Friday, August 7, 2015

ALYOF--August Goal

I've mentioned here and there about the Block Of The Month I'm a part of, through my LQS (local quilt shop).  Each year they have a theme, and we get a block each month.  BUT-to get our block, we have to had completed the block from the month BEFORE.  So when we showed up to our August meeting on Saturday, we had to have completed our July block to receive the kit for free.  I love the way it's set up.  As much as I would love to be able to join classes and block of the months at other stores, I can't afford a $30 monthly class fee for a block of the month and THEN something another $10 on top to purchase the block.  It's too much!!  I'm a poor quilter.  For now ;)

Anyway, if you don't ever complete the block you can always buy the next month's block for $5.  As soon as the year is over (right now actually, they gave us our last block this past Saturday) they get ready for the next year.  To participate in THAT, by getting your starting block kit, you can either A-pay $5 for it. Or B-finish your quilt top from the year previous.

Like I said--poor quilter here.  I love being able to just continue and roll over each year after year by buying my first block for $5.  The only excess I spend is if I want to do their 'bonus' blocks, or any yardage I buy to complete my quilt top and backing.  A REALLY good deal if you ask me!

Here are a few of the blocks I have made.  My camera and computer aren't getting along right now, so this pictures will have to suffice.

I will have 24 blocks I'll be piecing together into a quilt top.  I have a fun design I'm hoping will work the way I want--I'm going to frame each block so it stands out, and then put sashing on only two sides of the block and stagger them around, so they are kind of uneven.

it should work.  I traced it all up on graph paper! :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Lovely Year Of Finishes--July Finish

I finished it!  Well, at least I think it's finished.  I may or may not add another border or two.  I have fabric for a wide border.  But I'm not sure I have enough fabric for a smaller border out of the background (which is what the pattern calls for).

Pattern Name: Easy Eights by Quilts Etc

Honestly?  I didn't think I would get it finished!  It was getting tedious.  But I like how it turned out.  I think this might go on our bed for a while.  Well, as soon as I get around to getting it quilted!

This was a nice square in a square block, then stack and wack (Well, I didn't do it that way, because I need a new rotary blade) and rotate the block so the arrangement is different.

And this picture here?  You can see how I was distracted while cutting by some children and measured wrong and have a really funky looking eight.  Can't quite come back from that mistake.  But it's not really noticeable, so I'm not too concerned.

 A Lovely Year of Finishes

And now?  I have some chemo caps to make for my LQS to donate, and to finish up my Riley Blake Fabric Challenge.  Which needs to be finished by TOMORROW.  And cut and sew two blocks for my Block Of The Month that is this Saturday. Oh yeah, and hem curtains for my friend! My machine might need a small rest after this.  But it probably won't get it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July UFO

It's now July.  I have been busy.  I finished up this quilt:

And this one:

(more on those two quilts soon)

And I've been working on my Farmer Wife blocks, and the blocks for my LQS's Block Of The Month.  And of course, making diapers and buntings and tunics for Teeny Tears and Angel Outfitters in memory of my son and daughter.

Oh, and let's not forget all the stuff I've been making to get my Etsy shop up and running!  Lot's of cash wallets and various other items.

But here's my goal for this month:  Finish this quilt top!

It's definitely not much right now.  Block are halfway made, and need to be finished.  And sewn together.  The pattern is from my LSQ.  They gave all their BOM participants a mother's day present of a quilt pattern.  This quilt I'm working on from last year.  It's called Easy Eights.  Need to get it done!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April--Lovely Year of Finishes

Finishing this quilt has been a long time coming.  And when I say 'long time' I mean L-O-N-G time.  It was one of the first quilts I started working on, for my oldest to have.  It was before I even was brave enough to attempt free motion quilting.  It was before we moved.  Yeah, it's probably been my longest awaiting UFO.  Every few weeks, my daughter asks me when she's going to get her quilt.

(never mind the dog investigating)
But I'm finishing it!  I finally got the courage up to quilt it.  I had a specific design in mind I wanted, and so I decided I better do it myself.  And so far, I LOVE it.  And my daughter loves it too.

I still have quite a bit of quilting to do to finish this top, and that's my goal for the month!  Finish quilting this quilt and start the binding, so my daughter can finally have her quilt.

Linking up at A Year Of Lovely Finishes.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Finish Goal for March

I have done awesome with finishing my UFO's this year.  So far I've finished my Sunday Bag, my Mystery Quilt from 2013, and two quilt tops.  It's been awesome!  And I've got two quilts off to my 'quilter'--also known as one of my sisters.

But I am becoming quite more proficient at free-motion quilting on my machine, so I anticipate doing my own quilting much more often.

Anyway, while perusing blogs recently I came across a link-up for finishing projects!  Since my goal this year is to finish as many UFO's as possible, this is fantastic!  And prizes?  Even better :)

This is my goal for March: Finish this quilt.  It's my Mystery Quilt from 2014, and since June is when a local Quilt Show is and I'll have another Mystery Quilt to make!

The block is your basic granny square using 2.5 inch squares.  But I've been thinking about layouts, and trying to make them a bit more unique. I wasn't really digging the straight lines, but I have absolutely no extra fabric to play around with.  I used my stash to make this quilt, and I don't even have a scrap left that matches.

So I decided to try it on point and I like how it turned out!

With this way I even ended up with 2 extra blocks so I'm thinking of putting them on the back of the quilt.

Anyway, this is what I intend to finish in March!  Linking it up to A Lovely Year Of Finishes.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sunday Bag

About a week ago, I went through the abyss where I keep all my fabric and sewing/stitching supplies.  I can't call it a room, or even a corner.  It's kind of a wall, with some shelves and a table that just collects things on it.  I don't even sew in that area!  I take my sewing machine upstairs and sew at the kitchen table.

Anyway, I decided I need to finish a LOT of my projects.  This is the year I intend to finish everything!  I have so many half-started projects.  SO MANY.  I would make a list, but I did that last year and had about 25 things on it...and I only added to it, I'm pretty sure I didn't finish anything on that list last year.

It's what I do. Hence the blog title.

One of the half finished projects I had was this bag.  I decided it was going to become my Sunday bag!  At my local church I teach Sunday school to a group of 10-11 year old girls.  So I have a binder with lesson plans, my scriptures, and various other random things depending on the week (snacks, pens, markers, etc).  And my old bag just wasn't cutting it anymore.  Plus it wasn't as cute as I wanted.

Here it is!  My new Sunday bag in all it's glory.

It's a fairly large bag.  Probably 20 inches across the top.  Fits a binder quite nicely!  And the fabric.  I just love the fabric. 

I added a little pocket on the front, it's just big enough for my cell phone.  There are two large pockets inside, so I didn't feel the need to add anything extra.  But the pocket was an afterthought, once the outer bag was sewn together.  This made it a little difficult to sew the pocket on, but I managed!

At the bottom of the inside is a false bottom.  This makes it a little more sturdy when I add the heavier items inside of it.  Plus the contrast is fun!  

Here's a link to the pattern I used, over on Sew Sweetness' blog.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Baby R's Quilt

Yesterday our good friends had a new baby! Sweet little girl who arrived perfect and healthy, although a little later than her mom wanted.  I decided to make this quilt for them, when they found out they were having a girl.  I took a hexagon pack and laid it out on the fabric into a pattern I liked.  I probably only used 1/2 the pack.  I *think* that fabric line was called "Chance For Rain" or something like that.  It's super cute.  

Another reason I love this quilt so much?  This is the very first quilt that I totally did everything one.  I 'designed' the pattern, put it together, quilted, and bound it.  This is the FIRST quilt I quilted myself (that wasn't straight-lined).

That's right!  I free-motion quilted this quilt and I'm pretty dang proud of it!

And I'm so happy for our friends and their sweet little girl.  We met her today, and she's beautiful, with lots of dark hair. And she looks like her siblings :)