Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Goal and More!

I've gone down another rabbit hole.
I couldn't stop myself from making some of these 5" pumpkins after seeing them on Instagram. They are a free pattern from Annette Plog at her Petite Quilts blog. I have a plan to make enough of them for a small wall hanging--just for fun! 

I have my final Hospital Sketches block set up and ready to applique. 

This is how it looks on the design wall with the rest of the blocks.
Hospital Sketches is going to be my One Monthly Goal.
 I have two retreats this month, so I don't imagine I will have time to get this one quilted, so my goal is to sew all the blocks together, applique the borders and get them attached to the rest of the quilt. 

I have my applique shapes ready to go---now if I can just stay away from those pumpkins......
Linking with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal HERE
October OMG link-up is open!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September Goal Finish

I feel bad that my Stonefield's photos are so bad. 
The quilt has been finished almost two weeks, but because I procrastinated in taking pictures, I had to pin the quilt up on my design wall (it's in a pretty dim corner of my sewing room). It's windy and a bit rainy outside today and more of the same is predicted for tomorrow, so indoor pictures it is! 
Stonefield's was designed by Susan Smith, an Australian designer.

I'm happy with the bias stripe binding, but my quilting is another issue--lol! 

The Grunge backing is a wide fabric--a little splurge.
It was so nice to not have to piece the back for a change! 

Stonefield's was my September One Monthly Goal.
I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.
See some awesome finishes HERE
September OMG Finish link-up is open!

Monday, September 23, 2019


I guess I missed my mid-month update, but better late than never! 
Another grouping of Cheddarback has been completed. 

This block looks black, but is actually very dark blue.

I made two basket blocks--I wasn't happy with what I had "growing" out of the first one--lol!

I went ahead and made the second set of initials that will be used later in the quilt top. I wanted them all to match and was afraid I would forget and use up these fabrics. Some of the other quilters are using dates or words, but I decided since we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last month, that I would use my initials and hubby's on this project to commemorate the event.

What a good feeling to quilt my way to the last row on my Stonefield's quilt. 

I decided to finish up the border first--easier since I had to do the sides as well.
 Stonefield's is now complete--I got a lot of the binding finished at a sewing group meeting on Tuesday and now just need to get a label sewn onto the back.

The final block of Hospital Sketches will be coming out on Wednesday, so I have been thinking about how I will finish this project. I've been playing around with a dark border--not sure where I will go with this yet. 

I've also been thinking about what I will work on at the two retreats I'm attending next month. I've had Panama Pyramids on the back burner for a while, so made a test block. My alternate fabric will be this blue, for sure.

But I'm leaning toward having only light backgrounds--at least for now.

That's about it--my biggest accomplishment this month was finally motivating myself to get the  windows washed inside and out--what a relief to have that chore done!  

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Goal

Gadzooks--where did the summer go???
I can't believe it's time to decide on a finish for September, but here it is...
Yes! I'm finally going to get Stonefield's quilted before it ends up in some obscure storage bin.
It's my One Monthly Goal for September.

I'm a little intimidated, but I also think it will be a fun top to quilt.
The thread I ordered has yet to arrive in the mail, so I can't start in right away though. 

In the meantime, I may as well make the binding.
I've pretty much decided to use this stripe.
It doesn't look so great with my border fabric, doesn't it?

But...if it's on the bias, I think it will work.
 I wanted something subtle, and thought about using the border fabric on the bias as the binding. In the end, I decided it may be too subtle--lol!  Maybe a blue flange will be tucked in--or maybe not. My feeling is to not draw too much attention to the outer part of the quilt and distract from the blocks. 

I really like it with my "Hits the Spot" Grunge backing, for sure!

See more great projects at One Monthly Goal HERE

Sunday, August 25, 2019

One Monthly Goal Update

Wishing Rings was my August One Monthly Goal.
All of the instructions to make this quilt are free at the Temecula Quilt Company blog HERE.
Sewing all these little blocks together seemed endless, but I finally managed it  persevered! 

For the first time, I did straight line quilting.
I should have counted my steps as I walked back and forth in front of my machine--lol! I didn't strive for exact spacing--the stitched rows are random and mostly done to avoid seams. 

This is truly a scrappy project all the way through.
 The blocks were completely made from scraps and so was the backing.
These backing fabrics were cut-offs from other quilt backs. 

The binding was already made--for another project.
 Apparently I made binding twice for my Arctic Circles quilt--doh!!

There wasn't quite enough of the pre-made binding, so I had to raid my little box of binding scraps to finish it off--nothing wrong with a little "making do", right? This entire quilt ended up being made from leftovers in one way or another. Even the batting is pieced together from leftover pieces. Thank goodness for Heat Press batting tape! 
It's such a good feeling to use up and make-do.

Willow and Stella wanted to help out with the photos, but were observers instead.

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

August OMG link-up is open!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Little Slow Stitching

While digging through my sewing room looking for an elusive pattern, I came across this project. I had abandoned it long ago because I had made the mistake of using the back stitch (as recommended in the pattern) instead of my preferred stem stitch. It takes me so long to do back stitching. I'm never happy with my stitches and keep picking them out. I think the stem stitch is much more forgiving--lol! 

I needed a hand sewing project to work on, so this time I am determined to get all twenty blocks of Aunt Bea's Parlor completed. There were already eleven blocks done, so I have already made some progress. I'm trying to not beat myself up too much if my stitches don't look as perfect as I would like!

I've also completed my One Monthly Goal (except for the label), so I took a little time to set up this month's Hospital Sketches block. This Tennessee Rose is enormous, so the stitching here should go pretty quickly--nothing fiddly to fret about.

I haven't linked up with other Slow Stitcher's for quite a while, so I thought it would be fun to get back into some Sunday sewing....
Linking with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Goal

It's time to clear a few things off the cutting table, so I've chosen my Wishing Rings quilt to be my One Monthly Goal for August. 
Once I get the corners sewn on this stack of 52 blocks....

...I can add them to the bin of the rest of the units and start sewing them together. I feel pretty confident that if I push myself, I can get these from blocks to a finished quilt by the end of August--that's my goal. Hopefully this month will be an uneventful one--lol!  
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE