Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2016 FAL: Fabulous Finish -- Canasta the Second

With my sewing machine in the shop there's lots of time for hand binding right now.  Which is a good thing because I had a three quilts come back from the long arm quilters this week, plus I have one in the house that is still waiting.  


Pattern: Canasta by Elizabeth Hartman (this pattern has been retired)
Fabrics: Crazy prints combined with many colors of Kona Cottons
Quilted: Professionally by Pat Boeck
Size: 72 x 84
Started: 2010
Finished: February 2017

This is the second of the two Canasta quilts I made.  (HERE is the first one)  Although I thought I split the blocks up pretty evenly between the two quilts, this quilt seems more green and the first one more blue.  No matter, I think both turned out really well.  




The same backing was used for both quilts; I think this print is really fun. The binding is Kona in Pepper which gives the quilt a nice little outline. 


The same spikey meander quilting was done on both quilts.  This quilter does all her quilting free motion, without the use of a computer.  I love how the very organic quilting looks on all these wonky blocks.  





2017 FAL

This finish was a VERY LONG time coming, and it is wonderful to cross this quilt off my FAL list!

Happy Finishing!

Staci 

Previous Posts about this quilt can be found:
HERE
HERE
HERE

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 FAL Project Progress: The Last Goose....Maybe?

Maybe, maybe....I HOPE....I've sewn the last goose!  
Stacks with 10 blocks each
If I've counted right, and that's a big if, I believe there are 119 blocks containing 476 individual geese. While I've enjoyed making the geese, and it did go a lot faster than I expected, I am REALLY HAPPY to be finished.   

Sadly, this project is now on hold.  My beloved sewing machine started acting up yesterday and I had to take it in for servicing.  The shop is swamped right now and my estimated pick up date is 31 March!  Ouch!! 6 LONG LONG weeks!!  I do have a little back up machine, but it's definitely not up to putting together a King Sized quilt.   I'm pretty disappointed because I really wanted this quilt top finished by the end of the month.  

So, time to go have a look at my FAL list and see what I can work on next!

Bloggy friends, I sure hope your machines are in GOOD HEALTH on this fine February day!

Staci



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 FAL Project Progress: Starting to See Geese in My Sleep.....

Yes, it has reached that point!  I swear I close my eyes at night and see geese behind my eyelids!  

I wake up in the middle of the night and think, "I could just go ahead and get up.  I could get a couple extra hours of sewing if I go ahead and get up. It's 3AM, it's not tooo early, yes, I could just get up..."

My design wall is completely covered with 55 blocks.  Remember, these blocks are 8 x 16 inches, so they take up a lot of space.

There's 20 more blocks spread out on the cutting table right now. 

75 completed blocks, 300 individual geese made.  And it isn't over yet......
It's time to go pin more pieces together

Wish me luck.....and geese-less sleep!
Staci

This project is part of my 2017 FAL 1st Quarter List.