Stage 3 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday was such an exciting day in the sewing room, as I stitched together the last of my filler or connector blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Even though I pretty much knew what this quilt top would look like with all the blocks on the design wall together, there is just something about seeing them up there for real.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty safe to say this is the scrappiest quilt I have ever made. It’s been a lot of work – but not as much as I thought initially. If it hadn’t been for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years happening right in the middle of the project, I think I would be finished with the quilt by now.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’ll begin stitching all these blocks together. I’m guessing that will take several hours. I can’t wait to have the top completely assembled and start quilting. It’s beginning to feel real!

Cut…Stitch…Cut…Stitch

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sometimes I feel a bit silly, cutting up fabric…sewing it together one way…then cutting it up again…and sewing it together to form something else. But there you have it, this is what I’ve been up to the last few days.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

These “filler” blocks in my quilt are quite scrappy. I am doing some strip piecing to speed up the process, but not using such long strips that there is a noticeable repeat in my scrappy background.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A bit tedious, but I’ve been watching The Paradise on Netflix and it has been pleasant company. Oh, and just when I said I was getting settled back into a routine, the kids had off school because of dangerously low windchill temperatures (-35 supposedly!). Lucky for me they play nicely together, and have a lot of new Legos to keep themselves occupied.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have everything ready to mix and sew for the final blocks. I’m hoping this step will only take one more day.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Besides finishing these blocks, I need to make some quilt hanging sleeves for a few quilts that I’m honored to have had accepted into QuiltCon. I need to mail those around Monday, so Friday just might be quilt-sleeve day! Wish me luck, I’m not entirely crazy about hand stitching, but I have always had success with Jacquie’s tutorial.

Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1″ of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2″. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3″ ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.

A New View

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The view on my design wall is slowly changing. After taking a few days off to work on a tutorial for next month on Bernina’s We All Sew blog, I’ve found some time to sit and sew more on my Poinsettia quilt. These are the floating stars.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you are enjoying reading and seeing the progress (slow as it may feel to me). It really motivates me to keep at it when I am able to share the journey in this space.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also managed to clean up my sewing room. There were fabric piles pretty much everywhere. All folded now and put away. If only the sun would come out here in Chicago, I miss the natural light!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back to work – more to sew, more to clean, and more to wrap!