Saturday, April 16, 2016

Q2 2016 Finish-A-Long Project List

2016 FAL 

Since I did pretty well in Q1 and completed 3 projects, I am linking up again for the second quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long! This time I am giving myself a few more options, and exposing the true WIP underbelly... as you will see, I have so many projects to complete!!

Eagle Scout Quilt for Ryan:

Eagle Scout Quilt for A.J:

Improv and Denim Baby Quilt:

 Bright Solids Pillow Cover:

Pink and Purple Dresses Lap Quilt:
 Farm theme Toddler Quilt:

Curves Solids Quilt or Wall hanging:

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt/William Morris:

Blue and Peach Block:

Disappearing Hourglass/Recycled Shirts Quilt:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New bag for spring

2016 FALHere is my third finish in the 2016 Q1 Finish-A-Long!

This bag is sort of a copycat of a bag I made in a swap a couple of years back. It has been sitting in my WIP pile for a very long time! I had decided I needed some black handle webbing, and simply had never picked it up on one of my (many) trips to the local Joann.  So I made a list and the next time I was there, I remembered to get it.

I added a few pockets that weren't on my original swap version of this bag to customize it for myself, and it did not take me long at all to complete. Two outside pockets and two inside pockets!

So happy to have another finish!

Link back to my original Q1 List

First finish of 2016

Over the weekend I finished putting the binding on my low volume scrap quilt. This was made from 3.5 inch strips and squares from stash. This top had been sitting finished for a very long time, I think about 2 years!

After piecing a simple strip from more colorful scraps to fill out the backing, I sent this one out for long arm quilting.  

I am so happy that I decided to try out Sarah of Crinklelove. The turnaround time for this quilt was very fast and it came out beautifully. I love that Sarah has a selection of quilting designs to choose from. The texture from the baptist clams design is awesome on this very linear patchwork. I think it softens it up just the right amount!

I decided that I wanted to complete the design with a scrappy binding. I pulled random strips from the scrap bin and I am very happy with the bright edge this created on my quilt. 

This is my first finish for 2016, and it also is one of my 2016 Q1 Finish along projects! Yea for motivation! A chance at so many great prizes are a total bonus when simply completing this project makes me happy!!

Link back to my Q1 List

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Amazing - Another finish!!

2016 FALI am very happy to have this quilt completed! This is a Scrappy Trips from the free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of It was also one of my proposed projects for the first Quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long. So, it will be entered in with the other completed projects for a chance at some wonderful prizes from the generous sponsors! 

I have had this top sitting completed for several years, and finally sent it out to be quilted by I chose the orange peel quilting design, which keeps with the more traditional style of the fabrics, and adds some needed curves to the design! It was back in no time flat, and I am thrilled with the quality! Thank you Sarah!

Here is my new vintage featherweight as I sewed on the binding to my Patriotic Scrappy Trips Quilt.

I hand sewed the binding to the back over a weekend at our ski house. This completes one of my projects for the 2016 Finish-A-Long Q1. I will have another finish to add shortly, and I am thrilled to be able to get these items in use! Feels so good!

Link back to my Q1 list

Friday, January 22, 2016

Assembling a pieced backing

Yesterday I decided I had enough energy to work on trimming and squaring up a top and backing. This is a quilt I put together from strips and squares in a quick and completely random way. It has been a competed top for more than a year. I set myself a goal to have two tops ready and sent out for
long-arming this week.

Well, lo and behold, that backing I thought was a wide backing that just needed trimming.... Not! It had to be pieced. And, Since it had to be pieced, I decided to use up some scraps and throw in a stripe of color. That is what I am working on today. Perhaps tomorrow I will have the energy to square everything up and get it all set to mail out. This is enough for today!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop"

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Finish Along 2016 Q1

2016 FAL

I am linking up to the Q1 2016 Finish-A-Long. I am going to try this time to get at least SOMETHING finished and linked up! Lots of these projects have been languishing for far, far too long. Most of them are pretty much ready to be sent out for longarming, so if I just get them out.... hopefully I will have time to get them back and finished.

It has been a rough few months, and I am feeling the need to move forward and get things done!! 

1. Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt - finish top, back and quilt

2. Scrappy Trips - Quilt and Bind

3. Low volume scrap bars and blocks - Quilt and Bind

4. Gray and Teal tote bag

 5. Pink and Purple girly quilt - Quilt and Bind

6. Plaid and Stripe Disappearing Hourglass Quilt - in the piecing phase

7. Eagle Scout Quilt #1 (A.J.) - Quilt and Bind

8. Eagle Scout Quilt #2 (Ryan) - Finish Back, Quilt and Bind

I am excited to get going on these projects again. Motivation!! Love all of the prizes offered by the wonderful sponsors! Now let me to get to work....

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Some" Progress

It has been a good summer. I have tried to do a bit of sewing when I can, but sadly it has remained "a little bit."

I have been really struggling with fatigue this year, and have heard the words "chronic fatigue syndrome" from two doctors now. I am beginning to think that there is no other explanation. We have already ruled out so much, and I think everyone is running out of ideas.  But, as a wife and mother, there is just no choice but to keep moving forward. One small step at a time, doing my best to also respect what it is my body is telling me. Naps are an almost daily necessity, and I fear what will happen when the back to school schedule hits me with the 6:00 am wakeup call. It has been helpful to sleep until 9:00 every morning these summer months.

I have started a hexie project that allows me to "get something done" while I have a minute or two, wherever I am. I am working on these diamonds from scraps, and planning to arrange them in the final quilt in alternating rows of cools with black centers, neutrals with colored centers, warms with black centers, etc. It makes me realize that I but a lot more "cool" colors than anything else!

      This photo was taken as I sat in my car waiting for my son to finish up at the gym. A mini OttLite in my sewing box lets me keep going even as the sun goes down. This is going to be a LONG TERM project!

I did get one of my projects completed for the 2015 Q3 Finish Along hosted by Adrianne of On the Windy Side.
 Q3 Linkup

Yippee! It was a really quick one, but a finish is a finish! And in time for Labor Day too. I can use this as a potholder or trivet since I put a layer of Insul-Brite inside.

That great flag fabric I used for the backing was sent to me during a block swap a couple years ago, and this was a great way to use a bit of it. I think it came out nicely. I put the binding on completely by machine, and it worked out well. I am happy that I have this in my arsenal! I really enjoy hand sewing the binding on, but for a quick finish this is an option too.
 My "new" vintage Singer 15-91 is humming right along, and I am very happy to be using it.

I basted one of my projects, and I think I will give the 15-91 a go at some simple straight line machine quilting... we shall see how it goes! That may be my next finish. A few stitches at a time. One hexie at a time.

I have to slow down and be happy with whatever progress I can make, whenever I can make it. A good life lesson. This is difficult for me!

Happy quilting!