Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend Sewing and a Giveaway Winner!

I made some fun progress on my diamond quilt over the weekend.  I pieced the back on Saturday afternoon and finished about 1/3 of the quilting Sunday evening.  Overall, I'm happy with how the quilting is coming, although I've had a few issues.  This quilt just stretches in different ways than I'm used to.  That combined with linen makes a difficult combo to quilt.  I'm hoping the majority of the issues disappear in the wash.



Sunday evening, after I was already tired from quilting, I decided to pull out my fabric for Lily's Quilts QAL.  I knew better.  My little guy was sick all weekend and had already woken up once Sunday evening.  I was potentially in for a rough night with him, but I just kept sewing anyway.  I've been a little anxious to see how the idea in my head would actually work out in fabric.  Luckily, he did sleep the rest of the night and has perked up this morning.

First, I paper pieced these blocks,

 and then turned them into this:

This circle kind of reminds me of the 90's movie, Stargate.  I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I really like how it's coming together.

I'm certainly nervous about actually sewing all of these pieces into a dresden.  My current plan is to make enough dresden leaves for four circles.  We'll see how adventurous I'm feeling.  I used my fabric strips more quickly than I anticipated.  I'll have to cut some more.  I think it needs a bit more blue and green and well as some white or ash to break it up a bit.  That might be in the next batch.  I paper pieced this first batch, but realized 1/2 way through that it was pretty much unnecessary.  I won't be doing it that way for the next batch of strips. 


And, finally, thanks to all who entered the giveaway.  It's fun to "meet" new quilters out there.  I've been checking out new blogs in my freetime this weekend.

According to Mr. Random, our winner is:  #289



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AMKreations said...





I'm a new follower! Thank you again for a lovely giveaway!

18 comments:

  1. Aww, she's lucky to get that great stack of charms that you created! Your "wheel" looks wonderful!

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  2. Thank you Kati! They're beautiful...such a generous giveaway...and I can't believe I won. =) I appreciate it! Anita

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  3. Oh my goodness gracious me, that is going to look incredible!!!

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  4. I'M LOVING that circle one! :) Seriously great! :)

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  5. Wow! It sort of looks like those 70's style mirrors and clocks that I am seeing again in the home furnishing stores. I think it will be great.

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  6. Oh Wow, those blocks look amazing!

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  7. Everything is so beautiful! Love the AMH diamond quilt and love the circle!

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  8. I've been debating whether or not to join in on this QAL. I have a 12 Days of Christmas layer cake that I thought about using, but I'm scared to commit to something since my sewing has been so off and on these days. Yours looks totally amazing, as usual!

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  9. Wow your QAL progress is looking great! I just cant even fathom how this will turn out looking anything but fabulous!!

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  10. I love that circle!! I want to do one!

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  11. I adore this ... you are so clever to use strips :) It's going to look absolutely bloomin fantastic!

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  12. It looks stinkin awesome! Too much quilting makes my backache.

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  13. I am loving the colors and fabrics you chose for Lynne's QAL! The Stargate reference made me laugh. :)

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  14. Stargate-I too enjoyed that reference.:) It looks awesome.

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  15. I love love what you've done with your dresden wedges! Wow!

    Can't wait to see your diamond quilt all finished up!

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  16. Your diamond quilt is looking amazing. Can't wait to see it completed.

    Congratulations to your winner, she's a lucky lady.

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