Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Superbowl Mystery Quilt Sew-along

The Seattle Seahawks go to the Superbowl, and I spent the day sewing a quilt top! I am not a 12th Man Fan, so the game did not interest me. Well, I stumbled upon a blog that was hosting a mystery quilt-along for those quilters who would rather be sewing during the big game!
I had to choose colors. Hmmm...I belong to a non-guild quilting group, and we were challenged to make a monochromatic quilt, using paint chip cards as a guide. I drew this chip, a bluish purple. 
So I dug through my stash of purple fabrics; most of them are on the red-ish purple side...
...but I did find a few that matched the chip and that met the fabric requirements of one dark, two mediums, a light, a border fabric and a zinger.
My lightest fabric (second from the right) was not light enough so I used the wrong side and it worked! For the zinger, I used white as it was allowed by the monochromatic rules.

And here is the finished quilt top; it measures 49" square. I think it will need some special quilting in the blank spots, or maybe I could add some applique!

This was my first mystery quilt and it was a lot of fun!
To see more mystery quilt finishes, check them out at
Linked up today with WIP Wednesday at http://www.freshlypieced.com/

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Can't decide what to do....

I picked up an unfinished quilt at Goodwill a while back. Basically it is just squares...
It was in a bag that contained the leftover fabrics. While I think it is a cute little quilt, I felt it was not terrible exciting. So I fancied it up a bit.
I will put some applique in the wide white stripe. I could just leave it like this, perhaps add a white border on the outside.

I thought it might be cute to add a pieced border like this:

Or I could turn those pieced borders the other way so the white is on the outer edge.

Maybe the first pieced border is too much. So I tried to cover it up.

And here it is with the outer border turned again with the white on the outside.

I can't quite decide which I like best. Does anyone out there have any ideas?

I've linked up with Lee at http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Head over there to see what others have been working on this week!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

No More Dining Room

I got the black border put on this quilt. I really like it!

Not much else going on because we decided to assemble the quilt frame. Husband put it all together, and now I must figure out how to load my Juki onto it and how to load a quilt and batting on.
It has taken up the formal dining room. I am not very excited about that, but this is temporary. I want to get a number of quilt tops quilted, then take the frame down again.
Meanwhile, the dining table is now in the living room. It is really crowded in there!