Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lutherdale 2017 Quilt Auction

I have amazing news from the Lutherdale Quilt Auction -- my quilt started a bidding war! Two people we're going back-and-forth and back-and-forth bidding higher and higher on my little itty-bitty strawberry quilt.

The bid came to $485 and the Thrivent representative (Bill) said if it hits $500 he'll match a donation!! Anna and I reached into our purses and grabbed some cash and told Bill-- "Give this to bidders!!!" They bid high and $1,000 is going to Lutherdale

I'm still absolutely stunned!

Here are a few more photos from the day:

  • Top left: Janine's big win
  • Top right: Anna won this amazing vintage crazy quilt
  • Bottom left: our Gala Quilt
  • Bottom right: a stunning antique quilt.  I bidded on it, but I had a limited budget.

I can't wait to get started on next year's quilts!


Linking up with Let's be Sewcial

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Finish! XO Quilt

After rushing to bind several quilts for Finish-A-Long Q2, I slowed down with completing the hand stitching on this quilt.  I'm very happy with how this quilt turned out.  It was never something I had a vision or plan for from the beginning.  Originally, I made four blocks for the Mad Mod block lotto, but I ended up not being able to attend the meeting.  So those blocks languished for a while.  I considered making a 'lots of negative space' quilt with the four blocks, but as I arranged them on the design wall, they told me to make more blocks! And so(sew) I did!  =)

I'll be gifting this to a co-worker's little girl next week.  She is four and when I asked what colors she liked, I was told pink and purple-- Perfect!!!  I hope this will bring a smile to her face and make her feel special. 💗

This is my first finish of Q3 2017.  I started this quilt in February 2014 and finished it August 2017.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quilting progress

For several years now, I've been able to take some time off work at the beginning of August and spend it at my parent's house.  It's become a bit of a tradition that I have a project to work on there.  Four years ago (time flies!!), I refinished my Singer 66 cabinet.  Last year, I refinished a wooden desk I rescued from the curb.  This year I only had a few days.  With Finish-A-Long being a big motivating factor, I brought three quilts to quilt on the long arm.  Due to car issues (stupid oxygen sensor!), my trip was shortened by a day, so I was only able to complete 2 tops.

The first quilt is a 'bonus' quilt made from leftover trimmings. Heather and I took a workshop a few years ago and made whirling star blocks.  She was going to throw her trimmings out and I said, 'STOP--- I'll take them!".  Eventually I pieced the trimmings into rectangles and then the rectangles into strips.  It evolved into a somewhat Chinese Coins pattern in a perfect baby size.  I had the gold fabric in my stash for aaaages and I'm thrilled to use it up. Same with the backing fabric-- it's a light pink calico that I bough a bunch of years ago and it has been used in tons of my quilts.  It felt good to use the majority up in the backing.  Keeping the trend going, I had a long-time-in-my-stash turquoise that goes nicely with the gold that I'm using for the binding.  This quilt will go to Project Linus on behalf of the Mad City Quilt Guild.

Another great thing about these charity quilts-- I was able to zig zag together leftover chunks of batting into usable sizes for both of these quilts.  Hooray!

The second quilt that I worked on was my long in the works Rainbow (really just cool colors) String Block quilt.  As far as I can tell, I started the blocks in January of 2014.  The inspiration came from reading another person's blog (totally don't remember who!) and thinking that it would be a great way to use up scraps.  Well-- I doubt my scraps are too much tamed. =o  I don't know what to use for the binding.  I could do scrappy, just like the quilt.  Or the same fabric as the back?  It's a funky blue/green polka dot.  Once it is complete this will probably go to a local foster child that ages out of the program.


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!!


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.


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.

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


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


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!