Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, October 4, 2015

BOMs Away - WHY Have I Not Learned This Tucking Tip Before Now?!!

Welcome to the Link-Up for BOMs Away Mondays!
We'd love to see the BOM you're working on lately.
This week's link-up is at the bottom of the post.

(Gotta share this first before I put in my BOM work)

OK, Folks!  I have to figure out how to embed a YouTube video, because seriously, this technique for burying threads just rocked my world. I will never go back to my old ways. Another commenter on a blog post that I can no longer identify shared this link when somebody asked how people deal with keeping the threads in a self-threading needle while burying tails. Well, let me tell you, this method solves that problem completely, and gives you a great solution for the accidental too-short snips! It was so much faster than my self-threader needle.

(Incidentally, I found it very easy to simply use the needle to hook the tails through the loop into the lasso. I just tucked maybe 80 tails, and only needed to use my fingers to do so twice.)

No more fighting with a self-threading needle or threading every single set of tails into a needle to tuck them. My lasso needle is going to live permanently ready-to-go in my needle book! (See it there to the left of the sun? It is my new very best friend.)

OK, Now back to BOMs Away business.  This week was a Kelly Week, so I got some more FMQ work done on her "Strolling the Block." Namely, I finished quilting the last row of the center (which actually was the Jan-Feb-Mar row at the top). 

All that remains is the outer border. I'm looking forward to practicing large-scale feathers on it. Its dark color and busy calico print provide a perfect, forgiving, surface for building more confidence with those. Which I need before hitting the feather work on Devon & Kyle's wedding quilt!


How about you? - Have you worked on any BOMs lately? 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Finish Along - Quarter 4 Goal Post

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

It's that time - if you're participating, don't forget to make a Third Quarter "goal" sheet. The 2015 quarterly Finish-Along is hosted by Adrianne over at "On the Windy Side."

Quarter 3 went great for me in terms of finishes. I can only share half of them with you, though. A month from now you'll get all kinds of finish reports - like 7 to 9 of them!  ;D

Here's what I can post right now.  I got all three of these "Sea Breeze" UFOs finished:

And another UFO slipped into the finishes unexpectedly when I quilted up Kelly's "Be Attitudes" top for her nephew's wedding gift. 

Then there was the stash-limited baby quilt for Catey's little guy. (Oh, but it wasn't on my goal post, so it's not an actual Finish-Along entry):

But the star finish of the quarter was Kyle's Marine Corps quilt:

Now for this quarter's attention:

1. Devon & Kyle
This one gets top priority. Time to "pin down" the design of quilting for the outer area and get the top marked for the intense heirloom quilting it will get!! I do doubt that this will be a Q4 finish, but just in case. . . it's here on the list. More likely, you'll see it finished in 2016's first quarter. It's very intense work, and I want my best in it. Means I have to take mental breaks periodically from its needs.

Here's how I work, by the way: Mon-Fri, my quilting time is devoted to the priority finish (and right now, a certain deadline batch of work.) On Saturdays, any quilting work tends to be just whatever the heck floats my boat - which is where UFOs and other choices from below come in. Sundays, I work on scheduled BOMs. Unless, like that last week in Sept, I let the Saturday work hijack Sunday as well. Weekends often get little to no quilting, though, as I love doing things with my family.j[

These Henry Glass pieces are on deadline for October. Right now they are flimsies:

2. Secret M.K.C.
3. Secret K.S.
4. Secret P.P.P.


5, 6, 7. Sea Breeze minis - These last three flimsies need finishing to round out the full set! I enjoy the trapunto work on them.

"The Nerdles"

"Tootsie and Rumples" and "The Doodles"

And I really think I might get finished this quarter with Kelly's old BOM that I'm quilting for her: 

"Strolling the Block" 

Other UFOs that could stand to be zapped off the list this quarter:

Mermaid Fantasy

Marissa's Frog Quilt, which I don't have any photos for. It needs the last border attached and to be quilted.

And this one that the whole family had helped piece, originally meant to be a comfort quilt for Kelly when she was admitted to the hospital (but she didn't survive). After 5+ years, it may just be the perfect top to become a comfort quilt for a good friend going through a very scary time:


I would LOVE to get these season-appropriate tops quilted:

Sew Spooky:

Plums in November
This is going to get silk batting.  :)

Salt Box Harvest

Once Upon a Star

Holiday Tidings

Holly Jolly Snowman

As well as these non-seasonal personal favorites - 


Quiet Rebellion on the Pond


Rainbow Jane:

and even these two if I find money for sending them out:

Daisy, Daisy

Starry-Eyed Over Grand Illusion

That's a crazy insane list, and obviously they won't all be finished this quarter! I'm expecting no less than 4 finishes, hoping for 7 or 8.  But the whole object of these Finish-Along quarter's intentions quilt is to greatly over-list upcoming work so that suprises can count for the drawings at the end-of-quarter linky.

Plus, I just like seeing the fantastic variety of projects I get to play with!!