Saturday, June 30, 2012

Finish-A-Long Second Quarter Finishes

The Finish-A-Long sponsored by Rhonda from Quilter in the Gap has once again been a great motivator. First quarter, I had an awesome 3/3 finish rate. Not quite so high this quarter, but I did finish projects that I really was anxious to finish, so I'm feeling pretty good.

So I had 4 projects on my list this round. First up was Hopscotch. I had half the blocks made, and an appointment with my long-arm quilter. 
I was able to complete the blocks, get this to my quilter and back, and finish this fun quilt up just in time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. The pattern is by Camille Roskelley, and I confess I'm as pleased as can be by this new-to-me palette and my first triangle quilt.

Next up was a pile of left-over hst from my Swoon and Sparkle quilts, which I wanted to use to make something for the Festival of Half Square Triangles
I was thinking of something with lots of negative space, but once I took the hst to my design wall, I swirled off in an unexpected direction, and came up with Spiraled.
"Spiraled"
I'm probably as proud of this project as any of late, pleased that I was able to come up with my own interesting design, loving the contrasting palest of gray borders (Pearl by Northcott Colorworks), and succeeding (not without frustration!) some angled matched binding. This mini was downright fun.

Also on my FAL list was pulling my Solstice Star blocks out and finishing them into a quilt.
Solstice Star Series complete
I really had no plan for them, but in the end went out on a limb, adding lots of solids, and created The Stars of Summer. (Click on the title to see more photo-shoot pictures; go here for a tutorial on the matched binding.)
The Stars of Summer

Last on my list, and I knew it would be a stretch . . . was taking my 4x5 blocks and making a quilt out of them. At the time, I had 12 blocks, and was in the process of receiving blocks from the third round of the 4x5 modern Quilt Bee.
4x5 modern quilt bee - Q4, Hive 1 blocks received! 4x5 Blocks Received
So I got my last 6 . . .
4x5 blocks received!
and made 2 more to bring my number of blocks to 20 . . .
Criss-cross Triangles Just Passing Through
I am making great progress on this project, but it's definitely not a quilt yet. Remember this debate? Well, I've made a decision and am currently framing all of these colorful, modern blocks.
So my finish stats are 3/4 for round 2. Not bad, but I need to keep sewing!

2012 Finish-A-Long
I'll be linking my finished projects up to the Finish-A-Long Second Quarter Linky Party!

21 comments:

Leanne said...

I love each of these projects but especially Spiraled! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the 4 x 5 blocks so I know what to do with mine. Great work on the FAL!

Teje said...

Hi Debbie! I love all these quilts! First one is now on my 'to do list'! I enjoy always your colours combinations! Small mini is beautiful with the shadows! x Teje

Jennifer said...

ah! its the end already?!?! oy.. haha great finishes on your end debbie!

Toni said...

Awesome finishes this quarter, Debbie!

Simone de Klerk said...

Great finishes! Keep it up.

Marci Girl said...

Woo hoo! Congrats on those finishes!

Kate said...

Wow! Beautiful projects, all of them. Congrats on the finishes and congrats on the progress you made with #4.

Cherie said...

What a great set of projects! So full of colour =D

Katy Cameron said...

Well done you! I'm currently sticking my head in the sand about my FAL projects ;o)

Patchwork and Play said...

Great to see all your beauties together! Looking forward to seeing how you frame and complete the bee blocks!

Cille said...

The bee quilt looks awesome so far. It will be interesting to see how you frame them. Not easy :)

Beth said...

Wow - I love all of it! I think spiraled was the first time I visited your blog! And your bee quilt - love the colors and all the blocks - that is going to be an amazing quilt!

Carla said...

Everything looks great Debbie. You are amazing!

Kate said...

At least you're moving along with #4 - that's better than not even starting! Great finishes for the quarter!

Kirsten N said...

These are all fabulous Debbie - love the orange and grey bee blocks!

Erica said...

Congratulations! Your work is consistently lovely and inspiring! I am looking forward to see what becomes of the orange and grey blocks - they are so pretty.

Kelly said...

Gorgeous finishes Debbie - love those bee blocks and cannot wait to see that one all done :)

Lisa C said...

I can't wait to see what you use for your modern blocks. I think they are all so striking. Congratulations on your finishes!

Quilting Lodge said...

All of your quilts are amazing! I love the spiraled quilt!

Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

Captain StitchyPants said...

I love the colours in your Hopscotch - it's a great palette and I love tonal/monotone fabrics.

And I really like Spiralled! It's giving me all sorts of ideas for HST!

Pile O Fabric said...

Every single one of these projects is amazing! Very inspiring!