Thursday, May 13, 2021

Nightingale Quilt Along

One of my sewing friends said she was doing the Nightingale Quilt Along and I fell in love with the pattern. Even though I didn't need another project, this has been a fun one to piece. I have 6 blocks done and 2 more in progress. The hardest challenge was getting the arrows to go the same direction, which isn't always possible. I'm using Glamping Gypsies fabric from Pearl Louise Designs.  
I do piece the FG and HST's then press and cut them during lunch the next day and then sew them together the next night. It is a process that works well for me. Although I did see where someone was trying to make a block in 35-minutes and now I have a "goal" to see if I can do one in under 30 minutes. 


Thursday, May 06, 2021

May the 4th be with my quilting

May the 4th be with you - Press to the Dark Side... All the fun sayings for May. For only being 1 week into May, so far it has been productive. I made 5 more "heart" Sweet Pea Pods for my Cardiac Rehab friends when they finish.  
My APQ UFO for May is Takes the Cake, which are a bunch of 9 patches. I'm slowly piecing them as a leader ender and at the end of the night when I don't want to start anything new. 
I pieced my Nightingale block 1 and started 5 more blocks. I realized I can piece and then trim at work, so I have 5 ready to trim and then I'll finish sewing them tonight.  
I finished the Mini Brick Road table runner, which is an Atkinson Designs pattern. It is Glamping Gypsies fabric. 
I also finished this Hearts runner in LAmor fabric. The pattern is by Atkinson Designs. 
I made this Gala Wax and Wool Tote with Navy Waxed Canvas on the bottom. I put pink grunge in the lining. 

We also celebrated Mathew's 1st Holy Communion. 


Teacher Gifts

Each year I plan to make a quilt for the kids teacher's gift for Teacher Appreciation Week. This year I really struggled to find something that they would each like (because I don't know them well and nothing on their intro info gave me a clue). I did a bit of FB stalking to get a clue and asked the kids. 
For my daughter's main teacher I made a Random Shuffle quilt with minkee on the back. Glamping Gypsies is the fabric. She loves camping and biking. 
I used the same label and customized it. 
For my son's main teacher I did NE Huskers and a modified 5 yard quilt. I put Luxe Cuddle on the back. Do you know how hard it is to sew a label on it? Yuck!

My daughter's writing teacher loves to hunt deer and pheasants with her dad (who battled cancer and won), so I knew she loved those things. I made the top and another person wanted to buy it, so I ended up making this as a 2nd one, very similar with more phesants. 

The reading teacher was harder because I knew nothing. I did end up doing this one as I had it cut out and it was all hiking and birds-related, which is what my daughter told me she likes. 

Having been a teacher myself I know how much work goes into teaching. I am so appreciative of the work these teachers do and this is my way of showing it. 


April Quilting Review

April was a busy month in the sewing studio. I was busy finishing the quilts for the teachers, but in secret, so they wouldn't see them on my social media. I also finished this t-shirt quilt, based on Angela Walter's new pattern. I didn't add borders and did adjust the sizes. 
I also added a label so she could donate the quilt.
I started a charity block drive in my online quilting group and these were my sample blocks. I hope to get more cut out this week to donate to the cause as well. It's the Sewcialites Wisdom block.
I made 10 bags for Faith Formation teachers. We only had 6, but I used up the fabric and just made them to gift as necessary. I added a Bco gift card as well. These are loosely based on the Lazy Girl Becca bag. I just made them the size of the scrap fabrics I had for linings. 

I finished a top using this fabric I bought years ago. I hope to get these quilted for foster kids. We'll see how I do getting them done. The tops were quick and easy. 
I also started the "Frolic" mystery blocks. I got one done before other deadlines kept me doing other things. I love this quilt and will get it made, but for now it's back to the back burner. 
This is the other quilt top for foster kids gifting. I have 2 more panels and enough to make at least 2 more tops. 
I made the Wax and Wool Tote out of LoveScript canvas. It has a waxed canvas bottom. 
Yes, it's made with yellow for an SDSU bag. I may make another to donate to the Jacks Alumni banquet. 
I love this fabric. 
My April numbers are rather impressive, considering I was sick for a week. 

Stash report:

In this Month: 12.25 yards
Out this Month: 44 yards
In this Year: 71 yards
Out this Year: 115.23 yards
I'm ahead of the stash 44.25 yards!

I also sewed for 44 hours. 


Thursday, April 01, 2021

Piecing Again this week


This week I have been piecing again. It just seemed to work for me. I pieced all the flying geese and blocks for the SDSU t-shirt quilt I am making and then laid it out. I haven't finished sewing it together yet.  

Last night I worked on the Hillside Charm Wildlife quilt 2 and then made these little 60* table toppers. I will quilt them, then trim them up. 
Mathew saw this fabric and wanted a mask, so I made one for him. 
I started piecing the yellow/blue strips for a scrappy bargello, but haven't gotten any further. 
I worked on embroidery pieces and started making labels. This one is on a border piece and I really like how it is turning out. 
My car turned over to 100000 miles. I put a lot of miles on it since it is the family vehicle. I bought it at 48000 almost 4 years ago.
Mikaela got a haircut and a 5 strand braid to go with it. 

March was a busy month, but I hope to finish up more quilts in April. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Piecing Week

Last week I focused on making a couple bags. This week I am focused on piecing. I started piecing flying geese for an SDSU quilt. I started the next step last night and I needed to trim them. Instead of going to bed, I pieced this Teen Spirit top together. The top went together very quickly. I just need to press it now. I'm not sure who will receive it, but it's my APQ quilt for March and I'm excited it got this far. 
I used my Clue 6 of Grassy Creek as the leader/ender for the piecing I have been doing this week. 
Day 25 of the IG Quilt fest was organization. I use the Art Bin's in a storage shelving unit for many of my projects. I have this unit that matches my sewing furniture and I keep the random fabric in it. I also use plastic bags I make with fun zipper colors. 
This week at Cardiac Rehab I have been sewing on the brown hexies. I haven't worked up to 30 minutes, so while I wait for the others to finish their exercise and then do our stretching or weights, I stitch a bit. It's very relaxing and a great way to cool down. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

National Quilting Day! - Quilting at Dad's House

Saturday was National Quilting Day and I was lucky enough to get to go to Dad's house to drop off the kids for an overnight stay and found some time to quilt too. I made this t-shirt quilt for his wife and quilted it with a primary King Tut verigated thread. 
The backing was an extra-wide gray swirls fabric and went with it really well. I'll bind it in a gray as well. 
I started and almost finished this Hillside Charm quilt with tan minkee on the back. I promised Paul I would leave by 2 and I needed to pick up thread at the Sewing Center before 3, so I left it with 3 rows left to quilt. Turns out the Sewing Center closed at 2pm, but Chad and Tammy were still there, so I was able to get the thread. 
The thread I needed was for Mathew's blanket. It's minkee on the top and luxe cuddle on the back. It's luscious to sleep under it. 
He chose his favorite orange/read Luxe Cuddle. 
The finished Hillside Charm quilt is going to a friend's friend to gift. 

The kids got to spend the night with Grandpa and Grandma so we could attend the Construction Industry Awards Banquet. Paul's company won for a residential pool house they completed when he started with the company in July. 
We do not get out often, but we clean up nicely. 

The kids built the best tree fort. They are itching to go back and work on it some more.