Iron Quilter 2

Update: Missouri Star Quilt hasn’t put up the contest entry photos yet so I don’t want to reveal too much about my quilt until it is up. When it is (and I’ve read somewhere that it will be Monday) I will begin posting.

I have been really busy lately and I have been meaning to finish up my Nyan Cat quilt but have yet to do so.

I do have to let you know why I have been so quilt busy! I have entered Missouri Star Quilt Co.’ s Iron Quilter 2 contest!

I now realize that I chose too big of a project for my poor Singer Simple 3116 but she stuck by my side every step of the way and didn’t let me down.

I will follow up this post later in the day (Sunday) with more info about my quilt, the contest, the quilt pattern I used, the fabric, and the quilting techniques, quilting designs, supplies, and so forth.

May the quilt be with you!!!

Week 10 Section 9 – DONE!!

It. Is. Done. Well…not exactly. But at least this section is! I can’t tell you all how much I’ve enjoyed following this Nyan Cat Quilt-along. Just one part to work on per week gave me the quilt fix I needed and built up anticipation for the next week.

When I got down to sewing together this last section I will admit that I rushed through it tonight and I can see a little bit of wonky seams. Eh. Overall, I think I did a darn good job. And I couldn’t have done it without the excellent tutorial quilt-along written by Choly Knight. I love to see someone so young and accomplished and passionate about what they love to do!

I am so happy that I decided to follow my own crafty heart and take up the hobbies that I’ve always longed to do. Doing this makes me a better mom, a better half, a better person overall. Okay, enough mushies.

Here is my version of the last pieced section:

Week 10 Section 9 – Cutting

So we are at the last section of the quilt from the Nyan Quilt-along and I can’t believe the time has flown by so fast!

I was far too busy last night with schoolwork to even entertain the idea of working on it so I left it until this morning and decided that before I go to work I’d get the cutting done. I ironed my remaining fat quarters, took out my trusty ruler, and released my rotary cutter on the world. Okay, drama much?

Anyway, I couldn’t resist at LEAST cutting them because the rainbow colors looked so yummy. Stuffing a fat quarter in my mouth would be counterproductive so I resisted the urge.

Anyway, I can’t wait until I get home tonight so I can piece these lovelies together!!

Until then…

Week 9 Section 8

This was yet the HARDEST part of the Nyan Cat Quilt-along so far. Week 9 Section 8 definitely kicked butt this week. I actually fell asleep at the machine at one point and knew it was time to go to bed! I can finally celebrate though, because I got through it. I am at the point now where I’m getting restless and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I think I can hold on, just a little longer. Here is my version of Nyan Cat’s pretty little head:

Week 8 Section 7

If you’re hanging in there with me you’ve seen the parts of the Nyan Quilt I’ve completed so far. This is my first quilt-along and I am so anxious to see the end result!  You can follow along with the quilt-along here

I have finally reached Week 8 Section 7. This part covers a large portion of Nyan Cat’s poptart body. 
I ironed my fabric before I sewed it this time and it turned out rather well. One thing I didn’t do was to pay attention to my light pink direction print.  Some stars are going sideways but that isn’t an issue for me. 
Well, here it is…
Drumroll please…
 

Week 7 Section 6 DONE!!

I am done with Week 7 Section 6 (finally)! This is the top of the poptart body.
I’m actually falling behind here in the Nyan Cat Quilt-Along but not by much. I’ve been so busy with kids/home/work/school so I try to squeeze in my crafts anywhere I can.

I’m really excited to actually be moving on to more colors and I’m so glad I chose the colors I did. My light pink fabric has glitter and tiny stars on it. That’s right. Glitter. Anyone who knows me knows I love glitter.

Anyway, one thing I had to work through during this stage of making the quilt was to piece together parts of the fabric to create a long enough piece that was needed. I needed a 29″ piece for both the black and the beige but seeing that I bought only fat quarters, my longest edge was about 22″.  No biggie, but I worried about how it would look. To be honest, I don’t believe anyone would notice it if I hadn’t pointed it out.

Without further adieu I would like to present my version of part A2. Sorry about the shadowing and off colors. I don’t  have many lights on and I was using my iPhone.

Week 6 Section 5 done!

I am done with Week 6, section 5 which are made up of cute little Nyan Cat’s feet! This Nyan Cat Quilt-Along is definitely beginning to get harder.

It is so hard for me to stick with one project before jumping headfirst into another but I am determined to stick this out. Just from what I’m seeing so far I believe this is going to be a great quilt.

I was a little worried because my galaxy background fabric is very dark and I’m hoping the black cat outline doesn’t get swallowed up in it. I don’t think it will because the background fabric has a lot of sparkle whereas the black fabric I used for the outline is a smoky batik-like (yes, I said batik-like) color.

Take a look: