Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday 2.22.17

I'm still moving forward even with my current episode of Bell's Palsy.  I am getting the movement of my tongue back and my taste buds are starting to act right.  Yeah!  Progress is good.  Enough of that.  Let's get back to the fun, quilty stuff:

I finished making this 2015 Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM quilt.  I love the bright red borders and the 30's looking fabrics (some of them).  This is my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for February.




I'm putting the binding on my 2016 Quilt Doodle Designs BOM quilt.  this quit is so cute.  The binding is not the last step.  I have to put all the buttons on and the label.  Don't expect a Friday Finish just yet.  I used a sheet I got at a thrift store for the back.  It's not 100% cotton, but it's so soft!

 
I'm keeping up with Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge.  Here's Block #9 of 25.  It is called Among the Stars.  I made the center block solid instead of pieced.  Some of the blocks I made with flying geese vs. HST's.  From across the room the has the same design as Pat's.  Finished size of this block is 32".
 
More leaves were added to my to-go project (pattern by Kim Diehl.)  I stitched down some of the circles for the flowers too.  I faithfully carry it with me in my to-go bag.  I'm having a truck recall repair done tomorrow.  I expect all the circles to be sewn down!
 

I made three microwave bowl cozies.  Here's a picture of two of them.  I used RSC17 Feb. colors.
 
 
 
It looks like I missed a WIP Wednesday last week.  Here's what happened the week before...
I finished block #8/25 called Never Endling Love.  It is the next block that goes with the ones I posted last week.  You can read more about this Pat Sloan designed block here.
 
Except from the quick microwave bowl cozies (a couple of pic above) I'm still refraining from starting new projects.  I rewarded myself with a few new toys to help me with some upcoming finishes.  These are templates that I use with my longarm.  I bought them when R&S Design had a sale earlier this year.  I LOVE Circle Lord products, but sometimes I also buy boards from R&S.

 
I made two blocks for the Block Lotto.  Here's the block we are making this month.  It's called Dutchman's Puzzle.  You can find the info to make this block this month here.
 
 
Here's a cute little Valentine Table topper in the snow:

It measures 18" x 18".  It's a cute addition to our kitchen.

A friend from church gave me a bunch of "stuff"  The things I don't use/keep will be donated to my local quilt guild.
 
I did not have any grand finishes this week.  BUT I did not start any new projects except for the microwave bowl cozies that are DONE!!!
 
2017 Finishes (listed by date)! 
1.  01.07.17  Country Roads, Humble Quilts Mystery 2015 here.
2.  01.13.17  Stars Stripes & Other Things quilt here.
3.  01.20.17  Candy Cane Mini quilt here.
4.  Sunbonnet Sue charity quilt here.
5.  Large Microwave Bowl Cozie
6.  Medium Microwave Bowl Cozie
7.  Small Microwave Bowl Cozie -- All Microwave bowl Cozies shown here.

2017 New Projects...
3 Microwave Bowl Cozies (all started and finished the same week.)

Current WIPS -- 87
 
WIPS Completed 2017:  7
WIPS Remaining:          87


Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Be Social Speaking of Lorna... I'm still not joining in on the quilt along.  But it's getting sew tempting to just add another WIP.  Did you see her herd of reindeer this week?  Oh my, oh my!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sew Sweet Simplicity Quilt Top Complete

It's a top!  Here's my completed quilt top for the Jacqeline Steeves Sew Sweet Simplicity.

 
I think it's really cute.  It's my OMG quilt to try to finish for February.  I made it this far.
I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt it yet.
 
 
My OMG (One Main Goal) for February was to complete a Jacquelynne Steves quilt-along quilt called Sew Sweet Simplicity. I'm happy to report that this quilt top is complete -- and ADORABLE!

I'm thankful I found all the blocks for my OMG and All People Quilt UFO challenge for February.  This is what it looked like the beginning of this month.  I've come a long way today, baby!
 
 
 
 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge Block 9/25

I'm keeping up with Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge.  Here's Block #9 of 25.  It is called Among the Stars.  I made the center block solid instead of pieced.  Some of the blocks I made with flying geese vs. HST's.  From across the room the has the same design as Pat's.  Finished size of this block is 32".


Linking up at Pat Sloan's blog here.

Linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making. 



Linking up with Show & Tell Monday with Bambi.


There's another linky party at Em's Scrap Bag.  Moving it forward, Monday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Homestead Harvest

More leaves were added to my to-go project (pattern by Kim Diehl.)  I stitched down some of the circles for the flowers too.

 
I started this project in December, 2016.  The pattern is called Homestead Harvest.  Below is a picture of the quilt I am making.  I am learning applique.  The pattern is from the book Simple Appeal, 14 Patchwork and Applique Projects for Everyday Living by Kim Diehl.  
 
 
I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Click by and check out all the other GORGEOUS projects at today's linky party here.!
 


Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts.!  Check out all the other fun slow stitching projects on Kathy's blog for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Microwave Bowl Cozy -- RSC17


I used this YouTube video.  It's a video a little over eight minutes long.  I also used a 15" base for a start.  It's a nice size that fits all the bowls we use.

If you're not into YouTube, I found this free pattern.  Both are similar, but the one in the YouTube video is the one I made and fits all my bowls, starting with a 15" square.  The one in the free pattern would just fit my soup bowls because it starts with a 10" square.  This could be a fun project to use orphan blocks!

It fits the big soup bowl:

 
I live a little over an hour from the Fiesta pottery is made.  You can see their site here.  It's also conveniently located right down the street from Mountaineer Casino (and dog track).  I try to go there for a play day about once or twice a year.

It fits my shallow bowl that we usually use for things like pasta.

  
You can see where I just did some crop circle quilting (what I call it) in the middle of the cozy.  Neither the pattern or the video call for this type of quilting, but I thought it would lay nice and flat...and it's fun, easy, and fast to do.

 
Because of my recent bout with Bells Palsy on 2.11.17, I am eating a lot of soups, liquids, and drinks.  I started this new project because I "had" to.  I made a little microwave bowl cozy.  It fits my soup bowl too.  I may have to make one with a 10" starter block.  That would be perfect for this project.

 
It fits little Mr. Sunshine's pizza plate.  As soon as he saw my new microwave cozy he wanted one!  Seriously, a kid that wants a microwave cozy.  Of course I LOVE this kid!  I'll have to look through the novelty fabric for him the next time I make it to the quilting room.
 
 
But look, there's more.  I knew with him wanting to use it that I would never get to use it.  I put more scraps together and made a custom sized one for the soup bowl size I use most. This one I customized to make so that it would fit the bowl.  I added just a quarter inch for the darts on the sides and started with a 10.5" block.  Look how much more the bowl stands up being a smaller block and wider darts:
 
So, these are the first two projects started this year that were NOT on my UFO list -- but they are finished!    I didn't add to the WIP list and I have a fun, new, functional kitchen item.
 
 
After I made them I went back and added loops to hang them.  I didn't want them to get shoved to the back of the kitchen drawer and not be used.  My sister-in-law hasn't seen them yet.  I bet she will love them.  I especially love the one on the left in the photo below.  I will most likely need to make more of that size.  All were done in the colors this month for the RSC17. 



 
 
Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.
 
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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Tiny Friday Finish

Here's a tiny Friday finish.  It's a microwave bowl cozy that fits my smallest Fiesta bowl.

 
Here's the other side.  It's reversible and can be used either way.

 
I did use a new too (to me).  This is the Dritz Quick Turn tool.  I used it to turn the little piece of fabric that needed turned inside out for the loop to hang it.  It worked great.  It was quick!  I got this as a door prize at my local quilt guild Christmas party in 2015.  I will definitely use it again.

 
Also linking up with Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Toys -- And Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day.  Here's my block #8/25 called Never Endling Love.  It is the next block that goes with the ones I posted last week.  You can read more about this Pat Sloan designed block here.



I'm still refraining from starting new projects.  I rewarded myself with a few new toys to help me with some upcoming finishes.  These are templates that I use with my longarm.  I bought them when R&S Design had a sale earlier this year.  I LOVE Circle Lord products, but sometimes I also buy boards from R&S.







 
Linking up at the Quiting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.
 
Whohoo! when you click on the link and get there you'll see what I posted last week was featured!
 
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If anyone is interested, I have these three Baptist Fan boards from R&S Design for sale. 
It is no longer available from R&S.  Each board was $46 each.  I will sell the whole set for $90 (free shipping within the United States.)
 
I'll clean the blue off.  It's the painter's tape that I hold it down with.  I will come back and update this site with the measurements when I get home from work tonight.  0-rings that hold the boards together are included.  If interested e-mail Shahann@yahoo.com