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Star In The West QAL – Month 11

Welcome to Month 11 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. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 11’s pattern will be emailed 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.

We are gong to start on our 2nd to last row this month! This is another half row month, where you make part of the row but nothing is attached to the quilt until next month.

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 Month 11 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

 

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!

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Star In The West QAL – Month 10

Welcome to Month 10 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. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 10’s pattern will be emailed 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.

Last month, we made the top half of the row. This month we’re going to make the bottom half and attach it to the right side 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 Month 10 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

And here is the quilt top with the Month 9/10 row attached.

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!

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.

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!

Mystery Quilt Top is Finished and Cross Stitch Update

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.

Meadow Mist QAL Finished

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.

Zelda cross stitch 1-13-16

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.

QAL 2016 – Sponsor announcement

I’m still here! The last month has been crazy. I am currently frantically finishing Christmas gifts (every year, same thing). There will be pictures of those in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Swan and I are putting the finishing touches on the QAL patterns. We received some very exciting news. American Made Brands is going to sponsor the QAL! For those of you who don’t know, AMB is a US based (Seattle, coincidentally) fabric manufacturer who makes the most beautiful solid fabrics that I’ve ever worked with. For the last 2 years, any time solids come up, I mention (gush about) AMB. I have used them in a few quilts: Star Gazing and Meadow Mist Mystery, plus a handful of UFOs.

When we found out about the sponsorship, that meant that I got to choose from their 62 fabrics to pick what I wanted for the quilt. 2 nights ago, I connected my computer to my 47″ television and, using Inkscape, I played with the AMB fabrics to come up with a color scheme. I forbid myself from using white, black, beige, or grey for the background, to get out of my comfort zone. This is what I ended up designing:

StarInTheWest AMB

The fabrics have been requested and are on their way!

Here is a picture of the coloring in progress on my television. Sorry for the lighting: dark room + bright tv = poor lighting for a picture.

Designing on the tv

The QAL kicks off on January 2. There is still plenty of time to sign up via Swan Amity’s website. It is only $24 for the entire year. There will be a Flickr area to share your quilt progress, and AMB will be providing prizes. We don’t know what they will be just yet, but tentatively we’re looking at quarterly prizes.

Happy quilting!

Mystery quilt and cross stitch in progress

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.

Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt-along QAL BOM Block of the Month Solid Kona Cotton American Brand Solids Flying geese square in a square

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).

Zelda NES Waterfall title screen cross stitch

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).