Finished!

The Speed Squares quilt is a FINISH!

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Partially cut ahead of time, I finished cutting and started piecing last Tuesday.  Pieced and assembled Wednesday and Thursday.  Quilted Friday.  Bound Saturday.
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Gifted today (Monday) to a teaching friend who needed a quilt, I’m sure.

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Ta-dah!

ps–Finishes at 50″ x 70″ (20 squares by 28 squares).  Squares 3″ unfinished.  Color theory:  50% background (obviously), remaining half 2/3 blue and 1/3 red.

Show And Tell Time

I love it when readers share their successes with WeddingDressBlue tutorials.  Thank you for taking the time to visit, make comments, share pictures and all that stuff.

Marcia finished a Film at Five quilt using a lot of scraps and fabrics she had on hand.  She calls some of the fabric “old and ugly.”  If that is true, how did she make such a beautiful quilt?!

Yvonne made this lovely Cross My Heart quilt.  Great use of color!

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Here is a Hundred Patch quilt that turned into so much more–4560 patches, in fact.  Janell did a great job!

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Beatrice made a Film at Five quilt for her guild’s We Care program. She says, “I used 1 1/2″ scraps as a leaders and enders project. Somehow I still have a ton of scraps, so I will have to make a few more :)”

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Marta in Italy created two Hundred Hugs quilts–one simplified because babies get here when they get here. 🙂  I love them both!

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Small Someday #1: Potholders

These potholders started as the small leftover scraps from the Food Scraps quilt completed earlier this year.

There wasn’t much, but there was enough for potholders.

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I started with a 9″x9″ foundation piece and just choose a layout that I liked.  Add a few pieces, iron open, trim threads, repeat.

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Then trim it down to size–8-1/2″ square. Layer with a piece of cotton batting, a piece of insulbrite, back and top. Simple wavy quilting.

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Bind (I use 2-1/2″ strips for these because they are a little thicker).

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Ta-dah!  Potholders.

I feel successful and the scraps are much happier used than hidden away.  My goal is to do one small project each week or so for a while.  Now I need to go dig through the piles and choose the next one.

RECAP: 2017 Ambitions and Dreams

I will start 2018 with the fewest works in progress/unfinished projects I have ever had since I started keeping track.  It was a good year for finishes.

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1. Tile Works (top finished 1/20/2017, quilt complete 8/2/2017)

2. Howard’s Pillow (finished 1/23/2017)

3. Splendid Sampler (top finished 7/13/2017)

4. Sweet Sixteen (top finished 5/24/2017, quilt complete 8/5/2017)

5. Star Happy

6. Jeans Quilts (1,2,3,4,5 tops complete.  By October 1-2/17 1,2,3 and 4 all finished. #5 finished 11/18/2017. #6 finished 12/2/2017)

7. Academy Square

8. Baby Quilts (at least 10): (a/b. Twin Pint Size Quilts finished 2/6/2017), (c. That Baby Quilt finished 3/28/2017), (d/e. 2 Hundred Hugs quilts for teacher friends), (f. Side Step top 6/8/2017, complete 8/17/2017), (g. Lily Pad quilt and tutorial 6/15/2017), (h. Cows top 7/17/2017, complete 9/2/2017), (i. Crayons 9/4/2017), (j. Floating Stars  top), (k. Construction ), (l. Cars )

AND…

Things that sneak in along the way, because things do that…

9. Have A Jolly Little Christmas (top complete 9/29/2017)

10. Miss Jenna’s wedding quilt (finished 4/1/2017)

11. Irish Stars

12. O-Kaffe Bed Quilt (top finished 8/3/2017, quilt complete 8/13/2017)

13.  Crayola Quilt (top finished 9/14/2017, Quilt complete 10/18/2017)

AND…

A few I forgot to count, now that I look at it…

14. Temecula Quilt Company mini sampler

15. Batik Hollow

Show And Tell Time

Seeing quilts makes me happy…that is why I share tutorials and ideas here in the first place.

And many of my readers very kindly share their creations to add to the quilting happiness in the world.

Patricia made this Twinkle Baby quilt for her grandson.

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Maryann created a Hundred Patch way back in 2014, but I didn’t post the picture correctly.  Here it is at long last for your viewing pleasure.

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Here’s another Hundred Patch, this one created by Karen.  I never get tired of seeing them.

Susan has finished her Desert (Calico) Rose quilt.  Including the binding that never seems to end.  I love it!

Karen made a LARGE (King Size) version of Film at Five.

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Paula has been handing out hugs by the hundreds–TWO Hundred Hugs quilts.  So happy!

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Carol made a K-Quilt.  She said she gets lots of compliments on it and I believe her!

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Tutorials for all of these quilts can be found in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Have fun!  Keep quilting!  Share more pictures!

 

Irish Star Quiltalong: Progress Update

Many of you reported on your progress, and some sent pictures.

Neralie (a beautiful name) in Australia has already finished a small one!  And she has another planned.  It took my breath away to see one finished.  Amazing!

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Ruth has been cutting and cutting–two days worth.  Her color scheme is so pretty!

Meloney is sewing blocks–she has 46 of 81 chain blocks complete.  Her color scheme is very controlled and will be striking.

P1010404Randy’s also has controlled colors…and she has a very nice design wall.

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Claire created this solids-only beauty at her Fall Retreat using 3-inch squares.  It finished at 45″ x 45″.

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And here is part of Mel’s–looking good on her design wall.  Even with such a tight color scheme, it is anything but boring!

If I missed your picture, I’m sorry.  Don’t be afraid to point it out and I will try again.

Now, back to sewing!

Show And Tell–That Happy Time

Seeing your projects made using WeddingDressBlue tutorials makes me very happy.  So happy, in fact, I share the pictures with all my readers.  Which encourages them to make more projects.  Which they share with me.  Which makes me happy again.  Yep, this entire blog is a conspiracy of quilting and happiness!

Here is a striking version created by Charlene of Calico Rose using black background fabric.  It makes the “arrow” secondary pattern show up much more, don’t you think?   I like the piano key border, too.

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Moira built this nice variation on Build-A-Baby.  I like the corners.

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Linda has a finished Calico Rose top, too. She conquered those borders!

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I am particularly honored that Gaby chose Hundred Hugs as her very first quilt.  She is off to a great start in the joyful world of quilting.

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Bonnie’s Calico Rose is FINALLY (her words, not mine) finished.  She did a nice job and is waiting for the next quilt along.  I really need to get one put together.

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Yvonne is working along on a Film at Five.  It started out to be a baby quilt, but just kept growing.  She is using all black in the “filmstrip” sashing.

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And, finally, Martha has been stitching away.  She shared three quilts:  Calico Rose, Film at Five and Stutter Steps.  All darling baby-size versions.

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Thank you all for sharing and for supporting WeddingDressBlue.  I have been very quiet lately, but I am on Spring Break this week and have several things I hope to show you soon.  In the meantime, you all keep sewing for me!