Abacus Quilt in Progress

It is Wednesday once again, and once again I am thankful that we are on the down slope of the week. I feel the Holiday pressure already. How about you? I had intended to have my Abacus quilt quilted and at least ready to be binded by this past weekend, but you know how life goes. This quilt design was created by Christa from Christa Quilts for her Fall Quilt-a-Long, and I enjoyed every moment of it! It isn’t ever too late to join in on a Quilt-a-Long and I think this can be done in really some fun ways for a baby quilt!

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Photos are horrible, as I am disliking the daylight savings time. By the time I get home it is already dark and I keep forgetting to bring my items to work to take during the day with the beautiful backgrounds.

I do at least have all of the ‘blank’ circles done through quilting as well as some of the exterior quilting. You can clearly tell my circles are by far perfect, but that is ok. I am quilting with my new sewing machine and well, I am just not a fan of free motion quilting on a domestic machine. I believe you need a long arm for it (at least for me). I can’t seam to ‘draw’ when I move the ‘paper’ (fabric/quilt)… I need to draw by moving the ‘pen’ (needle). I am only doing what I am calling a “stipple loop” on the exterior. I am loving the way it is turning out overall, I just need to get it done. The original design has it straight and not ’tilted’. I decided to do this as I always love ‘twisting’ things up and because I wanted it a little bit bigger (for no real reason). It was not as challenging to add the slanted parts as I thought it would be; however I am pretty sure I did it slightly the longer way than what a more experienced quilter would have done… either way, it got the job done! 
I intend to do the binding in the same teal color as I want it to give the effect on the front of a floating Abacus. Also, I think it would be fun for some people thinking the blanket is off kilter when in reality it is not. I may or may not have already had this happen to me a few times when I am holding it up. hehehe
I chose this practically hot pink with small white polka-dots in it (once again, no real reason). It was more laziness as I was going through my stash of fabric and when I pulled this out, it was literally the perfect over-size needed for the quilting. So… to save myself either piecing a back or cutting into another large bundle of fabric, I just went with it. I’m most certainly not a pink person by any means, but I still like it. It looks like I haven’t quilting all of the blank circles yet, but the circles now being created are the two shadow curved lines that I am quilting in between each circle, so up close they are almost boxy-type circles because of how it is creating it. I think the back will be almost just as fun as the front!
I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!

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Better late than never…

So I discovered the Foothills Sew-a-Long from Meadow Mist Designs about two weeks or so ago. I knew I wanted to jump right in, even if I had a little bit of catching up to do. Well… I finally got my fabric selection in last night! In fact, I received THREE packages last night… happy mail!

This mystery quilt allows for either scrappy or for one fabric for each set, totaling 3 ‘sets’ of fabric. The only thing stated was to make sure the colors contrasted well. For about a week I searched a few places, waiting for something to call out to me from what I was envisioning of the design (as this is all a mystery quilt and you don’t know what design it is making). I did decide I was going to do one fabric for each set and keep it simple, because my normal is to go with scrappy (I can’t help it). I want to push myself outside what I normally do.

Here is what I needed:
Fabric Set A – 1 3/4 yards
Fabric Set B – 3 yards
Fabric Set C – 5/8 yard
I do not like to split fabric up from 1 yard increments unless it is at the end of a bolt and I decide to just take it with me… so these yardage requirements are always rounded up for me, no matter how little I need of just that one yard (you never know… future right?!). So I needed for A: 2 yards, B: 3 yards, C: 1 yard. 
Fabric Set B
I have had this lovely pink fabric for about a year now, and I have 20 yards of it. I decided that this quilt would be the one I go ahead and use the first bit of it. It will be Fabric Set B, the background. I wouldn’t be able to tell you what this is called or where it came from, as I got this from the lovely lady whom I received/purchased so much fabric from that I shared here; I had loved this fabric so much I took the entire bolt. ;o) 
Fabric Set A
Now that I had my background fabric selected (high five for using stash), now it was time look for (to purchase) the additional fabric. I am obsessed with green, and really thought the right green would look great with the contrast with the medium pale pink. It seems a bit brighter than what it is… it really does play well. It is from Robert Kaufmans Kona Cottin Solids in Sprout. This is Fabric Set A which is the ”main design” of the quilt… so I really think it will work well to show off the pattern. 

 

It then called for Fabric Set C, the ‘highlight’ design of the pattern. I have been obsessed with coral this year but have yet to make anything with that color, and once again… I thought it would be perfect to push me outside my normal color arrangement. I am LOVING this and it unfortunately shows it a bit more orange than it is; however I love that it is versatile in that one direction (left photo) it looks like a flower, but flipping it around (right photo) it resembles a jelly fish. Coral Reef would almost have been a great name for this fabric; it could be the coral in the reef or the jelly fish in the coral reef. It is Helen’s Garden – Pirouette Coral Yardage by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller.

Is there anything you have created that you were unsure of from the very beginning, yet kept going with it? How about anything you still want to, yet haven’t? I say let’s go for it!!! Hear us quilters roar!
I am walking unsteady with this one, yet confident. I will be cutting into this tonight (if you follow me on instagram, you have already seen a sneak peak)… and I have full faith it will be Sew Stitching Cute!