Friday, January 18, 2019

To Finish, or plan to finish....

That is the question (for all us quilters, that is!)
Whether 'tis nobler in our blogs to list,
The UFO's and Wips that plaque our consciences
Or to in real life work on the sewing and stitching
and actually finish them.  To piece, to quilt, to finish...

Well, I am no Shakespeare, so I think I'll finish my bit of verse at this point.  It was inspired by me decision to join in the 2019 Finish-a-long.  Hopefully I will be able to set some good goals as well as actually get some things finished.  I have a closet with quite a few bins in it from my organizing last year that have not even been touched and I'd really like to move some of those projects into the finished column, if you know what I mean.  Plus I have Island Batik challenges, and some customer quilts that need to be completed.  Plenty to keep my busy for sure!

First, my finishes for this week.  It's been a productive week of sewing, and I have not one, but two finished, and basted tops.  Not to mention that since my cup of pins is just about empty again, so it's time to get quilting!

It was pouring down rain outside, but inside it was all sunshine and blue skies with these lovely fabrics!

I was not feeling as cheerful about the plastic bag that got too close to my iron - yuck!

I just have a few minutes left to post this, but wanted to jump in with the Finish-a-long.

I have several things that I'd really like to get finished over the next few months.

1. Brothers and Sisters Quilt:
2.  Memories of the Titanic - wall size version

3.  Savannah:
4.  Lovers Kiss in Lavendula:
5.  Whimsical and wonky lap quilt:

6.  And my daughters wedding gown!

That should keep me busy, I think!  There are some other projects on my radar, but these are the ones I can show you now!

Linking up with Dizzy Quilts!

Plus Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Getting a workout...

Since the first of the year, my hubby and I have been working on getting back into our exercise routine.  It's been a bit hard since he has started working part time at a horse ranch (hard work, but he is loving being around the horses!), and I've been working an extra day at the quilt shop.  I've also been working on two projects that I don't want to show you quite yet, so there doesn't seem to be much I can blog about at the moment.  Of  course, there is the Island Batik Getaway Blog hop...have you been keeping up?  There are some seriously gorgeous fabrics and projects to check out!

Monday, January 14
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15

Wednesday, January 16

Thursday, January 17

Friday, January 18
Tina Dillard Quilting Affection

I'll be back soon with some of my own projects - can't wait to share what I've been working on this month!  Time to go do some stitching - today I'm putting a top together.  It's taken me 8 hours to stitch all the blocks, and I can't wait to see how they look together.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Project Quilting 10:1 - Hope Springs Eternal

(For this challenge I used fabrics provided by Island Batik, a GO! Cutter provided by AccuQuilt and batting provided by Hobbs batting)

I loved the theme of the challenge given for the start of this season of Project Quilting - Hope Springs Eternal.  I am very much a positive thinker, and I knew it was going to be enjoyable to think about this concept and come up with a quilt idea to make.  In fact, I found so many wonderful quotations about hope that I think I could make a whole series of quilts!  I chose this particular quotation, because I loved the color reference, and that it refers to sunsets and sunrises, which are some of my favorite things to enjoy.

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.

Ram Charan

Isn't that nice?  Here's a lovely sunset to enjoy before I get to the quilting part of this post!

So, now I have a color in mind to use.  Now what shall I make?  The recent arrival of an AccuQuilt Go! cutting machine and a tutorial for the Swoon block by Beaquilter made it a pretty easy decision, I've always loved this block, and really wanted an excuse to play with the new cutter, so I dug into my stash and found some lovely orange and yellow Island batik fabrics that I had left from previous projects.

This is my first project made using the Go! and I have to say I am very impressed at how easy it is to use and how well my block came together.  No trimming of corners on the triangles, so I felt like I really saved time both sewing and cutting! 

I was so impressed with how well my flying geese blocks came out.  That is, until I realized that I had sewn the wrong color triangles to the background.  Oh my.  I did quite a bit of ripping on this block - I guess I wasn't paying very good attention as I was sewing.  But I kept hoping that I would be able to finish tonight!

I finally got everything sewn together correctly, and the pressing, basting, quilting and binding were quickly finished with no further setbacks!

So pretty!  I don't normally use a lot of orange, but I really do love it in this quilt. 
I did some small meandering on the background, curved lines on the yellow, and matchstick quilting in the orange. 
The backing is the same soft yellow as the background of the front.

This little quilt measures 16 x 16.  I used Island Batik fabrics for the top and the back, quilted it with Aurifil thread, and used Hobbs heirloom cotton batting.

Made by me in Coos Bay, OR.

Don't forget, this year I am one of the sponsors, so you can win patterns from me!  I hope you will join in some of the challenges - it really is a lot of fun.  And make sure to go and see the finished projects as well - the creativity of the participants is awesome!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Finishes and Project Progress

It's been a busy week, I kind of took a blogging break and have been concentrating on getting some work done in my sewing room.  I've made steady progress on my deadlines and feel good that I'll have things done when they need to be finished.  Here is a picture of our big finish for the week:

Yes - we got the last bit of the laminate laid in the dining room!  I am so delighted with how it looks - now we just have to decide on how we want to do the baseboards.  I'm leaning toward staining them to match the wood, but painting isn't off the table yet.  I thinking a sage green for the walls would be a nice change from the yellow (which isn't as bright as it looks here).  Deciding on paint is harder than choosing fabric for a quilt for me.  Paint seems much more permanent.

The lap quilt using the rest of my Whimsical and Wonky blocks is put together and basted for quilting!

I've got more than half of my black and white blocks done for the Black and White Blog Hop coming up shortly! 

I finally hand stitched the label on my Sew Many Colors mini quilt - I'm adding sleeves and labels to all the mini quilts I have displayed in my sewing room.

And have a big pile of blocks from the French Blue line to sew together for the Island Batik Getaway Blog hop.

It's been a productive week!  Tomorrow I plan on working on my idea for the Project Quilting Challenge.  I didn't want to leave it until Saturday this week, but that's how it worked out.  I am looking forward to some fun sewing, though, so I will just enjoy the process and not think about it being last minute (as usual!).

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday

Monday, January 07, 2019

Time for a Getaway (Blog Hop, that is!)

Are you all ready for a Getaway?  Seems like dreary cold and wet January is the time we all long for a tropical vacation.  While I can't fly you off to a nice beach vacation, I can invite you to join all of the Island Batik Ambassadors on a month long blog hop looking at the beautiful fabrics that are available now at your local quilt shops and online retailers!  Island Batik's tagline is "The Best from Bali" so these fabrics really are almost as nice as a visit to the tropics.

See the blog post and giveaway here...

When I was in Junior High I chose Tour Guide as my future occupation on Career Day, so I guess this is my chance to fulfill that dream!  On our trip we'll be visiting many places, so you'd better pack light and be ready for anything.  Luckily you won't need to bring your passport, and don't have to worry about lines or transportation, this is a real first class expedition!  Do be prepared for jaw dropping views, and lots of excitement as we travel the world and see lots of inspiring projects! 

Here is the full itinerary for our little "staycation".  Make sure you visit each stop for a look at a project using the featured fabrics for each day.  There are also giveaways from the Ambassadors, so make sure you enter those as well - everyone needs a souvenir from their trip, right?


Maryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

Stephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde

Connie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations

Bea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs

Geraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting

Sarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting
Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter

Jen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore

Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting

Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Jackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection

Jennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell

Karen Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts
Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel

Karen Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter

Laura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts
Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

Vicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy

Pamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations

Kathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs

Jen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics

Sally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek
Candy Cane Lane
Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Enjoy your trip!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Setting a goal and making progress

I've been sneaking in little bites of sewing time in between household chores this week, and made some good progress on my list!  I've got 90% of the sewing done and 1/4 of the blocks done for the Black And White Blog Hop coming up in a couple of weeks!

I've also got my Getaway blog hop quilt about 75% cut out and 1/4 of the blocks done for it!

The cutting is a lot of the process for this one, once that is done, the blocks go together very quickly!  Can't wait to show you...I am in love the French Blue line from Island Batik.  The combination of blue and yellow is so cheery on these dreary winter days!

I put my blocks together and finished the lap quilt size of my Whimsical and Wonky challenge from December!  I did not want to store those blocks, so now that it's a top, I can hopefully get it quilted this month.

I think it's a super fun quilt!

Now that the Christmas stuff is all put away and the first of the month shopping is done, I should have more quilting time - that is, as soon as I get my sewing room in order - it's still a disaster!  I've been working around the piles, but I plan on spending a couple of hours today and tomorrow re-organizing and reducing the visual clutter that's starting to make me crazy.

Oh - and I am teaching my Charming Hearts pattern at Threads That Bind in three weeks!  Got to get a new sample done for that, I forgot to pick up the charm pack while I was working this week, but it's a quick make, so I'll squeeze that in!

That's about what I've been up to for the start of the year - I am making progress, and I haven't felt too pressured yet.  I am just trying to keep my main goals in front of me and focusing on them.  I think the main thing that I want to choose as my One Monthly Goal (OMG) is the quilt for the Getaway Blog Hop.  My day to post on that is the 28th and I want to have a grand finish for the 2018 year as an Ambassador for Island Batik!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  The linky parties are fun and are great for being accountable!  Join in, it's fun!


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

A Great Start to the New Year!

Well it was indeed a Happy New Year for me!  I got an e-mail first thing this morning that I had won this beautiful thread collection from Aurifil in Quilting Jet Girl's giveaway for the #2019PlanningParty!  Lucky me!

After that I was inspired to actually start listing my quilt projects in this year's Quilter's Planner.  I put the dates for the two Blog Hops I am committed to for January.  And I realized how many quilts I need to make this month! Yikes!

Luckily I had a good afternoon getting my sewing room a little organized (just a little!) and got started on the blog hop projects as well as getting the rest of the wonky blocks ready to put together. At least I know I'll have plenty of blog material this month. 

Hope you had a good beginning to your year as well!