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!

 

 

 

January One Monthly Goal

I was very excited to see the new One Monthly Goal link up hosted by Red Letter Quilts.  I enjoyed participating in the 2015 Finish Along, and am currently working on my goal list for the first quarter of 2016.  One Monthly Goal caught my attention because I sometimes (ok-frequently) get distracted, and I am hoping that this helps me to focus on completing at least one project each month.

For the first month I am going to focus on one of my oldest WIP.  The only reason I’m not calling a UFO is that I have had brief moments of progress on it over the last few months.  Please meet my bauble quilt:

Baubles Quilted Process Shot

Baubles: Quilted and waiting for thread tails to be buried and trimmed

This project started in November 2014 when I made the blocks, and in December 2015 I did all over free motion longarm quilting on this quilt.  I’m in love with it!Baubles Blocks

It has been squared up, and I buried the threads tonight.  The only things left to do are adding binding and embroidering “hanging string” lines for the baubles.

 

Bionic Bag

Last year I made myself a Bionic bag, then I made one for my Mom, and at that point I was having so much fun with them I started another.  About 2/3 of the way through, I got distracted (that happens way too often!) and this bag ended up as a UFO for several months.  Bionic Bag Exterior

When it was time for the holiday party at my local quilt guild, I pulled the semi-finished bag out to finish for our gift exchange.

The pattern for the Bionic Bag is by RipStitcher and is available on Craftsy.  The directions are extensive, but the construction of the bag is pretty staight-forward, and there are a lot of photographs included in the instructions.  I love that this bag has room for practically every sewing notion you could ever need- it goes with me everywhere!  Bionic Bag Interior 1

I chose the fabric for the bag exterior first and used that color scheme to select the interior fabrics.  There are so many opportunities to play with color on this project, so I used a wide range of colors and prints.Bionic Bag Interior 2

My favorite wrapping paper came out for this gift, and I pulled out some scraps to make a flower decoration.

 

Wrapped Gift

Fabric Flower

It was a very popular item in our variation of “Bad Santa!”

Goal #28 is finished!

Goal #28 is finished!

 

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

I want to start 2016 off on a high note, so I decided the perfect first post of the year would be to share the quilt that will be heading to QuiltCon.Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

“The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts” is based on a Mini Quilt that I designed last summer, and is constructed in a similar manner.

Violet Calm

Violet Calm Mini Quilt

The central circle is created by assembling rectangles with strips of the white background fabric between the pieces.  Once this initial construction is complete, I cut the circle out of the assembled fabrics.  I used extra wide backing fabric for both the front and back of the quilt.  A circle with a 1/2″ smaller radius is cut from the quilt front, allowing for the seam allowance required to machine piece the circle in the quilt top.Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts detail C

Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts detail B

I used matchstick quilting in colors matching the fabrics the stitching passes through to draw the centralized design out to the edges of the quilt.  Most of the quilting is horizontal, but one section of vertical quilting add energy to the piece.Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts detail A

 

I really love the way the quilting looks, but this technique did result in thousands of thread tails to bury- I’m pretty sure that took longer than the actual quilting!Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts detail D

The binding is made of bias strips comprised of violet fabrics that are used in the central circle.  In the next couple of days I will be adding a hanging sleeve and label so it can head off to Pasadena!

I’m linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely work being shared!

Quilt Stats

Title:  The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Size:  63.25″ x 66″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Matchstick quilting done with a walking foot on a domestic Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Quilt shop quality prints in shades of violet and magenta, extra wide white cotton

Batting: Warm and White Cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with 50wt cotton Aurifil in colors to coordinate with the fabrics they are stitching through

Binding:  Scrappy Violet fabrics, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #24 is finished!

Goal #24 is finished!

Star Crossed Triangles: An EZ Quilting Triangle Challenge Quilt

When the Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge sponsored by EZ Quilting, I couldn’t wait.  I was in the midst of a “triangle phase” so this was perfect timing.  I decided that if I was going to take on this challenge, I was going to really embrace triangles, and create a design pieced entirely with that shape.

Star Crossed Triangles:  A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

Star Crossed Triangles: A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

The 45 degree mini template arrived in the mail, and I began drafting./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

Triangles are intriguing in their ability to transform fabrics through careful cutting and reassembly.  I selected quite a few brightly colored, distinctively patterned fabrics to form octagons and stars that are the focal points of the quilt.  The overall design includes several blocks that are all low volume fabrics to give some areas for a visual rest.triangle blocks

Given the small scale of the pieces of the quilt, I decided to go with an English Paper Piecing technique to insure that the corners of each triangle would match up perfectly.  The majority of the 866 triangles in the quilt are cut with the provided template, but there are additional triangle shapes to fill in between blocks and around the edges.  When I took a step back to look at the completed top, I decided that the all-triangle approach was a bit too rigid.  I began experimenting with options to break up the field of triangles, and eventually landed on adding brightly colored appliqué circles.  Each circle is about the size of a dime and is hand appliquéd to the finished quilt top.

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Each star and octagon is quilted with coordinating thread using ruler work on a longarm.  The spaces between each of these shapes is filled with wavy, swirling, organic free-motion quilting.Star Crossed Triangles detail D

Star Crossed Triangles detail C

Star Crossed Triangles detail B

Star Crossed Triangles detail A

This quilt was my second entry into the QuiltCon contest, and I also entered this quilt into the Paducah show of the American Quilter’s Society in the category: Small Wall Quilts, Longarm Quilted.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Star Crossed Triangles

Size:  36.75″ x 41″

Techniques:  English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqué

Quilting:  Ruler work and free motion quilting on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Scrappy low volume and brightly colored prints

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with grey Decobob by Wonderfil, quilted with Aurifil in coordinating colors

Binding:  Scrappy low volume prints cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #22 is finished!

Goal #22 is finished!