Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2013 Finish-A-Long Q3 Recap -let's call it Six and a Half

Today you can find my Giant x and + Block Tutorial at Leanne/shecanquilt  as part of the Finish-A-Long Q3 Linkup festivities.  For the first time every - I'm a Guest Blogger - how fun is that?  

My ambitious FAL Q3 Goal Mosaic and the Recap of how I did.  

#1 Ring Around the Briar Rosies

Finished and given away at the Baby Shower.  I borrowed it back to hang in our South Bay Area MQG 2nd Annual Quilt Show and need to toss it in the wash to give to my new Baby Grandgirl.

#2 Ombre Cradle Quilt

The FMQ was so much fun on this one and I'm happy to say my Baby Grandgirl is sleeping with it along with item #3...

#3 Cradle Bumpers and Sheet Set

#4 Fairies Log Cabin

Given to a local charity at our August SBA MQG meeting and linked up to 100 Quilts for Kids

#5 Row Robin

Hand stitched the binding on and now use it to snuggle with.  Thanks again beemates of Around the Bend and Across the Pond 
Binding Hand stitched on to make it an official finish 

#6 Tire Rotation 

This finish came as the clock struck midnight.  Tire Rotation was also my September goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and after much procrastination, I got it done.  This one is a surprise for - you guessed it, my new Baby Grandgirl (are you sensing a theme here). Although the bike chain and some gears are pink, it's a lot less girly than the other projects and I thought my son might really enjoy that about it.   
The final finish: Tire Rotation
Pattern is Taffy by Jaybird Quilts made with the fabric line called Ride by Julia Rothman. The minute I saw it I knew what I was making.
My favorite Swirly Circles on the Tires.
Started in May at the BamQ Retreat where I also worked on # 4, #5 & #7.

and now for the Not So Finished that will be rolling over to 2013 FAL Q4:

#7 Mixed Scale XPlus 

Terrific progress and oh so close but only a TOP at this point so I'm unofficially giving myself a 6 1/2 out of 9 tally and linking up the six that count! 

#8 Sparkle Punch & #9 Rip Curl, both untouched. Now to set the rest of my goals for Q4 to go with these two.....

Check out the many many finishes and hop on board if you haven't already been playing along.  Read more about it and read the list of wonderful sponsors on Leanne's post.

With Tire Rotation finished this week I'm also linking up Can I get a Whoop Whoop, TGIFF Oct 4 Linky Party with Laura at Quokka Quilts and also with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday. I think her scrap baskets are a rainbow delight!


  1. You have made so many fun and beautiful quilts this quarter! And thank you again for the excellent tutorial and guest post!

  2. Great finishes Karen! And I love the xplus quilt. The colors are so vibrant and it's so scrappy, my favorite combo! cheers, Claire W.

  3. Wow, I envy all of your finishes! The mixed scale x plus is stunning!

  4. wow! What awesome finishes! And something to look forward to in the next quarter - that x and +!! Thanks for the tutorial btw, it's great!

  5. Your quilts are gorgeous. Such beautiful fabrics and designs.

  6. Gorgeous work -- especially love the ring around the briar rose and row robin!

  7. Yes, a quilt top definitely counts as a 1/2! Love those bicycle fabrics.

  8. Oh my goodness! So many beautiful quilts! I have to say that mixed scale XPlus quilt is just stunning!

  9. So fun to see your finished Row by Row quilt! I recognize a certain row!! It all turned out great!!!

  10. What incredible finishes!!! :)

  11. Amazing finishes... really gorgeous work!

  12. Stunning quilts! I especially like Briar Rose and the x and + :)

  13. I love the Tire Rotation quilt. Love the backing fabric you chose too.


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