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A Quilting Challenge – Really?!!

I’m living in a house which has NO room completed, so naturally, I’m going to participate in my quilt guild’s UFO Challenge.  I’ve picked 12 quilts which need to be completed and shown by December 5th, 2022.

1- Hand Quilted White Work. This is my oldest quilt “top” from sometime in 2005.  I took a hand quilting class in preparation to quilt my DWR.

2 – QIAD Green & Cream Swap from the fall of 2006. It’s my 3rd oldest UFO.

3 – Johnny’s Strip Twist.  I started this at a quilt retreat in 2016. I had problems with my 1/4″ seam, so started over. I have enough sections to make at least 2 quilts.

4 – Pink & Black Auction Crazy Strings. I bought the blocks at an auction in 2018. This will be the 3rd quilt I’ve made from them. I pulled the fabrics when I thought I was going to a Sit-n-Sew in December so I’m counting it.

5 – Christmas Wall Hanging. My SIL and I purchased the fabric for this quilt at the same time — July 2018.  Hers is finished, I have part of 1 block done.

6 – Frolic the 2019 Quiltville Mystery Quilt. This looks like it just needs to be quilted.  But I need to make the backing bigger, so I’ll be making more blocks.

7 – Baubles ‘N Beads – I made this top in August 2020 and just need to quilt it.

8 – Shimmer – I’m using the leftover fabric from Bauble ‘N Beads and Atomic Starburst to make this quilt. I started it  August 2020.

9 – Atomic Starburst – the top was completed in March 2021, which is why it’s listed after Shimmer.

10 – MQA BOM – I finished the quilt top the end of September 2021 – so it is possible to piece with the house torn apart.

11 – Ruby’s Sampler – I started this the New Year’s Eve 2020. I still need to write up the patterns for the blocks and of course finish making the top.  I need to make 4 more blocks.

12 – SQG BOM – The first block came out February 2021. I made 3 blocks before I stopped sewing last year to start packing.  I didn’t get a picture of the 3rd block.

In addition to the above I’m participating in a Pizza Box Challenge – one block a month with one of my guilds & I’m considering a mystery quilt with the other guild.  The retreat usually has a lotto block – I’ll try to make one; a swap block – I’ll probably skip this time; and a mystery quilt – which I may not do either.

My goal is to not start anything new, but now that I think about it, there’s a pot holder and possibly a sweatshirt jacket in my future.

 

 

One Monthly Goal – April

Decisions, decisions. What do I pick for my One Monthly Goal, a challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts. Do  I pick finishing the top to Shimmer…

quilt and bind Atomic Starburst…

or quilt and bind Baubles ‘n Beads?

Yes, there is a theme here — all of the quilts I’ve made with my FQ Bundle of Radiance which I purchased in July 2019.

I think I’ll go with Shimmer.

No Sewing, Just Fabric Cutting

I am making Shimmer using the same main fabrics I used in  Atomic Starburst and Baubles ‘n Beads.  It started with a FQ Bundle of Radiance by  Dan Morris for QT Fabrics.  Here they are laid out with background I used in those two quilts.

I only used a 5 1/2″ strip from the width of the FQs, so I had a 12 1/2 x 21 piece left.  Each block uses 3 fabrics plus the background.  To get the scrappy look, all of pieces of a block are cut from each FQ.  The pieces are separated by where they are used in the block.

The large square and rectangle are “A”, the small rectangle and squares are “B”. Not pictured here is “C” the medium squares for the HSTs. Since I didn’t have a true FQ, I opted to use the “solid” FQs (or what was left of them) for “C”.  I still didn’t have enough fabric, so each of the “starburst” fabrics I used in Atomic Starburst will also be used as “C” in one block.  The colors are not true in the picture below.

Needless to say, I simply cannot make any cutting mistakes.  There is no more fabric.  Each fabric was cut individually, as if I did make a mistake I wanted to limit it to a single fabric. Sure enough I did make mistakes – most of which I was able to recover from with no issues.  But one of the fabrics I had to find another solution.  I’m guessing when this unit is in the block and the top is quilted no one will notice.

I finished cutting and sorting A & B last night.

After I make the HSTs, I’ll add them to each of the block sets.  But of course before I do that I need to cut the background fabric. This is what I’m using.  I had 3 yards in my recent stash. I bought it for Frolic but didn’t use it.

 

Bauble ‘n Beads is a Top

In between taking calls for work, I completed my  Baubles ‘n Beads top.  I then made the binding for Cascade, and I make the August block for Star Studded.

 

I thought that meant I could cross 2 things off my list, but the line says “Finish Baubles ‘n Beads”, not complete Baubles ‘n Beads top.

 

Easy Breezy = 53

 

Another List?

Yes, I’ve written out another list.  This is just the stuff I see sitting around the sewing room. I’ve decided I need to get a few things done to clear the deck so to speak before I start Shimmer.  Well, that and I have started 2 new quilts and figured I needed to work on my UFOs again. I suspect this is more of an attempt to keep myself from starting a new quilt that I can throw on the long arm and have the computer quilt.

I’ve always said I wanted to work my way into custom quilting and with Cascade I have confirmed that is what I want to do.  Which is good, since I have a stack of quilt tops that I want to do some sort of custom quilting on. The only issue is that if I’m standing at the quilting machine, I can’t be piecing.  I haven’t worked that one out yet. I guess I need to work on a few quilts which won’t benefit from custom quilting. But not today.

This is the 2nd weekend in a row I’ve had to work.  At the moment, it looks like I’ll be up early for a couple of hours, then will sit back and wait for a conference call at 4.  I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one more gets thrown in.  So, my plan is to finish up  Baubles ‘n Beads.  Then bind Cascade and make a hanging sleeve for it.

 

Easy Breezy = 51

Baubles ‘n Beads Progress

Bauble ‘n Beads is moving right along. After paper piecing the starbursts for Atomic Starburst, these “baubles” were simple to knock out in no time.

Applique is another technique I’m not real fond of either, but it’s moving right along.  Everything slowed down once I started the satin stitching.  Note to self – middle satin stitch, reduced to 3.0 wide, reduce pressure foot pressure to 5.0.

Easy Breezy = 49

Radiance Bundle Continues

Yes, this is the start of a new quilt.  Bauble ‘n Beads by Cat Nix Designs. The fabric is Radiance by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics.  If you think you have seen this before, you have.  It’s the same fabric that I used for Atomic Starbust, designed by Violet Craft.

Yes, I’ve finished piecing the top.  I now need to trim the top to size and get it quilted.

Easy Breezy = 48

New Month – New Projects

I suppose technically the title of this post would have been more apt for Saturday, but I couldn’t figure out a better title given the various topics of today’s post.

The day started off way earlier than I prefer on any day, but especially on a weekend, but I had a go-live for work. As a result there was plenty of time to quilt today. First up my SILs Frolic. It’s nearly finished – I think there are two more passes before I can take it off the frame. While the machine was running, I pulled out a project box from 2019 and cleaned up the scraps.

I finished the pink and brown top back in the spring of 2009. I also did a small wall hanging a couple of years later. The folded “FQs” are pieces which measure at least 6″ x 20″. I fold them all to 5″ tall by 6″ high to fit into my fabric boxes.  As you can see I also added to my pre-cuts with strips, bricks, blocks, and strings.  The box of fabric from the purple and green log cabin quilt that I recently finished was also dealt with, leaving me 2 empty project boxes. Which I immediately filled up with these fabrics.

I have 3 quilts planned. Atomic Star Burst, Bauble ‘n Beads and Shimmer. The first two will have the blue for background.  I think Shimmer will have a light background, but as it is the 3rd quilt, I’ll worry about it later. Anyway, I started on Atomic Star Burst tonight. I will conquer paper piecing, but that first half starburst needs to be redone. One of the spokes didn’t get fully caught in the seam. So, what do you think? 1/2 a starburst a night? 20 starbursts would work out to 40 days.  No, I am not going to do do another challenge – at least not one so intense.

Easy Breezy – 39