Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday UFO Finishes!!!

Woohoo!  I've got several finishes to report today...and my November UFOs are done.  Just in time, too, because I'm headed to MO tomorrow to drop them off when I go to help out with the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild Quilt Show in St. Robert!!!  Can't wait!
 Three finishes, and all three will be donated...
The baby quilt began with just 5 blocks.  I split one of the blocks and used two parts to create another block with 4-patches and a final block with 9-patches, thus making a lovely 6 block baby quilt.  This one is backed with the same pink polka dot fabric as in the borders and sashing.  It will go to welcome a brand new baby of a soldier at Ft. Leonard Wood!
I loved these blocks as soon as I saw them!  They are 14" and made up a beautiful quilt!  I didn't even think it needed a border being that each block was already bordered itself.  I just set them all together and backed it with an adorable neutral toile print and bound it in gold.  This quilt will go to a wounded warrior (or family of a fallen soldier) around Ft. Leonard Wood.
Last, but not least, is this cute Christmas sampler.  The blocks were rather "old fashioned" looking, but I really think this brighter green jazzed them up a bit.  I only had 8 block to begin with, so I dug out some "deep stash" Christmas fabrics and whipped up the card trick block in the upper left then sashed, bordered, backed and bound everything in the cheery green print.  This quilt will probably be gifted as a wheelchair quilt for a veteran just in time for the holidays!


Heather

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friends & Companions

I've been pretty behind on my blogging lately...so many projects, not enough time to blog about them, LOL!  Well, today, I have a finish to share!
This is the finished setting for Friends & Companions (a 10 week sew along from Marcus Brothers).  It came out so much better than I had hoped...I just love it!  For the blocks, themselves, I use all scrap basket fabrics and of course, that didn't even make a dent.  For the setting, I did cut into a couple of FQs for the black irish chains and used yardage for the remaining setting fabrics (I even had to go purchase a new black fabric for the first border and binding because I always run out of black fabric).
The backing used up the remainder of the neutral setting square fabric as well as a couple of other fabrics I'm not really fond of.  I'm especially happy to use up the last of that green...it's a blended fabric (not really sure where I got it from to begin with) and its is a real pain to work with.  Why did I use it in the first place?  Well, I just can't stand to toss out fabric, so I used it up!
This is where Friends & Companions currently lives...it fits nicely on my kitchen table!  And looks pretty good next to the quilt ladder of Prairie Women Sewing Circle quilts in the corner!
Bailey claims Friends & Companions!
Friends & Companions  
59x59"
Pattern Designer:  Marcus Brothers Designer Sew Along
Quilting Design (Panto):  Hearts Plus (Keryn Emerson, designer)

Heather

Thursday, November 06, 2014

November UFO Goals

Here's what's on my design wall right now.  I pulled out all of these donated block sets to see if I could finish them up this month for charity.  So, that's my November goal...3 quilts for charity!
First, is this set of OLD Christmas sampler blocks.  I haven't seen fabrics like these for a long time!  I'm sure I have some scraps in the deep stash that can work with them to whip up just one more block and then I'll probably just add some very simple sashing.  I may add a border, too, to hold it all in and make a nice size lap quilt.
Next up is this set of cuties...I think with a bit of added rosey pink, they might make a sweet baby quilt, so my plan is to split up the 4-patch snail trail block on the bottom and make two blocks out of it, pairing the snail trails with alternate rose-colored blocks.  Six blocks will make a good baby quilt with sashing and a small border.
 My last UFO will be this beauty...I can't imagine why someone wanted to donate these blocks because they are just gorgeous!!!  It looks like this on may have been a civil war repro block of the month.  There are 12 blocks and each is already framed, so I'll probably set them right next to each other as is and add a border.  This one will make a really nice quilt for a fallen soldier's family!

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes!

Heather

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Finishes!

Winding down another month and I have two more quilts completed.  I can't believe that in just 2 short months we'll be saying goodbye to 2014!

"Happily Ever After" began the month as a set of jewel blocks.  I set them together, floated with a white border and then a multicolored outer border.  I think it came out really cute, perfect for a couch cuddle quilt, so I gifted it to a friend's daughter on her wedding day!


Happily Ever After
68x76"
Quilting Design (Panto):  Holly's Hearts (Patricia Ritter, designer)

Charming Stars has been my leader & ender project for the last couple of months while joining in with Terri's Treasures sew along.  I began with Moda's Odds & Ends charm pack and the brown tone on tone for the stars really brought everything together!  


Charming Stars
74x74"
Pattern:  "Charming Stars" Moda Bake Shop (free pattern)
Quilting Design (Panto):  Double Rose Vine (Simple Quilting Stitches)

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes, 52 Quilts, and the Charming Stars Sew Along.

Heather

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIPs Today...

What works in progress do I have going on today?  Well...

1.  Blocks #10&11 are finished for the Women of the Bible Quilt Along.
2.  The top is all finished for Friends & Companions Quilt Along and ready to be quilted (after I get the backing pieced together).  I've already made the binding in anticipation of getting it done!
3.  No real progress had been made on the Thai quilt, but that's my piecing station project for the next couple of weeks.  I'm hoping to get it finished by the end of the month...fingers crossed!  It still needs 8 more blocks to be pieced...
4.  Charming Stars is now quilted and I'm currently stitching down the binding in the evenings while DH has the TV turned on.  It even has it's label and hanging sleeve on!  Am I the only person that puts a hanging sleeve onto everything just in case I ever want to hang it (BTW, I rarely ever hang anything - and I use the flat sleeve method instead of the folded quilt show variety).

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and BOMs Away!

Heather