Sugar Block 3.0 BOM – it is done!

Last year my Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild decided to do the Sugar Block Club 3.0 Block of the Month club.  It seemed like we all had a lot of energy about it for the first few months, but the enthusiasm waned.  I tried to keep up with the blocks every month, and had a big push in December to finish the last block and get the setting together.

It would have been easy to just do a 3 blocks in a row, 4 rows setting, but I decided I wanted to do a non-traditional setting.  I also had a lot of extra fabric left over, and I thought some large open areas for the top would be useful for practicing some quilting.  I cut the background fabric in to large squares and rectangles, and developed this for the setting:

Sugar Block Club 3.0

After doing a large amount of practice on my long arm, I thought I was ready to tackle this guy.

I struggled with a thread choice for the top – I wanted something that blended, but my first choice blended so well I couldn’t see what I was quilting.

I wound up choosing a very light grey – Aurifil Dove #2600.  I think it worked out well, but it still was very light in places and hard to see.

I spent a lot of time choosing patterns for each block, using many tools to work through the design – my notebook, books, and a plexiglass sheet to put on top of the quilt and try out ideas.

It took a lot of time, but I think it came out really well!

Here is the finished quilt:

Some detail shots:

The back – I pieced it with leftovers from the blocks.

I almost used a whole big spool of Aurifil on the top:

Maggie was exhausted when we were done!

But she did help me with the binding:

Final stats:

Thread used – Top (Aurifil Dove #2600), Bottom (Bottom Line #620)

Quilt Size:  66″ x 78″

Total Quilting Stitches:  352,919

I am really happy with how it turned out.  There are a lot of bobbles and wonky stitches, but I think I’ve come a long way!


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Q3’17 FAL Goals

Can’t believe half of the year is gone already.  I have fewer goals this quarter, but much larger quilts and bigger finishes.

  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.
  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.
  3. Bee Quilt – the 20 embroidered blocks are done.  I need to piece the top, then on to quilting.
  4. Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path – still looking for inspiration to piece this one and get it moving.
  5. Hawaiian batiks – need to figure out how I want to assemble the top, buy some setting/sashing fabric, and get it put together.
  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!
  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.

My plan is to really only focus on the first 3, but we’ll see how it goes.  I also need to decide on my Bee Block – I am queen in August – and catch up on my Me+You version of our Bee Inspired group blocks.

Lots of fun stuff to do, and I’m looking forward to getting these big guys knocked out.


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Q2’17 FAL – Wrap Up

I had fewer projects on my list this quarter, but a few pretty big ones a long time in the making.  Also a few that would require me to feel pretty confident with my still new long arming skills to complete.  I did reasonably well.

Here was this list:

  1. Circa 1934 Squares:  This is the quarter!  I’m doing it!  I have a quilting plan and will get it loaded up in the next week or so.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  Can’t believe it.  I posted about it here.  I think it came out really great.
  2. Red, Black and White Coins:  I finished the quilt top in Q1 and it is ready to quilt.  UPDATE:  DONE!  Man did I have a bunch of problems with this one, but he is done, and I posted about him here.
  3. Green Coins:  This is an older UFO that I recently reworked.  It originally had cream sashing and looked terrible, so I tore out the cream and inserted the green instead.  Much better, and ready to be quilted.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I posted about it here, and am so happy with how it came out.
  4. Caterpillar Quilt:  Still need to get this quilt top together but it should be quick.  I think I’ll use this quilt top as another Pro-stitcher practice quilt.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I did use this as another Prostitcher practice quilt, and I love it.  I posted about it here.
  5. Sugar Block Club 3.0:  I mostly have a quilting plan ready to go.  I need to piece together a backing and get up the courage to do the quilting. UPDATE:  Top is done, back is done, batting is ready to go.  This will be the next one I load up.
  6. Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path:  blocks are done – need to put it together and quilt it.  This one just hasn’t been inspiring me, so I need to figure out what I want to do with it.  UPDATE:  No progress 🙁  Still looking for inspiration on this guy.
  7. Splendid Sampler:  The quilt top is all together and it looks great.  I need to piece the back and figure out how I want to quilt it.  UPDATE:  Back is pieced and ready to go.  I’ll probably work on this one after the Sugar Block Club 3.0 quilt.
  8. Bee-utiful Quilt along:  I have 4 more blocks to do before I finish all the sashing and setting to get the top together.  This would be a stretch, but I will make progress.  UPDATE:  I finished all the embroidery blocks and have started piecing the top.  I’ll put this on the list for next quarter.

It was a quarter with some set backs and some good progress.  I had hoped for more progress, but I am happy with what I did get done.  Looking forward to getting the Sugar Block Club and Splendid Sampler quilts done in Q3.


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