To-Do Tuesday #28 Weekly Progress Update

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February 2020 One Monthly Goal Finish

My February 2020 One Monthly Goal was to finish my Glimmers of Gold quilt top for my friend, Karla, who will be awarded her Doctorate in Education from Denver University this May. The long title for this project is Shades of Grey, Patches of Black, and Glimmers of Gold to describe Karla’s journey toward the achievement of this amazing accomplishment. The pattern is Sea Glass from the Sew Kind of Wonderful Mini Wonderful Curves book. It was designed to be a wall-hanging, but Glimmers of Gold is a small throw-size at 43” X 49.5”.

Below is a pic I took of Glimmers of Gold Swatch page in my Quilter’s Planner. I wish I could say that I do this with every project, but truth be told, this is the first time I’ve done this. I think it is interesting to look at how all the greys compare with each other.

I finished my Glimmers of Gold quilt top on Saturday. Overall it sewed up pretty easily though there are certainly a few seams that aren’t perfectly matched. (Like I’ve ever had a project that didn’t have any misaligned seams!!!) The Sea Glass pattern instructions recommend pressing the seams open when sewing the units into rows and then sewing the rows together. That’s generally how I press, but I did try one new thing with this project. I read a tip  by @blossomheartquilts on Instagram about using a finger presser to keep seams straight, so I ordered a Clover Finger Presser, and I found it helpful to open up the seams prior to pressing.

I will be sending it off today to The Modern Quilting Company (used to be My Long Arm Quilting Service), and the quilting pattern I’ve chosen is called Parallel Journey which I think is perfect for this project!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Feb 2020 OMG Finishes.

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To-Do Tuesday #27 Weekly Progress Update

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I Love Triangles!

My friend, Sarah, with Sarah Goer Quilts, has a fun monthly Linky party called Show Me Something. The theme this month is triangles. I decided to write a reprise post about my three favorite triangle projects. I’m going to start with my Blue Ombré HST quilt that I made in 2017 for my great-nephew, Jimmy, when he graduated from high school. This incredible pattern was designed by Sarah Goer, and it launched my love for color gradient projects. I blogged about this quilt in my Onward and Upward post, which also features another HST quilt that I made for Jimmy’s twin sister, Rachel.

The next project I want to include in this reprise post is the quilt I made for my stepdaughter, Alisha, when she married her wife, Wendy, in 2018. To learn more about this quilt, please see my Wedding Whirl Finished! and Wedding Whirl Quilt Top Finished posts. This was my first experience making paper-pieced half-square triangles which has become my preferred method for making HSTs.

And the last triangle quilt I want to share again is my Tranquility quilt which is on my bed right now. See my Tranquility Quilt Finished! post for details about this paper-pieced half-rectangle quilt that I made in 2019.

Linking up to Sarah Goer Quilts: Show Me Something with Triangles Linkup.

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To-Do Tuesday #25 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of January 28th-February 4th:

  1. Make a label for my Medallion Lanterns quilt. – √ Done
  2. Machine sew the binding for Medallion Lanterns on the front of the quilt and start hand-stitching it down on the back of the quilt.  – √ Done
  3. Write my One Monthly Goal post for February.– √ Done

To-Do #1/2

I got my quilt back from Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting on Thursday, and she did a lovely job quilting it with a simple motif called Serpentine. I had the quilt label ready (see photo of the label on the back of the quilt in the second pic below) and on Friday, I got this monster of a quilt  (91.5” x 96.5”) trimmed and the basting stitches removed around the 376” perimeter of the quilt. On Saturday I got the binding machine stitched to the front of the quilt and started hand-stitching it the back. And on Sunday, I finished hand-stitching the binding watching a marathon of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix and a little Super Bowl pre-game show. Woo hoo! The photo below shows my cat, Bug, on the quilt which was almost finished when she jumped up on the bed for the glamorous cat-on-quilt pic.

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February 2020 OMG

I’m very excited about my February 2020 One Monthly Goal. Karla, who is a long-time friend of mine, will be awarded her Doctorate in Education from Denver University this May. She is an exceedingly classy woman, and when I visited her house in Denver in January, I loved her redone living room in grey, black, and gold. It looks totally classy, just like my friend! I felt inspired to make her a small throw quilt to celebrate her amazing accomplishment and thought about Karla’s journey that included shades of grey, patches of black, and glimmers of gold. I had fun picking fabrics in this color palette and decided that I wanted to make a quilt out of the Mini Wonderful Curves book. All of the projects in the book use the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Mini Ruler. I’ve used the larger Quick Curve Ruler but hadn’t used the mini before. Fortunately it didn’t have much of a learning curve (ha!ha!). The four-inch units are quick to make, and I’ve made over 100 so far experimenting with different color and fabric/texture combinations. Below is a pic of the work in progress:

The pattern is called Sea Glass, and it is designed to be a wall-hanging. Mine will be a bit bigger at 42” X 49”. I’ll list all the fabrics used in my finish post at the end of the month. I plan to add one more fabric that isn’t shown in photo above. My February OMG is to get this quilt top completed.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: February 2020 OMG.

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