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Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Making


I haven’t done much in the way of quilting around here this month, but I have been doing some “making.”

Here are some items I have put together to sell at our quilt guild boutique in June…



There are three bowl cozies and some drawstring bags, along with a large tote bag. I will probably put together a couple of more medium sized tote bags, then get them all turned in at our May meeting in a couple of weeks. Our life plans are up in the air for June, so I need to get them in early. This year our boutique will be a consignment-type shop, so maybe I can sell something and have a few bucks to spend on a fat quarter or two.

I also made a large tote…



This is about 18” across. I made a few mistakes on it, so I’m not putting it in the boutique. But that’s OK – I can always use large tote bags! This one has blue, pink and brown cats on it, in case you can’t see the fabric, and it has two nice size pockets inside.

This week is an in and out of the house week. Today I’m home, so I can get some cleaning done, and spend some time in the sewing room. Somehow, the box with blocks for “I Wish You a Merry QAL” ended up back on my sewing table, so I guess I should work on that this week 😉 I had 8 blocks done (out of 12) when I last worked on it in October.

I will look around and see what else I can work on this week, but in the meantime, have a great week!

Linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making


Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring is Such a Tease


Like many of you in the US, Spring was here last week, and now is in hiding! After a couple of days in the lower 80s last week, we will have a high today about 40 degrees colder…with lots of wind and wind chills in the 30s. I guess it gives me one more opportunity to wear my warm woolies before putting them up until November.

I actually spent time in the sewing room over the weekend (it was pretty rainy and dreary here), and I put together a couple of blocks.

The first block (actually two blocks) is for the “It’s a ‘Wild” Life” BOM at Sew Incredibly Crazy. April has two tree blocks…



I added an extra bird to the tall tree block, and since we have an abundance of both bluebirds and cardinals here, I made one of each. This one is fused, and I will stitch down the applique when I quilt it. These have been really fun blocks to work on, and they go together quickly. The next block will be out May 1.

On Saturday, I decided to put together a quilt from McKenna Ryan’s Coffee Classics patterns. I have all four patterns and have had them sitting on the shelf next to my sewing machine. I figured keeping them in my line of sight would make me do them…and I did! At least I did one. I put together the Espresso quilt top…



I didn’t follow the pattern at all for the background, other than going with some lighter colors at the middle-right. I just cut some strips from my batiks and sewed them together. I think the background turned out fine. This is about an inch over-sized all around. The finished quilt will be 7-1/2 by 23-1/2 inches. I will quilt it first and then trim it down. All of the applique is fused but won’t be stitched down until the quilting. I hope to have all four done and ready to quilt sometime this summer. This coming Saturday I should be home alone for a big part of the day, so I may try to put one of the other quilts together. The two square quilts in the collection are less than 12 inches square, so they shouldn’t take too long. This project was one of the most enjoyable McKenna Ryan patterns I have worked with.

So that’s all that I completed over the weekend. Today I am making some English muffins, and I think I will head to the sewing room to put together some items to sell at our quilt show boutique. I probably won’t make much, but I would like to put a few things in the booth.

That’s it from here. I hope you all enjoy your week, and I will be linking up with the following:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
MainCrush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
BOMs Away at Katie Mae Quilts
It’s a “Wild” Life at Sew Incredibly Crazy

Friday, April 13, 2018

Some Little Finishes


It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been here. It seems longer!

I really haven’t worked on much quilting, but I have been doing bits of other things. First, we have been doing some house “stuff” and we finally fixed our walkway out front and put in new concrete…




Hubby did all the jackhammering, and I helped clear it away. I also mixed the concrete. Ugh. Hopefully, never again.

Last weekend I went to a guild workshop and it was lots of fun. I made these two bowls…




And we also made some pincushions to sell at our quilt show in a couple of months. Yesterday I put together another chicken pin cushion to donate…



I also caught up with my crochet temperature afghan for March…



It’s getting bigger!

Finally, I made up a larger dog block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in gold (and cream) …



And for good measure, I added a hanging sleeve to my 2017 RSC quilt Kittens and hung it up in the living room…



I guess that’s pretty much it. I have been doing some “behind the scenes” stuff getting things together for guild charity quilts and trying to get some projects together to sell at our quilt show boutique. We’ll see what actually gets accomplished.

This morning is another guild meeting. This one is about a 45-minute drive each way, so it takes a lot to get me to go to it. The topic today is Civil War quilts. It should be pretty interesting. I also need to turn in the projects I made for that guild’s boutique. I better be off!

I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! and at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you stop by and see what’s going on there. Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Last Finishes of March


I guess I really didn’t finish much this week.

I was able to get my large green dog block done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge…



He turned out so cute!

I also spent some time working out how I’m going to put these dogs and pups together, and now have a quilt top plan, plus I have pulled all of my fabrics. I guess that it progress!

I also got my Sashiko project done…



This finished at about 18 inches square. I’m still living with it to see if I like it. The orangy-brown batik blocks were questionable, but much better than the teal/blue blocks I was originally going to use. Once I added the indigo binding, it felt more “pulled together,” though I’m still not too sure. I’m just telling myself that I’m happy with it and it’s done!

I have a knitty finish too – I finished up my first hat. Here is a photo of it on a roll of paper, plus one laying flat…



I’m pretty happy with this one...and it fits! This is a good one for the trailer.

I also pulled out the Vintage Skate project and did some more quilting on it…



I have to finish the quilting then bind it. I am hoping to get this one done next week.

That’s about it from here. We’re looking forward to a lovely weekend here, and I hope you have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

Linking up with:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!
So Scrappy for Rainbow Scrap Challenge