Diamond Stars was machine quilted in December, however the binding wasn’t completed until January making this my first finish for 2021.
This is one of my favorite quilts from 2020 and is now hanging next to my quilting frame. I like the unusual star and the rainbow colors.
While finishing the binding on Diamond Stars, the next quilt was coming off the frame.
Both of these quilts were machine quilted with monofilament thread. With such high contrast, monofilament is my go-to thread color.
And now that it is January, I started a new piecing project – Twelve Moons.
Since 2021 is the year of curves, this project is perfect with two circles. Even though the pattern says to applique the circles, I am going to piece them instead.
My fat quarter bundle included two panels – one in green/gold colors & one in green/blue colors. I combined the blocks that I liked the best to make my quilt top.Making the fabric choices was the hardest part of this project since the sewing was easy. The above picture shows the progress that I made on Saturday. Today I plan to finish the top and stitch the binding on the J7 quilt. What do you have planned for your Sunday?
I didn’t make as much progress on my quilting projects in June as I had hoped. However small progress is better than no progress and perhaps I will do better in July.
The picture didn’t lie – Diamond Stars quilt top was 1/2″ wider through the middle. I am blaming those long skinny side triangles, however they have been pruned to the correct width. It is a subtle difference, but I felt it was worth the time to fix the issue.
The next project on the UFO list was Emerson’s Snail #2. Last year I made this wall-hanging for Emerson from her drawing.
I always intended to make a second wall-hanging for me and now is the time. Once I decided on the border, it was a quick piecing project. It will take longer to machine quilt the snail than it did to complete the quilt top.
I want this hanging on my wall sooner rather than later, so it is on my July to-do list right after two birthday quilts.
First up is Mini-Metro which is currently on the frame. It is being quilted with Baptist Fans and the most challenging part is not sewing the pockets shut.
Mini-Metro is a birthday gift for my brother and needs to be finished by the end of July. I am also working on a 39″ wall-hanging as a birthday gift for my eldest daughter. July is full of birthdays in our family and this year seems to be full of quilty gifts.
Another UFO bites the dust! The first Diamond Star block was made in December 2018 and now it was time to make a quilt.
For the last week or so I have been piecing the other diamond blocks. They are easy to piece and so much fun watching them come together.
Five of the six diamonds completed with the orange star left to be pieced. The fabric on the right was auditioned for the background, but was rejected – too busy.
Instead I went with this light gray background with amazing texture. Since I was setting my diamonds totally different than the quilt pattern, I needed to draft a pattern for the background pieces. It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be. The two triangles are 1/2 diamond with seam allowance and the four corner pieces are full diamonds with one side extended to make a square corner.
Looking at the picture of the finished quilt top (46″ x 51 3/4″), it appears that the center bows out. I will need to check into that and make any adjustments needed.
The next UFO project is my wall-hanging of Emerson’s Snail. I have finished 8 UFOs this year, but there are still over 30 projects on the list. Isn’t that depressing? Just remember – the turtle won the race.