3 down, too many to go

I started this post about a million times in my head, but nothing seemed right. You see, it’s summer break for us right now and I have 5 children, well 6 if you count my husband (joking…).

All the traveling, pool days, gardening, canning, playgrounds, and rainy video game days just take a toll on a mother’s brain. My abilities to do much else seem to be weaning as of late.

I was successful to sneak in a little sewing time this week and I finished another Christmas quilt top in only a week. I feel like doing the happy dance, fabric pulling to quilt top in one week guys!

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It’s funny how every single photo I took of this quilt looked washed out as a whole, and yet there is a lot of color in it see:

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It does feel good to have three quilt tops done though! Is July really almost over??

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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?

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.

March’s UFO

Since there’s still some cold weather in these parts, I thought it would be suitable to finish up the boys pajama pants that never got finished. It would be nice to give them pjs that fit and that they can use for a while (not just once or twice).

I kinda feel like I’m cheating a little picking something super easy for the first month I’m joining the Lovely Year of Finishes.

In my defense, there are 3 pairs to be finished, and I will be working on some of the others a little also, don’t worry.

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So, I decided that I needed to add a little more to my challenge to finish this month.

Enter the peach dress:

This was supposed to be a cute little dress for Church for my younger daughter, maybe from 2 years ago. I think it’s about an 18 month size.

I loved this tutorial for the petal neckline, and just incorporated it into a dress instead.

To sum things up, I’ve decided to finish up all the clothing items I have started and not finished as the challenge this month.

Tackling My UFOs

I just heard (found, I guess since it’s online…) about ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ and they had me at hello!

I don’t know about you guys, but I have just a few UFOs laying around the house, or strategically placed to be forgotten a little while longer.

However, it’s time to dig em all out and either finish em up or completely abandon them and turn them or their materials into supplies for something else.

Here’s a little collage of the one’s I’ve found so far:

I’ve added their button to my sidebar, over there ——————->

So, feel free to check it out, join up if you want to, or just cheer the rest of us occasional slackers on!!

September ‘To-Do’ List

It is quite amazing how much can be accomplished when the big kids are off to school.

I can say that I am much much closer to crossing a few things of my UFO list. The first one to get knocked off will be my first quilt. Yes, it is a pre-blog project, and I can’t find any pictures of it, but I got the top finished last week. I kept it all set up the same way I had originally planned it. I am planning to use the blue variegated thread I have, I’m thinking it will really pop (and I want that this time, lol – remember My First King incident??)

Either way, I have a few things on my ‘list’ for this month:

– Pin and start quilting both My First Quilt and Mom’s Pink n Green Quilt
Fruity CAL with PlanetJune (how bout them apples??)
– Make new curtains for dining room (and hang…)
– Hang the other white curtains in the living room
– Make some flat front pants for my boys, check out Dana’s tutorial it’s a great guide!
– Pajama Dress for my daughter’s birthday
– Finalize and start prepping for Christmas presents!!

Needless to say, I am a list maker. LOVE LISTS!!

On another note, I have been cranking away on my Grandmother’s Bobble Square blanket. It’s coming along quite well, and I’m loving how it looks! I’m planning to finish it up soon and take lots of photos!

Another thing from my UFO list that I’ve been working on is repairing clothes and making patterns from others. That basket is slowly but surely emptying! WooHoo!

How is your back to school to-do list coming along?

Save Me! Attach of the UFOs

First, I’ll share with you a completely unrelated photo that makes me laugh every time I see it. I managed to take 2 photos within seconds of each other that I feel successfully captured the moment. See:

The best part of it you can’t even see, he was laughing too!

Ok, now for the post:

How many of you have UFOs?

Seriously, I think I could go on and on with this one… but for time sake lets just say I have a few.

Yesterday I committed/convinced myself to finishing as many of these UFOs this summer as possible.

The way I look at it, they are all things that are cluttering up my, well, my everything. Granted, they are packed away in baskets/boxes so I don’t see them out and about, but I feel like they are clouding my thoughts.

I have:
– The first quilt I ever started (wish I had a teacher to recommend something other than a larger than twin size pinwheel, yea I was set on it)
– A sashiko sampler I finished that has yet to make itself into a pillow.
– Knitted hat that needs a felt brim on the inside and tassels, yea that’s all it needs!
– A king sized granny square quilt
– Little girls Christmas Dress that I started about 2 years ago (everything is cut out)
– Counted Cross Stitch of a Wizard, what was I thinking?? (this one may be permanently abandoned…)
– Lots of clothes to make patterns out of or upcycle to cover stains/tears.

I know I’ve got to have more, and have simply forgotten about them. But, I’m feeling determined to finish these, and I’m pretty sure that I will come across some others on the way.

Now, I am not considering any of these to be current WIPs (yet), since each of these has been somewhat abandoned.

Maybe, I’m feeling a little guilty for quitting on them… I think it’s mostly my recent need to clean and get rid of un-needed things. De-clutter here we come!

What about you? Do you have any crafting goals for this summer?