2016 First Quarter Finish Goals

The 2015 Finish Along had mixed results for me, but it was fun exciting to see what everyone accomplished each quarter.  I loved that this format “forced” me to make a list for the quarter and was something tangible to refer to as I finished and planned new projects.2016 Finish Along Quarter 1

The 2016 Finish Along is being hosted by several people around the globe.

2016 FAL

This list is comprehensive- it contains every project that I currently have in the works (Even the ones lurking in dark corners ;).  At the very least this helps me stay honest with myself 🙂

Goal 1

“Baubles” was started near the end of 2014, and I finally got it quilted in December 2015.  It still needs binding and some finishing embroidery.Baubles Quilted Process Shot

Goal 2

Last October I took a class with an improv round robin format.  It was a lot of fun, and I added even more to my quilt top following the class so that it can function as a lap quilt.  I quilted it soon after the class, and right now it just needs to be squared up and bound.Improv round robin process

Goal 3

This fabric is still ready to go as a variation on a plus quilt.  I sure hope to make some serious progress on this one during the first quarter.Plus Fabric

Goal 4

The large version of my Happy New Year mini is still waiting to have the quilting finishedStarburst process

Goal 5

The Mystery Quilt that has been hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.  I have gotten behind, but I hope to catch up and finish- This is a fantastic designMeadow Mist process

Goal 6

This year’s Hoffman challenge fabric caught my eye like it never has before.  I can hardly wait to turn this digitally printed fabric into something awesome!Hoffman Challenge Fabric

Goal 7

Once upon a time, I made some quilted clothing.  I have been meaning to make a quilted jacket, and now that I finally have the fabric, it might actually happen this quarter!Jacket Fabric

Goal 8

In February I will be attending my first QuiltCon, and it would be nice to put together a new bag for the occasion.  I’m thinking that these Tula Pink prints would be fantastic!Tula Pink

Goal 9

I have been contemplating a grey quilt that I have done this fabric pull for.  Now to narrow down the possible designs . . .Grey Fabric Pull

Goal 10

The pillow that never seems to make it to the top of my listPillow Top

Goal 11

Placemats that have been hanging around foreverplacemat process

Goal 12

A hexi project that is there for when I need to pick up some handworkHexagon process

Goal 13

The potholder style quilt that predictably didn’t get touched last quartersecret project process

Goal 14

A set of blocks waiting to be turned into a baby quiltGreen Baby Quilt

Goal 15

Blocks in another color scheme waiting to be turned into a baby quiltPeach Baby Quilt

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Mini quilts to finish up mini quilt mania.  Most are just waiting to be bound . . . So very close!

 

 

 

2016 Planning Post

As 2015 draws to a close, it is natural to look toward 2016 and to where we would like to be at this time next year.  I am looking forward to what the coming year has in store and excited to share my Quilty Goals!2016 Quilty Plans

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a fantastic 2016 Planning Linky Party, and I am excited to share my main goals for the coming year!
2016 Planning Party

1.  Write and Publish Quilt Patterns:

In 2015, I made two patterns available on Craftsy: A free block pattern, Summer Starburst, created for the New Bloggers Block Hop, and a pattern for Rainbow Rotary in three different sizes.  I have several more quilts designed that I am looking forward to turning into full patterns to sell.  I will also be looking into the ins and outs of printing paper patterns.

2.  Grow My Longarm Quilting Business:

Quilting for customers is just as much fun as quilting as my own work!  I have started taking on customer quilts in the past couple of months, and I am looking forward to growing my customer base both locally and online.  Most people have selected edge to edge designs, but I enjoy doing free motion and semi custom work a great deal so I hope to see more of that in the coming year.

3.  Teach Quilting Classes:

My first quilting class is scheduled, and I couldn’t be more excited to be teaching Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Collection Quilt” as a block of the month style class running from January to October of 2016 at Sew to Speak in Columbus, Ohio.

4.  Develop an Etsy Store:

I have set up my Etsy store name, but my “store” is in desperate need of attention.  I want this to be a place to sell patterns (PDF and eventually paper), mini quilt kits, and some finished goods.

5.  Enter and Attend Quilt Shows:

Entries and responses for 2016 shows have already started, and so far I know I will have quilts in two shows.  “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”  (full post coming soon) is heading to QuiltCon very soon, and “Petals in the Wind” will be making its way to the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Show in Daytona Beach.  I have also made entries in the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, but the jury results haven’t been sent out yet.  I am thrilled that I will be attending QuiltCon for the first time this year, and in April my Mom and I will be going to the AQS Paducah show.  Hopefully I will make it to a couple other shows as well.  It is so inspiring to see the amazing work of so many talented quilters!

6.  Publish Work in Magazines:

I have had one quilt accepted for publication, so if all goes well we will see it this year.  I would like to continue to submit, and maybe see some more of my work in print.

7.  Create a Consistent Blogging Schedule:

This has been one of my big challenges this year, and I’m hoping to develop a consistent schedule that works for me in the coming months.  As part of this I am going to try to incorporate more process posts of projects rather than doing one major write-up for each big project.

Giveaway Day Winners!

Today, I am so excited to announce the winners of the two Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day prizes I offered this time around!  The first giveaway was for a PDF pattern of Rainbow Rotary that is for sale on Craftsy.  The second giveaway was for an edge to edge longarm quilting service.  I do have a few openings for edge to edge quilting before Christmas, so please email me if you would like help finishing up those last minute gifts!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Comments were numbered in the order they were submitted, and then the random number generator did the work.

The winner of the PDF Pattern of Rainbow Rotary is Margaret!  I hope that this pattern inspires you to give a mini a try, or I would love to see how you incorporate it into a larger quilt.Rainbow Rotary WinnerMargaret

Free edge to edge longarm quilting is headed to Lauren and her mom!  I am looking forward to working on either one of your quilts!  Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.18.54 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.22.06 PM

Congratulations ladies!  I have sent you each an email as well.

Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions for tutorials you would like to see in the coming year!  A lot of people are interested in seeing more on various types of machine quilting, so I will plan to incorporate some more posts on that topic in 2016!

Win a PDF Pattern of Rainbow Rotary for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Update:  This Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Margaret!

Rainbow Rotary is one of the most popular mini quilt that I have shared this year, and now the pattern is available on Craftsy!  For Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I am happy to offer a PDF pattern of this quilt in three different sizes!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Inspired by my love of the Courthouse Steps quilt block, this quilt reinterprets the traditional block into a wedge shape to create a ring of color. This is the perfect project to show off all of the vibrantly colored fabrics in your scrap box, and a great opportunity to share fabric with friends.

Templates are included to create this pattern in three sizes:

  • Micro Mini:    9.25″ x 9.25″
  • Mini:                18.5″ x 18.25″  (this size is pictured above)
  • Macro Mini:    24″ x  24″

I am currently offering this pattern as a “template only” pattern, which allows for a relatively low price of $4.  General instructions are offered, but detailed written directions and step by step diagrams for foundation paper piecing are not included.  I believe quilters with previous experience paper piecing will enjoy constructing this mini quilt.  (My free block pattern, Summer Starburst, does include detailed instruction on foundation paper piecing if you are interested in learning the technique!)

How to Enter

  • This giveaway is open from Wednesday, December 9 to 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, December 13th.  I will notify the winner both by email and on the blog by Wednesday, December 16th.
  • This giveaway is open internationally
  • The winner will receive a PDF pattern (Foundation Paper Piecing templates for three sizes of the Rainbow Rotary Quilt and general directions) via email
  • To enter please leave a comment on this post.  I have spent much of the year making mini quilts, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this particular type of quilt.  Love Minis?  Hate them?  Have you made a mini?  Is there a pattern you would like to try? Have you participated in a mini swap?  Have you ever made a rainbow quilt of any type?
  • The winner will be determined by a random drawing.

Good Luck!  Please be sure to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways going on this week on Sew Mama Sew!

Moroccan Star: A Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

This summer, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced this year’s Michael Miller fabric challenge, and I couldn’t resist signing up.  Those metallic prints are so much fun!  I had an idea at that point, but once the fabrics arrived, I decided to change directions based on the exact prints that arrived.Moroccan Star finished quilt

Glittery metallics made me think of shining stars and opulence.  I typically prefer silver, but for this project I was really drawn to the gold printed fabrics.  To supplement the package of fabric sent by Michael Miller, I purchased some of the white and gold confetti dot also from the Glitz collection, and a Michael Miller black solid.MM Challenge

This design started with the fabric printed to imply interlocking circles.  I started experimenting by creating circles highlighting different sections of the print.  Once the circle sizes were determined, I drafted the motif that would create the final star design. I started the construction by hand appliquéing the circles to the white background pieces.  Those pieces were then added to the solid black background.  Moroccan Star process shot

 

Moroccan Star finished quilt top

For the quilting, I wanted to break up the background by using different quilting designs on either side of the appliquéd star motifs.  The quilting thread is a very dark grey which added a bit of extra dimension to the solid color surface.  I used the longarm for this quilt and the circle pattern was entirely free-motion using a dot to dot technique.  It is far from perfect, but it was the first time I had attempted this, so it could have been far worse!  I tend to like a hand drawn quality in free motion quilting, so I ultimately decided to leave it in and embrace the character of the piece.  Moroccan Star finished detail A

The lines around the stars and the tightly spaced vertical lines are also free-motion, but for the horizontal lines on the left side of the quilt I did lock the machine on the track before hand guiding the stitching.Moroccan Star finished detail B

This quilt was one of my entries in to QuiltCon, so now I (like many of you!) are waiting to hear which quilts we will see at the show in February.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Moroccan Stars

Size:  41″ x 40.5″

Techniques:  Needle turn appliqué

Quilting:  Free motion and linear quilting done on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Michael Miller Glitz collection and Michael Miller solid

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 in black

Thread:  Hand appliquéd with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with 50wt Aurifil in a a dark grey

Binding:  Michael Miller solid black fabric (to match background) cut in 2″ wide bias strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #23 is finished!

Goal #23 is finished!