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The family reunion is over, the fair is over, the students are almost back to campus and my kids are getting ready to get back to school.  So it's time to crack down and get back to work!

Progress, though - singing the blues is at the Bakeshop!


One of my favorite quilty buddies happens to be a cousin, and I made her a Maker's Tote to give her at the reunion. (I cut out a second one for me, and it's almost done as well.)


Classic meets modern blocks!


Angela Walter's Build a Quilt block


I need some good pictures of recent finishes, like Band Camp and my Frond Butterfly quilt


And Bitter Almost just needs assembled, although I'm still debating sizing it up for my bed.  It does beg the question of how many quilts do I need for my bed.  I only have two, currently.


So things that I need to do:

Finish cutting the sashing for the Morris quilt.  The blocks are almost done.
Assemble the top of Bitter Almond
Attach the handle of the 2nd Maker's Tote
Pictures of Band Camp qu…
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Singing the Blues!

My latest Moda Bakeshop quilt is done!  This was a relatively simple pattern, but with the beautiful blue fabrics and the fun I had with the machine quilting, it's a new favorite.

It's a relatively straightforward design and construction.  I put it together in columns, to speed up construction and reduce the number of seams.  


I sketched out half a dozen different quilting designs, and went with one that I ended up loving.  It was definitely a challenge to quilt, as it involved rolling the quilt back and forth a LOT on the rollers.  It was enough to make me wonder how expensive it would be to get one of those frames with the automatic advance features, that's for sure. 


All of the filler motifs are ones that I've done before, but it's always challenging to do them on the diagonal, and consistently filling in those corners was a challenge, but overall I'm quite pleased. 


I also ended up outlining each of the blocks by stitching in the ditch.  I hadn't ori…

Thursday WIP List

There has been progress in the past couple of weeks; nothing dramatic, but it's there!

Moving along on the Build a Quilt BOM - this is block 9.  I'm pretty please with how this one came out.


I spent some time working with my daughter on a visual arts project for 4-H.  I like the texture in this; she's having fun with it as well.


This project jumped into the queue.  I hadn't planned on it for this year, but I'm part of our local Fine Arts Boosters, and we're raising money for new marching band uniforms.  This one is going to be raffled off; hopefully it will at least raise enough to buy one uniform!  Those things are expensive.

Another one jumped into the project list as well.  A co-worker of my husband's, who is also a quilter, lost everything in a house fire recently.  She likes blue, so I made her a queen size blue and white quilt.  It's a pretty basic one, but it's done except for the binding.

I've made significant progress on Bitter Almond;…

Working those WIP's

Some charity quilts on the frame - Natalie and I finished these up. 


I did some simple quilting on this one - this quilt is really all about the fabrics and colors, so I kept the quilting to a minimum.  I now have a binding pile again!


Our guild is doing a mystery challenge, and although I know what the result is, so it really isn't a mystery to me, I'm still playing along.  It's a great opportunity to use up this Kate Spain!


A sneak peek at a mystery project!  Lots of fun quilting on this one... 

One of the Build a Quilt blocks.  


And another couple of blocks for Classic Meets Modern!


I've been making some progress on Bitter Almond - lots of piecing for that one.  I need to get more piecing done for Morris Apprentice, as well. 

If I get some time to get something on the frame, I'll probably load up Crystal Gems or the modern quilt.  Crystal Gems is just all over quilting, and I will have a little fun with the modern one, but I'm totally stymied by what …

Charity quilt - finished!

Another charity quilt is finished and donated!  This is another one by Patricia in Spokane, and sent to Jo at Jo's Country Junction, and on to me to finish, then off to the ladies of the Kountry Quilters for binding.  

I went with an all-over spiral pattern for this one.  I definitely need a little practice; I need to keep my spacing more even and just get more experience at filling in small areas, but practice makes better, and finished is better than perfect.


This is a nice sized lap or throw, and will also be going to the SNICU (Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It's an adult unit that cares for and treats the most severely ill patients.  They care for patients with severe illnesses, catastrophic trauma, aneurysm patients and more.  As you can imagine, they deal with patients who pass away on a regular basis.  When a family makes the difficult decision to withdraw life support or a patient is near end-of-life,…

Productivity on the WIP list

Between the binding binge, and the retreat, and some open evenings, I'm getting some progress made.  At the early stages of a quilt it often doesn't seem like things are happening, and there are only so many pictures you can take of piles of chain pieces.

I did get one block of Bitter Almond completely finished. I am loving how this looks so far, and debating about sizing up to bed sized.  We shall see. 


I got two more blocks done for the Classic Meets Modern BOM.


The binding to rows of cats is on!

And the weather has turned to a lovely early summer.  Took some time for a bike ride with the kids. 

I need to get some pictures taken of finishes.  I'm not yet feeling the need to break open another project.  I have a ways to go piecing Bitter Almond and the Morris quilt.  Neither of those is hard, but there are a LOT of blocks for each!  I actually had my nephew helping with the batik quilt.  He's 13, and very good at detailed, precise work.  He also enjoys working alone,…

WIP List Changes!

A couple of things in the works - finished the first diamond for my Prism Star.  This is a demo for guild next Monday.  These aren't hard to do, but I have to double and triple check before each seam that I've got the right fabrics in the right place.  

These are the April Blocks for the Classic Meets Modern BOM.  Loving the bright colors!  May's blocks are on the cutting table. 


Bitter Almond is being chain pieced.  My main machine was giving me fits on the batik, so I had to get out the Featherweight to piece these.  Lots of blues, greens and browns.  I think I may end up enlarging this one to king-sized to go on my bed. 


The quilting on this is finally done, and it's even bound!  Just need to bury the threads, and I think it's going to my son's first grade teacher as a gift.  It's her first year teaching, and my kiddo isn't easy.  She's done a fabulous job with him.  I haven't given a teacher a quilt in a couple of years.  I gave a beauti…