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Finished Friday | The Modern InstaBee 2014 Quilt

Another Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday post! This is my second WIP quilt finish this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased that I am on track with my sewing and quilting goals.

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt

This quilt was my first Bee experience. This quilting bee started on Instagram not long after Lindsay Conner’s book, Modern Bee — 13 Quilts To Make With Friends was published. Someone had an idea to organize a virtual quilting bee and I jumped at the opportunity. Suffice it to say that this experience is also the reason I will never participate in a bee again. There were many lessons learned about being a bee member, and what not to do when participating in a bee. On a positive side, I met more than a few people who have become great Instagram friends and for that I am grateful for this experience. And, as Forest Gump would say, that’s all I have to say about that.

My month in the bee was November of 2014. At that point in the bee I think everyone was pretty much over it, so I asked for everyone to make the Come Together block in the book since it was easy. I requested that they make a scrappy block with fabrics that they were drawn to and that represented them. I put no restrictions on colors, I just wanted every one to have a low-key, no pressure month with their bee block. And also use up some of their scraps if they wanted! Once I received all the blocks I put them away as I was feeling a bit down about the bee experience and I didn’t want to look at them for a while. I pulled the blocks out in August of 2015 and realized that many of them were smaller than the 20.5″ they were supposed to be. Since this is a forgiving block, I trimmed them all down to 20″ and sewed them together into the top. When the top was done, I really started to love the scrappy look it had.

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

For the quilt back I used the black words on white background wide-back fabric from Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics. I enjoy the look of the texty background and I think it’s brings some cohesiveness to my scrappy front. Also, I thought it was awesome that I didn’t have to spend time planning and piecing a back after having recently done the Grungy Windows quilt backing! I loved being able to just starch and press the fabric, measure and cut it, and BOOM! I was done! I may possibly be getting more wide-back fabric in the future. This was fantabulous!

Since I was on a roll with the speediness of the quilt backing coming together, I chose to quilt a large all-over swirl pattern. I used 40 weight Aurifil thread, and it quilted beautifully! I did much better with my machine speed and hand movements, so I don’t have many thread goobers on the back as I did with the Grungy Windows quilt. Yes! Oh, I tried a different batting this time too. I used Quilter’s Dream Orient and I had ZERO thread breaks. The machine felt like it glided around the entire quilt. I think I have found my perfect quilting combination: Aurifil thread and Quilter’s Dream Orient batting.

2014 Modern InstaBee Binding

After it was quilted and squared up, it took me about an hour to figure out what to do with the binding. I was hoping to find a multi-colored fabric in my stash, but nothing really jumped out at me. I grabbed this Jenean Morrison True Colors Ribbon Red print and when I held it to the front I liked how it looked with all the various blocks. When I held it to the backing, I was in love. I think that texty fabric and this True Colors print is a match made in fabric heaven!

2014 Modern InstaBee edited Quilt Label

I remembered to add my quilt label, but only after quilting. I didn’t want to piece it into the backing, but I regret not attaching it before quilting so that I could have it quilted on. I really like the look of the label being fully integrated into the quilt, rather than having it sewn on (and potentially taken off by someone else later). Next time I will fuse it down and then quilt, rather than hand-stitch it into place.

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt Front

Although we had some bad moments with this bee, I am glad for the beautiful quilt that resulted from the experience. It is my first scrappy quilt, and I can guarantee there will be more. I adore the scrappy look!

Quilt Stats:

Finished size
58.5″ x 78″
Pattern
Come Together block from Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make With Friends
(trimmed down to 20″ unfinished from 20.5″ unfinished)
Fabric
Various fabrics (Top)
Writing by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics 108″ wide back (Backing)
Jenean Morrison True Colors Ribbon Red (Binding)
Batting
Quilter’s Dream Orient
Thread
Pieced with various threads
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2021
Binding stitched with Aurifil 50 wt 2021
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
February 10, 2016

Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Devoted Quilter
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To-Do Tuesday 6-16-15 | Sugar Block Club

Happy Tuesday!

An almost-finished flimsy!

An almost-finished flimsy!

I spent this week focused on getting the rest of the blocks finished from the 2014 Sugar Block Club BOM. I ended up having to re-make a couple blocks, and one of the re-made blocks was rejected. This was a difficult quilt to put together for me, as the color combination was out of my comfort zone. Not only that, but I feel like I should have selected fewer fabrics to pull from. There’s a lot of grey in the quilt, as I decided to add more of my inspiration fabric, the Medallion print from Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line, into extra blocks. I am not sure that I love this quilt yet. I plan on making a 2″ scrappy border out of leftover prints. Then I’ll do a final border in white. I think maybe that might help frame the quilt and give it a more cohesive look.

The Quilted Forest!

The Quilted Forest!

I went to one of my very favorite quilt shops this week, and with a purpose! I needed more Kona Snow to finish my quilt top, and thankfully they had two yards left on the bolt. I also picked up some Alison Glass Ex Libris Fat quarters and another text print by Michele D’Amore.

Fabric Goodies from Greenbaum's.

Fabric Goodies from Greenbaum’s.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make scrappy border for SBC quilt.
  • Make two F Word blocks

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To-Do Tuesday June 9, 2016 | Northwest bound

This Tuesday marks day 18 days of travel for the Mister and I. We have spent only 4 of the 18 days not on the road, so we are ready to be in Mister’s hometown of Salem, Oregon and settled down for the rest of our summer. Mister is tired, having driven over 3300 miles as of Monday afternoon, with about 400 more to go to get us to Salem.

All of the work on the motorhome went well in Iowa, and we left there earlier than expected. We’ve been Northwest bound since leaving the shop there. After leaving Iowa, and headed towards Sturgis, we spent one night in Mitchell, SD. There is a cute shop there called The Pin Cushion. I found some fantastic Timeless Treasures retro fabric depicting newspaper print with hysterical sewing/quilting headlines and articles. That is destined to become a bag! I also purchased a half yard print from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line. Somehow a FQ bundle of Crackle by Kathy Schmitz for Moda also made it into my bag. Strange how that happened. I’d never seen that fabric before, but I loved the colors and the printed texture on the fabric is fantastic. It was destined to be mine! I also bought a yard of a print called Wordplay by Michele D’Amore. I found this at another nearby fabric shop, but didn’t snap a picture of the shop so I have forgotten the name. I do, however, remember another customer who glared at me the entire time I was shopping there. She even purposely blocked my path in an aisle and stared me down. I have no idea what that was about, but I politely said excuse me and stared back at her until she moved so I could pass by. I guess I didn’t look quilter-ish enough for her, and I refused to turn and go another way because I certainly wasn’t going to accept her bad behavior!

Fabric Junction in Sturgis, SD

Fabric Junction in Sturgis, SD

We spent one of those four non-travel days in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is a beautiful town, and they are super busy getting ready for their 75th anniversary. It’s going to be a big year for them, and they expect over a million people this year! Mister lived in Sturgis for a couple years, doing the snowbird thing to Arizona. We’ve talked a lot about moving back there to do the snowbird thing ourselves once my kids have grown up and left the nest. I love the area, but it does put us a bit far away from family. Most likely we’ll end up snowbirding from Salem, OR, where I’ll be close to his family (I’ve claimed them as mine now… they can’t escape me!). While visiting Sturgis, I did find one quilt shop. They had lots of great fabrics, including a quilt kit with Sturgis motorcycle fabric. I snatched that baby up! When Mister saw it he asked, with some trepidation, if the quilt was going elsewhere. I told him NO WAY!! This one is ours. He’s been greatly pleased about that ever since. I think he’s anxious for this quilt to be finished quickly so he can claim it as his own!

Sturgis Quilt Kit created by Fabric Junction

Sturgis Quilt Kit created by Fabric Junction

Along with visiting the quilt shop in Sturgis, I spent the day catching up on laundry and making three more of my 2014 Sugar Block Club blocks. I was rather upset, because my paper piece patterns for August weren’t printed correctly. The first thing I check before printing paper piece patterns is to make sure it prints at 100% with no scaling, but some setting must have been off because when I got the four pieces of the block ready to assemble, they were 6.25” instead of 6.5”. Rather than redoing them, I set my machine for a very small stitch length and used a 1/8” seam allowance. I will have to remember to adust that block for another 1/8” seam allowance when I assemble all the blocks. I don’t like doing that, but I didn’t have an option to print more pattern pieces at the time, and I didn’t want to waste the fabric. I have one block left that is paper pieced (November), but when I checked my printed pattern I noticed it wasn’t printed properly either. Ugh! I did manage to mess up one of the other blocks too (October). The windmill center of the block was actually supposed to be four spools. But when I put the HST’s together I sewed the two different prints together, rather than the same print. So when I cut them in half, each side of the spool was a different color. ACK!! I decided to just keep it as it was, and made a pinwheel with the grey fabrics and had the red triangles as accents. I think it was a happy mistake! No F Word blocks this week. After the paper piecing fiasco, and messing up my blocks, I was just done with sewing this week.

We are currently in Liberty Lake, WA where the motorhome is getting a lube/oil/filter servicing. I’m hoping to visit a few of the quilt shops here, and then we are headed for Oregon and our “home away from home”. We are excited to see our family! I’m not sure if any sewing will get done this week, but if so I may try and finish my Sugar Block Club blocks and get two F Word blocks done.

I hope you are all having a great summer… I am also anxious to get back to WiFi so I can catch up with all of your blogs. I’m draining my data pretty fast, so I am attempting to conserve as much as possible to get me through the month. Have a great week, everyone!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Print Sugar Block paper piecing NOT TO SCALE!!
  • Finish SBC blocks
  • Two F Word blocks

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To-Do Tuesday | 2014 Wrap up | 2015 Sewing Plans

I didn’t mean to stop doing To-Do Tuesdays, much less go almost an entire month without blogging, but the holiday craziness and the new job just got the best of me.

My 2014 was fairly productive. Not as many quilts made as I had planned, but I did do a variety of projects.

Quilts:


The Vintage Quilt Revival top has only been pieced, not quilted yet. The MQG Southwest Individual Charity Quilt top blocks were created by members of our bee, I only sewed the blocks together into a quilt top.

Other Projects:


As I was going through my pictures I realized why I didn’t finish as many quilts as I intended. I was busy sewing other things! I made a set of Leaf hot pads, 10 Sew Together Bags (2 not shown), 6 boxy pouches (1 not shown), 2 purses, a stitched anniversary present for Mister, and a napkin and placemat set. In retrospect, I’m rather happy with my 2014 stitching!

My plans for 2015 are fairly simple. Absolutely no Block-Of-The-Months or Quilt-Alongs no matter how tempting they are to join. I have two BOM’s for 2014 that I still need to finish. I also have 4 quilts I must make; two for my nephews and two for my own children. Yep, it’s true that two of my three kids do not have quilts yet. I must rectify that this year!

I also participated in the Modern InstaBee 2014 last year, and I need to put together my blocks and make that into a quilt. I’d like to get my Vintage Quilt Revival quilted this year too.

I will be continuing to work on my F Word Quilt blocks along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts. As I have time I want to finish my 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt and my 2014 Skill Builder quilt.

My other plan for this year is to join up with Leasa over at Project: Leasa for #SewMyStash2015. I have several fabric collections that I haven’t cut into yet (Hello Indelible!!) and I’d like to make something with them before I become a fabric collector.

That covers my 2014 wrap-up as well as my plans for 2015. As far as To-Do Tuesday goes, I’m currently working on my second Moxie quilt. The top was finished two days ago and I just finished piecing the back today. I work Tuesday through THursday this week, which means no sewing for me until Friday. Then I’ll have five days to get the quilt basted, quilted, bound and washed. I must ship this by the 13th so it will get to my niece in time for her birthday. So that is going to be my sole focus this week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Moxie Quilt
  • Write To-Do Tuesday post ahead of time
  • Start South Beach Diet and stick with it! Get Healthy!!

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