Another quilt from my Plus quilt craze rescued from the UFO pile. I took this on retreatlast winter but only managed to quilt the center section. I picked it up again in the summer but somehow still didn't manage to finish. I found it again unpacking from this year's retreat and decided it was finally time to finish it up.
I had enough scraps leftover to get a little fancy on the back. I'm determined to use up every last bit of this collection!
I don't have a recipient for this at the moment but I'm sure it'll end up in a good home:-)
1. Enchanted: This is quilted and just needs to be finished up.
2. A Walk in the Park: I basted this while on the Boston MQG retreat so it's ready for quilting.
3. Keeping it Together and 4. Toes In the Sand: I want to gift these in June so I have a real deadline now. I'm planning to quilt both of these at Laurena's Longarm but with the never-ending snow and cold this winter I pretty much barricaded myself in my quilt studio and refused to leave for anything short of a thread emergency:-) Now that the weather is improving I can schedule some time but it'll be trickier now that I'm working.
5. Blue Plate Special: I've made all the plates I need so I just need to settle on the final layout. I plan to finish this the same as I completed my Ghastly Othello quilt so I'll just quilt the plates on to the assembled quilt sandwich rather than appliqueing them down first.
6. Here Comes the Sun: Another retreat project, I was cruising along on this until I ran out of low volume fabrics for the sashing.
7. Beatrix Potter: It's a long shot that I'll actually finish hand quilting this but having it on the list for Q1 actually got things started. I'll have lots more time for handwork once it's actually warm enough to start spending weekends in Maine but you never know... the big stitch quilting goes a lot faster than my old 12 stitches/inch!
I was getting out my Easter decorations and remembered I still only had 4 matching napkins. I'd even cut enough linen for 4 more and stored it with the rest of this Calypso bundle so it was really a no brainer to whip up another set in time for this year's Easter celebration.
So I had been cruising along on my Sunkissed Strawberry Fields quilt when I hit a speed bump... I ran out of low volume fabrics for my sashing.
Since I was really enjoying working on such a sunny project despite the never-ending bitter cold here, I decided this was a good time to do something with all the bonus triangles I made from the snowball blocks.
As soon as I realized I had 4 HSTs of each print I knew exactly what I was going to do with them... pinwheels!
This was actually my original plan (but on a smaller scale) for this layer cake but it just never happened. Obviously it was meant to be! Now I'm trying to decide if this is done or if I'm going to add some borders. Until then it'll keep things sunny in my studio;-)
I had to keep this one under wraps until I could deliver it to it's new home. I made this disappearing 9 patch baby quilt for a good friend of mine who is due any day now. I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I saw her purple nursery but then I found this fabulous Mod Girl print hidden in my massive Sis Boom collection.
Since I was only using 3 fabrics for the disappearing 9 Patch I could strip piece my blocks so they went super fast. Cut the fabric into 5" strips. You need 6 strips of the Paisley Print, 7 strips of the Coral Pink and 2 strips of the Brown. Assemble Strip Set A: Paisley, Pink, Paisley and Strip Set B: Pink, Brown, Pink. Subcut these into 5" strips and assemble in to blocks of ABA. Cut the blocks in both directions through the center and reassemble.
For the quilting I went with my go to fave heart paisleys. I may have discovered the reason for my frequent thread emergencies... this pattern eats thread. I was on my 6th spool of Aurifil when I finished this! I'm going to start buying it buy the box when I'm quilting with it:-)
For the back and binding I threw in some Sherbet Pips from my stash. The pinks work perfectly together:-)
This year I got perfect weather for driving up to Kennebunk for the Boston MQG's annual retreat. As usual I planned way more than I could ever accomplish but for me the weekend is really more about spending time with an incredibly talented group of amazing artists.
I kicked off the weekend assembling these blades in to Dresden plates. Perfect mindless piecing that doesn't get in the way of conversation.
I was getting pretty bored with these towards the end but I pushed through so now I have 16 plates ready for a background.
Saturday morning I basted my Central Park quilt that I pieced last year on retreat, another task that goes much faster with company. Maybe I'll finally quilt it at next year's retreat:-)
From there I switched back to piecing with these snowball blocks. I seem to be better at starting projects on retreat but hopefully I can ride the inspiration high and finish these up.
And as an added bonus my fabulous friend Aimee brought her serger AND serged the bottom of my new maxi Lilly dress so it's hemmed and ready for Spring (if it ever arrives). It doesn't get any better than this!!!
My bags are packed and I'm ready to leave tomorrow morning for this year's Boston MQGretreat. Even though it's never happened I'm always worried I'll run out of things to do with all my sewing time so I've been stockpiling projects to take with me...
My Dresden blades are all turned and pressed and ready to stitch into plates.
A very good friend asked if I would make her a Preppy the Whale mini for her nursery so I've got these fabrics pulled for that.
And I'm going to try to turn this Sunkissed layer cake into the Strawberry Fields quilt from Material Obsession. Thank goodness I made a test block so I realized there are mistakes in the pattern and I didn't have enough fabric for all of my points before I cut all my fabrics!
Past experience has taught me that drinking and piecing can be dangerous so after 5 o'clock I can switch over to basting and quilting this Central Park flimsy I started last year at retreat.
And I grabbed some of this awesome Cotton + Steel linen for the zipper challenge. Hopefully I'll have enough to stay busy for 4 days:-)