Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hot Flash, The Quilt is Finally Finished

After over a week of 90 degrees weather, it seems rather timely and appropriate that I finally finished my Hot Flash quilt during this heat wave.  I purchased the Hot Flash fabric by Luella Doss and Andrea Schuster around 2012 and but didn't make a quilt top until several years later.  I've been meaning to finish it for the past several years but it still didn't make it on my 2017 Project List.   Since I was sending some other quilts to Jan, my Long Arm Quilter, I decided to add the Hot Flash Quilt top to get it finished once and for all.
I didn't use a pattern for this quilt; I just let the fabric dictate the design and it helps that I have a penchant for making big block quilts whenever I'm working with wonderful big prints.  Only two rows of this quilt were pieced and the rest of the rows were made with just solid pieces of the two large focus prints. Because of the simple design, the quilt looks like it is a panel or cheater cloth and since I backed it with another print from the collection, it hard to tell which is the front and which is the back so I guess you can say I made a reversible quilt.   I mentioned in my last post that I normally don't back my quilts with fabric from the same line but for this quilt I did--I definitely bought this fabric when it was on sale.  
This is the second of the five quilts which were sent out to be quilted. Jan did a wonderful job with the big organic scroll machine quilting and she used a variegated thread which picked up the different colors in this quilt.
I thought I provide some quilt stats so you can see how simple it was to make this quilt.  All of my measurements are divisible by four which helps to make it an easy design.  It's also a quick quilt to finish, either you do it yourself with straight or organic wavy lines  or send it to your long arm quilter.  I spent more time thinking (also known for me as wasting time) if I was going to quilt it myself but again I am glad I decided to send it to Jan.  

Size:  56" x 72"
Side Borders (A):  8"(finished)
Black & White Sashing (B):  4" x 40" (finished) (there are six rows)
Top & Bottom Rows (C): 8" x 40" (finished)
Rectangles, 2nd & 4th Rows (D): 4" x 8" (finished) each row has 10 patches
Center Row (E): 16" x 40" (finished)

Since the in-law arrangements are almost done at my son's house, I will be leaving this quilt there since my sweet granddaughter, Micah Rose, just loves looking at prints, especially ones with black and white.  I'm thinking her eyes are going to be extra stimulated with the Hot Flash Quilt.
And speaking of Micah Rose, when she was visiting several weeks ago, I started working on her first Halloween Quilt.  I happened to be digging around my studio and found a bundle of Halloween prints by KP Kids/Kari Pearson which I know I purchased over ten years ago.  I just love these prints of bright colors which to me don't seem to be as popular today as they were when I first started quilting.  Since the bundle included a panel which featured Kitty Cats in costumes, I thought this would make a cute quilt for Micah, after all there are four cats in their house, but I wanted to make sure her Mom liked the fabric.  She did.
Again, I made a quilt which looks like cheater cloth but only the left side is a panel, the right side is made with twenty-one, 2-1/2" x 20-1/2" cut strips and the black border is 3-1/2" cut strips (the only print which is not a KP Kids print.
Also, I shouldn't call this a quilt but a coverlet since I decided to only backed it with a piece of purple Minky which I had in my stash.  I wanted to put batting in the middle to make it a quilt but if I had, then I wouldn't have been able to use the Minky.  And the purple Minky looked so pretty against the quilt top.  I'll be mailing this quilt to Micah so she has the whole month of October to enjoy it.

So happy to say that I finished two projects which were unplanned but nevertheless is a finish.  With the end of the year fast approaching, I really need to get some more projects on my list finished.  As for my Minus 100 Yard Challenge, it was looking good but since I'll be taking a workshop with one of my first Quilt Idols, Kaffe Fassett in early October, I had to purchase some new fabrics to prepare for his class.  We need twenty half yard cuts and then some for this class. And that doesn't include the border fabric since he wants to help us decide what the border print should be, therefore, won't be purchased until after the class.  Once the new fabric arrives and other things are added and subtracted, I'll be ready to post an updated tally.  I'm still hoping I'm going to meet my challenge.  And if I don't, I'll just have to say it was Kaffe Fassett's fault which wouldn't be the first time I said this.

Linking up with:

My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finish Or Not Friday

19 comments :

  1. Great finishes, Rose! I adore those Halloween prints from KP Kids. Enjoy your workshop. Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I just love finding forgotten fabrics and finally using them. Also, I'm looking forward to the workshop.

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  2. Who doesn't love unexpected finishes??? Congrats on scoring two of them :) Micah's Halloween Quilt is so much fun. I'm sure she will enjoy cuddling in it and looking at all those bright prints. I've never heard of the Hot Flash fabric line before, but it made me giggle that you finished during a heat wave.

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    1. Thanks Tish! There's a lot of coincidences with quilting and me.

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  3. I am not familiar with the Hot Flash fabric but quilt looks good and I loved seeing a glimpse of Micah in one of the pictures. Where are you taking the class from Kaffe? I'm jealous - would love to attend one of his classes.

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  4. You are just whipping out the finishes lately! Good for you! That purple Minky looks great with the Halloween prints! Have fun at the Kaffe class!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I'm glad I finally made something with the Halloween stash. I still have more to use. I'm looking forward to the Kaffe class and hopefully won't be the only one sitting there in a daze.

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  5. Congrats on getting two more finished!!! So interesting to look at. And a Kaffe class--so cool! We sell a lot of his fabrics in quilt shop I work at. They are right across from the counter so we are constantly looking at them and being tempted!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I've haven't used my Kaffe stash for the last couple of years, wanted to give myself a break because I was using it a lot and C+S came along. But it was so nice playing with the Kaffe stash again. And if I worked with Kaffe fabric all day, I would be bringing it home along with no paycheck.

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  6. Hi Rose,
    Wow, you made a huge dent in your stash and WIP pile. How cute that your granddaughter loves the prints. You need to keep her eyes stimulated! It is your duty. I wouldn't count that fabric purchase - it is REQUIRED for the class. Now, if you take the class and it languishes around . . . that's another story and it has to be counted. But an in/out requirement? Eh, I'd be lax. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Roseann, I am appointing you to my Review Committee for my Minus 100 Yard Challenge. I like the way you think that since it's for a class it shouldn't count. Thanks for the idea.

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  7. OMG a class with the man himself???! You are so lucky! I just adore that shot of Micah perched on your cutting table! Bet she adores her Halloween quilt. As for Hot Flash - foof!- it sure is busy and I bet her little eyes love wandering over it. As a newborn and up to about 5 months, Brady loved looking at Brianne's hot pink and orange quilt I made her, which hung on the back of their couch. :-) The purple pinky was just perfect for a backing.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, Micah really likes looking at fabric so I can't resist making her something. The blankies with just a quilt top and backing goes together quickly so I can indulge her. I'll be sure to take photos of the man. I'm taking the class with my friend Carol and hopefully she'll let me know if I'm drooling.

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  8. Rose you are a Rock Star. Two unplanned finishes!! Go you.

    I think the fabric purchase for the class don't really count. They are for a specific project that really is for the class. So doesn't count.

    But you do have that bundle win from Bloggers Quilt Festival. Yikes!

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    1. Thanks Jan. Roseanne and you have the right idea that class fabric shouldn't count. I did allow for gifts and prizes not to be counted, pretty smart move, right.

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  9. Congrats on two beautiful finishes! I love the bright and color quilts!

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  10. Great finishes. I frequently use batting with minky. It looks so cuddly the way you have this.

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