Monday, April 3, 2017

Ready for the 2nd Quarter

Finish-A-Long 2017
I started the quarter with 26+ goals -- after linking up my finishes I discovered that I completed 14 items this quarter that I was able to show and share in the link up and that's pretty good for me. I'm hoping that I will be able to show many more completions in the 2nd quarter and I'm feeling pretty confident since April holds time with my quilt tribe at the Stash Bash and there's always lots of prep that needs to be done before then. So on with the goals.... 
  1. Complete all my secret sister sewing for Stash Bash -- there are several things going on for this goal already 
  2. Bind Mallory's Elephant throw when it gets back from quilting 
  3. A surprise for Stash Bash that is already in the works
  4. At least 3 more color bins for my scraps -- maybe more depending on the color selections each month
  5. Swiss Cross Quilt (May deadline) Swiss Downloadable PDF Quilt PatternThimble Blossoms | Fat Quarter Shop:
  6. Moda Modern Building Blocks abbreviated version -- this happens to be the item for April in the APQ challenge so maybe I can finally get it moving again this month. Image result for moda modern building blocks This is also my OMG goal this month as an extra motivator for getting the modified quilt top completed. 
  7. Tessellations Quilt -- still needs 20 blocks made
  8. Lucky 21 Quilt -- ready for assembly 
  9. Weekender Bag -- only the outer panels are made 
  10. More tunic tops -- I've got fabric pulled for at least 4 more already 
  11. Down the Rabbit Hole traveling quilt -- needs my contribution
  12. Spiderwebs quilt -- blocks need squaring and assembly
  13. Finish Patchwork Swoon -- at the long armers now
  14. Jen Kingwell Holiday Pillow 
  15. All Squared UP with Priory Square 
  16. Plus Side Quilt for Granny -- all the cutting is complete
  17. Broken Herringbone Quilt 
  18. AMH Scrappy Quilt 
  19. Botanics Pendant Quilt 
  20. Crafty Carrier -- this one may need to be made before retreat if I end up taking the featherweight machine.  Image result for crafty carrier
  21. Grandma's Surprise 
  22. Kitten Quilt from Scraps
  23. Gingersnap quilt Image result for gingersnap quilt
  24. Metro Hoops -- finally learning to use my quick curve ruler Image result for metro hoops quilt pattern
  25. Alison Glass extra geese mini quilt
  26. Taffy quilt with Color Theory 
  27. Other gift and swap items that come along 
Well 2 dozen plus goals -- it looks like it'll be a busy few months. Time to link up for the quarter

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March -- a Month of Red and progress?


APQ put out the number for this month and I was relieved -- it's #12 and my lists don't have anything in these slots so for me this was a month to catch up on other projects and focus on deadlines, and with the stash bash coming up next month there are deadlines looming for sure. 

The month started off with an awesome trip to Georgia to see some of my gal pals and take a few classes. The first day, I took a Tunic class with Chrissy and my gal Ella came too. 
and I made this awesome space kitty Tunic (-3 yards) 
The next day I met up with Kristi for her Betsy Travel Bag and ended up being the only student so it was a great girls day making a challenging bag but I nearly completed it. I finished it after I got home and a few days being sick. (-5 yards) 
And it wouldn't be a trip to Atlanta without a stop at in town quilters where I picked up some bolt ends -- as I look at this picture I now realize that these all could go together (+ 6 yards) 
Once I had my energy back I started on my bee blocks this month and these were pretty fun. (-1 yard) 
Stash Bee random HST for Em. 
Triple Bee Shoo Fly blocks for Nicole 
Bee Hive Ripple Blocks for Jess. 
I also had Jill's traveling quilt -- it's rainbow theme and she loves stars so how could I not add to this fun boarder. 
I might be crazy but I've joined another traveling quilt for this year and this one I started out with a paper pieced star. (-2 yards)
Our guild did a coffee and tea exchange so I made this fun Mug Rug for Liz . (-1 yard)
Since the scrap color was red that meant I had limited scraps this month -- First was my scrap bin.
Then some color strips -- see not much read in my scrap stash
 I had to get Mallory's elephant put together and off to the quilter so that it will be ready for her by stash Bash. 
 
With that awesome event (Stash Bash) happening in late April, I really had to get a move on with my secret sister sewing. I had to do some digging but came up with a few things to surprise her with for her first stash bash but I'm still finishing things up on that end so you will all have to wait till after the bash for an update. 

I'm also doing an hour basket swap online and made this lovely basket to send off to my partner in a few days. (-2 yards)


Knocked out a few more things for my Quarterly goals and brought the March total of used fabric to 14 yards, 6 yards purchased and quarterly total of used yards to 34 (not quite the 50 I was looking for but there are several things in the works that would easily push that number up.)  

Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2016 -- the month of teal and #8

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January was a great month for getting things done. I thought February was going to be a slim month for progress, but it turns out February was productive when I look back on it but it sure didn't feel that way as the month was progressing. 

Bee blocks this month were (-1 yard) 
triple bee was a fun modified flag block


stash bee was pussy hat blocks 

bee hive was tic tac toe blocks for both Shannon and Cory 

In the 2017 Round Robin I received Shanna's quilt and added feathers, trim strip and triangles. I always find the first ones the hardest but I'm liking where this one is headed. 

APQ resolution this month was #8 and for me that was my scrappy swoon that I started last month -- this was a good thing because it's also my sew your stash off challenge project using hoarded fabric. The top is complete and the backing is pieced -- ready for quilting. (-5 yards)

The scrappy challenge this month was teal -- here are my kitty faces and scrap bin this month. I don't have a lot of this color because there is another scrappy project I am working on that took a big bite from the teal pile.

I also made a charity quilt in a chunky strips manner. (-2 yards) 

In other quilting 

I started on the quilt swap with Mallory -- I love paper piecing but was starting to think that this elephant might be the death of me. I need to switch out the eye color to the black and work on assembly -- I think the hardest part might be behind me now. 

I completed McKinnley's quilt on her 2nd birthday. (-2 yards)

I'll be taking a few classes this weekend at The Green Apricot and I got started on the prep work for my Betsy Bag Class (-4 yards)
and I'm taking the plunge to see if I am able to make tops with Chrissy so I had to prep some fabric for that as well. I did have to buy 3 yards of a test fabric (since my stash isn't full of large cuts) but these space kitties are awesome. (+3 yards) 

I did manage to score some scrap bags from a friends destash and a layer cake of Happy Go Lucky (+3 yards) 
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So I used a good deal of fabrics 14 yards and only bought 6 yards this month -- this brings my yearly total to 40 yards used and 12 purchased for a stash decrease of 28 yards.  

Cutting through some more quarterly goals this month. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

EEVEE -- 1st finish 2017

Quilters really come together to support each other and that is a reason that I am so happy to be a part of this community. 

Back in early November a friend of mine was out one evening and got maliciously attacked while out playing Pokemon GO and left for dead, the community has rallied around him and his family, even setting up a go fund me to help with his expenses. 

Now I've know Vinnie since I had my very first job back in High School and I wanted to do something special for him that would brighten his day. I knew his favorite Pokemon was Eevee and I set out looking for a pattern or something to make a quilt for him. When this mostly ran into dead ends I put out on Instagram that my quilty wish was for a paper pieced Eevee pattern because I really didn't feel like making a pixelated quilt.
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Now many of us know about Fandom in Stitches and they have awesome patterns but no standard Eevee -- so I sent them an email asking if they could help me out and an awesome lady Angela Gross messaged me back that she had seen my post and had a pattern that she had been working on and wanted to give it to me first so that I would be able to get this project out to my friend -- It's only 10 inches so I opted to make a pillow instead.

I set out working on it and ran into a few snags along the way (mostly because the tiny piecing) but I pushed on and got her all put together with much cheer leading from my IG friends. 


Initially I wanted to add a Pokemon fabric to the front but found that it really served as a distraction from the intricate piecing and opted to make it the backing and insert a zipper. 
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I finally was able to deliver it to Vinnie after he got out of the hospital and I think he really likes it and it's a one of a kind -- much like Vinnie. 

This is my first finish in 2017 and an awesome start on my quarterly goals

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 -- Brought to you by #6 and Purple

Let's kick of January with APQ challenge for item #6 and the Scrap Challenge for Purple. 
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Part of the all people Quilt challenge this month was item #6 -- for me this was last year's BOM from Sewingly Yours, it needed quilting and binding. -- I got this one completed by mid month. 

The SoScrappy color this month was Purple, so I made my 1st scrap bin (-1 yard)
Turns out it was the wrong size so I gifted it to a friend and made another one that fits in the space better. (-2 yards)
Thanks to a time off with a stomach virus I fount myself home a few days mid month and I was able to work on some other colored scrap projects to make a dent in the very full purple bin. (-3 yards) 

This year I have decided to make a patchwork chunk each month and once the 6 dominate rainbow colors are made I'll have a good size improv throw -- here's the purple starting point. 
My next choice was inspired by a bee block that I made for Laura this month called Paint Chips but instead of putting in the neutrals I started patching together the strings. strips and smaller chunks of scraps into long rows or varying widths -- based solely on the common size of my scraps (these happen to be 4, 5 and 7.5). I plan to make these in each color through out the year for another rainbow quilt . 
 
I made some Kitten blocks this month and may add to this throughout the year. 
I also took my long 2.5 inch strips and 2 inch strips and made a jelly roll race style quilt from them -- this will be quilted up and donated to charity, I also pulled out fabric for backing (-5 yards)
There are still a good dose of purple scraps for future projects and bee blocks but I am ready to work on another color next month. 

In other quilting news, on New Years day I managed my first finish of the year -- the EEVEE project I have been working on for a friend. (-1.5 yards)
I signed up for another traveling quilt that started this month so I did a fabric pull for that and made my starting block (-3 yards) 
Stash Bee kicked off the year with these fun paint chip blocks for Laura (-.5 yards) -- I also put together some extra colored patches that she can finish up with some neutrals for her quilt.
I was the queen for the triple block bee so I started with my sample blocks (-.5 yards) and made a few extras (-.5 yards) 
my hive mates came through with these blocks so far -- 12 more yet to come in but I know most of them are in the mail already.
I'm also doing the Bee Hive group again this year and it actually got a late start because of needing more participants so hopefully this one will roll into the rotation next month. 

This month I had Marth's Traveling quilt and added the feather blocks to the bottom. (-1 yard) 
I completed my project for the upcoming Pink Swap and it's ready to ship out early February. (-2 yards)
While I was sick I also found some orphan HST units that needed to be turned into this quick pouch that will be a gift. (-1 yard)
I went to a local shops yard sale and scored a sew steady table for my feather weight, and 6 yards of fabric. 
The last weekend of the month I got started on the last of the traveling quilts from 2016 -- Jana's Traveling Quilt with the Sea theme so I added some Palm blocks (-2 yards)  I actually finished her traveling quilt as well so it looks like only one traveling quilt to work on next month instead of 2.
As a Bonus APQ finish this month was a smaller throw size version of my Jewel Box quilt that will be gifted very soon. (-3 yards)


January was a good month for sewing and I made significant progress on several items and had 7 completions. I only purchased 6 yards of fabric but managed to use 26 yards. I also took a class and got certified to use the long arm at my LQS -- maybe this will mean quicker finishes in the future.

Moving right along with these quarterly goals