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2023 Finished Quilts, Quilt Gallery

Cloudy Night Sky {Finished Quilt}

Cloudy Night Sky is finished and officially submitted for consideration to QuiltCon! I have no idea how many total hours I spent making the quilt, but I know I spent over 40 hours on the quilting alone. You probably want to see finished photographs, but I do love to share about the nerdy stuff, so first I am going...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Progress as of Monday Evening 10-23-2023
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Cloudy Night Sky {Quilting Update 2}

I am taking a much needed break from days of working on the quilting details of Cloudy Night Sky to write this update. It's Monday evening, October 23rd, and I've just finished my 5th day of adding dense straight line quilting. If I'm lucky, I'll be done in another 4 days. Realistically, given I have an appointment to get...

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Cloudy Night Sky - First Pass Quilting Complete
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Cloudy Night Sky {Quilting Update}

Earlier this afternoon I finished what I consider to be the "first pass" of quilting for Cloudy Night Sky. I took photos along the way, so let's take a look at how the base layer of quilting has progressed. On Monday, I was able to get the off-white quilting first pass complete. So, you might be thinking to yourself, what...

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Tips

Quilt Show Entry Tips

We have until October 31, 2023, to submit quilts for consideration for QuiltCon 2024, which will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am working on a quilt that I am planning on submitting (Cloudy Night Sky), and as such I'm doing a few things differently than I normally would for a regular use quilt. I got a great...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Basted
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Cloudy Night Sky {Marked and Basted}

Last week I spent about about 2 hours (each day) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday marking out the quilting plan and basting Cloudy Night Sky. It was a lot of time for me to be on the floor, so since then I've been letting my back rest. I expect by the middle of this week (Wednesday or Thursday?),...

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Linky Party

2023 Q3 Check In

Tomorrow is the last day of September, which is also the last day of the third quarter of 2023. After having my second quarter plans disrupted by COVID, I felt much healthier over the last 3 months and like I was able to get a lot accomplished. Here are my third quarter highlights: I finished 6 quilts from July through...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Ready for Chain Piecing
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Cloudy Night Sky {Pieced Quilt Top}

After working through what thread color(s) I wanted to use to piece the Cloudy Night Sky quilt top, I was ready to start chain piecing my curve blocks for the quilt top. I loaded up my machine with 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2785 (very dark navy) and was able to sew my quarter circle and orange peel blocks fairly quickly....

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Quilt Pattern

Signal Trace {Pattern Release}

I did not anticipate writing and releasing a pattern for my Q3 "just for fun" quilt, but I received enough requests for a pattern that I decided to work backwards from my normal workflow process to release a quilt pattern. Normally I like to write the pattern and use the pattern as I make the quilt. That, in addition...

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Cloudy Night Sky Thread Selection
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Cloudy Night Sky {Piecing Thread Selection}

I am taking my time getting started piecing Cloudy Night Sky this week. I have been documenting my decision making process on Instagram, but nothing really feels "official" until I record it here on my website. So today, I'm going to share how I thought through and selected the thread I am going to use to piece my two...

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A stack of navy blue concave fabric and off white convex fabric shapes, prepped and ready to sew into blocks
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Cloudy Night Sky {Fabric Prep}

After finally overcoming the urge to put off cutting the fabric for my next project, I'm happy to report that the worst is over and I'm ready to start piecing Cloudy Night Sky. I'm using Kona cotton in Nightfall and Snow. My 28mm rotary cutter was perfect paired with the drunkard's path templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly. The design wall doesn't look...

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Linky Party

#2023QuiltingQ3CheckIn

It’s time for our third quarterly 2023 quilting planning check in! This is also the perfect time to set a plan for the next 3 months. Whether you are in a season of life that has you marking all the items off of your to do list and you’re ready to tackle more, or if life has thrown you a...

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Happy Blocks {Compassion Quilts Block Drive}
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Happy Blocks {Compassion Quilts}

Since the beginning of 2023, my friend Cynthia (Quilting is more fun than Housework) has been running a series of block drives. She then assembles the blocks she receives into quilts and donates them to her local hospital. These Compassion Quilts support multiple programs; from palliative care to a family housing program (similar to a Ronald McDonald house) to...

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Signal Trace
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2023 Finished Quilts

Signal Trace {Finished Quilt}

My third quarter "just for fun" quilt really brought me a lot of joy over the last month as I worked on it. I was able to finish up the quilting last weekend, and just like I had hoped, I was able to leave in my basting pins. So the first thing I needed to do after quilting was get...

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Sunset Block
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#2023FoodQuilt – Sunset Block

I had to run an errand on Friday afternoon, and when I got home I had planned to get some more quilting done on Signal Trace. The universe had different plans. Before sitting down at my sewing machine, I checked Instagram and noticed that Meaghan @so_gingerly had opened up registration for the #2023FoodQuilt; this year, the funds raised from...

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Signal Trace - Quilting Lines and Basting
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Signal Trace {Quilting Progress}

Last Friday, it didn't take long for me to sew the final 3 seams to complete the Signal Trace quilt top: I am so happy with how it came together! Friday evening, I took the left over fabric from the quilt top, and started overlaying those fabrics on top of the quilt on my design wall. I also dug around in...

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Discussion

Quilting as Meditation {Discussion}

I occasionally like to have larger philosophical conversations here, which I put under the header of a discussion. I very much value the comments that I receive on these kinds of posts, and I encourage you to take the time to read the thoughts others share below, or if you are early in reading this post, consider coming back...

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Signal Trace - Blocks 1 through 4 (four 24 1/2" square quilt blocks in blue and lime green)
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Signal Trace Quilt {Piecing Progress, Part 2}

The biggest update in this post might be right here: this quilt has a name! After a lot of fun discussion, several people suggested it reminded them of something cosmic and a few others said printed circuit boards, so I've chosen to call my Q3 Just for Fun project the Signal Trace quilt. Last week's piecing progress left off after...

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