IG Quilt Fest Week 2

The quilt festival on Instagram continues. I had such a positive response last week that I thought I would share this week's pictures, as well. I got a little bit behind, but I'm all caught up with the photo prompts now.

Day 8: Stacks
My stacks are pieces for the next quilt on my list. I'm making a scrappy version of Elizabeth Hartman's Roller Rink quilt from her book Modern Patchwork. As soon as I finish Talkin' Turkey, this quilt will be my primary project. I started it at retreat in October, and I'm getting excited to pull it back out.

Day 9: Finally Finished
I started Easy Street as a mystery with Bonnie Hunter in 2012. It then languished in the closet until the end of 2015 when I pulled it out to finish. Once I had the top together, I decided I needed to use up the scraps in my craziest back to date. That back felt like it would never get done, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It feels so good to have this quilt finished and to be able to sleep under it every night. You can see the front of this quilt here.

Day 10: Solid Love
My favorite thing about solids is the way they show off the quilting. Here are four quilts with solid fabrics on the backs. I quilted the top two with edge to edge designs, and I custom quilted the bottom two. Click the links below to see the fronts of the quilts.
Top Left - Sharon Stoneberger's Roller Rink
Bottom Left - an anonymous client's Crazy Daisy
Bottom Right - L. Carter's Christmas Trees
Top Right - my En Provence

Day 11: Favorite Color
I love cool colors. My favorite is purple, followed closely by blue then green. My mom made this wonderful quilt for me in all three of my favorite colors. I often wrap it around my legs while working at the computer.

Day 12: Pressing Matters
My Rowenta has certainly seen better days. Interestingly, I've had the bottom taped on for a year and a half now, and it's still going strong. I have no plans to replace it anytime soon.
I also keep a sad iron in my studio. It's wonderful for making my seams really crisp and flat. I press with the regular iron first, then I let the sad iron rest on the seam while I press the next piece. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

Day 13: Best Tip Ever
I keep my old needle cases to store used quilting needles. Whenever I replace my needle, the used needle goes in the case labeled "old". When it's full, I toss it in the trash and pull out a sharpie to write "old" on my newly emptied needle case, and the cycle continues. I find this quicker and easier than working with a separate sharps container.

Day 14: Recently Finished
Instead of a quilt, I thought I would share my new ironing board topper. I have been planning to make a big ironing board for a long time, and I am beyond thrilled that it's finally done. It holds so many pieces! After making do with the few flat spaces in an old warped board, this giant board feels like heaven. Many thanks go to my dad for helping me build it.

Day 15: Quilts and People
Speaking of my dad, here he is! Last Tuesday, my parents and I went on a photo shoot. Dad and I held the quilts, and Mom took the pictures. It was a fun day.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram. It's being hosted by @amyscreativeside. She posts a new photo prompt each day, and quilters around the world contribute their pictures. You can also follow me @snowydaysquilting.