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Tuesday’s Progress

There was a bit of binding while  I watched Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and the second half of The Lion King.  Then I got up and went to the sewing machine.

All of the lavender HSTs are sewn and pressed.  I’ve even started assembling the broken dish units.

Tonight I’ll review my Final Countdown Challenges to see where I stand.  I think it’s a case of progress is made, which is definitely a step in the right direction.

  • 350 Challenge = 15
  • Easy Breezy = 92

HSTs and Binding

Have I mentioned that the wedding quilt has a gazillion HSTs in it?  Yesterday I cut a bunch more. After I get these sewn and trimmed, I should have enough tomake another 1/4 of the quilt.

As for the binding of the Moda U quilt, I have less that 6″ to go before I turn the first corner.

 

  • 350 Challenge = 15
  • Easy Breezy = 92

Design Wall Monday – 1/4/21

It’s been a while since  I participated in Design Wall Monday and my wall is full.

In the back is 1/4 of a wedding quilt I’m working on. My next step is to cut more of the HST.  If I did the math correctly, this quilt needs 1024 HST, so I have a few more to go.

The bright pink, turquoise and yellow blocks are for a sampler I’m designing for my SIL. I’ll send her the instructions for these four blocks then start working on the next 3 or 4.

Finally there are the 3 Easy Breezy blocks I made while working on the other two projects.

I’m also stitching the binding down on my Moda U quilt. I prefer doing a flange binding, but I didn’t want to add 2 new fabrics to the quilt. The top is from 2007/2008 and I didn’t have any of the fabric left for binding. I think what I bought last fall is a decent match.

  • 350 Challenge = 15
  • Easy Breezy = 92

I’m linking up to the Design Wall Party over at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts. I can’t wait to see what others are working on.

Quilting in 2021

The first day of 2021 saw me assembling 1/4 of the wedding quilt I’m working on, piecing 4 sampler blocks and completing 3 Easy Breezy blocks as my leader/ender project.

As for my quilting plans for 2021, as with years in the past, I’d like to cross a few quilts off my UFO list. With 40 quilts in progress, 20 tops needing to be quilted, and 1 which needs to be bound, I could work on a different quilt each week and still have a few left over.

As for challenges, I think I will participate in Prairie Moon Quilts 350 Blocks Project. The 2020 challenge is wrapping up and the 2021 challenge will begin mid-month, but our block count begins today.   I’ll try to remember to put the tally’s at the bottom of my posts.

Tomorrow I think I’ll tackle that binding that I picked out for my 3rd Task.

Edited:  I was looking for some challenges and this morning (Saturday) I found Finished (or Not) Friday at Alycia Quilts. So, I’m linking this post.

350 Challenge = 15

Easy Breezy = 92

2020 Final Countdown, Task Three

The 3rd task of the Challenge is Take stock/organize/deal with unfinished projects.

I’ve kept a spreadsheet of my projects for the last 12 years.  The thought was the numbers would go down.  And I suppose they have to a certain extent. Today I updated the Tops to be Quilted and Quilts in Progress tabs. But I don’t think that’s really what Shelly had in mind.

As I was comparing the spreadsheet to the blog, I found 1 or 2 projects, I’m going to pass on to my sister, and a couple I’m going to pass to one of my Guilds – when we are able to meet in person again.  But the most tangible thing I’m going to tackle is getting the binding on this quilt.  I quilted it in October, so it’s time.  Check back in the next few days to see if I get it done.

Easy Breezy = 89

The Final Countdown, Task Two

Task Two  of the Final Countdown is clean up the fabric storage and stray fabric piles. So why didn’t I post this on Wednesday?  Because I was trying to decide which pile to tackle.  I have 4.

Up first, primarily large backings loose on the fabric shelves.  They really don’t have a home, which is why they are on top of the boxes.  But those boxes are full after my buying spree when a LQS went out of business this summer. The boxes themselves are in pretty good order since I misplaced a piece of fabric after that buying spree cleaning up.  All the boxes were emptied and the fabric refolded and sorted.  I think all that is left to refold is the KTQ box and the 30’s reproduction box, but given they have their own boxes, there is no hurry to do that. As for the backings, maybe in the box of tops even though they don’t have tops yet?

Another obvious choice is the longarm.  In the foreground is a bag of scraps which will be given to a Guild Member who makes them into pet beds for the local shelter. The bag of brights contains the fabric and blocks for the Mississippi Quilt Association BOM I’m doing.  There are 2 more blocks to go. I suspect that bag will just get moved around the room to get it out of the way until the top is done. The KTQ fabrics will shipped off to my SIL for a BOM as soon as I have the first set of pattern written up. With any luck that will be next week. Looks like there are a couple of Christmas fabrics which I might be able to squeeze into the Christmas box. The pile of batiks is for one of the quilts I’m currently working on.  It will get moved around until the top is finished.

What I really needed was a challenge to clear my sewing table. There’s another backing, parts and pieces of a quilt top I finished, some of the blocks for the batik quilt, and way under there is the leftover fabric from Frolic that I’m going to use to make the backing wider. It’s been sitting there for months.

 

Of course, what really needs work is the area in “the hole”.  I’m not sure I can even identify what all is in those piles from the picture.

 

I think we have until January 7th to complete our tasks, so maybe I’ll make the most of this 3 day weekend and knock a few of these piles back into submission. Look for an update next week.

 

Easy Breezy = 89

2020 Final Countdown, Task One

 

Shelly over at Prairie Moon Quilts has hosted the Final Countdown for many years. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve participated, but I thought I’d try it again. Maybe I will be the catalyst I need to start documenting my quilting again.

Task one – Clear off your main work surface. Yes, that is a current picture.  I had a head start since part of my Christmas was a new cutting mat.

As you can see, it wasn’t too bad. The box was put back on the shelf, the bag of pieces slipped into the drawer, the rulers put away, and the pipe cleaners & snips put in a box with the rest of the wreath supplies I’ve purchased over the weekend.

This is the wreath I made this morning.  I have stuff for Mardi Gras and Easter wreaths as well.

Now the next step is to finish this section of the wedding quilt. Then it will be on to making more HSTs.

Easy Breezy = 86

A Test Quilt

So, this is my practice quilt – well about 1/4 of it. Just tons of HST and blocks.   I have all the HSTs made. Half of them still need to be pressed and dog ears trimmed off.  I need to cut more neutral squares.  As for the practice, not only will I have something to practice my quilting on, I have discovered that I need to build the top differently to get the seams to nest together. So, this has been a great exercise.

As I’ve worked on these blocks I’ve added a few more Easy Breezy blocks. I think while I’m cutting the squares for the RWB quilt, I’ll cut squares to alternate with the Easy Breezy blocks. I have just about enough to make a toddler quilt.

 

Easy Breezy = 78

 

A Shopping Trip

Hunters Quilt Mart in Centerview, Missouri is my Innova dealer. They have a great sale coming up in October – Fabricpalooza VI.  By getting a bag I’ll get an extra 10% off my purchase. Additionally, every month there is a special if you wear their tshirt or bring in the bag. For August it was $2 FQs.

This morning I went and picked up the bag for this year.  I hope that either my sister or I one can get down there as we are going to need another roll of batting and it will be on sale.

While I was there, I picked up the backing for Shimmer and Star Studded.  A few FQ made their way into my pile as did a Villa Rosa quilt pattern.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve made a few more blocks for Shimmer. Only 22 more to go.

Easy Breezy  = 62

Shimmer HSTs

The HSTs have been sewn and sorted. Each pile of fabric is a block for Shimmer – less the background fabric.  I did cut enough to finish a second block.  I can’t wait for my Simple Folded Corners Mini ruler to come in.  I’m a convert to pre-trimming the corners.  My units were so much better than when I stitched on the line. I think I’m going to add a dab of glue to hold the square in place on my next block until it’s sewn.

 

Easy  Breezy = 56