February Goals

Hello all!

This post is a little late, but better late than never!  For January, I ended up meeting one of my goals–getting the snowballed pinwheel pieced.  It is still being quilted, but it is getting closer.

My goals for February are piecing En Provence (Bonnie Hunter mystery from last year) and getting Doubly Charmed quilted (same goal as last month for FMQ).

Here are some pics of En Provence in progress:

#enprovencequilt  #quiltvillemystery

Happy Sewing!

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One step forward and two steps back…

Best news of the week…Constellation is done!

Constellation

I’ve met my first January goal, and my Snowballed Pinwheel top is done!

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It’s also on the machine getting FMQ’d.  I decided since it was smaller I would get it done before Doubly Charmed.

I’m really enjoying the new embroidery thread I’m trying out on it too–it’s Hemingworth PolySelect 40wt.  It’s got this really cool sparkle/shimmer to it that is actually making me like my snowballed pinwheel quilt.

All this finishing is good…..cause my friends talked me into joining two new BOMs.  I really think there should be a support group for quilters who like to start new projects and shouldn’t. 🙂  Oh well, life is short, you regret the things you don’t do more than the things you do.  Gotta enjoy what you can while you can.

The first quilt is a BOM from Timeless Treasures called Forest Floor through my LQS.  I’m excited to get the first block done–hopefully this weekend.  The moose panel has been in my stash for a while because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  So excited to get to use it.

Forest Floor selection

The second quilt is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt also through my LQS.  It’s supposed to be scrappy, but I really don’t have a large enough scrap stash for it yet, so I pulled a bunch of FQs, some from my stash, some scraps, and a few new 1/4 yard cuts.  Hoping to get at least one block from our monthly four done this weekend.

Farm Girl selection

Still working on On Ringo Lake–almost done with clues 4 and 5.  Those flying geese take a while!

I’m off to sew, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

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January 2018 Goals

For the past two years I have participated in a UFO finishing group on the Missouri Star Quilt Company Forum.  This year the group is called Finished is Better Than Perfect.  The first year I think I might have finished 3?? projects.  Last year, I’m excited to say that I finished 12 projects/tops (only 10 completely finished quilts), but I’m pretty excited about that and looking forward to finishing more this year.

Each member makes a list of 12 UFOs that they would like to work on/finish in the coming year.  Then each month the group moderator posts a number for that month.  The goal is that you work on the project from your own list that matches that number.  I love how laid-back the group is though, no worries if you don’t finish that project or even get to work on it at all!  Life happens as they say. 🙂

This year I made two lists; a piecing list and a FMQ list.  Since I have different sewing machines dedicated to piecing and FMQ, and tend to switch back and forth, I thought this might be a good idea.  My projects for this month are a snowballed pinwheel quilt to piece and my Doubly Charmed quilt to FMQ.

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Sewing, sewing, sewing…

Happy New Year’s Eve to All!

I’ve been happily sewing on my break from school–well, when I’m not sleeping, watching Hulu, or spending time with family.  This has been a much-needed break so far.

I finished a few projects for Christmas.  The first was a scrap doll blanket for my niece.  I used my 1 1/2″ pre-cut scraps and some scrap strips for the border and binding.

 

Then I decided to try out the Crafty Gemini’s bowl cozies from her 12 Days of Last Minute DIY Gifts.  You can check out the video here on YouTube.  I really liked how she curved the edges to make the bowls look nicer.  An added bonus was curved edges made them easier to turn in my opinion.

Bowl Cozies

I also finished a UFO!! I’ve been working on the following music quilt for my brother-in-law for about 3 years.  So glad to finally have it finished!  The fabric is from two different music lines I found at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The pattern is the Bordered Squares tutorial also from Missouri Star.  I added the piano keys border myself with my own design.  You can see the Missouri Star tutorial here.

I hand-quilted musical notes in the middle of the quilt and did basic FMQ on my home machine in the borders.

I’ve also been working on my Bonnie Hunter Mystery clues for On Ringo Lake.  Clues 2 and 3 are finally done!

If you’d like to check out her mystery you can follow this link:  Bonnie Hunter–On Ringo Lake Mystery.

That’s it for now, I’m off to sew some more. 🙂

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Clue #1 Done!

Yay!  Finally making progress on On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt this year.  You can check out my entire palette of colors in my previous post here.  I am a lot farther behind than I would like this year, but I’m sure Christmas break will help me catch up.  I”ll try to take another picture when I get the next clue done, this one seems to change the colors a bit.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope this post finds all of my readers enjoying good times with family or friends.  After a fun day with family and a fabulous meal; I am ready for tomorrow.  I will be doing a small amount of Black Friday shopping at JoAnns (can’t pass up 75 cent FQs!!) and working on my first clue for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  #onringolakequilt  #quiltvillemystery

This will be my second year doing Bonnie’s mystery quilt and I am being brave and trying out my own colors.  I’m using blue-green instead of aqua and blue-red instead of coral.  I am keeping the brown and white the same.  I’m pretty pleased with my color selection and can’t wait to get started tomorrow.  Here are my colors:

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Quilting Progress 9/11

School is keeping me particularly busy these days, but I am finding some time to quilt.  Time to write…..not so much.

Still steadily working away on FMQ on Constellation.  All of the thread changes are taking time.  It will be my first quilt I’ve done multiple thread colors on.

After watching a Bonnie Hunter webcam (watch it here), I decided to try her webbing technique for putting quilts together.  I absolutely love it!  There’s no up and down, up and down, up and down.  Also, it really does keep you from switching around blocks as you sew.  I still need to sew my rows together, but here is my first partially webbed top.

Lattice Quilt 1

Lattice Quilt by M*

I got a quilting finish this month–yesterday to be exact!  While it is small, I’m still excited to get it off my list.  This one is part of a series of Kim Diehl mini quilts and it’s called Widdlytinks.  The circles and flower petals were machine appliqued on with a very tight zig-zag stitch.  The quilt was then hand-quilted and bound.

Widdlytinks

Widdlytinks by Kim Diehl

Two other projects I was excited to get off of my crochet/knit list were the two Wallaby sweaters I made for my niece and nephew for last Christmas.  They were almost done in December and somehow they languished until about 2 weeks ago.  While they aren’t quilting-related, they are too cute not to share.

The pattern is by Cottage Creations at the farm on Deer Creek out of Carpenter, Iowa.  It’s name is the Wonderful Wallaby and can be made in baby up to adult sizes.

That’s all for now, I’m off to get some more quilting done!

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Quilting Progress 8/21

This past week I started back at school with professional development.  I’ve definitely been missing my 24/7 quilting time.  On the bright side, I always seem to get more done when on a schedule.

I’ve been working on my BOMs lately as well as some FMQ.

Twist the Night Away BOM:

Twist the Night Away August

Twist the Night Away by Karen Schindler Bialik

Can’t wait to see how this one turns out around December.  The colors are much better in person; I blame the eclipse lighting today. 🙂

Second Saturday Sampler 16-17:

SSS 16-17

This is my first ever on-point quilt, and it’s giving me fits.  It’s currently sitting in the closet until I’m ready to deal with it again.  This will involve picking out the seams in order to starch and recut each and every setting triangle. 😦

Second Saturday Sampler 17-18:

Well, having finished up Saturday Sampler from last year a couple of weeks ago, this year’s started last week at the quilt shop.  So, another project started.  Oh well, life’s too short not to start quilts when you want to.

The quilt will be based on the book Trending Triangles by Brenda Henning of Bear Paw Productions.  Here’s my fabrics I picked out:

ASSS 17-18

While the blocks and sewing are easy, you really have to THINK for these blocks to get them to lay flat.  Careful placement and pressing are key!  I think this project is going to greatly improve my natural instincts about pressing direction as well as my skill at pressing seams open.

Here are my first three blocks:

No pictures of the FMQ progress yet, but I’m working on Constellation by Deb Tucker.  I’m about halfway through the FMQ and hoping to finish it by mid-September at the latest.

Well, I’m off for more quilting and hopefully, *fingers crossed*, my August Sew Sampler box in my mailbox!

Happy Quilting!

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One Fabulous Finish!

I’m so excited to finally have this one done.  It’s one of the most challenging quilts I’ve ever made and the most rewarding.  Project list down 1!

 

Advanced Saturday Sampler

Sampler Magic: A Sampler Quilt by Lori Smith

Here is a close-up of the quilting:

Quilting on Ad SSS

 

 

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Don’t like a shirt?….make it a cardigan!

So today I was getting ready to put laundry away, and I picked up a shirt to hang in the closet.  “I really hate this shirt, I should probably give it away.  I wish it was a cardigan, then I’d like it…..well, why not??”  Thus began another sewing adventure!

First, I started by pinning the side seams at the neck and waist together so that I could get a straight cut up the front of the shirt.  I ironed the fold this made to make cutting easier and more accurate.  Then I just cut right on the ironed line.

After cutting, I then folded over 1/4″ of the edge on each side and ironed them flat.

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Then I folded over that fold (just like hemming something!) and ironed again.

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I secured the ironed edge with wonder clips.  I probably should have used the small ones I just got in my SewSampler box.

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Then I sewed just on the edge of the fold and about 1/8″ away from the edge.

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After securing threads, I have a wonderful new cardigan to wear to work!  The best part is, unlike store bought ones, it’s not see-through or lace!!  Thus, as a teacher, I can use one of these and be able to wear some of my dressier tank tops to work and still look professional and appropriate.

I ended up making three, and plans for a few more are in the works.

After all of this fun, I finally finished my Advanced Second Saturday Sampler by putting on the label tonight.  Will do a post tomorrow with pictures!

 

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