Here is the finished quilt top for Talavera Seahawks by Desert Bloom Quilting!
The top has been finished for about a week and a half and it’s unfortunately taken me this long to share. I’m going to bind in the navy. I’m thinking of having it quilted in a blue and green variegated, but we’ll see.
Here are a few closeups of the blocks and my amazing mitered corners. I typically avoid mitering at all costs, but I made myself practice and they came out really well. The little green border is 1/2″ finished, so doing it with a miter made that much easier.
In a few days, I’ll be posting Month 3 of the QAL, so I’ve been gearing up for that. It’s never too late to sign up.
I have been having a great time working on Talavera Tiles by Desert Bloom Quilting. Last weekend was an oddly event free weekend so I spent Saturday cutting fabric and Sunday sewing. I’ve had a little time to sew throughout the week and have finished 3 sets (of 5) of the blocks. As soon as I post this, I’m going to finish the last 2 groups of blocks and maybe even start assembling tonight.
I’ve forgotten how much I love sewing on batiks. The fabrics are so crisp and lie so flat.
Here is the center block. Square in a square units are not my favorite thing in the world and this was good to practice them. The pattern has a few suggestions to get everything to line up right.
For Block 1, there twelve of these guys.
And eight of Block 2.
I don’t think it was intentional, but the number of blocks goes down from Block 1 – 4, so I only have four of Block 3 and two of Block 4 to make. It’s a nice stepdown.
Back to sewing the last ones!
Month 2 of the Quilt-Along is all ready to go on February 2. The center star looks amazing and I’m loving how the quilt in coming together. We also have received the prizes from American Made Brand, so those will be revealed soon.
In the meantime, the fabrics for Talavera Tile arrived on Friday. The Prisma Dyes are beautiful in person and I’m excited to get started on this. I didn’t intentionally choose Seahawks fabrics, but I unintentionally nailed it. The white is actual a light grey and it’s very close to wolf grey.
Just a quick post today to show off the fabrics. I’ve been petting them for the last 15 minutes, so it seemed right to share them with everyone. My plan is to spend the weekend quilting and I should get make some good progress on this quilt. The deadline to complete the top is February 28, and it’s looking like I won’t be working right up to the deadline (fingers crossed!)
One of my next projects is pattern testing for Desert Bloom Quilting. Jessica at Desert Bloom created a beautiful quilt and pattern called Talavera Tile. She’s releasing the pattern in 2 sizes and was looking for pattern testers for the larger size (55″ x 73″).
(After having the pattern for a month), I spent some time today and recolored it. I have been loving batiks lately so I will be using the Prisma Dyes batiks. The fabrics have been ordered and should arrive in a little over a week, which gives me slightly less than a month to make the quilt top.
This is my re-coloring. I used Inkscape which can only color with a single color, rather than a pattern, but it gives an idea of the quilt. The fabrics below are the ones that I chose from the Artisan Batiks Prisma Dyes line.
Once the fabric arrives, expect to hear more about Talavera Tile in February.
Also, I realized after I colored it and purchased the fabric that I used Seahawks colors. I couldn’t figure out why I was loving the lime green so much… now I know.
I know I haven’t been posting much lately. In my non-quilting life, I am an office manager/accountant for a small software company. We were just acquired by Pitney Bowes, and the last few months have been submitting thousands of documents to make the merger happen. I’ve been working 9+ hour days and weekends to get my part together. And now that the deal is closed, I will have more time for quilting, since I sure miss it!
I have made some progress on a few things. I finished the quilt top for the Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt-Along. It was a really fun quilt to make and I’m loving how it came out. I’m not sure how I want to quilt it. January is the assembly month, so I caught up with the group and am eligible for the giveaway prizes.
Mostly, I have been working on my cross stitch. For the last month, I’ve had enough energy when I get home to put something on the TV and stitch for 30-60 minutes and then pass out. Bad for quilting progress, great for the cross stitch. The letters are wonderful (it will say “Zelda”) since I can do the outline and then mindlessly fill in while I watch something.
My life should resume a normal pace and balance now, so there will be more regular updates. I’m getting ready to pattern test a beautiful quilt for Desert Bloom Quilting (more on that later). I also have two wedding quilts to put together, and signed up for an NES Block of the Month. Plus, of course, my 2016 Quilt-Along which it’s not too late to sign up for.
On Saturday, I mailed my SpriteStitch Mega Gift to my buddy. It’s going overseas, so it will take a week or 2 to arrive. Once it does, I will (finally) post pictures of the things. And, I know I’m biased, but let me tell you that they are fabulous.
Meanwhile… today is a Work In Progress day.
I joined the Meadow Mist Mystery QAL a few months ago and finally started on it this past week.
She offered us the option to peek, which I did. For her quilt, she has 4 colors. For mine, since I know where we’re heading, I’m making each <thing> a different color set. I went through my collection of solids hoping that I might have 30 different solids. I had closer to 40, not counting the box of solid fat quarters, heh. Right now, I’m through the first month (August), which is the flying geese at the bottom of each color set. Month 2 is square-in-a-square units (not pictured). I have one seam left on each SiaS, so I’m hoping to get those done tonight. Month 3, October, is a quick Courthouse Steps block. My goal is to be caught up through October by the weekend.
Separately, I’ve also been spending about an hour per night, every night, on my Zelda cross stitch (which I’m surprised I haven’t shared before now).
I started on this cross stitch in May 2010. I did the mountains and waterfall over the next 2.5 years and then set this aside. I moved to Seattle and left this in a box at my mom’s house. While visiting this past summer, I dug through my box and found it. I decided that I either needed to finish it or give it away. Since the mountains were the hard part, I decided to push forward. I have since stitched the words and am currently working on the rectangular border. Cross stitching is a little rough on my hands, so I limit myself to 1 hour per day. I’m making steady progress and my plan is to have the green done by mid-November (or 2 sides of the yellow, if I decide I’m sick of the green and fill in yellow instead).
After tripping over it on my floor for months, I finally buckled down and finished the Star Gazing quilt top. I finished Block 11 which included paper piecing for the yellow square corners. When I was designing the coloring on this block, I could not settle on a color arrangement that I loved. I redid the coloring on at least 4 different occasions before deciding on this one. Every other block I was able to settle on pretty quick, but there was something about this one. I am liking how it came together. I think the yellow, pink, and blue all give it a nice pop while not being too obnoxious.
I also finished all of my partial seams and assembled the top. I may add a 2″ border of the darkest border and bind in the same but I haven’t decided yet. But this counts as being finished. My goal was to have the top of the quilt be lighter and for the blocks to get darker towards the bottom. I’m happy with how that came out and that it’s subtle but still there.
This Block of the Month is being run through Quilter’s Market in Tucson, starting next month. Swan will also be sending it to quilt shops throughout the country. Hoffman fabrics is also promoting the BOM, since Swan made a version using their batik-solids line.