Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 2018 One Monthly Goal


My July One Monthly Goal is to put together a baby quilt top.  I need to get this quilt finished by the middle of August for a baptism.  For my May OMG I was able to cut it out out, and now I just need to put it together.


I hope I am able to get this completed as I am gone for over a week this month, and it is a busy month as it is the summer.

I would like to wish everyone in the United States a Happy 4th of July.  I hope everyone is enjoying some great BBQ and fireworks tonight.

Photo is from Michigan City LaPorte

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-Christina

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 26

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: 30 out of 30
Days spent stitching in July: 1 out of 1
Days spent stitching for 2018: 157 out of 182
Rate of Success: 86.3%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

Last week went very well as I found a little more stitching time each day than 15 minutes.  I was able to finish all of my goals for the week, you can see the post here.  I'm excited that I have now found two full months of stitching time.  Will I be able to find stitching time each day this month?  I am leading some youth from our church next week to camp, so next week will tell.  I will update everyone in two weeks.  I hope everyone is seeing a little bit of progress on things they are working on.

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Design Wall Tuesday

What a week it was!  I got everything on last weeks list done!!!!  That has never happened before!  I always tend to slip up somewhere, well not this week.

I got my June OMG done, you can check out the blog post here:


I got the wedding quilt done, and it is in the mail right now onto the happy couple!  You can read about the finished quilt here:



Then I got the pieces for my Christmas in July tutorial cut out, and they are already partly sewn together now.


Now that I got all of that done last week, I need to create new goals.  My goals for the next two weeks are:

First I want to finish my sample for my tutorial, taking process photos for each step, and getting it hand quilted so I can just trim it and put the pillow backing on it when I return.


My second goal for the next two weeks is to draw out a quilt or two and color out one or two quilts.  This includes doing all of the calculations that I like to do.  (I love the calculations part of starting a new quilt)

(No picture of that, as there is not much to show, except empty graph paper right now)

My third goal is to write out the tutorial for my tutorial for Christmas in July project.  The Christmas in July blog hop that is taking place at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This blog hop has a ton of bloggers, and will begin on July 14th, so come on by and check it out.  I will be sharing my tutorial and a few other fun things on July 19th.

(No picture of that, and when I finish it you will have to take my word :))

My fourth goal is to work towards finish my second snowflake pillow, that I started for the last Christmas in July blog hop.  A few people saw my pillow top and wanted a tutorial, so I figured this would be the year I provided.  I will be machine quilting this one, to show two different ways to quilt it and still make it look good.


Come back in two weeks and see what I am able to accomplish.  I will be out of town next week at Sierra Service Project serving a community, leading some youth from our church.  I'm excited as Sierra Service Project is dear to my heart.

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

Friday, June 29, 2018

Finished Quilt!


I was able to finish a quilt that I was suppose to give away in the middle of May, but I was not able to finish it in time.  Now it is finished, and I think it turned out wonderfully!  I kind of want to keep it for myself, but I labeled it for the happy couple.


The backing I choose is perfect for the front, and compliments it well.  I quilted it with simple waves across the width of the quilt.  The quilt pattern is from Cheryl's Meadow Mist blog, called Magnolia Mystery that was hosted from July 2017 through March 2018.  She is hosting a new QAL this year that starts in July.  Check it out if you love plus signs.  The quilt looks to be awesome, but I have too many other irons in the fire.


One close up to finish off the quilt.  I am very proud of it.  I used a linen for the background, and binding.  The binding was tougher to sew through as I hand sew my bindings down.  In the end I love the look, and we will see how it washes up this weekend, when I put it through the wash before boxing it up and sending it off to the happy couple.

This is my 4th finish for the quarter, my first time finishing that many, and two of them being big quilts too, is awesome!  This is on my Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long list as number 48.

Linking up to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict

-Christina

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 2018 OMG Finished!


I finished my June One Monthly Goal with plenty of time to spare this month!  My goal was to finish cutting out a quilt top, and finish block 2 for the same quilt that will be given to my Mom when it is finally finished.


Here are my setting triangles and borders all cut and ready to go.  I think the setting triangle fabric will bring everything together, as I'm sure you can see from the darker blocks that the colors are all over the place.


Here are my finished block 2's.  They turned out great, and I can not wait to see it all put together.  This quilt has been in progress since 2008.  I was hope to get it finished by Christmas this year to give it as a gift.

Linking up to:
Elm Street Quilts
Sew Fresh Quilts

-Christina

Monday, June 25, 2018

Design Wall Monday

This week I finished the tubes for my first goal, I just need to cut out the blocks and iron them to finish my June OMG, which should happen by the middle of the week!  (Sorry no picture of this step, because there are other cooler things below.)

My husband and I celebrated being married for 5 years on Friday, where we had a nice romantic dinner out.  On Saturday, we went to the County fair as it is currently taking place, and as it is our wood anniversary I got my husband this awesome sign, which will be the center of our photo wall when we have a house.


Then we had flowers on the alter where we got married that was pretty close to what my bouquet looked like for our wedding.  Our church's florist did an amazing job with them.


To top off a great weekend, I pulled out my cross stitching, and started working on it.  I'm further along than even this picture as I was able to work on it during my lunch time today.  I have the motivation to get it done.  It will be a little while, but if I keep at it at a steady pace it will be done by the end of the summer, I think, fingers crossed.


After all of that excitement, it is time for my goals for this week, which are:

My first goal is to finish the second block type for my Mom's quilt.  I just need to cut the second strip sets (darker blocks), and then iron.  Then my June OMG will be done, and hopefully not at the last minute!


My second goal for the week is to finish 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 got about half of what I wanted to get done, done last week, which means I have about one more night's worth of binding to complete.  Then it is burying the various threads from quilting.  There are not a lot on the front, but there are several on the back.  Not something hard to do, I just need to lay it out.


My fourth goal is to start working on my tutorial for a snowflake pillow for the Christmas in July blog hop that is taking place at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This blog hop has a ton of bloggers, and will begin on July 14th, so come on by and check it out.  I will be sharing my tutorial and a few other fun things on July 19th.

(Sorry no photo, as I do not have any yet, and do I want to spoil the surprise yet?)

Come back next week and see what I am able to accomplish this week!

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 25

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: 24 out of 24
Days spent stitching for 2018: 150 out of 175
Rate of Success: 85.7%
My week runs Monday through Sunday.

This week went well!  I made great progress on my June One Monthly Goal, where I am going to be pretty close to finishing it tonight.  I had a little time for some slow stitching on a binding, and of course I made some stash enhancements, granted they are for specific projects.  I think next year I should keep track of what I use and what I bring in, because my project supplies are increasing, but I have not made much progress on using them.  One night this week, I did some sewing for my 15 minutes about 11:15pm, I was cutting it close.  I actually debated staying until and starting my 15 minutes at midnight for the next day.  In the end I did not do that, but I thought it was funny.  I hope everyone is successful and making progress on the projects they are trying to move along this year.  I know I am.  Thanks Kate for hosting this great link-up!

Linking up to:
Life in Pieces

-Christina

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