Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Goals Completed and More

It's official, I got the zoo completed.  I call it animals in the City, with a yellow border of city buildings and boxy quilting, I'm proud of how it turned out.

The lion was the hardest (as stated in the instructions), but it does look so good!!

See the quilting?  Wandering in the blue and squares to match the buildings (they're very faint) in the yellow. This block was my favorite.  Which one is your's?

My second goal was my Quilt Doodle "These are a Few of my Favorite Things". Will write more on it later showing the complete progress but here is a picture to show it's completeness.  There is embroidery, beads, applique, everything...  It's quite large - 104 inches by 80 (I added another border to the edging to make it bigger).  But it's great for an overlap for the pillow, and hanging down around a twin bed.

December's block was anything we wanted.  I wanted to add a  quote of some sort.  One quote that always stuck in my head is "It's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years." and with a quilt of favorite things, it's  great words to live by.  I embroidered it on the quilt.  You can see apart of it above.   Cindy at Quilt Doodle did such a great job again!!!  And she's starting another one already!  Check the top left hand corner for the newest or click HERE. 

But that's not all that was done this month, there was December's Aurifill mini quilt by Celine Perkins.  I do so love doing the minis but now Pat Sloan and Aurifil are back to doing blocks to make a completed quilt.  The next one is by Heather Valentine and it's quite modern.

Also in my frenzie to quilt I finished another row from the Row by Row experience this summer.....

The theme was water.  And now this makes 9 so far.  And next year a new one is coming - Home Sweet Home.  So I have to complete all my rows before I can start again....  My rule, not my husbands..  But with 52 rows to complete, come on, I have to get real!!

I started the new Quilt Doodle BOM - 6 reindeers.  The quilt will be a Christmas one, and you can never have too many of those...  :)

It's Called "Tis the Season", and it finishes as a 63" x 73".  The finish item is the picture on the side of my blog, so I know what it will look like, and I'm quite excited about it.

An entry to the Block Lottery which also has a mystery quilt on it for all the blocks you make.... Birds for this month...  I entered these 5 blocks in a lottery hoping to win blocks from others to make a complete quilt.

And I completed the forth block for my girlfriend's Christmas quilt (yes I know I'm late).  Sorry, no photo right now.

How did everyone else do this month?

Linking up to OMG for the Goal contest.  So pleased with myself!!!  Made the two goals!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

One goal done....

Well the animals are completed last week, and I'm calling it "Animals in the city" because the yellow has skyscrapers on it.  The paper piecing pattern is by QuietPlay, a terrific site for a number of great patterns.  This pattern was a block of the month, one animal a month.  But there are many different types of animal patterns on the site.  Check them out.  This is the quilt hanging on my wall.  All the animals were made out of leftover scraps.  The yellow material is called "City Skyscrapers".

Here are the animals I made:

This animal was the hardest:

I also didn't like the monkey block  because there is no mouth.  I'm thinking of stitching one on.

But I do like my quilting stitch.   The next one was my favourite...

Finally, I did do one more smaller quilt this weekend...  From Aurifill and Pat Sloan's interview last month.  The last of her miniquilts for the 2015 season.  Now she's doing blocks from celebrity quilters.

It fits perfectly on my table.  I can't tell you the material on this one because it's made from scraps.  The size is 24 x 24".  Go ahead, make your own with Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  Celine’s quilts have to be exact, such small pieces.   Celine is a master piecer and it shows in this quilt.  I quilted it using my walking foot, with a simple square stitch.  Her quilts are old fashion, and the material I picked out was perfect for this.  I love this one.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Change of plans...

I'm still so sad about "A Lovely Year of Finishes" being over.  Shanna and Melissa did a great job and I had so much fun.  That's why I'll miss it.  But now, much to my happiness someone else has taken over, and I now can join Hiedi at Red Letter Quilts for the "One Monthly Goal".  She's going to keep it up, so the rest of you, come join the fun!!

I'm looking this month to finish a couple of quilts.  I know it's a big goal but I made a list of all the quilts that I have a pattern and material for, and I just have too much!!!  I even made a New Years Resolution to not buy any more material until I finish two quilts (and I'm in withdrawal right now).  So that's my goal.  The two quilts are the following:

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  1. To finish my paper piecing project of  "Quiet Time at the Zoo", I have two more blocks to complete, then put it together, and quilt it.
  2. My second goal is my Quilt Doodle Quilt.  I'm about to start the new one (come play!!!).  It's another Christmas quilt and you can't have enough of those to snuggle under in the winter.  It's so cute and the first one is a raindeer.  But enough of that, I need to finish this last one, and it's adorable....  I have the borders to complete this month, applique to add in the blank sections, then put it together and quilt it myself.  
Here's a sample of each so far....

One of the blocks from the Zoo

Part of the border done.  Border needed for 14 blocks.

So there's my goal Hiedi.  Lets have fun together....