Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flashback Finish - Mint Diamonds Baby Quilt

This winter I made a quick baby quilt for my co-worker Danielle.  It was inspired by Pinterest and I selected a colorway to match the baby room-- mint and grey.  She had a baby girl, Clara, but didn't know the gender in advance.

I started cutting and piecing the quilt while at Lutherdale in January.  It went together easily and with the dedicated focus time of retreat, I had the top together in one day!!  Quilting was simple continuous curves.  Happily, this was finished and gifted before Clara was born! =)



Soooooo cute!!

xoxo
Kristin

Linking up with Lorna at Let's be Sewcial and Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish it up Friday!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Finish-A-Long Q3 2017 - My Goals

Summer is my favorite season of the year and announcing that the 3rd quarter of 2017 sounds crazy to me!  How did half of the year go by already?  As long as summer holds on for many, many, many more months, I'm ok.

Setting quilting goals for this time of year is tricky.  I don't spend as much time indoors, because there is so much to do outside.  I do have things that need quilting and by adding them to this list, perhaps it will help motivate me a bit more to find some time to quilt and bind?

To start, I might as well list out what didn't get done on the Q2 list:

1- Pink Purple XO Quilt
I was sooooooo close to finishing this in the last quarter.  Just a few more hours of hand stitching the binding and I would have made it.  Oh well.  This will be a slam dunk for Q3.


2- Charity Chop Quilt -- This quilt didn't make any progress last quarter.  It would be fantastic to quilt this up and add it to the finished column.
Front

Back


3- Wonky Stars for Lutherdale: This top is not going to make it to this year's auction (bummer), but it did make it further along.  Just like the charity quilt above, it would be great to finish this up and move it to the 'done' column.


4- Elephant Parade-- This poor top is languishing in my closet, just waiting to be quilted.



4- Whirly Star Bonus Quilt-- Speaking of languishing in my closet.  While tidying up, I found this top.  I put it together in January 2016 from leftover bits from one of Heather's quilts.   It won't take much to finish this up and then it can go to our guild's charity project.


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5- Legendary -- And now it is time to be ambitous.  This top isn't done, but it isn't too far from it.  I might use some flannel for the backing and then it will be my new 'couch quilt'.



6- Hekla-- More ambition!  This wallhanging needs another border and then it will be ready for quilting.

Can I finish all 6?? Probably not.  But I can accomplish some of this!  And it doesn't hurt to try!  Just like last quarter, I'll ask for you to wish me luck!

Linking up with Ella at Throw a Wench in the Works

xoxo
Kristin

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Finish-A-Long Q2 2017 Wrap Up

The last few months have flown by so quickly.  In April, I decided to join the Finish-A-Long challenge.  It is to help you stay motivated and keep your projects going to full completion.  Like I tend to do with my Saturday chore lists, I made a pretty ambitious list for Q2.  Even though many things from the list didn't get done, I'm pretty happy with what I did complete!

Here is my original list: Q2 Goals.

Out of the 7 items I listed, I finished 3 and was soooooooo close to finishing another one.  I'll roll these UFO's into next quarter's list (and probably add a few more to the list!)

Finish #1 and 2:  Twin baby girl quilts.  They truly are 2 separate quilts.  I did a scrappy pink binding on one and a scrappy grey binding on the other, in case the parents need to distinguish them apart.





Finish #3 - The Lion Quilt



I was soooooo close to finishing the binding on the XO Pink/Purple one.  That should be a slam dunk for Q3. I had a lot of fun participating and will definitely give this a go for the next quarter.

I am linking up with Ella at Throw a Wench in the Works


xoxo
Kristin

Finish! The Lion Quilt


Hooray!  I have a very special finish to report-- The Lion Quilt!  I started this last fall (October) and finished the top in early January.  Out of all the quilts I have made, I'm most proud of this one.  It was complicated, yet incredibly addictive.  Every section that I would complete would make me want to start another, just to see it evolve.  The pattern is Violet Craft's Jungle Abstraction: The Lion.  I've applied to show this at Quilt Expo in September-- fingers crossed that it makes the cut!



This quilt was one of my goals for Q2 Finish-a-Long and I'm linking up with Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday!

xoxo
Kristin

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Legendary Progress and other goings on...

Summer is in full swing and I have a million things happening-- two tennis leagues, a huge (for me) garden, crazy work,etc.  BUT--I've still been finding time to sew.

My guild had a sew day last Wednesday and I took a day off from work and had a delightful time getting to know my fellow members a bit better.  It was a gorgeous day and I 'moved the needle' on a few projects.  In January, I started 'Legendary' by Elizabeth Hartman.  It's been languishing ever since, because I had other projects that took precedence.  Right now, I have all the rows together and only need to sash and border for a finished top.


My Hekla wallhanging was also languishing.  I thought that I was ready to start the triangle borders-- until it was pointed out that I have a boo-boo.  Argh!! I couldn't live with the mistake.  Can you find it?


 So, on the sew day, I did some ripping and re-sewing and all is right with the world.


I thought it would be fun to sew up some burp cloths and bibs for friends.  Here are a few of them (I don't think I have pictures of them all).



Here are some pictures from my garden.  It is producing tons of lettuce right now and some yummy radishes.



And me after a hard day of tilling!

Lastly-- we had a fun rainbow after a short shower yesterday.  I love summer!!



xoxo
Kristin

Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday and Lorna's Let's Be Sewcial

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Stash + Slow Stitching

While at Blue Bar Quilts last week, I did a little stash enhancement. No particular purpose, just some pretty fat quarters that wanted to come home with me...


I'm on a mission to finish up my Lion Quilt. I got it back from my quilter about a week ago and I want to enter it in Quilt Expo this fall.  The submission deadline is June 30th, so I have to go, go, go with the binding and I'm taking advantage of any downtime and trying to fit some slow stitching in.  Hopefully I will have a finish to   


xoxo,
Kristin

Linking up with Molli Sparkles and Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Finish! Twin Baby Girl (2 of 2) aka Deja Vu!

I'm happy to report that twin baby girl quilt #2 is complete-- even with the label! And-- before the babies are born!  Win-win-win!



This quilt is the same as the earlier one, except I'm using a pink scrappy binding.  One of the fabrics in these quilts was from a fat quarter challenge with the Mad City Quilt Guild and we have the opportunity to display our challenge projects at Madison's newest quilt store, Blue Bar Quilts. So the grey bound version is living there for a few weeks until the new babies need it.

In other news, I got a new to me fancy camera!  I am not always pleased with my quilt pictures I get from my phone and point and shoot camera.  I had the opportunity to buy a used Canon Rebel body and then found a used kit lens at our local camera shop.  I barely know how to use it, but still did a bit of fooling around.  Here is Finn posing for me (actually, wondering what in the world I am doing and why am I not preparing his dinner!!!!) and it looks great on my computer monitor.  I want to see the difference when I print photos, because that is where I think my phone is really lacking.


xoxo
Kristin 

ps
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish it up Friday.