The Blue Pineapple Blossom is finished. 57″ x 67.5″
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.
For April, my goals were:
- Sandwich Monster Bash (Need to choose and make a backing first.) Done.
- Quilt Easy Street (Sandwiched and ready to go) Done.
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:
- Border or sandwich one of the Key Hole quilts. Have to decide whether it gets borders or quilted as is.
- Quilt either Monster Bash or Jared Takes a Wife, or both.
- Finish the Pineapple Blossom blocks.
- 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.
On my Design Wall today are the same pieces for Lazy Sunday as last week. No progress there.
But new on the wall are the Blue scrappy blocks I’ve started for Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom for my grandson. He wants a Blue and White quilt "with no turquoise please". So I cut some strips from every medium to dark blue in my stash for this one.
Linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday. Check out what everyone else is up to.
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
Attach binding and label
Sew down binding
Attach binding and label
Sew down binding
Jacob Takes a Wife
Sew top together (in two pieces now)
Here’s what is on my Design Wall today. I started these blocks at the Shipshewana Retreat in October and pulled them out yesterday as some mindless sewing to do during the Super Bowl.
I love how these have turned out. The pattern is Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom. I have 25 blocks done even though only 20 are on my wall.
In other news, I managed to get my Strip Twist quilted on Saturday. But, I broke 4 needles and the thread broke at least a dozen times. Not sure if it is my machine (Sapphire 850) or the thread combination or what. Very frustrating but I got it done and it looks great.
To view more Design Walls, click here.
Finally, I’m back. I haven’t posted in a long while because I broke my elbow in late August and had surgery to put four screws in to repair it. That was followed by a bout with some virus that knocked me off my feet for several more weeks. So September and the first part of October were like a blur for me. But nothing was going to keep me from making the trip to Shipshewana. I didn’t care if I had to sit and not sew all weekend, I was going. And, I did.
I feel like the last retreater to get a post up about last weekend’s amazing adventure to Shipshewana, IN for Ruthie’s Threads of Mine Retreat. This was my first quilting retreat and I traveled almost 2000 miles to be a part of it. I’m hooked and will be back next year and the year after.
Within an hour of signing up for the retreat last year, I met my new BFF who was my roommate at the retreat. I’ll refer to her as MS because she has a very unique name that can be easily located in a search. MS lives near O’Hare so she scooped me up at my hotel Thursday morning and off we went in her van for the three hour trip to Shipshewana. After a couple of wrong turns we got to the hotel by about 12:30. It was strange losing an hour since IN is on Eastern time and Chicago is on Central time and of course I was on Pacific time.
We shared a group of four tables with six other ladies, Jennifer, Carol (her mom), Lorelei, and Kathy from Indianapolis, and Judy L and Elaine from MO. We all be came fast friends. I met so many other ladies that were absolutely delightful. Ruthie of course, the organizer, Jill from Ohio, Eleanor who only lives 40 minutes away, and the list could go on and on. I don’t mean to leave anyone out.
I’ve posted all my pictures here on Picasa, here. A number of bloggers have already posted about the weekend so I won’t retell what others have already. You can read these blogs for more tales of the weekend: Jill Quilts, Judy L, Bonnie, Ruthie, Subee and I’m sure there are others I’m missing right now.
The absolute highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Bonnie and Judy L. in person. What a treat to have both ladies in the same room. Better yet, Judy sat right across from me and was generous enough to bring a machine for me to use so I wouldn’t have to lug mine on the airplane. THANKS AGAIN JUDY. Bonnie and her friends were directly behind me. I wasn’t the only one from California. Bonnie’s friend Randi flew in from Santa Cruz as well.
I had Judy’s mystery quilt all cut out and ready to sew. I started Thursday afternoon and put the last stitch in the top on Saturday about 11:00 am. (Can’t show a picture here because the Retreat mystery is currently being revealed on Judy’s blog for those who didn’t attend the retreat.) Why did it take so long you ask? Well, there were two trips to Lolly’s and Yoder’s and three meals at the Blue Gate to squeeze in between. Plus all the talking, laughing and general frivolity involved when you get 50 or so women together. It seemed like every few minutes someone had a new finished quilt or top to show and tell. So of course we had to stop to oooh and aaaah and take pics.
After I finished the mystery top, I started on Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom blocks that I had all pre-cut and ready to sew. I was rushing to get a few done so I could get a picture of them with Bonnie. And, what did I do??? I didn’t ready her instructions closely enough. So when I presented her with 8 finished blocks, Bonnie very kindly pointed out that five were wrong. Talk about red on my face. See I read the instructions up to the second round of strips. That’s where I stopped and didn’t pay attention to the order I was adding the strips. Bonnie explained it would only become apparent if I tried to put the blocks together like a star rather than using sashing and cornerstones. So, those five blocks will now go on the back of my quilt and I learned a lesson I should have already known: READ TWICE and SEW ONCE! The blocks on the left are incorrect; on the right, correctly made.
I managed to buy enough fabric in Ship-Shop-Shewana (it’s new nickname) that my suitcase was five pounds overweight when I got to the airport. Not to worry. I had a tote bag all ready just in case. I just pulled out five pounds of fabric to carry on and was on my way. Here’s a pic of my purchases.
Mostly Moda’s Breath of Avignon and Kansas Troubles End of Summer. But I also slipped in an Asian Jelly Roll with matching border and binding fabric found at Lolly’s. I already have the pattern that was made up at the store, so I couldn’t resist. MS bought this one too. And, then I had to buy some of my favorite blenders Fusions 5573 at Yoder’s at $7.96 a yard. My stash report is not going to look so good tomorrow.
I’m off to unpack my suitcase that remains on the floor of my bedroom even now after being home six days. And, of course, to count how many yards of fabric I purchased for my stash report.