One Monthly Goal – March

March 2nd, 2018

My goal for March will be to finish piecing the Chopsticks quilt top.

I might need one more row of blocks, 10 triangle blocks, so the quilt will fit a bunk bed.

Linking to Patty’s One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. Hop over and join in!

 

Shopping for Chopsticks

February 28th, 2018

What do you do when you are happily sewing along, think you have all your blocks completed, lay them out, and gah! Don’t like the quilt!?

What I decided to do was buy more fabric!

The Chopsticks quilt just did not have a good balance in the orange color family.  When I laid out the blocks, I saw my mistake. Sorry, no picture. I had a nice range of greens, but only 2 oranges the exact same color. This quilt needed more variety in the orange family.

Today I pieced the additional orange blocks. The blocks are going together rather quickly! Tomorrow I’ll lay them out and hopefully make headway on sewing the top together.

Fabrics for back and binding. I hit a good sale on a shop hop last Saturday. 25% – 50% off!

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

  1. Piecing Chopsticks blocks. ✔️
  2. Finish piecing top for Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along. ✗
  3. Hosting Curvy Quilters group. ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Catch up on Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along
  2. Piecing Chopsticks top

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – February Finish

February 27th, 2018

My goal for February was to organize everything for the temperature quilt I want to stitch this year.

I pulled fabric from my stash, and bought the rest in 1/3 yard pieces.

I even got the fabric organized by temperature in to this little storage bin.

I dug around the studio for needles. And then bought better needles while on a shop hop.

I started stitching with a 12 weight thread from my stash, then bought Presencia thread for hand embroidery,which is working out much better.

After playing with the pieced hexie shape, I changed it and settled on the wider base center, instead of the ‘V’ center.

I have settled on using the high temp and low temp for each day. The center piece of the hexie is the high of the day, and the two side pieces are the low of the day. I’m stitching them together with a thread the color of the low for the day. I’m only using four thread colors.

Now that I’m all settled on fabric, pieced hexie shape, needles, thread, and technique, it’s time to get cracking and caught up. It’s slow going right now, but with making 365 hexies this year, I figure I’ll be a pro by the end of the year!

Instead of using a whip stitch on the back side to attach the hexie pieces together, I’m doing an embroidery stitch on the right side. I’ll show more about the stitch once I’m better at stitching the hexies together. One of my goals for 2018 is to learn, and hopefully enjoy handwork!

I’m linking to One Monthly Goal over at Patty’s blog Elm Street Quilts. Go check out the other goals meet for February and join in for March!

Quilting in Little Bits

February 20th, 2018

This past week I got just a little bit of sewing done, even tho I had grandiose plans.

I did some shopping, to finish out the color way for the temperature quilt I’ll be working on this year.

28 fabrics for the temperature quilt

I fiddled with my hexie design for the quilt and have modified what I originally planned. And I shopped for better needles and thread. Here’s a shout out to Carolyn’s Cottage Cottons quilt shop for the embroidery help I received for the hexie piecing.

Presencia 12 wt. threads & John James Embroidery needles. I stumbled upon Cristy’s video on how to stitch together hexies using floss and hand embroidery. So that is what I’m playing with. I’ll do a close up when I’m a bit more confident. I’m really liking the results!

Progress on Chopsticks – During the last Curvy Quilters sewing day I cut all the triangles and sashing for Chopsticks. I also got a bit of sewing done on the blocks. It is going together much quicker than I expected. I should be able to make good headway on it at the sewing day I’ll be hosting this week.

I hope to finish up these blocks this week.

And surprise! Can you believe it? I have started another new project. I jumped in and joined Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along. I’m still piecing the top, then the FMQ will start!

Fossil Fern Prints surrounded by creamy Moda tone-on-tone. I’ll be adding a print for corner stones, border, back and binding.

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

  1. Pack and ship the Mt. Paran embroidered blanket.  ✗ You would think packing and shipping would be a simple thing. But, I’ve decided to wait for my son to take some good pictures for me before shipping. Maybe that will happen this weekend.
  2. Finish shopping for fabric for the Temperature quilt and attack the Hexies! ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Piecing Chopsticks blocks.
  2. Finish piecing top for Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along.
  3. Hosting Curvy Quilters group.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Memorials

February 13th, 2018

My quick trip east with family over the weekend went well. I arrived home late last night.

My Mother passed away Sunday, February 4th at the age of 89. She will be missed, but we enjoyed our time with family and friends celebrating her life. Oh the stories that were shared! I’ll spare you, but we had our laughs and tears. She was quite a lively and godly lady!

The Loper Clan, my father in the suit sitting in bottom row, my brother on his right, me and then my sister on his left. We are surrounded by our kids and grand kids, spouse standing behind each of us. (hope that makes sense)

Years ago, my mother gave me a hand embroidered ‘blanket’ that was made long before my time by the ladies of the church I attended as a child. I believe it was a fundraiser where families purchased a square for their name to be embroidered in to the blanket. Kind of a memorial of members and friends at the time. I don’t know if it was auctioned off at some point, but it was in my grandmother’s possession when she passed away in 1994. My mother gave it to me. I’m not sure why, maybe she thought I’d appreciate it as a quilter. But, I always thought I should not be its “keeper” as it belonged with Mt. Paran Church in Maryland, not with me in the Midwest.

The church kindly provided refreshments for our family and guests after the burial in what they now call the Historic Chapel as this structure is believed to be one of the oldest in the area established in 1718, 300 years ago! I spoke with the Session Clerk and Associate Pastors telling them the story of the  embroidered blanket. They were delighted to learn about the blanket and will be happy to once again have it in the church’s possession, as I promised to return it to its rightful owners.

My son wants to take proper photos of all the embroidered squares before I ship it off. As I took a closer look at the squares today, I found one was completed by my grandmother, and another by her younger sister. Dated 1914. My grandmother would have been 21 years old when she did this hand work!

This piece of embroidery is an amazing piece of history! Beautifully handcrafted! If any of you know the proper name for the embroidery piece, please let me know!

As for my to-do list for this week, I decided on prepping Chopsticks, pattern by Jaybird Quilts. I’m using fabrics I purchased from Craftsy in one of their mystery boxes and also fabric from a LQS, all purchased about 3 years ago.

I got all the fabrics cut and even some of the triangles block piecing started.

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

  1. Pet fabric and figure out what project to prep for sewing club days. ✔️
  2. Quick trip East, so not much else will be accomplished. ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Pack and ship the Mt. Paran embroidered blanket.
  2. Finish shopping for fabric for the Temperature quilt and attack the Hexies!

Linking to To-do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Hummingbird Blocks and Studio Organization

February 6th, 2018

This week I completed two each of two block designs from the Letters to a Soldier Book by Jodi Barrows.

I’m calling this my Hummingbird quilt because I fussy-cut hummingbirds to piece into as many blocks as possible.

Since I’m using Jodi Barrows’ Square-in-a Square method and rulers, I’m going just a bit slow as I read and learn her method. One thing has become apparent. I will not be able to quickly chain piece certain sections, as I must be aware of placement and orientation of the hummingbirds. Also, my points are not yet perfect, so I need to take note of proper cutting.

My quilting day with friends was canceled today due to snow. I decided to use today to finish several quilt backs for quilt tops I completed last year.  I’m folding the top & back and placing them on hangers. Attached in a plastic bag, are binding, thread for quilting, and any ideas I have for the quilting. I’m smiling at the new organization, but it doesn’t mean finished! At least it is a step in the direction towards finished! In the mean time, my sewing room is looking less like a crazy pile of abandoned projects!

I need to figure out the next project for the monthly quilting day with friends. The Hummingbird quilt takes too much concentration to work on while chatting with friends. I’ve already started 2 new projects this year, the Hummingbird quilt, and the Temperature quilt, but I’d like something brainless to work on while gathering with friends. I have at least three quilt projects pulled together with fabrics and patterns.  I suppose I just need to figure out which one I love most and start prepping it.

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

  1. Work on Hummingbird quilt. ✔️ 4 blocks completed!
  2. Work on back for Chic Country quilt.  ✔️ Plus organizing several other backs.

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Pet fabric and figure out what project to prep for sewing club days.
  2. Quick trip East, so not much else will be accomplished.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – February

February 1st, 2018

Goal setting.

I thought I had my year planned out for 2018 with all my quilty goals for the year.

Then up pops a Temperature Quilt from 2017 on Needled Mom‘s blog.

Now I just HAVE to make a Temperature Quilt! Gah!

Needled Mom made a Temperature Quilt for 2017 using a flying goose block. She divided up the thermometer in 4 degree increments selecting a different fabric for each increment. She used the high of the day for the goose and the low of the day for the sky. This year she is making a Temperature Quilt with Square-in-a-Square Blocks.

Her sister joined in making a quilt too. Since one lives in CA and the other AK, their two quilts look way different! Take a look at Needled Mom‘s blog.

I’ve settled on using a pieced hexie. I took advantage of Paper Pieces 25% off sale they offered earlier this week. Seeing their sale kind of clinched it for me, that I should jump in and make a Temperature Quilt this year!

This all leads to my One Monthly Goal for February.

For February, my goal is to organize this project!

I’ll need to pull and purchase fabrics while waiting for the hexie paper pieces to be shipped. I’m using Kona Fabrics color chart panel to select fabrics to represent the temperature increments.

Since I’m already over a month behind, I hope to get fabrics sorted this weekend & start some piecing. If I had started at the first of the year, I would only need to piece one hexie a day. Hopefully over the next few months I’ll be able to get caught up.

Above is the hexie design I plan on using.

Linking to One Monthly Goal sponsored by Elm Street Quilts.

Hummingbirds and Soldiers

January 30th, 2018

I just started a new project.

Several years back I attended a lecture by Jodi Barrows on her Square in a Square system. I already owned one of her rulers and a book or two. But I hadn’t gotten into them enough to really become familiar with her techniques.

I’ll be working through Jodi’s Letters to a Soldier Sampler Quilt book, but instead of using her line of Civil War fabrics I’m using the  Hummingbird print pictured above. I fussy-cut 56 Hummingbirds in 2 1/4″ square to 5 1/2″ square to use in the sampler blocks.

This is one of three new quilts I planned out at the end of 2017. The plan for the year is to continue quilting the finished quilt tops so they don’t turn into UFOs, while starting a few new projects.  I have to have something to take to work one while sewing with friends, right?!

How did January go for you? Do you have any finishes or headway made on new projects? I’d love to hear about them!

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

  1. FMQ a quilt for a friend, she made it, I’m quilting it. ✔️ Completed and returned to her.
  2. Make 3 quilty gifts for a gift exchange Jan 25th. ✔️ Sorry, no pictures.

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Work on Hummingbird quilt.
  2. Work on back for Chic Country quilt.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – January Finish!

January 29th, 2018

Phew!  This quilt took longer to piece than I expected.

Here she is with blocks being laid out, not the final layout, but getting a taste of what the top would look like.

The finished quilt top is 7 rows by 9 rows with the half block border going around the outer edge to finish off the secondary circles.

I’m pleased with the top. Love the secondary circles. Fingers crossed when it comes time to quilt!

Pattern: Chic Country by Sew Kind of Wonderful

Fabric: Fossil Fern by Benartex

Top measures: 73 1/2″ x 91″

Linking to One Monthly Goal sponsored by Elm Street Quilts

New Life

January 16th, 2018

We welcomed our first grand son into the world born Jan 7th. My three year old grand daughter and I had sleepover at her aunty’s home while Mom recuperated in the hospital with her new born learning the ropes of nursing.

We got to visit Sunday night at the hospital sneaking in just under the visitation ban that started Monday morning. Just look at that cute expression on my grand daughter’s face at her first look at her baby brother! So precious!

Her first time holding her brother with Daddy’s help.

By accident, I left my current hand work at my son’s home. Let’s just say there was some confusion with bringing a new born home. My son thought the box of quilting and books was his wife’s and stuffed it in a closet. I thought the box got stolen from my car! After I returned home with out my quilting, my son looked a little deeper and found that he had put it in a closet. Guess I’ll just have to take another trip to visit my grand kids and pick up the quilting!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. FMQ a quilt for a friend, she made it, I’m quilting it.
  2. Make 3 quilty gifts for a gift exchange Jan 25th.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday