Friday, July 29, 2016

July Finishes

There are not a lot of finishes here in July, but I did accomplish a few things.

First, I was able to complete Section 9 for both versions of the Gypsy Wife quilt.

I like how these are both turning out, and the end is getting closer.

I also finished up the applique for the Butterfly Sampler for Sue Spargo’s Craftsy class…

Now it’s ready for some embroidery embellishment…when I find the time.

I also put together the two sections of the Sawtooth Stars top…

This is from the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. Now that this part is done I plan to get the borders done by the end of the year.

And finally, I got my daughter’s flannel quilt done! Yay! This was my One Monthly Goal for July, and I finished the binding on Wednesday, then got it washed and ready to go yesterday.

There’s nothing special about the pattern or anything, it’s just something I wanted to make for my daughter because she will be moving next month to where they actually have winter weather…sometimes brutal. So hopefully this will help keep her warm as she is studying on those cold winter nights.

This quilt was my first really big venture into using pre-cuts. I made these blocks with layer cakes (10 inch squares). I have always been a pre-washer, so I have been hesitant about using pre-cuts, since they are not all that easy to pre-wash, but I do believe this project has made me a convert! The blocks were super simple…just take half of the layer cake and cut it horizontally and vertically and the other half is cut both ways diagonally. Then just switch pieces around and make four-patches and hour-glass blocks. I bought fabric for the border/binding and backing from the same fabric line as the layer cake, and I used Hobbs’ Tuscany Wool batting. I ran it through the wash after it was all put together and there was very minimal shrinkage…just enough to look cozy. I am so pleased with how it turned out and my daughter likes it too.

So I think that’s it from here for July. I went through all of my projects and came up with a list of things I want to have completed by Christmas. I think I will get started on that today. This weekend will be a Ronald McDonald House Charity Quilts Sit & Sew for our guild, then next week at the guild meeting we will learn a bit about EQ7. Hubby and I have been looking into it, but I just don’t know if it is worthwhile for me to buy. He’s going to the meeting with me so we can both (hopefully) get some more information. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with:

Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
One Monthly Goal Finishes at Red Letter Quilts

Monday, July 25, 2016


I still have my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sawtooth Stars on my Design Wall..

I have two “walls” up and this top is still split in half. One of my goals this week is to stitch these two sections together, then I just have the border to worry about. If I have the chance this week, I hope to start putting the border stars together.

I also plan to finish up binding the flannel quilt. I didn’t spend nearly enough time on it this past weekend, but I have most of it done. I believe I am ready to turn the third corner, and I started stitching it down just past the last corner I will do. That means I just have all of one side, plus a little bit on two sides. That one is on my agenda for this afternoon.

Finally this week, I hope to get started on the blocks for the next sections of the Gypsy Wife quilts…

This is the most recent section we have done. We only have three classes left, so we are getting down to the end. I have really enjoyed taking this class and I am loving the GW quilts!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great week ahead. For those of you suffering in this nasty heat, I hope you stay cool! I will be linking up at the following:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slow Sunday Binding Stitching

I will finally get a chance to do some more Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy at Kathy’s Quilts.

I’ll be attempting to finish up this binding on the flannel quilt for my daughter. I have two corners done and most of two sides, so I may be able to do it today. There’s not a lot on our agenda, except maybe a movie this afternoon, so I will work at finishing this up.

I hope you will head over to Kathy’s Quilts to see what everyone else is stitching today. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Quilting Finish

I was able to get the quilting done yesterday on the flannel quilt, plus I attached the binding and started hand stitching it down…

One side done. Yay! I’m almost there. Hopefully I can finish this quilt up by the end of the weekend. We have changed the plans we had for this weekend due to the weather, so I will have all day at home tomorrow (instead of being gone all day). So, I hope to spend some time tomorrow stitching binding. I’ll work on it some today as well, but I have a lot of household things to do today too. I’ve already made refrigerator pickles this morning and have them ready to go into the fridge. I’ll run off and get some exercise in, then get on with my day.

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Go over and check out the great finishes everyone has, plus she has her 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop going on…check out some of those projects too!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Still Quilting

I’ve made a lot of progress on the flannel quilt I am quilting. Here is a photo of the quilting on the front…

You might be able to see it better from the back…

I am just doing utilitarian quilting with the walking foot on my domestic machine. It is a bit time consuming, but I think I might be able to finish it up today and get the binding attached. Fingers crossed! This is my One Monthly Goal for July, so I do hope to have the binding on soon.

I have only been quilting between breaks in purging the house. I have actually cleared out a lot of “stuff”, though there is still much more to go! I have slowly gone through things in my sewing room and have cleared out and cleaned up some items. I cleared out the closet in my sewing room, and I have since put my fabric bins and project bins in it where I can see them easily and get to them. However, I can also close the closet doors when I need to focus on other things J Here is my closet now…

On the left are the fabric bins and on the right are the project bins. There are recessed shelves on each side of the closet…to the right are long term storage items (kids’ toys, etc.) because those are not as easy to get to. On the left are items that are easier to reach but I don’t need very often. I have my AccuQuilt Go cutter in there, along with my serger and older sewing machines.

I even cleared out the closet shelf of all of the old toys and camping gear, and replaced it with the Christmas decorations and my batting. Now it looks like this…

Not pretty, but more to my liking. The toys and camping gear are going to the garage sale.

I have also started clearing out the shelves next to my sewing table. This is where I had my serger sitting, along with some miscellaneous project boxes and various supplies. I’ve cleared out a few of the shelves, so now I have the project boxes from my current projects that I’m working on (Gypsy Wife quilts, Sawtooth Stars quilt, etc.) in this shelf unit.

I still have a couple of shelves to sort through and clear out, but I am making progress. I also have a lot more to go in other parts of the sewing room, but for now I need to finish up this flannel quilt.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Finishes

I’m back! I didn’t run away! I have just been busy clearing out closets and all the “stuff” from the house. Actually, I’m not nearly done, so I will be continuing with that for a while. But, I do see some progress and it’s good for my soul.

I did mostly clear things out this week, but I have been able to spend some time the past couple of days working on the Moda flannel quilt. Last time it looked like this…

This week I was able to add the borders so now it looks like this…

It’s too big to put up on the Design Wall, so I had to get a photo of it on the quilting frame. It’s actually sideways on the frame, but it pretty much looks the same either way.

I was able to start quilting this on Wednesday afternoon…

I’m just doing utilitarian-type quilting on each side of the seams. The purpose of this quilt is to keep my daughter warm this coming winter, so it doesn’t need anything fancy; it just needs to hold together. I think I will like the quilting on it once it is all done. I’m just using the walking foot on my domestic machine, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. I’m using Hobbs Tuscany Collection 100% wool batting, and it is quilting great. It is also making this quilt really light weight, especially considering it is flannel on top and back. It should do the job on a Boston winter night!

That’s about it from here. It has been soooo hot! I have been staying inside as much as possible. I head out for my Gypsy Wife quilt BOM class tomorrow, so next week I hope to work some more on that. In the mean time I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some great projects. (And, she is in the middle of her 12 Days of Christmas in July! Check it out!)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

RSC from 2015

This week I have spent some time putting together rows from my 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sawtooth Stars quilt top.

I have 6 rows total, so I’m halfway there. I’m adding a horizontal sashing between the rows. I’ll keep plugging away at this during July. Hopefully I can get some more border stars put together and this will really take off!

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over to see the lovely projects.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Finishes

I’ve done a bit of work this week in (and out of) the sewing room, and I have something to show for it. Yay!

First, I was able to finish putting the blocks together for the flannel quilt top I’m making.

This is ready for the border. I have the border fabric, the backing fabric, and even the batting, so I just need to work on it. I will probably start adding the border strips on Monday.

I also was able to complete Section 9 of the Gypsy Wife quilt in both color versions.

This section went together so easily (in both colors) I was afraid I had done something wrong. For some reason I have battled with this pattern. Typically, something doesn’t match up size-wise in each section, but not with this one. It went together like a dream. Everything fit just right. Maybe I’m just getting better at sewing, I don’t know; but I’m not the only one in the class having problems with things not fitting right, so I think it just might be something else. I can tell you that if I was doing this quilt on my own, and I didn’t have this monthly class to explain each section, I would probably have chucked it a while back. However, I love how the quilts are turning out and now that I have “cheat sheets” from the class, I still may make this quilt again…in another year or two.

So those are the only “finishes” I have for this week. I have lots to do today, so I better get to it. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some great projects.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

For those celebrating in the US, I hope you have a fun and safe day. I just put ribs in the crock pot and I baked the beans yesterday, so a couple of ears of corn in a pot will be all that is left to do for our Independence Day lunch. It’s going to be quiet around here (except for the fireworks late into the night), but we hope to get some painting done and some cleaning done today before hubby heads back to work tomorrow.

Here is what is up on my Design Wall today. I have chunks of blocks sewn together from the Moda layer cake Wool & Needle Flannels III. This pattern is from a Craftsy class, and it went together really quickly. I have always stayed away from pre-cuts (I think because I am a “pre-washer”) but I found so many great pre-cuts during the East TN Shop Hop in June that I couldn’t resist them. Then I started watching Jenny Doan’s Craftsy class “Quilting Quickly” (all about sewing with pre-cuts) and I was completely taken in. I have some matching yardage for this quilt top for the borders, and I have batting and backing fabric on the way. I hope to finish this quilt up quickly.

I’ve also worked on a couple of my on-going projects (both BOMs). Yesterday I finished up Section 9 of the neutral version of my Gypsy Wife quilt…

(Please excuse the blue painter's tape from my improvised design wall!)

Other than stitching one of the blocks totally backwards (or inside-out, or whatever), this one went together quite easily. You probably can’t tell the messed up block, but it’s the one on the bottom. The small dark triangles should be pointing to the outside of the block rather than to the inside. But if I didn’t tell you, you probably wouldn’t have noticed, right? So, all in all, it’s no biggie. Now all of the sections that run across the top of this quilt are complete (for the neutral version – I still have to do Section 9 of the batik version). I have at least one more section to complete before I start putting more sections together.

I also got out the March block for Tuxedo’s Tales and fused the freezer paper templates to the fabric and cut them out.

I collected all of the thread together for this block and it’s all in a box next to my chair to work on. Since I finished the Butterfly Sampler, I needed some more appliqué to work on J

So that’s about it from here for today. I’m off to get my “stuff” done today. In the mean time I will be linking up with the following:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s time for some more Slow Sunday Stitching. I was able to complete the appliqué on the butterfly wings of my Butterfly Sampler…

Now it is ready for some embroidery embellishment. I will probably set this aside for a couple of weeks and get started on the embroidery by the end of the month. The rest of my hand stitching time this month (and today) will focus on the needlepoint cats. I’m making some headway with them, so I hope to have some more progress to show next week.

I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Goals

The next few months will be busy and things may be up in the air here in the Pieceful Kingdom, but I still have lots I would like to work on in July.

First, I have a goal for my One Monthly Goal (OMG) at Red Letter Quilts. I want to finish up this quilt…

That means I want to finish piecing the blocks (I have a few of the blocks put together), add a border, quilt it, and bind it (and yes, add a label). I have the border/binding fabric and I have ordered the backing fabric and batting, which should be here next week. So, I think this one is very “do-able” for July. It must be done by the end of August, so by putting it as my OMG for July I think it will be done in time.

I also have a couple of Works in Progress (WiPs) that I want to work on. This would be my Gypsy Wife tops and the Thanksgiving table runners. I have put one table runner top together and the second one is close to being done. Here is the (very simple) runner top I have complete…

For the Gypsy Wife quilts, we are working on Section 9 in the class right now. The class is the third Saturday in July, so I hope to get both versions completed by then. Once Section 9 is done, we will have the entire top half of the quilt top completed.

I am also working on two Blocks of the Month (BOMs) right now. One (or two, since I’m making two GW versions) is the Gypsy Wife quilt. The second is Tuxedo’s Tales. I plan on starting on the March block in July. Obviously, I’m a bit behind in this.

As for my scraps, for my goal for I May Have a Scrap Problem at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, I plan on working more on my Leaders & Enders project of stitching together my 2-1/2” squares. In June I sewed 115 pairs together. I hope to get some more squares cut from my scraps, but even if I don’t, I have plenty to work on in July.

For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) at So Scrappy, I probably won’t work on the color of the month for July (hot pink with green) but instead I hope to make more progress of previous RSC projects, including the 2015 RSC Sawtooth Stars quilt and June’s Curves quilt top. I am also considering the Sawtooth Stars quilt top as my UFO project for the month of July. I really hope to make some progress on it.

I haven’t done any quilting for a couple of months, so I do plan on getting some done in July. My plan is to finish the OMG quilt above, and put it on the long arm to quilt. I have an idea of how to quilt it, so I don’t think it will take too long. As for quilting on my sewing machine, I hope to get the Thanksgiving table runners done and do some quilting with the walking foot.

And, I always need some handwork…so I will work on a couple of appliqué projects in July. One will be the Tuxedo’s Tales block mentioned above. The other will be finishing the wings on the Butterfly Sampler…

Once the wings are done, then this will become an embroidery project. I’m looking forward to some embellishment on this project.

Along with the appliqué handwork, I will also continue with my current stitching project…the needlepoint cats.

I have not updated the photo, but I have added a bit more to this project. It is sitting next to my chair in the living room, so it’s a constant reminder that I need to work on it! In July I will try to spend a little time on it each day.

As always, I have charity quilts to work on, both kennel quilts and more Ronald McDonald House quilts. I do hope to spend some time with those in July.

And finally, I have one new quilt that I plan on starting in July. I will be using this Campers pattern…

…but I will be taking many liberties with it. I have a plan for it and I’m excited to get started on it. And…

If I get the urge, I will possibly start working on some McKenna Ryan blocks. I have five block patterns from her Faith Hope Love quilt pattern and I would like to make them to put in the entry way or living room (we are re-painting the inside of our house). We probably won’t finish with all of the painting until the fall, but I would like to get a start on these before then.

I’m pretty certain I won’t limit myself to just these few projects. I know me pretty well and I jump onto rabbit trails easily. Focus, focus, focus. That needs to be my mantra (it doesn’t always work!)

For today, I will be linking up with Red Letter Quilts for the July OMG Goal Setting Party. Next week, I will link up with the I May Have a Scrap Problem at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and for those of you in the US of A, have a safe and fun Independence Day! And for you Canadians, Happy Canada Day!