Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop Coming Soon

Dust off a quilt book blog hop

I'm excited to be a part of this upcoming Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop hosted by Bea at BeaQuilter.  The hop is about find an old quilt book in your personal library and have always wanted to make, but never tried before.  When I heard about the hop, I knew exactly what I was going to make.  I even  had fabrics set aside for it, for a long time. My book dates back to 1996, and I probably purchased it as soon as it was released.   I've been working hard on my project.  I'm going to go tackle a piece that I have made twice.  This book uses templates.   If I can't get it to work this time, I'm going to put something else in that place!  The dates for the event are February 18-22.    My day is February 20th.  Can't wait to show my project!

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew

Monday, January 14, 2019

Good Fortune Mystery Finish


Since the reveal of the Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery last week, I have been working hard to get it together.  I decided when I was about halfway through putting this together to donate the top to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, being coordinated by Carole at From My Carolina Home.  

When this hurricane was first developing, I was back in Boston taking granddaughter Kyleigh to college.  My brother-in-law Roger was here helping care for my husband while I was gone. By the time I got back home 5 days later, Roger was anxious to get back home to North Carolina before they cancelled flights.  It took the airlines 2 days before they decided to allow it, without him paying more.  Roger got home before the hurricane hit land, and decided to stay in place instead of evacuating.  He was without power 4 days I think.  I was worried about him the entire time.  

So I decided to donate it to the Carolina Hurricane Project.  I sent it off to the longarmer in North Carolina this morning who has graciously offered to quilt it.  

I had a great time with my first Bonnie Hunter Mystery.  I decided to put plain fabric in for the third border as the strip pieced units I made were fragile, mainly because I forgot to shorten my stitch, and when I started pulling my paper out, they started coming apart.   I didn't want to start over as I have other projects I need to get done this month.  Also I have decided I need a remedial course in counting, as I was missing some units!

My quilt is made probably 80% of Civil War reproduction fabrics.  The oranges were what I did not have a lot of in that line.  The sun finally came out yesterday so I could take some pictures.

I'll be linking up to the Mystery Monday Link-up at Quiltville.  Thanks so much again Bonnie for such a beautiful quilt!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long, Quarter 1 Goals

The 2019 Finish-A-Long is about ready to start.  You can go to Marci Girl Designs and see a list of the global hosts.  I really appreciate this Finish-A-Long to keep me on track!  Thanks so much to the 2019 Finish-A-Long hosts!

My goals for this first quarter of 2019 are as follows:

1)  First two Nutcracker months.  I just started getting this BOM, and would like to get the first two months made.  This consists of making all the large star blocks, and making all the chain blocks.

2)  Embroider ast three Redwork Nursery Rhyme Blocks.  It's impossible to take a picture of these, and I no longer have the patterns. I have Simple Simon, Yankee Doodle, and Little Bo Peep left.

3).  Applique Flourishes BOM #10 block.  

4)  Finish embroidery on Take Me to the Sea, a design by Kathy Schmitz, and make into a pillow.
This is where I am at right now.    I liked the one I did for granddaughter Kyleigh, I needed to make one myself.

5)  Make another section of Sweet Land of LibertyLori at Humble Quilts is going to have another Quilt-Along on this quilt soon.  Mine looks like this so far.

6)  Make project for Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop @Beaquilter.  My project involves a book from 1996, I apparently bought it about 4 years after I started quilting.  It is a flannel project, and I have been saving blue flannel for years for this quilt.  I have always intended to make it for DH, as the theme is right up his alley.  I intend to get this project to at least a flimsy.

These are some of the fabrics used, and below is the strip that is giving me fits.  This book uses templates and I am not sure they are accurate.  I have made this piece twice and they are both 1 inch too long. The background piece it attaches to is correctly cut.  DH told me just to take 1/2 inch off each side, but that would cut the points off.  Going to see if I can redraw it.  

7)  Project for Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop at Seams to be Sew in March.   I have an idea of finishing up one of my many crazy quilt UFOs for this.  It involves baskets.  A number of years ago, I was in swaps at Crazy Quilt International and we would decide on a theme for a round robin, make 6 blocks, and pass them around to 5 other people who would embellish them.  I am going to finish my block, and get this together into at least a flimsy These blocks are made out of wool and embroidered.  

8.  Cherry Quilt to Flimsy.  In assessing my studio closet, I found these cherry blocks, and cherry fabric set aside.  My goal is to get these to flimsy stage and I plan to donate to charity.   I have about 16 blocks made up.  

9.  Good Fortune Mystery to Flimsy.  This is the Quiltville Mystery for this year,  This is where it is right now.  

10.  Applique 1 Father Christmas block.  This is the one I have prepped and ready to stitch.

11.  All Things Bright and Beautiful UFO.  Finish to flimsy.  I came across this in the closet too.  I think I am 12 done.   I just need to find the instructions for the rest of the pieced blocks.  A group of us on Yahoo Groups at one time were working on this.  I know I have the instructions somewhere. It would have been nice if it was in the same bag the fabric I set aside for this was in too!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

What I've Been Up To, 2019 Assesment

Recently Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts had a 3 day challenge, cleaning off your main surface work area, cleaning up a pile of stuff, and the third challenge was to perform a project assessment, noting your UFOs, etc.  I thank Shelly for motivating me to take a hard look at what I have.  I weeded out some projects I will never do, I don't know why I even got them.  I have a stack of stuff in my office to put up for sale, quilt kits, books and several BOMs.

I spent several days performing this assessment.  I tossed everything out of the top of my sewing room closet.  The top shelf, to the ceiling is about 3 feet tall.  I can stuff a lot of stuff up there.  Plus there is another area about 1.5 feet wide x 4 feet tall.  

I also have an antique dresser that is 40 inches long, has 2 drawers in it that are 13 inches deep and 15 inches wide.  I can stuff a lot of stuff in there too.   

These are the results of my assessment:

I have           

27 UFOs         Items I have already started. 

44 Quilt kits.   Most of these I have assembled myself at the time I bought a book and liked quilts in    it, collected the fabric and bagged it up.

28 BOMs         Not started

21 Crazy quilt UFOs   A lot of these were block swaps on Crazy Quilt International,  plus a Crazy      Quilt Journal Project

14 Wool Projects    Not started

3 Quilt tops            Need Quilted.

What I have been up to this week is working on the Good Fortune Mystery by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  

Not a great picture,but it has been dreary and rainy and the lighting in this room is not great unless the sun is shining. Today I plan to work on the orange alternate blocks.

I'm going to be in 2 upcoming blog hops, Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop by Beaquilter the endof February and Quilt Qwazy Queens hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew in March.

I've been working on my Dust off a Quilt Book project.  This is a project I have wanted to make, since almost I started quilting.  I'm making it for DH,who has to sleep in a hospital bed in the living room due to mobility issues.  Right now I can't show my project, but I can show one portion that is giving me fits.  This book uses templates for the pieced elements.   A large part of the quilt is applique, so that is no problem for me.  

It needs to fit at the bottom of one of the background applique blocks I am doing.  I was very careful, in trying to keep the points.  It is 1" too big.  I made it a second time, it is 1 inch too big.  DH told me just to cut 1/2 inch off either side.  But that would cut off the points.  I wanted to use that brown star fabric in the middle one.  And I have about consumed it.  I can't use it a third time I don't think.

One funny thing happened.  This one background I had this much left

I realized I needed 2 more triangles, and four 1 inch squares.  I cut the squares out of the long one.  

Then sewed my remnants together and cut out the triangles.  Hopefully I won't come across anything else!

Well that is it for now.  I've got my 2019 Finish-A-Long List ready for another post.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 04, 2019

2018 Finish-A-Long, Q4

I have really enjoyed participating in the 2018 Finish-A-Long this year.  There are a whole group of hosts, but  I usually hook up at Marci Girl Designs.  

Back in October, I listed my goals for the last quarter of 2018 here.

I did pretty well this time, I figure about 80%.

1)  Angel quilt by Cheri Payne.  Finish for my daughter for Christmas. Done.  Where I started was here.  

I did get it quilted and gifted for Christmas.  The front

And back

2.  Crow quilt to flimsy.   This is another Cheri Payne pattern.  This one was pretty much done, I just had some berries and my initials to applique on.  DONE

3.  Doll Clothes for Klara's BD doll by October 29th.  DONE.  

I made her baby PJ's, a hooded sweatshirt, pants and T-shirt, a pair of leggings and T-shirt.  most were recycled fabric from Klara's old leggings and T-shirts.

4.  Redwork embroidery of 3 Nursery Rhyme blocks for my SIL.  DONE.  She is going to put these together in a quilt for her first granddaughter.  They went through here on the way to Oregon for Christmas and just left after staying several days.  I was able to give her these three blocks finished.  Only have 3 more!

Old King Cole

There Was a Man and He Had Naught

There was a man and he had naught,
And robbers came to rob him;
He crept up to the chimney top,
And then they thought they had him.
But he got down on the other side,
And then they could not find him;
He ran fourteen miles in fifteen days,
And never looked behind him.

This was not one I was familiar with..

Ding Dong Bell

5.  Owl Redwork Table Runner for daughter.  DONE.  This was my own design, and I used leftover fabric from the 12 Days of Christmas In July blog hop table runner I did here

6.  Great Pumpkin BOM quilt to flimsy stage.  DONE..

7.  Assemble Christmas panels for daughters for Christmas.    NOT DONE.  I had gotten these on clearance at Hobby Lobby,probably about 9 years ago.  Never had a chance to work on them.  

8.  Do 2 more panels of Sweet Land of Liberty.  NOT DONE.  Lori at Humble Quilts is going to run another sew-along this year.  I decided to wait until that starts up.  I have been working on it with Susan at DesertSky Quilting and Edi who hasn't started hers yet,  This is what mine still looks like.

9.  Assemble my long-finished redwork ornaments.  DONE.  I made 3 sets at least 10 years ago.  I gifted them to my daughters, but mine have not been completed. I did finish them in time for Christmas and I was finally able to put them on the tree.  

10.  Get ,my Fall Into a QAL blocks into a flimsy by November 13th.  DONE.  This was a quilt-a-long hosted by Partners in Design.  I designed the center block.  

So that was it.  I completed 8 out of 10 of my goals this past quarter.  I'd like to thank the 2018 Finish-A-Long hosts, and I will be linking up at Marci Girl Designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Karrin.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

One Monthly Goal, January 2019

I'm once again taking part in One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  I really appreciate this motivation to set a goal the first of the month, and work on that goal.  Thanks again so much Patty for this motivation.  

This month I hope to finish one of my crazy quilt UFOs.  

I plan to finish embellishing this block with stitches, beads,  etc, and send it off to its owner.  

Recently Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts had an end of 2018 3-day task challenge.  The last day was to perform a project assessment, and see where you are, whether you want to continue, or donate.  

I spent 2 days going through my sewing room.  I still have to make up my formal organized list, but I went through my entire room.  I have 19 unfinished crazy quilt projects alone.  I participated in a ton of crazy quilt round robin swaps, and these need to be finished along with my numerous other projects.  I will have totals of the other projects once I make up my organized list.

I have had company for 3 days, and they left this morning.  So I will be busy taking down Christmas decorations, and then maybe tomorrow I can get back to my regular activities.  

I will be linking up my One Monthly Goal with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  It isn't too late for you to do so too!

Thanks for stopping by~