Well I didn’t finish all my projects last quarter (I actually did better than I thought I would, which is great). This quarter is all about getting ready for the holidays – for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make a lot of gifts this year (smart right). Most of these projects are presents for people, so I am not posting too much detail (I doubt most the recipients read this blog, but just to be careful).
1. A Coastal Cruiser pillow. (Finished – Nov. 20th)
2. A Pillow (this one will go with the Coastal Cruiser house, so it has the same background, but will have a different subject) (Finished – Nov 24th)
3. Stockings – With the new addition to our household this year we need another stocking. As my husband and I don’t have any at our house (Christmas was usually spent with one set of parents or the others) I need to make us some as well – at least they will all match! (Finished – Dec 19th)
4. Baby quilt – This quilt is for a special little baby that decided to arrive early – guess she couldn’t wait to meet her parents! That being said now her quilt really needs to done and it is still in pieces (all the pieces have not yet been cut either!). (Finished – Oct 27th)
5. This quilt from my Guild’s Mystery Quilt series needs to be quilted and bound so it can go to its new home this Christmas.
7. Why not through this on (would be nice to have it for Halloween) as it just needs to be quilted and bound! I would love to be able to snuggle with my Ghastlies soon!
Oh dear, 8 projects in less than three months – I better get to work! Hopefully I don’t get distracted with too many side projects over the coming months, although I am sure there will be a few of those as well.
I can’t believe that it has been over a month since I last posted! Things have been a little crazy here for the last few weeks – Little Girl is awake and playing more, we did a road trip to visit family and friends and my Husband managed to break his foot. He is on crutches for about 6 weeks and then a walking boot after that. Poor guy can’t carry Little Girl right now and it takes him much longer to get anything done with the crutches. Needless to say not a lot of sewing has been done here recently.
I have managed to get some things done though. Back in July I offered to organize a block of the month for my local quilt guild. I have been spending time planning blocks, making blocks and writing instructions for those. So far 3 blocks and 1 set of instructions done. I am loving the way that they turning out and can’t wait to get working on the rest of the blocks.
Also before the broken foot incident I told a friend I would make a quilt for her for a baby shower. I picked up this cute pattern at Sew Fresh Quilts and love the quilt. Thankfully it comes together fairly easily so I am able to get some put together during Little Girl’s naps. I can’t wait to see it finished and may just have to make another one for Little Girl!
Well, I am trying to make 2014 the year for getting some projects finished – my sewing room has become smaller, so I just won’t have the room for all my unfinished projects, nor the time I used to have to dedicate to them! In an effort to keep working on projects and holding myself accountable for finishing them, I am joining in the Finish Along again! I only completed about 1/2 my list last year, but that was better than finishing nothing and starting a bunch of new ones!
So for this quarter I have a couple of leftover projects and some new ones.
1. Hexagon pillow – I started this pillow over the summer and only have 8 more hexagons that have to be attached, then quilted to make the pillow cover. As I am supposed to being doing a small demo on English Paper Piecing at my Quilt Guild Meeting in February I am hoping to have this mostly done to show as part of the demo (adding borders, removing paper, ect).
2. Star Pillow – I need to get a pillow cover finished for this so it can go down on the reading bench to lean against! My husband was nice enough to custom build the bench, so now I just need to finish up the pillows!
3. The baby Textures quilt – this still needs to be quilted and finished. It has no real recipient, but it would be nice to be able to put it in the finished pile (and to have on hand for a last minute present, the number of people I know having kids seems to grow each week!).
4. Mom’s Pillow – After some renos last year, she is need of a pillow for some new furniture. I am thinking a nice dresdren plate pillow would look great with the other grey and yellow flowers she has going on in the room.
5. Mystery Quilt – I made this quilt with the local guild this year and need to get it basted, quilted and bound. I am hoping to use it as a Christmas present.
6. Star quilt – this is all nicely bound, it just needsto be quilted, in which case I need to pick a pattern to quilt it with.
7. Star of Bears – This quilt needs to be done in the next couple of weeks as the baby this is a present for is due Aug 5th!
8. Christmas Monkeys – this poor quilt keeps getting pushed behind other projects at every stage. All that is left at this point is to bind it and remove all the basting pins!
That seems like a good list with a new baby in the house!
I am making this quilt for a cooworker of my Mother’s. The soon to be Mom grew up with the Berenstain Bears, so what better fabric to pick then Moda’s Welcome To Bear Country! I happened to have a couple charm packs around still and found this great pattern on the Moda Bake Shop. It came together quickly in a single afternoon!
I now have the quilt basted and am going to have start quilting it as soon as I can figure out what I am going to do. I am thinking of trying out some stippling with loops or possibly some swirls.
I am working at finishing up the top for the mystery quilt that I am doing with my local Modern Quilt Guild. I have now finished all the individual blocks and am getting ready to put them together! I can’t wait to see how this all comes together!
I have also started cutting into my Micheal Miller Fabric for the Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge. It is such pretty fabric that it took a bit for me to be able to cut into it, but I am liking how the design is coming together. This is the next quilt on my “must finish soon” list as the contest ends June 23, yikes!
It feels so good to be back in the sewing room (and no longer marking exams!). I have a few projects that I am not juggling as the deadlines are all coming up fast – one of these babies needs to be done in a little over a week for pick up and delivery to an expecting Mom in early May! Apparently I know a lot of people having babies right now, so there are going to be a few baby quilts in my future.
First I am working on yet another Dr. Seuss quilt. This time I am using a pattern from Jaybird Quilts – with my brain still a little tired from marking the last couple months, I wanted something easy with directions to follow! I just finished basting this quilt, and have been starting at it for a day or so trying to decide what quilting to do on it (I have not been able to get a decent picture of the top due to the sewing room still being a disaster – not sure how I am getting anything done in there). Due to timeline, I am thinking an all over stipple might be the way to go, but was debating using the interlocking squares like I did on the Seuss Pods quilt. Oh the decisions!
Next on the list of projects to get done in the next week or two is another baby quilt – this time a grey and yellow quilt using the Breezy pattern from the book Growing up Modern. I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw the book and couldn’t wait to make one!
I am hoping to get one of these moved into the finished category soon, so I can move onto the third baby quilt that I need to have made this summer and get caught up on my Quilt Guilds Mystery quilt (I am only 2.5 clues behind, lol). Hopefully posting this and linking up to Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation will keep me on track and motivated this weekend! There are some great projects being worked on linked up this week!