Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal for March

Maybe my one monthly goal for March will actually be two goals.

I participated in the Meadow Mystery quilt designed by Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs.  I love how mine turned out and yesterday I added a border.  My first and main goal for March is to buy backing material and batting and get it quilted.  I keep looking at it, but have no idea how I'll quilt it.  Usually, early on I'll get a feeling about the quilting I'll do, but no feeling so far.  It best be hitting me pretty soon.

Here is a picture of my top that I will be free motion quilting/walking foot quilting.  Oh, and that's my quilt inspector, Lola, making sure it is ready to quilt:

My second goal will be to complete three of my redwork blocks for a Christmas wall hanging that I hope to have finished by, you guessed it, Christmas.  I just started one of the smaller ones and here it is.  The pattern, "Holiday Redwork" came from The Stitch Connection.  I originally saw it posted on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  I've started using a product called Transfer Eze which I purchased last summer at a quilt shop in Oregon.  It works great.  I just print out the design I want to embroider and press it to my fabric.  It washes out just like it says.  You can buy it through Amazon HERE.   It was only $15.00 for a ten pack when I purchased it.

Sunday is my local quilt guild's spring retreat in Amargosa Valley, NV, which is about 50 miles from where we live.  I had so much fun last year and really got a lot accomplished and hope I do this year to.  I'm packing enough projects to keep me busy for a month or two, not just four days.  But I'm sure you know how that goes.

I'll be linking up with One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts.  Thank you Patty.

Happy stitching

Monday, February 27, 2017

One Monthly Goal

Well, I made my One Monthly Goal for February and had fun doing it.  My goal was to make a quilt top for my local Quilts of Valor group.  I hope to get three tops made by the end of this year.  Here are the pictures of my process for making the quilt which will be handed over to our QoV leader on Thursday.

In my February 2nd post I had included three blocks I was considering for the QoV quilt top.  I chose and got permission from Le Ann at Persimmon Quilts to use her Courage block pattern.  A big thanks to Le Ann as I love this block. The next step was to gather up all my red and blue scraps along with fabric obtained from our Quilts of Valor group.  My top is a scrappy one, with the exception of the off white fabric and the red fabric used in the corner HSTs on each block. 

February 4th was the Quilts of Valor sew day and I spent the day cutting fabric for my courage top.


I made one block to see if I could do it and what it would look like as a scrappy block.  I definitely loved it.
Next I spent a lot of time marking all those squares to be made into lots and lots of half square triangles.  It took a long time too.
During the month of February, I was overwhelmed with our local quilt guild's quilt show as I was the intake coordinator.  Did I tell you it was my first year doing this and there was a lot to do.  I did, however, get all the blocks made and sewn together and then the rows sewn together.
I had enough blue and white fabric for the borders, but not red.  We went down to Las Vegas on the 22nd so I could attend the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild meeting that night.  We stayed over with my stepson and his lovely wife, Jennifer, until Friday morning so Thursday I was at JoAnn's getting red fabric among some other fabric and needed notions (my daughter, Jennifer, had given me a gift card for my birthday).  Friday I got the borders cut and started sewing them on and finished up on Saturday.  It has been too windy to get any nice pictures of the finished top so here is a picture taken in our home (38' 5th wheel RV).
This is my second post for today, so be sure to check out my earlier post HERE as it will fill you in on all the quilty things I accomplished during this crazy, busy February.
Happy stitching

Muggamo and Quilt Show

February was a major busy month for me.  My local quilt guild held their yearly quilt show and I volunteered to be the intake coordinator as the lady who had done it for several years was in the process of moving out of state. 

I had entered four quilts/wall hangings in the show and brought home three ribbons, plus $50 in prize money, plus a free entry into next years show (3rd prize). 

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt for 2014,
Grand Illusion took 1st Place
This table topper/wall hanging was a
challenge from my local quilt guild
this year and took 2nd place
A panel I bought in Idaho one
 summer and made into a child's
quilt last year took 3rd place
My favorite was a block challenge
from my Las Vegas Modern
Quilt Guild this year that didn't place.  :(
Of course, there were lots of vendors at our show and I did lots of shopping with my winnings plus a lot more $$$ added in.

On the left a new template for
making stars and a paper piecing kit

Some really beautiful ombre
fabric and a pattern

Fat quarter bundles, half yard
bundles, jelly roll, and a pattern

Other than the quilt show work, I actually accomplished a lot, so here goes.

I have been wanting to join Jen over at Patterns By Jen for her monthly mug rug pattern program (muggamo), but didn't have the time in January (quilt show stuff going on) and didn't think I'd make it for February, but since I finished my one monthly goal on Saturday, I took the time yesterday to make it and had fun doing it.  I dug into my stash and found some leftover Bronco fabric from the travel bag I made for a Christmas gift back in 2015.  So here it is in all its glory.  Be sure to check out Jen's blog for the March mugrug pattern.

Go Broncos Mug Rug

Mug Rug back

Here is a picture of the block(s) that I made for Hive 5's February Stash Bee Queen.  She didn't want them joined together as she is going to mix them up with all the blocks she receives.

I completed my One Monthly Goal, but that will be in another post real soon.

And last, but not least, I finished another redwork block.  My goal is to get all the blocks finished and made into a Christmas quilt to hang up in our 5th wheel before Christmas.  Wish me luck.

Well that's it for now.

Happy stitching

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February's One Monthly Goal

I finally made a decision on what my One Monthly Goal (OMG) would be for the month of February.  It will be a miracle if I get it accomplished as February is the month of my quilt guild's annual quilt show and I'm the Intake Coordinator for it which is taking up a considerable amount of my time.  So, what is my OMG?  I plan to get a top made for my first Quilt of Valor in 2017.  It's my goal for the year to get three tops made and donated. 

I've been checking out quilt blocks on Pinterest, and playing with blocks in my EQ7 program and seeing what I have in my stash that I can best use.  I have a small tub busting with blue fabrics and another one about three-fourths full of reds.  I had gotten two yards of an off-white/cream fabric from our QoV leader which I'll incorporate in the quilt.

Here are a few of my block choices that I've gotten off of Pinterest:

Ribbon Block found HERE
Party Hats from McCalls
I have the opportunity to get a panel from our QoV leader, but not sure I want to use another panel right now.  Time will tell and I best get busy on deciding which block I'll be using.  I emailed the two owners of the Courage Block and the Ribbon Block to see if I can use them and both have graciously okayed the use of their blocks.  Tomorrow I'll be do a test block for each one to decide which one I will use in my February One Monthly Goal quilt top for Quilts of Valor.  I will then use the second one for another top, probably in April.  Remember I want to create three tops this year for Quilts of Valor.  Since we will be working as campground mangers on the Oregon Coast from May 15th to November 1st, I need to plan out my year with this in mind. 
I'm, of course, linking up with Patty over at Elm Street Quilts for her One Monthly Goal.
Happy stitching! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

One Monthly Goal and Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge

Its time for a reveal of my secret stitching.  Are you ready?

Last year I was always going to link up with One Monthly Goal, now with Patty at Elm Street Quilts, and never quite made it, but 2017 is a new year and I finally joined in all the fun.  My goal was two-fold as I was also joining in on the Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge

To begin with, I ordered an Alison Glass fat eighth bundle of Sun Prints and loved each and every one of them.  Last year I had bought myself EQ7 and have been having fun learning all about it.  I originally designed a foundation paper piecing block that I was calling pick up sticks, but it didn't work out as I had planned.  My next choice was using a Monkey Wrench block in a diagonal placement.  It was so hard to choose which prints I would use for the Alison Glass Challenge, but finally decided on some rainbow colors.

Pattern and Choosing Fabrics
Next was cutting and stitching those blocks together. 

And Stitching

It is such a fun process seeing those blocks coming together.  The hold up during the process was my working as Intake Coordinator for my local quilt guild's quilt show coming up in February.  I spent a week of January entering all those show entries into a spreadsheet, emailing cover labels to the entrants, and creating placards that will go on the entries for the show.  And two meetings that lasted three hours each.  I started getting anxious that I wouldn't get the quilt finished before the end of January.  But I got it all pieced together, pressed and clipped about a zillion threads, and finally pin basted.
Pressing and Clipping Threads

Pin Basting
The hardest thing for me is deciding on how to quilt a project.  I really, really, want to get into some "wild quilting", but didn't have the time on this project.  I decided to do some straight, and not so straight, line quilting and going on the diagonal opposite of the block diagonal.  I used thread that matched each of the block fabrics.


and More Quilting
Of course, next was binding which I did yesterday.  Talk about last minute.
Binding Fun
And then the finale, a finished project.
Lola Giving it the Final Okay

I had a lot of fun creating this project and joining in the fun with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl and her Alison Glass Challenge.  I'll be linking up HERE for it.  Many thanks Yvonne.
I'm also linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal.  Thank you Patty.
Happy stitching


Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year and One Monthly Goal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May your year be full of joy, good health and lots of quilty fun.

This new year brings lots of new quilting opportunities for me.  One thing I hope to stick with is One Monthly Goal which is hosted by Patty over at Elm Street Quilts.  Check out the information HERE and see all the GREAT sponsors and prizes.  I had hoped to do this last year, but it just didn't happen.

My One Monthly Goal for January is to finish up the project I've been working on for the Alison Glass Challenge Linky Party hosted by Yvonne at quilting JETgirl.  Yvonne announced the challenge the first week in December.  I didn't have any AG fabrics so I went online shopping and ended up purchasing a fat 1/8 bundle of AG Sun Prints and they are gorgeous.  I created a paper piecing plan in EQ7 and worked on it with some test fabric and I ended up dumping that plan and created a new one.    Here are a couple sneak peeks of what I'm working on.

My EQ7 Design and Some of the Fabric

Working Away on Marion, a/k/a Bernina
Fabric Left Over Fat 1/8 Piece

As for 2017, I have my Quilter's Planner all filled in with birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments and ready for the fun to begin.  I used this planner last year and loved it and this year's planner has lots of terrific upgrades.

Happy stitching,

Friday, December 16, 2016

2017 Planning Party

Can you believe its that time of year already?  I sure can't.  The time is flying by at the speed of light, and speaking of spead, I'll be linking up with Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl for her 2017 Planning Party.  I participated last year and did okay with my 2016 plans.  Several items on my goal list were completed, some are still works in progress, and a few got dropped by the wayside. 

I looked over last years list and have moved a few things to my 2017 list and added a few more.  So, without anymore delay (drumroll please), here is my list of 2017 quilty goals:
  • Meadow Mystery Quilt - this is ongoing and will finish up in April 2017.  I plan getting it quilted before we leave the summer.  We'll be campground managers for another year at Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast.
  • 2017 Stash Bee - I'm in Hive 5 and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on making the requested block each moth and getting it mail off on time. 
  • Mighty Lucky Quilting Club - I've joined this club for 2017 and also very excited to be participating.  I plan on staying on top of this each month.  
  • Make 3 Quilts of Valor quilts during the year. 
  • Make 1 baby quilt to donate.
  • Make 1 English paper pieced La Passacaglia rosette each month.
  • Make 1 redwork block each month.
  • Design and make a quilt to enter into a quilt show.  This is a scary one.
  • Complete my project for the Alison Glass Challenge Linky Party which will end January 31, 2017.
  • Pins and Needles Quilt and Needle Art Show - Be successful as our local quilt guild's quilt show intake coordinator.  This is my first year in this position and it is going to keep me very busy during the months of January and through the show which is from February 17th through February 19th. 
That's it.  Do you think I've taken on too much for 2017?  I probably have, but I like a challenge and to think BIG.