Friday, October 31, 2014

October NewFO and Finishes

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe it’s the end of October already. But, time does march on, so here we go with my NewFO and finishes for October!

For my NewFO, I started this mini turkey quilt…

When he’s done (hopefully by this weekend) he will hang out for a while in my table top quilt stand in my living room. The scary black cat at the top of this post is there right now in honor of Halloween.  This turkey is just a made up paper pieced pattern from something I saw online. I couldn’t find a turkey pattern I really liked, so I just kind of made it up. I think he turned out just fine. I’ll get him quilted, then he’ll be able to watch our Thanksgiving fun! I will be linking up at Cat Patches for the October NewFO link up party.

I set several goals for October, and some I met, and others…not so much.

For A Lovely Year of Finishes for October I had wanted to complete my Log Cabin Leaves quilt top. Well, I didn’t quite make it. I did finish all the blocks and I have the two top rows sewn together. I just have three more rows to sew together and a narrow border to add until I set it aside for a bit. I will add another border, but I’m not exactly sure what…though I know I want a pieced border so that will take a bit of time to make. I really like how these blocks turned out and I know I’ll be pleased with it when it’s done. Hopefully I’ll get it put together and the first border added in the next week or so. Here’s a photo of all the blocks (before sewing the two top rows together)…

I also participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy. The colors for October were the dark colors including black, brown and dark gray. I used up a lot of dark and brown batik scraps in the Log Cabin Leaves, so that cleared out some space on my shelves. I also got squares done for my house blocks I’m building with the RSC colors. Here are the October squares…

I also took all my dark/black/brown half square triangles that I scrapped up over the summer, and sewed them to light triangles to make 92 more HST squares for my Split 9-Patch that I’ve been working on a while.  It’s nice when the scraps get used up!

I also spent some time practicing my Free Motion Quilting…I quilted some snowflakes on my snowman wall hanging and on a couple of snowman potholders. Here is the quilting…

They’re turning out pretty cute. I need to get some binding on these guys and call them done!

Miscellaneous stuff I did in the sewing room included piecing a border for my Easy Street top. Easy Street was the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for 2012, and I finished piecing the top earlier this year, then set it aside. I scavenged through my scraps from that quilt and put together a piano key border, so I need to add a narrow border, then the pieced border, then call it good! I picked up some batting this week for the quilt and some backing fabric earlier this month. So I have no excuse to not get it done before I start the new mystery which begins later in November. I’m hoping to get Easy Street completely done and binding put on by the end of the year. By the way, I STILL haven’t finished piecing Celtic Solstice…grrrrr! I need to work on that too!

I have also used up some scraps and old fabric for some utilitarian jobs around the house. I made up some draft dodgers for the exterior doors, and I’ve quilted up some curtains to put in the windows at the sides of the front door to help keep the cold from coming in there. It’s amazing how chilly it gets by the front door when those windows aren’t covered. Other than that, I’ve just been working on sewing and embroidery projects for Christmas. The good news is that those are almost done. Hopefully within the next week I can get those things marked off my list.

Now it’s time to start getting ready for November. Today I need to clear out the garden. Freezing temperatures are here already and tonight there is actually snow/wintry mix forecasted for the area. Tomorrow will only be in the low to mid 40s for a high, so I think today (in the 50s/60s) needs to be the day to finish up the garden for the year. It has done really well this year and we’re already planning for next year’s garden. Getting excited already!

Next week I’ll work on figuring out what I need to do for November in the sewing room. I don’t know how much is going to get accomplished because my hubby will be off two days, it’s our wedding anniversary, we need to vote on Tuesday, I have a quilt guild meeting, and I have a doctor’s appointment. Along with deep cleaning the house for the holidays and getting the trailer put away for the winter, I may be a bit too busy to sew.

I hope you had a fabulous October and are ready for November!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ALYOF October Finish (or Not!)

Well, October is almost over. And I didn’t meet my goal…yet. I guess there are a couple of more days to go, but I really don’t think I will get finished with it this week. It seems other small projects (read Christmas gifts!) keep squeezing their way into my schedule.

My goal for October was to finish the top for my Log Cabin Leaves quilt (#2 on the ALYOF Goal Setting Party). Here is where it stands now…

Since I took this photo I did sew the top two rows together, but I still have three rows to go, plus I have some fabric for a narrow border that I want to put on. I guess I will have to push this one to November. Oh well. I did get all the blocks completed in October, so that’s something. I really like how this quilt is turning out, so I’ll be excited when I do get it finished.

I will be linking up at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs for the October A Lovely Year of Finishes party

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall

I finally finished the leaf blocks for Log Cabin Leaves. I have the top two rows sewn together (after taking this photo) and I’m hoping this week to complete piecing the top, then put on a narrow border. I think at that point it will be “done enough” for right now, until I can figure out an actual border for it.

I’ll be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stash Report Week 43 of 2014

I made some more curtains with some of my stash, so I had 2.25 yards go out. Nothing came in – yay! - though I do plan on picking up some batting next week, so that may change if I venture near the fabric. ;)

This coming week my main goal is to finish piecing the top for Log Cabin Leaves. I only have three more rows to put together, then I would like to at least have one narrow-ish border added. I don’t know what other (if any) border I will add to it. But, I would really like to finish this one up soon…probably early 2015.

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:    38.25 yards
Used this week:         2.25 yards
Added year to date:  69.75 yards
Added this week:       0.0 yards
Total net used 2014: 29.25 yards

(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

RSC – Last of the Browns

I finally finished up my Log Cabin Leaves blocks this week, so I was able to use up plenty of brown and dark batik scraps.

I’m liking how this is turning out. I have to figure out a border though. I will definitely put some type of stop border around the blocks. I’ll have to see if I have enough of one dark batik to go all the way around. If not I may have to venture to the quilt store…oh darn! J

Since I took this photo I have sewn the top two rows of blocks together. I'm planning on getting the remaining blocks sewn into a top this week.

I’ll be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head on over to see all the wonderful projects.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall – October 20, 2014

My design wall hasn’t changed since last week. I’m hoping to finish up the leaves this week…of course, I was hoping to finish them last week ;)

I’ll be linking up at Patchwork Times. Check out all the lovely projects over there.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report Week 42 of 2014

I didn’t get anything done this week, so no fabric out. Bummer. I did receive fabric for the backing of a quilt. I’m really hoping to get that quilt done by Thanksgiving, so I hope for that to go back out soon. Here’s the fabric…

As for my goal for the upcoming week… well I really failed this past week, so I hope to make up for it this week. I spent a lot of time this past week working on projects around the house, so I didn’t get my Log Cabin Leaves blocks finished. I will really try to get the leaves sewn together. I’ve also been working on piecing a border for an old mystery quilt, so I would also like to get that finished and borders put on. Hopefully, I can get those things 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:    38.25 yards
Used this week:         0.0 yards
Added year to date:  66.25 yards
Added this week:       3.5 yards
Total net used 2014: 31.50 yards

(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I still have leaves on my Design Wall…

I cut out the remaining leaves and have started piecing them. I got six more leaves done…8 to go. But, the half-square triangles and stems are pieced so all I have to do is put together 9 patch blocks. I’m hoping they go quickly. Once I get the “logs” attached to the leaves and put the leaf blocks together, I can see how big it is and if I need to add any more blocks. I’m hoping the 20 blocks plus a wide-ish border will work.

I will be linking up at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stash Report Week 41 of 2014

I didn’t report in last week, but nothing has come in over the past couple of weeks, even with a trip to the fabric store (I bought batting)  – yay! However, 5 yards went out – yay! I actually used some of my stash for projects around the house – I made curtains and some draft dodgers for exterior doors. I also contributed a fat quarter to the quilt guild at our meeting for a drawing. So, maybe I can keep on a roll the remainder of the year and get more yardage out. Who knows…maybe I’ll break even by the end of the year!

As for next week, other than running out to get a flu shot and early voting (and the grocery store, ugh!), I should be able to spend a bit of time in the sewing room. Hopefully I can get a few projects done and count out more fabric. I will definitely continue to work on my Log Cabin Leaves…I have all the leaves cut out and ready to sew, then adding the outer “logs” to the blocks goes pretty quickly. I would really like to have all the blocks pieced by next weekend. We’ll see what the week brings!

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:    33.25 yards
Used this week:         5.0 yards
Added year to date:  66.25 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.00 yards

(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

RSC – Brown for October

I used up a little bit of brown from my stash this week. I made three draft dodgers for some of our exterior doors. Here are two…

In this photo one is filled and the other isn’t…since then I bought more cat litter and now all three are filled and ready for the cold weather. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a brown fabric with teensy-weensy multi-colored dots. This is some fabric I picked up at a thrift store, then decided it was probably a bit too heavy to really use in a quilt, so it is going for a very good utilitarian purpose J.

I was also able to put together several more leaves for my Log Cabin Leaves quilt. This used up a few dark/brown batik scraps…

I will be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Design Wall for October 6, 2014

I have leaves falling down my design wall...

These are from the Log Cabin Leaves pattern from McCall’s Quilting from 2002…

I’m hoping to get all the blocks done in October. We’ll have to see how they pile up J.

I’ll be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times. Stop by and check out all the projects everyone is working on.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – October

The colors for the month of October are the darker, more somber colors of brown, black, and gray. On Wednesday, I made up small and large squares of brown and black scraps to build house blocks…

Then on Thursday and Friday I sorted through the half-square triangles I cut with my Accu Quilt a couple of months ago, when I was trying to clear out my fabric scraps. I pulled out all the black, brown and gray triangles, then I stitched them up with light triangles to make half-square-triangle squares for the Split 9-Patch quilt I’m working on. So, that’s 92 more half-square-triangle squares done for the Split 9-Patch.

I also was able to finish up 3 more blocks for the Log Cabin Leaves quilt top, which uses brown batik scraps…

Pretty productive for 3 days. I know I have some more projects that can use up some of these darker colors, so I’ll see what else I can find to work on this month. I do have a larger scrap of brown fabric that I picked up at a thrift shop earlier this year sitting on my sewing table to make some door draft dodgers. Since it's 45 degrees as I sit here now, and it will be in the 30s tomorrow morning, I think this would be a good project for me to work on today!

I’ll be linking up at SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ALYOF & October Goals

My goal for October for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to finish the quilt top for Log Cabin Leaves. I have a few blocks made so far. I’m not totally certain how many blocks I’m going to need, but I’ll keep working on them until it’s the right size J. I would like to make this for a bedspread for our trailer, so it will need to be a tad bigger than what the pattern calls for. I think the pattern calls for 20 blocks. I’m making my blocks a little bit bigger than the pattern, but I know I’ll need more than 20. We’ll see how it goes. Here is where it stands now…

I will be linking up with the October Goal Setting Party at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs.

I also plan on participating in the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy and the 2014 NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches. The color for October for the RSC is the darker colors in our scrap bins, so I’ll be putting together some brown, black, or gray squares so I can build house blocks with them. We’ll see what other RSC projects I can work on in October. I’m still undecided on a project for the NewFO Challenge. We’ll see what the month brings.

I also want to start Free Motion Friday on Fridays in October. I really would like to work on improving my machine quilting skills. The three most dreaded words for me are “quilt as desired”. I just kind of freeze and then the quilt top sits on a shelf and doesn’t get done; and when I do get around to quilting something, I spend so much time practicing and fretting over it before I actually work on the quilt that I’m over it by then. So, I am going to start working on quilting at least once a week…on Free Motion Friday. I will devote part of the day to practicing on my machine, learning more about techniques and patterns from books and videos (Craftsy is my favorite for video – and I have tons of quilting pattern books), maybe take a class, and actually getting some projects completed. I really hope by making my quilting practice more regular, that I can feel more comfortable quilting my projects (and getting them done!)

Other than that, I need to work on completing some Christmas gifts; I have a snowman wall hanging that needs quilting; I have snowman blocks to make into mini quilts or potholders; and I have some project ideas for a bunch of flannel fabric I bought a few months ago at our quilt guild garage sale. Oh, and I also have a Halloween quilt that I would like to work on…though it won’t be ready until NEXT Halloween.

I think that all means a busy month ahead! I’ll also be cleaning up the garden, and getting the yard ready for the fall and winter (leaf raking, mulching, all that fun stuff). We also have to finish staining the deck, and maybe go camping once the trailer is repaired…so much to do!

So, I am looking forward to what October brings…I hope you are too!