Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Progress

While my last post showed a few finishes, it really didn't showcase all I worked on this month. I said at one point over the long weekend (with a snow day added), that I had quilters ADD. I was working on 6-8 projects all at one time!
I finished this green and gold bag for the SDHEA conference silent auction after I arrived at the conference! I set up my sewing and had it done in less than an hour, start to finish. I donated 4 bags in green/gold and blue/yellow.
While I was away a the conference, I made all of these blue and yellow Blue Ridge Beauty blocks. I would like it to be bigger and have plenty of HST's but needed more 4 patches. Since it's the scraps from my Scrappy Y/B trip around the world that I'm using for the 4 patches, I needed to make more of those blocks!
I'm teaching a class on making Crown Royal quilts or really any focus fabric and designing a quilt around the fabric, so I made my brother pillows to match his quilt.
I made a few more yellow and blue scrappy trip blocks.
Then I made a few more... and a few more... and a few more. I didn't take pictures of all of them, but I'm sure I finished about 20 this month. I do about 3 each round of chain piecing.
I made Mathew a blanket for his teddy bear. 

I made this doll blanket for an auction at Mikaela's school.
I made this backing for a black and white baby quilt.
I'm doing the Quilters Planner Sew Along, so I made this block for January.
This is the February block for the Quilters Planner Sew Along
I was able to make a few more 4 patches
And a few more yellow and blue scrappy trip blocks.
I had a quilting day at my dad's house and quilted this baby quilt I made from the leftover blocks of my quilt.
My 5-yard quilt in black/white/ pink/green was also quilted at dads. I need to bind both of these.
I also made this doll blanket with minkee for the auction, but Mikaela kept it for herself.

It doesn't look like I posted my in/out for January, but I was neck and neck, 30.75 in and 33.75 out... Well, I didn't do quite so well this month. I was at the quilt shops a bit too often and my "big" finishes didn't get bound due to a fall that hurt my back on Saturday, so I'll have to keep them for next month. I will be ahead of my stash soonish.

February In - 29.25 Yards
February Out - 14 Yards
Year to Date In - 60 Yards
Year to Date Out - 47.75 Yards
For a total of 12.25 yards, the stash is ahead!

One Monthly Goal - February Finished

This month has been a busy one. I celebrated another birthday and finished quite a few projects.
I finished my OMG with the quilting and binding of this Crown Royal table runner. I'm making a queen size quilt with the same block and I wanted to see what it would turn out like. I love it and the block is really simple, so I hope to have the top for the queen done in March.
I also made 2 Crown Royal pillows for my brother to match his quilt. I'm teaching a class on how to make Crown Royal quilts in April/May and I made both of these items for samples.
I loved the Positivity table topper pattern by GE Designs, so I used scraps to make this topper. It didn't turn out quite how I expected, but it's done and bound and I'm happy.
My son wanted a quilt for his teddy bear since his sister has doll quilts she's made. He picked out the fabrics from his "stash" and I used the leftover pieces from his bed quilt to make this small quilt for teddy. If someone doesn't want to make a Crown Royal quilt, I'll also be showing how to use focus fabrics to design a quilt in the same class I'm teaching.

My other February UFO's were Sprinkles - which I got all of the sections completed and they are now ready to be pieced into blocks. I'm trying to decide if I should keep them pink/blue/yellow or mix them all up.
I also worked on blocks for my Scrappy Trip Around the World. I have 2 completed and 10 more strata sewn and cut apart. I'm currently ripping. I figure I started roughly half the blocks I need this month, so I'll keep moving it forward.


I also made a bunch more yellow and blue Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and Blue Ridge Beauty blocks. I also sewed a few bags and blankets as well. I quilted at my dad's and got my Black and White quilts quilted, so a very successful month!
 I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal Finish Party
Elm Street Quilts

Monday, February 05, 2018

On Ringo Lake Final Link Up

My On Ringo Lake looks pretty much like the picture below... One block, lots of pieces.  I have it all cut out, a couple dozen of each unit made and one block made. The sashing is also in parts and pieces. I do have all of clue 1 done. I really enjoyed learning how to use the Essential Triangle tool and even gave a demo on how to use it, using my pieces as samples. My sample board turned out really well and everyone was excited to learn how easy it was to use.

I made a few geese.
A few sashing
A few more geese

I just have a few too many projects in progress to keep moving forward on the mystery. I have a deadline of the 10th for my teaching samples and I'm making a few quilts that are all ready to be made into blocks, so I'm taking a break for now.

And the best part?? I learned how to use the Essential triangle tool to cut out HST's for Crown Royal Quilt blocks. I was able to make these churn dash blocks using all of the CR bags because I could cut HST's from the bag using the ETT. I am in love! I have a lot more HST's to cut, but I made this table runner sample and now I'm on to a queen size quilt that looks almost like it. I've never made HST's out of the bag because I couldn't get the 5" strip I needed, but I can get a 4.5" strip!
My daughter recently celebrated her 7th birthday by attending the first day of quilt retreat with me. She got to make 2 bags.

This week I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville for the Final linkup of On Ringo Lake Mystery

Friday, February 02, 2018

OMG February 18 Goal

I have lots of goals for February, but due to a lot of work travel, I'm going to be realistic. I would like to finish this Crown Royal quilt table runner. I put the top together last night and need to have it quilted by next Saturday.


My UFO for the APQ is my Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt and I think I need about 26 more blocks. I'd like to at least work on getting some of those done. I have several CR quilts in progress, so we'll see what happens.
My UFO for Patchwork Times is my Sprinkles quilt, which is a small baby quilt. It's about half pieced, so I could easily get the top at least done. So much to do, so little time!

Elm Street Quilts