Saturday, July 2, 2022

RSC-Blue Goals and OMG Goals Met, And Then Some!

What a month!  You would think I was trying to make up for the last two months, or something.  

I got all my blue Pinwheel, Sawtooth Star, and "brick" blocks made for the RSC-2022 scrap challenge. 










Then, I focused on the quilts I had started for my daughter-in-law's friend's twin grand babies.  I wanted them to be similar but not identical, so I made Pinwheel blocks for one and Broken Dishes blocks for the other.  









Huh.  The Broken Dishes blocks made a secondary pattern that looks like - guess what?  Pinwheels!  


















They're pretty easy to tell apart, though.  The cornerstones and the backings are different.  More "Seashore Drive" from Moda.  Such a sweet collection.




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My quilting friend and neighbor, Denise, made labels for me with the girls' names on them.  If that doesn't make them different, I don't know what would!









Back to the June goals.  The applique' stars baby quilt is finished.  I made it in time to call it a June finish.  Barely.  This will be a donation quilt for our local St. Jude affiliate hospital.












All that AND a good stash report!

JUNE

Fabric Added in June -  7 yards
Fabric Used in June -  31.2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 36.3
Fabric Used Year to Date - 109.1 yards
Net Used in 2022 - 72.8 yards

Days I sewed in June - 29/30
Days I sewed this year - 173/181
Percentage - 95%

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Friday, June 24, 2022

A June Progress Report

I've gotten sidetracked by a few things, but my June goal is slowly getting there.  I was nearly finished appliqueing some blue star blocks when I decided to make it my June goal to turn them into a donation quilt.  I started making nine-patches for the alternate blocks, but got tired of that, so I ended up making a second kind, too.   Then somewhere along the way I realized I was using two different shades of gray.  It's a scrappy quilt, though, right? 

The blocks look good together .....

..... and I was able to pull the perfect backing fabric from my stash.  It's the same fabric I used for the background in Natalie's quilt - "Essentials" by Wilmington Prints.

 That project is set aside for now.  My daughter-in-law asked me to make a quilt for her friend's twin grand-daughters.  I was pretty excited to be asked to make such a special quilt, and maybe a little excited to buy something new and fun to work with.  I found this collection called "Seashore Drive" by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.  It was hard to pick out only ten of them.  I fell in love with all the prints in the line.

It's even prettier when you add some Kona White.

I can't get away from those Half Square Triangles, can I?

But, just wait until you see what I'm doing with them!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

June Goals and a Stash Report

We've just returned from a little road trip where I got to see most of my family.  An extra special treat was being able to give my niece, Natalie, her quilt in person.  She loves it!  I thought she would.













I got to see all four of my sisters.....















 ..... and thirteen of my nieces and nephews. 


 











We had a blast!  That's bound to happen on a beautiful day with good food, cold drinks, picnic games, and nearly 60 loved ones getting together.  

So, about those goals.   I've decided to finish a UFO this month.  I started making these appliqued stars several years ago just to have handwork to take along when I needed something to do.  You know, idle hands and all that.















I only have a few more stars to stitch, then I can make some alternate blocks and finish it for a donation quilt.  


 
















Hopefully, I've set a more reasonable goal this month.  


MAY
Fabric Added in May - 3 yards
Fabric Used in May - 8.7 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 29.3
Fabric Used Year to Date - 77.9 yards
Net Used in 2022 - 48.6 yards

Days I sewed in May - 30/31
Days I sewed this year - 144/151
Percentage - 95%

Monday, May 30, 2022

May RSC Green Goals Met!

This has been an interesting month.  Partly because I finally overcame all the obstacles and finished Natalie's quilt (Hooray!), but mostly because I couldn't keep track of what day it was, and the month was almost over before I got around to making my green Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.  Green, any shade, is my favorite color.  (I'm especially partial to chartreuse!).  So I had lots of greens in my stash to work with and got all my windmills, stars .....










..... and bricks made in one afternoon.  Whew!









I don't want you to think I was busy doing nothing all month.  I put binding on four donation quilts for my guild.  I really have fun seeing all the fun quilts the ladies in this group make and then putting the finishing touch on them.  Plus I get to use up some of my stash making the bindings.  By little and by little, right?












I made a donation quilt from my stash as well.  The zebra batik was given to me by someone downsizing her stash.  The rest of the fabrics I used were all from my stash!












Like I said.  It was an interesting month.

Linking up with So Scrappy

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mar/Apr Goals Finally Met!

I am happy to announce (happier than you know!) that my March goal (which became my April goal) is finally done!  I knew I was right to not give up on it.  I put the binding and label on Natalie's quilt this week and it's ready to gift.










I was finally able to get some photos that show the true colors.  It's amazing what a little natural light will do.













I'm excited to be able to gift this one in person next weekend.  I've had to mail an awful lot of niece and nephew quilts the last few years, and that's not as much fun.  Isn't that a pretty quilting job by my friend, Shirley Jackson?













It's almost time for May reports, but I haven't done the April reports yet.  So, here they are -

APRIL
Fabric Added in April - 5 yards
Fabric Used in April - 8.9 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 26.3
Fabric Used Year to Date - 69.2 yards
Net used in 2022 - 42.9 yards

Days I sewed in April - 25/30
Days I sewed this year - 114/120
Percentage - 95%

Linking up with So Scrappy!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ooops! I Forgot the Borders!

Has it really been three weeks since I blogged?  Yikes!  The last time I wrote I was still hoping to make my April goal by getting the top put together for Natalie's quilt.  All I had to do was put the completed rows together, and that surely wouldn't take very long.  But I had forgotten how long it takes to make sashing with cornerstones, not to mention getting all those seams lined up.  



Just look at all that lining up!  And sewing through all that bulk didn't help anything.






















Even so, I might still have completed my goal if it weren't for the fact that I also had to make the pieced borders.  I really had forgotten that this quilt even has borders!  No sashing on the borders, so that went a little faster.  Still a lot of bulk, though!









The top was finally finished on May 8th.  Not dreadfully late; unless you consider this was my March goal and my April goal.











The next time you see this it will be quilted and bound.  And you'll see a big difference in the color when I catch some pics outside!  It really is a pretty shade of blue.  You'll see.