Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Update on Projects and OMG

As you know by now, I really enjoy sharing with you 'the process', and reading about that very thing on others' blogs. Here are some of my ongoing projects, as well as my OMG for September, which is this quilt in progress:
Please note: these are all reds: shades, tints, hues, so they go from bright red, to burgundies to pinks, corals
...which I hope to have the centre section complete (that's 156 6" blocks with sashing and cornerstones) by the end of the month. I'm putting them together in the order in which they were released, with my six blocks interspersed. I'll highlight those once the quilt centre is complete. Yes, there are borders! It may very well end up being my biggest quilt to date. I may have to do a final piece count...

This is my 150 Canadian Women quilt, a quilt along I did with Kat of Next Step Quilt Designs from December 2016 through October 2017. My first post is here, December 6, 2016, and my last is here, January 3, 2018. Canada celebrated her sesquicentennial July 1, 2017, and this was the project, three blocks per week for a total of 150. For this layout you needed to make six more, which I did, for a total of 156 (12 X 13 blocks layout). I have the first six rows sewn together, and row 7 is done as well, and pinned on the design wall. I found sewing the rows into groups of three worked well, and then I sewed the group of three rows to make the group of six. This is what I plan to do for the bottom half. Whether row 7 will get sewn to rows 1-6 or start the bottom section of rows 7-13, I haven't decided! The bulk of the quilt has been sewn on my Featherweights, 1951 Tillie, and 1947 Billie. I am in LOVE, mad crazy effervescing love with this quilt. It's huge. Can you see the tiny cornerstones that finish at 1"?! It's a plaid-type print from the 'With Glowing Hearts' line by Moda. Perfection!



The RSC colour of the month is dark blue. I didn't even have to cut any 2.5" squares! Blue is the largest section in my 2.5" squares tray, and finding 32 was a snap! Here are my two, done already!
Sunshine and shadow pics this am, oh how I love these blues!

The Fireburst mystery July step with Tish, The Madd Quilter, was creating these four blocks:

and for August these four:
Well oops it was supposed to be done for this post, like yesterday, but I was buried in housework (long overdue egad) and computer work yesterday.... I'll update this later today!

I'm working on my Island Batik Challenge for September which is making a quilt with stars. Happy Dance! Stars are hands down my all-time favourite block. The house or school house block is my very close second. I'm using these fabrics, and the pattern involves paper-piecing. It's Cindy's newest pattern at Stitchin at Home.
Just love turquoise and purples together! Isn't Island Batik generous with yardage? I mean I know it has to last for the next 5 months of the challenges, but wow still. I love the texture and depth in these fabrics, especially that bottom one, right?

Finally, I wanted to share a winning I got last week, this snowglobe kit to make from Dione, at Clever Chameleon. That link takes you to her tutorial. She has a ton of great tutorials and information, period, on her blog!
In Australia giveaways are a bit tricky, but IMHO, also rather smart. You need to DO something to win goods, like a fair trade. So Dione asked us to tell us which of her snow globes we'd like to win, and why. She told us to make our comment count, so I wrote her a poem, and won the kit! I hope to make one with Brady when he comes for his visit at the end of the month! Thank you so much Dione!

Linking up
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Elm Street Quilts

25 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I love how your Canadian Women quilt is progressing. It looks awesome. And it seems like record time to have your RSC blocks done for the month; I do love blue (hmm, maybe it's because I'm a September birthday gal??).

Julierose said...

Just simply a gorgeous quilt---quite an ambitious project...hugs, Julierose

Chris said...

sigh . . .

Tish Stemple said...

I am LOVING those fireburst fabrics! Those batiks! Drool worthy! The 150 Canadian Women quilt is so impressive. My eyes cross at all the work that's gone into it already.

laughing gas quilts said...

That Canadian Women quilt is terrific. At first glance I thought it was a Dear Jane on, but no... it's all our fabulous women instead. So many projects, so little time.

Tracie @ Riceford Streams said...

Wow, Sandra! I love everything you’re working on. The Canadian quilt is amazing — all those beautiful little blocks to carefully inspect and treasure.

canuckquilter said...

Where to start? I loved seeing your Canadian women blocks as you made them, but seeing them come together into a quilt top is even better. I can't wait to see all of them together. Love your dark blue blocks. Love your Island Batik fabrics even more. Cindy's latest pattern is wonderful and I think it will look spectacular in this range of colors.

Nancy J said...

Aha, I read your poem, and Dione is a brilliant quilter, writer of Beary blogs, and so much more. Well done, all the way from just across the ditch from NZ!!! And for Brady, that should be with you in time as well. Think it has left NZ now , with Hugh's cousin, She will post it when they get to her sister's place.

Stitchin At Home said...

I love your Canadian women quilt, which reminds I need to work on mine. Love the batiks that you are going to use to make my pattern I think it will will fabulous! All those blues yum, almost(lol) as nice as green.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your Canadian Women quilt gets a big "Wow!" from me! And your picture is only half the rows! I love the blend of reds, cream, and brown. And so many different blocks, too. Wow!

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing, Sandra. Your Canadian women blocks make my head spin with all those little blocks and their smaller sashing and cornerstones. The grouping looks fabulous. Wow! You will have fun with those bright clear Island Batiks. I look forward to seeing your updates on this one. Have a happy day. And on the topic of housework, I usually wait until the dust bunnies trip me up!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Your Canadian Women quilt is awesome, Sandra! I really love those colors. Can't wait to see your IB challenge - ahhh, purples and teals!!!

Barb Neiwert said...

Loving all your projects. Those blue blocks are especially intriguing. Keep it up! One of these days you'll have your Canadian women's blocks completed!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You sure are working on a lovely quilt!

KaHolly said...

I have seen this quilt finished, and it is absolutely stunning! Big! Enjoy putting it all together. I admire your stick-to-it-iveness!

Candace said...

Your Canadian Women quilt is so beautiful. Love seeing all of the variation in the reds!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sandra! I am so drawn to your Fireburst blocks. Those fabrics just speak to me, and are pleasing to the eye. I can't wait to see where this mystery quilt ends up. And those batiks! Ooh-la-la. Congrats on winning the snow globe fixings - that will be a fabulous project to do with Brady. ~smile~ Roseanne

piecefulwendy said...

That Canadian Women quilt is absolutely stunning! Love it! Your Fireburst fabrics are really fun. I haven't gotten the next step done yet, but will this weekend, I think. And I think I know which pattern of Cindy's you are making and I love that pattern! Those IB fabrics are amazing! Fun! Can't wait to see it!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

I love your Canadian Women quilt - with all your superb quilting lately, I can't wait to see what treatment this one gets. I hope you and Brady have a ball with the snow globes, I'm sure glad they've gone to such an enthusiastic home. :) It was a ripper poem. I will second all your thoughts on Island Batik yardage and purple with turquoise.

Patty said...

Your quilt looks great! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Sandra, I took your quilt to full screen to see it better. Oh what a beauty! Just gorgeous as is all your work, of course.

Cheryl said...

Your Canadian quilt is turning out wonderfully, I love all of the different blocks done in red.

Susan said...

Your Canadian quilt is impressive! And I love your blocks for the color challenge

Jasmine said...

That is going to be one glorious big quilt. I look forward to seeing what you accomplish this month.

Kate said...

Your Canadian Women quilt is coming together beautifully. It always takes so long to get those rows pinned and then sewn. Wishing you lots of progress on the top this month.