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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July NewFO, Etc.

I started (and completed) a new project for the 2014 NewFO Challenge for July at Cat Patches. I made a new mini quilt for the summer to put in my table top quilt stand.



This is from a pattern called “A Cat for All Seasons” by Patrick Lose. I’ve made the wall hanging previously for my daughter’s room, and I liked the “cool cat” for my summer mini quilt.

I also completed my primary goals for the month of July, though I really didn’t set any high standards for myself ;).

I completed my Charm Pack quilt top for July’s A Lovely Year of Finishes.



You can see my post about it right here.

I also participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy. The color for July was red, and I was able to complete “made” blocks to build both of my large red house blocks, plus the four small border houses. I also made a couple of red hearts with scraps and some log cabin blocks with my red strips. The additional border houses in the photo below are from previous months of the Challenge. I’m hoping to make a Valentine’s quilt with the hearts and log cabin blocks by next year. Here are all my reds for July…





OK, those were my main goals. I also had some other things I wanted to work on, but between the garden and life I really didn’t do a lot in the sewing room. But, I did work a little bit on the reverse applique dragon…



…and I completed Step 5 in Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery from December 2013…



I was also able to sort of start on a mini quilt for fall. I’m not exactly sure if I like this the way it is, or if I want something completely different. It will probably look way different with the dark binding I have in mind for it. Whatever I decide, it will take the place of my summer cat in my table top quilt stand in September.



I started working on a Halloween wall hanging kit that I got from Keepsake Quilting earlier this year. It was on clearance from last Halloween, and I thought it was cute and worth the (cheap) price. I did switch out the backing fabric that came with it. I thought it was cute and didn’t need to be facing the wall. So I grabbed some fabric I have in my “To Scrap or Use as Backing” pile and swapped it out. Now I have some cute Halloween fabric in my stash. Lucky me! The wall hanging has just been stitched in the ditch (pre-printed ditches, since it’s a panel) and I’m Free Motion Quilting around the border and in the blocks with my home machine. Here are the wall hanging (work in progress) and the backing fabric it came with…




Finally, I made a few cat quilts/blankets out of some flannel I bought at our quilt guild garage sale earlier this month and I was able to finish up the second small magnet quilt from a kit I picked up at the guild sale. I bought two kits for a quarter each, and I made the other one earlier this month. You can see it here. The following photo is of the second one that I finished this week.



That’s about it for my accomplishments this month in the sewing room. I never did get any Christmas gifts made (or started), nor did I work on any UFOs that were calling my name. But, I got lots of jam and pickles canned, and more garden vegies dehydrated and frozen for later. I think the garden is settling down a bit, though the tomatoes are starting to ripen and I’m sure I’ll need to do something with a bunch of Romas! Bring on August!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes for July

My goal for July for ALYOF (#4 in the goal setting linky party) was to piece the Charm Pack split-half-square-triangle blocks into a quilt top. Done! Yay! Here is the quilt top so far…



I also got some polka dot backing fabric for the quilt, right here…



The colors in the polka dots match the colors of the quilt top, and they actually look pretty good together in person J. I’m hoping to  get out in the next couple of weeks to pick up some batting so I can get this quilted. I plan on just doing some straight line quilting along the zig zags with a walking foot, so I’m hoping the quilting isn’t going to take too long. I will also probably just bind it with the same white fabric in the quilt top.

I will be linking up with the ALYOF Finishes Party for July at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs. Head on over to see all of the wonderful projects completed in July!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stash Report Week 30 of 2014

I didn’t finish anything up this week to count stash out, but I bought 2 yards of fabric this week for the back of a quilt.



I think I might try to get this quilted this upcoming week. I’m just going to do straight line quilting with a walking foot, so it shouldn’t take too much time. I'll just have to see if I can get out of the house and pick up some batting for it.

I don’t really have any specific goals for this upcoming week, so I will probably work on little bits of everything. I have a couple of needlework projects that I would like to make some progress on, but in the sewing room there is nothing in particular that needs my attention J. So, we’ll see what the week brings and what I feel like working on!

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:  55.75 yards
Added this week:       2 yards
Total net used 2014: 30.75 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

RSC – Last of the Reds

This is the last Saturday for reds for July in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I actually sat down and worked with some more red scraps this week. It’s pretty therapeutic for me and I can tend to forget about other stuff when I’m focusing on sewing…and I needed that this week! So, without further ado, I jumped into my red strips and put some together in a log cabin formation.



I made the three blocks you see here, and then I set them on the design wall with the two “made” hearts I put together a couple of weeks ago. The strips are all different widths, up to 2-½ inches, so the blocks are a bit wonky. I think I like it. I have about a dozen red fabrics that are sitting in my “to scrap” pile, so I think I will cut some strips off of them and finish this one out. I will also put together some more hearts with my other red scraps. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a new quilt out of it by next Valentine’s Day!


Head over to So Scrappy and check out the lovely red projects others have put together for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Design Wall

My design wall is empty, but my sewing table is not! This is what is on my table now…



It’s the Dragon Quilt I’m working on and it’s reverse applique, so it doesn’t really lend itself to hanging on the design wall. I’ve been working a little on it for the past few days. This is the top approximately 1/6 of the quilt top. It’s slow going, but I just turn on Netflix on the iPad and get some sewing done. I am really trying to get at least one piece of the dragon stitched in each day. I’m hoping to really make some progress on it by the end of the year!


Head over to Patchwork Times to check out other design walls.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stash Report Week 29 of 2014

Again this week, there was nothing in and nothing out. I feel like I’ve accomplished a bit this week, but no finishes…and no trips to the fabric store!

I’ve met all of my goals for the month of July, so next week will be working on miscellaneous stuff around the house and sewing room. In the sewing room, I will probably spend some more time working on the dragon quilt. I don’t have a photo of it in progress, but this is the pattern.



It’s reverse applique and I’m doing all the stitching by hand, so it’s slow going. But, I enjoy doing it. I will probably also try to get some Christmas gifts started. I will probably spend a little each day with some planning. I may even venture to start a re-make of my roadrunner quilt for my dad for Christmas. I made the one below a few years ago for him, but it got stolen, so it has some bad feelings associated with it. But, I really loved it and was so pleased with how it turned out, that I really think I am at a point where I might want to start it again. At least I’m thinking I might…



That’s about it from here. It’s been a rainy weekend, so lots of indoor stuff is getting 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:         0 yards
Added year to date:  55.75 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.75 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Red Border Houses


I was able to get my fourth (and last) red border house finished this week. I now have all the red done for the house quilt…as far as I know! I’m sure when I start to put this together I will need to tweak things and probably build some more houses. You can see all the red houses I made for July in the post here.

I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Stop by and look at all the lovely reds!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday from April 1998


This is a quilt that was made by my grandmother for my niece. After my grandmother had a stroke and went into a nursing home, my mom cleared out her house and found this quilt top that my grandmother had pieced together for my niece. So she brought it home and gave it to me to finish. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mid-Month Check-In

I’m doing pretty well on my goals for the month of July. I think focusing on one project each week really helps me get things done. Otherwise, I tend to flit around from one thing to another. I have also moved my sewing machine out of the sewing room and into the sunroom to do my actual sewing. It might not make sense to some people, but I am just too distracted by all of the projects sitting in my sewing room and don’t focus enough on what I am working on. Plus, my design wall is in the sunroom, so it’s easier to work on quilt tops in there. I just bring in my machine, ironing board, and sewing necessities, and I can get quite a bit done sitting in the sunroom.

So, this month, I only set out to complete a few things. First, I wanted to complete the quilt top for my split half square triangle blocks from a charm pack. I’m working on that this week, and I’m happy to say that I’m moving right along on it. I have the sashing on the blocks and have a couple of the rows put together. So, I just need to finish up 5 more rows, then sew the rows together into the quilt top. It’s a very small quilt, so I should be able to get it done by the end of the month. This is the project I’m focusing on this week.

This month I also wanted to get my squares done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for July. The color of the month is red, and I’m happy to say that I completed this goal, and more! You can read more about it here.

I also wanted to start a new project for the NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches. I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished that goal as well! Here is my summer cat mini quilt for the NewFO for July…



Other than those three items, I just had a few things I wanted to work on if I had the time. The only thing I did get to was finishing Part 5 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery quilt from December 2013. I now have all the units done and hopefully I’ll put them into blocks soon.

I have spent a lot of time in the garden and kitchen this month, along with reading a bunch of library books, so I think I have done pretty well in the sewing room so far in July. I hope you are getting your projects done for the month!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stash Report Week 28 of 2014

This week there was nothing in and nothing out. No damage done!

Next week I will be finishing up a top for my July goal for ALYOF, so I’ll be cutting and sewing some sashing strips for these blocks…



I don’t think it will take too much time, so maybe I’ll even be able to get it quilted. We’ll see what the week (and the garden!) 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:    27 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  55.75 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.75 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Red

This week I was able to get a few things done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge – yay!



I was able to put together both red block houses and I also put together 3 of the red border houses. I also made some border houses with the colors of the previous months. I have one more red border house to complete, and the two red hearts were “made” with red scraps for a future applique project. The red house block on the left ended up too large – I don’t know how that happened! But I’ll cut it down and everything will work out with it.

I’m hoping to get the last red border house block done next week, but I’m planning on focusing on a different project next week, so we’ll see. I spent a few days this week canning blackberry jam and pickles, so my sewing time was a little limited.


Head on over to So Scrappy and see what everyone has been making for their red projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What’s Happening This Week

By Monday I had all my red squares made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for July.



So, Monday was spent on constructing houses…



I was able to get both large house blocks done. The one on the left is oversized. I don’t know how that happened, but I’ll cut it down and it will be fine. I also made up a red border block, along with some border blocks from previous months. The two red hearts are also for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and are for a future applique project.

Tuesday was spent on laundry and canning. I was able to process 9 pints of pickles and 10 half-pints of blackberry jam. Here is the first batch of jam I made…



I have two more bags of blackberries in the freezer ready to make into jam, plus two very full gallon zipper bags in the freezer of whole blackberries. Plus, I have two quart size bags of blackberries in the refrigerator.

Today’s excitement will include freezing those blackberries that are in the fridge – I’ll have to clean some stuff out of the freezer to make them all fit. I’ll also need to do a bit of house cleaning and still more laundry. Along with that, I will try to get my other three red border house blocks built. If I feel really energetic, I’ll do some border blocks from previous months.

I’ll also try to get to cutting some strips for my (hopefully!) finish for my ALYOF goal for July…my strippy half square triangle quilt. Here’s where it stands now…



My goal for next week is to have the blocks all sashed and the top done. I don’t know if I will add a border to it, and if I do, what I’ll do for a border. I’ll wait and see what it looks like done.

That’s it from here. I hope your week is going well!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

This Week & Stash Report Week 27 of 2014

I accomplished a few things this week in the sewing room.

First, I completed my Summer Cat mini quilt.



This will be hanging up in the table top quilt stand in our living room for the remainder of the summer. Sometime this summer I’ll have to get one done for the fall months. This cat is a block from a Patrick Lose quilt, “A Cat for All Seasons”. I talked about it a little bit here and here. This was my project for July’s NewFO Challenge, so I’ll be joining the Linky Party at Cat Patches at the end of the month.

I also finished part 5 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt for 2013.



I now have all the little units made and can start putting blocks together. I may have time at the end of the month to do that. But, this may be a project I focus on more for August.

Lastly, I made up a little magnetic wall hanging block thing-y.



This is from a kit I picked up at our quilt guild yard sale earlier this week. It’s a little gray kitty sewing up a storm. The block is about 7x7 inches and has a magnet sewn into the top corner of the block. It’s now hanging on the file cabinet in my sewing room. It took about an hour or so total from start to finish, and I think it turned out really cute. I have another kit with a cat playing with a pin cushion that I picked up at the sale, so I think I’ll take some time next week to get that one made up. Not bad for 25 cents a kit!

Other than that, we finished replacing all the boards and the railing on the backyard deck…so that big chore is done! The garden is producing like mad, and next week I’m going to venture into canning. Never done it before, but the cucumbers are going crazy and I can only make so many refrigerator pickles! I’m going to have to can some. I’m also going to try canning some blackberry jam. We have quarts and quarts of blackberries, so I’ll give it a try!

Next week, my plan is to work on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The color for July is red, so I’ll get some more red squares put together and then try to make some house blocks.

So, for the Stash Report…well, we had the annual quilt guild garage sale this past week at our guild meeting, and my goal was to look just at patterns and such, and not buy any fabric. FAIL! I did pick up quite a bit of fabric, but not all quilting fabric. I added about 3 yards in fat quarters to my quilting stash. I also picked up some knits for sweatshirts from the free table, but I’m not counting those in my stash. I also bought a mystery box of flannels for $10. When I got it home and opened it, there were about 20+ yards of flannels in there. There were large cuts (2-3 yards each) of about 6 fabrics from the same fabric line, plus a few others of smaller cuts, but all at least about a yard each. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet, but I’m not counting them in my stash just now. They’ll be put away for a bit. I may end up using them for something for the trailer since they are camping/wilderness themed prints. By the way, I did also pick up a few patterns and some small quilting kits ;).

As far as fabric going out, I finished the Summer Cat mini quilt (1/2 yard) and I also put together some quilt blocks from some old solids I had to use for FMQ practice (3/4 yard).  So, in the hole even further (but worth it!).

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:    25.75 yards
Used this week:         1.25 yards
Added year to date:  52.75 yards
Added this week:       3 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.75 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)


That’s it from here. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday


Here is a little Christmas in July!


This is a Santa wall hanging I made for my oldest sister for Christmas of 1995. I was able to get a lot of quilting done back in 1995 (even quilting everything by hand back then!) because my cute little quilt holder started pre-school that year and was gone for 2 or 3 days each week J. The faces of the Santas don’t show up well at all in the photo, but this was a Debbie Mumm pattern and it was fun and fast to make. I also think that the little pompoms on the Santa hats are actually jingle bells that I stitched on. Since it was nearly 20 years ago, it’s hard to remember!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Goals

This month I’m only going to set a few goals, and hopefully I can meet them.

For A Lovely Year of Finishes for July, my goal is to sash and sew together the blocks for this quilt top…



These blocks are from a charm pack I won from ALYOF a few months ago. I really like the look of these blocks, so I’m looking forward to finishing this top. So, my ALYOF July goal is to complete the top for this quilt. I think it will go together pretty quickly. You can see other ALYOF goals for July at the Linky Party right here.

For July, I also plan on participating in the NewFO Challenge 2014 at Cat Patches. I plan on making a new mini quilt for summer for my table top quilt stand. I want to make the summer block from a pattern by Patrick Lose, “A Cat for All Seasons”.



I made this wall hanging quite a few years ago for my daughter and it hangs in her bedroom still. I’ll try to get this done this week so it can go into the quilt stand after I take down my 4th of July mini quilt.

My last major goal for the month is to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 at So Scrappy. The color for the month of July is red, so I will get out my scraps and piece together some squares to make more houses. I will probably spend the second week in July just working on this, I plan to get 2 large squares and at least 4 small squares done to build houses. I also hope to put at least one of the large squares into a house block. We’ll see what the month brings.

Finally, in the between times and by the end of the month I hope I have some time in the sewing room to work on odds and ends that are sitting around the sewing room yelling at me calling to me. I would also like to spend the last week of the month working on some Christmas gifts. We’ll see how it goes. I just want to make progress on some UFOs and WIPs that I have lying around.

It’s going to be a busy month with family in town this week and possibly a trip out of town at the end of the month (and who knows what in between!), but I think I’ve set some pretty minimal goals to complete. I think I can get them done. I think I can, I think I can…

I hope all of you in the USA have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!