Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Finish-a-Long!

My goals for this year are to free motion quilt a finished top each quarter, finishing 4 quilts this year, plus 1 to be hand quilted. So far I have finished a Forest Fairies quilt for my granddaughter Delaney which I gave to her for her fourth birthday. Here are some detail shots of it:


Next in the free motion line-up was a Southwestern themed table topper, which I put it lot more quilting into, it was much smaller. I like the way it came out! It is obvious that my skill improves with practice. 
First Block
The Finished Tablecloth in time for Easter!
Alternate Block
 Next up I plan to join the 2013 Finish-a-Long sponsored by Leanne of She Can Quilt, and this is what I plan to finish next: 
It is another Southwestern Style quilt, this one a Sampler which I believe may have been a Block of the Month program I joined at some point, I really don't remember. I made all three of the quilts tops around 1997 or 98, and put them aside to work on something else, figuring I would get around to quilting them someday, and that someday is 2013! This top is pin basted, layered with a Warm and Natural quilt batting, and backed with a fun jalapeno peppers print. I plan to stabilize the layers with long lines of quilting diagonally through the blue chain, then stabilize each block by stitching in the ditch with invisible thread, then having a go at some fun quilting designs in the negative space. Wish me luck! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easy Street Top Done!

Along with a lot of other quilters I know, I made the Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter called Easy Street this year. The instructions told us to find a black and white fabric and a gray fabric for the first "Clue", so I chose this crazy black and white print that has been in my stash for years because I didn't know what to do with it. Since I had no idea what the pattern would be like, I decided to go with it! Since it was such a crazy print, I paired it with the most sedate gray fabric I owned, an old Jinny Beyer print. What  fun to see what would happen when the "wild and crazy guy" fabric married the understated elegant fabric!

My Black and White with my Gray


And this is what the finished 4-patches looked like:
Then we were told to choose some more black and whites, some turquiose, some purples, and some LIME GREEN scraps, and I knew I would love this quilt because I am in love with lime right now. Here are some of the fabrics I pulled out to use.
My Focus Fabrics
I had a great time making the "flying geese" units and some units someone labeled "fat turkeys", even though I fell a little behind on the clues at Christmas time. I threw in a few fun novelty prints for interest, here you can see a friendly dinosaur -
Friendly Dinosaur!

And here we see a dolphin swimming by waiting to give a ride to Savannah Marquis!
Dolphin Swimming By

Once all the blocks were made I worked like a whirlwind putting the top together, every now and then standing back to see the mad whirl of color against the black and white, and here is the completed top -

Finished Easy Street Top

 I have named my Easy Street quilt "Margaritas with Salt... AND Pepper!" I won't be adding a border, it is quite large enough already thank you, and I plan to bind it with a black fabric, possibly with white stripes if I can find one.  I am hoping to learn machine quilting well enough to quilt this by the end of the year.