How old is vintage? – November OMG

I took a little break from picking a goal in October and ended up actually meeting my “unofficial’ goal! My goal would have been to finish the Dr. Seuss quilt for my father’s co-worker.  I’ll post on the finish another time.

Because now it’s time to pick a new goal!  November starts the holiday season for me.  I go on a trip with my best friend every November and then there’s Thanksgiving and then it becomes the Christmas season.

Since it’s so busy, my goal will be to complete my strip club quilt for my November quilt club meeting.  We’re making Tuscan Vintage pattern from McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September.  The pattern can be found here.

The original quilt uses batiks in what I feel like are fallish colors.  It’s pretty, but that’s not where my stash was leaning.  I have what I’ll call a “Vintage” Bella Pack from Pineapple Fabrics.  For those not familiar, a Bella pack includes 20 jelly roll strips, 20 mini charm squares and 5 fat quarters.  They also come with a pattern of your choice to use the pack.  I brought this at a show a couple of years ago, and thought this quilt would be perfect.

Here’s the pack (after I cut into because I forgot to take pictures):

20181104_182226.jpg

Then I added some other fabrics, just for interest.  My goal is to use up the strips and mini charm squares, so that I don’t have to add them back to the stash.  So I limited the number of additional fabrics.

And finally, the background fabric.  Which was actually the starting point, because I had to find a large enough piece in my stash.  Really, the ideas was to find one large enough, but not so large that I would need to cut into my 5/6 yard cuts.

20181104_182239

The background is actually short.  The quilt calls for 2 5/8 yards.  I only have 2 1/2 yards.  So the quilt is going to be a little smaller.  Which is ok, because the original quilt is around 64  x 80.  I’ll make 9 blocks instead of 12 and it will be fine.

Here are my first few blocks:

20181106_1151451

Linking up to:

Elm Street Quilt

 

Advertisements

Final Countdown – Q4 FAL

I have failed miserably at finishing quilts this year.  But, it’s a new quarter and new possibility.

So here is the list:

Some that have been on the finish list almost all year

The one’s that were added last quarter:

And some new ones added this quarter:

Highly unlikely that I’ll finish 14.  But, if I want to make my goal of 12 quilts finished this year, I need to finish 9 quilts.  We’ll see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Q4 FAL

 

Seeing Stars – A Completed Top

The year of craziness continues, and I’ve been absent from my blog longer than intended.  But! I have been quilting, and managed to get my Seeing Stars quilt into a flimsy before the linkup deadline.

And without further ado, here it is:

4945

I absolutely love this quilt!  I was at a quilt retreat last week (more on that in another post) and spent most of the quilting time working to finish this up.

And now to decide if I’m going to add a border.  I would love it to be a little bigger, so that I can use it on a bed, but I don’t have any yardage of Sunday Supper.  It’s a few years old, but a quick search did turn up some options.  But after the massive spending spree of my quilt retreat, I’m having a hard time convincing myself to buy even more fabric.  On the plus side, I did find backing for the quilt at the retreat!

Hopefully there will be better pictures once I get it quilted.  Right now I’m under the deadline to link up to Happy Quilting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Happy Quilting

 

Cookies – September OMG

Would you believe I finished my August OMG and forgot to blog about it? I even drafted the post!  I went down to my sewing room to take a picture and decided I’d sew a little before I finished the post.  Then an unexpected call from a cousin and I was out the door  (for fun activities) and all thoughts of posting were forgotten.  Until 12:03 am 🙂  Oh well, at least I can take comfort in knowing I did complete my goal.

And now on to September’s goal…cookies.  Or more accurately cookie cutter.  My goal is to finish cutting out the pieces for this quilt:

Cookie Cutter

The pattern is Cookie Cutter by Jaybird quilts and I started it in a class last July.  Loved it but put it aside.

I have a quilt retreat coming up in October and I would like this to be my main project.  I usually take a lot of projects, at least 8, and I probably will do so again.  But this year I will need to leave the retreat a little early, as I have an engagement party to attend.  So I want to maximize my time by having as much prepped as possible.  Now if I can convince myself to spend less time fabric shopping and more time quilting.  Not likely.  After all, I can quilt at home, but part of retreating is the shopping, visiting and eating 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Elm Street Quilts

Pinwheel Stars – Seeing Stars QAL

Well, just under the wire but I finished week 3’s block for Happy Quilting’s Seeing Stars QAL.

Here are my pinwheel stars.

img_0243

I am so glad I ended up using Sunday Supper by Sweetwater.  I just love the colors.  I must admit, I wish I had more of the circle background fabric.  I was worried it wouldn’t look right, that it would be obvious I didn’t have enough of the solid background, but it adds so much to each block.

I did end up deviating from the instructions a little.  Instead of using squares to make the half-square triangles I used my easy angle ruler.  I’m just not good at the line-drawing for the square method.

I’m ready for week 4!

Thanks for stopping by.

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Happy Quilting

Change of Direction – Seeing Stars QAL

Not surprisingly, I ended up using different fabrics for my Seeing Stars quilt.  Instead of Sweetwater’s “Feed Company” fabric I’m using Sweetwater’s “Sunday Supper” collection.  Once I opened the Feed Company bundle, I just wasn’t excited about it for this project.  I still like the fabric.

So here are my new fabrics:

20180819_095535

Notice that there are 2 background fabrics?  The grey from the original fabric pull didn’t go with the light prints of Sunday Supper.  I found the off-white fabric in my stash, but there was only 3 yards.  Since it’s a solid, there’s no information on the salvage.  I believe it’s a Bella solid, but no idea.  I could try to match it, but that can be difficult even when you know the brand and color. While looking for background options, I also came across the 2 yards of the circles.  They match the colors of Sunday Supper.  So, I’m using 2 backgrounds.  Not sure what the end result will be, but it will stretch my comfort zone and isn’t that part of the fun of QALs?

Week #1 involved making giant double stars.  I absolutely love the way they came out.

Block #1

20180819_195647

Block #2

20180819_195643

Block #3

20180819_1956392

And all three together

20180819_195634.jpg

I’m all ready for this week’s block!

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Happy Quilting 

A Gaggle of Geese

I’ve started something new.  Which it may not be the best time to do so, but I’m inspired, so I’m going for it!

I went to a kinda local quilt store to pick up the Row by Row kit and purchased this panel.

img_0242

And then I came across this pattern in McCall’s July/August issue:

20180807_213132

And thought to myself it would be perfect to use with the panel.  So I pulled some fabrics from stash.

The reds:

20180807_213000

The blues:

20180807_213020

And the tans:

20180807_213103

I had some time to go down to my sewing room in the evenings last week, so I’ve made a little bit of progress:

20180811_135812

I had some significant quilting time this weekend, and hoped I might have a finished top before Happy Quilting’s QAL begins.  Unfortunately, towards the end of the quilting day, I started making all sorts of errors and decided to give it up for the day.  Still hoping to have a top by the end of the week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mercedes

Linking up to:

Main Crush Monday