A productive week quilting!

I got a lot done this week. First up is getting some blocks put together for Sherry @ Powered by Quilting “Hidden Stars SAL”. I generally have two reasons for doing a QAL or SAL:
1. It must use stash. I won a number of these fat quarters a few years ago. My general idea is when I win, I try to give back. This quilt will be one of my quilt donations for Hands2Help (not too late to join in).
2. I must love something else about it – the designer, the pattern, or the intrigue! I tested this pattern for Sherry – so I am a fan and love supporting her work.

A group of quilters, known as Partners in Design began our third QAL this week – Sew Let’s QAL!. The patterns are free through the duration of the QAL, and then some designers may publish them. This is the first block by Sandra – SandraHealeyesigns. Lots of keeping up with the website and comments – something I love to do.

This quilt took up a lot of my time. This is a preview of my Island Batik Ambassador project for March – you should see it by the end of the week as a finished project. I am using checkerboard quilts as my inspiration. The fabrics from Island Batik are so much fun and foundations bubblegum pink, check it out and grey are so fun to work with.


Funny thing happened on the way to this quilt. I was hanging it up to proudly take a photo of the piece and I noticed one of the lattice pieces was wrong – only 2 star points rather than the 4 it needed. What’s a nice quilter like me to do? Well, after a tiny bit of swearing (ok not so tiny) I decided surgical removal was the way to go. I could have taken out 2 rows but why???? So I took the piece out and inserted the new one. Its a great technique! I also miscalculated the pieces I needed – forgot that I was not using a square cut in half so I needed 160 not 80 squares…fabric arrives tomorrow. Thank for Four Pines Quilting in Claremont NH for your quick response!

I am participating in this – #30quiltdesigns2019 by Sandra @mmm!Quilts. She is so much fun and such a sweet person. Last year I did a few and have yet to make any quilts from my designs but someday I will. Anyone can play, and you don’t have to do all of them – so going the party. I am excited for this year, as my Electric Quilt 8* habit (the printing is the bomb on the new update!)and new iPad will be great tools for me.. Because it is designers designing it is a private facebook group so you won’t see them until I do something with them – hopefully I can make a goal of making one or two in the next year. [EQ8 just updated, and the printing now has the project name and pattern pieces are visible on a page!]

This quilt – I affectionately refer to as grey goose – has borders now and a backing. The binding is cut – it just needs to be sewn together and QUILTING. I am hoping to finish it before the end of the month, but not sure I will squeeze that quilting time in Friday or Saturday – we’ll see.

My plans this week include: Island Batik project, Project Quilting, design work, cut April Island Batik & Fat Quarter Shop charity quilt (for work in NH sew weekend) and I am sure there is more. Have a productive week, and I think you may hear from me at least one more time this week… hooray!

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12 Comments

  1. March 18, 2019 / 8:02 am

    Boy, you have some fun projects in the works! I tested for Sherry too, and I wanted to join the QAL but have too many QALs in the works and I’m not keeping up with them all that well. Your blocks look great — so much fun color! I’ve done some surgical repair on quilts too, and I feel your pain. Argh. And I’ve also done the same thing as you on miscalculating. It just builds quilting character, no?? Haha.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      March 18, 2019 / 10:25 am

      I did enjoy the SAL – and happy to have one of my charity quilts done. I did love these fabrics – Fleurish – and will have very little left by the time I am done. Surgical repair is the way to go. I am trying to figure out if this character building exercise is really necessary!! I think I am old/smart enough not to make these stupid mistakes.

      • March 18, 2019 / 10:40 am

        Oh, I hear ya! You’d think we’d have learned by now!

  2. March 18, 2019 / 6:55 pm

    Woot woot! I love productive weeks – send one my way, would you please?!! Oh, your Hidden Stars blocks look great. I love Sherry, too – my blocks had better get themselves together this week because I’d like to have it complete for my first quarter goals. Oh, if only. I love that pink checkerboard and supporting fabrics look so good!! Can’t wait to see it later this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 11:00 am

      Those first quarter goals are a good thing! Grey goose will miss it by a few days, just booked quilting time on the 1st. It may still be the 31st somewhere.

  3. March 18, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    Busy bee, Kathleen! Your hidden stars quilt is sew beautiful! I love how it’s looking. And that sewing machine is the bomb! I’m looking forward to your checkerboard finish. And grey goose finish! Yes, great job!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 10:59 am

      All continue to move. I’ve booked time to quilt grey goose and the 3 small ones are sandwiched. Quilting time tomorrow I hope. The sewing machine was really fun – and easier than I thought.

  4. thedarlingdogwood
    March 19, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    Wow, you’ve had a great week! I love your hidden stars blocks!!!!! I also tested for Sherry and am doing the SAL, but I”m woefully behind. I just finished cutting a little more than a week ago! Love that checkerboard fabric and can’t wait to see your March Ambassador challenge!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 10:57 am

      It’s fast once you set your mind to it. I chained pieced rows one and two once I got them down and never had to take out one. It’s going to a donation soon so I wanted to keep pace – I was always early with homework but now on time USA big deal.

  5. March 19, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    Great projects! I really like all of the different blocks you are working on.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 10:55 am

      Thanks, it’s keeping me busy!

  6. March 25, 2019 / 8:00 am

    You’ve been soooooo busy!! Love your work, as always. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

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