We added the borders and finished the quilt tops. They are going to be revisited next spring when we piece the backs and get them quilted and they will be all ready to show in the Alpine Days Quilt Show in August! Look at us being so prepared!
I have several quilts in various stages of production but September brought two finishes which makes me very happy. For Scott’s birthday in February I gave him the kit for the BYU quilt, purchased from the Fabric Mill in Orem. I had seen that kit several times when visiting that store and thought it would be a good lap quilt for Scott. When they had all their kits on sale in February, I gave in to temptation. So I worked on the cutting and piecing during the summer and let Scott pick the layout of the blocks. Once they were sewed together he chose the backing which I interrupted with a vertical and horizontal row of leftover blocks. Then he went with me to Just Sew in Highland and chose the blue thread and machine quilting pattern of loops and swirls. I attached the binding just before we left for Arizona at the beginning of September and sewed in the car so that we could do a photo shoot in Phoenix and at Montezuma’s Well.
Because we all did some travelling this summer, and not at the same time, we cancelled several weeks of quilt group and got a little behind with our progress. Over the course of three sewing weeks, we managed to get our four houses done. They vary wildly in fabric and color choices, as well as background choices because we are very individual when it comes to this quilt! We cut and sewed the first house on the same day but then decided to cut out all three in a marathon cutting session, start sewing and finishing sewing the next week. Because our houses were all made of completely different fabric, we all cut our own houses rather than each person cutting all the pieces out of one fabric for all of us as we do on the 1930’s quilt. If you’ve ever done any fabric cutting of lots of varied size pieces, it takes focus. We find that repeating the dimensions out loud to ourselves as we check the pattern and then as we cut is very helpful in avoiding mistakes. So a cutting day sounds like this: “two rectangles of cream 1 1/4″ by 3 1/2” “I need to cut three windows out of the same fabric” “Oh darn it!” “the light blue is a triangle with three rectangles while the dark blue is five rectangles” “Wait! Is that three or four green 2 1/2″ squares?” “three strips 1 1/2″ by 12”, all murmured quietly and somewhat continuously, interspersed with louder exclamations of “For the love, I did it again!” uttered by me. A visitor during cutting time would fall on the floor laughing hysterically.
Today is the first day of fall and I’ve completed my Goodreads challenge goal. I usually pick 120 books/year for this challenge and watch during the year how I keep up. Goodreads says I am 34 books ahead of schedule by finishing this early!
During the spring we got some blocks done on our America the Beautiful quilt. We sewed the mountains blocks which are designed to be purple triangles. We thought they looked like purple pyramids and saw in some reader examples that one quilter had put snow on hers. We really liked that look since we live next to mountains which have snow on them all winter long, so we free-hand cut some white fabric for snow. Then we left them with Terry who kindly did the satin stitching on our snow and used her embroidery machine to give us each a flying eagle. So fun to have that personal touch.
I did this challenge last year and signed up for Amateur (25-50 points) but more than doubled the Veteran level, so this year I signed up for the Veteran level, hoping that wasn’t too ambitious. But it’s now August, I’m well past the Veteran threshold of 101+ points so I’m calling this challenge for 2016. I finished 3 series, which means that all books have been published, and got up to date on 6 other series, as well as farther along in many more. So success on series reads!
I‘m joining this YA challenge hosted by Whole Latte Books. It was just announced last month when she couldn’t find another YA challenge but runs all year long. You can sign up here if you want to join. Since I’ve already read some YA books this year, I’ll begin this sign-up post with what I’ve already read and add the remaining books in my wrap-up post in December.
1. The Heir (Selection #4), Kiera Cass
2. Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2), Libba Bray
3. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (HP #7), J.K. Rowling
4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
5. Night Study (Soulfinders #2) Maria V. Snyder
6. Happily Ever After (Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6), Kiera Cass
7. The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre, Ann Rinaldi
8. Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne #5), L.M. Montgomery
9. The Siren, Kiera Cass
10. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5), Marissa Meyer
11. Anne of Green Gables (Anne #1), L.M. Montgomery
12. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle (Apollo #1), Rick Riordan
13. The Raven King (Raven Cycle #4), Maggie Stiefvater
14. The Wrath & the Dawn (Wrath & Dawn #1), Renee Ahdieh