STS – #1 – Singing The Blues

Cher and I have decided that we need to use up some of the “Classic” fabrics that we have in our stash.  We have proclaimed 2017 to be the year of STS – Slash the Stash!   (I have also proclaimed 2017 to be the year to finish UFO’s.)  I started at the end of November 2016 with my stack of blue fabrics.  I have wanted to make the quilt pattern, Hot Shot by Maple Island Quilts for a while now.

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By the end of December, according to the pattern I had enough blocks to make the bed size.  However, I made a design change and I decided that I wasn’t going to add the borders to my quilt like was suggested in the pattern so I needed to make more blocks to get my quilt up to a nice bed size – 87″ x 99″.  I ended up making 56 blocks for a 7 by 8 grid.

By January 2, 2017, I had my finished flimsy.

Singing the Blues - flimsy - 87" x 99"

Singing the Blues – flimsy – 87″ x 99″

I kept pushing on, determined that this project was not going to get added to the UFO pile.  By January 15, 2017, the quilting was finished and on March 7, 2017, I took the last hand stitches on the binding.

Here it is in all its finished glory:

SINGING THE BLUES

SINGING THE BLUES

SINGING THE BLUES

SINGING THE BLUES

This is also one of my 13 projects that I listed for my guild’s UFO Challenge – for the first quarter.  :)

Inventory of Quilt Tops Ready to be Quilted

I have three tote boxes of finished quilt tops sitting on the shelf waiting to be quilted.  I decided to take an inventory of exactly what is there.  Once I have a photo of the top and measurements, I can go through my stash to identify backings and move these tops to the finished quilt stage.

BOX #1

SCRAP CHAOS  - 58 1/2 inches square

SCRAP CHAOS – 58 1/2 inches square

1.  SCRAP CHAOS – This one will not likely end up as a quilt top.  I will likely loose it in the pieced back of a scrap quilt.  If I were to make this one again, I would disregard Gayleen’s directions relating to the random placement of squares and be more deliberate in placing values.  I much preferred the quilt tops where quilters controlled placement of colour and value.  Started January 17, 2015 and finished to the flimsy stage on February 21, 2015.

STRINGS ON MUSLIN - 54.5" x 63.5"

STRINGS ON MUSLIN – 54.5 in x 63.5 in

2.  STRINGS ON MUSLIN – These string blocks were pieced on a base of muslin.  The additional layer of muslin makes this top heavier than most and will require a very lightweight batting or no batting at all.  Finished to the flimsy stage on September 30, 2013.

CACTI BQ - 57.5 in x 77.5 in

CACTI BQ – 57.5 in x 77.5 in

3.  CACTI BQ – This quilt was finished to the flimsy stage on July 4, 2011.  The backing has already been purchased and is sitting on the shelf – “Desert View” by Michael Miller.

Backing for Cacti BQ - "Desert View" by Michael Miller

Backing for Cacti BQ – “Desert View” by Michael Miller

WHICH CAME FIRST...THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG - 49 inches square

WHICH CAME FIRST…THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG – 49 inches square

4.  WHICH CAME FIRST…THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?  This one was finished to the flimsy stage on May 12, 2008.  I have sufficient chicken fabrics in my stash to piece a suitable backing for this one.

REDWORK HEARTS - 57 inches square

REDWORK HEARTS – 57 inches square

5. REDWORK HEARTS – This was finished to the flimsy stage on April 25, 2010.

BRYCE - 60 in x 72 in

BRYCE – 60 in x 72 in

6.  BRYCE – This was finished to the flimsy stage on March 11, 2012.  The backing has already been purchased and is sitting on the shelf – “Rising Sun” by Sara Khammash for Moda.

Backing for Bryce - "Rising Sun"

Backing for Bryce – “Rising Sun”

2011 SISTERS OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW FABRIC - CHALLENGE FROM CHER - 46.5 in x 55 in

2011 SISTERS OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW FABRIC – CHALLENGE FROM CHER – 46.5 in x 55 in

7.  2011 SISTERS OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW FABRIC – CHALLENGE FROM CHER – This was finished to the flimsy stage on April 28, 2012.

BLACK STACK'N WHACK HEXAGON II

BLACK STACK’N WHACK HEXAGON II

8.  BLACK STACK’N WHACK HEXAGON II – This was finished to the flimsy stage on August 20, 2013.

COLOUR CATCHER STRINGS II - 52 in x 64 in

COLOUR CATCHER STRINGS II – 52 in x 64 in

9.  COLOUR CATCHER STRINGS II – This was finished to the flimsy stage on September 3, 2007.

PIECEMAKERS ROUND ROBIN CHALLENGE - 39 inches square

PIECEMAKERS ROUND ROBIN CHALLENGE – 39 inches square

10.  PIECEMAKERS ROUND ROBIN CHALLENGE – This was finished to the flimsy stage on June 16, 2005.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY - 39 inches square

ST. PATRICK’S DAY – 39 inches square

11.  ST. PATRICK’S DAY – This was finished to the flimsy stage on January 26, 2006.

CANDY COATED - 63 in x 75 in

CANDY COATED – 63 in x 75 in

12.  CANDY COATED – This was finished to the flimsy stage on October 12, 2015.

STRINGS AND COBBLESTONES - 57 in x 73 in

STRINGS AND COBBLESTONES – 57 in x 73 in

13.  STRINGS AND COBBLESTONES – This was finished to the flimsy stage on October 12, 2015.

BOX #2

POPSICLE STICKS - February 11, 2012

POPSICLE STICKS – February 11, 2012

1.  POPSICLE STICKS – This was finished to the flimsy stage on February 11, 2012.

HAWAIIAN SLIDE SHOW - 90" x 101" - May 12, 2013

HAWAIIAN SLIDE SHOW – 90″ x 101″ – May 12, 2013

2.  HAWAIIAN SLIDE SHOW – This one was finished to a flimsy on May 12, 2013.

SOUTHWEST STRIP STACKS - 91 in x 97 in - April 19, 2015

SOUTHWEST STRIP STACKS – 91 in x 97 in      April 19, 2015

3.  SOUTHWEST STRIP STACKS – This one was finished to a flimsy on April 19, 2015.

DAISY CHAIN - 84 in x 106 in - July 25, 2010

DAISY CHAIN – 84 in x 106 in          July 25, 2010

4.  DAISY CHAIN – This one was finished to the flimsy stage on July 25, 2010.

WONKY PINWHEEL - 51.5 in x 68.5 in - November 21, 2015

WONKY PINWHEEL – 51.5 ” x 68.5 ” November 21, 2015

5.  WONKY PINWHEEL – LAP SIZE – this one was finished to the flimsy stage on November 21, 2015.

BOX #3

BRIDGE CREEK BLOSSOMS - 98" x 112" - March 13, 2011

BRIDGE CREEK BLOSSOMS – 98″ x 112″ – March 13, 2011

1.  BRIDGE CREEK BLOSSOMS – finished to the flimsy stage on March 13, 2011.

CRUMBS III - 81" x 67" - December 31, 2016

CRUMBS III – 81″ x 67″ – December 31, 2016

2.  CRUMBS III – finished to the flimsy stage on December 31, 2016.  I have some red tulips on a black background yardage to use as backing for this one.

Backing for Crumbs III

Backing for Crumbs III

DOUBLE SLICE LAYER CAKE - 52" x 60" - September 29, 2016

DOUBLE SLICE LAYER CAKE – 52″ x 60″ – September 29, 2016

3.  DOUBLE SLICE LAYER CAKE – this one was finished to a flimsy on September 29, 2016.  I have some retro looking floral fabric to use as a backing for this one.

Backing for

Backing for Double Slice Layer Cake

WINTER BIRDS - 55" x 70" - December 4, 2010

WINTER BIRDS – 55″ x 70″ – December 4, 2010

4.  WINTER BIRDS – finished to a flimsy on December 4, 2010.

CANADA DAY - 48.5 inches square - July 2, 2007

CANADA DAY II- 48.5 inches square – July 2, 2007

5.  CANADA DAY II – finished to a flimsy on July 2, 2007.

 

 

 

 

Canada’s Big Quilt Bee

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Quilting Association is inviting quilters to be part of Canada’s biggest Quilt Bee.

The Big Quilt Bee will be held June 14-17, 2017 at Quilt Canada 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.   There will be sewing machines, long arms, mid arms and an army of volunteers ready to work on quilt tops and stacks of slab blocks that have been made and sent in by hundreds of Canadian quilters.

The goal is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

The blocks that are making up the quilts are 12.5″ slab blocks incorporating at least one piece of special Canada fabric that has been printed this year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.  Slab blocks were made famous when  Cheryl Arkison used ‘slab’ blocks in quilts for families who lost everything in the Alberta floods in 2013.  Now, with Cheryl’s permission, Canadian quilters are once again making slab blocks for a worthy cause.

Instructions on how to make slab blocks:

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This is a piece of one of the special Canada 150 fabrics that can be used in these blocks.

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By the end of the day we had a handful of completed tops and stacks of completed blocks.  DSC_0009 DSC_0007 16265297_10156033663393849_8664667437812629257_n 16265570_10156033663363849_6460190662865115948_n 16265907_10156033663498849_3284965721291446214_n 16265446_10156033666893849_3691263503481633106_n 16142660_1231269030283094_2271357198480529716_n 16114393_10156033663443849_6070207657016955034_nI took my slab blocks home and completed two quilts.

Canada 150 Slab Quilt - red and blue

Canada 150 Slab Quilt – red and blue 

Canada 150 Slab Quilt close up

Canada 150 Slab Quilt close up

Canada 150 Slab Quilt - green and purple

Canada 150 Slab Quilt – green and purple

Canada 150 Slab Quilt closeup

Canada 150 Slab Quilt closeup

Last night at our guild meeting, everyone brought the quilts that they had finished to date for a group picture.  The Canadian Quilting Association is eager to hear how everyone is doing and anxious for us to report in as they are keeping a tally of the number of completed quilts towards the 1,000 finished quilt goal.

 

 

The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet challenge

Our guild has issued a challenge this year for our annual Creativ Festival display of quilts to make a quilt from a book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet.  I was going to add the challenge for myself of piecing curves and make Modern Millie but the background I picked and ordered for my quilt was a bit darker than I would have liked when it arrived.  Add in Christmas events, customer quilts, and workshops taking up my time and I started to worry that I would run out of time to complete my entry.  I shifted gears towards the completion of a quilt that I had started last summer–Off the Grid.

The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt.  The pattern appeared in the Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, issue Twenty Six.

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My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt.

Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

Now I just need to get this quilted and bound by the March 9, 2017 deadline!

A Baker’s Dozen UFO’s

Our guild has issued a UFO challenge to our members – the Finish-It-Up Challenge! – 1st Quarter 2017.  The challenge runs February 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017.

The rules are simple: 
1) We must upload photos to the special group created on Facebook.  Deadline for entering is January 31, 2017.
2) Our photos must be of projects started but not yet completed. It must be evident in the photo that they have some sewing on them — stacks of fabric, even if cut, won’t work.
3) Enter as many as you like, but please try to enter all on the same post.
4) Each finish gets us one entry into the draw.  Deadline for posting pictures of finished projects is April 30, 2017.

My list of UFO entries are as follows.

1 - St Patrick's Day Table Runner

1 – St Patrick’s Day Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

Off the Grid - This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished!  This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

2 – Off the Grid – This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished! This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

3 - Chicken Table Runner - needs quilting & binding

3 – Chicken Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

4 - Poinsettia Table Runner - this one needs quilting & binding

4 – Poinsettia Table Runner – this one needs quilting & binding

5 - Valentine's Day - this one needs quilting & binding

5 – Valentine’s Day – this one needs quilting & binding                                                                       DS

6 - Singing the Blues - this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage.  Just needs the binding now.

6 – Singing the Blues – this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage. Just needs the binding now.                                        DS

7 - O Christmas Tree - just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches.  I don't even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.

7 – O Christmas Tree – just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches. I don’t even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.                                          DS

8 - 4PSP - from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern - this one just needs the binding sewn down

8 – 4PSP – from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern – this one just needs the binding sewn down

9 - Crumbs - needs binding.  This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it.  The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it.  :)

9 – Crumbs – needs binding. This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it. The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it. :)

10 - Canada's Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt - needs quilting & binding

10 – Canada’s Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt – needs quilting & binding

11 - Ode to Freddy - needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem  I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

11 – Ode to Freddy – needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

12 - Check Plus - This one needs quilting & binding

12 – Check Plus – This one needs quilting & binding

13 - Wonky Pinwheel - this one needs quilting & binding

13 – Wonky Pinwheel – this one needs quilting & binding

We are going to be doing this challenge each quarter.  I think this is just the ticket that I needed to keep focused on “finishes” this year!