Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Caught Up With Time To Spare


With the end of June approaching in just a few days, I am happy to report I am currently caught up on all of the QAL's I'm participating in.  I'll be honest, I figured I would be so far behind right now, I wouldn't be able to recover, so not being behind is quite the pleasant surprise. 

Above are all the 2017 Aurifil Designer BOM's as of today.  Each designer is helping us work our way around the color wheel. We started with the top left block in blue and this month's block color way was red orange.


The block is called Star Shine and it was designed by Sarah Maxwell.  You can read Pat Sloan's interview with Sarah here

Next up, was Pat Sloan's The Children's Library block for June, The Princess and the Pea.


After all the crazy triangle action in the Aurifil block, these simple squares where a pleasure to work with.  I do believe instead of a block, next month she will be releasing the block setting instructions.

Moving right along, I had one block to make this month for Cindy at Stitchin At Home's Medallion Quilt.  My head was spinning (but in a good way) making half square triangles for the Pinwheel Block.


Here she is with all of her friends.


I am loving me some purple and green in this quilt.

Then I moved on to the last quilt along Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilt's Jolly Christmas Quilt, which had three blocks I needed to catch up on.


Christmas Wreath


Holly and Berries


and Christmas Ornaments

Ever since the second block of this quilt along, one particular block has been eating away at me.  Possibly the most simple block in the quilt...The Mitten Block.  As the other blocks come together it bothers me more and more.  The fabrics in the mitten are too close to the background fabric and it just looks dull.  So I sucked it up and made a second mitten block.


The bright blues of the block on the right makes me HAPPY!!!  Bring on the snow!!  Oh, wait it's like almost July and hot outside.  Got a bit carried away there.  But now, I can let this block rest until it is ready to be pieced into the quilt and I promise I will stop glaring at it and only smile when I see it.

Have you ever redone a block because it just drove you nuts??  I can't be the only one.  Does it technically count as a "squirrel" since it has been eating at me for months now, driving me crazy?

So what will I do with myself for the next four days, since I'm all caught up??  Probably going to quilt a baby quilt I just finished piecing and maybe start on a second one I have been commissioned to make.  That sounds about right.  Hope everyone has a wonderful quilty week where ever you are.


Today I'm linking up with Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, and Midweek Makers.

15 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

That is so awesome that you are all caught up with time to spare this month! I have definitely remade a block before and am even considering doing so now for the Honey Pot Bee - there is one block I made that just doesn't fit and I'm thinking it's time for a re-do of that one. The new blue mittens are lovely.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish,
WOWEE - all caught up with time on your hands. Yup, start a new quilt and quilt another one sounds about right to me. You can a LOT of damage in four days!! I love all your blocks, and I totally agree on the mittens. I had to give the original a double look to see the mittens shape and you leave no doubt in the remade one. Plus, it goes much better with your other more vibrant blocks. ~smile~ Roseanne

Nancy J said...

wow, you have been so busy. Lovely colours in all the blocks, and re-do?? I tend to leave it as a spare for something else altogether, and start a new one, but recently, redid 2 seams, in one block, and that made it all fit together as it should. The pale mitten, this too will find a place somewhere later on, the new blues are bright and lovely.

Preeti said...

Kudos to you Tish. Not only you are all caught up which in itself is commendable but each block is so pretty and neatly finished with all point matching perfectly. Oh yes, I have redone a block for the exact same reason - not enough contrast. It was the Sun City mini quilt and I got really creative with it.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congrats on getting caught up. That's amazing. Your first mittens were fine, but the new ones POP. I'm hoping to make a start this weekend on getting caught up.

Stitchin At Home said...

I applaud you as I really don't know how you have kept up with all your QAL's. Yup I've redone a block before and used the original in the back.

Vicki in MN said...

Give yourself a pat on the back for catching up early!! I think my goals are always too lofty to catch up, hahaha.

maggie fellow said...

wonderful work!

Susan said...

I want to come play in your stash - such pretty colors in all of those blocks! Thanks for sharing today on Midweek Makers!

Lisa J. said...

Yay for being caught up with all your quilt alongs. Everything looks wonderful ,of course.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Well done on your block extravaganza, they all look great. Good call on making the second mitten block, the first one was ok but the second is great, It has the lovely contrast the first one was missing. Yes, I make more blocks to replace the ones I'm not happy with too, if I don't then I won't be happy with the quilt.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

You never cease to amaze me . I honestly never thought you would keep all those qal plates spinning in the air . I thought it would be like a Greek wedding . Now I think I should have been braver and taken on a couple of them

Rebecca Grace said...

Your blocks are all beautiful! You were totally right about the mitten block. It happens! And those orphan blocks are great for quilting practice. Awesome that you're on track with all those different BOMs! I don't do BOMs anymore because they stress me out and make me feel guilty for falling behind. This is my hobby, and it's supposed to be RELAXING! Maybe if someone starts a BOY quilt along... (Block of the Year)!

Emily said...

It amazes me how many QALs you can keep up with, Tish! I'm in awe of you. I particularly love your Christmas blocks from Lorna's QAL. Both blue mitten sets are lovely!

Lorna McMahon said...

Your blocks are all simply gorgeous! I love the black dotty fabric you chose for your ornaments block especially. Your new mittens block is more in line to go with the others. But I can see how you chose the sweet Christmasy fabrics for the first one. They are cute! Does that ever happen to me? ALL THE TIME! So I end up remaking the whole quilt. Hee Hee!

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