Friday, April 07, 2017

2nd Quarter Finish Along Goals

Click here for the 2017 Finish-Along Details

As I planned, I had about half of my projects from 1st quarter roll over to this quarter. It just wasn't the ones that I expected! So here is what I have tasked myself with completing by the end of June, keeping in mind that school lets out at the end of May so any sewing that happens during the month of June will probably be minimal:

1. My cousin's quilt for their wedding gift. They got married in March, so I'm going for that unexpected surprise gift at this point.

2.  Aspen Frost Jubilee Quilt - I made a ton of progress on this last quarter but then other projects took priority and it took a backseat. I need to find a good border fabric and backing fabric and then I can get to quilting this.

3. Welcome Panel - this is half quilted already but again, it was set aside last quarter so I'm confident I can get this finished up in an afternoon once I find the time to work on it again.

4. These layer cakes are back on the list again in the hopes that it motivates me to get started on the project using a half square triangle layout that I came up with in EQ7.

5. Rainbow Dresden Mini.  This is the only new project that I'm adding. Contrary to what it looks like, this pile of scraps are actually cut out dresden petals that I chain pieced when I was in Lee Monroe's "Understanding the Rainbow" class at QuiltCon. I need to make this into a mini quilt.

That's it, that's all I got.

Monday, April 03, 2017

April's Spring Goal

Sometimes deciding on my one monthly goal can be so hard! I have so many things I want to get done right now, and I think it's because I can see the calendar days flipping closer and closer to summer break. It's those summer months when I get very little sewing done so I need to start planning now what projects I want to get done before the end of May.

So my goal for this month is to get my cousin's quilt top finished (my 2017 stash bee blocks) so that I can load it on the long arm and quilt it. I have batting and backing fabric all ready to go but I need to make my top a bit larger.

That requires me to make 5 more blocks and then piece all 25 blocks together. I think that's doable.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Quilted Ornaments

Yes, it's the last day of March and the last thing on your mind is probably Christmas, but I have a holiday finish to share! One of the projects on my selfish sewing list for this year (and for this quarter of the Finish Along) were some micro-quilted holiday ornaments.

I got the inspiration to make these from Leanne over at the Devoted Quilter. She posted a tutorial during the holidays this past season and I knew that I wanted to make some for next year. While I think they'd make great little gifts, I plan on keeping these for myself. We have a 2nd Christmas tree that will only be decorated with handmade ornaments.

They were very fun to make and great practice with flow quilting which is something that I need to get better at, especially now that I have long arm machine. Making smooth transitions from one motif to another takes practice and this allows me to do it without getting overwhelmed. I'm hoping to make at least 4 more throughout the year to add to our tree by next December.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rope Coasters

A few weeks back, while I was waiting for my long arm machine to be set up, I cranked out these cute rope coasters using some leftover aqua and teal scraps so that they'd coordinate with my living room decor.

I didn't have any set expectations with these other than to have fun making them and play around with some of my scraps and decorative thread. Photographing them proved to be harder than making them - any sort of "creative" composition and you couldn't tell what they were. If I put a mug on them, then you couldn't see them. The photo above is boring but at least you can see them. I even managed to get 5 out of 6 to be the same size. (The top right one is smaller than all the rest. It was my original one that I made a few months back).

This little project was my goal for this month and I even made a few extra coasters so that I have a few in my sewing room now. It's also one of the projects that I wanted to get done this quarter for the 2017 Finish Along.
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