Friday, March 29, 2013

I Finished My March Goal!

I finished my March's goal for "A lovely Year of Finishes" last night.  Just in time again :)  I had the FMQ part done but thought something was missing.  I decided to add some hand quilting and glad I did.  I love how it turned out! 
The hand quilting ties in with the embroidery well.  I FMQ'd my usual loopdy-doos on the blocks leaving the embroidered center and the sashing.  The blank white looked boring and unfinished.  I chose the same red floss I used in the blocks since it would pick up the red corner stones and binding.  So glad I did! And so glad it's finished! :)
About the quilt:
Pattern: Embroidery 101 QAL with Clover and Violet here 
Fabric: "Just Wing It" by Momo for Moda and some Kona White
              red binding and corner stones from my stash
DMC embroidery floss
measures almost 60" square
Linking up to the March finishing party here!



 A Lovely Year of Finishes

And the small blog link party at Lily's Quilts!

Lily's Quilts

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My March goal...

Is it the 3rd month already?  Time flies but at least I'm getting things finished!  If it wasn't for this group, these quilt tops would still be folded in a pile.  So for my March goal in The Lovely Year of Finishes is going to be another quilt top.  It needs to be basted, quilted and bound.  I know this will be the 3rd one but I feel better starting new projects if these tops get made into actual quilts :)

This is my top from the Embroidery 101 QAL over at Clover & Violet from 2011.  This was my second top that had embroidery in it.  I chose to sash my blocks with corner stones to make it a bigger size.  You can see the blocks in detail here as well as the blocks I've made so far from her other QAL "Garden Steps". I'm not caught up on that one :)
The backing and binding are all ready to go!  Now I just need to decide how to quilt it.  That is always the hardest part for me. Wish me luck!! :)
To see other March goals in The Lovely Year of Finishes go here 

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pattern Testing

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been testing a couple of patterns.  Paper piecing to be exact which is one of my favorite things to do.  And I just can't say enough good things about them!  I absolutly loved them.
"Pointy Star"

Esther is the talent behind these wonderful stars that have endless possibilities with color and design.  I had a very hard time deciding what fabric to use and which direction to take them. 

"Dizzy Star"
Each block measures 10.5 unfinished and each PDF contains several color ideas/options, a coloring page and of course the pattern itself.  Her information is pretty straight forward and easy to follow for anyone who has paper pieced before. Please note that this is an intermediate pattern and there are no directions on how to paper piece for beginners.  But please don't let that stop you ! :)  Once you have gotten the hang of this fun quilting technique, they are easy to follow and simple to make.  A must have for anyone that loves to paper piece!
To purchase these patterns, go to Craftsy, here and here.  You can also try out her Freedom Star pattern for free here.
I also joined a new quilt along over at Gen X Quilters.  The Sisters' Ten BOM started back in January but I had to wait for my fabric to come before I could start but I'm happily caught up now :)  I chose to use "Chicopee" by Denyse Schmidt in the Push Pop colorway and paired it with some Yarn-Dyed Essex in Black.  I love it!!  Here are my blocks so far:
Thanks for stopping by!
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