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Organized Craziness!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Last week, while being sidetracked from my to-do list, I made up a spreadsheet of the quilt tops I’ve completed over the past year. Some were WIP, Works in Progress from previous years. Some were new quilts, and others are from One Block Wonders BOM, Block of the Month, I joined for this year. I’m pleased to say, I got the tops all measured, batting all cut, and even some have backs and binding ready! The large tops I placed on hangers and they are neatly stored in my sewing room closet.

While organizing the tops, I came across the cute May Blossoms table runner I made back in the Spring while participating in the One Block Wonders BOM. I allowed myself to be sidetracked once again to finish the table runner instead of sandwiching and quilting the Christmas Tree Skirt, which is what I should have been completing.

When I set aside the May Blossoms table runner, the top was pieced and appliqué fused in place.

This past week, I blanket stitched the appliqué, sandwiched, and started the quilting.

Shucks, its not done, but well on the way.

If you are interested, Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room has 8 of the 12 One Block Wonders patterns listed on Craftsy. She plans on posting all 12 patterns soon. For the BOM, Sandy provided instructions for one pieced block each month. Then we used the block design anyway we wanted. For May I added stems, leaves, and buds to make the table runner. I pieced 3 blocks for each end of the runner to be form a flower.  Sandy is now has expanding the instructions to make full size quilts, available on Craftsy.

At my Thursday Curvy Quilters sewing day, I worked on piecing star points on to pieced and appliquéd blocks for the Timeless Tradition BOM.

Oh, and I selected, prep, cut appliqué pieces and fused the pieces in place for 4 blocks before going to Thursday’s sewing.

I’m using all fabrics – so far – from my stash for the Timeless Tradition quilt and I’m liking how it is turning out. Using from my stash was just a little challenge I decided to try. So far so good!

This weekend we have out-of-town family coming for a visit. That means I need to do a little sprucing up of guest rooms. I’m looking forward to spending time with them!

One of the quilting Facebook groups I follow posted this today: Quilting makes me feel ______. How would you fill in that blank? I’m feeling accomplished right about now!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Piecing star points on BOM Timeless Tradition blocks. ✔️
  2. Select, prep, cut appliqué pieces for 4 blocks of Timeless Traditions BOM. ✔️
  3. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt. ✗
  4. Purchase November’s Machine Quilting Block Party pattern. ✔️

To-Do List Tuesday for this week:

  1. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt!
  2. Finish quilting May Blossoms table runner.
  3. Continue piecing Timeless Tradition quilt top.
  4. Enjoy family visiting this weekend.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

What a Great Weekend!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

We traveled east to attend two events this past weekend.

First up was my parents 65 Wedding Anniversary.

We had a luncheon with as many family members as could attend.

What is a celebration without cake?

What a family! First row: my husband John & me, my siblings and their spouses, my folks Larry and Marie in the middle. Their great grand kids on our laps. Behind us are our adult children, nephew, nieces, their spouses, more great grand children!

Next up was a wedding on my husband’s side of the family!

Keith Schutt and his daughter Rosie.

Almost Mr. & Mrs. Travis Jarrett, saying their vows! Such a lovely wedding and reception!

It was a packed full weekend, and it was great visiting with both sides of our family even tho it was such a quick trip!

And let’s not forget quilting! The longarm quilter called me Thursday morning saying the Bargello quilt was finished! I met her to pick up the quilt, got home, squared it up, got the binding on, then Hubby, daughter and I got in the car for the 10 hour drive to PA! Phew! I was so happy to be able to take the Bargello along with me to present to my sister!

My sister and her husband (in the center) holding up their quilt! They love it! That’s me on the right side of photo and my hubs on the left side.

Close up of Honu (turtles) and quilting to represent the water currents in the ocean.

Close up of outrigger and waves.

My sister wanted this little fish print in the bargello. She could not tell from the photo I emailed her that I did incorporate them into the quilt. She was so tickled to see them in the quilt!

Fun Quilt Facts:

I’m so super pleased with how the Bargello turned out. And I’m overwhelmed with all the kind remarks received on my BIL’s post on FB. I think this is going to be my favorite quilt for some time!

Which of your quilts is your favorite?

How did I do on last week’s Tuesday To-Do List?

  1. I’m hoping the long arm quilter calls to say the Bargello quilt is ready to pick up! If so BIND! ✔️ CHECK! Bound and delivered!
  2. Two big events are happening this weekend. My parents 65 wedding anniversary and my niece’s wedding! I won’t be getting any sewing done this weekend! ✔️ Celebrations attended and enjoyed by all!

Tuesday To-Do List for this week:

  1. New baby quilt to make, prep & piecing this week.
  2. Mark and quilt Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Block Party, block # 9.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

 

 

Bargello – Off She Goes!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Oh My Goodness! I’m sending the Bargello quilt to one of my favorite longarm quilters this week! I am just so totally happy with how the appliqué has turned out on this quilt.

I used a monofilament thread on most of the appliqué pieces, and Aurifil all match-y match-y on the seaweed, turtles, canoe and paddle.

(Oops! I forgot to stitch the black of the eye!) On the close-up of the turtle, you can see the monofilament thread used for the blanket stitch. And on the turtle shell – can you see the spiral stitching in a brown matching thread?

Seaweed stitched in place.

And here is the completed Bargello quilt top! It is 108″ square, so it was hard to hold up for a good picture! My daughter and I are standing on our raised fireplace hearth, we are touching the ceiling with the top borders folded down and it is puddling on the floor.

This quilt is the brain storm of my sister. She lived in Hawaii, and when her husband was being transferred to the Mainland east coast, she wanted a King size quilt that spoke of her love for Hawaii. She saw a small Bargello wall hanging at a quilt shop, and wanted to know if I could make a King size Bargello. Then she found two wall hanging patterns, one with the outrigger canoe & paddle, and one with the turtle (Honu) scene. Her idea was to enlarge them to appliqué on the bargello quilt. My sister was a member of an outrigger canoe racing club. She loves the ocean, and the sea turtles that you could see feeding along the beaches.

Now the quilt goes to the longarm quilter for her to work magic in those bargello waves! I am so looking forward to getting it back and bound and delivered to my sister!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Bargello –  appliqué stitched in place! ✓
  2. Bargello –  back sewn together.  ✓
  3. Bargello – Hopefully, deliver to the long arm quilter! I’m so excited about completing this quilt! I’m waiting for the date from the longarm quilter!
  4. Bargello – binding ready and waiting! ✓
  5. Down load September pattern on the 1st for the Machine Block Party.  ✓

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Binding t-shirt quilt (picking up from quilter this week)
  2. Piece September’s block for the Machine Quilting Block Party.
  3. Download last One Block Wonders BOM pattern. Can’t believe we are already on the 12 month!

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday

UFO List

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

It’s been a good sewing week! Thursday I hosted my Curvy Quilters Club & even made brownies to share with the ladies! We meet for a day once or twice a month, sewing on our own projects and chit chat all day long. It is very relaxing & low key. I usually use our time together to work on UFOs. Thursday, I pulled out the Featherweight and sewed up another set of blocks from the Timeless Traditions BOM which I started last year.

I also pulled out the seam ripper and altered a quilt I made, the end of last year, I think. I volunteered to proof a pattern for an online friend. I do love her designs, but the light center was just not speaking to me, so I ripped it out.

The pattern is Punk Love Quilt by Amy of 13 Spools

I bought more fabric and planned on sewing a new center. Once I got it ripped out, I just didn’t want to sew up another center. What I ended up doing was using the purchased fabrics to add borders.

Above photo – my altered Punk Love minus the center strip measuring ~65 1/2″ square instead of a rectangle. I like it!

And here is the back with the pieced portion sewn in the center. I like the back too. So, yippie! I have a UFO checked off the list! The thing is though, it is going in the ‘to be quilted’ pile for a while. Not done yet, but top is pieced and off the UFO piecing list!

Yesterday and today, I’ve been recalculating borders for the Bargello quilt. I’m making it for my sister, and she wants a 14″ drop on all sides. We only bought 2 fabrics for the borders. But over bought for the back. I have enough of the back fabric to use it for a border. Here is what it will look like:

Photoed is showing less an 1/4 of the quilt. Borders will be: purple 2  1/2″ wide, turtles “Honu”  4  1/2″ wide (all the fabrics came from Hawaii after all, and turtles are called Honu there), and green fern 7″ wide. It’s a huge quilt at 108″ square.

My eldest son is buying a house! That means moving out of his apartment. He asked yesterday if I would help him clean the apartment tonight. I did, it was not as bad as the last time he moved. ;-) I think his room mate was a messy. Phew, that was a hot job, no AC!

My question for the week: do you ever alter patterns and like the results?

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Host Curvy Quilters on Thursday – that means some house cleaning and baking to prepare for my guests! ✔︎
  2. Sew the next set of Timeless Tradition BOM blocks. ✔︎
  3. Add borders to the Bargello. ✔︎- 1st border on, next 2 cut.
  4. Friday the One Block Wonders August BOM will be available – download! ✔︎

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Bargello quilt – finish borders & start appliqué
  2. quilt baby quilt

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

What Happened to June?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

As of late, Hubs and I have been busy helping our son & his family prep for a move. I’ve been helping them pack, and playing with grand daughter as they do all the things related to their move. One of the things Hubs is doing is building a new back porch for them. The old one had some rotten spots, and dear DIL (and she is a dear, whom we love dearly!) was afraid it would not pass inspection when listing the house for sale. Once Hubs got into pulling up some rotten floor boards, he found rotten floor joists. So even though this was not how he planned on spending his free time in July, it sure looks like a good thing the rebuild is taking place. And truly, he does enjoy woodworking, he is a natural born handyman!

The question is, what did I accomplish in the sewing/quilting world the month of June? Very little! I did manage to keep up with my two BOMs.

Here is June’s block from Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Party

and here is my June’s One Block Wonders creation, one block repeated 4 times.

The kids are moving this weekend. I’ll be traveling with them Saturday. I hope to fit in a few days to help them unpack and keep grand daughter entertained as they get settled in, but not sure which days exactly! There will be a bit of traveling back and forth between here and their new location.

 

Travels

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Hubs and I made a long weekend of it by traveling east to Maryland for a nephew’s wedding. It was great to be there, not only for the wedding but also to reconnect with relatives we have not see for a few years.

It was a lovely outdoor setting at Musket Ridge Golf Club for the ceremony and then indoor dinner & dancing. Congratulations again to Dan and Callie!

Next up was visiting my folks in Hanover, Pennsylvania with some of our crew catching up with us for the visit.

Noel, Dad, me, Hubs/John in back row. Charis, Mom, Anna in front row.

We also got to connect with some more of my side of the family at my brother’s home in Maryland.

While in Maryland, we learned that our son and DIL had their offer on a house accepted. That is a huge step in their moving plans. Next they need to list and sell their current home. Since we are home again, I’ll be available to help in whatever why they need, cleaning, childcare, packing, meals? Taking one day at a time.

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Continue childcare for son and DIL as they prepare to move, they hope later this month or early July. ✔︎
  2. Prep for out of town wedding this weekend. (laundry, pack, gift shop, etc) ✔︎
  3. Maybe Monday mark and quilt block 6 ✔︎ it is marked!

To-Do List for this week.

  1. Quilt block 6 of the Machine Quilting Block Party BOM
  2. Stay available for my son & DIL as they prepare to move

As you can see, very little quilt related activities here right now. I suppose that is part of Summer. How about you? Does your sewing time change with the seasons?

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted this week by Busy Hands Quilts.

Hobo Bag Success

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Last Summer, I was asked by a client if I could make a hobo bag/cross-body bag out of t-shirts. I thought that would be doable, so playing around with a t-shirt I no longer used, I came up with a design. Life happened, and even though we chatted on the phone several times, we did not meet up again until this Spring. She liked my design, gave me two t-shirts, we picked out fabrics, and TaDa! Here is what I created for her.

Batik fabric creating a large outer pocket.

She wanted her bag to be larger/deeper/wider.  I added a squared bottom to get the wider. I cut the t-shirts as large as possible to increase the size. I used one shirt for the side of the bag with a large outer pocket created with Batik fabric.

Another t-shirt was used for the other side of the bag.

For the shoulder straps, I used a solid black fabric and fusible interfacing to add durability. Then I decided to get all fancy-shamancy and add hardware making the straps adjustable. This was my first time to make adjustable straps, which I found out are really very easy to make and attach to the bag.

Can you see the black hardware rings and sliders in the above photo?

I used one of the black t-shirt sleeves as an inner pocket.

The lining is the same fabric as the outer pocket.

I’m happy to report that my client was very pleased with her Hobo Bag!

So far I’m keeping up with Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Block Party.

Block #6 Solar Flares

Family news! Son #2 has accepted a job 2 hours south of us. I’m happy for him, since this is a step up for him in his chosen career, but that means less time with him and his family. Life will be changing for all of us. Less grand baby time, less time helping DIL who comes over weekly for sewing lessons – she’s making a quilt! Less shared meals. I’m sure we will all adjust to ‘less’ but hopefully more quality visits. After all, my hubs and I are the ones who moved away from our families. 10 hours, not 2!  That all said, I think this month will be filled up with helping them. They are on their 3rd round of house hunting. And grand baby is spending the day with me!

What about you? Are you keeping to your regular sewing schedule this Summer?

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Start June’s Machine Quilting Block Party BOM ✔︎ Block cut and sewn together!
  2. June’s One Block Wonders pattern should be available Friday! ✔︎ Printed off pattern. I’ll have to ponder what fabric to use this month.
  3. Helping son pack and move. ✔︎ This is going to be on-going for a while. I’ve mostly been doing childcare, with several trips with them to house hunt.

To-Do List for this week.

  1. Continue childcare for son and DIL as they prepare to move, they hope later this month or early July.
  2. Prep for out of town wedding this weekend. (laundry, pack, gift shop, etc)
  3. Maybe Monday mark and quilt block 6

Slow She Goes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Are you sensing a theme here on my blog? Slow it is! Since not much quilting is happening here, I’ll share a few beauties from our garden.

This is a tiny little Iris that I believe is named Bumble Bee.

Hubs is the gardener around here. As a college professor, he is teaching part time during the summer meaning he is home a lot more. He enjoys his time out in the garden.

I’m not sure of the name for this Iris, but I love those speckles on the falls.

Both Hubs and I have to find a new balance with the end of the school year, and it takes a few weeks. Not complaining! I enjoy having Hubs around!

Lilly of the Valley. My favorite Spring flower. Sweet scent! We have a large patch on the north side of our house that I can pick and keep in the kitchen. I love walking in the kitchen and smelling that sweet scent. Of course I love their scent out in the yard too!

How has your week gone? Does your sewing/quilting time change with the seasons?

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Hobo bag – I bought and washed accent fabric for the bag this week. But no sewing.
  2. Work on BOMs: Machine Quilting Block Party and One Block Wonders May block – I made a little progress on the OBW.

To-Do List for this week. Oh my! My list is not changing from last week!

  1. Hobo bag.
  2. Curvy Quilters meet Thursday, I’ll work on the BOMs.
  3. I’m adopting a WIP from a local lady. It is a Trip Around the World. I pick it up today to finish the top for her. I’ll share more next week.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday at Stitch All the Things and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.

Progress … is Sometimes Slow

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I’m not sure where my mind was yesterday, but I sure had a dickens of a time sewing together this simple signature block.

When I was calculating yardage and the number of HSTs I would need to make a 24″ square finished pillow, I totally forgot that the plan was to set the HSTs on point! The photoed piece is measuring 24″ top to bottom, which means I will have to add a bit of a border. Or, maybe not, will half of an inch matter when stuffing the pillow form into the pillow case? It will be 24″ square once I trim off the HSTs on the sides.

Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments on whether I should bother adding a tiny border to this piece. Would you add one, or not?

There is a red t-shirt that I am to use for the back of the pillow. I also forgot to buy velcro for the closure. To prepare the block for signatures, I will press a fusible interfacing on the back side of the HSTs block. I’ll use Pellon P44F, which is the weight I like for t-shirt quilts. The fusible interfacing will add just enough stability for writing with a Pigma Micron pen, but will also leave the pillow soft and comfy. I’ll quilt in the red triangles, or maybe in the ditch using a white thin cotton batting. I have scraps, so not sure of the brand name and will back the quilting with muslin. Once the pillow is complete with a t-shirt back and black piping, it will be washable and durable. I pre-washed the fabric, so there should be no color bleeding, always a fear with reds. I will instruct the owner to always wash in cold water and to use a Color Catcher to be on the safe side!

Today was another Curvy Quilters sewing day! I worked on a UFO, the Timeless Traditions BOM.

I finished the  2 – 6″ blocks and 1 – 12″ block for month 6. There are 7 more pieced blocks and 4 appliqué blocks to complete before setting them all together. Then borders and more appliqué. I hope to have this quilt finished for a Christmas gift. I told my Curvy Quilter friends we need to meet more than once a month so I can finish this quilt!

Cuteness alert!

This is my 16 month old grand daughter learning to drink from a camel water pack! We had a delightful walk at a state park Sunday with most of our adult children joining us. But this is the only picture of the youngest in the family with her dad and me! I don’t know why we didn’t think to stage a decent family photo!

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Hobo bag made from t-shirts. ✗  Didn’t get to it.
  2. HST signature blocks – 24″ pillow with t-shirt back. ✔︎ Pieced!
  3. Setting aside Bargello to complete #1 & 2. Might get back to Bargello if time allows. If so – borders!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Finish Signature pillow.
  2. Bind t-shirt quilt.
  3. Construct Hobo bag.
  4. Work on BOMs, Timeless Traditions, Machine Quilting Block Party, One Block Wonders if time allows.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Travels

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I baked this yesterday and then forgot to post!

Happy Pi Day!

Last week my youngest and I went to visit our east coast relatives during her college spring break. As it worked out, we hit the right week to help my father with downsizing. It was an emotional time for all of us, my sister, my brother & his wife also helped out. Mom has been moved to the dementia unit at the retirement home they have lived in the past 10 years ago. Good thing is she still recognizes all of us and can hold a decent conversation – for a while. Then she slips back about 20 years.

Since this was supposed to be a vacation for my daughter, we did go into Baltimore Harbor for a day, visited the aquarium, walked the Harbor, eat lunch out. And in the evening met up with my sister and her husband for dinner. We had a nice time visiting on the pier at The Point Crab House. (Thank you Russ and Lauren!) The weather was seasonable warm, so the restaurant had opened up all their doors, we ate out-of-doors. Yum! Crab cakes!

Then on Friday, we visited relatives. It is always nice to catch up with everyone! No quilt shop visits this time! LOL

Today I picked up the customer t-shirt from the longarmer.

I hope I have already made the binding. I usually do, so it is just so easy to sit down and stitch it on by machine.

Before leaving for our trip, I did finish piecing the Facets quilt top for Christa’s QAL.

I love how it has turned out! I was using Batik scraps left over from 2 other projects and had enough to make 4 improve pieced rows. Now to find the right fabric for the back and binding. I’m behind, as everyone else in the QAL are already working on the straight line quilting.

How did I do on my last To-Do list?

  1. Finish the Facets Quilt-Along top! ✔︎ All finished!
  2. FMQ February’s Machine Quilting Block Party block! ✗ I just can’t seem to get to the MQBP blocks! I’m behind by 2 now.
  3. Return to sewing on the next UFO on my list which is Metro Hoops by Sew Kind of Wonderful. My plan is to work on it at Thursday’s Curvy Quilters Group. ✔︎ I have been sewing on this one.
This week’s To-Do List:
  1. Bind the t-shirt quilt and deliver to customer.
  2. Find a back for the Facets quilt. Sandwich!
  3. Grocery shop! Kitchen is looking empty since I was gone last week.
  4. If time always, I hope to spend some time on the Machine Quilting Block Party February block.

I’m linking to Linky Tuesday and To-Do Tuesday.