Thursday, June 30, 2016

June OMG Goal Completed!

I feel like I finished by the skin of my teeth. I knew this month was going to be crazy and it turned out even crazier than I anticipated. We had one weekend at home, then went to my dad's to build a deck, Mikaela and I went with my Aunt Jane to Denver on a shopping trip, came home and repacked and went camping at Center Lake, then last weekend we were at a Pfeifer Family Reunion. This weekend we hoped and prayed to get a same day camping spot and we found one, so we'll be leaving to go camping again tonight.
Tuesday night was my only night home sewing this week, so I finished up the Good Night Irene quilt top. It's going to be a sample, but is made from all of my scraps.
Last night I finished my Goodnight Irene quilt top made from scraps. (Mom's rolling over in her grave I'm sure!)
My co-worker Steve was in Oregon a few weeks ago and bought me this bag at the quilt shop. His niece works there. It's so cool that he knew I would love it.
Only a coworker who knows me really well would buy me this bag on his vacation.  He actually went to the quilt shop to see his niece who works there, but still I'm tickled pink that Steve bought this for me.
I'm working on the Dangerous BOM with Gudrun Erla's facebook group and these are my first two blocks. The next one comes out on Tuesday. I love how these use up so much of my stash/ scraps but are cut small at 1.5" pieces, so I can use some of the smaller scraps.
My Dangerous Block of the month blocks so far. Next block comes out 7/5/16.
Last week in the hustle to get ready for the family reunion, I realized I hadn't made the baby blankets for the two new cousins. Louella and Sloane both got new baby minkee blankets.
Two super soft minkee blankets finally finished.
The decking is slowly progressing, but at least we can walk on it and run/play.
We got the top of the decking done this weekend. Mikaela did a happy dance.
On our trip to CO, I got to have supper with my good friend/former co-worker Pat in Loveland. We had such a nice quick visit, but it was oh so good to see her.
So excited that I got to see Pat Fox at her home in Loveland CO. We had a delicious supper and quick visit before going to Denver. We're back on the road to Loveland for more shopping today.
We've had so many fun adventures this month and they will continue next month, so not much sewing will be happening; however, camping vacation is coming and I plan to sew at least a little bit each day. Mikaela even got a couple of pieces to sew while we are on vacation too.

Friday, June 03, 2016

June OMG Goal

June is going to go by so quickly. I think my sewing machine is starting to feel lonely! My goal is to finish my Good Night Irene quilt top.
While I was traveling in May for work I took along Mikaela's machine and pieced 16 patches and X blocks. I think I've got all the X blocks done and just a few of the 16 patches ready to sew together. They are currently in 4 patches. I started this quilt as a leader/ender project using the Briar Rose pattern, just making 4 patches of 2.5" squares.
Then we were challenged at work to create scrap quilts and pre-cut quilts using the same pattern from a book, so I started looking and there are a lot of versions of this quilt.
I decided to do the Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern Good Night Irene. These three photos show my blocks so far. This month my goal is to get these into a quilt top.
Here's a picture from our recent family trip to MO. We had lots of fun!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Stash Report May 2016

This month got away from me and I knew it would! I traveled to Omaha, NE for a Regional NACADA conference for work. I was so lucky that Colleen could meet me for supper and visiting one night while I was there. We had an awesome time catching up and it was like spending time with an old friend, although it was the first time we met in person. We've been blogging friends for over 10 years.

Colleen and I met for the first time tonight in Omaha. Blog friends for 10 years. Spending time together has been awesome!

I put the blocks together for my mini granny square quilt and was able to get it quilted and bound and ready to go into the quilt show this weekend.
Mathew and I went to the quilt shop one day and he "needed" this fabric, so I made him a small bag to take to grandpa and grandma's house. I used the Buzz & Woody fabric on the inside, so it is reversible.
While I was traveling I was able to sew a few more blocks for my Goodnight Irene quilt (which started out as Briar Rose). It's been a leader/ender quilt for years, but I've started working on it while I travel so I can get it closer to completion.
These are the blocks I made when I was in Brookings later in the month for a work retreat.
I'm slowly, but surely getting closer to having enough blocks. I've been making a few at a time, so it's moving forward.
I was able to finish up my gingham block for the FGV quilt along I am doing, but I got 2 blocks behind at the end of the month. Time to get caught back up.
We spent Memorial Day weekend in MO visiting my husband's family and went to Bass Pro Shops.


Needless to say... I didn't get much sewing done and only 2 finishes, so not much to show for it. I did get to a few quilt shops, but kept my fabric purchases at bay, so I did pretty good.

Fabric bought this month: 5.75 yards
Fabric bought this year: 48.75 yards
Fabric used this month: 3.75
Fabric used this year: 139 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 90.25 yards!