Thursday, July 13, 2017

June Doings Done in July


My quilt top for the Crazy Mom's June QAL is done!  I'm a little bit late seeing that this quilt was suppose to be done by the end of June but I had to finish some other projects first coupled with a visit from my granddaughter. This is one of my favorite quilts from Amanda Jean Nyberg's "No Scrap Left Behind" book and I wasn't planning on participating in the QAL but decided to since my two quilt friends in Iowa were going to make this quilt.  Imagine my surprise when I found out several days ago that they decided not to do it since they didn't like how their first blocks were looking which is understandable  because I wasn't sure how I was going to like my quilt. Once all of the blocks were sewn I really like this quilt made with a collection of feedsack and 30's scraps from many past projects.


I started picking out the fabrics during the last week of June and sewed the block strips this past weekend.  I had the black and white check in my stash and the green dots, which is the same green fabric used in the quilt in the book, was given to me by my two quilts friends in Iowa so I couldn't be mad at them for dropping out of the QAL.  I will admit that I do not like making quilts with blocks set on point (it's those setting triangles) and considered doing an alternate layout with the blocks going just horizontal but I realized that would be too boring so I toughed it out and stuck with sewing the blocks on point.  I did a 4 x 4 layout which made this a 67" square quilt but, to me, it felt like I was sewing a king size quilt.

Like previous projects using scraps which always result in a messy aftermath, I've created makings for another scrap project.  I definitely should make a pin cushion with one of the leftover blocks but that will be for another day.  I was gifted with some beautiful feedsack squares from my quilt blog friend Wendy and when I received them I was surprised they were prints that I did not have in my stash so I'm looking for a pattern to showcase them. Since I've now made at least six quilts with the same feedsack stash,  it'll be nice to work with different feedsack prints.

From one QAL to now another one, I plan on making the quilt featured in the Twelve Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and QAL (you can read about it here) which starts today.  My Christmas fabrics have been chosen so I'm ready to start the QAL on time and thankfully the blocks are not set on point.

I'm glad that I didn't machine quilt the Ardently Austen top, (previously posted here) right away because thanks to Susan Snooks, PatchworknPlay, (you can see her beautiful Rollercoaster quilt here) I discovered the serpentine stitch on Hazel, my new Juki F600 sewing machine which I'm still not as comfortable sewing on like I am with my old Juki 2010Q.  I'm liking this stitch to use for the baby quilts I make so I definitely plan on using it again.  It's a nice alternative to the straight line stitching and might make me adventurous enough to try free-motion quilting, maybe.

I'm still struggling with my Minus 100 Yard Challenge thanks to Christmas in July sales and never wanting to miss an opportunity to purchase sale fabric for backings. I definitely need to focus on quilting some of the quilt tops on my project list.

Minus 100 Yard Challenge:

Previous Total: - 42.50 yards         
New Total:  -49.125 yards  (this will change for the worst next week when the 8 yards of backing fabric arrives and is factored in-yikes!)


Linking up with:
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finish or Not Friday

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33 comments :

  1. I love your scrappy gingham and spot quilt Rose! It has a real vintage feel to it! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Suz, I was thinking the same thing. The only way I can own a vintage quilt is if I make it myself.

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  2. Way to go for getting the QAL done! I thought about joining in, but had other projects that I knew would keep me from finishing. I have the book, though, so this is on my never-ending list.

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I love the book and there's another quilt I want to make and already have the strips cut.

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  3. Fabulous quilt! I love the black and white check and would never have thought of using it with feedsacks. It is spectacular! I have quite a few plaid sacks and you have inspired me to use some of them!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. This is the third time I've paired black and white check with feedsack, I just love how it plays well with each other. I can't wait to see what you make with your plaid sacks.

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  4. Your June top is SO beautiful! I love that black gingham and love the way it contrasts with your scrappy strips. :)

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  5. What a great quilt! Black and red give a nice punch to a thirties reproduction.

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    1. Thanks Jan, black and red is always a nice accent color with feedback fabrics.

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  6. It looks stunning - I've just been given No Scrap Left Behind as a birthday present and I'm happily working my way through it and this pattern just looks so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Carie. There are lots of great patterns in the book and plan on making the Scrap Rails Quilt with modern prints next.

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  7. Rose, just love the gingham and dots together! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Paige. I always have black and white gingham in my stash and luck to be given the green dot fabric.

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  8. A lovely quilt! it certainly has that 'vintage-y' look about it, with the gingham and your special feed sack fabrics!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I love the vintage-y look of this quilt too.

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  9. So glad to see your use of gingham in your "June" quilt. I did not participate in the QAL, but have started the strip sets and plan to use brown/white gingham from my stash. Hope it looks as good as yours!

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    1. Thanks Judy. The brown/white gingham will look great. I can't wait to see your quilt.

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  10. I wouldn't call this a late finish one bit!!! Great job! I love it in feedsacks! I want to make one in feedsacks now! Definitely inspiration!!!!

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    1. Thank Nancy. I love feedsack fabrics and I seem to always have a project going on with it.

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  11. Rose, nice finish. I was thinking about doing the QAL too, but don't have fabric. I need to get some.

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  12. Your June quilt is wonderful, Rose!! I am one of those Iowa friends who made a couple blocks and got discouraged but I love this pattern and will attempt it again in the future. You do make the nicest quilts, Rose!!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Let me know if you need any of your green dot fabric.

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  13. I love your scrappy quilt top, Rose! Using gingham as the inside of the squares is genius! It looks great!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I've made other quilts with the feedsack fabrics and black gingham combination and I love the way it looks.

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  14. It's beautiful! Your quilt is featured tomorrow on Finished or Not Friday!

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    1. Thanks Myra; it's so nice to be featured on your blog/linky party.

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  15. This is the perfect quilt for feedsack prints! On point is time-consuming, but so worth it in this quilt. (I wonder if your finish will inspire your quilty friends to give it another go.)

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    1. Thanks Janine! I'm glad I sucked it in and did the on-point setting triangles, they really made my eyes crossed. My one friend said she was going to try again, I may have to give her green fabric back.

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  16. Well I lost the first half of my comment when I went to see what QAL you'd joined - will have to find the post on your flimsy; I quilted along in my head with you ladies and Sarah LOL. I had said look at you, tackling something else (drafting a template anyone?!) on your not-my-favourite technique list! Feels good, and wow that quilt looks awesome, black checks and greens that pop. Yes! On the making a mess and still having enough to make another quilt after making a scrap quilt, like how does this continue to happen? ;-)

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  17. Yes, drafting a template, thanks for the reminder; I really stretch myself when I do QALs. BTW, I figured out why the templates weren't printing right, I was opening them up in EDGE and should have used Adobe Acrobat. I learned this from Craftsy when I was having another problem with printing a pattern so the next time you do a template I'll be ready. BTW, I really enjoyed being on your Freefall QAL, we were a nice group, hope you do another one next year.

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