Thursday, January 10, 2019

My 1st 2019 Finish


My 1st Finish of 2019 might just be my most difficult! I worked for 4 nights to get this completed (it was already quilted and cut out. It's the Runs with Scissors bag and it compliments the Take a Stand bag pattern. This was after the 2nd night. All that binding and those zippers take a lot of time.
 Here's the point I was putting the zipper in on the 3rd night.
 Then the binding had to go on through all those layers. It doesn't look pretty, but it's done! This is the inside of the tote.
 This is the back side.
 This is the front side. Both have a zippered pocket.
 After that, I needed a break! It almost broke me. I cut out this sample while I was at lunch break and last night I was excited to get it sewn together. It literally took me just a bit over an hour. It has so many good lessons in it... cutting, strip sets, individual pieces, HST's, flying geese, and sashing. I'm going to be teaching an all day, Friday day time class in March during spring break and I'm excited to try this new pattern to teaching Quilting Cutting & Piecing Basics. 

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Clue 6 Finished!

Clue 6 for the Quiltville Mystery went together fairly smoothly, however, I underestimated the strip sets, so I had to make more. I finished those up last night and started on Clue 7.
My Clue 6 strip sets are done.
 I was able to finish all of the A blocks.
 And the B blocks and connect them to A.
 I cleaned the kid's room this weekend and found the puzzles. M & Daddy put them together.
 They were only missing 1 piece!
 My last hand-stitching piece of 2018. The hexie popcorn table runner. I started this one in October 2017.
 I also finished this quilt for my nephew. I just had to do binding, but that's what I worked on New Year's Eve.
I also reviewed my 2018 Quilters Planner and started prepping for 2019. I accomplished a lot and I'm proud of where I'm at in my quilting journey. Using the planner really helps me set and accomplish goals.

If you're completing the Quiltville Mystery, I'd love to hear where you're at. I'm so proud of myself for keeping up this year. Linking up with Bonnie Hunter for the Quiltville Mystery

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Clue #5 Link-up for the Quiltville Mystery

Today I'm still working on my Quiltville Mystery Clue 5 and I have tonight to finish. I did some strip cutting on Sunday and a bit of sewing then. Last night I was able to cut a couple more strips and sew those pieces together.
 I trimmed up the half I made last night and I still have half to trim.
 Today I finished cutting out what I need to finish the clue. I may have been a bit overzealous in the strip cutting department. I cut 2 strips of every fabric and I probably needed about 1 or 1/2 of each one. Oh well, they work well for other pieces so I will put them back in with my other pieces.

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville for the Clue #5 Link-up

Monday, December 17, 2018

Quiltville Mystery Quilt Clue #4

This week I'm a bit behind with Clue 4 of the mystery quilt at Quiltville. I used my Stripology Squared ruler and cut out all the strips I would need on Friday at lunch. I was able to get them all cut out and make sets of 4 so I could easily piece them together.

 This is how they still look this morning. I didn't get any sewing done this weekend and what very little I did last night was on the last few teacher gifts that need to be gifted this week. I thought I would get up early and sew, but I ran out of time.
 Yesterday was the kid's program at school. They did a great job. This is our family picture from the event.
 The kids had different parts. A little sheep and an angel did a great job.
 On Friday I was cheering on my Jackrabbits in the Semi-finals. They didn't win but played well. This is my favorite quilt made by my mom. It was her last one she finished and I hang it up every Christmas.
 I made little Sweetpea Pods for the religion teachers for Christmas. The went together so quickly.
This week is going to go by quickly with all the programs, parties, and fun Christmas events. I hope to squeeze in just a bit of sewing time. I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter for the Quiltville Mystery.

Update:
All my clue 4 units are cut and ready for the next clue to come out on Friday. I'm so happy with how caught up I am staying on this mystery.
 I cut a bunch more HST units for Clue 3 and last night I sewed all of them up. Today at lunch I'll trim them up and be ready to go on to the next clue.
 My stripology ruler saved the day again. I quickly cut out all of the units for Clue 4 after I had them pieced. With the lines marked to cut, I was able to cut 10-15 units out with one ruler. It was super slick.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt - Clue #3

The Good Fortune Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Clue 3 came out on Friday. I worked hard at lunch Friday and got all of my pieces cut out. I checked for what fabrics were needed on the blog before coming to work and brought them with me.  I sewed a bit on Friday night and on Saturday we had a sewing party at The Sewing Center. I was able to get the first half of the piecing completed. So after pressing during my break today and matching sets with the other half of the neutrals, I'm half done with Clue 3. I'll work on sewing the rest tonight.
 I love this little box I've been using to bring my clues back and forth to work with me. Since I use my lunch and breaks, it's helpful to have an easy way to transport them. So far it's working well.
 The box is about the size and design of a pencil box and all my units for this clue fit in it. I'm linking up with Bonnie for the Mystery Monday Link Up at Quiltville. Check out all the other Clue #3 work being done.
 I'm also working on the Stella Quilt Along with GE Designs and her Gudrun Crew on Facebook. I have half of these blocks completed and pressed. The pattern is in the new Mixology book.
 I'm also working on the Marina quilt out of the Mixology book. I was able to get about 1/4 of step 1 of the first half of the blocks done. This will be for my daughter. I love our sewing parties! I can get so much sewn and leave the pressing for my breaks.
 Yesterday was a quilting day at my dad's house. My quilt frame/machine is out there and I love that I can take the kids out and they play and I get to quilt. I finished quilting this Big Sky quilt for one of my nephews for Christmas.
 I also quilted this popcorn hexie table runner out of Sunny Lanes. I'll cut the sides off, so they are a bit unraveled where I didn't quilt them.
 I also quilted this quilt. It was a sample at the store, so I didn't make it, but it became mine and it's now quilted. I love batik fabrics. They are so bright and cheery.
 These were the cut units I started with for Clue 3 on Friday.
 I'm also busily making Christmas gifts for teachers. This is a giraffe one for my son's teacher. 
 An OSU one for another teacher friend.
 A camping one for my daughter's teacher. Only 8 more to go for the Religion teachers!
 I finally laid out my Sakura table runner. It's EPP and I'm hoping to finish it yet this year. My thumb it giving me fits from too much stitching. I have three sections with the stars attached and then will add the pink hexies around them to join them. It's becoming too big of a travel project.
 These are the boxy totes I'm making for the school teachers. I'm making them match their interests.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt Clue 2

Clue 2 of the Good Fortune Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville is done! I was able to get it cut out at lunch on Friday and then we had a winter storm warning for the weekend. Everything was closed or canceled and we got 6 inches of fresh powdery snow. It made for a perfect day of sewing. These are just a few sets, but between Saturday and Sunday, I finished sewing all the HSTs. I'll finish pressing and trimming this week during lunch. 
 My hubby Paul made this extravagant window trim for our front window. He installed the windows last November but didn't finish the trim until this weekend. He had 3 days off between leaving his job of 10 years and starting a new one today. He was very busy.
 He put the trim around the bathroom door, both the inside and the outside. He also installed his mom's bathroom door as well.
 I finished the binding on this pheasant quilt for my nephew for Christmas.

Take the time to link up the Good Fortune Mystery quilt and see what others are doing at Quiltville. 

Saturday, December 01, 2018

November Accomplishments

 November has been quite a productive month. I'm pleased with all the things I have accomplished. Several were samples, but having a deadline is so helpful to me. I finished the small Open Wide Tote. I'll be teaching this at The Sewing Center in December. It's a quick little bag that finishes up very nicely.

 One of the Saturday's we stayed home, so Mikaela made a bunny rabbit. She had so much fun sewing it.
 I made her a mermaid pillowcase, which is minkee and super soft.
 This is the bunny she made herself, with a bit of help with the bottom from mom.
 The Take a Stand tote is a class I'll be teaching in January. It's a great bag for sewing retreats. I made both sizes, but this is a small size.
 Our 4-H Advisor was leaving, so I made him a 4-H Clover quilt. It didn't quite turn out how I imagined, but with all the Cloverbud names, it did turn out okay.
I finished the Yellow and Blue Tudor Bag I had planned to take on my MO trip. It would have been too small, so I'm glad I didn't get it done. It is pretty awesome though. 
 My co-worker left us for a job in TX, so I made him yellow/green bags.
 My brother asked me to make his friend a quilt, so this is what I came up with.
 I finished my Sunny Lane popcorn top. It turned out okay. I wasn't crazy about the charm pack, so I'll be gifting this one. I still have to quilt it and find something to bind it with.
I made this wall hanging for my SIL for her birthday.
This is the pheasant quilt for my nephew. Each boy is getting a new "big" boy quilt.