Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day and a finish!

First off....Happy Veteran's Day and thank you to all the men and woman serving or have served in our armed forces.  I am especially proud of these two Airmen...my husband and my son.  This picture is a few years old now, but I will always treasure it!

Next...I'm happy to share that Garden Party is finished!  Yay!  I'm so happy to finish this...I've been feeling like my quilting mojo has been in slow motion the last couple of months and this really helped me get motivated.  I'm hoping that motivation hangs around for a while!  
This indoor picture captures the colors the best....


The outdoor picture is a little too orange-y...but I love all the leaves!

I love the setting blocks in this quilt and the design it makes...definitely going to have to apply this design to another quilt!

Even a label!!  :)

I copied Irene's idea and had Bonnie sign one of the blocks on the cruise.  :)

Except for the inner border fabric, all of the fabric came from my stash, including the backing.  It is such a good feeling to use up that stash!!  I found the inner border fabric in Florida after the cruise.  It's a beachy print with footprints in the sand, seashells, etc...I thought it would be a fun way to remember all the fun we had on this quilt cruise adventure!

Don't forget to check out how everyone else is doing on their UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction.

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

UFO Challenge...Almost finished!

I'm so happy with the progress I made this week on my Garden Party Quilt!  You can see I had plenty of help from the kitties.  I couldn't have done it without their help!  :P



 Here is the center all assembled!  It was a leap of faith to trim all the way around the outer edge...all the squares on the outer edge had to be trimmed down which results in the cool triangle edging...

 Next is the first border.  Next time I'll get a close up of the fabric I used for this border.  It's a beach/sand print I found in Florida after the cruise.  I think it's a great memento of the cruise and where I started this quilt.

Next was the final border and the backing...it sat here on the railing for only a couple days.  I was itchin' to get it quilted! 

I've been having a few "issues" with my longarm...but after a few tweaks...ta-da!  Garden Party is all quilted!!  Now on to the binding...I haven't picked out a fabric for the binding yet.  I hope I have something that will work...stay tuned, I hope to have it all finished next week!! 

I haven't shown an update of my leaders and enders in a while...I'm working on the Spoolin' Around Quilt.  I have almost half of the spool blocks I need so far!  Lisa and I have been swapping "kits" for spools to get more variety...we started swapping about 18 months ago!  Maybe another 18 months and I'll have a finished quilt!  :)

Be sure to head over to Jo's Country Junction to see all the other challenge progress updates!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle