Lordy Lordy, Lori's Forty - a Finished Quilt!

  The last quilt of the year! Made for my friend Lori, which means....actually really good photos! Like, probably more photos than I have things to say about the quilt.

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But she still got one on a chain link fence, woohoo!

So the theme of this one was pretty simple - Lori works for Islands Magazine, so she goes to Hawaii far more than a normal person ought to. She bought fabric for me every time, I hoarded the fabric until her fortieth birthday.

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Since it was a pretty wild mix of fabric, I cut everything into 4.5" squares, 4.5x9.5" slabs, or 9.5" squares, and separated it with Kona Silver to calm it down.

And yeah, I'm pretty disappointed that the purple fabric doesn't say "Keep Calm and Bac-On."

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She also sent me some random fabrics she bought for herself for no reason. I have no idea what that's all about. Clearly my entire stash has a purpose. Anyway, so cameras and text and cats snuck in with the hula girls.

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Travel stuff... Oh, and the quilting! I tried wavy horizontal lines and oh my goodness I loved it. I went very "organic" - sometimes crossing the lines, sometimes not; sometimes paralleling the curve above, sometimes not. It was a very relaxing way to quilt.

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And I added a few random bubbles - I was going for ten times, four bubbles {get it? fortieth birthday?} but I lost count. And even after it was done, I tried to count them and got a different number each time. So I'm going to claim it's forty.

Ohhhhh, and the fabric on the left? It's the leftover backing from her t-shirt quilt I made a few years ago. Absolutely saved it for just this reason.

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I tried to sneak in as much subtle cat fabric as I could. Somewhere in it, there's two blocks with orange kitties, representing her two gingers.

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She asked for a pieced pineapple block, which I'm pretty sure has more pieces than the entire rest of the quilt.

And yes, no matter how much I switched around the final blocks, some fabrics ended up next to each other.

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I adore all the hula fabric. {And I still have scraps to hoard for myself!}

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That light blue fabric? I fussy cut it to show all the good, happy words.

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And the back couldn't be more perfect - Kaffe Fassett seashells in blues and purples.

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I managed to screw up my backing order, and considered running a strip of solid halfway across the back just to get it finished in time to take it to Augusta in September. Finished it better than perfect, right? Or...sometimes perfect is better than finished.

Since her birthday was already last May, I decided to suck it up, order the right amount of fabric, and get it done by the end of her birthday year. Which I did. And I'm far happier with it than I would have been if I had rushed it.

The binding is also Kona Silver, framing the entire quilt just like the blocks.

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WiP - October

  You know how when you make plans, everything always gets thrown off by some stupid little thing?

Yeah, mine's the weather, this month. I actually got a bunch of things done - but it's literally rained almost every single day, so it's nearly impossible to take finished pictures. It's raining right now, bringing October to a close with the highest rainfall total since 1880, so even these pictures are washed out with terrible flash. Sorry.

Finishes!

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Woven Snowmen - with deep fog behind it.

RunDisney - yep, those are rain clouds back there.

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And then the baseball t-shirt quilt is bound and ready for cleanup work.

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Lori's Fortieth Birthday quilt {and my t-shirt quilt} are quilted, trimmed, and ready for binding.

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My second-to-last t-shirt quilt of the year is cut and ready to piece. {I'm storing WiPs in pizza boxes now. It's awesome, and I'm not even joking.}

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The only thing that really suffered was my leader/ender. I put together a bunch of parts of 4², but I just wasn't feeling the colors while the weather was so dreary. It felt like forced happiness. Is that a thing with fabric?

So I started fiddling around with my leftovers from Curious Dream by Angela Pingel - which is an awesome Alice in Wonderland line coming soon and I made the bunting for the Look Book. I've got some elongated flying geese. And I'm not sure where I'm going with them. But I'll keep making them until I get tired of them, I guess!

I also made a nifty little mini in a triangle workshop for my modern quilt guild - you can see it on Instagram. {Because I forgot to take a real picture.} And that's going to be my OMG Goal for November - I don't want minis sitting around when they're the easiest finishes ever!

See also: BoMs Away, Design Wall Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, WiP on WednesdaysLeader/Enders/A Quilting Chick,  One Monthly Goal/Red Letter Quilts, Finish Along{list}

WiP - July

Well, I should just stop making plans in the summer. Swim lessons, tennis camp, a sinus infection for several of us, family visits, a sprint triathlon... I got some stuff done in the sewing room, but not nearly as much as I thought.

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Still, I managed to have one whole finish. Um, a table runner that was already quilted and just needed the binding sewn to the back. Whatever. A finish! Yay!

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I do have a t-shirt quilt close to finished.

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And another waiting to be trimmed and bound.

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And I managed to finish my OMG goal - this is completely sashed out and ready for quilting in September.

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And the world's slowest simple patchwork...will be my OMG goal for August, because I'm just tired of seeing it. I've got all the rows done except a couple of squares. Time to seam it up and get a new leader/ender in progress.

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And as a delightful little distraction, I made this with the #crosscutquiltalong on Instagram. Original design by A Quilter's Table - I made my strips wider and my blocks smaller, which I don't love as much as hers. But I do like the funky little thing.

See also: BoMs Away, Design Wall Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, WiP on WednesdaysLeader/Enders/A Quilting Chick,  One Monthly Goal/Red Letter Quilts

WiP - June

Ah, June. The wonderful month when the children and I try to work out how we will co-exist 24/7. I've got to hand it to you homeschoolers! We're finally getting into a schedule with plenty of library stops and plenty of Netflix. Wait, I mean, just the library. The Dude definitely isn't almost done watching every episode of Anamaniacs, ever.

Ahem, anyway! There was sewing! Two full finishes!

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Casie's T-Shirt Quilt!

And then there were finished tops!

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California Girl Hourglass! My OMG goal - and y'all...it almost didn't get done. I was about 1.25x20" short of the white fabric for the stop border. That's right - I considered quitting over a 1.25" strip of fabric.

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Finally I noticed the white-on-white fabric I'm using for 4√2, and decided that no one would notice that tiny bit. Right? So it's a top! Finally! Only been in progress since 2012.

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And then I finished the log cabin using the leftover fabrics from my Saturday Sampler 2011. Yikes. Talk about some old projects, here. Technically, this one was never started until last year - I just saved all the leftover bits and pieces since 2011.

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And then I did some entirely new things! If you don't count the fact that Lori has been buying and sending me the fabric for this one since, um...you know, let's just not talk about that. And yes I worked so hard on the layout and still managed to get those aqua hula girls next to each other. Ugh.

Anyway, all the parts are assembled {this quilt combines vertical and horizontal pieces} and all I have left is sewing together some long sashing strips and big chunks.

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And as a leader/ender, I'm sewing together a Floating Star for Quilts of Valor. Super easy - most of my squares are already paired or four-ed, and just waiting to become rows. And I swear, I've seen the tutorial somewhere online, but the kit didn't come with much info.

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And I made four demonstration heart blocks for #quiltsforpulse, being organized by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. Our guild is making them in 5" and 10" sizes {tutorial here!} and I'll be working on the assembly at our sew day in July.

And that's it! I've also been doing a lot of cleaning, but who really wants to see the bags of batting that I separated into quilts or pillow stuffing?

See also: BoMs Away, Design Wall Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, WiP on WednesdaysLeader/Enders/A Quilting Chick,  One Monthly Goal/Red Letter Quilts