One of my favorite parts of being in a quilt guild (or two!) is attending quilt retreats. The first weekend in November I spend the weekend in the Marin Headlands with SCVQA. It has a spacious sewing space, the food is delicious, and the views are amazing!

The majority of projects that I brought for the weekend were pieces that I wanted to finish in time to share at my Nov. 10 lecture at Amador Valley Quilters. Two of these were finished at the retreat. (The other two I made great progress on and will be sharing them on the blog soon!) I shared my Wonder Full quilt tops back in June. They use my Planned Improv: All About Angles technique in a more regular unit construction. I really like how I took two piles of identically constructed units and made two quilts with such different overall compositions.

These two were the first and third quilts I long arm quilted myself. I've been renting time at Always Quilting in San Mateo for free hand long arm quilting. The pink quilt was my very first one. I opted for a floral and leaf design with large scale motifs and lots of space.

On my second trip to the long arm I quilted the navy quilt. I opted for three different motifs and alternated the designs in each diagonal strip. This led to a challenge as I couldn't complete a strip without advancing the quilt on the frame which resulted in numerous starts and stops. That said, I'm thrilled with the overall look of the quilting. Check out that texture on the back! Between this one and Fandangle Scrappy Squares I am now hooked on the long arm.

 

All About Angles is my latest Planned Improv workshop. I'm currently working on a mostly blue version with Cherrywood fabrics, using smaller units. And you may have seen my Pantone Ultra Violet version which I finished this summer.

 

The second night of our retreat I took advantage of the opportunity to go on a short hike with a few other quilters to watch the sunset. The weather was perfect.

Thanks for visiting! Happy quilting!

 

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The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

It's been a busy month of sewing... but not so much in the writing department. I have lots that I need to get onto the blog to share with you. Today I'm sharing the three mug rugs I finished this morning. As I finished up the binding before school it struck me that it would make more sense to be putting the finishing touches on costumes, but those were already all in order. Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating.

Our Island Batik theme this month was paper piecing. I opted for three little mug rugs featuring Cricket, Gidget, and Pepper, the Butterfly Charm Blocks by Lillyella.

I opted to use my Paisley Dot Brights 10" squares from my July box for the butterflies. Choosing the color combinations was the hardest part. So many to choose from! I ended up choosing another Island Batik print as inspiration for the palette on each mug rug. I used it for the backing/binding as well as the rectangle to the left of each butterfly block.

This first mug rug features Cricket. This beautiful red print was leftover from my Valentine's Day mug rugs. I couldn't help thinking of the Red Hat Ladies as I worked on this one because of the purple and red paisley dot print.

The orange mug rug features Gidget, and used a sunflower print leftover from my Bold and Brave All About Angles quilt. I had the most fun quilting this one, following the petal on the sunflower print.

The third butterfly is Pepper. She's my favorite. This feature print was also from Morning Sunshine (same as the sunflowers).

On each mug rug I started the quilting by stitching in the ditch around the edge of the butterfly using Aurifil 50wt #2600 Dove, then I quilted the background (solid  of the butterfly in the same color. For the printed section to the left of each butterfly I picked a thread color that blended. From the top, I used Aurifil 50wt #2588 Light Magenta, #3920 Golden Glow (variegated), and #2510 Light Lilac. This same thread was used for the binding on each. For the first time I bound by wrapping the backing fabric around to the front. Here's a close up of what that looked like from the front.

I look forward to using these in the kitchen. I like using mug rugs for people to be able to keep track of which glass it theirs.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy seeing my mug rugs. These little butterfly blocks go together really quickly. I used them long ago on a mini quilt. I love seeing the variety of ways people have used them.

Check out the projects from some other ambassadors this month:

Alison

Geraldine

Jennifer

Karen

Pamela

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Do you every feel like you've done a ton of sewing and then are surprised by the small number of finishes in a quarter? To be clear, I'm not upset about this so much as confused. Last quarter I finished seven projects from my Q2 list. And in Q3 I had a mere four finishes. To be fair, this time included the summer months, when my kids were home all day. ;-) And we did some travel in July and August. I also made progress on a bunch of things that didn't get finished.

I did make some progress on the quilting front, including a trip to rent time on a (somewhat) local longarm machine. I shared my Fandangle Scrappy Squares finish last week, a result from my trip to the longarm.

Here are the four Q3 finishes from my list:

With these finishes, I'm up to 24 finished quilts (including two pillows) and 3 finished bags this year.

Grab a cup of coffee and scroll through my lengthy project list. ;-) I'm not even counting.

Just Need Binding

  1. Meadow Mystery, Lap Quilt.
  2. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, class sample Mini Quilt #4. 
  3. Wonder Full All About Angles #2 

Quilting In Progress

  1. Very Hungry Caterpillar Twin Quilt

Finished Quilt Tops

  1. Scattered Squares lap quilt (upcoming pattern). 
  2. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, Greenery Lap Quilt.
  3. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, class sample Mini Quilt #2.
  4. Planned Improv: Playing with Angles, class sample Mini Quilt #1. 
  5. Charity baby quilt. 
  6. Feathered Star... pillow? 
  7. Variation of Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, Wall Hanging. 
  8. Wonder Full All About Angles #1 
  9. Creative HST 
  10. Island Batik Starstruck lap quilt 

Piecing in Progress

  1. Butterfly mug rugs. 
  2. Purple scrap project. 
  3. Planned Improv: Playing with Angles, class sample Mini Quilt #2.
  4. Tula Pink City Sampler. 
  5. Improv Abstraction, Small Quilt. 
  6. In the Middle quilt, Lap Quilt.
  7. Cotton & Steel (and low volume) HST Quilt, Lap Quilt.
  8. Ocean quilt for my daughter.
  9. Patchwork City Metro Area Quilt.
  10. Swoon Quilt. 
  11. Rainbow Chain. The pattern is Autumn Chain from The Bee Hive quilts and IG friends. 
  12. My Floating Squares improv project. (from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood.)
  13. Rainbow Remix from Rebecca Bryan's class at Quiltcon. Blocks are all done. Next up, the big job of piecing together irregular blocks.
  14. Wonky Cross quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon. I'm up to 50 blocks and they are now all trimmed up.
  15. Quartered Log Cabin quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon
  16. Purple Royalty quilt. 
  17. La Passacaglia. No way I'm finishing this anytime soon, but including it so my list is complete. 
  18. Blogger Bundle baby quilt. 
  19. Playing with solids project from Tara Faughnan class. 

Planning Stage

  1. R's Waterfall Quilt from Sewing School Quilts 
  2. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, large scale. Purples are cut out.
  3. Floating Hexagons in Heliotrope and Breeze.
  4. Unnamed in Oasis and Pickle.
  5. Unnamed in grunge and linen neutrals.

Clothing

  1. Blackwood Cardigan in black and white stripe.

 

I'm linking up to Finish Along Q4 goals link up.

Thank you for visiting!