Wednesday, May 29, 2013

W.I.P Wednesday!

This has been a pretty busy month.  It started with beautiful weather in the 80's.  I spent a lot of time outside working in the yard, planting a few things in the garden and went horseback riding several times.  It was so much fun.  We even saw some bear tracks!

Since the beginning didn't include my sewing machine, the end of the month did.  I put the binding on my #ALYoF goal (as you saw in my last post), played catch up with Bee blocks as well as getting caught up with some of my QAL blocks.

Stash Bee Hive #2 for Bri
she asked for the astrick block in blues and reds
tutorial here
 Stash Bee Hive #3 for Rachel
she asked for a bright scrappy swoon
tutorial here
I joined the Forest QAL a few months ago but got behind.  The blocks are paper pieced, are more advanced and quite time consuming-but I love them!!  I can't wait to put them all together.  You can find the group over on Flickr by clicking on the button on my side bar.
block #5 

Eurasian Jay by ShapeMoth
tutorial here
block #6
Elk by ShapeMoth
tutorial here
block #7
Slow Coming Spring by Sewing Under Rainbow
Tutorial here 
block #8
Red Panda by Badskirt
tutorial here
I think I have 3 more and I'll be all caught up :)  I also finished my blocks for the "Sisters 10 Modern QAL".  I just love these and can't wait to get them all put together.  I'm loving the Essex linen more with each block! 
April-Lady of the Lake
May-Aunt Eliza's Star
*edit*  I had planned on linking up to WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced but it won't work.  Anyone else having trouble?  


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finally Finished!

Originally this was my April goal for #ALYoF.  I was sooooo close but just couldn't get it done in time to link up.  So onto May's goal it went.

As you can see by the wrinkles, it has already been used during T.V time :)  And it is so hard to take a good photo of the whole quilt!  Sorry about that!!
I do love how it turned out though.  I hand quilted the whole thing with DMC floss in brown to match the embroidered words in each block. I also used a brown solid for the binding so the hand stitches really stand out.
Quilt stats:
Take Time To...
Embroidery pattern by Caroline Lewis
of "The Contented Quilter"  2010 BOM
you can find it here
patchwork block pattern by Me!
fabric: assorted scraps from my stash
backing: quilters print from Joann's
hand quilted with DMC floss
measures a little over 60" square
Linking up this finish here

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Quilt Entry...

As many of you know, it's time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I've always just admired everyones entries and voted for my favorites but this time I've decided to enter one of my own. I chose my Soccer Quilt to be entered in the 2-color quilt category. 

This is one of my favorites!  You could go in so many directions with this pattern. So many possibilities :)  The original tutorial called for larger squares but I went with the smaller 2 1/2" square.  Perfect for charm squares!
Quilt stats:
48" x 58"
block tutorial I followed here
original tutorial here
assorted prints from my stash
2" sashing
FMQ by Me!  in a loopdy-doo design in the blocks
and straight line quilting in the sashing
A previous post on this quilt can be found here.
Please head over to the festival to check out all the entries.  So many beautiful quilts!!  And voting starts tomorrow so pick your favorite :)



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