Starting and Finishing

Posted on March 7, 2018 by prairiemoonquilts in Quilts

It appears that for every quilt I finish (even if it’s for a customer), I start another one — or two!

I’m sure none of you ever do that, do you?

Last fall when I went on a road trip to a quilt show with my pal, Linda, we went to a JoAnn’s store, which I hardly ever get to do (which is probably a good thing), and I bought this book there:

And I’ve finally started it! I have Block 1 finished:

It’s really fun, and I’m excited to do more of them. I’m really gonna like this quilt.

To balance that out, I finished my MixMash quilt!

This, dear friends, was a LOT of sewing — whew! But it was fun, and it’s probably my most favorite scrap quilt ever!

There’s a free tutorial for the blocks on The Life of Hazel Ilene blog, and today I posted Part 2 with all the details of how I set mine together and finished it (with more pictures). Go check it out, if you have some tiny scraps to use up!

And since I finished up a couple of customer quilts last week, I felt justified in starting this new Buttermilk Basin Free Spirit of America Sew Along quilt!

I still have so many scraps to use up, I decided to make this one to help with that — it should be quick and easy, so surely I can manage it. You can join in on that at Buttermilk Basin’s web site — click on “Shop Online” and you’ll find it.

So I’m keeping busy with all of that!

What are you up to this week?

10 responses to “Starting and Finishing”

  1. Amanda M. says:

    I LOVE the MixMash quilt and thank you for sharing the link to the pattern. Now I know why I have saved such scraps!! I am working on trimming a couple of quilts to get the binding on and also creating a few more Dresden Plate blocks so I can create a quilt to hopefully have done by the end of the month. And, yes, I am constantly starting new projects even if I don’t get old ones done.

  2. Thelma says:

    I’m a one project at a time gal but am envious of the majority of the quilters who can juggle several at once. I’ll be pushing you for updates on that Patchwork City quilt, I love that pattern. Congratulations on finishing your MixMash quilt, it’s amazing.

  3. Julie A Craven says:

    I envy quilters/ crafters, that can work on one project at a time. I always have five or six going at once. I make a list in bed every night of what I am going to work on the next day and for how long. hehe. Sometimes it works and sometimes………. well.
    I love that quilt block and the fabrics you are using. Keep us updated on your progress.

  4. Shirley Guier says:

    Just finished quilting a DWR and I have 2 circle quilts I’m getting ready to start. I’ve been quilting instead of piecing for the last few months and I’m ready to piece. I like your scrap quilt…..i have plenty of scraps.

  5. Betty K says:

    Oh why oh why did you have to show the “Spirit of America”? I have some Moda FQ’s (approx 30 FQ’s) that I could use and they would be so stinking cute. So it looks like another project will be started today.

  6. Wendy says:

    I was just so stinkin’ proud of myself earlier this year as I was tackling my UFOs. Then one day it occurred to me that the QALs I was participating in were offsetting my UFOs. Sigh. I had to laugh, because I’m not stopping one or the other! Haha! Your quilt is really fun and yes, that’s quite a bit of sewing!

  7. Rose Marie says:

    I have been working on a secret project. I showed you one hint of it – the small mini quilt that combines words and fabrics. I have my final one done………..a project that I have been working on for 3 or 4 years. Also getting ready for the upcoming retreat. Working on the “blue” quilt for my veteran sailor guy! And finding patterns to make some quilts to use up my stash of BIG pieces. I have been working on small piece stash for more than a year. Realized that at my age, I need to empty a bin or two of the big pieces.

  8. That mix mash is fabulous!

  9. Marlene says:

    I love Elizabeth Hartman designs, especially the really quirky ones like pineapples, flamingos, llamas, and Big Foot. They seem to fit my particular aesthetic. From the time I learned to quilt, I have pieced orphan blocks and scraps into the backs of my quilts (major reason scraps do not live in my house). Elizabeth Hartman has a wonderful, free tutorial on craftsy on pieced backs. Yes, there is math; but, not that bad and well worth it.

  10. Johnna Clarke says:

    Your work is beautiful! I have been doing lots of measuring and cutting, so not so much sewing. However, I am s-l-o-w-l-y sewing a wall hanging to donate to an auction, so that’s taking quite a bit of my time as I want to do it right. Those points sure are tricky. My seam ripper and I are best friends!

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