Thursday, December 30, 2010

Recent Finishes 12/30/2010

Here are three quilts that I've made during the past few weeks.  I will write detailed entries with more photos and design notes later.  But for now, enjoy!

It's Been a Delight, Betty
For fellow church orchestra member Betty D., who plays violin.
Betty's Delight quilt blocks
58" Square
Original design
Finished November 28

Betty's Delight quilt block with music print

The Commish (formerly Mystery #3)
For Ken H., an attorney in my office who recently became Commissioner/Judge
Features Minnesota (Ken's home state) and Courthouse Star quilt blocks;
 the color navy (he served in the Navy);
medium blue represents the background of the Minnesota state flag (perhaps not the authentic blue, but close).
58" x 70"
Original design
Finished Dec. 22

All Kinds
(Bucket List Quilt)
For my brother Wayne, who loves all kinds of sports
All Kinds quilt block and variations
Features multi-sport print
56" x 78"
Original design
Finished Dec. 27. A few hours later I traveled over 300 miles to Los Angeles area to deliver quilt personally.

All Kinds Block with multi-sport print

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rockin' Christmas

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This is way too fun!

Reghan and The Magic Wall

One activity that my four-year-old granddaughter Reghan and I do when she comes to visit is The Magic Wall.  It's actually my design wall, a large piece of felt in my studio.  I keep a collection of fabrics nearby, and Reghan usually puts one fabric on the wall at a time.

The last time she came over she tried something different.  Below are her creations.

Basically the same layout, with a few more pieces added

Reghan may be a quilt designer in the making!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

All Kinds Quilt

With Mystery #3 done and delivered yesterday (more on that later) I'm starting another, very quick, quilt.  It's for my brother Wayne, who according to my sister-in-law Monica, loves all kinds of sports.  I chose All Kinds quilt block and found a multi-sports themed fabric.  At first my design was 25 blocks, half of them All Kinds, a somewhat complicated block.  Due to time crunch I modified the quilt design to 9 larger blocks, with one central All Kinds block.  The remaining eight blocks are simplified variations of All Kinds, which should be quick to make.  I'm paper-piecing all the blocks.

Last night I washed/dried the fabric and drew my paper-pieced patterns.  Tonight I'll make the All Kinds block--the most difficult.  With the new design I may need a little more of one of the fabrics.  I'll have to see in the morning after I piece some of the other blocks.  Joann's is sure to close early on Christmas Eve.

My deadline is looming, so I've got to boogie!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Update 12/21/2010

Last night I finished the quilt top on Mystery #3.  It's beautiful.  Tonight I'm doing a pillowcase finish, edge-stitching and tying.  My goal is to finish the quilt tonight for tomorrow's delivery.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Update 12/20/2010

Mystery Quilt #3--I've finished the blocks as well as the checkerboard borders for the top and bottom.  Last night I got the quilt top sewn into three long vertical sections.  Tonight I'll finish assembling the top, attach the outer border and get the quilt ready for tying.  I would love to finish the quilt tonight, but I don't think I can pull it off.  I'll finish it Tuesday for sure for Wednesday delivery.

The quilt is looking good!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Update 12/14/2010

Last week I finished the blocks for the Liberated Shoo Fly charity quilt.  I added a couple more Shoo Fly blocks than originally planned, plus a lot of plain fabric blocks to make 35 blocks.  I've set aside the project to work on a more pressing quilt--Mystery #3.

Mystery #3 is for a co-worker.  I'm using a block named after the recipient's home state as well as a block whose name is related to the person's occupation.  I finished the components for the home state block last night, and will have those blocks assembled tonight.  Then I'll begin working on the occupation-related blocks.  My goal is to have the quilt completed by the end of the weekend for delivery early next week.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Memory from France

I just had a memory from when I went to France as a teenager and stayed with a French family for a few weeks during a study trip.  Just now I was putting a bowl of milk in the microwave to heat up for hot chocolate.  I wondered how weird it would be to drink the hot chocolate out of the bowl.  At that instant I remembered how every morning at the French family's home I had a bowl of hot chocolate with my breakfast of French bread with butter.  "Maman" would keep a kettle of hot milk on the stove in the morning.  She would scoop out a bowlful of milk and add chocolate.  I would drink the hot chocolate from the bowl and eat my bread at the little kitchen table.

I hadn't thought about that for nearly 40 years but I can still see it in my mind's eye.  What a pleasant memory.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Liberated Shoo Fly Quilt

Shoo Fly blocks -- Liberated Quiltmaking style

I'm working on a charity quilt made of Shoo Fly blocks in the Liberated Quiltmaking style, all from stash. Originally the quilt was to be made up of sixteen 12" blocks, with a border to make a lap sized quilt. It was to be given to my church and distributed to someone going through a difficult time.

I had about half of the blocks made up, when I heard about the need for quilts to be given to an orphanage in Mexico. The quilts would be delivered as part of two church missions trips in January and April.

I talked to the organizer of the quilt project and found out that the quilts needed to be 66" x 88" to fit nicely on bunk beds. So, I had to alter my original design, as the quilt would not be large enough. The new design is 35 blocks--19 more than I had planned. With other quilts pending soon, I didn't want to make a whole lot more Shoo Fly blocks. So I will piece just a couple of extra blocks, and will fill in with plain fabric blocks. Hopefully I have enough fabric without having to piece. A narrow border will bring the quilt top to the required size.

I'll have the blocks finished tonight, and will assemble the quilt top tomorrow. That will be the end of my part of the quilt, as another participant in the project will quilt with her longarm machine.

By the way, there is a need for more boys' quilts, as there are plenty of girls' quilts already made.  My original intent for the quilt was that it would be appropriate for a male.  That worked out, didn't it?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Recent Finishes 11/22/2010

I've finished several quilts in the past couple of months.  I've been so busy sewing that I haven't taken the time to post photos or to write as detailed as I usually do.

That being said, here are photos of the finished quilts.  I'll post more details about each of them in the near future.

For my son Robbie--a Superman fan for most of his 30 years
Features Superman themed print
Blocks:  Heroes and Rockets, Bed of Stars, Sky Rocket
63" x 75"
Original Design
Partly from stash
Completed mid-October

Superman fabric

Baby Q
For newborn daughter of co-worker Albert Q.
Fussy cut centers frame a chandelier-like motif
Modified Square in a Square blocks
54" square
Original Design
Completed early November

Close up of modified Square in a Square block
Center fussy cut

Road to Half Moon Bay, California
For my supervisor Lena R., who loves to explore the tidepools at Half Moon Bay, CA
Road to California blocks
Features large scale tidepool print
54" Square
Original Design
Completed mid-November

Tidepool fabric

Betty's Delight - Quilt Blocks Finished

Betty's Delight Block

Tonight I finished the blocks for It's Been a Delight, Betty.  Betty plays violin in the church orchestra, so I used music fabric in the block.

Blocks laid out on design wall

Four quadrants sewn together

I chose a setting that is quieter than the one I found at QuiltersCache.  I think it's more suitable to Betty's personality.

Next I'll add a narrow border of black, then a wide border of the pink tone-on-tone.  The back will be plain white.  I'll do a pillowcase finish and tie the quilt with embroidery floss in pink and white.

My goal is to finish the quilt in time for Betty's going-away party tomorrow night.  I'm home all day tomorrow, so I should be able to pull it off.

Betty's Delight Quilt

I'm working on a quick quilt for Betty, a fellow church orchestra member.  Betty has been playing violin in the orchestra for over 30 years.  She will be moving soon to Southern California with her daughter, son-in-law and family.  We're having a going-away party for her on Tuesday evening.  Of course, I need to make a quilt for her.

I found a block called Betty's Delight, which I'll be making in 12" finished blocks.  The blocks will be made with a white-and-black music-themed fabric as well as a pink tone-on-tone, and more of the pink will go in the border.  I've named the quilt It's Been a Delight, Betty.

I started sewing the blocks on Saturday and they are nearly done.  I'm on a sort of furlough from work this week, so I have all day today and tomorrow to finish the quilt.  I think I can pull it off.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Road to Half Moon Bay, California Quilt

I finished the Road to (Secret) quilt last night and gifted it this morning to my supervisor Lena R.  Lena loves to go to oceanside Half Moon Bay, CA and explore the tidepools.  About two years ago after hearing about a couple of Lena's trips to the tidepools, I decided to make a quilt for her.  The design would include Road to California blocks, a print that showed seashells and such, and the title Road to Half Moon Bay, California.

Lena's quilt features a large print that looks like tidepools; I used the print in the border and two good-sized leftover pieces on the back.  The quilt has 9 large Road to California blocks and some four-patch blocks in the border.

Lena was surprised to get the quilt, and she seems to really like it.  I'll post photos and details about the quilt, now known as Road to Half Moon Bay, California, in the next few days.

Enjoy your quilt, Lena!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Almost Finished

Last night I got Road to (Secret) quilted.  Tonight I should be able to get the binding attached, and it'll be a done deal.  My plan is to deliver the quilt tomorrow or Thursday.  Can't wait to see the surprise on the person's face!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Update 11/15/2010

I made some progress on Road to (secret), a quilt based on Road to California blocks.  While I was piecing together the quilt top, I started thinking about how I would handle the back, which would be pieced using leftover theme and solid fabrics.  Originally I had planned to divide the quilt top vertically for quilting in sections, but in the end I decided to split the quilt horizontally.  I think this plan will maximize the amount of theme fabric on the back.  The theme fabric will be oriented toward the center area of the quilt, surrounded by the same solid blue from the front.  After sewing together the back sections, it looks good and I really like how the large print is featured in two good-sized pieces.

Last night I got one of the two quilt sandwiches spray basted.  It was pretty late by the time I was ready to begin machine quilting, my machine is pretty loud when I quilt and I have common walls with neighbors in my condo.  So I set it aside to do tonight at an earlier time of the evening.  I hope to have the quilt fully quilted by bedtime tonight.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sewing Quilt Top for Road to (Secret)

I woke up at 6:00 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  I am not a morning person, but I figured I'd might as well make good use of my time.  So I started sewing together the quilt top for Road to (Secret).  I got one quadrant sewn together, including theme fabric border pieces.  I'll have the rest sewn together shortly.  As usual I'll machine quilt in sections.  I've divided the quilt roughly in half vertically.  The sections are wider than I like to deal with, but I'll get through it.  I'm planning to do an enclosed seam to join the sections.

I'm without a car at the moment, have been for about a week.  I'm not sure how long that will last, but hopefully not too long.  People have been wonderfully generous about giving me rides.  I work in a large office, and two co-workers who live within a few blocks of me have been getting me to and from work.  My son and daughter-in-law took me to and from church on Sunday.  A fellow church orchestra member gave me a ride to/from rehearsal last night. 

Today I needed to go to Joann's for extra backing fabric and some thread for the Road quilt.  Fortunately I live near the mall where many buses are.  I missed a bus to take me the half mile to the mall area, so I walked.  Not a big deal.  Among my errands, I needed to go to two banks which were by the mall and across the street from one another, so that worked out.  I stopped at a nearby restaurant and had lunch, then went back across the street to wait for the bus that would take me to Joann's.  Things went pretty smoothly.  I did my research before I left home, so I knew which bus I needed, what time the bus stopped, etc.

All the public transportation I've done on vacations paid off in my own home town today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Catching up 11/10/2010

I'm working on Road to (secret).  I've completed all of the half-square triangles and most of the four-patches.  Tonight I'll finish the last of the four-patches, then lay out the quilt top on the design wall.  I don't think I'll sew the Road to California blocks together in the usual fashion because I'm doing something different with the border, which I'll assemble as an extension of the quilt blocks. 

Here's my plan for the border:  I'm using a large-scale directional theme fabric and the 1.5 yard piece isn't long wide or long enough to cover a side.  So I'm planning to piece the border with sections of theme fabric, broken up with small blocks.  For example, for the top border I'm planning to cut a width of fabric, split it in the middle, and insert a solid colored square or a four-patch.  There should be some continuity between the left and right sides, almost like a tryptic.  It works in my head.  We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Update 11/2/2010

I plan to finish Baby Q tonight and deliver it tomorrow.  Tomorrow night I plan to continue working on Road to (secret).  I don't expect it to take too long to finish...hopefully sometime next week.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Catching Up 11/1/2010

This past week I made a Little Bo Peep costume for my granddaughter Reghan for Halloween.  The outfit didn't cost much, since I used fabric from stash and lace given to me by quilting friend Judy P.  I spent less than $10 on a zipper, spool of ribbon and elastic to make an outfit which included a dress, pantaloons, skirt and a bonnet.  Not bad!  Reghan looked really cute as Little Bo Peep.  Her baby sister Piper was darling as a lamb.

Last night I started working on Baby Q again.  It's a baby quilt in a square in a square pattern.  I pieced together the backing using leftover chandelier fabric and solid pink, both used on the quilt top.  I should be able to finish the quilt by Tuesday night at the latest.

Later this week I plan to get back to the Road to California quilt which I started on my quilting retreat.  I expect it to be a quick finish.  The next step is to create lots of four patches, then assemble the Road to California blocks.  I made the half square triangles on my retreat.

I haven't taken the time to upload photos of my son's Superman quilt yet.  I'm hoping to post about it this weekend.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend Retreat in Pacifica

I'm on my way to seaside Pacifica, CA for a three-day quilting retreat.  As usual, I'm going solo, staying in an ocean-front motel where I can see the ocean and hear the crashing waves as I sew.  This is the third such retreat for me. I love it.

I'm taking along my tiny Janome Sew-Mini sewing machine, which is the size of a toaster.  It sews straight and zigzag, very slowly, but it gets the job done.  I'm leaving my nice Bernina at home because it's too valuable to replace.  I'm not as concerned about my little machine walking away.  Of course, there are lots of tools and fabric to bring.  I'm driving this time, rather than taking BART and bus.  I'm hoping to fit my ironing board in the car.  Otherwise, I'll have to use the motel's small tabletop ironing board as I've done in the past.

During my retreat I'll be working on a couple of projects.  The first is another mystery quilt, details about which I won't share since the recipient reads my blog now and then.  The pattern is Road to California, with just 9 large blocks and a border in a theme print.  And that's about all I want to say about it at this time.

The second quilt is a Liberated Quiltmaking version of Shoo Fly.  The center of each block is a print in a dark yellow background with blue, red and brown stars--kind of a country palette.  I plan to alternate backgrounds of blue and dark yellow, with the Shoo Fly triangles in blue, red or brown.  I raided my stash for the quilt, and it will be fun to try to work with only what I brought with me.  The quilt will be donated to my church to be given to someone going through a difficult time.  I'm hoping it will have a masculine feel.

I'm looking forward to sewing by the sea.  I don't expect to finish either of the quilt projects before I go home, but I'll make some progress, and that's enough for me.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Catching Up 10/19/10

It's been a little while since I posted.  I've been busy.  I finished the Mystery Quilt about a week ago, and delivered it.  It was a Superman-themed quilt for my son Robbie, who has been a Superman fan since he was small.  To my delight it was a surprise to him and to my daughter-in-law Laurie.  Both of them have keys to my place, and I thought Laurie might drop by some time to see what I was working on, since she reads my blog.  Luckily for me, she assumed the mystery quilt was a different project that I planned to work on this month--which is what I hoped she'd think.  Aren't I sneaky?  I'll post photos and details on the Superman quilt later.

Meanwhile, I've been working on a quilt I'm calling Baby Q.  It's a quilt for pay, for the new (less than a week old) daughter of co-worker Albert Q.  I'm doing modified Square in a Square, with four rounds and a fussy-cut center.  I'm nearly done with the 25 paper-pieced blocks.  I'd love to finish the quilt by tomorrow night and deliver (so to speak) on Thursday.  However, I'm not sure if Albert will be here this week.  If not I'll just hold onto the quilt until he comes back to work.

This weekend I'm going to seaside Pacifica, CA for my annual quilting retreat.  I'll be working on two quilts:  Mystery Quilt #2, as well as a charity quilt--a Shoo Fly pattern in a Liberated Quiltmaking style.  I don't expect to finish either one during the three-day weekend, but I'll enjoy working on them while I'm there.  I have reservations for an ocean-view room, as usual.  Although I've done a few staycations during the past few months, this will be my first, and probably only, vacation away from home this year.  I'm looking forward to it.

Oh, by the way, I'll be making a Little Bo Peep costume for Halloween for my 4-year-old granddaughter Reghan.  Her baby sister Piper will be a sheep.  Cute!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 10/5/2010

I laid the first set of border pieces on the design wall tonight.  They look great.  The fabric is directional, and I decided to follow the orientation of the same fabric in the central block nearest each strip.

I'm auditioning two fabrics for the next border.  Fabric A is in the large central block, and it would be nice to repeat it.  But it seems kind of heavy.  I really prefer Fabric B, which is found in the smaller blocks, and I will probably go with it.  I don't know if I'll be able to use Fabric A again in the design.  At this point throwing it in somewhere seems a little forced.  But perhaps a nice opportunity to use it will present itself later.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 10/4/2010

The mystery quilt blocks are finished!  I pieced together the last set of four corner blocks tonight.  The next step is to cut several border pieces, which I may do tomorrow night.  I have another quilt due soon, so I may set aside the mystery quilt to work on it.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 9/28/2010

Tonight I finished the first set of four corner blocks.  They look good.  I have another set of four corner blocks to make.  The pattern is a smaller, less detailed version of the large central block.  When those are done I can do borders and begin assembling the top.  I'm really hoping to have the quilt done by this time next week.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 9/25/2010

I finished the 27" sq. central block last night.  It looks good.  Tonight I'm working on four small (9" fin.) corner blocks.  They're fancy nine-patches but pretty straight forward, so they shouldn't take long.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Piper's Polka Dots on Display

Here is Piper's Polka Dots quilt on display in my granddaughter Piper's room.  The walls inspired the quilt design.  The quilt looks good with the inspiration wall.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 9/21/2010

The four most intricate sections of the central block of the Mystery Quilt are finished.  There are four arms that form an X in the block.  I got two of those done tonight.  Although the remaining two arms wouldn't take long, I don't know how much quilting I'll be able to do tomorrow night.  I've got a couple of other items on the agenda that will occupy most of the evening.  I'm hoping I'll get an hour or two before bed to sew.  Good thing I'm a night owl!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mystery Quilt Progress 9/20/2010

First of all, I'm the mother of a 30-year-old today!  My wonderful son Robbie is 30.  I am officially old.  Happy Birthday, Bud!

I've made progress on the Mystery Quilt.  My paper-pieced sections are all drawn and last night I got one intricate section paper-pieced.  Tonight I'm hoping to finish the other three--identical to the section I finished last night.  I expect the process to go faster tonight, since the fabric pieces are already measured and cut.  It seems that the planning takes a while, but things move right along after the deep thinking is done.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mystery Quilt

I've got a few quilts at the beginning stages.  The one that is farthest along is a mystery quilt.  I have to be careful what I say about it because it's a surprise and I don't want the recipient to read about it on my blog.

I've bought fabric and created a design for the mystery quilt.  Last night I began drawing up the 27" block that goes in the center of the quilt.  I had to piece together three separate sheets of paper to get a size large enough to accommodate the pattern:  a gridded sheet that wasn't quite wide enough and two large pieces of tracing paper which were also a little too small.  I plotted a few points, then had to check my drawing on EQ6 for more details.  That's as far as I got.  Tonight I'll finish drawing the large block, then decide how I'll create 4 identical, intricate triangles for paper piecing.  It sounds complicated, but it's kind of a fun challenge for me.

I may have to drop the project when some ordered fabric arrives.  The fabric is for another project that is due soon, and will have to take priority, since it has an absolute deadline of the middle of October.  But until the fabric arrives, I can work on the mystery quilt.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Piper's Polka Dots, Part 3

Piper's Polka Dots
43" x 51.5"
For my granddaughter Piper
Original design
Partly from stash

I finished Piper's Polka Dots on Wednesday night.  It's a quilt for my four-month-old granddaughter Piper.  You can see the inspiration for the quilt here.  Lots of photos and details of my process follow in this post as well as in two previous posts.  Enjoy.

Quilt sections joined, pressed open.  Used glue and pins, but wished I'd used Wonder Tape.  The glue didn't hold in all places, I kept sticking myself with the pins which were on the bottom of the work, and actually sewed through a flower head pin, which took a while to undo.  It was not a fun time.

Last circle attached with 505 spray.  Will zigzag around edges, then quilt a spiral.  Back of circle will have extra quilting because part of it was quilted earlier by mistake.  Oh, well.  Unquilted areas (left of the tape to center) to be filled in with loop-de-loop free motion quilting, which should blend in with previous quilting.

Quilting finished

Close-up of quilting

Design notes

Quilt finished. Binding is same pink as the circles.  I could have used green, but the pink ties the whole quilt together and gives a little pop.  Glad I made that decision.

Close-up of front

Quilt back

Close-up of back

Enjoy your quilt, Piper!

Piper's Polka Dots, Part 2

Quite a bit of time has passed since I worked on Piper's Polka Dots.  It's time to create the quilt sandwiches.  I had to piece batting together.  My method:  overlap edges an inch or so, then stitch a wide, elongated zigzag (number 27 on my Bernina 440 QE) through the middle of the overlap.  Trim the excess batting.  For me it's flat enough without bulk.

Batting pieced together with long, wide zigzag

Design notes

I laid the sections on my bed, but something didn't look right.  By habit, I put a pin in the top left corner of a section to help me know which way is up.  But when I laid them out that way, the layout seemed unbalanced.  I put the sections on the design wall.
Something was definitely wrong.  The circles seemed to be clustered toward the right of the quilt, with nothing on the left.  And where would the last circle go?  There didn't seem to be enough room.  I wouldn't have crowded it that much.  Confirmation came when I noticed two of the same fabrics in the second row next to each other.  I wouldn't have allowed that.

See the second row center, where two lights are next to each other across the gap.

Flipped left section vertically.  Much better.
Figured out that the pin may have fallen off and been put back in the wrong spot when I showed off the sections at my Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.  Everything is fine now.

Design notes

Setting up backing.  Milk bottles fabric isn't long enough to cover.

Enough of circles fabric to cover one side and piece with milk bottles for the other side.
Tried out a couple of layouts, decided to use combination of milk bottles and circles for both sections.
Cut both fabrics in half, laid on design wall.  Will arrange quilt sandwich to show as much of the milk bottles fabric as possible.

Was able to press most of circles to backing.  Tried fabric glue on the back of a couple of circles, but no luck.  So I used WashAway Wonder Tape by Dritz on them.  It's double-sided, won't gum up needles, and washes out.

Circle secured to backing with Wonder Tape

Marked Wonder Tape circles with safety pins to remind me that the edges may be a little loose.

Quilt sandwich for left half of top.  Spray basted with 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive.
Behind quilt sandwich is old sheet used during spraying to protect design wall and floor.

Close up of pins marking seams.  Did same on other side of piece.  Keeps back looking straight.

Quilt sandwich for right half of quilt top

Circle with zigzag applique on edges.  Could have done this earlier, but wanted the 3-dimensional effect of quilting through all layers.  I love the puffiness and would have liked to leave it this way.  But I'm sure that with time the circle would have gone flat, and I don't want the layers of such a large area to be loose.

Circles machine appliqued and free motion quilted with spirals.

Close-up of spiral quilted circle.  Looks like a big lollipop, a cinnamon roll or Princess Leia hair.  I love the 3-D effect.  Piper will enjoy running her fingers over the ridges.

Last circle laid over the gap.  Will not be sewn to the quilt until the sections are joined.

When I quilt in sections I like to leave the center areas unquilted in an uneven pattern.  Once the sections are joined, the center will be quilted.  The uneven edges help the new quilting to blend into the previous quilting.

I turned the left side upside down for quilting bottom to top, doing loop-de-loop free motion quilting.  When I finished I noticed I had quilted the center half by mistake.  Grrrr.  There was a little open space on the inside edges for joining later, but I was kicking myself for getting it mixed up.  I went ahead and quilted the outer half of the section, since it couldn't hurt.

While I was quilting, I ran out of bobbin and had little lime green thread left.  I dumped my stash of thread to find I had nothing remotely close to substitute.  It was 7:15 PM on Labor Day, and I called Joann's to see if they would close early, but they wouldn't.  I had time to run and pick up a spool so I could keep working.  I usually write the color number on the spool but I hadn't done it on the lime green, so I took the spool with me to find a similar green.  I found a close match.  Yippee!

Right section quilted.  To avoid the same mistake, I marked the inside edges with notes that said No! at the top and bottom.

Design notes

Quilt top three-quarters quilted.
Center edge of right section left unquilted for joining.

Joined sections with a similar method used in Joann Sets Sail.  There was little Wonder Tape left, so trying fabric glue stick and pins.