Monday, January 05, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015 January Goal

January is going to be my month to get back in the sewing room. I have a lot of unfinished projects from just last year and I hope to make strides on them this month. My goal for the ALYoF for January is to make a couple minkee blankets for my cousin's daughter and a friend. I hate working with minkee and the baby was born in Sept. so I should get moving!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes Goals for 2014

This year didn't feel nearly as productive as last, but with the help of A Lovely Year of Finishes I am feeling confident in what I did accomplish.
January's goal was to finish the sashing/borders on my Swoon quilt - DONE!

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February's goal was to complete the Merry Go Round table runner - DONE!
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My March goal was to finish quilting and binding Swoon - DONE!

My April goal was to make the BQ4 quilt for Mikaela - DONE!

May's goal was to finish the Giant Scrappy Swoon - which finally found a home in our new camper - DONE!
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June's goal was to finish the Amish Rubic Star - DONE!
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July's goal was to finish the Giant Star Burst quilt - DONE!
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September's goal was to finish the pattern testing - it's done, but still can't show it. - DONE!
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October's goal was to finish my mini sample for the store - DONE!
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November's goal was to quilt both Bridger and Allie's quilts - DONE!
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I'm feeling very excited that I was able to make 10 of the 12 months. The other two months I did complete my personal goals, but was busy and didn't get either the first or last post done. I'm feeling confident I can reach even more goals in 2015 with the help of ALYoF!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

November AYLF Goal met!

This month flew by as it's hunting season.  I don't get much time at home, but thanks to my dad and Ann I got a chance to quilt on Sat. I was able to quilt both of the quilts I'm making for our friends kids for Christmas.  My goal was to get the tops done, so it's amazing to have them quilted as well.
For the new little boy I made this fat quarter friendly quilt using  I Love Puppies by Heather Mulder Peterson. I used a squiggly minkee on the back. It's quilted with a large meander.
I used Horizon for this modern quilt. I love the solid background and it had little hearts on it. I quilted it with a loop.  I used a lavender minkee on the back.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

November AYLF Goal

Since the last few months have been a bit slow, I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get more done in Nov.  Paul starts hunting next weekend,  so I'll be a hunters widow,  but I'll also have the kids. My goal is to finish the quilt tops for a couple kids we know. I finished the marbles quilt top last night, so tonight I worked on the little girls modern quilt. It uses 2 charm packs and lots of background.  I probably have 2 seams left, but it's late. If the month goes really well I'll get them quilted, but right now tops are my goal. I'm doing much better at posting on Instagram and Facebook,  so look for me as @moneikquilts to see my accomplishments. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes October goal met!

Last year I think October was my most productive month of the year with 25 finishes, but this year has been a lot different.  Chasing a toddler and a preschooler takes a lot of time and energy.
I'm feeling great that I finished my October goal to piece, quilt, and bind this mini quilt for a store sample. It's laundry day by Kim Diehl.
I also finished a Christmas quilt top for a store sample. I'm currently working on two quilts for family friends for Christmas.  Marbles out of the I♡ Puppies by Heather Mulder Peterson and a Modern quilt out of Horizon by Kate Spain. All the piecing is done and I'm ready to put the tops together.
One of my favorite sewing projects this month was working on a purple radiant star with 6 colors that I'm doing on commission. It's a challenge,  but I've really enjoyed making the diamonds,  now to get it squared up and cut the background.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

AYLF October goal

This month I hope to get back in the sewing studio & do some creating.  Tonight I finished a sample I should have been done with a month ago, but it's finished!  Luckily this next sample is miniature & I'm excited to work on it. So tonight I figured I would start sewing the hst's together. Excited to say I got them all sewn! Tomorrow I will cut & press & trim & be ready to sew the top.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AYLF

This month flew by as we had a whirlwind camper buying experience,  put a new motor in the car, and changed daycares. Lots of change, plus an extra class to teach left little time for sewing. I did get my pattern testing done, which was my goal for September in AYLF. I even got it quilted. Hoping October allows for a bit more sewing time.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes Sept. Goal

This month is getting away from me faster than the last, but I hope to get this baby girl quilt done.  I'm using the leftover fabric from a quilt mom made for Mikaela.  I'm making lots of snowball blocks, do lots of sewing to be done.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Slow sewing week

This past week and this week have been really slow for sewing! Last week was the fair and we were there a lot. Plus I taught on Wednesday night. I did the Triangle Frenzy class which was a great class, even for a beginner. This 8 year old wanted to sew and her mom didn't know how, so they came to class, the mom cut, I helped the girl learn to sew, and the top was done that night. It was so much fun. The class went great. I even had my first guy in a class and he was the only one who finished!
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I was also busy in my free time creating this money bouquet for a bridal shower on Friday. It turned out cute.
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We went to the carnival/rodeo on Saturday night and the kids got to ride the merry go round for the first time.
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The last couple nights we've been without the kids due to change in plans, so I gathered all my stuff for the craft show, then spent a bit of time sewing. I created these 3 bags over past 2 nights. They turned out super cute and were fun and fast to make. I hope with some modification they will make cute samples for a class.
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I finally used up all the Juggling Summer mini charms I won from Jan.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Busy with Fair

This month seems to be consumed by fair time. First we attended the Custer County Fair in Hermosa and this week it's the Central States Fair in Rapid City. I took several quilts to both fairs. There's a big difference in the quantity and types of quilts shown at the smaller versus larger fair.
At the Custer County Fair I received a 1st on my wolf

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A first on Swoon and a second on Crown Royal as well as a first on my mystery quilt.
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A first on my Amish Rubic Star

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At the CSF I received a 3rd on Crown Royal and a 2nd on Swoon.
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A second on the mystery quilt
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A second on the miniature quilt.
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A second on the wolf.
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A first on the Amish Rubic Star
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My friend Tammy got a first on her Christmas Celebration Table Topper, her first entry in the fair.
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This week I haven't done much sewing at all. I did get this baby quilt sample done for the store.
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I also made this bag for a sample for a class I hope to teach in the spring.
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Sunday night Paul and I had a date night and went to Billy Currington at the fair. He was so good and we had awesome seats.


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Yesterday I was super excited to receive my passport in the mail! Now I'm anticipating where we'll be going on our cruise with my husband's company.
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