RSC 2018 Squared Away April Blocks

It is going to be great weather this week-end here in South Texas.  Although I do hope that we do not start with the 100 degree/high humidity weather in May – how about June, that would be better.

I am very pleased with the first half of April in getting the UFOs out-of-the-way! Click HERE to see why I am so happy!

This morning I finished the last 2 blocks for the month of April.  The colors this month were in yellow and gold.  I chose 2 batiks that I love!  I believe that these blocks will be a great ‘popper” for the more earth tones I have used in previous months, yet not too light, just right!

Squared Away Yellow and Gold Blocks

Time for my morning walk and then I will just sit in the Studio and decide what I will work on today!  It is so nice when things go one’s way!  (at least for a while – LOL).  Have a great week-end!

Friday the 13th Finishes!

What a week – for a few days things did not go well, but starting Wednesday I was on a roll!

I am so happy because here are my finishes for the week. I have completed finishing the quilt UFO’s that were waiting to become a flimsy!!!!

I finished putting the final border on my I Love Texas quilt. I changed the setting from the original pattern, but used the embroidery patterns for the block. I found the Medallion Panel a couple of years ago and really had to work to make it all come together! This is the original pattern.

This is my Version and because I did not use any Stars, I named mine the I Love Texas quilt!

The brown border is the same all the way around the quilt, just could not get a good picture!

Today after getting the border on my Texas quilt, I decided to make a small wall hanging out of a block from A Bountiful Life that I made about 3 years ago and it is not part of the quilt that is in the UFO stack for applique. This was an unplanned UFO for April, but it is now marked, sandwiched and ready for hand quilting!

Next, I did the beak and eyes on Block 3 of Nesting – only 1 more block and the borders and it will become a flimsy!

AND then I cut out my 3 blocks for RSC 2018  Squared Away! I was able to finish 1 block and the remaining 2 are the same color and ready to be sewn together!

All in all, I am thrilled. I will be working on quilting Happy Scrappy, Nesting, Indian Summer, Britton Hall and Mountmellick.  Giving all a little time and they will be completed!

Have a great week-end. It feels so good to slowly achieve my goals!!!! Even with all the Caremark acid maker, I am making progress and this makes me happy!

Linking To: Design Wall Monday  My Quilt Infatuation; Confessions of a Fabric Addict; Finished or Not Friday ; Sew Can She; Em’s Scrap Bag; BOM’s Away; Fiber Tuesday;  Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHOW; Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts; Oh Scrap; Scrap Happy Saturday; Show and Tell with Bambi; Laugh and Quilt

OMG for April 2018

March did not yield the finishes I wanted to – life got in the way – along with stupid Caremark (Grrr).  So my March leftovers will now carryover into April.

  1. Flimsy’s to be Quilted (LA)
    Rosemary Youngs Happy Scrappy BOM
    Enduring Legacy 
  2. Complete Nesting Blocks(All Applique) 2 blocks completed, 1 more than halfway, and then prepare the border.

    Nesting Quilt Pattern

  3. Mountmellick – Complete Section 3 and 4 (borders)
  4. RSC 2018 – Squared Away blocks for April – colors will be yellow and gold.
  5. Finish  My Texas Quilt (designing the setting and sewing into a Flimsy)
  6. Brinton Hall  – Finish sewing the corners to the Medallion – This is an English Paper Piecing project.
  7. Indian Summer – Continue on with handing quilting.

If things go much smoother than March, I should be able to achieve my April goals!  Happy Stitching!

Linking to: One Monthly Goal (OMG) for April 2018

6 & 6 in 2018 Update for March

Greetings from South Texas where Spring is definitely here!  This is the prettiest time and becoming my favorite time of the year.  It is before we go in to the hot and humid and dry summers now.   We are hoping for some nice April showers this month as we are still very dry!

Here is my update for the 6 & 6 in 2018!  I have added a few things that were definitely UFO’s.  I am hoping to complete more than I did in March – time will tell!

  1. Complete UFOs (Pictures below)
    Margaret Potts – Flimsy Completed
    2007 UFO BOM – Completed selecting last 6 blocks and they are ready for applique – Completed Flimsy
    State of Texas Quilt – Next in line  for April
  2. Flimsy’s to be Quilted – 
    Rainbow Regatta – Regatta and I divorced – she has a new home at my Cousin Susan’s house – Disaster city for me! DONE!
    Rosemary Youngs 2014 BOM
    Enduring Legacy
  3. Completed Quilts – These are 2 quilts that were made in 2003 and probably in 2008 and had not been quilted.
    1. Christmas HeartsCompleted
    2. Bear PawCompleted
  4. Get Organized – Accomplished
  5. Projects to complete
    Mountmellick – Still Ready for Section 2
    A Bountiful Life – 20 total number of blocks – 6 Completed – 4 ready for Applique  STILL!
    Nesting – 4 total number of blocks – 2 completed – 1 half way almost complete (does this count?) and 1 left to complete and then the appliqued              border.
    Aunt Bea’s Parlor – I had to redo – ready to trace the patterns on each block!  Still waiting patiently for me to trace on background fabric!
    Dresden Heaven – I have 105 of the Mini’s completed.  I am delaying anymore work on this for a month or so to have a change in pace!
    Brinton Hall – poor baby ! so ignored!
  6. Free BOM/BOW I am following:
    RSC for 2018 – Squared Away – Completed January and February and March – all on time!
    Baltimore Stars – For a Later Date!
  7. Hand Quilting Project
    1. Indian Summer – A project that was made in early 2000 and I started the hand quilting in or around 2012 and it has been ignored.  Making progress.

Completed Margaret Potts – Ready for Hand quilting!

2007 BOM – Titled A Year of Flowers and Holidays

Christmas Hearts – My first Applique Quilt made in 2002-2003 timeframe

Bear Paw – Optical Illusion – Made in 2008 timeframe!

RSC 2018 Squared Away – March Blocks!

Indian Summer Block – Completed in March – Hand Quilting Project

I am trying very hard to complete my 6 & 6 in 2018, even slipping in the little projects that do not take a lot of time!   Happy Stitching!

Linking up with: 6 & 6 in 2018 for March 2018

Happy Easter, OMG, RSC 2018, and HQAL

Happy Easter!  Have a wonderful day with family and friends.  A short post to provide status of One Monthly Goal (OMG),  RSC 2018 Sampler Squared Away and Hand Quilt Along (HQAL)

Click here to see the status of my OMG for March OMG for March 2018.   I have completed three additional projects that were not on the original list even though I only completed half of my original goals.  I completed the binding on Christmas Hearts and quilted my Bear Paw Quilt which tends to have a floating/optical illusion look, and completed another hand quilted block for Indian Summer  Maybe this makes up for not finishing the original goal.

My RSC 2018 Sampler Squared Away green blocks are complete!

And now I have completed 2 blocks of my Indian Summer quilt!  This was also an “add on” to my March Goals.

I am so happy to see March 2018 over with!  It was not that good of a month and it appears that a lot of my friends did not have a good one either!  Let’s bring in April with nothing but fun, happiness, and more quilting!!!!

Linking to:  Slow Stitching Sunday  RSC 2018 Sampler  Design Wall Monday   OMG March 2018

KathyLoriKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.


A Friday Finish

It is regret that I announce that my Rainbow Regatta has bit the dust! This quilt was doomed from the moment I loaded it on the HQ16! From the 3 backings prepared, to the ripping out twice, need I say more? I had to cut about 20″ off the length thinking that maybe I MIGHT try again on my Husqvarna but then decided to call my cousin Susan and offer it to her. I had 6 other quilt tops that I would probably never quilt and packaged them up and they are now on their way to her! She is thrilled to be the recipient of the flimsy’s and that makes me happy sharing with her. I am also happy, and relieved, because I have 6 flimsy’s less to quilt and no more Rainbow Regatta. Talk about a happy camper…..

I wanted to have at least one quilt completed this month from my ‘flimsy’ stash, and I did just that today! I made this Bear Paw quilt about 10 years ago. I fixed the backing, loaded the quilt, and quilted it! Tomorrow I am hoping I will have some time to do the binding. I will machine quilt the binding. The backing fabric is Mimi Dietrich fabric from 2006! I loved that fabric and must have purchased 8 yards total because there is plenty left over for other projects!

All in all, I am happy and pleased that have been able to complete at least 1/2 of my goals for March. Here she is ready to go!

Tomorrow is house cleaning day and Sunday we will spend Easter with our Melissa! I should have time to work on the binding, but if too worn out, I will work on my Indian Summer hand quilting project! May you have a blessed Easter with your family and/or friends.

Christmas Heart Quilt – Done

Good Thursday morning!  Nice 4″ of rain this go round!  We will enjoy the beautiful green grass and trees while we have them.  Hopefully we are not heading for a drought.

I finished the binding on my 2003 Christmas Heart Quilt.  I made this quilt in 2003 and it was my first applique quilt!  So I can now add one more complete to my OMG for March – Still 2 more days to complete a few more things!

The pictures are not the best and it is difficult to really make out the back of the fabric.  It is a very small plaid Christmas fabric that has black, green and reds.  I did the binding in the same fabric.  I am pleased with it.  I did not hand sew the binding as I usually do, I am trying to get better with machine binding to save time.  If it is not a quilt for a Show or a gift – it will be machined!  Although it took me 2 hours to do it, better than 8 hours of hand work.

This is a close up of the meandering with circles that I did when I quilted it.

The fabric used in this quilt is not the type of fabric I use now.  But I was a beginner and did not know that fabric had changed so much – This is a Hobby Lobby fabric quilt, and I think a few good fabrics.  It is a quilt to keep because it was my first!

Today I am going to quilt Regatta!  The long arm is loaded and ready to go!  Now to get the pattern in my brain and it will be done!  Things are looking up!  Have a great day!