In October and November managed to get 5 long-standing projects to the finished top stage. Some quilters call them “flimsies” but I don’t like using that word to describe something as wonderful as a finished quilt top. (Just my opinion.) I had set a goal to finish 5 projects before year end, but I should be able to finish up 3 more before the end of the next week — potentially 8 finishes. Granted they are machine pieced and were in various stages of being completed, but I am feeling quite proud of my accomplishment especially since I hadn’t done much quilting in the 12 proceeding months.

Perhaps I am a bit overconfident — inspired by my recent finishes — but I’m setting a goal to finish 15 projects in 2015. Here’s the list in no particular order:

  1. Priscilla’s Beauty – hand pieced blocks with applique
  2. Case of the Secret Garden – hand pieced blocks
  3. Crazy Quilt block – Alaskan cruise class project
  4. Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) – old class sample
  5. Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) – hand pieced
  6. Hexiflowers – hand pieced
  7. Rachelle – hand pieced blocks
  8. Colonial Garden
  9. Patriots in Petticoats – machine pieced
  10. Sun, Moon & Stars – appliqued blocks machine pieced
  11. 9 Patch Leader/Ender with Heart – machine pieced with applique
  12. Thea’s Baby Quilt – machine pieced
  13. Ethan’s New Quilt – machine pieced [same as Thea’s with different backing and binding]
  14. Scrappy Log Cabin – machine pieced
  15. Scrap Baskets – machine pieced / appliqued handles & hearts

While I was working on this post, Linda posted a photo to the Inklingo Facebook page. Yes! That’s the look I want to see 15 times this year.  (hahaha)




The two quilts I am featuring in this post are based on an antique quilt I found in this quilt book years ago.

plaid-streak-EQ7This is the Electric Quilt layout based on the antique quilt. You may have seen other quilting bloggers making this same quilt.

plaid-streakA photo of the finished quilt top that I took with my phone shortly after I finished the quilt at the end of October. (Excuse the quality of the photo. The design wall was cluttered up with quilting projects that didn’t belong to me. I didn’t want to remove them so my photo is less than stellar. Plus the quilt top wasn’t ironed yet.) The Half Square Triangle [HST] units are 3 inches square. I printed the light fabric using the Inklingo Half Square Triangle Collection, paired it with a plaid fabric, sewed on the dotted lines, and cut on the solid lines. Perfect HST units with no papers to remove and no squaring up of the units.

Linda’s video explaining the process.

quilt-helperI made a smaller version using this pink fabric with floral scraps to make the HST units. Featured in the photo is my former quilting buddy lying down on the job.

floral-streak-HSTThe floral streak of lightning version uses 2.5 inch Half Square Triangle units. Some of my floral scraps were too small to layer with the printed 2.5 inch HSTs. I used the Easy Angle Ruler to cut Half Square Triangles from the smaller floral scraps and paired them with the Half Square Triangles printed with Inklingo and chain pieced them.

floral-streak-chain-piecingThey went together beautifully.

floral-streakAnother less than stellar photo of my unironed floral streak of lightning quilt top hung on the same design wall in October. In the last 2 months, I have finished 4 quilt tops that have been languishing for years. One more to go to meet my goal of 5 finished tops before year end.

The easiest way to make Half Square Triangle Units!

Inklingo Half Square Triangle 00B Collection


My focus in 2017:

Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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