Thursday, April 21, 2016

Finished Guild Mystery Top--1st FAL 2nd Quarter

It is a start! I finished the top for the guild's mystery quilt. Since October, I've received a monthly "clue" and have stitched the pieces for that clue. These were the pieces that I put together for the March clue.

The pieces turned in to this top!


My inspiration fabric was the batik floral. I have had this fabric in my stash for at least ten years. It was time for it to become a project! I did purchase the light and the medium batik fabrics as I had NOTHING in my stash that would work.












I knew that I didn't have enough of that floral fabric for the outer border; but, I was able to find another batik that was a couple years newer in my stash that worked for the border.


There are lots of places for quilting designs; but, I'll figure that out much later!!! I'm just glad to have finished the top. Last year, I didn't get past selecting my fabric for the mystery! My first finish for the FAL2016 second quarter! Wahoo!!!! You can read my list here.













These were the some of the pieces that were left after I had finished the top. I like pieced backs. It is a way to practice improvisational piecing and a super way to incorporate the scraps into the project so in the end, little is left! I'll share more about this process next week.














I also cut the pieces for twenty-four 8 1/2 inch log cabin blocks for the online mystery quilt.  This was the pile.

















I stitched a few pieces together until I had 24 of these! Now, I'm caught up on that project.


















I've given myself permission to start new projects. I chose these fabrics--again from my stash. I cut the pieces--I barely had enough of the background fabric for the large setting triangles. I hope I didn't make any mistakes!

This is going to be a project that I develop more machine embroidery skills. It is going to be a good project!












Last week, I forgot to share that I won a 2nd place viewer's choice ribbon on my "Tickling the Ivories" quilt. I submitted five quilts; but, I didn't have any judged this year. Winning a viewer's choice ribbon is extra special to me because the people who attended the show voted for my quilt!

I also submitted a block for for our guild's opportunity quilt next year. This is the block. We had to use the dark grey fabric somewhere in the block and it had to be a sort of house. I saw that grey fabric and it made me think of the beach. So my wonky house is on stilts at the beach and a dog lives there too!


11 comments:

  1. LOL, love the dog! We are on the same wavelength, because I have been thinking of beach houses this week too. This one is wonderful.

    Congratulations on the ribbon. AND congratulations on finishing the mystery and keeping up! To me, that feels like the biggest accomplishment. And, it is a really good looking quilt as well. Lots of great things in this post. Well done!

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    1. Monica, we've had some 80 degree weather days here. . .so uncharacteristic for our area; but, who doesn't want to go to the beach on a hot day?? Yep, it was a good week in terms of progress! Thank you!!--Terry

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  2. Terry,
    Loving all the pictures. It's so fun to be following your activities.

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    1. Luann, sometimes life aligns with the stars and good gains happen. That was last week!!! It felt so rewarding!--Terry

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  3. Wow, you did so much this week! I love seeing how other people work. Don't you think that blogging makes you more productive?

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    1. Joanne, I don't know if blogging makes me more productive. Perhaps, changing the focus of my goals a bit is more the key. I've been trying your advice for making progress and refining the process so it works better for me. I'm such a work in progress! --Terry

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  4. Your mystery quilts are turning out beautiful! Congratulations on the viewers' choice! That was a well-deserved honor!

    Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! I'm pleased to have that top finished BEFORE the June meeting when we are supposed to share them. The viewers' choice ribbon humbles and awes me. I'm still in the "Wow! People liked that quilt that much!," mode! --Terry

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  5. Beautiful work Terry. Congrats on the viewers' choice ribbon. I think that one and Judge's choice ribbons, while they seldom carry a cash award, are some of the best ribbons to get. :)

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    1. BJ--I agree with you about the ribbons--viewer's choice and Judge's choice are extra special! I see you have a new post so I'm coming to visit!--Terry

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  6. Beautiful! I agree with BJ too - viewer's choice is such a special ribbon to get. Thanks for participating in the 2016 FAL on behalf of the global hosts :)

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