Okay, something happened to my first post for these finishes. The title stayed while the body of the post disappeared. So am attempting to recreate it. As Winnie the Pooh would say, “Oh, bother.”
My first finish of the year was the Crochet Fusion quilt. I ripped out the last two rounds of crocheted edging three times before I figured out what was wrong. The count was off because I used 5″ squares of fabric rather than 6″ squares as in the original pattern. I had to make some adjustments which happily are indiscernable unless you actually do some counting or look very, very closely. Now who would do such a thing! LOL
I am pleased with my finished blanket:
My second finish of the year is a doll cradle. My niece gave me some pink and ivory decor fabrics some time back, and then I found this cute pink doll cradle at a yard sale.
After much thinking and draping of fabric and cutting of fabric and sewing of fabric and lace, it now looks like this:
My little antique dolls love their new bed.
Remember these? The squares for the High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt?
Well, while watching TV yesterday evening, I looked at a few more ways to join crochet squares and decided on one – the single crochet join. I’ve done all the horizontal joins and am ready to start the vertical ones. It went pretty fast once I made a decision. Here is what it looks like now.
Here’s a closeup in case you can’t tell what I’ve done.
This pretty little quilt may very well be my first finish of the year although I’m nearing completion on another that I’ll post before and after pictures once it is finished. In the meantime………………………………..
Complete a project for each month of 2017. That is my goal for this year. I may not actually complete one project during each month but will be working toward completing twelve projects in 2017.
I have plenty of projects already started to choose from:
- Four quilt tops waiting to be quilted and bound
- An 18″ doll pattern that is half written
- A set of tea towels that are half done
- The High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt which needs the blocks sewn together and the final crochet edging put on it
- A pink doll cradle that I’ve started frillying up
- A Log Cabin quilt that is barely started
- And I started three Jacob’s Ladder quilts today
And then there are all those kits that I have and all those quilt and doll clothes ideas dancing around in my head.
For January? Let’s see… As I stated earlier, I am working on three Jacob’s Ladder quilts. If I make all three king size, I will need 300 blocks. I made three blocks today all from the same fabric. Tomorrow I will make four tiny Log Cabin blocks from the leftovers of that fabric. So I plan on making 45 Jacob’s Ladder blocks and 60 Log Cabin blocks this month.
And in my spare time, I will work on the pink doll cradle. I would like to have it completed by the end of January. And I will get one of those quilt tops loaded on my longarm and at least partially quilted.
Can I do it? Since my goal for 2016 was to complete twelve quilts which I surpassed, I am confident that I will reach my goal for 2017.
Or Progress On My Projects
Well, I finished crocheting the edging around each block and have blocked each and every one, and that stack now looks like this:
I’m now ready to start joining the blocks into rows.
But what does that have to do with the heading on this post? Well, it doesn’t. That heading refers to the Confetti quilt. Last post I had half the inner part of the quilt together which was shaped like a very large triangle.
Well, I completed the other half of the quilt and sewed the two halves together this morning.
Now to continue working on the borders. Oh, yeah, the batting came in yesterday! Quilter’s Dream Wool. It will be my first time to use this batting but am very excited to try it. It came highly recommended by a quilting friend of mine.
Both projects are coming along nicely, don’t you think?
I am making good progress on my current two projects, the High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt and the Confetti quilt. But they are taking over my home. LOL I’ve got stuff everywhere.
I finished the blanket stitch on all 42 blocks of the High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt; so my stack of blocks now looks like this:
I will start the crochet edging on the blocks this evening.
There are pieces of the Confetti quilt all over my sewing/quilting studio. Just take a look:
Half of the block rows on the planning wall.
The other half of the block rows.
I am currently chain piecing the sashing.
Now I’m off to make that pile of sashing a lot bigger.
After several days of working on the Crochet Fusion Quilt, I have made some progress, but it is slow going. I trimmed the corners of all 42 squares, turned them right side out, and top stitched 1/4 inch from the edges. Then I started working on the blanket stitch. After getting the blanket stitch completed on 6 blocks, I wanted to see how the crochet would look so did the crochet around 1 of the blocks. I currently have the blanket stitch completed on 7 blocks, started the blanket stitch on the 8th block, and have completed the crochet around 1 block.
My progress on the Confetti Quilt is also slow going at this point. I’ve trimmed 225 four-patch blocks and have 50 remaining to be trimmed. Hopefully this next week I will get the borders and sashing cut for this quilt and start sewing the rows together.
Hope your projects are showing a bit faster results than my current ones. LOL
Or Should I Say Projects
After spending 40+ years on my last project……Well, there were moments when I didn’t work on it. Now there’s an understatement. LOL Well, anyway, I was anxious to start on something new. So anxious that I’ve started two new projects.
The first involves about 270 four-patch blocks that finish at 3 inches. In less than a weeks time, I have all the four-patches sewn together and have started squareing them up.
I’ve trimmed 75 of them so far, and my thumb on my right hand is now officially sore from all that trimming. So to give it a rest, I’ve temporarily moved on.
I ran across a tutorial for the sweetest baby blanket. You can see it here, but don’t forget to come back and see what I’m doing with it.
Welcome back! Isn’t it just the sweetest ever? And about the time I found this tutorial, I received an email from the Missouri Star Quilting Co. with their daily deal which was FREE SHIPPING. I love free shipping. So I went to their website and shopped their charm packs. I found the most delightful one which also included 250 bonus Quilter’s Cash points. So I promptly ordered two packs. That was on Friday. On Sunday I noticed that my order would most likely be delivered on Monday, so I got busy cutting 5 inch squares of batting from my batting scraps. I needed 42. Done.
As expected the charm packs came today, and I got busy sewing and before I knew it I had turned this
The first step is complete. Now to trim the corners and turn each square right side out.
Until then, Happy Quilting,