Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3.4.15


I finished putting together Butter Churn & Dash from Jo's Country Junction for the RSC14.



Here's my block #3 for the Pat Sloan's Vacation Time (2015) BOM.  It's called Surf's Up!  You can  find the instructions on Pat Sloan's Blog
 
I finished longarm quilting on a customer's churn dash quilt.
 
 
I played a little bit on my longarm with a cheater panel and my new ruler.  It's still too cold there.
 
 
For the Let's Book It challenge at Vrooman's Quilts I worked on Bonnie Hunter design, Scrap Crystals.  All the 4-patch units are sewn and it's time to make little star patches.
 
 
Sadly I did not work at all on my February goal WIP for the All People Quilt challenge.  I was hoping to make a baby quilt with the Tall Churn Dash blocks that I won in the Block Lotto.
 
 
The UFO project number for March is #3.  This means that I should try to finish my Classic Meets Modern BOM quilt.  All 12 blocks of that quilt are complete.  I need to work on the sashing next.
 
 

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!  See what everybody is doing here.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


New Projects This Week
1.  None
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014 
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14) Need one more red block and sashing made
17.  Modern Trees QA (at Christ's Quilts)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.
19.  Wanderlust (A Bonnie Hunter pattern -- only 2 blocks done.)
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Pat Sloan 2015 BOM -- Vacation Time
28.  Charm Square Sampler QA by Modern Tradition Quilts
29.  QM Bitty Blocks QA
 
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
11.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
12.  RSC15 Sawtooth Star Sampler

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly
7.  December 2014 Block Lotto Big O blocks that I won 12.31.14!
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)
2.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)
3.  Urban Churn Dash -- A Simple Sew Along at Piece N Quilt.
4.  Scrumptious Butter Churn  All blocks are made!!!


Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Julianne's Grand Illusion
3.  Customer Quilt #2 -- Scrap Squares
4.  Customer Quilt #3 -- Bonnie Hunter Stars pattern
5.  Customer Quilt #4 -- Browns and Golds
6.  Customer Quilt #5 -- Scrappy Fun
 
Quilted, needs binding
1. 

Completed this week:
1.  Customer Quilt #1 -- Churn Dashes
 
64 -- Current WIPS
05 -- Finishes for 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Too Cold to Longarm

It's still too cold where my longarm is located.  It is in a house that we are building (all by ourselves without a contractor).  The house is only partially heated.  Temps here have been between the negative teens to the low 20's (F).  I know that's not as cold as it is where some of my followers are in the negative 30's, but my longarm says it's too cold.

When the Nolting 23 isn't warm, tension varies on the back of the quilt.

I threw this little cheater panel on the longarm to just practice some ruler work.  I have no idea what I will do with it when I'm done.


Judith Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts is an AMAZING artist when it comes to longarm quilting.  For Christmas my husband got me this A-1 ruler (well, you know how it goes, he gives me cash and I get what I want... It works best for everybody!)  I bought mine from Judith's shop here.  I got this one before they started putting her name on it -- YES, her NAME is on the new rulers!  But I LOVE the grip on this ruler.  Have you watched any of her YouTube videos?  She is simply AMAZING!!!  Here's one of her videos.  She just makes it look so easy!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pat Sloan's Vacation Time BOM -- Surf's Up!

Here's my block #3 for the Pat Sloan's Vacation Time (2015) BOM.  It's called Surf's Up!


I'm linking up at Pat's Blog.  You can also find the instructions on how to make this block -- both at Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm using colors from the previous month of the RSC15 for the background and the primary color is the current month of the RSC15.  Happy quilting, everybody!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Scrap Saturday 2.28.15

This week I completed one of my RSC14 quilt tops.  The pattern is called Butter Churn & Dash.  It's a free pattern that you can get at Jo's Country Junction.  It was super easy and fun.  I especially loved that it was Accuquilt friendly.

Here's all of my rainbow colors:

I made the outer border just a little bigger than what it was supposed to be.  It will get trimmed down to the correct size.  I needed a little "longarm" room.  If this quilts nicely, it could be one of my fair quilts for this year.  The blocks and points look sooo nice!

I'm linking up with Angela and the others at soscrappy: ScrapHappy Saturday for the RSC15.  Always a lot of fun, scrappy projects being posted in the linky parties.  Sometimes it's hard to refrain from starting a new project when I see someone else's scraps being happy. 

RSC 15

Made creamer today.  I just thought I'd share my recipe...  (I use 2 cups of Almond Milk.)

'Homemade Creamer - Light on the chemicals and LOTS of different flavor variations, easiest way is to just add "(whatever flavor you want) Extract" ;)

Sweetened Condensed Milk, Regular Milk, and Flavors!

Cinnamon Cake - Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract
Chocolate Almond - Cocoa and Almond Extract
and so on.... :)

More flavors, pin, etc.... right here :) - http://myfridgefood.com/ViewRecipe.aspx?recipe=21288'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Finish -- Customer Churn Dash Quilt


On my WIP Wednesday list this is called "Customer Quilt #1 -- Churn Dashes".  Consider it done.  I quilted it for her with the Egyptian Eye giant board from Circle Lord.  It came out great.  This particular customer lets me decide what pattern to quilt for her on each quilt.  She loves the Swirls pattern and requested that I quilt that on all five of them last time.  This time I'm going to give her more options.

 
The wind chill today here in Ohio is -25F today.  Sorry for the indoor pics, but it's too windy and too cold to get outside to put them on the clothesline.
 
 
Here's a closer look at the Egyptian Eye quilting. 




I'm linking up this finished quilt with Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link-A-Friday Finish.  Check out all the other projects getting finished!

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts
I'm also linking up at A Quilting Reader's Garden for the weekly WIPS Be Gone!  What great motivation to get rid of those WIPS in 2015!  I need it.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let's Book It -- Scrap Crystals

It's time for the February Let's Book It linky party with Sharon at VROOMANS QUILTS. 


I am still working on Scrap Crystals, pattern by Bonnie K. Hunter in her wonderful book


This is Bonnie's newest release.  You can order it from her here.

I have packed my "to go" bag for when I take our son to speech therapy.  This time in my to go bag are all the little finished four patches that need to be assembled into stars.  I also take my felt squares that were cut from a cheap picnic table cloth.  I assemble the squares that need sewn, and roll up the stack of squares and secure with a rubber band when it's time to go.  The next time I open up the neat stack and make more.  It's a very convenient way to take my blocks with me for assembly.  I only have a few more blocks to assemble and then I'm ready to SEW!!!




I'm hoping that March is GREEN month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015 (RSC15).  That would give me good reason to work more on this quilt.

 
This is a partial scrap crystal block that hangs on my curtain above my sewing machine for motivation and inspiration.  The sashing in this quilt really pulls it together!  You can see a pic from Bonnie's Quiltville site here.  The red/white/blue version looks awesome on that page too.
 
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday 2.25.15

Here's what happened this week:

I finished block 3 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM.

 
I finished my Urban Churndash QA quilt today.  You can read more about the quilt along at Piece N Quilt.  What a fun pattern.  I made my blocks smaller for a baby quilt (and it was Accuquilt GO! Baby friendly.)  Here's my finished top:

I inherited some new treasures from my mother-in-law.  The area is all organized and ready to sew.



I got all caught up on my pink blocks this week for the RSC15 Sampler Challenge.

Here are the two pink blocks:





Here are all the four patches for the chain blocks:

I'm caught up on the blue four patches too. Whohoo!!!

 
RSC 15
 
I have good and bad news about the 2015 Spring Tea quilt for my local quilt guild.  The idea and quilting was coming along beautifully.
 

Sadly it's still too cold to use my longarm with the negative temps here in Ohio.  It takes too long and takes a lot of expensive fuel oil to heat the room.  When my longarm can't get warmed up I have tension issues.  When the temps are at least in the 30's it goes back to stitching normal with no adjustments.  It's a machine; it doesn't like the cold.  I did make the back for this quilt and my part is now done.  I am crossing it off my WIP Wednesday list.  It has been passed on to the next guild member to finish where it is nice and warm.

 
I got some of my Churn & Dash quilt put together.  Three rows to go.
 
 


I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!  See what everybody is doing here.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


New Projects This Week
1.  None
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014 
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14) Need one more red block and sashing made
17.  Modern Trees QA (at Christ's Quilts)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.
19.  Wanderlust (A Bonnie Hunter pattern -- only 2 blocks done.)
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Pat Sloan 2015 BOM -- Vacation Time
28.  Charm Square Sampler QA by Modern Tradition Quilts
29.  QM Bitty Blocks QA
 
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
11.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
12.  RSC15 Sawtooth Star Sampler

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly
7.  Scrumptious Butter Churn  All blocks are made!!!
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
10.  December 2014 Block Lotto Big O blocks that I won 12.31.14!
11.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)
2.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)


Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Customer Quilt #1 -- Churn Dashes (almost done!)
3.  Customer Quilt #2 -- Scrap Squares
4.  Customer Quilt #3 -- Bonnie Hunter Stars pattern
5.  Customer Quilt #4 -- Browns and Golds
6.  Customer Quilt #5 -- Scrappy Fun
7.  Julianne's Grand Illusion
 
Quilted, needs binding
1. 
Completed this week:
1.  2015 Spring Tea quilt for the local quilt guild 
 
64 -- Current WIPS
04 -- Finishes for 2015