Q2 2019 Finish-a-long

I’m finally throwing my hat into the finish-a-along wagon. Finish-a-long (FAL) is a link up hosted by a community of quilt bloggers where a quilter makes a list of projects that she/he plans to finish that quarter and links up the list on one of the FAL hosts’ linky party.

1. Baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. Top is almost done. Needs to be quilted and bound.
2. Be a Diamond blog hop quilt. Construction is in progress. I hope to be done by April 21st! If I can’t get it quilted, I will blog with just the top. I will follow this up with a design process tutorial/post in May. I designed using a combination of EQ8, hand drawn templates and a programming language called Processing. Alison Glass SunPrints 2018 and 2019 on Kona Regal.
3. Complete the Summer in the Park quilt top. May be able to quilt in June? This is a 2+ year UFO.
4. Island Batik May challenge should be a modern quilt. I am planning to do a light, medium, dark 3D illusion quilt and try some heavy quilting.
5. This is currently hanging over the stairs near the kitchen. The pattern is 54-40 or fight. I made this maybe 3 or 4 years ago – before FMQ. I want to take it down and give it some more FMQ to enhance the curve illusion.
6. The Island Batik challenge for June is try a new technique. I’m planning to make two Cathedral window cushion covers using this YouTube tutorial from Missouri Star Quilts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akKU0zg-qaw . I’ve never made the faux curve before. It will be a new pattern and a new technique for me. The cushions will go on our living room sofa.
7. Quilt the Bali sunrise. Not sure if I will even get this far in the list…
8. Finish the top for the Modern Plus Sign QAL. I worked on this quite a bit last month and I think I can wrap it up in just a couple of days but ……

Finish-A-Long hosts:

The Manhattan Quilt

First things first: A big thank you to everyone who celebrated my 2-year anniversary with me last week – you visited my blog, left a lovely comment and started following my blog. The winner of my blog-anniversary giveaway is Barbara W. Congratulations, Barbara. I will mail you the parcel this week.

For Throwback Thursday hosted by Andree at Quilting & Learning – What a Combo! , I want to show the Manhattan quilt. I made this quilt for my friend, Indu, who lives in New York and thinks that the Big Apple is the only city worth living in :-). Every time I visit NYC (my favorite city, btw), she takes us around to the most interesting places, hole-in-the-wall joints as well as Michelin star restaurants with unbelievably awesome food, interesting places of Hollywood fame or notoriety, and everything in between.

This quilt was also a turning point in my quilting career. This was probably the second quilt that I did free motion quilting on my domestic machine. I went all out with a Manhattan skyline, a bridge, and countless feathers and swirls. Just loved the creative process of FMQ and decided to splurge on a long-arm at the International Quilt festival in Houston. My next major quilt after this, the Magic Triangles for my dad, was quilted on a long arm. Similar designs but different machine. Since then FMQ has been a big part of all my work.

I used the cool colors from a FQ bundle of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufmann, Kona White background and a blue and white striped binding. Since I quilted this on a domestic, I quilted them in sections – the center diagonal and the two corner triangles – and put them together with a white sashing in the front and the striped fabric in the back. It makes the back interesting as well. The two fabrics in the back are both from Joann’s. One is a blue world map fabric and the other has the constellations. The pictures were taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, where our families met for a week-long vacation that summer.

April One Monthly Goal (OMG): For the record, my March OMG was to finish the Modern Plus sampler quilt top. I could not finish it. I made good progress but my Bali Sunrise took up so much time, I could not finish my OMG. For April, I want to finish piecing this quilt top. I found the blocks stashed in a shoe box when I was “cleaning” my sewing room. This is probably from 2 or 3 years ago. The pattern is Summer in the Park from a Missouri Star Quilt video. I used a number of green strips and a gold/orange floral print on a white background. This is a really cool pattern that goes together quite fast. I can’t remember why it remains a UFO. My goal for April is to at least piece the top.

Like magic! 15 flower basket blocks, 20 pieces per block, one AccuQuilt Go! and three different dies – ready in 30 minutes! This is for my April Island Batik Ambassador challenge.
I will be part of the Be A Diamond blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. I have designed a new pattern and the fabric. Hoping to start construction this weekend.

Link-ups:
One monthly Goal
Throwback Thursdays
Let’s Bee Social
Midweek Makers
Wednesday Weight loss
Needle and Thread Thursday
TGIFF at Slice of Pi
Whoop Whoop Friday
Friday Foto fun
Finished or not Friday
Freemotion Mavericks

Petunia House, Bar Harbor, Maine.

Bali Sunrise plus Anniversary Giveaway

The Island Batik challenge for March is Vintage Reimagined. We are to take a vintage quilt or quilt block and “re-imagine” it using Island Batik fabric. I picked a traditional favorite, the log cabin quilt block. Rather than making a quilt with several blocks, the entire quilt is a single giant log cabin on point. The fabric for this quilt was provided to me by Island Batik as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.

The inspiration for this quilt was this awesome picture of sunset in Bali, Indonesia, taken by my friend, Rupa. Rupa took this picture of flaming skies in Lembongan island. She says this is what the sky looking like. No filters used.

I worked with a strip set called Soul Song from Island Batik, along with some other blues, teals and oranges and yellows. I laid out the reds, oranges and yellows on one side and the blues, teals and turquoises on the other.

This quilt top took a long time to complete – longer than I expected. This log cabin was essentially a single block – so no chain piecing which usually keeps things moving faster. Also, as the quilt got bigger, I had to haul the entire 4800 sq in of it through the sewing machine. I was glad when it was all done. I was planning on quilting it before the end of the month but I don’t have time for that now. The quilt measures about 64″ X 84″.

I call this quilt Bali Sunrise after the inspiration picture. I think sunrise sounds better than sunset – it sounds like you got off the bed and went somewhere really early in the morning to see a spectacular sunrise!

Blogiversary: My first post for this blog was on March 27th 2017 – exactly 2 years ago!. It has no more than 22 views to date and has just one comment – from Sandra of mmm! Quilts. (Love you, Sandra!) I had never heard of linky parties and so the post was published but not advertised. Only a handful of people – family and friends – read it after I sent them a link. Sandra tracked me down after I commented on one of her blog posts 🙂 I’ve come a long way since that first post. The best part of this journey has been meeting so many warm, friendly, funny, talented quilters in blog-land. I have also joined the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, and met some wonderful and passionate quilters in real life. Being an Island Batik ambassador has been too good. I get fabric, thread, batting and an AccuQuilt, and all I need to do it design and make quilts and blog about them. I call this a win-win-win! My goal for next year is to take some time to document my ideas and patterns, and to pitch them to quilt magazines, websites for publication.

To celebrate my blog anniversary, and my first year as an Island Batik ambassador, I’m hosting a small giveaway. One lucky winner will get ten 5″ wide strips of vibrant Island Batik fabric and one half yard cut of an off-white fabric (also Island Batik). You get one entry for each of the following actions:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Visit any of my other blog posts and leave a comment.
3. Follow me on WordPress or Bloglovin or Instagram (storiedquilts314)
This is entirely informal. I will count up the entries and ask my son to pick a random number within the range. The giveaway will stay open till midnight of April 2nd. I will email the winner on the 3rd to get their mailing address. I live in the US but will be happy to mail the goodies anywhere in the world.

Linking to all the usual linky parties this week:
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social
Wednesday Weight Loss
Needle & Thread Thursday
Finished or Not Friday
Whoop Whoop Fridays
Friday Foto Fun
TGIFF

Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

Alphabet soup? This post is about TBT, OMG, QAL, and BOM – appropriately called alphabet soup.

TBT stands for Throwback Thursday that Sandra Walker of mmm! Quilts hosts the first Thursday of every month. Quoted from Sandra’s post, it is “where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we’ve made before our blogging life! “.

My TBT this month is a New York beauty wall quilt I made in 2009 for a friend’s 40th birthday. I drafted this simplest version of NY beauty on paper, scanned and made as many copies as needed. The middle curve with triangles is paper pieced. At that time I didn’t do curved piecing – or I might’ve tried and given up . I cut the two outer pieces – the concave and convex quarter circles – a lot bigger than needed, glued the paper-pieced unit to them, and stitched on top like applique. I used a number of reds, oranges and yellows from my stash. Some are batik, others are prints and some are tone-on-tone blenders. The quilting is quite minimal – this was before I started free-motion quilting.


Have you seen these two gorgeous quilts – the first by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and the second by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms? Cheryl and Paige are hosting a Quilt-along (QAL) called Modern Plus Sampler using blocks/patterns from their book. I started my quilt a few months ago but somewhere along the line fell off the tracks. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March is to finish the quilt top in time (March 28th) for the parade of quilts for this sampler. OMG is a challenge hosted every month by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

My Modern Plus sampler in progress. I still need to make the big plus and the blocks inside the big plus and put them all together. The big plus will be either hot pink or dark teal. The background for the inside blocks will be white, and I will be using various pink scraps for the blocks.
My other QAL I’m doing is the Daisy Chain mystery by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts. The first set of sewing instructions came out on Monday and I’m all caught up. Not too late if you want to get started. The cutting and sewing went together quite fast.
Next on the agenda is my March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors. The theme is Vintage Reimagined. I’m making a log cabin with a surprise twist. Here’s what it looks like so far. Stay tuned for the finished top.
I will be part of the “Be A Diamond” blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Working on the design and gathering fabric for a brand new diamond quilt!

Linking:
Throwback Thursday at MMM Quilts
OMG
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF – hosted by Faith and Fabric Design
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Whoop! Whoop Friday