Q4’17 FAL – Wrap Up

I did reasonably well with my Q4’17 FAL list.  It wasn’t very long, but Q4 tends to be really busy with the holidays so I’ll just be happy with what I completed!

Here was 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.  UPDATE – DONE!!  I love the quilting on this guy, and I posted about it here.
  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.  UPDATE – DONE!!  I posted about this guy here.
  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.  UPDATE – DONE!  Posted about it here.
  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!  UPDATE – I’m about halfway done with the quilting.  I do need to figure out how I want to quilt the borders and get it bound.
  5. Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  UPDATE – no progress at all!  Need to get this guy pieced and finished.
  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.  UPDATE – no progress.  I do have a possible purpose for this quilt now, so I think I’ll get on this guy in January.

Not terrible progress – right at 50%.  I was really hoping to get the Bee Quilt done too, and I nearly got there but I just didn’t quite get it done.  It should be a quick (ish) finish for January.

All in all I had a very good and productive 2017 – I made a lot of progress with my long arming and finished many quilts that I am very proud of.  I look forward to more quilts in 2018!

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Drunken Blueberry Quilt Finish

I have an unhealthy addition to Karen Lewis fabrics, and Blueberry Park in particular.  Any time I see it for sale I buy more of it.  At this point I think I have it in every color – all the blues/greens, reds/oranges/yellows, and yes, even all the greys/tans/blacks.  It is really pretty stuff.  🙂

I found an old template set for drunkard’s path blocks I don’t even remember buying, pulled out the blues/greens, and just started to put together blocks.  I love the blocks, but I had a really hard time getting up the motivation to finish the top.  I let it sit almost a year, but recently got my act in gear and    pieced the top together.

After getting the top together, I loaded it up pretty quickly.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the quilting, but I figured if I got it loaded up it would push me make a decision.

I knew I wanted to do something with the blue/green color pieces to tie them together and give the ‘route’ taken a sense of movement.  I also didn’t want to do so much quilting in those pieces that it would take away from the beautiful fabric.

I pulled out a few of the rulers I bought recently to find the right shapes to do an echo around and a continuous curve inside the blue/green pieces.  I came up with this:

For the background, I decided to do some improv quilting to get some nice texture:

I split the background into 3 sections moving across the quilt, with leaves on the right, swirls in the center and paisleys on the left.  I also added some feathers randomly here and there because, hey, feathers are cool.

Here is the final finished quilt:

Some close ups:

Here is the back – this isn’t a very interesting picture, but I love the polka-dot fabric:

This one of the back is cooler, with the front shining through:

Final Details – Drunken Blueberry Quilt

55″ wide by 66″ long

Quilted using So Fine #50, #503  (a light gray) in the top and bobbin.  Over 168,000 quilting stitches.

Pretty day in December to take outdoor quilt photos!

Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter and Let’s be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

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This was also on my Q4 FAL list, so I will link up there at the end of the quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrappy Geese

My Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild has an annual Destash Sale every August.  I successfully avoided it last year, as heaven knows I don’t need any more fabric, but this year I couldn’t resist.  I found a few really great additions, but none better than a scrap bag of really cute critter fabrics.  I posted details about the scrap bag for a Sunday Stash here.

As I had a bunch of smaller pieces, I wanted to do something that would both accommodate the small pieces as well as highlight the cute fabric.  I had also been recently admiring scrappy flying geese quilts, so the geese seemed like a good place to start.

While I was piecing the flying geese, the folks at The Quilters Planner were having a contest for showing the Quilters Planner in the Wild.  I used the resources in the Quilters Planner to make the geese, so I had fun with the contest.  Here the geese were figuring out how to reproduce:

and here they were gathering up to fly south:

 

But then I got serious and pieced the top together and loaded it for quilting.  I’m not very good at continuous curve quilting so I used this as an opportunity to practice.

Here is the finished quilt.  I will say that throughout making this quilt I have had a terrible time getting good light while taking a picture of it!

Here are some detail shots with better light.  I did the colored triangles going one way with a dot-to-dot design, and little 3 petal flowers in the triangles going the other way.  I love the cute little owl and deer.

Here is a detailed look at one of the larger blocks.  I just outlined the features of the fabric on these blocks because I wanted to let the fabric be the focus.

I also found the backing fabric at the same sale – awesome little jumping foxes!

Maggie was nice enough to do some modeling for me.

This guy was a pretty quick finish.  I enjoyed the fabric and the quilting practice.

Scrappy Geese was on my Q4’17 Finish Along List, so I’ll be linking up with that FAL at the end of the quarter.

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