Finished at Last

Northern Lights wall hanging finished at last. This kit was purchased at the quilt shop in Juneau in June 2013 on my cruise to Alaska with my grandson. The top was finished right away but it’s taken me all this time to get up the courage to quilt the lights. I used nylon invisible thread and it worked wonderfully. So glad it’s done. 34″ x 25″

This shows the quilting better.

2013 UFO’s

I am woefully behind on my blog posting. But that doesn’t mean nothing has been going on. I’m also behind on reporting my UFO finishes. Let me just catch up the past few months.

October was number 7. That’s my Asian Sampler quilt. While I didn’t complete the quilt, the real challenge for me was to get these 12 blocks into a top. And, that is complete!

November was number 3. For me it was Sloane’s Happy Quilt. This is my granddaughter’s Christmas present. One of them anyway. Finished earlier this year.

December was an easy one. Number 10 is a preemie quilt that I finished to use up some pastel fabrics that weren’t playing well with my stash. Finished.

And, I’ve finished my bonus, number 13. My 2012 Keyhole quilt. Finished in August and given to my niece who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

This was a very good year for finishes for me. Also, a good year for donations. I’ve donated 20 pillowcases, 5 quilt tops, and 6 finished quilts to charity. It feels good to get these out of my house and doing some good locally and across the country.

Check out Marti’s posts at 52quilts.com for more finishes.

Easy Street Mystery


Easy Street is finished. This is the 2012 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. The pattern is only available on her web site until June, then it becomes part of one of her future books. So I won’t link to the page. 

I can’t believe I started and finished the quilt all within five months. The mystery started on November 23rd, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving.

As usual, Bonnie’s quilts are a little too big for me so I made 3/4 of the number of units. As it turned out, for this pattern, I could have gotten away with far fewer units.

So I made a second, mini version without borders, which will make a really cute baby quilt. I actually finished the mini-version first because it was so quick to put together.

 

Every scrap of fabric in both versions is completely from my stash, mostly my 2″ and 3.5″ strip bins. Even the 3.5 yards I used for the backing of the large version had been fermenting for quite a few years.

Full size: 75” square
Mini: 45″ square
Batting: Warm and Natural
Backing: Full size is a black on white all over feather patterned fabric. The 3.5 yards I had was not quite enough so I added a yard of purple down one side of the back. I like a slightly off center backing. The mini backing is a lavendar heart fabric.
Quilting: Large meander in Gray thread
Binding: Full size is a purple from Connecting Threads; Mini is a turquoise Fusions

 

This is what it looks like on my queen bed laid over a cream coverlet.

See more posts about these two quilts here.

Roll Roll Cotton Boll (Blue)

This week I quilted and bound my version of Roll Roll Cotton Boll. I say blue in the title because I have a pink one in the works as well. This makes 10 finishes for the year, and it’s only April. This quilt is also number 1 on my UFO Challenge list which should have been completed in March. But better late than not at all.

All the fabric is completely from Stash. No new purchases to complete this one. Note even batting. It was pieced from leftovers too.

This top took a long time to finish because I really didn’t like the neutral string alternate block. I got the inspiration for the alternate block I chose from the Quiltville Yahoo Group photos. I really like how this turned out and it already has a home.

Size: 56” x 71”
Batting: Warm and Natural pieced
Backing: Purple and Blue pieced
Quilting: Large meander

See previous blog posts about this quilt here.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.

16-Patch and Pinwheel Finished

This pattern is free on Bonnie Hunter’s blog.

I started making pinwheels using some pre-cut triangles that were in a scrap bag that I won in a blog giveaway. Lot’s of rectangles, squares, and triangles. The fabric was not my favorite but I was determined to make scrap quilts from it. See my Scrappy Sassy Sixteen also made from these scraps.

The blocks are 6″ and I used a 7 x 9 setting, 42.5″ x 55″.

The cream is largely from an IKEA sheet. I added a 1.5″ gold border and a 3.5″ brown border to finish it off.

The finished quilt is 65.5″ x 53.25″. The border looks wavy in the picture below but it really isn’t.

For the back I used a cream on cream wide muslin. I’ve decided I’m not crazy about light backings. Shows every little glitch that happened while quilting.

The batting is Cream Rose. This is the first time I tried it and I don’t like handling it. It is much thinner than Warm and Natural and it seemed to pull apart easily.

I quilted an all over large meander using a YLI brown variegated thread on top and a cream on the bottom.

I used a bunch of green and gold left over binding strips to machine bind the quilt.

I had a lot of trouble quilting this on my Sapphire 850. Lot’s of broken and frayed thread and several broken needles. I’m not sure if it was the batting or the coarser muslin backing that was causing the problem, because I haven’t had this problem to this extent on other quilts. So there were a lot of thread tangles in brown on the cream back that I had to deal with.

Timeline:

7/1/2012 – Finished top
11/21/2012 – Sandwiched quilt with wide muslin backing.
12/30/2012 – Quilted top
1/27/2012 – Machine bound.

Progress posts:
Here
Here

Big Star – Judy’s Stash Project 2009

This project was started on Judy’s blog as a Stash project and finished yesterday.

At the beginning, I went gangbusters working on this until I got the top mostly finished in May of 2009 and there it sat for the next 3 years.

The colored fabrics are all pretty much the same and are from Jo-Ann’s. The cream is actually a sheet from IKEA.

I pieced together the backing from four different pieces of blue in my stash. The binding is the pink that matches the pink in the blocks. The batting is Warm and Natural that was pieced together from some large leftover pieces.

I quilted it with my favorite all over large meander. I love the texture it gives quilts.

The finished quilt is 64″ square. A good lap-size quilt. Judy’s version of the quilt has several more borders making it a bit too large for me.

Timeline:
4/19/2009 – Started making the blocks.
5/23/2009 – Finished the top center.
9/1/2012 – Final border added. Made the binding.
11/21/2012 – Made the backing. Sandwiched the top.
1/26/2013 – Quilted with all over meander.
1/27/2013 – Bound by machine.

Some progress posts:
Here
Here
Here