Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lofty Goals for the 2018 Finish-Along

I have chosen a word for the year.  The word is finish.  I hope to use this word when making decisions in all areas, not just when it comes to sewing.  I want to focus on finishing the things I start.  Finish that book I started reading or that letter I began writing or the plans I was making to invite someone over or finish organizing that closet.  

There are many verses in the bible that use this word.  I hope to focus on memorizing a few of them.

 John 17:4 Jesus said "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

I am sharing several pictures of projects that I hope to accomplish in the next few months.  I am not sure how much time I will have to work on my sewing but I will make every effort to complete what I can.  I will link my post with the 2018 Finish Along.  I appreciate the encouragement the finish along provides.

Magnolia Mystery quilt.  Complete the top before the February parade of quilts.

The Children's Library Mystery Quilt.  One more block to complete before putting the top together.

Tree blocks complete.  Make a Christmas pillow or two.

Building Foundations blocks, 1-17 complete.  Make 3 more blocks and sew together to make a quilt top.

A Quilting Life 2017 Block of the Month.  One more block to make, sew together for a quilt top and get it ready for quilting.

Mini, ready to be quilted and made in to a pillow.

Churn Dash quilt top, quilt and bind.

ADORNit quilt, pieced and quilted, needs binding and label.

Visit the 2018 Finish Along and see what others are planning to work on.

Happy finishing!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wow it is 2018 - What is my January Goal?

I have always been a list maker.  Especially when it comes to my sewing and embroidery projects.  I love crossing off or writing down the date that I finish something.  I am working on a list of twelve quilting projects I hope to complete this year and this is the first I will work on.

This is my Adornit block of the month quilt.  It is all quilted but missing something, the binding.  It has been ready for me to finish for a while now and this is the month.  I will post when it is bound and labeled.  I did not label all of my quilts at first but I plan to label all moving forward.  I will be linking this post to One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  I appreciate these link ups, they always help in the area of motivation.  Happy Stitching!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sugarplum Block Challenge

I was reading the Jolly Jabber, the Fat Quarter Shop blog when I saw the video talking about the Sugarplum Block Challenge.  I have always loved Joanna Figueroa's Fig Tree fabrics, patterns and books.  My first thought was, "I do not have time", but then I thought about it a little longer and decided that I was going to make time to give it a try.  I looked through my fabrics and decided to use some of my Moda "Farmhouse" fabric by Joanna Figueroa  to make this project.

It is hard to take a picture with true colors inside the house but this shows it on our little table.  I used the scraps cut off from the flying geese to make the half square triangles for the borders on each end.

It was fun trying to make sure that the writing went the same direction in each square of print.

Another picture of the end of the runner.

The outdoor pictures were true to color but the wet fence and ground limited the spaces I could lay the table runner.

I did a little quilting on my machine to finish my table runner off.  I even sewed the binding down on my machine.  That is the part that I usually enjoy doing by hand but I thought that I could get a little practice machine stitching on binding with a small project.  It was nice to complete this project.  Spending a little time working on it each evening helped to get my creativity going just a bit.  I could always use work to improve my machine quilting.  There is still time to join the challenge.
Happy Sewing!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Raffle Pillow

Isn't it fun to attend the Holiday craft events at this time of year.  It seems that I don't get the chance to attend many these lately, there is always something going on that keeps me from attending.  We have had a Holiday Marketplace at our church for the past few years.  It is put on to benefit the Lake Country Preschool.  I have not made things to sell but there are always so many wonderful things to buy.

I have tried to make something to donate each time to use as an item for the raffle.  This year I made a pillow that was not only fun to make but I think it will be fun for the person who takes it home.  It adds a cheerful touch to my living room chair as I type this.

This pillow was made with charm squares and I had enough half square triangles to make two pillows.  I think the other pillow will be a gift for someone, that is if I get it put together.  Small projects like this help with the idea of finishing something.
If you happen to live in our area the Holiday Marketplace will be at the Lake Country Baptist Church in Lake Stevens, Washington from 10-4 on November 11th.  Maybe I will see you there.
Happy Finishing!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Mystery Quilt Update

I am having fun with this project.

Remember the fabrics I chose.

All of the pieces are cut.

Pieces sewn together, squared up and ready to put together, waiting for the next step.

This morning in my email I found a link to the instructions for the next step in this project.  Visit Meadow Mist Designs and think about joining in.  The next instructions are here.  This quilt will start taking shape as soon as I get the chance to take the next steps.  Stay tuned for updates.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sit and Sew Project

Sometimes so much time goes by and I don't find the time to post about the projects I have been working on.  I have been to a few "Sit and Sew" days with my quilting friends in Coupeville and this is one of the projects I worked on.
Sweet Sixteen
I love the soft colors of this quilt top.

I made this using a jelly roll I won from a giveaway at Vroomans Quilts quite a while back.  I always enjoy visiting Sharon's blog and getting lots of inspiration.

I ordered fabric from the fabric line to make the background squares.

The quilt top is pieced together, it needs a good pressing and I must find someone to quilt it for me.  I took the picture inside so the flash washed it out a bit but I do really like the finished top.

There are several quilts in this book that I hope to have a chance to make some day.
It was good to share a project, it has been a while, I look forward to sharing the completed quilt. I put a border of the light gray on top and bottom and will bind it with the gray also.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt

Wow, it has been a long break from blogging.  We have been busy with our move into our new space in the lower level of our house.  I just got back to working with my sewing projects.  One of the projects I wanted to participate in it the Magnolia Mystery Quilt sponsored by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

I chose my fabric.

Then I cut out the pieces as directed in the August instructions.

Stay tuned to see what happens next month.

I have spent some time working on the cutting of fabric for three other stitch along projects.  I hope to share the finished blocks very soon.

I will also share a few pictures of our new space.  
I hope you are having a great summer.  We have had many above average hot days here in the Pacific Northwest.  I am not complaining but would not mind if we have some rain soon.