Bright Puzzle Pieces

I have had this fabric for a long time.  I bought it for a baby quilt for a friend – probably about 20 years ago! – and apparently I bought so much it just keeps giving and giving.  I go through spurts of taking out fabric, cutting it up and putting it into bags for piecing later, and I recently found this bag tucked away.  I saw a similar quilt in a store once, and I really liked how it looked like puzzle pieces.  I drew up a pattern based on my memory of it, and thought it would be a good one for longarm practice.

It went together really fast.  One really exciting Saturday I had just updated the ProStitcher version on my machine and wanted to try it out.  This guy seemed like a great candidate.  I loaded him up, and in a relatively short period of time he was done.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out:

This photo didn’t turn out arranged as nicely as I’d like, but you can see some of the details on the front.

Here is the back:

I like the circles!

It was a quick one, but I’m pretty happy with it.  I’ll likely donate it to our local Project Linus.


I do think that I’m about done with this fabric, so I’m putting it into a scrap bag to try and sell it at the ABQ Modern Quilt Guild Destatsh sale next August.

A quick finish, but it was on my Q4’17 FAL list.  I’ll link it up to the FAL linky at the end of the quarter.


Q4’17 QAL Goals

I’m suffering from a bit of a loss of my sewing mojo.  This is kind of a strange thing as I love the last 2 quilts I finished and I got a ton of positive feedback about both of them.  It turns out I also won prizes in the Q1 and Q2 FAL, which was so cool!  With all of that you would think I would be super motivated to make more and more!  …but alas that just hasn’t been the case over the past few weeks.  Hopefully making my Q4 FAL list will give me the motivation I’m looking for.

Here is my list:

  1. Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path – I started putting together the top, and I have it about halfway done.  Need to do the rest and get it quilted.
  2. Scrappy Geese – I bought this bag of scraps at the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild Destash sale because I loved the cute critters.  The deer, the owl, and all the funny bugs!  And I got some cute fox fabric for the back.  These geese are ready to quilt up.
  3. Bright Puzzle – I finished the top in Q3.  I upgraded my LongArm to Prostitcher Premium one weekend, and as I was fooling around with the new software I loaded this guy up and got it all quilted.  I love the bubbly looking quilt pattern.  This is an easy finish – just need to get it bound.
  4. Bee Quilt – the top is done and it is ready to quilt.  I just need to get up the courage to actually quilt it!
  5. Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.
  6. Hawaiian batiks – still need to figure out how I want to assemble the top, buy some setting/sashing fabric, and get it put together.

I have a few quick finishes that might help me get going again.  I’m also thinking about using some of my fabric stash to start some Elizabeth Hartman cute critters.  The goal in Q4 is to get going again!

2017-fal-button-300Linking up with the Q4’17 FAL page


Q3’17 FAL – Wrap Up

I only got two done this quarter, but they were big ones.  Both were block of the month or quilt along projects from 2016.  I’m really happy to have them completed, and I’ve overjoyed with how they came out.

This is the list I started with:


  1. Sugar Block Club 3.0  – top is done, back is done, batting is ready to go.  It is actually loaded on the frame now and I’ve started quilting.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I posted the finished quilt here I entered it into the New Mexico State Fair and won a First Place ribbon as well as Best Modern Quilt.  YAY!!
  2. Splendid Sampler – top is done, back is done.  I’m kind of scared to quilt this one, but I bet it will be cool.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I posted the finished quilt here.
  3. Bee Quilt – the 20 embroidered blocks are done.  I need to piece the top, then on to quilting.  UPDATE:  Top is done, need to figure out the backing and get up the courage to quilt it.
  4. Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path – still looking for inspiration to piece this one and get it moving.  UPDATE: I’ve started to put the top together, but it isn’t done yet.
  5. Hawaiian batiks – need to figure out how I want to assemble the top, buy some setting/sashing fabric, and get it put together.  UPDATE:  no progress
  6. Red and Blue Squares – this started with me trying to use up all my scraps from my Splendid Sampler, and now I don’t have enough blue scraps to finish what I planned.  Oh crud, more fabric!  UPDATE: I have the whole quilt cut and have enough pieces – need to assemble it now.
  7. Bright Puzzle – I found this bag of cut pieces ready to go in a bin in my sewing room recently and decided to whip it together for another long arm practice piece.  UPDATE:   Top is done, ready for quilting.  This one will be a good longarm practice quilt.

Only 2 finishes, but they were big ones, and I got 3 other quilt tops together and ready to quilt.  Not a bad quarter at all!


My original Q3 list was posted here.  Linking up with the Q3’17 FAL page



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