Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Finish-A-Long: Q2 Finishes

Another quarter of the Finish-A-Long is wrapping up, and it was a race at the end, but I managed to finish up my list. First was my Emphasis table runner that I started at QuiltCon.

I had alot of fun quilting this one and it holds such great memories of the class with Carolyn Friedlander.

Then there was our guild paint chip challenge quilt.

18" square, my Through the Looking Glass was just one 'block' in a much larger quilt. Very cool!

And lastly. . .

Just a few days ago I managed to finish Bilateral, a 2-sided quilt with my "Boxed In" bee blocks from That Stash Bee on one side, and my #scrapvortexqal on the other.

Whew. That was a close one! And now it's time to plan for another quarter . . .

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Sunday, July 5, 2015


12 days ago I pieced together the "Boxed In" blocks That Stash Bee had made for me last year. I liked them alot, and they were in a pattern and colors I'd chosen myself. But they'd languished in my stash for a full year, and though I'd put them on my Q2 Finish-A-Long list, I had done nothing with them since. So I was thinking of them as the end of the quarter was drawing near, and it dawned on me they'd be a great backing for my in-progress Scrap Vortex quilt. So with that plan, and the bee's blessing, I made it so.

Fast forward to last week when Adrianne/On the Windy Side posted the link-up for the quarter. My Scrap Vortex was still up on the design wall in pieces, and I had pretty much resigned myself that the Scrap Vortex/Boxed In combo wouldn't be completed in time to link up. The weather in the Seattle area was reaching record highs, and just the thought of sewing was kind of nauseating. Except the next night, by some marvel, I was inspired to see if I could make it. I rounded up another fan for the studio, and got busy.

I confess I thought Amanda/crazy mom quilts' idea of quilting a spiral was a terrific one, and I actually started one but not happy with my workmanship, I took it out and went with my original thought, a vertical serpentine. I kinda like it.
With this kind of quilting, I usually mark my quilt with a hera marker every 3 1/2" or so. Then I sew down those lines with my walking foot clear across the quilt, starting in the center and then moving out to each edge. That way, everything is stabilized and from there, no more marking is needed. I eye it as I quilt down the center between my marked lines, and continue in that way, depending how dense I want the quilting to be. This time I went pretty dense, and I have no doubt that once it's washed, the texture will be amazing. Thread was my default Auriful 50wt #2021 (natural white), which shows up clearly on the solid and tone-on-tone fabrics, and not so much on the busy prints. I think that contrast just adds an element of interest to the quilt.
For binding, I couldn't help but go with the black and white Michael Miller Clown Stripe - just love it on a scrappy quilt.

The #scrappyvortexqal was alot of fun. When I started, I foolishly thought I'd make a real dent in my scraps, but I have oodles left. And yes, I could have gone bigger with my quilt, but I was ready to be done, and once I thought of using the Boxed In blocks for the back, I knew 48" x 60" was all I needed. 

So there ya go. I'm super pleased with how my bilateral quilt turned out. I've thought of doing a 2-sided quilt before, but I think this is the closest I've gotten. Kinda fun.

Linking up with 2015 Finish Along - Q2 Finishes.