Thursday, October 4, 2018

OMG October

Another month coming and boy did it come fast!!!!  I'm back at it after the summer laziness, and the September start up of school.  So here we go for another OMG (One Monthly Goal).

I have been working faithfully with my Sewology BOM by Pen and Paper Patterns on Craftsy.  I only have one more to do - the buttons, then it's all done.  The quilt may be at least a queen size, and I've been working towards that.  The background is dark gray, and I'm out of it, so I'm hoping to make a match of something else.  But I am sure I can quilt it before the end of the month and have it on my bed by the end of October.  Who's getting this quilt?  ME!
On a side note, I really loved the sewing machine pattern.  I would love to make another one to hang on my wall in my sewing room.

Also if I have time I would love to make another quilt for the backing, so that I can flip the quilt back and forth.  The back quilt is of three needles.  So this will take time, but it will be worth it. 

Let's have fun!  Linking up to Elm Street Quilts.



4th Quarter Finish-A-Long



Another quarter coming up and I'm really excited about it (as you can tell as I'm blogging already my goals).  Some of them are new and some of them are old, but I feel confident that I'll get many done by December. Some of them will be in this year's Fraser Valley Quilt Guild Show in May, and some are for my personal use at home.  Some are more important to me than others but many are to get through so I can move on.  I love making lists and this certainly makes me do them.  Thank you to the Finish-A-Long group for helping me to get organized and for motivating me to get many project that I just look at and admire done, and on my bed or on my wall.
So lets get started shall we?  I'll try to put these in the order of importance to me.

(1)  My Sewology BOM by Pen and Paper Patterns on Craftsy.  I'm excited that I only have the buttons section to complete.  All the others are done, and even pieced together.  When put together it's almost the right size for a queen size quilt (I've been adding spaces to some sections to help me make it bigger.  But I am confident that although not done for this quarter, it will be completed for Christmas.  Who's getting this quilt?  ME!!!  and I'm looking at entering it for our Guild's show in May.  It's the perfect entry.  I'm also looking at doing a secondary pattern for the back so I can flip it and use both sides.  One side the pattern shown and the other side four needs with thread.  It would look great together.  Here's a sneak peek of one section.  Can you see it on the master picture?  The sewing machine was absolutely fantastic.  I want to make another one so I can hang it on my wall.  Maybe even for Christmas give a wall hanging to a friend of mine that collects antique sewing machines.  We'll see.  This is a definite finish before Christmas and going into the guild's show.

(2) This  Craftsy Quilting Class Quilt is still calling my name.  It's now  top priority on this quarter's section because this one is definitely going into the quilt show as well.  The quilting on it will make everyone ooooo, and ahhhhh.  I've watched four of the videos and can quilt at least 3 more squares.  That's the goal, to get it done by December.  It's that important.  One of the top three.
WOW
three done now.
(3)  I've been meaning to do do this quilt for quite a while, since I've seen it on her site.  Quilting Jetgirl made a quilt along called Snowflake Shimmer.  Fat Quarter shop was selling the material for such a ridiculous price that I bought two so I have more material to add an extra edge to the quilt to make it queen size.  I have the material cute out so I can start sewing once I get my sewing machine.

(4)  The pixelated eye - which is a Craftsy free course online with Caro Sheridan.  I have the kit and want this on my wall by January.  That's the goal.  It's doable.  With my sewing machine being fixed I have the time to do a lot of cutting out of pieces and this is one of them.

(5)  Like the last quarter I want to complete some row-by-rows that I've been collecting for the last two years.  I am also working at Quilting-as-you-go style for these rows so I can make a large queen size quilt for me and my husband.  I also want to show this quilt to my guild as I'm doing a show in May.  My goal is to do at least 4 this term and two others from the "Home" series for my Aunt for Christmas.  Doable right?  We'll see.  An example is below of the home series and the water series three years before that. .

(6)  I want to finish my Quilt Doodle Scrap quilt for Christmas.  I have all the blocks completed, and this next month (October) they are showing us how to put it all together.  Although I'm really thinking of making it into a winter Barn door for Christmas and winter.  I have to see the finish item because I don't know if I can make the pattern fit to a door.  We'll have to see.  Here's some of the block...  The idea is to complete all the work and quilt it.

(7)  Flamingo Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman - I have been gathering up the pink material to complete the quilt.  The pattern is wonderful.  Here's someone else's quilt already done up.  I am starting from scratch - nothing is cut.  And still like that...  Definitely for the next barn door, and definitely on the list for the 4th quarter.

(8)  Another goal is an old style quilt made of diamonds for my cousin.  You use 2 1/2 inch strips. I started, thought it would be easy but you have to be very careful of piecing all the triangles.  This one really takes time.  All of it is in a box.  

(9)  A panel of a heron, that's from Artisian Fabric  Absolutely gorgeous.  Just doing it as a panel for a table top.  It's not done and it's on my next one.  Do love the look of it.  Making it into a table top for my aunt for her Christmas gift.  She'll love it.

(10a)  This one is a two part section  I am also looking at finally starting a quilt pattern that is designed with flowers.  The pattern is of an old truck but parts of truck is made with flowers to shape the truck.  I would love to enter it as well in the Guild's show but more importantly I would love to see it hanging on my wall.  So what's the two parts?  I need to practice with a pattern of a sewing dummy (you know those partial body things you use for sewing outfits?).  It will be big enough to put on a wall in my sewing room, and it's made of flowers as well.  So that is (10b). 

(11)  Still haven't touched Pat Sloans' 100 blocks.  I think I've lost a few in the move last year, need to keep on looking.  But I do have the shadow material to make the quilt.

(12) I loved making the "In Full Bloom" so much that I bought another one.  This one is flowers as well and just as big as the last one I made (see below).  So that's on the goal to complete.
(13)  Deer Course on Craftsy - Under the same idea - Patch work Piecing:  Woodland Animals is a Craftsy course by Elizabeth Hartman.  I still want to make a pillow of it, or a smaller quilt.   If not the deer then the bear for a child's quilt.  After Sewology, this one will be a breeze.  But I'm going to be realistic and think a pillow since I want to make flamingo doors, and that will take a bit of time.  We'll see.


(14)  My  Redwood Quilt (quilt that is completely made up of red material) is not done at all but the stitching is completed.   On  the list to complete.
and now

OK, that's it, that's enough.  I'll be lucky to get 5 done but it's better to list as many as possible.  Some people who read this will think I'm crazy for thinking I'll get so much done in so little time with life the way it is, but all I have to say is.....

JUST WATCH ME  :)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

4th Qurter coming up.

I missed the 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long but I'm still keeping track of what I've done and what has not been done.  I'm finding the 2018 Finish-A-Long very helpful in completing many of my UFOs or things that I've gathered material for but just store it and stare at it once in a while (yeah, you know you do that as well.....)   So what I thought was to share what's been done in the 3rd quarter and then list what I want to do in the next in another blog posting for October because that's when you list your next set of goals.  So, here we go....



(1)  The Midnight Garden. DONE  And my mother is absolutely crazy about it.  It's wool with  two and a half inch squares sewn all around the wool.  It's really very beautiful.  Here's what it looks like now before  (to your right and here is what it looks like completed:











(2)  The pixelated eye - which is a Craftsy free course online with Caro Sheridan.  I have the kit and I would like to complete it so I can exchange the pixelated quilt that is hanging right now (a pixelated sunflower I made after this course) can be changed.  But I only cut some of it, I didn't even do a stitch.  So this is going back on my list for October.


(3)  Wanted to make the 2nd door for the quilted barn door that I have started for my entrance way to my sewing room.  The pattern is from Jennny Pedigo and Helen Robinson for Sew Kind of Wonderful.  It's from a book called One Wonderful Curve. It's a fantastic book with beautiful patterns, all quilts have curves. And I got it done.  It looks wonderful and was perfect for the summer, to change the look of our dining area.  Take a look.  It's quilted with small leaves all over it.  I'm very pleased with the look.
(4)  I want to complete some Row-by-rows that I've been collecting for the last two years.  At one point I had 110 of them.  I've slowly but surely been going through some (I've done over 20) and I want to set a goal of four of them in this quarter of time.  I am hoping that in December I will have enough to make a queen/king size quilt for my bed.  I am also working at Quilting-as-you-go style for these rows.  I've made this goal.  I have quilted as I go 6 of them and made the following but two are not quilted.  So I guess I didn't make this goal.  Need to put it on my list for next quarter.



(5)  Another goal for this quarter is to do another quilt kit that I purchased.  It has old style quilting material that is made of diamonds.  You use 2 1/2 inch strips.  Perfect to make a fast quilt.  I started, made the triangles but haven't pieced them together so this is back on the list.  I don't even have a picture for this one. 

(6)  Flamingo Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman - I have been gathering up the pink material to complete the quilt.  The pattern is wonderful.  Here's someone else's quilt already done up.  I am starting from scratch - nothing is cut.  And still like that...  Definitely for the next barn door, and definitely on the list for the 4th quarter.

(6)  Deer Course on Craftsy - Under the same idea - Patch work Piecing:  Woodland Animals is a Craftsy course by Elizabeth Hartman.  I still want to make a pillow of it, or a smaller quilt.   If not the deer then the bear for a child's quilt.  After Sewology, this one will be a breeze.  But I'm going to be realistic and think a pillow since I want to make flamingo doors, and that will take a bit of time.  We'll see.


(7)  Still haven't touched Pat Sloans' 100 blocks.  I think I've lost a few in the move last year, need to keep on looking.  But I do have the shadow material to make the quilt.

(8)  I set a goal to keep up with the Sewology BOM that I am part of.  It's a wonderful quilt pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns on Craftsy.  I'm excited athat I only have the buttons section to complete.  All the others are done, and even pieced together.  When put together it's almost the right size for a queen size quilt (I've been adding spaces to some sections to help me make it bigger.  But I am confident that although not done for this quarter, it will be completed for Christmas.  Who's getting this quilt?  ME!!!  and I'm looking at entering it for our Guild's show in May.  It's the perfect entry.  I'm also looking at doing a secondary pattern for the back so I can flip it and use both sides.  One side the pattern shown and the other side four needs with thread.  It would look great together.  Can't wait..  

(9)  You and Me Quilt by Tres Chic.  IT's DONE!!!  And did it ever take so much time to do those 1/2 inch to 1 inch little squares all over it.  And you wonder why my machine needs to go in.  
Thinking this is enough?  Noooooooo.  There's more, and some urgent.

(10)  A table cloth for a friend of mine made by Northcott Fabric, their artisian line.  It's DONE!!!
Great backing as well
she's extactic about it.
(11)  A panel of a heron, that's from Artisian Fabric  Absolutely gorgeous.  Just doing it as a panel for a table top.  It's not done and it's on my next one.  Do love the look of it.  Making it into a table top for my aunt for her Christmas gift.  She'll love it.

12) This  Craftsy Quilting Class Quilt. wasn't even touched.  Still need to do it but it's top priority on this quarter's section because this one is definitely going into the quilt show as well.  The quilting on it will make everyone ooooo, and ahhhhh
WOW
three done now.

13)  My  Redwood Quilt (quilt that is completely made up of red material) is not done at all but the stitching is completed.   On  the list to complete.
and now


 14)  I joined a class for making a quilt called "In Full Bloom".  It's making a flower out of coloured fabric.and this one is done....  Beautiful and hanging on my wall.  DONE


15)  I have material for a pink top and the pattern.  Short sleeve, cotton top.  Want to complete it before July but never got around to that one.  Instead I completed this one, top and pants


16)  I also have pink material for a jumper dress that is perfect for this silk/polyester material that has a lot of embroidery but was too busy this summer to get to it.  I'm leaving it for next summer.

17)  The final sewing project I wanted to complete was a small knit top and shorts set for the summer but as before, I never got to it.  Was organizing my closet and that was more important.

OK, that's it, as you can see I had a goal of doing at least 5 out of the list and the total is.....  Drum roll:

I did five!!!!  And two of them queen sizes!!!  So as I said this really helps me to get things done.  I know I'm doing great.  Wait for the next quarter and....

JUST WATCH ME  :)


My machine needs help!

OK, it's down....  My machine is jamming up and making a funny noise, which means I have to bring it in for a cleaning.  But it's because of all the stuff I've been doing.  I try to keep it clean inside, but I do sew a lot and here's a few more I've made with left over pieces
A table top for the top of our CD case holder.  They're 7" wide.


Another baby blanket with my favorite book.  Can you see who that is? 
Still need to quilt it....
Another two blocks from my Sewology
Another block from Sewology.  This one is pins and pin cushion.  Bad picture, sorry.
One of my Row by Rows from last year for "HOME".  
 From Quilted Treasures at 1140 Austin Ave, in Coquitlam, BC  

Of course the cleaning up of my sewing room is still in effect.  Here's an update of pictures.  One side looks really good, with the current project ont he right side of the sewing table.  But believe it or not the 2nd picture is actually an improvement of what it was before.
I can actually see the top of the bed.  Yes, that thing that looks like a desk is a bed that you pull out.  Not like those beds that you flip down.  This one has it so the front opens up and out comes the mattress.  The bottom drawer pulls out to be the support for the flooring of the mattress.  It's hard to explain but at one point the idea is for the top to be totally clean.  Every day you work a bit more.
Getting there....  More has been moved or packed away and all my painting stuff (you can see a bag of it, and a canvas by it (behind the blue cutting mat).  And all the stuff on the counter is gone.  It's getting there, it's getting there.....

So come Friday I'm bring in my sewing machine, and for the next week I'll cut patterns and catch up.  But I can honestly say that my OMG goal will NOT be completed in a week's time.  So I need to review my goals and see what I have to get done next for the quarter goal which I believe has gone by, but I'm still doing.  Continuing on....

OMG October