Thursday, December 29, 2016

December OMG Goal Finished

It's hard to remember back to the beginning of December. I have accomplished a lot and couldn't even remember my goal... so I looked back and low and behold I actually finished it. I finished all of the Christmas gifts I had planned to make. I even stayed caught up with the BH Mystery Quilt. My December goal was to make my MIL a pillow.
She loved it! Which is saying a lot for my MIL. She usually doesn't comment on my stuff, but she loves these colors. I made it with a zipper in the back, so she can remove it to wash it if necessary.
She also loved the table runner. I made from the other scraps.

I finished individual mug rugs of all of these sayings but then made two wall hangings with the rest. I made 10 co-workers Christmas joy a little happier.
A friend graduated from nursing school, so I made her a lanyard as well as a little bag. I also made one for Mikaela's teacher.
I finished the apron for my nephew for Christmas. It's from his dad's old shirt. Mathew wasn't really into modeling it for me.
Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the OMG December Finishing Party.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

En Provence Clues 4 & 5

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This is my first mystery quilt and I wasn't sure I would be able to keep up. I've been very relaxed and I knew I wouldn't get too uptight if I didn't keep up. That's just my nature. I had most of my Christmas quilting done back in October, with the exception of a couple small projects, so I was ready.
Yesterday we were home all day due to a blizzard in Western South Dakota. I helped my daughter sew baby blankets for her new twin dolls and then I got a chance to work on my Clue 3, 4, & 5. I finished up Clue 3 as a leader ender with Clue 4. Last night around 10:30 I couldn't sew anymore, so I cut out Clue 5.
This morning my kids (5 & 4) were up at 4:30 AM! I slept in until my husband left for work, but still got up and ready for work an hour early. Since I had my pieces cut I was able to quickly get all of Clue 5 sewn at 6 AM this morning and even had time to press them before we left for work/daycare.
Last night I also finished up the Dangerous BOM block 8 from Gudrun's Crew. I just love how many small scraps this one is using up.
I also finished up my Crops block for my FGV BOM. I am only about 3 blocks behind now. Time to get caught up this week.
I finished Pie Cherries and Tumbleweeds this past week as well.
I gifted my MIL a table runner and pillow made from the scraps and excess pieces of Strip Lash, the quilt I made her when she got a new job in March. She loved them!
I made my co-workers Mug Rugs of Maxine. This is just one example and they were extremely loved.

Linking Up with Mystery Quilt Monday at Quiltville!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

En Provence Clue 3

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This week I was able to get a start on my blocks on Friday. I cut out the pieces on my lunch break and took them home to sew. We were spending the weekend at my brothers, so I had to pack and get stuff ready, but before I went to sleep I just had to sew a strip set and see if my math was correct. I used the Stripology ruler to cut my strip set. It went so quick and easy!! I was able to cut 3 4 patch sets at a time.
It was so quick and easy that last night as I was cutting 3 strip sets at a time, I accidently cut my finger with the rotary cutter. All my sets are prepped and ready to sew.
Friday night I got 10 4 patches completed.
While I was making my strip sets on Monday night, I made two blocks for my Farm Girl Vintage sew along. I used my stratas as my leader/enders. I just couldn't help but laugh since I'm not sure strip sets are really good leaders and enders, but I wanted to get my blocks done.
I was sewing and didn't follow the directions, so I'll have to make a mirror image block for the stem.
I just love doing the mystery quilt, even if I get a bit too careless and cut myself. It will heal and I should be able to get these done before the next clue on Friday.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

En Provence Clues 1 & 2

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This year I've accomplished so much of my Christmas sewing early and I loved the colors of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt that I chose to embark on the mystery quilt adventure.  I even went completely out of my comfort zone and used scraps. I'm doing mine in all batiks. I have picked up a few neutral and yellow fat quarters to supplement my stash. I've been really good at actually following the directions and I am learning a lot. I was able to complete a few of each of clues 1 & 2 on Monday night.
Tuesday night I was able to get all of clue 2 completed and 190 of the clue 1. I had the rest of the clue 1 4 patches ready to sew.
En Provence
Wednesday morning before work I got all of the clue 1 completed. I had to move to a bigger container for my finished pieces.

I'm so excited that I was able to keep up with the clues, especially since we had Mathew's 4th birthday party.
Uncle Ed came to the party.
Mathew wanted a picture with mom. We had a Cars themed party.

Monday, December 05, 2016

December OMG Goal

December always flys by for me, but this year I feel like I have a good handle on gift buying and making. I already have many of my gifts done. I have a few mug rugs left to bind and an apron from a shirt that I just keep putting off, although it probably won't take me long once I start.

My December goal is to make a pillowcase out of this quilted piece. It's for my MIL for Christmas. I've mad her a quilt, table runner, and now the pillow for her room. She loves the blue/whites. The pattern is Strip Lash by GE Designs
Strip Lash pillowcase quilted.
I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal.
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