To-Do Tuesday 110 Weekly Progress Update

 To-Do for the week of Sept 14th-20th:

  1. Work on the Fritz & Fred Foxes block for the North Stars quilt for my SIL Sharon. √Done
  2. Stitch a grey Sashiko square with variegated turquoise floss. √Done
  3. Finish pulling fabric for our family Blakely Sew-Along. √Done

To-Do #1

For the last 24″ square block for Sharon’s North Star quilt, I made the Fritz & Fred Foxes block. I used the a red grunge fabric for the foxes and the same coordinating fabrics as I used for the Brown Bear block. I was able to get the quilt top finished on Sunday and will share about it in the OMG post I’ll write in the coming week.

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To-Do #2

I used a plastic Sashiko stencil to trace the image of a Cherry Blossom (Sakura) and used my pretty variegated Caribbean perle floss to stitch the flower. I’m planning to make a set Sashiko coasters using this floss on grey cloth as a Christmas gift.

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To-Do #3

Here is my fabric pull for our Blakely family Sew-Along:

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To-Do for the week of Sept 21st- 27th:

  1. Take a Quilt Edge Finishings online workshop with Nicholas Ball through CraftyMonkies.
  2. Write my 2021 September OMG Finish post.
  3. Cut fabric for our family Blakely Sew-Along.
  4. Work on a simple I Spy quilt top.

Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal.

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To-Do Tuesday 109 Weekly Progress Update

 To-Do for the week of Sept 7th-13th:

  1. Make the second block for the North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon. √Done
  2. Start cutting fabric for the third North Stars block. √Done
  3. Write a post about my finished Ombré Lotus quilt. √Done

To-Do #1

For the second 24″ square block for Sharon’s North Star quilt, I made the Meredith Muskox block. I used three different Essex linen fabrics for the ox, more fussy cut squares and rectangles out of Tim Holtz’ Christmas Carol fabric, and some taupe, gold, and red fabric from my stash.

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To-Do #2

I had an unexpected time windfall Friday afternoon when our governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, gave state workers four hours of seasonal leave for all our hard work during the pandemic, so I not only got the pieces cut for the Reggie Reindeer block but was able to get it done on Sunday. It went together fairly quickly since it is the same color scheme as the muskox block, and I had already had some fussy cut Christmas Carol fabric plus some HSTs previously done.

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To-Do #3

Here’s the link to my Ombré Lotus Quilt Finished post.

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To-Do for the week of Sept 14th- 20th:

  1. Finish pulling fabric for our family Blakely Sew-Along.
  2. Work on the Fritz & Fred Foxes block for the North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon.
  3. Stitch a grey Sashiko square with variegated turquoise floss.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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Ombré Lotus Quilt Finished

In early July I opened a newsletter from Purple Daisies Quilting and fell in love with the Ombré Lotus pattern featured on their website. It is a Needle in a Hayes Stack pattern featuring Ombré Bloom by V and Co. for Moda. I had a Fairy Dust Jelly Roll on hand which has a similar color distribution as Ombré Bloom. I had to order a couple extra Ombré Fairy Dust half-yards to have all the necessary colors available for this quilt. Below is a pic at the local university where I like to photograph my large quilts. This one measures 81″ x 81″.

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I decided to paper-piece the units to make the quilt top. My main reason is that I did not want to trim the width of the jelly roll strips from 2.5″ to 2.25″ as was instructed in the pattern. So I made the choice to use my untrimmed jelly roll strips on an 8-inch equilateral triangle paper template which is a bit bigger than the pattern template. I found I was just a little short on fabric, so I purchased another Fairy Dust jelly roll knowing that I will use the leftovers for another quilt this year. It took me awhile to figure out the best way to match the odd angles of the triangles so the seams lined up, and using a basting stitch first and making any necessary adjustments before sewing the regular-stitch seam dramatically increased my precision. Here’s a close-up of the very center of the quilt top.

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The finished size of the original Ombré Lotus pattern is 62″ x 62″. Mine is quite a bit larger due to using a larger template size and as well as much wider borders (8 1/2″ rather than 3 1/2″). I know the quilt will shrink when I wash it, so I deliberately oversized it, so it will continue to look good on my bed. Here’s a pic with my Ombré Planner wall hanging behind it.

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The background fabric is Kona Titanium, and the binding is Turquoise Fairy Dust. Before I started quilting, I never realized how many different shades of grey there are. Some day I’m going to have to make some custom shams to replace my store-bought grey shams, so my greys go together better. I also love the dragonfly backing for this quilt in the photo below.

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The dragonflies are easier to see in the close-up below as is the pretty Sea of Stars quilting done by Cara at Sew Colorado Quilting.

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I love how she sent my quilt back to me with a ribbon tied around it:

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To-Do Tuesday 108 Weekly Progress Update

 To-Do for the week of Aug 31-Sept 6:

  1. Quilt and bind my Modified Fancy Forest Quilt. √Done
  2. Make the first block for the North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon. √Done
  3. Start cutting fabric for the second North Stars block. √Done

To-Do #1

Over the holiday weekend, I quilted and bound my Modified Fancy Forest Quilt (original pattern by Elizabeth Hartman). I quilted simple wavy lines and was able to avoid quilting over the black eyes and noses. I’m so glad to have finished this 27″ x 39.5″ wall hanging. These foxes and hedgehogs just make me smile.

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To-Do #2

For Sharon’s North Star quilt, I chose to make the bear block using brown grunge fabric for the bear. I had fun fussy cutting squares and rectangles out of Tim Holtz’ Christmas Carol fabric. And I raided my Christmas fabric bins and found the cardinal fabric with a light brown background and some olive green snowflake fabric. The bear looks darker in the photo below than it actually is.

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To-Do #3

I have all the pieces cut for the next North Stars block. I’ll keep you all in suspense until next week regarding which block I decided to make next 🙂

To-Do for the week of Sept 7th- 13th:

  1. Make the second block for the North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon.
  2. Start cutting fabric for the third North Stars block.
  3. Write a post about my finished Ombré Lotus quilt (Woo Hoo!).

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September 2021 OMG

My September 2021 One Monthly Goal is to make a throw-size Christmas North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon. Last year I made a North Stars Quilt to include in my Christmas decorating that has a white polar bear, two otters, a walrus, and a seal. When I showed Sharon the pattern and told her she could pick four of the blocks, she chose the muskox, the foxes, the reindeer, and the bear but requested it be a brown bear instead. We decided to use a muted Christmas palette of some dark and olive green, red with a tinge of brown, cream/brown, gold, and taupe/grey. I ordered some fabrics from Tim Holtz’ Christmastime collection that captured that palette perfectly, supplemented with several Essex Linen fabrics, and some fabrics from my stash. Below is a pic of the the pattern and the fabrics I pulled but of course after I took the photo, I added a couple other fabrics!

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: September 2021 OMG.

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To-Do Tuesday 107 Weekly Progress Update

To-Do for the week of Aug 24th-30th:

  1. Finish appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt and write my August OMG Finish post. √Done
  2. Make the binding for my Modified Fancy Forest Quilt. √Done
  3. Pull some fabric for a family Sew-Along in September. √Done

To-Do #1

I did finish appliquéing the petals and leaves on my Lotus Blossom quilt and was able to finish it with machine binding (which is SO much faster than hand-stitching the binding down on the back side of the quilt. It doesn’t look as good as my hand-stitched binding, but as they say “Finished is better than perfect!”). I wrote about my decision to appliqué the circle where the petals and leaves join in my August 2021 One Monthly Goal post.

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To-Do #2

I’m using the same Alison Glass Raven Kaleidoscope fabric for the binding for my Modified Fancy Forest quilt as I did in Lotus Blossom quilt above. It is ready to use over the Labor Day holiday.

To-Do #3

I am participating in a Blakely Quilt Sew-Along with several family members that starts mid-September. I’ve wanted to make a black/grey/white quilt for a long time, and when Meghan with Then Came June shared about her Black and White Blakely quilt, I felt inspired to make my own version. Some of you may remember me working on a “Blakely-esque” quilt in April. I explained about the family connection in this post. I only found two fabrics that I want to use from my stash, so I ordered more fabric over the weekend. I may add some grey solid fabric if it starts to look too busy.

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To-Do for the week of Aug 24th-30th:

  1. Quilt and bind my Modified Fancy Forest Quilt.
  2. Make the first block for the North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon.
  3. Start cutting fabric for the second North Stars block.

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August 2021 OMG Finish

My August 2021 One Monthly Goal was to appliqué by hand a lotus blossom on the lower half of a 41″ x 48″ quilt which was made using various widths of Ombré Metallic Dots Confetti fabric sewn together using the Lotus Blossom Quilt Pattern from Wefty Needle. I finished appliquéing the petals and leaves of the lotus blossom on Saturday but wasn’t happy with how the petals and leaves joined. I remembered that Sarah Fielke whose appliqué class I took in February through QuiltCon has a tutorial on her website on How to Make Perfect Appliqué Circles. I like how the little circle gives the lotus blossom a more finished look.

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The quilting was done by Sew Shabby Quilting using a pattern called Mist. The binding was made with Kaleidoscope Raven fabric. The backing fabric is a black and white lotus flower fabric ordered through Spoon Flower.

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: August 2021 OMG Finishes.

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To-Do Tuesday 106 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

To-Do for the week of Aug 17th-23rd:

  1. Start appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt. √Done
  2. Bind my Positivity quilt. √Done
  3. Make more progress on my Ombré Lotus project. √Done

To-Do #1

I did start to applique one of the petals for my Lotus Bloom quilt, but I was too heavy handed with the applique glue which came through the fabric. I know it is supposed to wash out, but I’m not sure I’m going to wash this quilt prior to gifting it. I imagine the applique won’t look quite as sharp once it is washed. At any rate, I have another petal prepped and will try it again shortly.

To-Do #2

 

I got my Positivity quilt finished on Sunday. For details about this project, please read my Positivity Quilt Finished post.

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To-Do #3

I also got my Ombré Lotus quilt top done on Sunday (it was a very productive day!) I put quite a few hours into getting it quickly pieced. Part of that was to clear the deck for other projects, and it was partly due to me wanting to be able to enjoy this quilt on my bed for a couple months before the holiday season. I’ve sent this quilt to Cara at Sew Colorado Quilting for her to quilt a lovely star pattern. Here is a close-up of the center of the quilt top:

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To-Do for the week of Aug 24th-30th:

  1. Finish appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt and write my August OMG Finish post.
  2. Make the binding for my Modified Fancy Forest Quilt.
  3. Pull some fabric for a family Sew-Along in September.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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Positivity Quilt Finished

I am so happy to share that I have finished my Positivity quilt for the Positivity Sew Along co-hosted by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts and Bernie of Needle & Foot. I’m thrilled to give another Mercyful quilt that will go to the Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California that gives quilts to their terminally ill patients to bring some measure of comfort to the person and their family as they go through the difficult process of dying. The family then keeps the quilt in the memory of the person who passed away. Below is a photo of the finished quilt.

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I chose the simplest layout due to time constraints (see some of the other lovely layouts here), but the seven different Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics give some visual and textural interest. The background is Charcoal, and the fabrics for the pluses are Cobalt, Turtle, Tiger, Pencil, Hope, and Mermaid. Below is a pic of the first 24 blocks I made in June:

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Melissa with Sew Shabby Quilting did the long-arm quilting. I chose a non-fussy motif called Van Gogh that works well with the simple pluses. I decided to bind the quilt with a slightly darker Kaleidoscope fabric called Raven. The binding is completely machine stitched, and I opted to show more of the binding on the front of the quilt because I wanted the raw edge inside the binding to be well-encased. When I trimmed the quilt, the batting peaked through occasionally on the edges which could potentially become visible especially after the quilt is laundered. I actually like the look of a chunky binding, though I’ve heard the quilt police don’t share my opinion, LOL! Below is a close-up of the quilting and binding that also shows a bit of the marbled grey backing fabric:

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Linking up to the Positivity Quilts Final Link-up hosted by Bernie at Needle and Foot.

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To-Do Tuesday 105 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

To-Do for the week of Aug 10th-16th:

  1. Cut the rest of the petals to be appliquéd on my Lotus Blossom quilt and start appliquéing them. Partially done
  2. Make more ombré triangles for my  Ombré Lotus project. √Done
  3. If time allows, start my EQ8 Foundation Blocks lessons. √Done

To-Do #1

I got the other five petals cut out to appliqué on my Lotus Bloom quilt, but I did not start appliquéing them. I did, however, come up with a better way to add the quarter-inch seam allowance that I will need when I start to needle turn these petals to attach them to the Lotus Bloom quilt. I used one of the curved acrylic templates that I purchased from Jen Carlton Bailly, and I incrementally moved the curved template as I was cutting and kept lining it up with the curve of the petal.

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To-Do #2

I have spent most of my free time this past week working on my Ombré Lotus project. Last week I shared that I decided to paper-piece the units for this quilt top. My main reason for doing that was the instruction in the pattern to cut down the jelly roll strips from 2.5″ to 2.25″. I just didn’t want to do that. So I made the choice to use my jelly roll strips without trimming them down on an 8-inch paper template which is a bit bigger than the pattern template. I found I was just a little short on fabric (if the jelly roll strips were even another inch or two longer, I would’ve been fine), so I purchased another Fairy Dust jelly roll knowing that I will use the leftovers for another quilt this year. I got all the triangles made by Friday and on Saturday I started sewing them together. It took me awhile to figure out the best way to match the odd angles so the seams lined up, and using a basting stitch first before sewing the regular-stitch seam is advisable even though I don’t always follow my own advice! Below is a pic of the first two rows without the background strips that will be added to make the quilt top bigger.

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To-Do #3

I spent some time on the first lesson of EQ8 Foundation Blocks. My heart wasn’t really in it. Hopefully fairly soon I will give more focus and time to increasing my EQ8 paper-piecing drafting skills as I really like the precision of paper piecing. Many of my favorite quilt designers primarily design paper-pieced patterns. Juliet of The Tartankiwi is particularly talented, and once again she tantalized me to purchase another one of her amazing patterns, Sleigh Ride, and she is hosting a Sleigh Ride Sew-Along. Her schedule won’t work for me as I have other quilting commitments. But I will be following the SAL and hope to make a table runner for the holidays later this year.

To-Do for the week of Aug 17th-23rd:

  1. Start appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt.
  2. Bind my Positivity quilt.
  3. Make more progress on my Ombré Lotus project.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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