Monday, April 29, 2019

Block Lotto Twin Sisters

Today I'm moving this little project forward.  These blocks are for the April Block Lotto.  I hope to have more blocks finished by tomorrow night.

You can find the pattern for Twin Sisters 6.5" blocks (6" finished) here on the Block Lotto site.

I'm linking up at Em's Scrap Bag for Moving it Forward Monday.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching 4.28.19

This week I only got the water and the heart and some swan beaks done.  It's not a lot, but it's something and it's progress. :)


But then I had another class and got a little bit more done.  I'm going with light blue on the swans.  They aren't exact like the pattern, but I think they look fine.  Just a little more of this swan to go before I work on its mate.

I'm linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Check out all the other fun projects on Kathy's blog today, here.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Scrap Happy Saturday 4.27.19

I was productive on using aqua scraps this week.  Here's seven Sand Castle blocks (pattern by Bonnie Hunter.)

We got new chicks today!  One of the area kindergarten classes had leftover chicks from their hatching experiment.  They gave them to somebody.  Her childhood BFF goes to our church and knows that Owen LOVES chickens.  Now a dozen new chicks live at our house.  :)

Even Ed came up to get in on the baby chick action.  He helped me find my heat light when I was panicking and then brought me the extension cord.  Happy wife; happy life.  Ed's a smart husband!

I'm linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC19 here.  Check out all the other fun projects!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Moving It Forward Monday -- Reindeer Quilt

These reindeer blocks were given to me by my quilty friend Julianne.  I put the blocks together to make this cute 36" quilt for Jack's Basket which is one of the H2H charities for the 2019 quilt drive.

I found the cute border fabric in my Christmas fabric bin.  I think it's perfect for it.

This reindeer block was designed by Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs.  She offered it to us as a free BOM as long as you printed each pattern during the current month.  January 2016 was "blue" month for the RSC16 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge).  I decided then that it would be an all blue/white quilt. 

Here's my quilt that I made in all blues during the QA.  I love it!  It's such a nice winter decoration.

I'm linking up with Emily at Em's Scrap Bag  for Moving it Forward Monday here.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

RSC19 - Scrap Happy Saturday 4.20.19

I got everything cut with my Accuquilt dies to make box kites and sand castle blocks (both Bonnie Hunter patterns.)  But I love making 4-patches.  These were the end of the road scraps I salvaged from cutting out the HST's and squares for the other blocks.

Here's an older RSC project that I finished yesterday.  I made hourglass blocks in the color each month.  This is an H2H charity quilt for Jack's Basket.  You can read more about the quilt finish on my post here yesterday.  The more I look at this picture, the more I like that striped binding with pops of color.  It's the same as the backing fabric.

I also made some light blue sub assembly sand castle blocks (a Bonnie Hunter design.)  I hope to have complete blocks with the strings attached next week.  Get it?  Strings attaches?  I'm so funny today.  Happy Easter!

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC19 here today.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Hourglass Quilt -- A Friday Finish

Finally!  I have a Friday Finish.  This is just an hourglass quilt.  I started it during one of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects a while back.  It measures 36" square.  It is one of my charity quilts for The H2H quilt drive this year.  You can check out Sarah's blog at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the H2H 2019 Charity Quilt Drive.  This little quilt will be one of several for Jack's Basket.

I quilted it with my Circle Lord giant template board called 7 Treasures of Buddha.  It quilts rather quickly and makes secondary designs (I think.)

I'm still trying to find an easy photo spot for my quilts.  This one shows my husband's scaffolding pick (that grey thing on the ground covered in pine needles).

The back is simple sail boats and anchors and such.  It's a fun little quilt.  I used the same fabric for the binding.

I'm linking this 2nd quarter finish to the 2019 FAL here.

My Q2 goal setting list is here.

I'm linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

I'm also linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict here.  Check out all the gorgeous charity quilts for another record breaking year!

Monday, April 15, 2019

H2H 2019 Check In -- FIVE QUILTS!

It's time to check in with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the H2H 2019 Charity Quilt Drive.  Here's what I've put together so far.

1.  Crown of Thorns (needs a back, quilted, and bound.)

2.  Reindeer (needs a border, back, quilted and bound.)

3.  Blue orphan blocks (needs trimmed and a binding.)

4.  Bright orphan blocks (needs trimmed and a binding.)

5.  Hourglass quilt (needs a binding -- expect a Friday Finish!)

All of these little 36" quilts will be stuffed into a mailer and sent to my selected charity this year of Jack's Basket in MN.

Check out all the fun quilts at the check-in linky party here.

Crown of Thorns Moving It Forward

Every once in a while the perfect amount of scrap of the right print finds its way to a needed border!  Hallelujah!  This little quilt will measure 36" when I'm done.  I used Crown of Thorn blocks and a few "blank" blocks because I was too lazy to make four more blocks with the seam allowance I used to use before I learned how to do a real quarter inch for a special design element.  This is one of my H2H charity quilts that will be mailed to Jack's Basket this year.

I'm linking up with Emily at Em's Scrap Bag for Moving it Forward Monday here.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching 4.14.19

A few more feathers were stitched this week.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching here.


I knew when our young cat came back from being gone almost two months during the winter that we would probably have kittens.  I think someone kept and fed area cats in their barn during the heavy snows.  She didn't come running to her food bowl when I called for her Saturday morning.  Hmmm.

This is what it looked like when I first opened the roof to the cat box.

Betty knew here kittens were safe and went to get some food.  Five tiny kittens! They are perfect.  There's a light yellow, dark yellow, light tiger, dark tiger, and one super dark tiger.

Betty's cat box is up in the chicken yard.  I nailed a board over the opening of the hole so that a chicken wouldn't go in there and eat or peck at the kittens.  Chickens will eat a mouse.  I didn't know what they would do to a kitten.  When I arrived in the evening to put the chickens in (about 7pm) I saw one Buff Orphington chickens standing in the corner by the gate waiting for me.  It was like she was scolded.  Here tail feathers were down.  She wasn't missing any feathers.  I noticed a scuffle with the ducks around 5pm, but it ended quickly.  Hmmm.  Was there a turkey in the field causing them to scurry?  Did a fox run by?  What caused all the commotion?  Those ducks of mine are real tattle tales.  They always let me know when something is off.  It ended quickly and I didn't go check on it.

This is what I found

Betty was in the box with her kittens.  Apparently a chicken visited the new family as well.  The light brown egg was cracked in straw?  Appears to be a scuffle.  The kittens seemed fine.  Betty ran out as soon as she realized that I was there to guard her kittens.  She went back to her food bowl.

I surprised her by giving her the raw egg on top of her food.  She gobbled it up before I could put the rest of the chickens in.  I have to keep her food bowl away from her box because chickens LOVE cat food.  I give them a handful of it as a treat -- but not too much.  It has a lot of protein in it.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 Q2 FAL Goal Setting List

I'm linking up to the 2019 Q2 FAL at She Can Quilt.  I have many projects on my list, but I will focusing my priorities on my OMG quilt and my H2H charity quilts for Jack's Basket at the top of the list.

Here's my OMG quilt for April.  It's called Sonja's Windows.  It's a string quilt that I started 1.1.15.  I need to locate the instructions for the rest of it!   It's my busy season at work and I have not had time to look for it yet.

Here's an H2H charity quilt for Jack's Basket.  It needs a border and to be quilted and then finished.

This H2H charity quilt is quilted.  It needs trimmed and a binding.

Here's another orphan block project for an H2H quilt this year.  It needs quilted and finished.

Here's another H2H charity quilt.  It's my hourglass quilt.  It will also be for Jack's Basket.  It is already quilted and trimmed.

These crown of thorns blocks were used to make another H2H charity quilt for Jack's Basket.  It needs a border and quilted and bound.

I need to replace all of these fun, scrappy cards that I used.  I'll be making a set of these soon.  It's almost "thank you" season.

I need to make a customary traditional costume for our son for International Day by mid May.  His country is Croatia.   I have a simple pattern for a vest and nickers.  It will look something like this:

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This project, Wings of Spring, is new to my list this month.  I won blocks in the Block Lotto.  It should make a fun crib quilt. :)  I'm waiting on other blocks to arrive in the mail.

These scrappy stars were another recent Block Lotto win.  I'd like to finish this crib quilt this quarter if time permits.

It would be cool to finish my Good Fortune quilt too.  This is a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.

I have all the blocks for my Garden Party quilt done.  This is another Bonnie Hunter pattern.  My friend's birthday is mid May.  I'd love to give it to her then.  Blocks need assembled.  A back needs made.  It needs quilted and bound with a special label.

I currently have 75 on-going projects.

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 1 PINK block!
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.  Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1.26.19)
14.  Linen and Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL Sew-to-go bag project started 1.21.19
15.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps.)
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.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
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.  Kathleen Tracy’s 2019 Mystery Quilt -- Facebook QA started in March, 2019. 
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.  Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19
39.  Set of note cards and envelopes
40.  Croatia National Costume
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 December Scrappy Stars (blue/purple) -- I won the star blocks in December, 2018.
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)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15.  Crown of Thorns in blues for 2019 H2H -- Jack's Basket 
16.  Reindeer Quilt for 2019 H2H -- Jack's Basket

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
4.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018.

Ready to longarm
Camo and Ribbons & Stars customer quilt (CM) 
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!)
4.  4-patch customer quilt (CM)
5.  Blue and 4-patch customer quilt (CM)
6.  Orphan block scrappy quilt with flying geese in it for 2019 H2H -- Jack's Basket

Needs binding

1.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt for 2019 H2H -- Jack's Basket