Monday, May 01, 2017

April Accomplishments

My April accomplishments have really made me happy. I finished up the binding on the Dangerous Mystery quilt. I hung it in my office and left it hanging this month. I love how bright and pretty it is.

My Dangerous mystery BOM quilt is my first finish of April. @gedesignsgudrun
I made a minkee blanket for Mathew. He picked out the puppy minkee.
Tonight both kids got new minkee blankets. Mathew picked the red dogs. He's ready to retire his Cars blanket. Mikaela's made it to her bed as soon as it was done.
I also made a florescent pink/bright minkee blanket for Mikaela. She got a gift card for her birthday to the Sewing Center from her uncle and she wanted a new blanket.
Mikaela's new minkee blankets. Thanks Uncle Eddie for the gift certificate to the Sewing Center. She chose the brightest fabrics for a new snuggle blanket.
This is the progress on the Sakura quilt I've been working on. It's a loose interpretation of the Seven Sisters pattern. I'm in love with how it is coming together. I already have the next round of blocks made.
Seven sisters. I think these need another rounds, so I cut out and basted more blocks today. #sakurafabric #hexies #Englishpaperpiecing
I made two little Easter pouches for my dad's wife and my sister-in-law for Easter.
Mikaela picked out this Easter fat quarter a few weeks ago, so I figured I should make something for Easter with it or it would just sit. Two Sweet pea pods made in 30 minutes ! These are so quick and easy and use 1/2 of a zipper, so I could make 2 with 1
I quilted the Glamping 5 & Dime quilt I made. I'll get it bound by the end of May.
It was a perfect day to take a picture of the quilt outside. This really shows the true colors of the quilt.
My Radiant Star quilt is completed! I spent the entire month finishing the quilt for my co-worker, the program director I work with, who is retiring.
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I wanted to have the sides pop a bit, so I put magic binding on it.
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I even broke out the embroidery machine and made a label for it.
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I pieced the backing as well.
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I also finished sewing my oldest UFO. This is a table runner I started with EPP hexies back in June of 2011. I'm just so happy to finally have it done.
Finished my oldest UFO, started in June 2011. A hand sewn, English Paper Pieced table runner.
My last finish for the month came in the wee late hours. It took me 3 evenings of sewing to make this Tudor Bag for the Sew Sweetness contest. I am also going to be teaching a class on how to make it in June. It's a great bag and I love the subtle colors.
Tudor Bag finished just in time for the contest. This bag includes a home decor feather print,  pleather brown accent, pink lining and zipper, with a brown top double zipper which extends past the bag on each end. #sewsweetnesspattern #sewsweetnesscontest

Our family went to Wall to experience my dad's wife join the Catholic Church on Easter Saturday night. We got a family picture, which turned out pretty good, considering it was after 11 PM.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Yards In this Month: 8.75
Yards Out this Month: 55.5
Yards In this Year: 48
Yards Out this Year: 123.75
For a total of 75.75 yards used!

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I also had 72 hours of sewing time this month. Major parts of that came from 2 days of quilting at my dad's and a LOT of hand work. I spent several hours each week doing hand stitching and even had one day of 4 hours straight hand stitching. I am so pleased with the progress I've made on my UFO EPP projects. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

March Accomplishments

March has been a good month for me. I was able to take a day off during Spring break to quilt up several quilts. I also got binding done on several others. I made my nephew Payton a bag for his birthday.

Happy Monster Truck birthday to my nephew Payton.
Both sides were so cute.
The other side of the bag I made for Payton's birthday.
I made myself a new wallet. I really love this pattern and planning to teach a class on how to make it.
My new Everyday Wallet made to match my Tudor Bag. Love the colors and the strength.
All the pockets are great.
The inside of my wallet. This was a bit challenging and I really had to think. I learned some lessons, so the next one will go smoother.
I made a former co-worker/friend a baby quilt.
Just what I needed... a night to sew with friends. As I was posting about my sewing friends today, it also happened to be Club Sew night. I finished this basketball baby quilt as we listed to a State B BB game online. I also worked on binding a baby girl
I finished up the binding on the Brighten Up snowball quilt.
Hugs and Kisses Bright baby quilt is done.
I quilted and finished the binding on this baby quilt.
A quick finish tonight after I uncovered the sewing machine. Everything is back in the closet that is going back in there. Goodnight Irene using yellow, black, white, and pink scraps. Baby playmat quilt size.
I started a new EPP handwork project. I'm using a charm pack and some background. I have all 7 "blocks" done now and am ready to piece it together. I LOVE how it's turning out, although I should be working on my other projects.
Starting a new project this week. It's called 7 sisters and is all diamonds. Inspired by Bonnie Hunter and using my Sakura charm pack. The bag @cre8tivequilter made me when I first started English Paper Piecing in 2010 is still my go to EPP travel bag.

I finished the Buckeye Beauty and a neighbor offered to buy it, so I quickly did the binding.
Three hours later Buckeye Beauty is quilted.  This is a big one!
I also put a label on it.
Add the label and clip the threads, Buckeye Beauty is done!
I bought this frame at a quilt show last year and finally printed out some of my favorite quilts to put in it. I love the look!
My quilts mat finally has pictures of my favorite quilts and I hung it under the Dude shelf.
Most of the month has been spent piecing this beauty. I am making it for a retiring coworker.
The center of the radiant star quilt is done and it looks amazing! It will have a blue background with swirls of rust and green in it.
I was super excited that my center came out perfect on the 1st try!!
Look at the center... I got it right on the 1st try!!! That never happens. I'm proud of this one, too bad it's a gift for a great coworker.
I added the background in and now I just have to add borders to the top and bottom to make it longer. I hope to quilt it on Good Friday.
So excited to finish the background tonight. Now to find the rest of the extra strips and do the border. Loving the dark background!

My Stash Report is doing pretty well. Most of what I bought was for samples. I'm really excited to try StarStruck and make Amethyst Project bag and the Tudor Bag. I really need to use the fabric the kids bought last month so I can count the yardage!


Yards In this Month: 13
Yards Out this Month: 25.75
Yards In this Year: 39.25
Yards Out this Year: 68.25
For a total of 29 yards used!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

February Accomplishments

This was a great month for my accomplishments. I started it out sick with the nasty bug that was going around, but when I found my groove I accomplished quite a bit.
I made the Tudor Bag from Sew Sweetness as a work bag for a trip to Brookings this month. It's an awesome bag for work! I love the size, durability, and structure.
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I'm teaching the Ellipse quilt in April, so I made this sample. It turned out really cute and I think it will be very loved.
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On my work trip, I finally finished sewing all the green blocks for a  5-yard quilt. It's my hope to finish this one yet this year. I think all the blocks are done now.
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I also pieced the top of Mathew's quilt on my trip so I could quilt it when I got home. I was able to finish it this month and he loves it.
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I also quilted Dangerous BOM. It's still awaiting binding, but I'm so glad I could spend the holiday at my dad's quilting on these two quilts.
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I quilted and bound Metro Hoops as well. It feels so good to have this one done and not hanging over me any longer.
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Winding Ways is another UFO that was hanging over my head way too long. I'm so proud of finishing it.
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These were the last 4 blocks for FGV and I finally got them done. It feels so good to have all of the FGV blocks done.
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I also had a 3-hour block of testing that I was able to stitch during. I spent quite a few breaks as well stitching on this Ahhhh's quilt top. This is how I laid it out, but now that I look at it, I think I really want it to be a hexagon. I have plenty of the Ahhhh's left, so I'll pull out 8 more and continue working on them. I'm really proud of how far I came on this in just two months. At the start of the year they were just the hexies!
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My Stash Report is doing well. I would be doing even better if I didn't take my kids to the quilt shop. I've literally only bought 4 yards for myself. The rest is for the kids (17 yards) and samples.
Yards In this Month: 13
Yards Out this Month: 35.5
Yards In this Year: 26.25
Yards Out this Year: 42.5

I was able to stop at Chamberlain on my way home from my work trip to see Destiny, the new statue overlooking the Missouri River. She's amazing and even more so in person!
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My husband and his co-workers won an award for their work on the new Orchard Meadows Common Cents. He did some amazing work and I am so proud of him for winning this award.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

OMG February goal met


I was able to get my One  Monthly Goal accomplished and so much more.  I finished my Ellipse sample and get it quilted and bound.


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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

February OMG Goal

My OMG Goal for February is to finish the Ellipse quilt top. I've gotten this far, but need to have it done by Saturday, so I'm going to have to push it a bit harder. This is a sample for a class I am teaching in April.

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I'm traveling to Sioux Falls for work next week and to attend a conference, so I made myself a new Tudor Bag. I love the size.
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I finished the Metro Hoops top up late last month. I hope to get it quilted this month, but we'll see what happens.
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I also made this piecing sample, to showcase the new piecing book I am using in my class.
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Mikaela did a Hardrocker Dance Camp last weekend at School of Mines. She loved it!

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