Friday, February 17, 2017

OMG for February is completed!!!

The flying geese for my OMG is completed!!!!  It doesn't look as good as I thought it would in my living room, so I'll try something else, but it is definitely pretty.  And it was so simple to make.  Each square is from a layer cake.  You put together then you cut half way in the middle, mark the centre on top (5") and cut the triangle to the centre.  Swap the triangles you cut (because you had the two) and put back the square which turns into a rectangle because of the 1/4 margin sewing.  In the end you cut the rectangles back to squares.  I used the extra ones (because there were) for the back.  I am  so early for this, it makes me so happy!!!!  But I must admit it's because of the snow days in our district.  As a teacher I was off for three days because of the danger of driving with snow on the ground in Vancouver BC.  Many people here don't have snow tires, let alone all purpose.
The back of the quilt is flannel.  I love the design, it looks very practical, and very modern.  Unfortunately I don't remember the name of it and I got the last of it for this quilt.  It matches so well with the look of the quilt.

The quilting was done on every dark section, just a simple wandering quilting.  Nothing on the light fabric, so I went around some triangles, then I went on the triangles.  The border around was to make it larger, and I did some of my fancy stitches on my machine for something new to do.  I like the look of it.

Do you think it goes in my living room?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Snow Day

The Surrey School District (along with numerous other Districts) cancelled schools today. It was a good thing since I have the stomach flu today. It was a very snowy day today - see the night time view..

The snowploughs can't keep up.

So I stayed home, slept and did some sewing. Want to see?

My Goal of the Month is coming along nicely. This entire quilt is with a layer cake. Excellent design with matching up quo pieces, cutting them together, then just changing the triangle and sewing them back together again, it makes a 9" square in the end. The colours are sublime. Wanted to make it bigger so I have added a border. This is the first quilt that I am making with the intention of keeping it for myself. It will match the colours in my living room.

I also did one row by row (water series - 2015) just because it was there.
Ducks in a Row by Ibea's Quilting & Crafts Galore Ltd. in Williams Lake, BC. It's cute. Now I have to count how many Canadian ones I have done. 😉

This last one is from Saturday sewing. I had some extra material and found some stitching I did a while ago. I didn't want another pillow cover so I made a Valentine quilt. A friend of mine said I needed one in my classroom. I still need to do the binding and more quilting on it, but I like the effect. It's my first quilt that I designed from start to finish. I won't quit my day job 😁

I did spend some time cleaning my office as well as organizing my patterns. I feel good about that. I feel good about the day, even though I am sick. My room is getting cleaner, and some quilts are being completed. It was a good day even with my stomach flu.

To tell the truth, the flu helps me with my diet, so it's good as well.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What I did get done for January

I put in my goal for February but I never stated what I did get finished for the month of January.  There was a challenge mini modern quilt that I signed up for, and it's all done.  Now I have to send it off.  It's 25" by 25".  The quilting is crazy.


Quilting like crazy.  I even used ink to color in some shadowing but it didn't show up in the picture.

My Canada BOM is going great.  Above is Manitoba and the crocus provincial flower.  I am behind two and have two more to go.  Hoping to complete this for the quilting guild's show.

My pin cushion for a member of the guild.  I loved making it. 

and although I showed this quilt at my meeting with the guild, it's all quilted now, even with a label  :)

Continuing on with the Splendid Sampler from Pat Sloan and a number of star quilters.  There are 100 blocks for the sampler at 6" each, so that's a lot of blocks.  I have about 30 of them completed.  I don't think I'll do them all, but I'm hoping to get most of them.  Stay tuned to see it all   :)

That's a lot for one month, I'm excited to add right away a number of quilts already completed.  Adding them to my 2017 completed quilt page above.  Hoping to beat last year's quilt listing (amount).

Trying for the goal for February!!!

OK, I never made the first goal but I'm determined to make the next.  This goal is a quilt that's cut out and half sewn, but not completely.  Here is what it looks like right now and the pattern is a Craftsy one, all the geese just running around, but with great batiks, so I'm excited about when it will be done.  

I'm simplifying my life, and simplifying this.  So wish me luck.  I'm hooking up to Elm Street Quilts "One Monthly Goal".  Stay tuned.

Elm Street Quilts

Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Year's Resolutions are Time Consuming

Everyone makes them, and everyone has the best of intentions to make them come true.
 It's good to set goals, and especially good if you make reachable/attainable goals.  I've made some that I believe are attainable.

I have the usual one of losing weight and I started that in September because friends of mine had lost weight and they encouraged/motivated me to start.  So far 27 pounds (5 telephone books!!).  I'm proud of this accomplishment and I'm keeping it up, hoping to lose about 15 more.  It's a realistic goal, not a goal to be the same shape and size as when I was a teenager, but to a healthy and slim look.  I have the items I need to accomplish this (got some healthy cookbooks, a scale, joined Weight Watchers online in September and for the last 15 joined Weight Watchers meetings because I read that the meetings really help in the end.  Goal #1 looking good.

I also wanted to increase my exercise time.  I had let some things slide last year because of all the hardship I was going through.  So in December I got the things I needed in place to reach my goal:  husband got me a fitbit that reads to Weight Watchers, joined some challenges that encourage me to do it, got another pair of runners to leave at school so I don't have to carry shoes all the time when I do my walk at night.  Things are looking good here as well, went from 10,000 steps a day (what everyone should do in a day) to 12000 this week.  Meeting Goal #2.

They say only have three goals because too many started and you'll drop them.  Goal #1 and #2 were started previously, and the 3rd goal was also started in September, that was my acrylic painting.  I resigned for more lessons and I'm enjoying it tremendously.  Goal #3 to paint a rather large scene of a wave hitting a wall.  It's a fantastic picture and I'm painting a small version right now to learn how to do water, but I have confidence in myself and my teacher that I'll do it.

My final goal for this year (yes I have a Goal #4), to enter 5 quilts into the quilting guild's show.  So far I have two completed.  But the other three?  Who knows.

So why this rant (is it a rant???)?  It's time.  I love all my goals, and I want to accomplish each one, but with a job, it's very hard and quite tiring to do all of this.  What do I mean?  Well, lets see:

Every morning trying to walk at the school from 7:30 - 8:15

Monday:  Acrylic Painting 6:00 - 8:00
Wednesday:  Weight Watchers 6:30 - 7:30 sometimes 8:00
Thursday:  Laundry for the house.
Friday:  vacuuming, cleaning the place
Saturday:  time with the husband but also grocery shopping
Sunday:  Cook all the meals for the week which takes about 4 hours.

And in between that there's the correcting and prepping for my job as a teacher, exercising after we have supper to run for about 30 minutes on the treadmill, and getting some "me" time and seeing my friends that I don't see during the week.

OK, see the pattern here?  I want to paint at home and I want to quilt to complete some of the great quilts I'm making, but where is the time?  

Sometimes goals are good and changes are good.  They say that what ever changes you make, do them one at a time and do them for 30 days to make it a habit.  This Ted Talk changed my life 4 years ago.

Take a look:

So, if Matt can do it, I'll try.

As with my students I always ask them for "Evidence of Learning".   Here's some evidence of my painting improving (this entire blog is of my quilting getting better).  They are in order.

Here is some of my quilting that I've done since this new year has started, for relaxation.  Already showed them to my guild:

Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler is almost over with 100 blocks in total.

My "Owl" pin cushion for a friend at the Guild.

Just started, Flying Geese

Manitoba block completed from a BOM for a Canadian Quilt.

Christmas quilt that I got during Christmas.  Just completed it with quilting around each square.  Flannel at the backing, of snowmen :)

Table topper for a house warming gift for friends that moved into their new place about 4 months ago.  At least I got them something.  Look at the quilting below.

That table topper is my own design.  Love how the black pops things.  None of these quilts are on my list of goals to complete, or my goal of a month.  But I did have fun finishing off some UFOs, so that's important to me.

So can I keep this up?  Who knows, but it would be interesting to see how long I can keep it up.  Just remember (and it took me a long time to know this), you don't have to complete everything on your list (see my Finish Alongs lists which are crazy!!), just as long as you have fun trying.

So far I'm still having fun.
And I'm still smelling the flowers
From my husband  :)