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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Granny Went Star Crazy is quilted!

Oh does it ever feel good to have another quilt so close to finished!   I did basic outline quilting and not much else.  It really didn't need more and the quilting could not really be seen anyway with the busy fabrics.  The binding is attached by machine and just needs the hand stitching on the other side.  





I am linking up with 
Esther's WOW
Weight Loss Wednesday
Midweek Makers
Let's Bee Social


One basted, one on the frames, and one cut into strips!

Well, I reached my goals last week.  I was able to get this one basted and off the frames.

Here it is basted and ready to quilt this week.



I put my Dear Jane on the frames to baste.  I hope to get it basted this week or next.

I also cut this quilt into strips.  I hope to get started sewing on it this week.

You can see my Little Caezar's Pizza Kit box in the back.  I love buying the frozen kits from fund raising groups and storing unfinished projects in them after the pizzas are baked.

My main focus for this week is to get Granny Went Star Crazy quilted.  It is pretty close because I worked on it a little each day last week.


I also hope to get these stars cut and sewn this week for my student's barn quilt.  I will use these stars as a means to show them how to cut out the barn blocks.


I am linking up with:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Numbered Monthly UFO list for 2018

Every year I join an online group that draws a number for me monthly to tell me which project to work on.  For some reason I love it because I don't have to decide which one to work on.  This year I am joining Patchwork Times UFO Challenge.  

I also plan on joining 18 in 2018.  The list below has 15 projects to finish.  The three below it will complete my 18 for the other challenge.  Below is my list for 2018.

I am also linking this post to:
Bambi's Show N Tell Monday (She featured me this week!  Yay!)
BOM's Away (She is joining me in the Patchwork Times and 18 in 2018 online groups.  Check out her post here.)

1.  Sliced Quilt.  My goal is to have a finished top.

I plan to turn the circle into a square by appliqueing the circle onto a square piece.  I am also going to paper piece a village row at the top and at the bottom.

This quilt was a sliced quilt challenge I did with friends many years ago.  I made the slice with the boy on the sled and the bottom half of the far right (bottom of the houses and down). 

2 & 3 Diamond Hill.  I hope to get the top done this year.

I need to hand applique vines in the borders.  I am planning on taking two months to do this so I am listing it for two separate draws.

4.  Quilter's Garden.  Two tops need to be quilted.

I designed this as part of an online swap group in August of 2014.  It was so much fun and I just love it!  Now it needs quilted.  Mom asked me to quilt  hers so I plan to quilt them both the same month.

This one is mine.

This one is Mom's.

5.  Pink Hexagon and Justin's Bear Paw.  The hexagon quilt needs quilted while the Bear Paw quilt needs started.  I hope to start and finish the whole quilt top in one month.  It is for my son who is currently serving a church mission in Germany.  He has been gone for a year and a half and will return this summer.  Perhaps I could have it done by his birthday in July.

Here is the Hexagon quilt.  It took me forever to find a back for it.  It has unusual colors.  The white is an odd grey.



Here is a photo of the one I designed for my sister.  My son's quilt will have some reds in it and a different color of blue.  I am using my stash for his.



This is the fabric I have chosen.

6.  Winged Things and Blue Round Robin quilts - they both need to be quilted.  
The Winged Things quilt started in 2003 as a state round robin for applique.  I didn't get enough blocks for it so I did it a second year on a non-applique robin.  Several years later I finally assembled it into a top.

The Blue Round Robin quilt is my mothers and needs quilted.  My sisters, Mom, and I made it together in a round robin, so I made 1/5th of the quilt.

7.  Sweet Cherry Orange needs to be quilted and bound.  These blocks were mailed to me from all over the world as members of the Stash Bee.  I designed it and requested the colors.  I love it!



8.  Justin's Medallion needs started and finished in 2018.  My son has requested this exact same quilt pattern and in the same colors as the one I made for my daughter.  He won't get it until he gets married, but it is challenging enough that I want to get it done long before he gets engaged.  I have the fabric purchased and ready to start sewing. 

I have already quilted three of these.  I designed it with my Daughter #2 for her wedding.  This is the one my son wants me to replicate with exact colors.




I also quilted my mom's,

and Daughter 1's.  This is a photo of my husband and I dancing in front of the quilt at the wedding.




This is the fabric I have chosen.



9. These two country quilts were made in a family quilt-a-long.  I made them entirely from my stash which makes them even more delightful.  My goal is to quilt both of them the same month complete with bindings.



10.  Quilt Felicity's Woodsy Quilt.  It is the same pattern as the two listed above.  I just turned the one design into trees to go with her woodsy theme.


11. Quilt and bind my Christmas Log Cabin.  I finally finished the top in 2017 and want it completely finished this year.

12.  Quilt Felicity's Log Cabin Star quilt.
The extra three projects to complete 18 in 2018 are below.

1.  Quilt & bind Grand Illusion Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt


2.  Quilt & bind Block Lotto Winner Quilt




3.  Quilt & bind Dear Jane

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dorine's Bookcase Quilt

I just finished this quilt.  Ann and Marie wanted to see it, so I am posting it here.  Ir was so much fun!  I did  my border to look like wallpaper and carpet around the bookcase.  It is a little hard to tell in the picture.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jodi's Lattice is quilted!

I am so relieved that Jodi's Lattice is quilted.  I just need to do the binding and it is back to her in time for her daughter's wedding.

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Esther's WOW
Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share
Let's Bee Social
Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
TGIFF
Midweek Makers
Finished or Not Friday











Sunday, December 3, 2017

Quilt on the frames

One of my December goals is to get this quilt quilted.  It is on the frames and ready to baste.  This quilt belongs to my sister in law, Felicity, but all of my sisters and my mother had a part in making it.  It was part of a family round robin we did a couple of years ago, so I made 1/5 of it.  Now I get to quilt it!  Fun family memories are in this project.




I am linking up with Bom's Away, Moving it Forward Monday, Main Crush Monday,  and Monday Making.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Barns for school kids

I got the crazy barns cut out and shuffled.  I begin teaching a four week class on quilt piecing in one week.  I have pondered much on how to go about teaching this.  I want them to learn how to chain sew but I am only giving each group 3 blocks at a time.  I am afraid they might accidentally shuffle the pieces or not get them back in order if they have too many.  I plan to start with basic sewing such as threading the machine, rotary cutter safety, and how to not "push" the fabric through the machine while keeping both edges right together.

These barns have stars at the top.  They are small pieces so I am going to sew them for my class.  My girls made these same stars at a young age and found them to be a little difficult.

There are 14 barn blocks, and we are also going to make pine trees to go between the barns.

Here they are.  There are more barns stacked beneath these five.



 Here is the one from the pattern.  Remember, I have not yet cut the stars.  I am going to cut them as a demonstration to the students.


Here is the book I bought with the pattern in it.  I CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE  the one with all the cows, barns, sheep, and goats in it.
I am linking up today with Bambi's Show and Tell Monday.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December goals and ONE MONTHLY GOAL!

I have absolutely loved being back in the sewing room!  I am happy and excited about finishing old projects and starting new ones.  A long time friend and I have made some plans for the new year of things we want to accomplish.  We purchased new Buggy Barn patterns and are so excited to make the Santa quilt, the Bee quilt, and others.   It will be fun.

Now that I am a new grandma, I have decided to make little quilts for the grandkids for when they come to visit.  The quilts will stay at my house.  I absolutely must make the Disney Princess paper pieced patterns up into a small quilt.  Little girls will LOVE IT!  I also want to do a Buggy Barn dog one and also one with farm animals and barns.  Oh the plans for fun in 2018!

As for December,  this is what I hope to accomplish!

1.  Finish quilting Jodi's Lattice.  Her daughter is getting married in January and I would love for her to have it for the wedding.  This is also my ONE MONTHLY GOAL!




2. Finish piecing my Brights Mystery top. 


3.  Baste and quilt one of Felicity's.  I have three of hers that need quilted when I can get to them.


4.  Quilt and  bind Granny Went Star Crazy. 



I am also starting an interesting task of teaching my middle school students how to make a quilt.  Our school is very small which means there are almost no elective classes available to students.  We started  offering what we call "extensions" or "interventions" 8th period.  Students who need extra help will take intervention classes in math or English. The others can take a fun class.  Each teacher will take turns doing interventions but the other times we get to teach anything we want.  The classes last for only 4 weeks and then we change.  These class options have given our students opportunities in golf, dutch oven cooking, zumba, basketball skills, crochet, roping, theatre, robotics, engineering, broadcasting, western novels, and more.  

Call me crazy, but I plan to teach a Buggy Barn style barn/pine tree quilt.  The barn pieces are pretty big and there are no seams to really match.  You trim each round off to add another peice.  I feel that this will be one of the simplest projects for them to learn on.  The barn has a small star in the upper window which I plan to sew myself because it is small and may be hard for them.  I plan to teach them the importance of color and contrast as they layer the pieces, how to use a rotary cutter to trim each new piece up, how to sew 1/4 " seams, how to baste the quilt for quilting, and how to bind. I will quilt it but I have samples of fabric and small pieces of batting where they can each learn the basics of freemotion quilting.

 We will just make one quilt together and then raffle it off somewhere to pay for the cost.  My fabric store is having their annual Black Friday fabric sale of 50% off.  That will really save me some money on this project.  I have to buy 1 yard cuts, so I plan to use the excess for the back.  The kids will also need to assemble the quilt backing from the leftover pieces.  

I am excited to teach quilting again.  Although my students are younger,  I think they can do it.