Friday, January 18, 2019

EPP Table Topper Project Progress

I pulled out this little EPP project to put in my sew-to-go bag this week.

I also found a cool new blog to follow.  It's called Sarah Did It!  Hopefully it will motivate me to continue to work on my EPP hexagon table topper.

Sarah has an amazing project going on called Mr. Serious!  Wow!  I'm linking up to her blog today.  Check out help-for-hexie-aholics 1.17.19 linky party.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Good Fortune Quilt Top Complete

Snow day!  My son was super excited that we had a snow day yesterday.  We spent the day playing games in the living room.  Then he played on his iPad and I FINISHED the assembly of my Good
Fortune quilt!  (This is a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt that started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018.)  You can find Bonnie's amazing blog here.

I'm just so excited.  I took a picture of it looking down the hill.
Then I took a dramatic diagonal picture.  (That's it for my photo skills.  LOL.)

Then I took a picture of it UP the hill...  I love it.  This may be my favorite Bonnie Hunter mystery yet.  I love the colors.  OH, and yes I know that the green triangle border (Border #2) is not put on the way that Bonnie did it.  I reversed it.  I liked it better that way on the corners.

My husband actually commented that he likes the squares that continue across the quilt in the 4-patches.  He says that he loves all my quilts.  We're unsure where this quilt will end up.  The size doesn't quite fit anything that we have except the bed in the motorhome.  It won't be seen often enough there.  I'm thinking it will end up as a beautiful throw in the living room. 

Will I made the 2/4 final reveal date?  We shall see.  I have to have cooperating weather for the longarm to not skip.  (It is in a house that is not heated all of the time.)  (I have a couple of customer quilts in line in front of it.)  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WIP Wednesday 1.16.19

What another busy week!  Here's what happened:

I finished the clamshell quilting on my Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge quilt.  Here it is in a ball waiting on the binding (that I already made!)  Sometimes I just like to show the "real" pictures of things instead of the glamorous photos of beautiful quilts.

Yesterday it was on the quilting frame.  It looked pretty like this:

I made this scrappy pieced red back for it.

Swing by Susan's blog and wish her a happy birthday here.  I'm linking up with the Midweek Makers.


I made great progress on my Good Fortune quilt.  The first set of borders are on (but not in this photo.)  I also fixed the two red/white 4-patches that were turned the wrong way.

I sewed a few more "seeds" onto my Kim Diehl table topper called Short & Sweet.

I added Bonnie Hunter's Sand Castles quilt to my list of things to do for the RSC19.  Here's two red blocks.

I returned this quilt to a customer.  I longarmed it with a pattern board from Urban Elements called Airborne.  I like it.  It looks like the wind is blowing across it.

I'm linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.  Check it out today at Sew Fresh Quilts.

I made two jars of yummy fermented carrots.  These are ginger flavored.

I set my Q1 FAL goals.  It's basically the list shown below.  You can see projects pics here.

I DID start a new project this week -- Sand Castles, a string quilt from Bonnie Hunter's latest book.  I'm using it as an RSC project.   I have 66 projects in the works.

Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
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.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks
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) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Pink 2.5" string quilt pieces (long cabin type string and neutrals crib quilt)
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018.
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  EPP mini table topper (grey, maroon, blue, cream...)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23.  Dot Dot Dash bag -- (new to the list April, 2018)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017) (2019 QA)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
35.  Secret O - H - I - O quilt.  Shhhh.  Can't show this one--but it's cool!
36.  Jelly Roll Rug
37.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
38.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps.)
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
8.  Block Lotto Sampler Quilt -- I won the star blocks in December, 2018.  Need monthly blocks.
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby
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.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done) 
1. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
2.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
3. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild 
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Customer quilt with special block in the center (CM)
3.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)

Needs binding
1.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
2.  Embroidery Bear with balloons and hearts crib quilt.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Summer Solstice is on the Frame

I am working on my OMG (one main goal) quilt this week.  For the month of January I am trying to finish this red and white quilt.  It is a pattern by Pat Sloan.  It was a quilt along led by Pat Sloan's called I Love to Make Quilts Sampler, Summer Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017).

I was excited to see that the color of the month for the RSC19 was red as well.  What motivation!
I used up a bunch of my red stash to make a pieced back.  Interesting how the colors landed.  You can see some of the Ohio sun shining on the left side of the quilt.  Woohoo for sunshine.  It was in the mid 20's most of the day.
I'm quilting it with my new (to me) Circle Lord Template -- clam shells.  I really like how it looks on the 2.5" squares (2" finished).  I'm getting a little extra thread on the back at each point.  I'll have to figure it out.  I had that problem with Square Dance as well.  In time I got faster and the extra thread problem took care of itself.  Let's hope that happens on this quilting design as well.

This is what the quilt top looked like when I finished it in 2017.  What a bright, sunny day...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Good Fortune Linky Progress

I'm linking up today at Bonnie Hunter's blog for the Good Fortune Mystery link-up.  I'm making great progress on my Good Fortune quilt.  I LOVE the colors and the blocks.  Happy day!

Yes, I am aware that there are two red/white four patches in row six that are turned the wrong way.  Apparently I sewed the wrong side when finishing that "9-patch part" of that block.  You know what?  I'm totally okay with it.  I'm going to let it go.  It will be something for me to look for when I'm older.    Never mind that statement...  I'm fixing it now.  I doubt if this quilt will be a gift for anyone.  I have a feeling it will be in our living room because I LOVE it.  I'm kinda partial to these colors and the quilt.

Hopefully I'll get the quilt top complete by 2/5 when the final linky party happens.  Happy quilting!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching -- 1.13.19

I put my Short & Sweet project back in my sew-to-go bag this week.  This is a pattern by Kim Diehl.

In this photo you can see that I made my way down the side with the first row of leaves.  The view from today comes from a high school teacher's desk.  I sub for this teacher often.  He takes students on many field trips.

I'm linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come check out the fun.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scrap Happy Saturday #2 - RSC19

I dilly dallied a bit today playing with sewing odds and ends of things.  I decided today was the day I was going to add to my project list.  

I did it.  I decided on yet ANOTHER project I'm adding to my RSC19 list.  I can't resist jumping on the string quilt band wagon.  This week I sorted all my BROWN fabrics (even though the color for January is RED.)  I plan to work on Bonnie Hunter's Sand Castles blocks from her latest book.  I will make blocks in the color of the month, but use browns all year as my strings.

I added Bonnie Hunter's Sand Castles quilt to my list of things to do for the RSC19.  Here's two red blocks.

I'm going to try to use a similar color scheme that Bonnie did except my "sand" will be darker browns.  Here's the breakdown of colors I'm going to shoot for:
Red -- 2
Green -- 12
Purple -- 5
Blue -- 11
Orange -- 7
Brown -- 8
Black -- 9
Grey -- 5
Yellow -- 4
Pink -- 1
I threw some red scraps in my Block Lotto blocks this week.  We were supposed to use neutrals and "fire" colors like red, pink, and orange in these scrappy log cabin version blocks.

I'm linking up at Angela's blog, SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday #2 / RSC19.
Some sad news this week.  Our beloved Erma has crossed the rainbow bridge.  Here's the last picture taken of her this week.  She was inspecting a ham bone I was letting her have before I gave the rest to the chickens.  RIP, Erma.  You will be missed.