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I had such a great time making my project for Project QUILTING 11.2 that I knew I wanted to turn it into a series. I held back from starting a second one before this past Sunday in case I could make it work for PQ 11.3. Low and behold, I could! So I chose Kona Cerise (the February 4 Kona Color of the Day) as my starting point with a vague plan to make an improv log cabin with Cerise, white on cerise prints, and black and white prints. And I would work in triangles to the piecing so I could include it in my Show Me Something with Triangles linkup this month. I decided my hearts for the PQ 11.3 Put a Heart on It challenge would come in the quilting.

Then after I started piecing on Tuesday morning, Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts reached out to see if I could host TGIFF this week. I thought for a second. Sure! I'll just get this quilt completely finished and posted in the next day and a half, no problem! I finished stitching on the binding just after midnight last night, leaving me this morning to photograph and write it up. This may be the earliest in the week I've ever finished a Project QUILTING challenge! Scroll down for the TGIFF linkup.

I like for a project to be a twofer or a threefer, if possible. This one has worked out to be a six-fer! (A new record for me!)

  1. Project QUILTING 11.3 Put a Heart on It project
  2. Second in a series of Improv Log Cabin variations (see the first on here)
  3. Show Me Something with Triangles (my monthly linkup)
  4. Class sample for my Improv Log Cabins workshop
  5. Used a Kona color of the day (from their 2020 wall calendar)
  6. TGIFF finish (see linkup below)

 

When I began I didn't have a plan for the placement of fabrics and colors. My last quilt had a less organized structure, but this one fell into a pattern of light and dark. Unlike my last quilt, I also preserved the same direction of my piecing (adding pieces in a counter-clockwise pattern. I chose to piece in triangles to some of my strips. (This makes the project fit my Show Me Something with Triangles linkup theme.) They also follow a counter-clockwise pattern of placement.

My initial fabric pull included two small spools of Aurifil 50wt. Red Plum (#1100) was the perfect color, but I didn't have much left. So I also chose Light Magenta (#2588). The majority of the quilting was done with the Red Plum and I swapped to Light Magenta once I ran out of Red Plum. I used Light Magenta in my bobbin for the entire quilt since I didn't have a Red Plum bobbin. (Curious, very curious.)

I used another fat quarter from my stash for the backing and two corner triangles for easy hanging (label on one).

I had just enough remnant solid black binding. Score! I'm not sure I'll stick with solid black for the whole series, but it is a nice, unifying detail. Machine binding with Aurifil 50wt Black (#2692).

My quilt finished at 16.5" x 16.5", another detail I'm keeping constant for this series.

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For the past two years I've shared my five favorite finishes of the year. Here are my favorites from 2019. In no particular order...

 

Modern Antique Tiles

I enjoyed designing this piece for my Island Batik challenge for the Vintage Reimagined prompt. I used the extending lines concept from Sylvia Schaefer's book, The Quilter's Negative Space HandbookRead more.

 

Enjoy Mini Mini

This mini mini quilt ties my smallest quilt ever made, measuring just 2 1/4" x 9". It was created in response to the Project QUILTING 10.5 challenge: Abecedarius. I enjoyed (ha, see what I did there?) making the improv letters for my project. I haven't gotten back to this technique, but will use it again in future projects. Read more.

 

Wholecloth

In this Aurifil Artisan challenge we were asked to use at least three different weights of thread in a whole cloth mini quilt. I used a variety of free motion motifs on this piece. Monochromatic quilting on a solid wholecloth quilt is all about texture! Read more.

 

Two Red, White, & Blue Minis in One Week

This is a bit of a cheat since it's two quilts (and I didn't make one of them), but looking back over the year, one of my favorite quilting projects was the week both my daughter and I finished a quilt for the Project QUILTING Red, White & Blue challenge. I love that my kids enjoy sewing and quilting. Read more about mine. Read more about hers.

 

Tula Pink Dress

I really enjoyed making clothes for my kids when they were younger... for some reason that came to an end (or a pause). But we pass along the clothes they outgrow to my sister for her kids (who are 3 1/2 and 1). I've really enjoyed seeing my nephew J wear the clothes I made for G when he was that age. And J loves them! And it has inspired me to sew up some new clothes. I have some new pants in the works for J, but I couldn't resist pulling together some of my favorite Tula Pink fabrics to make a dress for my niece who has just started walking. Read more.

 

FYI, Project QUILTING challenges for the 2020 season start on January 5th with Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams. There are a series of six one-week quilt challenges running January through March. (We get a week off between challenges.) Check it out. Join us. It's a great community of makers creating a wide variety of work from each prompt. And there are prizes.

I'm linking up to Cheryl's Best of 2019 Linky Party. And you can see my Five Favorite Finishes from 2018 and 2017. Stay up to date with what I make in 2019 by subscribing to my newsletter.

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The products used in this project were given to me by Island Batik, Hobbs, and Aurifil.

Sunday morning, as I left the Purim celebration at our synagogue, I took a peek at the new Project QUILTING challenge that had been announced that morning. Craving Chocolate. I immediately had a plan. I would make a quilted hamentaschen.

Purim is one of the lesser Jewish holidays, a spring festival in which Jews read from the Book of Esther. The holiday officially starts tomorrow evening. One of the ways we celebrate the holiday is with tasty cookies called hamentaschen. They are a butter/sugar cookie that can be filled with, among other options, chocolate.

I couple things went into my fabric choices. I don't use much brown fabric, but I knew I had at least a scrap of brown Island Batik from this project. I thought I had a larger piece, but the 3 1/2" x 5" piece I found would have to do. It drove the finished size of the project. Additionally, I knew that one of the neutrals that I had received in my most recent Island Batik box was called Batter. That seems like a close choice for a sugar cough dough. :-)

I opted for a double batting in my dough, wool and cotton, to give it a thicker, cookie-like shape. My cookie was about 6 inches in diameter before it was folded up around my chocolate filling. The finished cookie is about 5 1/2 inches on a side.

Happy Purim!

I've linked up to the Project QUILTING Craving Chocolate challenge. Once the challenge ends on Sunday you can vote for your ten favorites. (Mine is #3)