Steady Progress Continues

Steady progress is being made on my  Christmas Countdown.

Spinning Stars is basted and awaiting quilting.

 The backing is red w/white polka dots.

Diamonds and Purples has been flipped, turned or birthed, however you want to refer to a quilt w/o binding, and is awaiting top-stitching around perimeter and quilting.

The backing is pieced w/assorted purples.

 I’ve also got several of the small quilted gifts for friends and family finished. I will post pics of these after Christmas,  

I hope you are making progress on your projects too. 
Until next time, happy quilting.
Thanks for stopping by!

A Thread for Life
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. – 1Cor 1:25

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Moving Right Along

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014 has come to an end. A big shout out to Amy at Amy’s Creative Side for coordinating the event.  Even though I didn’t win this time around, I’m still super excited and very grateful that my quilt made it to Viewer’s Choice Top 20!  A HUGE thank you for all who voted for my quilt. You can see the winners here.

Here are a few of my faves from the festival.
If you missed the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this time, don’t despair, it happens twice a year! It’ll be coming around again in Spring 2015, and I hope to see you there. 
In other quilty news…
I’m back to my countdown projects. I’ve been working on the double option star quilt which will be a Christmas present for my 3yr old sister. (my dad has a kid w/his girlfriend) 
Her favorite color is green so I chose this green from my stash BUT, it’s very masculine.
What could I put w/it to make it more appropriate for a  3yr old girl?  Her mom said she also likes blue and red. So I went back in my stash and chose this beautiful blue paisley which has red (and the same green) in it. 
This fabric opened the door for yellow and a few other fabrics…which worked out well because I quickly ran out of the green. 
The blocks measure 8.5″ square and originally I was going to make 42 of them for 6 across, 7 down. They are pretty busy though, so I decided to tone it down a bit by adding white sashing strips.
Here’s what I’ve got so far. Because of the sashing I didn’t need as many blocks after-all and settled on 24.  Four of these blocks (bottom row) are super scrappy because I used what was left-over from making the other sets. 
On Design Wall

 I’m calling it Spinning Stars. I’ve yet to add a white border and a 2nd border of the blue paisley.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Quilting!
A Thread for Life
If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
“One way to have more faith is to ask for it! If you’re like me, sometimes we don’t need more of anything. We just need the courage to exercise what we already have.  Other times we authentically require an increase to do God’s will, and He will not refuse it if we ask in Jesus’ name.
Jesus will never turn us away when we come to Him with gut-level honesty and request what we lack. Since it is impossible to please God without faith, you and I constantly have new challenges to believe God.  Let’s learn to confess our unbelief and ask Christ to empower us to overcome it.” 
Beth Moore’s Believing God: Day by Day

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Flower Burst Wonder

When I first read about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival in this post , I knew exactly which quilt I’d enter!  It’s a One Block Wonder I started over a year ago.  Today I named it Flower Burst Wonder.  It measures 64″ x 75″.

One Block Wonder is a technique from Maxine Rosenthal’s book titled One Block Wonders.  Personally I think the book should’ve been titled One Bolt Wonders, because you use lots of one fabric to make these amazing quilts!  I used “koto” by Alexander Henry.

This is the second One Block Wonder I’ve made.  Originally it was to be a quilt for my king size bed, but after adding wide borders, I hated it!  At that point I decided it wasn’t going to be a quilt for my bed after all and put it in a closest where it sat for many moons.

I finally figured out what to do w/it a couple of months ago.  It would become a large lap quilt and gift for my mom’s b-day November 3. I had to make it a lot smaller, so after removing the wide borders, I removed several rows of hexies to shorten the center.  Then I added narrower borders and FINALLY I started liking it again!

I’d always wanted to quilt it w/orange colored thread and that’s what I did. I wanted a softer, comfier quilt and didn’t want the orange thread to be overpowering, so I did minimal quilting; lazy, wavy lines in the center and a meander in the outer border.  You can see it better from the back view.

The 3 in” binding was made from the rows I removed when shortening the quilt top.

I’m extremely pleased w/how it turned out and I hope you are too! If you can figure out how to vote (it’s kind of a painful process), please vote HERE  (I hope the link works) for Flower Burst Wonder as Viewer’s Choice now thru Oct 31st AND for Favorite in the Large Quilt Category on Nov 1st.  I thank you in advance! The process that was kind of painful, was the nominating part.

Thank you Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side for organizing such a delightful event.  This is my first time and I’m entering Flower Burst Wonder in The Large Quilt Category.   I’m super excited to be a part of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this fall!

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