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!

Thursday, February 17, 2022

"Chain Link" - Noah's Quilt

Last winter I participated in another sew-along with my online quilty friends.  This time we used the "Chain Link" pattern by Generations Quilt patterns.   You can find a free tutorial here.  

I pulled a bright green and a bright yellow from my stash and a dark gray for the background.

I cut out the whole quilt, but after I made just one block I realized I did not like that gray.   Back to the stash!

I found just the right thing.  Dark green on an even darker green.  Perfect!

This quilt was for our grandson, Noah.  It was a "Happy Graduation from Trade School" present.  We are so very proud of him.  I would go so far as to say he is probably the best welder in the world!  Well, I am a proud Gramma, after all. 

I barely took any pics of the process, but photos of the finished quilt are better anyway.

Oops.  Ignore the red ribbon in that photo.  The hummingbird swing got in the way  Too bad it wasn't occupied!

Of course, the very best photos are the ones with Noah in them!

He loves the quilt, and we love him, and you gotta love that smile!

Monday, February 14, 2022

A Quilting Life Block of the Month (Jan's Quilt)

If you need more projects to work on or you're looking for a quilty podcast to listen to, check out Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.  Just after the Covid isolation began my quilty friend Denise used that blog to entice me into doing a Mystery Block of the Month as a sew-along with her.  It turns out this Mystery BOM is an annual thing.  Now she's talked me and three other neighbors into making the 2022 mystery quilt.  More about that later.  

The 2020 quilt was designed using all half-square-triangles.  I decided to use bright batiks ..... 

..... with Kona white for the background .....

..... and a nice black and white stripe to give it some interest and make it my own.  I took the blogger's advice and made up all the HSTs I would need for the year.  

I decided to use the option to make eight inch blocks so I could set them on point and have a throw sized quilt instead of a full.

Putting one striped HST in each block was a good decision.  It's such a fun look.

After I finished putting the top together I felt like it needed a border.  I think the border really made the quilt, and to top it all off the quilting by my friend Shirley Jackson was gorgeous.  As always.

A green binding to match the cornerstones really made for a nice finish.

I sent this one to my sister-in-law Jan.  I hadn't made a quilt for her since her wedding.  Don't ask me how long ago that was!

This quilt is one of my favorites.  It's funny.  All the quilts I make are my favorites!

Linking up with So Scrappy.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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

It's time to set my OMG for February.  What I'm going to work on is actually a UFO, something I started last summer.  I only have three more nieces to make new quilts for, and this is one of them.  "Lazy Eyes" is a pattern in "Strip Therapy 2" by Brenda Henning.   I finished one block just to see what it will look like in batiks .....


..... and the rest of the 143 blocks are partially made.

The goal is to have the top completed by the end of this (short!) month.  I'm determined to do it.

2022 is also the year I'm going to do some serious stash busting.  The last time I did that (in 2015) I used about 150 yards net.  Matching that will be quite a challenge, especially considering that January's stash report is, well... not so great.

Fabric Added in January - 10.9 yards
Fabric Used in January -  13.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 10.9 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 13.5 yards
Net used in 2022 - 2.6 yards

After all the isolation of the last two years getting to shop for fabric in a real quilt shop did me in!  It could be worse, though, for sure.

Another of my goals for this year is to sew every day.  So far so good.

Days I sewed in January - 31/31
Days I sewed this year - 31/31
Percentage - 100%

So I'm looking forward to a fantastic February.  I'll keep you posted!

Linking up with One Monthly Goal