Monday, July 3, 2017

Taking a Little Break

June ended up being so busy with work and travel that I didn’t accomplish all of my sewing goals.  I was feeling pretty sad about it and also a bit pressured to catch up on my lists.  When I get like that I do not enjoy the craft which defeats the purpose of having the hobby in the first place.

So, I’m going to take a break from sewing and blog posting…NOT blog reading and commenting, I love keeping up with all of my blog friends.  I will also continue to sew my Farm Girl Vintage blocks and the other block-of-the-month projects.  These are easy to keep up with and I may even pop-in a post about them.  I’ll get back to my One Monthly Goal and 17 UFO’s in 2017 efforts in August or September.

My husband retired the end of June and we have a few trips planned, both with and without the camper.  Our daughter changes college apartments July 31st so we are going to have an action-packed July and August.  

For those on Instagram, I’m sure I’ll be sharing there 😊

Thank you for following and I look forward to catching up soon.

Have a great summer…

Monday, June 26, 2017


This year I’ve committed to finish most, if not all, of my UFOs.  And I’ve also committed to use as much of my stash as possible…although I may have made a purchase or two of new fabric 😊

In an effort to use what I have on hand, I’m allowing myself some new projects.  One is Sherri’s A Quilting Life Block of the Month.  

This is the June block…

Another project is the Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt.  I subscribe to their Sew Sampler Box and each month we get a new ‘recipe’ for a basket block.

Block #2 came in the May Sew Sampler box.

I’m also participating in a fun swap with Dawn and friends at sewyouquilt2.  This one is using scraps to create slab blocks.  You can read about it here.  The blocks I made for the swap are in the mail so I'll share those once I know the recipients have them.

June has been crazy busy with work activity and then we took the camper out last weekend.  I'll be playing catch-up in the sewing room this week.

Hope everyone's summer is off to a great start!

Monday, June 5, 2017

June OMG and UFOs

June is going to be a very busy month for me professionally and creatively.

I will be traveling quite a bit for work so that means I am going to have to be super focused while in the sewing room.

My One Monthly Goal for June is to turn these blocks into a flimsy.

This was a Saturday Sampler project at our local quilt shop back in….2009!  We used Marti Michell templates to create a different block each month.  These have been sitting in a pizza box since December of that year.  Guess it's time...

This project is also on my list for 17 UFO’s in 2017.

My UFO progress for May was a success.  I completed two more Farm Girl blocks from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book.

 Peas and Carrots

Postage Stamp

I also finished the knitting project from Michelle Hunter's Building Blocks book.

The table runners are in their flimsy stage but now I can't decide if they will stay table runners or if I will sew them together for a tablecloth and put it in Arya the Airstream.

So I think I will "table" (sorry!) this one until July.

In addition to the Saturday Sampler, my June UFO goals are to complete three Farm Girl blocks, finish the Swilly scarf...

Sorry for the bad photo...no sun today.

...and make progress on the Asanagi Wrap.

Photo from Google Search.

The pretty lady in the picture is Olga Buraya-Kefelian, the designer.  You can visit Olga at Olgajazzy.com.

I'm linking up at Elm Street Quilts for the June OMG and pomegranate and chintz for 17 UFOs in 2017.

Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

OMG Finish – May 2017

Just under the wire!

I am pleased to share my finished knitting project from Michelle Hunter’s Building Blocks book.  I have mentioned before that this book uses 12 different blocks to teach knitting techniques.  I was in such a hurry to finish before tonight’s OMG deadline that I didn’t photograph block 12 which was a lesson in advanced decreases.  Maybe you can spot it below.  Check out the third block in the third row from the top. 

This was my One Monthly Goal for May and it has been accomplished.

Visit Patty at Elm Street Quilts to see what others accomplished this month.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017

H2H 2017 has come to an end and I am happy to have had the opportunity to participate.

Here are the quilty hugs that are on their way to Happy Chemo…

Kitty Cats


I have been obsessed with polka dot binding lately.


I made this one last year and stashed it away…almost forgot about it.

Many thanks to Sarah for her hard work and dedication to this very worthy cause.

Please visit Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see some really amazing quilts that have been donated this year.

Have a great weekend everyone 😊

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Quilting Life Mystery BOM – May

Sherri posted her May BOM on May 2nd and I actually completed the block that day.  I shared it on Instagram but forgot to post it here.

This is going to be a nice quilt at the end of the year.  I’m using a fat eighth of Autumn Woods by Katie & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda.  I can’t tell you what the background fabric is because it was just something in my stash without a label on the selvage…and it isn’t anything spectacular but I need to use it up.

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt – Block 1

I recently subscribed to the Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Box.  Each month a box arrives with not only fabric but some really useful tools and coupons.  The box also includes a block pattern recipe card.

I didn’t subscribe in time to get all of the 2016 recipe cards, although they are still available on the FQS website.

When I heard that the 2017 sew sampler quilt was a basket quilt designed by Lori Holt, I knew that I wanted to make it.  I do not have a basket quilt but love the look and I think I can use this as a scrap busting project.  

The recipe card includes instructions for three different sized blocks, 5 ½”, 10 ½” and 15 ½”.  I am making the 10 ½” blocks.  If you have been following my Farm Girl Vintage progress then you know that small blocks are not my thing, other than a lesson learned.

Here is my Block 1

This one worked up nice and quick…hope the others do the same 😊

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  My sister will be visiting from Houston and we are celebrating my baby girl’s 22nd birthday.  YIKES!  Where does the time go?