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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Making Progress!

I'm finally making progress on Natalie's quilt.  I no longer want to give up on it and throw the whole thing into the trash.  Well.  I probably wouldn't do that now that fabric costs about $13 a yard!  

I got all the blocks trimmed over the weekend.  That was fun.  (She said sarcastically!)  The 5" ruler I bought last week was the perfect tool for this job.

It took a while to get through the whole stack .....



..... and look how much fabric was wasted!  Yikes!  Remember I just mentioned above what fabric costs these days?  This is so sad.  









I know some quilters use their scraps to stuff dog beds, so I'm going to find someone who can use them.  

I spent the entire day sewing today, and got all the rows made .....  



..... so, on to sashing now.   I wonder if I'll be able to make my April goal (which was also my March goal!)  With four days left, I'm hopeful.  For a while there this was feeling a lot more like work than fun, but I'm starting to love this quilt!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

RSC-Pink Goals Met!

It's almost the end of another month and time to report on April's RSC2022 progress.  The color for April is pink, and even though pink is not very high on my favorite colors list, I've managed to find enough pink scraps to get my blocks made.  Here are my Windmill and Sawtooth Star blocks.  










I added a third monthly RSC project which I haven't mentioned before now.  I want to use up as many scraps as I can in this challenge, so in January I found a stack of sixty red 2.5" by 4.5" bricks and decided to turn them into a third project.  I added the aquas/teals in February,  golds/yellows in March, and of course pinks in April. I have no idea where I'm going with this idea, but I'll come up with something!










And speaking of pink!  I was attracted to these Kaffe Fassett "Agate" fat quarters when I was "supporting my local quilt shop" the other day, and they ended up coming home with me.  I wasn't sure which one I liked better.










Much to my surprise when I unfolded them later I found out they're both from the same print.  How fun is that!  










So that's my "April Pinks" story.  Onward to May and whatever color that brings!

Linking up with So Scrappy!

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Current Plan

I've been really struggling with Natalie's quilt.  I started with one plan then changed to a different plan.  Now I have come up with yet another plan.  Actually, another step in the plan.  Or something like that.  I needed to do something interesting with the 3.5" squares I ended up with after all that cutting, re-sizing, and trimming.  Maybe setting them on point, or putting sashing on two sides, or just about anything!  I got to thinking about a quilt I made a while back with tilted string blocks.  That quilt is one of my favorites. This just might work!


 











My inspiration quilt ("Lemon Licorice Twists") did not have a pattern.  I just sort of made it up as I went along.  I took a close look .....


..... made a sample block .....












..... then got to work.  I couldn't find a blue batik I like so I bought a sky blue Wilmington Prints design called "Spatter".

Hmmm.  Not bad.











I have 212 of these made and ready to trim .....










..... and I really don't want to change plans again.  So.  Fingers crossed!

Linking up with Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April's "One Monthly Goal"

My March OMG was to get the top made for Natalie's quilt, and I fell far short of that.  I had made more than four-hundred 2" by 9.5" units like these .....












..... and I was certain I could easily make them into a top during the month of March.  Well, what can I say?  I could not come up with any kind of design I liked, so I changed gears and decided to find a way to rework it.  I cut them in half and stitched them back together into wide rectangles like this -










These should be easier to work with, right?  Nope.  I still wasn't feeling it.  So, for April's One Monthly Goal I am cutting them down again.  From 3.5" by 4.5" rectangles to 3.5" by 3.5" squares.   Like this -










Surely, I can come up with something now.  My April goal is to make Natalie's quilt top from these blocks.  Fingers crossed.  I can't keep cutting them down hoping for inspiration to strike.  I won't have anything left to work with!

Linking up with "One Monthly Goal"

Sunday, April 3, 2022

A Finish, Some Donation Projects, and a Stash Report

A lot has been going on lately in this sewing room of mine.  After spending two solid days of spring cleaning I spent some quality time in there last week.  

First, my "Lazy Eyes" quilt came back from my quilter (the fabulous Shirley Jackson), and I got the binding on it.  It was nice to finally check off something from my UFO list.  I love how it turned out, but I need to rename it.  I'm still thinking about that.   It might be inspired by the Post-It Note look!





 




I didn't realize how grainy the photos are until I had already shipped it, but I'm pretty in love with this quilt, so I'm going to overlook the blurry pics.  The most important thing is that my niece loves it.   Removing something from the UFO list isn't bad either!

I got five pillowcases made for the North Alabama Foster Closet, keeping up with my goal of making five each month this year.  










Then I decided to use up some fat quarters that were gifted to me a few years ago.  I added a teal print and a light aqua solid from my stash .....










..... and used a pattern designed by a friend.  Fun quilt, right?













It needs to be backed, quilted, and bound.   That should get done soon.  I am not going to let it end up on the UFO list!

With all this work I thought I would have a better stash report for March, but I knew I'd better buy the backing now for a Christmas Block of the Month I'm working on while matching fabric is still available.

MARCH
Fabric Added in March - 7 yards
Fabric Used in March - 11.7 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 21.3
Fabric Used Year to Date - 60.3
Net used in 2022 - 39 yards

Days I sewed in March - 30/31
Days I sewed this year - 89/90
Percentage - 99%

Can't wait to see what April brings!

Linking up with TGIFF!

Monday, March 28, 2022

March OMG and RSC-Yellow/Gold Goals Met!

Can I say that March has been a complete bust if there are still a few days left in the month?  Considering what I have left to do it's pretty clear I'm not going to meet my OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Sigh......

The quilt I cut out for Natalie, then put in time out, then decided to make for my March OMG is, umm, not working out so far.  I made 436 of these .....


..... and laid them out in stacks by color ..... 

..... so I could come up with a balanced design.

I tried multiple layouts.  I hated them ALL!  It seems not every pattern works when you try to make it scrappy.  Definitely not the "Doubletime Duet" pattern.

Now I'm in the process of cutting all the strips in half and sewing them together so I end up with 436 of these -










I only have about 400 left to make.  I'm fairly certain I won't be finished by the 31st.  

The good news is I have my yellow/gold blocks for March's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC2022) finished.  I even found more of the Paddington Bear fabric on Etsy, so I'll have enough to finish all the Star blocks!












Did you notice that I have a new cutting board?   The perfect purchase when you have a 60% off coupon from JoAnn's.  Also the perfect purchase when your old cutting board looks like this -



I think I got my money's worth from that one!

Linking up with "One Monthly Goal!", RSC-2022, and "Oh Scrap!"

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sailboats for Captain Ivan

Now that it's been gifted I can tell you all about the baby quilt I've been working on.  My newest great-nephew, Ivan, turned three months old last week, so his quilt got to him in plenty of time.  Almost record time for me, lately!   His mommy chose a nautical theme for his nursery, so I wanted to do a traditional Sailboat Block quilt.  

Do you know how many variations of Sailboat quilts there are?  A lot!  After looking at ideas I sketched one on my handy-dandy graph paper and based the whole thing on 2.5" squares.  After I had cut out 306 squares, I realized I could have saved a lot of time by cutting out rectangles for some parts of the blocks.










That's not even a "I can't handle the dreaded math" issue; it's more of a "I wasn't really thinking" issue!  

Something else I didn't think through was the fact that when you make HSTs (Half Square Triangles) from striped fabric half will be vertical and half horizontal.  Like this.
















I wanted all my sails to go in the same direction.  The way the wind blows, right?  I mean, these are things you really have to think about when making important design decisions.  That's why I ended up having to add 60 horizontally striped HSTs to my orphan blocks collection.










Is this the cutest low volume background print?  Perfect for this quilt!









Great-nephews/nieces always get hand quilting from their Aunt Sandy.  I have to admit all those squares made it easier to decide on echo quilting for the quilting design.

Oops, I didn't get a photo of the "label" after I washed it.  Please ignore the pencil marks!








 

Another happy quilt for another happy baby.  "Captain Ivan" loves his quilt.



Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March's "One Monthly Goal" and Stash/Sewing Reports

It's already time to set March goals?  How can that be?!!  

I only have two nieces left from my (long!) list of nieces and nephews who need new quilts from Aunt Sandy.  This one is kinda-sorta a UFO.  But not really.  Here's the thing.  I cut out and started working on a quilt for Natalie then put it in time out, and it ended up on the UFO list.  When I took it out last week to see if I wanted it to be my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for March, I decided I don't even really like it!  So I cut out a whole new quilt.  Still batiks (THAT supply is getting low!), and still contemporary.  For this one I'm using the "Doubletime Duet" pattern from Terry Atkinson's Allegro pattern book.










Except for saying that completing this top is my February goal, I don't have much more to say about that unless you want to see my sewing area at our hotel in Clearwater.  Hey. It works!



















My February stash report is much better than last month's!

FEBRUARY
Fabric Added in February - 3.4 yards
Fabric Used in February - 35.1 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 14.3
   Fabric Used Year to Date - 48.6
   Net used in 2022 - 34.3 yards

   Days I sewed in February - 28/28
   Days I sewed this year - 59/59
   Percentage - 100%

See you soon.  I'm headed to the beach!













Linking up with One Monthly Goal

Monday, February 28, 2022

February OMG and RSC-Aqua/Teal Goals Met!

Was February even shorter than usual this year?  I think it was.  It went by really fast!  Even so it was a good month, quilting-wise.  

First of all, I accomplished my OMG (One Monthly Goal) hosted by Elm Street Quilts.  And then some!  My goal was to finish piecing the "Lazy Eyes" quilt top.  It was a LOT of boring piecing .....










..... sewing the same seams over and over (and over) again.



 








I wasn't sure I was in love with it once the blocks were up on the design wall.  Is it me, or does it look like it's covered with Post-It notes?  Oh well, quilting designs cover a multitude of sins .....













..... and it's a finished top, which was the goal.  I even made the binding .....









..... and sent it off to my quilter.   AND I did all that by the 19th!  Not to brag or anything.  Alright, I kind of am.

The RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) color for February was aqua/teal.  I threw some turquoises into the mix. Aqua is a shade of blue, and turquoise is a shade of green, and as everyone knows teal is green, so.... there's that.  (Insert grin here!  What's blue and what's green is an ongoing argument at my house.)  I got my Windmill and Sawtooth Stars made and cut up some of my aqua/turquoise/teal scraps.  ( I will not give up on that teal being green thing.)











Meeting goals is one of my favorite things to do.  What to do for March?  I'll let you know soon.

Linking up with "RSC-2022" , "One Monthly Goal" , and Oh Scrap!