Thursday, October 24, 2013

Busy Week!

This week has been busy, but also extremely productive! October has been my most productive month and I still have a full week left. After meeting all my goals for October last week, I re-evaluated and set some additional goals. I took my list from the Sewing Center of my UFO's and decided to tackle the ones that were true UFO's - already started and just needing to be finished up. I came up with 5 more projects I can complete. I'll see how much I get done since I also bought fabric to make 2 more quilts. I did cut both tops out and they are panels with borders, so they shouldn't take long. I hope to do some more quilting this weekend.
Friday night we had club sew at the shop. This quilt is an I Spy I did as a 9 patch/snowball blocks quilt along with the Prolific Online Quilters. The nearest we can come is that we did it around 4 years ago. All the blocks were made, laid out and pinned in the rows. I just had to sew it into a top. It even had the backing with it.
I also completed my last October goal - my last Swoon block. I am now ready to assemble it. I'm so excited to be able to lay these out and see how they look together. My block roll up is full with all 9 blocks in it.
Friday night was the only time we've all been able to get together for our scrap swap exchange. I didn't get many pictures, but here's one of the quilt Emilee made for Heather. I just love this and would like to make one myself.
Nicole H. made this box for Nicole B. It's so stinking cute and will look great in her new sewing room.
Gaila took my Mocha Meringue scraps and made this great wall hanging. She's in love with the Wonky Cross blocks, so she made a bunch of those. I love how the dark sets off the blocks.
On the back she used up my Wonder blocks in the center. The quilting is amazing as well. She does so awesome with her free motion quilting. She quilted around a bunch of the circles. I LOVE IT!
Sunday night after a marathon Fall cleaning session in my bedroom/closet, I set to work quilting Star Surround. It turned out so pretty.
I also put the 9 Patch/Snowball quilt on the frame and quilted it. Sunday night very late, Star Surround got the binding put on, so I was ready to do the hand work.
Tuesday night after looking at my UFO list, I decided I could finish up this little table topper of moms. It was supposed to have a pastel one on the back to make it reversible, but that is what was holding me up from finishing it - how to quilt it and how to bind it. So I looked in the bag with it, found the leftover scraps and made a second one.
This one is the exact opposite of the top one. I put them together with the batting and sewed around, burped it and when I get a chance I will do a bit of quilting with black and call it good. I am so happy I changed the project to make it work for me. I also made a second pastel one and will put it together with the other top. I just need to get the batting out to finish it up.
All week I have been working on the binding on the Star Surround and last night I finished it up. I don't have a clue where this one will go, but I love the pattern, it used up scraps, and it turned out so pretty.
Last night I only had 1 in class for quilting as the others were busy and couldn't make it. So I spent some time hand sewing the binding on the 9 patch quilt. I also cut out a quilt for my nephew's birthday and a Dr. Suess quilt for Mathew for Christmas. I think I have decided to do quilts for both kids, with Minkee on the back of both for their Christmas presents.
Saturday Mathew was dressed for the Notre Dame game. My godparents are huge fans as both of their daughters went to ND. The daughters were my best friends growing up and we still keep in contact. My friend Amy is moving back to SD and I am thrilled!!  He's all full of smiles.
He's also wearing his new Wranglers from Great Uncle Tom and Great Aunt Helen! He's our little cowboy and has his boots on from Grandpa Hugh and Grandma Ann. He's got such a tiny waist I'm going to have to get him a little belt.
He's just so stinking cute!
I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday.
My Quilt Infatuation


Anonymous said...

You have been very busy!
Thank you for showing all of those wonderful projects!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Ooo, I love his wranglers and I love, love that bright and black star quilt! Beautiful!

Ps: where did the Mt Rushmore fabric come from?!

Sara said...

Your kiddos are just too cute! It's fun to see them grow, right along with my grand-kids that are such similar ages.

Love the idea of putting the 2 table toppers back-to-back and "burping" them. Saves the hassle of trying to find a binding that looks good with both. Clever!

Andee said...

The Swoon block looks fabulous!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

Moneik, your quilts are just so beautiful. The star surround looks great, and i love the snowball/nine patch quilt too!

Thank you so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Deb A said...

Do you sleep? Great job getting so much done this month. Love your swoons.