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IG Quilt Fest Week 3

Another week of March has come and gone. I'm still doing my best to keep up with the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram, hosted by @amyscreativeside. It's been interesting to come up with so many different kinds of pictures. If you've been thinking about joining in, there's still a few days left.

Day 16: Quilting Book Love
I really enjoy quilting books. There are quite a few I would like to get, but of the ones I have, these are my four favorites:
- Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison
- Shape by Shape by Angela Walters
- Shape by Shape Collection 2 by Angela Walters
- Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Day 17: Sewing Friends
These are the friends I never would have found if not for quilting. Five of us teamed up to make this quilt as a surprise for Linda (third from the right). I'm grateful for the friendship of each of these ladies. You can read all about the making of this quilt here.

Day 18: Mini Quilt
This quilt is the closest I've made to a mini. It's still waiting for binding, but I'm thrilled with it so far. The free pattern is Star Struck by Bonnie Hunter. I shrunk the pieces and laid them out in a rainbow to make a 30" square wall hanging. I quilted each star in a different color thread.

Day 19: Thread Bliss
My favorite quilting thread is King Tut by Superior Threads. I enjoy the extra interest that variegated thread adds to all over designs. My dad made this wheeling cart for me, and the top drawer is full of King Tut.

Day 20: Quilts in the Wild
I love taking pictures of my quilts in the wild. I'm generally several quilts behind on sharing any finishes because I like to wait until I can get those outdoor shots.
This quilt was small enough to stuff in my backpack during a hike. Whenever we found a good spot to take some pictures, we would take a break and pull out the quilt. That was fun because I was able to get some pretty unique shots.
The quilt pattern is the 3 Dudes Quilt. I watched the tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company, then modified the blocks to use five strips instead of four. Click here for more information and pictures of this quilt.

Day 21: Quilting Up Close
Here is a close-up view of my Monster quilt. I improvisationally pieced it to use up the ends of some strip sets. All of the quilting was done freehand with my longarm.

Day 22: Special Finish
My parents retired and moved to Montana in 2015, so the Christmas of 2014 was their last one in the house where I grew up. My sister and I both brought our husbands back to Michigan and we all got to be together for that last Christmas. I decided it would make it extra special if I surprised everyone with quilts. It was a challenge to get them all done, but so worth it. The memories surrounding this house and this Christmas makes it my most special finish.

Day 23: Stash
This is the majority of my stash. I love batiks, so that's all that's here. Anything between 1/4 yard and a yard gets folded to the same size and filed in the boxes. Anything bigger is wrapped around comic book boards and stored on a shelf. I love that I can see everything, so it's easy to pick out what I need.

Finished: Christmas Race

I started this quilt in November 2013 with my guild.  A bunch of us got together on a Saturday with the strips already sewn end-to-end, and we raced to see who could get the top sewn together the fastest.  After that, I folded up the top and left it languishing in a drawer so that I could focus on other quilts that were higher priorities.

I have to admit, after I put the top away, I gradually lost interest in it.  When my guild issued their annual UFO challenge in February, it was just what I needed to get going again.  UFO stands for UnFinished Object.  At the February guild meeting, people declare UFOs.  Then at the June meeting, they either present the completed item, or pay the guild five dollars.  I have a bit of a competitive streak, so I knew that if I declared this quilt, I would get it done.  And I did--I finished it the night before the big meeting.

This quilt is made with the Cherry Christmas line by Aneela Hoey for Moda.  I wanted the quilt to be bigger, so I added some borders.  Since I'm not usually a big fan of borders, I used the red bits in the center border to spice it up a bit.  I like the little touch of whimsy that it adds.  With the addition of the borders, and after washing and drying, the quilt finishes at 62.5 inches by 79.25 inches.

My favorite print in the Cherry Christmas line is the clotheslines.  Since I like that print so much, I got it in blue, green, and grey for the back.  I cut the fabric into rectangles and created a bit of a zigzag pattern.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I almost think I like the back more than the front.

I free motion quilted this on my home machine.  I did feathers in the grey parts of center border, wishbones in the little red bits of the center border, and wavy lines in the inner and outer borders.  In the body of the quilt, I did straight lines in the blue stripes, and concentric circles and pebbles everywhere else.  The quilting is pretty dense, so it took a long time to complete.  It was definitely worth it, though.  I love the texture in this quilt.

I always label my quilts.  For this one, I used my go-to labeling method.  Two sides of the triangle are stitched down with the binding, so I only have to attach one side by hand.  I use a bit of extra binding on that third side to frame it.  Now that the quilt is done, I just need to wait for Christmas to roll around.  Nothing beats reading a good book curled up with a quilt and cup of tea at Christmas.

Posted on June 23, 2015 and filed under Finished Projects.

Rainy Weekend

Three day weekends are great for quilting, especially when it's raining the whole time.  Since we didn't want to go out and get soaked on a hike, we spent all of our time inside last weekend.  I made a ton of progress on my projects.

First, I got most of the binding stitched down for the quilt I'm working on for my guild's UFO challenge (UhFinished Object).  I only have about 25 inches of binding left to hand stitch.  Then I need to go back and finish up the last little bit of quilting from where I ran out of thread on the inner border.  I have until June 9 to finish, so I'm in great shape for the challenge.

After that, I worked on putting together the blocks for last year's retreat quilt.  Each year, a few of us choose a pattern to start together at the guild retreat.  I've had all of the blocks done for a while.  Now they are all sewn into rows, the top is laid out, and a lot of the rows have been sewn together.  I'm sewing the rows into three sections, then I will sew those together to complete the top.  I was able to get the first two sections sewn over the weekend.

The construction method of this quilt produces just as many bonus triangles as there are triangles in the main quilt.  I've been deliberating for quite a while over what I wanted to do with the bonus triangles.  I've been pleasantly surprised by how many different designs I could come up with.  I never thought 60 degree triangles would be so versatile.  Over the weekend, I came up with the sketch that I'm planning to go with.  I'm pleased with this layout.