Sunday, July 9, 2017

Q3 Finish- #5 Baby Quilt

This weekend I put the final stitches into a baby quilt for my cousin's baby that was due this coming week.  After finishing the last stitches I logged on to Facebook to see that the beautiful baby girl had been born that morning.

I guess I am a little late at mailing it off.  Hope she likes it.


I am on a roll this quarter.  Hoping this roll lasts!

My Q3 Goals list: https://quiltsbyheather.blogspot.com/2017/06/2017-q3-finish-long-goals.html
2017 Finish a Long (FAL) - http://www.shecanquilt.ca/p/2017-finish-long.html

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Q3 Finish: #21 - Banner for friend's quilt shop

I have my first finish of the quarter done, and handed off to the new owner!  I was working on the binding the past couple of nights, and it's finally finished with hanging sleeves and all.

My friend owns Quilt Addicts Anonymous, which is an online and brick & mortar shop.  Stephanie has known for a few years that I love all Jaybird Quilts patterns, so when she was at Market she picked up a copy of the latest Jaybird book for me, Alphabet Soup.  As soon as I picked up the book I knew I was going to be making some letters, but didn't know what all to do.  A couple people on the QAA instagram feed suggested that the shop needed a sign out of the letters, and that got me thinking.  Stephanie picked out the fabric for the sign, ensuring it would coordinate with the walls in the shop.  I haven't gotten a photo of it in it's new environment, but will once it is hung.

Here are the banners (my first finish of Q3):

Here is a close-up of just the Quilt banner:

Here is a close-up of all three:

My Q3 Goals list: https://quiltsbyheather.blogspot.com/2017/06/2017-q3-finish-long-goals.html
2017 Finish a Long (FAL) - http://www.shecanquilt.ca/p/2017-finish-long.html

Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 Q3 Finish-a-long Goals

Here are my Goals for this quarter, in no particular order (although to be fair, I did move the new projects to the top of the list since they are more likely to be completed).


#1 Boomerang - It's quilted.  Just needs binding!  Here is a photo of it on Gertie at Quilting-by-You.  The quilt was so large I had to use Gertie for the first time.  Gertie doesn't have a stitch regulator, like I am used to, so I was a bit intimidated, but once I got going I was okay.  Next time I think I will be able to do a more detailed quilting design.




#2 Ditto - Guess what.  Not only is the top complete, but the quilting is done as well.  All this quilt needs is binding!




#3 Glazed Donuts - As you probably know by now, I love Jaybird Quilt patterns.  When my local quilt shop had a going out of business sale I went in with projects in mind.  Can't wait to do this one.  Looking at this stack it looks like I need to pull a neutral from my stash...now to decide if I use white or black.  Black is my go to neutral, but if I keep this quilt for myself I could use white, as it will just be on my bed. Decisions, decisions.  I didn't get around to this quilt in Q2, so I am thinking it will be great to work on in Q3.


#4 Cinnamon Bun - Q2 was productive for me, as far as piecing and quilting goes.  Binding...not so much.  The top and quilting are complete, but guess what...the binding still needs to be done.  I don't hate binding, I just haven't sat down to do any lately.  Too many cute quilts to piece.






#5 Baby Quit #1 (girl) – This quilt just needs binding.





#6 Wall Hanging: Totem Poles – I haven’t worked on this in forever.  I either need to finish it or scrap it.  I really like the Totem Poles (there are two of them, but apparently my photo only shows one), but have learned better techniques to applique from the time I started this, so a decision needs to be made on if it’s going to actually be completed or if I will eventually abandon it.  I am going to Paducah at the end of April, and I am thinking this would be a good hand project to get out. 




#7 Grandmother's flower garden – Guess what.  I decided to machine quilt this one, so it is done, and ready for binding.  This may stay on the list for a while, as I want to bind it based on the babies gender, and that won't be known for quite a while.






#8 Licence Plate Quilt - This fabric is from a shop hop in 2015 and some plates from 2016, and needs to be made into a quilt.  I am thinking 1-2 borders on each plate, then piecing them all together.



 #9 Shop Hop Quilt - Last year I made a quilt with half of the kits I purchased during my shop hop.  The rest need to me put together into a second quilt.  Right now it's a pile of fabric for each row.



#10 Flower panels - While cleaning I found these, and had forgotten about them.  These panels are backed and need to be stitched and turned into a cute bag.  I have put this off for so long I think I am just going to toss these on the long-arm to do simple quilting (rather than trying thread painting), and make them into a quick and easy bag!



#11 Christmas Tree Wall hanging - I got this panel from a local quilt shop.  It just needs some borders and will make a cute wall hanging.  I know Christmas just ended, but if I do it now, it will be ready for next Christmas.


#12 - Owl Quilt - Here is the inspiration for the quilt.


#13 - Wolf Quilt - Here is the inspiration for the quilt.  I have purchased by fabric and will get started once a couple other, already in process, quilt are finished.

#14 Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - I am working on this quilt as a Block of the Month, so it won't actually get finished this quarter, but I don't want to lose track of it.



#15 Rainbow Layer Cake by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - All it needs is binding!




 #16 Refraction by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - The top is done, just need to buy backing, quilt and bind it.



#17 - Quilt for Ruby - I made the top in Q2, after buying the fabric on my trip to Paducah.  Just needs to be quilted and bound.


#18 - Quilt for Pearl - I made the top in Q2, after buying the fabric on my trip to Paducah.  Just needs to be quilted and bound.


#19 - Name for Ruby - Need to finish this.  It will either be a sign or a pillow.



#20 - Name for Pearl - Like the name for Ruby, I am making Pearl's name also into either a sign or pillow.  It will be made out of the leftovers of this fabric.


#21 - Banner for friend's quilt shop - I am making a banner for my friends quilt shop with Alphabet Soup (Jaybird Quilts) letters.



#22 - Lion - While at the Spring quilt show, I visited the Cherrywood table, and fell in love with their version of this lion.  I already had the pattern at home, so I purchased the fabrics.  I am hoping to make this quilt at retreat in August.


Those are my goal for Q3!  I hope to finish many of them!

#6 Baby Quilt 2 (known)



I finished goal number six from my Q2 goals.  At the time of the goal setting I had found out that the couple was having a boy, but I couldn't tell anyone as it was a secret.  

Since I had two quilts to make for the soon to be cousins I pick the Jaybird Quilts Glazed Donuts pattern, as it looked fun.  So I started with the pattern:


#7 Baby Quilt 3 (unknown)

I finished goal number seven from my Q2 goals.  At the time of the goal setting I did not know if the baby would be a girl or a boy, so I decided to go neutral on this quilt.  Then life got busy and I ended up not starting the quilt until after the baby was born... so instead of neutral I was able to make it girly.  I had plenty of time as the baby shower is during this holiday weekend. 

This is the second of the two Jaybird Quilts - Glazed Donuts quilts.  I hope the recipient and her parents like it.



Link to my goals: https://quiltsbyheather.blogspot.com/2017/03/q2-finish-long-goals.html
Link to the FAL: http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/06/q2-fal-its-time-to-link-up-your-finishes.html

Friday, March 31, 2017

Q2 Finish-A-Long Goals

Here are my Goals for this quarter, in no particular order (although to be fair, I did move the new projects to the top of the list since they are more likely to be completed).


#1 Boomerang - I love the Jaybird Quilts patterns and could not wait to make this one.  One of my local quilt shops is closing, so I picked up the fabric to make this quilt.  I started putting it together during Q1, and was able to get the top completed, but hopefully will quilt and bind it during Q2.



#2 Ditto - This is another Jaybird Quilt pattern that I plan to make this summer.  This quilt may end up on my sons bed, but I may decide to just keep it for the living room.  I have never been big on buying fabric for a specific project, but this is another quilt where I picked out fabric specifically for this pattern (from the closing quilt shop).



#3 Glazed Donuts - As you probably know by now, I love Jaybird Quilt patterns.  When my local quilt shop had a going out of business sale I went in with projects in mind.  Can't wait to do this one.  Looking at this stack it looks like I need to pull a neutral from my stash...now to decide if I use white or black.  Black is my go to neutral, but if I keep this quilt for myself I could use white, as it will just be on my bed. Decisions, decisions.


#4 Cinnamon Bun - Have you caught on the the pattern yet? I love Jaybird Quilt patterns!  This is another quilt where I bought the fabric at my local shops going out of business sale.  I started cutting fabric for this quilt the other night and am excited to finish this top, and then quilt it up.



#5 Baby Quit #1 (girl) – One shop closed and a new shop opened. My friend just opened a quilt shop in my hometown, which is right across the river from where I live.  This new shop is an 8 minute drive from my house, and could be dangerous to my budget.

Have you hear of the online shop Quilt Addicts Anonymous ?  Well she now has a brick and mortar shop in Rock Island, IL.  While attending a workshop at the new store, a batch of pretty grey and white fabrics were delivered.  I had the Jaybird Quilts - Comet pattern at home (also available in her shop) and after staring at the pattern while at the shop and then mulling it over for a couple days decided it would make a cute baby quilt.   The top went together really quickly, now I just need an appointment at the longarm, so I can quilt it before the baby arrives in August.


#6 Baby Quilt 2 (known) & #7 Baby Quilt 3 (unknown) - For items #6 & #7 on my list I will be making the Glazed Donuts pattern by Jaybird Quilts.  I normally don't do the same baby quilt for two different babies, but I have made a few exceptions over the years, when my sister and my cousin both had twins.  Although these two babies aren't twins, they are going to be cousins, and they are due within a month of each other.  I grew up with the father's of these two babies, and regularly see the Mother and Sister of the two brothers. One brother knows the gender of the baby (but it's a secret still, so I can't say...even though I know) and the other brother isn't going to find out the gender until the baby is born.  So I will be making quilt #6 based on the babies gender and quilt #7 will be in neutral colors.






#8 Wall Hanging: Totem Poles – I haven’t worked on this in forever.  I either need to finish it or scrap it.  I really like the Totem Poles (there are two of them, but apparently my photo only shows one), but have learned better techniques to applique from the time I started this, so a decision needs to be made on if it’s going to actually be completed or if I will eventually abandon it.  I am going to Paducah at the end of April, and I am thinking this would be a good hand project to get out. 




#9 Grandmother's flower garden – I made great progress on this quilt during Q1.  Now I just need to finish it.  I decided to applique it on to the border fabric, and then will quilt and bind it.  The jury is still out on if I will hand quilt it, or if I will machine quilt it.




#10 Licence Plate Quilt - This fabric is from a shop hop in 2015 and some plates from 2016, and needs to be made into a quilt.  I am thinking 1-2 borders on each plate, then piecing them all together.



 #11 Shop Hop Quilt - Last year I made a quilt with half of the kits I purchased during my shop hop.  The rest need to me put together into a second quilt.  Right now it's a pile of fabric for each row.



#12 Flower panels - While cleaning I found these, and had forgotten about them.  These panels are backed and need to be stitched and turned into a cute bag.  I have put this off for so long I think I am just going to toss these on the long-arm to do simple quilting (rather than trying thread painting), and make them into a quick and easy bag!



#13 Christmas Tree Wall hanging - I got this panel from a local quilt shop.  It just needs some borders and will make a cute wall hanging.  I know Christmas just ended, but if I do it now, it will be ready for next Christmas.


#14 - Owl Quilt - Here is the inspiration for the quilt.


#15 - Wolf Quilt - Here is the inspiration for the quilt.  I have purchased by fabric and will get started once a couple other, already in process, quilt are finished.

#16 Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - I am working on this quilt as a Block of the Month, so it won't actually get finished this quarter, but I don't want to lose track of it.


#17 Rainbow Layer Cake by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - I took this as a class from the designer - Stephanie, and hope to have it done this quarter.  I have all of the blocks sewn, but need to decide on the layout, as I don't like the dark purple triangles at the top.





 #18 Refraction by Quilt Addicts Anonymous - I bought fabric and pattern kit from Quilt Addicts Anonymous and want to make it this quarter.  I just love the bright colors.



Those are my goal for Q2!  I hope to finish many of them!

Abandoned Projects from last quarter’s list

Tissue Holders - I started these probably 5 years ago.  There are parts for at least 25 holders.  I started to work on this Q4 last year and realized that the pieces I had cut were either side A or B, but the A ones didn't coordinate color-wise with the B ones.  As such I have made the decision to abandon this project and provide the pieces to my friends who own a long-arm shop and make tissue holders for craft fairs they attend. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Q1 Finish - #7 Midnight Flight

I took the Midnight Flight class from Bonnie Hunter during her visit to my local guild during the Summer of 2016. I completed the quilt top during Q4 of 2016, but still needed to quilt it.  I am happy to say it is now complete and ready for use on my bed.

The Blue and Orange I really wanted to stand out as those are the colors for my favorite Football team (Chicago Bears)!




Friday, March 10, 2017

Q1 Finish - #12 - Darth Vader quilt

This quilt was made for my Nephew's 6th birthday.  It may look just like a quilt I completed last year, and that's because it is the exact same panel, I made for my son's birthday.  When my son opened his quilt last year I could tell that my nephew really liked the quilt and was possibly a bit jealous of it. As such I started hunting for another kit...and couldn't find one.  Fast forward to quilt retreat in October, and a shop owner who was attending showed the panel she completed, and I asked if she knew where I could find it for sale, and she said she had 2 left in stock.

I purchased one right then and there, and she mailed the kit a few days later.

I did use a different backing and binding on this one, as my son was really concerned they may mix them up (even though the labels have their names).



Finish-a-long: http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/03/q1-of-2017-fal-its-time-to-link-up-your.html

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Q1 Finish - #8 Tula Pinks - 100 modern blocks

During the summer and fall of 2016 I participated in the #100blocks100days challenge on Instagram. The challenge consisted of posting one completed block a day for 100 days.  I successfully completed the challenge, with only a couple of delayed postings due to life or technical issues.  

I finished the top during Q4 of 2016, and was able to quilt and bind it this quarter.