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.

Hazel the Hedgehog

I just love these critter quilts.  I did Dwight the Dear last year, and also bought the patterns for Bjorn the Bear and the Fancy Forest.  The Fancy Forest pattern package has Hazel the Hedgehog in it, and I couldn’t resist making a bunch of Hazel blocks.

Man there are a bunch of little pieces in a Hazel block!  I used my Me+You batiks for the hedgehog spines and was careful to organize as I cut:

 

I did the piecing mainly over the holiday break and then sat on the blocks for a few months while I finished another project.  I whipped them out this weekend, put them together, and got them quilted.

Here is a close up of the quilting – it is a very simple, open pattern called Raindrops.  I just bought a bunch of colors of SoFine #50 and used a light blue thread for both the front and back.  I think it blends in well.

The back – it is an Art Gallery print:

Some more fun shots

 

I love my Hazels and I might be tempted to make more but man, they took some time to get together!  For now, Hazel is heading off to Hawaii to meet my new nephew.

Final Hazel details –

25 total Hazel blocks, final measurement 40″ wide by 45″ long.

Quilted with SoFine #50, color 519 in the top and the bobbin.

Close to 25,000 quilting stitches – quilted on my Avante with the Prostitcher using the Raindrops E2E pattern from UrbanElementz (a free download!)

 

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 and Let’s Bee Social.

Wednesday Wait Loss

 

Dwight and Rudolph

I’ve admiried Elizabeth Hartman’s critter patterns for some time, and bought 3 or 4 of them with no plan for what I actually wanted to make.  In October I was online trying to find a piece of fabric for another purpose and found a Moda Grunge Christmas bundle.  I’d been considering making a Christmas quilt for awhile, and the intersection of this bundle with Dwight the Deer wanting to be Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was too good to pass up.

I spent a long weekend while we were in Pagosa Springs piecing the blocks.  They went together pretty well, but there were a lot of pieces.  After putting them together, I would recommend two things:  1) stacking up 2 fabrics at a time to cut to save time, and 2) marking every piece with the letter in the pattern and making sure that label stays with the piece until you are done with it.

These were my guys after the blocks were all made:

Ironically, I looked outside while I was doing the piecing and found 4 deer visiting me for inspiration:

I chose a wood grain pattern for the quilting, and used this quilt as another Pro-Stitcher practice piece.

Watching Dwight while quilting was fun, and I loved how it was coming together:

It didn’t take too long to finish, and I already have it up on the wall for Christmas:

Some details:

I used some leftover Grunge in red I had in my stash for the back, along with a fat quarter through the center to help make it long enough.

Final Details – Dwight and Rudolph Quilt

32″ x 45″

Quilted using So Fine #408  (a medium gray) in the top and bobbin.  Over 50,000 quilting stitches.

Wednesday Wait Loss    Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

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