Posts tagged #work in progress

IG Quilt Fest Week 4

IG Quilt Fest has come to an end. I think this last week may have been my favorite. It allowed me to take a look at quite a few different quilts. I really appreciate Amy Ellis taking the time to host this online event.

Day 24: Labels
I am a big believer in labeling my quilts. It adds a personal touch and ensures the history won't be forgotten. I write my labels by hand and sew them in with the binding. I almost always make some extra binding so I can use it to frame the label.

Day 25: Unfinished Quilt
I started this when I had only been quilting for a couple of months. Debbie Jeske of A Quilter's Table organized a swap of Polaroid quilt blocks. It looked like a ton of fun, so I joined in. I loved sewing the blocks, but it was a bit overwhelming when I received all of my swap blocks in the mail. There was so much trimming to do, and I didn't have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with them. So, they went in a box and have lived there ever since. Pulling them out for this picture reminded me how cute they are, bu I'm still not sure what I want to do with them. Perhaps if I start trimming them, the inspiration will come.

Day 26: Favorite Finish
I have to admit, my favorite finish changes pretty often. At the moment, I'm torn between two quilts. This is the first one. I designed this quilt and made it to surprise my husband. I spent all of last year working on it in little bits of time when I was sure I wouldn't get caught. I pulled it off, and I presented it to him for Christmas. He had no idea I had been working on it and was amazed that I could be so sneaky.

This is the second quilt vying for the coveted status of favorite finish. I've been planning this quilt for years. I made it for my dear friend Joy and just gave it to her last week. This quilt is special because I was able to include so many personal details in it. I only wish I could have given it to her in person.
The pattern for this quilt is Serendipity by Missouri Star Quilt Company. You can find it as a video tutorial, a single printed pattern, and in both the digital and print versions of BLOCK Magazine Volume 1, Issue 5.

Day 27: Inspiration
I am inspired by seeing all of the beautiful things other quilters create. I love that we live in a time when it is so easy to share our work. This Modern Chevron Baby Quilt was made by Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts. I first saw it several years ago, and it has been floating around in the back of my mind every since. Kirsty kindly gave me permission to share it for my inspiration post. If you are also inspired and would like to make this quilt, check out her tutorial.

Day 28: Bindings
I enjoy the quiet process of hand binding. It's so peaceful. I take tiny stitches, so it takes me quite a while to make it all the way around a quilt. I can always count on Ruth to keep me company and take some naps while I stitch away.

Day 29: Fun with Fabric
One of the ways I have the most fun with fabric is making pieced backs. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use up the scraps.

Day 30: Must Make
Sometimes you get an idea in your head that you know is a little bit crazy, but it just won't leave. This is one of those times. I was playing in EQ7 and came up with this design. It will be king sized, and all of the pieces will finish at 1" wide. I've been collecting fabric for over a year now, and I'm nearly ready to start. Wish me luck!

Day 31: Work in Progress
I started this Talkin' Turkey quilt in a workshop with Bonnie Hunter last July. It's been a slow process because there are so many pieces! I finally got the top put together a couple weekends ago, and I started quilting it last Friday. The quilting design is Winds of Change by Sarah Ann Myers. The pattern for Talkin' Turkey can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

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.