Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The 2018 Finish-a-Long is coming

I'm so pleased!!!  She Can Quilt is  continuing to do a 2018 finish a long which is made up in quarters.  It's a low pressure community group that encourages you to make a list of projects that have already been started but need to be finished, and boy, do I qualify for that!  I have tons of UFOs, some are more than 5 years old.  When I joined a number of years ago, I found it really motivated me to complete my UFOs and rewarded me sometimes with a prize.  You see you link up at the beginning of a quarter and then at the end of the quarter you link up a link for each item on your list that you finished. Each link is an entry into the random draw for great prizes sponsored by our generous sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing something on your list but the rewards are great, from material to patterns to gift cards.  I'm very excited to continue on as I've completed a number of my UFOs because of this encouragement.  And I know I'll continue on.
I continue to have a list, and buying patterns often, wanting to make more and more of the beautiful designs I see, be a part of the online BOM's out there, the list keeps growing and growing, so I need to stop or control this little impulses of mine  :)

But there are a number of quilts that I've started, then started other ones without finishing and I made a promise two years ago of not buying without finishing two quilts to get the numbers down.  I was doing great, then for some reason I started again (three BOMs this year and I know I need to stop now) so the Finish a long will definitely help get me back on goal.

What's on the list for January?  I''m keeping the number low this quarter so I can feel the success more.  Here they are:
(1)  I need to finish quilting my Aunt's Quilt.  I'm bring the quilt to her this summer.  Using small squares in neutral threats all over it.
(2)  My Vice Versa quilt which is 5 years old, and all pieced blocks.  But not together.  The quilt project is from the Sister Sampler quilts by AnnaMarie Chany. It's a wonderful book, with three different samplers you can do with friends. All use traditional blocks with a modern twist as you can see from some of the blocks I have completed.  Same block pattern, but using the opposite of materials to make different blocks.   It looks like a big mess below but when it's done it should be spectacular.  The only problem is that the quilt finishes as a twin, and I want a queen so I'll be doing some edits as I go along.  This is also my One Montly Project as well.     

(3) My new bard door pattern.  I have one section almost completed, and have to make the other one.  It's a pattern form SewKindOfWonderful from their book "One Wonderful Curve".  The book uses the curve ruler, which makes all curves so easy to complete, I'm just getting side tracked to complete this one.  It's definitely on my radar this quarter.
(4)   This quilt is a Pixel Quilt class from Caro Sheridan on Craftsy, a free class with the pattern.  It's the class that taught me how to do my Sunflower Quilt.  I enjoyed that so much there's the drive to complete a second one.  This is the quilt for me.

(5)  This last one is called the Midnight Garden.  I have all the blocks completed but one. When that's completed, I have to do the trim outside on all of it which is small 2 and a half squares of different greens.  It's a wool quilt so that will take time as well to do, and I want to make it queen size which means I ned to add something to the overhanging sections, a rabbit by flowers maybe.  We'll see and hopefully, so will you.  Here's the pattern picture:
I'll need to buy some black material as well for the edges.

(6)  I have the material and the pattern from to make a Paper Piecing Star Wars Characters pattern, that I would love to do.  The pattern is from QuietPlay and is approximately 5" x 15" in the end.  I have the material for around the wall hanging.  Want to hang it up in my classroom before I get back next week.  The pattern is free here on Craftsy.  And here is what the pattern looks like.

(7) I want to keep up with my Sewology BOM that you can find on Craftsy here at this link.  It's a great quilt for a sewer, containing things like a stitch riper, thread, a pencil for marking, all blocks to make a large square quilt.  I was behind on this quilt when I first started, but now I have three blocks completed, and I want to make sure I keep up.  It's over in April, so that's right at the end of this quarter.  That makes it great to be on this list.  I'm not showing a picture of it because I want it to be a surprise, but sufice it to say I have three blocks completed, and the rest to be done in April.  Once more, I'm trying to make it larger so I can put it on my quilt.  We'll see what happens.  
(8)  This one also, I have the pattern and the material (bought it three months ago) and never started it.  But it is just sitting there, so I would love to get it off my desk.  It's called Birds of a Feather from Sew Fresh Quilts.  I have the material to make two of the birds (the red bird and the blue jay) for my small antique table to protect it.  See the table pattern look below:

(9)  This is the final one for this quarter.  I want to make a quilt using 2 and a half inch strips for a quilt for the back of my couch.  I have the strips in grays and browns in batik so I am looking for a square around a smaller square.  We'll see what it turns out to be.  

 OK, that's nine quilts in four months, stay tuned to see how well I do.  

One Monthly Goal start for 2018

It's good to have a goal, everyone says that, and I'm really a list maker and a goal maker.  So linking up to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG!!!!) is perfect for me.  It makes me accountable to myself and others that follow this blog (and most days it amazes me that people do follow this blog and want to see what I create).  Anyways, enough of that and on to the goal.

I have joined three (not one, not two but three!!!  Oh boy, another year of that!) BOMs online.  As always I love Quilt Doodles designs.  You have got to follow her work and see her patterns online.  She's starting a new BOM and her work is outstanding.  Want to see some that I made?  Click here to see both I made.  I gave one to a friend and I miss it so much (but it went to such a great friend) I'm considering doing another one for myself.  And along came this one so I can have another one.  The black one is right now on the back of my couch.  

So here I start again, on that one and two more that I'll talk about later.  This    post is about my goal for January!!!!

I plan on finishing my Vice Versa Quilt, one that is about 5 years old, and was sitting there with only four blocks to finish.  So this week I completed the four blocks and now I have to put them all together.  Here are the pieces all together (what a mess) and I won't reveal it until I'm done.

It's one of the patterns from the Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany.

Linking up to January's One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  Thank you for this wonderful encouragement.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

4th Quarter Success

I did so great this term, I can't believe how good it's been.  I may be because I was unable to work because of a bad back, and the chair I sit in was the only comfortable one I had.....  So it worked out great.  1/2 hour of sewing, three hours sitting, etc.  But many are done, so what I've done is link to the blog entry that shows it's done, and have a picture of it completed.  Lets start shall we?!!  .

Here's the first one, a oval top to complete for my table top.  Love the colours, love the finished one...

The 2nd one is my row by rows.  I have a number of them, and now I have at least 9 left.  I've been continuing to work on getting a king size quilt all completed, and use quilt as I go on that one, but I digress, here is the one that I did complete...
This is 2 A....  I never worked on the bottom one, but I did do three other ones...

and the third and forth....

I plan on doing two of them, so does that make it 2A and 2B???  :)

The 3rd quilt is one to finish, it's the Vice Versa Quilt.  This has been on my list for the last two years.  I have promised myself I will finish this quilt before the end of the year, and it will be on my bed by November.  Well, all blocks are done, but I don't have the plain backdrop like you see in this picture so it's not done, and will be on the next quarter for sure.  But at least I got all blocks done.  It's a NO to this one.

Number 4 (another one you're saying?!!)  is the midnight Garden where all but one block is completed, and I need to do the outside as well as the inside.  It's a wool quilt, and the one I have left is the 3rd top one. It's completed, but I didn't do the siding on the quilts. I need more green, and I'm looking at doing a very big sided one, with maybe some rabbits.  Need more thinking on this one.  But the answer is NO on this one.

The 5th quilt was a NO as well, with too much quilting on my list.

The 6th one is here I made the pattern below a king size and the quilting is taking up all my time.  It's another christmas gift for my aunt in California.  This is number six.  And it's completed.  

Here's what I had...

and here's where I am

but it's not fully quilted.  So this is a NO.

The 7th quilt was a Christmas quilt. And it's done and on my bed!!!! It's a YES. Here is where I was at the start... with one row missing.

And here is the completion that is on my bed for winter

 The final row done.

Number 8.  It is a quilt that I want to give away for Christmas so it was on the list.  I have the kit for it and the class is the Pixel Quilt class from Caro Sheridan that is a free class on Craftsy.   On my list for next term.  It's a NO.

This is number 9 - a quilt for myself. It's a YES I now have my painting framed and now the quilt completed.  I'm so excited.  I am entering this to CQA and hopefully it will be accepted.  Here they both are, the before and after:  

No, that's the not the painting, that's the quilt.....

Number 10 is my barn doors I've been working on.  All quilted and hanging up again.  The before picture looks like the after...  So here's the after all quilted....  It's a YES

Sorry, light is terrible, but too big to move.

And while I'm on that one (number 11), I started another door, using a pattern from SewKindOfWonderful from their book "One Wonderful Curve".  The book is great, with really different designs.  I'm terrible at curves, but the curve ruler from SewKind of Wonderful makes it a breeze to make curves.  I have one panel done, need to work on the other panel and quilt them.  But i only have one door completed, so it's a NO.

2nd one done....

So that's 5 out of all of them, which pleases me.  I also have some other things (BOMs) caught up, so I am doing well, and I still have a week of holidays left so lets see what else can be done.

BONUS:  A pillow UFO completed.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OMG finished already

OMG!!!  I'm finished my premie quilt already.  I've already given it to my quilting guild today (Fraser Valley Quilting Guild), and here's what it turned out to be:

Ladder quilt with 2 1/2 inch strips.

Stitch in a ditch.

Love the fabric, beautiful old fashion scraps, with gold around the edge.  In the end it was 36 x 36.  Perfect for a new born.

But that wasn't all that I completed this month.  I finished two more rows of the row by row.  Take a look.  In the end they'll be two queen size quilts.  Notice that I'm trying to do quilt as you go.
The fish fins were so tiny  to do but in the end well worth it.

Love the water going up to the beach with the beach umbrellas

This was with me not sewing this weekend because I was away to Victoria Island.  Can you say "crab chowder anyone?"  :) 

This was the view from our hotel room at the Coastal Hotel and Marina.  It was off the beaten bath a bit (15 minute walk downtown on that great path or $10 taxi ride) but so worth it with the view.  I would highly recommend it to anyone.

On a special note - another quilting store that was great in Victoria is now closed.  I was sorry to see Satin Moon Quilting Store permanently close.  So sorry considering how beautiful their designs were.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

OMG for November

Last month was great, met my goal and did a bit more!!!!  This month I'm setting a new goal and I'm excited to start it.  I have the material, I have the pattern but I haven't even started to cut it yet.  I'm start a small quilt for a premie baby for my quilt guild. It's going to be squares of different sizes of scraps.  It's similar to this one

Different strips that make the squares.  It's to get my scraps down as well as contribute to our charity work.  Lets see how long it takes me shall we?  34" by 34".

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Had a great weekend last week. Did some walking around Fort Langley, BC, some antique shopping.  Got myself a great tea pot (silver) with a spout cover.  I never saw anything like that before.  I also got some plates with a space to put a cut (8 of them) so I can use them with my upcoming book club meeting in November.  Want to make a great impression.

But I also did some quick sewing and tried to get my stash down a little, so my room would be a bit cleaner.  Here's some of the things I got done.

Finished coloring a row by row from 2015.

A canvas bag to hold my acrylic paints.  Fabric was precut by IKEA.

I made two soup pots for my mother.  
Need to make a lot more to make my mother happy.

Don't you just love the colours.

And this weekend I did a lot of cutting,
9 soup bowls, 4 placemats, and two row by rows.

Seems perfect for this weekend, to do some sewing.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Another one buys the dusk!!!!

OK, I'm already completed my OMG for the month!!!  Why?  Because I was so excited about it, and the quilting was wonderful, leaves and blades of grass.  Look at it closely...  See the grass?

You can see it a bit more here.   To the right are leaves, to the left bottom, grass.  These pictures don't do it justice, but it's hard to get the right pictures.

Here's the final effect....

The squares really add to the effect....  So I'm done and I'm going to hook up to

Elm Street Quilts

So pleased that one more is done and completed... On to the next....

The 2018 Finish-a-Long is coming