Quarter 2, Finish-a-long

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Ack…I got a lot done, but pretty much nothing on this list…but let’s try again! I’m hoping to get at least 4 things done! Okay…I got the smallest thing possible on this list done, a tiny basket…

Goals for Quarter 2
Milky Way Sampler- Current state: I made serious progress last quarter! This is almost a top! it is in strips and sooooooo close.
Hakama- Current state: clown pants, next up is pleating and waistband
Flag- Current state: Partially pieced
Modern Hexies Pincushion- Current state: Quilt top completed and full of sparkly metallic thread!
Christmas Economy Block Quilt- Current state: I got a ton of blocks made for this quilt in December, but couldn’t settle on a layout. I need to either make 2 more blocks, make a slightly smaller quilt or make…you guessed it! enough blocks for a whole extra row!
Christmas Gnomes- Current state: six cute tiny paper pieced blocks that need to be something rather than sitting around my sewing room
Halloween Trivets-Current state: 3 rounds pieced, all pieces cut
Emerson’s Baby Quilt Current state: Top is put together! and cut the batting! I made progress on this last quarter, but did not finish it. Next up, cut the backing and set it up for quilting!
Emerson’s Lined Drawstring bag: Current state: Pieces are cut
Lined Drawstring bag for shoes- Current state: Pieces cut
Vintage star quilt in blue and green for my uncle- Current state: almost a full top
Teacup Tea Mats-Current state: All pieces cut, tea cups are stitched down and they just need to be sewn and turned! So close! Still…so close…this past quarter I added cute embroidered tags to them…but didn’t finish them…
Out in Nature Mini Quilt- Current state: Pieces embroidered and prepped, only one small seam from the top being done! This is a serious contender for actually finished this quarter!
Ducky Embroidery Current state: Embroidery done, to do hoop and finish!
Embroidered flower bag Current state: Embroidery done
Homebase Quilt- Bee Hive Swarm Tara Current state: Blocks largely made, but perhaps more will be wanted.
Fizzy Block Quilt Current state: Blocks made, should make around 4-8 more
Purple Wonky Star Quilt-Current state: 9/9 blocks for original size cut, except background for 2. However, should likely cut 7 more blocks.
Giant Purple Vintage Star Quilt- Take 2- Current state: All HSTs made and trimmed. Need to decide if I am swapping out 2 center HSTs and cut corner squares before assembling the top.
Joyful Airplane Mini Quilt- Current state: Quilt top.
Do Small Things With Great Love Embroidery- Current state: Embroidery done, project undecided.
Embroidered Placemats-Current State: Embroidery done, fabric chosen.
Liberty Placemat Current state: Cut and fusible prepped
Guild Quilt- Current state: Top done, may add to it.
Orange Churn Dash Bag Current state: Bag blocks pieced
Joy is Coffee Embroidery Current state: Embroidered, decide what to do with it
Doggie bag and smaller bag: Current state: cut and interfaced
Heggie bag: Cut and interfaced
Fussy cut potholder: sewn! next to quilt!

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Seagull Mini Quilt

In June 2016, family friends of my wife were kind enough to host an engagement party for us at their home on Peaks Island, Maine, where my wife grew up. Her parents had recently moved off the island and the party wasn’t so much an engagement party, but an opportunity for people who couldn’t make it all the way down to PA for the wedding to get to celebrate. My wife and I picked all the fabrics for this quilt together and she cut the fabric. I picked the pattern and consulted with her on how we wanted to set up our seagulls. The seagull patterns are by the amazing Juliet van der Heidjen of Tartan Kiwi. I did the sewing, quilting and binding. The quilt was kept clean and simple to go with the Japanese feel of their square large dining room table. I added hanging tabs in case they wanted it on the wall.

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Sadly I don’t have great pictures of the gulls close up/in minimal enough sunlight that you can see all the fun, but low volume fabric choices we made.

This was started in June/July 2016 and finished in July 2017 and gifted when we visited the island. Peaks Island is such a special place and we were trying to capture both the feel of the island and Emily and Jim’s lovely space. We kept the quilting very simple to just give some movement. I had wanted to play with movement with the quilting more, but decided that it just needed to be done.

Bird quilt backing (2)

The backing is a sea castle print I’d stashed away some time ago.

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This photo is taken on Peaks Island with a lovely view towards Portland. My wife was kindly the quilt holder.

I  hope you’ve enjoyed this little quilt and that we’ll see you again!

Jenna

 

Finish-a-Long 2018- Quarter 1

Finish-a-Long 2018- Quarter 1

Finish-a-long Quarter 1

 

Last quarter I finished several small projects, but nothing terribly significant. This quarter I would like to continue whittling down my small projects, but also finish at least one larger than mini sized quilt. There are several fairly easy options for that, baby quilts mostly, and two larger quilts (Christmas Economy Block Quilt and Milky Way Sampler) that would be more work to finish, but I’m actually currently excited about them.

Goals for Quarter 1

  1. Milky Way Sampler- Current state: I fell off the quilt-a-long bandwagon with this one, but I’ve got 6/13 blocks done and 2 blocks mostly pieced. I really want to finish this one this quarter or next so I have a quilt for me.
  2. Modern Hexies Pincushion- Current state: Quilt top completed and full of sparkly metallic thread!
  3. Christmas Economy Block Quilt- Current state: I got a ton of blocks made for this quilt in December, but couldn’t settle on a layout. I need to either make 2 more blocks, make a slightly smaller quilt or make…you guessed it! enough blocks for a whole extra row!
  4. Christmas Gnomes- Current state: six cute tiny paper pieced blocks that need to be something rather than sitting around my sewing room
  5. Halloween Trivets-Current state: 3 rounds pieced, all pieces cut
  6. Emerson’s Baby Quilt Current state: Top is put together! and cut the batting! I made progress on this last quarter, but did not finish it. Next up, cut the backing and set it up for quilting!
  7. Emerson’s Lined Drawstring bag: Current state: Pieces are cut
  8. Lined Drawstring bag for shoes- Current state: Pieces cut
  9. Teacup Tea Mats-Current state: All pieces cut, tea cups are stitched down and they just need to be sewn and turned! So close!  Still…so close…this past quarter I added cute embroidered tags to them…but didn’t finish them…
  10. Out in Nature Mini Quilt- Current state: Pieces embroidered and prepped, about half sewn together
  11. Ducky Embroidery Current state:  Embroidery done, to do hoop and finish!
  12. Embroidered flower bag Current state: Embroidery done
  13. Homebase Quilt- Bee Hive Swarm Tara Current state: Blocks largely made, but perhaps more will be wanted.
  14. Fizzy Block Quilt Current state:  Blocks made, should make around 4-8 more
  15. Purple Wonky Star Quilt-Current state: 9/9 blocks for original size cut, except background for 2. However, should likely cut 7 more blocks.
  16. Giant Purple Vintage Star Quilt- Take 2- Current state: All HSTs made and trimmed. Need to decide if I am swapping out 2 center HSTs and cut corner squares before assembling the top.
  17. Joyful Airplane Mini Quilt- Current state: Quilt top.
  18. Do Small Things With Great Love Embroidery- Current state: Embroidery done, project undecided.
  19. Embroidered Placemats-Current State: Embroidery done, fabric chosen.
  20. Liberty Placemat Current state: Cut and fusible prepped
  21. Guild Quilt- Current state:  Top done, may add to it.
  22. Orange Churn Dash Bag Current state: Bag blocks pieced
  23. Joy is Coffee Embroidery Current state: Embroidered, decide what to do with it
  24. Pixie Basket for Kitchen Current state: Partially assembled.

Alright, so this is an ambitious list, but hey, I like choices. Don’t worry! They are just choices!!! If I get 6 things done on this list, that would be AMAZING. Who knows, maybe this round I’ll remember to link up my finishes?

Now…can I post something on this blog besides this list between now and April?

Jenna

 

Christmas Economy Block Quilt

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Finish-A-Long Quarter 4-2017

arrow-topFinish-a-long Quarter 4

So, I did complete a few things last quarter and not post them! I should do that for my own records, especially since one of them was my lovely seagulls quilt I’m quite proud of. I did move several other projects forward as well.

Completed last quarter: Lemonade Jug Rug, Sewing Illustration Trio, Star Pincushion, Seagull Mini Quilt

Goals for Quarter 4

  1. Liberty Pincushion- Current state: Top pieced
  2. Modern Hexies Pincushion- Current state: Top prepped and fabrics cut
  3. Christmas Economy Block Quilt- Current state: Blocks from group and myself made, make 6-12 more!
  4. Halloween Trivets-Current state: 3 rounds pieced, all pieces cut
  5. Emerson’s Baby Quilt Current state: Top is put together! and cut the batting! I made progress on this last quarter, but did not finish it. Next up, cut the backing and set it up for quilting!
  6. Emerson’s Lined Drawstring bag: Current state: Pieces are cut
  7. Lined Drawstring bag for shoes- Current state: Pieces cut
  8. Teacup Tea Mats-Current state: All pieces cut, tea cups are stitched down and they just need to be sewn and turned! So close!
  9. Out in Nature Mini Quilt- Current state: Pieces embroidered and prepped, about half sewn together
  10. Ducky Embroidery Current state:  Embroidery done, to do hoop and finish!
  11. Bird embroidery Current state: Embroidery half done
  12. Embroidered flower bag Current state: Embroidery done
  13. Homebase Quilt- Bee Hive Swarm Tara Current state: Blocks largely made, but perhaps more will be wanted.
  14. Fizzy Block Quilt Current state:  Blocks made, should make around 4-8 more
  15. Purple Wonky Star Quilt-Current state: 9/9 blocks for original size cut, except background for 2. However, should likely cut 7 more blocks.
  16. Giant Purple Vintage Star Quilt- Take 2- Current state: All HSTs made and trimmed. Need to decide if I am swapping out 2 center HSTs and cut corner squares before assembling the top.
  17. Joyful Airplane Mini Quilt- Current state: Quilt top.
  18. Do Small Things With Great Love Embroidery- Current state: Embroidery done, project undecided.
  19. Embroidered Placemats-Current State: Embroidery done, fabric chosen.
  20. Liberty Placemat Current state: Cut and fusible prepped
  21. Guild Quilt- Current state:  Top done, may add to it.
Finish-a-long Quarter 3

Finish-a-long Quarter 3

Alright friends, here we go on Quarter 3! I’m stacking this list with a couple smaller projects I’m currently chugging along nicely on in hopes of having an early finish in the quarter to maintain my momentum from the end of Quarter 2.

Goals for Quarter 2

  1. Emerson’s Baby Quilt Current state: Top is put together! and cut the batting! I made progress on this last quarter, but did not finish it. Next up, cut the backing and set it up for quilting!
  2. Emerson’s Lined Drawstring bag: Current state: Pieces are cut
  3. Teacup Tea Mats-Current state: All pieces cut, tea cups are fused
  4. Lemonade Jug Rug- Current state:  All pieces cut and fused, to do pick binding
  5. Sewing Illustration Trio of Pincushions- Current state: Ready to fill with walnut shells
  6. Star Pincushion- Current state: Ready to fill with walnut shells
  7. Out in Nature Mini Quilt- Current state: Pieces embroidered and prepped, about half sewn together
  8. Ducky Embroidery Current state:  Embroidery done, to do hoop and finish!
  9. Bird embroidery Current state: Embroidery half done
  10. Embroidered flower bag Current state: Embroidery done and
  11. Homebase Quilt- Bee Hive Swarm Tara Current state: Blocks largely made, but perhaps more will be wanted.
  12. Fizzy Block Quilt Current state:  Blocks made, should make around 4-8 more
  13. Purple Wonky Star Quilt-Current state: 9/9 blocks for original size cut, except background for 2. However, should likely cut 7 more blocks.
  14. Giant Purple Vintage Star Quilt- Take 2- Current state: All HSTs made and trimmed. Need to decide if I am swapping out 2 center HSTs and cut corner squares before assembling the top.
  15. Seagull Mini Quilt- Current state: Basted and ready for quilting! This really needs to get done…I want to gift it next week…
  16. Joyful Airplane Mini Quilt- Current state: Quilt top.
  17. Do Small Things With Great Love Embroidery- Current state: Embroidery done, project undecided.
  18. Embroidered Placemats-Current State: Embroidery done, fabric chosen.
  19. Liberty Placemat Current state: Cut and fusible prepped
  20. Guild Quilt- Current state:  Top done, may add to it.

 

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2nd Finish A Long Finish AND a Christmas item complete in July!

2nd Finish A Long Finish AND a Christmas item complete in July!

On Monday of this week, I was on a roll! I finished two needlebooks and then went on to finish my Christmas pillow, the 2nd item on my FAL 2017 Quarter 2 list! Unlike the needlebooks that started the quarter almost done, this pillow started the quarter as a top. I started this in the winter when I tested the paper pieced version of Alexia Abegg’s Marcelle Medallion center. I had great ambitions of making myself something during the holiday season. Crazy, I know?

I pieced it, but unsurprisingly, finishing something for me during December was not in the picture. Earlier this month, I needed to test out spray basting on something smaller than the baby quilt I bought it to use on, so I pulled out this little project. I kept the quilting fairly simple, tracing elements of the star and then doing some denser line quilting the edges of the pillow. I sometimes find the edges of pillows that aren’t reinforced a bit are more likely to sag as they are used.

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Detail 1

I’m really in love with the gold word print from Brambleberry Ridge Christmas. I definitely don’t have 3 yards stashed away so I can use it forever and ever. *cough* In general I have a tendency to buy Christmas fabric with great intent to use it to make Christmas fabric wrapping and then…not. So it was good to break into my Christmas fabric stash.

I got stalled at finishing the pillow. I really want to give making a zippered pillow cover a go, but it felt intimidating. This week I just said, I want this done! and did my typical envelope backing instead. I used the snowflake stitch on my machine as an accent, again, as per usual.

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Then it was all done! I am not buying  a pillow form yet, as I am moving and I don’t plan to set this pillow out till October or November, but I’ll update with a picture of it in a pillow form then!

Thanks for reading!

Jenna

 

Ooh, and just one more photo. Since you’re still here. 😉

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A Finish A Long Finish! Hooray!

A Finish A Long Finish! Hooray!

Earlier this week I actually finished something on my FAL 2017 list for the 2nd quarter. Given that I’ve never been successful in the FAL, I am quite excited.

My first finish was paired with a second finish that is a surprise for a friend, so even though it is just one finish for the FAL, it is two for me!

I finished my Liberty Needlebook, using the needlebook pattern by Amy Sinibaldi and the adorable sewing machine on the cover is from Minki Kim’s Sew Illustrated book.

Needlebook Front

This was my first go at sewing illustration back in January. I have previously done some simpler sewing illustration for lavender sachets, but I was still kinda nervous. This was fun and way easier than expected.

The back of the needlebook was actually sewn together in Spring 2016 as I cut many teeny tiny liberty squares for the nanacompany swap. At the time, I intended to circle back and make a needlebook for myself when I was done with the swap and that…is still accurate if a bit later than intended.

Needlebook Back

I love the scrappy Liberty feel. I also almost always make liberty projects for others rather than myself, so it feels awesome to actually have made something for me!

This week when I was determined for a finish, I naturally decided to make my life more complicated and decorate the pages of my needlebook and the surprise one for a friend. What is more helpful to finishing than investing another hour right? The last photo is a top view of the two needlebooks together. I love how stitching the hexies on makes a pattern on the next page too.

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Well, that’s all for now! Time to document my 2nd finish! Thanks for reading!

Jenna