Friday, May 4, 2018

Slow Mode

I'm back from my second retreat--whew! 
It was so great, but now I need to recharge the batteries. 
I may be too old to have that much fun--lol!  
My goal at this retreat was to finish all the parts (hundreds!) needed for Jamestown Landing. I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but even though I was bored out of my  mind, I did it! I realized that although I love just about every quilt in Bonnie Hunter's String Fling book, I don't think string piecing is for me.
I had made the Half Square Triangles ahead of time and was a bit worried I wouldn't have enough to make all of the Broken Dishes blocks--turned out I had one extra HST!

I even got a few blocks put together. 

You may remember when I made a block in Bonnie's class that I wasn't too pleased with the darker strings in my block shown on the far right. Before making the rest of the string blocks at this retreat, I pulled out most of the darker fabric strings from my bin and I'm much happier with the results. 

My Little Boys Britches quilt is going to be my May One Monthly Goal to finish. 
My setting triangles are a mottled Jeanne Horton fabric so I thought this print also designed by her would make a nice back. 

I'm using the same fabric for the binding also, since the green print I had originally planned to use doesn't look so great with the backing. Hopefully I can get this completed right away--I have lots of yard work to do now that the snow has finally melted!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Yikes! It's been a while!

I admit it--I'm not a very reliable blogger. 
In my defense, I have a new family member that has been keeping me very busy! She's approximately 6 months old and quite a rascal--it's like having a toddler in the house! 

I did find time to finish my One Monthly Goal.
The gals at the Breezy Point sew-in kindly held up the quilt I had brought along to bind so I could get a good photo. This was from the Foothills SAL and I added two extra rows to make it bed size. 

I also was gone a few days for my first retreat of the month.
Clar Rene's son digitized our logo and turned into an embroidered motif---pretty cool, huh?

And here are a few gals sporting the iron-on logo along with Clar Rene showing her embroidered bag.
The first thing I worked on at camp were a new batch of 4"x5" blocks. I had cut these out ahead of time so they went together pretty fast. I'm up to 87 blocks now and plan to make all 182. 

I wasn't too keen on this block, but now I think it's my favorite of the bunch. 

This was my second project.
I had made the Little Boys Britches blocks at a previous retreat and was determined to get them put together at this one. 

And this tree for Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue SAL was my third goal. 

These are all the monthly parts so far.
I scored a lot of Edyta's blue fabrics while on retreat--a couple from the sale room at Gruber's Quilt Shop, several more at the Fabric Warehouse that's closing in Willmar, and even won a couple of her batiks during the "Fat Quarter Dice Game" we played one night. I think I should be set for the rest of the SAL now--lol! 
This is Foothills on my bed at Camp.
 I took it along for Show and Tell so I wouldn't have to dance the Hokey Pokey. 

I can't resist showing another photo of little Willow. She weighed 11 pounds the last time she was at the vet--pretty small.
She is a rescue pup--possibly a Westie/Chihuahua mix according to her vet. 
Okay--one more!
Sorry!!! I can't stop taking her picture! 

I have another retreat planned for Monday. Luckily I could leave most of my things in the car and just pack clean clothes and a couple new projects to work on. 
See you next month! 
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Monday, April 2, 2018

April Goal....

A new month, a new goal. 
I have two quilt retreats that I am attending later this month, so my One Monthly Goal is going to an easy one. 
I like my Foothills top so much that I decided to add two more rows to make it more usable. I had to order a little more of my sashing fabric to have enough for the new rows. Then I decided I would add a border, so I had to order even more..this time a ordered a lot more--just in case--lol!
I'm making this quilt my One Monthly Goal so I will be motivated to get it completed this month. 

In the spirit of the original quilt, I have a few "make-do" blocks using my some of my extra flying goose units. I think it adds a lot of interest! 

I've also had to do a little "make-do" fabric making when I have my heart set on using a specific fabric. Actually, I do this a lot and it seems no on is the wiser once the quilt is finished.

I think you can see it better here....

...but not so much here...

...or even closer--unless you are looking for it! 

I think this one is even more "make-do" than any of the other blocks.
What do you think? Do you "make-do"?
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March Mission: OMG done!

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March.
I was hoping to get a better photo of my finished Primitive Garden outdoors, but thanks to several inches of wet sloppy snow, an indoor photo will have to suffice. 

After outlining all of the applique with mono-poly, there wasn't a lot of room left in most of the blocks for more quilting. I didn't want to nail down the background too much--trying to keep the quilt drape-y and not so stiff. Sooo......lots of the blocks just got a little doodling--butterflies, dragonflies, snails, and vines. 

This one just got a little cameo in the background.

I plan to give the quilt a little spin in the washer ( with lots of color catchers) to remove the blue pen and chalk markings.
Wish me luck! 

Yesterday I picked up these up at Costco--5 bins on sale for $15.99!
Now if I could only find five projects to fill them--just kidding--lol!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole....again...

When Mary Elizabeth Kinch announced a quilt along on Instagram (see HERE), I signed up right away. You may remember I was lucky to attend a class last year that she taught in Duluth. This quilt is called Foothills and the goal was to follow the quirky placement of value (there's no way I would could have replicated that second block in the top row--unless I did it by accident--lol!).
Foothills Quilt
My plan was to resize the 12 inch blocks to make a smaller quilt. I started pulling fabrics and that was as far as I got when I saw this quilt HERE.
Well, I just happened to have a lot of woven scraps piling up on the cutting table and decided to try a couple blocks just for fun. 
This is about as far as I got without having to start digging into my stash.

I had to see how they would look with the alternate plaid blocks. 

And maybe on point? 
It's so interesting how turning the blocks makes them look so different. 

The blocks are fun to play with...and a little hard to decide how to sew them together--
Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4
Down the Rabbit Hole.
 I could play with these all day before making a sewing decision.

Back to Foothills.
 I had good intentions to follow each block's value placement, but before I even made one block I realized that there was no way I would enjoy doing that. I'm all about efficiency, so I had to go ahead make all the components for the 25 blocks and then figure out how I wanted to put them together.
Back to the Rabbit Hole....

This could go on for days!
 But so much fun too!
 I used the Eleanor Burns method to make my flying geese which is done in multiples of four, leaving me with two extra geese per block after the six needed for each Foothills block. 

Those extra flying geese has led to this.
Yes, I'm even deeper into the  Rabbit Hole....!

Time to stop playing and get to work--if you see me in the Rabbit Hole, stop and say HI! 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Goals

I promised a flat photo of On Ringo Lake a while back. I've given up trying to get outside for a photo, so pinned it up on my design wall--not the best lighting! 
Again, I only made 32 blocks-- in the mystery you were to make 50. 

All in all, it was pretty painless despite all those pieces.
 Broken down into steps over several weeks makes it a lot easier, although those sashing were tricky! 

Well, the backing is pieced......

....the binding has been made......

...and even the label has been readied.....

I guess I've avoided this long enough!
Primitive Garden will be my March One Monthly Goal.
It's about time I got this one done, right? 
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