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May – OMG Finished…

Nothing like waiting until the last day…

I often struggle balancing sewing as my job with sewing as my hobby! The last couple of weeks sewing as my job has has been the clear winner.

I am super happy to say I was able to finish my One Monthly Goal for May.

My trip around the world quilt measures 55 x 65 inches.  It is a very late birthday present for my daughter 🙂

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Trip Around World – May OMG

Until next time happy sewing!

One Monthly Goal – April Finished

Happy Monday!

I finally finished my wonky Red Cross quilt!

I’m so appreciative that Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts the challenge One Monthly Goal. The challenge definitely motivates me to finish a project as well as seeing what other creative souls are doing! Win-Win all around!

I started piecing this project sometime in 2014. I had left over 10 inch squares from the layer cake Shades of Black by Me and My Sister. I was drawn to this collection for the cool black and white prints. I decided to use scrappy red fabrics to create the plus/cross sign. During the planning process for this project my vision was using the quilt as a wall hanging in my guest bedroom that we’ve decorated in black/white and red.

To create the wonky cross I used the slash method Amy Gibson taught in the Craftsy 2012 Block of Month course. I made one cut on each 10 inch square at least two inches from the edge either horizontally or vertically, inserted a 2.5 inch strip, then made a second cut in the opposite direction to insert the second strip. Very little waste with this method.

My quilt measures 43 x 55. I’m happy the wonky red cross quilt is finally finished and hopefully will find a home for it soon!

I plan to work on my patriotic UFO’s this week — what are you planning to work on?

Happy Sewing & Quilting

April One Monthly Goal

Happy Wednesday!

 

I’m choosing one of my easier UFO’s for  April’s One Monthly Goal.  It’s a wonky cross quilt using left over  10 x 10 inch squares from the Me and My Sister Layer cake Shades of Black. I believe I started this project sometime in 2014. My goal is to use some of the techniques I learned in Angela Walter’s “Dot to Dot” Craftsy class.

FMQ (free motion quilting) really scares me….

2018 OMG April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare myself I made a set of placemats to practice my stippling. Normally I am a warm colored kinda gal but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try soft pastels!

Voila set of 4 free motion quilted placemats — not bad??

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placemat practice FMQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you working on?

 

Until next time Happy sewing and quilting !

March Finishes

Happy Monday!  Hope the new month of April brings many blessings to you!

Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing in my journal.

I tried to update my embroidery software on my laptop and got the blue “death” screen. Recovery was a failure…I was so angry and disappointed the laptop wasn’t even a year old!

The best part of March was my daughter’s wedding in Punta Cana. Our family and friends enjoyed 7 days of fun in the sun.

My 3 beautiful kids:

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2018 Punta Cana – My Kids

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2018 Punta Cana Nikki and J

 

I did manage to finish my March one monthly goal before the wedding but didn’t get to write about it — no laptop 😦

OMG - March 2018 - Finished

OMG – March 2018 Finished

OMG - March 2018 Finished Block

OMG – March 2018 Envelope Quilt Block

OMG - March 2018 Finished Back

OMG – March 2018 finished Back

 

My quilt measures 48 x 72 inches. I experimented using fleece as the backing. I used a 60% coupon at JoAnn Fabrics and purchased their LUXE fleece fabric  which is  59 inches wide. I found the Luxe fleece to have a luxurious silk like feel to it, very similar to a minky fabric but a little heavier.

My original plan was to not include batting but quickly changed my mind because the backing fabric was slippery. Using batting with the Luxe fleece was a great stabilizer which made the quilting much easier.

After getting the quilt basted my next problem was not having enough Aurifil color 2000 thread to complete the project. I used my trusty Gutermann all purpose thread that I use to make the items I sell in my Etsy shop. I had no problems and didn’t experience or notice an unusual amount of lint build-up. I did use a 100/16 needle due to the thickness of my quilt sandwich. Using my walking foot I did straight lines echoing the seams and I machine stitched the binding on.  All in all it was a great learning experience!

I used the scraps from the quilt and pieced a smaller half hexie project.  I haven’t decided if this will be a table runner or a floor rug.  I wanted to use my Hex -N-More ruler, and this was a great practice project.

OMG- March 2018 hexie scraps

OMG – March 2018 hexie scraps

 

I stumbled across the blog, Kitchen Table Quilting who offers a Giant Block Tutorial Series. I love big blocks.  Below is my version of the March 36 inch giant block. This was super simple to make.  The quilt top measures 72 x 72 inches.

Giant Block - March 2018

 

In March I made mug rugs to go with my Irish Chain table topper I made last year for St. Patty’s day. My hubby is really liking all of the monthly mug rugs!

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My last project for March was a custom order for a baby blanket. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I’m getting better with my machine applique stitching!

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Nevaeh custom 2

 

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Until next time Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Monthly Goal – March 2018

Happy Wednesday!

To my friends on the east coast I pray that you are surviving the “Nor’easter”. Spring will be here soon 🙂

Deadlines motivate me to get things accomplished so I am joining the Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal challenge.

I began the project “You’ve Got Mail” sometime in 2013 after viewing the Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorial.  I’d managed to create the half square triangles and put them in a ziplock bag. During our move I found the bag and labeled it UFO.

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you’ve got mail omg march

Today I squared up the half square triangles, stitched out the envelope quilt blocks and laid the quilt out on my design floor. My goal for March is to finish this quilt — It’s about time wouldn’t you agree?

I also started a new baby quilt project – nine patch madness a variation of the disappearing nine patch quilt block. I was able to make nine blocks  using the charm pack Extravaganza by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. I’m so loving the pinks and purple.

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nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

One Monthly Goal – Layers of Charm

Nothing like waiting to the last day to reach a goal!

Finished is finished and I’m happy to have my second finish of 2017.

Layers of Charm is one of my favorite quilt patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop. This pattern is part of their short cut quilt series and believe me this was super easy to make. The pattern requires one layer cake and one charm pack. Not only do you get the free pattern you can also watch this video where Kimberly demonstrates how to make one yourself.  The pattern includes instructions for many sizes including a table runner!

I used the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks – Noel Metallic layer cake and yardage from the Robert Kaufman Fusions line as my “charms”.

I added a little embroidery to the center of one block. The prints of the layer cake have a winter theme including snowflakes so I chose a design that would complement the fabric. I purchased the design from Embroitique.

Layers of charm embroidery

Layers of charm embroidery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I keep a journal with walking foot designs and decided to try the double parallel straight lines with this quilt.  I used my favorite masking tape technique for marking.

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

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Basting CU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After washing my quilt measures 57 x 57 inches.

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG Challenge Finish.  Be sure to stop by to see the lovely projects other quilters are working on for inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year

Hello Friends – Happy New Year!

I wish many blessings to you and your family throughout 2017.

I had a small medical procedure last Friday and yesterday was the first day I was able to sew again!!!

In my household we are at 75 days and counting to the day my hubby retires. He likes to leave notes for me that read “DOWNSIZE” — he evens texts that message to me 😦  Our new house is smaller than our current house so I’ll need to adjust.  Good news is my sewing room in the new house is larger but I will loose the storage area I currently have.

As I sort through my many containers of fabric I realize I need an extra dose of motivation (deadlines)to get projects started and finished to achieve my forced goal of downsizing.

Normally my New Year’s Resolutions are goals I set for my Etsy shop, this year I’ve decided to include my quilting projects in my 2017 resolutions.

I’m following along with Abigail Dolinger’s 2017 Pre-Cut Challenge. I am definitely a pre-cut junkie so this challenge is perfect for me! The first quarter challenge is to use quilter’s candy (2 1/2 inch squares) or fat quarters to create a quilt. I’m starting with two quick small projects to get myself moving.

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January Challenge Moda Candy

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Jan 2017 FQ Challenge

I ‘m using Moda’s candy Color Theory by V & Co to create a color block table runner.  I plan on making a banner for my front door with the fat quarters.

“One Monthly Goal” hosted by Patty with Elm Street Quilts is my second challenge for this year. My January goal is to finish my snowball nine patch wall hanging and my version of Fat Quarter Shop – Layers of Charm Quilt.

 

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