Thursday, October 26, 2017

Houston Guild Swap

This is the 2nd time that our guild has done a mini quilt swap with another guild in Texas and I always find these to be really fun. What's even better is when you know many of the ladies in the other guild and just so happen to get one of them as your partner. 

I had Liz @fatchickquilts as my partner and had met her in person at my first stash bash retreat and she's a great lady so making for her was a treat. I used her love of magenta, blue and Tula Pink to create this mini. 
The pieces are on the small size and required a bunch of starch to make sure all those little points stayed in place. 

In return I received from my dear friend amy @houseofbadcats 

Isn't this mini purrfect for me!! the quilting is awesome and she knows how much I love my kitties (especially Nugget). 

This was a finish in the 3rd quarter but I was not able to share since my partner had not received. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Goals to wind down 2017

It's time for the Finish Along goals for the end of 2017. You all know I love making lists and this one is no exception but this quarter I've decided to include all the projects and brake them up into the phase that they are in currently and see if that helps me focus on getting more things accomplished.

2 that are So Close -- Just needs the binding turned
  • Tessellations  
  • Spiderwebs 
14 Completed tops -- Need quilting and Binding 
  • Migration 
  • Scrappy Rainbow Strips 1 
  • Plus Side* -- Due in October
  • Botanics Pendent Chevrons 
  • Kwik Evening Star 
  • Boba Fett Mini 
  • Swiss Cross for Teri* 
  • Alison Glass Geese Rainbow mini 
  • 6 Charity Quilts*
7 In Progress Assembly Required -- Blocks to be turned into tops
  • Double Star 
  • Moda Modern Building Blocks -- this is the oldest project
  • Kwik Mosaic Tiles -- half the blocks are completed and assembled
  • Down the Rabbit Hole Traveling Quilt 
  • 2017 Round Robin Quilt (comes back in December)
  • Scrappy Rainbow Strips 2
  • Scrappy Kittens 
12 Things in the Idea Phase -- When I need to start something new 
  • Squirrel Mini for Gina* 
  • Tula Pink Color Dive 
  • All Squared Up with Priory Square 
  • Broken Herringbone 
  • Anna Maria Horner Scrappy Quilt 
  • Metro Hoops 
  • Kandy Cat Quilt 
  • Project with Spirit Animal 
  • Happy Go Lucky Dutchman's Puzzle 
  • Jen Kingwell Holiday Pillow* 
  • Triangle pillow or mini quilt from leftover tesselations blocks 
  • Alison glass selvages project 
13 Things that are not Quilts 
  • Continue making my rainbow scrap bins (5 left to finish) 
  • Weekender Bag 
  • Makers Tote 
  • 2 Mini Sew Together Bag* 
  • Sew Together Bag for Lisa* 
  • 3 Tunics 
OMG that's 48 projects -- Very unrealistic goals because I would need to finish 16 items per month or an average of a finish every other day to make that happen (insert crazy laughter) but I do have 13* items that are gifts and those really need to be finished this quarter. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September notes

The month started out with an awesome girls weekend, where I got 4 quilt tops and a mini quilt put together. Most of these were already in blocks at the start of the long weekend but it felt good to come back with tops instead of pieces. 
Not much else to report this month -- After Labor Day holiday with my girlfriends, my time back to my sewing machine was limited for a few weeks because of a change in my husband's schedule and a sickness that a coworker brought to me. 

I did finish my mini for the Houston Guild Swap. 
Toward the end of the month, I managed to get my Bee blocks finished for Kathleen and Dianna. How fun are Cathleene's Filmstrip blocks and those winged square blocks turned out great. 
I worked on Maryanne's traveling quilt, adding the braided part to the right side made from half hexagons cut on my accuquilt. This group has one more round and then mine will return home probably in time for my birthday.
I didn't really get much else done this month except a few extra blocks that will be going in my double star quilt once my hive mates send the rest in. 
Things start to slow down for me once the weather turns cool and hopefully my schedule will get back to normal and much more sewing can happen. I'm really hoping for time on the longarm soon so that I will be able to finish up some of the charity tops that I have been making all year.