Sunday, January 01, 2017

OMG and Two more finished tops!

I am joining in the One Monthly Goal challenge this month.  My goal to finish will be my Be My Neighbor quilt picture farther than down in this post!  This quilt is also my Main Crush Monday quilt.

We had a great Christmas and I have been on vacation from work.  The roads were not pleasant driving to Boise, but we had a great time with our daughters, their husbands, our two grandkids, and many other family members, too numerous to list!  It was a great time and we had decent roads coming home.  It's a six hour drive normally.

After we got home I started sewing.  I assembled my Tula Pink City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks quilt top.  These blocks are 6" finished.  I avoided lining blocks up with the setting I chose!
City Sampler - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
block closeups
I only had 7 of the Moda Be My Neighbor blocks done and the 16th one was released just before Christmas.  I worked for a couple days sewing the rest of the blocks and then a couple days assembling the quilt top and figured out the border, along with making a pieced backing.  I used cut offs from the triangle piecing to make a border and sized them all to 2 1/2" unfinished.  I had designed a border, but realized I didn't have enough of the white fabric so I cut up a bunch of the fabrics and made a random piano key border. 

Be My Neighbor top - queen sized
another view, my design wall isn't tall enough!
The quilt top is now queen sized and will go in my daughter's room. When she was six she wanted a house quilt.  She went through my stash and picked fabrics and I made a quilt, even hand quilting it!  The quilt is worn out!  She is my bright colors lover so I thought the Be My Neighbor quilt would be a great one to have on her bed here when she comes to visit.

Lisa's house quilt circa 1994
bright house block with sidewalk
rotten chimney fabric and my hand quilting
top of the quilt - completely shredded!
The backing I pieced for Be My Neighobr is VERY bright, there is one piece that sticks out a sore thumb, but I can honestly say I made a dent in a box of fabric!  Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for years and years!  Now to get the quilt quilted before the end of January to enter into the viewer's choice contest!  These pictures don't do the colors justice!  This will be my OMG - or One Monthly Goal.
pieced backing

another view pieced backing

In the windows of some of the Be My Neighbor blocks I used cat fabric. Lisa loved cats growing up and made a Chinese Coin quilt of all cat fabrics.  She tied it as a 4-H project.  
cat fabric in the window closeup
pieced borders closeup

Lisa's Chinese Coins cat quilt

closeup on the quilt showing the same fabric I used in the windows
My husband and I have made a tradition of going on a New Year's Day walk.  The snow was pretty deep and hard to maneuver.  We have snow shoes but I haven't the slightest idea how to use them so we waded through the snow.  Our dogs were thrilled to go, but the snow was a bit deep!

Leia - will be 2 in Feb.

Kanobi - age 11 1/2

picture in the front of our house a couple days ago at sunset -
farm machinery implements waiting for spring!

I am linking up to Patchwork Times, MCM and OMG.


Sally said...

Great quilts Julie! Very different styles, love the cats in the house windows. The worn quilts literally loved to pieces are a familiar sight to me.

Ramona said...

Your Be My Neighbor quilt is wonderful! Im not one who usually likes house quilts, but this one is great. Love the design and the fabrics you used. Your backing impresses me, too! Thanks for sharing your older quilts. I like how Sally described your first house quilt.... loved to pieces. May 2017 be filled with many blessings for you and many hours of quilts fun. Happy New Year!

Anne Beier said...

I love the quilt top with the houses. That is so well done. Did you follow a patter, if so what is it called? I want to make one with houses and homes this year or next. My plate is full already for this year. I'm glad I met you on Main Crush Monday.

Teresaquilts said...

love the be my neighbor quilt,good luck with you goals

Michelle said...

I love your Be My Neighbor Quilt! That's smart to use the leftover triangles in the border. That flip and turn method, especially on the roofs uses up soooo much fabric. Seeing yours has me motivated to see if I can make more progress on my own.

Rebecca Grace said...

I love your Be My Neighbor quilt, especially seeing the house quilt that it is replacing. My son has a shredded quilt on his bed that he's been "loving to pieces" since 2005. I started on a new one for him a few months ago but then I got distracted by other projects. If only I could focus on ONE QUILT AT A TIME, maybe I'd FINISH something for a change!

Kat Scribner said...

Love your colorway on the Be My Neighbor top. and especially love your final border treatment! I just started this project and working from scraps, I hope mine turns out as eye catching as yours did.

Unknown said...

Beautiful work--past and present. House quilts are moving up my to-do list and yours made it take another jump. I love bright colors--homes are supposed to be cheerful.

Sherrill said...

Love that Be My Neighbor quilt and the way you added the borders to make it your own. GAH! That snow looks horrific (I hate the cold so while pretty to look at, it gives me nightmares! HA).

Miaismine said...

Your Be My Neighbor Quilt is fantastic! I'm so inspired to finish mine! Thank you!

Kate said...

Love your Be My Neighbor quilt, it's so colorful and fun. Your Tula Pink sampler turned out beautifully too.