Monday, March 20, 2017

Fifteen past Four

Thought that would be a fun little title.  Wow my blogging this month has been really on the slow side.  My last post was 4 days into the month and then nothing for another 15 days so It's now 15 past the 4 days.   Ya I humored myself.  Uh hmm  I'll stop now.  I'm not sure why I haven't been posting much - I have been busy as I always am or maybe because I really don't feel like I have been finishing much.  However I need to catch up a little if for no other reason than to see where I'm at so I can re-focus.    When I left off I was going to make some bunny bags for my great nieces and they came out really cute.  
Then we went to see my Sister and Brother-in-law on the 7th and 8th, before they return to Oregon and to celebrate my Sister's and Hubby's birthday's. I of course took 101 photo's while my honey was driving.  But here are a couple from their park.  

This next one is a close up of a cactus that my brother in law planted in a pot.  The bloom is orange, and then has a bunch of pink buds that almost look like raspberries.  

I then spent the rest of that week 9th -11th getting together and spending sewing time with some of my quilting friends before one of them went back to Oregon.  She is the mother of one of my childhood best friends and reconnected with her when we moved here to AZ.  We had a lot of fun.  

Our friend Aggie is the one in the white sweatshirt. 

 I mostly worked on my Bag lady. Anyway we had fun sewing and visiting we did that both Friday and Saturday.   
Oh - and did I mention that on both Friday and Saturday after sewing at the Cottage with my friends - hubby and I went to a rodeo both nights.  Saturday was exclusively Bull riding. Lots of fun and lots of pictures. I won't bore you with all the wrangler pictures - ha ha - but here is one of the bulls.  We were in the front row for this one so was real nice. 
Then the next week 12th - 18th - on Tuesday was one of the guild meetings and I had paperwork to get ready for the workshop project for that guild.  On Thursday I had the other guild meeting and I needed to get my workshop block done for display for a class I'm teaching on April 27th.  Here is my block. 

Then the rest of anytime  I had left this last week was spent cutting and prepping for the retreat.  As always I changed my mind several times on what I was going to take but here is what I ended up with.  
I cut each block out for this kit that I've had for many years and wanted to do.  
Frog Works - 

Unfortunately it took me way too long on this next one to get to the above one.  
I cut and brought this Dresden Quilt that I got from "Quilt Doodle Doodles"  I am not doing in the 30's fabric however my friend loves 30's so she is going to do now too.

I had to do them different than the pattern stated.  After 5 attempts of doing it the way the pattern said, and ripping it out, I decided to adjust and do it however I could make it work.  I got all of the plates done, and 4 of the appliques fused.  I'll show them after I top stitch.
That was all I got done at the retreat - but I did notice I was more social this time and hey isn't that what getting together with your quilting friends is about too.  We had dinner with our husbands on Friday night and on Saturday we had a white elephant gift exchange.  With all the stealing of presents going back and forth it was a lot of fun.  I got a mini jelly roll.  Here are a bunch of my friends as I look to my right.  
The pool view was on my left, and my room was in the background.

Here is the view from my room looking down on the sewing room.  The window in the center top of picture.  The left side of that window is where I was sitting.  
So today the morning after the retreat - I am catching up on all that has been tucked aside, regrouping and making new lists of what I need to get done this week. 

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Four Days Gone

The title pretty well states how I'm feeling right now.   WOW.  I'm pretty certain that other people experience this but every now and then I have these time warps.  There are times when 4 days feel like forever and I have ump-teen projects done. Then there are other times where 4 days go by and I say WTH.  When did that happen.  So I will try and figure out where I have been the last few days.  LOL.
I came home from the retreat on Sunday afternoon and I have been tired since. But it's a good tired, I had a really good time. Since I've been home it's been slow going but what I've been working on is this. My Sweet Tweet project that I will be teaching at the CRQ guild. 
I stitched on this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between cooking and cleaning. 

Here it is laid out before I left for the retreat.  The branch will be needle turned.  The birds and the leaf pods are a different type of applique using interfacing - and the flowers and other leaves are wool applique. 

Here it is once I had the wool fused down and the branch done ready for the birds and the leaf pods to be sewn down. 

And here's where it is at, as of this morning.

All of the stitching is done, however I have some embellishments that I want to do. I need to add eyes to the birds and I want to add some beads to the flowers.

Thursday I ended up running errands all day.  We needed to get the dog licenses renewed,  and do some shopping.  Friday I helped sell tickets for CRQ guild then only got to go to the cottage to sew for a couple of hours before I needed to leave for my pedicure and nail appointment.  

Yesterday ended up being an extra day of sewing at the Cottage.  So I worked on my 3rd Bag Lady - Millicent - Cheryl.  
I worked on it off and on for 6-7 hours yesterday.  We do tend to visit and snack too.  :) 

Today, I am going to work on some little Bunny Bags I saw a tutorial on -  If they turn out I think they will be really cute for my Great Nieces, especially since Easter is coming. 
I also thought it would be cute to make an extra one and put chocolates in it for the retreat this month.  
I still have a lot of hand stitching I need to do this month, however I haven't had a lot of time to play with my new big machine so it will be fun to do some machine stitching.  
Tomorrow, I will be taking the car in to get it serviced and then Tuesday and Wednesday we are going to visit my Sister and Brother in law before they head back to Oregon.  I will of course be taking hand stitching for next few days - so today will be a nice break.
I'll post pictures later. 
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February OMG Finish

This is my flimsy I got done at the retreat.  And I already have the backing fabric so hopefully I get on it and not take too long quilting it.  

And since I was working on it - my friend Cheryl brought me all of these blocks that she had that she made about 3 years ago that she didn't like anymore that are from the same fabric line

I am not sure how I want to put them together - I could continue with a cream sashing to float the blocks.  Or I could sew them together then put borders on the outside. 

Anyway ....  Back to my Flimsy pictured above. 

This particular goal was my link up for "One Monthly Goal" hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

Elm Street Quilts

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February Progress - March Goals

February 2017

1.  Bag Lady #2.  This is Charlotte - Gloria - Complete 

2.  Church Raffle Block -  The church where we have our monthly meetings for the CRQ guild is raising money for their building fund.  A few of us have volunteered to make a quilt that can be raffled off to help them.  I am making one of the 20" appliqued blocks.  
Here is the picture of the quilt:  ..... No Progress

This is my block.  -It's in the center 3rd block from the top. 
A little hard to see the picture on the pattern was not wonderful.   This is not due until May - So Goal is to start.  

3.  Monthly UFO # 8   Ruby Red Dot - Make the 2 remaining blocks and redo the missing block  #8. Bonus if more.      Goal Met!    

                                               Block 11. 
Block 12
 And I did find the #8 Block after I started redoing it. Figures huh.   And I ended up getting  more done at the retreat. Here are the sashing sections. 31 total. 

and started the star blocks 80 HST.

So Next time this UFO comes up I will be that much closer to getting it done. 

4.  CRQ Block - Goal:  Get block almost completely done!    Goal Met! 
Needs more stitching but more than half done.

5. On going UFO - Bear Quilt - No Progress. 

6.  Retreat time.  - Goal - Make into a flimsy.   Goal Met!

The top is  Ta-Done!

  I changed my mind on what I wanted to do at the retreat - and I reserved the right to do so.  I didn't take the Quilt as you go UFO  :)  I took this months UFO Ruby Red Dot to do the sashing and friendship stars for the cornerstones.  Pictures posted above in #3. 


Not that I really get bonus points - however it seems like I did more in the bonus category  than my regular goal section.  

So I did mention that I wanted to try a challenge from Project Quilting - and guess what?  

The theme was "Brighter is Better"  and this is what I came up with. 

Then I worked on Charity items for each of the guilds.  
Mug Rugs for CRQ.

Fidget Mats for Alzheimer Patients for the SNR guild.

Workshop projects for SNR.   Gloria Bags.  These are the squares I'm using for one of them.

New workshop items for SNR Guild - Easter Runner.  

March  Items

1. Bag Lady #3 - Millicent / Cheryl. 

2.  CRQ Block - (Pictured above)  Must be finished by the 15th.  I am teaching at the end of April, however they want to be able show for a couple of months to get sign ups.

3.  Church Raffle Block - (Pictured above)  Need to get a bunch done by 15th.  It's not due until end of May however the Lady in charge wants us to show our progress at Meeting.  When she said that I hadn't even started. Rut Row. (reference from Scooby Doo) I'd love to say I'll get it done - but we'll see. 

4.  APQ  UFO # ______  I will post pictures of beginning status and what needs to be done in a separate post. 

5. Retreat Items -  I have another retreat.  Yay!!!  So what do I want to work on at this one?  It's shorter one so I can't go overboard. I will anyway you know that.   
Okay Possibilities:
     A. Work more Ruby Red Dot that I worked on at this retreat.  (Pictured Above
    B.  Work on some blocks I was given at the retreat that matched the flimsy I made. 
C.  A UFO that I have is from a Summer Block Party from Stitch N Heaven.  

D.  Depending on what UFO comes up at APQ I may take that to work on.  


* I want to do another Project Quilting. There is one that is due on the 5th.  And I also another one on the 19th - I'd like to do one of them if not both.  
* I want to quilt something - not sure what but if I can get something quilted it will be a bonus.

There is a lot of hand stitching for this month so I'm trying to keep the list shorter.  So wish me luck. 
Have a Blessed Day -