Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One Monthly Goal - February Finish

My goal for this month was to finish about 700 of these units:

for this quilt:

I made it, yay!!
 This is the first time I used my Juki to piece, I had only used it for straight line quilting tops before.  I am a fan - it did very well and it is fast!  Good thing too, because the weather has been phenomenal and I have spent way more time outside than I usually do in February.

Now I am ready to start making some star blocks!!

Linking up to:
 Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish February Linkup

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Design Wall

I received a very nice early Valentine's gift from my husband this year...a design wall!!

It is 48" x 92" of batting covered insulation board and it is perfect!!

I had to take down a huge bookcase and shift around some other furniture to bare enough wall to make it happen and unfortunately it still looks like a tornado hit my sewing room as a result but ...soon...I will be using this, yay!
 What it looked like before covering it with batting.  We just wrapped it with batting and duct taped it to the back.
 Installed and ready for action.
A few of my Green Tea Sweet Beans blocks up to show it works :)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt - February Red Tulip Block

This is a project I am hoping to finish this year, my top is sewn but I am spacing out my block reveal to follow along with the sew-along.   I am hoping to get my top sandwiched and quilted this winter. I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size (8 1/2" finished), many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are well worth a pretty!

This is my version of the block chosen for February, Red Tulip:

 Sorry for the washed out photo, the weather has been too icky for outside photography, grey, wet and muddy...blech!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal - February 2017

This is my second time linking to OMG , (Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal February Linkup. )this year, thanks for the motivation Patty!  I was able to complete my January goal so I am going to join in again this month.

My project this month is a "new" quilt project for me that I have had sitting in a "to-do pile" as fabric I pulled from my stash and the pattern for (I think) 3 years!!   It is a Primitive Gatherings pattern that my friend and I found and adored the sample hanging in their booth at a quilt show.  It's called Colfax County:

My friend Cheryl is also making this quilt using the same background fabric as I am but different blues...the prep has taken us each about two weeks- so much cutting- I am not sure how many hundreds of pieces I have cut to make this quilt!!  We are trying to urge each other on with encouragement that we will get this finished :)  The hst's are 1" finished.  Yes, they are...and, yes, there are a lot of them!  Glad to have those little sweeties finished!! 

Lots of background pieces cut too...

My goal for this month is to sew the triangle components for this quilt, I need close to 700 of this completed unit.
 Those of you who know me well are aware I rarely sew with blue so my stash dive for this quilt went quite deep...that blue star print is a Marcus Bros. from... wait for it...1987!

Linking up to  Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal February Linkup.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One Monthly Goal - January Finish Let it Snow

My goal for this month was to finish my Let it Snow top and get it hung and I am happy to report that I achieved my goal, yay!
 Here it is just about to go under the quilting needle :)

 Here it is bound and quilted.
 And here it is on display on my patio minus any real snow as this quilted wall hanging has done a really good job of chasing away any real snowflakes.

You can find the pattern here: Buttermilk Basin's mystery QAL I used my stash of wool and Japanese woven fabrics. 

So glad to have it finished and hanging in our front entryway!

Linking to Elm Street Quilts OMG January.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sunflower Restart

This is a photo from my post on my Primitive Gatherings Summer Block of the Week 2014 (Sunflower Gatherings) progress from June of 2014:

It will be a beautiful quilt and I just adore sunflowers but I am still at that same point (ready to start block 4) in January of 2017...ooops!!  I dropped the ball on this one.  My friend Cheryl finished hers and it is a beauty...I need to get to work on mine!!

Lucky for me, Anna Bates from Woolie Mammoth has invited readers along for the ride as she tackles hers in a bit of a quilt along so I am going to see if that little extra nudge does the trick and gets me started again :)  Thanks Anna!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

OMG - January

This is my first time linking to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal  My friend Patty has been doing a great job hosting and I felt January would be a good time for me to try and join in.

My project is one that I completed the blocks for last year.  And, I was happily making Buttermilk Basin's mystery QAL with Japanese fabrics and wool all year but it started to get scary to say it ("Let It Snow") out loud once we had our first snowfall of this season and it has been waiting since November for a finish.  I originally planned to make this a bigger top but scaled back once I decided what wall it would hang on.  It will alternate with a daisy quilted wall hanging in my front entry area.

Here is what it looks like now as a completed top:
I hope to get it sandwiched, quilted and bound (and hung) this month as my goal.

Linking up with  Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal