Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long and Something Slow Too!

Kyle sent me the file to make my list of projects I hope to finish in 2017.
It's supposed to be 17 UFOs in 2017, but since I have waaaaaaay more than 17, I filled the entire page to remind of what still needs to be worked on--in case I run out--haha!

Realistically, I probably won't get half of these done, but like they say--Dream Big!
The following projects are going on my 2017 First Quarter Finish A Long list--we'll see how I do on these! 
I just finished stay stitching the edges and pressing all the seams on this monster.....
Yes!!! My 365 Block Challenge top is complete!!! Now to get it quilted.....a top priority ASAP. 

As you might imagine, I have massive amounts of blue and cream fabrics left over from the above project. I've been perusing Bonnie Hunter blocks and patterns and I think I see a version of Jamestown Landing in my future (right hand side of photo).

Speaking of Bonnie Hunter, I really need to get my (Christmas) Celtic Solstice finished. I have lots of blocks left to piece, and will be working on them at retreat starting tomorrow. It would be so great to get this one completed.

I made zero progress on Mrs. Billings in 2016, but I am still very gung-ho about her--gotta get this one done! 

Of course I need to finish my Wooly Block Adventure quilt since I declared it my January OMG project. 

Anyone interested in an Austin Bluebird Sampler Sew Along? I'm going to do a blue and gold version--can't wait to dig into these yummy fabrics! 

I feel so bad every time I come across this box of Texas Star blocks.
I hand pieced 99 of these stars back when we remodeled the upper level of our home and I had no sewing space. I need to get them put together (and in an ideal world, hand quilt it)!  
These spools were a leader/ender project a couple years ago and have been languishing in this tin ever since. 
I need to make a lot more strip sets to finish Trail Mix, but I have a signed label from Edyta Sitar for the back--that's half the battle, right? 

I continue to work on the fly stitching on my wool hexagon quilt---it's my current go-to sewing in the evenings.
I have made a lot of progress on this and will be working on it today for Slow Sunday Stitching now that my 365 Challenge has been met and my retreat packing is complete!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A January Goal

After my marathon quilting spree, I've finally had a chance to catch up on the 365 Challenge blocks--whew! 

This was the very last block and the first block I had to do some hand piecing to finish--so many crazy miters and set in seams--ack! I didn't even measure it when it was finished, so I'm hoping it's close to 6.5" --  I'm not revisiting it--lol! 

After finishing that final block, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I almost don't know what to do with myself--haha! The first thing I did do was take everything out of my laundry room and clean it from top to bottom. It felt good to get that done too--another weight lifted.
So, to go easy on myself, my January goal is to finish this little project. My friend Rebecca suggested an idea for a border that I'm pretty excited about. In the meantime, I need to do packing for a quilt retreat that starts on Monday!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

Monday, January 2, 2017

Front Porch Finale

My Front Porch top is complete!
Well, there may be a little more tweaking as I take a closer look at the whole quilt pinned up on the wall, but I'm pretty happy with how it looks now after making some changes. 
I was never happy with the big spacer blocks or the four patch block that I had subbed. Then one night just as I was drifting off to sleep it came to me: Shoo Fly! What would be more appropriate for a Front Porch than a Shoo Fly block? 
I had to go back and fill the baskets with flowers--no empty baskets on my Front Porch! 

I felt the applique boat in the pattern looked a little lost in that big space, so I pieced a boat to about the same block size and added spacers on either side. 

I stole borrowed Lori's idea to add my initials and a 16 for the year the quilt was made. 

This quilt is enormous. I've got it pinned up above my design wall and it still drags on the floor. I'm really looking forward to quilting it--I think it will be lots of fun to just doodle on. Thanks for the fun sew along, Lori! 
 I'm linking up with Lori at Humble Quilts HERE--go check out more versions of Front Porch! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Squeezing in one more!

I have one more finish before the year ends in a few hours! 
A Blackbird Gathering---this was a free Block of the Month on the Quilts by Cheri--Friendship Group Facebook page.
This was also on my fourth quarter Finish-A-Long list HERE

I had lots of fun quilting it with some freehand primitive shapes.

Since it's a small quilt (35"x 40") the backing didn't need to be pieced--a big time saver for sure! I've had this piece of Blackbird Designs sampler in my stash for ages and thought it would be a good time to use it up. 

It feels so good to have some projects finished completely!
Now I have some time to get back to the 365 Challenge blocks--right after I finish appliqueing some details for a link up on January 2nd--see you then!
Have a sip of bubbly for me--I'll be sleeping--lol!
Happy New Year! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another Finish!

Today, I am officially 8 blocks behind on the 365 Challenge Blocks (these are from the previous week). Why? I've been busy quilting! Oh, and there was a holiday in the mix too--lol! 

I'm pretty excited to have Let It Snow finished and ready to hang for the rest of the winter--even though I don't totally agree with it's sentiment-- I'm really am happy with the amount of snow we already have! 

It's a total snow storm on the back! 
Let It Snow was on my fourth quarter Finish-A-Long list HERE. It was a free Block of the Month from Buttermilk Basin during 2016.
FYI:  I changed up the finishing instructions by using parts from other blocks to make the top area of trees and the snowman. I also added a narrow border pine branch using part of the cardinal block so my quilt would be a bit more rectangular.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December UFO/One Monthly Goal

I wasn't sure I would get a chance to get Circa 2016 quilted during such a busy month, but the stars aligned, and I finally got a chance to finish up the quilting. 
I forgot about getting outside to take a photo until the sun was so low in the sky causing a shadow from the power pole across the street. It would have been better to do my pictures in the morning, but I totally blanked it out. I also forgot to brush off the chalk line for the feathered border--yeesh!  Apparently, the little gray cells aren't in tip-top shape--time to start doing those brain games again. 
At the same time, it didn't help that those icicles were dripping on my head and freezing into my hair while pinning up the quilt. It makes me wish I had nice lighting inside the house for photos--lol! 

I got to use up some big chunks of fabric for the back--always a good thing! 

This shot is in the shade--much better--and no icicles!

Circa 2016 was my One Monthly Goal selection--I'm linking up HEREand Circa 2016 was also on my Fourth Quarter Finish Along List HERE