One Monthly Goal – October

October 1st, 2018

It’s October first, and time to select another project to work on for this month.

Today I pulled out Country Chic and got back to the free motion quilting.

I know, I know. I’ve been procrastinating. Now with chilly evenings starting, I’ve got to kick into gear and get it done!

I’m changing up how I’m FMQ it just a bit. I’ve got to get this quilt finished for my grand daughter. Her daddy is planning on building a new bed for her. It might be a race to see who finishes first!

My goal is to finish the FMQ. If all goes well maybe even get the binding made and attached!

What will you be working on this month?

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

One Monthly Goal – September Finish

September 29th, 2018

My fruit and veggie blocks are all stitched up and stirred together into a quilt top!

I’m loving it!

My September goal was to finish the paper pieced blocks for this quilt that I started 3 years ago. I did that plus got the blocks all sewn together for a finished quilt top.

The blocks are 15″ finished, set 4 x 5 for a top that is 60″ x 75″. I’m putting this in my to-be-quilted pile and will wait for a good sale to purchase fabric for the back and binding.

The pattern is by Amy Gibson, Tilt-A-Whirl. Read why I made this quilt using fruits and veggies here.

I’m calling it Whirled Peas!

Linking to Patty’s One Monthly Goal.

Veggies, Fruits, and 2 1/2″ Strips

September 25th, 2018

The Whirled Peas quilt is coming along.

18 of 20 blocks pieced, 2 of each fruit & veggie. Only 2 more blocks left to piece.

2 watermelon blocks in progress. Then it will be time to sew all the blocks together into a quilt top.

This Fall, I’ll be sewing together a Jelly Roll Rug with several of my quilty friends.

I cut strips from my fabric stash instead of buying a Jelly Roll. I still need to cut batting strips for the rug.

Earlier today one of the quilt groups I follow on Facebook had a post asking if any of the members do clothing mending. My answer was I will only do hemming for special people in my life. No mending, no alterations. If asked, I suggest the person take their garments to a local alterations shop. There are several in our town. I’ve even done so when my husband needed a zipper repaired.

How about you, do you hem or alter clothing for family or friends?

Funny thing is, I was just asked Sunday if I would hem three sundresses! I caved and said yes to this friend. Isn’t it interesting that people equate quilting with any other kind of sewing they need? Curtains anyone!?

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

  1. Continue papering piecing Whirled Peas blocks. ✔️
  2. Get back to FMQ Chic Country before it turns into a UFO! ✗

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Turn Whirled Peas blocks into a quilt top.
  2. Get back to FMQ Chic Country, it is turning into a UFO!
  3. Hem three sundresses.

More Veggies!

September 18th, 2018

Paper pieced veggies that is.

12 Tilt-a-Whirl blocks made and 8 more to go.

Today I completed 2 Broccoli blocks.

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

  1. Continue with FMQ Chic Country.  ✗
  2. UFO – paper piecing blocks for Whirled Peas ✔️ 12 completed, 8 more to go.

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue papering piecing Whirled Peas blocks.
  2. Get back to FMQ Chic Country before it turns into a UFO!

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Veggies & Fruits

September 11th, 2018

One block at a time! I’m making slow progress on my Whirled Peas quilt.

I’m making 2 each of 10 different veggies and fruits. This is a paper pieced pattern by Amy Gibson called Tilt-a-Whirl.

How did I do on the last To-Do List:

  1. Continue with FMQ Chic Country. ✔️
  2. UFO – paper piece blocks for Whirled Peas.  ✔️ 9 blocks completed and 11 more to go.

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue with FMQ Chic Country.
  2. UFO – paper piecing blocks for Whirled Peas

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Paper Pieced Veggies

September 4th, 2018

This week I decide to pull out a UFO and see if working on that will spark some good ol’ quilting mojo. I’ve been in such a funk lately, I need something to kick start my desire to get back into quilting.

You can read about ‘Whirled Peas’ here. It’s a paper pieced block that will feature a veggie or fruit in each block.

Today I finished a carrot block.

Here’s hoping for a week full of paper piecing. And maybe some FMQ on Chic Country too.

How did I do on the last To-Do List:

  1. Quick weekend trip to PA to assist Dad in settling in to new assisted living apartment. ✔️ Dad’s all settled in. Apartment looks nice.
  2. Mark some blocks for FMQ on Chic Country, maybe even quilt them. ✔️Marked, and quilted a few too!

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue with FMQ Chic Country.
  2. UFO – paper piecing blocks for Whirled Peas

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – September

September 1st, 2018

I’ve pulled out a UFO for my September OMG.

This quilt was started as a joke. My husband was asked what he wanted for his birthday. He went into an elaborate story saying he was grocery shopping and came to the frozen vegetables, he picked up a bag of peas. He said he was taking them home and putting them in the blender to make ‘whirled peas.’ The joke is, when the previous people in the group were asked what they wanted for their birthday each had answered ‘world peace.’ Hubby, tired of the same old answer that was no longer funny, came up with the ‘whirled peas’ story. And that ended the answer of ‘world peace’ in our group … perhaps for all eternity.

I collected vegetable & fruit prints to make what I am calling the Whirled Peas quilt, and hope to have it ready for his next birthday in March!

I’ve completed 3 pea blocks and 3 cucumber blocks.

This is a paper pieced pattern by Amy Gibson, Tilt-A-Whirl.

My goal is to create as many blocks as possible this month. I’ll also continue to quilt Chic Country, but not listing that as a goal.

Linking to One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts.

 

One Monthly Goal – August Finish

August 31st, 2018

Sigh.  I really think I’ve lost my quilting mojo.

For August I set my goal to continue free motion quilting this Chic country quilt I’m making for my grand daughter.

I did work on it. Not as much as I had hoped. I’m feeling like I’m lost. I’m not really happy with my skill level – I think I’ve lost some FMQ skills!  I’m not liking how this is looking, and not liking the designs. But keeping with some expert advice, I’m not ripping out the stitches. I’ll carry on and hope my skills will kick back in.

I’m open to any words of wisdom from you all, my fellow OMG quilting buds!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

Orphan Blocks to Placemats

August 21st, 2018

Little bits of sewing happened this past week.

Using a few orphan blocks – ones I received years ago in a block exchange – I made 2 placemats  as gifts to my Father who is moving into an assisted living apartment.

I dug through my precuts to find similar shades of fabric to make the 2 coasters.

For this set, I just did a simple meandering with little loops.

Close up of quilting.

For a second set of placemats I used  2 pieced hexies. A friend had cut & sewn together the wedges and then give them with extra fabric to me. Basically, I’m just finishing something she started. I sandwiched her pieced hexies and did a simple meander for the quilting.

For the coasters I cut squares from extra wedges she gave me.

The back and batting also came from my friend. So like I said, I just finished something she started. I found a brown from my stash that I thought went nicely for the binding.

I’m keeping up with making the daily hexies for the Temperature Quilt. I even started sewing the days together. I have the January hexies stitched together and started adding February. My previous English Paper Pieced projects have all been small, this Temperature Quilt is going to be large in comparison! Since working on this scale of EPP is a new experience for me, I’m OK with how slowly this project is going.

A tangle of pieced hexies!

How did I do on the last To-Do List:

  1. Motivation for sewing/quilting it at 0% right now. To-Do: FIND motivation! I must need a break. ✔️ Kind of … I’ve not working on FMQ as I planned this month, but I did make 2 placemat sets for my Father.
  2. I should get back to FMQ Chic Country  …  ✗
  3. I’m keeping up with the daily stitching of hexies for the Temperature Quilt, but not stitching them together yet.  ✔️ I’ve got January sewn together and started on February!

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Quick weekend trip to PA to assist Dad in settling in to new assisted living apartment.
  2. Mark some blocks for FMQ on Chic Country, maybe even quilt them.

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

One Monthly Goal – August

August 2nd, 2018

July flew by and I did not sit at my sewing machine for even a second. I did get some hand stitching completed on my temperature quilt, but that was not my July goal!

For August, I’ll just repeat what I thought I’d do in July

continue the FMQ on Chic Country.

After helping our son & family move in June, and helping my father move to assisted living in July, it is time to get back to some quilting!

Linking to One Monthly Goal with Patty of Elm Street Quilts.