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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ALYOF Completed!




My November goal was to finish machine quilting in the ditch
on this quilt and to attach the binding.
(If you click on the pictures, they will show larger!)


I accomplished my goal with time to spare
by quilting so many blocks a day.
I'm so proud of myself this month.


I went on a road trip with a friend
and brought the quilt so I could do a decent photo shoot
along the way,
but the weather did not cooperate, 
so all I have is this clothes line shot.

This was a leader-ender project  three or four years ago.
It is my second one.
It has traveled back and forth to Texas with me all these years,
but I never got it finished.


The pattern is called Scrap-Tease, 
by Bettie Hammock for Stitch'n Kitt'n.
It is out of print now.

I embellished the centers by snowballing the squares,
appliquing hearts, and doing a little embroidery.
(The centers on the first one were left square
and signed by our quilt group members,
The quilt was gifted to a fellow member who was having health issues.)

Not only did I finish Scrap-Tease,
but I finished a Christmas gift, too.



Talk about fun to make!
The solids are Free Spirit.
What a dream to work with!

I quilted it with organic wavy lines,
pretending it was the wind!
It was my first time quilting wavy lines,
and it went so quickly and smoothly.

I'm linking up to 

I've been having so much fun!
Hope you can say the same!
~karen



41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

what a pretty work!

Angie said...

Both of these quilts are awesome but that first one is just gorgeous. So glad you finished it and shared it with us.

Lesley said...

Beautiful quilts! I can see how busy you have been. And both quilts have such meaning. The birch trees quilt is perfect for your friend...love the wavy lines. Well done!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

pretty quilts - you might say sometimes that you don't accomplish a lot but this shows you do! love them

canuckquilter said...

What a great scrap quilt! I love the way you added interest to the block centers too. Taking notes here... :)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congrats on achieving your goal!!! I'm still working on mine. It's going to be tight...not sure if I can do it, but I'm going to try.

desertskyquilts said...

I love it! I wish it weren't out of print. I'd be so tempted. Congratulations on the finish!

Simone de Klerk said...

Spectacular quilts! Both are so different and so pretty!
Congratulations of yet two more quilts.
You're really getting there, Karen (o:

Anita said...

Your finish is truly gorgeous; love the colors and design of the quilt!
The birch trees are also lovely!

Lin said...

Two lovely finishes Karen. xx

Raewyn said...

Well done on your finishes! Your Scrap Tease is stunning - very effective!! Your Birch trees is such a fun quilt, and it sounds like that style of quilting is the way to go!

Linda said...

Very fabulous and very inspiring! The Scrap-Tease has so much love sewn into it. All the special detail with the centres. A Scrappy Delight! Fabulous! And, of course, you know I adore your Birch Trees. Love the woodpile shot. You did such an amazing job with the piecing and the quilting is just perfect. Very Inspiring! Now I have to make one too!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love both of these quilts. Beautiful work. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sondra said...

OH you really have perfected your craft...I'm in visual love with your Scrap-Tease the recipient is one lucky duckling!! The birch trees is another beauty! Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Congrats on the finish(es)! Isn't it amazing what setting a small daily goal can do for one's productivity? And I've been eyeing that birch trees pattern for, quite literally, years. So tempting!

Kerstin said...

Love those quilts. Great job .

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Two finishes--awesome! I love scrappy quilts and these are so fun--love the embellished centers on the first one!

Barb said...

Wow...love the quilts!

Just Ramblin' said...

You certainly have been having FUN! Love your quilts! Nola

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, both of the quilts are so beautiful! What a master craftsman you are!

Vickie said...

2 finishes ! Good for you! The birch tree is awesome.....I love the idea of the windy wavy lines....that was some mighty creative thinking !

Maria said...

Both the quilts are beautiful finishes ...
I have been checking out the last few posts of yours..
Sew many fabulous projects. Love Hazel Hedgehog and the doggy cushions..

Montanagirl said...

Very nice! Love all the bright colors.

Valerie Levy said...

I'm swooning over the Birch Trees...and they're not even Konas! ;)
A leader and ender project seems like a great idea, I may have to try one someday...yours is beautiful.

Lorna McMahon said...

Both quilts are incredibly beautiful. And you know I love the wavy line quilting on the birch trees. Congratulations on two gorgeous finishes!

Carrie P. said...

I just love both those quilts. Such great ways to use up scraps. Well done.

Edith Csokmay said...

Congratulations on your finish - it's gorgeous !!!!

Heide said...

Two beautiful quits! Love the bright birch tree quilt the colors are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful!!! You should be very proud of yourself, this turned out awesome!! Congratulations on achieving your November goal!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow Karen! It sure looks like you've been having fun! Way to go meeting your schedule to finish up the strip quilt! I love your hearts and embroidery in the middle of the block - so adorable :-) And the birch trees in solids - just gorgeous!!! Someone's going to have a very nice Christmas indeed!!!

Karen said...

I am catching up today on my blog reading and...holy cow, you've been busy!! I loved seeing all your beautiful work. The Bright Birch Tree quilt is fabulous, and so cool to photograph it on a wood pile. The scrappy leader-ender quilt with the centre hearts is so you :) You've really had a productive month, Karen!!

Karen said...

Beautiful finishes. It always feels good to finish quilts. I hope you are doing well.

krislovesfabric said...

Great colors :) I have made one of those birch blocks for a bee and it was a fun block to make!

Carol said...

You've made some beautiful quilts...wow! Scrap-Tease is amazing!

Linda said...

I like both of these. I have had that pattern for years and never used it. It makes me want to dig it out of my stash and work on it. They are both lovely...Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Glad you got your quilts done and met your goal...

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really a gorgeous quilt and it's finished!!

Sandy said...

That is such a great scrap quilt. Love the stitching around the hearts. So cute!

Nancy said...

Scrap Tease is gorgeous! I like how you unified the scraps with the sashing, the white triangles, and the white centers with hearts. It's a fabulous quilt. Lucky recipient!

Edith said...

Wow, beautiful quilts, doesn't it feel good to Finish projects?

Allie-oops Designs said...

Wow two stunners - these are just gorgeous!!!!!!!

Lynette said...

Look at your Scrap Tease! It's just fabulous :)