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2012 Finish Along – Second Quarter

Hosted by Quilter in the Gap, the 2012 Finish-A-Long provides great motivation to get those quilting projects done! I missed the first linky party which would have put me in the running for some great prizes, but I still posted about the projects I wanted to finish in the first quarter here on my blog, and joined up with the Flickr group to keep me inspired.

I am happy to report that I finished every one of the projects I wanted to finish from January to the end of March – three in total which included: The Sisters Quilt, Summer Sampler Quilt, and the Rockin’ Robin Quilt.

So, now it is time to post my finish goals for the second quarter (April 1 – June 30). I have a ton of on-going projects in various stages and I decided to categorize them into four categories: currently quilting, completed tops/back ready for quilting, quilts being cut and pieced, and quilts currently in the design process with fabrics pulled.

I have no illusions that I will complete ALL these quilts in three months – but I wanted to list them all so that I can choose liberally as to which ones a want to work on at any given time. I would be really happy to get five of these finished! You can click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view.

So here goes:

I. Project Currently Being Quilted or Ready to Quilt

  • Swoon Quilt in Etchings

I have only one quilt that I am currently in the process of quilting – but it is a big one and the first really large quilt I have attempted to quilt by myself on my sewing machine. I’m free motion quilting this baby and having to take frequent breaks because it is hard work!

I’m using the Etchings collection of fabrics by 3 Sisters from Moda. Finished, this one should be about 83″ X 83″.

COMPLETED April 7, 2012 – blogged here.

  • Scrappy Spring Table Runner

I decided to do a completely scrappy project and started a table runner using only fabric from my enormous pile of scraps. This one is pieced and pinned and just needs to be quilted and bound:

COMPLETED May 19, 2012 – Blogged here.

II.  Completed Tops/Backs – Ready for Quilting

  • Fresh Palette Sweet Quilt

I love this little lap quilt which I bought as a kit at least a year or so ago. It uses the Fresh Palette fabric and pattern by Carrie Nelson and is so sweet. The top and back are all pieced and I have also pieced the binding and label, but the label still needs to be embroidered. This one just needs to be pinned and quilted.

COMPLETED JUNE 10th –  Blogged here.

  • Star Friendship Companion Quilt

I almost feel silly that I have yet to complete this companion piece to the Friendship quilt I made for Laura nearly a year ago. But I had some struggles over exactly what I wanted this quilt to look like and it spent some time on my design wall before I was satisfied with the layout. It is a large lap quilt which uses the beautiful fabrics from Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley collection. Back and front are pieced, but I have yet to decide on the binding and label. 

  • Blush Kaffe Fassett Quilt

Those of you who have followed my quilting endeavors know how much I adore Kaffe Fassett and his gorgeous fabrics. I purchased the Blush kit quite some time ago and then took ages to get it pieced. This is a double bed size quilt and it is bright and amazing. I have the backing fabric, but need to get the back pieced before I can pin this one and get it quilted.

These are the backing fabrics:

And here is a photo of what  it will look like this:

III. Quilts Currently Being Cut and Pieced:

  • Colors of Spain

Another favorite designer of mine is Kate Spain. I bought a ton of yardage and some charm packs of her Terrain collection and I am working on what will be a lap sized quilt. I’ve got a couple of rows pieced already to give you a little taste of what this quilt will be like:

And, I have all the pieces cut and sorted and ready for stitching:

COMPLETED May 30, 2012 – Blogged here.

  • Hopscotch

I joined the Swoon Along when I started my Swoon quilt (above) and was really excited when the group decided to start a quilt along for Bonnie and Camille’s latest pattern Hopscotch (check out the Flickr group for more information). I have started cutting for this quilt using the gorgeous Reunion fabric collection by Sweetwater for Moda. The cutting for this quilt is a little tricky (it uses templates) and the piecing is trickier still. I made two blocks just to see how it would go…and then set the whole thing aside for awhile. I would really love to finish this one before the end of June, but we’ll see.

  • Due South

I am loving Carrie Nelson these days and I recently bought one of her terrific quilt books (A Touch of Rosie Quilts). I fell in love with Due South – a pattern which uses a combination of flying geese and star blocks and has a terrific pieced border.

 

I knew immediately that the new fabric by 3 Sisters called Papillion would be absolutely perfect for this pattern. I cut all the fabric and have started piecing the gazillion flying geese blocks for this double bed size quilt:

  • Good Folks Triangles

Remember this post? Well, I have cut the over 1400 triangles for this large quilt and have started piecing them together. This is a huge, but very fun project. I’m slowly chipping away at it. Don’t know if I will get this one done in the next three months, but you never know!

III. Quilt In Design Process – Fabrics Pulled

  • Diamond Zig-Zag

During a senior moment, I purchased not one, not two, not three…but FOUR charm packs of Lily Ashbury’s bright and cheerful Summer House fabric. I guess I really loved it! At any rate, I am in the design process on what will be a lap size quilt using this fabric and some solids. I have it all sketched out and planned. The next step is cutting. And I am going to be photographing each step on this one to create a tutorial (hopefully!). Stay tuned!

I have listed ten quilting projects here…if I finish five, I’ll be thrilled. If I finish seven, I’ll be ecstatic. If I finish all of them, I won’t believe it!

What about you? Do you have some projects you want to finish in the next three months?

 

5 Comments

  1. April 8, 2012    

    Wow! You have a long list. I look forward to seeing all your projects completed.

    • April 13, 2012    

      Karen: Thanks!

  2. April 20, 2012    

    Wow! you have some real stunners there. Scrappy SpringTable Runner, Colors of Spain and my FAVE – Due South. I can’t wait to see what gets done first.

    • April 20, 2012    

      Thanks for the encouragement, Beecee! I am really focusing on Colors of Spain right now…but one of these days, I’m going to just sit down and quilt that table runner. Today was in the 90s here – so maybe sooner rather than later before Spring has disappeared!!

  3. Mom Mom
    September 10, 2012    

    Wendy, I love every quilt you have done so far this year! I’m impressed with the number of them!!! You have more than exceeded your great-grandmother’s skill! I’m sure she’s beaming “up there”!

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