Sunday, November 24, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Holiday Apron

I found this cute little WIP in a bin at our Goodwill Outlet store.  It was someone else's project.  I decided it would be a fun little to-go project.  There are a few stains on it and everything.  I'm okay with that.  I'm going to practice stitching and then wash it when finished.  I learned my lesson on washing out a stain on my peacock project.  It won't be done for Thanksgiving this year -- hence the SLOW STITCHING project title!  I put the carefully cut out pieces for applique into a project envelope for now.  They will come out to play when I have more time to sort through the stash scraps.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Applique Prep. for a New Sew-To-Go Project

I cut out all of the pieces (enough for all the borders--I can use these freezer paper pieces more than once) for a quilt in the book Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar.

I was really just passing time this week.  I'm not sure when this project will start.  I know the applique will be scrappy.  I need to find a fun background fabric in my stash.

I'll be making the quilt titled Spool Quilt.  This will be one of my new on-going RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge ~ there's a linky party every Saturday on Angela's blog, see link at the bottom of this post). Below is a picture of the quilt from Edyta's book.  I will be making my spools

Note to self:  You have scanned and saved this pattern from the library book onto the blue monkey tail zip drive.  It is titled "Edyta Sitar's Spools Quilt from Friendship Strips & Scraps 1 of 6."

In other news, this is what our Ohio weather looked like this week.  We went from having a dandelion in our yard one day to being snow covered the next.  These photos were taken twelve hours apart.  Welcome to beautiful Ohio!

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

This is my new RSC project as well.  I'm also linking up at Angela's blog for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Life has been super busy.  I really miss my Scrappy Saturday friends!  Hopefully I'll get more sewing machine time during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. :)


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WIP Wednesday 11.13.19

I'm excited to finally move this entry to the "Ready to Longarm" section of the list!  I will pick a simple, one-fabric back for it.  As you can see, it's been in one of my to-go bags for two years. :)  I have worked on it on and off between other to-go bag projects.

This table topper pattern is from Kim Diehl.  It is called Short & Sweet.   I started it in August, 2017 as a sew-to-go bag project.  The pattern is in her book, Simple Charm.

I dabbled in knitting this week because the art class at school was working on a wool project.  I was just playing around.  It's exciting to see this in SCHOOL!

I took on another customer quilt.  This one needs fabric sewn onto the back so that I can load it onto my longarm frame.  This customer consistently gives me backs that does not have the full five inches on each side for me to load it.  Usually they are sheets that she finds at a thrift shop.  That's fine.  They just need extra time and care.

I currently have 65 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-- found the book 8/8/19!
8.  Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19
9.   Leah Day Building Blocks QA
10.  Jelly Roll Rug
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.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
15.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps--changed to table topper.)
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.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23.  Set of note cards and envelopes
24.  Simply Summer Sensational QA with Kevin the Quilter 2.5" blocks (started 6.27.19)
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.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 1.5" squares
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.  Waffle Blocks (August 2019) RSC19
35.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 2.5 " squares

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.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

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 (blocks won from Block Lotto, February, 2013)
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)--It's not long enough...needs 4 more blocks
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.)
14.   Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN.  It's the Dot Dot Dash Bag. (new to the list April, 2018)

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
5.  O - H - I - O quilt 2.5" blocks

6.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
7.   Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me 8/29/19!!!

Ready to longarm
1.  Customer Red and Blue alternating 4-patch quilt (CM)
2.  Blue & 4-Patch Customer Quilt (CM)

Ready for Binding
1.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)

I'm linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.


I'm also linking up at Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Short & Sweet is a Flimsy Table Topper!!!

I'm excited that all of the applique is now complete on this sweet little table topper.  This table topper pattern is from Kim Diehl.  It is called Short & Sweet.  It is in her book Simple Charm.  I LOVE the colors!  I think I know how I am going to longarm quilt it (I think...)

I finished it this week while subbing for the art teacher.  They were learning how to knit.  I participated in the class.  I don't think I've knit anything since I was about 10 or 12 years old.  But it all came back...40 years later.  I did learn that I'm a "thrower" when it comes to my style of knitting.  It may also be called English vs. Continental style of knitting.  It's not really my thing, but it was a fun class.  My stitches are a little rusty, but I am pretty sure I could get them really nice and pretty with a little practice.  

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, November 4, 2019

November OMG 2019

November already!  I'd like to get a couple more quilts on and off of the longarm frame before winter sets in.  I would like to finish this California King sized Ohio quilt for my November OMG (one main goal.)

As you can see, it fits our big bed perfectly.  It would be a cozy quilt for winter AND Mr. Blanket Hog wouldn't have to steal as much from my side.  LOL.  Big Ohio cities and cities that are important to us are marked with a red star with the city name hand embroidered on it.  Our city (East Canton) has a yellow star.  This is a quilt that I made by coloring squares on graph paper.  It was inspired by another quilter (I don't know her name) that was in a neighboring local quilt guild.

I'm not sure how I'll quilt it yet. I do have a new pantograph that I'd like to try.  I'm just not sure if I want to tackle something this big.  I may have to finish a charity crib quilt so that I can practice it.

My longarm is in a house that we have been in the process of building.  We do not heat it continuously although it is slightly heated so that things do not freeze.  There is a furnace, but it takes a while and a lot of fuel oil to keep a consistent warm temperature.  When I do not keep the longarm room heated consistently, my longarm skips stitches.  I'll be covering it up for a while.  I also need to finish one more customer quilt by Thanksgiving.

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for OMG.  You can find the party HERE.

Friday, November 1, 2019

A Customer Quilt Friday Finish

I finished this customer quilt.  I longarm quilted it with the Circle Lord Jesters giant template board.

I really like how this quilter uses fabrics from her stash.  She is still on the quest to make a quilt for each one of her 17 grandchildren.