Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Circle of life Progress

I started my Circle of Life quilt a couple of weeks ago.

I cut all the pieces in advance which really helps speed the process up and allows me to “just sew” which is my favourite part. I have all the pieces labeled in ziplocks in my project box. I love being able to just go to the box, pick out the right bag, and sit down to sew with no thinking about sizes and cutting, etc.

I had a few difficulties with my lone star. The instructions were clear and I liked how they finished, but for some reason each piece ended up a bit larger than the template. I used the template to trim them down to the proper size. I hope that was the right thing to do. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

I had a great time sewing the checkered border which is straight paper piecing. Because I had all the pieces cut, it was rather mindless sewing (which, to me, is a GREAT thing) and I was able to watch the fourth season of Grace and Frankie which is the best season yet!

So, now I need to use 16 Y seams to attach the checkered border to the lone star unit. This is the point at which I’ll learn if I made the right decision in trimming the lone star pieces and if I attached the New York Beauties to the lone star correctly. Yikes.

I feel this could go either way - a huge success or tremendous disappointment. We’ll see!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fire Truck Quilted and Bound!

I guess this is my first full finish of 2018!

Only took two weeks from start to end. As always, I love the finished product.

I was able to get some Moda Fireside for the backing which makes the quilt so snuggly and soft.

It's quilted with a large meander using grey King Tut thread. Batting is Warm and White.

I hope the little guy likes it, but if not I think I saw Grandpa eyeing it.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fire Truck Top

Every Friday I look forward to the "Finished Or Not" link-up on Crazy Mom Quilts blog. I LOVE looking through all the quilt pictures! Sheer delight!

A couple of months ago Kitchen Table Quilting posted a picture of a Fire Truck quilt. She even provided a tutorial!!

I was deep into my Brilliant Beauties of Joy when I first saw the Fire Truck, but I copied the link and vowed to make it for my grandson.

I have a million 2.5" squares around, so only needed to purchase the background fabric.

After only a few nights the top was done!

The tutorial was awesome & I'm thrilled with the results!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

White Brilliant Beauties of Joy Update and 2017 Review

I've had a lot of progress on my white Brilliant Beauties of Joy since I last posted. In fact, I finished it on New Year's Eve making it my last finish of 2017! I wasn't expecting to be done for another 2 weeks, so that was a pleasant surprise. I love how it turned out!

And I got my black Brilliant Beauties of Joy back from my friend and quilter. She did a wonderful job. I'm thrilled with it!


In terms of 2017, I accomplished quite a bit. I quilted and bound O Canada, Jane Deere (Plow Day), Aloha and Whimsical Garden. I pieced, quilted and bound my scrappy Irish Chain. I pieced my black  and white Brilliant Beauties of Joy! 

In 2018 I hope to make Aurora and Circle of Life, two other Jacqueline de Jonge patterns! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 4 BBOJ Update

I spent all week working on making the rainbow border strips. They aren't difficult, but there's lots of little seams & it seems to take forever!

My goals for this coming week are to 1) get the striped & white border made and sewn on, and 2) get the rainbow border strips sewn into the 4 border units & hopefully get them sewn on. I'm not sure if that is too ambitious. We'll see.

Sincerely hoping to avoid the mistake I made in the rainbow last time.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 3 BBOJ Update

Here's where I am after 3weeks on the white version of Brilliant Beauties of Joy.

Wish I had taken more in progress photos.

Working on the rainbow border now. I hope to avoid the mistake I made last time.

I'm loving it so far.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

White Brilliant Beauties of Joy

I mentioned that I'd like to make the Brilliant Beauties of Joy (BBOJ) quilt again right away, so I am!

I was looking through the "Made By You" section on the Be Colourful website

The BBOJ that I just finished was the third I've made with a black background, so I was a bit bored of black. One person on the Made By You page had made the quilt with a white back ground. It was gorgeous. Another person had omitted every other colour in the arcs to make them appear more "spikey". Also gorgeous.

Why not combine the two elements that I like?

Here's the centre of my white-spikey BBOJ. I am in love!

With the exception of three colours and the white, I had enough fabric to make this one! Here's a gratuitous picture of fabric!