Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall for March 30, 2015

My Design Wall holds all the individual blocks I completed in March. In the top left corner are two blocks for the Times & Seasons quilt I’ve been working on; the bottom left is a guild swap block for April (I’m going to try to get another one done); the bottom are two Redwork embroidery blocks – the large one is also a guild swap block; and all of the yellow blocks are for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I’m ready to wipe it clean and start on April.

As for this week, I have a few goals in mind…

Finish HocusPocusVille Block #3 I will probably work on this today and tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be finished. Then I can start Block #4 in April.

Make a Guild Swap Block I already have one swap block done (the one on the Design Wall) but I’m not completely happy with it. I’ve reprinted the paper piecing templates and I’m going to give it another try. If it’s OK, I’ll enter it in the swap drawing. I may even enter both…You get as many tries to have your name drawn as the number of blocks you enter in the swap.

Work on RMH Quilts We had our guild Ronald McDonald House Quilts get together yesterday afternoon and got some more quilt tops basted into quilt sandwiches. At our April get together we’ll quilt those babies! But, I still have about seven un-basted tops/backings. I would like to get maybe three of them quilted and the binding ready for them by our guild meeting next week. I will put them on the longarm, then I can get some more practice and they’ll go quickly. I also still have the binding to hand-stitch down on a RMH quilt I quilted earlier this month.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Projects Finally, I would like to get some of the projects done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for April. The color for April is purple, and it’s such a soothing color when I lay my purple fabrics out to see what I have to work with. I will work on getting the paper pieced projects done this week, along with maybe the postage stamp block.

That’s it. A challenging list, but I don’t have any out-of-the-house commitments this week (so far), so maybe I can work on all of them. I will be linking up at Patchwork Times. Head over to see all the great projects.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Can I Blame it on My Husband?

First off, I added to my stash. But that wasn’t my intention. I bought 7.5 yards of this fabric…

I got it to make a shower curtain and window treatment for our “new” bathroom. It really would be perfect. Minimum, I needed 4 yards for the shower curtain and 2 yards for the window. Then I needed a bit extra for hems, etc. Also, it was the end of bolt, so I just took the last yard anyway. I knew I could use any extra for quilting. But when I showed it to my husband he was pretty underwhelmed. I think we decided we’ll just get blinds for the window and figure out a decorative shower curtain later. Oh well. It will make a great backing fabric and I’m sure it will be well used…one day.

All is not lost though…I did have a finish this week and can count out 1.25 yards for a table topper. I also finished up my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks this week, so that’s an additional .5 yard out. So, I’m still on the plus side with more fabric going out this year than coming in.

Stash Report Week 13 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            11.25 yards

Added in 2015:          9.75 yards

Total net used 2015: 1.50 yards

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

As I said, I did have a finish, and here it is…

This is a table topper for the spring for my dining room table. It is just fusible appliques and I quilted all over with swirls.

I also completed a few projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This is the end of yellow in March. I’m ready for purple in April.

I also machine stitched on the binding on two Ronald McDonald House quilts. I have hand stitched down one of those bindings, and have one more to go. I’ll try to get it finished before taking it to the guild meeting in April.

I was also able to get some work done on the third block of HocusPocusVille.

I’m trying to get this done by Tuesday so I can keep up with completing one block per month.

That’s about it for this week. This afternoon I will be at a get together to baste more quilts for Ronald McDonald House. It will be a nice end to this week.

I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

RSC – Last of the Yellow

I finally got some work done on Thursday on some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. I didn’t get to any of the yellow house blocks, or any alternate blocks for the Sampler quilt. I did get a few things done though.

First, I got my yellow postage stamp block completed…

I still need to finish up the blue 100 square postage stamp block for January. That will go back on my “To Do” list for April.

I also got a paper pieced cat block completed…

Finally, I completed one paper pieced tree for the Rainbow Forest…

The tree looks a but green-ish in the photo, but in real life it is a pale yellow/gold. I have one more tree I would like to make for March, and I have a great bright yellow batik ready to go for the second tree. I’ll have a little time this morning to try to get it done. I will also try to complete at least one alternate star block as well. Then I’ll be ready for the color for April, which appears to be purple.

I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hand Stitching This Week

I have been able to do a bit of hand stitching this week. I had three bindings to stitch down by mid-week. I completed this little pumpkin quilt for Ronald McDonald House…

I still have one more RMH quilt ready to hand stitch down the binding. I hope to get to that this weekend. It’s a sweet little flannel quilt with these snowmen…

I also have a table topper that I finished and now am hand stitching the binding. I also hope to have this one done this weekend.

The only embroidery done this week is a bit on the third block of HocusPocusVille…

This is coming along…maybe because I’m actually picking it up in the evening to work on it! I hope to be done with this one by Tuesday, then I’ll have finished one per month so far this year. I’m also going to get the next three or four blocks traced. I may have to make a quick (as in leaving in a hurry, not a short trip) out to California for a family matter, so I want to get these together and have them ready to pack up and go. There’s not much to do out there, so I will want something to keep me busy. I will probably continue working on this block this afternoon and over the weekend.

That’s about it for stitching. I will be linking up this weekend at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ALYOF March Finish

For my March goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (#33 at goal setting party), I wanted to complete the next two blocks of the Times and Seasons calendar. Here are the completed blocks…

These blocks were really quick to do. I machine pieced the backgrounds of the blocks; then the rest was fusible applique. I’ll have to match them up with the adjacent blocks when I put the quilt together, so hopefully that will go smoothly.

I will be linking up with the Finishes Party at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs. Head on over to see some great projects.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall and Weekly Goals

Here is what’s on my Design Wall this week…

The only things added are the two Redwork embroidery blocks. That’s all I accomplished last week.

This week I hope to get more sewing done. I have three goals in mind…

Quilt the Flower Table Topper This is all ready to sandwich together and do some quilting to secure the applique, then some background and border quilting. I will quilt this on my domestic machine. I’m hoping it cooperates. Now that it’s spring, I think this needs to be finished and put on the table. Here is the top…

Finish Two RMH Quilts I have two quilts for Ronald McDonald House that I have quilted and need to complete the binding. I hope to stitch down the binding on both so I can take them to the coordinator on Sunday.

Finish the RSC Blocks for March I still have a postage stamp block; a paper pieced cat block; two paper pieced tree blocks; and at least one alternate block to complete. I’m thinking I need to pick one day this week and just complete these.

That’s it. I’m sure I’ll fit in other things this week, but those three items top my list.

I will be linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. Head over for some eye candy!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stash Report Week 12

I went to the Mountain Quilt Fest this past week, but I only bought a ruler, so no fabric in! Yay! I also didn’t really use any fabric, so none out either. My numbers stay the same…

Stash Report Week 12 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            9.50 yards

Added in 2015:          2.25 yards

Total net used 2015: 7.25 yards

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

I was able to finish the quilting on a charity quilt. The top is made with 2-1/2 inch strips sewn together, so I quilted snowflakes down each strip…

And here is the back…

I just love flannel snowmen! I hope to get the binding on this soon, then it will keep someone nice and toasty at Ronald McDonald House.

The only other sewing I did this past week was to make a name tag for a tote bag I bought. There wasn’t much to it, but I wanted a name tag on it, so I used some black and white cat fabric for the back and around the name “plate” on the front. I just used a Tee Juice pen to write my name on the “plate”. I don’t have a photo of the tag, but this is the cat fabric I used…

This is fabric I have set aside for the backing of my Kitties in the Middle quilt (whenever I get back to it!), but I had plenty of fabric to use up a small corner piece. I think the tag is about 2x4 inches.

Most of my spare time this week was spent working on embroidery projects. I finished my Redwork block for a guild swap block…

And I finished the 3rd block on the Vintage Kitchen BOM…

Finally, I traced out the third block for HocusPocusVille…

I have been able to work on this one since the photo was taken. I want to finish this by the 31st, then I’ll still be on track for finishing one of these blocks per month this year.

And that’s all I’ve done sewing/crafting wise. I did paint our bathroom early in the week, and I’m pleased to say that we now have a fully functional master bath with all the trimmings! OK, we still need new towels and a bath mat, but that will come later. I’m just happy that project is done. Now on to finishing the walkway in the front yard, now that the snow has cleared J

Oh, and I mentioned that we went to the Mountain Quilt Fest this week. I’m almost ashamed to say we didn’t take any photographs. I was kind of on a mission looking for a long arm ruler and patterns. I found the ruler but couldn’t decide on the patterns. As always, there were many beautiful quilts, but there were really only a few that made us say Wow! That’s not to say they weren’t all wonderful…they were. But I think we were looking for something different. Maybe because it seemed most of the quilts were traditional…there were few “modern” or “art” quilts. I don’t know. I love traditional quilts, and I mostly make traditional quilts…maybe I was just looking for inspiration from other styles and didn’t see what I “wanted” to see. It was a great show with lots of vendors and the quilts were great…I just wasn’t in the mood to take photos.

I will be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the Stash Report. Head over to see what everyone has been up to this week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

Spring arrives here on Friday evening. I’m ready for it. For now I’ll forget about my allergies going wild in the spring, the yellow pollen covering everything outside (and inside) later in April, and the impending heat and humidity of the summer. Right now I’m looking forward to highs in the 60s and some sunshine.

I have been working away on my stitching this week…and not much else. I was able to get my Redwork block done.

This is for a guild swap later in the year. I really like it and think some of the elements…the reindeer and the words…would make some cute ornaments for gifts this year. I think I may make another one and double the fabric for the actual swap block…you can almost see the red floss through one layer…and then use this one to make a pillow or a mini quilt for my table top quilt stand.

I also traced and stitched the third block in the Vintage Kitchen BOM from Jenny of Elefantz.

Now that I see a photo of it, I notice that I left out a couple of markings on the scale. It’s not really a big deal, but if it starts to bother me I’ll add the markings later. The next block will be available after the first of April.

Finally, when we got back from the quilt show on Thursday, I finished tracing the third block for HocusPocusVille.

I even spent a few minutes starting to stitch it on Thursday evening. I have been hoping to be able to get one block done each month, and this is the third block. So I have 11 more days to get it done. I think I can do it. I will be able to spend some time today working on it, and I’m sure to find time in the evening to work on it over the weekend. We have to do some yard work and finish taxes this weekend, so this will be a nice reward J

I’m also hoping to get the bindings machine stitched on two charity quilts today, so I can work on hand stitching the bindings down over the weekend. They’re small, so I’m hoping I can get the binding done on at least one this weekend and start on the other one. I’d like to have them done for the 29th when we get together for our Ronald McDonald House quilt sew-in.

As I mentioned, my hubby and I ran up to the Mountain Quilt Fest show on Thursday. I was looking for a Christmas/winter embroidered quilt pattern to start on (I know, like I need another project!). But I’m really enjoying the HocusPocusVille and I would like to make something similar for the holidays. I was looking at several patterns from Crabapple Hill Studio, and have seen several of these quilts made up at shows, such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Over the River and Through the Woods.” I was looking at getting the “Snow Days” pattern, or “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” I also like “Snowmen A to Zzzz”, and I saw it made into a quilt at the Quilt Fest this week. Bird Brain Designs has a few patterns I like too. If anyone has any suggestions about these (or other) patterns, I’d love to hear from you. I think I will probably aim to start it this summer…though I know it won’t be done for Christmas 2015!

I will link up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Welcome to a New Week

Welcome to a New Week

Monday again, and I have some things on my Design Wall today…

These are all the individual blocks I’ve made so far this month. The top left are the blocks from the Times & Seasons calendar for my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. Below that is a swap block for the April meeting for my quilt guild. And on the right are the two Sampler blocks for March for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Thursday I will head over to Pigeon Forge for the Smoky Mountain Quilt Fest. I’m looking forward to a day away with the hubby. We’ll see if I bring home any treasures to work on. Otherwise, I do have some goals for this week…

Finish the Ronald McDonald House Quilt…I started this a couple of weeks ago by adding the borders to a completed top and then I began quilting it. My machine was acting up a bit and thread was breaking, so I got frustrated and put it aside. I’m over it now and forgave my machine, so I think I will start with that this week and finish up the quilting, then add the binding. I’m over halfway done quilting it, so I should be able to finish the quilting today. It is really cute…flannel snowmen with hot cocoa and ice skating. I can’t resist snowmen ice skating. This doesn’t have to be done this week, but I would like to get it out of the way.

Finish my Redwork block and complete Vintage Kitchen BOM #3…I’m close on the Redwork block and I’ve traced out the BOM block. It shouldn’t take long to do the BOM. These should be complete by the end of the week.

Complete Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects…I have the two Sampler blocks done, but I’ve not completed my two paper pieced projects or my postage stamp block for March. They shouldn’t take long so I hope I can get them done sometime this week. And I haven’t even touched my hexies since January, so maybe I’ll look for them and try to complete one flower. I’ve also decided on a different alternate block than the one being used for the Rainbow Sampler Quilt. I’m going to use a smaller version of the sawtooth stars that surround the sampler blocks, and then surround them with the white background to bring them up to the 12” finished block size of the samplers. I think I will be really happy with all the stars. Hopefully I can get some made this week. I’ll also need to make some using blue and pink for January’s and February’s colors.

And that’s it. I hope I can get it all done. I will be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.

And just for fun, I’d like to tell my dad HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Unfortunately he has been fighting an infection (MRSA, ugh!) and is laid up in the hospital today (of all days!) We’re hoping he can get back home by the end of the week. Here he is in high school, just a few years ago J

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Check-In

Even though I didn’t complete all of my goals I set for myself this week, I was able to get a variety of things done. As far as the goals I did set, I was able to get the two borders on my Easy Street quilt. This was from Bonnie Hunter’s mystery in 2012. I finally finished the top last year, but just haven’t gotten around to putting on the borders and quilting it. I have backing and batting for it, so now it’s sitting next to the quilt machine ready to go. Here are the two borders I added, one narrow grey border and a multi-colored piano key border…

Another goal I set for myself this past week was to complete the blocks for A Lovely Year of Finishes for March. I did it! It was really actually an easy finish; it was pretty much all fusible applique. But it’s done and I’ll have to finish up the blocks when I make the adjacent blocks later this year. Here are the reindeer/snow blocks…

That’s about it for my goals. I did a little meandering in the sewing room and finished a hot pad that I started last year…I only needed to hand stitch the binding on it. I also completed the second March block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The yellows for March are getting me ready for the spring.

I also made a paper pieced block for a swap at our guild in April.

I’m not totally happy with how the pieces lined up though. I like to paper piece, so I thought I would really like this block. But not so much. I’ve printed out another pattern and I’ll try it again to see if I can match things up better.

Finally, I got a bit carried away and started a new project. Like I need something else to work on! But, I decided to make a little table topper for the spring.

I saw a similar topper in a magazine, but just decided to kind of wing it and make it a different size and draw my own flowers. I like how it turned out. I think. I have the backing fabric ready to piece, then I’ll quilt it. I’ll stitch down the applique for part of the quilting. I think it should go pretty quickly once I get started on it.

As far as my handwork goes, I really didn’t do a lot this week. I did stitch down the binding on the hot pad as I said before J, and I also made a little progress on my Redwork block.

I hope to complete this block this afternoon when I’m home alone. I’ve also traced out the third block for the Vintage Kitchen BOM at Jenny of Elefantz. If I have the time, I hope to get that completed as well.

As far as the Stash Report goes, I picked up a fat quarter while I was out running errands, so that’s .25 yards in. But, I had a total of 2.75 yards out by adding the borders on my Easy Street quilt; completing the pot holder; finishing my Times & Seasons block for ALYOF; and completing the swap block. It’s nice to be continuing on the “net used” side.

Stash Report Week 11 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            9.50 yards

Added in 2015:          2.25 yards

Total net used 2015: 7.25 yards

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

That’s about it for this past week. I will be linking up at Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts and the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. Now, I'll get on with my stitching! Have a great week!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hello Yellow!

I was able to get the second Sampler block done this week for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The yellows are so pretty!

I didn’t get any other RSC projects done this week, but there is still quite a while left in March. Good thing it’s a long month! I’m not sure what (if any) projects for RSC I’ll work on in the upcoming week. We are still re-doing the master bath and we are working feverishly to get it fully functional by Tuesday or Wednesday. Then Thursday I’m headed to the Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Friday I will probably clean the carpets in the house. So I don’t think I’ll spend much time in the sewing room, but I’ll see if I can squeeze in a little bit of sewing somewhere along the line.

I will be linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the latest edition of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over to see all the great projects.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Design Wall

My Design Wall is all set for March. I have the first Rainbow Sampler block for March on the wall now and I hope to get the next Sampler block for March done by next Monday. I’m ready for the bright yellows!

I have a few things I would like to get done this week in the sewing room, including finishing up the quilting on a charity quilt; putting the borders on my Easy Street quilt (from soooo long ago!); working on my postage stamp blocks; working on my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes; and getting stitching progress made on my Redwork block and my Grandmother’s 9-Patch quilt.

That sounds like a bit of work but I don’t think that individually they will take much time commitment. I think I’ll be able to accomplish a lot on these projects with 30 minutes to one hour time chunks that I can probably find this week.

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ten Weeks Into the Year…

I finally got around to putting a border on my flannel quilt, and I didn’t bring home any fabric this week, so I’ve had a net use this week of .25 yard. Not much, but I like the direction it’s still going. There’s a long way to go in the year though!

Stash Report Week 10 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            6.75 yards

Added in 2015:          2 yards

Total net used 2015: 4.75 yards

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

I kept busy this week and was able to complete a block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge as well as preparing some fabric to make more blocks for the RSC for March.  I was also able to put borders on three charity quilts and I quilted two charity quilts.

I was able to get some work done on my Redwork block…

…and that’s what I will continue to work on this weekend. Hopefully it will go quickly and I can move on to the next block of HocusPocusVille.

I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bright Sunshiny Yellow

I needed yellow for the color for March. It has been so gloomy outside that I need some bright color.

I was able to get fabric cut for the Sampler block and the yellow postage stamp block. Here is the completed Sampler block…

I will get the postage stamp put together in the next week or so. I also selected fabric for the rainbow trees and cats. I didn’t think I had any yellow batiks for the trees, but I dug deep enough in my stash and found a super bright yellow and a more muted yellow print. I think they will work out great.

Finally, I was able to get 75 more squares cut to expand my postage stamp block from January (blue) from 25 pieces to the 100 pieces I’ve decided to make. I’ll hopefully put those together next week when I work on the yellow postage stamp. I also pieced the squares for the February (pink) alternate block for the Sampler Quilt…

Still lovin’ those bright pinks.

That’s about it for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for this week. I will be linking up at SoScrappy. Head over to see the great projects for March. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Marching On…

I’m hoping the promise of spring brings warmer weather everywhere. We’ve finally gotten rid of most of the ice and snow here, and our temperatures are actually going to be up into the 50s and maybe 60s this week (with a little bit of 30s and snow mixed in later in the week). This will be a busy quilting month…I’ll have a guild meeting, a guild board meeting, Ronald McDonald House quilts get-together, and a big quilt show to attend in the Smoky Mountains. I’m looking forward to all of it!

I’m ready to clear off my Design Wall and put up some new things. Here is where it stands…

These are the pink projects I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for February. The only other pink item I think I will work on this month is the alternate block for the Rainbow Sampler quilt project. Otherwise, these are all ready to go into the project box until later.

For this month, I need to complete the next blocks for March for A Lovely Year of Finishes. My goal is to make the top right square and triangle blocks with the reindeer and trees in the snowy mountains…

I don’t have quite enough of the dark blue fabric I wanted to use for the night sky, but I think I found something else that will work. Completing these will be my official goal for the Goal Setting party for March ALYOF.

This month I also want to continue with my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The color for March is yellow, so I will probably have to scrape to find yellows in my stash. I know I had some for a project last year, so I can probably find enough to get by. I’m not really sure if I have any yellow batiks for my Rainbow Forest. I’ll have to start searching.

The only other quilt projects I want to work on are three tops I have that need borders. I have the borders made for all three, but I haven’t sewn them on yet. I really would like to get those borders sewn on this week. I hope to be able to show 3 completed tops by next week!

Finally this month, I have some handwork that I want to continue with. I have a 9-Patch I’m hand quilting; I want to finish a Redwork block; I’ll have the third block in the Vintage Kitchen BOM to complete; and I would like to trace out and complete the third block from HocuPocusVille.

That’s about it…I’m looking ahead to March!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Look Back at February…

February was a short month, but I did get some things accomplished – probably because of all the snow and ice we’ve had in February and I was stuck in the house for most of the time.

As far as finishes go, I was able to complete most of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for February. The color was pink, and here are all the projects I completed…

The only thing I didn’t work on for RSC was the pink hexie flowers. Maybe I’ll make some in March.

I also completed my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I was able to make the star block and star triangle block. I wrote about it earlier this week, but here is a photo of what I made…

I also completed the top of my flannel quilt for the trailer…

I have made borders for this, and hope to get those stitched on this coming week.

I also was able to spend some time with my long arm. I quilted two quilts for Ronald McDonald House, and I will probably get more done in March.

As far as my hand stitching goes, I spent quite a bit of time doing hand work in February. Today I will be working on my Redwork block…

…but this past month I stitched down a binding on one of the RMH quilts; I’ve done some hand quilting on my Grandmother’s 9-Patch quilt (until this happened); I finished the BOM for February for the Vintage Kitchen at Jenny of Elefantz; and I finished the second block of HocusPocusVille.

Other little things I did were to start crocheting a scarf and I stitched the buttons on my Beehive wall hanging. Here is one of the bee buttons…

They are so cute!

As far as my stash goes, I didn’t pick up any fabric this week. The weather outside has been frightful and the quilt store I was supposed to go to has been closed most of the week. I did use up nearly 2/3 of a yard of fabric for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for February, but I will round it down to .5 yard out (I’ll round up next month J). So, I’m still on the right side…

Stash Report Week 9 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            6.5 yards

Added in 2015:          2 yards

Total net used 2015: 4.5 yards

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

I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times, Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts, and the Small Blog Meet at Lily’s Quilts.