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Archive for the month “March, 2018”

One Monthly Goal – March 2018

Happy Wednesday!

To my friends on the east coast I pray that you are surviving the “Nor’easter”. Spring will be here soon 🙂

Deadlines motivate me to get things accomplished so I am joining the Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal challenge.

I began the project “You’ve Got Mail” sometime in 2013 after viewing the Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorial.  I’d managed to create the half square triangles and put them in a ziplock bag. During our move I found the bag and labeled it UFO.

youve got mail omg march

you’ve got mail omg march

Today I squared up the half square triangles, stitched out the envelope quilt blocks and laid the quilt out on my design floor. My goal for March is to finish this quilt — It’s about time wouldn’t you agree?

I also started a new baby quilt project – nine patch madness a variation of the disappearing nine patch quilt block. I was able to make nine blocks  using the charm pack Extravaganza by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. I’m so loving the pinks and purple.

nine patch madness

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Spring Is In The Air

Happy Tuesday!

One of my 2018 goals is to keep my entryway decorated with quilted wallhangings. Knowing that the first of the month is always around the corner provides me with a deadline which motivates me to get something created.

For March and April to celebrate Spring and Easter I created a supersized plus quilt measuring 36 x 36 inches. I’m a bit obsessed with plus and cross quilts. I used simple straight line machine quilting with one inch intervals making this easy to make and finish.

plus supersize quilt

plus supersize quilt

plus supersize quilt cu

plus supersize quilt cu

plus supersize quilt back

plus supersize quilt back

 

The beautiful fabric I used for the plus sign was paper garden digitally printer color collage by Flaurie & Finch for RJR. The colors and flowers remind me of spring; I don’t remember when I purchased it but was happy to find it in my stash. I used Basic Grey’s for Moda Grunge Basics in navy as the background fabric. I found the backing fabric in the clearance section at JoAnn’s – perfect match.

My inspiration for the table runner in the entryway came from Samelia’s Mum: Tulip Time Quilt Pattern. Again I used Grunge basics for each block’s background.  I used the last of my Fresh Cut charm pack for the tulips. Both the background and tulip fabrics were designed by Basic Grey for Moda. The runner measures  10 x 44 inches.

tulip runner cu

Tulip runner cu

tulip runner

tulip runner

 

Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

 

Quilting As Time Flies….

Sometimes life gets in the way of  spending quality time working on my quilty projects!

We had friends from Norway visiting for 10 days, the weather here in central Florida was beautiful and it was a pleasure spending time with them.

I was able to spend a few minutes each day in my sewing room finishing up  items on my UFO list that only need quilting and binding.

A finish is a finish — right? 🙂

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

I love quilts that feature star blocks. I made this 36 x 36 inch batik patriotic wall hanging using the “Peaky & Spike” tall star points. I used my Tri-Recs ruler set to create the star points, I believe the name of this star block is named sun ray. The Shoo – Fly quilt block was my alternating block which created the plus/cross secondary pattern in the center of the quilt!

 

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE  plus and cross quilt blocks?!! — and a star in the center — oh happy day 🙂

My second UFO finish for February is Autumn Stars. My version was inspired by another Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.  The quilt measures 45 x 45 inches. I used Kona Cotton solids in fall colors to cut my own 2.5 inch strips.

Autumn Stars

Autumn Stars

I hate to admit I really had a hard time with this pattern. I was getting awfully comfortable with my seam ripper so after nine blocks I was done :(.

I love the backing fabric!

autumn stars CU back

autumn stars CU back

My last UFO finish for February was my batik Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop – Classic and Vintage Series.

jacobs ladder finished

2017 Jacobs Ladder Finished

 

3 down — 10 to go!  What do you with the UFO’s you have no intentions of finishing?

Until next time — Happy Sewing & Quilting!

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