Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Update

Well, I missed the mid-month update again, but the month isn't over yet, so here goes....
Last week I attended the Minnesota Quilter's show--so many wonderful and inspiring quilts....not to mention the vendors, of course. I tried to use a lot of restraint, but when my friend Sandi B. pointed out the Blue and White book for 50 percent off in the Sew Cherished booth, I had to have it. I've been resisting buying this one for months, so I think it was meant to be. And I only picked up 2 1/2 yards of fabric for the stash--amazing! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these. I'm having such a great time making these 4" x 5" blocks.

The block on the left is number 100 of the 182 blocks in The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology.

I finished these 15 blocks last night--only 67 more blocks to go! 

I've been using Aurifil thread almost exclusively on my HQ16--she seems to like it--lol!
 I broke down and purchased a real thread color chart, as it's so difficult to choose colors on-line or from the Aurifil paper color chart for ordering. (FYI: there is a very good color chart at Follow That Thread HERE).
 I'm very happy with this purchase--it's been very helpful. 

No worries!
My June One Monthly Goal has been finished for a while--all will be revealed soon! 
You can see from the previous photo that I use an old plastic card to help with my seam allowance. I use this stuff on the back of the card. I like it because you can easily re-position it for a larger or smaller allowance, rinse it off when it loses it's grip and it's good to go again.

Don't tell anyone--I just couldn't face having a quilt on my lap when it's been so hot, so I machine closed my binding on Jamestown landing....and I don't feel bad about it at all--! 
 Not only has Blogger made life more difficult, we have been having terrible (and extremely annoying) issues with our internet connection. We replaced our modem today and while activating it, found that our router also needs to be replaced. Apparently four year old hardware is beyond obsolete! Hopefully things will be straightened out soon. 
Thanks for reading and know that even if I haven't been able to reply, I appreciate your comments! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Goals

NOTE: I've just realized that Blogger has stopped sending me blog comments to my email. I think I can reply to them directly from Blogger, but haven't tried that yet. I have read them all and thank you for taking the time to comment! 

June is going to be a busy month, but I feel pretty confident that I can meet my One Monthly Goal: finishing my Jamestown Landing quilt. 
My blocks are all together and the inner border is on. Luckily I had enough leftover matching strips from sewing the string blocks. They are slightly wider than the inner border measurement in the book, but I'm okay with that--I think it will work.
Okay, I admit I was too lazy to trim them down.  

 Now I need to make 16 of these printer paper sized string blocks for the outer borders. They will be split down the center.
I'm half way there! 

Bonnie suggests piecing left over strip pieces together to make them long enough for the border blocks. It's nice to not end up with too much waste and you know I love "making do". 
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

May Finish and Slow Sewing

Little Boys Britches, my One Monthly Goal for May has been finished for a while.

The pattern is found in the book Quilts from the Barn--a Quiltmania book. I made mine a bit smaller than shown in the book.

It was a fun quilt to make.
Each block is 3 fabrics from my stash: two that coordinate and a background from my Edyta Sitar Silver Linings bundle of fat quarters.

It seems we went directly from winter to summer. Yesterday our outdoor thermometer registered 100 degrees--yikes! This morning was nice and cool, but it's starting to heat up again--a good reason to stay inside, enjoy the air conditioning and do some Slow Sunday Stitching! 
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One Monthly Goal HERE
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mid-Month Update (A Little Late!)

My One Monthly Goal, the Little Boys Britches quilt,  has been quilted and bound. I still need to add a label and I think I will use this left over block to do that. 

Since I was able to get all the parts for Jamestown Landing finished at quilt camp, I decided to keep at it and put together the 42 blocks I need for the quilt. It's so nice to have them done and ready to sew up into the quilt top. I may make this my next goal, although I haven't decided if I will do the piano key border shown in the book. We'll see how June works out---I have a lot of garden plans that have priority over quilting (gasp!). 

I had some extra pieces and parts left over from my Jamestown Landing blocks and put them together into a little mat to put under Willow's food dish in the kitchen. 

Or maybe it will be a chill-out mat instead?

I also finished a little gift project--I was thrilled to find the perfect backing for it!
I'll show the rest soon! 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Slow Mode

I'm back from my second retreat--whew! 
It was so great, but now I need to recharge the batteries. 
I may be too old to have that much fun--lol!  
My goal at this retreat was to finish all the parts (hundreds!) needed for Jamestown Landing. I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but even though I was bored out of my  mind, I did it! I realized that although I love just about every quilt in Bonnie Hunter's String Fling book, I don't think string piecing is for me.
I had made the Half Square Triangles ahead of time and was a bit worried I wouldn't have enough to make all of the Broken Dishes blocks--turned out I had one extra HST!

I even got a few blocks put together. 

You may remember when I made a block in Bonnie's class that I wasn't too pleased with the darker strings in my block shown on the far right. Before making the rest of the string blocks at this retreat, I pulled out most of the darker fabric strings from my bin and I'm much happier with the results. 

My Little Boys Britches quilt is going to be my May One Monthly Goal to finish. 
My setting triangles are a mottled Jeanne Horton fabric so I thought this print also designed by her would make a nice back. 

I'm using the same fabric for the binding also, since the green print I had originally planned to use doesn't look so great with the backing. Hopefully I can get this completed right away--I have lots of yard work to do now that the snow has finally melted!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
Take me to the May OMG LInk-up

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Yikes! It's been a while!

I admit it--I'm not a very reliable blogger. 
In my defense, I have a new family member that has been keeping me very busy! She's approximately 6 months old and quite a rascal--it's like having a toddler in the house! 

I did find time to finish my One Monthly Goal.
The gals at the Breezy Point sew-in kindly held up the quilt I had brought along to bind so I could get a good photo. This was from the Foothills SAL and I added two extra rows to make it bed size. 

I also was gone a few days for my first retreat of the month.
Clar Rene's son digitized our logo and turned into an embroidered motif---pretty cool, huh?

And here are a few gals sporting the iron-on logo along with Clar Rene showing her embroidered bag.
The first thing I worked on at camp were a new batch of 4"x5" blocks. I had cut these out ahead of time so they went together pretty fast. I'm up to 87 blocks now and plan to make all 182. 

I wasn't too keen on this block, but now I think it's my favorite of the bunch. 

This was my second project.
I had made the Little Boys Britches blocks at a previous retreat and was determined to get them put together at this one. 

And this tree for Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue SAL was my third goal. 

These are all the monthly parts so far.
I scored a lot of Edyta's blue fabrics while on retreat--a couple from the sale room at Gruber's Quilt Shop, several more at the Fabric Warehouse that's closing in Willmar, and even won a couple of her batiks during the "Fat Quarter Dice Game" we played one night. I think I should be set for the rest of the SAL now--lol! 
This is Foothills on my bed at Camp.
 I took it along for Show and Tell so I wouldn't have to dance the Hokey Pokey. 

I can't resist showing another photo of little Willow. She weighed 11 pounds the last time she was at the vet--pretty small.
She is a rescue pup--possibly a Westie/Chihuahua mix according to her vet. 
Okay--one more!
Sorry!!! I can't stop taking her picture! 

I have another retreat planned for Monday. Luckily I could leave most of my things in the car and just pack clean clothes and a couple new projects to work on. 
See you next month! 
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
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Monday, April 2, 2018

April Goal....

A new month, a new goal. 
I have two quilt retreats that I am attending later this month, so my One Monthly Goal is going to an easy one. 
I like my Foothills top so much that I decided to add two more rows to make it more usable. I had to order a little more of my sashing fabric to have enough for the new rows. Then I decided I would add a border, so I had to order even more..this time a ordered a lot more--just in case--lol!
I'm making this quilt my One Monthly Goal so I will be motivated to get it completed this month. 

In the spirit of the original quilt, I have a few "make-do" blocks using my some of my extra flying goose units. I think it adds a lot of interest! 

I've also had to do a little "make-do" fabric making when I have my heart set on using a specific fabric. Actually, I do this a lot and it seems no on is the wiser once the quilt is finished.

I think you can see it better here....

...but not so much here...

...or even closer--unless you are looking for it! 

I think this one is even more "make-do" than any of the other blocks.
What do you think? Do you "make-do"?
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