Monday, April 7, 2014

April Showers of projects

My April goals are starting to take shape and there was much sewing happening this weekend. I hope to get some evening sewing in this week so that I will move things closer to the completed pile. 

Project #1 -- Clam Shells mini
the tutorial by the quilt engineer was wonderful and gave me hope that i would be able to finish this mini. I have her all spray basted and ready for quilting and hope to knock it out this week. I surely could use some FMQ therapy this week. I haven't figured out yet how I want to quilt it but I've considered pebbles, waves, straight lines and paisleys --- any suggestions? 

Man it's going to be hard to give this one away. 

Project #2 -- Triangles Galore 
As I mentioned last week I am linking up with the triangle quilt along on this one and it's a gift for my niece that graduates next year. What I didn't realize is how many triangles a full quilt would entail --- over 600. Thanks to the  go baby cutter and a huge design wall I nearly have all my rows laid out and some of the rows are sewn together. 
She loves yellow and gray scale so I think this will be pretty close to perfect for her. 

Project #3 -- Jelly Roll Race (vol 2) 
I started pulling fabric to make backing for it but that's about the extent of it. I am hoping to add in some yellow on the back but I may be sick of yellow by the time I finish that triangle quilt. 

Project #4 -- scraps and decluttering 
Putting away fabric always makes me feel better about the cleanliness of my room and here lately I have been neglecting this task, so I know that means I really need to do it. To combat my procrastination I have taken a few steps 
  • I poured the scrap basket on my ironing table so now I have to work on it in order to use the iron
  • moved some fabric to go back into the drawers onto my sewing table -- thus blocking my machine 
  • we packed up most of the scrapbooking items into groups so that I will be able to list them online to sell (now I can access some of the fabric drawers easier) 
  • still needing to sell / purge some more fabric -- haven't found a motivator on this one yet.
Project #5 -- Hippos 
In May I have the opportunity to participate in some weekend festivals close to home in downtown Winston Salem and I need to get on making more crochet hippos because i sold out at the holiday shows last year.  

Project #6 -- Gypsy wife 
I went through and put all the blocks back in the book so that this will hopefully aid with organization and assembly in another few weeks. This will take the place of the triangles on the design wall once those rows can be pulled down and numbered. I am anxious to see what it's all going to look like together. 

Looks like April is going  to be a busy month for me -- with these projects and the other 2 quilts that need to be quilted I surely have enough to keep me busy for a while. Happy Quilting everyone.

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  1. Your Triangle QAL looks great! 600 for a full-sized quilt? Guess I won't be going that big! I will have 400 if I cut all my fabric and I was planning to go bigger, but guess I won't make it to full-sized.

  2. I am trying to get motivated to make a triangle quilt but now that I am moving in six weeks it is on hold. I like the yellow and gray.

  3. Lots of great projects going - love those little hippos!

  4. I love the colors in your triangle quilt! 600 of them is impressive! Your motivators to get your fabric cleaned up made me chuckle, but I definitely hear you. We all need some extra motivation sometimes.

  5. LOVE those clam shells. That hippo is SO stinking cute. Sorry for all the yelling. haha

  6. Your clam shells look wonderful and your triangle quilt is looking awesome! That is A LOT of triangles!

  7. Hi!!!! Love your Triangle Quilt!!!! Your claim shells are wonderful!!!!!! I am LOVIN that cute little hippo!!!!! Very sweet!!!!!

  8. Dropping by from N&TT, some great projects you've got going on but my favourite is the hippo :D

  9. Wow, I love this post! That hippo is to stinkin' cute, I can see why you sold out. But, that mini clam shells is just great! It's going to beautiful finished.

  10. It's all lovely work. It certainly does look like you're going to be busy in April.

  11. Great projects! I love the color palette of both the triangles and the jelly roll quilt. I also really like the side borders on the jelly roll, I'm gonna have to give that a try, love it.

  12. What fun projects and isn't the GO! great to use for the clamshells and triangles!! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. That clamshell mini is so vibrant and fun! :)

  14. Very cool quilts. Great job. :)

  15. Love your gray and yellow triangle quilt Katie! We are featuring this over on Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog! Thanks for the inspiration!


  16. Love love love your mini clam shells!!