Friday, March 23, 2018

Let it Snow in AZ

At this point in the year I know a lot of people are not really happy with the word "Snow".  But here in Arizona I'm very happy.  I got a 3rd place ribbon on my "Let it Snow" Quilt in the Colorado River Quilt show.  

Here are some of my friends quilts that also won ribbons.

I still remember when she was doing all the thread play on this at a retreat. 
And with that I have a retreat this weekend.  I am making myself take UFO's to finish stuff up.  I usually let myself take something new and exciting - but that creates more UFO's.  I have 4 UFO's and one new thing.  I will hopefully come home with 4 completed Tops and 1 UFO.  It's only a 2 1/2 day retreat so not sure.  As Always I will let you know.
I also have continue to work on my OMG for the month which is to hand quilt this quilt.  

Almost there I'm on the last border now - and I have one more week to finish.  Hopefully I can make it. 
Have a nice weekend,
Blessings - Lynn 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Marching On

My March OMG post had to do with One Monthly Goal.  But I've been super busy and and it's been a little more of an Oh My Goodness.  :)  I probably shouldn't have started the first post of the month titled "March OMG"  it's kinda been that kind of month.  Ha Ha.... 
Okay what have I done - I made an apron for my sweet friend Bev's birthday! And of course I told my self I'd get a better picture later and didn't. There is also a matching pot holder, it's under the left edge there.  It's very similar to the pocket I put on the front.  She loves Chickens.

I also gave her the table runner we made at our February workshop.  I don't really have a place for them and she always decorates for each holiday. 

I have also been working on my "Cottage Quilt" which happens to be my Wool Crazy quilt.  

I only have four more sections and then I will be ready to back it.  I'm not sure yet how I want to do that but I'll figure it out.
I also got the baby quilt for my friends daughter done.
I used another of the whales as the label on the back.  Now I need to get it in the mail.
And of course I've been working on my OMG quilt - Twas the night before Christmas. I got the stitching done and the top put together and now I am hand quilting it.  
What was I thinking.  ha ha - I am out of practice but it's going okay - I just don't have little stitches like some people can do. 

Tomorrow is the start of Colorado River Quilters Quilt Show. That's the big guild I belong to.  I am working the early shift from 9-11 and then will have the rest of the day to run errands and hopefully come home and do some more quilting.  
Next weekend is another retreat and I have not decided what I want to take and work on.  A lot of times I take new projects to work on and I have a couple of them cut out and ready to go, however I really want to stick to finishing things rather than start new ones. I  am trying to decide on some UFO's to take to work on. Of course I'll let you know.
Have a blessed day! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

March OMG

Hello March - and I mean my title in two ways.  First "Oh My Goodness" - it's already March.  Wow! And Secondly which really is my First intention - I want to share my "One Monthly Goal" that I will link up over Elm Street Quilts.

As the months of the year go on, the busier I seem to be, so I really hope I can keep up the momentum of finishing something - even it its's small.  
So for this month, continuing with my goal of working on my Winter/Christmas UFO's and Projects all year long, my next goal is - "Twas the Night Before Christmas".  This is/was a free pattern from a designer Kaaren Johnson.  She no longer blogs but gave a free pattern one Friday Month, called Friday Freebie. Her free patterns are still available at The Painted Quilt Blogspot.  
This was originally posted as Red Work - I of course wanted to do in more colors. 
 I worked on it a little at the last retreat and go some of the setting blocks done.  

So for this month I need to finish up the Santa Block:
And the stitch the lettered block: 
then I'll be able to put together, quilt and bind. 

That's my one monthly goal at Elm Street Quilts

I'm going to go link up and check out some others goals. Head over there and share some encouragement. 
Blessings, Lynn 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Retreat Reporting

As Always I had so much fun. I never now how it's going to go, sometimes I get lots done and sometimes not so I always bring a dozen things to work and then see how it goes. 
First off I finished the binding on Winter Star by Jan Patek, and put the eyes on him. This is my OMG (One monthly goal at elm street quilts) project for the month which I will be linking up. 

Take me to the OMG Finish Link-up
You can't see it very well, but if you zoom in I did a bunch of quilting of holly and snowflakes.  Next I did the snowman runner that Gloria had given me the pattern for at the last retreat.  

Yay got it done even the hand stitching of binding.
Next I worked on the applique for the Umbrella quilt which is to help with my purple scraps.

I don't know how well you can see but the umbrella itself is a very dark purple. This is only the top but was glad to get it done.  
After that I worked on the setting blocks for "Twas the night before Christmas".  
I have the Santa 1/2 done and then need to do the lettering in the bottom right corner. So this is as much as I could do. 

Now I'm really wanting to get the embroidery done so I can put it all together. I think it's going to be my next UFO to work on. 

Next I worked on some charm square tote bags.  I had two charm packs that by themselves couldn't make anything - so I used them for this. Of course I adjusted them a little.  I boxed the bottom, and then added a closure tab. I will probably use some velcro and a decorative button.
I was able to get two totes out of each pack and there were even a couple left over so with the second one I made one wider and one tall and skinny.  It had a boo boo that I had to fix so it's not pictured yet.
 I didn't win a door prize or any of the guessing games but it was  productive and fun.  Oh and yes we did eat a lot as always. 
Remember this room from the last retreat? This was where we went to eat because there was 117 of us.
And here is part of one of our buffets.  This meal is called Club House BBQ. Chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, green salad, coleslaw, jo jo potatoes, chili, baked beans, cheese sauce and cookies.  That was one meal.  
And then the breakfast buffets.  I've found that even a little bit of several things is a lot.

So what was dinner,  One night we split a spaghetti and pasta dish and one night a veggie pizza. 

Here is the room. Will go from right to left, from back of the room.  Right side below.
 Middle below.
Left below.

My place and my sweet friend Gloria.
Well I  have 4 weeks until my next retreat.  It will be back in the little room only 30 of us at that one.  However, I have something going on every weekend from now through the end of March so I'm sure I'm not going to get bored. Let's just hope I can get some stuff done also. 
Now I need to go cut out some strips for a workshop tonight.
Have a Blessed day - 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mellow Yellow Submarine

It's another Project Quilting challenge from Persimon Dreams.  This one is called Mellow Yellow.  Well we're asked to share our creative thoughts and processes and as always I came up with way too many ideas.  And considering I'm leaving for a retreat this afternoon and only got the email this morning (not sure why it didn't come through on Sunday) I almost talked myself out of it again. I thought of bee's and bee hives. I also thought about a rubber ducky. But this is the one I cam up with.  It is about 14" x 17"

This was my inspiration:
And here are some shots from how I created it.  
I sandwiched and quilted the waves first. I randomly cut some freezer paper and used as a little bit of a guide.
Then I added the applique.  
I printed an animated picture of the Beetles so I could put them in the windows, but they came out a little big so only added the one.
Then I top stitched - which served as more quilting.

And finished with the binding.

I am so happy I saw the challenge and was able to come up with something.  After I link this to Project Quilting I am packing the last few things and headed to my retreat.  I'll let you know how much I get done on Monday.