Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grand Illusion

My Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt top is done!  I figured out how to make the border fit my smaller top, without having to add a 4" border between the quilt center and the pieced border. It changes the corner design a little bit, but I'm very happy with the end result. 

I noticed after I put it up on the wall that I rotated the center blocks in different directions.  But I'm going to call that a design choice since Bonnie did it intentionally :)

As I was folding this one to add to the pile of "quilt me!" tops, I noticed a large piece of fabric I bought a year or so ago. I was planning to make a One Block Wonder from this, but I think that will probably never happen, and the colours, while not perfect (no turquoise) work pretty well with this quilt top. So that fabric has now been repurposed into a backing for Grand Illusion.

I also finished Merry Mayhem's Regatta quilt top, from the New Year's Day mystery. That just leaves one more New Year's mystery to finish up.  It's been a good week for finishes for me, which translates into a good stash report :)

Fabric out this week:
Grand Illusions - 7 1/2 yards
Merry Mayhem - 6 yards

Fabric in this week:

Stash totals for the year:
68.5 yards in
35 yards out
Total: 33.5 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing this week.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

350 Blocks

This sounds like fun.  Praire Moon quilts is hosting a 350 block challenge, and I think I'm going to join in.  The challenge is to make 350 blocks this year. I don't think that's going to be very hard to meet, but I'm really curious to know just how many blocks I make in a year, so here goes nothing.

I'm going to start off by counting back all my blocks up to today, since Jan 1.  I won't include my New Year's Eve mystery quilt, even though most of the blocks were actually completed after Jan 1. But I am including Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion, because the blocks were definitely all completed after that date.

28 blocks for Merry Mayhem's New Year's Day mystery
20 blocks for the New Year's Day mystery
12 blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion

60 blocks so far this year.   I think that's a pretty good start :)  The offical reporting date is the end of the month, so I'll keep this number and see what I add to it before then.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stash Report - Jan 18

I had hope to finish the border on a couple of quilts this week, but other priorities intruded and they didn't get done. I did manage to get the binding on 2 quilts, however.  Just need to finish stitching them down and I can count those as finishes. But in the mean time, the fabric is officially used, so it goes into the used column.  Unfortunately, I actually had to buy the binding for one of them, so a little bit also came in.

Out this week:
1 yard - binding

In this week:
1/2 yard  - binding

Stash totals for the year:
68.5 yards in
21.5 yards out
Total: 47 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing this week.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I'm almost done one of my New Year's Day mysteries.  This quilt just needs one more border and then it's done.  A slightly smaller size than the last two I finished, so I think this one will probably go to Victoria's Quilts once I finish it.  The Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion is almost joined into rows now, so lots of progress was made this week.

But for now, this week has to be focused on finishing up some customer quilts, so I'll have to put my piecing projects away for a bit. 

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else has been up to.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Stash Report Jan 11

One final stop at the LQS anniversary sale, picked up another 29.5 yards.

But I finished a quilt top this week!!  In fact, I finished two. I feel like I've been attaching borders all week, but it does feel great to be done :)  Unfortunately my usual photo location currently has a pile of flooring stacked in it, so I've had to improvise. I think the bordesr on Tell it to the Stars would show up better against the dark floor.

I added the final white border to the New Year's Eve mystery quilt.  I'm loving this one, but I really don't need another 80x80" quilt in my house. So it may end up being a donation to Quilts of Valour (the colours are even right for that :) ). We'll see what the situation is when I finally get around to quilting this one.

Judy's mystery quilt took 13 yards.
The New Year's Eve mystery quilt used 7.5 yards of fabric.

Stash totals for the year:
68 yards in
20.5 yards out
Total: 47.5 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog to see how everyone else is starting their year.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Work in Progress - Jan 7

One of my goals this year is to participate in the Work in Progress linkups on Wednesdays.  Hopefully that will help me stay motivated to actually have something in progress each week :)

This has been a busy week, after all my crazy New Year's mysteries.  Still working on most of those.  I have the blocks finished for one of them. Just need to put them together and decide if I want a border or not.  Unfortunately, looking at them now, and at the pictures of completed quilts, I fear I may have gotten my colours mixed up.  I think the lightest green was supposed to be the narrow strip in the middle.  Rats!

I have one more border to add to this quilt.

The blocks are being assembled for Bonnie Hunter's "Grand Illusion" quilt.  I have pieces for another 6 blocks aside from what's shown here.

And last but not least, I have all the rows assembled for Merry Mayhem's Regatta mystery.  Just need to assemble the top. This one had better finish before Sunday, since my son expects to be able to sleep in here that night :)

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced and The Needle and Thread Network today. Drop by to see what everyone else has been up to.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mystery Progress

I finished one of my New Year's mysteries today.  I really like how this top came together. Scrappy reds & whites, with one common black. The pattern is lovely - and I'm glad I didn't bail on the project when I read the cutting directions.  All those little tiny 1" squares were separately cut - but I held off and managed to strip piece the 9-patch and 4-patch blocks, which greatly simplified the process, and reduced the cutting immensely.

I haven't decided if it needs a narrow white border to finish it off. The design ends here, but I'm worried that the small squares on the outside round will be partially eaten up by the binding (I usually attach binding with about 3/8 seam rather than 1/4).  I do have enough of a couple of the whites to do a solid 3" border in a single fabric.

And that finish meant that my design wall was finally free to play with Bonnie's Grand Illusion reveal.  I put up a few of the pieces I made, just to take a look at it.  I'm pretty happy with how my colours are all playing together. And the non-scrappy white, black, and yellow I think help the design show through.  I was a bit worried about my aqua, because I ran out of scrappiness after making the original pieces.  But cutting all the cornerstones out of a single aqua really works I think.  (yes, two of the pieces are turned wrong. I've fixed that)

I tried a couple of other options, that a few other quilters have decided to use. But neither of them has the same impact as the original design in my eyes.  Of course - Bonnie knows what she's doing :)
option 1
I made about 1/2 the blocks, so after adding a few additional broken dishes units I have enough for 12 squares.  I haven't checked check the green sashing or the border blocks yet, but I think I like this size, so I'll just make whatever extras I need when I get to those sections.

Drop by Quiltville to see more Grand Illusions.

option 2