Today I am going to start my first QAL for 2018.  It is the Home Sewn By Us – Regatta Quilt Along.

The plan is to use the Boundless Jelly Roll, which should make a quilt very similar to the pattern colors.  I have one small challenge, let’s call it an opportunity.

The pattern calls for the same color/fabric for each row.  That would be great if I had two strips of each color.  Some of the colors I have three strips.  So I am planning that some row will be the same color and some will have one color from the row above and one color from the row below.

Anyone who checks on my projects, knows that I don’t like to have many projects going at the same time.  I must confess, I don’t have any works in progress.  I may need to change that up, since sometimes I have the urge to do some sewing but don’t want to pull out a full quilt project.  We’ll see how this goes for 2018.  Maybe I’ll have one or two projects going at a time.

Off to the cutting table, not till after I get my 10,000 steps in for today.

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Elm Street Quilts – OMG

My Quilt Infatuation – Needle and Thread Thursday

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Are you ever in the mood to just do a quick quilt.  I was ready to do some simple sewing.  HSTs are my favorite and if I do say so myself I am pretty good making them and matching the seams.

This quilt pattern caught my eye over the summer.  The big pieces would really show off some great fabric.

My friend Rose at Something Rose Made surprised me with  gift of some of her orphan fabric.  I was thrilled to see some Me & My sisters early fabrics.  Since I’ve only been quilting for a few years, these were very new to me.  These 10 FQs were the chosen ones.

I bet you are all thinking she is going to use white to go with these FQs.  Normally you would be right, but I have a few yards of a Kona Gray, not sure which gray, but it is gray.  Surprise!

 

Off I go to cut fabric and make HSTs.  Simple right.  Wait a minute, bigger doesn’t really mean quicker.  Is that a question or a statement.

The squares are cut from each fat quarter at 16 7/8.  I don’t have a ruler that big, so I fold the FQ into quarters and cut my square.  Do you think I should measure each block after I cut them?  Probably should  have.

 

My HSTs look beautiful, too bad they aren’t consistent in size.

So I put the project aside for a bit, contemplating the best way to square each block.  After a few days, I decide to buy a new ruler, a bigger ruler.  My LQS is very small and doesn’t have many notions, so no ruler there.  So onto the net,  I find a 20.5 square ruler $60, oh no too much.  I keep looking and find a 16.5 ruler, Creative Grids no less, for $34.95.  It didn’t take much to convince myself that the 16.5 would be good.  Love Amazon Prime!  Two days it was delivered.

After I trimmed each block to a consistent size I was ready to piece this quilt.  A few of the points got cut off in the trimming, but I moved forward, this quilt will not be perfect.  I really do like the big HSTs.

 

For anyone that made it to the end of my story, my November OMG is to quilt and bind this quilt.

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Elm Street Quilts – OMG November

Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social

 

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It is the end of October,  I can’t believe how fast the time flies.  The month is done and I luckily have my OMG done just in time.  Not much else was accomplished this month.  I wanted to remake Cookie Exchange Quilt in this fabric JOL by  Wenche Wolff Hatling of Northern Quilts for Moda Fabrics.

It really is a quick quilt to put together.  I cut the 10″ layer cake blocks to 7 x 7.  Then cut the 10 x 3 piece into a 7 x 3 and put the 3 x 3 pieces aside.  I was going to use the 7 x 3 pieces for piano key border.  The 3 x 3 are going into my stash.

It didn’t take too much time to put this top together.  I was ready to do the quilting.  Straight lines/cross grid on the body of the quilt.  Straight line on the border with cross grid on the corners of the border.

I never really paid much attention to how much thread was used, as I normally use white.  I know boring.  Red was my color of choice today.  I had to pick up red and thought “I think I’ll get two spools, just in case.”  I decided to wind some bobbins first, starting with six I thought I would be all set.  Wait, I had to wind another six.  Still not done.  I used a total of 15 bobbins.  But it was done.  Good think I thought ahead and bought two spools.  I wasn’t really thinking I would use both spools.  There is about one third of the second spool left.

 

I decided on using a red for the binding.  Didn’t have anything that would work, so ordered from etsy.  Once I got the fabric, I was ready to roll.  Binding is always my challenge.  I stress over doing a good job on the binding.  I pinned the heck out of this binding and it turned out quite nice.

I am glad to have this quilt finished since it will be a Christmas gift.  It wasn’t a wintery scene for pictures today, but I was thankful the rain has stopped.

I found this super soft, extra wide flannel backing.  It really makes this quilt comfy.

I am linking up with some of our quilty friends:

Elm Street Quilts – OMG October

My Quilt Infatuation – NTT

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Anja Quilts – TGIFF

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish It Up Friday

 

 

 

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I can not tell a lie.  I finished my September goal, mid month.

My goal was to make one block a day for #BlueRKBlocks.  A total of 30 to send off to Jessica @craftycop.  She started in July 5th asking her quilting friends to make some blocks that she could them put into a quilt for fallen officers families.

As of yesterday she has received 3,390 blocks.  Enough to make 80 quilts.  Her quilting friends have come through, many are taking blocks and piecing the quilts, others are quilting, more are binding.  Some are doing it all.  She has received backing fabric, binding, thread and much support from individuals in the quilting community.  As well, many companies are also providing her with support.  No surprise, her day is an officer.

 

 

I finished my blocks early, since I was having foot surgery and knew I had to keep it up for many days.

Didn’t want to miss my monthly goal.

 

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG September Finish

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I decided my August OMG would be for a “big girl” quilt.  I would use a pattern with “real blocks”  something I haven’t normally done.  Here is my goal setting post,  August OMG.

Here are a few of the blocks in the beginning.  Once I got moving along, I didn’t take any other pictures until it was finished.  When I first chose the pattern and was putting together the blocks, I really saw the stars.  It wasn’t until I was taking pictures of the finish that I say the circles.  Talk about tunnel vision.

 

I used the remaining bright fabric for a strip down the backing.  It turned out rather cute, breaking up the plain back.

 

On my last quilt, I ventured off the straight line walking foot quilting.  Not very far off, but you can see my wavy line Brighten Up.  So I went a bit (small bit) farther from there and did a cross hatch of wavy lines for this quilt.

It shows up much better on the backing piece ( along with a few thread scraps).

It really gave the quilt some easy to add texture.  I just used a wavy stitch with the walking foot and used the edge of the foot for spacing of the lines.  This may be my new favorite for quilting, at least for a bit.

I am linking up with a few friends today:

Small Quilts and Doll Quilts – Design Wall Monday

Love Laugh Quilt – Making Monday

Cooking Up Quilts – Main Crush Monday

Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal

Em’s Scrapbag – Moving It Forward Monday

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