Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FMQ Progress - WIP Wednesday

After exhausting all possible excuses, I am finally quilting Donna's Star Quilt! This quilt was given first priority on the list that I created for 2015 Finish-Along, hosted by Adrianne this year, from On the Windy Side.
Unfortunately, I was not able to meet the deadline to link up, but I did spend a lot of time sorting UFO's & I still plan to knuckle down on finishes with the best of you this year ;-)

So, this one is coming along with three outta nine stars now quilted.

 I look forward to a time when selecting and beginning a FMQ plan does not give me anxiety.
Choosing the threads was a struggle as well. I think this is the first time I have used different color top and bottom threads and it made me very nervous since the back is mostly white. The variegated threads help to cover the little nubs that show on top, and I guess I will learn to live with the nubs that show on the back. The back thread is Wonderfil, much thinner thread than the 40wt on top. I thought this way the nubs showing on top would not be as apparent, and I could set the tension to mostly hide nubs on the back. So, here is a shot of the back. There are a couple areas where the purple nubs are more visible than what I captured here, but I am pretty happy with the results thus far.
I am pretty slow though! My minimum goal is to complete two stars per week. This way I can still work on another big goal I am working on; to clear my cluttered design wall. Thankfully, that is another post, for another day...

Linking up today with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday . Thank you Lee!
Thank you for reading today, I would so love to hear any tricks you may have for quilting with different thread colors!
I have a sweet little finish to share this week as well
(yes, that'll be two posts in one week, what a groove I am on!)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Piecing blocks has become my guilty pleasure

I finished up two blocks for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM. This is block #3...
I also did the Bonus Block...

I finished more than half this one before I realized my needle was positioned one notch to the left. The resulting block is barely over 12" and my setting will need to compensate...

I may do another of this block anyway - I love the version by Bejeweled Quilts. Looks like a completely different block with her value choices! Jacquelynne set up a Pinterest board if you are interested in seeing the different versions so far.

I am really trying to avoid temptation to make new blocks this year; hence the guilty pleasure reference ;-)

I hope your week is off to a great start. I am still thinking about 1st quarter goals. Thankfully Adrienne allows time for indecisive folk like me to link up - we have until the 17th. Today, I am linking up with Lyn for BOM's Away. She has attached the piano key swag border to Ruffled Roses, a quilt I have enjoyed watching her piece this past year. It is going to be a beaut!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Goal ALYoF

I was not able to achieve my goal in December, to complete the little scrap quilt I made while quilting along with Lori, from Humble Quilts. This was a double-disappointment for me since I therefore missed out on the finishing party she held. Of course, I still enjoyed seeing all the different versions of the Cascadia Quilt-a-Long!
My version is very scrappy with not many repeats - I love all the little prints :-)
It was not my intention to heavily quilt it, it just sorta happened!
I still regret my background color, but somehow the extra quilting has helped.
Of course, it also made the edges a bit wonky...
Which made blocking necessary...

Here it is today drying on my (pink!) kitchen counter.

Finishing this little Pup is my official goal this month! It has been three months since I met a goal with ALYoF, and I reckon binding this is a very DOABLE one!

The bigger challenge for me right now is organizing my UFO's and creating a plan to finish a bunch of them this year. Pulling out old projects and sharing them online will feel a bit like airing undies I am afraid - it seems they are hiding in every crevice of the house.
2015 Goal Number One.
Hope your goals are off to a great start this year!

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