Monday, August 31, 2015

M&C Wedding Quilt Finish

It almost slipped my mind to link this finish up tonight in time for the A Lovely Year of Finishes August deadline. Thankfully as I was getting ready for bed tonight, a voice in the back of my head kept saying "I think you forgot to do something". Indeed!

M&C Plus Quilt

Anyways, I'm happy to report that I finished sewing the binding on this quilt about a week ago and have already given it the crinkle treatment in the wash in preparation to gift it. This quilt is coming with us on our trip back to the Rockies in September, and I can't wait to give it to my brother and his wife for their anniversary. 

M&C Plus Quilt

As I mentioned in my original goal setting post for this project, I began this quilt in 2012 as a gift to the couple for their wedding. But as projects sometimes go (especially those with big intentions it seems) I ran out of time right before the wedding, and decided to wait on completing it so that I could put as much care as I wanted to into making it. 

I sadly ended up moving the project to the pile of unfinished quilts as other projects with upcoming deadlines took precedence. I kept meaning to come back to it though and give it the attention it deserved, so this month ended up being the time finally to dedicate myself to finishing it.

M&C Plus Quilt

I pieced a scrappy backing last month made up of the extra bits from piecing the top, and got to work on the quilting shortly after. I decided to do straight-line quilting following the vertical and horizontal lines of the piecing, with a few little turns and quirks in the overall design to highlight the embroidered plus on the front. The quilting is subtle, but also helps to reinforce the design I think. 

M&C Plus Quilt

I did try out some free-motion quilting on the red pluses on the front of the quilt, but ended up taking that quilting out. The red thread I used blended well with the front design, but didn't look the way I wanted it to on the back with all of that light green. 

Nonetheless, I'm happy I gave the quilting a try and will have to find ways to use FMQ on future projects. Also by the way, I'm enjoying exploring this skill more and more with my new machine. 

M&C Plus Quilt

My brother and his wife are now the proud parents to two 1 year-old twin girls, so I imagine many more quilts will be made for them in the future. For now, I hope that this quilt will be a nice throw-size for the family, and a loving reminder of the day their family started.

M&C Plus Quilt

Quilt Stats:

Name: M&C Wedding Quilt 
Pattern: Plus quilt design (inspired by various quilts, including this tutorial by Jeni Baker)
Size: 64" square
Fabrics used: Various solids and prints in greens, yellow, and reds
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil, quilting is Aurifil variegated 40wt #4658

Linking up with:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Let's Try That Again

During July, I didn't complete my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal, but I'm ok with that. It was more challenging for me to find time to sit at the sewing machine last month, although I did get to work on some smaller piecing projects, take a moment to baste my Plus Wedding quilt, and even attend a free motion quilting class with Christina Cameli (offered through my quilt guild). It was awesome by the way! 

On the plus side, at work we got through our busiest month of the year and had two major events go off without a hitch, so that's something. :) I'm looking forward to getting adjusted to a more even schedule this month, and hopefully making some progress on this project.

M+C Wedding Quilt

My Plus Wedding Quilt is all basted and ready to be quilted. I selected thread earlier this week, and decided to go with a yellow variegated thread in 40wt from Aurifil.

M+C Wedding Quilt

There is actually a slightly funny story behind this too. I was searching through my thread looking for the perfect color that would be subtle, but still add to the overall design. This yellow variegated thread immediately jumped out to me as the clear choice. The color is just perfect. I must have been feeling extra scatterbrained though, because at first I thought the thread was 50wt and was kind of bummed.

You see most of the Aurifil I have is 50wt (that's what is usually available and that's what I piece with), but I was looking for something more substantial for quilting. I've seen a few popped stitches here and there on some of my other quilts where I used 50wt cotton to quilt, and I really want this finished quilt to be used and loved as much as possible while still looking good. I totally spaced that Aurifil thread has this handy color coding system where green means 40wt (red is 50). Crisis averted! ;) I will have to remember that information for the future too!

My moment of brain lapse aside, I think I have finally settled on a quilting style for this project. I'm going to do straight-line quilting all over in the yellow thread and add some pops of red thread (also 40wt) to the red pluses scattered over the quilt top. I wanted to employ some of my new FMQ skills into this project as well, but I'll have to see if I have time to add some embellishments.

I'm linking up my August goal to finish this quilt with A Lovely Year of Finishes:

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, July 13, 2015

3rd Quarter Goals

It's time to post goals for the 3rd Quarter of the 2015 Finish-Along. Last quarter I had a pretty ambitious list and did manage to finish a couple things, my Stacked Tiles Quilt and my Idea Pouches. I feel pretty good about getting these things done, even though my overall list was much longer.

In April we moved and I started a new job, so in the midst of all that transition, it was nice to finish a quilt (that I'm using with my summer bedding) and a couple new bags to keep smaller projects organized. In the end, staying focused on finishing a couple top goals felt like the right pace for me during those busy months.

This quarter I'm also going ambitious with my list and hoping to get at least a few of these crossed off in the end:

M&C Wedding Quilt Top

#1 M&C Wedding Quilt - Backing is sewed as of tonight - need to baste, quilt, and bind. 

Alchemy Fusion Quilt Top

#2 Alchemy Fusion Quilt - Needs additional borders, backing, quilt, and bind.

Hello Fall Wall Hanging 

#3 Hello Fall Wall Hanging - Present for my sister, hoping to finish in time for her to display this fall.

Sunglow Quilt Top in Loulouthi

#3 Sunglow Quilt - Need to finish sewing the backing, quilt, and bind.

#4 Satsuma Street Autumn Bird Cross Stitch
#5 Imagine Gnats contributor project - fabrics are selected

I'll also most likely continue working on a small rotation of WIPs that I've been adding to here and there, like my improv hexies. For now I'm going to let those build slowly and not try to get them wrapped up quickly just yet. A few of those kinds of projects mixed in with this more-defined list feels right for this quarter.

I'm linking up with Adrianne today:

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, July 6, 2015

July Sewing Goal / M&C Wedding Quilt

July is already here and we've reached (and passed) the midpoint of the year. It's a little crazy how fast 2015 is going by, but I'm happy to report that I've kept up with meeting at least some of my goals each month and quarter for the two finish-alongs I'm participating in this year. 

Once again, it's time to record my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (the monthly link-up) and so for July, I plan to finish this quilt top.

M&C Wedding Quilt Top

As you can maybe read in the embroidery, I began this quilt in 2012 for my brother and his soon-to-be wife. We're actually headed out to visit them in Wyoming this September, so I'd like to have this finished in order to be able to give it to them in person for their anniversary. 

I'm going to go ahead and pretend here that this is totally meant as an anniversary quilt and not a really late wedding quilt. ;) They have been patiently waiting for me to finish this up for the past 3(!) years, but I hope that once it's finished it ends up being worth the wait and becomes the go-to family quilt.

Anyways, I'm linking up with ALYoF:
A Lovely Year of Finishes
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