Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quilty Adventures

Seems like ages since I've posted anything! Truth is, I just haven't had time to process pictures and write a post. So here's an update on my crazy quilty life!

Friday was devoted to preparing the backing for my second QAL quilt, Water Lilies. Sorry for the teaser picture - I'll post more when it's bound.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of pieced backs, but I had a Monet inspired water lily fabric in my stash that I just didn't know what to do with. But it went perfectly with the water lily theme! There wasn't enough for the whole quilt, requiring other pieces to bring the back up to size. The Monet water lily piece became the center panel for the back.




The fuschia next to it is from the flowers used on the front, and the sides are another Monet floral print that coordinates with the center. The top and bottom is a new piece I found in the clearance section at Beverly's that has the same look as the ponds printed in the center. Boy, did I get lucky!

On to Saturday. We (me, mom, and my two sons), drove 80 miles to participate in the Shop Hop by the Bay. And that was just the local shops. I was pretty tired the rest of the afternoon, so no quilting happened. We continued on the southern leg on Sunday, and made it to the last shop with 10 minutes to spare! Again, no quilting. But, because there were 4 of us, we came home with lots of strips for the flag table runner project.



The pattern is a little short for the area I need it, so I might do something else. I've definitely got enough strips for it!

And of course, I had to pick up some of the Row by Row 2015 patterns from participating shops. Love the summer theme of all the rows! Not sure I'll get a Row by Row quilt done this year, as there is a lot of applique to some of the rows. For fun, here's last year's, and here's the link for more detail pictures.



Continuing on to Monday. AM, guild membership processing. PM, finish quilting Water Lilies, which leaves me 20 minutes to grab something for dinner before heading off to the guild meeting. The meeting features Peggy Martin, inventor of Quick Strip Paper Piecing, and all of her beautiful quilts. And of course, I had to sign up for her Feathered Star class for the next day!

So, on Tuesday, I got halfway done with my New Feathered Star, and finished it up this morning.



Just need to remove some paper, and add it to the 'to be quilted' pile!

And in other exciting news, I've become an ambassador for Calico Cat Fabrics! Tanya's Etsy shop features Tula Pink, Riley Blake, and Kona solids, to name a few lines, and of course, lots of pre-cuts and yardage. She graciously sent me this 10" Stackers from Riley Blake's La Vie Boheme line, to show what it can create. I got my inspiration today, after ordering the Metro Twist pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful



This pattern will be perfect for these 10" squares! Metro Twist is also required for Sew Kind of Wonderful's Twisted Blossom QAL, starting next week. Jenny is having a sale on the Quick Curve Ruler and the Metro Twist pattern for this QAL, June 23 and 24, 2015 only. So, if you want to quiltalong, get your supplies today! 

And for those of you who have finished your Spangled Stars QAL tops - they all look fabulous! I love seeing all the different color layouts everyone used - great job!! The link remains open until June 30, so there's still time to finish up! To add your pictures, go to the link on the Spangled Stars QAL Completed Top Linky page.

Ok, I've got more quilty fun to write about, but for now, I need to get back to quilting! Have a great day!


1 comment:

  1. I was a pattern tester for that Sweet Liberty Runner. So much fun! You sound like you've been busy and having a great time.

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