It's been a busy summer!
I made a pincushion to swap! The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is swapping with the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild. I should be getting mine at this month's meeting.
One of my favorite friends let me use her long arm machine. It was magical.
I also made a sewing machine mini to swap at HMQG. I think I need to make another one for myself!
Just a little of what I've been up to this summer. What about you?
I finally finished a quilt! Woohoo! This jelly roll race quilt top has been sitting around for almost two years now... oops! I even started quilting it over six months ago, but I got frustrated after breaking three needles in a row and sat it aside for a bit. Okay, more than a bit.
But now it's done! I did some fun loops going across each strip of the quilt. This pattern would have been a lot easier on a longarm machine, but I managed on my little home machine.
I used a fun hombre print for the backing, and bound it in some Kona Cerise, which I love. So glad to be able to call this one done!
For this month's do. Good Stitches blocks, we were asked to stitch up two Sun & Surf blocks in coral, mint, and low volume prints. I really, really love this color combination, and this quilt is going to be gorgeous!
One of my good friends had a birthday recently, so I Pinterest-stalked her, found this adorable paper-pieced pig that she had pinned, and new that it was exactly what I wanted to make for her. So here's how it turned out! Too cute, right?
He's got a little curly embroidered tail, but don't tell him how much the quilting looks like bacon. He may not be too happy about that. This was my first mini quilt too, so I'm really excited about that! I included triangles in the corners on the back for hanging like this. I am happy to report that she loved it!
The paper-pieced pattern is from Bubblestitch, and she has a ton of other really cute animals too. I'm thinking I really need a paper-pieced squirrel on my wall. For real.
I finished my Feathers quilt-along top! Woohoo! The paper is still on the back of each block, which is why it looks a little ripply at the moment. I'm not looking forward to tearing all that paper off, that's for sure! I think I know how I want to quilt it, though, so I should probably get started on that.
All in all, this was a pretty fun quilt to put together. I'm not sure that I'd do another full quilt that requires paper piecing thanks to the work it takes to rip all of the paper off, but who knows. I'll probably forget all that trouble and do it again anyway. Especially for something like these fun stars!
This month for the Imagine Circle at do. Good Stitches we were asked to create four improv-stripped flying geese in warm yellows, browns, and creams with a solid red triangle using this tutorial. These were really easy and fun to make - this is going to be a gorgeous quilt! By the way, isn't that hexagon print to die for? I think I got it in a scrap pack at some point, and I don't know what it is, but I want more!
You may remember my friend Wren who was diagnosed with cancer. I made her and her baby girl each a quilt a while back. A bit after that I used leftovers from those quilts and a layer cake of Bliss that I had on hand to start a Starry Eyed quilt with the original intention of it to be a Christmas quilt. And it sat, cut out, for quite a while. I finally got back to it last fall.
I'm sad to say that Wren didn't make it.
So now this quilt is for her too, for us to remember her by. Because I miss her very much. I'm going to figure out something very simple for quilting, and hopefully by next Christmas we will be snuggling with it.
Still plugging away on my feathers quilt. Here are blocks G, H, I, and J. Those last two sets took such a long time, but they look pretty cool. I'm really loving how bright the prints are against the grey background. The feathers are really going to shine when it's all put together. I've gotten a little further than you see here... hopefully soon I'll have all the blocks finished!
I'm finally making some progress on my feathers quilt! I have almost everything cut out and prepped, except I was a bit zealous in my cutting the background solid and thus ran out of fabric too early. Whoops! I definitely need to order some more, but it hasn't stopped me from getting started. These are blocks A-F. I tend to forget how much I like paper piecing until I do it again... and I really do enjoy it! I love how crisp and clean everything looks. I'm pretty excited about how this is looking so far! How is everyone else's feather quilt coming along?