Monday, August 22, 2016

Star Mini Quilt Swap

I've been at the swapping game again and this time the theme was stars -- there are so many great star blocks out there that it was hard to narrow this one down but then I remembered a pattern that I had won a while back that really seemed appropriate for this person. I had a few perimeters to go by -- like she liked blues and greens so I pulled out Simple Celestial by From Blank Pages and determined that scrappy was the way to go on this one. 
I made 4 blocks of the 9 inch version and really love how things shaped up for the final result. 

There's even some fun fussy cutting involved. 
This lovely is headed off to live in California with Alex 

This was my 2nd finish for the quarter and one of my August OMG goals. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

KS Love

Back before Stash Bash I pulled out several patters that I thought would be good to take with me to the retreat that I might want to start on, one of them was the Moda Love Star. It's a great pattern and goes together really quickly and it comes set up for 3 different sizes of precuts. (We all know how I love a precuts.) 

I decided to take a charm pack of Day Dream and give it a try -- the blocks went together super fast and in about 2 hours I had a top. 

It's been waiting in my sewing room for me to find some quilting time and this weekend I set forth to do just that. 

I'm happy with the results and am planning to hang it in my office since I have changed locations and now work closer to home and need some color and cheer added to the space. 

I've got plans for an upcoming KS Christmas quilt and I'm thinking I may need to make a mini star with the extra charms from that one as well. 

This is my 3rd finish in the 3rd quarter. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

July Sewing and Stashing

With the beginning of July being a holiday weekend that meant an extra day to sew and look forward to the beginning of a new quarter. My first task was to finish up hemming a bunch of curtains for a friend but then I actually found some time and finished a project that had been around for a while, a scrappy trip along that has been waiting for some time to be quilted. (-2 yards) 
I got my stash bee blocks put together (-.5 yard) 
Then my Bee Hive Blocks put together (-.5 yard) 
Then I did some fun Hive jumping (-.5 yards) 

My aim at decreasing my stash did not go well when I went to the annual girlfriends sale at Mary Jo's and to another quilt shop in that area.  I found plenty of things that followed me  home, some of these were planned for the Traveling Stash Bee projects since several ladies are going the Rainbow route and I didn't have a true Rainbow in my stash (shock I know) 
The others are for some upcoming clothing projects that people way smarter than me will be making, and some for Stash. 
(+15 Yards) 

This month started our traveling quilt swap and I got to work on adding to Catherine's starting point of the word Sew. (-6 yards rainbow stack since I will be using this for most of my traveling bee projects) 
At the end of the month I got Alice's block that had been added to by Catherine -- can't wait to get started on this one and I'm happy that I already have an approved plan. 
These are really fun and I am trying to get them turned around quickly so that they have limited exposure to cat hair in my house (the next 2 ladies on the list are allergic to cat hair). These two and the next one are extra fun because all 3 ladies belong to the same quilt guild that our guild paired up with for a mini quilt swap. The McKinney Modern Guild in Texas and this month's meeting was our deadline. I got the pleasure of making this quartet of squirrels. (-2 yards) <-- my OMG goal for this month
I attended a sew in at the end of the month and that's always an awesome time with the ladies. I used that opportunity to get started on a swap that will be going out next month, this star mini quilt. 
I had also pulled out some orphan blocks that were leftover from my Jewel Box quilt, made a few more and put together this smaller throw size that I will be gifting in the future. (After I got them on the wall I noticed that I still need to make a few more to complete my pattern.)

The most exciting thing was getting all my Kate Spain Christmas charms ready and sewed into HST units -- now to cut apart, press and trim them so I can start assembling the star blocks. 

June finished with a lightened stash of 98 yards, this month I added 15 yards and used 10.5 yards making my new total 93.5 yards lighter this year, still working to hit that 100 yards mark, maybe it will happen as I head into August since I have a few days off coming up. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Piggy Bank Challenge

I'm going to link up with Val for her 4th annual Piggy Bank Challenge 
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This will be my 3rd year linking up and I have done pretty well in the past. I'm going to be using my same cookie jar for storing my funds and hope to surpass my savings from last year. I have a few quilt orders that people are thinking about placing and this always boosts the savings fund. 
 -- but who knows since Quiltcon is in February and my savings may be going toward that trip. 

This year I'm really hoping a move is in the plans so these savings could be the beginning of redesigning a new sewing space or perhaps a new sewing desk with a lift, or maybe a Tv in the sewing room. 

Thanks Val for hosting this fun challenge and I can't wait to see how well everyone does at cash in. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wonderland Swap

I have to say that the best thing about going on a quilt retreat is meeting people that you know online in real life and then finding out that they are as amazing as they seem and totally get you. 

What's even better is being able to meet people and find out they have similar interests as you outside of quilting and then something awesome happens -- private swapping and secret making. 

A few months back I came across an Alice in Wonderland swap that I was hesitant about because many of the people signing up were private and this was an all crafts swap, being hosted by a person I wasn't very aware of the level of the swap. (Ok, that sounds kinda stuck up / rude but I've done a fair share of swaps and by this time I know what I am looking out for and to listen to that little voice in my head when it says step away.) 

Fortunately for me, one of those awesome people that I've met through blogging, swapping and retreating is Karri -- so i ask her opinion of this swap and because I know she is a Wonderland lover as well, and might want to join in. We come to the decision that a private swap is probably going to make both of us happier and take out the mystery element of craft swap. So I set out to unsecretly stalk her pinterest board and began drafting up an idea. 

She said she wanted something for her home like a wall hanging or pillow or a bag -- works for me cause that's what I enjoy making most. 

my initial draft started to take shape and evolve

I'm super excited about the finished mini (to the point that I forgot to take a completed photo of the top) and came close to keeping it for myself but it, and some goodies were Karri bound as the quarter wrapped up. 
I anticipated it's arrival and you all already know quilty friends are the best so here's the awesomeness that now joins my Wonderland collection. 

This was my 13th finish in the 2nd quarter. 

What does the 3rd quarter hold?

As we move into the last half of 2016 it's time to think about the overall goals of the year and what projects I will be linking up this quarter. I'm hoping that it's filled with lots of time for sewing and many completed projects, since as usual I have way more goals that are likely to be completed. 

I have some ongoing items that I will be doing monthly
-- bee blocks for 2 hives, maybe picking up a 3rd and I've been doing quite a bit of hive jumping 
-- the Traveling quilt groups got started in June so that's going to be an awesome adventure till Feb 2017
-- Block of the Month till October

Things that I know I will be finishing (deadlines)
-- McKinney Guild Swap (7/26)
-- Star mini Quilt Swap (8/15)
-- 1st year clothing quilt for McKinley (9/30)

These projects are all in the works 
-- Scrappy Crossroads (needs binding when it returns from Rena)
-- Mini Moda Love star -- needs quilting and binding
-- KS bonus jewel box from extra blocks 
-- Weekender Bag as part of the sew a long
-- tessellations -- still 25 blocks to be put together 
-- Moda Modern Building Blocks -- I'm going to make an abbreviated version of this one
-- Lucky 21
Some items that I want to get started 
-- Plus side quilt with Fig and Plum 
-- Kate Spain Christmas spectacular
-- Broken Herringbone Quilt
-- Swoon
--All Squared up using Priory Square
-- Ellie Crafty Carrier 
-- Chevron and On Quilt with Botanics charm packs | Morning Song Arrow Quilt | Baby girl arrow quilt, fabric is Morning Song by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, and pattern is Chevron and On:
-- gift items or other swaps that might come up 

In non quilting goals I have a wedding scrapbook to put together that I will be gifting to a lovely couple -- I had plenty of supplies just sitting around waiting to be made into something or be sold so I thought this would be a great gift for them. 

That's 18 things plus the ongoing items, I think that might be plenty to keep me going this quarter.