Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Finishes

There’s not too much in the way of finishes this week. I did get most of my units for “On Ringo Lake” completed, and I was able to put together my first block…

I think I will be happy with this one when it’s complete. I have a bit more cutting and piecing to do, then the rest of the blocks can be put together.

I spent some time the past two weeks getting my blue scraps corralled for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC). I have ten strippy blocks completed…

And I have six mini 9-patches done…

Looking at the above photo I see that I messed up the block in the middle on the bottom. I'll have to take that one apart and put the neutral square in the middle.

The strippy blocks are 7-1/2 inches, and the 9-patches are 3-1/2 inches. I still have a lot more strips to sew into blocks, and plenty of these little squares for the 9-patches…

Once I get the rest of the strippy blocks done, I will take the trimmings from those and cut them into more 1-1/2-inch squares to go towards 9-patches. I have plans for the 9-patches, and hope to get a quilt out of them by the end of the year. I don’t think I will finish up with the blue scraps for RSC in January, so I will just work on them until they are complete and not worry about working on February’s color scraps yet.

If you’ve noticed the right-hand side bar, I’ve added a list of my UFOs/WiPs and projects that I want to start. Yup, there are about a zillion of them! This list includes my quilts, sewing, stitching, and yarn projects. Actually, I will probably add any crafty kind of thing I’m working on. I wanted to have a list handy and I hope to whittle down the UFO/WiP list this year and move them into the Finishes list. I think there are probably a few more UFOs that are hiding from me, and when I come across them I will add them to my list. Quite a few on this list are soooo close to being finished, that I will just need to take a couple of weeks to complete them.

In the list of projects that I want to start this year, there are several of them that I have the patterns in project boxes and have fabric ready to go…I just need to start them. I have tons to work on, and I will get to them when I can (and hopefully finish a lot of them!)

That’s about all I have worked on this week. It’s been snowy here and we have just been hanging around the house working on odds and ends around here. Next week is the next Project Quilting Challenge, so I will work on that, plus I will continue with my blue scraps and “On Ringo Lake.”

Linking up with:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!
So Scrappy for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What’s Up on Wednesday

Like so many of you in the USA, we got a bit of snow yesterday. I think it’s a little over an inch, but since we live in Eastern TN, we don’t know how to deal with it 😉. Actually, our road is pretty slick and covered with snow and ice, and we have a big hill to go down to get out of the neighborhood, so we are kind of stuck here. The temperatures aren’t expected to get over freezing until tomorrow afternoon (high about 34 F), so we’ll see what happens. We do need to take the dog to the vet tomorrow morning; hopefully we can get out of the neighborhood. All of the main roads are fine. And I gotta say, TN Department of Transportation and the local counties always do a great job of treating and clearing the main roads, and many of the back roads, during snow events.

Last week was a Project Quilting week, so my current projects were put on the back burner. Fortunately, I did get my PQ project done…

Since finishing that, I have been working on a couple of crochet projects…one is the Temperature Afghan

The other is a Solar System Crochet-Along at Two Hearts Crochet. I’m not far along with it, but you can read about it here.

In the sewing room, I have been working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery, On Ringo Lake (ORL). I’ve made a bit of progress on it. I have completed all of the flying geese units, and I am getting ready to sew the final units for the blocks…

I’m hoping by next week to have some blocks put together.

So that’s what I will probably work on this afternoon…sewing for ORL. Not a lot to show for my time, but it’s getting done bit by bit.

I hope you are staying warm where you are and are spending some time in your sewing room! I will be linking up at the following:

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social
Esther’s Blog for WOW: WIPs on Wednesday

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Project Quilting Season 9 Has Started

The new season of Project Quilting has started! I had a lot of fun last year doing this, and I will try to participate as much as I can this year. It only lasts a few months, and you can participate as much (or as little) as you want, so there’s not much of a commitment to it.

What I believe I will do this year is make mug rugs. I have been wanting to make some and I just never take the time to do them. They are such little projects and don’t require much time, so they would be great for me to do for PQ.

The theme for this week’s PQ (Project Quilting 9.1) is Hometown Proud. We are to highlight something about a place we have lived. I had an idea right off the bat. I love it when that happens!

I spent my childhood in Anaheim, CA, and during the summers I stayed up late to watch the fireworks from the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade at 9:30 PM. Every night we’d go to the backyard and sit on the slide to our pool and look over towards Disneyland to watch. So, my PQ 9.1 project pays homage to Anaheim, and that happy little guy, Mickey Mouse…

Here is the back with the quilting a little more visible…

All I did was draw three circles on fusible and then cut out Mickey’s head. I fused it to the front (I used the same fabric front and back) and then top stitched his head down for part of the quilting. I used a serpentine decorative stitch and walking foot for the rest of the quilting. (That serpentine stitch is my new favorite quilting stitch!) I already had an open jelly roll of solid black, so that became the binding.

This was such a quick project. I sat down at 8 AM yesterday and started and finished attaching the binding at about 8:40 AM. Then I took it to our Quilting Bee yesterday and hand stitched down the binding. I came home and wrote out the label on the back, and ta-da! Done!

This little guy measures at 6 by 8 inches and is perfect for holding my phone and a bottle of water. It helps me to keep track of my phone in the sewing room when I put it on a mug rug!

So that’s what has happened here so far this week.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week, and for now, I will be linking up with the following:

Persimon Dreams for Project Quilting 9.1
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
WOW: WIPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Blog

Friday, January 5, 2018

First Friday Finishes of 2018

Five days into the new year and I have some finishes. Yay!

The color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month is blue - lighter blues, saving the dark blues for another month. I sorted through all my bags and bins of (disorganized) scraps, and came up with some strips to make some strip-pieced blocks…

I need to press and trim some of these, and probably piece some smaller bits of fabric into longer strips. This will be my RSC project for next week.

Since last year I made a Kittens quilt for the RSC (you can see the finish post right here), I decided this year I will show some puppy love and make the Dog Gone Cute quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts. There are two block sizes, and I wasn’t sure which size to do, so this week I have started out with one of each size…

Oh, my goodness! Too cute! I love this pattern already. I have only made the first dog (of 12 different dogs), but I am thinking of sticking with just this one block pattern. It is so cute. I am still not sure which size I want to make. The larger one is 12 by 18 inches and the smaller one is 6 by 9. I may just make both sizes in each color. I can always do something with them. I’m looking forward to this project!

I’m also trying to finish up the top for Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake. I have quite a ways to go, but I’m getting there. I had cut the brown side triangles for the blue squares, but I wasn’t keeping track of how many I cut out (I knew I had the right amount for the blue squares). When I got the triangles added to one side of the squares, I had EXACTLY the right number (for the first side!)

Now I need to cut more triangles and add them to the other side of the square. Hopefully I can get that done over the weekend.

Also, I started working on a Temperature Afghan. There is a Facebook group I’m following along with for this. I am crocheting mine in the round. Fours days down…and they have been cold! The purple is below 30 degrees F, and the blue is 30-39 degrees F.

Finally, one of my (few) goals this year is to get some of the charity quilt tops I have from my quilt guild quilted and the binding attached. I’m sort of a repository for our guild’s charity quilts paraphernalia, so I have tons of fabric, batting, kits, tops, etc. that I take to meetings, hoping some others will take them home and work on them. Alas, that doesn’t happen too often. So, I am trying to get 3-4 quilts quilted and the binding added each month, so someone can take them home and hand-stitch down the binding. Lots of people love to do that part of the quilt, and those projects disappear quickly at the charity quilt table. I’ve had one quilt quilted and the binding waiting to be attached for a few months (!), so yesterday I stitched the binding on…

Now, hopefully I can get a few more done before the February meeting.

So, that’s what’s been happening here this week in my sewing room. I also wanted to share a neat little tool I got for Christmas…

This is a Clover Press & Roll (disclaimer: I’m not getting any money or doing any advertising for this product. I just wanted to share.) I just wanted to say how much I love this little thing. I used it this week on the dog blocks and on the On Ringo Lake blocks to press the seams as I was piecing. It makes the seams lie perfectly flat and I don’t have to spend time at the iron. If you are ever looking for a nice little inexpensive gift (for you or someone else!), I could definitely recommend it.

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! and with Angela at So Scrappy for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you head over to see all the great projects there…and stay safe and warm!