Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge January Round Up

I didn’t complete any new blue projects this week for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but I thought I would look back at what I did accomplish this month with my blues for RSC.

First, I completed both of the Sawtooth Sampler blocks that Angela posted for the 2015 RSC Sampler Quilt.

I also have my blues ready to go for the alternate block once that information is posted.

I will be using Kona Snow for the background on this sampler quilt.

I also decided to make a paper pieced rainbow forest this year with RSC, and I’ve completed two blue trees so far…

I suspect I will put together more blue trees this year, but I’ll wait and see what I end up with and what I want to do with it. I’m thinking a wall hanging for the holidays, so I may not need too many trees. I’m using up my batik scraps and Kona Snow for this project. I think I’ll be using up a bit of Kona Snow this year!

I also put together a blue house from the squares I put together for the 2014 RSC…

I really like the windy feel of the sky fabric on this block. I didn’t put together any of the small blue border houses because I think I put most of them together already in 2014. I’ll have to look through my stack and see if there are any blue ones left to complete.

I also found this cute kitty paper pieced block and decided to throw that into the mix for the RSC this year…

This will make a cute little wall hanging once all the blocks are done.

I only finished one hexie flower…

I was hoping to get 3 or 4 done each month, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I have a couple of other stitching projects going on, and the hexies seem to be taking a back seat to the other projects. I’ll have to have a hexie day a couple of times a month and just work on those.

Finally, with some left overs, I put together a little postage stamp block.

This will finish 5 by 5, so I may end up making it the center of a star block or a large Log Cabin block…or something...I'm leaning towards a scrappy wonky star. I’m not sure yet. But I have lots of 1-1/2 inch square scraps so I will continue to make at least one 5x5 postage stamp block each month with RSC. I’ll probably figure out what to do with them later on in the year.

That’s it for January blues. I’m ready for February! I will be linking up at SoScrappy for the last RSC Blue link-up. Head over to see the lovely projects everyone is working on.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


My first finish of 2015…

This is a wall hanging from signature swap blocks from an online quilt group I belong to (The Beehive). It was fun to get the blocks from all over the US and Canada. I have never set blocks on point before (I hate triangles!), so it’s probably not the neatest setting; but I got it done (in my own way!). Just a note...I've whited out the names so that's why there are white streaks across each block.

I used this light grey thread to quilt a meander to simulate a bee’s flight path throughout the background…

This has become my new favorite thread for piecing, and it works very well in my machine for quilting also. It’s a 70 weight glazed cotton on a 6000 yard spool from Keepsake Quilting. I don’t have to worry about running out of thread! I received several spools of it for Christmas in neutral colors, so I’m set for sewing for quite a while.

I finished stitching down the binding on this wall hanging yesterday, then put on the hot fix crystals and nail heads for the bee eyes, but I’m not able to put it on the wall yet. I’m waiting on some bee buttons that I ordered earlier in the week. I ordered them from Wildflower Button Studio (previously known as Fastenation Studio). Once the buttons arrive I’ll attach them and then hang it up in my sewing room.

I’m so excited to have a finish!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ALYOF January Finish

My goal for January for the 2015 A Lovely Year of Finishes (I was #5 at the goal setting party) was to make the corner pinecone blocks on this quilt…

This is a Piecemakers Calendar quilt from 1998 and I have wanted to make it since I bought it. I decided making the blocks each month as my ALYOF goals in 2015 would force me into it. J

I decided to fuse the applique on the pinecones, so I got all my fabrics together and ironed on the fusible.

Then I fused them all onto the background triangles. Initially, I was going to use bias strips for the stems, but then just decided to fuse them as well. When I first starting fusing the pinecones, they looked like a bunch of mustaches on the design wall…

But once I added the stems and pine needles/leaves, it started to look more like pinecones…

Then I got everything stitched down. I used a blanket stitch on the stems and a zig zag stitch on the needles and pinecones.

Yay! I met my first goal. Admittedly, it wasn’t a huge project, but like I said, I think this way will force me to make this quilt…finally!

I will be linking up at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs for the January Finishes Link-Up for ALYOF. Head over to see all the wonderful projects everyone has completed this month.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Design Wall Monday January 26

Today I just have my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler blocks up on the design wall (still!). I’m looking forward to next month and getting more colors up there along with the alternate blocks.

As for this week, I think it’s going to be pretty quiet except that I need to remove the wall paper in our master bath so we can get to the remodel of it. So, assuming I don’t come down with my daughter’s cold, once I’ve finished removing wall paper (ugh!), I’m planning on finishing up the signature swap block wall hanging, working on HocusPocusVille, and probably working on the flannel quilt blocks. We’ll see how far I get!

Head over to Judy’s Patchwork Times to see all the lovely projects.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sewing Interrupted

I had lots of plans for the sewing room this week, but they got put on the back burner so I could start on my signature swap block wall hanging from my online quilting group. It’s the only project I’ve been working on since Monday afternoon. I really hope to finish this up and hang it on my wall this coming week. I’ll write a full post about it when it’s completed, but here is where it is at the moment. I've blurred out the names to protect the innocent ;)

By the way, the group is called The Beehive, hence the hive and bees. 

I also completed a couple of small things for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (I wrote about them yesterday in this post). Not much for the week, but I’ve done a bit on the RSC so far this month, so I’m happy with my progress.

As for the stash report…I’m going to change up how I record it (for now!). I’m just going to have running totals of used and added yardage for the entire year. I’ll state how much I’ve used/added in the body of the post, but in my line items I’ll just post the yearly totals. It will work better with my brain that way. J So far, I’ve only been counting finishes (either a quilt top or a project totally completed with binding, etc.). I think I will change that up for myself though, and start to record used fabric based on what I have actually completed. I use LOTS of my stash each week making blocks, etc., but I don’t have a lot of “finishes” throughout the year. I think for my purposes to see that I’m actually using my fabric, I will count whatever I piece together during the week as fabric out (since it’s leaving my stash/shelves).

So, starting this week I’ve figured out that so far in 2015 I’ve used up approximately 1.25 yards of fabric for the various blocks I’ve pieced so far this month. I hope to also have a complete finish by next week (swap wall hanging), so I should have some numbers out next week. For this week, I picked up 2 yards of Kona Snow fabric for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. From the instructions for the Rainbow Sampler for RSC, I will need to pick up several more yards of Kona Snow this year to complete the quilt top along with the other RSC projects I’m making. For now, the 2 yards will get me through the next month or two, I’m sure.

Stash Report Week 4 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            1.25 yards

Added in 2015:          2 yards

Total net used 2015: .75 yards

Red means I added more than I used
Black means I used more than I added
Goal: Use more than I add

For Slow Sunday Stitching, I did a little bit of work on Block 2 of HocusPocusVille…

I may just start devoting Friday afternoons to stitching on this so I can get it completed in a timely fashion. I hope to work some more on this today when the family is out of the house in the afternoon. I will be linking up over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

That’s about all that’s happened here this week. I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see the wonderful projects everyone is working on. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Little Bit of Blue

I spent a little time on Monday working on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for this week. I did get my blues together for an alternate block, per Angela’s post last week…

I also put together a blue house block. Thank you to Terri at QuiltNCards for suggesting colors other than blue for the sky. I have used non-blue sky fabric for a couple of the blocks already, but I wasn’t even thinking about that when looking at the blue house block. I ended up finding this white with black swirls to use as a sky fabric…

It makes me think of swirling wind, and I like it!

That’s all I did for the RSC for this week. I’ve spent the rest of my sewing time working on a wall hanging with signature swap blocks from an online quilting group. I’m at the quilting stage and I’m very happy with it so far. I certainly hope to be done with it during the next week; then I’ll show it off!

I will be linking up at SoScrappy for the RSC for January. Head over to see all the lovely projects.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Look Back at This Week…

This was a strange and busy week. We had snow this week, but also one of the warmest days of the year so far. I had to do a doctor run, and an errand run to the library and post office. I made a run to the pet store. Then I had to take the cat to the vet for an ear infection early in the week. The same day, I tripped over the cat carrier and fell…fortunately I missed the tables and just landed on my pride. But, I do have a bruised knee and wrenched foot. But nothing to stop me from sewing. J 

I also made a trip to Joann’s, but only picked up rotary cutter blades and sewing machine needles. No fabric came home with me. Will wonders never cease! I didn’t finish anything this week either, so my stash numbers stayed the same this week…

Stash Report Week 3 of 2015:

Used year to date:    0 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  0 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2015: 0 yards
Goal: Use more than I bring in

I was able to finish six more flannel quilt blocks. That gives me 18 so far. These are so quick to make; I hope I can get some more done this month.

I was also able to finish a paper pieced kitty and one hexie flower for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for January. The color for January is blue, and you can see my progress in this post.

I also received my signature swap blocks from my online quilt group this week. Here is what I have…

I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with them. I have a couple of ideas, and I think I just need to pick one and run with it. I am making a wall hanging with these, so whatever I choose shouldn’t take too long.

Finally, I finished Block 1 of HocusPocusVille…

There are two empty spots in the tree where a couple of black birds belong. I use Frixion pens to trace my embroidery patterns, so when I finished with the embroidery (except the birds) and pressed the fabric, the birds disappeared. That’s okay, because I am thinking about adding ceramic buttons for the birds, bats, and spiders in this quilt. I’ll have to see when I’m done with it all. If I end up not using the buttons, it will be really easy to just re-trace the birds (etc.) and stitch them in.

I already have Block 2 traced out, so I’ll get started on that today for Slow Sunday Stitching.

That’s about all that’s happened here this week. I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see the wonderful projects everyone is working on. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rainbow Cats

I haven’t done much with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week, but I did run across a cute little paper pieced cat pattern from Quilt-Pro Systems. Here’s my blue version for January…

This is a 4-1/2 inch square (will be 4 inches finished). I think I’ll make one each month and in December I can put together a cute little kitty wall hanging. I will add some embroidery for the face and maybe hot fix eyes on it.

I also put together one hexie flower…

…many more to go!

I was hoping to get one or two blue house blocks built this month, but I need some very pale blue for the sky fabric so it contrasts enough with the blue houses. Unfortunately, I don’t have any blue that is light enough to suit me, so I’ll need to pick some up, but it probably won’t get done this month. I will be able to use the fabrics I have to make the sky on house blocks of other colors though, so it’s just this month of blues that I’m at an impasse. J

That’s it for RSC for this week. I’m hoping to get more hexie flowers done this month, and maybe another tree to keep building my RSC forest. I will be linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the January Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall

It’s Design Wall Monday! Yay! And I have some pretties on my design wall this week…

These are the first two sampler blocks for the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. You can read more about them in the post I wrote on Saturday.

On the left side of my design wall, I put up the signature swap blocks I received from the on-line quilting group I’m a part of. I have some ideas about how to put these together and I’m anxious to get started.

Now that it’s a new week, there’s new stuff to get done. I do have chauffeuring duties for my mother-in-law this week, along with getting some things around the house de-cluttered and put away (including Christmas – ahhh!). But I think I will still be able to get a little time in the sewing room. So, for the time I’m there, I will try to work on this flannel quilt I started in December…

The blocks go together very quickly so I want to work as hard as I can to get as many blocks done this week as possible. I really want this quilt done by March.

I’m also hoping to finish Block #1 for Hocuspocusville this week. I’m really enjoying my time working on it, so while my enthusiasm is high, I want to get as much work done on this embroidery as possible! It would be great to have this quilt actually ready to use by Halloween.

Finally, I would also like to start putting together the swap blocks. I don’t know if I’ll get to this one, but I’m hoping J

I will be linking up at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. Head over to see the great projects.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Week in Review…

This has been such a chilly week, it was a good time to hang out in the sewing room with the space heater at my feet J

I think I accomplished a bit in the sewing room, though I haven’t completed anything so far in January to count out stash. I also didn’t shop at all, so nothing came in either. So, my stash numbers have not changed at all, which means I’m still at zero!

Stash Report Week 2 of 2015:

Used year to date:    0 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  0 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2015: 0 yards
Goal: Use more than I bring in

I did work on some blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. I’m working on some tree blocks and I’m also making the Rainbow Sampler blocks that are posted on Angela’s blog. I wrote about the RSC for this week in yesterday’s post.

I completed my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for January also.

I completed these four pinecone blocks and will be writing more about them towards the end of the month.

My stitching project this week is Block 1 from Hocuspocusville. I was able to work on it a little bit, and this is how far I’ve gotten…

I hope to spend a bit more time on it today and in the upcoming week.

The only other things I did this week was start a leader-ender quilt project and I casted on and knit a couple of rows on a new scarf. It’s a basketweave pattern, so it will take me a bit of time. I’m not the greatest knitter, so I really have to pay close attention if it’s anything more than a garter or stockinette stitch.

I think that’s about all I did in the sewing room this week. I was able to get to the library this week and pick up a stack of books. Those will keep me busy scouring through them. I think today I will look through some of the books and try to work on the Hocuspocusville block.

I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times and with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts. Head on over to see the wonderful projects everyone is working on.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

RSC Blue Card Trick

I was able to put together Angela’s Sampler Block #2 this week, the Card Trick block. I like that Angela is using the Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler with her Sampler blocks. For some reason, these rulers just make sense to me and I’m able to make triangles with them! The trouble I ran into with the Card Trick block, though, was keeping everything straight. My oh my, but there are a lot of pieces. But, I got everything cut and laid out…

I just had to keep everything laid out on the table as I was sewing so I didn’t get too lost. But, I did get the block finished…

The blues are so pretty! So, I have the first two sampler blocks done.

So far, so good. I look forward to making more and adding more colors throughout the year.

I was also able to get another tree put together this week as well, so now I have a start to a forest…

…assuming two trees can make a forest J

So that’s all I’ve done this week for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for January 2015. You can see more wonderful projects over at SoScrappy where I’ll be joining in the link-up party

Monday, January 5, 2015

Design Wall for January 5

I have mustaches on my design wall!

Actually, they are pine cones. These are barely fused to the background because I still have to put the stems underneath them. I am making the corner triangle blocks on this pattern…

I have all of the green pine needles/leaves cut out and ready to fuse. I also have bias stems ready to put on, but I’m reconsidering how I’m going to do that. Figuring out those stems and getting everything fused onto the background triangles is my primary goal for this week. I’m also hoping to get some more tree blocks and postage stamp blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge done before the weekend. Finally, this week I think I will get a head start on the swap block for the February quilt guild meeting. We are making a block with four applique mittens on it, so that will take a little bit of time.

I will be linking up at Patchwork Times. Check out all of the great projects in progress.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Sunday of the New Year

New year and new beginnings. That also means starting at zero for my stash numbers. Yay! Nothing in and nothing out…

Stash Report Week 1 of 2015:

Used year to date:    0 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  0 yards
Added this week:       0 yards
Total net used 2015: 0 yards
Goal: Use more than I bring in!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything this week. J I got a few projects done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for January. You can read about the projects I worked on in this post.

I was also able to start on my pinecone corner blocks for the January A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Those look like mustaches! But they are pinecones and they are barely fused to the background. I’ve cut out the leaves/pine needles and the bias stems, but haven’t put them on yet. Hopefully I’ll get to that in the upcoming week.

I also finished up the first block in the 2015 BOM from Jenny of Elefantz.

It’s a cute and quick little block. These shouldn’t take up too much of my time each month.

I also traced out this block…

It is the first block for this quilt, Hocuspocusville, from Crabapple Hill Studio. I plan on sitting down today to start stitching on this block.

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.

I will also be linking up for the first time at Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January Blues

It has been a bit gloomy here over the past couple of days (and not because Auburn lost the Outback Bowl), with lots of rain today. But, such pretty blues I got to play with thanks to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

I was able to find a bit of time on Thursday and Friday to work on my RSC projects for January. Here is what I accomplished…

This is the first of what I hope will be at least several blue tree blocks. I’m using Kona Snow for the background, and I’ll probably just go ahead and use my batik scraps for all of the trees in this project. These finish at about 5x6 inches, so they are pretty small. I’ll have to see if I have enough done by November to make a quilt. Otherwise I think it might make a pretty holiday wall hanging. I hope to get at least 2 or 3 more done in blue this month.

I also made one 5x5 postage stamp block. I have lots of 1-1/2 inch squares, so I’ll just put as many of these blocks together as I can and come up with something by the end of the year. J I will probably try to get three more of these done this month, then see if I want to put them all together into a 10x10 block. If so, then I’ll work on that the rest of the year as well and I’ll have large enough blocks to make a quilt. I certainly have plenty of scraps to do it!

And finally, I made the first sampler block that Angela posted…

Again, I used Kona Snow and some blue scraps. This was pretty fun to do and it didn’t take very long. I also really like using the Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler, so this went pretty quickly. I tend to shy away from making star blocks (though I think they are pretty)…there are just SOOOOO many points to match! These sampler blocks will push me just enough this year, so maybe I won’t be so intimidated by stars anymore!

I do have some blue fabric ready to cut out for more hexie flowers, and I haven’t touched my blue house blocks from RSC 2014 yet. But the month is young! Next week I will try to spend some time on those two items, plus I hope to work on more postage stamps and trees.

I will be linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for January 2015. Head over to check out the lovely blue projects.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Goals for 2015

Yesterday I posted about my goals for the month of January, so today I’m going to look at the year ahead.

As always, I have many, many projects I want to work on, and I’m sure I will touch each one at least once this year; but there are some that I really want to focus on. So here goes…

For A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015 I want to work through the 1998 Piecemakers Calendar, Times & Seasons. I talked about it yesterday, and since it’s a block of the month type project, I decided to work through it this year for ALYOF. I’m hoping to complete it by December. I shouldn’t have to spend more than a couple of days on each block, so I think this will not take up too much of my time.

For the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I plan on working on various projects. I will continue to make more hexie flowers in the color of the month, and hopefully I can start adding the grey “pathway” and start stitching them together. I will also continue to work on the house blocks I started for RSC 2014. I have been cutting up scrap fabric, so I have lots of 1-1/2 inch square scraps, so I plan on working on at least one postage stamp block in the color of the month for each month. I also found a cute tree block that would make a great Christmas quilt made out of all the colors for 2015. I’ll see if I get to that. Finally, Angela offers great tutorials on sampler blocks each month using the color of the month, so I would really like to make some of those. I know, that’s a lot, but really I don’t think it will be too bad. I’ll probably just spend one day a week working on RSC projects, and I’ll get done whatever I get done. I’m sure there will be some months that I don’t work on some of these items, but I’ll shoot for it.

Jenny of Elefantz is also starting an embroidery/quilt BOM for 2015. It is a Retro Kitchen theme, and I would like to work through that this year as well. I do like to have something to hand stitch while I’m hanging out with the family in the evening, so I think this will work out well. It is going to be a small wall hanging, so it shouldn’t be too much work, especially at one block per month. Also, a kitchen remodel is on the horizon for us, so this might be a nice place to start!

As for other goals for 2015, I have a few…

Complete Easy Street…I have to put borders on it and quilt/bind it. I have a set of piano key borders made to put on it; I just need to make it happen. So that’s on my list of To-Dos.

Finish a Halloween quilt…I have been working on a Halloween string quilt for much of 2014, and I would like to have it ready to throw on the couch by Halloween 2015. We have two Halloween quilts at the house, but one is starting to completely fall apart from use (that’s a good thing!). It may very well end up as a dog bed by this Halloween. My daughter will most likely be moved out of the house by Halloween, and since she is the one who used the quilt to pieces, maybe I can get this one done for her new home this year.

Flannel quilt…I was able to purchase some flannels at our guild garage sale last summer for about 50 cents a yard. They are great “camping” themed fabrics and I decided to make a quilt with them for my husband for our trailer. I have only just started this quilt, but would like to finish it before spring when we’re camping up in the Smoky Mountains.

I also would like to finish up some of my many UFOs (or Works in Progress, or whatever you like to call them), especially my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts, Celtic Solstice and Grand Illusion (I already mentioned Easy Street). I have all the units finished up on Celtic Solstice, but have not started putting any blocks together. Gotta get that done. I also still have to finish building the rest of the units for Grand Illusion. It would really be great to have those two quilt tops done in 2015.

That’s about it for projects already in the works. There are a few projects I might start this year (like I need more quilts to work on!)…

Most months I’ll probably make a new mini quilt (and possible matching mug rugs) for the table top quilt stand. I have a few done, but there are some seasonal ones missing. J

I would like to figure out how to make this Labyrinth Walk quilt into a small wall hanging…

I would like to start on a Redwork project. For our guild, the December 2015 swap block is a Redwork block, and I’d like to get several blocks completed this year before then.

I also want to start on some Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. I have the honeycomb papers and the fabric to make them, and I even got this book for Christmas…I just need to find the time.

I have some signature swap blocks from an online group that I want to put into a wall hanging. I’m excited about making this, and I hope to get this done early in 2015.

I have some large (3-1/2 inch) hexagons cut out from my climb up Mt. Scrappy, so I think I would like to start putting them together into a scrappy quilt top. I have no clue what to do with it, but I’ll make it happen some time!

I also want to make a tumbler block quilt for my daughter, probably for Christmas. She saw one and really liked it. I may end up getting the AccuQuilt dye for the tumbler and use that. I’ll see when I can get to it.

That’s about all that is on my “A” list of To-Dos. Lots and lots to do, but I know I won’t get bored! I’m sure I won’t complete all of this…but if I complete some of it I’m ahead of where I’m at today. So, I’ll plug along and see what happens.

What do you have planned for the new year?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

ALYOF 2014 Finale and January 2015 Goals

Happy New Year everyone! Today will be a day of R&R (and a bit of Auburn football and NHL Winter Classic hockey), then back to the sewing room tomorrow!

I’m excited to get the New Year started. But first, I’ll look back at ALYOF for 2014. I participated in A Lovely Year of Finishes for each month of 2014 and met my goal for 9 out of 12 months. Not bad. For January I completed my Easy Street top; in March I completed the blocks for the Spring Bouquet quilt; for April, I quilted and bound my Patriotic Star wall hanging; in May I completed my husband’s Family Tree wall hanging; in July I finished the top for my Split HST Charm Pack quilt; in August, I quilted and bound the Charm Pack quilt; in September I finished quilting and binding the Teddy Bear quilt (finally!); in November I completed the top for my Log Cabin Leaves quilt; and in December I did the binding and finished up my Snowmen wall hanging (above) just in time for the holidays. All in all, it was a pretty busy year in the sewing room. I will be linking up with the 2014 ALYOF Finale over at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts.

Now on to 2015…I have some goals for the year that I’ll talk about in a post tomorrow, but today is all about a new month. I have some ambitious goals (for me) for the month of January…so here they are…

For A Lovely Year of Finishes this year I am working on this block of the month calendar…

Yes, that’s the 1998 Piecemakers Calendar, Times and Seasons. I have had this for years (obviously) and I just love it, but never made it. So, this is the year for making it. I will take it month by month, and the blocks will be my monthly goals for ALYOF. It’s probably the only way I can get it done! For the month of January, my goal is to complete the four corner pinecone blocks. Easy peasy…she says a bit too confidently! This will be my focus project each month, so I hope to get it done in the first week of each month. We’ll see how it works out. I really hope to have a completed quilt top by the end of 2015. We’ll see how much life gets in the way of those plans. J

As far as other projects for January, I will take them as they come or as I please. How’s that for an attitude?! I do have some things I would like to work on this month, though, such as…

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2015 at So Scrappy…the color of the month for January is medium blue (including blue-greens – yay, my favorite!). I have lots of ideas for projects for the RSC this year, so I will see what I can get done during the month.

Another project I would really, really like to work on is my Easy Street quilt.

I need to add a stop border, then the piano key border I have made, then another outer border. Then I can quilt it. I hope to at least get one or two borders put on it this month.

I’m also going to try to finish up this flannel quilt I started in December…

These are very simple blocks, and only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. I’d like to have this ready for camping in the early spring.

Jenny of Elefantz is also starting an embroidery/quilt BOM for 2015. It is a Retro Kitchen theme, and I’d like to get the January block completed.

And my final project I want to work on is a mini quilt for my table top quilt stand. I would like to make one for Valentine’s Day, so I will probably do something simple with applique hearts on it. While I’m at it, I may put together some matching mug rugs. I don’t think this will take too long, so I could probably set aside a couple of days to work on this.

Most of these projects could really be completed in less than a day (other than the Retro Kitchen BOM & flannel quilt), so I think I can get them out of the way early in the month. Then the remainder of the month I can spend on completing the flannel quilt and Jenny’s BOM. We’ll see what the month brings.

I will be linking up with the January Goal Setting Party for ALYOF. Head over to see what everyone is working on. And check back tomorrow to see what I have planned for the rest of 2015!