Monday, June 18, 2018

Design Wall Monday

This last week I finished sewing the 4-patch and the triangle units together for an overdue wedding quilt.  I learned how to spin my 4-patch seams by following Bonnie Hunter's tutorial.  I think they turned out great!


My goals for this week include:

My first goal is to make the second block type for my Mom's quilt.  The strips are all cut, I just need to put everything together, and use the strip tube ruler.  This is part of my June OMG, and if I get it done by the end of the week, I will be done early!  (I've never done that before)


My second goal for the week is to finish ironing and trimming triangle units.  Every little bit of work gets it closer to being finished.



My third goal is to finish the binding on this quilt.  I am a little over half way done with it, but the corners did not come out very well, when I sewed them down on the front side, so I'm having to go back and redo them.  Once I do the machine work it is just hand stitch the being down and the quilt will be done!  Hopefully by this weekend it will be done so I can wash it and then send it to the happy couple.


My fourth goal is to start working on the Kingfisher Stitch Along that is being hosted by Stitched in Color and Tales of Cloth.  This stitch along started two weeks ago, and it is at your own pace, which is what I'm doing.  Last week I punched out the hexis I needed, this week I would like to cut out the fabric for each flower.  Could I get all 46 flowers cut out after I get everything else done?


Come back next week and see!

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 24

Let us see how this week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in June: 17 out of 17
Days spent stitching for 2018: 143 out of 168
Rate of Success: 85.1%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

This week went pretty well.  Some days I was able to get into my project, and other days I only had 15 minutes that I stretched to 20 or 25 minutes depending upon what I was doing.  Some weeks are going to be like that, and I know it will be even more like that when the holidays roll around, which is approaching quickly!  We are almost half way done with the year already, and I feel we are still in April.  I am amazed each week by the progress that is made by just spending 15 minutes each day on a project.  I love seeing some of my UFO's moving closer to the finish line each week.

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

Monday, June 11, 2018

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 23

Let us see how this week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in June: 10 out of 10
Days spent stitching for 2018: 136 out of 161
Rate of Success: 84.5%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

I almost did not get my 15 minutes of stitching in each day this week.  There were some nights where I was slipping it in during the last few minutes before I went to bed, but I got it in and I'm thankful for it.  I made progress on some things, but I did not fully make it to where I wanted to be by the end of the week.  That is okay, it is a new week, and I'm going to find a little more time I believe to get things done.  I hope everyone was successful this week, and progress is being made on your projects.

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

Design Wall Monday

This past week I was able to finish cutting out the pieces for my June OMG, now I just need to get the darker blocks put together before the end of the month.  Do you think I will get it done early this month?


Time will tell, but I'm going to try and plan it that way!

My goals for this week include:

My first goal is to finish the binding on this quilt.  I am a little over half way done with it, but the corners did not come out very well so I'm having to go back and redo them.  I got as far as I could while out of town, and just need to redo the last two corners I need to then turn and hand stitch and it will be done!  Hopefully by this weekend it will be done so I can wash it.


My second goal for the week is to work on sewing the 4 patches and triangle units together.  These are the units I need to finish so that I can start putting blocks together.  Once I get blocks put together plus the sashing I can have a quilt top made!  This quilt has been a long time coming, and I'm excited to see moving along, closer to a finish.


My third goal is to start working on the Kingfisher Stitch Along that is being hosted by Stitched in Color and Tales of Cloth.  This stitch along started last week, and it is at your own pace, which is what I'm doing.  Last week I punched out the hexis I needed, this week I would like to cut out the fabric for each flower.  Could I get all 46 flowers cut out after everything else?


Come back next week and see!

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 2018 OMG


For the month of June, my One Monthly Goal is to make progress on my oldest UFO, which is a quilt for my Mom.  


This month I would like to get the second set of blocks (cool tones) completed, and cut out the remain pieces for the quilt, which include setting triangles and borders.  It would be amazing if I could get the quilt top started, however this is my stretch goal for this month.  My ultimate goal is to get this done by Christmas so I can gift it to her then, which she will be totally surprised about it!

Linking up:

-Christina

Monday, June 4, 2018

Design Wall Monday

This last week I was able to finish my May One Monthly Goal before the last day of the month (one day, but we won't get too technical).  It was to cut out a quilt for our God Son's baptism in August so I can start to sew it together in the next month or so.


I got it accomplished, and now it is ready for me to find time to start it!

My goals for this week include:

My first goal is to finish the binding on this quilt.  I finished the label this last week and I got the binding on one side, I just need to flip it and hand sew it down.  I'm behind in podcasts, and it seems like the perfect thing to do on Friday night while I'm alone.


My second goal is to work on my June OMG.  My goal for the week is to finish cutting out all the pieces, so I can just start chain piecing the second set of blocks, which is my goal for the month (see my June OMG post tomorrow).


My third goal for the week is to work on sewing the 4 patches and triangle units together.  These are the units I need to finish so that I can start putting blocks together.  Once I get blocks put together plus the sashing I can have a quilt top made!  This quilt has been a long time coming, and I'm excited to see moving along, closer to a finish.


I won a prize by participating in the Hands 2 Help challenge hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I would like to thank whoever donated these wonderful inspiration for quilter's books published by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I am going to love reading through them.

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 22

Let us see how this week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in May: 31 out of 31
Days spent stitching in June: 3 out of 3
Days spent stitching for 2018: 129 out of 154
Rate of Success: 83.8%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

Yippee!  I had several big accomplishments this week, I have made it to a solid B in my Rate of Success, and I have stitched every day for the last month!  I hope to make it two months by the end of this month, and should I shot for a third month in a row?  During the third month I do have some travel that might restrict me from finding 15 minutes, but if I come overly prepared I might be okay, we will see what happens.  I made progress on several things this last week, and somethings are getting closer to being finished.  I broke a needle this week and it moved the position of my needle, so I turned my machine off, and decided I would take it in to get it looked out.  Little did I know, I just needed to turn it back on and the needle position would recalibrate to the correct location.  In the end I got that "fixed" at the store, plus the repair guy listened to my machine to make sure there are no issues with it.  You learn something new every day, luckily I was able to find parts of quilts to cut out while my machine was "broken."

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hands 2 Help Quilt Done!

This year I participated in Hands 2 Help which supports charities throughout the U. S. and Canada hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This year there were 125 quilters who made 416 quilts!!!  That is huge.  This is one of them.


I followed the tutorial that Sarah put on her blog named Irish Sixteens from the 2015 Sweet Sixteen QAL she hosted.  Instead of the red and white she made hers in, I choose orange and brown.  I was a little nervous on how it turned out, but it looks great.  I was able to finish it and washed it on Monday, and then the quilt was put in the mail on Wednesday.  The charity I choose to donate it to was Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.


The quilting turned out great on this quilt, I picked a Halloweeny thread and it turned out perfectly for this top.  It was quilted with simple loops, and there is a special surprise in the middle.  I quilted a heart for the kid it goes to knows they are loved.


The backing and binding is minions, perfect for any child as I know Despicable Me is huge.

This quilt is my third finish for my Q2 Finish-A-Long list, and it is number 18.  This quarter is tied for the most finishes now, and I hope to finish another two items if not more before the end.  Do you think I can make it?

Linking to:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts

-Christina

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May OMG Finished!


I finished my May OMG, and it was not totally last minute!  My May OMG goal was to iron and cut out the fabrics for this lovely quilt for my husband's and mine Godson.


I was able to iron AND cut it out during QuiltCam with Bonnie K. Hunter from Quiltville on Tuesday.  I did not expect to get as far as I did, but I was jumping for joy about all of the progress I made during it.


I am ready to sew this together, after reviewing the pattern it should not be too hard.  Now to think on what my June OMG will be, maybe the longest UFO I have in my stash?

Linking up:

-Christina

Monday, May 28, 2018

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 21

Let us see how this week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in May: 27 out of 27
Days spent stitching for 2018: 122 out of 147
Rate of Success: 83.0%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

This week was productive, granted I was working against the clock.  I had to get a quilt top put together before my quilting time on Friday at my LQS.  I made it and I just finished the binding on it so it will be in the mail this week, once I take final photos tomorrow.  I have stitched every day this month so far, and I plan to finish out May strong.  I hope to continue this stitching streak through June and July.  Time will tell.  I hope everyone is making progress on their long term projects and are seeing some progress on them.

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

Design Wall Monday

On Friday, I was able to get some quilting done on two quilts I have been trying to finish up.  One is totally completed now, which I will be sharing on Friday, so stop by then to see it in full.


The second one, I hope to get finished this week.


Without further ado, my goals for this week include:

My first goal is to iron the fabric and cut out the quilt below, which is my May OMG.  I am busy on Thursday so I have to get it all done by Wednesday night to do a post and link up before the deadline.  I think I will be able to get this done.


My second goal is to prep the label and binding for this quilt, which has been quilted.  Then I have a few days where I have a few hours to kill but not enough time to go home so I will be working on sewing down the binding this week.  I would love to get it done to wash on Sunday and send off to the happy couple.


My third goal for the week is to work on cutting out the final three stitch and flip wreaths for last year's Christmas gifts.  I would love to get them all cut out and then started before the end of the weekend.


My week's goals are doable, now to just focus and make headway on all and maybe some more?  We shall see how everything pans out.

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina