Tuesday, March 1, 2016

One Monthly Goal for March

My monthly goal is a quilt that has been sandwiched and ready for quilting since December of 2013.  It really doesn't seem like it was that long ago.  It doesn't have as many safety pins on it as I thought, but I want them back anyway. I need them to be able to quilt other quilts.

This is the last picture I showed you.  Even though another quilt is in the way, you can see the colors pretty well in this picture.

It is threatening to rain today, so there won't be any glamour shots, but at least you will be able to see the current status.  It will make the final quilt reveal more exciting.

This quilt is one of the few quilts I have made using a kit.  I didn't have any batik fabrics at the time so getting a kit was very helpful.  I did have to buy the background pieces, which required some time, since I was getting them slowly, one fat quarter at a time from the quilt shop.  All of the fabrics has dots on them.  The pattern is called Daisies Do Tell, but because of the dots, I call it Daisy's Chickenpox.

It sat kitted for a long time before I got around to making it.  I wanted to use the batik fabric leftovers for other things and decided I'd better get this started and done before all the fabric disappeared.  This picture is proof that the top is pieced and sandwiched.

The inner row of petals are two layers that have been fused together so that they can be seen on both sides. They are supposed to be free like that.  The circles have been sewn through both the inner and the outer sets of petals using embroidery stitches on my machine. I don't remember if they are also sewn to the background or just fused in place. Some of the fused outer daisies are peeling off, which worries me, but hopefully sewing it down will hold it secure.

This is a lap quilt, but I am not sure I will be able to finish it by the end of the month.  I am planning on using free motion quilting to secure the outer petals and add quilted leaves to the stems.  Maybe a stippling stitch in the background.  This is a big step for me - free motion quilting period is a big step for me - so making any progress will be a step in the right direction.  I'd like to get all of the quilting done, but I can't promise that I will finish in March.  I should be able to do at least half of the flowers done.

I have plans to do a thorough spring cleaning and want to limit how much time I spend quilting.  I also have the daily circles and BOMs to try to keep up with.

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Lisa J. said...

I love how you keep saying you can't promise to have it done by March. I'm trying to quilt something also and I'm hopeful although I think free motion quilting is as big a deal for me as it is for you! I love those daisies. Good luck with your quilting Shasta.

Bev C said...

Hello Shasta,

Good luck with the free motion quilting, love how you are doing this because you need the pins, only a quilter would think like that.

Happy days.

Allie-oops Designs said...

I'm quite familiar with finishing a quilt because I need the pins, lol - I do that all the time. And boy do they get dull fast! This is going to be a beautiful quilt, love how the inner petals stand free. Good luck with the free-motion - not my forte at ALL.

June D said...

What fun! You will feel so happy once you start to make progress on pulling the pins out as you sew! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this. No matter if it's a quarter or half done. Just to really start it is the OMG! : )
I've never seen a quilt block like your flowers. Sounds like they were each a lot of work. Very pretty.

Maker Joy said...

So glad someone else picks their next project because they need the pins. (I too have a quilt I'm working on because I want the pins for basting a different quilt.)

Any and all quilting progress is great. Good luck with your spring cleaning.

Nann said...

The daisy design is very appealing -- with the two-color background. It will look great when it's done, and I have confidence that you will finish it this month! (P.S. Kudos on the spring cleaning project, too.)

Vera said...

Good luck with your goal! Those that takes us so long are the sweetest, wink.

Quilter Kathy said...

You can do it... and have fun at the same time!
It is a lovely quilt and perfect for enjoying this spring!