Friday, May 3, 2013

A Friday Finish Sneak Peek

I am having so much fun with the other "Scrappers" on Quiltmaker magazine's "Scrap Squad."

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I can't show you my finished quilt today, because it will be "revealed" on the Quilty Pleasures blog later this month.  But here are some close-ups:

Ann did a stand-up job of quilting this giant in a hurry!

And of course, I applied the binding using Susie's Magic Binding technique!

And I added one of my "PeaceLoveandHappiness" GutenTags!

You can see the original quilt on page 58 of the May/June Quiltmaker magazine.

Linking up to Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday at Quokka Quilts.

And don't forget to enter my giveaway of the newest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine, along with your choice of one of the blocks I tested!  Go here to comment and enter.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

13 in 2013 April UFO Parade

Does anyone besides me think April went by really, really fast?  Maybe it's because we had so much snow, it felt more like February than April!

Even so, we have some really great finished for the 13 in 2013 UFO Challenge.  Before I share the photos, here is the number for the May UFO project:


I squeaked in my finish just under the wire!  My April UFO was a mystery quilt I started last summer at Quilt Colorado 2012.  The designer is Linda Ballard of Let's Quilt

"Bits and Pieces" is probably the most "mysterious" mystery quilt I've made.  You really had to sew all the steps before a clue emerged as to what the quilt would look like!  The pattern called for four borders, but I didn't have enough of the orange fabric to add a border, so I left it off.  And I think it looks fine -- love the HST border.

This is the 17th quilt top I've finished this year.

Now, refill your coffee cup and sit back to enjoy the parade!

First up, Carol from Idaho and Arizona send this photo of her Thimbleberries blocks from 2008.  I remember this project, and I think Carol gets extra credit for finishing three months worth of blocks -- they are complicated!

Susan embroidered this lovely tablerunner.  Here is the link to her blog post explaining the project -- doesn't she do nice work?

Another Australian, Sue, made these clever "loyalty card" wallets to match handbags she made earlier.  Isn't this a great idea to keep track of all those "you shop here too often" cards?  Her blog post with a link to the tutorial is here.

She also finished her bonus #13 project, "Stars Aligned."  Go here to read all about it!

 Karen of Stitching Circle also has two big finishes this month.  First, Big Stars by Judy Laquidara:

And, Bonnie Hunter's Roll Roll Cotton Boll!  

Deb S. also finished a beautiful, spring-like table runner (who knows, maybe it's Spring where Deb lives!). I love her applique:

Nurse Jessi made this darling baby quilt for Olivia Grace:

Here's a close-up of the darling binding:

 And speaking of darling, doesn't Olivia Grace look happy with her new quilt?

I have to share what Debbi told me about her April project, it made me laugh!

My UFO this month was to make Bargello placemats so that I could learn the process. Oh, I learned! First and foremost is: I learned that I don't think I am willing to tackle a full-size Bargello quilt just yet! LOL! And after taking these pictures, I have learned that these placemats (meant for my SIL) REALLY coordinate well with my Berber carpet! Hahaha!
Isn't it amazing how different two placemats made with the same fabrics can look?

Another fellow retiree, Irene, made two quilts this month.  First up is from Debbie Mumm's Project Kids book, it's a quilt-as-you-go project perfect for the child of two baseball fans!

And second is another of her clever photo frame quilts to add to her Christmas prezzie stash:

I love the idea of a photo frame quilt, Irene.  Is is your own design or from a tutorial?

Sandi made another lovely batik number this month -- I love the colors in this one!

Sandi explains the process for "Kalahari" on her blog, here.

Hold the presses!

One more last-minute finish -- Noela completed this quilt with some of my favorite fabrics.  Whew, just made it, Noela!

Mr. Random Number Generator chose #6 for this parade's giveaway.  Karen, I hope you haven't bought a copy of the new 100 Blocks Magazine vol. 7, because I have one with your name on it!

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Thanks to everyone who submitted finished UFOs this month.  If I missed your entry, please please please let me know!  And good luck with project #12!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

100 Blocks Blog Hop Giveaway

Today is the day!  The Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 7 blog hop kicks off today.

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I didn't design a block for Vol. 7, but I did test a passel of the blocks, and design and piece a sample quilt. Below are the blocks I tested.

#609, Summer's End by Jenniver Schifano Thomas, Curlicue Creations:

#613 Diamond Crossing by Lisa Bassett, Relatively Creative Patterns:

#622, Barn Swallows, by Nancy McNally:

#629, Anni's Flower Jug by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched:

#642, Basket of Blooms by Erin Russet, of McCall's Quilting:

#654, Double Crossed, by AnneMarie Chany, of Gen X Quilters:

#657, Plaid Squares, by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting:

#658, A Divided Flock, by Elizabeth Dackson of don't call me betsy:

#660, Apple Tree, by June Dudley of Quiltmaker magazine:

#661, Prairie Sunburst, by Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts:

#678, Beach Cabanas by Cheryl Lynch of Oy Vey! Quilt Designs:

# 679, Rick Rack Row, by Marian Mapes:

#682, Stairway to Heaven, by Scott Murkin or Patchwork Possibilities:

#688, Hearts Around, by Marjorie Rhine, of Quilt Design NW:

I enjoyed test-sewing the blocks.  It's amazing how creative block designers can be!

My favorite part of the process was designing a quilt using one of the blocks I tested.  I particularly wanted to sew a "modern" quilt.  At the time my quilt was due, I had only tested one block that I considered truly a "modern quilt" block, "A Divided Flock," by Elizabeth Dackson.

Testers were urged to used three or more blocks that they had sewn, but I couldn't find another block that went well with Elizabeth's block. So I used just the one, repeated twelve times! Since I wasn't "following the rules," I called my quilt "Flying My Own Way."  It was a thrill for me to use a fabric line that had not yet been released, Denyse Schmidt's "Shelburne Falls" collection.

Quiltmaker magazine presents each block tester with two copies of the new magazine, and I'd love to give you one of my copies.  If you'd like one of the test blocks sewn by Your Aunt Marti, as well as the magazine, just leave a comment on this post before next Monday, May 6 at noon MDT.  I'll let the Random Number Generator choose a winner -- yes, international entries welcome!

Tomorrow is the last day to send me the photo of your April UFO -- I got mine done, wheeee!  Come back Wednesday to see the Parade.

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