Saturday, January 17, 2015

Quilt Alongs 2015

I WAS HACKED THIS AFTERNOON PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANY WEIRD E-MAILS/DOCUMENTS FROM ME!


 There are several Quilt Alongs I want to do in 2015, but I hesitate to start more projects when I have so many UFOs. Hence, one of my goals is to get tops put together and ready for quilting. This is my Sugar Stars top--a design by Lori Holt...I used a layer cake of Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille plus a couple of other of their fabrics from my stash. I decided not to use white as the background and instead opted for Kona navy. 

I wish we had snow on the ground to make this pop more against white snow, but even though it is mid-January we have had very little snow. This is a bad thing for my skier hubby, but a good thing for my teenaged driver--she even drove around with the top down on her Mustang yesterday! Plus, we walked around the neighborhood this afternoon enjoying the gorgeous sunshine.
This is an enormous quilt and I will probably use my mom's long arm once I find a backing for it and they return from snow birding in California in the spring.
This is the Snapshots Quilt designed by Bonnie and Camille for the Fat Quarter Shop. The colors and blocks are amazing! But, the last thing I need is another UFO top that I have no where to display anyway, so I am planning on making some of the blocks as mini quilts and hanging them in my sewing room. I got this picture from Camille's blog--aren't her fabrics precious? Plus, these "free" designs are raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital--great cause! Here is a link about it http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/p/snapshots-quilt-along.html
 Here is my block. I think I will add a small border and machine quilt it to maybe have a quicker finish! I have yet to have a finish in 2015 and we are more than half way through the month!!!Ugghhh!
I am also working on this Charm Square Sampler. Shannon posted the directions for the first block today. It is the Sawtooth block. Here is the link to the instructions http://moderntraditionquilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/charm-square-quilt-along-part-2.html
 Here is my Sawtooth block. I am using Eat Your Fruits n' Veggies charm squares and I picked up a red background. I want to make this into a tablecloth, so I did not want to use a white background. I thought about grey, but the red will go well in my kitchen and with the fabrics. I can't wait to see my Fiestaware dishes on this tablecloth! We are doing one block a week, so it won't be too long until we are done.
 I only sewed one blue Carrie Nation block this week, but I did cut a bunch of scraps to make more. This is part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015 I am doing to use up scraps. You can be inspired by others at ScrapHappy Saturday here 
Sarah is hosting a Quilt Along where she is showing ways to use 16 patch blocks into several designs.  I have started to cut fabrics for these blocks, but I am waiting to sew any together until I see the ideas she will be posting on Sundays. Find more info here http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2015/01/join-sweet-sixteen-quilt-along.html
Today's design is a must make!!! Just a simple 16 patch block with pinwheels--I had already posted the picture on my Inspirations page...
 Sarah also organizes this charity quilt challenge. I donated one last year and plan on donating another quilt--either a UFO or something made from scraps.
Lorna is hosting the Elephant Parade Quilt Along
I am not sure if I will make a big one or a few blocks, but I am definitely going to dabble.
My Journey of a Quilter is still being hand quilted, but I am almost onto the outside border. Slow stitching indeed!
I also am embroidering on my Valentine door banner. I will Slow Sunday Stitch through the NFC and AFC Championship games tomorrow.
Kathy is having a giveaway if you include a picture of your hand actually sewing--it was impossible to do it as a selfie!
Check out other slow stitching here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com

I am looking forward to having Monday off and getting more quilting in and I hope even my first finish of 2015!!!

43 comments:

  1. Wow that's a lot of QALs you want to participate it, but I think you have the right idea - doing part of them and finishing those. All are lovely. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone, Tanya. Love that Sugar Stars quilt!

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  2. You are busy with a lot of projects. You may not have a finish yet, but you are not wasting time either. I really like the Sugar Stars top and well done with all the hand quilting on your Journey of a Quilter.

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  3. Oh wow. I am exhausted just reading along. You have some goals there...

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  4. Oh QA's and BOM's are my weakness. Thanks for posting more fun ones. Good luck to more finishes than starts this year. That's my goal.

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  5. So many different sew-alongs to keep track of! There have been many tempting ones start this month. The cake block is one of my favorite ones from the quilt design.

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  6. Lovely projects. You are going to be busy for sure.

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  7. I know exactly what you mean... so much fun, so little time!
    Love to see your Journey quilt!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  8. You are certainly into a lot of projects, but they are all looking great.

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  9. It sure was hard to do a stitching selfie!
    Great to see you stitching!

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  10. Wow, such a lot of projects, I would never keep track! Enjoy your football and slow Sunday stitching.

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  11. You are going to be very busy.

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  12. Love seeing your stitches... where do you get a pattern for the Journey of a Quilter blocks? Love that project too. Good luck with all your goals this year! Kathi

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  13. Your sure are going to be busy this year :)
    I agree with you, those pinwheels are inspiring !

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  14. Holy Busy BatGirl!! I LOVE the red background for your to-be-tablecloth.

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  15. All of these quilts are wonderful projects! It is going to be busy in your sewing room. Love your RSC15 blocks. I will be sharing mine next week. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

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  16. Tanya, I just received an email from your email address asking me to "sign in" to view a document on Google. Is this from you or could your email have been hacked ? :(

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  17. I always love to see your Journey quilt! All your projects are beautiful!

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  18. Thanks for letting us know you were hacked. Sorry to hear this has happened. Good luck getting all your projects done!

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  19. Glad you joined the Oh Scrap link-up! I'm going to try the Elephant Parade quilt-along, too. I am reading The One and Only Ivan to my class right now, and these blocks make me think of Stella!

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  20. Thanks for the note about getting hacked...I wondered about that when I got an odd email from you. Love all the quilt alongs you're going to be doing! :0)

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  21. Your Sugar Stars quilt is amazing!!! Love the navy background....Your cake block looks a lot like mine!!

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  22. The navy background made that just gorgeous! I'm going to try to use more colors for backgrounds this year. I agree, there's so many QAL's I want to join but I will need to just pick a couple :)

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  23. You are busy! I especially like the 16-patch quilt you shared--will watch for it.

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  24. I love the dark blue in your sugar stars quilt top xxx

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  25. I love the navy background on your Sugar Stars quilt! So pretty!! You have a lot to keep you busy - you go girl! Thanks for linking up to MCM! :)

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  26. Your quilts are all beautiful, but the Journey of a Quilter is incredible...I am so in love with it. The stitchery, the fabric selection - everything about it screams pretty and adorable!!!! So, so lovely...thanks for sharing.

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  27. You have so much going on you tired me out, lol ! And I like each and every project! :)

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  28. thanks for opening with the "I've been hacked" info -- I thought that was the case and didn't fall for it! Fun to see what "follow-alongs" you are joining!!

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  29. Love that first quilt! From the linky thumbnail I thought it was all drunkard's path, but now I see they are a gem-cut shape. Very neat pattern!

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  30. So many pretty projects... I can't pick a favorite. So much fun!

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  31. Wow! So much quilty goodness! And a lot of QALs! (dropping by from Val's Tuesday archives)

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  32. You have been super busy! I love the variety and all the colors! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  33. You are going to be busy, busy, busy! Fabulous quilts!

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  34. Wow! You are busy. I hope you are able to get a few of your UFOs completed soon.

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  35. Thanks for saying you were hacked. I didn't open it as anything unsolicited or suspicious goes directly into the garbage. Love looking at all your projects.

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  36. Darn it! You find the greatest BOM! I can't resist the snapshots...I'm off to search through my stash for 21 fat quarters!! You block lookds adorable!

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  37. Phew, I need a drink! You certainly have a great list of projects there. good luck with them all.

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  38. Oh my goodness Tanya! You are super busy but with all good projects. I love that you are making smaller quilts from the FQS sew along. Your cake will make a fun little wall hanging.

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  39. Such fun quilt alongs, it's so hard to resist temptation. Your Sugar Stars turned out beautifully.

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  40. Tanya your Sugar Stars quilts is beautiful and it sure looks like you have a lot of projects to work on! Have fun!

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  41. Love that sugar star quilt.

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