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Quilt Block Summer Week 9

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  It's been a bit of a juggling act as I work in my daily 100 day blocks, but I'm not going to complain about extra time in the sewing room!

Temperature Quilt 2018
It's been one of those weeks where every day feels the same as the one before it, so I was surprised to see so much color variation in the finished blocks.


Harry Potter Bookcase
I made four books for shelf four this week.  All of them are improv pieced in the style of the books I've paper-pieced already.


2018 Summer Sampler
I'm running a week behind on posting these for this series, but this was finished before the new block was released so I'm on-time for the quilt-along.



Ricochet Quilt
This is one of my original Cotton + Steel fabrics.  It's far less busy than a lot of the other blocks, but I like its sweet simplicity.


Trinket Quilt
I made a few edits this week (some intentional, some not) and I think this is my favorite block for this quilt so …

2018 Mid-Year Review

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I was scrolling Instagram earlier this week and somehow ended up on Yvonne from Quilting JetGirl's page.  Here I found a link to this post which helped me fix my comment problems.  My apologizes if you've recently left a comment and I didn't reply to you.  I do appreciate all the comments that I get!!  Second, Yvonne is also hosting a link-up to review our yearly goals.  I've been faithfully updating my 2018 Quilt Goals, but I doubt anyone is checking up on my regularly so I decided to play along with this post.

I started the year with a very ambitious list of twelve quilts, all of them in various stages of completion.  The idea was to finish one quilt per month.  I started off strong, finishing one quilt each in January, February, and April.



In May, I tackled one of the oldest projects on my list, which just needed to be quilted and bound.  I started to quilt it, but my enthusiasm petered out.  I was busy with year-end stuff at my kids' schools and when I had time…

Quilt Block Summer Week 8

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  Between the rain and my kids going to a day camp, I had a lot of time to sew (though my pictures did suffer a little bit).

Temperature Quilt 2018
It's hard to believe that this top is halfway done already!  Minnesota celebrated by giving us a pair of days that had low temperatures in the 70s - my first pink outsides.


And for once the weather cooperated with my fabric for a holiday.  I pieced a tiny flag to represent the 4th of July.

Harry Potter Bookcase
Luna's glasses went together much quicker than I thought they would.  I've had the pink rosebud scraps forever and it was nice to find the perfect home for them!


2018 Summer Sampler
There was no new block this week, but I'm still not caught up.  Block six is called Versailles and was supposed to be easy, so of course I shrunk it down to create a repeated pattern.  This is a bit of a tradition with me - I did the same with the ice cream cone block in the 2016 Summer …

One Quilty Goal - July 2018

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I've been focusing on my Quilt Block Summer initiative since May, but this month I do have a project that needs to be finished.  My quilt guild had a Stitched competition at its May meeting and my group made this cute cat quilt in ninety minutes!


We had a mystery bag of solid fabrics and had to make a quilt of at least 24"x24".  30 minutes in we were given the green fabric and told we had to incorporate it (the cat's eyes) and 60 minutes in we were told we had to have at least one log cabin block.
My goal for the month is to finish this quilt.  One of the corners is not square so I need to replace it before I can quilt and bind it.  The quilt is going to be donated to a local children's hospital when it is finished.
I am linking up my goal with Elm Street Quilts.

Quilt Block Summer Week 7

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This was our first "normal" week of the summer - no traveling, appointments, or out-of-town visitors. We all enjoyed some much-needed downtime, which for me meant plenty of time in my sewing room!

Temperature Quilt 2018
This is still my favorite project and the one I am most eager to work on every morning.  I used novelty prints to represent our days in Boston, but the colors of the blocks are still based on our home city.


Harry Potter Bookcase
No new block this week, but I did make a minor repair (removed and replaced a fabric I accidentally used twice) and joined all three shelves together.  This was my June goal so it got its own blog post earlier this week.

2018 Summer Sampler
I finished this beast of a block - and I love it!  Thanks to everyone who posted on the hashtag to give me the idea to put my accent fabrics in the center.  I also rotated my center 45 degrees to give it a little more punch.


Ricochet Quilt
Block six!  I think this is going to be my first Quilt Block Su…

June Goal Update - It Looks Like a Bookcase!

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I was a little worried that my June goal was a little too easy, but it turns out I was right on the money.  Between end-of-school-year activities, vacation, and extended family visiting for a wedding, my sewing time really suffered.  But unlike May, I did finish!

The first part of my goal was to make the Monster Book of Monsters.  There were a lot of tiny parts and a little bit of seam ripping, but in the end he looks adorably terrifying.


The second part of my goal was to get all my blocks sewn together into one piece.  I've been making the rows as I go along, but I needed to take the time to cut my brown bookcase fabric to join the rows together.  It's amazing how much a difference three strips of plain brown fabric can make!



I'm linking up my completed goal at Elm Street Quilts.

Release the Kraken - Finished!

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Quilt Block Summer is on hiatus this week due to our family vacation, but I was able to take photos of my finished Release the Kraken quilt before we left!  Of course the day we went it was super windy, but I think I still got a couple of good shots.

Piecing the back was almost as much work as the front.  I had bought a length of the pink boats from Alison Glass's Diving Board collection, but when I unfolded it, I didn't like how perfectly the boats lined up. I ended up cutting it into strips and off-setting everything and I'm much happier with it!  The striped fabric in the middle is a half-yard cut that I've had for a long time - the selvage says it's copyright 2014.


I quilted this one in matching colors, with lots of googling to see how things looked in reality to get ideas.  Here are some close-ups in the order that I quilted them.  The background is just swirls - my favorite free-motion quilting design!








I used my new Kona Color Card to audition colors for the …

Quilt Block Summer Week 5

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!

Temperature Quilt 2018
My husband had a milestone birthday this week.  He was hoping for an orange block and I was hoping for a red one (I have red bicycles and red tea cups, two of his favorite things), but instead he was stuck firmly in the middle with pink.  I did my best with what's in my stash - we always have donuts for breakfast on birthdays.


Harry Potter Bookcase
What's the best thing to do with a block that has a million tiny pieces?  Add a few more, of course!  I gave my Monster Book of Monster eyeballs and it was worth the extra effort.  This block didn't come together easily (due to several mistakes on my part) but he's done and I'm pleased.


2018 Summer Sampler
This week's block is beautiful, but intricate.  I had three intense paper-pieced blocks on my list this week and this one unfortunately got the short end of the stick.

Ricochet Quilt
I only had to rip out one seam to get all the gems to go t…

Quilt Block Summer Week 4

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  Today is the last day of school for my big kids so summer is at full blast starting tomorrow.

Temperature Quilt 2018
Another special week - my oldest son turned ten!  He choose the UFO to represent his birthday and I love it because this is fabric he originally chose (at the store) for an apron I made him when he was two.  I am definitely loving the more spring-like temperatures we've had this week - full summer heat can hold off for a bit longer as far as I'm concerned.


Harry Potter Bookcase
I officially made the Monster Book of Monsters my June OMG goal this week, and I was worried that I was thinking too small.  But it took me three days just to get his bottom jaw pieced together so I think it was a wise choice!


2018 Summer Sampler
Block four is called Giza and it's another paper-pieced block!  It has nice big pieces to contrast with the tiny ones in my Harry Potter Bookcase.  The middle isn't actually a square, …