Monday, September 25, 2017

QAL-Getting Back into the Groove


I totally needed this weekend.  It was the first one in several that I haven't spent all weekend running around doing errands.  I hate super buys weekends packed full of "have to do's" with very little "want to do's" accomplished.  Since I had dedicated machine time, I decided to catch up on QAL's.    First up was the block above, the Aurifil BOM.  This month's block was called Sunflower Power and was by Vanessa Goertzen (you can read more about her in Pat Sloan's interview here.)  All those bright sunny yellows sure did start the weekend off right.


Next up was the 9th block in Cindy at Stitchin At Home's Medallion BOM.  Last month I introduced black into the color palette of my blocks by pairing it with green.  This month, I went for it again, but with purple.  It may be one of my favorite blocks in the quilt so far.

I still have a block to make for The Children's Library BOM, but will make it next month when the last block comes out.  Then I can piece the entire quilt together.

I've decided to play along with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl's Wayward Transparency QAL.  Last weekend I picked out fabrics for the smaller version.  I ended up with some lovely Kaufman Quilter's Linens in blue.


I admit I was a bit worried about the contrast between the light and medium tones.  The dark blue on the bottom was for binding.  Yvonne published a wonderful post last week about evaluating fabric contrast.  Following her advice, I added a black and white filter to my picture to evaluate it.


As I feared, the light and medium fabrics basically read the same value wise.  So I made a quick trip to my local quilt shop to see if I could find a fabric that would work.  After auditioning a few different fabrics I finally settled on one.




Though not a Kaufman Quilter's Linen, it still has a linen feel to its print.  I'm not sure this picture does it justice, but I believe it will work wonderfully in this quilt.


I spent the rest of my weekend working on the strip quilt from last weekend and I am happy to say that I am officially a little over 2/3 finished with it.


I brought out the design wall for a little bit of help.  I'm trying to keep things looking random and scrappy with these 10 patch blocks.  Why does random take so much planning???  I have to say I'm happy with the way the blocks are turning out.  I have two more of these super sized blocks to finish and then I can show you my finished top.  Then it will join all the other unfinished tops.  Is there a Guinness World Record for most completed quilt tops laying around?

What's that you ask?  Did David join me in another weekend of stripping?  Sadly no, he is too busy building houses.  Well, okay, log cabins.  Log cabin blocks anyway.  He finished up his strip quilt Friday,


pieced a small wall hanging for me


and then cut into some beautiful civil war reproduction fabrics he picked up last weekend to start a log cabin wall hanging.


So lots of thread flying off the spool this weekend at our house.  Hopefully, even more will be flying this week.  I'm grounded!  I have to finish quilting the butterfly quilt.  It needs to be finished by October.  So I'm going to say good bye for now.  If I catch myself writing this post, I will probably be in trouble.


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




13 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Great modification to your fabric selection but looking at your fabrics in grayscale, Tish. Thanks for joining in, and good luck getting the butterfly quilt done on time. :)

Nancy J said...

I also chose 3 fabrics for the Transparency quilt, then after they were all cut, we took a B&W with my mobile phone, there in the shop. I also will have to go and find another choice. Your new ones look wonderful. Hope you get all projects done when you need them finished.

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

Absolutely amazing all the beautiful QAL's you're working on. I dream of getting that much sewing time in. I did enjoy looking at all of your beautiful quilting eye candy. Happy sewing! Andrea

Stitchin At Home said...

I don't know how you do it, so many projects on the go and they all look great. Hope you get your butterfly quilt finished on time.

Stephanie @Quilt'n Party said...

Wow!!! You got so much done! Love that sunflower block!

Lisa J. said...

I think the quilters linen will be perfect in the transparency quilt. I've been having an interesting time trying to buy fabric in Canada...but I think I've got it figured out finally. : )

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Such wonderful projects!! I love the sunflower and the purple blocks. My favourite colours!

-Soma

KaHolly said...

GOod job catching up with yourself! I've been single minded lately and accomplishing only one goal. But the weather's been so beautiful, it has been difficult staying in and sewing. Good luck finishing your quilt in time!

Jayne said...

Lord Tish!! You are always so busy and have so many projects going on! I love the sunflower block. It's a beautiful reminder of summer! I bought my fabrics for Yvonne's QAL (yes, I'm actually doing it)! I'll be doing the small version as well. Your colors are gorgeous and will be beautiful in the quilt! Now take a breath and quit being so productive!

Susan said...

Lots of projects at your house! Thanks for sharing all of them.

Mary Hertel said...

Love that black print fabric you are using in your first 2 photos.

Cheryl said...

I love your wayward fabrics, they are going to work wonderfully in the design.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I picked fabric for Yvonne's QAL but having done the black/white photo. Hmmm...I hope my colours work -- too late to get more fabric now. I love the blue/yellow quilt. So bright and colourful.

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