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Finishing up 2017 and New Beginnings for 2018

01/17/2018

I got 10 quilts completed for 2017 – 4 more than my goal.  For 2018 my goal is to complete at least one each month.

My first completed quilted for 2018 is a hexie Christmas quilt that I started years ago.  Finally quilted it and bound it and here’s the finished quilt. (Sorry for the picture being  out of focus.)

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There are 2 others that only need binding and I hope to get those done before the end of the month.  There are also 4 quilts that have been sent to Missouri Star Quilt Company to be quilted.  I should receive them back in the next few weeks but I’m in no real hurry to get them.

I had planned to participate in 2 new quilt-alongs beginning this month and have made a couple of blocks for the Project of Doom quilt-along.  It’s a free Harry Potter bookcase quilt designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at fandominstitches.com, along with blocks designed by others that are posted on that site.  The other is a Land Before Time quilt-along (also found at fandominstitches.com) but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do that one right now.  Maybe later this year.  But right now other things have taken priority.

The first priority is the birth of my first grandson on January 7th. Meet Garrick (AKA Flash).  I think Nana Susan may be a bit preoccupied with that little bundle.  I do, however, hope to make the Land Before Time quilt made for his first birthday.

Babyrito SupremeThe last Project of Doom quilt that I made was for him and is now hanging above his bed.

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I have also had a great niece request a quilt for her son who is due in June. So I need to figure out what quilt I’m going to make for him.

So my top quilting priorities for the year are:

  1. Project of Doom wall hanging for my nephew and his new wife.  (2 blocks made, 10 to go.)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend’s daughter who is graduating this year.
  3. Binding the 2 wall hangings I have quilted.
  4. Bind the quilts as they come in from MSQC.

I also have plans to make 50 (or more) tote bags for Athena’s Run in September.  I have purchased 10 yards of fabric and had the Athena’s Run logo digitized so that I can embroider it on the front of the tote.

Wish me luck!

 

Feeling Accomplished!

11/30/2017

I have officially finished my Christmas shopping, although I am still waiting for a couple  of orders to come in.

I flew through my goal of six quilts completed by the end of the year.  I have now officially completed 9 and have just sent two off to Missouri Star Quilt Company to have quilted.  Because of the holidays, I don’t expect to have those two back before the end of the year so I’ll have a leg up on my goals for 2018.

Here is the quilt I made for my oldest son.  It is now hanging in his living room between two guitars.

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I’ve also completed a few quilt tops since my last post.  First is a little Christmas quilt that I hope to have quilted in the next couple of weeks.

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And the second, and my favorite, is the Rainbow Cascade quilt designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked.com.

Rainbow Cascade Quilt Top

The third is a little rail fence quilt in purples which is one of the two I sent to Missouri Star for quilting (I didn’t take a picture before sending it); the other is the blue and yellow quilt top I showed you in the last post.

I have other news, but it is not of a quilty nature and I’ll save it for the next post.

 

Been a Bit Busy Lately

10/25/2017

I’ve been making baby stuff, buying baby stuff, dreaming about baby stuff, etc. for a few months now.  In about 3 months, I’ll actually get to meet my new grandson.  I am beyond excited, thrilled and ecstatic.  I have a few things made and will post pictures after they are given to my daughter-in-law and son. I’ve also been getting a few things here and there, some of which I’ve already given them, and some that are stashed away for baby showers.

Two of the things I’ve given to them are some onesies a friend of mine made for him.  The little fellow moves a lot (like his father who is never still) and thus makes it difficult for the techs at the doctor’s office to get a good  sonogram of him so we’ve  nicknamed him Flash.  His father also posted on Facebook one day that he hopes his son will be a nerd (like there is any chance he won’t). So, I asked Amber if she could make a couple of specific onesies, and she did.

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When not obsessing over my grandson, I have been doing a bit of quilting.  I’m working on two quilt-alongs: a Christmas themed one and a paper-piecing one.

The Christmas one is called I Wish You A Merry Quilt-Along and has a series of blocks by various designers; one or two released each week for a total of twelve.  They are done in different techniques – applique, paper piecing, traditional piecing – and I thought it would give me the opportunity to hone some skills I’ve neglected. Well, I believe the group is on Block 9 now and I’ve gotten behind.  I only gave 4 blocks done.  I hope to catch up over the next couple of weeks.  Here are my blocks so far:

The second quilt-along is Rainbow Cascade designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked.com.  I am in love with this quilt.  It took me a while to get going with it, but I am now caught up and I think it is going to be stunning if I do say so myself!  The quilt will be 4 X 5 blocks (10″ blocks). Here’s what I have done so far:

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The next diagonal rows will be green, blue, purple, violet, red.

Meanwhile, I got a bit overwhelmed with the quilt-alongs and decided I needed to make something quick and easy so I made a quilt top from layer cakes (42 10″ cuts from a line of fabric).  This little quilt top came together in less than 2 days.  The quilt measures 51″ x 59″ before I add a border. It will either be a 5″ or 6″ border.  So here’s the quilt with no border:

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I sure do get a lot of shots of my long-suffering hubby’s hands and feet!

That’s it for now.

Obnoxious Nana

09/05/2017

That’s me!  And the baby hasn’t even been born yet. But I didn’t think this was ever going to happen so I think I have a right to be extremely excited and a little obnoxious!

He’s due January 21, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he didn’t show up a little earlier. I’d be fine with that – as long as it’s not too early. I’m really forward to meeting our Li’l Dude. He has hit the jackpot in the Mom and Dad department, and he will definitely get plenty of unconditional love from his Grandpop, Nana and Grandma. He’s the only grandbaby on both sides!

Tim (my hubby) and I were in a little diner last week and the waitress came over to take our order. But before she asked what we wanted, she said, “Here’s your daily dose of cuteness” as she pulled out pics of her grandson. I can totally see me walking up to strangers and doing the same thing.

I have been told by my daughter-in-law that I can’t make but one quilt for the babe, so I chose to make a Harry Potter bookcase quilt – designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at Fandom In Stitches. This will be a little wall-hanging for his room. I finished the top and my friend Rainey made the incredibly generous offer to custom quilt it for me. Tim and I took it to her  a week ago and told her there was no rush and she had free-reign on however she wanted to quilt it.  I know it is in good hands!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have still been a bit busy making baby stuff.  I made a 2-zipper wet bag to carry in the diaper bag and put soiled diapers and wipes in when out and about with the babe. I’ve made 5 burp pads, 6 drool bibs, 2 infant to toddler bibs and 23 flannel wipes – so far.

I have so many ideas swirling around in my brain but I know I need to calm down a bit. But how does a Nana do that? I’ll keep you posted on whether or not this Nana can.

 

A Couple of Small Quilts Completed

09/01/2017

These are two I hadn’t planned on making.  They are small quilts for a couple of children at a shelter in Houston.  I should have pressed the pink & white blankey before taking the picture.  The top is pieced but the back is fleece; I’m hoping it will keep a toddler girl warm.  The stripey quilt is a quilt-as-you-go using a jelly roll and is baby-sized.

Met My 2017 Goals with 5 months to go!

08/16/2017

Strike up the band!!!  Throw the confetti!!!! Let the champagne flow!!!!!  I am so  excited.  I have reached my goal of having 6 UFOs completed in 2017.

However, due to reaching that goal and one major life change I have moved the goal post back a few yards.  There are 2 more quilt tops that I hope to have quilted by the end of the year:  one for my older son’s birthday in October and the other for my very first grandchild due in January.

#4 is the second Paper Pieced Vintage quilt (designed by the fabulous Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked.com.  This one is 12″ blocks in teal, white and black; the first one was 6″ blocks in yellow, blue and white.  (Pardon the blurry picture.  I’ll try to replace it later.)

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Here is the UFO #5 for my younger son’s birthday.  These blocks were hand-pieced years ago (one of the first quilt tops I ever made).  I will never hand-piece another one but I am glad I did it once.

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And here is a picture of UFO #6 for my niece, Sarah.  DSCF9007

Now here are the two tops still to be quilted this year. The quilt top on the left is for my son Chris and the one on the right is for Baby Pepper.

So here’s to meeting goals and making new ones!  Cheers!!

 

Change of Plans

07/16/2017

I set the goal of  completing my 2011 Project of Doom quilt by the end of July.  Unfortunately, I made some bad choices that have set me back a bit – mainly the batting choice.  I decided that quilting row-by-row would be the best way to go with quilting on my domestic machine.  I took the quilt apart by rows and cut batting and backing for each row.  The batting I chose had way too much loft and I am not at all happy with the way the quilting on the first row looks.  I refuse to finish this quilt using this batting; I would just never be happy with it.  So I need to unstitch all the quilting and start all over.  Unstitching will take a while and I just don’t have the heart to start it yet.  I may end up having to re-make a block or two – we’ll see.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of projects to take it’s place.  A couple that I absolutely adore told me they are having a baby around the end of January.  So I’m making a Baby PoD. Mom (a Hufflepuff) and Dad (a Ravenclaw) are also Potter fans.  This quilt will be a wall-hanging in the nursery and a bed quilt when the baby has grown into a youth bed.  A very generous quilter has offered to quilt it for me when I have it completed.  I am overwhelmed by this and she will never know how much I apprecite it.  Here’s the progress I’ve made so far:

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The second project is the cleaning and organizing of my sewing/crafting room.  I really want to be able to walk in there without tripping over something.  So this one I am doing in stages:

(1) Clean out the closet to make room for embroidery notions, fabrics and stabilizers (about 70% done thanks to help from a neighbor).

(2) Organize quilting yardage by folding over comic book boards and put in the fabric cabinet (about 95% done).

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3) Decide how to organize scraps, pre-cuts and wide backing fabric and put in the cabinet.  (0% done)

4) Organize notions and accessories.  I’ve cleaned out some drawers and need to decide how to arrange things so they will be convenient and, more importantly, I can find them.

I’ll check back in at the end of the month to let you know if I reached these goals.