Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Design Wall A Day Late

Monday flew by for me, trying to clean up from the weekend.  The two projects I'm working on this week are:


Sweet Tooth - I was able to get Blocks 9 and 10 cut out, I just need to sew them together for my LQS's Breakfast Club this weekend.  It is going to be started on tonight, and I will finish at the latest Friday night.


Wedding Table Runner - I was able to cut out all of the pieces including the binding last week, now I just need to sew the top and bottom together, which is my goal for this week.

I think my small goals for each project is doable.  At least all of the cleaning I needed to do last week got done.  Next big thing is to clean out the bathroom closet and organize it, which should not be too hard, as I am an organizing master!

Linking up to Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Design Wall to share!

-Christina

Monday, June 5, 2017

Design Wall for the Week

This week the items I will be working on are a little lighter than previous, as I have to do some serious house cleaning.  It is not my favorite thing to do, but I do have a reward system for myself.  So once I get the dreaded cleaning done, I get to sew!


I will be making progress on my Sweet Tooth blocks, but cutting out a few more and hopefully some setting triangles.


The second thing I plan to work on is my One Monthly Goal, which is a lovely table runner from these fabrics.  This week I plan to cut out the pieces and then start to piece the top and back together.  I would love to get both completed, but I will not get ahead of myself too much.

I am excited to see what everyone else is working on.  I am linking up to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Main Crush Mondays at Cooking Up Quilts and Monday Makings at Love Laugh Quilt.

-Christina

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June OMG


I was able to accomplish my May OMG and make progress on a wedding quilt.  This month I am switching gears and going back to something I should have gotten done months ago.  My goal this month is to cut, put together the top, layer, quilt and bind this table runner idea I have for a belated wedding gift for a co-worker.  I think I can get it done, I just need to focus this month.


Of course I would also like to keep making progress on my Sweet Tooth Quilt, but that will be small compared to this table runner.

Here is to another successful month!  Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for her OMG post.

-Christina

Slow Stitching Sunday

This week I am remembering to sit down and relax with some stitching, I wish I could all day, but alas some chores wait for me.  This week I am working on making progress on this beautiful baby blanket for a co-worker.  It is progressing, but I need to remember to stitch on it during the week as it needs to be gifted soon.  Maybe that should be one of my goals this week?


I just love the detail on it.


I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts and I'm excited to see what others are slowing down to work on this week.

-Christina

Friday, June 2, 2017

Progress is Better Than None!

This last week I have gotten a few small things on each item I am currently trying to make progress on.

First thing I am working on is Sweet Tooth by Jaybird Quilts.  I was able to cut out approx. 16 blocks in the last week, however I still need to cut out 12 more blocks plus the setting triangles for the blocks I have not put together (there are 12 per block), and the charcoal and black pieces for the quilt top.  I will get them all cut out eventually baby steps.


Second item I am working on is a wedding quilt.  I was able to finish cutting it out on Wednesday, sneaking in a finish for my May One Monthly Goal.  Below are all of the parts that need to be initially cut.  Now it is time to sit and sew everything together.


Over the beautiful Memorial Day weekend we went out to Palm Dessert and stayed at a timeshare within the family.  The area was beautifully maintained, and we enjoyed our stay.  Below is the entrance leading you into an oasis, and the view of the golf course from our room.  It was relaxing.



I received these pretties this week from Beanpop Fabrics.  They are slated for an upcoming quilt that I can not wait to make progress on soon, but first I need to finish a few other projects.


Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Crazy Mom Quilts.  I hope to see you there!

-Christina

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

OMG Finished Under the Wire

I finished my May One Monthly Goal for the month!  My goal was to iron the starched fabric and cut out the whole quilt for an upcoming family wedding.  I was able to complete it tonight!  The results are on the side.  Everything is labeled too!

Now I need to start sewing it all together.  I will not complete it in time for the wedding, but I hope to have it completed by the end of the summer.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts.  Now to think of what my June OMG will be.

-Christina

Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Table

Last week I was able to accomplish my Sweet Tooth blocks that I needed to get done for Breakfast Club at my LQS.  Sorry I do not have pictures of them, but I did finish them in time (about an hour before I left).

This week I am working on a few different things.


1. Finish ironing and cutting out this wedding quilt.  This is part of my One Monthly Goal hosted at Elm Street Quilts.


2. Start making progress on the mending pile that has grown over the last two years (maybe three years...).


3. And last but not least as I will be away from my machine this weekend, my plan is to organize what I have done and figure out what I need to do on my Sweet Tooth quilt by Jaybird Quilts.  Once I complete this small feat, I will then start to cut out the necessary pieces to get it all done.  This will take more than just this long weekend for those of us in the United States, due to Memorial Day (thank you to everyone who has sacrificed their life for our country), but I can get the ball rolling and make progress.

Linking up to Main Crush Monday, Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  I can not wait to see what everyone is working on this week.

-Christina

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fat Quarter Shop Purchase and Progress

A few months ago, when I actually finished my One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts, I was a lucky winner of a gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.  I wanted to share my lovely haul that the gift certificate went towards helping me purchase.


As you can tell I got a lot of fun stuff.  The Halloween prints are for my Mom's Birthday present, which is quickly approaching.  The rest is for me, and I can not wait to get some commitments off my plate to make the Lollies quilt.  Of course I want to make it bigger, so I'm currently searching for the fabric.  Thank you to Fat Quarters Shop for helping me indulge in my favorite hobby!

Now, for the progress I have made on the Sweet Tooth blocks.  Tonight I finished block 7, and started block 8!  My points are getting better with each block I do, and I have figured out a few tricks to help with my accuracy.  I will definitely get the four blocks I plan to get done before Saturday.  Happy day!


Today I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for her Bee Social link-up party.  I hope to see you over there.

-Christina

Monday, May 15, 2017

Design Table

There are several things I want to progress on this week.


1. I need to finish cutting out Block 8, and sew both Block 7 and Block 8 of Sweet Tooth before Saturday morning when I have Breakfast Club at my LQS.  Tonight, I plan to finish cutting out Block 8.


2. I started to cut out a wedding quilt, I still have to iron and cut the rest of the fabric, and then I can start to sew it all together.  My goal for the week is to iron the rest of the fabric, and if I have extra time cut out all the pieces.


3. The last project I want to try and start working on, now that I have it all cut out, is the Gathering mystery over at Cora's Quilts.  I would love to start on Clue 1, and maybe even get further than that, but we will see.

This weekend is busy with Spring Ring at my church.  I play handbells, and I teach kids how to play chimes and this weekend is our big concert for the year, plus my kids play in church Sunday morning.  As a result, my sewing time is limited.

Time to pick up the rotary cutter and finish cutting out Block 8.  Linking up with Love, Laugh and Quilt.

-Christina

Friday, May 12, 2017

Table Runner is Finished!


I had a hard and fast deadline of getting this beautiful pattern for a table runner done.  Did I make it?  Yes, I did!

This is how it turned out.


It was hard to give away as it is so pretty and my husband loves it, but it has gone to a loving home to a soon to be married couple.

Here are a few more pictures.  I love the backing on it.


And the quilting, which I took inspiration from the original made by Cora's Quilts.


I love how it turned out!  This is a finish from my Quarter 2 goals #22.  Now it is time to work on their wedding quilt.  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish-It-Up Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Fridays.

-Christina

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May OMG


I'm squeaking in my post this month about my May OMG.  I finished my April OMG, just not by the deadline.  I will share the end result on Friday.  I almost did not give it away because both my husband and I loved it!


The May OMG that I am setting is to iron fabric , cut and start to sew the blocks together for a wedding quilt...in June.  In my perfect world, I would love to get the quilt top totally put together so the first weekend of June I can quilt it, and then bind it the week before the wedding (June 11).  If I accomplish this all, it will be the first wedding quilt I have finished on time!  I am always up for the challenge!


In between the quilt top sewing, I will be finishing the Sweet Tooth blocks 7 and 8 for Breakfast Club that will be the third Saturday of the month, and maybe even starting on blocks 9 and 10.

Here is to a busy, but fun filled month of sewing!  Linking up and sharing at Elm Street Quilts and the One Monthly Goal link-up.

-Christina

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rug Finished!

Late last week I was able to finish repairing the rug I was asked to fix.
It started like this


And ended up like this


I am proud of the end product, yes it is not perfect as this was my first rug fix, however if you look at a distance it does not appear to be a bad fix.  The dog that chewed through it and created the mess in the first place, actually ate some of the strips so I had to be creative to make it look halfway decent.  It has a two strip braid around the curve because I did not have enough strips.

The rug is happily back with its owner as of last weekend as we were in the same area.  We were in the same area because I was working on this


After 10 batches of jam making on Saturday, and giving some to various people this is what I ended up with.  There are 6 different types, and they are all delicious (I'm sure that is the sugar talking).  It was exhausting but so worth it!

I can not wait to see what everyone else has finished at Finish It Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Fridays with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

-Christina 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Argyle Table Runner Progress


This week's goal is to get this table runner done because it is for a gift at a bridal shower I am attending on Sunday.
Monday night I ironed the fabrics and cut them.


Then I started strip piecing


And Tuesday I ended getting most of the blocks half put together.


Wednesday night I will get all of the blocks made, and hopefully laid out, so Thursday I can sew it all together.  My goal is to have everything done by Saturday, so I can take final pictures and put the present all together.  This way I'm not rushing Sunday morning.  Good thing I got all of my cleaning done this past weekend for me to be focused on this.  Once this is done, I have to consider what I'm going to set as my May OMG.  I really, really want to make progress on my goal this month.

Linking up at Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts.

-Christina

Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Floor

This week on my design floor/bed, I have several things working.  I need to finish repairing this beautiful handmade rug to return to its owner next weekend.


I want to finish cutting out the mystery quilt by Cora's Quilts called Gathering.  I have about 25% of it cut out.


I would like to cut out and start to put together a table runner for a bridal shower in two weeks.  I have an idea for quilting already.  I just need to get cracking.  I procrastinate a lot...or I just get too busy with other stuff...?


Last on the list is working on my next two Sweet Tooth blocks.  The strips are starched, I just have to iron and start cutting them out to them put them together.


Lots to do this week, but with a positive attitude and the time I can give to each project, I know I can make progress, even if it is a little.

Linking up to Patchwork Times and Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

-Christina

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Slow Stitching

Today Kathy reminds us to slow down and put some stitches in our long term projects.  The projects that I've been working on are not necessarily long term, but they are slow going and progress has been made.


I have been working on this cross stitch.  I officially started it on January 6, 2017 and I have only made it a little ways.  I hope to put more focus on it after I finish the next two projects.


I have made significant progress on this lovely knitted shawl.  I have turned a corner, and I am slowly decreasing.  I like to knit on this while watching TV on the weekends.  We are currently making our way through Fuller House season 2, but we just finished Victoria on Masterpiece PBS and it was beautifully done!  We can not wait until season 2 comes out (fall).  Of course we are also watching Amazing Race as it comes on each week.


Another knitted item I am working on is this beautiful and simple baby blanket for a co-worker.  I can not wait to watch it progress.  I have not tried knitting with this in front of the TV, but I am still memorizing the pattern.  After a few more repeats, I might be able to do it.  If not, it will be my project to take with me as I go places and/or take time to just sit down and relax!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing end to the weekend.  I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Stitching post.

-Christina

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sweet Tooth Progress


This past weekend I made some progress on my Sweet Tooth quilt by Jaybird quilts.  I have 2 of 3 blocks for Block 5 done.  My points are not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty well, and it lays flat!  The hardest part about each block, is not the sewing, but the cutting because it can take a long time for each block.  I tried to divide up the cutting time instead of doing it all at once this month, and I was able to focus better on it.


This week I am going to be working on this beautiful handmade rug!  I'm fixing it for the owner as her dog chewed not the side, but in the middle of all places.  I have to fix the braiding, darn the strips back together, and then sew it back up.  The rug is so big and bulky that it is hard to work with.  I see a good arm workout in the future.


One last photo to share with everyone.  This is the Carlsbad Flower Fields, with a beautiful backdrop of the ocean.  My Mom and I went last Friday and this was one of the pictures I took.  If you are in the area, I highly suggest it just for the pure beauty of it, and they have fun activities for kids, plus a tractor ride (I love it even as an adult)!

Have a great rest of your week!  Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Bee Social.

-Christina

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Q2 2017 Finish-A-Long Goals


It is a new quarter of the year, and not much was accomplished the first quarter of 2017.  Here is to a new quarter where accomplishing more will happen.  So without further ado, let us see what is on my list.

1. Table Runner for J&B's wedding (took place in Early December)


2. Baby quilt for my Cousin's son who was born in the middle of January.


3. Knitting a blue shawl - deadline long past, but will use in my office, especially when it gets cold/drafty


4. Knitting a purple shawl - same thing as above


5. Cross stitch Marriage record for C&T (late present)


6. Wedding quilt for C&T (late present, at least they know it is coming)


7. Handiwork (something I have been trying to catch up on for the last year, I just need to use one of my off fridays and sit down and do the minor repairs on most of the items)


8. Make rugs, this includes ripping what I've done out and restarting as I found a different pattern I want to use (belated Christmas gift..we won't say how many years late)


9. Charity Quilt top for Prayers and Squares at my Grandmother's church


10. 2nd Charity quilt top for Prayers and Squares at my Grandmother's church (I started these before I got married, which means they are about four years old.  I just found them in one of the last boxes I still have to unpack)


11. Wedding quilt for D&D (late present, at least they know it is coming)


12. Quilt for one of my Grandmother's (shhh, it is a surprise for her)


13. Mom's quilt (this one is even older than 10 and 11.  I got the kit in college and got frustrated with it because my 1/4 inch seam was off and I was doing a horrible job at cutting.)


14. Wedding quilt for N&B (this wedding is this year, 2017, shhh, it is also a surprise)


15. Christmas Table Runner  (this was going to be a present, but Christmas Eve my cat decided to play with my soda on the table and spilled some on it, so I could not gift it due to running.  I tried to remove the stain, which did not work so it is all taken apart to replace what was stained, and now it is time to put it back together)


16. Second Christmas Table Runner (still to be finished for a Christmas present)


17. Bonnie Hunter's En Providence Mystery Quilt (I've printed all of the clues and my fabrics picked out, I just have to actually start on it.  I do love the reveal, and I'm considering making it just a tad larger to fit on a queen size bed)



18. Knit scarf for my husband.  He saw the scarves I made for my grandparents for Christmas, and wants a few scarves.  As a result I am going to get this one done, and have the other two made for next winter.  It is made with a simple pattern.  Knit stitch about 30 stitches across and then 70" long.



19. This quilt is from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and I plan to make it for charity.  I hope to participate in the Hands 2 Help that she is hosting, but I do not know if I will get it done in time for the deadline this year.  I am making it with orange and browns, and I just picked out the fabrics today.


20.  This is another pattern from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and I plan to also make it for charity. I hope to participate in the Hands 2 Help that she is hosting, but I do not know if I will get it done in time for the deadline this year.  I am making it with purples and greens as the latices, and I just picked out the fabrics today.  It is going to be gorgeous I think.


21.  The last quilt is a mystery quilt a long with Cora's Quilts called Gathering.  The fabrics are gorgeous and I can not wait to see what pattern is revealed.  Week 3 was just posted, and it will be finished middle of June.  As long as I stay on top of it, I might actually get it done!


22.  A table runner for N (see 14), who's bridal shower is in the early part of May.  This is also my One Monthly Goal (Elm Street Quilts) for April.  The fabrics are blue, green and browns and going to be gorgeous.  The pattern is by Cora's Quilts!  Fabrics are starched, time to get to sewing!


Wow, it is a really really long list, but if I can knock a few of these things off the list and/or even make progress on these things I will be very happy.  I can not wait to see what everyone else is planning to make progress on.  Linking up to Throw a Wrench in the Works for the 2017 Finish-A-Long.

-Christina