Monday, September 01, 2014

September UFO Goals

This month, I've got 2 UFOs to complete!  One, is an absolute must finish!!!
This project, I just started last month.  I'm sure many of you will recognize this most recent free pattern that Quiltmaker Magazine mailed out recently!  I'm making a version of this for my sister who is getting married at the end of the month.  See what I mean when I say I have an absolutely must finish???

Now, once that quilt is's onto my real UFO for the month...
Original Fan Block
This was the original block...I pieced 42 of these fan blocks approximately 20 years ago.  And, when I say pieced, I mean terribly pieced (do you see how off that peach piece is???)!

Fan block trimmed down to 7"
Now, here is what I have done to all of those fan blocks.  Each fan has been trimmed to 7" square and a new triangle of brighter peach has been added.  Here's what I had in mind...sort of...
7" Fan block layout
Fan block accent borders
Then, with this lovely assortment of teal/turquoise, I thought I could add some color in block borders...
Fan block with accent borders layout
Fan quilt center
This is as far as it's gotten (I pulled it out - after 20 years - and got a jump start last month).  When an idea finally strikes, you kind of have to go with it!  So now, all that's left is the borders and finishing.  Anyone have a good name for this updated oldie???

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blocks of the Week Update!

I'm still working on my 2 blocks of the week projects:  Friends & Companions (Marcus Brothers) and Women of the Bible (Hoppin' Bobbin).
Friends & Companions - Block #4
This week, Pati Violick, Marketing Director for Marcus Fabrics, shared her block for the Friends & Companions sew-along.
Friends & Companions - Blocks 1-4
I'm still working completely out of my scrap basket.  So far, I haven't even had to cut into so much as a fat quarter.  It's no wonder, really, with all the little pieces going into these 8 1/2" blocks!
Women of the Bible - Block #3:  Sarah
 This week's Women of the Bible pattern was a 10" Patience Corner block for Sarah.  I guess if you wait until 90 years old to have your first child, this would certainly be an appropriate block!
Women of the Bible:  Blocks 1-3
Only 47 more weeks to go on this one!  Yep, we're just getting started!  

Oh, and did you see that Terry over at Terry's Treasures is starting a new Sew Along for the Moda Bake Shop Charming Stars quilt?  This quilt uses 3 charm packs and a few complimentary!  Click on the icon on my sidebar for more information!!!

Linking up to BOMs Away!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Women of the Bible - Block #2

Women of the Bible - Block 2 "Rachael (& Leah)"
This BOW is offered by Hoppin' Bobbin, FREE on Facebook!  All ya gotta do to sign up is go over and "like" their Facebook page!  Each block pattern will be available for only 2 weeks (after that you have to purchase the pattern set to get the instructions)...only one more week left to get the instructions for block #1!
Women of the Bible - Blocks 1&2
Linking up to Design Wall Monday, BOMs Away, and WIP Wednesday today!

Friends & Companions - Blocks 1-3

Anyone else still working on the Marcus Brothers "Friends & Companions" Sew-Along? 
"Sarah's Block" Friends & Companions - Block #3
"Sarah's Block" is the third block pattern released by Sarah Maxwell at Homestead Hearth.  It was another great block to work on, and took much less time to cut out than the previous blocks (because it was all HSTs)!  Sarah's directions were simple, had great photos, and provided a really fun layout for such simply constructed units!
Friends & Companions - Blocks #1-3
So, here is my first row of blocks, all together, from weeks 1-3.  I can't wait to see what the remaining 6 weeks have in store (week 10 will be finishing instructions and the big reveal)!  I'm assuming they will be set in a 3x3 design, but maybe not, and...  Straight rows or on-point?  Sashings?  Borders?  What do you think?

Linking up to Design Wall Monday & BOMs Away today!

Friday, August 15, 2014

August UFO Complete...Frontier Foundations

"Frontier Foundations"
"Frontier Foundations," began with the backing that Debbie and I purchased on our last fabric shopping trip together.  I think we just both really loved that "toile" look and it worked out great for a jumping off point in color selection for the quilt top.  Then it was off to the scrap basket for as many fabrics as I could find to complement the backing colors.
Suki, our 6 year old hound mix, posing in front of the house with "Frontier Foundations."  Since I completed this one before the middle of the month, I think I'm going to try and get a headstart on another of my more daunting UFO projects.  That way, I'll be more likely to get some of them finished in a month!
Frontier Foundations  
Prairie Women's Sewing Circle - Journey 3, Gathering 5
Pattern Designer:  Pam Buda, Heartspun Quilts
Quilting Design:  Freehand Meander  
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