Well Hello January

This year came in with a ‘ho-hum’ in our home. Only my husband stayed up to see the ball drop. Sick and recovering kids makes for somewhat boring holidays. No worries, everyone is much better now and it seems like we’ve all finally got a little spunk back in our step.

Now that I’m done dealing with something that lasted for the better part of last year I finally feel like I’m back to my usual self again and it is GREAT!

Three posts in one week, holy smokes!

On to the goods though, I’m going to join up with the Lovely Year Of Finishes thing going on over at Fiber of All Sorts again this year. Yea, I tapered off around July last year, just couldn’t hang anymore with everything else going on. It happens that way sometimes.

I have this lovely stack of quilts (up there ^ ) that only one of them actually got quilted and bound last year (the Bargello), so my January goal is to quilt the scrappy one in the pile AND bind it. Oh yea, done and done it shall be! Here is it, but I did add two wide stripes to the top and bottom (left and right in photo) – sorry for the basement photo with toys included, but that’s the way we roll.

This year has got to be more awesome than last year. I mean, there were a lot of totally rockin times last year, I just want to figure out how to do that more days than not this year. Wish me luck!

What are your project goals for this month?


Finished the Mystery Top

After having this quilt top as my ‘Lovely Year of Finishes’ goal for the last 3 months, I am SO happy to say that it’s done!!!

There was a border in the pattern, but I really like how it looks now.

I had debated doing a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) type method and quilting each block before putting them together. Ha! What was I even thinking?! That would’ve taken this project to the next level of UFO. I mean, seriously??

On the other hand, I would’ve been able to do a lot more detailed quilting if I did do QAYG. Oh well, I’m sure it will still turn out nicely.

Quilting and binding will be October’s goal, I think.

Still gotta figure out this month’s goal. I have a couple gifts that need to be made, and my first quilt retreat (AHHH! So excited!). In other words, I’m not sure I’ll get to a UFO this month.

What projects do you have lined up for this month?

Oh July…

… you are so awesome!

Happy Fourth Everyone!!

Yes, today is the 4th of July so bring on the hot dogs and fireworks!

We’ve already been swimming today, and my dear husband has taken all the ‘big’ kids to see Despicable Me 2 at the ‘movie fee-ater’. Bless him!

So, what am I doing you ask?? (Besides keeping the tv remotes and batteries away from the baby of course).

Well, I’ve finished doing the prep work for dinner, and now I’m off to work on my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for this month.

This month I am determined to finish piecing the top for my mystery quilt I started last summer with my guild.

Right now I’m calling it my mint chocolate chip quilt. I know there’s some pink in there, but every time I see it I think of that flavor ice cream (and sadly I don’t even really like that flavor. oh well).

Early this morning I pressed those 96 half square triangle blocks. Yes, 96. I got through them 12 at a time, baby steps, baby steps.

Aside from this goal I have another baby shower the end of this month that I need to whip something really awesome up for! I’m gonna be an aunt again!! I’m so excited for my baby brother to be having his first boy!

What are you working on now?? Anything for a special little baby?

June Goals

Sadly, 2 of my 3 goals will be rolled over into this month.

I had a little bump in the road last month, and ended up needing to make this quilt much sooner than anticipated.

So this month I’ll be doing:
– Quilt and bind my ‘Took Me Forever’ quilt
– Quilt and bind my ‘Double Stuffed’ quilt, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to donate it to OKCMQG
– Finish the top to my mint chocolate chip looking quilt (it’s from a mystery quilt in my guild last year, so it does have a real pattern and name, just can’t think of it now)
– Start putting together the pattern for my ‘Double Stuffed’ quilt, and maybe pull some fabric to make it non-scrappy.

That feels like a lot on the table for this month especially since school will be out the end of this week, but I’m feeling confident (for now…).

What do you have planned for projects this summer??

And, it’s a Plus Sign Quilt

That snippet I showed you the other day was a little preview of this beauty:

It was a gift for a good friend back home who is having her first child.

I think I am still in a little shock that I got it done in about 4 weeks, yea that’s right 4 weeks!

The backing is super cute, it’s Michael Miller’s Giraffe Love Grey.

I even had time to hand stitch the info onto it, wash it and everything. I think I was the queen of having to hand stitch the binding on in the car on the way to whatever shower I was going to, and this would only work if my husband was making the trip with me. lol.

But no, this one got wrapped in a box and everything!

Of course, I had to take a few shots of my baby with it. Maybe I need to make him one now too.

So, even though I only got one of my goals done for May, I feel like I kicked sewing in the butt last month!!

Edited to add:

Quilt Stats:
Size: 56″ square
Quilting: about 2″ grid offset 1/4″ of seams
Total time from start to finish: about 3 weeks
100% cotton fabric, thread, & batting

It’s really been three weeks

I think I figured out why I couldn’t decide what to pick for my goals this month because no matter what I was going to pick it would all get completely throw out the window.

Even as I type I have a one year old attacking my face for kisses, which also contributes to why I can hardly write anymore. Glad for that distraction though!!

Grand sewing plans, yea right.

A project for a cute little bundle of joy on its way had a drastic deadline change, so instead of just chugging along with it it got pushed to the front burner.

I mean, everything came off the design wall and put into a pile. Everything.

Though, I did finish up one of the items on my list of goals for this month (I did have to wait for the backing to ship for the urgent one).

I quilted the tie-died quilt that was made by my friend’s daughter. It was her first quilt, and I think she did an awesome job!

Hopefully she loves the quilting! I didn’t want to compete with the boldness of her fabric, and I think I succeeded.

Here’s the backing for the new project, as well as some matrishka doll fabric I’ve been googly eyed over for quite some time!

Since I just got this lovely bundle of fabric today, it’ll be about a week till I show you the beauty that became urgent. I LOVE it! I need to make one for me too. (doesn’t that always seem to happen??)

May Goals

What to do, what to do…

I’ve been thinking the last week or so about which goal(s) I’m going to set this month.

First, I was thinking about how this summer will most likely be insane, so moving the easier goals to June through August would probably be good.

Then, I thought about how I really wanted to stick with the projects I worked on in April so I could really eliminate some UFOs completely.

Then, thoughts of starting a whole new project have been popping up. I mean seriously, my list of quilts I want to make seems to have a few more added on each time I open my internet browser. Am I the only one that has this problem??

Geta Grama

I know that the third option really isn’t sticking with the whole idea of actually finishing things, so that one should be crossed off the list. But, just look at that quilt by Geta Gramma! I bought the pattern immediately!!

Ok, back to reality… (I mean, that is paper pieced, and I currently have 5 kids ages 10 and under…)

With that off the table, I think the best thing to do would be to finish the projects I’ve been working on. Even though quilting the tops I’ve finished would be a easier project to keep up with through our summer schedule, I think I’d rather break up the quilting so I don’t end up doing nothing but that for a few months straight.

Here is ‘the goal’ then:
– Quilt and bind my ‘Double Stuffed’ quilt
– Quilt tie-die quilt that is my friend’s daughter’s first quilt
– Quilt my first quilt (still unnamed, maybe I should call it: Took Me Forever. haha)

There it is, ‘Took Me Forever’, it’s gonna be DONE soon!!! Yes!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes

This Month

Ahh, these past few weeks have been pretty great.

The weather has been spot on. I even got out my clothesline! Mostly to photograph this:

But, I plan to hang some clothes out in a few days (Mondays are my big laundry conquering days). Gotta love the smell!

My goal was to finish this quilt top and the back so it would be ready for quilting, and with only 2 seams to go on the back (which I am doing later today) I would say I DID IT! WooHoo! Taking a photo of said back and blogging about it anytime soon is a completely different thing, pcht.

It always feels so good to get another UFO finished and out of the sewing area. Thanks to the Lovely Year of Finishes I have had a lot more UFOs finished than usual. Here’s my goal setting and mid-month for April.

At times I feel like my sewing space feels so empty, then I remember I’m being productive and cleaning things up. Did I say it feels great yet? It really does.

There have also been quite a few beach days, oh how I love the beach!

We’ve been going with Oma most days and it’s so great to be hanging out with my Mom more.

We frequent Rehoboth Beach, it’s only about an hour for us, and we like it. My Mom introduced me to Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro the last time we went, oh it was good.

In the midst of all this I was also able to finally pull all the weeds out of my garden on the side of the house. I bought some daylilys to put among my nandinas, can’t wait to plant them.

Why is it that the weeds seem to do so well in my garden on that side??

It’s just not fair I tell ya.

Another thing I whipped up last week was this wreath:

I saw something similar on pinterest, but I love me some hydrangeas so they were substituted. I also added a shovel, I liked the shiny in with it all.

Hopefully there will be some realy hydrangeas to grace my front garden this year too!

Is there anything you’re hoping to plant this spring?

April Check In

Have I said yet that I am loving this Lovely Year of Finishes thing??

Cause I really am.

I feel super productive, and I’m actually doing instead of organizing.

You see, I have COD (yes, they spelled OCD wrong. Didn’t you know??? ha ha ha) and sometimes just a touch of ADD. So, I start off sewing on a current project, then I see something that just needs to be put away. Right then! Then, while I’m putting said thing away, there is something else that just shouldn’t be where it is. While that item is being return to it’s needed location I find some fabric that I was in the middle of cutting the last time I was ‘sewing’.

Do you see how this process goes??? It can make me insane sometimes. I feel like I have to put on blinders just so I can focus on what I’m working on, and this Lovely Year of Finishes seems to be just the ‘blinders’ I need.

Without further distraction…

(Sorry for the horrible picture, my sewing area is in the basement)

This is the progress I have made on my BYG quilt. The big block that is in the upper left actually has about 3 more strips sewn onto in since this photo was taken, and it’s only got about 3 more ’til it’s done. So excited to finsh up this one!

The back is in progress now too. I’m planning to use up the scraps in different width strips, and some of these are done/partially done. I just need to figure out which fabric I want to use as the main one on the back.

This quilt will be pieced and ready for quilting this month!! Yay!

Here’s my April goal setting.

April’s UFO – Blue Yellow Green

There has been much progress in these parts when it comes to organizing, and thanks to the Lovely Year of Finishes there has also been great progress in digging out and finishing up those long lost UFOs.

It feels great to have a sort of purpose given back to those once abandoned ideas and creations. The excuses have been pushed aside, and a rehashing of sorts is taking place.

It feels good.

If I were a good writer, I would relate all of this to the springtime and the beautiful changes we are seeing all around us.

That I feel somewhat like my gardens outside, clearing out the old remnants of growth last year and getting ready for planting.

New ideas, and a sort of clean slate to start off with. Maybe I will do some type of writing challenges along with all of these projects, always room for improvement.

So, without further ado, here’s my chosen UFO for the month of April:

My goal is to finish the top and backing for this quilt.

Here is one of the blocks:

This quilt came about because a good friend gave me that 9-patch block with the yellow and white. I love the print she used, the yellow flowers are surrounded by a grey leafy almost plaid.

The 9-patch stayed on my design wall for almost a year before I figured out just what I wanted to do with it. In trying to use up my scraps lately, I decided to make a version of a log cabin, starting with about an 8 in block as the center of each larger block. I love how it’s turning out!

I have not decided yet if I want to have it quilted or quilt it myself. I am leaning towards having it quilted though, I have never had a quilt quilted for me and it feels almost exciting.