Q1’18 FAL Wrap Up

I’m both really happy with my Q1’18 finishes, and kind of disappointed.  I finished a few really great quilts that I am really proud of, but I also didn’t get to sew (or blog!) as much as I wanted to this quarter.  I had some changes going on at work that kept me away from my sewing room, but I’m hoping I have that under control so I can get more sewing in during Q2’18.

But for now, this was my list for Q1’18:

 

  • Bee Quilt – I’m about halfway done quilting this guy and should finish it soon.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I wrote about it here, and it turned out so great!
  • Alison Glass Quilt – I have a secret project that I need to get done by mid/early March.  I have all of the fabric pulled so I need to get cutting, piecing and quilting to get this done.  UPDATE:  DONE!  This was my Glass Plus quilt for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blop Hop, which I wrote about here.  I love this quilt!
  • Hazel the Hedgehog – I made a few test blocks and I love how they came out.  I can’t wait to make the rest of the blocks and get the top together.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I wrote about her here, and she got sent off to my new nephew in Hawaii last weekend.
  • Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  UPDATE:  I finished the last 2 blocks and decided on a sashing plan to finish it.  I also started piecing the sashing and have made good progress.  I really hope to finish this one in Q2’18.
  • Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  UPDATE:  I have this mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.
  • Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I may have a purpose for this quilt now, so I think I’ll get it done this quarter.  UPDATE:  I had good intentions, I really did.  I cut all the sashing strips, but I’m still not sure I love how it is coming together.  I will think about it some more…
  • The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.  UPDATE:  No progress.  Nada.  Nothing.  Sigh.

So yes, some really great finishes and a whole lot of no progress.  But I think I have real-job-work-life  a bit more under control, so high hopes for Q2!

 

Linking up my finishes with the Q1’18 Finish-A-Long site.

The Bee Quilt

This quilt was a quilt-a-long from the Moda Bake Shop in mid 2016, designed by Pamela Morgan at @sweetlittlestitches.  I started the blocks at the time the quilt-a-long began, but took my time and had fun finishing them all.  There was a really helpful Facebook group for the project, and I got a lot of inspiration from the group for the embroidery.  Between that group and Google/YouTube, I learned a ton about embroidery!

After assembling the top, I had to get up the courage to quilt it.  I was a part of the HandiQuilter Ruler Club during the last 6 months of 2017, and as part of that group we got this cool oval ruler.  I wanted to try it out, so I decided to use it for continuous curves in the sashing.

For the rest of the quilt, I drew a lot of inspiration from Charisma Horton from Charisma’s Corner Long Arm Quilting in Washington state.  Her quilt, and the one she quilted for another group member, was absolutely beautiful.  She had the idea to add an echoed hexagon to the quilting, which looked awesome, so I wanted to add that design element to my quilting as well.

This guy took a long time to quilt, between the dense quilting and trying to complete it in December around the holidays, but it was fun to do and I love how it came out.

Here he is just off the frame, with some nice detail:

and here is the finished top

I got a new camera for Christmas, so please excuse the following oversharing of photos and detailed shots:

(isn’t her head tilt cute?)

 

 

 

These blocks are my favorites:

and the back:

It was a pretty day in January for a photo shoot – look at those New Mexico skies:

 

 

I had fun making all the blocks and doing the quilting was a fun challenge.

This was on my Q1’18 FAL list, so I’ll link up there at the end of March.

Also linking up with Wednesday Wait loss, as this as been on my FAL list for a year and a half, and Let’s Bee Social.

Wednesday Wait Loss

 

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