Sunday, January 14, 2018

On Ringo Lake...Making Progress (slowly!) + Kings Cross prep

I'm making headway on my Quiltville Mystery Quilt, but I'm not quite to the point of showing a big, breakthrough photo.  Lots of sewing is happening, with lots of small pieces and tons of units.

I have all of the orange/coral flying geese and brown flying geese complete and sewn together in pairs and half of the pairs are joined up to the 9 patches (stacked up in the background).

I haven't kept count of the aqua/brown triangles, but I think I'm about halfway done with them? I can't wait to get started on the next step that adds a coral triangle to these and then I can assemble a block!

My big Lutherdale retreat starts in a few days and (crossing fingers) hopefully I will make big progress on this and have something awesome to share when I get back.

Here is an 'action shot' of my sewing room yesterday.  As you can see, I get a lot of help!!

Speaking of retreat... as usual, I have ambitious goals. Before starting the mystery quilt, I decided that King's Cross would be my big, main project to work on while there.  I think I have all the fabrics accumulated (or at least close to all of them). I have the bolt of Pepper Cory-Pepper as the background and a variety of saturated Moda Grunge for the crosses.

 Here is a sampling:

And here are my fabrics (Grunge Dots) for the lighter, more subtle stars.  I'm not sure how I'm going to combine these... Maybe the cream will be star points and the grey as the four patch centers? Not sure yet!


Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday Linkup , Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash, Cynthia's Oh Scrap! and Judy's Design Wall Monday

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Finish-A-Long Q1 2018 - My Goals

New Year - Fresh Start - New Goals!!

Q4 of 2017 was pretty good!  I finished 3 quilts from my list and that makes me incredibly happy.  Believe it or not, on New Year's Eve, I was stitching on a binding and hoped to complete it that night.  I had about 2 feet left and was out of steam.  Oh well-- it rolls into the 2018 goals. I'm excited to participate in the Finish-A-Long again.

Here are my 3 finishes:

Charity Chop, Kitchen Sink Scrap and Galaxy of Stars

For Q1 of 2018, I would like to finish the following:

1- Elephant Parade
This is my slam dunk! This is the quilt I was trying to complete the binding on New Year's Eve.  I plan to enter this quilt in the spring to the Sun Praire Quilt Show.

2- Hekla
The top is complete and I'm sending this out to be quilted.  Maybe this can be entered in Quilt Expo this fall?

3- Finding Nemo
This is a panel that I bought at Expo with the plans to donate to Lutherdale's auction. The paneled quilts were very popular!! So, why not?  I added the orange border--it's Moda Grunge Dot, my newest favorite fabric.  I plan to free motion quilt it with fun swirls and outlines.

4- St Nick
Another panel I found at Expo.  This is a kit with borders and it is still in it's packaging.  Maybe I can assemble this at my January Retreat and ask a friend to quilt it? It too, it destined for Lutherdale's Auction.

5- Legendary
I have a plan on quilting this, but it's pretty ambitious for me to find the time in Q1.  Never the less--it's good to have it as a goal!

6- Midnight Star
Now we are entering the very ambitious stage.  The top isn't done. It's been languishing on my design wall.  I want to swap out 2 of the smaller stars and I'm just a wee bit stuck.

If you would like to join the Finish-A-Long fun, head on over to any one of the eight bloggers who host:


Saturday, January 6, 2018

2017 Year in Review

Time moves fast and I'm always amazed by this.  It doesn't feel like it was very long ago that I summarized 2016 and here we are at the start of 2018.

This year has been amazing in terms of time spent sewing, projects completed and blog posts written!  I credit joining the Finish-A-Long and Sew 15 Minutes September as 2 boosts to my year.  I had a lot of UFO's gathering dust and I am excited to mark them as complete.  Also-- making several baby quilts is a great way to create something from start to finish without dragging on forever.  Three of my completions this year were baby quilts.  Here is a summary of my finishes.  It's fun to look back on them...

Baby Clara's Mint Diamonds

Baby Noelle and Cora's Twin Pink Diamond Quilts

My Lion Quilt 

Project Linus - Bonus baby quilt

XO quilt for my co-worker's newly adopted daughter 

Peacock String Quilt for Lutherdale's auction

Kitchen Sink Scrap Quilt - for Dane County Foster Program

Chop Up Quilt - for Dane County Foster Program

Galaxy of Stars Quilt for Lutherdale's auction

Ten quilts complete this year!!!  All but one are being gifted/donated.  I have ambitous goals for 2018, too.  It will be interesting to see what I can accomplish in the year to come.

Other big highlights of 2017:

Participating in Gudrun Erla's workshop in April.  I didn't get a selfie with her and I'm regretting it.  She was incredibly motivating and I want to make tons of her quilts.  Here is the block I made during the workshop for my Hekla Quilt.

Participating in making a Gala Quilt for the Lutherdale Auction.

Having my itty-bitty, humble Strawberry Quilt fetch $1,000 at the Lutherdale Auction (with matching funds from Thrivent)

Spending the day with my new besty, Mary Fons!!! I ❤ her!!!

Exhibiting my Lion Quilt at Expo!!

Meeting Tula Pink!!!  She is absolutely amazing!

Participating in my first ever Quiltville Mystery 

And in very sad happenings, losing Nancy Zieman.  She was such a force in the quilting community, but especially here in Madison.  I met her several times and she was always sweet and gracious.  

Here's to another wonderful quilty year full of creating, celebrating and spending time with others.  This was my 'most used words on Facebook' collage.  It's a great little summary of my year!


Monday, January 1, 2018

On Ringo Lake - So many clues!!

With the holidays, I've been falling behind a bit with the Quiltville Mystery Quilt. But let's be honest-- there is a lot of sewing to do each week!! It's hard to keep up period!  I was plugging away in the days before and after Christmas on Clue #3.  It was a lot of units!

I'm happy to announce that I've got them all complete--Woooot!  Time to focus on the other clues!

Clue #5 is the same as Clue #2-- oodles of small flying geese, this time in brown, not coral.  I couldn't bear the thought of drawing hundreds of lines corner to corner...again.  So I splurged on Bonnie's ruler, The Essential Triangle Tool.  I was a little bit intimidated and wasn't looking forward to having bias edges.  But as I have been using it, I'm becoming more and more comfortable with it.  The cutting is a little slower on the front end, but boy-oh-boy is it faster on the back end!  No trimming!  And much less waste.  Look at the pile of trimmings in the above picture!  It adds up!

Here are a few of my Clue #4 units. With their funny shape, you see why I was hesitant to use this ruler?

And Clue #6-- the brown flying geese from Clue #4 joined up with the original ones. Super cute!

Bonnie was releasing the clues "Rapidfire", one per day! But today she revealed the final setting.  I can't wait to see how my quilt will look!


Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Mondays and Lorna's Let's bee Sewcial and Cynthia's  Oh Scrap!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Finish! Galaxy of Stars

Happy News-- Another finish! Galaxy of Stars!!  Wooot! ★✷✴✹✦

There was a little bit of drama with this quilt that happened while I was hand stitching the binding.  I had the quilt in a bag with a water bottle, but I didn't have the lid on tightly and some water spilled out and some of the red fabrics were bleeding onto the white!! =O 

The internet had all kinds of advice to give me! The photo above is prior to fixing the bleed. I went with the directions that Vicki Welsh shared and it worked like a charm!  Four cycles of super hot water in the laundry sink with gobs and gobs of Dawn dish detergent and the red has stopped bleeding and isn't on the white anymore!  I ended up using a tool for mixing drywall paste to agitate the quilt in the hot water.  It worked out great! It's like a giant potato masher.

The quilt is fully washed and dried and is all crinkly.  I usually gift my quilts without washing, so this is different-- I love it!   And so does Finn!  He has been a big fan of this quilt all along!

I will be donating this to the Lutherdale auction.  Hopefully it will fetch a good price.  And-- this was one of my goals for Finish-A-Long Q4.  Hooray!


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish it up Friday

editing to add link to my original FAL goals post

Monday, December 11, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Clue #3

Clue #3 was released last Friday for On Ringo Lake,Quiltville's Mystery Quilt.  I wasn't even halfway done with Clue #2 and intended to stop working on those units and dive into the new units.  Nope-- I really wanted to finish #2.  I got close, but not quite all the way there.  To spice things up, I started feeding in a few of #3.  And by spice things up, I'm being a bit tongue in cheek!  Piecing these is an exercise in focus and dedication for me!! I am motivated by seeing my quilts take shape.  I like to assemble a block early on and work on a bit of this and a bit of that.  Making hundreds of units all at once-- not my normal style!

This song has been running through my head and it summarizes how I think I've been doing... Falling Slowly.  Because I'm sloooooowly falling behind.  But as I've just listened to it for the third time, it occurred to me that the first few lines are appropriate for this mystery, too.

   I don't know you
   But I want you
   All the more for that

I know that it is not a race and I have ages and ages to do my piecing, but I want to keep the momentum going each week.  Much of the cutting is done for Clue #3, but I haven't been keeping a tally like I did with #2.  I am just going to sew for a while and count as I go.

In other mystery quilt news, I got a few more fat quarters of fabric to mix in and add to the spectrum. Woot!


Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday PartyDesign Wall MondaysLet's be Sewcial and Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Finish! Charity Chop Quilt

It's always happy news to report a finish!  Especially when it is a long time UFO.  This is a charity quilt (destined for a Dane County foster teen that is 'aging out' of the program).  Many years ago, while sifting through my stash for a project, I realized there were some fabrics I didn't care for anymore.  I had used them a lot and wasn't too excited about them any longer.  The solution I came up with-- make large (15"?) nine patches and then cut them up in the 'disappearing' fashion.  Well-- I made those 9 patches right away and then they aged for several years.

About 3 years ago, I took the blocks to my January retreat and did the 'chopping' and re-assembly.  The top languished in my closet until this year.  The Finish-A-Long has really helped motivate me to complete some UFO's.

I did a little photo shoot of the quilt last week with my new frame.  Overall it worked out ok, but I need to fill the sandbags they sent, because even though there wasn't much wind, the quilt acts like a big sail!  After several pictures, the frame blew over-- but I thought the draping looked pretty cool and artistic!

Here is a close up of the quilting.  I did a free motion all over pattern that was pretty fun: big loop--outlined then a halo of loops around the original. 

This is part of my Q4 Finish-A-Long and I'll be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday


editing to add link to my original FAL goals post