Sunday, February 1, 2015

February goals

Thinking about goals . . . someone needs to put blinders on me so I can only focus on one thing at a time.  Toward the end of January I started feeling scattered again, with too many things that I wanted to work on.  Focus, girl, focus!!!

  • February Saturday Sampler blocks
  • February Round Robin section
  • choose a block pattern for the new friendship block swap & make at least ONE of 13
  • make final 3 blocks for Batik Stars UFO
  • 5 blocks for Trip Around the World UFO
  • 3 snowman pillowcases
  • choose pattern and fabric for a baby quilt for my newest grandchild (gender TBD yet)
  • hand quilt on the Tropical Wedding quilt (UFO)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Closing out January

January is drawing to a close and I'm feeling pretty good about what I accomplished this month.  I'm still hoping to make some serious dents in my stash and my unfinished projects this year. This is a respectable beginning.  My January goals were . . .
  • RSC15 sampler blocks - blue blocks are done
  • guild round robin section for January - added my round to Connie's quilt 
  • 2 blue 30s elephant blocks - Yes!
  • hand quilt another section of Beach-theme wedding quilt - NOT EVEN TOUCHED! 
  • 10 blue/green Trip Around The World blocks - NOPE! but strips are cut & organized into sets
  • 3 mini Valentine table runners - Yes!
  • Sew Vintage heart challenge mug rug Yes!
  • sew rows together for RSC14 Pigtail quilt - Yes!
  • finish hand applique of red Hawaiian table topper Yes & has borders added!
  • bind Paris baby quilt - Yes & it's all ready to gift to the new mom!

And what else did I do that wasn't on my goal list?  
  • made 3 pillowcases
  • finished my autumn Mystery Quilt (quilted & bound) 
  • signed up to do a new Saturday Sampler program
  • joined a friendship block swap with 13 blocks due in June
  • began tracking my fabric "in and out" for the year
  • sewed 1 Batik Star block for another UFO - 3 more to do
  • made 4 pinwheel blocks to test a pattern size (10" blocks)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Batik star block

OK - one more block with blue in it for RSC15. This is one of 4 unfinished blocks from a past Saturday Sampler.  Now there are only 3 of them left to do.

I'm not absolutely sure why these got set aside because I love star blocks and I love sewing on batiks.  It was probably because there was an applique snowman block that went with each of these and I wasn't too fond of applique at the time. I'm getting better at it.

The snowman blocks are not done either, but are now destined to become something separate from this star block project. I can deal with making a smaller quilt out of the 12 star blocks and doing something else with the appliqued snowmen later.  So 1 UFO has become 2 smaller UFOs.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quick Strippee baby quilt

I forgot to post a photo this weekend of the finished baby quilt for a BFF of my younger daughter.

The pattern is called Quick Strippee and is from one of my favorite quilt bloggers: .  It's a great fast pattern that lets you showcase a fun print that you don't want to cut into little pieces.  There are 5 rows of the cute Paris print separated by the pink and black strips.  The Paris print was selected because it's pink (baby girl) and because the mom's nickname is "Frenchie".

The baby girl is due in April and this is ready for the baby shower the friends are planning. Hope she likes it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Block Swap

My coordinating fabrics are selected and last night I made a decision on the block design.  During my lunch break today I laid out these fabrics to determine the location of each color in my block. I think I have a plan.

Now - I have 6 months to make my 13 blocks, but I hope to get them done by the end of February so that I don't end up procrastinating and run out of time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new block swap

This beautiful brown floral is the focus fabric for a new friendship block exchange that I'm doing. There are 12 of us participating - some via long distance even.  We don't even all know each other - YET. But it will be fun getting to know everyone and working towards that exchange of blocks.  

The rule is that we must select a block design and then use this fabric to make 13 of that block. When we meet in June to exchange, we'll each end up with 12 unique blocks - 1 from each of us.  The 13th set will become a donation quilt that we'll make for a local group. Right now we are leaning toward donating it to the local scholarship auction. 

I've purchased some coordinating fabrics to start working on blocks over the weekend. There are some really lovely shades of aqua and pink in this focus fabric, along with creams and golds and browns.  I'm ready to go . . . except I haven't made a final decision on the block design yet.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Retreat sewing

Heartland Quilt Guild held a "Let it Snow" retreat on Friday night and all day Saturday.  I was only able to attend on Saturday, but that time allowed me to get a couple of big tasks checked off my list. First, I got all 36 pigtail blocks sewn together into a flimsy. 

After adding the last 2 rows I laid it out and realized that I had goofed and didn't have the white sections meeting. So I "un-sewed" those rows and fixed the problem.  And I cut enough strips to make another 10 blocks for my Trip Around the World. 

I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday at: