Thursday, January 30, 2014

It's Done! (Well, almost.)

Alrighty then. After much, much, much practice ripping out seams (at least 100 of those border rows got ripped and resewn), the top for the Kaffe Fassett scrappy quilt is done. It needs a name, and it needs to be sandwiched and quilted, but I think I have to do a little drawing for the quilting on the top before I sandwich it.

Not sure what I'm going to do, but I figure that, at the moment, there are 2 quilts ahead of this one in the quilting queue that also need to be sandwiched, so I've got plenty of time to mull this one over. I definitely want to enter it in the County Fair, which is mid-August, so that would mean I've got until the last week of July to figure it out (ha ha!)

As I was nearing the end of the massive undertaking of ripping out quarter inch seams to replace them with SCANT (tattoo reminder) seams, in order to match up those little squares with the larger squares of the inner border,  I did a little look-see through the stash to see if I had anything that would work for the #Aurifil Designer Block of the Month. I pulled these Shades of Black from Moda half yards from my gray stash and went through my 'red and white quilt of the future' stash and pulled out a few red with an orange cast half yards. For the background, I just happened to have 8 yards of Moda Bella Solid Bleached White (which is a light cream) that I was saving for the Esther Aliu BOM which I may opt out of (I haven't started it yet and it is some intense hand applique, not to mention I've got AT LEAST 5 other unfinished/in progress applique quilts to finish).

These are my first blocks for this quilt. Very modern, don't you think? I made two of the blocks because I really like spool blocks, and without knowing what the rest of the blocks look like, I can always duplicate blocks I like in the overall quilt instead of making blocks that don't appeal to me. And I wanted to use all 8 fabrics that I picked out on spools.

And since I'm hanging out on the Pat Sloan Facebook Page where this project is somewhat headquartered, I decided that I would also make Pat Sloan's BOM, Globetrotter. WTH! What's one more unfinished internet BOM project in the studio closet, I ask. :-)

I like working on a project with a hundred other quilters where you post photos and people comment, and ask questions, and make suggestions, and offer encouragement.  What really inspired me to join this project is that I have 'Make a Quilt of Valor' on my 2014 'Quilty Things I Want To Do' list, so if I used those random Patriotic FQs I had on this quilt's center medallion, I could kill two birds with one stone.

This will be my first Quilt of Valor. We'll have to see how it all comes together as not only do I have no idea what the next block will look like, but I'm fresh out of the fabrics I used in the block above. Should be interesting!

And finally, with Mardi Gras around the corner, I NEEDED a new pincushion. So in between ripping out seams on Sunday I whipped out this one. The crown is a metal votive holder. I thought the fabric (leftover from a Guild challenge from a few years ago) added a rather 'royal' touch.

Well, I've got a busy, busy day today. In addition to working both jobs, our houseguests are returning tomorrow afternoon (my motivator to wash floors and shampoo carpet today), so I'd better get to work.

Check back tomorrow evening. I need your help. I want to know what you think of my fabric choices for a workshop I'm attending on Sunday.

Enjoy your Thursday!


  1. The KF quilt top is spectacular! Well done! And a very regal pincushion.

  2. I like your color choices for the spool quilt and enjoyed looking through your blog.

  3. I love your quilts. I was sent over by Sew and sow farms.


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