Tuesday, February 02, 2016

OMG February Goal 2016

It's a short month, plus it's birthday month, so I am unsure how much I will get accomplished. I've decided to make the purple minkee quilt a priority. I have the backing and it's together in rows, but I need to spray baste and quilt it to the backing and then do the turned binding. It's hopefully going to be a class sample. I've got some great ideas for the next quarter, so I am hopeful to have all the samples done soon. I'm linking up my OMG at Red Letter Day.
Pieced minkee quilt top for a baby quilt. Love sewing with minkee! Ready for quilt as you go.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

OMG January 2016 Finished!

This month has been amazing for my quilting! I've gotten a lot accomplished and many things moved forward. I was able to not only finish the top of the Remington quilt, which was my goal for January for OMG, but I also got it quilted and the binding on it. It turned out great and I think this is probably the quilt I have had the most comments on in a long time!
Remington quilt is done !

I also made a couple more essential oils bags for Kelli. They turned out cute. I have a few more to make, but needed to take a break.

Two more essential oils bags done! They don't take long, just the right mindset and following directions correctly. @cre8tivequilter @kell1squilts
I was able to go to the BHQG SOYO and get quite a few tops done. I finished this Case IH quilt. Now I just need to get a backing done so I can quilt it.

The Case IH quilt top is done.
Mikaela and I spent some time quilting on the MKJ holiday and I finished putting the binding on, so it's ready to hang for the next month.
Mikaela and I quilted this one together and I put the binding on. A new wall hanging for my office.
I got an unexpected day at my dad's last weekend and was able to quilt this blue hexie quilt for my MIL. I put the binding on it this week, so another finish for the month!
The Blue Hexie quilt is done! Feeling a great sense of accomplishment in completing this one. Made entirely from mom's stash.

I put together this Valentine's day table runner at the SOYO and quilted it last weekend. I put the binding on this week and finished the hand work last night.
Valentines table runner completed from scraps.
I was able to quilt this trip around the world quilt on the holiday and tonight when I changed the bedding, I decided I wanted to put it on the bed. I trimmed it up, put the binding on and stitched it down by machine and it's my last finish for January 2016.
One final finish for January!
I decided to use my new Quilters Planner to track my stash usage this year. I'm more determined than ever to finish up all these UFO's I have laying around. Since it's too hard for me to do it weekly, I'll be posting my stash report monthly. 
Fabric bought this month: 6.5 yards
Fabric bought this year: 6.5 yards
Fabric used this month: 50.5 yards
Fabric used this year: 50.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 44 yards!

Linking up with Patchwork Times and OMG at Red Letter Day

Happy 5th birthday to our amazing, spunky, sweet and sassy Mikaela.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2015 Revisited

In an effort to remember what I've accomplished in the past year, I've went through my Flickr account and pulled together all my finishes for the year. I'm hoping to get my books updated with the information from all my quilts, but I am fearing I'm almost 3 years behind!! I have almost 300 finish photos to pull together into my journals. It seems daunting, but I am ready to begin the process. We'll see how it goes. For now, enjoy my 2015 finishes.

2015 Quilting

Thursday, January 07, 2016

OMG 2016 January Goal

January's goal for the new OMG - One Monthly Goal is to finish the Remington quilt sample top. I have a fairly good start after a couple nights of sewing, but need to put 3 more borders on when I get home. I've traveled across the state for work this week and my sewing machine came along, I was able to get this far as well as make two huge backs, so I can hopefully quilt sometime this month.
Love how fast the Remington quilt top went together. Just have borders left, but have to wait until I get home for those.

RedLetterQuilts  I'm linking up with Heidi for the new OMG!

A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015 Goals Met

This year I was extremely successful in getting my finishes completed. The only one I didn't do, was September and that was because I forgot to post my goal, but I did accomplish the one I had set.

January - Make 2 minkee blankets for the cousins girls.
Fun minkee blankets for my cousins kids.
February - Finish the binding on the Star Quilt.

March - Finish my professional tote for our April cruise.
Finished my modified professional tote last week for my cruise carry on. Just 2.5 weeks!
April - Finish the top of the NACAA quilt
May - Thomas the train bag for Mathew
A Thomas the Train Sew Together bag for my little train man. He'll be so excited tomorrow.June - Finish the two NACAA quilts
So pleased with how this little wall hanging turned out. I have the binding machine sewn on the king size quilt and am ready to hand sew 420" of binding down.

One last picture of the quilt before it heads to the convention.  Paul helped me hang it up.
July- Bags for Mathew, Diane, & Kay
Another bag finished this week. This bag took on a life of its own as leftover fabrics were just being used as a test to figure out what size to make another bag. I love that I don't follow a pattern and just use the fabric I have to make it whatever size

Finished up my baskets earlier this month. The bags also got done,  goal met.  #alovelyyearoffinishes #alyof
August - Winter Wonderland Sample
Last night I put the Winter Wonderland top together.

October - Quilt and Bind Mikaela's Frozen quilt
Mikaela's Frozen quilt is bound and on her bed. She'll be excited when she wakes up tomorrow morning.

November - Make the top of  Ms. Carol's Christmas mustang BQ quilt
Quilt top #2 BQ quikt for preschool teacher for Christmas
December - Quilt and Bind Ms. Carol's quilt
A little quilting on this one today. Now to finish it before Christmas.

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I'm linking up for the final A Lovely Year of Finishes. It's been an awesome couple of years. Thanks so much!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ALYOF December Goal Met

This month's goal for ALYOF was to finish the Mustang BQ quilt for Ms. Carol, the kids preschool teacher. She seemed to really enjoy it. I took off after work on Friday afternoon and went to my dad's to quilt it. I was able to get it all done and it turned out great. I was even able to pull the minkee backing around to the front to create the binding.
A little quilting on this one today. Now to finish it before Christmas.
I just love how cuddly it is and even Ms. Carol mentioned that they all loved the cuddle.
Ms. Carol's mustang quilt with minkee back got a wraparound binding last night. Another Christmas present done.
I was able to successfully make the Whirlwind quilt from start to finish, after a few little boo boos. It turned out more beautiful than I imagined. I quilted it the same day and even had an audience of my dad and Ann's neighbors who wanted to see what my frame and quilting looked like. I'll be teaching this class at the Sewing Center in March.
Whirlwind is quilted! I also showed the neighbors how the frame and machine worked. Love quilting and the relationships it builds.
I also finished up my Carry All Caddy. It's a bit challenging, but after I got over a few hiccups, it went pretty smoothly. For some reason it intimidated me. I will be teaching this one in February. It's definately a bag you'd want to take a class to learn. It's on the advanced beginner side.
The Carry All Caddy is DONE! This one tested my patience, but I'm glad I made it and look forward to teaching it next year at The Sewing Center!  I love the size and stability of it. This is a class you won't want to miss, as the pattern doesn't have a lo
A few little fun Sweet Pea Pods used up my leftover Bendy bag fabric. I'm just waiting for zipper pulls to finish up the rest. They are quick and easy and oh so cute.
Using up Bendy bag scraps! I'll be making a lot of sweetpea pods as soon as we get the zipper pulls in. These are beyond quick and easy. #lazygirl #sweetpeapods

And another sweetpea pod made in about 20 minutes.  Love how quick and easy these are to make.
Over Christmas weekend, Paul hung up the quilt rack over the quilt frame at my dad's. We hung up mom's first quilt, made with all the fabrics she used to make dad shirts. Lots of memories in these fabrics.
It's a beauty!
Dad and Ann wanted the grandkids names embroidered on stockings, so I got to it and got them all done.
I put the embroidery machine through a workout this week,  but they turned out great.
While I had the embroidery machine out I made Jen a couple t-shirts. I had them designed, but just had to get them prepped and have the right USB stick at the right time.
The stars have aligned, allowing me to finally embroider the tshirts I bought 2 summers ago. Hope they turn out like I envision them.
January is going to be a fun month, with hopefully a lot of sewing. I'm already planning for next year.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

ALYOF December Goal

My December goal for ALYOF is to quilt and bind this quilt for the kids preschool teacher. The tricky part is going to be getting out to dads to get it quilted. I'll just have to take the time to make it out there and get it done. I think I'll do it in a red/white/blue thread. It will have red minkee on the back. I bought two yards of minkee, only to read the pattern and realize it is 72", but luckily I have a couple inches to spare when I laid it out, so it will work. I'm looking forward to getting this one done.

Quilt top #2 BQ quikt for preschool teacher for Christmas

In other quilty news, I started on a Carry All Case made out of black sewing fabric. I only got the handles done so far, so I have a ways to go, but think it will go together well. I am also busy cutting out the Whirlwind quilt by Triangle Frenzy. So excited to see it come together. Both of these will be classes next year at The Sewing Center. Tonight I am teaching the Stowaways bag class at The Sewing Center. So excited to be teaching this fast and easy bag.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ALYOF November Goal Accomplished

November has been a very successful month for me! I did a lot of preparation for quilt retreat, thus not much to show throughout the month, until after retreat this weekend. I had the best weekend sewing with 7 of my close quilting friends. I pieced the mustang quilt top, which is a gift for our preschool teacher. It turned out really cute. This was my goal for ALYOF for November, so I feel great that I got it finished.
Quilt top #2 BQ quikt for preschool teacher for Christmas
At retreat I also made Mathew a Toy Story bag. His sister has a lot this size, but he's been in need of some for his trucks and cars.
A new toy bag for Mathew. Third finish of retreat
I finished this leader/ender project I have been working on for a few years. It's about 80" square, so a good size quilt. I hope to make this into a quilt to give away, when the need arises.
Fourth finish of the weekend. Batik jewel box quilt.
My big accomplishment was finishing the Trip around the world top. I've also been working on this one for several years. I love how it turned out. I was one block short, but decided to piece the top and make the other block at home, since I hadn't brought the fabrics, just the done blocks. I found the "extra" fabrics this morning and realized I had enough for 5 more blocks. Not sure why I hadn't made more. So glad I have enough of the center yellow to make the last block. This is a Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern, with a control strip of light yellow. It is all scrap batiks.
Fifth, almost finished top. I'm one block short, but calling it done for now.
The Strip Lash quilt by GE Designs was my major project this weekend. It took me over 12 hours to piece and is 80"x 81". It's a quilt for my MIL, but I am not sure when I'll get it quilted. It is much more gorgeous in person, with the shimmer and sparkly glitter and silver glistening.
The Strip Lash quilt top is done! This quilt took me all afternoon and night to piece together.  #gedesigns
This was a random project I kind of put in at the last minute, but it is the friendship blocks from my mom's Wall quilt guild back in 2004. I just put a simple sashing on them. It will be quilted up as a comfort quilt. I also have my grandma's friendship blocks from the same guild exchange, but I ran out of time. I am going to put them in the same type of setting, although they are larger at 12", these were 10".
Mom's friendship block quilt. Last finish of the weekend. Six quilt tops and a bag done this weekend.
I also made this BQ4 quilt from my mom's stash of Loralie Design fabrics. It turned out pretty cool. Again, it has no destination, but will be quilted up for when I need a quilt to give away.
My first finish,  a Loralie Designs quilt top, made from mom's stash.
Before retreat I made this mustang Bendy bag for a guy I work with to give to his daughter. It's a bit super sized as I used most of the fat quarter.
Super sized Bendy bag from 2 fat quarters. Love the Nt. Rushmore and mustang.
Before our trip to MN another roommate decided to join us, so I had to make her son a bendy bag as well, so I whipped this up before we left. His parents are big snowmobilers.
Another Bendy bag finished after a great Sew Together bag class tonight. Love teaching!
So it's been a very successful month of sewing. Paul got his deer on Saturday, so I am unsure what we'll be doing this weekend. I had hoped to go to dad's and quilt, but we'll see if that happens.