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


Sunday Stash – August 27, 2017

The Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild had their annual de-stash sale on earlier this month.  I really should have bought a table to sell some stuff and not gone shopping, but alas, shop I did.

I couldn’t resist this really cute pack of fabric pieces and scraps.

Aren’t these bugs in the jars cute?

These turtles are my favorite!


I’m baking up a plan to use up all these lovelies.  Should be a cute one!

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.


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!


This was on my Q3’17 FAL list, so I am linking up with the Q3’17 FAL page




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