Tuesday, March 19, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I cannot believe I have so many projects that are just hanging around unfinished!!  Apparently I am way more inclined to be making tops than finishing any of them.  So, I currently have 7 tops that need to be quilted, oy.  I think it has more to do with the fact that I hate to baste, as does almost everyone else!

Speaking of....how do y'all baste your quilts??  I have tried spraying, but pinning is always what I go back to.  But lately, I've had issues with my pinned quilts shifting layers while quilting and I have no idea why....I tape the backing taut, use lots of pins, no puckers while pinning, etc.  Very frustrating!  Suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
Here are my current WIPs:  

1.  Chicopee spiderweb quilt ~ this one is basted, hoping it doesn't have issues with quilting!!

 2.  Brrr! quilt ~ top done, needs to be basted, quilted, etc.


3.  Branson's Chargers quilt ~ needs to be basted, quilted, etc.  Need a MUCH bigger floor for this one, cuz this one is huge.

4.  Scrappy trip along ~ needs to be ironed, basted, quilted

5.  Single Girl quilt ~ needs to be basted, quilted, etc

6.  Love quilt ~ needs to be basted, quilted

 7.  My newest WIP, Good Folks Supernova ~ needs to be basted, quilted

This last one is my favorite ♥
I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Good Folks Supernova

Hey all!  It has been pretty quiet on the ole blog lately and I miss it!!  I have been up to a lot of different things but not much crafty.  I am running a 5K in 3 weeks (signed up AND paid so no backing out!!), super excited/nervous/anxious/hopeful!  A friend of mine and I are running together, so that's going to be awesome.  We're flirting with maybe running a half marathon in June....but I am not so sure.  I started training for it, but we'll see!  Running 13 miles is nuts, right??  Anyway, that's what I've been up to mostly.  I started blogging about my exercise and weight loss here, if you wanna read about my insanity :o)

Today's post is really about my newest quilt top...the Good Folks Supernova.  I got the pattern from this book.  Been in love with it for a while now, just didn't have an idea of what fabrics to use.  So, I broke out my hoarded stash of Good Folks.  I ♥ this fabric collection!!  I wish they would reprint it like they did with Flea market fancy.  Anyway, I also wasn't sure about the background fabric either, whether to go with a solid (my usual) or outside the box with a low volume arrangement.  I apologize in advance for all the pictures but I couldn't help it!!

Used a ton of "low volume" favorites

One of my fave fabrics!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!  It was 80 degrees here yesterday but back to 50 today...hoping for great weather for the 5K!

Linking up my finished quilt top to Amanda Jean's Finish It Friday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LOVE Quilt

I started this post on Saturday, but life got in the way and I couldn't finish it....and today I am just in a funk.  I feel like so many things are going wrong around me and it's throwing me for a loop.  I looked at this quilt again today and it brings a smile to my face.

I bought this pattern back a few weeks ago and just couldn't get it out of my mind.  Last summer I got these bright charms from Connecting Threads...thought they would be perfect for this project!  I altered the pattern a bit, just to use up all the charms, then assembled it completely backwards.  Hey, it was REALLY late....no wonder none of the strips lined up.  I had to trim a ton off the top and bottom.  It was a good thing I had pre-planned to have extra negative space, cuz it went in the trash with the trimming...oh well, that's what I get for sewing at 3 in the morning.

So here is the finished top, freshly pieced and ironed.  The colors are so vibrant, too.  I used Kona Ash for the neutral.  Turns out I really like that shade of grey.  I am planning to put this baby on the wall in my hallway, in the middle, then pictures of the family all around it.

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced!

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