Treasure Hunt Quilt Finished

At the beginning of 2022, I decided to pull out an old Work-in-Progress to make a 60″ x 60″ quilt for a donation quilt for the 2022 Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge. I was a part of Alyce@ Blossom Heart Quilts‘ Bee Hive for three years and in 2019, I had Bee Hive members make scrappy Treasure Hunt block units that I used in this quilt (read the details about these blocks here).

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I sent it to Amy@Amy’s Creative Side to quilt one of my favorite quilting designs–diagonal plaid, and I really like how this quilting complements the piecing.

Originally I was going to donate the quilt to one of the charities listed on the Hands 2 Help Kickoff post on Mari@The Academic Quilter’s blog. But this spring we’ve had some terrible wildfires in northern New Mexico, and one of my former graduate program professors lost everything in one of the fires, so I decided to donate this quilt to her. I gave it to Linda a couple weeks ago, and she was very grateful for it.

Linking up to The Academic Quilter: Hands 2 Help Final Link Party.

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Color Gradient Strip Quilt Finished

If you spend much time on Instagram, you may have seen all sorts of gorgeous strip quilt tops and even some patchwork squares and improv layouts. Alison Glass has been hosting a Kantha sew-along where participants simply piece colorful quilt tops and then embellish them with simple Kantha running stitches. I really wanted to make a Kantha quilt, but what I realized when I finished sewing my color gradient strip quilt top is that I wanted it to be quilted fairly quickly and NOT by me! I have started a Kantha pillow cover that is about one-ninth of the size of my quilt top, which is much more doable for me. I’ll be sharing my progress about my Kantha pillow next week. But today I am happy to share my Color Gradient Strip Quilt finish that is made mostly with Alison Glass fabrics with a few favorite Giucy Giuce fabrics thrown in. The quilt measures 54″ by 78″.

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I sent it to Cara@Sew Colorado Quilting to quilt a modern waves design, and she did a lovely job and got it back to me within a very decent timeline.

Right now it is folded on my recliner in the living room, but it might have to spend some time on my bed in the near future, so I can enjoy all the colors.

Linking up to Sarah Goer Quilts: TGIFF .

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May 2022 OMG Finished

My May 2022 One Monthly Goal was to make a beautiful and colorful quilt top using the Nene pattern by Eye Candy Quilts and Giucy Giuce’s gorgeous Quantum panels (second and third pics below).

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I first saw these amazing panels in the Nene quilt made by Eye Candy Quilts on Jessie@Threaded Quilting Studio’s blog post Hiring a Longarm Quilter: Footnotes Edition. If you open the link, scroll down to the fifth photo to see this spectacular version. I have used coordinating Kona solids for the stained glass strips (Mediterranean, Celestial, Oasis,Glacier, Ultra Marine, Prussian, Grass and an unknown darker green–because when I first started quilting, I didn’t label my solid fabrics, Grellow, Papaya, Cedar, Cerise, and Berry) and Kona Charcoal to outline the triangles. My background fabric is Kona Titanium. This has been a project I’ve wanted to make for over three years, so I’m excited that I’ve finally made the quilt top. The blocks measure 11 3/4″ x 22 5/8″–not the most straightforward block dimension!

I have sent the quilt top and backing off to Rebecca@Rebecca Grace Quilting. I’m on her long-arm quilting calendar for the week of June 20th. We’ve decided on a quilting design and have discussed possible thread choices that will be finalized once Rebecca receives the quilt. I can’t wait to see this project quilted!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: One Monthly Goal May 2022 Finish.

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Weekly Progress Update #145

To-Do for the week of May 17th-22nd:

  1. Sew the setting triangles on my Nene blocks and possibly start sewing the blocks into rows. √Done
  2. Make binding for Colby’s graduation camping quilt and for my gradient strip quilt. √Done
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get all the setting triangles sewn on and then started sewing the blocks into rows. Here’s a pic of Row 3 sewn to Row 4. I’ve actually finished the quilt top and will share a pic in my May 2022 One Monthly Goal Finished post.

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To-Do #2

Below are the bindings ready to go for my Color Gradient quilt that I sent to Cara@Sew Colorado Quilting and Colby’s Camping high school graduation quilt that I sent to Melissa@ Sew Shabby Quilting.

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To-Do #3

I’m up to date with my temperature flying geese. Sorry no pic this post.

To-Do for the week of May 23rd-29th:

  1. Share my May 2022 One Monthly Goal Finished post..
  2. Write a post about my finished Treasure Hunt quilt and share next Sunday on the Hands2Help Final linky party on Mari@Academic Quilter’s site.
  3. Work on a Kantha pillow cover.
  4. I’m adding a fourth to-do. Since publishing this post on Monday, I found out that my Color Gradient Strip Quilt has been quilted and is on its way back to me! So I plan to get it finished this upcoming holiday weekend.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #144

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

  1. Sew some of my Nene quilt blocks. √Done
  2. Write a blog post about a recent finish. √Done
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I’ve started sewing my Nene blocks, and I really like how they’re looking. I have the other 17 blocks partially made and just need to sew the grey setting triangles on them and then trim them to size (11 3/4″ x 22 5/8″–not the most straightforward block dimension!)

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To-Do #2

I recently got my SAHRR 2022 quilt finished. For details, please see post linked here.

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To-Do #3

Here is a pic of temperature quilts flying geese for May 1-14 for my town in New Mexico, a Bay Area city in California, and a city in Washington. I love how these units dramatically show in a pictorial way how much my town in NM differs from my stepdaughter’s city in CA and my stepson’s city in WA. We’re still dealing with some low overnight temps (May 5th Purple at 27F and May 13th Noble Purple 34F). The highest temp represented is also in the NM column May 14th Citrus at 84F).

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

  1. Sew the setting triangles on my Nene blocks and possibly sewing the blocks into rows.
  2. Make binding for Colby’s graduation camping quilt and for my gradient strip quilt.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

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

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SAHRR 2022 Finished

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) 2022 organized by Quilting Gail. Because I sent my quilt top off for quilting, I was not able to participate in the SAHRR 2022 Finale Parade. I’ve had it back from Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting for a few weeks and finally got around to getting it finished this past weekend. I would’ve liked to have taken a nice outside photo, but I live in northern New Mexico with a wildfire that is scarily close, and there’s no way I will expose any of my quilts to the ever-present smoke in the air. Hopefully the firefighters will get the fire fully contained in the near future, and going outside will once again be a good thing.

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Here is a close-up of the center French Bulldog block that shows a little of the royal blue minky backing with the Scribble quilting.

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I wrote about each border in the following posts:

I made a quilt with many of the same borders for my stepson, Drew, with a paper-pieced Boston Terrier center block, in honor of Drew’s beloved Boston Terrier named Sushi. Read about the finished quilt here. And see a cute pic of Sushi with the Sushi quilt below:

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Now I can’t wait for SAHRR 2023!

Linking up to Faith and Fabric: TGIFF.

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Weekly Progress Update #143

To-Do for the week of May 2nd-8th:

  1. Start working on my Nene quilt. √Done
  2. Start arranging the layout for my Kantha quilt top. √Done
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I got all the cutting done for my Nene quilt and have picked the coordinating Kona solids that I will use in the blocks. Here is a photo of the colors that I’ll use in two of the the four blocks.

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To-Do #2

I finished my gradient quilt top, and I really like the arrangement. I did, however, decide to not add Kantha stitching to this quilt. I still want to make a Kantha project which will most likely be a color gradient design, but I want it to be smaller and more portable like a pillow or mini quilt. I’ll send this quilt top and backing off for quilting and will use it to cover my recliner in the living room. My Dimension in Dusk quilt has shrunk after multiple washings and doesn’t stay up on my chair anymore. So I need another colorful chair cover!

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To-Do #3

I’m caught up with sewing temperature flying geese units. I’ll try to take a pic of the first two weeks of May next weekend.

To-Do for the week of May 8th-16th:

  1. Sew some of my Nene quilt blocks.
  2. Write a blog post about a recent finish.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #142

To-Do for the week of April 25th-May 1st:

  1. Finish my Apex camping graduation quilt top for Colby. √Done
  2. Cut more strips for my Kantha quilt top. √Done
  3. Write my May 2022 OMG post. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get the quilt top done for Colby’s camping graduation quilt. It is packaged up and ready to send to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. Here is a photo of the center of the quilt top.

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To-Do #2

I may have finished cutting strips for my Alison Glass Kantha Sew Along quilt. I won’t know until I take all the strips I have and start laying them out in a cohesive gradient order. I will be piecing the strips together in columns that are approximately 78″ in length. The width of the quilt top will be around 54″. Below are strips I cut over the weekend.

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To-Do #3

I wrote my May 2022 One Monthly Goal on Sunday. Here is a pic of one of the gorgeous panels I will be cutting into triangles for my Nene quilt:

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To-Do for the week of May 2nd-May 8th:

  1. Start working on my Nene quilt.
  2. Start arranging the layout for my Kantha quilt top.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

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

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May 2022 OMG

My May 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make a beautiful and colorful quilt top using the Nene pattern by Eye Candy Quilts and Giucy Giuce’s gorgeous Quantum panels.

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I first saw these amazing panels in the Nene quilt made by Eye Candy Quilts on Jessie@Threaded Quilting Studio’s blog post Hiring a Longarm Quilter: Footnotes Edition. If you open the link, scroll down to the fifth photo to see this spectacular version. I will be using coordinating Kona solids for the diamonds and Kona Charcoal to outline the diamonds. My background fabric is Kona Titanium.

This has been a project I’ve wanted to make for over three years, so I’m excited to get it started!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: May 2022 OMG.

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Weekly Progress Update #141

To-Do for the week of April 18th-April 24th:

  1. Finish sewing my flying geese units into columns for the first quarter of 2022 for my three temperature quilts and write my April OMG Finished post. √Done
  2. Bind my stepson’s Sushi quilt. √Done
  3. Start working on a high school graduation quilt for my great-nephew, Colby. √Done

To-Do #1

My April 2022 One Monthly Goal was to sew together the first quarter (January, February, and March 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. Below is a pic of Jan-March units sewn together with my town in New Mexico (NM) on the left, my stepdaughter’s Bay Area city in California (CA) in the middle, and my stepson’s city in Washington (WA) on the right. For more information about this project, please read this post.

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To-Do #2

On Sunday I attached the binding to the quilt for my stepson, Drew. He will turn 39 next month, and the quilt features his Boston Terrier, Sushi. Below are pics of the front and back of the quilt (minky). The Loops & Swirls quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.

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To-Do #3

My great-nephew, Colby, will be graduating from high school in May. Camping has been a big part of his life, so I opted to make another camping quilt to commemorate the occasion and to celebrate our family’s love of camping. I am using the Apex quilt pattern by Mitzie@Jittery Wings. The pattern uses strip piecing to simplify the piecing. I wasn’t able to strip piece all of my fabrics due to choosing to fussy cut two of the units, but I can tell you that the pattern is well written, and I can see me making it again and totally strip piecing my next version of it. Below is one of the blocks I’m using in the quilt for Colby.

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To-Do for the week of April 25th-May 2nd:

  1. Finish my Apex camping graduation quilt top for Colby.
  2. Cut more strips for my Kantha quilt top.
  3. Write my May 2022 OMG post.

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

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