Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Acorns Oak Leaves and a Moose

I'm not entirely sure where the weekend went.  I know I spent the whole day with Hubby on Saturday and then Sunday I did some domestic chores - and now it is Tuesday.  But I digress - on Friday and yesterday I made some progress on my goals, yay!  And strangely, I made progress on a goal that I hadn't listed.  Hmmm how did that happen. Sunday I needed to wrap some meat and get it in the freezer and do some cleaning. Once I got that done, I had a little time left before starting dinner to start the quilting on my SNR guild Fall wall hanging.   Here it is finished except the hand stitching of the binding.  

I have really enjoyed these small projects to work on some new quilting designs (new to me) and practice.  That's what I need, practice.   So I want to share some of my little victories.  Oak leafs and Acorns, free motion quilted. 

I played with the filters to see if I could make the pictures above so you can see the quilting.   

So this was on my mental goal list but some how did not end up on my written list.  Never the less it is done for the most part and I'm happy with it. 

Next I top stitched this little kitchen towel for a gift.  I don't think my friend is into Moose, but I thought it was cute so now whenever she hangs it she can think of me.  

And then I started on my Christmas wall hanging.   I put a simple border around and then started some quilting on it.  This is where I left it yesterday.  

 I want to do a swirl in each corner.  That is what I started to do in the right bottom when two things happened.  One I didn't dip low enough for my return above the swirl. Second I ran out of bobbin thread.   So I was in the process of ripping that out when my honey called to say he was heading home from the golf course. 

Oh but I forgot to tell you about my UFO busting that I worked on on Friday.  I did the top stitching on these blocks.  The Bee hive was already stitched, but I added a bee.  You got to have a bee with a hive.  There's 3 of the 7 I want to get done.
 That brings you up to date on where I'm at for my quilting.  I have a big interruption in my planned goals with another project that came up.  We're having some guests for Christmas.  My Sister, Brother-in-law and his Dad are coming for dinner.  So I am making a new table topper for glass dinning table.  I'm using a panel so I hope it goes quick.  I will show pictures of that next time.  
Today, my plan is to go to the gym and then put together some bookshelves we got for my sewing room.  Then I'm sure I will be spending some time organizing and filling them up.   

Blessings to all, 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Finishes - December Goals

November Goals

Let's see How I did this Month.  

1.  SNR Guild Scavenger Hunt blocks:  I got them assembled into a flimsy yesterday so goal will be to sandwich it and start quilting.    Goal Met Posted here! 

Some Close ups of the quilting.  

2.  SNR Guild Projects - Need to quilt the samples.  Minimum Goal - Quilt 2.  Goal Met! 

Flower Pot Sample

Here's how it looks from the back.

Quilt the Snowflake Sample

Here's how it looks from the back.

3.  SNR - Make the Summer and Fall Project Samples.  Goal Met!

And I actually got this one quilted and the binding on - just need to do the hand stitching on it. Can you see my palm trees quilted around the border? 

4.  Gifts - Little Wallets, Pot Holders, Ornaments, and Pin Cushions. Goal Met!

5.  SNR - Christmas Party Gift.  Make something - I'm thinking of one of the scrap bag pincushions - Goal Met Gift Done.    
I want to include a couple other items with it I just need to make up my mind on what they will be.  

6.  UFO  # 9    Henrietta Whiskers.   You can see my Beginning Status here.     Goal is to Make Progress.  As always wish it was more, guess I need to be more demanding of my goals on these UFO's but other commitments would need to slow down first.  So for now, I did make progress so - Goal Met!   

Block 5  - Done

Block 6 - Done.  

As a reminder this UFO is Hand Pieced and Hand Appliqued.  

7.   Military Charity Quilt - Finish the backing and Sandwich.  Goal Met.  

It took way longer than I thought and several pin wounds.  😢 but yes it is done and sandwiched.   Now to start quilting this beast.  

Yay!!   I met every goal this month.  Nice!  

 Since I had such a productive month I continued on -  to the Bonus Section. I know I've done bonus Items before but not sure when - if ever I've actually gotten all my goals done for a legitimate Bonus points - so I will celebrate.  

Bonus #1.  Univ. of Oregon Duck - Throw Quilt, for a family friend, using fleece and cotton.  
Fleece Side -  

Cotton Side - 

It's really hard to tell that the colors are green and gold.  It is such a dark green.  But I took these close ups to try - 

I am very happy with November's progress - so now it's time to see what's on the agenda for the last month of 2016 - Wow it's been a quick year.  But without further delay -  What's up for: 

1.   UFO Buster - # 11 which is  "My Favorite Things"   This is the picture from the pattern cover.

Here is my Beginning Status - 

Here are my blocks that are done. 

I need to top stitch the blocks below.  (except the sheep it's pictured below) 

The last time this UFO came up I got the top stitching done on this one.  

After these blocks are done - I have two more that need to be done before I can start on borders.  Goal : Make the two additional blocks and Top Stitch all of the remaining 7 blocks.  (Being a little more specific and demanding of myself) 

2.  Start Quilting Military Charity Quilt  (Pictured Above)  Get minimum of 1/4 of it quilted.  It's big and I'm doing on my little domestic machine so I just want to get started.  I need to have it completed by middle of February.  

3.  CRQ guild Snowman Pillow.  These will be donated to local senior centers and hospitals for comfort.  

4.  Quilt the SNR Flag project.  

5.  Finish hand stitching binding on all the SNR Projects  (Pictured Above) 
      Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring and the Flag

6.  Make this into a wall hanging.  My Sister got this for me when she visited Sweden a little over a year ago, then stitched it for me.  I would like to get it bordered, quilted and made into a wall hanging so it can be part of my Christmas decoration this year.  

7.  Sister projects- my Sister and Brother in law will be Snow Birding here for a month.  She and I want to do the couple of sewing projects we didn't get to in October when she was here.  A Mixer cover 

 Like this just different fabric. 

and a Table Topper, for her friend.  
Goal:  Complete the Mixer Cover and the Flimsy Table Topper.   

8.  Bear Quilt - Get the Blue Jay fused down. 

 Since my Sister will be here to help with design - we can work on the lay out to get center fused onto background.  Then I can add some of the trees and limbs and grasses. 

I'm sure this will be plenty for the month especially since my Sister will be here for a couple off weeks of December and couple weeks of January.   But ever hopeful - If I can manage all of this - here are some possibilities for bonus points.    


B1.   I would like to start a beaver to see if it would work somewhere in the quilt also.  

B2.  Wool Santa - There is actually not much left on this - hopefully I can wrap it up.  It too would be nice to add to my Christmas Decor this year.  

B3.  Winter Panel Wall Hanging

As always I will keep you posted on how it goes.    Blessings - Lynn 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Henrietta Whiskers

This month's UFO per the random number at APQ is "Henrietta Whiskers"  So as the month went by and time went on I only had one day of working on it.  Par for my UFO course.  Hence why the UFO's don't get done.  

Here is my earlier post of my beginning status. 

Well I have been working on it for the last couple of days and I did get a couple of blocks done.  Whew!  

Here is my Block 5.

Well I'm hand piecing this quilt and I finally remembered to take some pictures along the way so here are a couple of them. Can you picture what is wrong with this?  :)  

I've sewn this right side to wrong side.  Fun fun fun.  I had to take out and redo.

After sewing the side on, next I made my square in a square blocks.  

Then I sewed them together and sewed onto the top.   

And then I fused my wool applique on it.  

The last part was to put their collars on, and do the top stitching.   

And since there is only a couple days left in the month I'm thinking this may be as far as I get on this UFO this month.  Guess you'll have to wait for my month end goal post to see. 
Blessings - Lynn