March 2020 OMG Finish

My March 2020 One Monthly Goal was to make a high school graduation quilt top for my great-nephew, Hayden, with fabrics related to camping which is a major family activity/interest as well as some fabrics that reflect a few of his other interests such as fishing, bicycling, and cowboy hats and boots. I used Amy Ellis’ Soirée Quilt Pattern and cut all of the snowball triangles from one fabric (Kona Cadet) with the background fabric being Kona Windsor. It will be a nice size throw quilt at 54” x 72”.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: March 2020 OMG.

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March 2020 OMG

My March 2020 One Monthly Goal is to make a high school graduation quilt top for my great-nephew, Hayden. Over the last few months, I’ve been accumulating fabrics to use in this quilt with the theme primarily being camping which is a major family activity/interest, but I’ve also purchased some fabrics that reflect some of his other interests such as fishing, bicycling, and cowboy hats and boots. Below are some of the 5” squares that I’ve cut. I will need a total of 54 squares, so I will be cutting 2-4 squares from 18 different fabrics.

I needed to fussy cut most of the above squares which I both love (for the opportunity to feature specific items) and dislike (because of how much fabric I end up wasting). I do have a fussy cutting tip to share that I learned from the amazing Elizabeth Hartman at Glamp Stitchalot 2016. For my 5” squares, I cut 4.5” squares of freezer paper and centered the square over the image I wanted to cut and then pressed the freezer paper square shiny side down. Then I placed my ruler on the square and added a 1/4” seam allowance around each side to get a 5” fussy cut square. See my deer fabric below after cutting two squares and getting ready to cut one more. I’ve been watching a lot of old Great British Baking Show episodes on Netflix, and the bakers often talk about feeling “gutted.” That’s what I feel I do to my fabric when I fussy cut!

I will be using Amy Ellis’ Soirée Quilt Pattern for Hayden’s quilt, but I will be cutting all of the snowball triangles from one fabric (Kona Cadet) and the white in Amy’s pattern will be Kona Windsor.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: March 2020 OMG.

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Stargazer (Modified) Quilt Finished

I have a favorite finish to share on Meadow Mist Designs: Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup – February 2020.

It is my modified Stargazer quilt which I started last year through participation in Rebecca Bryan’s Block of the Month program. I originally was going to use the main colorway in blue, green, and turquoise fabrics (after all, anyone who knows me is aware those are some of my very favorite colors). Take a look at Rebecca’s finished Stargazer quilt. Isn’t it awesome!?! I decided to switch out the green solids for purple solids because purple is the favorite color of my best friend (also named Mary) who is the recipient of this quilt.

I completed all the units and cut the base triangles cut by the end of December, and on first day of 2020, I started to sew the chevron arms of the quilt top together but struggled getting the seams to line up, and I wasn’t having fun (I realized after the fact that if I had nested my seams rather than pressing them open, I would’ve had an easier time).

I spent a little time looking at Modern Triangle Quilts (also by Rebecca Bryan), and that night, when I couldn’t sleep well at all, I started redesigning in my head the chevron sections of my soon-to-be-modified Stargazer quilt, using some quarter base triangle units from Rebecca’s book, which would also eliminate the matching of many other seams of the blocks that surround the chevron units. I eventually decided to modify the Stargazer quilt highlighting the block I like best (Rebecca calls it the Starbucks block) using purple and blue solids.

I had the quilt top done by mid-January and sent it out for quilting to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting, choosing the Pick-Up Sticks quilting pattern to accentuate the variety of angles in my modified Stargazer quilt, and using a pretty wide-back batik fabric for both the backing and binding. Below are several pics I took this morning at our local plaza park. The third photo which shows the full quilt hanging straight really is too dark, but I like how it highlights the center of the quilt.

 

And here’s a pic of the back of the quilt on the dry winter grass.

My friend, Mary, is on a trip and will return on Monday. I can’t wait to give this finished quilt to her!

I’m also linking up to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday being hosted this week by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

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