Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OMG Finish – April 2017

I am very happy to report that the bird feeder hasn’t caused too much of a distraction and I was able to complete my April OMG.

These two little quilts are donation quilts that I wanted to have pieced this month.

They will be donated to Happy Chemo through Sarah’s Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  Quilting and binding will happen very quickly so the next time you see them will be during Sarah's next progress linky.

Visit Patty at Elm Street Quilts to see how everyone else did for April’s OMG.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along – April

Dawn at Sew You Quilt 2 selected the Mama Hen and Simple Star blocks for April’s Farm Girl Vintage sew along.

I had completed the Mama Hen block last year…

So, I decided to complete the Out to Pasture block in it’s place…

And here is my Simple Star block…

I look forward to seeing what Dawn selects for the May blocks.  I am very motivated to keep this going 😊

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017 - Progress

Good evening, friends.

Just a quick check-in to share my progress on the H2H charity quilts.  You can click here to visit Sarah’s linky party and see how everyone else is doing.

The ladybugs have been pieced and just need to be trimmed, pressed, quilted and bound.

The kitty quilt is in the piecing stage.

Both are on schedule for being finished in about a week and a half.  I won’t be sewing this weekend as I’ll be at Disney with my daughter 😊

So, I will leave you with an early wish for a happy weekend.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Quilting Life Mystery BOM – April

Here is my April block for Sherri’s BOM.  You can find the instructions for this block by visiting A Quilting Life, click here.

After creating the flying geese using her method, we were left with bonus half-square triangles that will be used in next month’s block.

Sherri recently hosted a giveaway for one of Olfa’s Splash rotary cutters that features their new Endurance blade…and I won!

I’m excited to give it a try.  Changing the blade is supposed to be easier with this one.

I’ve had some new visitors join the red-headed woodpecker, male cardinal and blue jays at my feeder.

Female Cardinal

The male is never too far away

Do you know what kind of bird this is?
I think it is some sort of finch.

And this guy, along with a few of his friends, are always trying to steal food.  They aren’t successful because the cage surrounding the seed bin slides closed as soon as they get on the feeder.

I’m happy to say that I’m on schedule with my sewing so far this month.  I’ll be back shortly to share my H2H charity quilt progress and Farm Girl blocks.

Have a blessed week everyone!

Monday, April 3, 2017

OMG – April 2017

It is time to select my One Monthly Goal project for April.  This one is quite important because it will benefit Sarah’s Hands to Help Quilt Challenge.

I am going to piece two simple quilts to be donated to Happy Chemo.

One will use these fabrics which I’ve shared before.

The second will include these cute fabrics.  Love the little kitties.

I placed my bird feeder outside so I can see it from my home office / sewing room. 

Here are a few visitors from last week.

(can you see the one in the tree?)


Red-headed woodpecker

Let’s hope this bird feeder doesn’t cause too much of a distraction...I really need to accomplish my April OMG.  Click here to visit Patty and see what others have planned for this month.

Friday, March 31, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 – March

We are already one-quarter of the way through 2017.  Time flies when you are having fun.

And fun is exactly what I’ve been having.  I was a bit off my creative game in February due to a couple of distractions…nothing bad.

This is one of them.

Long story short…my DH and I purchased a travel trailer last fall only to find that it, combined with the larger truck needed to pull it, was just too big for me.  I was not comfortable towing such a large unit and was no way going to try to back it in anywhere.  My DH didn’t have any issues with it but the idea is to eventually travel all over the country and one person shouldn’t be doing all of the driving.  So, after 4 months we downsized to a 25’ trailer and a smaller truck.  For the record, I must say that my DH wanted the Airstream in the beginning so he eventually got what he wanted.

Now, back to what this blog is really about…

I didn’t accomplish my February goals for OMG nor 17 UFOs in 2017 but I did have success in March.

Finished turning the Birdie Stitches blocks into small quilts to be displayed monthly.  Some of the binding looks black but it isn’t…I’m not a photographer by any means.

Building Blocks #8 was a lesson in Slip Stitch.

Building Blocks #9 was a lesson in Left Twist.

I also completed two Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  If you haven't see them already,click here.

My 17 UFOs in 2017 goals for April is to finish Building Blocks 10, 11 and 12.  I would also like to finish two summer table runners and two more Farm Girl Vintage blocks.

Wish me luck.  Be sure to visit pomegranate and chintz to see what others accomplished in March.  Thanks to Meredithe and Anne for the encouragement.

I’m off now to pack for the weekend…Arya the Airstream wants to go to the woods 😊

Have a lovely weekend, my friends.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March’s Farm Girl Blocks Sew-Along

Dawn from sewyouquilt2 is keeping us motivated to finish our Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  She selects two blocks each month for us to finish piecing.

March’s blocks were the Old Barn and the Pears.  Since I had already made the pear block I chose to make Old Glory in its place.

When I first started Lori Holt’s sew-along last year, I chose to make the 6 ½” version of these blocks.  They are a challenge for me as there are so many small pieces.  My blocks are not finishing a consistent 6 ½”.  As a matter of fact, they aren’t finishing a consistent ANY size.  I imagine that I can come up with enough that will work for a wall hanging or table topper and the rest will make cute potholders….

Thanks to Dawn for keeping us focused on the farm 😊

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017

Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict has announced the kick-off for this year’s Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  This is her 7th year organizing this wonderful cause and my third year to participate.

Click here to read more about the challenge and the charities that will benefit from it in 2017.

Right away I know that I will make at least one quilt to be donated to Happy Chemo and these are the fabrics I pulled for it today.

Won’t you consider joining in the fun?  You can sign up over at Sarah's (link above) and be entered in a nice little giveaway, too!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Quilting Life Mystery BOM – March

Earlier this week Sherri of A Quilting Life released her third block pattern for her mystery block of the month.

This is truly a mystery as we weren’t officially given fabric requirements.  Sherri did respond to my question indicating that a fat eighth would be enough prints.  I’m hoping that I have enough of the background fabric I’m using.

Here is my block…

You can find Sherri’s post with the instructions by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February’s Farm Girl Blocks Sew-Along

Dawn at sewyouquilt2 selected the pumpkin and the strawberry for February’s Farm Girl Vintage sew-along.

Patchwork Pumpkin Block

Scrappy Strawberry Block

March’s blocks are the Old Red Barn and the Fresh Pears Block.

Fresh Pears Block

Since I’ve already made the pears I will make Old Glory instead.

Check out Dawn’s post here to see other Farm Girl Vintage blocks.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Seeing Stars

Last Friday Sherri released her Quilting Life Block of the Month pattern for February.  It is made using half-square triangles so I used my Accuquilt GO! Big to cut the squares.  Between the cutter and the simplicity of the pattern, I had my block together in no time at all.

Sherri calls this one Scrappy Stars

Then I wanted to try a technique my friend Gene Black uses for making flying geese and his Flying Star pattern.  He shares both in a YouTube video (what did we do before YouTube?!?)  You can click here to go directly to the video and here to read Gene’s blog post about the block.

Using this method you make four flying geese at a time.

And that is exactly how many you need for one Flying Star block.

I used the Go! Big again and cut some B&C Miss Kate fabrics to make more of these stars.  I also cut some pieces to use in a leaders and enders project.  These will make perfect half-square triangles.

Have you been seeing stars lately?

Friday, February 3, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 – February Commitments

I am enjoying the various sew-alongs that I am participating in this year.  I achieved all of my goals for last month and made great progress on some old projects.  Sure hope I can keep it going…

I’m so grateful that Meredithe and Anne are hosting 17 UFOs in 2017 because it has encouraged me to address my long list of unfinished projects and make a plan for getting them done….or at least make some progress on them.

You can see my January progress here.

My commitments for February are:

~~~ Building Blocks – numbers 8, 9 and 10 ~~~

~~~ Complete two blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book ~~~

~~~ Make my birdie stitches blocks into mini quilts ~~~
This is also my February OMG

It is a short month so I should keep my list short, too J

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OMG – February 2017

Way back in 2012, Corey hosted a block of the month called Birdie Stitches.  Click here to visit Coriander Quilts to see her blocks.

I used a jelly roll (can’t remember which one) to quickly border plain white squares and started stitching.  The project was set aside once I finished the hand embroidery because I could not decide what to do with them.

Sorry for the terrible pictures

I was recently inspired by Tanya when she shared her sewing room update and all of the lovely mini quilts she has displayed there.  Pay her a visit and see her wonderful space. Just click on her name above.

I’ve decided that my February OMG goal will be to finish the quilting and binding on each of the birdie blocks and turn them into mini quilts.  I’ll have a different mini quilt to display each month.

Many thanks to Patty for hosting Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal.  It is keeping me inspired to make progress on my projects and I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s accomplishments.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 - January Update

Happy February J

I am very happy today because I can say that I was successful in accomplishing my January goals for 17 UFOs in 2017.  You can see my entire list for the year by clicking here.

January’s progress…

Mini Valentine Table Topper

Quilt Labels for three quilts

Willow Weave 

Butterfly Trails

Deck-Ade the Halls

Building Blocks

Block #5 - A lesson in cables

Block #6 - A lesson in the right twist stitch

Block #7 - A lesson in the mock cable stitch

I’ll be back soon to share my February goals.  In the meantime, visit Meredith at pomegranate and chintz to see what others accomplished in January.

Hugs J