Q4’16 FAL Goals – Brown Paws Quilting

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Can you believe we are nearing the end of the year?  Only one more quarter to finish up all that stuff I said I’d do in January.  No pressure, though!

This is my list for Q4’16:

  1. Row Houses, aka Voldemort.  I’m SO CLOSE!!  Just borders left to quilt on this guy.
  2. Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path.  Need to setting on a layout, perhaps make a few more blocks and get this guy together.
  3. The Mess of a Quilt.  This was my second practice long arm quilt.  I didn’t finish quilting it during my long arm block of hours time, so I’ll have to finish it on my home machine.  It will look funny, but I’ll get it done.
  4. Green and black squares – still needs to be quilted.
  5. My Sugar Block Club BOM.  I won’t get this quilt done this quarter as the last block will come out at the beginning of December, but I need to catch up on my blocks.
  6. Bee-utiful Quilt along quilt – I still have 14 blocks left to embroider, so this one is a stretch.

I think I should get #1 and #3 done – more than that will be a stretch.  If I get Row Houses done I will do a little celebratory jig!!

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Linking up with the Q4 FAL page

Wrapping up Q3’16 – Q3 FAL


Can you believe Q3 is over?  Time to reflect on the goals and celebrate the finishes.

My Q3 FAL goals were posted here.  Here they are in photos:

…and an update on my progress:

1.  My quilt from my ABQ MQG challenge and my Victoria Findlay Wolfe class.  Most of the quilting is done for this one, so on to binding and making the label.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I posted about it here, and entered it in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.


Wolfe Creek - in front of Pagosa Peak
Wolfe Creek – in front of Pagosa Peak

2.  Red and White stars – I made this quilt top forever ago and recently found it hiding away.  I just used it this week in my first long arm class, so I should be able to get it bound and finished quickly.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I posted about it here.  Not my favorite, but not bad for my first time long-arming.

Red and Blue Stars
Red and Blue Stars

3.  My green and black accented squares quilt.  UPDATE:  No progress.  Actually that’s not quite true.  I finished ripping out all the old quilting stitches that I really didn’t like.  I was going to use this for my long-arm class, but went with two other quilts instead.  I’ll add this to my Q4 list, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it.

4.  Quilt that darn row houses!  UPDATE:  Not done, but I’ve made a lot of progress.  I’ve decided to call this quilt Voldemort – the quilt that shall not be named!  I am actually starting to think it is evil.  I had it basted on muslin and started to quilt it.  I was trying to do a bunch of straight lines with my walking foot to anchor the quilt, but it wound up getting all puckered and bunchy on the back.  I haven’t had that happen in a really long time.  I ripped it all out (I’m getting too good at that….), and bought some new backing that is a bit heavier in weight.  I’ve been quilting it the past 3 weekends and am now done with all of the inside and only have the borders left!  Lots of dense loops takes lots of time.  The end is in sight…


5.  Make my Blueberry Park fat quarters or charm packs into something cool.  UPDATE:  Not done, but I decided to use a drunkard’s path template set I had never used and have made a bunch of blocks.  Need to figure out the layout and get it together.

layout 2

6.  I started the Moda Bee-utilful QAL, and that wraps up in August.  I haven’t even started the blocks yet, and they are all embroidery, so getting this one done will be a stretch.  UPDATE:  I’ve finished 6 of the 20 embroidered blocks.  I’ve really been enjoying this one – great handwork to do at night to relax after work.  Aren’t they just stinkin’ cute??


7.  Finish the Hawaiian sampler.  UPDATE:  Nothing.  Nada.  No progress at all.

So only 2 finishes, but, as ever, lots of other things going on:

  1.  I started a new job in mid-July – moving to a new company after 23 years with another company.  I had been off for 3 months between jobs, so clearly my rate of progress declined in Q3 due to actually having a day job.  I’m still trying to figure out the balance of work, home/family time, sewing, and blogging.  My blogging has been lacking and sewing has been slow.
  2. My blog is kind of broken.  The plug-ins aren’t working, so no email to subscribers.  It has some corruption problem that at times made it impossible to do anything at all.  I now can post, but I still haven’t fixed it.
  3. I participated in the Cloud9 block design blog hop, which was a lot of fun.  I designed two blocks (posted about them here and here), and made this mini-quilt.  I really love the mini quilt and am especially proud of the quilting on it.  I am making progress on my machine quilting this year!

quilt flowers

4.  I collected a bunch of row-by-rows in during my July travels and have started working on those.

5.  I kept working on my Splendid Sampler blocks, though I’m behind on both those and my Sugar Block Club BOMs.  I’ll work on catching up when Row Houses is done!

It was a good Q3 – lots of change, but lots of progress. On to Q4 and finishing up the year strong!


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Linking up with the Q3 FAL page.

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Square Berries – Fall 2016

quilt flowers

It is time for the Fall 2016 Bloggers Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy (of Amy’s Creative Side)!


Yesterday I shared my entry into the Modern Quilt Category, and today I’m sharing my entry into the Small Quilt Category.  This one I’m calling Square Berries.  I designed these two blocks for the recent Cloud9 block design blog hop, and put my blocks together to make a small quilt.  I originally posted about the blocks and the quilt here and here – you can get tutorials for making the blocks in these posts.  Both are 12″ blocks, so this quilt is 24″x24″ (or 96″ around).

quilt flowers

I enjoyed designing the blocks and doing the tutorials.  I also had a good time doing the quilting.  I have been practicing machine quilting these swirls, and I am really happy with how they turned out.  I used Aurifil 4663 (Baby Blue Eyes – a variagated blue and white) on the front of the quilt and Aurifil 2311 (Muslin) on the back.

full quilt

abstract cabin quilting detail

I hope you enjoy my entries – I enjoyed making them!

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