12 April 2021

Tuesday To-Do #14: A Top Finish

It was a quiet week around here and most of the
time the weather was not as warm as predicted.
I keep thinking one of these days it'll warm up
for good...maybe???  A Kansas spring can really
drag out.  I know I should not complain because
once the heat hits, I'll wish we had this back.

Sewing-wise, it was a decent week but you know?
About 95% of the time when I look at my list and
back at how the previous week went, I can't help
but wonder where my time went and why did I not
get more done?  In truth, it's very likely technology
is my time-sucker.  Something to work on for sure.

Nine-Patch Hourglass
Finish top, work on borders; piece backing.
Done.

(61X78)

By pure coincidence, I had some yardage in this
same fabric line.  It was enough to make a small
inner border but nothing else from the stash was
helpful so I went with more of the background to
get it at least a little bigger and then called it quits.


Fortunately, I had a good backing so that has the
fabric scale tipping a bit more.  I don't want orphan
blocks hanging around so I put most of the extras
on the back as well.  I'm also thinking of making
a small table topper out of what's left....


but this is all there is so I'm not sure it's worth
the effort--no real design there but maybe a
creative border could do something.

HST's
I'm still slacking here.  I don't have my table
topper made.  I'm kind of waiting for the perfect
non-windy day to try out some outdoor sewing.
(an idea I picked up last year from a blogger)
Certainly one will happen soon.  Wouldn't a
simple HST project would be perfect for this?

Gardening
It's going to be very warm this week so I'll
probably just water and watch things grow.
And kill the cabbage moth.

A bit of a joke on the weather.  The forecasted
80's showed up as 40's and then we got back
to the 80's, and now we're in the 60's--I give up.
I still haven't killed the cabbage moth (I'm sure
there's more than one) but I haven't seen
him/them too much.  


The asparagus is kicking in and will be
be on our table daily for about 8 weeks.


The lilacs are blooming!  We missed them
last year due to a late freeze.


And the currants.  No one ever talks about these
but I think they're even better than lilacs.  I have
them lining the entire south side of my garden so
every spring when they bloom the breeze brings
that amazing scent over the entire area.

On to my list for the week.

Nine-Patch Hourglass
Load on long arm & pick panto.

Lattice Quilt -- New project!
My modus operandi is always about pulling from
my stash and lately it has been to pull specifically
from the pre-cut stash.  


Out came my Hedge Rose jelly roll and any
matching fabrics I could find that might get me
to the required "2 jelly rolls" for this next project:


It's a little on long side so if that last row doesn't
happen, I won't mind.  There's a tricksy little way
to put these blocks together that's pretty interesting.
(I don't know how people come up with this stuff!)
I've got a start on it and I think there's a good
chance I can get all the blocks made this week.

HST's
Probably not going to happen this week either.

Gardening
It's early but the one time I'm a gambler is in
the garden.  This week I'm going for all the rest
except for peppers and tomatoes--and I'm
thinking those will be going in next week if I still
 see no sign of freeze.  For now, we're looking at:
zucchini, spaghetti, butternut and yellow
squash; green beans and eggplant and anything
else I'm probably forgetting.  Oh, and more herbs.

Happy quilting!
Linking up to:
Mid-Week Makers

06 April 2021

Tuesday To-Do #13: April Beginnings

I don't have a to-do list from last week to check off
but I'm still here today with progress to show.


I've been flying through my Nine-Patch Hourglass!
After only a few days in the sewing room,
the blocks are pieced and sewn into rows. 

(Pic from last year)

Out in the garden, I am continuing to show restraint.
One example:  I've settled on planting just green
cabbage, nixing Nappa and red cabbage.  They are
all so much better from the garden than the grocery
store but I'm tired of fighting the moths/worms
so maybe just one kind per year from now on?
To prove my point, the day after I planted this year's,
I saw the first cabbage moth flying around.
(I think it's likely the nasty thing came in on the
plants themselves, though did look them over.)

(Another pic from last year) 

The green onions, red & white radishes, lettuces,
spinach, beets and carrots are all in.  Herbs
are 
being planted and a second strawberry
patch has been started.  (Asparagus and
strawberries fill up three permanent beds;
six more are for rotating regular vegetables.)

On to next week's to-do's:

Nine-Patch Hourglass
Finish top, work on borders; piece backing.

HST's
I've slacked here so it's time to get a
table topper made.

Gardening
It's going to be very warm this week so I'll
probably just water and watch things grow.
And kill the cabbage moth.

Good luck to everyone on their projects
and happy quilting!

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Linking up to

30 March 2021

April Monthly Goal

It's goal time again!
 My goal for April is to make MSQC's
Nine-Patch Hour Glass quilt using the
General Store fabric line.


The hour glass blocks are already gathering
on my design wall and the 9-patches will
be right behind them so this should be a 
quick one.  Technically my goal is to complete
the top but I'm thinking that, even with all the
gardening I'll be doing, I should still be able
to have a completed quilt before May.
A full progress post with pics will be posted
next Tuesday so stay tuned!

Happy quilting!
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts

Tuesday To-Do #12: Finishing Up in March

There is a big up-side of working
on three quilts at once:
the satisfaction of finishing all three at once!
They've been hanging out in my to-do lists way
too long but I'm finally checking them all off.
Thank goodness because I'm pretty sure
you're all tired of seeing them, too.
(I'll try not to do that again!)

Snowflakes
Label and bind / completely finish.
Done.


Christmas Flurries (71x71)



Charity Baby Quilts
Label and bind both; submit.
Done!


With the addition of the top and bottom
borders in the required theme fabric,
Pinwheel Circus finished up at 36x43.





Written In the Stars also had a size requirement
issue but, after some panic, it finished up at 38x42.


Originally, I had another quilt planned for this theme
fabric and, while I switched over to this one, the
 measurements of the other quilt stayed in my head...
till I pulled this off the frame and measured it.
Ooops.


Luckily I hadn't trimmed the top and bottom yet and
there was enough batting and backing to allow me
to add in a strip of the background fabric to both the
top and bottom using the "quilt as you go method".
It worked in perfectly, as if part of the plan, and
I think it actually adds a nice touch of modern so
let's just say it was part of the plan all along.


Both were turned in last Friday--early.  Winning the
contest would be nice but my goal with these two
quilts was to work toward a major quilting objective
for the year:  lots of donations.  I have no idea what
 "lots" really is but it's already one more than 2020!

HSTs
Maybe?
No progress.

Gardening


We got a lot more rain but it's starting to dry up now
so maybe I can get back to work out there soon.
The onions are coming up and I expect to see the
potatoes poking through any day.  And asparagus!

Fabric Tracking
Time to fess up and admit that I've been buying fabric again.


After my initial buying frenzy, I've been (sort of) working
on restraintGetting 3 quilts and lots of small projects
made, I was down to a +9 on my purchase v. usage
and was feeling good about the direction I was going.
Well that lasted about a day.  And worse (in my mind),
the latest frenzy is mostly precuts.  But, whatever.
(You should see the deals I got!)


The good news is (besides new fabric--duh!):
I've already started using it so my report doesn't
look quite as bad as all that.  It's still not great
but, no worries!  The year is young!

Some fabric tracking housekeeping:
My weeks coincide with these Tuesday to-do lists.
I've added dates in parenthesis because that kind
of week is super-confusing; descriptions are helping
me keep straight what I've logged and when.  This
whole thing is a work in progress.  My goal is
 just end the year in the negative.

Looking ahead
Holy Week is the most important time of the year
for us, especially the Triduum so I hesitate to
make a to-do list that might just be a distraction.

Windham's "General Store"

Outside of all that takes place this special week,
I think I'll still get a little done on my new project
using the layer cake I just bought.  The poor thing
didn't even get to sit on the shelf to be admired.
I was just so ready for easy, mindless-sewing.
A pre-cut to the rescue!  I complain about them
but there's really more love than hate there.
More on that emerging project next Tuesday.
(I'll be skipping my Thursday post this week.)

Have a very blessed Holy Week and
may joy fill your hearts this Easter!
Happy quilting!

Linking up to:

27 March 2021

March Monthly Goal: Charity Baby Quilt Finishes

March has been a great month for finishes!
Having multiple projects going at once is
not my preferred method to be sure but
finishing up multiple projects at once can be
really fun and certainly rewarding.

I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts
One Monthly Goal today to share two of
my three March finishes.  My goal was to get
two baby quilts made and turned into a local
charity by their March 31 deadline.

Written In the Stars (38x42)

To participate in this charity drive (and contest),
quilters were required to purchase a fat quarter
of a specific fabric to be featured in the quilt.


With two options to choose from, the decision
was obvious right? I bought both and made
a quilt from each!


The pattern for the above quilt can be found here.


The second quilt is Pinwheel Circus (36x43).


The pattern for this quilt can be found here.
I did make a small change to the center to 
allow for more focus on theme fabric.


Happily, I was able to get them both turned in early
which, in turn, allowed me to finish up another quilt.
 That finish, along with these two, will be all highlighted
in my Tuesday To-Do post next week.

And now to tidy the sewing room, clean my
sewing machine and decide on April's goal!

Happy quilting!

 Linking up to:

(by Michele's Romantic Tangle)
and 
(by Elm Street Quilts)

25 March 2021

Needle and Thread Thursday #7

 I'm quickly checking in to link up to
how things are going on the charity baby quilts.

First, a finish!



I hit a big glitch on Written in the Stars that set
me back a few hours.  Funnily enough though,
I think it adds to the look.  I'll post more about that
 next Tuesday but for now, note the strips at the
top and bottom--these were added after I quilted
the entire body of it. 


 Don't zoom in too much on that straight-line quilting.
It's easy enough to keep straight but I was frustrated
and just trying to get it done so I rushed it.  Sigh.
Don't do that.


But I do love how the quilting turned out.


This was my first time using this pantograph and it
might now be my favorite.  I enjoyed it so much
that I just used it on both quilts.
(I originally had other ideas.)



Pinwheel Circus is just an hour away from being
a finish as well.   (It looks a little wonky above but
it's not.)   Once I complete this post, I'm getting
the binding on.  It's already trimmed and the
binding and label are both made.

I'll then be packing them up to turn in to the
charity drive/contest.  I'm not concerned about
winning but I do want to turn in quilts that I can
be happy with--aka, not projects that are just
thrown together.  Mission complete!

Happy quilting!


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