Two weeks ago my Mom and I were able to complete San Diego's Quilt Shop Hop in one day. It was a ton of fun, and of course many fun quilty things came home with me. Some have plans some do not, but I will find uses for them. Each shop makes a block and pattern, and as a participant you get the pattern for free at each shop. The theme for the blocks was Crusin' the Tropics, and each store had to stay within that theme. For the first time ever, I bought the kits to make each block, and I even bought a finishing quilt for the style that I liked best to finish it.
My Mom and I had a great time, exploring each shop and being able to do a mother daughter day. Below is my completed passport right before I turned it in at Quilt in a Day.
I cannot wait to see what the theme for next year. The organizers come up with such cute themes each year.
A new month brings a new goal, especially since I finished my last goal! This month I am going to put together a table runner with two sides for a newly married couple (December still counts for newly right?). The fabrics are picked out, starched, and ironed. I just need to cut, sew, layer, quilt and bind. I can not wait to get this done and give it to them right after they get back from their belated honeymoon at the end of the month. I better get started!
One last thing before I sign off for the month. I won February's giveaway for the Fat Quarter's Shop gift certificate. A huge THANK YOU to Fat Quarter's Shop. I am still deciding on what I'm going to get, but I will share when it arrives.
I finished the table runner, literally just in time for the wedding. Pictures were taken after it was washed about an hour before we left for the reception. Talk about cutting it close! Hopefully I will not be cutting it that close again, but I do need to work on getting caught up on all of the outstanding IOUs that I have out for quilts. One project at a time. Are you ready for some pictures? I think it turned out beautifully! TaDa!
I feel like the picture below captures the vibrancy of the colors, and shows the individual block. Yes, the points are not perfect, but it was my first time doing curves and piecing a top on the diagonal, and I think it turned out great. The quilting helped to hide it a little, and I do not think it detracts from the overall table runner.
This was my first time washing a quilt before giving it away, and I love the feeling and look it created that I want to do this every time I finish a quilt. You can see the texture and the beautiful freehand border I did in this picture.
I am making progress! This is a big plus, especially since I need to get this table runner done and washed by Saturday evening for a wedding gift! Each night I have set little goals for myself, and I am completing those goals plus going a little further, so I will not be putting the final touches on minutes before the reception!
This is a piece with many firsts, including curved piecing and putting together something on the diagonal. Both of these items could use some work, especially the curved piecing, which I have learned a few tricks while doing this runner. But, I have also learned that instead of using a rotary cutter when I need to cut patterned pieces, take the extra time to trace and hand cut out the pieces. It WILL save a whole lot of frustration and unpicking of seams later. Also, it will help with getting points and circles lined up just right. If you do not look too closely you can not tell that all the points, and some of the circles are funky. I hope with some quilting they will look even better. I am proud of taking on the challenge and not backing out and getting something from their registry.
Now it is time to get the last of the borders on and prep the backing and batting for some basting! Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, and checking out what other people are doing.
January was a whirlwind. Actually I found a new author and read all of her published works in between working full time, and family scheduled events. I really enjoyed the author, of course I do love a good romance novel. But now we are in February, and I have a lot to get done this month (when do I not?), but I have to complete a table runner by this weekend for a wedding, and I really want to get the other table runner for the couple that got married in December done, plus a baby shower gift for my husband's friend's 3rd kid (and first two kids as I never made them anything), and another baby gift for my cousin's new child. Wow, I'm tired just thinking about it all.
Good thing I have made great progress on the first table runner tonight, which is also my one monthly goal. It is a little nerve racking as it is my first curved piecing project, but they have not turned out too horribly, only a little, where if I sew it together right/and quilt it it will not look too bad (or so I hope, the end product does not lie). This project will be done this weekend.
Then the second part of the month I would like to get the 2nd table runner done for the couple that got married in December. I've had this as my goal for the last two months, and this month will be the month I finish it! The fabric is starched, I just have to iron, cut and sew the pieces together. Then layer it, quilt and put on the binding. Not too hard, especially with a sew day coming up!
The jewelry for my best friend's wedding that was on November 12, was completed right before the rehearsal and dinner on November 11. Talk about cutting it close! But they turned out lovely, and I'm happy with the end product. I made 5 necklaces, and 6 bracelets (one for the bride + all of the bridesmaids). The idea came from what we wanted/liked after pursuing Charming Charlie's however they did not have the style in gold to match the necklace the bride had already found. As a result I came in to save the day and made the jewelry two weeks before the wedding. In the end, they turned out just how she wanted them, and they looked great with everyone's dresses.
A second finish was for Christmas, I made two matching scarves from the Canon Layer Cakes they have out right now. My grandparents are Ohio State alum and collage sweethearts, and they LOVE Ohio State. As a result, when I saw the scarlet and gray layer cakes I knew what I was making them for Christmas. Of course once they opened their presents together they immediately put them on which was heart warming to see. I know they will be put to good use, especially when they return home in the next few months. I loved how these turned out.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Fridays. I am now all caught up from all the sharing from the last few months of 2016. Check out my Appalachian Museum post, to learn about our trip before the wedding referenced above. Now it is time to make progress on my Q1 and 2017 goals for the year.
It is January of a new year, and that means it is time to set my quarterly goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I'm setting my goals high, there are a few that I have to get done this quarter and others I need to start working on. If I make decent progress on some, maybe I will get more quilts finished this year. Each quarter I am able to reassess my goals, and it makes me think of what needs to get done. So, let us see what is on my list.
1. Table Runner for J&B's wedding (took place in Early December)
2. Table Runner for T&M's wedding (taking place in February)
3. Baby quilt for my Cousin's son who will be born any day now (mid-January is his due date)
4. Knitting a blue shawl - deadline long past, but will use in my office, especially when it gets cold/drafty
5. Knitting a purple shawl - same thing as above
6. Cross stitch Marriage record for C&T (late present)
7. Wedding quilt for C&T (late present, at least they know it is coming)
8. 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)
9. 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)
10. Charity Quilt top for Prayers and Squares at my Grandmother's church
11. 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)
12. Wedding quilt for D&D (late present, at least they know it is coming)
13. Quilt for one of my Grandmother's (shhh, it is a surprise for her)
14. 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.)
15. Wedding quilt for N&B (this wedding is this year, 2017, shhh, it is also a surprise)
16. 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 need to try and remove the stain and redo the quilting on it, then bind)
17. Second Christmas Table Runner (still to be finished for a Christmas present)
18. 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)
19. 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.
Wow, long list, but if I can make progress on these things I will be very happy. Time to fix the tension on my featherweight and make some great progress on these projects. 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.
The Appalachian Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Museum, presented a wonderful look into the life that was lead by various Appalachian people, that some probably still lead today.
When we first walked to the front there was a barn quilt square. It made me very happy to see.
While we were in the Hall of Fame there were many quilts. They all had history and were inspiring to read about. Of course who can forget the detailed workmanship, which was gorgeous and very inspiring. Now for your viewing pleasure, some eye candy.
These quilts behind the glass still had the newspapers that they used for English Paper Piecing with the fabric. It was amazing to see, and fun to read what the newspaper said, especially the prices for items.
This is a sampler that in the Hall of Fame, and the details were inspiring and gorgeous. Even though you can tell it is old, I believe that added to its charm.
Here is the cabin that Mark Twain's family use to live in. He never lived in the cabin as they moved out of the region before he was born. Their cabin was nice, it was one of the first bigger ones that we saw, but it was still smaller than our apartment, which just amazes me.
Inside one of the cabins there was a weaving loom and strips of fabric rolled into balls, and these gorgeous rugs. They were using what they had, whether it be from old clothes or old quilts. These rugs that they had turned out beautifully.
We also found an old rag rug, which is something I need to work on, as I have a few in the making. It just made me smile when I saw it in one of the cabins. (At this point, my husband is just shaking his head because I have a big smile on my face and pointing everything out to him fabric related and talking about it)
At the end of the tour (self guided) there was a saw mill, with fresh saw dust. The saw mill had just been used the previous weekend we were there. I found this really cool as it is keeping history alive.
Would we come back here, yes! we would come back. There is so much history of the area and the life that was lived in the mountains. It would be educational for our kids when they are in elementary/middle school.