Monday, October 8, 2018

Finish-A-Long Q3 2018 Wrap Up

Like a blink of an eye, another quarter has flown by!  Time never seems to slow!  It was a fabric-filled, quilty-goodness, stitches-a-plenty few months. LIfe has been so busy that I haven't been able to chronicle as much as I would like.  But let me wrap up my finishes and incompletes.

Here is my list of goals.  It was an ambitious list!  I predicted a great few months and it was not bad.  But I still have room for improvement and I love that this link-up keeps me honest.  It was helpful that I had deadlines, like the Lutherdale Auction and babies being born!

I finished these 5 quilts
Several of what I didn't finish, I've made progress and hope to have complete by the end of the year.  Wouldn't it be GREAT if I could finish each and every one of these??!!??
  • 4- Bonus Charity Baby Quilt
  • 7- On Ringo Lake
  • 8- Midnight Star
  • 9- Legendary
  • 10- Charity Rail Fence
  • 11- Bonus Baby Quilt
  • 12- Featherweight Tote Bag - Purple 
  • 13- Featherweight Tote Bag - Orange
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I'm looking forward to setting my year end goals.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Finish! Baby Oliver's Quilt

This is the second of the two quilts for my tennis friends that had babies this summer-- the rainbow version! I had a lot of fun picking brights from my stash and putting this together.  It is my 4th finish for Q3 and is part of my Finish-A-Long goals.

This quilt is for Liesl and Tyler and their new baby boy, Oliver.  It was a total surprise to them, which is so much fun!! Not long before I gave them their gift, I was talking to Tyler about Quilt Expo and he was like, "oh-- do you quilt?"  I had to stifle my grin, because-- Yes!  I quilt and I made one for you!  😃

Here I am holding Baby Oliver.  Even more fun that giving a quilt is to see it with the new baby!


Finish! Baby Flannery's Quilt

It has been a super busy summer and I've fit it a fair amount of sewing, including TONS of binding.  On my goal list for Q3 Finish-A-Long was to complete baby quilts for two of my tennis teammates. They work together and are close friends and were pregnant at the same time-- why not make matching quilts?!?  I'll do separate posts for each quilt.

This is the grey version of the pair of plus quilts and it is for Stephanie and Mac and their new baby girl, Flannery. 💗  

They didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl until she was born and decorated her room with white furniture and grey walls.  I used a lush grey minkee on the back and while binding, I noticed how much it resembled their precious first baby, a cat Beef.  Sadly Beef's long and fun life ended this summer, but he got to meet his new baby sister and now they have a quilt that can be a little reminder of him.

We had a combination end of summer tennis and new baby party last week where I finally gifted the quilts.  Both new families were thrilled!! It's the best part of making and giving! 😊


Sunday, August 12, 2018

More exciting news!

So much has been going on lately, I need to do a catchup post with all the news.

  • Free Motion Class

About month ago, I took a free motion class at the Quilt Barn Studio near Janesville.  It was a lot of fun and helped me gain confidence with different free motion skills.  I'm getting closer to having a nice feather shape, but I still need more practice.  (((Squint when looking at this picture-- it looks better that way!! 😋 )))

And the reason I took this class........Are you sitting down?

  • APQS Longarm Sewing Machine

My mom and I (well, mostly her) are getting a new/used APQS Millenium!!!! Woooooot!!
I felt that it was time we upgraded from our Voyager into a bigger and better machine.  Right now the machine is "at the spa" at APQS headquarters.  We are scheduled to get it at the end of August.  To say that I can't wait is an understatement!  I have a whole bunch of tops waiting to finish and it will be a perfect opportunity to learn how the new machine works.

  • Quilt Ladder
Massdrop had a drop recently for a handmade quilt ladder from Bourbon Moth.  I've been wanting a display ladder for a few years now, so I joined the drop.  It's lovely!  Made from reclaimed hemlock! For now I have it in my stairwell.  I get to see my quilts all the time and there isn't any direct sunlight to harm them.

  • Quilt Expo Exhibit

Happy mail came in early August-- my Hekla quilt was accepted into the Quilt Expo exhibit!  Hooray!  This is my third time showing there.  What an honor!

  • Missouri Star Road Show

And the last bit of exciting news to share.... I spent a Saturday in Green Bay attending the Missouri Star Quilt Company's Road Show.  It was lots of fun!

Here I am taking a selfie of with the MSQC van.

And here is Jenny Doan, signing a mini for my friend.

The talk was funny, informative and touching.  She shared how their company began and grew, why they became interested in pre-cuts and gave lots of ideas on how to use them.  Ron (Mr. Jenny Doan) was the quilt holder and he even shared 2 quilts that he has made.  I had a great time and would highly recommend attending a road show if you have the chance.


Linking up with Let's Bee Social

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Exciting news! Singer Rocketeer

Somehow a sweet little sewing machine followed me home and I decided to keep it. 😎

Meet my newest baby a Singer 500a - Rocketeer!

I have wanted one of these machines for years.  They are sleek and cool and have a built in zig zag stitch (along with many other decorative stitches).  I had never seen one in person, only in photos online.  In real life, she has not disappointed!  A guild member shared the ad for a local estate sale.  The sale was huge and included incredible collections of pottery, silver, LeCreuset cookware and full house of things being sold.  I met the daughter of the machine's owner and had a lovely talk with her.  Her mother was an avid seamstress and made clothes for decades.  She had multiple machines and the daughter kept the modern ones, but was selling this one.  She was happy to hear that it was going to a 'good home' and that I was planning to use it.

After the sale, I jumped right in and started to learn how to use it.  The bobbin is drop in (sweet!  I've never had one of those!) and the threading was pretty straightforward. Right away, it stitched a beautiful straight stitch.  I was dying to try a zig zag-- not bad!  Changing cams and using the dials was easy to do.  I don't think it does a true blanket stitch, though.  (slight bummer)

The same day I bought it, was my monthly Late Night Sew Night at Blue Bar Quilts.  I brought the new machine and a bunch of flannel and batting scraps and spent the night making burp cloths.  It was fun!!

I can't wait to use this machine more, but I don't think it will become my primary.  I love my Featherweight too much to replace it completely.  💗


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Finish! Stars and Stripes

The parade of finishes that are making their way to Lutherdale's auction in August continues.

Here is the fun flag quilt we put together at the Gala assembly weekend.

I quilted it on my friend Jim's computerized machine on the 4th of July.  It doesn't get any more patriotic than that, does it?!? Here's the back and a closeup of the quilting:

This is my third finish for Q3 Finish-A-Long. Here is a link to my goals list.

The binding is never ending!  I worked on the Rainbow Plus Baby Quilt this morning at the car wash!  I need to take advantage of all of the opportunities I can!

Not part of Finish-A-Long, is this quilt.  My friend Anna pieced it and wasn't feeling it.  Her sister-in-law scooped it up and her brother quilted it.  (The same person that I quilted the Stars and Stripes and St Nick quilts with).  I did the binding and it is going to be part of Lutherdale's auction.  I'm pretty sure that Anna reads my blog, so this will be a test for her.  I don't know if anybody told her that we were sending it there.  =P

I have some super-duper sewing machine news to share.  I want to save that for it's own post, because it is just.that.good!!  =)


Linking up with Kathy and Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Finish! St. Nick

Much like Nutso for Nemo, St. Nick is a panel I bordered and quilted up and will donate to Lutherdale's Auction/Fundraiser.

 I quilted it with my friend, Jim's computerized Gammill in a fun snowflake pattern.

This is my second finish for Q3 Finish-A-Long.  Here is a link to my goals list.