Saturday, November 30, 2013

November accomplishments, December goals

For November, my top goals where
1.  Finish quilting the pony quilt. 
Done!  Cupcakes, rainbows, and hearts, oh my!

2. Finish the surprise mini (bind) Done!  With the smallest sneak-peak ever - the back corner in B&W.

3. Finish the top of the picture quilt.
I didn't finish it.  I ended up using Spoonflower to print the pictures.  It took a little longer because of the queue time, but so far I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I was rather nervous since I wouldn't be able to check the pictures as they came out and pretty much got one shot at it, but the quality is good and I'm hoping the quality will stay that way longer than the ink jet fabric.  They're slightly on the dark side, but still look good.  I have one row of three done, but all of the framing is finished.

And the other things that are still on the list, hanging out:

7. Aunt's throw.  The blocks are now in pairs.  I want to lay it out again and double check the values before I put them together in 4s.

8. Pillow for family room.  Progress!  Although I still need to add quite a bit to have it cover the pillow.

13. Baby quilt - Urban Cabins.
  I ran out of blue for the sashing, but made a lot of progress on it this month while waiting for the picture fabric to arrive.

14. Christen's T-shirt quilt.  I did get a few more squares finished.  I ruined one of the T-shirts and am trying not to think about it.  It doesn't look like a super special one and I could do some creative stuff with it, but in the meantime I'm ignoring that square.
22. Quilt Grandma's quilt (ideally by Christmas) - in progress

For December, my top goal (and the goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes) is
1. Finish the picture quilt.  I have everything framed, but need to finish putting them together, quilt, and bind.  Hopefully before Christmas.  I should be in fine shape unless December gets significantly busier than I expect.

I also would like to
2. Quilt Grandma's quilt (this needs to be finished in order to finish number 1.)

3. Work on the T-shirt quilt.

And the other things that are still on the list, hanging out:

4. make the wall hanging for office.
5. pretend to work on scrap quilt.
6. finish green coasters.
7. Aunt's throw. 
8. Pillow for family room.
9. Jeweled floors.
10. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt)
11. Baby girl daisy quilt
12. Baby paper airplane quilt
13. Baby quilt - urban cabins
15. Winter quilt
16. Orphan rocket block
17. Quilt mint green baby quilt
18. Quilt nautical quilt
19. Quilt a doll quilt (for Christmas?)

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I'm in the middle of a gazillion things right now.  But here are two...

I started quilting Grandma's Christmas quilt.  It is going to have swirls on the outside.  I was a little nervous about swirls, but they are turning out ok.

I also worked on Urban Cabins.  Then I realized I didn't have enough blue for the it's on hold until I can get more.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cupcakes, unicorns, and hearts

I finished quilting my niece's very girly quilt. :D  (This is my finish for A Lovely Year of  Finishes.)

In the purple and pink octagons I put cupcakes, similar to the cupcakes on the border.  I traced around a paper template to make them as I'm not comfortable enough to completely freehand it.  In the unicorns I put hearts, and in the square heart sections I did arcs to mimic rainbows.  It was the first time I've used my circle ruler templates.  I learned that I can't use the same template the whole time and get them to look like rainbows, but I can use the same one twice before the arcs start looking too bad.

In the background I did my normal meandering stars in a light pink thread and feathers in the border.  It was my first time doing feathers and for the most part they turned out pretty well.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charming - finished

I made this baby blanket, Charming, for a couple that just had their first baby.  While I didn't quite get it to them before the baby arrived, it was there within a few days.

I used some charms that I had won from AppliqueAddict a while ago.  I added a few more blues.

The quilting is a normal stipple in light grey thread.  Not the most exciting, but I also feel as though I'm getting the flow of it down pretty well...there were a lot fewer sharp corners.

I bound it in black sateen.  I was really hoping for a dark grey, but that wasn't a color option.  Then the light grey and blue didn't have enough in stock in the store.  So I went on a limb and went with black.  It does make it rather dark, but I kind of like the effect.

Linking up with Whoop-whoop Friday Link A Finish Friday, and Finish it Up Friday