I love that I posted finished Gypsy Wife blocks yesterday… that actually weren’t finished. This pattern confuses me, and last night I read the pattern about 5 times. For two blocks. So, if you’re doing the wonderful Gypsy Wife QAL with Michelle over at Factotum of the Arts, here’s a tip for March: You don’t need 7 blocks, you really need 5 blocks. Two of your mini 2.5 inch Pinwheel blocks are the center of your Square in Square blocks.
Don’t get confused like me.
So, now I’ve really completed my March filler blocks, and I only have to make my Pershing Block. This block looks like a pain in the a$$.
Also, here’s another tip. When adding the triangles to your pinwheel blocks, use the center line to guide where you put the triangle point. This really helped make sure that each of my corners lined up.
Is that an obvious tip? Oh well, I didn’t know what to do since the triangles were so much larger than my baby pinwheel. However, this really helped!
When I first figured out that the baby pinwheel blocks were the center blocks of other blocks, I was a little peeved because I didn’t plan out the color scheme. Now, I’m pretty happy that I was just winging it.
These might be my new favorite blocks.
I could not decide where to go with this second one, but I am loving this gray fabric! I love how this block has so much purple, gray, and orange. AMH is a goddess of fabric goodness.
And here are all the March filler blocks:
Now my design wall looks like pure happiness:
Now I just have to tackle that dang Pershing block!
Whew, March blocks are slowly coming together. I’m still refusing to tackle the Pershing block, because I love denial. I’m not quite ready for all of those pieces and triangles cut on the bias. I do have a deadline, though, as I’m hosting the March link up for the wonderful Gypsy Wife Quilt Along!
Last night I decided to knock out some mini-pinwheel blocks. These things are the cutest things ever.
I see a Pinwheel Quilt sometime in the future…
Oh, Gypsy Wife Quilt… I love you.
I just love fabric. What did I do before collecting pretty fabric? Get manicures? Fabric is so much better. But, I would still like a manicure. I digress. Ain’t nobody got money for everything. And if you do, don’t tell me.
This week I bought a few staples. Two of which were 100% necessary as the fabric is slowly going away!
I bought this beautiful AMH print from her Hand Drawn Garden for the back of my mom’s quilt – which is yet to be finished, cut, or even started. At least I’m prepared.
This beautiful AMH print – Social Climber in Gold is for my own medallion quilt for The Sisterhood of the traveling quilt. Y’all. I am so excited about this one and I went and bought 3 yards of this stuff to make pillows, add borders, and send it to any of my traveling quilt friends who want some! It is the best print ever. Don’t buy any though, bc it’s seriously sparse and I might want more!
Two words: Gray Linen.
I bought this for a project I’m going to make with my Chicopee scraps… yes! I’m cutting into my chicopee this week!
I saved the best for last.
I bought 5 yards of the Field Study Velveteen in Midnight.
This will be the back of my medallion quilt – and I can’t stop touching this! This is the best fabric ever and I’m so annoyed that I’ve never backed a quilt in velveteen before. Actually, as long as I back my own it’s OK. haha.
I feel like these staples were completely necessary. Don’t you?
My Terrain quilt is finished. With this quilt, I am screaming, “Come.on.Spring.” I had so much fun pulling fabrics for this quilt, mixing fabric lines, and creating the measurements myself. I love these bright fabrics and the backing fabric from Kate Spain’s Terrain line of fabric is definitely one of my top-ten favs. I scored two yards of it this summer. Such.a.rookie.mistake. Two yards is child’s play for a fabric like this. Remember, whoever dies with the most fabric wins.
It’s now been washed and dried, listed in my Etsy Shop, and sold to one of the best people I met in college. I still remember the first time I met her in her tie-dye t-shirt (instant sign that we’d be friends) and said, “Hey, wanna get dinner?” Friendship was inevitable as we lived across the hall from another, both tolerated an intense level of mess, shared a love of Taco Bell, and have an extraordinary love of sarcasm. She saw the first picture I posted of my initial layout of this quilt on Instagram and nabbed it in it’s early stages. I love knowing she has this quilt, and I definitely quilted in loving thoughts, meditating on special memories we have shared through the years.
Oh, college, I miss you.
[So thankful for our friendship]
Here’s Anna’s new Terrain Quilt. I hope every time she uses it that she knows how much I love her.
The quilting. I die.
I set my quilt to the wavy stitch and just changed how far apart the waves were. Genius and fast.
Perfect Corners on my binding. HEEEEY.
And, for my favorite part, the back:
The print on the left was my inspiration for this quilt. I love Kate Spain.
Here’s to my 20th finished quilt. So glad this beauty now lives with a kindred spirit. Happy Friday to ya, and let’s keep on welcoming Spring until she decides to show her lovely face.
The Terrain quilt is in it’s final stages – Binding. This is my personal favorite step, and if you ever need a tutorial for machine binding I swear by my corners. (Brushes off shoulder)
For this quilt, I pulled all of my inspiration from an amazing Kate Spain print, so it was only fitting that I pulled from a newer Kate Spain line for the binding. I love how the aqua plays against the front and the back. Plus, the words are such a fun print.
There is nothing more fun than finally putting on the binding. Off to wash this beauty now!
At first I was stuck on a quilting pattern for this quilt. Even though my goal this year is to stay away from straight lines, it doesn’t mean I’m throwing my walking foot out. Oh no. I just need to get creative – and special stitches came to the rescue.
Stitch 4 to the rescue.
I absolutely love how this looks and it’s going to be difficult for me not to recycle this quilting style on my quest to use a new one on each quilt this year. It’s just so simple and it creates incredible texture.
If you haven’t, check out the hashtag on Instagram. Thank me later.
I can’t wait to see what you’re up to with your Work in Progress Wednesdays!
Winter might still be hanging around up here in Jersey, but I’m doing everything in my power to bring Spring back! In time for my February Goals, I basted the Terrain inspired quilt, and I’m so excited to finish this up. It’s going to be 56 inches x 70 inches, and I’m going to do wavy quilting.
The husband was more than happy to lend me his office…
Sneak peak at my first pieced back.
Baby steps, people.
See. Doesn’t this just scream Spring?!
Who actually likes basting?!
Ten points to the first person who gets that reference.
Here it is. Time to make my March goals. I want to make sure I’m a little more realistic about the goals that I set for this month, especially since I’ll be on vacation the last week of March. So, what can I realistically do in 22 days.
My number one goals is finishing my Terrain quilt top – especially since it already sold! I want to mail this out by the first weekend in March. Get it, girl!
Here’s my first finish of March, which was technically due in February. However, since February was a short month, I’m saying this technically met deadline. Here’s the start of my Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts medallion!
Then, here are a few more goals I’d love to accomplish:
- March Gypsy Wife blocks
- Cut out my NJMQG Block Party Quilt and distribute on March 20th
- Finish Rachel’s block, NJMQG block, ScrapBeeLicious March block
- Add to Jess’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts and mail it off!
- Baste my husband’s quilt
- Two commissioned car seat quilts
Too much?! Hopefully not, because if I finish all of this, here is my prize: Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. I am loving this concept of rewards each month.
So, I said that if I accomplished all of my February goals, I would treat myself to fabric. Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors line, to be exact. I almost finished my goals, but overall my February was extremely productive, so I bit the bullet and put in the order. Plus a low volume fat eighth pack. Just for the record, is there anything sadder than a fat eighth pack? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love it. But now I want YARDS of these fabrics.
Y’all. AMH’s true colors. I just can’t. How am I even going to cut these?
I can’t wait to start adding these prints to the Gypsy Wife quilt, and I have to say – it’s getting to the point where I’m going to be able to make quilt a few AMH quilts. Which is definitely not a problem.
One of my fabric goals this year is going to be to build up my low volume stash. I know that you like my idea of a fabric goal. hahahaha.
I am loving writing my goals down. I’m wonderful with creating ideas, but I struggle with follow through. It’s been so helpful to have a list to keep me motivated and I have enjoyed checking off each task.
Here are the goals I started with on February 1st:
Finish my Cuzco Herringbone quilt
Finish my Kaffe Stripes quilt
Make all of the February blocks for the Gypsy Wife Quilt (omg. I am so excited!)
- Finish my Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts center medallion
- Finish two January feather blocks for Rachel,
and all of my bee blocks for NJMQG
Baste my Terrain Quilt top
I finished a few extra projects too! Since I didn’t get my nice sewing machine back until February 16th, I haven’t completed Rachel’s feather blocks yet – and I’m in the process of finishing my medallion. It will be done today! Hey – February was a short month!
Here’s a sneak peek at my Sisterhood Medallion fabric pull:
I’m so happy I procrastinated on this one, because this is no where near what I was planning!
I’m starting to like mixing fabric lines – growing up, people!
I hope you had a wonderfully productive February as well, and that March brings many quilty finishes! What are you waiting for? Go check out the other finishes this month!