Success! 17 in 2017 Goal for February!

What a month!  I have met all my goals for the month and it is a good feeling, even with the reformatting and updating of 3 computers!  I am now proficient on the Macintosh and Microsoft Operating Systems.  I know more than a 72-year-old woman wanted to learn at this time in my life in maintaining computers, but look at all the money I can now spend on fabric at the Dallas Show next week-end!  Guess it was worth my time after all.  Now to show you my progress for the month!

Finished preparing 4 A Bountiful Life blocks to appliqué.  The blocks will be 14 1/2″ unfinished.  If I can get them completed by May, I will be half way through the 20 blocks.  FINAL GOAL:  Have this quilt ready to show in the 2018 Quilt Shows.

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Completed Section 4 of Stonefields!!!!!!!  This pattern is not difficult other than the pieces are very small.  Mr Rabbit and I had a fun day yesterday.  I would love to have this one completed to show next year also, but time will tell!  Blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished.

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This block was previously finished, but the flowers in the center were too light so I redid it with some of the same fabrics used for the blue leaves.

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Margaret Potts is now on schedule (except for the February’s block which was received last week).  I finished 5 blocks this month!  Blocks are 10 1/2″ unfinished.

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AND Oh Glory is quilted!  I believe I made this while in Arizona in or around 2013.  It is a Lynette Jennings pattern!  Just need to add the binding.  Think this one will probably replace one of the wall hangings in my Studio now.

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Can you believe are already starting March and daylight savings time?  I will be finishing the computer project up (hopefully today) and move on to a new project.  I really do want to work on an RSC 2017 project so maybe now I can take some time and look for a pattern that I really want to do in those colors.  I would like this one to be a “fun” quilt, something that will not be difficult but a little challenging.  Hopefully I can have my March goals selected soon.

Have a great day and enjoy stitching!

Linking to – Let’s Be Social  Esther’s WOW  17 UFOs in 2017

RSC 2017 – Beat the Clock!

Today I found a pattern that I really like and am going to use it for my RSC 2017 project!  YEA.  Happy To Be Scrappy  has the quilt on her Blog and I have been admiring it along with Gretchen.  So I did some research and Deb gave me some information on how she made the quilt and now I have finished 3 of the blocks this afternoon.  Now remember, I am not a scrappy person, so it will be interesting to see how this works out.

There is an off-setting block that will go with each block, but I am no longer “Wonder Woman” like I used to be and am calling it quits for today – the last day to post the Purple Blocks.  I am going to do something with my 4 patches, just not sure what!  Both Gretchen and I have added a quilt to RSC 2017 project.  It amazes me how we can start out on a project like this and then at the very end change directions.  But isn’t if fun to do!

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I am now pleased with this and enjoyed making the blocks.  It is really a very easy quilt to make so I will enjoy the process.  I am going to try to make the 3 off setting blocks for the blocks and hopefully can post them on Tuesday.  Wish me luck.

Starting another project tomorrow Robin’s Nest by Karen Styles and hopefully I will be in the Applique mood tonight!  The next bi-monthly quilt will be the Quiltmania Mystery Quilt.  It will be a nice slow project and the first 2 blocks are reverse applique.  I am trying to find the background fabric that they are using, but of course the 2 places you can order them from US are not selling any of the fabric because they are only going to use them for the Kits.  DARN!

IF and I say IF, I can get caught up on my Stonefields,  Margaret Potts Quilt, and A Bountiful Life then I will start Rowdy Flat Library Quilt.  It is a very intense appliqued quilt designed by Susan Smith.  I have my fabrics, just need to double up on my quilting time!  Hummmm  guess I need to clone myself!

Have a great week-end.

One Monthly Goal (OMG) and 2016 Projects

 

As I read my favorite Blogs this last week, it appear that a lot of quilters are dedicating themselves to a list of monthly goals that just might help all of us finish a lot of UFO’s.   Most of my projects are hand applique and tend to take longer, so I  measure them by the number of blocks I have completed.  As I sit here on the 7th day of January 2017 I wonder “actually what did you do this past year?”  I have felt the last two months that I have accomplished nothing, but then I started looking at my posts and realized that I had accomplished quite a lot.  Here is a recap.

I started the year making Baskets of Scraps only to have problems with the pattern – delay time.  The top is finished EXCEPT I need to applique something in the baskets – It is a purple quilt and needs something but I became so discouraged and not sure what it needs that it has been hanging on the “ready to quilt” rack  for a while.   Then I started Handfuls of Scraps and have one of the diamonds completed but all the hexies are ready to be sewn together…..sometime in 2017!  Moving right along, Brinton Hall was started and I finally finished laying out the outlining hexagons to be sewn together to make the medallion center complete so I could finish the other blocks – that was in late August and no progress on this project – in the wings waiting to go.  In March I started working on A Bountiful Life and have 4 blocks completed, 4 more in the “fabric selection” stage and then cutting freezer paper pieces and pressing onto the fabrics!   Then BAS came along in May and had a monthly block quilt along  for Ms Potts Baltimore Album quilt.  I have 9 blocks finished with 4 ready to applique!   I started Stonefields in late 2015 or early 2016 and am currently working on completing Section 4.  These projects are still ongoing and hopefully by the end of the year all completed!   I joined in on Circa 2016 in April and finished all the blocks in October!  I had decided that I would finish 2016 in 2016 – and I did!  The problem is that there were problems with the quilt – it was out of square and other issues, so the ripping began.  Eventually the entire quilt was ripped and all blocks put in a bag to be given away.  Then I decided that I could not let that little project get the best of me so I started it up again only to realize that the problem was with the center medallion – the only part of the quilt I had not ripped.   This last Tuesday I made the decision to start the project again.  Long Story short – I made a nice wall hanging from the center medallion and sent the rest of the blocks packing to a new friend, Carole, who is now the proud owner of the Circa 2016!  Can I say that is a finished project – you BET!  But I paid a price on that one, 2 major projects (piecing) completed in 2016 and both caused me to hit the wall with quilting for awhile.  I completed a Colonel Ladies quilt top for Wanda, Threads of Memory, and Enduring Legacy quilt tops – ready to be quilted!   Well maybe I did accomplish more than I thought in 2016.

So for 2017, I will continue on with my “applique” projects, and start a list of piecing projects.  I think I have found my passion for quilting again (especially after the massive week-long un-clutter project) and have now started up the long arm with a project loaded and already started, so getting some quilts quilted and binding completed on some other quilts will be included.  I hope to have this list posted in a few days with pictures of where I am in the projects now so I can see my progress each month.  I also plan on taking some “refresher” knitting classes and want to work on an embroidery quilt, so it will be a busy year, just need that added incentive to get with the program.

PS – forgot to mention that life got in the way this year too, maybe I can get rid of some unforeseen and seen requirements out of my life and get more accomplished in 2017. Oops – today no quilting just had 2 nice long unforeseen requirements come up.  I will post my 12  – 2017 Projects list tomorrow.

Have a great evening.

Circa 2016 – 2nd Time Around and Summer Is Here in South Texas

No longer will I have to wonder how the summer will be here in Hotsville,Texas.  Yesterday it reached a 100 with some high humidity to go along with it, and this is just mid-June!  Oh, for some more rain and less humidity.   Walking is early in the AM and in the air conditioning for the remainder of the day!

I am excited because I am completely caught up with Circa 2016!  I started around the end of May but when I finished making the Medallion there were issues with fabric and color that I had to deal with.   I learned a great deal about making small blocks and small quilts while working on this quilt.  For some reason, I tend to learn by doing and then re-doing!  I have learned some important lessons when making small quilts, such as,  pressing all seams open, precision in sewing, and of course being provided the perfect cutting instructions really helps.   Did I press all seams open and watch my sewing and not “trail off” when making each block on the first Medallion?  NO! Based on that the first medallion part of Circa 2016 has been retired to the “bottomless” drawer that holds those REAL UFO’s.  The ones that never will ever get finished!

(Note:  “trailing off” means that when sewing two pieces of fabric together one starts off great with 1/4″ seam allowance and by the time they get to the end of the block, or square, the seam allowance is down to maybe 3/8″.  I learned that I have a problem with this when I first started quilting, so when a block does not turn our correct I immediately look for that issue.  To aid me in not having the problem, I set my Husqvarna to the slowest speed and it helps.  Of course I probably would be through quicker if I sew at a higher setting, but I do get tired of correcting my “trailing off” problem!)

I started on the 2nd version of the quilt on the 4th of June and finished the new Medallion and all of the blocks (34) on the 12th of June.  I really do like the change in fabrics (that was one of the problems in the first medallion) because I was not happy with the 2000 reproduction fabrics!   So here we go with the “new” Circa 2016.  It makes me feel good to start the project and be current with the group.

Cudo’s to Temecula Quilt Company who has  provided great cutting requirements!  I never had to worry about that, as my blocks always came out perfect at 2 3/4″ or 3″ as stated in the instructions.  This project is a “mystery quilt” so all of the remaining blocks that I have made will be used in the quilt.  Temecula has a picture of a portion of the finished quilt on their Blog header.

For the 2nd time around, I chose to use an Moda Antique Muslin fabric that seemed to really add to the quilt.  I had used Michael Miller Krystals in the first one and the fabric was stretching and giving me issues, and you know how I love “issues” with quilts!  The Krystals fabric is great for applique background but not for piecing (another lesson learned).

Here is a picture of the first Medallion that is now in the UFO drawer.  After I took the picture I immediately realized that I had not paid close attention to the placement of the light and dark quarter square border blocks, so I knew that I had 2 choices – rip and repair, or redo.  Since I did not like the Michael Miller setting fabrics in the center nor the 2000 reproduction fabrics, the decision to just start over was the best for me.

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First Cut of Circa 2016 – Mistake in Border. Finished Size 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″

Here is the 2nd Version.  I think the cheddar fabric really makes it pop!  Also I love the cheddar squares in the middle of the 9 patches.  This gives the eye something to follow and really showcases the pinwheels.

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2nd Circa 2016 Medallion with Borders – Finished Size 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″

Here are the remaining 34 blocks that I made in order to be ready for tomorrow’s 2 new blocks!

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Circa 2016 Blocks – Blocks are 3″ Finished

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Circa 2016 Blocks – Blocks are 3″ Finished

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Circa 2016 Block – Blocks are 3″ Finished

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Circa 2016 Blocks- Blocks are 3″ Finished

It is amazing how blocks look great on the design wall until I take a picture of them, and then all the flaws show.  The rail fence blocks look like they might have to be re-done, but I will do that later.  The bottom blocks in the picture above were something else to make to me they were the most difficult.  I think they finish out at 1/2″ HSTs.  Selection of fabric when making something this small is important.  The first one I made is in the trash can!   Again, precision is so important in working with the small blocks, but now I am becoming addicted to them!

Next thing for me to do is to finish the 4 quilts that will need settings designed and then sew the blocks together.  I am hoping that within the next 2 weeks I will have them completed and can start again on Stonefields.  My CWB is coming along – almost finished with block 3 and will post it when I finish it.  I still have 3 other blocks prepared and ready to go.  I finally feel like I am accomplishing something in my quilting world!  I am back to my little corner of the world with minimum interruptions and my little routine!

Have a wonderful week-end and stay cool!  My favorite day in the year is 21 June because it is Summer Solstice and the days will begin to shorten and to me it means that Fall and Winter are not too far away!  YEA!  I am hoping for snow this year in Hotsville, Texas!

Enjoy quilting!

Stonefield’s Segment 2 and 3 – COMPLETED!

Hello again!  Well as you can see I have been busy.  I find that if I do not sit at the computer early in the AM drinking my coffee that I do have a little more time to quilt.  BUT then there is the catch-up time involved, so one wonders – maybe coffee and checking Blogs and emails early in the AM is better – Decisions Decisions Decisions!

Here are pictures of Segment’s 2 and 3 that are completed.  I am really enjoying this project too.  But I think I will take a break from Stonefield’s until May.  We will be going to Oklahoma for a Casino run in June and I will take Segment 4 and of course my CWB blocks along for the ride.

Segment 2 Blocks:

Four Little Stars 1

Four Little Stars 1

Four Little Stars 2

Four Little Stars 2

Bordered Hexagons 1

Bordered Hexagons 1

Bordered Hexagons 2

Bordered Hexagons 2

O for Oscar 1

O for Oscar 1

O for Oscar 2

O for Oscar 2

O for Oscar 3

O for Oscar 3

Square Peg in a Round Hole 1

Square Peg in a Round Hole 1

Square Peg in a Round Hole 2

Square Peg in a Round Hole 2

Star in a Star

Star in a Star

The Oscillateur 1

The Oscillateur 1

The Oscillateur 2

The Oscillateur 2

OK – Now that I have fought again with WordPress and pictures, I got their number – I have to Center all of the pictures.. Go figure!

Here is Segment 3:

Semi-Circles 1

Semi-Circles 1

Semi-Circles 2

Semi-Circles 2

Paper Flowers 1

Paper Flowers 1

Paper Flowers 2

Paper Flowers 2

Imogen's Sunburst 1

Imogen’s Sunburst 1

Imogen's Sunburst 2

Imogen’s Sunburst 2

Cara's Surprise Block 1

Cara’s Surprise Block 1

Cara's Surprise Block 2

Cara’s Surprise Block 2

Cara's Surprise 3

Cara’s Surprise 3

Bordered 4 Patch 1

Bordered 4 Patch 1

Bordered 4 Patch 2

Bordered 4 Patch 2

My Version of Date Night - The original was not for me!

My Version of Date Night – The original was not for me!

During the last month, we decided that it was time for some changes in the house!  New kitchen and bathroom flooring, new vanities, some touch up painting on the ceiling in the half-bath, and of course some new furniture.  All should be in place by the end of the month – YEA.  We wanted to contract the work out but could not find a good contractor, with the exception of O’Krent Flooring in San Antonio – whom I have dealt with since the ’70’s.  They will be doing the flooring for us.  Clay is being Clay the Builder again changing out the vanities and other small projects.  ME – I have been spending money like crazy – better for us than leaving it for someone else to enjoy!  Take care and tomorrow I will be Blogging the progress on the Civil War Bride project with Cathy, Lynn, and Jaydee!  Stay tuned!  I am now 2/3’s caught up on my posting!

I have also upgraded my WordPress account – I will be updating the site later during the month.  I am going to get some relief on the Sciatica this Monday – YEA!  So hopefully I will have the time and energy and of course some semblance of a brain to change the look of my Blog.

Have a great week-end!

Hello Applique Projects!

First I want to take a moment to state the following.   We have lost one of the most respected Jurist that this country has ever known, at least in my time.  I offer a prayer of healing for his wife, 9 children, and 36 grandchildren.  May Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia rest in peace with God.

Here is a shout out to those who are in the middle of a snow storm and freezing weather.  South Texas is the new Florida for Snow Birds!  Looks like this year South Texas is going into a drought again and forget winter – We are in the mid-80’s during the day and I completely hate this when it is only February.  We will either go straight into a very hot and humid summer – bypassing Spring, or we will have a very cool March……….only time will tell.  So on with the air conditioners so I can pretend it is 68 degrees!

Here is the status of where I am on my projects.   I have finished with putting the basket blocks together and I was going to add them to the “stack” of applique that I already have patiently waiting for me to finish what I have started in the last month.  I have 7 Stonefield Blocks (Segment 3) to finish;  18 Basket handles;  2 Christmas place mats and one Christmas table runner “yelling” at me.  I could start another project, but have decided that I need a change from machine sewing to hand sewing.  So here is my “stack” to start working on this week.

Stonefields Blocks (Seg 3)

Four Finished Blocks Segment 3 of Stonefields (7 more to go)

 

A Lot of Applique - WIPs

The Applique Projects Patiently Waiting!

I will also be working on Civil War Bride (CWB) blocks.  I need to have at least 5 blocks prepared and ready to applique by 1 March and that will have to include a decision on whether or not to use Batiks or Civil War fabrics and then select the fabrics – oh Joy!  I am really leaning toward Batiks.   I am going not do the Australian version – I will be working on the Lost Boy Quilt.  Not sure but think I will be changing some of the blocks, but time will tell as I approach the blocks that I really do not care for.

I do hope everyone has a wonderful day – I have already walked 5600 steps by walking my 30 minutes, cooking breakfast, and cleaning the floors (a weekly endeavor that I am beginning to wonder why!)  It is terrible to be such the perfectionist.  I should be sitting in a chair just reading books!!! HA  never happen until I can no longer move this old body!    Enjoy the day – we are not promised anything!

Super Bowl 50, Black Cat, Lady Bugs, Stonefields, and Brinton Hall Hexagons!

First of all, Clay and I are so happy that the Denver Bronco’s will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 – kudos to Payton Manning and Cam Newton.  I am afraid that this will be the last game for Payton, but boy does Cam Newton ever have a wonderful football career ahead for him.  Great Coaches too!  This will be a very Memorial 50th Super Bowl.  I have watched every Super Bowl from the beginning and what a joy to be alive to watch the 50th!  A sad goodbye to Payton and a resounding hello to a young and upcoming young Quarterback.  Cam Newton loves the game and you can tell he is having a time of his life.  Payton is on the other side of the spectrum  – looking forward to a career change.  We are hoping that Denver can win – wouldn’t that be a great send off to a wonderful representative of the NFL?

OK – what would make me lump the Super Bowl, a Black Cat, Lady Bugs, Stonefield blocks, and Hexagons together?   Yesterday and memories of the 1970’s.

Each morning Clay and I head out the back door about 6:30 AM and go to the Studio for morning coffee, morning news and then he visits with his Ham Buddies on the Radio.  Yesterday morning I was running a little late getting to the Studio and as I stepped out the back door I noticed the neighbor’s black cat coming from the front yard to the back yard.  It politely walked right across my path and my first inclination was to go back and get to the Studio another way.  Especially when I looked up and saw a full moon!  Well, I knew then I should have turned around and gone the other way but just too lazy to do that. My day went to heck in a hand basket!  Being born on Halloween 2 minutes to midnight, I tend to be a little superstitious – especially when it comes to a black cat!  Clay just laughs and laughs at me, but I am a true believer!  If I leave the house and a black cat crosses the road ahead, I turn around and go another way!  REALLY!!  I also believe in premonitions and we should always listen to our instincts!

Here is another reason I do not like black cats!  When I was young and dumb and trying to get ahead in the Government (maybe this was the problem – working for the Federal Government) there were 3 times that I had been interviewed for different promotions!  For some reason, the announcements always came on Tuesdays and the first time I really thought ‘Ah I have a chance at this promotion’ it did not happen.   As I was leaving my apartment a black cat crossed my path!  My parking slot did not allow me to turn around and go another way….. OK – you guessed it!  Three different times this happened over the course of a year.  I was never selected, so I transferred to another agency and my career took off!  (Hum – maybe that cat knew more than I did)  I do believe in the black cat theory just like “do not walk under a ladder”!  I cannot say that yesterday turned out well, because it did not.  But I digress on black cats.

Now to the lady bugs.  Upon arriving home from Arizona in late December I found a lot  of Lady Bugs in the house.  I grabbed the vacuum cleaner and figured that would take care of the problem.  Well guess again – have you ever smashed a lady bug, or had one in your house – it smells horrible when you smash or vacuum them!  My house cleaner thought that I needed to change the vacuum cleaner bag – it was the dead Lady Bugs!  So when we arrived home from shopping in SA yesterday, one of those nice ladies landed on my neck and I swatted it away (I thought)  I kept smelling that darn lady bug and about 5 minutes later I found the darn thing in my bra!!!!!  Talk about doing a dance – I HATE BUGS!  Especially one that gets on me.  Again I was very amusing to hubby – he was laughing so hard he had to take a break from eating that delicious Whataburger (of which I cannot eat).  He makes fun of me because we live in the country with deer, snakes, squirrels, bugs, birds, etc.!  I tell him that is OK – I have always hated bugs!

OK – enough of that tidbit of information that is so far from the quilting world, but it is fun to share isn’t it?

I have really been pushing to finish basting all of the Hexagons that I have cut out for Brinton Hall.  I am putting a huge dent in that job.

Brinton Hall Hexagons

Brinton Hall Hexagons for Medallion

I still have a lot to baste, but more than half of them are basted.  When I complete the basting I will start surrounding the Center Flowers and sewing the Medallion together.  I still have to select the background color.  I am doing the entire quilt in batiks and Asian fabrics.

OK – now for Stonefields.  I have finished preparing Segment 3 and here they are ready for hand applique.  While doing the post and labeling each block I realized that I was short a block – hummm cannot blame that one on the darn cat!

Imogen's Sunburst 1

Imogen’s Sunburst 1

Imogen's Sunburst 2

Imogen’s Sunburst 2

Semi Circles 1 and 2

Semi Circles 1 and 2 (I made 2 of the same fabric)

Paper Flower 2

Paper Flower 1  Stems will be Green

Paper Flower

Paper Flower 2  Stems will be Green

Bordered Four Patch 2

Bordered Four Patch (the forgotten one not sewn yet)

Bordered Four Patch 1

Bordered Four Patch 1

Cara's Surprise

Cara’s Surprise 1

Cara's Surprise 2

Cara’s Surprise 2 and 3 (same colorway)

The pattern for “Date Night” just did not work well for me.  I tried 3 different fabrics to make the block as the Designer provided but I just did not like the design of the flower.  I  just “happened” to pick up some paperwork on my cutting table and there were some small hexagon flowers that I had made for my Happy Scrappy quilt by Rosemary Youngs.  So here is my Date Night block.

My Date Night

My Date Night

I did complete the sewing cover for my 301 Singer Sewing Machine I purchased last year – I decided to put a red border on it and I love it.  It makes the entire “quilt” pop!

 

301 Sewing Machine Cover

301 Sewing Machine Cover

Well, this has been my progress, along with the fact that I am working on the Candle Table Runner and 2 more placemats! – Yup – all ready for applique also.  I am hoping to have a lot more completed by next week.  I am keeping my goal of not diverting from my commitment to my 2016 goals.

 

I do hope that those who were “lucky” enough (?) to experience the Blizzard of 2016 are safe and sound.  Today in LV, Texas we have Winter – 48 degrees and rain with wind.  Yesterday it was about 75 degrees!  I love this type of day – best for quilting.  One thing about South Texas weather is that within a week we have Summer, Winter, Fall and Spring – doesn’t it sound great?  I hate it!  I want the 4 seasons back – and not all in one week, but in 3 month increments!  Oh well another pipe dream.

Have a great day sewing!