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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Thursday, January 2, 2020


Just like a rare footage of bigfoot, I love it when my husband sends me a selfie.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

WIP Wednesday

The New Year's day piecing marathon continued.  I made all of these centers for my Sand Castles quilt (a Bonnie Hunter pattern.)  I finished all of the black/grey blocks that I needed.  It was a great photo bomb opportunity.  The next step is to add the brown string corners and trim the blocks.

I set my January, 2020 OMG goal -- Catchin' Some Rays.  It needs trimmed, a label, and binding.

I cleaned the desk and cut/sewed scraps for November and December RSC19 and made 4-patches.

I've decided to use the blue floss for the Linen & Threads Mystery Stitch Along.

I currently have 69 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
36.  Gingerbread Men pattern by Edyta Sitar started November, 2019
37.  Thanksgiving apron -- A WIP found at Goodwill in November, 2019
38.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go bag.
39.  Dresser Scarf (my grandma's printed WIP from the 70's) 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go bag.

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.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)

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

Ready to longarm
1.  O - H - I - O quilt 2.5" blocks
2.  Blue & 4-Patch Customer Quilt (CM)
3.  Kim Diehl's Short & Sweet from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
4.  Gingerbread Men (a slow stitching applique project started October, 2019.)

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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2020 January OMG

The January Goal setting link-up is now open at Elm Street Quilts.  I hope to have this Catchin' Some Rays quilt finished before the end of January.  I quilted it back in August, 2019.  I'm glad I did now because it is too cold to longarm right now.  I need to trim and bind it.

Visit Patty's blog and link up for some motivation to finish OMG.


Happy New Year!

I must be ready to start off the year.  I put away all of the decorations inside the house already!  This is all that is left outside.  Happy new year from our house to yours!