A Fortunate Granny Finish!

Fortunate Granny is finally finished! I begun these blocks last August, the top in October, and finally got around to quilting this month.

Fortunate Granny

I incorporated the extra 2.5″ squares left over from making the blocks into the back.

Fortunate Granny Back

I’m really proud of the quilting on this one. This is the first time I’ve quilted a quilt entirely in a pattern other than FMQ stipple, and the flowers came out really nicely. The quilt is bound with more of the backing fabric.

Fortunate Granny binding

The color difference between the whites (Bella for the blocks, Kona for the sashing) isn’t as noticeable in person; it doesn’t bother me much in any case.

I feel like I’ve been on Beast Mode with finishing quilts lately. Let’s see if the momentum carries further! Fortunate Granny is my May goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and one of my Q2 Finish Along goals. Hooray!

Fortunate Granny
Size: 53.5″ x 65″
Fabric: Good Fortune by Kate Spain, Kona White, Bella White
Tutorials used: Granny Square Quilt Block from Blue Elephant Stitches, Setting Triangles for Granny Squares from Traceyjay Quilts

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Many WIPs on Wednesday

This week has been about finishing some projects, starting others, and thinking about long-term projects.

Binding Fortunate Granny
I finished quilting Fortunate Granny and got it bound. I’m hoping my husband will help me wrangle a couple finished shots tonight – look for a FO post soon!

The spinning urge hit me this week, so I grabbed this Friends in Fiber braid I got at VT Sheep and Wool last fall and got to work. It is 6 oz of BFL, which I split evenly and am spinning the two halves on two bobbins. The plan is to ply them back together to get a 2-ply barber pole yarn. I love braids that have a lot of complimentary colors!

Friends in Fiber BFL

Some new spinning

I also started matching fabrics and cut into my Fox Field Craftsy workshop kit.

Cutting Fox Field diamonds

I adore the colors in Tula Pink’s latest collection, Fox Field, and the log cabin diamond pattern is exactly what I want to sew. I’m going to try to stretch the fabric to make top and bottom log cabin setting triangles instead of the plain cream print in the pattern. We’ll see if that works out according to plan.

Fox Fields Quilt WIP

The only WIP I don’t have in process right now is a knitty WIP. I frogged the handspun socks out of fear that I’d run out of yarn. The yarn really wants to be armwarmers, anyway!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Fortunate Granny Quilting

Finishing Spring Stripes II gave me a lot of new ideas for how to quilt future quilts. One of my favorite designs to quilt were the echo flowers, which I thought would be perfect for Fortunate Granny. This weekend, I finally got the quilt basted and dove right in with quilting.

Basting Fortunate Granny

I am really loving how these flowers are turning out. They’re a great complement to the soft floral motifs in the fabric.

Quilting Fortunate Granny

So far, I have about a third of the quilt quilted. The hardest thing is figuring out where to go next and make sure gaps are filled in, but it is coming along nicely!

Fortunate Granny is my Lovely Year of Finishes May goal!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Spring Quilting Goals

I have big plans for this spring: I want to become a more confident quilter. I’ve quilted both on a home sewing machine and on a longarm at a studio, but I haven’t strayed far beyond basic stipple, straight line, or loopy line. I’m taking Leah Day’s Craftsy class, which is really encouraging me to move beyond those three techniques and also mix different patterns in one top.

With that in mind, goal number one: finally finish Spring Stripes II. Here is the most recent picture of it.
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Friends, that picture is nearly two years old. And I’ve never taken a picture of the completed top, because I’m a bad blogger, but it looks just like Spring Stripes I but with the warmer colors from Lotta Jansdotter’s ECHO collection. I’m planning to use a different FMQ technique for every stripe. This is my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for April.

My ButtonGoal number two: quilt and bind Fortunate Granny. Again, I have the back finished. I haven’t yet decided how this one will be quilted, but I’m thinking maybe an orange peel pattern in the blocks and a filler in the background.

Fortunate Granny top

Goal three: Requilt Foxes out my Window, because it has to be done and I’ve been putting it off for a while.

Fox Field Design Roll

Stretch goal four: Finish the Craftsy mystery quilt with Tula Pink’s Fox Field. I’m way not sure if I’ll make this by the end of June; that’s why it is a stretch goal!

Those are my four main quilty WIPs for this quarter, and my ducks are in enough of a row for me to participate in the 2014 Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle!

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Whipping through WIPs

After I wrote that long NaNoWriMo entry, I sat down to write. I wrote for a few days, setting up the story and realized that… I just didn’t have a story. I have a lot of world-building details and some character names, but no conflict or purpose to really drive the plot. I’ve jotted down a lot of these details and will keep noodling with it, but I’m not as focused on it any more. And my attention has shifted back to making things.

First and not pictured, the back of Fortunate Granny is done! All that’s left to do is quilt and bind!

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear Lizzy House speak at the joint Boston/Seacoast MQG meeting. I joined the BMQG last month, but this was the first meeting I had a chance to attend. Lizzy House was so inspiring, passionate, and tenacious about her work. Upon getting home, I did the only reasonable thing, which was to cut up my stack of Constellations into 7″ equilateral triangles. The finished quilt will be for my dear SIL, who is pregnant with her first child.

Constellations triangles

Constellations triangles

I was on such a roll that I got out my QAYG Christmas Stocking project, from the Falling Flakes Stocking tutorial by Imagine Gnats. I started these back in September but put them on hiatus while I thought about things. I decided that the first two seams weren’t as puckered as I remembered and carried on with my presser foot instead of the walking foot. This sped up the process considerably, and I’ve finished the top of one and half of the top of the second.

QAYG Christmas Stocking

I’m having fun with a little bit of free-motion quilting I’m doing on these – circling the polar bears in stitches and stitching over the line motifs and whatnot. Good practice!

QAYG Stocking in process!

Lastly, I took out the leftover Llama blocks from my Llamas in Log Cabins quilt. I had four big blocks and a couple smaller blocks remaining from the quilt.

Leftover Llamas block

I think something like this will be the final layout.

Leftover Llama planning

I can’t decide if I want to sash with white or another neutral, or try to use up some of the scraps in sashing, or make a large, scrappy outer border. So this one is now resting while I think some more about it – any ideas?

In all, it was a productive past few days In addition to the above, I also rode a carousel in 20 degree weather, set up our home WiFi (only 8 months after I moved in!), and knit a bit of a mitt. I feel unprepared for Christmas gifting/knitting but I still have a month, right?

As this entry is ALL WIPs, and it is Wednesday, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced! Hooray!

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Fortunate Granny Top

Over the weekend, I finished all the granny square blocks for my Fortunate Granny quilt and last night, I sewed them all together!

Fortunate Granny top

Right now, the top has 4 x 5 9.25″ blocks with 2.5″ sashing between them. If my math is correct, its dimensions are about 41″ x 51″ which isn’t quite large enough. I’m going to add a border of some sort – either 6-7″ of plain white, or use the remaining 2.5″ charm squares around the edges. Or use the remaining 2.5″ squares for the back, perhaps similar to the back of Kate Conklin’s Gathered In quilt.

Fortunate Granny top

If you’d like to make your own granny squares, these tutorials from Blue Elephant Stitches, Coopcrafts, and Traceyjay Quilts were really useful to me. I made the blocks out of Kate Spain’s Good Fortune charm squares, which really grew on me while making this. The white background and sashing is mostly Kona White, with a few blocks made from leftover Moda Bella White from Cuzco Crossing. All in all, love! I feel like I have a lot of momentum with this one and I’m excited about finishing the back and getting it quilted.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced! What are you working on this week?
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More Fortunate Granny

Woosh! Quick drive-by WIP Wednesday post to show off some more Fortunate Granny squares! I sewed up five more and trimmed them all down to 9 1/4″ square.

More Fortunate Granny squares

I think the very top square is my favorite so far.

And woosh! Just like that, I’m off to class. Happy Wednesday!

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