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Finished quilts – rainbow batik and blue and beige

Here are 2 more finished quilts.

For the first one, the rainbow batik, we received this fabric line at the quilt shop. Usually I’m not a batik person but these colors are all so vibrant and needed to be turned into something. I made a bargello out of them. I keep the pattern very simple since I wanted to let the fabrics do the work. The border print was part of the fabric line and is perfect for finishing off the quilt.

This next one is also a fabric line that we received at the quilt shop. Each design comes in 2 colors – 1 with white as the background and 1 with blue as the background. I wanted to do something to reflect the colors/fabrics, so after about a week of doodling, I came up with this. Each block is reflected along the diagonal line. For the borders, I even have a diagonal border along the line, but the far borders are straight seams. The binding also switches depending which side of the quilt you’re looking at, and it’s quilted in blue thread on one side and white on the other. I had fun with this one 🙂

As with the other quilts, these are available for purchase through my Etsy site, link at the top of the page.

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More cranes and finished quilts

I finished another 50 cranes. The total is up to 350 (35% of the way there!) and I’m starting to run out of space in my first display case.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

I also listed 3 more quilt tops on Etsy. The first is Vice Versa which I have posted about before.

Vice Versa Block of the Month BOM Gen X Quilters GenXQuilters Quilt Blanket Star Flying Geese Pinwheel Bear Paw Churn Dash

The second top is called Garden Jewels. It’s a strip pattern by the Quilter’s Market in Tucson, AZ. I bought the kit and made this top. Later, I inherited someone’s partially done quilt from the same kit and finished it. With the extra pieces from my and their kits, I made a 3rd, smaller quilt, so I’ve made this quilt 3 times. The 2nd and 3rd tops were donated to a gal who makes quilts to donate to the local hospital.

This top is called Hoopla and is also a Quilter’s Market strip pattern. It is also made from their kit which includes the die cut circles that came with fusible web on them. I blanket-stitched the applique pieces.

Life update

Hi all! Sorry for the silence. I’ve had a few people ask – I am fine, just busy.

I’ve primarily been focused on finishing the QAL quilt top. That was complete and delivered to the quilter 2 weeks ago. It looks amazing but I unfortunately can’t share that early.

I’ve been making great progress on the 1,000 cranes. I do 3 per day which will get me to finish by the end of the year. Here are the first 300.

OrigamiCranes300

I realized that with the QAL top done, I don’t have any projects immediately on deck (other than a quilt repair). My friends got married a year+ ago and I promised them a wedding quilt (Lovers’ Knot). It’s going to be queen sized and has a few thousand pieces, and I’m about 5% of the way done. I’ve been working on the blocks for that and have made a little progress. It’s not an exciting picture but the finished product will be amazing.

JRWedding

The reason that I’ve been so busy is things are crazy at work. I’ve been training our newest employee and training takes forever! (This is Charlie, the office bunny.)

BunnyOnComputer

I’m taking a few day quilting vacation this month, so expect more regular updates!

Star In The West QAL – Month 4

Welcome to Month 4 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. Coincidentally, they’re also located in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year, but more will be revealed later.

Month 4’s pattern will be emailed out later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

For Month 3, we added a flying geese border to the right and bottom. For Month 4, we are going to be making pinwheel borders that will attach to the right of the quilt.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is my unattached pinwheel border in the AMB solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

After you make your pinwheels, attach it onto the right side of your quilt.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Legend of Zelda – finished cross stitch

Well, after 6 years, I put the final stitches in the Legend of Zelda cross stitch this week.It’s hard to believe that it’s actually finished. The next steps will be washing and framing it but that’s going to wait for a little bit. The first night after the cross stitch was finished, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. My next project will be a 6″ charity square for Sprite Stitch’s stitching for charity.

Zelda NES Waterfall title screen cross stitch

On the crane front, with these green guys, the total is up to 133.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

I also had an amazing Goodwill find of this display case. This is the first 100.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

1,000 origami cranes

And now for something completely different… origami cranes.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

I go to a weekly trivia with some friends. One week, one of the gals brought origami paper and we made little polyhedron ball things. I went home to buy my own paper and while poking around online, I heard the story/legend/superstition that if you make 1,000 folding cranes you get your heart’s desire (or a wish). Since I have so many other projects going, it made sense to start this as well. I bought the paper on Amazon. It’s only 5 cm square.

Origami paper flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

There are 50 sheets of 20 colors. I finished the first color set (blue) and am halfway through the yellow.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

As great as they looked on my desk, I bought a vase at JoAnns and they’re living in there. I’m hoping to get 4 sets of colors into a vase and have 5 vases around the house (getting any larger vases seems dangerous).

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

My goal is to finish these by the end of 2016. The two best responses to this project so far have been “Is your heart’s desire to have 1,000 cranes?” and “I think you can just get it on Amazon faster”.

Star In The West QAL – Month 3

Welcome to Month 3 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. Coincidentally, they’re also located in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year, but more will be revealed later.

Month 3’s pattern will be emailed out later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

For Month 1 and 2, we assembled the center star. Month 3 is our first border. We will be doing 2 sets of flying geese borders, 1 for the right side and 1 for the bottom.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here are my unattached borders in the AMB solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

 

Once you have made your borders, you attach them onto the center star. One thing I love about this quilt is how you add the borders as you make them, so there isn’t a “month 12 – assemble everything you’ve made over the past year” step.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!