Monday, May 18, 2009

Therapy

My Fat Quarter Shop 2008 Designer Mystery Block of the Month quilt is finished (well, ready to be quilted anyway)! The last block arrived last Wednesday, and I finished the top on Friday. I really love this quilt, and it's been put on the very top of the "to be quilted" pile!

With spring market last weekend in Pittsburgh I was feeling a little "market envy." In fact, with all of the wonderful market posts I wanted to be there even more. I needed some therapy; I thought about retail therapy, but that didn't seem to make sense (I need to save my quilt money for all the new and wonderful fabrics that will be out shortly)! I finally decided on cake therapy...layer cake therapy, that is!

I've had this Fig & Plum layer cake for a little while now. I even bought some yardage of some of the fabrics...and the cream from Patisserie matches perfectly and was my fabric of choice for the background. I had a design in mind that I've seen in a few places and so decided to make the quilt without a pattern.

I cut my layer cake into 5-inch squares, and I cut my background fabric into 2 1/2" strips. I needed to cut the strips into squares, so I got out my Mini Square Quilter's Rule; I learned about this ruler from some of the ladies I quilt with...and I love it! I think my squares come out "more square" using this ruler.


I'm "snowballing" two opposing corners on the 5 inch squares...and I'm sewing again 1/2" away so that when I cut my corners off the scrap pieces are already sewn into a 1/2 square triangle block. I sewed a lot (I needed a lot of "not being at market" therapy). The only breaks I took were to watch my daughter run in the Division finals for track (she added some more medals to her pile, including a gold in the 1600 relay, her favorite event, and is going to State next week to run in three races...yay)!

Here are the results...248 1/2 square trianges and 124 blocks for my quilt! I might need to make just a few more blocks--I'm going to figure out how big I want the quilt and borders and finish it up today! Oh, and I have another Moda layer cake ready to go in case I need more therapy!
Have a wonderful day!

39 comments:

Nedra said...

I was having Market envy too, especially since my friend Ricci went with Superior Threads. I followed others blogs and saw pictures. Did you see the frenzy at Moda? I went to Market in 2002 when it was in Salt Lake and the Moda booth was the craziest place I've ever been.

Nicole said...

Now I am really determined to finish my Designer Mystery BOM blocks! I have only done half of mine. Your quilt is amazing. I will be checking back to see what you do with Fig and Plum. Of course I have that fabric, and haven't decided what to do with it@

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

WOW!! That block of the month is gorgeous!! You are so good to stay on top of it and finish it so quickly!! Good job! :) And my oh my, that Fig and plum quilt is gonna be amazing!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Oh... such a beautiful quilt top! It is absolutely gorgeous... those fabrics are so pretty!

blushing rose said...

Yummy! Chuckle ...

TTFN ~ Marydon

w&v said...

V. here...
Beautiful Mystery quilt. hope it comes back quilted soon so we can see it. The fabrics are beautiful!!
Cant wait to see what your new project from the layer cake will look like. love it all! V.

Annette said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing what the new squares become. Love the fabrics!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Love all you projects and the Market Fever is spreading. I want new fabric and have way to much now. Need to sew as fast as you do to get things done.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Stephanie said...

Lots of envy going about about market! :o) Can't wait to see all the new fabrics and patters. I LOVE your fabric. I have a charm pack but no yardage and an inkling of an idea for a project. Can't wait to see exactly what you're up to.

Carrie P. said...

Great therapy! I have a square ruler similar to the one you have and I love it.

Dawn said...

I think everyone left behind is having Market envy!! One of these days....Your BOM looks great! Looking forward to your new project.

Simone de Klerk said...

You have been very busy again! I love your Mystery Quilt!

Cardygirl said...

Love your quilt top...you must be thrilled! The fig & plum looks good...I love snowballs!

AJ said...

The block of the month is absolutely wonderful.

Jackie said...

Making a new project is always great therapy! What could be better, new fabric, new quilt... I say nothing. Plus, with everyone coming back from market there will lots more new fabric out there for the asking soon!

Kaaren said...

Oh Sherri, I want to go to the same therapist that you go to. I just love what the therapy has done for you. And it only cost a layer cake and some yardage? (wink)

Gorgeous mystery quilt and I can't wait to see what you're creating with the Fig & Plum.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh, I think we all are envy with those who got market and now we all wait to pounce! :-) I see lots of action going on here...love it!

Carol said...

I started putting my Designer BOM together last night and I love it...can't wait to see what your Fig &Plum pieces grow into.

Terriaw said...

Wow, your BOM quilt looks amazing! What an accomplishment. I was feeling like I needed some therapy too after seeing all the photos from quilt market, so I finished two quilt tops over the weekend. Looks like you had fun with your therapist too!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my goodness, the quilt is just stunning! I know what you mean about market, but boy oh boy do I like what you did for therpy!!

Sherry said...

Hi Sherri. Congrats on finishing your Mystery BOM top - it looks wonderful. I like what I see so far with your Fig & Plum layer cake, I have one of those just waiting to be used. :) Congrats to your daughter also on her track medals & good luck to her at state!

dotti white said...

Sherri--thanks for sharing the picture of your beautiful block of the month quilt. It is amazing! I told you last week about my market envy and buying some fabric online. I got my sweet layer cake and jelly roll in the mail and I am loving it! Have a great week!

dotti white said...

Sherri--thanks for sharing the picture of your beautiful block of the month quilt. It is amazing! I told you last week about my market envy and buying some fabric online. I got my sweet layer cake and jelly roll in the mail and I am loving it! Have a great week!

Mel said...

Market envy, yes indeed but I'm also envious of your gorgeous quilt!!

Chookyblue...... said...

I am so far behind with my FQS BOM......yours looks great

Sally said...

Your block of the month is wonderful, you are so lucky being on the right side of the 'pond' when it comes to postage and customs charges. I just love all the layer cakes and jelly rolls particularly the Fig & Plum ones. There is a new BOM coming out and I am so tempted to join up.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your blocks - very pretty! And your new project - I can't wait to see more of it.
Kris

Karen said...

Your designer mystery quilt has some wonderful fabrics in it!
I use Quilter's Rule rulers and like them very much.

amy smart said...

Wow! Look at you go! The quilt top is beautiful. Can't wait to see the Fig Tree quilt!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Sherri,

I am always impressed by your promptness in any BOM you participate!! Lovely colors on that quilt top.

To answer your question... yes, I do quilt my quilts on a domestic sewing machine. And I also have stitch regulator -- that really helps with the stitch quality. I was able to quilt a 94" square quilt with my machine. I never thought I would be able to do that...

Cheryl said...

Love the Designer BOM all together!! I have my last block cut and ready to be pieced. Now I am really ready to have it done. Thanks for the inspiration!! Can't wait to see how that cake layer quilts comes out!

Chocolate Cat said...

What great therapy!! Looking forward to seeing the end result. Congratulations to your daughter.
That finished top is just beautiful.

Eileen said...

I like your kind of therapy!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOW your finished quilt top is wonderful. Soon I hope to be able to sew mine together. I havent made one block. lolol At least now I know what it will look like. That's got me motivated.
Congrats to your daughter!!!!
Cant wait to see what your making now. Love that fabric.

Peddlecar Quilts said...

Wow, I love your mystery quilt! Great colors, fabric and design. good job!! I know what you mean, I would have loved to have gone to market too, but I had to chose my son's wedding coming up instead!!!

Candace said...

Sherri - we got the same finishing kit for the Designer Mystery! Now I know what it will look like when I ever get around to finishing the 5 blocks I have left! It's so funny - I also want to do a quilt just like your market therapy quilt - only I have a pattern for one very similar! I think when Fall market rolls around I just might try your therapy!!
Cheers!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Ok, where have I been...all your quilts are beautiful. You've been so busy. I'm doing that same "snowballing" thing too. I love all the extra half square triangles you get from it.
~Karen~

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
oh...I think I should have bought the DMBOM finishing kit...well, I have to come up with my own finishing solution...;o). It's beautiful to see the quilt top finished (I just recieved and pieced the 12th block).
Oh, and the Fig&Plum quilt is gorgeous...I just finished "my" own F&P quilt...it's now in the dryer & I hope to show it soon.
Have a beautiful Sunday,
Julia

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hello, I just hopped over here from Sisters Choice Quilts blog, I saw you blog on her list and just thought I'd stop in. I'm so glad I did. I have signed up for the Fat Quarter Shop's 2009 Designer Myster block of the Month and after seeing your 2008 BOM top finished I am so excited to get started on this years. This is my first venture in a BOM online and I was hesitant but not any more. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. It is beautiful.