Stepping Stones QAL

Breaking Waves Finish!

When I was trying to decide what posts to create for my week in the New Quilters Blog Hop, I suddenly remembered that I’d never shown you the finish of Breaking Waves.

I made two quilts from my Charming Stepping Stones quilt pattern--Rainbow Connection was the other one and I blogged about it here. I like to make multiple versions of my quilts when I create a new pattern so I can show multiple possibilities for making the quilt your own.

It took me quite a while after my Stepping Stones QAL ended to get around to quilting Breaking Waves. I think I was just plain tuckered out! <grin> Anyway, Breaking Waves is the largest quilt I’ve ever quilted on my home machine. Not sure the quilting is all that good, but I had lots of fun with the wave design I used.

I finished Breaking Waves sometime last year, put it aside in triumph and never got around to photographing or blogging about it. Oh well! Sometimes ya just get busy I guess. <grin> Anyway, here are the details:

Breaking Waves
60” x 71”
Fabric: Charm packs from Northcott Stonehenge Gradations collection (Blue Planet colorway)
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2326 Sand
Quilting Thread: Superior Threads, Omni 40 wt. #3072 Blue Spruce
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

The name Breaking Waves and the quilting pattern were inspired by my husband who looked at the finished quilt top and told me that it looked like waves breaking upon a shore. That immediately inspired me to quilt it in a waves pattern, and to name the finished quilt Breaking Waves.

Gotta love a guy who inspires you like that!

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Update on Gradations Charming Stepping Stones

A month ago, we had a Super Show and Tell in which everyone who participated in my Stepping Stones Quilt Along who also happened to be in my guild brought their completed Stepping Stones quilt to show it off. The result was an amazing parade of quilts in various colors and prints. It was so cool to see my pattern done in so many ways!

At that Show and Tell, I showed all four of my quilts, including Gradations, which was not yet complete but simply pin-basted. It got a lot of handling at the three Guild meetings that month and since there was a wrinkle in the back from the original pin-basting, I decided to repin it. Ugh. Has that ever happened to you—that you get a quilt all basted, flip it over and find some folds or wrinkles in the backing you’ve pinned in place? Can’t say it’s happened to me before, so it’s a mystery how it came to be this time, but anyway I digress.

My bee had a quilt retreat a few Saturdays ago, and I used that opportunity to repin the quilt. I must say that it went so much faster this time! I think it was the great company that kept me occupied and not focused on how exceedingly boring pin-basting is. After basting, I started quilting my quilt. Yep! I’m finally quilting it!

I may have mentioned before that my husband looked at the quilt top and said that it looked like ocean waves breaking at the shore. So I decided right then I wanted to quilt it in waves. After searching Pinterest for quilting ideas, I finally came up with something I think works well.

Can’t say it’s an easy pattern—I seem to have a lot of stops and starts. My quilting isn’t the greatest, but I have fun with it. I’m pretty proud that this isn’t a complete disaster because it has to be the largest quilt I’ve ever done on my home machine. Woot!

My Stepping Stones and Charming Stepping Stones patterns are available in my shop if you’re interested. Both patterns make up fast using precuts, fat quarters, or yardage and come in multiple sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is my Pulse quilt, which is all pin-basted and ready to rock and roll. Better get going on this one because the deadline for shipping is September 15th!

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Super Show and Tell

In the spring, I hosted a quilt along for my pattern Stepping Stones. I had a lot of participants, some of whom were also members of my local quilt guild. After we finished the quilt along, several guild members had the wonderful idea of having a super show and tell at a guild meeting once the quilts were all finished. Our guild is large, and we have three meetings a month—two during the day and one at night—so the plan is to have a Super Show and Tell at all of them.

I must confess. My last Stepping Stones quilt, which is actually a Charming Stepping Stones made with charm squares, is not yet complete. Sadly, it sits in my studio waiting for me to get the gumption to quilt it. It’s larger than I normally do so I’m a bit intimidated. And I’m not yet sure exactly how I want to quilt it. So I’ve come a complete stop on that one. Has that ever happened to you?

For the Super Show and Tell, I swallowed my pride and brought it along anyway, pin basted and all, and showed it along with my other Stepping Stones quilts. These photos were taken at the first meeting of the month, which was a day meeting. Sorry about the fuzziness--sometimes in their efforts to make sure that everyone gets to see the quilts they move back and forth pointing the quilt in various directions.

We had the night meeting a few days ago and we did a Super Show and Tell again. I didn’t get photos of me showing off my quilts at that meeting, but I did get photos of the other quilts that were presented. I’m also including here a photo of Susie W's quilt, which I brought to the night meeting for her. The photo though, was taken at the day meeting earlier in the month.

We’ve got one more meeting this month and I hope to do a Super Show and Tell there too. Not everyone can get to all three meetings, so we’ll see. I have to admit though, this has been so much fun! It’s not every day that you get to see the same quilt done in so many different colorways! As a pattern designer, it’s terribly exciting and I’m very grateful that we had the chance to do it. A special thank you to all my quilt along participants, especially those that also participated in the Super Show and Tell: Susie W, Dawn, Suzy W, Alice, Leanne, and Mary (who, like several participants, did two quilts!)

I’m already working on another quilt along, so stay tuned for news on that! In the meantime, the steps for the Stepping Stones Quilt Along are still here on my blog…click the tab above to learn more. If you want to do Stepping Stones or Charming Stepping Stones in something other than lap size, or if you prefer printed directions, I offer both of these patterns in my shop.

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2016 Q2 Finish Along Recap

Quarter 2 is over, and it’s time to recap my progress on my UFOs for the 2016 Finish Along. While I got quite a few things done, I didn’t get as much done as I would have hoped. And I’ve added to my list of things to do. Isn’t that always the way? <grin>

My list of Quarter 2 WIPs is here. It’s a long list, but I’m not crazy. There’s no way I actually thought I would get all those things done! It’s that I’m a list maker by nature so for me it’s simpler to write down all my WIPs on one giganto list then to limit the list to only those I think I’ll get done in a certain quarter. Here are my finishes for Quarter 2.

  • Brickyard
  • Rainbow Connection (Charming Stepping Stones)
  • Pieced zippered pouch
  • Pixie baskets
  • Quilt sampler
  • Scissor cozy
  • Dotty blocks

Brickyard

I just showed off this beauty of a finish so I won’t bore you. Suffice it to say that I’m pretty proud of her. If you’d like the pattern, it’s in my shop in both printed and instantly satisfying PDF download form.

Rainbow Connection (Charming Stepping Stones)

Rainbow Connection is a mini block version of my Stepping Stones pattern that I call Charming Stepping Stones. I’m pretty proud of this one because I did the quilting all by my lonesome! Although the pattern for Stepping Stones is up in my shop, you’ll have to wait a little while for Charming Stepping Stones as I clear my desk of projects that are overdue. Sob.

Pieced Zippered Pouch

As some of you know, I have a love-hate relationship with zippers. So I keep pushing myself to make things with zippers like this pieced zippered pouch in order to improve my “technique” if you can call it that. I’m sure you’ll see more zippered items on my blog here soon as I’m resolved to keep at it until I feel comfortable.

Pixie Baskets

These little beauties charmed their way into my heart a few months ago. I just knew I had to make more of them during Quarter 2! Aren’t they stinkin’ cute?

Quilt Sampler

A goal I had for Q2 was to improve my quilting with more practice. So I created this quilt sampler of favorite quilt designs and I'm slowly filling it up. I’ve already got a few more patterns I’ve seen out there on the Internet that I want to add to it, so it’s definitely been a useful project.

Scissor Cozy

I fell in love with this zippered scissor cozy after seeing it on Pinterest and decided to make it another one of my zipper challenge projects. A lucky reader won it in a recent giveaway. Job well done, me!

Dotty Blocks

My bee has gone dotty for dotted fabrics. Recently, we had a dotted block exchange and I designed nine dotted blocks just for it. Here are just a few I made before I gave them away.

Well that’s it! I’m off to update my Quarter 3 WIP list, which is due on July 8th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along.

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