Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Finish: Cupid Shuffle Flimsy

I was very sad that last week I didn't have a Friday Finish.  Now I could have shown my test blocks for my Compass Quilter Bee, but that would have been really stretching it for a finish.  I had hoped with the long weekend I would get lots done, but alas I did get some done, but spent a lot of time watching movies, taking pictures of a new baby (not mine), and generally moving slow.

But I did get lots done this past week.  I finished my Bee blocks, but will show them to you later when I get my label block done and get them in the mail.  I also got my test quilt for Cora's Quilted, quilted and bound, and should get to show that to you next week.  And last but not least something I can actually show you.

I bought a jelly roll of PB&J by Basic Grey some time ago and I found a pattern called Cupid Shuffle by Harding Hill Designs.  I love this line of fabric because the colors and patterns are just so fun.  To make lap sized quilt I only needed 32 strips, so I picked out my favorites.  And here is the finished product.

I really love doing jelly roll quilts because they are fast!!!  For this pattern you make groups of 4 strips and 2 strips, then sew those together.  I will say that if I do this pattern in the future (and I most likely will because it is easy), I think I will cut the strips in half so I can have a little more variety in my groupings.  But I was able to pick my groupings, sew, iron and cut the strips in one afternoon.

They sat in this stage for a couple of days, and then I had to put my columns together.  I think this is the first quilt that worked in columns and not rows.  It was fun watching it all come together.  Once I had all the rows done, then I had to add the reddish backgrounds.  I got 4 of the five vertical rows done and then it sat in this stage for several more days.

Which was hanging on my long arm.  But on Monday I moved it off so I could quilt the test quilt. On Tuesday I finished the red and then added the final borders.  I have to say I really love the border fabric and it is also going to be the backing fabric.

Now I hope to get the backing pieced this weekend so that I can quilt it on Monday/Tuesday.  I really miss quilting.  When I put the test quilt on the frame I was thinking I like piecing better, but then Abby (the Avante) starting humming and it was just so much fun.  There is just something about the quilting process that makes me happy.  I think because I know the quilt will be finished soon.  I think I may really go out of my comfort zone and quilt this on sideways so I can do wavy lines.  I saw a video on it last week and think it will look cool with the columns.

Over all I had a very good week, got lots accomplished.  I even finished cutting all the shirts for the memory quilts.  My goal is to start piecing them next week.  I was going to move to another quilt on my list, but I think it is time for me to get those done.  Today I am linking up with  Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Weekend Link Party @ Patchouli Moon Studio.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Lovely Year Of Finishes: September Goals

Can you believe it is already September?  I am struggling with how fast time is flying these days.  But never the less it is time for me to set my September goal(s).  I know for A Lovely Year Of Finishes it is only supposed to be one goal, but I like doing all of my goals for the month and it helps me stay accountable, if only to myself.

Goal 1 - This is my primary goal for the month, and it is to finish my Cupid Shuffle quilt.  I cut it out this weekend and began sewing.  Right now all the columns are sewn together and I'm sewing the background onto the columns. I want to finish the top and get it quilted.  I have to say I am loving the pattern and the fabric on this one.

Goal 2 - Quilt the test quilt for Cora's Quilts.  I've finished the top and instead of quilting it over the holiday weekend I worked on the above quilt.  It shouldn't take long to do, because it is only a crib size, but I want it done.  I plan on hanging it behind my sewing machine in my sewing room.  I can't show you a photo of it, because it hasn't been released yet, but you'll see it before September is done.

Goal 3 - Bee Blocks in the mail.  This month our Queen Bee is Nesta of Ella and Nesta's Little Room and she picked a Cross Stitch block. Since the block she picked is small, we are going to do 8 blocks for her. I want to do my test blocks this week, so I can make sure I have everything down, before I start working on her blocks.  Here is the photo she shared of her test block. She wants low volume background with orange, yellow or pink "X's".  I'm excited because I'm going to try glue basting with these.

Goal 4 - Finish borders on my Texas Quilt.  I went to my local quilt shop on Monday and found fabric for the border.  So I am hoping to get all the borders on it, and if things go well, maybe even get it quilted.  I looked at greys and blacks and didn't care for any of them and then found a white on white print that I really like.  Since I had it with me all the ladies in the shop had to oooohhh and aaaahhh over it, which was fun.

Goal 5 - Get another quilt cut for either Sharla or I.  I think it will be a quilt called Box Trot for Sharla using the Wishes by Sweetwater line, but if I can I would like to get another one cut for me.  I'm thinking my next one will be one using Mod Century by Jenn Ski for Moda.  I have a charm pack and jelly roll and I plan on just framing the charm square with the jelly roll fabric.  It should be easy, and I just love the bright colors of this line.

Now I have more than 5 goals for the month, in fact if I listed them all there would be about fifteen or more. But I know I can't get them all done.  I will say this, writing down my goals has really helped me focus my energy this year, and I like that so much.  I am linking up with Shannon of Fiber of All Sorts and Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs.