Last week I did a LOT of quilting and got my Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt DONE! This was part of the impromptu quilt-a-long and it was fun to see everyone's pictures in the Flickr Group.
I chose to use rather traditional fabrics in my quilt, and felt that a simple, all-over, traditional quilting pattern would be appropriate: so I did orange-peel quilting using my walking foot. You can see a tutorial on how to quilt this pattern with your walking foot here. It took a while, and it is far from perfect quilting, but I really love the end results.
To back the quilt, I used a fun green gingham fabric with pink flowers from Mary Jane Butter's Glamping collection for Moda (and a piece of pink reproduction fabric with kitties from my stash).
This quilt was also on my "To Do" list for Q3 in the Finish-A-Long. One done!
Recently I stumbled upon a "Finish-A-Long": rather than joining in with people on making a specific new quilt, people have joined together to finish projects that they've already started. This FAL is hosted by Leanne over at She Can Quilt, and each quarter people list the unfinished projects that they hope to finish. Then they post again to show the finished projects!
First up on my "To Do" list for Q3 is to finish my King Chevron commissioned quilt (1/4 of the quilt is shown above). This will be my biggest quilt ever! I thought I had the blocks all cut and trimmed, but when I started laying it out on my design wall yesterday, I quickly eliminated 4 of my fabrics. That means I need fabric for about 40 more squares. So last night I electronically went shopping, and now I'm waiting for more fabrics to arrive before I can proceed.
The next project on my list is my Half-Square Triangle Diamond Value Quilt. This one is soooo close to being done and listed in my store. All I need to do is hand-stitch the binding to the back!
Third on the list is my version of the Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt. This was actually a quilt-a-long quilt and I've got the top & backing done. Now I just need to layer, baste, quilt, & bind it!
Last on my list is this project (shown below). I'm not even sure what to call it, other than "Scrappy Turquoise." It isn't quite a "rail fence" quilt. I guess I could go with "Turquoise Strip Quilt." Maybe in the process of working on it, something will come to me. Regardless, it has a long way to go. The strips are all sewn together, and now I need to cut/trim the blocks, lay them all out, and assemble the top before I even talk about the rest of the steps. It would be a long-shot for me to complete this one this quarter. But why not shoot for the moon?
Confession 1: I have changed my mind. I thought I wanted to go with wonky improv circles in deep saturated cool colors for my block. But I've decided to go a completely different direction.
For the ModQ ImprovB August block, I'd love it if everyone could make me 12.5" square blocks with a wonky improv house in the center. (The photo above was originally posted on Lark Crafts website. And the image below is from Quilt Dad.)
- Feel free to use any sort of modern fabrics for the house in any bright colors.
- The house can include trees or fences, or whatever your little improv house needs to feel complete.
- I like how these quilts (shown in photos) have lots of white space (negative space) around them and the improv houses are relatively simple.
- Please use a solid white or off-white background for the house, and include a 2" border around the house block. (ie: The house block would be pieced with a solid white/off white background and would measure 10.5" square, and then would have 2" of the white/off-white fabric around it, so that the finished block would measure 12.5" square.)
- I'm a pre-washer! If possible, please use pre-washed scraps.
Confession 2: I haven't attempted to make one of these blocks yet!
Let me know if you have any questions. I'm sure there are some things that I've left off here.
I'll update my shipping address on the doc shortly.