Thursday, June 29, 2017

Finish-A-Long Q2 2017 Wrap Up

The last few months have flown by so quickly.  In April, I decided to join the Finish-A-Long challenge.  It is to help you stay motivated and keep your projects going to full completion.  Like I tend to do with my Saturday chore lists, I made a pretty ambitious list for Q2.  Even though many things from the list didn't get done, I'm pretty happy with what I did complete!

Here is my original list: Q2 Goals.

Out of the 7 items I listed, I finished 3 and was soooooooo close to finishing another one.  I'll roll these UFO's into next quarter's list (and probably add a few more to the list!)

Finish #1 and 2:  Twin baby girl quilts.  They truly are 2 separate quilts.  I did a scrappy pink binding on one and a scrappy grey binding on the other, in case the parents need to distinguish them apart.

Finish #3 - The Lion Quilt

I was soooooo close to finishing the binding on the XO Pink/Purple one.  That should be a slam dunk for Q3. I had a lot of fun participating and will definitely give this a go for the next quarter.

I am linking up with Ella at Throw a Wench in the Works


Finish! The Lion Quilt

Hooray!  I have a very special finish to report-- The Lion Quilt!  I started this last fall (October) and finished the top in early January.  Out of all the quilts I have made, I'm most proud of this one.  It was complicated, yet incredibly addictive.  Every section that I would complete would make me want to start another, just to see it evolve.  The pattern is Violet Craft's Jungle Abstraction: The Lion.  I've applied to show this at Quilt Expo in September-- fingers crossed that it makes the cut!

This quilt was one of my goals for Q2 Finish-a-Long and I'm linking up with Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Legendary Progress and other goings on...

Summer is in full swing and I have a million things happening-- two tennis leagues, a huge (for me) garden, crazy work,etc.  BUT--I've still been finding time to sew.

My guild had a sew day last Wednesday and I took a day off from work and had a delightful time getting to know my fellow members a bit better.  It was a gorgeous day and I 'moved the needle' on a few projects.  In January, I started 'Legendary' by Elizabeth Hartman.  It's been languishing ever since, because I had other projects that took precedence.  Right now, I have all the rows together and only need to sash and border for a finished top.

My Hekla wallhanging was also languishing.  I thought that I was ready to start the triangle borders-- until it was pointed out that I have a boo-boo.  Argh!! I couldn't live with the mistake.  Can you find it?

 So, on the sew day, I did some ripping and re-sewing and all is right with the world.

I thought it would be fun to sew up some burp cloths and bibs for friends.  Here are a few of them (I don't think I have pictures of them all).

Here are some pictures from my garden.  It is producing tons of lettuce right now and some yummy radishes.

And me after a hard day of tilling!

Lastly-- we had a fun rainbow after a short shower yesterday.  I love summer!!


Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday and Lorna's Let's Be Sewcial

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Stash + Slow Stitching

While at Blue Bar Quilts last week, I did a little stash enhancement. No particular purpose, just some pretty fat quarters that wanted to come home with me...

I'm on a mission to finish up my Lion Quilt. I got it back from my quilter about a week ago and I want to enter it in Quilt Expo this fall.  The submission deadline is June 30th, so I have to go, go, go with the binding and I'm taking advantage of any downtime and trying to fit some slow stitching in.  Hopefully I will have a finish to   


Linking up with Molli Sparkles and Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Finish! Twin Baby Girl (2 of 2) aka Deja Vu!

I'm happy to report that twin baby girl quilt #2 is complete-- even with the label! And-- before the babies are born!  Win-win-win!

This quilt is the same as the earlier one, except I'm using a pink scrappy binding.  One of the fabrics in these quilts was from a fat quarter challenge with the Mad City Quilt Guild and we have the opportunity to display our challenge projects at Madison's newest quilt store, Blue Bar Quilts. So the grey bound version is living there for a few weeks until the new babies need it.

In other news, I got a new to me fancy camera!  I am not always pleased with my quilt pictures I get from my phone and point and shoot camera.  I had the opportunity to buy a used Canon Rebel body and then found a used kit lens at our local camera shop.  I barely know how to use it, but still did a bit of fooling around.  Here is Finn posing for me (actually, wondering what in the world I am doing and why am I not preparing his dinner!!!!) and it looks great on my computer monitor.  I want to see the difference when I print photos, because that is where I think my phone is really lacking.


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish it up Friday. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Finish! Twin Baby Girl Quilt (1 of 2)

I have a finished quilt to share!  This is one of two baby quilts that I'm making for a coworker, whose wife is pregnant with twins! Bot quilts are identical-- except for the bindings.  I did one in scrappy grey and one in scrappy pink.  That way, if there is a need to distinguish them, it can be done.  Here is the grey bound one.  The pink one is almost there (not quite!).

These are both goals I listed as part of the the Finish-A-Long for quarter 2 of 2017.  My original post is here.

Hopefully I will have the twin to this one finished and ready to share next week.  Right now, I have binding galore to work on.  In addition to these baby quilts, I have the pink/purple XO quilt and...

MY LION QUILT IS BACK!  I got it back from the quilter yesterday and it turned out FaBuLoUs!!!  Here is a teeny-tiny sneak peek: