Monday, January 30, 2017

Design Wall

I can actually make my way to the design wall now and put stuff on it. Yay! It has been a while since that room was cleared out enough to do that. On my wall right now are completed blocks from Quilty365. I have the rest of January’s blocks pinned and ready to sew. I won’t get them all done by tomorrow, but that’s OK. I have the fabrics all ready to go, though.

For this week, I hope to get more Quilty365 blocks stitched, and I plan on finishing the quilting on Suki Goes Camping. This is my One Monthly Goal for January, and I won’t get it done in time, but I might be able to finish it by this coming weekend. When that is done, I will try to catch up on the 365 Challenge for this week. I’m foregoing the Project Quilting Challenge for this week so I can focus on finishing up the Suki quilt, but hopefully I will get in on the next one.

I’m off to have lunch and then I will be able to spend a few hours in the sewing room this afternoon. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Purple!

I completed my two purple Kittens blocks for January, and I love them! They were easy to make and I had fun doing it. I’m looking forward to more colorful Kittens throughout the year!

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the RSC Link-Up. Head over for some pretty purple projects!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Finishes

It’s been a week since I posted anything. You would think I would have plenty to show for my time away from the computer…but, no. I accomplished little bits here and there in the sewing room. The big thing I did was (finally!) put away my Christmas village and get the sunroom straightened out to the point I think I can use the long arm machine again! Woo hoo!

I did have one big (for me) finish. I completed all of the detail stitching on the needlepoint cats…

It is completely done! I’m now waiting on a zippered pillow back, then I will make a pillow with it. This was a long time in the making (10+ years), so I’m really happy it’s done.

This morning I finished up this week’s blocks for the 365 Challenge…

I’m not totally happy with them all, but they will work in the end. This quilt will have a bazillion blocks (OK, maybe only 360+), so I think any that don’t please me will fade into the quilt top. If they really bother me when I put it together, I will just remake those blocks.

Yesterday I took a little time and made three more Wonky Halloween blocks…

These are fun and quick, but I forgot about this until yesterday. I will need to post a note to myself to make three blocks each week.

I also started using up some of my flannel scraps for the Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery at From My Carolina Home. I've completed the first step...

Aside from those things, I have been working on quilting the Suki Goes Camping quilt, and I have been working on blocks for Quilty365. I will post my progress on that next week.

For today, I’ve made some granola and I have bread rising for dinner. I ran out and did a couple of errands, and now I’m home for the day. There were flurries coming down while I was out this morning, and the we are supposed to have a cold weekend, so I may just stay inside and sew. The rest of today will be spent quilting on Suki. I really would like to finish this up for January since it’s my One Monthly Goal.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Block Party!

I spent some time this week working on a variety of projects, and I’ve finished up a couple of things. I once again participated in the Project Quilting Challenge for this week, #8.2 – Carolina Lily.  I went back and forth on what I wanted to do, but I finally decided on an appliqué lily with some thread painting…

All done! The fun thing about Project Quilting is that it needs to be started and completed all within a week, so you can get a quick finish. There are some great projects this week and you can check them all out right here.

I was also able to complete the top to my Vintage Kitchen project…

This is from a 2015 BOM by Jenny of Elefantz, and I had a lot of fun with the embroidered blocks. I don’t know why it sat around for so long…it was a pretty simple finish. But, that happens sometimes. I love the kitchen fabric from Michael Miller…

Perfect for this project. The Vintage Kitchen is one of my projects for the 2017 Get It Done (UFOs) at Patchwork Times and for the first quarter of the Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt. I’m well on my way to finishing this one. I have a solid red fabric for the binding, and I hope to get this quilted and bound in February (if not sooner!)

The rest of my sewing week was spent making some blocks. I (finally) completed the President’s Block for our outgoing quilt guild president…

Everyone got a piece of the fabric in the center of the block (fabric that she selected) and were asked to make a 10-inch (finished) block. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this one out. I’ve had this since November! Anyway, it’s done now and I can give it to her next week.

I also started a quilt that is on my 2017 “To-Do” list…Wonky Halloween. Here are the three blocks I completed this week…

I hope to piece three blocks each week, then I should have them all done in a few months.

And finally, I made two stocking blocks for the “Have a Jolly Little Christmas” Quilt-A-Long at Sew Fresh Quilts

There are 15 blocks in this QAL, so I have decided to make two of each, which will give me a 30 block quilt. They are 12-inch blocks so that should give me a nice size quilt at the end.

So, that’s about all I “finished” this week. As for today, my desk calendar says that it is “Penguin Awareness Day”.

I’m a big fan of penguins, so I chose two penguin fabrics from my shelves to use for my Quilty365 project…

I will work on stitching those down today, along with some more Quilty365 blocks. I have only stitched down one so far (!), so I want to get a move on it. I hope for 400 blocks by year’s end. That should make a pretty big quilt top. We’ll see how it all works out.

The only other projects I might work on today is completing a second purple Kitten block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and piecing the blocks for this week for the 365 Challenge. I haven’t done any of the blocks this week for 365 Challenge, so I’m a little behind (and it’s only the third week!) Hubby and I have been fighting off some respiratory bug the past couple of days, so I’ll see how I feel later today.

That’s about it from here. I will get a few more Quilty365 blocks ready to stitch, then go hang out on the couch for a bit with my needle and thread. Today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all the finishes at her linky party, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It Was a Wonky Wednesday

Yesterday I spent a part of the afternoon starting my Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt. I’ve had the fabric together for at least a couple of months, and I had it on my list to start in 2017. I felt like a change yesterday, so I went ahead and started it.

I had initially planned to use a Halloween layer cake (10” pre-cut), but couldn’t find one I liked. So, I searched through my fabric shelves and came up with 42 different fabrics that would actually work. I then cut all of these into 10” squares, and sorted them into stacks of threes. Yesterday I worked on one stack. Here are the three fabrics I worked with…

I took the three squares and stacked them up. At this point I had to make sure that everything was in the right direction. Two of my three fabrics are directional – I didn’t want the bats flying in all different directions, nor did I want the kitties standing on their heads. Once they were settled, I cut them twice horizontally, then twice again vertically.

You don’t want to make drastically angled cuts, but you don’t want them to be parallel either.

Then I set out each fabric with its cut pieces…

At this point, I left the center pieces where they were, then I moved the corner pieces to the right once, and the side pieces to the left once, to mix them all up. If you want you can just randomly move pieces around, but I wanted to do mine this way. Here is how they looked at that point…

Ready to piece

Then I started piecing each block. I needed to do them one block at a time because I didn’t want to mess it up. When you stitch the pieces together, they don’t look like this thing will work out at all…

But just match the corners and sew. Pretty soon I had three rows done…

When sewing the rows together, I just matched the end corners and stitched it up…

There is no matching of the inner seams of the block, though the seams are pretty close to each other. It’s pretty easy sewing. 

Note: if your inner seams appear to be WAY off you will want to double-check that you are sewing the rows in the correct order; ask me how I know (rip, rip, rip).

Once I got the rows done, I had one cute little Wonky 9-Patch block…

I finished up the other two, now I have three complete…

Only 39 to go! These started as 10” squares and they all measure at 9” now. I’m hoping I won’t have to trim any off the blocks, but I’ll worry about that once all 42 blocks are done.

So, that was my Wednesday afternoon. I’m hoping to do a set of three of these blocks each week. At that rate, the blocks should be done some time in the spring, and it won’t take too much of my time. In the end I plan to sash these with black strips and then I’ll figure out what to do with it at that point. Maybe this will even be done by Halloween 2017 (in my dreams!).

For today I will be linking up at Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. I have to run the cat to the vet this morning…still trying to figure out her thyroid problems. When I get back I plan on working on more quilt blocks. I hope you all have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Carolina Lily

Yesterday was a rainy day here in Knoxville, TN, so it was a perfect sew day. I’m so excited that I was able to complete the second challenge for Project Quilting – Carolina Lily.

Monday I was able to get the appliqué pieces cut and did the needle turn stitching on them…

I have wanted to try working on thread painting for quite a while, but have just never done it. I thought this would be a good project for that. What I realized is that as long as there was no really good reason to try thread painting, I kept putting off trying it on a project. I would piddle around with it on some practice fabric, but never on a “real” project. Since I only had one week to complete this project, I had to just do it. So, it’s now done!

I am pretty happy with it. It’s about 9-1/2 inches square. This lattice fabric is on the back…

And this bright orange fabric is the binding…

I picked up the binding fabric off the free table at a quilt guild meeting and have been wanting to use it so badly! I think it works for this project.

This project went together rather quickly, and I am pleased with the result. Now I have to find a place to hang it!

I will be linking up at Persimon Dreams for the Project Quilting Challenge #2. Check out all of the great Carolina Lily-inspired projects.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It’s Challenging!

The second Project Quilting Challenge for 2017 was announced yesterday…Carolina Lily. There are some traditional block patterns for it, but when I did an internet search and saw all the lovely images of lilies online, I decided I wanted to do applique. So, I searched through a couple of my quilt block books and found this one from Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks…

Then I got my plan together…

This morning I used freezer paper to cut out the pieces, and I have some on my background ready to stitch down. I will start that later today.

This morning I also sorted through my fabrics and now have my first 16 circles ready to go for Quilty365

This will end up being a diary of my sewing for this year, I think. These fabrics are all from projects that I have dealt with so far this year. I think as I work on a project I will just cut a 4” square from the fabric I use for another circle. I’m using 5” neutral background squares with a 3” finished circle.

I was also able to (FINALLY) figure out a block for our outgoing quilt guild president. Here are the fabrics I am using…

The print fabric is her fabric that she wants in each block. I have decided on a Puss in the Corner block so the print will be a larger square in the middle and the dark brown will be the corner squares. The cream fabric will make up the sides. These blocks I’m making for my Kitties in the Middle project are the same pattern, just to give you an idea…

The remainder of this week will be much like last. I will still be working on the same projects, and hopefully I will get some things accomplished! Tomorrow should be rainy, so after a quick trip to the grocery store in the morning, I will probably skip quilting bee and stay home to sew. Sounds like fun to me!

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Purple

My plan this year is to finish up some RSC projects from previous years, but I am also starting a new project for RSC 2017.  I’m making blocks for The Kittens…

I cut out fabric for two purple kitten blocks…

And I finished up one of them this week…

I think he (or she) turned out pretty cute. I am looking forward to progressing on this quilt top, a couple of blocks each month. It should make for some colorful kittens.

I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the second RSC Link-Up Party of 2017. Head on over for some lovely purple projects!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Finishes

I did a bit of work in the sewing room this week and I have some finishes. Yay!

I finally finished the stitching on the needlepoint cats…

I have started working on the back stitching and it’s going rather quickly, so I think this one could possibly be completely done by the end of the weekend. Woo hoo! I plan on making this into a pillow and hopefully I can get that done soon.

I also finished up 5 more Kennel Quilts…

I have fabric cut to make some more, so I may just try to throw one or two in here and there throughout the next few weeks. I hope they are never needed, but they will be ready to go just in case.

I also got one Kitten block made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

Too cute! These go together quite easily and I think they are a good choice for me this year for the RSC.

Finally, this morning I finished up the second week of blocks for the 365 Challenge…

These blocks get a bit more involved as you go along, and today the post stated that most of the remaining blocks would be using the 1” cut strips. Yikes! But, I think I can do it.

That’s about it from here this week. Hubby is flying home right now from a business trip, so we plan on a nice relaxing weekend with temperatures in the 60s! Where did winter go? Last weekend we woke up and it was 7 degrees with snow on the ground. There are 60s (and 70 one day) in the forecast for the next week, so maybe we can get some outdoor work done before winter decides to settle in again. I hope all of you in the path of this terrible ice storm that is coming stay safe and warm this weekend.

Today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over to see all of the great finishes from this week. Now I’m off to clean up the kitchen and make hubby some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Works in Progress

Today I plan on getting a little bit done in the sewing room. First, I did start on my first Kitten block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I plan on finishing up the bottom half this morning.

I also need to work on my 365 Challenge blocks today. I have 5 block patterns from this week waiting for me. They don’t take too long, so I should get them done.

I also hope to spend some time on hand work today. I’m so excited that I finished stitching the needlepoint cats…

I now have to do the backstitching/detail work on it. I will work on that in the evenings. This is at a point now that I can seriously start deciding on a new stitching project.

Finally, I hope to get some time to quilt “Suki Goes Camping”…

I haven’t touched this since before Christmas, but I do plan on sitting down with it today after lunch.

I think that’s a full enough plate for me today. It’s an “at home” day today, and I’m on my own tonight, so it can be a full day of sewing. Yay! I will be linking up with Esther’s blog for WiPs on Wednesday. I hope you check out all of the great projects there, and have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

This Week

I have plenty to keep me busy this week…lots to do in and out of the sewing room. I still have plenty of holiday “stuff” to take care of. I’m hoping to finish that up today. I also have some baking to do, and then I will get to the sewing room.

First up this week in the sewing room is to finish quilting five more Kennel Quilts

These are fun and a nice break from other larger projects. When I finish quilting these I will have eight ready to go.

I also plan to piece one of the purple Kitten blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

I have two purple blocks cut out, so I plan on completing one this week and probably one next week.

I have to catch up on the 365 Challenge. I have three blocks to make for this week so far. I probably won’t get to them until Wednesday, which means by then I will have five to do. Fortunately, they haven’t taken too much time, so I should be able to get them done in one sitting.

The remainder of my sewing room time will be devoted to quilting Suki Goes Camping…

I will have a couple of evenings alone later this week, so I hope to spend some of that time in the sewing room working on this. I don’t usually spend evenings in the sewing room, but with hubby out I might make an exception.

I also plan on spending some time on my needlepoint cats…

I have 131 stitches remaining…yes, I counted! That should get done this week, then I can start the backstitching/detail work on it. I think I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project.

That’s it for me for this week. I have our quilt guild Board meeting tonight, and our Bee tomorrow. I am taking snacks tomorrow, hence the baking time today. I need to get going and clean up the house and start on that quilting. I hope you all have a wonderful and productive week.

I will be linking up with:
Laugh Love Quilt for Monday Making

Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long – Quarter #1 Goals

Last year I started with the Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt, but didn’t get very far on my projects. I guess too much other stuff came up and I fizzled out. So, I’m going to give it a go again this year.

I have three projects that I hope to complete in the first quarter of 2017. They are already on my list of to-do’s, so I won’t be adding any extra pressure on myself.

#1 is to finish Suki Goes Camping. Here is where it is…

I have quilted in the ditch around all of the blocks. I need to complete the quilting by stitching down all of the applique. I have binding cut already, plus this project is my One Monthly Goal for January. So, I think I can finish it.

#2 is to finish The Vintage Kitchen…

I have all of the blocks done and I found some coordinating fabric from my shelves to go with my main kitchen fabric. This one is also on my UFO List to do this month, so I should be able to at least make some progress in January and get it done by the end of March.

Finally, #3 is to finish my neutral Gypsy Wife quilt…

The top is done, so I need to piece a backing and then quilt it. I know how I am going to quilt it, so it’s just a matter of getting it done. This is second in line to Suki Goes Camping on my quilting list this year, so I’m pretty sure I will get to it in the first quarter.

So, that’s it. Not too ambitious, but ambitious enough for me. I’m excited to get working on these projects again.

I will be linking up at the Quarter 1 Goals Setting link-up. Head over to see what everyone is working on.