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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Planning and progress (and a link party)

My "ten days of finishing project" are over and I am back into new blocks new projects mode!!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - April block has been released... it's technically free, so if you want to check it out and get back in the free QAL group, that's your chance!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - quilted and bound! (see below)
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  dropped out, group with too little  interactions. I will replace this with the Hello Block Swap! :)
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - quilt top 90% done (see below)
  6. Splendid Sampler - 2 blocks done, I am back! (see below)
  7. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) started pulling fabric for first block
  8. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Breaking free) no progress
  9. Road Home Row-A-Long - designed the entire row (cannot share yet)
  10. 70273 Project - 2 blocks done (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
Let me start by setting the goals for the Finish-ALong Q2:
  1. FDJ quilt for exhibit - current state: designed and fabric selected
  2. Breaking free for exhibit - current state: designed, no idea about fabric yet
  3. Table runner for Art with Fabric Blog Hop - current state: designed, have fabric, need to start
  4. Bargello/Cathedral window charity quilt - current state: done quilting and binding yesterday but label and washing is missing
  5. American Quilt - current state: quilt top 90% done, need extra border and quilting/binding
  6. Play with me QAL - current state: 6 QAYG blocks done, three to finish the design, then I just need to join and bind
  7. Charity quilt 1, flowers - current state: top done, maybe need extra border?
  8. Charity quilt 2, Allietare - current state: top done, need quilting and finishing
  9. Charity quilt 3, baby quilt - current state: pieces for the top cut, need assembly and everything else

I think this list is long enough :)

This is this month pattern: Go board (done with embroidery).

If you want details on how to get the pattern

We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!
Finally my American Quilt top is done (almost)

Center: Americana QAL block made by me
Border: Snail Trails block received in my Block Swap Adventure
Quilt top inspected and approved by my sewing helper :) :) :)

I realized it a little bit too narrow for my tastes... so I will add a red scrappy piano border and then I will probably send it off to quilt because I won a gift certificate so why not take advantage of that and explore quilting services? It would be my first time, I am a little nervous, but I am sure it will be great!

Back in the Splendid Sampler journey. I made the April blocks and I will catch up on the missed one this week.

Block 15 and 16
This will be my contribution 70273 Project. For now just two blocks, but I designed the paper piecing pattern, so I can print and make more with my scraps!
If you want the pattern, please get in touch with me and I will send it to you. I will share it soon for download but if you want it directly in your mailbox, just email me! :)

I hope you will join this project! 
Jeanne is trying to collect 70273 blocks so she needs all the help she can get!!

I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

Cathedral window+donated block (front 1, left), Bargello Elm Street Quilt (front 2, right)
Size: 39'' x 41''
Still missing label and washing

Have you heard about Ello? It is basically Instagram without ads, no weird algorithm to show you only what they want you to see, no selling data, and it is for creative artists! :)

I never joined IG because I felt the goal was more about "showing off" than focusing on creativity, so even if I know there is a good quilting community there (which is creative and inspiring) I never felt it was the right place for me. Ello sounds much more fun!

It is a relatively new platform, so it has some issues (not too fast because it is still in beta but it's getting better, the signup is easy but if you don't pay attention the default groups that you are "following" may not be the ones you want, etc). If you want to join, it is free and there is a fast-growing quilting community. For helpful tips and finding your quilting tribe, you can read what the coordinator of the account @elloquilt says!

My handle is @alida-tweloq and to bring the community together I decided to coordinate a Block Swap!

You don't need to have an Ello account to join! Just fill this form to leave me your contact if you are interested. I am still collecting general info to see who is interested in what. I highly recommend to have an account, as I plan to post reminders, pictures of blocks, etc over there!

How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!

1 comment:

  1. All projects looking great! Always amazed by your progress. And thanks for the info about Ello. I'll have to check that out


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