Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alison Glass Swap

Swap number 10 for 2015 is in the book and this time it was all about one of my favorite designers Alison Glass. Now as you may recall I met Alison at a small trunk show that she was doing at a quilt shop a few hours away from me and she was delightful.

So my partner for this swap was Amy Verne @amybob3kids, and she really loves the handmades -- which I had none of so a quick trip to Mary Joe's was in order and I was all set up. She also likes stars so I elected to make her this mini. 

Throw in a few extras and you have yourself a swap package.

In return I received from Tricia @mothersneedle 

What a lovely Mini -- learning to do cathedral windows is on my quilting bucket list so I love it. she even threw in some fun goodies.

This marks all my swaps for the first part of 2015 completed and for now I don't have any more lined up. I have decided to take a few months off from swapping and focus on completing things that I have been wanting to do for a while. Not being able to quilt last month really helped to remind me how much I love it and with the summer heat here I know I will not be spending lots of time outside. 

There has been lots going on with the civic project but I haven't made any headway with the seat covers so I am moving that up on the priority list. I have 2 bees that are ending this month and one that goes through the remainder of the year so getting back to me sewing will hopefully be easier -- perhaps the 3rd quarter will be more productive than this one. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

May in Review

I am happy to report that my hand is out of the brace and i have been able to resume sewing -- to a point. I will not be making any marathon quilting weekends any time soon and usually only am able to sew for about 2 hours at a given time but I am building up strength and that is a good thing. 

I didn't do much sewing or shopping in May but I did finish up my bee blocks (-2 yards)

First 2 were the wrong color placement -- OOPS!! -- I don't know what happened to the photo on my phone 

and completed my Alison Glass Mini quilt -- I had to cut back on what I was doing with this swap but I am still pretty happy with the outcome. My partner should receive it later this week and I will do a full post at that time. (-2 yards)
I had hoped that I would have one of the projects I have been working on ready by father's day but it may end up being for his birthday instead. 

My husband and I are still working on the Honda revitalization project and things are going great -- if you follow on IG then you have seen the progress being made. (new headlights and tail lights, mirrors, new carpet and steering wheel and some engine work) 

This month I will continue working on my goals for the quarter and see what happens there but I am not expecting many finishes. I have made a decision to leave the swaps that I had signed up for that are later in the year -- this might have been a rash choice but I really want to focus on some of the UFO's I have around here as the mid point for 2015 is approaching. 

As for my fabric report -- I am going to call this month a wash and carry forward the numbers from last month. I did a little purchasing but without sewing happening I didn't really get anything to report so I will round down the running number so far,  In the first 5 months of 2015 the balance is - 60 yards since the beginning of the year. 

Hope everyone is well and having lots of time for some happy quilting.