8 months later, finished rag quilt

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I started this quilt 8 months ago! Because it’s a little project just for me, it got pushed to the back burner often as I tried to finish more time sensitive projects.

But today, I took the day off, and I decided to just knock it out. We’re having freezing rain all weekend so it’s the perfect time to finish up this warm throw.

I love the color. It’s uber-simple, but the rich color just drew me in. It’s not perfect by any means. When I started, I had a lot of thread tension issues, but I really don’t care. It’s mine! And it’s done.

Linking up to finish it up Friday!

WIP Wednesday

This is my first time to do a work in progress Wednesday! But I have a few irons in the fire and thought it’d be good to document the processes.

First up is the quilt I’m calling my Sapphire Triangle quilt. (I’ll explain the meaning and name when I post the finished quilt). I guess I’m probably 60-70% through the piecing. I have a lot of strips of triangles. It will be a twin sized quilt. I’m still debating how to quilt it. Part of me wants to do a strip quilt as you go method, since it will be larger. We’ll see!

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Also in the works is this stained glass quilt I’m working on. I talked about it before. I’ve finished 6 blocks and cut a bunch more. I’m not sure if I want to make one big quilt or a few bed runners, or what. It’s such lovely fabric. I’m so infatuated.  And apparently I can’t take good pictures of these blocks to save my life.

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Chain piece til ya drop

My nephew is the light of my life. He is just over a year old, and I have yet to make him a TRUE quilt. I feel guilty, but I was waiting until perfect inspiration struck, because this will be such a special project for me.

Well, I found it. And just in time, because nephew #2 is due to arrive in February!

I’m making a twin sized quilt somewhat inspired by my Modern Kermit Quilt. There are lots of triangles in my life right now. And lots of chain  piecing.

Hopefully by Wednesday I’ll have a better WIP (Work in progress) post.

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Ombre log cabin

SIGH.

That is my frustration.

I bought a V and Co Simply Color Ombre Jr Jelly roll about 6 months ago. I lusted after it. I got it. Image

It’s super cool. But I wanted to find a perfect project to use it for. Because you don’t buy ombre fabric unless you want to highlight the ombre, in my opinion.

So finally I see a cool quilt as you go log cabin tutorial from Stitched in Color. I’ve been wanting to try quilt as you go, so it seemed like a great match. I envisioned the log cabin swirling around on itself and highlighting the ombre.

This was also my first attempt at a log cabin.

Get ready for some straight talk about “process.”

You should know some things- I’m not great at precision. I try! But it’s not my strength. I am also bad at math.

Here are some challenges I was presented with. First of all, I couldn’t follow her pattern exactly because the strips were only 44″ long. So I ended on the double 8.5″ “logs”.

Here is what I ended up with. I felt like Dr. Frankenstein.Image

I knew it wasn’t good… but I couldn’t put my finger on why. It took me a minute to realize that the last 8.5″ “log” threw the symmetry off. So I just chopped it off. :-/

Also, I was disappointed that the center square and the second square didn’t have a different enough gradient to tell them apart. :-/

Here is the “final” trimmed up product.

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So… my thoughts after this. I will probably not make a quilt out of this jelly roll. I think I will focus on smaller projects, which is just fine. This little block will probably end up as a mug rug or pot holder.

Sometimes things don’t work out like you think, but hey! That’s part of the process, right?

Stripey solid baby quilt

One of my good friends is having a baby any day now. It’s a little boy and they did the nursery in solids with a car and truck theme.

I don’t usually like to work with novelty fabric or anything with anything but solids or dots or stripes. So after MUCH overthinking, I decided to go with these fabrics, and I really like how it turned out.

I just did a basic strip quilt. I used navy microfleece on the back because I believe baby quilts should have a soft side. I only had a few weird pieces of navy microfleece left, so I made little colored stripes across the back to piece them together. The essence of patchwork, right? 🙂Image

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Stained glass quilt

This summer at a quilt show, I bought a bag of fabric samples from a vendor. I thought the colors were pretty. As I looked closer, I realized they were all beautiful Tula Pink samples (I was a newbie and unfamiliar with the fabric brand before then). The more I looked at the fabrics and the incredible detail, the more in love I fell. I knew they deserved a special project to highlight the amazing fabric.

I have essentially a fat quarter of each of the Parisville collection.

I decided to go with the Stained Glass Quilt pattern from Pam Yeomans on Craftsy.

I put off buying it for a while because I kept thinking I didn’t need a pattern and could figure it out on my own. Well, maybe I could, but boy this pattern purchase was worth it. It’s straightforward and took out a lot of the brain work for me.

I did one block to try it out, and I think I’m going to love it!

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