Sunday, January 29, 2017

I Believe!

I do Believe I have broken a record - THREE finishes in two weeks!  And these two were finished in the last three days - woohoo!!!

I Believe Sampler and En Provence

Full disclosure, these are only finished to the flimsy stage.  Since I don't have a longarm, it is sometimes a while before I'm able to quilt a finished top.  In my book, these are considered finishes :*)

I put the last of 3 borders on my I Believe sampler on Friday.  This was my One Monthly Goal project, as well as my Christmas UFO for January.  You can read earlier posts about this project here.  This is the first bed-size quilt I've ever made from start to finish in one month and I'm dizzy with happiness!!!  I pulled out the little packages of shop hop blocks a few days after Christmas and made a block every day I was at home.

Last week as time was getting close, I powered through by cutting all the pieces for the last three blocks and made piles of half-square triangles, which quickly turned into finished blocks :*)

Then I had to cut up the panel blocks and decide how I wanted to lay all the blocks together - this was an early layout....

At this point, I realized I didn't have as many of the coordinating fabrics in my stash as I had thought, which was a real problem because I needed a good variety of them for sashing all the blocks.  This is an older line and pretty much obsolete.  My friend Joanne came to my rescue by giving me the scraps left over from when she made her version of the quilt... Whew!!!

All of the pieced blocks from the shop hop use only red, green and gold fabrics, so I really took a chance by sashing all the panel blocks with a pretty aqua print from the line which I did have in my stash.  I wanted to pull out that lovely aqua in the background of all the pictures.  It looks more blue here, but it really is a soft pretty aqua - the first picture above is closer to the actual color :*)

I have to say, I love the light it brings into the overall look of the quilt!

I used a gold from my stash for the first inner border, then pulled that aqua back in with a fun stripe from the I Believe line for the second border.  That gorgeous red used for the outer border was one that I had thankfully purchased in yardage when I bought the blocks - it perfectly frames the quilt and pulls everything together.

My second finish is En Provence - Bonnie Hunter's 2016 mystery quilt.  I last left you with the quilt waiting for the pieced borders in this post.  I had to make about 50 more neutral 4-patches in order to have enough to finish the borders.

This afternoon I put the last stitch in this beauty!!!

I really love this design, and the neutral 4-patch border is a big part of what I love.  Bonnie's design seems to float majestically over the surface of the quilt.  I found a bright backing fabric in my stash and hope to have it quilted before too much time passes :*)

And last but certainly not least, Soul Searching is quilted!!!  

This was my Music City guild UFO for January, and Joanne was my savior again by allowing me to use her long arm to quilt it :*)  I can't remember the name of the panto, but it was a simple and fun circle design that worked up quickly...

And, believe it or not, I even managed to squeeze in a few hand stitches too...

This adorable little hummingbird is the center of my 11th Folk Art Album block.  I have to say I was delighted with how it turned out!  I'm also pretty happy to be getting near the end of these blocks :*)

So that's it for my week - how about yours?

Hugs & Blessings!

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  1. You've been a busy lady! I have some of those I Believe fabrics in my stash.

  2. So many pretty thing to look at!! Congratulations on your 'finishes'. How delicate is that hummingbird.

  3. What a delight to see all of your finishes. One is prettier than the next. I love your "I Believe" quilt. I remember that from when I worked part time at the quilt shop. Your aqua really does make it sparkle. And that beautiful little hummer. What a cutie.

  4. Your "I Believe" quilt is so fun and the aqua color just adds to the happy mood of the holiday creation. Good call!
    En Provence is breath taking! It demands attention!
    Nice work on Soul Searching. Must feel good to have that one near usable status. : )
    So impressed with your level of productivity in the new year!
    The hummingbird is adorable!

  5. Woohoo great finishes. I love that fabric line. I have made a couple of things and I love the aqua too!

  6. The aqua sashing adds such a "Wow" factor to your I Believe quilt. An amazing top, as is En Provence. You've had a really rewarding month and lots of happy quilting time to look forward to. It's always such fun to see the tops take on the added dimension as they are layered and quilting begins.

  7. Your sampler looks lovely. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  8. Wow, three finishes! (I count a flimsy as "finished," too.) Great choice on the blue; it really freshens up Believe.

  9. WOW! You busy girl!!! All are gorgeous as usual Teresa.

  10. I don't know which quilt I like the best, but I don't have to choose, do I! I love I Believe. You are so right... the aqua really brings in a lot of light. En Provence just shines and I love your border squares. Congrats! on getting Soul Searching quilted. It's beautiful.

  11. Oh my goodness Teresa... what is going on over there?!? How are you getting all this amazing energy from to finish these fabulous quilts?!? Please send some of it to me immediately!

  12. What a full post!! LOVE that aqua for your Christmas quilt AND your completed En Provence top. Congratulations on several jobs well done!!!

  13. WOW, what a beautiful,productive month for you. They are all beautiful.

  14. Woohoo!!! Three great finishes. Love both the En Provence and the I Believe. You have motivated me to get my Soul Searching top out and get it finished! Yours looks beautiful. The hummingbird is so sweet.

  15. Congrats on your finishes. Particularly love the En Provence, a real stunner :)

  16. Congratulations on your two flimsy finishes. I really like that lite aqua in you I Believe quilt. It does lighten it up. And, to squeeze in the quilting and some hand appliqué too. Amazing week for you! Nothing like using the OMG to get you motivated to finish a top. Every thing looks great.

  17. You're a wonder! Love all three of those projects. Congratulations!

  18. Fantastic finishes! The Nancy Halvorsen quilt is lovely - what a happy quilt to share for Christmases to come!

  19. I love soul searching. Such beautiful colors.

  20. You do know that a filmsy is a finish for most of us or at least me....:) Great work.


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