Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stash Report Week 35 of 2014

Last week I didn’t do the Stash Report, but there was nothing in and nothing out, so no change there. This week I didn’t add to my stash, but I got a couple of little projects done, using one-half yard of fabric. I’m also sending out a fat quarter in the mail to someone, so another quarter yard out! I used up some of my flannel making some pajama pants, but I didn’t add that flannel into my stash when I got it, so I won’t count that out. But, it’s still fabric off my shelves!

My goal for next week is to work on quilting this quilt…

It is the Teddy Bear Parade kit from Keepsake Quilting that I pieced several years ago and never got around to finishing (sounds familiar…). Anyway, I started quilting it in June or July (I can’t recall that far back) and I was having major tension problems on my machine and had to take it in to get it fixed. I think the machine is fine now, but I set this aside and didn’t get back to it at that time. So now is the time. I have this and a couple of more baby quilts to quilt and bind. I think I will work on getting those done the next couple of months. Besides that quilt, I will be doing some more genealogy organizing and house cleaning…getting ready for fall. Yay!

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:    32 yards
Used this week:         0.75 yards
Added year to date:  60.25 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 27.50 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

August NewFO Challenge or What I Did on My Summer Vacation

OK, maybe not a vacation, but it did seem like I was busy in August.

First, for my NewFO for August, I started a Split 9-Patch quilt.

I was getting sick of seeing my scraps spill over their containers, so I took out my AccuQuilt and cut them into 2-1/2 inch squares and half-square triangles. I was able to get through most of my scraps, but I still have a lot to go. However, I wanted to do something with them, so I figured this block was a good option J. I’m thinking I could possibly get two quilts out of my scraps and they just might make some nice Christmas gifts. We’ll see how far I get. I’ll be linking up over at the NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches.

Next, I was able to quilt and bind my Charm Pack baby quilt. I really like how this quilt turned out, and I love the polka dot backing. Here are a couple of photos…

I also participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy. The color this month was light and bright green. I don’t really have any light greens, but I used most of my bright greens last May when the color of the month was green. But, earlier this month I was able to come up with some light-ish and muted greens to make squares for my house blocks. Here are the squares I made…

Last week I also found some more bright greens in my sewing room (I don’t know where they were hiding), so I stripped them and put them together and made some hexagon coasters.

So, those were the major items I accomplished in the sewing room this month. I also worked on a few other small projects…

I made two tea cup blocks for a swap at our September quilt guild can see the link here.

I made 20 signature blocks for a swap for my email quilting group…

I quilted and bound this Halloween panel kit…

And I made this Fall mini quilt for my table top quilt stand…

I’ll be able to put that up on the first of September. I normally spend Labor Day putting out the fall d├ęcor. The weather might be in the 90s, but I’m imagining the lovely fall days here in East Tennessee…

A few other things I accomplished was cutting up a lot of my scraps (yay!); working a (little) bit on my daughter’s dragon quilt top; and making some flannel pajama pants for me.

I also spent a lot of time outside cleaning the wildflowers out of the front planter, harvesting our garden, working on various other outdoor projects, dehydrating and canning from the garden, working on some genealogy, and trying to clean out and do some organizing in the house (I have two closets done – woo hoo!).

September should be more of the same fun. Plus I get to go to the AQS show in Chattanooga! Double woo hoo! Time to look at more quilting machines. We’ll also be staining our back deck (which we just fixed up in the spring) and probably finishing up with the garden…though I think the tomatoes are never going to go away! We may even have the chance to get the trailer fixed so we can go camping later in the month. That would be great!

I hope you had a great August!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Good-bye Greens!

This week I was able to work with what's left of my bright greens. I cut these scraps into strips

I put together some batting and backing and stitched the strips onto it in a quilt-as-you-go manner…

Here is the back once it was all done…

Then, I cleaned it up and got out my trusty Fons and Porter hexagon ruler…

…and cut out some quilted hexies…

Then I bound them and now have green coasters…

I was able to get four 5-1/2 inch wide coasters and two 4-1/2 inch wide coasters out of my scraps.

Now I’m just left with a few pieces of bright greens on my shelves…

This was a fun month with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. It was nice to clear out so many of my scraps!

I’ll be linking up over at SoScrappy for the August Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014. Head on over to see the other lovely green projects for August.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALYOF – August Finish

I was able to complete my goal for August…yay! My goal (#1 on the August goal link-up) was to quilt and bind my Charm Pack quilt. Here it is…

I just did straight line quilting with the walking foot and I brought the backing around to the front for the binding. I don’t do that very often, but I was a little short of fabric, I had plenty extra backing hanging over, and I didn’t feel like cutting and piecing a bunch of 2-1/2 inch strips! Besides, I really like the backing and I think it looks kind of cute as the binding. Here are photos of the backing and the binding…

This is one of four baby quilt tops I have done. I may try to get the remaining ones quilted and bound by the end of the year. A friend of the family (and someone my daughter works with) is due to have a baby after the first of the year, and if I get them done my daughter can take her pick of which one she wants to gift the new baby.

I’ll be linking up over at A Lovely Year of Finishes for August 2014. Head on over and check out all the lovely projects.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall: August 25, 2014

I have some split 9-patch blocks on my design wall today. I have been going through my scraps the past couple of weeks and using my AccuQuilt to cut 2-1/2 inch squares and 2-1/2 inch half-square triangles, so I figured a split 9-patch block would use a bunch of them up. Good news…I’ve gotten through a lot of scraps. Bad news…I still have a lot of scraps to cut up!

I’ll be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. Stop by and see what everyone is working on.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

RSC – Bright Green Scraps

These are bright green scraps left over from earlier this year from the RSC in May. I have them all pressed and ready to cut into 2-½ and 1-½ inch squares…and probably some strips. The fabrics in the pile at the top of the photo are already strips.

I’ve already made my green squares this month for my house blocks for the RSC, so last week most of the time I spent in the sewing room was going through my boxes and bins and bags of scraps and cutting them up with my AccuQuilt, making 2 ½ inch squares and 2 ½ inch half-square triangles. I then started putting those into split nine patch blocks, though I only have two blocks done so far (I do have enough rows made to make 8 more blocks). I have spent NO time in the sewing room this week, other than to press these bright green scraps and set them out on the cutting mat. I think this next week (the last week of August!) I will get these scraps cut up, and maybe work on cutting up my remaining left over dark green scraps. Who knows, I may even be able to put these into some blocks by next Saturday’s link up! I might try really hard to get the strips sewn into strippy blocks.

How are your green projects coming along? I’ll be linking up over at SoScrappy for the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This was a very fast quilt to make. It’s a Beanie Baby holder quilt and I made it for one of my nieces for Christmas 1998. It’s hard to see in the photo (and this photo doesn’t do the colors justice – they are actually very bright and vivid colors), but the solid color squares have a second piece of fabric sewn on top creating a pocket. That is to hold Beanie Babies. I think I actually have a second one of these tops somewhere in a drawer ready to be quilted. Maybe I should go take a look…

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I have a couple of Split 9-Patch blocks on my design wall right now. I have enough rows sewn together on my sewing table to put together 8 more blocks, so maybe I’ll get to that this afternoon.

I spent part of last week with some quality time with my AccuQuilt cutter and cut a bunch of 2½ inch squares and half-square triangles. This seemed like a great block to use them up. I thought I made a dent in my scraps by doing this, but I still have lots of fabric scraps left. I’ll see how many blocks I can make out of what I’ve already cut. I’d like to get two quilts out of these pieces, then that will be two Christmas gifts from my scraps! Yay!

Head over to Patchwork Times to see all of the lovely design wall projects.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash Report Week 33 of 2014

This week I was able to finish my Charm Pack quilt.

This used up 2.75 yards of fabric. Yay! Two weeks in a row I’ve used fabric and not brought any into the house! I tell you, it was tough Friday when I drove right past the quilt store after running errands!

I’ve completed the major goals I had for the month of August, so next week I get to play! I have spent some of the past week with my AccuQuilt cutting 2 ½ inch squares and half square triangles, so I think I will start piecing those into split 9-patch blocks. This will probably end up being my NewFO for the month. I hope to get enough blocks done to make up a couple of quilts for Christmas gifts. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably also spend a bit of time working on the dragon quilt, and maybe even sitting down at the quilting frame.

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:    29.25 yards
Used this week:         2.75 yards
Added year to date:  60.25 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here’s a good one for a lovely August day…sunflowers!

This is a sunflower wall hanging I made for my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas in 1998. The flowers are hand appliqued. I remember taking this to work on the summer my daughter decided to try gymnastics classes. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stash Report Week 32 of 2014

I was able to finish up with what I wanted to accomplish this week and I got a little stash out of the sewing room. You can read more about it here, but I finished a Halloween wall hanging, a mini quilt, and some swap blocks for the quilt guild, with a total of 2.25 yards of stash going out. And none coming in!! Yay!

Next week I think I will focus on my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. If I get that quilt top quilted and the binding done next week, then I’ll have more stash out of the house. Double Yay! With some gloomy, rainy days ahead of us, I think I will be able to get that done.

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:    27 yards
Used this week:         2.25 yards
Added year to date:  60.25 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 31 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

RSC and Other Happenings this Week

Even with other things going on, I was actually able to complete all my sewing goals for this week…and a little bit more.

For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge the color for August is light and bright green. I used all my bright greens earlier this year when the color was green, so I searched through my “To Scrap or Use as Backing” piles and found some light, but muted, greens. So here are some strips I cut from those.

Then I put them together into squares to eventually build into house blocks.

I don’t know how much more I’ll be getting done on these this month. Maybe I’ll be able to get one or two squares put into blocks. We’ll have to see. I’ll be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 over at SoScrappy.

I also put together a Halloween wall hanging kit that I found on clearance at Keepsake Quilting earlier this year.

This was really just practice in Free Motion Quilting, since it was a panel and no piecing. But it was fun and I can always use practice FMQ.

I also finished up my fall mini quilt for the table top quilt stand.

I guess I’m pretty much ready for the fall with those two projects done!

Also this week, I was able to work on the dragon quilt and I made two swap blocks for our quilt guild for September. These are tea cup blocks, and the one on the right looks smaller in the photo because I had just spray starched and pressed the one on the left before I took the photo; and the one on the right was done the day before. But, they are both the exact same size blocks…I measured them 3 times after seeing the photo!

So that’s about it from here. Tomatoes are coming ripe, so I may be busy canning for the next few weeks. Some quilt shows are coming up, so I’m looking forward to those as well. Now I’ll have to get back to the sewing room to see what I can get done next week J

I hope you accomplished all you wanted this week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Making Progress

Last night I attended the local quilt guild meeting and enjoyed an amazing trunk show. I didn’t take any photos (and I should have!), but the quilts were just wonderful. They were all hand pieced and hand quilted. I feel like a slacker!

I am making some progress on my August goals. I finished the quilting on my Halloween wall hanging, and now I’m working on the binding. I also made my green squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I’ll share the photos Saturday when I link up at So Scrappy.

This morning I finished the second of two tea cup blocks I made for the quilt guild meeting in September…

The one on the right looks smaller in the photo, but it’s not in real life J. These will be swap blocks at the next meeting.

That’s about it. Along with finishing the binding of the wall hanging, I’d like to get my fall mini quilt quilted and finished this week. I will hopefully get the binding on the Halloween wall hanging done today or tomorrow, and then it shouldn’t take long to finish the mini quilt.

How’s your week going?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stash Report Week 31 of 2014

This week I picked up a total of 2.5 yards of some Halloween fabric for a project I’ve been working on for a while. I need to get some more work done on it. I did make a few blankets for the cats out of some flannel, but I didn’t count the flannel in my stash, so nothing was finished this week to count as stash going out…bummer. 

For this upcoming week, I’d like to finish quilting my Halloween wall hanging and get the binding done on it. I’d also like to quilt and bind my Fall mini quilt. That will get a little bit of fabric out of the sewing room, and it would get me ready for the Fall 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:    27 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  57.75 yards
Added this week:       2.5 yards
Total net used 2014: 33.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Friday, August 1, 2014

August ALYOF and Other Goals

My goal for August for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to continue with my July goal and complete the Charm Pack quilt. I have the top done and the backing ready to go. I will need to pick up some batting for this quilt, then get to quilting! I will just be doing straight stitching with the walking foot, so hopefully it won’t take too much time. So, my official goal is to quilt and bind the quilt. Here’s the top…

I’m linking up with the August goal setting party here.

Next I want to participate in the NewFO Challenge for August at Cat Patches. I completed a Family Tree wall hanging kit for my husband’s side of the family, so I think my NewFO will be to begin one for my side of the family. His family looks so lonely hanging up in the hallway all by itself. My family can keep his company!

I also want to participate in the August Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The color for August is light green, so I’ll get some blocks made from my scraps. I used my lights and brights a few months ago when the color was green, so I will dig in my "To Scrap or Use as Backing" pile and come up with some light greens to use. I may or may not get to putting them into house blocks. We’ll see what the month brings.

There are also a few more items I want to work on in August…

Of course, I want to keep working on the dragon quilt.

I also need to do some hand quilting on my Grandmother’s 9 patch quilt. We’ll see how long my hand will hold up doing the hand stitching with that and the dragon quilt J.

Also, I want to work on a Halloween quilt I started way back when…probably last fall. I made a bunch of black and white strip blocks and I want to alternate them with Halloween fabric blocks for a new Halloween quilt at our house. We’ll see when I get to the store to pick up some more Halloween fabric.

OK, those are the main things. Of course I want to start on Christmas gifts; it seems I start later and later every year. And I also have a lot of little items to work on…blocks for my quilt guild swap, little quilting kits laying around the sewing room, old UFOs that REALLY need to be worked on! I would also like to spend more time practicing Free Motion Quilting. We also may be taking a trip and the garden is still producing, so I’ll need to slip some sewing time somewhere in there!

I hope you have a great August!