Thursday, November 3, 2016

October Sewing and Stashing

The very beginning of the month started out with me completing the BOM quilt top that I have been making blocks for all year. I went with an abbreviated version of the very large quilt that everyone else is making. (-3 yards) 
I know a little girl that is going to love all these bright colors when it is finished and she just got her very own room after a relocation from the west coast just over a year ago. I was hoping to get it basted and maybe quilted this month.... but I'll settle for getting it basted. (-4 yards) 

I also started out the month with my bee blocks as usual, Cheryl wanted s string of black geese with one colored goose in the mix. This quilt is going to be great when it's all put together. 
My Bee Hive mate picked the Jagged Little Pill blocks with a Halloween theme -- I got this great witch fabric at Joann's of all places so I whipped up 2 blocks for her (and maybe stashed a little of those witches for me). 

I got the Kate Spain Bonus Jewel Box basted and ready for some quilting -- I bought the lovely backing at one of my LQS on clearance but I know the future recipient is really going to love it. (+3 yards / -3 yards). Maybe next month I'll get some things quilted.

October's traveling quilt was Jen's Marvel quilt and my husband really wanted to keep this one for sure -- I added on the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra blocks as well as a bit of filler to look like comic book page layouts. 
(pic) 

I also got another order for a t shirt quilt from a coworker that I will be working on in the upcoming 2 months, this one is going to the queen sized so you know that means sending it out for long arming. The top is coming together nicely so far. I had to buy the fabric that I am using as the sashing but it's going right into this project, so no hording is happening. (+2 yards / -2 yards) 

With the end of the year looming, I got some progress made on my Christmas quilt blocks this month -- maybe not the completed quilt top I was hoping for but this is pretty good too. (I'll be making blocks at a sew in tomorrow night.)

October started at -103 for the year, I added in 5 yards and used 12 yards so now I'm at -110 yards for 2016. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

4th Quarter goals for 2016

Wrapping up the 3rd quarter I realized that I have way more projects than year remaining, so here's my lofty goal list for the end of 2016. 

These projects are all in the works 
-- 1st year clothing quilt for McKinley (11/30) -- clothes need interfacing, assembly, basting, quilting, embelishing and binding
--BOM quilt from Sewingly Yours needs basting, quilting and binding. 
--KS bonus jewel box needs to be basted, quilted and bound.
-- 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
-- Kate Spain Christmas spectacular -- all the units are ready for sorting and assembly, this one will be big so it's more than likely heading to the long armer. 
-- I got an order for a t shirt quilt from one of my coworkers, who's retiring in early 2016 and he's planning to have a total of 3 queen sized quilts made as he prepares for a move to Oregon upon retirement -- lots of work for me and for some of my long arm friends in the upcoming 5 months. 

Waiting to be started 
-- Plus side quilt with Fig and Plum 
-- Broken Herringbone Quilt
-- Swoon
--All Squared up using Priory Square
-- Ellie Crafty Carrier 
-- Chevron and On Quilt with Botanics charm packs 
https://flic.kr/p/CSrMFT | Morning Song Arrow Quilt | Baby girl arrow quilt, fabric is Morning Song by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, and pattern is Chevron and On:

-- special Swiss Cross Quilt 
Image result for swiss cross quilt thimble blossoms
-- gift items or other swaps that might come up 

Sweet 17 goals -- plus keeping up with the rest of my bee blocks and the traveling quilts. Linking up over at quarterly finish along. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

3rd Quarter Review.

Wrapping up the 3rd quarter I like looking back and seeing what all I accomplished form my link up back in July. 

I have some ongoing items that I will be doing monthly
I have been keeping up with my monthly goals of bees, block of the month and my traveling quilt project. If you remember my Traveling quilt started out as this star block 
and so far it's evolved into this
I can hardly wait to see what it looks like in Feb 2017, when it finally comes back to me. 

Completed 

-- McKinney Guild Swap (7/26) -- complete
-- Star mini Quilt Swap (8/15) -- complete 
-- Mini Moda Love star -- Complete 

-- Scrappy Crossroads -- Complete 

These projects are all in the works 
-- 1st year clothing quilt for McKinley (11/30) -- they are cut and need interfacing and trimming before assembly

-- KS bonus jewel box from extra blocks -- it's now a quilt top
-- 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 
-- Kate Spain Christmas spectacular -- now a huge pile of HST

Waiting to be started 
-- Plus side quilt with Fig and Plum 
-- Broken Herringbone Quilt
-- Swoon
--All Squared up using Priory Square
-- Ellie Crafty Carrier 
-- Chevron and On Quilt with Botanics charm packs 
https://flic.kr/p/CSrMFT | Morning Song Arrow Quilt | Baby girl arrow quilt, fabric is Morning Song by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, and pattern is Chevron and On:

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. 


So of my 18 goals plus the ongoing items, I managed to complete 4 and made progress on 3 -- not a great quarter but still something.  

September Sewing and Stashing

August brought me to the triple digits for yards used with 101 lighter this year but my sewing mojo seemed to be off track. This month I focused first on the things that I had to get accomplished, like my bee blocks. 

Rebecka is making a special quilt in honor of her sister for her guest room and requested Home Base Blocks. (-.5 yard) 

Judy is making a bright Checker quilt for charity (-.5 yard) 
It was time for round 3 of the traveling quilts -- I got Michelle's and sputtered for ideas at first and then my ideas just clicked. 
I added Swiss cross blocks to the bottom and right side (I also used the extra stars block that Catherine made.)

One of my top goals for this month was to get the tension issue fixed in my machine so that I could reattach the binding to my Scrappy crossroads quilt and move it along to the finished pile. Last month I attached it but then had to become friends with the seam ripper b/c of the issue but I'm happy to report it's ready for couch snuggling now. (-1 yd) 


This month I also started working on a baby clothes quilt.

I am continuing to work on my KS Christmas quilt as well and finally got all the HST trimmed. 

I completed the final BOM block for and started working on assembly -- I'm hoping this will be my first 4th quarter finish. 

My bonus Jewel Box blocks are now a completed top. 

I am glad that the weather is starting to turn a little cooler so that I will be more encouraged to spend time in my sewing room and can hopefully knock out a few more things in the upcoming months. I used a whopping 2 yards of fabric this month but didn't add to my stash so I'm sitting comfortably at -103 for the year so far. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bee Block Experience #2

I was in several bee block exchanges as a new experience in 2015 but for each of the quilts that I used 2 bees each to make sure I had enough blocks in the end to make a larger quilt. My first blocks were for my Kaleidoscope Quilt and the other 2 hives completed scrappy Cross roads Blocks. 
These are the extra 4 blocks that I put together. As these hives were later in the year the blocks trickled in slowly and a few didn't come in at all but I did have enough with the extra blocks that I had made, this was going to be a large quilt. 
So it sat basted for a while waiting for me to quilt it when a friend of mine, Rena (The Southern Bobbin) asked for quilts that she could practice on with her long arm and I thought -- Why not? 
When it came back a short while later I got it bound and all ready for some couch snuggling. 

This is my 4th finish in the 3rd Quarter