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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nearing the finish line!

I have my One Monthly Goal all quilted and the binding attached by machine.  I like to turn it by hand and I will this week while I am away.

I also finished a second bag identical to the first.  I accidentally cut twice as many squares as I needed, so I decided to make another bag and donate it to an auction fund raiser I attended last night.  

I also have a mini bag ready to sew up.  It matches the bigger one.

I am linking up with:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

To Do Tuesday

How was your quilt progress last week? Mine was slower than expected but there was still progress non the less .

I nearly have this one quilted and another house block is pieced.

My goal list for this week's To Do Tuesday  is as follows:

Quilt pink hexagon
Attach the binding by machine
Finish Justin`s bear paw log cabin  quilt top

15 min to stitch report:
This past week 6 out of 7
This month 13 out of 15
This year 84 out of 105
I am at 80%

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the river
UFO busting
Moving it forward Monday

Happy sewing!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bear Paw Log Cabin progress

I now have trees,  flying geese,  and bear paw blocks made.  All that is left is a cabin and bear in the middle and borders.

I also finished a bag for my daughter for Mother's Day. I posed it next to her wedding picture.  It was made from leftovers of her baby 's jeep quilt.

 This bag counts as another PHD Finish!

UFO finish goal for 2018 is 12
2 Finished in  Jan
0 Finished in February
2 Finished in March
1 April finish
Plus new starts 4

11 left to finish for my PHD

I am linking up today with

Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished or not Friday
Can I get as Whoop Whoop ?
Weight Loss Wednesday
Friday Photo Fun

Monday, April 9, 2018

To Do Tuesday, PHD update, and 15 min to Stitch

Here is my 
To Do Tuesday list
for this week:

This week's goals are many.  They are so many that I likely won't get them all quite done, but I plan to try anyway.

1.  Baste and quilt Fuscia Hexagon

2. Finish two Bear Paw Cabin Quilts

If you look at the log cabin quilt on my design wall you will see that I have partially made bear paw blocks.  This photo below shows pieces cut and ready to sew to complete those blocks.

I am experimenting with a slight change in my Bear Paw Cabin quilt because I have enough background fabric to make one quilt but am short a little to make the second.  I have extra pieces to make more log cabin blocks to use in place of the white space.  I am just auditioning layout options that will use a wee bit less white.

Or would I prefer more white toward the trees?

I am comparing it to the original design below.  Perhaps I could put some bears in the white log cabin space above.  It looks funny right now with the bear paw blocks not complete and no tree blocks.

3. Make one Mondo Bag

I need to cut the lining out of the grey heart fabric, attach batting for a stabilizer, make handles, and then sew it up.

4.  Baste one of the Bear Paw Quilts

15 Minutes to Stitch Report:

Year:  78 out of 98
April:  7 out of 8

PHD update:

If all goes as planned I should have two more finishes on this list this week.

I am also linking up with:

BOMs Away at Lynette's blog
UFO Busting at Tish's blog
Moving it Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
Connie's Freemotion by the River
Beth's Cooking up Quilts Main Crush Monday

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2nd quarter finish along goals

I love the quarterly finish alongs. First quarter I set my goals higher than I thought possible to achieve and I got them all done.  Lets hope 2nd quarter is equally successful.

One  great thing about 2nd quarter is that I will be out of school during June which allows me so many more hours on the machine.

This finish along requires a complete finish meaning quilted and bound.  Here are my hopes for 2nd quarter:

1.  Middle school student's barns
I started teaching them in November and was so pleased with how the blocks turned out. I am not putting a border on it so it is ready.

2.  Justin's bear paw quilt
I cut it out in the evenings at the hotel during a  teacher training last month. I realized I had enough fabric to make two so I ended up cutting out two.

This is what I will be making.  It is one of my designs.

3. My BearPaw quilt
The duplicate to number 3.

4. Sliced quilt challenge
This one was done in January but I just wasn't satisfied with the results.  It needs the houses to go all the way around.  I have half  of the houses done and need to make the other 4.

5.  Crazy Busy Bees
 I have had the fabrics planned, cut into fat quarter sizes,  and stacked in their selected order for months. (It is a stack and slash style of quilt).

Here is a better photo of the bees.

6. 2 bags
I don't usually make anything but quilts; however,  my friend convinced me to try a bag.  I am making them for my girls for Mother's  Day since this is their first one as new mothers. I hope to make one for myself as well.  The pieces are cut and semi assembled.

7. Chicks in the Garden
I am making two quilts with the same flowers. This is the second one.   Again,  the fabric is cut into fat quarter sizes,  pressed,  layered,  and ready to cut.

8.  Pink Hexagon
I made this top many years ago. It is #5 on my  Patchwork Times UFO challenge list.  It needs to be done this month.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Two long days of cabin building

Hello blogland. How was your Easter?  Did you get a break from normal life?  I did and there are still 4 more days before I head back to work.

As mentioned in earlier posts,  I am  making two identical quilts composed mostly of log cabins. I literally spent two long days sewing them but they are done. I had the pleasure of playing with my grand baby and daughter.  Daughter pressed for me while 10 month old Ira crawled around exploring grandma's house.  He is such an amazingly good baby.  He is happy and self entertained.

Here are the piles of 112 log cabins finishing at 7"as well as a start on my Bear Paw blocks.

 As I mentioned in an earlier post,  my pattern for this quilt is on my laptop which isn't working.  I was just using a photograph of the quilt to navigate.  It was a bit challenging until I recalled that I had made a quilt a few years back with the very same blocks.  I pulled it out and used it as a guide.

I have a multi project design wall to share today.  It shows the effect of the log cabin blocks.  I've also got Pieceful Country up and a paper pieced village awaiting the construction of more houses. The lavender, mint,  and grey grids are for bags I am making. I need to finish one more 4 x 12 panel.

I am linking up with 
freemotion by the river
Midweek makers
Silly momma quilts
Heather's wow
Needle and thread Thursday

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

15 min to stitch and To Do Tuesday

This is my 15 min to stitch report in days:

Year:  72 out of 91
March:  28 or of 31
April:  0 out of 1


Last week I got them all done.  This week 's  list is going to be a pretty tight because my little Ira is coming to visit Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we are going jeeping for the rest of spring break.

1.  Piece two Bear Paw  tops as far as I can... they are queen sized

2. Piece the units in the bags I am making

3. Put my Hexagon on the frames to baste

I am linking up with:

Weight loss Wednesday
Sew, stitch , snap, share
Let's be social
Crazy mom quilts 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April One Monthly Goal and PHD update

This month's One Monthly Goal is to piece,  quilt,  and bind a Bear Paw quilt I designed a few years back. I AM SO LUCKY I cut it out last month because my laptop screen died and the pattern in my Quilt Pro program is unreachable until I can get a new one and the software uploaded. For now I have pieces cut to the right size and a photo of the last one I made in a family round robin.

Here are the cut pieces.

Here is the pattern... literally this photo is my pattern. We made this as part of a family round robin,  so I did 1/6th of it. I am on the right and my sister who received this quilt is on the left.

The Bear Paw quilt along with this Hexagon quilt are my #5 in Patchwork Times UFO challenge which means I hope to get it done  as well as part of my other monthly goals. It is also on my 18 in 2018 list.

Other April goals include:

4 more paper pieced houses for my Sliced quilt border.

Keep up with my Pieceful Country BOM

Make bags for my daughter's for their first Mother's Day as new mom's... pieces are cut

Piece my Bear Paw quilt which is identical to the one listed as my one monthly goal

Cut and sew all of the flowers needed for three quilts...Chicks in the Barn,  Crazy Busy Bees,  and My Favorite Things. They are all the same pattern so I figure I may as well do them all at once. I think I need 26 blocks. I am super excited about these particular projects.  They are tons of fun to make.

Now for a PHD update...

UFOs completed in 2018: 3
New starts to finish this year : 4
New starts finished:  1

# left to complete PHD: 12

UFOs done
Jan: 2
Feb: 0
Mar: 2

It doesn't look like I am making headway but I really am. I have been finishing some intense tops and will mostly be quilting UFO tops the rest of the year.