4 days to go and counting

It is a mad race to the finish, in my house at the moment. I even took the additional 3 days off work to focus on quilting. I am desperately trying to finish my “Phased Circles” quilt so I can enter it in QuiltCon on Sunday.

Phased Circles Outside
(I know you have seen it before, sorry it will be over soon).

I might need a sanity check after this one. I decided to choose matchstick quilting and each block is taking me about 12 hours….but I am loving how it looks and feels. Here are blocks 1 & 2 which I have switched the direction of the matchstick quilting. Blocks1_2_quilting_top

Blocks 2 & 3, where I changed up 3 to be crosshatched/gridded quilting. Blocks2_3_quilted

The quilting on the back pops on the black fabric!! Blocks2_3_quilting_back So, on that note 3 more blocks, a border to quilt and binding to go….and only 4 days. I might have a couple a very long days/nights.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Lessons Learned for finishing a Quilt

This weekend, I spent some time over @Spoonflower’s Greenhouse teaching a quilt finishing class. It went really well. I did my first mini trunk show and walked through some of the techniques I used for each of my quilts. mosaic801c7d9af7bfc0beb83d40db7aaba4f483076714

While talking, I realized how much I have learned in the two years I have been quilting. I could not have done it without the fabulous online resources the quilting community offers. I wanted  to share some of those tutorials and classes, I have enjoyed, with you.

Basting

Quilting

Binding

I hope you all enjoy !! Linking up with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social (see button on the right).

Two people, two finishes

My son (7) and I attended Spoonflower’s sew together, “Pins and Needles” this week (3rd Tuesday of every month), where we both finished our quilt tops.

He was so proud of his patchwork top. He picked out the Kona solid squares from a charm pack and organized the placement randomly. He sewed all the pieces and rows together, and just needed a little help with the pinning and pressing. This is going to be turned into a patchwork pillow for his friend’s Christmas present.
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For my finish, I finished up the Ranger’s Station quilt top pattern. The quilt top is made with Oakshott Cottons. The middle blocks use colors all out of the autumn bundle; and then the border is Lipari (08).

Rangers Station Quilt Top

I have had a hard time getting the colors to show up right in the photos. This is the closest colorings above, but they are so much brighter especially with the light on them. To show you how hard it is to photograph the color’s….this is the same quilt in the shade.

Ranger's Station Quilt Top

Anyway, the pattern for this will be coming out the end of December, so keep an eye out for it in Craftsy store.

Linking up our projects with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Getting back to it….

I am sure we have all had those weeks. You know when you have no idea when you will get back to your hobbies (i.e. quilting) or blogging. That has been my last month at work.
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Good news though, I was able to go on our Modern Quilt Guild’s retreat this weekend, jump starting a couple of projects. It was great to spend time with friends and so many great projects were created/worked on!!

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One of my biggest successes this weekend, was I finally started quilting Phased Circles, choosing matchstick quilting. I love how the first block has turned out, however I could be in trouble for finishing this up Nov 30th for quiltcon….the one block took at least 12 hours….5 more to go.
Phased Circles Block1 Quilted Top Phased Circles Block1 Quilted Back

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
Cheri  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 2)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 3)
 29NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  Early DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The other project I have made progress on over the last week is my next Sew Mama Sew Project, which is a circular project. I am thinking of changing up the standard circular quilting and creating a maze quilt pattern such as this:
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Source: Shutterstock.com

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

 

 

 

Winner and follow-up items

I am so sorry this late post. I have been traveling for work, and just did not get the time to log on.

Coffee Cup Sleeve Giveaway Winner

The winner of the coffee cup sleeve and scraps is:
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who is Sarah C. Congratulations, I will be emailing you tonight to get your shipping details.

Testers Wanted

Thank you for the response for testers. I will be sending an email out this week to each of the testers for both quilts. I have will have 3 testers per quilt, but I will also email those that were interested in testing as I have a couple of other quilt patterns coming up.

Announcement: New Spoonflower Class
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My last Modern Quilting class is happening on the Sunday 23rd November at 2-5pm. It covers everything you need to know about finishing a quilt and various methods; pin basting vs. glue basting, FMQ/Straight-line quilting (walking foot), Machine binding vs. hand binding. If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area you can register for the class here.

Pattern testers wanted

Participating in Quilt design a Day has been wonderful. It has allowed me to put some ideas down and try out some of those designs.

I am in the process of writing up the patterns for the following quilts and I am looking for at least 2 testers per pattern. I hope to have the patterns written by the end of the month (30th November), and would like to have the feedback finished end of December. Note: Since it is Christmas and all I would be open changing the date mid-January.

“Ranger’s Station”
Technique is all piecing, the middle blocks are 18 x 18″ each. The quilt finishes at 60  x 60″.
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“Celestial Spheres”
Technique for this one is needle turn applique. It currently is written for a 36″ x 36″ finish, but would love feedback for this from the testers.
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I will link up the tester’s projects during the launch of the pattern and their blog. The tester will receive both patterns for free.

Just leave a comment below with your

  • name
  • blog page or flickr or instagram name
  • which pattern you would like to test

if you are interested or send me an email ml_wilkie (at) hotmail (dot) com.

On another note, look at this fantastic quilt from Bethany @ Sew Impressed, she made up one of my designs (week 13) for charity (donating to her local children’s hospital). Thank you Bethany for sharing it with me.

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Hope you all are having a good weekend, I will announce the giveaway winner for the coffee cup sleeve and scrap bag (remember it closes at 6pm today).

Rule breaking!! New Projects

I know I shouldn’t be starting new projects with all those quilts that need to be quilted, but I am….and loving it!!

I will say, slightly in my defense, I have taken the first step for quilting Phased Circles (my project for this month), picking out my thread. Thank you Aurifil, for the fantastic selection… here are my thread selections (I also have a grey to add to the ones below and have to find a color that will go with wasabi).
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I am also preparing for my business trip next week in New York, of course I am taking a couple of project with me. The two projects will be both hand sewing projects. One is Celestial Spheres (Part 2) “Autumn Equinox”…which I am working on getting the pieces tacked before I leave….
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The second is my next Sew Mama Sew Project..here is the fabric pull; a new all Kona solids project!!
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Lastly, I am cutting up my Autumn Oakshott Cotton Bundle for my Rangers Station quilt and adding some Raisin Kona Cotton. Here’s the color palette:
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Boy, looking at the projects like this, I am definitely on a warm color kick this week. In the meantime my project list expanded a little ;-).

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cheri  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 2)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 3)
 29NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  Early DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right)