I started this one on February 26, 2015 and finished it today, January 11, 2016. Here’s the front:

Snapshots Finished - Front

Robin Wilson at Ormond Beach Quilts quilted this one with a design called Lida and it is beautiful! She has a great eye for what pattern will look great on a quilt! πŸ™‚

This was the first quilt I ever made with a pieced back. Here’s the lovely camera on the back:

Snapshots Finished - Back

And here’s my favorite block, the sewing machine, of course!

Snapshots Finished - Sewing Machine Block

Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for all these great patterns. I just love how this quilt came out! I’ve submitted it to be considered for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, so we’ll see what happens with that. πŸ™‚

This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long Q1!

Finished!! – Sugar Plums Sew Along – Quilt Complete!

I’m joining Sherri at This and That Patterns in her Sugar Plums Sew Along. My autumn colorway Sugar Plums Quilt is all finished!

Sugar Plums Quilt Complete

Here’s a detail of the beautiful quilting by Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts. ❀

Sugar Plums Quilting Detail

In Progress – Sugar Plums Sew Along – Quilted!

I couldn’t decide how to quilt this one, so I sent it off to Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts to see what she could do with it. After a little bit of discussion via Facebook and email, I chose to have it quilted with a cream thread in a pattern called Undulate.

Undulate

Robin did such a beautiful job!! This is a preview picture that she sent after the quilting was complete. I love it so much! I can’t wait to see it in person when my mailman delivers it back to me. ❀

Autumn Colorway Sugar Plums Quilting

In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Top Complete

I finished the quilt top and the pieced back today! I can’t wait to get this one bundled up and off to my long-arm quilter! It’s so adorable! ❀

I put the borders on the top today after I finished sewing the back together. Aren’t those blocks cute?

Snapshots Quilt Top

The backing for the quilt is pieced as well. I’ve never made a quilt with a pieced back before, so I’m interested to see how it will look after it’s been quilted. I love that camera block! ❀

Snapshots Pieced Backing

In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Top Complete

I finished blocks 9, 10 and 11 a few days ago and I was getting ready to post a picture of the almost finished quilt top, when Fat Quarter Shop released the 12th pattern early! I figured I’d go ahead and get that one done and then post the whole completed top. πŸ™‚ So, here it is and Β I love it!

Snapshots Quilt

I’m waiting on one piece of fabric to arrive for the backing and then I can finish it up too and get it off to the long-arm quilter. Can’t wait to have this one finished up. πŸ™‚

Finished!! – Climbing Roses Quilt

I finished this quilt top back in October and then I set it aside to get some other things done. I finally pulled it back out a few days ago and started quilting it. I stitched in the ditch vertically and horizontally. I really like how it came out!

Climbing Roses Quilt

The parts came in a kit from Fat Quarter Shop, called Climbing Roses. The kit included two Hello Darling Jolly Bars and three white charm packs, plus the fabric for the binding. There’s also a backing kit available or you can choose your own like I did.

I can’t wait to give this gift! ❀

In Progress – Sugar Plums Sew Along – Top Complete

I’m joining Sherri at This and That Patterns in her Sugar Plums Sew Along. I finished my quilt top this morning! I decided not to do the border with the pinwheels and flying geese like Sherri did. Sometimes I just get to a point that I want a quilt to be done and I got there this morning with this one! I’m going to keep those pieces and use them in a future quilt.

Sugar Plums Quilt Top Finished

Now, I just need to order my backing fabric and I can finish this one up.Β πŸ™‚

Finished!! – Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

The weather finally cooperated today and I got a better picture of my Farm Girl Vintage quilt! This thing is huge! It nearly touches the floor on both sides of our queen bed and it’s way too long in the lengthwise dimension, but I love it and it looks great in our room. Very cheerful! πŸ™‚

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt - FINISHED!!!

Quick recap:Β All 12″ blocks. Inner sashing is 3″ wide. The yellow border and two white borders are 2″ wide. There was a 6″ red border, but it was too wide for my longarmer’s machine, so most of that was cut off. I made a scrappy binding out of some of my leftovers. ❀