Friday, October 31, 2014

I Solomly Swear ...

... that I will complete something this weekend and have a finish to show by the beginning of next week. Here we are 1/3 done with the quarter and I feel that I haven't done anything of merit. Now that surely does not mean that the deadlines are not looming in the near future -- you know what with the 2 swaps and 4 customs that I have coming up due before Christmas and in early January there is another custom and another swap due. I love deadlines and making lists but I really need to get my tail in gear and some serious work accomplished if it's all going to get done. 

I have about 5 different projects in various states hanging on my design wall and a quilt (or 3) waiting to be quilted but when I head into the sewing room the ADD hits and it seems that nothing gets finished so I am hoping that my readers will at least try to hold me accountable and be my cheering squad for the finishes that will be presented next week. 

Here's the contenders for potential finishes (or at least progress)  

-- Hogwarts Swap 
--IG Mini Swap 
-- Thanksgiving quilt 
-- Grandma's Clothes (x2) 
-- Rush Hour 
-- Medallion Quilt 
-- Quilt con Guild Charity Quilt Challenge 
-- Christmas Quilt 
-- Baby Quilt Commission 
-- Disney Swap 
-- Scrappy Trip along 

Oh boy it looks like it's going to be a busy couple of days -- Happy Halloween and Happy Quilting everyone.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Unicorn Swap

Another Super Fun swap I took part in was the Happy Unicorn Swap.  My partner was Jennifer Sabri, and she was pretty open to what ever I wanted to make so I went with bright and bold -- to match a fabric that I bought on a whim while in Asheville earlier this year. 
Michael Miller Happy Tones Rainbows & Unicorns Princess
With some brights from my stash I turned it into this fun mini
My mini serves double duty as a pillow cover. I wasn't real sure how she would want to use it because I think it might end up being great for her baby girl. 
I went with a loose feather swirly design on this one and after I stopped fighting with my machine I really like the way that it turned out. 

In doing this project I have come to learn that not all spray bastes are equal and the one that I got as a sample does not agree with my machine -- I think perhaps it's to sticky because the thread just wouldn't catch to make a stitch. 

I threw in some unicorn goodies, sweets and we also were asked to include something that is native to our area and send to our partner -- this was harder than I thought it was going to be. In this digital age you can pretty much get most things readily but I went with a North Carolina classic -- 
Andy Griffith. 
There was a little mix up with her package being dleivered but I a very glad that it was safe and that she loves all the items that I included. As a bonus surprise I got my Unicorn package today as well and I love it -- check out this awesome hexi goodness that Pam sent my way. 
I'm working slowly on several other great projects right now so stay tuned and Happy quilting everyone. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kitty Mini Received

So you all saw that awesome Kitty Mini that I sent to Rita (I mean Krista) right? It was so much fun putting that one together and I anxiously awaited to see what glory would be heading my way -- and let me tell you Modern Stitchin Mama did not disappoint.
She put all my babies names on there and incorporated so many awesome pink fabrics, I love it and couldn't  wait to get it hung up.

She sent some excellent goodies that the kitties and hubby claimed rather quickly.
And then that rascal Kahn O'Malley tried to lay claim to the mini.
Seriously Kahn that is not for you
We all love swapping and this mini, and now we have another instagram and bloggy friend. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kitty Mini Swap

I'm super addicted to swapping and this time the theme was kitties -- how could I not partisipate
my swap partner was Krista @ krista stitched. Her beloved Hank passed away unexpectedly and so this mini is an homage to that beautiful orange boy.
Completed design 
The idea and the completed project 
shot of the back 
beauty shot of the front 

And what' a swap without some goodies? Some are for her and a few are for Miss Rita, her new adorable little baby, who just couldn't wait to make her entrance into this world and surprised her mommy over a month early. 
Guess what -- She loved it and that makes it all worth wile. 

I'm eagerly awaiting my mini's arrival and there are some really great ones out there that I would love to have come live at my house. 

linking up 
Quilter in the ClosetLinky Tuesday at Freemotion by the RiverSew Cute Tuesday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

4th Qtr Goals FAL

I'm linking up my finishes over with Katy @ The Littlest Thistle and there are so many other great projects being lined up so I encourage everyone to go check it out. 
Finish Along 2014
Things I'd like to accomplish before the end of 2014 
  • Hogwarts swap items -- due 10/28
  • Sew and Swap item -- 10/30
  • Thanksgiving Commission Quilt -- due 11/7
  • Christmas swap item for guild -- 11/25
  • charity quilts -- 11/25
  • Christmas commission quilt -- due 12/1
  • Instagram Mini Quilt -- due 12/7
  • Grandma's Clothes commission quilts -- due 12/12
  • Disney Mini Swap -- due 1/7
  • Medallion quilt -- top is completed and basted but not quilted 

  • bible studies quilt 
  • any other swaps that I sign up for 
  • other commisions as they come in
Something for me --
  • Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt -- Grand Illusion
  • Taffy quilt in Parisville
  • Swoon Quilt with Rock N Romance 
  • Large Star Quilt
  • project with my Cat Nap fabric 
  • city sampler 
  • another Gypsy Wife
  • Sew together bag 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

An UPdate on my 3rd qtr goals

I'm linking up my finishes over with Katy @ The Littlest Thistle and there are so many other great projects being lined up so I encourage everyone to go check it out. 
Finish Along 2014
Here is an updated version of my initial goal list posting with all the things that I managed to complete being marked off... there's plenty to carry over and even a few new projects that I will be adding if she does it again next qtr. 
  • I want to get my Gypsy Wife quilted -- DONE
  • finish up a pair of charity quilts that I got parts for at the guild yard sale -- Done and Done
  • I want to get my spider webs quilt quilted and hung up in my office -- DONE 
  • I'm participating in the Sister Thing Swap again this year so this is a must. due 9/1 -- done
  • Mason's quilt -- commission project due 9/16 -- done
  • Halloween Quilt -- Commission project due 10/7 -- done
  • Mom's Apron project due 9/7 -- done
  • Guild pillow swap project due 9/26 -- done
  • Kitty Mini Swap Items due 10/2 -- done (not blogged yet)
  • Happy Unicorn Swap Item due 10/30 -- done (not blogged yet)
  • Rush Hour Blog Hop due 9/30 -- top done not quilted
  • bible studies quilt -- not touched
I would also like to start and maybe complete something from this list -- I must have been dreaming, nothing new was started from the just for fun list. 
  • Taffy quilt in Parisville
  • Swoon Quilt with Rock N Romance 
  • Large Star Quilt
  • project with my Cat Nap fabric 
  • city sampler -- you know cause I'm a wild woman