May ‘19 OMG

My May ‘19 One Monthly Goal is to make the Month 2, Month 3, and Month 4 blocks for the Stargazer Block of the Month (BOM) that was created and is being hosted by Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts. Be sure to click on the Stargazer Block of the Month link above to see Rebecca’s awesome mock-up of the Stargazer quilt. Making this quilt is one of my 2019 goals, but until a couple weeks ago, all I had done was purchase some of the Kona solids needed for this project. I finally completed the Month 1 units this week. Below is a pic of those units on/around my new felt letter board (isn’t it cute!?!).

I’m thrilled to have finally started this BOM and can’t wait to see how it comes together.

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

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Dog Adoption Celebration Quilt

My friend, Laura, adopted a very special dog last month. She named him Ishwa which means Spiritual Teacher. I absolutely believe that we can learn much from our animals, and they often seem to understand us in ways that the human species can’t truly fathom.  My best friend, Mary, and I decided that we wanted to make a baby-size quilt for Laura and Ishwa to commemorate the beginning of their journey together. While we don’t exactly know what Ishwa’s genetic make-up is, it seems likely that he has some Husky and Malamute in him.

The two feature fabrics for this quilt are Husky and Malamute fabrics that I found on Spoonflower. While waiting for the fabric to arrive, I designed a simple 36” x 36” quilt in EQ8. I knew I wanted to include some pops of color around the brown Husky squares and also thought it would be interesting to put offset borders around the Malamute squares.

The quilt top itself went together fairly fast, and we decided that Sew Shabby Quilting’s Scratch quilting motif would be be the perfect quilting pattern and would allow the quilt to stay soft and cuddly.

Here’s a shot of the back of the quilt:

This quilt is the Secret Project I mentioned in my 2019 Qtr 2 Finish-A-Long Goals post.

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Travel Trailers Pillow Covers Finished

My April ‘19 One Monthly Goal was to make two Travel Trailer pillow covers in similar color schemes—one that will be given to my brother and sister-in-law along with their Camping Quilt (look for a post soon on the finished camping quilt), and the other pillow is for my friend, Sharon, who recently bought a travel trailer. Here is the one for my brother/sister-in-law:

And here is the pillow for my friend, Sharon:

Making these travel trailer pillow covers is one of my 2019 Qtr 2 Finish-A-Long Goals.

See my April ‘19 One Monthly Goal link at the top of this post for information about the Travel Trailer pattern.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: April ‘19 OMG Finishes.

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Hands2Help 2019 Check-in #1

After finishing up my Mercyful (Antique Tiles) Quilt in March, I have started working on another project that will benefit another Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019 charity, Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I have adapted the Charm Box Mini Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop and am using left-over Zen Chic Reel Time charm packs that I used to make a Table Runner and Placemats for my sister in January 2017. I will be using the Bella Pewter solid for the sashing for this 50” x 70” quilt top.

I was recently given Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) as a birthday present and have had fun designing simple quilts with this quilt-designing software. Below is a mock-up of my adapted Charm Box quilt top using a variety of digital swatches included in EQ8 that aren’t representative of the fabric or colors that I am using for my Victoria’s Quilts Canada quilt top.

Linking up to Hands2Help 2019 1st Check-in.

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2019 Qtr 2 Finish-A-Long Goals

I have six proposed finishes for the second quarter of 2019. My five new projects are as follows:

My Meadowland Quilt

I just finished sewing the quilt top together this past weekend. I had so much fun participating in this quilt-along using my hoarded Katarina Roccella Imprint collection. To see other absolutely amazing Meadowland quilt tops, check out #meadowlandqal on Instagram. I am having Amy with Amy’s Creative Side do the long-arm quilting using her Window Pane quilting motif on this project.

Two Travel Trailer Pillow Covers

I plan to make two Travel Trailer Pillow Covers using Pen + Paper’s Travel Trailer Block pattern. Below are the fabric pulls for each of the pillows that use a similar color scheme:

Camping Quilt

My Camping Quilt is my 3rd proposed finish for this quarter. I hope to get it back from Sew Shabby Quilting by the end of the month to get this quilt bound and plan to hand carry this quilt and one Travel Trailer pillow (using the fabric pull above on the left) when I visit by brother and sister-in-law in May.

Wedding Whirl Mini

My  fourth proposed project is a mini quilt using my Wedding Whirl design with 1.5” finished HSTs. It is going to be 16.5” x 16.5” (or I may add a border on two sides to make it rectangular).

Secret Project

My last new Qtr 2 project is a secret project. Below is a pic of six fabrics used in this baby-size quilt, but I’ve not included the two feature fabrics.

Rainbow Autumn Chain Quilt

I’m carrying over one of my 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals into this quarter. Sew Shabby Quilting did a lovely job with the quilting of my Rainbow Autumn Chain Quilt, and it just needs to be bound.

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April ‘19 OMG

I almost took the easy way out this month and was going to choose sewing my Meadowland Blocks into a quilt top as my April ‘19 One Monthly Goal, but honestly I hope to have that quilt top done by April 7th to enter into the final #meadowlandqal drawing hosted by Then Came June. So it felt a little like cheating, since it’s likely that I will get this quilt top done this coming weekend. So I decided to pick a different OMG that will be more of a stretch for me. I’m going to make two pillow covers using Pen + Paper Pattern’s Travel Trailer block. One I will giving to my brother and sister-in-law to go with their Camping Quilt, and the other will be for my friend, Sharon, who is a new travel trailer owner.

I just bought the PDF pattern yesterday and will start choosing fabrics for these pillow covers in the next few days.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: April ‘19 One Monthly Goal.

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Quilting Blunders—I’ve Made My Fair Share of Them

Bernie with Needle & Foot is hosting a great linky party/discussion about quilting blunders. I agree with Bernie that when looking at social media posts that show other people’s masterpieces, it can be so easy to compare ourselves with others and feel that our work is not skilled enough, prolific enough, intricate enough, etc.

 I, too, have made my fair share of quilting mishaps. Unfortunately I don’t have photographs of my goofs. Just this past weekend I was making some half-square triangles for a couple of bee blocks and decided to use Lee Heinrich’s paper-pieced Perfect HSTs that don’t require any trimming. Well, they would have been perfect if I had used the right size! I used 2.5” finished instead of 2” finished, so after ripping off the paper, I got to spend some extra time trimming down my HSTs! I’ve learned the most important thing to do after discovering a mistake is to say “oh well” (or some other expression if necessary!) and then to focus my energy on fixing the problem rather than beating myself up for the mistake.

I’ve been quilting for over four years, and I use my seam ripper on a frequent basis. At first I didn’t understand why many quilters would talk about “unpicking” their seams. But that’s exactly what I do at some point with all of my major projects if I’ve veered off at the end of a seam, have a flipped seam allowance, or haven’t matched a point to my “good enough” standard. I’ve seen videos on ripping seams really fast with seam rippers, and I tried that once, and not only ripped my seam but also ripped my fabric!

I really could go on and on about all my quilting snafus, but I’ve found that a little time and distance goes a long ways to being okay with my mistakes and sometimes even embracing them. My favorite all time project is my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt, and when I discovered that there was some color variation in my Kona Coal background fabric, I was NOT happy and was upset with myself for not buying all of the background fabric at one time because I had heard that there can be color variations in dye lots, which I can attest is true! And there are several less-than-perfect paper-pieced center joins where many points meet, and I just don’t care. I love this quilt, and it still makes me feel happy when I look at it.

If there are any new quilters reading this post, my advice is to use social media for inspiration and to help you really figure out what you’re drawn to and where you want to focus your energies. But be kind to yourself and don’t expect to be perfect. It truly is more about the journey than the destination!

 

 

 

 

 

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