Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mid July Update

My One Monthly Goal for July is finished--more on that later this month. 

I don't think I posted the June   Patches of Blue quilt along block. The block instructions are posted mid-month, so I didn't work on this until I finished my goal quilt. 

This week, I've been working on some 4" x 5" Anthology blocks.
Twenty more finished! 

I was pretty nervous to do this one--the flying geese are 3/4" x 1" finished.
It's not perfect, but it will do.


This is my favorite of the group of twenty. I think it would make a pretty quilt.
In a bigger size block. 

The 4" x 5" Anthology group I've been sewing along with has kind of morphed into a Summer Circles Enabler group--lol! I've been working on these a little at night (when I should be finishing up Mrs. Billing hexies!).

And today Edyta posted the July Patches of Blue block(s). It was nice to sew up something bigger than a 4" x 5" block! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Patriotic Goal

I'm doing the One Block Challenge from Annette Plog.  The challenge block is the Schoolgirl's Puzzle and was chosen by Laurie Simpson. 

So far this year I've managed to resist joining every sew along or challenge that crosses my path. My July One Monthly Goal was an exception for a couple of reasons. 

It gave me a chance to put my Cat's Cradle ruler in action. 

I don't use the ruler a lot but I love how easy it makes these units! 

It's an opportunity to use some of my Minick and Simpson stash--this is one of two peach crates filled with M&S scraps and precuts. 

My personal challenge is to get my blocks large enough to make a QOV quilt. No other pieced blocks can be used in the challenge, so it's either make a lot of blocks or build them out. 

I opted for making just twelve blocks and adding triangles, sashing and borders to get my quilt to the right size.

I'm loving how it's looking so far--it's going to be hard to give this one away! My One Monthly Goal is to get this pieced, quilted and bound!
OMG July Goal link-up is open!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June One Monthly Goal Done!

My One Monthly Goal for June was to finish my Jamestown Landing Quilt. The quilt was started in a class last August with Bonnie Hunter.

I would have liked to photo this outside and get a look at the whole quilt, but I don't have a good spot to do that right now. 

I used an all over fan to quilt it--I like the texture.  

I'm not sure where it will end up--maybe I should have made it table size!

The quilt was made "by the book" until it came to the borders. My inner border is slightly wider as I already had the strips cut. The outer border is slightly narrower--and I'm not sure why--lol! I also mitered the corners because I thought it was a nicer finish. 

Jamestown Landing is in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

I  think I mentioned before that the binding was finished by machine. I used a wide muslin for the back--just wasn't in the mood to piece one and the muslin was on hand. 
You can see that my fan quilting is far from perfect! 
Willow and her Chippy seem to approve!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

OMG Finish link-up is open!

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". 
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
Take me to the June OMG LInk-up

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! 
Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
One Monthly Goal HERE
Slow Sunday StitchingTake me to the May OMG LInk-up

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