Monday, November 19, 2018

Weekend Stitching: More Mystery Making

It was a quiet weekend, which I was more than ready for. Work has been a zoo and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon.  I'm off this all this week and am looking forward to the down time.  Saturday we ran some errands in Tulsa, had lunch with the Scientist in Training and her room mate.  The SIT only has two days of classes this week, we'll see her sometime Tuesday afternoon.  She's looking forward to a slight break before the madness of finals. She and I have made plans for some serious do nothing time accompanied with the occasional glass of wine over the holiday.   

The only sewing this week was on the Christmas Mystery quilt. 

Christmas Mystery, designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

Most of the squares in the stocking come from the scrap bin.  This was a very fun and easy block to make. It was easy and fun on top of using up some odds and ends from the scrap bin.  

One of the goals of the mystery is to introduce new techniques to everyone, so the second block was paper pieced.  

Christmas Mystery, designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

I've done a lot of paper piecing (Vintage Dresses) so this block was pretty easy.  I was surprised by the number of quilters at the shop who had never tried paper piecing.  The last block and the quilt setting was handed out Saturday.  I'm contemplating adding one more row and another column of smaller blocks to one side to keep the proportions.  Or I may just put it together as is.  

The other stitching relating activity has been trying to come up with a quilt that will work on our bed.  The quilt on there now is almost 9 years old and I'm ready for a change.  My Guy really likes batiks and has requested anything new use just batiks.  I've not found a pattern I like, but I've been playing around in EQ.  


This one is simple and includes a lot of brights, which is another of My Guy's requirements. Black seems a bit stark, a dark navy or dark green might be a better option for the background.  Here's the second contender. 


My Guy likes this second one better. it needs some additional work on the borders, but it's a good start.  I'd like to try controlled scrappy, using squares of similar color families to make the blocks.  Not sure I'm sold on either mock up as yet. As I'm still trying to work through UFOs, there is certainly time to decide on something else completely.  

Linking up with the normal Monday morning show and tell parties.  

Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall 
BOMs Away 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week 46 of 2018: Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a weird week. We started the work week with snow.



We ended up with just a couple of inches.



The kids still had school, though the Scientist in Training's physics test did get postponed.  It just seems awfully early for us to have a round of the cold, wet stuff.  

It's Sunday, so it's time to reflect on how well the quilty stuff went this week.  



Including how much stitching time I got in.  Finding even just 15 minutes a night keeps projects moving and usually if I can get myself up to the sewing room it turns into much longer.  That was definitely the case this week. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Nov = 16/17 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 301/321
Success rate = 93.77%

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, it will be harder to get in some stitching time all 7 days, there is always a lot of stuff going on that week.  You can link up below to share how your efforts with time management went this week. 

The stash report is pretty typical of my stitching efforts lately. 

Fabric used this week = 0.22 yards
Fabric used in 2018 = 39.74 yards
More in than out for 2018

Some out with none in is still a good week for me, especially the "none in" part. Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report linky party.


It's supposed to be cold and windy today, so it's going to be a good day to hang out in the sewing room.  Before I can get to that, mount laundry has to be at least partially scaled. 

How did you efforts at finding time to stitch work out last week?



Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Stitching: A Sewing Room Break

I'm very lucky that My Guy is very supportive of my quilting obession hobby, but he's been wistfully noting that we've not gone anywhere in awhile (he has what his mother called itchy feet).  So we tested our empty nester wings, took a couple of days off work, rented a cabin and ventured out to the Beaver's Bend Folk Festival  and Craft Show over the weekend.  The music was really good and the park was beautiful.  



It was very close to peak color, with the cold that seeped in overnight, what's left of the leaves will be gone.  But the leaves were gorgeous over the weekend.  Here are a few of my favorites. 







And my most favorite shot of the weekend.  



Now that I've got that out of my system, lets talk quilty stuff.  There's not much on that front.  We were gone all weekend, so there wasn't a lot of time in the sewing room.  I'm still stitching down the second wreath for the Christmas Mystery Quilt.  I did finish off last week's block before we left. 


Christmas Mystery designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

After messing with Ruldophs antlers, this block was a breeze.  Here's all the blocks we've done so far.


Christmas Mystery designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

This is going to be a fun quilt when it's all together.  I did make it back to town just in time to stop by the LQS on our way home to get the two blocks for this week.  I hope to make a start on those tonight.  

The only other sewing related thing that happened before we left town was selecting my fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt along that starts a week from this Friday. 



I wasn't a fan of the red and orange, so I changed those out for magenta and black.  I'm going scrappy with the neutrals.  Hopefully these will all play well together.  

Linking up with the usual Monday parties, you can check those out here:

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Week 45 of 2018: Stitching and De-stashing

It's November and winter seems to know that its time has come.  A record low was recorded at the Tulsa airport yesterday morning.  Glad I was tucked up on the couch cuddling under quilt with a warm cup of coffee, with no where I had to be yesterday. 

It's also Sunday, which means it's time to assess how well the stitching and de-stashing are going. 



First the state of the stitching for the week:

15 minutes stitching days/week = 6/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Nov = 9/10 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 294/314
Success rate = 93.63%

Time change has really been messing with my sleep and there was just one day that going to bed was preferable to doing any stitching. I've still managed to get in some stitching more than 90% of the time, so that goal is still on track.  You can share how well you did on finding time to stitch at the bottom of the post, Mr Linky is all set up.

The stash management for 2018 hasn't been so good.  That's been off track for months now. 

Fabric used this week = 0.88 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  39.52 yards
More in than out for 2018

Still there was a bit more going out with nothing new coming in.  That's a good week on the stash management front these days. Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report. 

I've been doing a bit of hand stitching this week, trying to get caught up with the Christmas Mystery blocks.


   
This is peak at the second Dresden Plate wreath.  The inner circle is all stitched down, but I just started on the outer fan blades.  Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday. I hope to make a bit more progress today.  

So how did you do on finding time to stitch this week?  



1. Julie in GA
2. Meloney
3. maggie f
4. MartiDIY
5. Aileen
6. Shasta

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Plans - The One Monthly Goal

The One Monthly Goal hasn't gone so well for me this year. I've gone from being wildly successful with OMGs the previous two years, to missing the mark more often then not this year.  Due in part to trying to finish a UFO each month and then not having the stitching time to do it.  Work has been a bit more nuts this year than the previous two.  So the key to being successful is not being over ambitious when setting my November One Monthly Goal


So what's likely to get done?  We'll have a lot of family stuff the week of Thanksgiving, so I won't have as much time to stitch as normal that week.  And we have some commitments this weekend that will impact my stitching time.  So the goal for this month needs to be a pretty small one.  There are two projects in the queue that are closed to being finished.  The first is the Halloween Mystery quilt (BOO!).  

Halloween Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

It needs a label and the binding pieced then sewn down. That's doable.  

The second and probably higher priority is to get Inverted Star finished.  

Inverted Star block by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download, setting by Kate

It needs a backing pieced and then both have to be prepped so it can go out for quilting.  Piecing the backing is probably doable.  Cleaning off the loose threads from the back of the top and getting it all pressed is going to take some time.  That's going to be a tall order when I've got two weekends with limited sewing room time.  

So looking at the time available, I'm going to go for getting a back pieced for Inverted Star as my one monthly goal.  If I can get it prepped for quilting and out the door even better.  But I honestly do not think I'll get that far.

Linking up at Elm Street Quilts for the November One Monthly Goal.  

Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Second Star to the Right and Other Stories

It was a good weekend for recharging.  Too windy and cold to do much outside, it was a nice excuse to spend most of the weekend sewing.  Though I did manage to tame Mount Laundry and even made a run to Goodwill which decluttered one corner of the bedroom.

One thing I've learned this year is that pulling out a project a month will not help me finish off my UFOs.  It does move projects along, but not all projects can be finished in a month. I did better on finishes last year when I set priorities and stuck with a project till it was done. So as I put my goals together for next year, that will be the plan.  Inverted Stars is the first one this year I've done that with (The fact that it's a graduation gift and needs to be finished just after Christmas pretty much forced the issue).  The final plain border has been added, so it's now a finished flimsy.

Inverted Star block by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download, setting by Kate
   
I'm really happy with how this one worked out.  This is for one of the Scientists in Training's friends who will be graduating from college in December.  The SIT and I agreed on "Second Star on the Right" as the name for this quilt since her friend will soon be heading out on her own to pursue her dreams of being a screen writer (with an accounting degree as her safety net).  Next step is to figure out a back.  

The other goal this month has been to keep up with the clues for the Christmas Mystery quilt.  I've finished two thirds of clue two and all of clue three. 

Christmas Mystery designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The second wreath is still being stitched to the background, but Rudolph is finished.  Those antlers took forever as I kept putting the pieces together in the wrong order.  The seam ripper got a good work out with that block.  I've made a start on this week's clue, but it's still mostly in pieces at the sewing machine. 

That's it for me this week.  Linking up with the typical Monday show and tell linky parties. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week 44 of Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a nice relaxing weekend, much needed after the madness of work last week.  I've taken advantage of the cold, windy, and wet weather to just hang out in the sewing room. It's been easy to get in my 15 minutes of stitching the last couple of days. 



But that wasn't true earlier in the week.  I missed a day (work stuff was the priority). 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 6/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Oct = 29/31 days
15 minutes stitching days/Nov = 3/3 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 288/307 days
Success rate =93.81%

There are just going to be weeks like that unfortunately. My goal was to hit 90% and I'm still on track there. 

On the stash front there is a bit out but nothing in. 

Fabric used this week = 0.37 yards
Fabric used in 2018 = 38.64 yards
More in than out for 2018

That's a good week for me.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report. 

With the madness at work, it's been nice to have a bit of slow stitching going on.  



The Christmas Mystery Quilt has two Dresden Plate blocks that I'm hand appliqueing to the background.  I'm not a huge fan of applique, my machine never seems to handle it well (or maybe it's my machine skills that don't handle it well).  I'm finding that I don't mind a bit of hand applique.  It's slow going, but it's not too bad.  They'll be done before the rest of the blocks are finished. Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

If you are keeping track of how much time you manage to fit in your stitching during the week, please link up below.  



1. Julie in GA
2. maggie f
3. Meloney
4. Christina's Handicrafts
5. Aileen

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Squared Away Isn't Yet

Weekends are so very necessary.  I was certainly glad to see Friday roll around this week.  It's performance review season at work.  We had a compressed schedule this year, two weeks to meet with personnel, complete performance summaries and write feedback.  The deadline was the 31st, I didn't get to bed till early morning on the first of November.  I'm so glad that's over for another year! 

Consequently, there hasn't been a great deal of stitching this week.  I'm still working on getting the final borders on the Inverted Star quilt.  However, the last of the planned blocks for Squared Away did get finished. Here's all of my versions up on the design wall. 


 Squared Away Sampler designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter) and Angela (Soscrappy)

I made a first attempt at a layout, but it's obvious I need to spread out those orange and yellow blocks a bit more.  The on point setting works for me, I'll play with a straight setting before making a final plan.  Sashing will definitely be involved, I'm just not sure what color to use.  So that has to be worked out too.  It was a fun project for the year.  Now to decide what's on tap for next year.  I'm looking forward to the dithering.  

Linking up with Soscrappy today and with Quilting is More Fun that Housework on Sunday.   

Monday, October 29, 2018

Weekend Stitching - Odd Blocks and Near Ends

It was a beautiful weekend, too pretty to stay in the whole weekend, so I ventured out for a walk to take in the fall color.  It was pretty. 




There is still plenty of green around, but there are bright pockets of color starting to show up.  What usually happens when we have this late of a autumn, the leaves start to turn, but then it freezes and the leaves fall off the trees before they ever get to peak color. 


So now for the quilty stuff.  Since I was off work on Friday, there was plenty of stitching time this weekend.  The second block for the Christmas Mystery Quilt was finished. 

 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)


Isn't he fun?  Lots of pieces, but still fun to make.  It seems I forgot to include the first block in last week's post.

 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

He's fun too.  I'm not very fond of applique, but this mystery quilt along sponsored by the local quilt shop is forcing me to do just a bit.  There are two wreaths that go with Santa. I've got the Dresden Plates done, but am hand appliqueing them to the background squares.  Hopefully I can show those off later this week.  I'm using the miscellaneous Christmas fat quarter stash and scraps for these blocks.  

The last sawtooth star border has been sewn to the Inverted Star project. 

Inverted Star block by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download, setting by Kate
    
Sorry for the wonky picture, the quilt is really too big to photograph on the design wall.  The dancing star border worked out really well.  The final border will be 2.5" strips of the white background. One strip has been added, but that's as far as I got before my weekend stitching time ran out.  This should make finished flimsy stage by next weekend.  

Happy stitching this week.  Linking up with the usual Monday show and tell posts.  
Monday Making
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 43 of 2018: Stitching and De-stashing

I went to bed with a headache and scratchy throat.  Woke with the same this morning.  I'm hoping it's just sinuses and not the respiratory virus that's been making the rounds at work.  This is definitely going to be a take it easy kinda of day, unless a couple cups of coffee are successful in working miracles.  

Since it's Sunday, it's metric day.  How many days did you find time to stitch this week?



I had a pretty good week on that front. 

15 minutes stitching days/week =  7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Oct =  26/27 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 282/300 days
Success Rate = 94%


Unlike last week, I did manage to get in some stitching time every day this week.  But the stash report looks anemic compared to last week's.

Fabric used this week =  0.28 yards 
Fabric used in 2018 =  38.27 yards
More in that out for 2018

For many years I assumed fabric usage would go up as the amount of time in the sewing room goes up.  I finally did the math (or actually the graph) There's definitely a relationship, but it's not proportional.  




Same with number of finishes in a year, there's a relationship, but again its not proportional.  



So the amount of fabric out must be one of those multi-variate relationships. Hmmm.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  If you want to share how much stitching you got in this week, you can link up below.   



1. Julie in GA
2. Shasta
3. Meloney
4. maggie f
5. Mary-Kay
6. Christina's Handicrafts

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Weekend Stitching - Star-ful

We spent Saturday and Sunday relaxing with the Scientist in Training, which was pretty nice.  She headed back to college yesterday just after lunch, so it was pretty quiet in the house after that.   

I spent the afternoon trying out my new sewing table.  It is definitely more ergonomic, I was able to sew all afternoon with no aches or pains.  Though, it's going to take me a bit to get used not having a drawer on the table.  I had to think about where the wound bobbins were when the one in the machine ran out. 

The Quilting Professional from SewPerfect Tables
  
Right now the bobbins are in the blue bin on the lower left.  They were in drawer that was to my right.  I'm going to get another rolling cart for the right side.  I have another black polka dotted one that has 3 drawers that will fit nicely under the right side of the table. That will have to wait till I can order a replacement, because the 3 drawer cart is currently being used in my office.  

I spent most of yesterday working on the first block of the Christmas Mystery quilt being sponsored by the local quilt shop.  Nothing to show there as yet, but two of the dancing star borders did get stitched together and then added to the Inverted Star blocks. 

Inverted Star:  Center blocks by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download.  Setting by Kate


I did get the top border laid out and ready for stitching.  But had to stop and add coping strips for the two corner stars so they would fit.  I'm happy with how this one is coming along.  I'm off this Friday with plans for a solo stitching retreat.  So hopefully the last two pieced borders, plus a final white border will all get added.  Then I need to figure out what will work as the backing. 

Linking up with the usual Monday linky parties. 
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week 42 of 2018: More Stashing and Stitching

I've definitely needed my sanity sewing this week, though getting in those 15 minutes each day wasn't easy. 



I had to bring work home one night, so I missed one day of stitching this week. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 6/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Oct = 19/20 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 275/293 days
Success rate = 93.86%

My goal is to end the year at over 90%, so I'm still on track there even with the day with no stitching.  

In spite of missing one day of stitching time this week, the stash report looks pretty good in terms of the outgoing numbers.

Fabric used this week: 3.12 yards
Fabric used in 2018: 37.99 yards
More out than in for 2018

The bulk of what went out was the backing for the Halloween Mystery quilt.  If I can get the Inverted Star borders finished, hopefully there will be another backing going out for October. I'm way off my target of 75 yards out for 2018.  I'm linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash reports.  

The inserts for the new sewing table came on Tuesday, so the better part of yesterday afternoon was spent assembling the new sewing table and rearranging the sewing room a bit.  



The table is The Quilt Professional from SewPerfect Tables.  It's not glamorous, but it is very adjustable and very stable. 



The only thing I wasn't really happy with is the two drawers that came with the table. They are a very thin and flimsy plastic, that will break down with time. I opted not to stall those.  I'll probably add in another set of rolling drawers for the right side.  But otherwise, I'm really happy with my new set up.  I haven't had a chance to sew all day yet, I hope to do that next Friday.  Hopefully this set up will let me do that without waking up the next morning in pain.  

How did you do on finding time to stitch each day?  You can link up here and share your successes and challenges.  



1. Meloney
2. Julie in GA
3. Mary-Kay
4. Christina's Handicrafts
5. Aileen
6. Shasta

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Playing with Colors

It's Fall Break in our neck of the woods this week.  The Scientist in Training is home for the long weekend.  I expect she'll sleep in this morning as she didn't get the chance to yesterday as her car had to go in for service.  That meant an early departure for Tulsa yesterday morning. But she got some shopping and cheesecake out of that deal.  While she's sleeping in, I'm hoping to get caught up on email and my blog reading before heading out to the local quilt shop for the second Christmas Mystery Quilt clue. 

There's been a fair amount of scrappy sewing going on.  Two of October's Squared Away blocks are up on the design wall. 


 Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter) and Angela (Soscrappy)

There's not much dark or sage greens in my stash, so I decided to switch to red-violet for this month's blocks.  These may look purple, but they definitely are more "pinkish" then my purple blocks.  I've got the background cut for the last block, but don't have the focus fabric cut yet.  The last block should get finished this weekend.  Then I can play with layout and sashing options for the whole set.  Maybe I'll actually get this year's Rainbow Scrap Project finished before I start next year's.  Thank you Angela and Mari for such a fun RSC project this year.  

The other scrappy project sharing design wall space with the Squared Away blocks is my 2014 RSC projected, the Inverted Star blocks. 


Inverted Star:  Center blocks by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download.  Setting by Kate

The scrappy sawtooth stars for the next border have been moved here and there on the design wall this week, but a final layout did finally come out of all the fiddling.  I'm hoping to get all the sawtooth star blocks stitched together this weekend.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge party and on Sunday, linking up with Oh Scrap.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Finally a Finished Flimsy

We are getting a preview of winter this week.  Lows in the 30's with the high at 50 F for today.  We finally turned the heat on yesterday afternoon to avoid waking up this morning to a very cold house.  Thankfully we'll be back to highs in the 60s in just a couple of days. 

I got as far as opening the boxes containing my new sewing table.  The insert wasn't included, that will come later.  So I'm leaving everything boxed up till those come, hopefully they will be here sometime next week.

It was a good weekend at the sewing machine, the big design wall is empty again.  The Halloween Mystery quilt has made it to finished flimsy stage. 

Halloween Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

It's not a large quilt, just 49" by 55".  The top was pieced completely from stash fabrics. Not sure how all those Halloween prints ended up in my stash, but it was fun to use them in this project. I finished off the backing (completely forgot to take any photos), pressed and de-threaded both the flimsy and the back. Now the project is ready to send out for quilting. All that's left is to make the binding and the quilt label.  I'm leaning towards "Boo" as the name for the label.  Not very original, but it definitely fits.  

The design wall will not stay empty for long. The plan is to put the Inverted Star project back up and get the star border laid out and stitched together.  That one needs to get done before Christmas.  

Linking up with the usual Monday linky parties. 
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week 41 of 2018: More Stashing and Stitching

Sanity sewing was right at the top of my to do list this week, so getting in my 15 minutes of stitching each day wasn't hard. 



Plus now that it's getting dark earlier, my sewing room excursions are getting longer, so it was a lot more than 15 minutes each day. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Oct = 13/13 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 269/286 days
Success rate = 94.06%

I'm hoping to finish the year with a success rate of 90%, so I've got a bit of cushion at the moment.  Hopefully I won't need it, but life is going to be hectic the next couple of months with holiday doings and looming project deadlines at work. 

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback last week on the 15 minutes of stitching linky parties for next year.  The linky will go live each Sunday (baring unforeseen Internet issues).   You can link up for this week at the bottom of the post. 

My stash busting isn't going so hot this year. I really need to just delete those Connecting Threads sale emails!  Oh well, it's nice to have a good selection when I'm ready to make a project.  Thankfully, there was a bit of stash going out this week.

Fabric used this week: 0.91 yards
Fabric used in 2018: 34.87 yards
More in then out for 2018

The plan is to finish a few quilts in the next couple of months. Hopefully the borders, backings and bindings on those projects will help up the outgoing numbers and I can meet my goal on the out going side at least.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.

I'm really excited to get up to the sewing room today and get my new sewing table all set up.




At the moment it's sitting in the dining room still in the boxes. But I hope to enlist My Guy's help to get it upstairs. That small box is heavy! 

Happy stitching this next week.  You can link up below to share how you did on finding time to play with thread and fabric. 



1. Julie in GA
2. Meloney
3. maggie f
4. Aileen
5. Jennifer in Indy
6. Christina's Handicrafts
7. Shasta

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: The Dark Side

It's been cold, wet and rainy much of this week.  Autumn has definitely made it's appearance.  On the one hand it's nice, there is more reason to spend time in the sewing room. On the other, the earlier sunset seems to sap my energy to do anything.  

I did find the energy last week to finish off September's dark neutral blocks for the Squared Away Sampler. 


 Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter) and Angela (Soscrappy)

I changed up the blocks just a bit from Angela's and Mari's version.  This block would make a really cool quilt, but for now I'm stopping at three.  There has been progress on the October blocks, but not enough to be photo worthy.  I'm deviating from Angela's dark and sage green theme for October by using red-violet for my blocks.  Hopefully, I'll have something to show on that front next week. 

Happy stitching this weekend.  Linking up with Angela at Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.   And linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Finish Along - Fourth Quarter Projects

We are already into week two of the fourth quarter.  Time flies, especially this time of year. Hard to believe it's time to decide on what projects go on the list as potential finishes for the fourth quarter of the 2018 Finish Along



Out of all the projects on my 2018 Quilt Plan, only three have made it to completed status.  That leaves nine quilts left that could go on the list for this quarter. Out of those nine, there are three that have a good chance of making to to the finished list. 

1.  Halloween Mystery Quilt (new start)


 Halloween Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The rows have all been sewn together since this picture was taken and the first border strip has been attached.  The second border strip is pinned, ready to sew on.  So this one has a good chance of making it to the finished stage.  It's not on my UFO list, but finishing it will keep it off the list.  That counts right? 

2.  Inverted Star (From Third Quarter Quilt Along list)


 Inverted Star by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

The center is all stitched together and the blocks for the pieced border are all done. Now to figure out where those stars go in the border and start stitching them together.  It will also need a backing pieced before it can go out for quilting. This is a graduation quilt for one of the Scientist in Training's friends.  The friend graduates in December so this one really needs to get done. 


3.  Christmas Angels (From the second quarter list)


 Christmas Angels  Pattern by Kate

Another project that just needs the borders and the backing finished so it can be sent out for quilting.  It would be nice to get this one done so it could be gifted as a Christmas present this year. 

The top two are definitely doable, not sure about number three.  Maybe.  But since there is no penalty associated with not getting everything on the list completed, I'll add one last project to the list.  

4.  Vintage Dresses (from the first quarter list).


 Vintage Dresses blocks by Charise Randell, Setting by Kate


This was supposed to be a high school graduation gift, but it didn't get done in time.  This quilt also just needs borders and backing so it can be sent out for quilting.  It would be nice to get this one finished too, but I'm not counting on it.  

That's my list for the fourth quarter quilt along.  If all four of them get finished, that will be seven total quilts completed for 2018.  That would tie my best year in terms of finishes. Fingers crossed that I can get that far.  

Linking up with the Fourth Quarter 2018 Finish Along.