Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Second Quarterly 2018 Finish A Long

I was so happy with last quarter's list and getting so much quilting done in the last two weeks that I only have to finish up a couple and they're done.  I had put four items on the list that I almost completed but having two completed, and two baby quilts completed made me satisfied.  (See here for the blog entry).

So what next?  Once more there is a list to complete, and I'm hoping to to get at least five done this time.  One of them is urgent (a quilt for my Aunt who is going into the hospital April 12th.   So it needs to be completed right away.  Also I have two that were on the list last quarter that are almost done, so it will be easy to complete them right away.  OK, here's the list:

(1)  The Midnight Garden.  It's all completed and I have to quilt it now.  All the wool is completed.  The two and a half inch squares are sewn all around the wool.  It's really very beautiful.  Here's what it looks like now:

(2)  The pixelated eye - which is a Craftsy free course online with Caro Sheridan.  I have the kit and I would like to complete it so I can exchange the pixelated quilt that is hanging right now (a pixelated sunflower I made after this course) can be changed.

(3)  Want to make the 2nd door for the quilted barn door that I have started for my entrance way to my sewing room.  Here is one done.  I need to make the next panel.  I already quilted one with leaf pattern on the leaves, and a spiral pattern all around the leaves.  Doesn't it look great?  The pattern is from Jennny Pedigo and Helen Robinson for Sew Kind of Wonderful.  It's from a book called One Wonderful Curve. It's a fantastic book with beautiful patterns, all quilts have curves.  I have trouble with making Duncan curves.  But using the ruler  from Sew Kind of Wonderful makes making curves simple and easy, with a simple curve that doesn't need pinning.  Check out the ruler and some free patterns at Sew Kind of Wonderful.

So number three is to make a second quilt like the picture shown for the 2nd barn door to cover the entrance way in the picture. 

(4)  I want to complete some Row-by-rows that I've been collecting for the last two years.  At one point I had 110 of them.  I've slowly but surely been going through some (I've done over 20) and I want to set a goal of four of them in this quarter of time.  I am hoping that in December I will have enough to make a queen/king size quilt for my bed.  I am also working at Quilting-as-you-go style for these rows.  What four do I want to do?  Any that catch my eye.  I do have over 90 to choose from.  :)

(5)  Another goal for this quarter is to do another quilt kit that I purchased.  It has old style quilting material that is made of diamonds.  You use 2 1/2 inch strips.  Perfect to make a fast quilt.

(6)  Flamingo Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman - I have been gathering up the pink material to complete the quilt.  The pattern is wonderful.  Here's someone else's quilt already done up.  I am starting from scratch - nothing is cut.

(6)  Deer Course on Craftsy - Under the same idea - Patch work Piecing:  Woodland Animals is a Craftsy course by Elizabeth Hartman.  I just love the deer that she makes for this one.  I want to make a pillow of it, or a smaller quilt.  See her example online.  If not the deer then the bear for a child's quilt.

(7)  Then there is another one that is partly complete.  It's the 100 blocks that Pat Sloan was working on last year with a number of her friends.  I have about 40 completed, and I want to set a goal of doing another 10 blocks, and starting to put them together in shadow boxes.  I want to Quilt as you go rows by rows so I can do some great quiltings.

(8)  I have set a goal to keep up with the Sewology BOM that I am part of.  It's a wonderful quilt pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns on Craftsy.  See below for a picture of the entire quilt.  I am at the part of the needle and the cutter block and then the ruler block.  So two behind.  But all others are completed, and they are all sewing together.  I do have the iron completed, but not with the others.  By the end of the block I expect the scissors and the stitch block as well to be completed.  I'm excited about this quilt.  It's for me alone, and it will be big enough for a full size bed. 
(9)  You and Me Quilt by Tres Chic.  It is taking forever to complete this quilt.  It's for my Aunt in California.  She is getting her operation April 12th, and I would like to send it to her before that day.  The entire quilt is being done in squares about an inch in diameter.  That is taking so much time.  I'm trying to do at least 4 blocks a month but I'm behind and now I really have to step it up.  As you can see the quilt is king size, and all in blacks and white.  So far I can honestly say I am about half way through it, so I am very excited to complete the entire thing.
Thinking this is enough?  Noooooooo.  There's more, and some urgent.

(10)  A table cloth for a friend of mine made by Northcott Fabric, their artisian line.  See a picture of the centre panel.  All I need is to quilt it now.

(11)  A panel of a heron, that's from Artisian Fabric  Absolutely gorgeous.  Just doing it as a panel for a table top.

12) Finish the Craftsy Quilting Class Quilt.  Two blocks done only.  But take a look at the quilting....


13)  Finish my applique and put it into a Redwood Quilt (quilt that is completely made up of red material.  Got a lot to finish here.

 14)  I joined a class for making a quilt called "In Full Bloom".  It's making a flower out of coloured fabric.

15)  I have material for a pink top and the pattern.  Short sleeve, cotton top.  Want to complete it before July.

16)  I also have pink material for a jumper dress that is perfect for this silk/polyester material that has a lot of embroidery.  

17)  The final sewing project I have is with a small knit top and shorts set for the summer.

OK, that's enough.  I'm sure there are a number of quilts here that I will enjoy starting.  Plenty of work and I'm sure I'll be able to complete at least 5 out of this list.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

1st Quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long Finishes.

The 2018 Finish-A-Long really does help me to organize and push myself to complete many of my UFOs (unfinished objects) and believe me there are many of them.  So I am trying to follow She Can Quilt who iss  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!  

As I explained in a different blog post 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.  The encouragement is tremendous.  And I'm really in good shape this term because I really like the Finish-A-Long.

This term it's all about finishing and not starting a new one until I clean my desk up.  Sometime even though it looks organized and it WAS organized, it gets out of hand, especially when you're Attention Deficit.  I have trouble concentrating on one thing at a time.  Well, it's great for me to work on more than one project because I get bored quickly.  But with the amount of quilts I have going right now, I need to stop, and get some of them done now.   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 listing what I will complete will definitely help get me get back on track.

So what have I completed?   Here they are.  Only two of them, but they've been on my list a number of times and I'm very pleased with finishing them.  I also have a couple of others that were on the list but not fully completed, so they're going on the next quarter, and should be completed quickly.  Here they are:

(1)  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.  It looked like a big mess (see below) but it's done now...  And on my bed.  The before:     

(2)  I said that I wanted to make a quilt using 2 and a half inch strips for a quilt for the back of my couch.  I had the strips in grays and browns in batik so I was looking for a square around a smaller square.  Well I finished that quilt as well in January, an extra with my OMG (one monthly goal) quilt.  Here's what it looks like and you can see the blog entry here...
Exactly where I wanted it hanging.

Hot the design I wanted but one that worked out really well

But there are a few extra that were not part of my goal.  The Midnight quilter's quilts for premature babies (when I saw this quilts online for free at Craftsy, I just had to complete it.  It's called All Roads Quilt Pattern and this is the link to it.  But make sure you're logged into Craftsy to get it.

There's two of them.  I need to make sure quilts for the premature babies at the Vancouver Hospital, I wanted to make one a month, but I'm a little behind  :)   This will make three (did one previously) and I'm still three behind.  But looking great.  

That's it.  All done.   Good work for all of this so far.  I'm pleased.  Hooking up to the quarterly settings with She Can Quilt. for 2018 Finish-A-Long

April's OMG link up

OK, been doing great with my goals for each month, even surpassing them.  So what's this month's goal?  To complete the barn quilted door for my spring look.  The first one is almost quilted, and I love it, but my goal  will be to make the second one.  So, cool, when it's done.  The first one has leaves quilted into each leaf (there are 20 leaves).  Then I do a spiral onto everything around it.  Here's what it's looking like right now:

I have six leaves completed so far, I need 20.  And here is the one barn door completed.  Can't wait to finish the 2nd one.  Here's what it looks like:

Look at the quilting.  Leaves, on the leaves and spirals all around.

Remember, I need a second one.  That's the monthly goal.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts for April's.

Good luck to everyone.

OMG completed for March.

My goal was to complete a baby quilt and I did better then one baby quilt. I did two from the Midnight Quilter on Craftsy (you have got to check it out!!!)  Here's the video and the pattern (FREE) is on Craftsy.

The results is a finished OMG for March!!!  And pictures of the completed two quilts.

Love the heart.

And same quilt pattern, but different arrangement for a different quilt.

Hooking up to One Monthly Goal.  But  darn!!! Missed the deadline, but that's OK.  So pleased that I got it done!!!!  I am on a role!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Been Busy....

This is what it feels like to be retired  ;)

Because you're a teacher there are times when I don't want to be around people, I've HAD too much people.  As a teacher the moment you get to school you're on stage, kids around you asking questions, teachers around you asking questions, doing your own planning or work....  It's almost constant.  So every once in a while you NEED to be alone, or in a crowded room full of people who don't care you're there, like a movie or a restaurant, no one will ask you questions there unless it's something like "Is this seat taken?"  It doesn't last long this feeling.  A couple of days, give or take, but the best thing to do is veg in front of the tv.

Unfortunately, vegetating for me won't work because of my ADHD, so for me it's time to get creative....  And boy was I that this week.  Let me show you.

Caught up on the Quilt Doodle BOM, there's still time to join.  See the side link on the right.  Going to be a snowman quilt for Christmas.

Two baby quilt all ready, same block, different styles.  Quilt block from the Midnight Quilter at Craftsy.com.  You got to check out all her videos, and how great her patterns are.  Won't tell you who she is, it's the surprise.

And there is three more things, but I have to go.....  So for the next time, take care...

So this is what it feels like to be retired?!!!  Busy but happy!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Another OneMoreGoal completed - OMG!!!!

Well, I did not do very well on last month's goal.  I did completed one of the blocks and I did do a couple of other goals, but no, I did not complete it.  So here I am making another goal for this month, the month of March.  And which one will it be?

Finish what I didn't do last month?  The quilt of flowers?  I have all blocks done this time, but I need to do the green and black squares around the entire quilt...

It also will need to be hand quilted.  The secret garden for my bed.   

Or then again there is the door panel that I have partially completed and with spring coming I would like something a little green for my door entrance way????  I'll need two panels that are 6 feet high as curtains for my entrance way into my sewing room.  The background is tan, and both sides will have leaves.  Would love that done......

Or my goal could be to complete the machine quilting on my aunt's quilt.  1/w done.  I promised myself that I would do 4 blocks a week which would get it finished (because I always do more than four).  But it's not something I can do all in one sitting because of my problems with my hips at this point.

Or finish the two baby quilts that I have started, following the Midnight Quilter on Craftsy.  That one is from two and a half inch strips.  It's suppose to look like the picture below:

since the teacher who is pregnant at our school is leaving soon, I think it's the last one that's on the list.  The Midnight Quilt Show "All Roads Quilt Pattern, which is free by the way on Craftsy.  Check it out.  Have fun with me.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Joining more BOM's

Boy, I'm getting myself in trouble here, I'm looking at two more blocks of the month this month.  I'm in trouble with three of them going and all the UFO's that I want to complete.  What am I doing???  But I can't resist all these beautiful quilts.  There's two at Pat Sloan's quilt site, one's a mystery and I love mysteries.  But the other one looks very modern and is a summertime quilt.  Let's try that one.  

Then there is the Clementine Quilt Along that benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  I would like to make baby quilts of each block or at least two of the blocks, that way I get to practise the new blocks.

Another great quilt a long is at the Patchwork Posse, who's quilt looks very scrappy, and a great way to get down your stash.  In the end a wonderful design that is original as well.

What can I say?  I can't resist something that beautiful.  But really "What am I doing???!!"

Oh well.

Second Quarterly 2018 Finish A Long