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!

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


Bee Queen for August

I’ve had great time with my Bee Inspired bee group this year.  I’ve never been in a Bee, and I really had no idea what this whole Bee thing entailed.  I chose to be Queen later in the year so I could figure it all out before having to choose a block for the group.  August was mine!

Finding a block was harder than I thought it would be.  I thought over the course of a half of a year I’d run across several options, but I really didn’t.  Given that, I started cramming to find something to do in mid-July!  I really like the Elizabeth Hartman critter patterns and am looking forward to trying them out, but in the meantime I found this quilt-a-long from a few years ago that has a similar feel.  These pups remind me of my boys, Bucky and Leo…and after all, my blog is named after Leo’s brown paws.

The quilt-a-long, which happened in 2015, is from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  The original “Dog Gone Cute” blog page is here.

I made a few blocks to try it out:

Mr. Brown Paws (Leo) and his block
Bucky and his block

My Bee-mates have made some super cute blocks so far, using their own furry kids as inspiration.

This is Romeo and Juliet, from Velda Roy at Granny Can Quilt:

This is Ivy, from Emily at The Darling Dogwood.  Real Ivy was not happy about having her photo taken:


Marius, from Jen at A Dream and a Stitch:


I just got two pieces of international mail late last week!  This is Leo and Indi, from Kate at Smiles From Kate (Leo, like Ivy, really hates having his picture taken):

And finally Bucky with Doug, all the way from Australia, from Sue at Sevenoaks Street Quilts:

Bucky likes Doug.  Or Bucky was just really happy that lunch was coming after his photo!

It has been so fun getting these great blocks in the mail.  I look forward to getting them all and seeing how the quilt comes together.

Thanks to the Bee Inspired group for a great year of fun blocks.



Claude the French Poodle

For our June Bee block, Karen of Tu-Na Quilts picked a really fun block.  She had a fun trip to Paris a few years ago, and used that trip as inspiration for these blocks.  Black and white french poodles, to which she will add setting pieces in shades of pink and wine for contrast.  Should be a fun quilt.

There was a lot of little pieces for this block, but it did come together pretty well.  You can get the tutorial for making the block from Karen’s post on our Bee Inspired blog site.

I didn’t take a photo of all the pieces, but here he is after getting some smaller pieces put together into larger chunks:

And the final block:

I named him Claude, and I think he is awesome.  I hope that Karen likes him!


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