Well, not much has been getting done around my house. There are a host of reasons, Kevin and Haley both sick, plumbing issues and a very large chocolate lab who thinks she can sit on me while I try to sew.
I did make some progress on my two hand quilting projects. My Dog Bone dresser scarf is 45.5 inches long. I think I only need to add 2 more dog bones. This was mostly due to the Super Bowl. As I sat on the couch, I worked on this project.
The Flower Garden project now has a total of thirty flowers. I am thinking that when I join all these together, I might use a yellow. Not to sure, but that is where my mind is at right now. To get a view of all these talented ladies hand work, click on the links below.
Mystery Quilt Along….AKA the Fluffer Nutter Butter Quilt.
OK, so while I like the Mystery Fabric, I found it weird. Not a bad weird, but a good weird. When I purchased the fabric, I though it was grey. However, when I received, it was sort of a light green/grey. I had one thing in mind and then had to change gears when I actually got the fabric. So, I went into my stash and decided to use my weird batik. Not sure why I call these my weird batiks, They just struck me as odd, not in a bad way. So, Here is what I started with to get to my block. This block is about 6 1/2 inches square, so I will need quite a few.
Hand Quilt Along
So, not tons of progress here…..but some. The Dog Bone dresser runner is at about 38″. i think it will never end and since I need it to be 54″, it may not.
THe hexie flowers are coming along. There are about 24 1/2 half of them completed. I have no idea how many of the I actually need. I thought I was going to get a lot done today at the swim meet, but ended up not even finishing one. Too many distractions. I really need to get more of both my hand projects done.
I missed the last post for the hand quilt along since I was sick, however some progress was made on hand items since I was just lying around. There was also movie watching over the holidays. I have to be doing something or the cookies and chips find their way into my mouth. So the flowers are my swim team project. While Haley is at swim practice and meets, I make the flowers. The dog bones is my TV watching project.
So, for my EPP flowers, I recently learned something. I purchased a hexie die for my papers (I use cardstock). SInce I am n longer cutting them by hand and using my accucut, each one is perfect and it certainly makes a difference in how they go together. I wasn’t having major difficulty, but it certainly made a difference.
So for my dog bone dresser scarf, I need it to be 54 inches. I am only at about 38. Ugh. I will get there. Since this is dresser scarf #4, I am sort of tired of it.
If you are interested in participating in the hand quilt along, please contact Kathy.
You can check out everyone’ progress at the following links.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah, Susan , Jessisca , Sherry, Nanette, Sassy and Edith.
Well, on my last Hand Quilt along post, I did not have a photo of y “other” project. I sort of call this the swim team project. Mostly because I work on it during swim practice and al the long weekend meets. For tis project, I am making hexie flowers. My long-term plan is to pick a background fabric and make a quilt from all of them. So, at one time belonged to the Fat Quarter Shops mini charm club Fat Quarter Shops mini charm club. I got 4 different mini charms each month, so I have quite a collection of them. They are perfect for making these hexies. I use a solid center and then each charm pack will make seven flowers. I have no idea how many I will truly need, I will just keep making them.
My second hand quilt along project is my dog bones dresser scarf. This is my sit on the could project, because I am not capable of just sitting down and doing nothing. I need this to get to 54 inches. I am at about 36 inches. Still more work to do.
Thank Kathy for organizing this Hand Work Quilt Along. It will e great to see everyone’s hand work without all the searching. It is now at the tip of my fingers (and yours) .
Here is the list of others who said they would be joining in the Hand Quilt Along. I hope you all check out their blogs and maybe even join in the fun.
Quilting Attention Deficit Disorder (QADD). I swear it is a real thing. Just look at that table. Oh wait, while it a table, it used to be our pool table. So, needless to say, I have so many projects going on that I got absolutely nothing accomplished the entire week.
Currently, my daughter is on the swim team, which involves practice 4 out 5 nights a week. Then there are the swim meets that are on the weekend. This past weekend on Saturday at 5am we had to leave to spend the entire day at the pool. Totally exhausting. I have concluded, when I have a lot going on in my personal life, I can’t seem to concentrate on getting anything done in my sewing room.
I worked on this and that, but could not concentrate on anything. I need to finish my block #10 for I wish you a Merry quilt along, but only managed to get part of it cut out. I did some quilting in the ditch (which I did not like) on a table topper that has been sitting around a while. While I was at the swim meet I did some hand work (EPP), but forgot my thimble and quit when my fingers started hurting. I cut out pieces for a poinsettia table topper that I really did not need to start. Oh yes, and I started making a quilted bag (it is the blue blob in the photo). Something else I did not need to start. I have a pile of Christmas Fabric that I wanted to make a table topper out of (leftover from my Jingle bell tree). Have not figured that out yet. And I am working on a secret project that I can’t talk about, in case any of the recipients read my blog (wishful thinking).
And, Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. The only plus side to that is a couple of days off, which I totally need. But it also beings about anxiety. I will need to clean off that pool table in case we have guests that might actually want to play pool? seriously who wants to play pool when we could be playing with fabric? Apparently I am alone with those thoughts in my home. So, I have to prepare to have a smaller work area for a few weeks. I will need to cut a bunch of stuff so I can just sew.
Well, I this is new to me. Seems like a really good idea. I have had much success with the One Monthly Goal. I am hoping that this one will give some extra incentive to get projects done. I have ambitiously put 6 projects on here. Yikes! I hate to lose, so I hope I can get them all finished along with the 10,000 other projects I will start along the way. If you are interested in Participating, Please go to She Can Quilt.
So, for Quarter 4 I am going to finish the following:
#1 Flannel Baby Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding.
#2 Safari Baby Quilt – Needs quilting finished and Binding
#3 – The Ugly Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding. Jeez, I hope I can stand it. still Might have to change something on this in order to tolerate it.
#4 Zipper Quilt – Needs quilted and Binding.
#5 The Fourth and Final Dog Bone Dresser scarf. This is an EPP project and is partly pieced. I am so tired of these, since it is the fourth one I have done. Ughhh. The last one is taking forever.
#6 – Table Topper that has been laying around for quite some time. Needs borders, quilting and binding.
So the local quilt shop to me, Red Rooster Quilts, is having a tent sale today and tomorrow. They are selling all their quilt and quilt tops tops and had them displayed along the fence. It is just a beautiful site.
I bought nothing. How crazy is that? I am trying very hard not to buy things I don’t specifically need to complete something. Although that rarely stops me. Since I am in the shop a lot because it is about two miles form what I work, I had already seen most of the stuff they were selling at the tent sale in the store. It had been discounted for a while. Nothing called to me, so I just picked up my free bi-weekly quilt block and wandered up and down viewing the quilts/quilt tops.
Just wanted to share the beautiful photos and make sure any of my local Columbus friends were aware that there was a Quilting Tent Sale. Have a great weekend!
So I finished the piece that goes on my nightstand. This is my third dog bones piece (only one more to go). I am about tired of dog bones, but I think I will tough it out. Last one is for Kevin’s dresser. Besides once I am done with this sit on the couch project I will have to come up with a new one (not involving dog bones this time).
So, my free motion quilting is getting better. I know for sure that practice makes you better, but far from perfect.
I don’t hate the quilting here and my dog bones have improved by the third one.
So, my One Monthly goal for July is to trim and border the black and tan quilt I just finished quilting. I know, boring…..but it has to get done and The One monthly Goal is a good motivator.
Treasure Your Family
So, I decided to make a test block. Wanted to see if I would like it and how big a pain in the butt it would be. Not difficult at all, so we are OK there. I think I may need to make a few additional blocks to see if I will like it and how it will work out. I don’t want to use the same colors throughout. Sort of want it scrappy, while retaining the light/dark effect. Not sure how that will be, so I will make a couple more blocks.
Then, I finished English Paper Piecing my Dog Bone dresser scarf. Only one more piece left to do, Kev’s dresser. He really needs one because he has a habit of throwing change and screwdrivers, whatever is in his pocket, on our expensive bedroom furniture. I had never bought bedroom furniture. Always had second hand stuff. Finally, in my fifties, I get my own, brand new bedroom furniture and I really like it. So, I need to protect it with my dog bone dresser scarves.
It is also my crazy dog, Moka’s, second birthday and I am the crazy dog lady, so I will stop and get her something delicious on my way home or take her for ice cream.
Treasure Your Family
While I know it does not look like much, but since I have had pneumonia, it is pretty monumental. Good thing I got this done earlier in the month or I would not have made it. I have not sewn anything in over a week. That is a sure sign that I am am really sick. Managed to make it to work today, but I am pretty sure by the time the day is over, I will be done and there will be no sewing. I do need to figure out my goal for May though.
This is already on Kevin’s nightstand. I am not sure he recognizes any of this as a shirt he used to wear (blue and white plaid dog bone).
If you haven’t registered for my give away, don’t miss it. See my previous post.
Treasure your Family