Sunday, 3 November 2019

Goal for November

     Boy this virus is a doozie.  It hit me like a ton of bricks last Tuesday and I've been hanging out in bed pretty much since then. I've read several books, done several Sudoku's and watched several  Handi Quilter videos for the Sweet Sixteen.  Helen Godden, I'm a fan!

   I've managed to get the odd easy quilting related thing done.  I trimmed up this quilt to get it ready for binding and I have been working a bit on get quilt kits ready for our guild bee day which is on Saturday.

   But now it's time to think of a goal for November.  Because I have a lot to do I've decided to pick a fairly small goal for the month.  In the summer I started the 2019 Summer Sampler but I found it overwhelming to work on while I was still working full time, so I set it aside.  I've decided to pick it up again.

     Here are the two blocks I managed to do in the summer with the huge stack of instructions.  My goal for November is to complete 3 blocks.  Now if I just get and stay healthy, I can probably complete this goal along with the other projects I want to complete this month.

     I guess what!  I won the  pattern Three Dogs and One Sassy Cat  designed by Mary Hertel which was the pattern prize for the October Goal.  It's a perfect pattern for little kids and there are a lot of them in my extended family now.  
I'm off to the November OMG linkup at Elm Street Quilts.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

October Goal is Done

     My October goal was to get the top done for my Christmas Quilt for my grandkids.  Here it is about 1/2 an hour ago as I sewed the last seam together.

And here it is off the machine.  I just want to show this sneak peak and I will show you the rest when I get it quilted up.  I'm participating in the Cookie Exchange Blog Hop so I'd like to keep it under wraps.

     I'm calling it done but truth be told it should have another plain white border around it.  I've had the flu all week and it's been really hard to do any sewing.  I sew a couple of seams and run out of energy. I have  read a couple of books and watched a whole bunch of Handi Quilter quilting videos featuring Helen Goddin on the Sweet 16.  I'm hoping I'll get my energy back in a day or two.  Linking with OMG October finishes link up.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Works in Progress

     I haven't quite settled into a routine since reducing my working hours.  Dwight and I have been squeezing in a little bit of tidying and sorting things out in the house.  We have also been out for walks enjoying the good fall weather before the onset of winter.
     I have been getting in quite a bit of sewing time. Maybe not as much as I expected to, but quite a bit non the less.  After having a great Thanksgiving weekend I got together with Wendy for a marathon sewing day, where we put the rows together into a quilt top for the Quilt Con Charity quilt for our modern guild.  I'm not sharing pictures here as it is a group quilt and I think the guild should show them first.  Maybe I'll share them in February.  Here's something I can share though.

     These are the square in a square blocks for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt.  They went together pretty quickly.  I'm still loving the fabric choices. They look so pretty together, don't they.  
     Another project I've been working on is my OMG goal for this month.

    Here are eighty 1/2 square triangles.  I have to trim them still but getting them finished goes a long way towards completing the quilt top so I am still confident that I will get the goal done by the end of the month.  Before I head back to the sewing room to work some more on this quilt I'm heading over to Chery'ls blog to link up with the Mosaic Mystery linkup.  

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

FAL 4th Quarter LIst

     Well here we are at the beginning of the 4th quarter of the finish along which means the year is almost over.  I managed 4 finishes last quarter which is the best I have ever managed.  It really helps get the numbers up when you add garment sewing to the list instead of just quilts quilts and more quilts.  As life continues to be busy I think I will make my list a bit smaller this time.  The only thing I am carrying over from last quarter is  
1. The penny patch quilt.  I just managed to finish quilting it but I couldn't manage to bind it in time to squeeze it in to the 3rd quarter finishes.  But that's o.k.  It will get done quickly enough, and I'll have a finish at the beginning of quarter 4.

2.  The second quilt on the list is this Christmas themed kit.
As a rule I don't make holiday quilts but I think my grandsons will love the little animals in the panel.  I'm hoping to have it quilted up and ready to give to them at he beginning of December.  the fabrics are cut.

3 & 4 I may not get to these but I'll put them on the list just in case.  There are two babies arriving in my extended family in early December so I am thinking of making one or two quilts out of this cute fabric but who knows I may choose to go in a totally different direction, like an oversized star quilt with florals like this one by Jenni Baker Also I still owe a wedding quilt to one of the expecting couples.  There is no chance of finishing that.

Now on to the clothing goals

5.  I would like to make a pair of Emerson pants using the lighter of the two fabrics shown here.  Which is cotton linen blend and 
6.  I would like to make a jacket ,probably the Berlin Coat out of the darker blue which is a boiled wool and viscose.

     That's my list for this quarter.  I know I will work on more than these things but as for finishes, I think this will be it.
Linking with Leanne of She Can Quilt for the 4th Quarter FAL linkup.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Exciting News to Share

     I have some exciting news to share. Do you remember my minimalist star quilt that I posted about here?  Well it was accepted into the Star Issue of Curated Quilts and I couldn't be happier.  I didn't have to wait until the issue came out to let you know but somehow I didn't feel comfortable sharing the news until I had seen it with my own two eyes.  Here it is in print with the original beside it.

     I love Curated Quilts magazine and if I was an American I would have a subscription for sure.  Each issue is full of wonderful inspiration and interesting articles on Modern Quilting and sometimes on quilt history.  So far I have been able to buy my issues from Mad About Patchwork which makes them slightly more affordable than ordering direct.  Postage from the U.S. is just so expensive.

     There is a mini challenge for each issue of Curated Quilts.  So far I have participated in two of them.  I had an idea for the Black and White Issue but no time to execute it.  I'm looking forward to further challenges in the future.  Have you made any quilts for the Curated Quilts challenges?

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Octobers Goal

     As a rule I don't make Holiday themed quilts, but I'm a nana now to two little boys who just love cute animal stuffies. So when I saw this kit at Creative Sisters i just had to pick it up to make for the boys and their parents. 

     I just know that Gabriel and Eli will love the tigers and penguins and bears on the panel, but they won't be young forever ( they are three and two at the moment) so I think I have to put it together quickly.  I'm hoping to give it to them at the beginning of December.  My goal is to finish the quilt top by the end of the month, which gives me the month of November to quilt the quilt.
     Of course it's not the only thing I'll be working on this month so we will see how I do.  I'm linking up with Patty for the OMG for October linkup.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Septembers Goal is Done!

     I put the last stitches in the binding last night, which let me just squeeze this finish in before the end of the month.
My eight sisterhood sisters holding hands around the mini quilt.  I received seven of these blocks in the sister hood block swap earlier in the year.

     I have to admit there were times this month that I didn't think I would manage to get it done.  Like that week I had a virus and just couldn't bring myself to do anything in the evenings.  But it's done and I couldn't be happier.
     Here's a close up of my "big" stitch quilting.

I used three strands of Aurifil embroidery thread.  I chose a light ivory colour to fade into the background.  I seem to prefer to have the quilting play a more supportive role to the piecing, although as my quilting improves I may change that preference.  If you are interested in purchasing the pattern for this cute paper pieced block you can pick it up at Happy Sew Lucky.

Linking with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG linkup and with the 3rd quarter 2019 FAL. The original post is here.