A View of My Quilt Life

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Day of March Recap and 2014 NewFO Link Up

March came in like a lion and is going out like a lamb or at least that's what the latest forecast said.  The temp is suppose to break 60 - I'll believe it when I see it - though a chance of rain later today.  No matter, I have a full day of errands and shopping to do, so I need to get this written and posted early.

Quilt-wise March was okay, not great, but okay.  Too bad I can't count house projects in my stats. I still have some blank canvases where there should have been designs done.  Occasionally, I need added time crunch pressure to get inspired. Not the best way to work but it happens. 

I am participating in Barbara at Cat Patches 2014 NewFO Challenge. Click here to see everyone's new projects  March NewFO Challenge and Linky Party

My March 2014 quilt stats:

1 Quilt finished - My first foray into using silk dupioni in a quilt!  I finished the piecing and machine quilted Silk Road: Spotlight.  Originally supposed to go the long-arm quilter to be eligible for a LQS show, this one turned out to be a learning opportunity.  I will be using silks again, possible mixed with cottons but definitely doing some things differently!

1 new quilt row done for LQS (Pieceful Gathering) Daring Downton Debacle Challenge - 3rd month of a 5 month project using Andover Fabrics's Downton Abbey collection - machine pieced second row completed. It's a NewFO. I made a variation of the Castle in the Air block.

 And to show the progress of this project - three rows together.

2 quilts in progress - machine quilting projects - 

The first is the quilting on the French Braid panels. This was pieced last fall and is a machine quilting NewFO in Progress

And then there is a NewFO from an old UFO - my Sweet Man's 'Grey is not a Color' quilt. This project was planned back in February of 2011, had exactly one quarter of the top pieced and went into the timeout box.  It was past time to get this one done. I got the remaining three quarters pieced this month and have two of those quarters quilted and am almost done with the third.  

Going to need more thread and wait until tomorrow to see the slight problem with the backing. Quilting is an Adventure!

There are more project just waiting to be started & March was suppose to be the month for them, but now April HAS to be the month for them!!

If you are keeping track, how did you do for March?


  1. What went wrong with the silk dupioni? I have a small hoarde of silk scraps that I have been saving and wanting to quilt with. I was thinking I would probably fuse them to a really lightweight interfacing before cutting to make them behave more like the cottons I'm used to. How did you handle yours, and what were the pitfalls? The quilt top looks lovely in your photo.

  2. Great projects. I love your French braid.

  3. Wow...you've been very busy. These are all great projects!