Feb ‘19 OMG

My February 2019 One Monthly Goal is to finish the quilt top for the Memoir quilt that I will be giving to my friend, Kristen, to celebrate her getting her Master’s in Social Work in May. I am using the Memoir quilt pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics that was included in a quilt kit that I purchased last year from Hawthorne Supply Co featuring the AGF Splendid collection. I finished doing all the cutting yesterday and sewed the first three pieces together for 16 blocks:

Below is photo of the pattern and the fabrics included in the quilt kit. The fabric on the far right is the binding fabric, and I actually purchased a half-yard extra of it (Flowered Medley in Splendid) after the kit arrived, when I saw that only 1/3 yard was included for binding using 1.5” strips for binding. That’s too narrow of a binding for me!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Feb ‘19 OMG.

 

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Random Intention Baby Quilt Finished!

I have completed the first finish of my 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals thanks to my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us whom I got to know after she started commenting on my blog posts over a year ago. I’ve shared with her that I’m much more comfortable with the piecing and design aspect of quilting than the actual quilting, and one thing led to another, and on 12/31/18 I sent my Random Intention Quilt Top that I designed and made in September 2017 as part of a fat quarter contest to Roseanne to quilt it for me. And am I ever glad I did! I had a basic orange peel quilting motif in mind, and Roseanne took my idea and ran with it. And then she came up with a perfect idea for quilting the borders which I had not even thought about. Roseanne shared about quilting Random Intention in her Quilting on A Friend Going Home post. I received the quilt on Friday (Jan 25th), spent part of my weekend binding it, and was actually able to take some outside shots of it because it was a sunny day, and the New Mexico winds were hardly blowing. Below is a pic of the front of the finished 36” x 36” baby quilt.

Here is a close up of the quilting:

This is the back of the quilt:

And a close-up of the quilt label that I intentionally did not put a top border on as I often do (see my Quilt Label Tutorial) because I wanted the label to blend better with the hedgehog backing fabric.

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out and am thinking about putting it up on my bedroom wall. Photo below just added:

Linking up to Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday, and I will be linking up to the 2019 Qtr 1 Finishes when that Linky Party opens in early April.

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My Biggest DrEAMi! Project Ever

Sandra with MMM Quilts has a monthly link-up for people to share their DrEAMi! (Drop Everything and Make It!) projects, which I have linked up to in the past. Sandra also refers to these kind of projects as squirrels which I think is also an accurate description of these spontaneous projects. Anyway, I was off from work for the Martin Luther King holiday on 1/21/19 and happened across a blog post by Carole@From My Carolina Home where she shared about the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. Carole requested new or nearly new bedsize quilts for victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael which inspired my first 2019 DrEAMi! project. I definitely did not have an extra bedsize quilt on hand that I could donate, so I decided to make a 76” x 76” quilt top using the free Fat Quarter Shop Layers of Charm Quilt Pattern. I first saw a quilt made with this pattern on Kitty at Night Quilter’s blog, and I absolutely love her version of it (and her awesome photography) featuring Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection. In my stash I had a layer cake each of Modern Background Paper and Ink as well as a charm pack of each, and I decided that these fabrics would be perfect for a fairly large gender-neutral quilt that could be donated to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. (I seem to be on a roll recently with gender-neutral quilts!)

I made my quilt larger than the pattern by adding an extra row and column of blocks and opted for a random design, so that I could get this quilt top quickly made. (Almost all of the first column is hanging off the left side of the bed in the above pic). I will definitely make this pattern again if I need another quick finish. Just this morning I filled out a Quilter Needs Longarm Services form (link on Carole’s post) and hope to send off this quilt top and backing (black Carolyn Friedlander Widescreen) on Monday.

Linking up to MMM Quilts: DrEAMi! #24 and From Bolt to Beauty: Brag About Your Beauties

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Mercyful Quilt Top Finished

My January goal was to finish a gender-neutral quilt top for the quilt drive organized by Bernie of Needle & Foot for Mercy Hospital hospice patients. The quilts are used to comfort dying patients and then are given to their families to keep. I have a personal connection to Mercy Hospital as I grew up in Sacramento, CA, and my mother was a pink lady there (the adult equivalent of a candy striper). For my donation to this worthwhile cause, I made 25 Antique Tile Blocks (online tutorial by Piece N Quilt) using a Carolyn Friedlander Doe layer cake plus some additional yardage from some of Carolyn’s other collections. This past weekend I sewed the blocks into a quilt top that measures 60” x 60”, and this project went together faster than I thought it would, thanks to my best friend helping to press the blocks.

I will be sending this quilt top off to Jess@ Threaded Quilting Studio for her amazingly talented longarm quilting. I follow her on Instagram (@threadedquilting), and I have saved many of her posts to my Pinterest Longarm Quilting Board.

Linking up to Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday. I am also linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Jan ‘19 OMG Finishes.

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Quilts for Delhi Quilt Top

One of my 2019 Quilting Goals was to make a gender-neutral quilt top to donate to Quilts for Delhi, but a week or so ago I remembered that I had made a quilt top in 2017 that definitely is not “girly.” I was going to use it to practice my quilting skills. Well, I’m not saying that I’m never going to quilt a project that is bigger than a baby quilt, but I much prefer piecing quilts, and I’m itching to do more quilt design when I get EQ8 in a couple months. So, I was happy to send off this quilt top today to Katie (@katikat21 on Instagram).

The pattern is Forest Daybreak by Brenda Ratliff, and it is described as a “great beginner improv project”. It was featured in the May/June 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork, but a PDF pattern is now available for purchase and immediate download.

Linking up to My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday.

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2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals

I have four projects that I hope to complete in the first quarter of 2019.

The first one is a gender-neutral Mercyful Quilt made from Carolyn Friedlander fabrics that will be donated to a hospice patient at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, CA, and will eventually be given to that patient’s family. I have made 15 of the 25 blocks needed for this quilt top and am still deciding if I going use Kona Medium Grey sashing or not. Sashing will give the eye a place to rest, but part of me likes the lively energy that is created when the blocks are right next to each other. All opinions are welcome! Below is a pic of six of the blocks:

The oldest UFO on this list is my Random Intention quilt top. My friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us has graciously agreed to machine quilt it for me. I’m still thinking I might want to try scrappy binding with this quilt.

The third quilt I hope to get finished is my Rainbow Autumn Chain quilt top that I will be sending out for quilting in the next month or so.

The final project is the most “iffy” of the four.  A few months ago I purchased a Memorium quilt kit from Hawthorne Supply Co with the intention of making the Memorium quilt to commemorate my friend, Kristen, getting her master’s  in social work this May. I’m sure I will have it completed by graduation day but maybe not this quarter. Below is a pic of the front of the pattern with the beautiful fabrics in the kit. I especially love the fabric on the far right that I will use for binding.

Linking up to 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals.

 

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Jan ‘19 OMG

My January 2019 One Monthly Goal is to make a quilt top that eventually will become a Mercyful Quilt that will be donated to a hospice patient at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California. I recently ran across the Antique Tile Quilt Block Tutorial by Piece N Quilt and have decided to make a gender-neutral lap-sized throw quilt comprised of 25 Antique Tile blocks using fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander. I’ve had a Doe layer cake in my stash for a few years and also have purchased some yardage from some of her other collections.

I finished one block today—only 24 more to go!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Jan ‘19 OMG.

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