Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Accomplishments

I was able to make some progress on my goals for the month of May. Yay!

First, I finished my Family Tree wall hanging. This was my goal for May for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I’m so glad it’s done, and you can read more about it here and see my link to the May Goal Party here.

For my official May NewFO, I started on the second pillow for our trailer. It’s a McKenna Ryan pattern called “Miss-Bee-Hiving”. I’ve got everything fused and ready to quilt, except for the bees. You can read more about it here and I’ll be linking up with the NewFO Linky Party at Cat Patches here.

Also, I was able to get a quilt loaded on my quilting frame.

This is made from 9 patch blocks (the blue squares are the centers of each 9 patch) that my grandmother made a loooong time ago and my mom gave it to me after my grandmother passed away (20+ years ago). These were really wobbly and wonky, and I was having an awful time trying to figure out how to sash them and put them together. Finally, I decided I just wanted it to be done and usable, so I cut them all down to 14-1/2 inch squares (they ranged from about 14-1/2 to 15-1/2 inches), and just sewed them together without sashing. I put on the pretty blue border, and I have a really wild backing piece from the late 1980s that works great with this top (at least I think so!) I’ve been itching to do some hand quilting, so I think this one will do the trick.

I also participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for May. The color of the month is green, and I made 15 small squares and 2 large squares to “build” my house blocks. I was also able to complete one green house block…my Beach House

I also did a little bit of work on several projects in progress, but nothing else was finished. I was able to applique the remaining tails onto the Sawtooth Cats quilt top. I’d like to be able to get the rest of the paper pieced borders done next month, and get the entire top done and ready to quilt.

I completed Step 4 of Celtic Solstice.

I will try to do Step 5 next month, but it will probably be low on my list of goals. Maybe it would be more reasonable to plan on Step 5 for July, but we’ll see.

I made a star mug rug. I’ve never mitered inside corners, so this was a challenge for me. After I made it I searched the internet and found some good instructions, so I think the next one I make will go a bit easier.

I also did some sewing on a reverse applique project I started many years ago. It is this pattern of a dragon from Three Swans Studios.

I’m not very far along on it, but now that I know a bit more than I did when I started it years ago, I have re-marked the section I’m working on and it is working out a bit better. When I get farther along on it I’ll share a photo.

Finally, I started quilting this little Teddy Bear Parade quilt.

It’s from a kit from Keepsake Quilting that I started several years ago. I was able to get all the ditch stitching and wavy line stitching done with the walking foot, but once I started the free motion quilting on the teddy bear sections I started having tension problems with my bobbin thread. I need to get some different yellow thread…I see an Aurofil order in the near future.

There were only a couple of things that I had hoped to work on that I never got to in May…starting a vintage hankies quilt using my grandmothers hankies, and making some more purses and pouches for gifts. I was also going to make a project for the Scrappy Challenge at Patchwork Times, but only made one block. I wasn’t too pleased with my block, so I didn’t get any further with it. Oh well, there’s always next month.

I hope you had a great month of May! June, here we come!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday - May 29

First, please forgive the quality of the photo. This is from almost 20 years ago and is in a scrapbook album I made of my completed quilts. The photos are not of the best quality, but they’re all I’ve got! And, yes, that’s my baby girl (now 22!) on the left standing on a chair holding the quilt up so mom can take a photo.

This is a wall hanging I made in the summer of 1995 for the second bathroom in our house when we lived in Houston, TX. I loved…loved…LOVED…that house. I wish I could have picked it up and moved it with us when we moved to TN. But alas, no. But, that bathroom was huge! When you walked in it had a double sink area with a large linen closet, plus wall space. That part must have been about 12x6 feet. Then you walked into the other part of the bathroom with the toilet and tub/shower, and another linen closet. That part was about 8x6 feet. It was my daughter’s bathroom and she loved fish, so we painted it a light aqua and put up a tropical fish wallpaper border around the ceiling. I then made this wall hanging and a matching shower curtain quilt top. I don’t think I quilted the shower curtain…I think it was just the top…maybe I backed it with fabric, but I can’t remember. We left it with the house. I believe I got the pattern for this from a magazine and I know it was way more difficult than I expected it to be. Maybe because it has lots of triangles and triangles and I don’t get along so well! I remember being outside in the evenings chatting with neighbors (we did that kind of thing in Houston…I loved Houston) and looking at the light on in the bathroom window and it just glowed blue! It was such a funny sight!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes – May 2014

I have a finish! Yay!

My goal for ALYOF for May was to complete my Family Tree wall hanging for my husband’s family. I was #9 at the goal setting party. I wrote about finishing it here, but once I hung it on the wall, I realized that I forgot something. I had intended to do some embroidery on the wall hanging to “link up” the families so you could see who went with whom. I completely forgot about it until my husband was looking at it and was trying to figure out who had been married…ugh. So, I took it off the wall and made some chain stitches between married couples and then connected them to their children. So now it’s really done!

I will be linking up at the May Finishes Party for A Lovely Year of Finishes 2014. Head on over and see what everyone has been working on this month!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stash Report Week 21 of 2014

I had some fabric come in that I ordered on-line last week.

This is for my house blocks I’m working on for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Unfortunately nothing went out this week. Maybe next week J.

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Used year to date:    23.25 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  47 yards
Added this week:       2.25 yards
Total net used 2014: 26 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

RSC 2014 – Green Beach House

I fused some applique onto the green beach house block. I’ll add some details with thread later, such as the legs to the blue and white striped beach chair. I also need to figure out a window for the house, and I have some fabric with crabs on it that I wanted to use, but I’ll have to figure out what to do about the tiny little legs on the crabs. I could always add them in later with thread. I don’t think I can cut around them to fuse them on, but I might try. I may add more to this, but I’m excited that I’ve gotten this far on it and I really like the way it’s turning out. I can’t wait to get some more blocks done!

I’ll be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014. You can check out what others are doing with their green scraps here.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here is my homage to Throwback Thursday…my first quilt…

Sorry it’s a cruddy photo. This is my very first quilt from 25 years ago. I was a big time cross stitcher at the time, so all the blocks are cross stitched with baby themed patterns. You can see a stuffed dragon in the middle, a little ducky in the bottom left corner, a teddy bear blowing bubbles, etc. I then used a light yellow flannel (don’t laugh!) for the sashings, border, and backing. I just did simple straight hand quilting around each block. I remember having this laid out in the tiled entry way of our house finishing the quilting and putting on the binding late into Christmas Eve so I could give it to my niece for Christmas 1989. I was just married the month before, so I’m sure my new husband thought I was a bit nuts!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Out & About

My sewing machine is in the shop, so Monday I started on my NewFO project for May. It is “Miss-Bee-Hiving” from the Out & About series by McKenna Ryan.

So far it is all fusible applique. So, on Monday I picked out all the fabrics; traced, fused and cut out all the applique pieces; and got them all fused onto the background.

The light colored item to the left of the bear in the tree is a bee hive. I have not yet made the bees. I have a yellow fabric I think I will use, then just quilt in their black stripes, but I’ve not made a final decision on that yet. I still may look for a black and yellow fabric.

This pattern is a companion pattern to the “Dinner for Two” pillow I made a couple of months ago.

I’ll make “Miss-Bee-Hiving” into a pillow also and they will go in our travel trailer. Hopefully I will get my sewing machine out of the shop this week and be able to quilt it and complete the pillow soon.

I’m off to work on some hand sewing. I think this morning I will get out my reverse applique project from many years ago and see if I can get some work done on it. It is this dragon pattern

Later today I may hand applique some more tails on my Sawtooth Cats quilt top. I believe I have five more tails to go.

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stash Report Week 20 of 2014

I bought quite a bit of fabric this week, but it is all for particular projects I’m working on, so it doesn’t really county, does it? ;) Of course I could blame it all on my mother-in-law who (generously) bought me a gift card for Joann’s for Mother’s Day.

I picked up a couple of yards of this fabric for the backing of a small quilt I started earlier this year (maybe another finish in my future?)

I also picked up the following red, white, and blue fabrics for some quickie projects I’m working on.

Bright and festive, right?

Finally, I picked up some fat quarters and some quarter yard cuts of various novelty fabrics.

I plan on using the gray and brown on the right side as “roofing material” for my house blocks for the quilt I’m making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The remaining fabrics I bought with the intention of using the various elements and motifs in the fabrics for fusible applique for the same quilt top. I also have a few more yards of novelty fabrics coming probably next week that I ordered on-line. They are also for the same quilt top.

I made a “trial” coaster this week to see how it would turn out, but it only used about 1/8 yard of fabric. I will count that later when I make more of these…I’d rather count my stash in quarter yard increments since that is how they generally come into my house.  Here’s the one coaster I made

There won’t be much sewing in my near future. Saturday I took my machine in for service and the hand wheel started making a horrible noise on Friday. If the last service visit is any indication, it may be several weeks before I see my machine again. Oh well, I have plenty of hand work projects to do.

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Used year to date:    23.25 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  38.5 yards
Added this week:       8.5 yards
Total net used 2014: 23.75 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Green

This week I was able to build a house block using one of my large green squares. I REALLY like how this block turned out. I’ve picked up some fabrics that have various elements and motifs that I will fuse onto this block (for example, a sailboat to put in the water, a beach ball and crab for the sand). I’m hoping to get those things done by next week and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll have one of these blocks completely complete! I will probably put detailing thread work onto each block when I quilt the entire thing. For now, I’m pleased with how this is turning out.

I’ll be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mid-May Check-In

Well, it’s already the middle of May. Time is flying this year! And it’s time to see how I’m progressing on my goals for the month of May.

First, I wanted to finish the Family Tree wall hanging for my husband’s side of the family. Done! This was my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for May and you can read more about that here.

Next, I wanted to hand applique more of the tails on my Sawtooth Cats quilt top. At the beginning of May I had 5 tails on. I now have 12 stitched on. Yay! Eight more to go. I think I will try VERY hard to get those tails done this month.

I also wanted to get my green blocks done for May’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Done! I actually made a lot more small squares than I had planned, but I’ll use them somewhere, somehow!

I also had hoped to participate in the Srappy Challenge for May over at Patchwork Times. I made one lowly little spool block so far. I don’t know if I will do any more this month. I made it with scraps, so I don’t really like it. I think I would prefer it to be a little more color coordinated.

I also want to participate in the NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches. I have not started that yet, but there are two weeks left in the month. I have about 3 projects I’m considering, so we’ll see what happens.

I also wanted to complete Part 4 in the Celtic Solstice Mystery from Bonnie Hunter. Done! I think next month I’ll get Part 5 done and then all the units should be done and I can put the blocks together. I’m glad I’m focusing on finishing this quilt this year. It took me a long time to complete the previous mystery from Bonnie.

Well, there were three more items on my goal list for May: making a Folk Art Cat quilt block; making some pouches and purses for gifts; and working on a reverse applique project that has been in the closet for a while. I haven’t done any work on those yet. But there is still plenty of time left in the month. 

How are you coming along on your May goals?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Design Wall Monday May 12

This fabric is for a house block I’m making as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I’m planning on this block being a beach house, with the green square the house, and the dark blue center horizon as the ocean. The brown on the right is a possibility for the roof of the house. I’m not sure if it needs a lighter brown, though. I’ll have to think about it.

I hope to get this block completed this week. There will be a little upheaval this week with my daughter moving back home tomorrow from college (fortunately she has a job – two in fact!). So we’ll be adjusting to another person around the house. At least she’ll be working (from home) all day and I’ll be able to spend some time in the sewing room. But for today, I need to get her room back to normal (we kind of took it over!) and clean the house.

Head on over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on in their sewing studios.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stash Report Week 19 of 2014

I didn’t post on the Stash Report last week, but there was nothing in and nothing out.

This week I did finish a wall hanging…you can read about it here…so that is 1.5 yards out. Nothing came in the house this week, so slowly, but surely, I’ll get out of the hole!

Used year to date:    21.75 yards
Used this week:         1.5 yards
Added year to date:  38.5 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 15.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge May 10

I went a little overboard making my green fabric for blocks:

I have my two large squares done for the house blocks, but I went wild and made 15 small squares for the border houses of the quilt. I’m hoping I can get at least one of the green house blocks done sometime this month.

Head over to So Scrappy to see other links to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

We’ve been a bit busy around here. We’ve been doing a lot of work outdoors, but since this week will be pretty warm, it’s a good time to get back to the sewing room.

I’ve spent part of the last week finishing the Family Tree wall hanging for my husband’s side of the family.

For the quilting, I first did a blanket stitch around all the name plates.

Then I FMQ a small meandering leaf pattern in the tree leaves.

I did some straight line and outline quilting of the tree trunk and branches, and added some tufts of grass at the bottom. I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to do in the sky portion, and just decided on a stipple.

Finally, I wanted to do feathers in the border, but because of the floral motif of the fabric, I decided instead to do a feather-y fern-y type quilting.

I put on ribbon hangers/labels again on this wall hanging as I did on the Patriotic Star, and got the binding stitched on and hand stitched down. Then, done! I’m glad this one is finished. It’s my May “A Lovely Year of Finishes” goal, so that can be checked off my list for the month. I have another one of these kits which I will make using my family tree. That will happen later this year (I hope).

Today I need to do some housekeeping chores. Maybe later this afternoon I’ll be able to get into the sewing room and work on one of my May goals. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge May

The color for May for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is green. I have four small (3-1/2 inch) “made” squares to share. I still need to make the larger squares (6-1/2 inch), but I have plenty of time in the month to get those done. I somehow misplaced my other blocks I’m making for the RSC – they are *somewhere* in my sewing room. They are not where I thought I put them…ugh! I’m sure I’ll come across them soon.

These squares will be put into house blocks, and hopefully I can get at least one green house block done this month.

Head over to So Scrappy to see other green projects for the May Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Goals

I have quite a few things I want to complete in the sewing room for May. I have loads of small projects that need to get done, so hopefully I can make some progress.

First, for A Lovely Year of Finishes for May, I want to complete the Family Tree wall hanging. This covers my husband’s family. I haven’t started the one for my family yet, but I’d like to have them both done this year. So, I will get the quilting and binding done on this one this month. 

Next, I’d like to get more applique tails sewn on my Sawtooth Cats quilt and possibly complete the paper pieced borders. Here’s the quilt top so far…

I have 15 tails to hand stitch, plus three borders to paper piece. That may take me a while!

I’m also participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014. The color for May appears to be green – though nothing official has been posted - so I will be “making” green fabric for two large blocks and four small blocks to “build” into houses.

I also hope to participate in the Scrappy Challenge at Patchwork Times. I don’t know what the new block for May is yet, but my hope is to be able to complete at least one new potholder from it.

I also plan to participate in the NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches. This month I plan to start a quilt using my grandmother’s hankies. I’m planning on gray and white solids for the background with the hankies appliqued on top. I’m kind of winging it, so we’ll see how it goes.

I would also like to make a few more quilted pouches and/or purses this month. I like that they are a bit quicker than making an entire quilt. I would like to have some made up for gifts for later in the year.

There are also a few projects in progress I would like to work on. These are things that may only take me a day to complete, or just working on them here and there is fine with me. I don’t need to finish any of these projects right now…

I’ll try to complete Part 4 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery quilt. I have some of it done, but still some work to do on it.

I’m making this Folk Art Cats quilt and would like to complete at least one more block. I have 3 or 4 blocks done already.

I also have a reverse applique project I started probably 7 or 8 years ago for my daughter. It’s this stained glass dragon quilt

My plan was to make four panels and sew them side by side to make a quilt large enough to put on her bed. I’m still working on the first panel. But I’d like to pull this one out of the closet and do some work on it.

Finally, I put together some 9 patch blocks I’ve had from my grandmother and put a border around them for a quilt top. I’m itching to do some hand quilting again, so I will get some batting and load that quilt onto my quilt frame and get started on it.

I think that’s enough! I’ll also be heading to a local quilt show over Memorial Day weekend, so that should be fun…and possibly inspirational! What are your plans for the month?

ALYOF May Goal

My goal for ALYOF for May is to quilt and bind my Family Tree wall hanging. Here is where I left off…

I really need to quilt and finish up a bunch of little projects, and this one is at the top of my list. I’m really not certain how I want to quilt it, but it WILL get done this month!

Head on over to the May Goals Linky Party for A Lovely Year of Finishes 2014 to see what everyone else is working on.