Monday, January 16, 2017

It’s Challenging!

The second Project Quilting Challenge for 2017 was announced yesterday…Carolina Lily. There are some traditional block patterns for it, but when I did an internet search and saw all the lovely images of lilies online, I decided I wanted to do applique. So, I searched through a couple of my quilt block books and found this one from Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks…

Then I got my plan together…

This morning I used freezer paper to cut out the pieces, and I have some on my background ready to stitch down. I will start that later today.

This morning I also sorted through my fabrics and now have my first 16 circles ready to go for Quilty365

This will end up being a diary of my sewing for this year, I think. These fabrics are all from projects that I have dealt with so far this year. I think as I work on a project I will just cut a 4” square from the fabric I use for another circle. I’m using 5” neutral background squares with a 3” finished circle.

I was also able to (FINALLY) figure out a block for our outgoing quilt guild president. Here are the fabrics I am using…

The print fabric is her fabric that she wants in each block. I have decided on a Puss in the Corner block so the print will be a larger square in the middle and the dark brown will be the corner squares. The cream fabric will make up the sides. These blocks I’m making for my Kitties in the Middle project are the same pattern, just to give you an idea…

The remainder of this week will be much like last. I will still be working on the same projects, and hopefully I will get some things accomplished! Tomorrow should be rainy, so after a quick trip to the grocery store in the morning, I will probably skip quilting bee and stay home to sew. Sounds like fun to me!

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Purple

My plan this year is to finish up some RSC projects from previous years, but I am also starting a new project for RSC 2017.  I’m making blocks for The Kittens…

I cut out fabric for two purple kitten blocks…

And I finished up one of them this week…

I think he (or she) turned out pretty cute. I am looking forward to progressing on this quilt top, a couple of blocks each month. It should make for some colorful kittens.

I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the second RSC Link-Up Party of 2017. Head on over for some lovely purple projects!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Finishes

I did a bit of work in the sewing room this week and I have some finishes. Yay!

I finally finished the stitching on the needlepoint cats…

I have started working on the back stitching and it’s going rather quickly, so I think this one could possibly be completely done by the end of the weekend. Woo hoo! I plan on making this into a pillow and hopefully I can get that done soon.

I also finished up 5 more Kennel Quilts…

I have fabric cut to make some more, so I may just try to throw one or two in here and there throughout the next few weeks. I hope they are never needed, but they will be ready to go just in case.

I also got one Kitten block made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

Too cute! These go together quite easily and I think they are a good choice for me this year for the RSC.

Finally, this morning I finished up the second week of blocks for the 365 Challenge…

These blocks get a bit more involved as you go along, and today the post stated that most of the remaining blocks would be using the 1” cut strips. Yikes! But, I think I can do it.

That’s about it from here this week. Hubby is flying home right now from a business trip, so we plan on a nice relaxing weekend with temperatures in the 60s! Where did winter go? Last weekend we woke up and it was 7 degrees with snow on the ground. There are 60s (and 70 one day) in the forecast for the next week, so maybe we can get some outdoor work done before winter decides to settle in again. I hope all of you in the path of this terrible ice storm that is coming stay safe and warm this weekend.

Today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over to see all of the great finishes from this week. Now I’m off to clean up the kitchen and make hubby some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Works in Progress

Today I plan on getting a little bit done in the sewing room. First, I did start on my first Kitten block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I plan on finishing up the bottom half this morning.

I also need to work on my 365 Challenge blocks today. I have 5 block patterns from this week waiting for me. They don’t take too long, so I should get them done.

I also hope to spend some time on hand work today. I’m so excited that I finished stitching the needlepoint cats…

I now have to do the backstitching/detail work on it. I will work on that in the evenings. This is at a point now that I can seriously start deciding on a new stitching project.

Finally, I hope to get some time to quilt “Suki Goes Camping”…

I haven’t touched this since before Christmas, but I do plan on sitting down with it today after lunch.

I think that’s a full enough plate for me today. It’s an “at home” day today, and I’m on my own tonight, so it can be a full day of sewing. Yay! I will be linking up with Esther’s blog for WiPs on Wednesday. I hope you check out all of the great projects there, and have a wonderful day!