Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February OMG Link Up

It's time to link up my February OMG finish.  I'm so happy to have a fun first finish for 2020.

I'm linking up at the One Monthly Goal February Finish Party at Elm Street Quilts.  Thanks to all the cheerleaders and motivation!

Here's my first quilt finish for 2020.  The quilt is called Catchin' Some Rays.  Happy Valentine's Day!


All of the fabrics were from my stash.  We got a fresh 4" or so of snow on Wednesday night.
I haven't done a one-fabric back lately.  I liked this pink print for it.  This quilt is quite girly.


Here's a close-up of the double bubble quilting design.  I really like the texture of this quilting.


The pattern was designed by Barbara Jones.  I swapped out the applique flowers that Barbara suggested and replaced them with EPP hexagon flowers because I wanted to learn how to make hexie flowers.  The original pattern can be found in McCall's Quilting January/February 2013 issue.

Check out all the other fine finishes at the Elm Street Quilts February Finish Party.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Linen & Threads SAL February Clue Complete

I had more time to stitch this week.  Here's the progress on my Linen & Threads project:


I finished this in Global Studies this week.  Here it is in class:


I love this local school district's modern classrooms.  My project is on the "couch" in the front of the class.  There are tables and chairs.  There are outlets and charging stations a plenty.  The rooms seem "open" with the windows.  In the back of the room the tables and chairs are elevated.  It's very different from when I graduated in the 80's when the chair was still attached to the desk.

You can get the free pattern on the site Linen and Threads.  There are several free samplers on there.  This particular one is called "Friends and Family".  The 2020 Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long (SAL) is a mystery sampler that was inspired by antique Quaker and Vierlande samplers.  It includes both traditional and new motifs and allows the stitcher to personalize the sampler with initials to celebrate his/her own friends and family.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, February 22, 2020

More Carrots -- RSC20

I had time to make the other two carrots for my Veggie Patch Quilt.



The quilt is called Veggie Patch.  I found it at Katie Mae Quilts.  She had an adorable fruit pattern the previous year.  There is a cute candy quilt in the making for this year.  Check it out!

I'm linking up at Angela's blog, SoScrappy for the RSC20.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Linen & Threads SAL -- Slow Sunday Stitching

I had more time to stitch this week.  Here's the progress on my Linen & Threads project:





Each month a clue is released.  It is a 12-month project.  You may join in at any time.  You can also go back and print mystery patterns from previous years.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come join the fun.  There are so many talented people stitching along.

I posted this and forgot to mention my Slow Sunday Stitching project FINISH!!!

Here's my first quilt finish for 2020.  The quilt is called Catchin' Some Rays.  Happy Valentine's Day!  I started this project because I wanted to learn how to make EPP hexie flowers.  I'd carry around my neat little plastic tub of papers and fabrics neatly cut with my Accuquilt dies.  I'd be so happy when I finished a flower.  Then I appliqued the flower parts onto the block.  It was such a relaxing project!  I LOVE this little quilt.  You can read more about it and see the back here.


When I took this photo we had about 3" or 4" of snow.  The temperature has been between 11 degrees to 35 degrees this week.  Yesterday was a great day to stay in and sew.  We have only missed one day of school due to snow this year.  I'm still holding out hope that we will get one or two more.  It has been a very mild Ohio winter thus far.  No school tomorrow due to Presidents' Day.  I hope to get a little machine sewing done tomorrow...fingers crossed!

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, February 15, 2020

RSC20 -- Orange Carrots

I haven't had much time lately to sit down and sew at my sewing machine.  I really enjoyed making these two carrot blocks today.  I made the peas block during the summer of 2019.  I've decided to continue this quilt when the colors of the month match what I need.


Each month I printed off the instructions for each block.  The quilt is called Veggie Patch.  I found it at Katie Mae Quilts.  She had an adorable fruit pattern the previous year.  There is a cute candy quilt in the making for this year.  Check it out!

I'm linking up at Angela's blog, SoScrappy for the RSC20.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Finally -- A Friday Finish -- Catchin' Some Rays

Here's my first quilt finish for 2020.  The quilt is called Catchin' Some Rays.  Happy Valentine's Day!


All of the fabrics were from my stash.  We got a fresh 4" or so of snow on Wednesday night.
I haven't done a one-fabric back lately.  I liked this pink print for it.  This quilt is quite girly.


Here's a close-up of the double bubble quilting design.  I really like the texture of this quilting.


The pattern was designed by Barbara Jones.  I swapped out the applique flowers that Barbara suggested and replaced them with EPP hexagon flowers because I wanted to learn how to make hexie flowers.  The original pattern can be found in McCall's Quilting January/February 2013 issue.

I'll be linking up at Elm Street Quilts later this month.  It was my February OMG (one main goal) to finish this quilt.



Sunday, February 9, 2020

Linen & Threads SAL -- Slow Sunday Stitching

The new clue for the stitch along at Linen & Threads came out February 1st.  I made some progress on that project this month.  I'm loving this blue floss on the oatmeal Aida cloth.  There are little gaps here and there because there is a space to put initials.  I don't have that large of family.  I think I may find some sort of design that is similar in size and put in each space.  I need to see how this mystery plays out.


Each month a clue is released.  It is a 12-month project.  You may join in at any time.  You can also go back and print mystery patterns from previous years.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come join the fun.  There are so many talented people stitching along.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Thursday, February 6, 2020

My Husband's Project

My husband has been working in the bathroom of the new house.  I LOVE what he did with the sink cabinet!!!



It's sentimental because the wood is from the trees that we took down in 2006 and 2007 from the house I owned before we got married.  We took out 26 hardwood trees.  He has since then made a HOMEMADE sawmill and milled the cherry, red oak, white oak, and black walnut veneers.

The slate fronts are made from the shingles from an old barn that we dismantled that was on his grandparents' property (where we live now.)  They also match the slate inlay pieces that he cut into the tile that made a design around the bathroom.  He is soooooo talented!  I love all the extra sentimental aspects.  The WHOLE house is designed like this.  It's a slow process, but oh so worth it!
Most people don't get it.  But we do and that's what matters.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Buddy Up Tennis

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Owen is in the orange shirt with one of the awesome volunteer coaches.  I just love it when other people take photos of him and and I find them on the web!  We love Buddy Up Tennis.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

February OMG

I've been too busy to sit and sew at my machine.  I did not meet my January goal of finishing this quilt.


I put the binding on 1/20/20.  You can read about it in this post.  It's time to get this binding pinned and stitched on by machine!



The quilt is called Catchin' Some Rays.  The pattern was designed by Barbara Jones.  I swapped out the applique flowers that Barbara suggested and replaced them with EPP hexagon flowers because I wanted to learn how to make hexies.  The pattern can be found in McCall's Quilting January/February 2013 issue.

I'm linking up at Elm Street Quilts for OMG!

Apron Progress -- Slow Sunday Stitching

I made a lot of progress on the stitching of my pre-printed cross stitch/embroidery apron this week.  This was a kit that was partially started by someone else that I found in a bin at Goodwill.  Here it is during my biology class break.


This is a close-up picture of the stitch I chose to use to outline the holly leaves.  It is just a simple stitch by stitch thing.


I also used the wonderful suggestions from this group and tried the stem stitch around the mushrooms and on the pot.  I like it too!  





I'm also loving the stem stitch down the middle of the pine needles.  Thanks for your suggestions!



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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, January 26, 2020

2020 Linen & Threads Mystery Stitch A Long -- Slow Sunday Stitching

I finished the January portion of the 2020 Linen & Threads Mystery Stitch A Long!  I really like the color blue I am using on oatmeal-colored Aida cloth.  It makes me happy.


There's a couple little things that aren't perfect with it.  I still LOVE it.  It's a learning process.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, January 20, 2020

Binding Time

There was no school today due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Sounds like sewing machine time for me!  I'm working on adding the binding to my OMG quilt for January.  I hope to get it finished before the end of the month. I love this pink polka dot fabric for the binding.


...yes, the Christmas lights are STILL up outside.  That's my husband's job.  It's always my Valentine's gift to take the outside decorations down.  LOL.  All of the inside decorations (my job) was done before New Years Day!

This quilt is called Catchin' Some Rays.  This is what it looks like before the binding:


Catchin' Some Rays was designed by Barbara Jones.  It measures approximately 52.5" x 72.5".  Except for replacing the applique flowers with EPP hexagon flowers, the pattern is as designed.  This is my first EPP hexie project while participating in Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  The pattern can be found in McCall's Quilting January/February 2013 issue.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching 1.19,20

Mid month already.  Time flies.  Here's some of the progress made this week on my THANKSGIVING holiday apron.  It is a pre-printed cross stitch that I found in a "last chance" bin at Goodwill.  Someone else didn't finish it -- at this rate I know I will.


I'm excited about making all the little x's in this  project.  I'm not excited about how to make the single line stitches.  I'll have to research what stitch is best for those straight lines.  I love to chain stitch, but I don't think that is what it is calling for.  The instructions aren't that clear on how big to make the stitches.  I'll figure it out.  It's a learning process for me.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching 1.12.20

I started the stitching on my 2020 Mystery SAL (Stitch Along).  I have decided to go with all blue floss this year on oatmeal colored Aida cloth.  You can find the free monthly stitch along patterns at Linen & Threads here. I started stitching in Aquatic Biology class like this:


It was exam week.  I had to keep my eye on the students closely.  I kept on stitching...

I realized when I got to math class the next day that I had too many stitches in some of the rows.  Glad I noticed it at this point.  So much for multi-tasking...  You can see where I ripped out my stitches and started stitching again.  I know that very first section has a few extra stitches in it, but I'm leaving it as it is.  I don't think it will be obvious in the grand finale.


In Business class by Friday I was back on track.  I got to start to stitch the butterfly.  I have a BA in business.  I easily finished the class assignment of banking terms in the crossword puzzle to be able to help the students.  Almost all of the stock terms could be found on Google.  Happy stitching!


I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Grab a cup of tea and come join the fun.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Printed Cross Stitch Apron Progress

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts today for Slow Sunday Stitching.  This is the little progress that I made on my printed cross stitch apron:


Due to the holidays I only worked two days last week.  I completed the stitching on the grey pot while in Spanish class for the day (hence the pinatas in the background.)  Happy stitching!

Slow Sunday Stitching



Saturday, January 4, 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC20) Plans

Listed below are some of my RSC plans for 2020.  I have 69 project on my current WIP list.  This year I hope to have more finishes than starts.  I will be working to complete things on my WIP list that either need more blocks of the color of the month or a project in process that is predominantly the color of the month.

For example, this month the color is green (lights and brights).  I worked a little on making leaf blocks for Pumpkins & the Beanstalk quilt.  It was a fun wintery Christmas / New Years sewing day!  I had time to dig these out and sew a few.

1.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk



2.  Sand Castles Quilt
(This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern.)  All of the block centers are complete.  I finished the black and grey scraps on New Year's Day.  I still need to add the brown string corners to them.  Below are four green Sand Castle blocks.  They will not end up like this in the quilt.  The photo is just to give you an idea of what they look like.



These are the black and grey centers that I finished on New Year's Day (being photo bombed...)



3.  Owl's Well That Ends Well
This is an RSC19 project that I started on 1.26.19.  I need to take inventory of what owls I have and how many more I need.  I believe I only need the black, brown, and grey owls.  We shall see.  I also need to think about sashing plans before this quilt can be assembled into a top.



4.  If there's a "maroon" month, I will work on my maroon sampler quilt.  These blocks have been in my collection for quite a while.  I made them during a Summer Sampler back in 2011.  I have a few more blocks.  I'll have to consider stashing and binding and count the blocks to see how many more I need to make at least a full sized quilt.  I could also probably work on this on a "red" month as well.



5. Go Four It
I started a Go Four It Quilt in June of 2017.  I love to make 4-patches.  I need to assemble 4-patches that I made during months of different colors in the past into blocks.  I believe except for yellow and purple, I have enough 4-patches to finish it.  I love the effect of this quilt.  I love the use of fun neutrals in 2.5" squares and 1.5" squares in the 4-patches.  It looks like this:



6.  Garden Party
I have all of the blocks assembled for the Garden Party (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) quilt that I started one year while red was the color of the month.  All I need to do is assemble all of the blocks into a quilt top.  I also worked on Garden Party blocks using scraps each month.




7.  Simply Summer Sensational Quilt
I started cutting and sewing TWO different quilts called the Simply Summer Sensational Quilt that was a quiltalong in the summer of 2019 with the one and only Kevin the Quilter.  My colors are pinks and greens.  I could work on it during either of the months of the RSC using those scraps.  I have two quilts going in 1.5" squares and 2.5" squares.



8.  Kite Girl
Kite Girl was a quilt I started during the RSC14.  I purchased an solid old-fashioned green for the sashing fabric.  All of the blocks are pieced AND embroidered with kit strings and flower stems.  I did this while participating in the Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts.  This quilt top needs to be assembled into a top.



9.  Soul Searching
In 2016 I started a quilt top called Soul Searching.  A quilty friend across the country and I made blocks by participating in the RSC but did not post them because it was a surprise to the other.  When quilts tops of 9 huge 24" blocks were assembled into a top we swapped!  I saved the fabric ends of the 2.5" strips that I used to make the blocks for Julianne's quilt top and made plus blocks out of them.  My plan is to use the plus blocks to make a border to put around the quilt top that she made.  Again... it's another RSC quilt not finished.  (Plus blocks are #10 on this list, see below.)



10.  Plus Quilt

I know I have a whole box of these plus blocks.  I will see what is left after making a border for the above Soul Searching quilt to see what I can come up with for a quilt top.  These were also an RSC16 project block.



11.  Fortune Teller 
Another quilt top not finished is my Fortune Teller quilt.  I loved sewing strings for this quilt.  I only need a few more blocks to make it a top!  Maybe green will do.  I may just swing the rules and go with ANY greens in my scrap basket to get two more blocks.  We shall see this month.  Shhh.  Don't tell the quilt police.  Actually... I think I may have already made the green blocks.  I guess the next step is to dig and see if I can find them.  LOL



12.  Picadilly Circle
I think I have this quilt on my to-do list every year.  Will this be the year I remember to make blocks and border pieces in the colors of the month?  Time will tell...  This was an RSC14 project start.



13.  Waffle Blocks
Waffle blocks were a simple leader/ender block that I started for the RSC19.  I think it was in August or so.  It's a quick block.  I just need a few more for a baby quilt.  I could work on this any month...



14.  Folk Art Birds
I think I know where these blocks are...  I started this project during the RSC15.  Here's the green one.  There are pieced blocks that go around the border.  Again, I need to inventory what I have for this project already made and go from there.









15.  Slabs with White Rectangle
I started this quilt during the RSC14.  I hope to inventory what colors I need and make more for a small quilt.  I searched and searched.  I can't even find a picture on my blog to post.  I need to inventory these blocks and do something with them.  I may just make a little table topper for the VCR shelf or something...

16.  Box Kite
I started this quilt during the RSC17 after taking a Bonnie Hunter class.  I loved the class, but this quilt block wasn't my favorite thing.  I really learned a lot from Bonnie.  I need to make more blocks and assemble this into a baby quilt and be done with it so that I can cross it off the list.



I'm linking up on Angela's blog, SoScrappy for the RSC20.

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