Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 FAL: Fabulous Finish! The Scrappy Quick Quilt

So, here's a finished quilt that was finished...over a month ago.  Yep, took me this long to find a day with some actual sunshine AND a someone here to hold up my quilt! Lately I feel like the clock and calendar are moving double quick and I'm left dizzy and bewildered!

This quilt turned out so much better than I had hoped.  I really do love it!


Details

Pattern: "Midnight Garden" from Villa Rosa Designs
Size: 54 x 68
Fabrics: Kaffe Fasset Collective scraps, Cotton Couture by Michael Miller for the binding. 
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Quilting: Long Arm Quilted by Pat Boeck


 (THANK YOU, HUBBY aka Quilt Holder Extraordinaire!!) 

I love the quilting on my quilt.  The quilter has used this same design on a large number of my quilts and I'm always pleased with the results.  Here's the amazing part: this isn't computer quilting--it's free motion on the long arm.  Gorgeous!


 The design is easier to see on the monochromatic backing. 


One of the best parts of finishing this one is checking something off my 2nd quarter 2016 FAL List! Yay!!!  Love seeing that list getting a little bit shorter!!

FAL 2016

What kinds of things are you trying to finish up?

Staci

Previous Posts about this quilt: HERE

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Couldn't Wait!!

I have such an exciting thing to show you today!!
Ta Da!!!!

You know what this means, right?
Yep!  All those gazillion star points are finished!
There it is--this stack is the entire quilt!  Makes me giddy!




I was so excited to get this up on the design wall!!



I tossed up the center squares just to make it easier to see what colors and prints I had to work with.


It grew and grew.  I must admit to stopping to admire it many times and there might have been some happy dancing along the way!



Here it is in all it's GLORY!!

I love love love it so very much--it's even better than I thought it would be!
As you can see, it's so tall I ended up with the last bit of it on the floor. 

This week will be busy trying to get it sewn into a quilt top.  I'll start at the bottom this time so I can get those pieces off the floor!

And yes, I have asked my sweet husband to please leave the window CLOSED!!  LOL!

Hope there's a Happy Dance on your day, too!
Staci

Previous posts about this project: 
HERE
HERE

Monday, April 25, 2016

Log Cabin Progress

The Log Cabin Quilt is one of my FAL goals for this quarter. 
Although I have been quilting for a number of years now, I've never made a log cabin quilt.  I decided to make one from solids, and had intended to do it in summer garden colors, but when I came home from the quilt shop my stack of Art Gallery Pure Elements was definitely autumnal!  

After some slicing and I started with this bunch of pretty strips & squares.  

One afternoon of sewing had the first round finished.  Although I thought they were pretty cute, I wasn't happy with my fabrics.  I'd envisioned having 3 shades of each color for each group and my stack of fabric was only going to give me two shades.  I decided it was worth it to put the project aside until I could get more colors.  I ordered the Pure Elements color card and once it arrived and was sufficiently drooled over I placed an order for more colors and had to wait for them to arrive.  

More cutting and now this was my stack. Much better!  This is what I wanted in the first place, and am so glad I waited for more fabric. 

The Creative Grids Log Cabin Ruler was a lot of fun to use.  You can piece all your units directly to a strip of fabric without cutting it to length first.  

The first strip of every round must be cut clean on both sides. 

After that first strip the only clean edge you need is the side where the next strip will be added.  I didn't understand that with the first round of strips and stopped to carefully trim both sides, so I just made myself a lot of extra work!  The instructions actually say it's okay to just finger press all the strips open, but my quilter's OCD couldn't handle that, so I used the iron to press each strip after it was cut apart.  It gave me nice flat blocks which I like!


The ruler is very clearly marked.  You align the center square with one of the squares on the ruler according to which round of strips you have just added and then trim it up to perfection before you move on to the next round.  

Here you can see the completed block waiting for the final trimming.  A few quick slices with the rotary cutter and the block is finished!  It's perfectly square and pretty much just perfect. 


Here's my Peach blocks waiting for the final trimming.  I'm not a big peach fan, but I love them!

The Pink blocks.

Yellow blocks.

The Brown blocks might be my favorite.  

The orange blocks I'm not as happy with.  I should have swapped the position of the last colors so the more greyed one was on the outside.  The two colors are so close in value though that I can't decide if I can live with it or should make them over.  

What would you do with the orange blocks?  Leave them?  Make them over again? 


Here's the group on the design wall.  I think I'll be setting them aside for a little bit while I consider those pesky orange blocks!

Hope your day isn't perplexing!
Staci

If you'd like to learn more about using this fun ruler, here's a You Tube video by it's creator!

Previous post about this project: HERE