Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lots of projects in the works

My quilting deadline season is coming up with two quilt shows in the works as well as a whole bunch of quilts started, promised or ready to finish. I made a list, with dates where applicable, so that I wouldn't forget anything. I didn't get much done this weekend, but I did start.

Scrappy Triangle Baby Quilt
Second triangle - highlighting the doggy fabric and FMQ leaves
A very long time ago I made some scrappy triangles. I was at an in-town retreat and didn't feel like working on anything. Thank goodness I had a box of scraps with me. I just started sewing them together.

At the other end of the hall, a couple of quilters were working on "Toe in the Sand" quilts. From afar,  they looked scrappy. When I got close, I definitely saw my mistake. These were beautiful and very intricate - not at all what I was in the mood for. But they did spark my imagination to make a scrappy triangle quilt.
First triangle - FMQ a large starburst design
I worked on my triangles for a while and even trimmed them all to the same(ish) size and put aside a piece of solid fabric that came in a kit that I will never make. It then sat in a project box for a long time.
Block 3 - FMQ some starburst designs
As I was designing the pattern for the Charming baby quilt for Make Modern magazine, my mind turned to other baby quilts that I could make to practice my free motion quilting (FMQ). Out came the project box. It didn't take me long to make the solid triangles and finish piecing the quilt top.
The first row of the Scrappy Triangle Baby Quilt
Now that I have someone to give the quilt to, it's time to get going. As you saw above, I've FMQ the first row. I'm not sure what I'll do for the solid triangles. I want something simple that won't take away from the scrappy triangles. I FMQ another 3 blocks last night and now have 4 more scrappy triangles to quilt before I start on the solids, so I have a little bit of time to think about it. Any suggestions?

Postcard from Sweden

I've joined another Postcard from Sweden Quilt-Along, this time with MMM! Quilts. I'm really, really hoping that I will get this quilt finished this time 😊
Postcard From Sweden Quilt so far
My version is a variation of the original pattern since there is no way that I could ever go through the trouble of keeping track of all of those Kona solids, even if I bought the kit. I just printed up the original finished quilt in black and white, and then started using light, medium and darker batik fabrics to make it.
HST cut and ready to piece
Cut and ready to go
During the last quilt-along (with Busy Hands Quilts), I cut enough triangles to finish piecing the quilt. I really want to finish the quilt top so that I can start quilting it. I fell in love with this quilt when I saw someone's quilted version of it. I'll look for the link and add it to my next Postcard from Sweden post.

What I learned
  • As usual, I'm having a great time FMQ the scrappy triangles. When possible, I'll follow the fabric, but otherwise I will probably use Angela Walter's starburst design from her Dot-to-Dot technique course. It's easy, has lots of possibilities,  does well in triangles and I generally don't have to mark them anymore. 
  • I'm planning on making the Postcard from Sweden my next OMG to help me get it finished. We'll see what other deadlines I'll still have to meet by then :-)
Related Links
Linking Parties I will be linking this post to MMM! Quilts' Postcard from Sweden Quilt-Along tomorrow. Let's see what other quilters are up to! Moving it forward, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, UFO Busting, Free Motion Mavericks, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, Main Crush Monday, Oh Scrap!.  

Great News! My scrappy triangles were featured on Connie's Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River!


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    1. Thanks! Now I wish that I had done more of that....oh well, next time :-)

  2. Those are really cute scrappy blocks. There's a lot of fun fabric in there to play I Spy!

    1. Thanks Susan. If I had known that I was making it for a baby quilt, I would have added even more of those fabrics.

  3. SO happy you've joined in with us on PfS! ‘May the triangles be with you’ lol and you get a finish. Those batiks are fabulous. I chuckled when you said no way I’d keep track...’ I am rolling my eyes and shaking my head a few times and I’m only on row 5! Just love your scrappy triangles baby quilt. I was going to suggest dot to dot as it’s SO effective in solid triangles. Well in solid anything! There’s also a fern feathers Angela does that looks great in a triangle.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Sandra. I think Angela's design will go to the solid triangles. Just have to figure out which one. I have to finish FMQ that quilt before I get back to piecing, so I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend :-)

  4. I love that you are making the postcards quilt in batiks! It looks great so far!

    1. Thanks Sarah, it was the only way I could think of avoiding having to figure out which colour went where. It's not quite as bright but I think it will be fine.

  5. I LOVE your Postcards quilt in batiks! It will be stunning. Your quilting it looking great on your triangles quilt, dot to dot quilting is always a great go to designs. In the solid triangles, what about the curvy dot to dot design Angela uses that kind of looks like a flower, using continuous curves? I hope that made sense :)

    1. Thanks Trish. I'll look into that. Curves would add a nice contrast to the straight lines of the triangles. Once I finish FMQ this quilt I will get back to piecing. Looking forward to diving into the Postcards from Sweden. I want it done this QAL.

  6. Great projects and I really like your scrappy triangle blocks, what a neat idea!

    1. Thanks Connie - and thanks for featuring the scrappy triangle block on Linky Tuesday!

  7. Hello Andrée,

    That doggie is such a laugh! I always enjoy the fun you can have with fabrics when making baby quilts.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv, he really is the cutest. I'm just sorry that I didn't to more fussy cutting on my other blocks....next time!


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