The worst thing about commissioned work is that I rarely get to see the recipients receive their quilts. This time, however, I was lucky enough to be there when one of my recent finishes was given to a lovely pair of newlyweds.
I've been very bad about updating this blog. I blame it entirely on being overwhelmed with projects and then because I was at the beach. I think I needed those days in The Outer Banks to clear my head. It was good to step away from it all and focus on sun, sand, and family instead of quilts, quilts, and more quilts.
OK. Not really, but it sure feels like it.
I say that because not only did I run into a snag with one of my recent commissions which sent me back to the drawing board; but I accidentally deleted my old blog, which I was keeping as a reference for details on my older quilts. I said all the curse words when I realized what I'd done. Thankfully, I backed it up a couple of months before I stopped posting there, so I truly only lost a few posts.
Since I had to stop working on one commission to order more fabric, was able to spend some time on the Chicopee commission. The majority of the top is nearly complete, I just need to add the borders, which I plan to do today.
Last week I was successful in completing all the cutting for the January and Chicopee quilts...and that's all I accomplished from last week's list. I did manage to get 2 sections of the Chicopee quilt pieced as well.
I also managed to get the January blocks 3/4 of the way pieced. I have to admit, the curves are kicking my butt; and I normally don't have this kind of trouble when piecing curves. I'm using fabric from two different manufactures: solids and blenders from Craftsy's Boundless line and some blenders from a Jinny Beyer line from RJR. The Beyer fabric seems exceptionally stretchy to me compared to the Boundless. I'm starching the heck out of it, but it's still kind of wonky. I used fabric from this same line in the 5-Point Star quilt and did not have this issue. I bought fabric for each project separately and I'm using a layer cake this time. The squares were perfectly square, but maybe the cutting was off? Who knows. Regardless, I'm getting the blocks done, but I'm having to pin a lot more than I'd like. I'd hoped to have both this top and the Chicopee top finished by Friday evening, but that's not going to happen. Oh well.
.I'm on schedule this week! AND I completed all the items on last week's to-do list! Can you believe it? I think it's because I finished the Brick Wall quilt and got it shipped off. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can focus the next 4 projects with due dates quickly approaching.
In addition to completing the Brick Wall quilt last week, I was able to finish and send off my March do Good Stitches blocks for Cheer Circle. We made Scrap Jar Stars this month. You can find a tutorial for the block here.
I also got my Box in a Box blocks finished for Fat Quarter Shop's 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along. I'm using some of my long-hoarded Chicopee stash for this quilt. I just love all these little blocks. They're so cute!
I'm late with my list this week! This always happens when Hubs is off during the week. I get sidetracked spending quality time with him which usually ends up being one fun day and one day of errands and/or housework. Blah. Anyway, before I knew it, it was Thursday and I was way late.
I don't have pics of anything I've been working on lately, so here are some churn dash blocks waiting patiently to be trimmed, pressed, & pieced into a top...someday...sigh...
This week's list:
Linking up with Christine
Last week I managed to get my TGIFF post up...and that's about it.
I had hoped to finish the Brick Wall quilt; but had to redo a several rows once I realized I had made a couple of bricks too short and a few more too long. Talk about being annoyed. They're fixed now and I'm just waiting on feedback from the person I'm making it for before I baste and start quilting.
I'd also hoped to get my March do. Good Stitches blocks completed for Cheer Circle; but nope. Oh well, there's always this week, right? Right.
I still don't have many images I can share of all the quilts I'm working on. I can, however, share this shot of the lovely palette I'll be using for my upcoming January quilt blocks.
Hello, and welcome to TGIFF!
This week I'm sharing one of my most recently completed quilts. This one is a 5 point Lone Star variation in shades of sea glass and complementary neutrals. Truth be told, I absolutely love it. I had a very hard time packaging it up and sending it off.
I'm playing catch up after a week of battling the worst sinus infection I've ever had. I guess that's what happens when the Bradford Pear trees and daffodils bloom in February. Anyway, I'm feeling much better and ready to get stuff done!
I'm currently in different stages of completion for nine quilts. Yeah, NINE... three commissions, three gifts, one charity quilt, one monthly quilt along, and one that I hope gets accepted into an upcoming show. I've said it before, I work best when things are chaotic and I'm under pressure.
Unfortunately, I can't share too much since several of these projects will be given as gifts. However, I'm going to give you a sneak peak of two completed tops waiting to be basted:
Last week was fairly productive. I was able to complete the star quilt, photograph it, and get it shipped off. I'll be posting pics after the quilt has been gifted. I cut some of the sashing strips for the Brick Wall quilt commission and plan to finish the rest this week. I transformed one stack of waiting blocks into a quilt top and hope to get the back pieced this week.
I was also able to complete a couple of blocks for the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild's next charity quilt. Aren't these 4-Patch Butterfly blocks cute?