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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Deana's students making barn blocks

Now that my main goal for February is done and out of the way I can focus on my "Up on the Housetop" quilt.  I sewed up this lone Santa block because of the striped fabric.  It took awhile and though the stripes are not perfectly matched, they are the best they could be under the circumstances.  I can't wait to start chain piecing the others!  This block hasn't yet been trued up.

I also wanted to add an update on my middle school students who are learning to make a Buggy Barn style quilt.  The barns are all finished except for two which should be done in a day or two.  We are now starting on trees that will go between the barns.  I will show pictures soon.

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Main Crush Monday
UFO Busting
ABC 123 WIP Linkup
Esther's WOW

Monday, February 19, 2018

Deana's sliced quilt challenge top is DONE!

Yay!  Yay!  Yippy!  After several years of trying to decide what to do with this quilt, the top is done.  I have also marked cute winter houses in the side borders for quilting.  I hope it quilts up quickly.  I have also prepared a back for it.

This was my One Monthly Goal of which I am pleased I have achieved.  Here is my original goal post at the first of February.

I am linking up with:

BOMs away
Moving it Forward Monday
Monday Making
18 in 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deana: two more houses done

I am so pleased to have two more houses done for my sliced quilt borders.  These are smaller than the others I pieced, but that tree on the right side took a whole hour for each block.  I also had some mess ups and picking and restitching getting the red house stripes to all go the right direction.  There is still one piece turned wrong and I am not fixing it.  

I love these houses though!

This is the direction I am headed with this quilt.  There will be a few more borders to sort out, but this is the general plan.

We have had a super dry, warm winter and are in desperate need of moisture to sustain us through the summer and fall.  I woke up to February snow.  It is lovely.  Here are some photos of my back and front yards.

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Main Crush Monday
Move it Forward Monday
Let's Bee Social
Finish it Up Friday

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Deana: weekend progress = two finished churches

Wow!  This paper piecing project is taking W A Y  longer than I anticipated.  It is a good thing I got a start on it right at the first of the month.  It is my One Monthly Goal to get this top done.  Last week I thought there was no way I will make it.  This week I am thinking I can.  

These paper pieced patterns are by "Quilt Art Designs".

 Here are my churches with the houses I pieced earlier in the week.

I have two more houses really close to done that I hope to post in a day or two and then two more that are not started.

Let's take a look at my design walls.  I have two in my sewing room with a total of three projects on them.  On the left is my son's medallion quilt with only the middle done.  I want the top done by July when he comes home from his mission in Germany.

On the right is my sliced quilt challenge that goes with the houses I am paper piecing.  I think they are going to look good together.

Below is my Diamond Hill quilt awaiting the borders that need to be appliqued.  This quilt is on my list to finish this year as well.  You can see my other house and church on the side next to it.

Today's linky parties include:

Friday, February 9, 2018

Deana: 2 done with 4 to go

Hello Blogland!  How is your weekend sewing starting out?  Well, I got two of my paper pieced houses done.  They were pretty tedius, but they are so darn cute that I think I can keep moving along on the other four over the rest of the weekend.

My sewing room is a mess.  For some reason I am so much messier when I paper piece.  How do you keep your paper piecing clean and neat?

I am linking up tonight with:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Deana: one house is getting close to done

I have forgotten how tedius paper piecing can be if you have a lot of it to do.  I need to piece 8 houses this month and I am not quite finished with one.

I am linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday
Let's Bee Social
Weight Loss Wednesday

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Deana is joining "Sweet Land of Liberty"

Ok, another new start for 2018 happened last night.  It was completely unplanned.  Sunday night I was browsing blogland and came across this wonderful Americana quilt.  What really caught my attention was the discovery that it is a quilt-along with no pattern.  You kind of make it up as you go following Humble Quilt's measurement guidelines and samples.  I LOVE THIS KIND OF STUFF!  My creative side kept spinning doughnuts.

I went to my day job on Monday (I am a teacher) and returned home heading straight to my sewing room to gather fabric for this quilt.  I was a little discouraged to find that my stash is completely lacking in reds and blues.  I don't want to purchase any fabric for this project, so I thought I was out, I mean, you can't make an Americana quilt without blues and reds.  As I browsed my stash boxes, I realized that I had quite a lot of small pieces left from my Dear Jane quilt.  A lightbulb went off in my head as I thought,  "I can make this quilt without a focus on stars and stripes."  I'll just put flowers where there are stars and other miner adjustments.  I think I am going to call this one "Pieceful Country". 

I did a complete improv. job on the basket just winging it as I sewed and cut, sewed and cut.  It still needs a bird.  The letters "USA" just don't fit my country quilt so I made more applique' flowers to go on those blocks instead.  As for the house, I chose a Crabapple Hill embroidery pattern that I had in the house.  It is traced onto a slightly larger piece and will be trued once the embroidery work is complete.  I plan to try the crayon/iron method on this block.  That will be a first for me.     This cute little house came from the hocuspocusville pattern.  Even though it is meant to be a Halloween house, I LOVE IT and feel it is perfect for this quilt.

I have only traced the pattern - no crayons or embroidery started.

 Below is a more clear picture of the house pattern.  I removed any "witchy" things.

Well, that is a long explanation as to why my quilt will look so different from everyone else's.  I hope they will still let me participate in the group.

I am linking up with Humble Quilts' "Sweet Land of Liberty" group.

Other linkies:

Freemotion by the River
Esther's WOW
Moving it Forward Monday
Main Crush Monday

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Deana: preparing to paper piece my winter town

Well  #1 which was drawn for February is my Sliced Quilt Challenge.  It is about time I finished this one.  I have selected the fabric for paper piecing the big red house and the church.  I will make two of each, one for the bottom row and one for the top.  One house will be red while the other will be brown and gold.  Both churches will be grey with red trim but not the same fabrics.  I don't want them identical.  They will go on top and bottom of the round quilt shown below.

I have also cut out all the pieces and started to color in some sections.  Coloring them helps me to not mess up as easily.

I am linking up with:

BOMs Away
Show N Tell Monday with Bambi
Monday Making

Saturday, February 3, 2018

MARIE: A Finish--My Medallion Quilt is finally complete. Thank you Deana for this wonderful pattern. I had a lot of fun making this quilt.

The back.  I used the fabric I had left over after the front was pieced. I kind of like it.

Quilting detail on the back

Now, on to my next project--quilting my Autumn Hues Quilt. I'm still trying to figure out how to quilt this one.  I think that I will do something more simple on this one. The Medallion quilt took a very long time!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Deana's February goals and January follow-up

Yay!  It is February and time to set new quilty goals

I am doing Patchwork Times UFO challenge and the #1 was drawn this month.  My #1 is my Sliced Quilt Challenge.  I plan to applique' the circle onto a square and paper piece a little winter village for a row on top and another row on the bottom of the quilt.  I want to get a top done this month!

This  is also my ONE MONTHLY GOAL FOR February.

My second goal is to finish piecing my Santa blocks for my Up on the Housetop quilt.

Third, I hope to get this bright quilt basted and started quilting.  I pieced the heck out of the back this week.  I just don't really want these colors in my stash so I thought I should use them up.  I like pieced backs from leftover front fabrics anyway.

Here is the crazy back...

Below is my January goal progress report.

My One Monthly Goal is to quilt Felicity's Bear/Moose Quilt.  I will be seeing her the first of February so it is a good time to get it done.  It is also my #10 UFO in the Patchwork Times Challenge and the number drawn for February.  


Other goals are to:

Quilt and bind Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt


Start a Buggy Barn Santa and Reindeer Quilt

DONE! Reindeer blocks are done and Santas are cut.

Quilt 1 hour a week on Dear Jane


Finish Month 2 of Justin's Medallion.


I am linking up with:

Esther's Wow
Freemotion by the River
BOM's Away
Moving it Forward Monday
Let's Bee Social