27 March 2014

No Tears in Science

I finally finished my Texas Tear Drops QAL from last year. Woo hoo!

Here it is in my lab, being all science-y ^_^

The finished size is slightly smaller than the pattern size of 70x70" because I put a thinner border on the outside. I did bind with the same material as the border (those cute molecules), which is totally new for me. I usually like dark bindings to be a frame or whatever, but in this case, I think the fading edge thing is pretty cool.

Here's a close-up of the binding, backing, and quilting.

For the quilting, I did an all over square stipple. Most people in the QAL seemed to do something that only went around the drops (which is what I did for the small version). Whatever, I like to be different. I used the same variegated blue from the appliqué on the front and black for the back. You can't see the quilting on the back at all except for where it crosses the little filler strip of not black. The last bit of quilting is a loopy bit in the thin blue border.

And here it is in its new home on the bed

Linking up to the ALYoF March Finishes party. Here's a link to the original ALYoF March goal post.

12 March 2014

WIP Wednesday: Pieces

The most productive thing I've done this week is put together about two-thirds of this puzzle. I stayed home sick on Monday and, when not sleeping/having crazy fever dreams/eating cheerios, worked on building the mountain and the sky.

Now all that's left is the purple part...

As for quilting, I started cutting the pieces for a new project: a Swoon Quilt.

The plan, so far

I've seen a bajillion of these guys all over the place (and generally like them), so I decided that my labmate is getting a Swoon for his wedding. I used these two seeds pictures for the color selection.

The fabric pairings and probable block locations

So far, I've cut the colored pieces for all 9 blocks, but I haven't started cutting the background pieces yet. It seems like once all the pieces are cut everything will go together pretty quickly. Of course, this assumes my stacks don't get out of order when chain piecing...

all organized and ready to go!

05 March 2014

WIP Wednesday - March ALYoF Goal

For March, I want to finish my Texas Tear Drops QAL quilt, the full size version. During the actual QAL I made a mini version of the quilt as a gift for my host in Korea (she totally loved it, by the way). By the end of the QAL I had all my full size blocks ironed and had settled on a layout, but they weren't appliquéd.

quilting in progress

Since late August/early September this quilt has been sitting in a bag waiting to be basted and finished. I even pre-made the binding and settled on a quilting motif (square stippling). Now that it's been sitting in a closet for 6 months I figured it is time to resurrect this quilt and finish it. Luckily, I am already making solid progress and will hopefully have another successful month of quilting.

I'm fortunate to have plenty of feline support on this endeavor...

Good luck to everyone else on your Lovely Finishes!

and WIPs!