Friday, September 22, 2017

Finish! Rainbow String - Peacock Quilt

Happy finish news to report!  I am done with a long time UFO--Hooray!!!

While working on this quilt, I called it the Rainbow String Blocks.  Even though it isn't really a rainbow, because there are only cool colors in it.  While working on the binding, my friend said, "that looks like a peacock!"  I love it!!!  There is a peacock feel to it.  So, now that it is complete, I'll change the name to the Peacock Quilt.

This was an attempt to use up scraps and really, I didn't make a dent.  If anything, I took on other people's scraps in order to have more variety!! =O

In the beginning:

This quilt was part of my goals for Finish-A-Long Q3 and I made it in before the deadline.  Woo-hoo!

Also, it is the time of the year for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I haven't ever participated before, but this year I am!  Visit Amy's Creative Side to find out all the details and view many, many gorgeous quilts.  They are randomly drawing names for prizes (as opposed to having people vote in the past).  I think it is a great idea, because everyone who takes part is on a level field, even if you are a 'small blogger', like me!  😊

I'll leave you with one more pic of my quilt and my little helper, Fannie.  She was being extra cute while I was taking pictures!  ❤



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Galaxy of Stars - Progress!

Thanks to September Sewing Month and my goal of sewing 15 minutes a day, I am making great progress on my wonky red/white/blue star top.  I've decided to rename it "Galaxy of Stars" and it makes me think of this Coldplay song. It's stuck in my head and you can join me! =)

I introduced this block to my friends at the Lutherdale January Retreat and asked people to bring scraps of red and blue.  We made about 30 blocks and I have made nearly 30 more!  I like the smaller sizes and the nestling stars really add visual interest to to quilt.  I've been calling nestled stars either kissing or hugging!  When I make 2 stars together and can use one of the 9 patch corners to be part of the other block's 9 patch it's kissing and when I take an existing star and build another one around it, it is hugging.  😃

Here is my galaxy.  I would LOVE to finish the top by the end of September and have it quilted and bound by the end of the year.  I will be donating this to the Lutherdale auction on behalf of the January Quilters.  It would be fantastic to have it 100% complete by retreat.


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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quilt Expo 2017

What an amazing, crazy, fun whirlwind the last few days have been!  I'm drunk on fabric and quilting and art and friends.  Quilt Expo 2017 did not disappoint!

Let's start with the absolute most exciting part-- My lion quilt was in the juried exhibition!!!  Wooot!!

And the next super amazing, fun part-- Tula Pink was there!  She gave a lecture on Friday night and I was in stitches the whole time.  She is a hoot!  Totally, absolutely love her!

The display of quilts was gorgeous as ever.  Here is a small selection of things I loved:

And then there was the shopping.  I did some damages!

To wrap up the show, I volunteered to take down the exhibit quilts. I love to meet the people who made the quilts. And now only 362 days until Quilt Expo 2018!


Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash and Lorna's Lets be Social

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Finish! Bonus Baby Quilt

I'm happy to report another quilt has reached the 'done' pile!  Woo-hoo!  This is a 'bonus' quilt, because I used trimmings from a whirling star block and pieced them together into rectangles, then into columns.  It turned out pretty good --if I do say so myself!  😅

Here is a close up of the the quilting + fabric.  I used an all over panto and stash fabric for the sashing, backing and binding.  Win, win, win!

When I laid out the quilt to measure for binding, Finn immediately jumped up on the table and decided to do some QA inspecting.  This quilt is Finn-approved and is already donated to Project Linus.


Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sew 15 Minutes - in September

A local friend invited others to join her in finding a minimum of 15 minutes to sew per day in September.  Why not?  I'm giving it a whirl.  It might be just the motivation I need to move my projects along.  Those blocks aren't gonna sew themselves!

I'm going to attempt to add a picture to instagram each day, but there may be days where the 15 minutes aren't too interesting or different from another day.  We shall see.  You can find me as @kristingumdrop on Instagram.

Day 1- I kicked off with adding binding to my rainbow strings quilt.  I want to finish this for Q3 of Finish-A-Long, so I need to get crack-a-lackin'.

Day 2: I set a timer for 15 minutes and when that finished, promptly sewed for an additional 2 hours!  It was lovely!  I had several chores to do, but I let them all fall by the wayside.

I need to get this Wonky Star quilt together.  It has been patiently waiting for progress while pinned to the design wall.  It is amazing what you can accomplish in 15 minutes!

Exciting news-- I was able to apply the partial seam lesson from Mary Fons to this project! Check out the before and after pictures.  This improv setting is going to be possible thanks to partial seams!  So cool!!

Day 3: Hand sewing binding on the string block quilt. (no pictures)

Hopefully I can keep this momentum going all month!


Mary Fons visits Madison!!!

What a Fun-day Monday!  Mad City Quilt Guild hosted Mary Fons for a day and there was a morning workshop, an afternoon trunk show and an evening lecture.  So much quilty goodness!

The workshop's purpose was to learn about partial seams and to make the Sweetpea Star block.  I loved that Mary talked about all kinds of stuff beyond just this block, including contrast, value, settings and warp and weft.  (Warp runs north and south, Weft is east and weft!)

Here is the sample quilt:

 And my block:

I love it and hope to make a baby version.  Possibly set on point?

The group (I'm in the back row middle)!

A selfie with Mary!!  ❤

In the afternoon, she did a talk on snowball blocks with a trunkshow.  Here are lots of pictures:

I'm in love with that cross quilt and bought the pattern.  It is only in king size (gulp!!!).  I would re-name it 'King's Cross'.  

The evening lecture was a discussion of quilting styles (Traditional, Art, Contemporary, Modern).  She has a gift for speaking and the entire talk was fascinating.  Sorry-- no photos of this part of the day.

What a whirlwind and a great kickoff to the Mad City Quilt Guild 2017/18 year!!


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