Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Quilting Priorities

 So, this summer the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild is having a Finish-It-Up quilting challenge.  Basically, everyone picks four projects that they want to finish by our September meeting and for each one they finish they get an entry for prizes.  Here are the ones I choose.

 1.  Christmas Triangle Quilt - this was totally inspired by a quilt made by Amy Smart.  I love it and finally got together enough Christmas Retro fabric to make it happen.  I cut it out last fall, but it didn't get finished by Christmas and then it languished in a bag all this spring.  I would like to get at least the top done in time for our Christmas in July guild meeting.

 2.  The Micheal Miller Challenge Quilt - I narrowed down the provided fabric and supplemented it with other prints and solids based on the colors my sister-in-law is using in their nursery.  This will be for their new baby...if I don't get too attached to it myself.  Seriously, if it turns out at all like I am envisioning it is going to be Awesome!

 I've cut out some of the fabric to make the mini stars that will be floating in the background.  And yes, that one in the middle is tiny.  We'll see how that goes.

3.  The Diamond Stars Quilt - I started this in ... 2012? ... eek ... and haven't worked on it in awhile.  I put it away early in 2013 because I had gotten to the part where I was appliqueing the middle onto the borders and it was hard to see with the poor winter lighting.  Appliqueing black fabric onto black fabric with black thread is not for the faint in heart.  This picture is deceiving in that it looks like the sides are on.  They are really just glued and pinned in place waiting to be appliqued.  I plan on taking this on our summer vacation.  (You can't go a month without quilting, right?) I might even add some decorative stitching before I quilt it.

4.  Cogs - I don't even have a picture of this one.  It is the oldest of the bunch.  The blocks are all done - I just have to sash, quilt and bind it.

So that is it.  My summer quilting priorities.  I really want to stay focused on those projects and get them done but I have already had to stop myself from starting something else.  :)

Do you have any summer sewing plans?


  1. Good luck finishing all your projects

  2. Oh my yes. I have so many UFO's! I decided this year was time to tackle them. I've finished two so far, one that was, I'm ashamed to say, over 10 years old. Yours are gorgeous. Can't wait to see them finished.

  3. With the big project out of the way for now ;-) ....plan to finish up some stuff that has been sitting since we got started last fall. No day classes to teach this summer....so looking forward to a vacation and some ME quilting time! Good luck on your projects.

  4. Sewing black onto black with black thread...oh, my! My eyes hurt just thinking about it! Good luck, the quilt top looks great!

  5. I wish you to finish all your UFOs. I have many of them too (I apologize). I hope this year I finish at least one of them... And will not make another one or two....

  6. You have to finish No.3 - it is completely gorgeous!

  7. The diamond stars quilt looks like it's going to be stunning!

    I have many plans for this summer -- we'll see how far I get with them :) Right now I'm almost done quilting my skill builder sampler (yay! I've only been working on it for, what, almost 3 years now?) so my immediate goal is to finish quilting it and get it bound before the weather gets so hot that I can't stand the thought of having a queen size quilt in my lap while I sew the binding. I'm hoping it'll be finished within a week or so, but it depends on how much of the quilting I need to rip out and re-do. (I'm not going crazy for perfection, but I've got areas here and there on the back that are a mess with really bad eyelashing since I'm new at FMQ, and I'm basically just planning to fix any sections that I don't think will wear well after a lot of washes.) Then, in no particular order, I want to make a couple of bags, finish my embroidered calendar, and work on my disappearing 9-patch quilt & my EPP hexagon quilt. I'm changing directions completely with the hexagon quilt -- I was going to do a standard grandmother's flower garden layout, but I saw a demo at the NQA show here in Columbus last weekend that's made me rethink the whole thing, and I'm going to do a more complex center medallion with 60-degree diamonds and hexagons and half hexagons and itty bitty triangles, and then arrange the hexagon flowers around that, and I'm really excited about it. I doubt I'll finish that one before the end of the summer, but I want to make substantial progress on it and also hopefully finish the disappearing 9-patch.