Monday, September 25, 2017

A New Week

I did not get much done last week, but it is a new week and I am excited as I have to get things done. Nothing like a deadline to get projects moving.

The biggest goal I need to do is finish starching the fabric for my Storm at Sea class that I will be taking with Wendy Mathson during the San Diego Quilt Show, and then cut out the pieces to be prepared for class, plus get the usual things prepared on my machine, such as a new needle, full bobbin, and changing the foot.  I am really excited, and of course I will share my experience once I take her class.  I picked out all of my fabric for the first quilt I am going to do during my all expenses paid quilt shop trip from my wonderful husband, as a birthday gift.  Bonus, most of my fabric for this quilt came from my LQS's sale room!!!  During this trip I was able to get the last of the fabric needed for my second and bigger storm at sea quilt, plus some other quilts I have been collecting fabric for.  I want to work on it all at once!


Second is to cut out this lovely baby quilt, which will be a simple rail fence quilt.  I am going to make it scrappy, so I need to cut each individual piece out and then start sewing.  I did not make any progress on this last two weeks, so I really hope I can this week.


Third goal is to make progress on a surprise quilt.  I want to cut out the next section this week, but I can not do it while dear hubby is around, as it is a surprise for him.  Shhh, do not tell him.  (Due to this fact no pictures, I will share when I get it completed.  Hopefully before Christmas or maybe Valentines Day.)  I have not made progress on this item for the last two weeks.

The fourth goal is to iron fabric and then start cutting it to make my Magnolia Mystery Quilt, hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.  I always like her designs, and I'm excited to see how it shapes up.  I will share my fabrics once I pull them out, aka next week :)

The fifth goal is to start cutting out step 3 of Royal Gardens, which is my Breakfast Club's assignment at my LQS.  I would like to try and get it done early this next month.

The last item is when I have spare time in the evening, which is to finish knitting this afghan.  I have about 8 rows left, maybe 11 depending upon size.  I have a deadline (even though it keeps changing!), and I'm close to getting it done.


I'm excited to see what everyone else is working on!

Linking up to:



-Christina

Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday

This week, I only have a few goals.

First is to finish planning out my quilt for the Storm at Sea class I will be taking with Wendy Mathson at the end of the month at the San Diego Quilt Show.  I have it almost all colored out, and I have found the teals that are in my stash, however I need to go through and approximate the yardage I do have vs the yardage I need.  Then I get to go and spend my birthday present.  My birthday present is an all expenses paid trip to the quilt shop from my wonderful hubby.


Second is to cut out this lovely baby quilt, which will be a simple rail fence quilt.  I am going to make it scrappy, so I need to cut each individual piece out and then start sewing.  I did not make any progress on this last week, so I really hope I can this week.


Third item is to make progress on a surprise quilt.  I want to cut out the next section this week, but I can not do it while dear hubby is around, as it is a surprise for him.  Shhh, do not tell him.  (Due to this fact no pictures, I will share when I get it completed.  Hopefully before Christmas or maybe Valentines Day.)

The last item is when I have spare time in the evening, which is to finish knitting this afghan.  I have about 8 rows left, maybe 11 depending upon size.  I have a deadline (even though it keeps changing!), and I'm close to getting it done.


I'm excited to see what everyone else is working on!

Linking up to:

-Christina

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday

It has been a while since I did one of these posts.  This week I have several things on my design wall.

First thing is finish Step 2 of Royal Gardens.  It is my Breakfast club project, which is held at my LQS on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  I got it all cut out this weekend, I just need to sew it all together.  I am loving how easy it is to put together, and the directions are fantastic.  (You can get the pattern at Cozy's Creative Center)

Second is to cut out this lovely baby quilt, which will be a simple rail fence quilt.  I was thinking about doing putting it together strip piecing it, but maybe I should cut each rail out by itself and put it together scrappily.  What are your thoughts?  By getting this cut out this week, I will have made progress on my September one monthly goal.  One step at a time, each week.


Third item to work on is planning out my quilt for my Storm-at-Sea class I will be taking with Wendy Mathson at the end of the month at the San Diego Quilt Show.  I am excited to make the quilt, I have the design picked out, I just need to figure out finished size of the quilt and amount of yardage needed so I can go spend my birthday present.  My birthday present is an all expenses paid trip to the quilt shop from my wonderful hubby.


Fourth thing is to make progress on a surprise quilt.  I want to cut out the next section this week, but I can not do it while dear hubby is around, as it is a surprise for him.  Shhh, do not tell him.  (Due to this fact no pictures, I will share when I get it completed.  Hopefully before Christmas.)

The last item is when I have spare time in the evening, which is to finish knitting the ball of yarn I currently have going on this lovely baby afghan.  I have a deadline, and I'm close to getting it done.  A little bite out of the elephant goes a long way.


Linking up to:

-Christina

Sunday Slow Stitching

Today, as laundry is going through the cycles I was able to remember what Kathy at Kathy's Quilts reminds us to do, which is slow down and stitch.  I was able to make progress on this lovely knitted baby blanket that is so nearing completion!  I have about 36 inches done and just need 41 inches.  I now have a deadline as to when the baby shower is, which is about 3 weeks away.










Just look at that lovely texture that has been created with the yarn and pattern.









One thing I would like to share.  I recently bought this yarn ball holder off of Amazon, and I like it.  The one thing I do have a problem with is the spinning is not 100% easy, especially when the yarn gets stuck at the base of the part that spins, like it is in the picture.  If you need one, check it out.


Sharing at Kathy's Quilts.

-Christina

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 2017 OMG


This is the month!  I am going to get this baby quilt cut out and pieced to have it become a top by the end of the month.  One small bite each week of the month and it will get done, as that is how you eat an elephant.


This is after I have not been able to accomplish this for the last two months, especially after setting it as my one monthly goal due to time running away from me.

Sharing over at Elm Street Quilts, and setting the challenge.  Check back each week to see if I am making progress on my goal.  If not, start emailing and bugging me about it.

-Christina

Friday, September 1, 2017

Paper Piecing Class

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking a paper piecing class from a Judy Niemeyer certified instructor with my Mom.  I worked a little on both Judy Niemeyer patterns I have started and made progress.

The first I worked on was Woodcarver's Star.  I finished the pieces for the center star, and I am so excited for the colors that I choose.  I can not wait to see the whole quilt put together with my colors.



Because I got the technique down to finish the bigger star at home, I moved to the next piece of the pattern that I did not understand.  I got one of the pieces done, with many more to do.  There was basting involved and curved piecing, which I'm going to be pretty good at by the end of the year if I do all of the curved piecing I plan to do.


Then I switched to Vintage Rose, which is the Certified Instructor/Shop pattern only (this means you can only get it through them, not your LQS unless they are a certified shop).  I had the center section done and added the yellow and purple pieces.  Each step took some time, with the cutting out the fabric, glueing, basting stitches, trimming and then sewing onto the center piece.  The purple pieces were also curved piecing, so that took some extra time. especially since I am learning how to do curves.  I am so excited for these colors too as the end result is going to be bright and fun, which is different for me and my husband to approve!


I started to cut for the next step that will be added to these petals, which are thorns.  But the next step includes a lot of paper piecing, so it will be slow.  I am perfectly happy with that.  Eventually these quilts will be finished, but it is not a race, instead I believe it is about the experience and the knowledge I am gaining from making these quilts is vast.

Sharing with Busy Hand Quilts.

-Christina

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 2017 OMG

No progress was made on my August 2017 One Monthly Goal :(  I did iron the fabrics after starching, but I have not cut into them yet.  Maybe the month of September?  Now to think of what my September OMG is going to be.  See you in a few days.

-Christina

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What I Have Been Up To

The first part of the month I was able to serve in Tsaile, AZ with an organization that is near and dear to my heart, Sierra Service Project.  My family (parents and husband) and I drove to Tsaile and served a week completing wheel chair ramps, and stairs for people on the Navajo reservation.  We had two days of mixing concert in wheelbarrows, which was not easy, and using plenty of power tools.  We had a great time.  Below is a picture of me in front of the tool trailer with their logo.


My family and I stopped at Canyon de Chelly before our week started at Sierra Service Project, and a thunderstorm moved in right as we got there.  We stayed in the car until it was over, but the end result was amazing.  Water was running off the canyon walls as waterfalls into the canyon.  Here are some of the pictures from it, plus the White Houses, which you can hike down to.  I have done the hike twice before, but did not do it this time.  The ruins are from over a thousand years ago.


Because we drove from Southern California over to the Eastern part of Arizona, we were able to stop at a few quilt shops along the way.  The first was:


And I collected these wonderful goodies from them.


Here is a picture of their business address.  It was a cute shop with lots of fabric.  It was very nicely organized and the sale room fabric was small but had some wonderful deals within.


The second shop we stopped at was:


These are the goodies that I collected from them.  I love how the lady who cut our fabric folded the pieces together.


I am thinking about making a pillow case for me from the princess fabric and pink.  One day.  This shop was huge!  They have a big machine service section of their business, along with a few different brands of machines.  They even had a long arm or two within the store.  Their selection of fabrics was gorgeous!  Some yummy Christmas fabric, and my biggest surprise was finding the wonderful red batiks.  I was so excited I found them.  They also had a huge wall of notions, and some pre-quilted fabric and other types of fabric.

My Mom and I loved visiting these shops as we were passing through town.  Both shops were very friendly.

Right before we left for this wonderful trip I found out that I had won one of the Christmas in July's blog hop prizes from Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  My beautiful prize is below, I love all of the prints in this line.  Now I just need to figure out what pattern I'm going to use to show off the prints.


The morning we left I ordered some beautiful fabrics from Pineapple Fabrics as they were having their anniversary sale.  These are what ended up in my cart.  All items have goals for them.  I just have to make sure they get where they are going, aka projects.


Once we got back, I had to catch up at work and at home, some serious cleaning needed to happen, which is mostly done.  I just need to finish a few smaller things now.  Then this last weekend my Mom and I took a paper piecing class from a Judy Niemeyer certified instructor.  I will share more about that and what I was able to finish on Friday (hint, come back and check it out).

This next weekend is a serious sew weekend with some things mixed in, but I have goals and I want to work towards completing them.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for her Lets Bee Social and I'm excited to see what is going on with everyone else.

-Christina