Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Making

I won’t be in the sewing room much this week, but I do want to get a few things done.

When I’m done here on the computer, I plan to finish quilting a charity quilt for our guild. Then I will attach the binding. That will give me two quilts to take to our April guild meeting for someone else to hand stitch the binding. I hope to be able to get one more done before the meeting.

This week I also hope to make one more Kitten block for March for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I have one made…

…but I would like to get a second red one done. The final link up for March is this coming Saturday, so I have a little time.

If I have time, I will probably put together a few more hourglass blocks. Here are the completed blocks on my Design Wall…

Other than that, I plan on working on Autumn’s Call. Here is where it stands…

I am working on the oak leaves in the middle. I really would like to get this one done and ready to quilt soon. I’m not entirely sure what the final project will be, but maybe once the embroidery is done I’ll have a better idea if it will become a wall hanging or a pillow.

Tomorrow is guild Bee day and Wednesday I will be heading to a quilt show. I am looking forward to that! Hubby is off on Friday, and we may do some more RV shopping, so I don’t know how much I will accomplish at the end of the week. Looking back at the beginning of March, I see that I had lots of wonderful plans for the sewing room; however, I can count what I accomplished on a couple of fingers 😊 Oh, well. I will probably let April be a little more open since it will be time to start the garden, but hopefully some of those items on my March list will get done in April.

That’s it from here. I hope you all have a fun week!

Linking up with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall at Patchwork Times

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Finishes

First off, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For those who like to go out and celebrate, have a fun and safe day. For those who don’t (like me), you might just wear a bit of green today 😊

I have one mini finish this week. I made a pillow yesterday for the Project Quilting Challenge. The post is right here and below is the pillow I made for it…

I also made some additional hourglass blocks that I will be putting into a quilt…

I don’t know how big this quilt will end up. It probably depends on when I get tired of making the blocks.

And since Easter is coming up, Here’s a little crochet bunny for you…

He’s a bit wonky, but then, all of my crochet turns out a bit wonky. This is only half of a bunny. I need to make another of these, then sew on eyes and a nose, then stitch the sides together and stuff him. Maybe I’ll show him off when (if!) I get to making the other side.

The only other sewing work this week has been working on a couple of charity quilts for guild. I hope to have at least three to take in a few weeks with the quilting completed and the binding attached. Then someone else can hand stitch down the binding.

That’s it from here for now. This weekend should be a yard work weekend. I see some mulch in my future. Next week is also the Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge. I’ll be heading up there in the middle of the week and I’m looking forward to it. At the end of next week I think we are finally going to head out to look at more new RVs. Not sure what we will find, but it’s fun to look. Maybe we can find something before we head out to camp this year.

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some great projects.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time Is Up

This week is the final Project Quilting Challenge (8.6) at Persimon Dreams. The theme is “Time is Up” and I really had no idea what to do for it. The only thing that came to mind was an hourglass block. So, that’s what I decided to do.

I sorted through my shelves and pulled some bright prints that I have no idea what to do with. These are fabrics that I have won at guild meetings, gifts from shop hops, picked up off the free table at guild meetings because I thought I could use them, or they were that last fabric in a bundle of fat quarters that I bought because I wanted to use the other fabrics in the bundle. These are the poor lowly fabrics that I just had no plan for.

Then I saw that I had some yardage of Kona White solid fabric. My Rainbow Stars quilt uses Kona Snow, and I needed more of it. Silly me picked up Kona White at the fabric store, and they are not the same color. Ergh. So, the Kona White has been sitting on my shelves for over a year now. But this week, it is fulfilling its destiny and going into a quilt.

I took the prints and the white fabric and cut them all up into 10 inch squares, then paired prints with white and each set made two humble hourglass blocks. Yesterday I finished up 30 hourglass blocks and put them on the design wall…

My intention was to make a large quilt. This is where I had a problem with my focus. Usually, I need to focus more intently on completing a project. This week I have been focusing too intently. The deadline for the Challenge is this weekend, and I knew I wouldn’t meet the deadline for a completed quilt. The blocks on the design wall would only make a small lap quilt, and I decided I really wanted to make a larger bed size quilt and needed to make more blocks. So, that is was I was planning on doing. Fortunately, Paula on the Challenge Quilts Facebook page suggested I make a pillow for the Challenge with just a few blocks so I could meet the deadline and then continue making the quilt with more blocks. Why didn’t I think of that?? I was too focused on my plan of making the larger quilt for the Challenge, rather than finding a project that was more sensible to make within the time frame. Now that I have my head straightened out, I was able to complete my Challenge project this morning. Yay!

When I put my hourglass blocks on the design wall, there was one fabric that I wasn’t crazy about…this green fabric with the metallic gold leaves…

So, I took both of the blocks from this fabric and made them into a mini pillow…

Here is the other side…

This measures 9 inches square, so it is just for show (or a doll). I think it looks fine on its own, but the fabric just did not play well for me on the design wall with the other blocks.

I will be linking up for the final Project Quilting Challenge of 2017. Head over to see all of the wonderful and creative projects everyone has come up with this week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

It’s About Time

This week is the final Project Quilting Challenge for Season 8. The theme this week is “Time is Up.” I pondered this one for a bit yesterday, but I think I have a plan. Here is all of the fabric I pulled for this project…

I’m not doing anything fancy or creative or elaborate this time. I just plan on making an hourglass block quilt. One goal I have this year is to try to use up my fabric on my shelves, and I think this project could make a dent in it. I’m hoping it will be a stash buster. This will most likely be a full size quilt, so I’m not sure I can complete it in one week, but I’m going to give it a try.

For today, I’ve already made some granola and I want to bake some cookies later. I’m getting a care package made up to ship to my daughter tomorrow. I need to run out this morning and get a few more things to put in the box for her. Once that is all complete, I will start cutting squares for my hourglass blocks. Sounds like a good day to me!

I will be linking up at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making. Head over for some great projects.