Sunday, July 12, 2015

Quarter 3 FAL list

Time to link up my Quarter 3 list of the Finish-Along hosted by On the WindySide. I'm going to be ambitious again this time around for my list because I like options & never know which project I'll want to pull out next. This will definitely keep me busy for more than Quarter 3 but it'll be lots of fun in the process! 
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

In no particular order, Quarter 3:: (#105 on the linkup)

Tour de France quilt - partially quilted  - *update: finished

 Finishing the quilting is my July ALYOF goal, and then i'll need to choose some binding.  Le Tour runs through July 26 this year & I hope to finish this one in time.

Big Bear - Top
 Needs backing, quilting & binding so I can put him up on the wall when winter rolls around.

Improv quilt - Top

  Rolling over from previous lists.  :)  Still needs backing, quilting (the tricky part on this one!) & binding. 

Disco - Top

 Quilt top I made at retreat using Jaybirds Disco pattern & fabrics from Architextures & Botanics! Needs backing, quilting & binding.

 Science Fair - Top
 Another Jaybirds pattern! Needs backing, quilting & binding.

upside down on the design wall
Marsala quilt - Top
  It was fun to design this one! Took some coordinating colors and design elements from inspiration on Pinterest then I pulled fabrics that were already in my stash, free cut the curves & machine appliqu├ęd the two triangles.  Sadly, I goofed on this one and missed the linkup for the Pantone Challenge.  :(  I would like to finish it up though so it also needs: backing, quilting & binding.

Mini Charm Stamps - blocks
 These blocks are ready to stitch into a top, then backing, basting, quilting & binding. This quilt grew out of my obsession collection of mini charm packs and the desire to make something with them. (and not just let them stack up on the shelf...) I chose a postage stamp style quilt because I wouldn't need to cut all of the 2.5" squares myself!  ;) 

Split 9 Patch - blocks - *update: finished!
I made one 15" block as a sample for my Junior Quilter club at work as they make a lap quilt. Then, once they got started, I wanted to make more blocks and have a finished quilt myself this time around! Mine are each one color per block with a value split on the diagonal. Thinking this will end up at 9 blocks and may even be a quick(ish) finish.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tour de France

One of my favorite summer things to do is watch/follow the Tour de France cycling race each July. It's inspiring to watch the riders climb up mountains and zoom through the cities in France, Belgium & the Netherlands. The countryside is always spectacular and it invigorates me to get out on m bike more. 

So le Tour has also inspired me to (what else) make a quilt! I took a stage profile from the 100th Tour and cut it out of custom TdF fabric from Spoonflower.  The background is made up of fabrics representing the 4 main jersey colors in the race: White for best young rider, Green for sprint points, Polka Dot for best mountain climber & Yellow for the leader (best overall time)  of the race. It's more of a table runner size, but I'll probably hang it on the wall once it's complete.

My July ALYOF goal is to finish quilting this! I did straight lines through the profile so the print elements could be seen clearly. The doodles in the picture are drawn on a clear transparency sheet which helps me decide on a design before stitching. I want to keep it related to each of the jerseys & to cycling if possible.  Linking up at Fiber of All Sorts with this one.