Getting It Done for June

I’m getting this post written early since I’ll be on vacation from tomorrow until the end of the month. I made great progress this past weekend on my four goals for June.

My June Goals were:

1. Finish hand quilting the Christmas quilt.

Done, done, and done.

2. Sash the Asian Sampler blocks

The top is done; ready to find a backing and quilt it.

3. Bind Jared Takes a Wife

Done. Last stitch in the binding was done Thursday, the 20th.
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4. Complete Blocks Y and Z for Lazy Sunday

Done and Done.

Haven’t thought what I want my goals for July to be yet. I’ll figure those out and post about it on July 1st when I return.

Getting It Done in May, June Goals

Wow, May is finished for 2013. Time is really flying for me. Sigh!

For May, my goals were:

1. Border or sandwich one of the Key Hole quilts. Have to decide whether it gets borders or quilted as is.

    I chose the Summer Batik Key Hole top and no border on this one. It’s now backed with some yellow yardage from stash and sandwiched ready for quilting this summer.

2. Quilt either Monster Bash or Jared Takes a Wife, or both.
Jared Takes a Wife is quilted.

3. Finish the Pineapple Blossom blocks.
All 20 Pineapple Blossom blocks are finished.

4. Get Part 1 and 2 Lazy Sunday pieces done before the next issue is released.
Lazy Sunday is up to date and I’m ready to start on Part 3.

 

June will be a short month for me since I’ll be on vacation the last week and no sewing will be happening. So my goals for June are:

1. Finish hand quilting the Christmas quilt.

2. Sash the Asian Sampler blocks

3. Bind Jared Takes a Wife

4. Complete Blocks Y and Z for Lazy Sunday

Linking up to Judy’s Getting it Done post.

April’s Getting It Done/May Goals

For April, my goals were:

  1. Sandwich Monster Bash (Need to choose and make a backing first.) Done.
  2. Quilt Easy Street (Sandwiched and ready to go) Done.
  3. It’s quilted and I’ve got about three feet of binding to sew down. It will be finished today since it’s my April quilt for a UFO Challenge at Heather’s blog.

    3. Roll Roll Cotton Boll Blue. (Sandwiched and ready to go) Done.
    This quilt is now finished and waiting to be given to my good friend Kipp.

    Read about it here.

4. Border one of the Key Hole quilts. (Decisions, decisions….)
Not so good here. Didn’t even take the top off the hangar. Sigh! Goes on next months list.

Other things I got done this month are:

  • Got the borders on and sandwiched Jared Takes a Wife, finally.
  • Started a Pineapple Blossom in all Blues for my grandson.
  • Got out an old UFO (with no name) and started sewing the 3.5” x 6.5” cut pieces together in a brick pattern for a charity quilt. This one has no particular plan. I’m winging it.

For May, my goals are:

  1. Border or sandwich one of the Key Hole quilts. Have to decide whether it gets borders or quilted as is.
  2. Quilt either Monster Bash or Jared Takes a Wife, or both.
  3. Finish the Pineapple Blossom blocks.
  4. Get Part 1 and 2 Lazy Sunday pieces done before the next issue is released.

That’s it for me. Go see how everyone else is doing here at Judy’ blog.

Productive Weekend

It’s not Sunday for a Stash Report or Monday for a Design Wall post, but I did have a very productive weekend and lot’s to show off. I finished quilting four small quilts and got the first part of the binding sewn on.

First up, a little preemie incubator quilt I put together with some very pastel blocks that I didn’t know what else to do with. I think it turned out pretty cute.

I free-motion quilted it with a large meander which was a piece of cake on a small quilt like this. I love the texture it added.

I bound it with some scrap 2.5″ yellow strips. Now I just need to hand sew down the binding and it’s done.

Next up is a Halloween wall hanging I bought as a kit some time ago. I only had to add the borders and binding, but I thought it was pretty cute. It’s completely finished now with banding and hanging sleeve.

I saw this Christmas Wreath using the twister blocks on the quiltingboard.com somewhere. Don’t have the link right now. I thought it was so cute and lots of fun to make. I have another one with the blocks put together but haven’t started the twister step yet.

It’s table topper size or a good size for a wall hanging. I did a small meander in cream on the light part and a larger meander in the borders. I’m leaving the pinwheels plain for the moment. I can always go back and do some kind of quilting there if I change my mind.

Last is my Nine Surrounded, one of Bonnie Hunter’s patterns from Patchwork Posse. Isn’t the texture great? I just did a large meander all over.

I’m really enjoying all these little quilts. They are so much fan, finish quickly, and so easy to FMQ.

To Do List Before June 30

Here’s my quilting ToDo list before the end of the month. Just so I feel like I’m making some progress on these UFOs:

Connect the Dots
Quilt
Make binding
Attach binding and label

Sew down binding

Kitchen Sink
Make binding
Attach binding and label

Sew down binding

Jacob Takes a Wife
Sew top together (in two pieces now)
Add borders

And here’s the quilted Connect the Dots:

It’s Saturday Again…

I’m way behind on my posting. Here’s what’s on my design wall and has been for the past week. I just didn’t to post until now. Hopefully, it will be gone by Monday.

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I had this pastel fabric and didn’t know what to do with it, but I do have three baby quilts to make so I was playing with nine-patches. I think this will work with white 3″ squares and a pink border for one of the girl quilts. I’m finding pastels are not my thing.

I read on Kathy’s blog (which she read about on Sue’s blog) about the “Power of 10”. I think I need to follow this to finish some of these UFO’s that are piling up. I will put together my list of top 10 projects and post it here to stay on top of it.

I need to find a way not to get bored with one project, so here’s the to-do list I made for myself last night to accomplish this weekend:

1. Finish binding my OTR. It’s 3/4 of the way done. DONE!

2. Cut one set of place mats for my bf Kathleen. She chose several fabrics that she would like place mats from out of my stash of florals.

3. Cut white 3 1/2″ squares for the baby quilt above. Decide if I want them to be on a white background or a colored background. I’ll try them out on some yardage before I start cutting 3 1/2″ squares. The answer is I don’t like it any way I try it. I’m going to put these nine-patches away for awhile and see if something else comes to me. Instead, I pulled some other fabrics for perhaps making a very bright baby quilt using the Crazy Eights pattern I have. More tomorrow when I put some pieces on my wall.

4. Finish making the nine-patches for the baby quilt above. DONE!

5. Pull out the fabric for the 2009 Squishie Swap at Quilts Your Way and start pulling fabrics from my stash.

6. Sew units 4 and 5 for the Christmas Lights mystery. And, then I’ll have all of the first part done. DONE!

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So now all of Part 1 is finished and I’m just waiting for the next issue of Quiltmaker with Part 2!!! I got the last issue right around the 1st of June so maybe I’ll get the next one around the 1st of August.

7. Add the first border to Jared Takes a Wife. This will be the purple fabric.

Notice, most of these are small tasks that will take about an hour or so. This way I will feel that I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ll try to post pictures as I finish each one of these.

What are you working on this weekend?

Not much sewing going on here today…

img_3398Well, I managed to get some scraps cut up and put away, sew the hem on a blouse to shorten it rather than give it away, do my laundry, read about a hundred pages in a new trashy novel. Pretty relaxing but not very productive. But the days not over…

And, of course, I had to try yet another border option on Jared. This is really getting old. So, if I can’t decide, then I should just put it away and take it out another time rather than make a choice I’m not thrilled with. So far all your great comments are pretty much split down the middle whether to use the white or not. So now my crazy idea is to insert some orange. Not thrilled with that either.

Well, I hope you are all having a great Memorial Day with your family and friends. Or, even if you are having a relaxing day to yourself like I am. Busy week ahead so I better take advantage now.

Decisions, Decisions…

I have two border choices narrowed down for Jared. The version with the narrow cream inner border makes the top appear to float. But I’m not sure I like it better than just the purple and green border.

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I’d love to hear from all of you which you prefer.

A Weekend to Myself

img_3389I’m so ready for this long weekend. I have been on the go for the past six weeks with no time for me. I’ve been to Reno for Zonta; Connecticut on business and work has been crazy. So this is MY weekend. It is foggy and cold here in the bay area so it’s a perfect day to stay inside sewing.

I have done a bit of sewing since I last posted. Here’s a little basket I whipped up on Mother’s Day weekend for my Mom. I think these are so cute, I couldn’t resist making one.

Here’s what I’ve got in store for me today. At least this is what I think I’ll be doing. Who knows what I get into.

Jared Takes a Wife gets borders today. I chose to make it with 20 blocks instead of 30. 20 blocks with sashing and borders just fits my queen size bed (to the skirt) without covering the pillows. That’s the way I like it. So today I’ll add the green and purple borders. I’ve kept it in two pieces so it will be easier to quilt and then I’ll join them.

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And, then this is where I get stuck every time. What to do for the quilting. I’d live to hear your ideas for how to quilt Jared Takes a Wife. I’m been sitting here staring at it on my design wall and aside from something in the sashing and straight line quilting on the green squares, I’m not sure what to do.

Next up, I’ve got to finish putting together the big blocks for Judy’s Stash Quilt and then move on to the sashing. Judy hasn’t posted the border directions yet so hopefully I’ll be caught up by the time she does.

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Then I’m hoping to get the borders quilted on my Orange Crush quilt. And, if I’m really ambitious, I may figure out how I want to quilt the borders on OTR.

Whew, if I get all that done, I’ll be ready to go back to work on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave me a comment about quilting ideas for Jared!

Have a great long weekend.