2015 Fourth Quarter Finish Goals

It’s hard to believe that 2015 will be coming to an end so soon.  This quarter will mark the one year anniversary of my blog, and there has been a great deal of evolution in my quilting life since that time.  Last quarter was a super productive one for me, but most of what I ended up doing was not on my original goal list.  I am listing everything I currently have in the works. While I know that everything will not get finished, it is helpful to me to keep an eye on everything that I have going.2015 Finish Along Q4This quarter, I will continue to link up with the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So here is my ridiculously long goal list- think big, right!?

The Major Goals

Goals 1-18

Finish up Mini Quilt Mania!  I am excited with everything I have designed and discovered during this project, and I am looking forward to finishing up and sharing the remainder of these quilts.

Mini Mania 2015

Goal 19

My first Instagram mini quilt swap will conclude this quarter.  The top is pieced, and will be getting quilted and sent off in the next week or two.  I really hope my partner likes the finished product!Mini Swap Quilt Top

Goal 20

This fabric will become a variation on a plus quilt.  Once this is complete I am planning to release the pattern on Craftsy.Plus Fabric

Goal 21

I am making up making up this Carolyn Friedlander pattern with the hope of possibly teaching a block of the month class at an awesome local shop.  I am super excited about this, and I really hope it works out!CF Quilt

Goal 22

One of the challenges the Modern Quilt Guild has for QuiltCon is triangles.  My personal goal for this project (aside from using triangles :) ) is to experiment with altering fabric prints based on the way they are cut and reconstructed.Triangles

Goal 23

The other challenge for QuiltCon is the Michael Miller fabric challenge.  I have drawn out several designs for this, but now I need to choose one and get it made in time to meet the entry deadline.MM Challenge

Goal 24

I’m eager to make a large version of a mini I made earlier in the year.Violet Quilt

The Minor Goals

Goal 25

Finish up the large version of my Happy New Year mini quilt.  This may be a good project to work on my longarm ruler skills, so I would really like to make time for this to happen soon.

Starburst process

Goal 26

I started putting this “Baubles” quilt together in Q3 from the blocks I made last December.  I would like to at least get the top together so it will free up my design wall!Baubles

Goal 27

The pillow that is still awaiting a zippered back and finishing

Pillow Top

Goal 28

The Bionic bag that probably only has about 2 hours of work left on it, but has been hanging around far longer than it should

Bionic Bag process

Goal 29

Placemats that need the binding finished

placemat process

Goal 30

I started this hexagon project in order to have some handwork ready to go, so it isn’t really a priority.  I am looking forward to seeing where this project goes.Hexagon process

Goal 31

This potholder style quilt is close to the bottom of the priority list, and most likely won’t even be touched this quartersecret project process

Goal 32

I made several baby quilts last quarter to practice my longarm quilting skills, and these blocks were made up as part of this process.  At some point I would like to finish up these little quilts.Peach Baby Quilt

Goal 33

Another baby quilt in a different color scheme than Goal 32Green Baby Quilt

Goal 33

I’m taking a class next weekend on Round Robin style Improvisational quilting.  It would be nice to finish up the project that we will be working on that day.

Yardage to mix with scraps for the upcoming improv class

Yardage to mix with scraps for the upcoming improv class

I’m going to get some sewing down now :)  What are your goals for the end of the year?

Orange Segment: Mini Quilt #27

This mini is a continuation of my series within a series focusing on a single color in each mini.  Green was entirely free motion quilting, and Yellow and Violet were quilted exclusively with straight lines.  For Orange I decided to combine techniques and use both straight-line and free-motion stitching.Orange Segments

The piecing of the quilt top uses straight white lines to divide the small sections of orange.  Curved lines break up the overall composition of the piece and the expanse of white in the center of the composition left ample room to bring in a strong texture with the quilting.Orange Segments front detail

Quilting this piece started by using a walking foot to define the graphic areas of the quilt.  I extended the straight lines of the white fabric dividing the smaller orange segments to give an architectural element to the project.  The straight line designs continue through three of these segments.  Free motion quilting pulls together the rest of the quilt.  Two Types of orange variegated thread add dimension and texture to the quilt.Orange Segments back view

Binding for this project is scrappy, drawing on several fabrics included in the quilt top design.Orange Segments back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Orange Segments

Size: 20″ x 20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing, Improvisational piecing

Quilting:  A combination of straight line quilting done with a walking foot and free motion quilting, both done on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  White Kona cotton and assorted orange cotton prints

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with two different colors of WonderFil 50wt variegated cotton thread

Binding:  Scrappy orange binding, cut 2″ in width, machine sewn to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Orange and White color scheme

Combining straight line and free motion quilting

Quilt 27 / 50

Quilt 27 / 50

Goal #4 is finished!

Goal #4 is finished!

 I have linked this post up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please drop by to see all of the fantastic projects being shared!

Yellow Rays: Mini Quilt #23

This mini quilt, the second in my color series, has been a long time in the making.  I started this baby in the midst of a crazy work schedule, and eventually had to ask myself what I wanted from this piece.  Was it to be done? Or was I going for awesome?  Neither of these answers would necessarily be wrong, but I had to aim for the latter on this project.

Yellow Rays mini quilt

Since I’ve been patterning and sewing like a crazy person to get through this summer theatre season at work, I have been doing a lot of projects where “finished” is the major goal- opening night comes whether or not we are completely ready.  (This isn’t to say that things aren’t well made- we just can’t expect “perfect” when we are moving at this kind of pace) It was kind of nice to cut myself a little slack on deadlines for this project and make something that is really well thought out and constructed.

Yellow Rays front view

The segments of yellow were strip pieced first and then slashed diagonally and spaced with a piece of white Kona cotton between them and to the side.  I am trying to use this series of quilts to explore various methods of activating negative space in the quilt composition.

Yellow Rays front detail

Green Grass, the first quilt in this color series, was quilted using free motion quilting with a mix of green and white thread.  For this quilt, I thought it would be interesting to move away from organic quilting and try some different linear patterns with my walking foot.

Yellow Rays back view

 

Yellow Rays back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Yellow Rays

Size: 20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Linear quilting with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted yellow prints and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with white machine quilting thread and 50 wt cotton Aurifil in yellow

Binding:  Scrappy yellow prints also used in the quilt top, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Exploration of linear quilting designs to activate negative space using a walking foot

 

Quilt 23 / 50

Quilt 23 / 50

Goal #9 is Finished!

Goal #9 is Finished!

 

May Flower: Mini Quilt #21

This mini quilt is one of the most fun I have ever done!  May Flower is my first attempt at a quilt which is pieced entirely using bias improvisation.  The light teal center of each petal was cut free hand with the intention that they would each be different.  Then strips of bias were added around the shape until it became large enough to cut a 45 degree wedge from each segment.  When assembled, this also created my first quilt that finishes as an octagon.

May Flower front view

For the quilting of this piece, I used a walking foot to echo quilt each petal in teal Wonderfil thread.  Then I free motion quilted the center of each petal with a feather motif, and switched to a variegated thread for the pebble quilting surrounding the design.

May Flower back view

For the center of the flower I made yellow and yellow-orange yo-yos with glass beads in the center to catch the light.  Since the petals of the flower are placed in a somewhat random manner, I also placed the center pieces randomly.

May Flower front detail

I had not yet attempted binding corners that are not 90 degree angles, so this was a first.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was not as difficult to do as I feared.  As I approached each corner, I would check that if I were to pivot at that point the edge of my piecing foot would line up properly with the next edge.  If it did, I would lock in the stitching and turn the bias just like I would on a corner with a right angle.

May Flower back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  May Flower

Size:  15″x15″

Techniques:  Bias Improvisational Piecing, fabric yo-yos with beading

Quilting:  Echo quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008, Free motion quilting feathers and pebbles.

Fabric:  Assorted cotton low volume, teal and yellow prints

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Wonderfil 50wt cotton quilting thread in teal and variegated yellow-orange

Binding:  Teal cotton matching the exterior petal color, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Octagonal quilt shape

An entire quilt using bias improvisational piecing

Quilt 21 / 50

Quilt 21 / 50

Goal #7 is Finished!

Goal #7 is Finished!

 I am linking this post up with Mini Quilt Monday at Modern Cozy and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop in to see all of the wonderful quilts being made!

End of Our Rope (uh- fabric)- A Selvage Mug Rug: Mini Quilt #20

This is my travel week for my summer job, and I’m sure you all know how stressful packing, moving, and traveling can be.  I have arrived in Connecticut and spent almost all day cleaning- yuck.  Now I need to unpack.  I  feel like packing for two months can (almost) be worse than a full move because it is difficult to anticipate exactly what will be needed during that time.  This year the preparation for leaving also involved planning and/or prepping tops for my Mini Quilt Mania series.  In all of the shuffle, I nearly forgot about this week’s quilt!  So I decided to stick with something simple, cute, and quickly executed- enter the Cotton and Steel selvage mug rug!

CS Selvage Mug Rug full view

I really like the selvage quilts that so many people have been making recently, but I tend to use every last bit of printed fabric in my projects without thinking about saving the printed edge first.  The one exception to this is Cotton and Steel fabrics.  I love the selvage designs on these prints.  The graphics are great, the fonts are varied and interesting, the colors reflect the print, and the text even tells a bit of a story.  I can’t through these selvages away!

For this mini, I topstitched several selvage strips together overlapping the raw edges with a finished ones.  Then I cut 45 degree triangle pieces from the larger strip, similar to how I made last week’s Topsy Turvy Mini Quilt.  I turned them together to form a square, and here we are!

CS Selvage Mug Rug detail

I kept the quilting simple with a half inch diagonal grid, and the binding is mostly red with a bit of the scrap selvage strips included.

CS Selvage Mug Rug back view

This little quilt is going to be on my work table this summer- I can have water bottle condensation dripping on all that pretty garment fabric! This was my first attempt at a selvage quilt, and I like it even more than I thought I would.   Now I might need to start saving all of the selvages. . .

Thank you so much to everyone who has been visiting and commenting on my posts!  I have been reading all of your wonderful comments, and I will be catching up on responses in the next few days now that I will be back in a routine.  I really appreciate your thoughts and feedback!

Quilt Stats

Title: End of Our Rope (uh-fabric): A Cotton and Steel Selvage Mug Rug

Size: 7″x7″

Techniques:  Topstitched construction with finished edges overlapping raw edges

Quilting:  1/2″ diagonal grid in red, done with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Cotton and Steel fabrics from assorted designers

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with Mettler cotton quilting thread in red

Binding:  Cotton and Steel Essentials fabric and scraps of selvage, cut on the bias, machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Using Selvages!

Quilt 20 / 50

Quilt 20 / 50

Goal #6 is Finished!

Goal #6 is Finished!