Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Stashbusting Report

It's been a great month putting my fabric to use!  I am happy to report I have finished a UFO from 2008 -- or maybe it is from 2006.  I know I bought the patterns for the dogs at one of FCQ's Quilt shows and they are only held even numbered years.  Not to worry.  I'm calling it done although I will admit to needing to do some hand embroidery on the dog faces.  I don't watch TV much and that makes it difficult to sit down to actually do hand work.  Here are the yardage numbers.

Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out 
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year

Recently, I've been making blocks that I need to send out to Pam of the FCQ Equilters.  I haven't decided if I am going to make more or not so I didn't even include them in the list. That means I have a head start on the July fabric usage. Here are the ones going to Pam:
For those of you who don't know or remember, FCQ Equilters are folks who were members of Faithful Circle Quilters in Columbia, Md.  We've all moved away but have fond memories of our times together.  Right now there are 7 of us.  Each member gets a 2 month period where the other members make blocks based on what the member asks for.  Pam wanted cool colored 9 patches in jewel tones.  I'm not so sure about these being jewel tones but they were the colors she mentioned.  She also wanted the top block in either black with a color print or in red, white and blue.  I made one of each of those blocks.  They really aren't hard but I always have a trying time with them. 

I was pretty late getting to these -- they won't be mailed until later this week.  Last night as I was working Joan's request for blocks came in.  She shared a quilt with us and asked for blocks to make it.  If I remember correctly she wants us to make any of 4 or 5 different blocks.  So, last night I made one. Hum, the left side seems a bit small.  I guess I'll redo those seams and see if I can get it to look more square.  

I found I need to keep looking at my to do list as I pulled out a different quilt yesterday and started to figure out the borders.  Except, it wasn't one I wanted to work on.  So I pulled it off and finished the above blocks.  Today I think I'll get the borders on Galaxy which will move that quilt over to the needs to be quilted side.  And, then I can make the backing for it. I'd like it done by August. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Design Wall Monday 6 - 29 - 2015

I was pretty successful this week in finishing or moving forward on my projects.  First up, what I can show you.  I finished this donation quilt that will be going to a local nursing home. 
This was a joint effort between Sara Anne and myself.  She cut the pieces out from a collection of fabric she has (and is ready to move out!).  I swapped out whatever was in place of the yellows and added them, sewed it and then quilted.  The quilt pattern is a slight variation of Two's Company. I just bought a new edge to edge quilting design and wanted to give it a try.   It is called Ginger Snap and was designed by Apricot Moon.  I really like how it turned out.  See below to notice how it isn't obvious where the rows are.  It also doesn't go up and down so there are no blank spaces at the top and the bottom of a quilt.    

A large chunk of my time was spent quilting a 90 x 90 quilt for a customer.  I'll share it with you in the future.  I figure she needs to finish it and share with our quilt group before I post it here.  

Overall I did pretty well on my goals this week.  I'm close to finishing another UFO and hope to get back to finishing Galaxy.  We'll see how it goes. 

Week of June 22, 2015
Finish the handwork on Wild Dogs and put the binding on√, still need to embroider some faces
Get one donation quilt quilted
Quilt next customer quilt

Make blocks for Pam of FCQ EQuilter group√ started need to make a few more

Week of June 29, 2015
Plan border on Trip Around the World quilt
Cut and sew the border on Galaxy
Quilt the Quatrefoil table runner
Finish FCQ EQuilters blocks
Embroider faces on the dogs

I'm linking up with Love Laugh Quilt and Patchwork Times

Happy Quilting All!  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

I'm on the lookout for additional linky parties that will motivate me to actually write a blog post.  Work in Progress Wednesday sounds like it might be a good one to try.  Hum, and how about Sew Fresh Quilts' Let's Bee Social.  

Here's something I've been working on (and not on) for a while.  I want to make 10 blocks. They will go into a lottery drawing in October at retreat.  Every block I've made I've had to unstitch something. Often I have caught the mistake before I've sewn the final block together.  This time, I have had the block on the wall (different layout) for a day before I really looked at it. Oops!

One of these is not like the other! 
It's only a small mistake but boy does it mess with the block design. Eventually I'll fix this and make the 5 more I want.  

I've been quilting a donation quilt and a couple of customers quilts.  Binding is getting done and eyes are being sewn on.  There should be a finish coming up soon.  We'll see which quilt I finish first. 

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.  

Happy Quilting All!