Friday, November 17, 2017

Shawl Done!

My shawl is finally finished.  I have no idea what was holding me back, but to finish it was nice and easy.  I got to enjoy some new knitting company at the same time.  I was able to attend a knit night at one of my local yarn shops.  I enjoyed myself and was able to get it done within the first hour, even with all of the talking and project sharing that was going on.


The shawl ended up being about 33" long and 70" wide.  It is perfect for me to take to the office and wrap up when it gets a little chilly in there, which is often.  Made with yarn from Juniper Moon, which is so soft and snuggly.


I love the detail on the edges that the pattern created.  It was simple to do.  I was also able to learn a new stitch, a yarn over.  It is pretty basic, but I had never done it before!


This is #3 on my Q4 Finish-a-Long list.  I am slowly making progress on knocking them off.

Sharing at:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts
TGIFF

-Christina

Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I did not get much done last week.  Errands took much longer than I anticipated (why is it that way with everything), and the weekend flew by.  This week I am regrouping and making my list smaller to hopefully make some progress on all items listed (only 3).  My first goal is to finish Step 4 for Royal Gardens, which is a quilt along with Breakfast Club at my LQS.  I want to get it done by Saturday so I can get points, which will lead to percentage off an item in December.

My second goal is to is to start quilting this panel for a chenille blanket.  My niece loves Doc McStuffin', and it contains her two favorite colors, pink and purple.  I would like to at least start it this week, if I get more done like sewing all of the straight lines I have ahead of me even better.  But, I'm not going to push myself.



My third goal is to do the same thing as goal number two to this panel.  It is for my husband's Christmas gift and I have to work on it when he is not home while I am home, which is few and far between and will be even lesser soon.  I hope to get it started, it just depends upon how late he stays out Friday night.


This week I set only 3 small goals, but it will help me make progress on these items.  This weekend also starts the annual holiday baking I do.  I am preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I have lots of prep work to do, and we are making tamales for Christmas gifts for family this year.  It takes a lot of work to put them together, even though I love doing it!  As a result, I have a very full weekend ahead of me with little room for sewing time, but it will be worth it.  My husband and I are planning a weekend at the end December or in January where we just sit at home and I get to sew, and he gets to play on his game system.  I can dream about serious sewing until then, and plan what I'm going to work on to make some great progress on.

Have a great week everyone!

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-Christina

Friday, November 10, 2017

Baby Afghan Finished!


I finished this beautiful afghan for a co-workers baby, and just in time for the celebration for her.  I love the detail within the pattern.


The pattern I used was from Our Best Knit Baby Afghans, published by Leisure Arts, and the name is Fanciful Rose designed by Rachel J. Terrill.


The finished size is 35" by 41" made with baby acrylic yarn, perfect for any messes baby makes on it as it is machine washable and dry.

This is #23 on my Q4 Finish-a-Long list.  First finish of the quarter!

I can not wait to see what everyone has made progress on this week.
Sharing at:
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Busy Hands Quilts

-Christina

Monday, November 6, 2017

November OMG


I choose the same goal for the last few months, with very little progress made.  This month, instead of choosing the same project again, I am going to change gears and work on some Christmas gifts, and make that for my One Monthly Goal.  I want to get the three panels below fully done.  They all will be chenilled and then bound like a regular quilt.  I am excited to be getting these done, because I will still have four other panels to chenille before Christmas!





I would also like to make progress on making five stitch and flip wreaths for Christmas gifts, and start Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt, On Ringo Lake the day after Thanksgiving.  I am really excited because I am going to try and stay on top of the clues.  It is going to be a very busy month, but with serious progress to be made this weekend I am looking forward to it.

Sharing my goals for the month over at Elm Street Quilts.

-Christina

Monday Design Wall

Last week I was finally able to finish (except for the label), this baby blanket.  Come back on Friday to see it fully finished.


This week I have a four day weekend, but the first day is going to be filled with all of the errands and chores you put off for when you have a long weekend.  But, I do hope to get some quilting time in.  My first goal is to finish Clue 4 for a mystery (no longer a mystery) Bel Canto quilt at my LQS.  I want to get it done by Saturday so I can try and win free money.  (Who does not want that).

My second goal is to is to start quilting this panel for a chenille blanket.  My niece loves Doc McStuffin', and it contains her two favorite colors, pink and purple.  I hope to get it fully quilted on my new machine, and two layers cut on all the rows to chenille it.  Maybe I will even get the binding prepped, can I hope that far?  It will be so much easier to quilt it on my new machine.



My third goal is to do the same thing as goal number two to this panel.  It is for my husband's Christmas gift and I have to work on it when he is not home while I am home, which is few and far between and will be even lesser soon.


My fourth goal 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 eight weeks.  



My fifth goal is to iron and cut out the fabrics for my Proud Mary quilt, which is my quilt for Busy Hands Quilts QAL from the Splash of Color book by Jackie Kunkel.  My goal is to stay up to date with this QAL, which is not happening as of last week.  To catch up I need to finish ironing my fabrics, cut the rest of my fabrics and get the first half of my blocks put together by next Monday.  Can I do it?


I did not do very well as I over planned what I wanted to get done within all facets of my life last week.  I had to really re-evaluate everything today, and I hope I made a plan for the week that everything will get accomplished and I can make some great headway with the various quilts I am trying to get done.

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-Christina

Monday, October 30, 2017

Proud Mary Cut Out


I made it!  In the knick of time, before the next step comes out.  Proud Mary is cut out, and now to use my new to me machine to start putting the blocks together.  I hope to get this part done earlier than a late night before.

Sharing at Sew Fresh Quilts.

-Christina

A New Week and A New....

MACHINE!!!!!

Isn't she lovely!  I still can not believe she belongs to me now.  She is used, but at the perfect price she was able to come home for me (I'm still working on a name for her, it will come).  If I did not get it (after talking it over with my husband), my Mom would have picked it up.  The shop is now on the lookout for a second one for her.  It is an Bernina 830 Limited Edition.  This one did not come with the embroidery unit, but when I am ready to add it, I will be able to, which is nice.  I also know the home it came from, so I know it was well taken care of before.

I was at our LQS for Friday and Saturday taking a class with Cat Wilson for Judy Niemeyer's paper piecing patterns.  I had two goals, I completed one, and only got the other goal half way done.  But, I am closer to getting it done than I was before, and I will be able to get help on the part after when she comes back to the shop at the end of April.  Here is what I completed.


I can not wait to get this quilt fully put together because it is going to look awesome with the colors I choose.

Now it is time to think about what I'm going to try and get done during the week.  My first goal 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 seven weeks and still failed to work on it.  So I really hope I can this week, especially since it is my October OMG, and I have to think about my November OMG.  (My goal is to cut it out on tomorrow night)



My second goal is to iron and cut out the fabrics for my Proud Mary quilt, which is my quilt for Busy Hands Quilts QAL from the Splash of Color book by Jackie Kunkel.  My goal is to stay up to date with this QAL.  (I am cutting it close on this one, as it needs to be done tomorrow...)



My third goal is to start quilting this panel for a chenille blanket.  My niece loves Doc McStuffin', and it contains her two favorite colors, pink and purple.  I hope to get it fully quilted on my new machine, and two layers cut on all the rows to chenille it.  Maybe I will even get the binding prepped, can I hope that far?  It will be so much easier to quilt it on my new machine.


My fourth goal is to start working on Clue 4 for a mystery (no longer a mystery) Bel Canto quilt at my LQS.  I want to get it done by the second Saturday so I can try and win free money.  (Who does not want that).  I want to try and pick out my fabric strips and iron them, and maybe even cut everything to start putting it together.

The last item is when I have spare time in the evening/during laundry time, which is to finish knitting this afghan.  I have about 2 rows left, maybe 5 depending upon size.  I made great progress this last week.  I am really hoping to finish this week so I can share it during Finish it Up Friday.


Hopefully I have not planned to do too much based on the time I have available, as I am still working on not planning too much.  Next week we will see how I did.

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-Christina

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The 300th Day of the Year

Friday is the 300th day of the year, which means we only have 65 days left of the year. I felt like it is a perfect time to do a "mid" year review of what my goals were for 2017. My comments of how things have gone are in red.

1. Work on and or finish Wedding presents - there are quilts for C&T, (quilt to finish) - not done, T&M (table runner to finish) - finished, check it out here, L&B (quilt to start) - not done, S&D (quilt to work on) - not done, J&B (table runner to finish) - finished, check it out here, D&D (quilt to work on/finish?) - not done, I am hoping to start working on it before the year ends, and N&B (quilt to gift at their wedding) - not done.

2. Complete Dr. Who quilt for my husband - not done, however it has been started.

3. Finish a quilt for Mom - not done, however I have properly learned how to use the tool, so now to take the time to figure out how to fix my mistake to move forward.

4. Participate in a QAL, and keep up with the clues are they are given - currently I am working on Busy Hands Quilts' QAL for a quilt called Proud Mary in Splash of Color by Jackie Krunkle. We have to cut out our fabrics and post by next Tuesday. I hope to get it done by Monday night and continue to keep up. If I do, I will have a completed quilt top by the end of November!

5. Make a tutorial for blog to help spread the quilting word - I made a tutorial for a table runner that I created to participate within the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict. You can check out my tutorial here. I hope to do another one by the end of the year, we will see if I make it.

6. Start to organize stash/cut up scraps from previous quilts and keep up with new scraps - I have starched them, I have yet to iron and organize/cut them as necessary. I keep thinking and tweaking how I want to organize my scraps to help me get the most out of them.

7. DO NOT buy fabric or kits unless it is needed to finish a project (it is a goal, but in reality it probably won't last too long). - Haha, this did not last very long, however I have been on a no craft supplies buying binge since the beginning of October, with of course some serious stipulations. I did break down to buy some sock yarn kits for Harry Potter socks, that I am going to make my family and myself. It is in pre-order status and I will not receive them for a while. No fabric has been bought of yet, and will not until Veteran's Day weekend to finish some projects/pick up some fabric for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, to create a variety of the colors that she has chosen that I do not have in my stash.

8. Finish Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts - I have not even touched this. I hope to start on the new mystery quilt when it starts on November 24.

9. Organize pattern library, or even start to - I have not done.

10. Get out more in the blogging community, which means I need to comment and post on other people's blog posts, offering words of encouragement and offering advice from what I have learned. - I have done a little of this, but I want to continue doing it, I enjoy encouraging others on their projects.

11. Post more about the process of making something on my blog, instead of just showing a finished project. - I am definitely doing. I have started posting Monday Design Wall posts of progress pictures/what I hope to work on that week. I have also learned that I over plan on what I plan to work on throughout the week, but I do not have the time to do what I plan, so I need to be more selective about what I should put my focus on for the week. I am a work in progress.

What a reflection. Somethings I have worked on and/or started in the way of projects, but I have a lot more to go. I have been able to incorporate most of my goals for blogging, and kept it up throughout the year. I hope to finish the last 65 days strong. Because I know I am not going to make much headway on my goals I feel like I should pull out two or three and really try to make them happen by the end of the year. I am going to choose #7, which I should be pretty successful at, I will be buying some fabric for some upcoming baby quilts to do, but they will be on sale and needed. #4, continue and finish the QAL I am currently participating in, and #10, my goal is to comment on 3-5 blog posts a week from various blogs that I regularly read and pick from the linky parties I participate in. I have some other goals for making Christmas presents, and staying on top of my Breakfast Club quilt through my LQS, and Bel Canto, which is a mystery quilt through my LQS, which is beautiful and premiering at Market this weekend.

I'm ready to finish this year off strong!
Sharing at Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts.
-Christina

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday One Day Late

I was able to complete my first goal last week, which was to complete step 3 of Royal Gardens, as my Breakfast Club's assignment at my LQS.  I only had to make four blocks which helped me.  I can not wait to get this quilt put together as it is going to be gorgeous!  My finished blocks are below.


This week my first goal 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 six weeks and failed to work on it.  So I really hope I can this week, especially since it is my October OMG again.  (My goal is to cut it out on Sunday)



My second goal is to iron and cut out the fabrics for my Proud Mary quilt, which is my quilt for Busy Hands Quilts QAL from the Splash of Color book by Jackie Kunkel.  My goal is to stay up to date with this QAL.



My third goal is to start quilting this panel for a chenille blanket.  My niece loves Doc McStuffin', and it contains her two favorite colors, pink and purple.  I hope to get it half quilted.  Simple straight lines 1/2" apart from one another.  It will be a lot of lines to get it quilted halfway.


This weekend is a retreat weekend (Friday and Saturday) with Cat Wilson a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor at my LQS.  My Mom and I will be quilting together, which makes it even more fun for me.  I have a few goals for both of my projects while we are there.  On my Woodcarver's Star I want to start on the spikes and fan pieces so that I can learn how to put them, as Cat told me at the last retreat there is a secrete way to put them together.  One my Vintage Rose quilt I want to get the 8 of either the left or right side of the thorns done, and learn which section after the thorns are done for me to do.  I am excited to spend a weekend quilting and make progress on two long term projects.


The last item is when I have spare time in the evening/during laundry time, which is to finish knitting this afghan.  I have about 3 rows left, maybe 6 depending upon size.  I made great progress this last week, and I even shared it during Breakfast Club at my LQS.  I am really hoping to finish this week so I can share it during Finish it Up Friday.


Hopefully I have not planned to do too much based on the time I have available, as I am still working on not planning too much.  Next week we will see how I did.

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-Christina