Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 Finish Along - Quarter 2 Intentions

With 2014 being my year of scrap and stash busting, my goal for 2015 has been to complete my WIPs (unfinished projects).  I joined the 2015 Finish Along and I think I did a good job with Quarter 1, finishing 5 projects from my to-do list.

I have learned though, that it is much more fun to start new projects than to finish old projects!

Quarter 2 Goals - 
New Projects

(1) Hazel - 1 block down, 3 more to go.  

(2) Just playing with scraps. Not sure what this project will be, maybe a rainbow mini.

(3)  Cotton & Steel Sawtooth Star blocks that I realize need greater fabric contrast.

(4) I found this orphan star block.  Not sure what this will be, maybe a pouch or a mini, maybe I'll add some Star Trek fabric.

(5)  The class project from the Gee's Bend class at Quiltcon.


(6)  Miss Kate Hexy quilt.  All of the hexies have been cut and I have started to put them together in rows.

(7)  Tula Pink Hexy project.  I found in my stash, one of my first attempts at making hexies using a charm pack of Parisville.  I think I may attempt to salvage the project.

Projects returning from Quarter 1.

(8)  Tilt.  Completed in 2012 and with the quilting about 75% complete, I think it really is time to finish this quilt.

(9) Lime Spider Web.  Boy, was I doing the happy dance several weeks ago thinking I had enough blocks for the top.  After counting, counting, and recounting, I was 6 blocks (24 wedges) short.  How did that happen?! 

(10)  Even after completing one house quilt in the first quarter, I still have enough blocks for about 2 more quilts.  My goal is to have at least one house quilt finished.

(11)  Pink Greek Cross quilt top needs quilting.
(12)  Lolly quilt blocks are completed using a tropical/floral themed jelly roll. 
(13)  Lolly scrap quilt.  All the strips have been cut from yardage since I am not using a jelly roll.
(14)  Hip To Be Square Challenge top completed, just needs quilting 

Well, I think that is enough projects for now.  I have a few long term projects that I work on occasionally, but I think I will leave those for another time.

Linking to the 2015 Finish Along.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Friday, April 3, 2015

Finish It Friday - Scrappy Houses

This week I finished another Scrappy Happy Houses quilt from the pattern at Quiltville.  This makes the third house quilt that I have made using this pattern, and I love it.  When my scraps are too small for a 2.5 strip or square, they get cut down to 2 inches to use for house building.

I currently have enough houses made to make 1 and 1/2 more house quilts.  My April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to complete another house quilt.

Hopefully these happy houses will make someone smile because they will be part of my Hands 2 Help Challenge quilts.  It's not too late too join in the challenge.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - March

I can't believe that March is almost gone.  I may have missed my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, but my March goal has been completed.

The Happy Go Lucky hexy quilt has been completed!  This quilt started out as a project for a long car ride during Christmas 2013.  The placement of the hexagons is totally random.  Since the hexies are hand pieced, I decided to hand quilt this piece.

I like having this done because it reminds me of a Spring quilt, the kind that is ready to take out for a picnic.  I have already started its sister quilt done in "Miss Kate".

Linking today to A Lovely Year of Finishes and to Whoop, Whoop Fridays.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hands to Help Challenge 2015

Today is the first day of the 2015 Hands 2 Help (H2H) Challenge.  There are three charities to choose from this year and I have already started working on my quilts.  

This weekend I finished a scrappy quilt using Tula Pink's Lolly pattern which I made with scraps. This has become one of my go-to quilt patterns for using up scraps. 

I am also glad that I can cross this WIP off my 1st quarter list.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Now its off to make more quilts for the challenge, 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Le Challenge - Passion

This month's Le Challenge theme is "passion".  I honestly thought that I would skip this month because I wasn't sure what to make, but then realized this is a challenge so I needed to step it up a bit.

Once I thought about it though, it was easy.  My passion is quilting and it has been for many years. On my sewing wish list has always been a quilting pouch that I could carry my supplies, especially when I am making hexies.

This is the Mending Kit from Michelle Patterns made in my favorite Tula Pink fabric line, The Birds & The Bees.  

It was easy to make in one afternoon.  The hard part was deciding on what fabrics to use.

I have also made the Idea Pouch from Michelle Patterns.  Here is a shot of both to show the difference in the sizes.

Please check out the other "passion" themed entries for this month's Le Challenge

 photo LeChalleng

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - March


It's time for me to set a March goal as part of A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I was really close in February, but I did not finish my Happy Go Lucky hexy quilt.  The hand quilting was completed, but not the binding.

So, my goal for March will be to get this quilt completed.  The binding has been cut, I just need to get to work.  It does feel good to work on getting this old WIP finished.

Linking to Whoop, Whoop Fridays.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Quiltcon Projects

I am back at home after Quiltcon, wishing there was a way that I could somehow catch up on some sleep.  I don't know what project to start working on first, since I have a few new WIPs to choose from.

My first class was the Gee's Bend workshop.  I used some of my old shirts and a white shirt from my dad.  I cut strips of fabric from the shirts and sewed any pieces that fit together.

Next up was Bias Strip Curves with Sherri Lynn Wood.   Since we shared fabric strips, I used colors that I normally don't work with such as yellow.  These pieces got big quite fast.  I have 4 of these petal shapes completed and I have no idea yet how this project will turn out.

Also with Sherri Lynn Wood, I attended the Doodling workshop.  I chose to start working with the square shape and then moved on to triangles.  Some shapes are not quite triangles, and that's OK with me.

Hoping to pick a project I can work on during the #whippercraftnight party on Instagram on Feb 26th.

Linking today to WIP Wednesday.