Welcome to TGIFF! We host this so we can share about our finishes – and for some of the hosts it gives us a deadline to get something done. There is a linky party at the bottom of the page so that you can share your finishes, too. While this is a Friday hop, we open 6 pm on Thursday and stay available for linkups until midnight on Saturday so our international friends get to play. You can learn more about TGIFF here and sign up for hosting here. Its an easy job and there are slots still available for the end of the year.
Speaking of international friends, this quilt finish today is one I am so pleased to share. A long time ago, I saw this block on Sew Preeti’s blog. I fell in love with it and loved the idea of sharing it with my 2017 Bee Sisters. My bee sisters are Jan from Cocoa Quilts, Nancy from Grace and Peace Quilting, Rose fro Something Rose Made, Roseanne from Home Sewn by Us, and last but not least, Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts About Quilting. Some of us made blocks, some of us cheered the others on, but all my quilting sisters are a part of this project.
In addition to making a few blocks, I collected them and put it together. My sisters made many more than I did! The only requirements were block size and varying skin colors. We each picked some tones so we would have a variety. There is a second quilt that will be made in the next few weeks, maybe for my May TGIFF or One Monthly Goal or both. The layout of those blocks was done when I did this one, what remains to be done is adding the setting triangles, sewing rows, and quilting. One assumes that the second one will be easier – time will tell or maybe I will in a blog entry.
I decided to use white called Marshmallow from Boundless fabrics for the setting triangles to make the blocks the star. I wanted a quilting pattern that had some movement, sort of dancing feathers. But, there was one other problem; the backing is a little dark. I used two layers of Hobb’s Thermore Batting so there was no shadowing from the backing. This was a perfect solution (I order mine from Batting Super Sale*). It is a thin poly that gave plenty of definition for the quilting.
I called this block “Drella, the Pumpkin Princess”. I was worried that she would be hard to fit in with the others, but she was the inspiration for the thread color.
This quilt, and the second sister quilt, will go to one of the charities from the Hands 2 Help Donation Drive that Sarah Craig organizes each year. I have at least one other ready for that and maybe more; often they are ones that I make for hops or QALs that use my stash. I love that this one has a lot of love from a lot of different people.
International Sisters Numero Uno
Block design by Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts
Hobbs Thermore batting, double layer
Quilting thread: Glide Sand (top) and 80 wt. DecoBob Grey (bobbin)
Pantograph design: Feather Delight in Handi Quilter library
Please link up your finished quilt project from this week. If you don’t have one this week, next week you can do so at Becca’s blog, Pretty Piney Quilts.
The next few weeks, I will be working on 2 secret blocks for a summer QAL and sewing along with Sandra at mmm quilts! on her QAL. I also have a house block or two to finish that will go in a bee quilt with a different group. You should see some of these show up in the next week or so. I have been a little slow with blogging, so I am looking forward to picking up the pace again. However, life is picking up with seeing a few people, so its learning to keep it all going again. Juggling has returned!
Coming Up on the Blog:
12″ House Block/s
International Sisters #2
Born to be Wild – 5/17
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd! – 5/22