Thursday, May 31, 2018

Moving Forward! Goal Met

I've met my One Monthly Goal at the last minute.  I wanted to get all 42 blocks finished and put together.  About an hour ago I finished that. 

Here's a photo while I was pinning the last row on. 

And, the finished inside of the top.  There is a small border and a string pieced border still to come.  

June starts tomorrow and I'll have to come up with another goal.  Hum, maybe it's time to grab a ufo to finish.  I have a bit of time to make that decision.  I'm heading back to the studio to see if I can finish that Looney Tunes small quilt.  I need to trim it and add the binding.  There's a chance I could finish it tonight!  

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday.  I'm looking forward to spending some time seeing finished goals and inspiring projects. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday Meanderings 5 - 28 - 2018

To my American readers:  may today be a special day of remembrance for all who have died while serving in the military.  I find it interesting that none of my immediate family died yet most served during wars: both grandfathers, my dad who was career Navy, and my brother. Thanks to all Americans who have served our country in the military and special thanks to the families who lost a love one who served. 

Progress on my projects has been made this week but things look pretty much the same as last week. So I'm sharing pictures from last week's retreat. Here are 4 tops people finished.  
I think this was made by Pat. Thanks Barb for letting me know it was yours.  Both Barb and Pat were sitting near me so we were chatting a lot.  Pat  made several tops during the weekend. Barb worked on several projects but finished this one.   I plugged along on my Jamestown Landing. 
Here's another quilt made by Pat.  I really liked the simplicity of this one.  I'm getting tired of my variation of this that uses a 4 patch with a theme fabric.  I think the 9 patch would be fun to do too.  Should be a fairly fast quilt to make also. 
I didn't get a picture of the whole quilt but I particularly liked this one for the border treatment.  It really sings with the center panel.  Now if I can remember it long enough to put it to use! Although, I must admit I don't often buy panels. Do you use panels? 
This is one of several Stephanie worked on.  You probably can't see it but she centered the border design before she cut them so all four borders look the same.  Wonderful. The cream background fabric were words written with a wonderful script typeface.  Lovely. 

On to my goals last week.  
May 21, 2018
Quilt 1 customer quilt started
Hand quilt on Civil War Quilt
Work on Jamestown Landing
Bind previously finished charity quilt started
Rest and read a book or two

I did quilt my Looney Tunes quilt although it wasn't on the list.  I was testing Ruthie 2 after a bit of an issue. She seems to be working brilliantly now. And, my Bernina has been cleaned and tuned up.  Unfortunately,when we went to pick her up they didn't address one of the issues.  Grr.  I really wanted her back so I could get some bindings done. But they kept her and she is once again ready for pick up. Hopefully all will be working fine when I pick her up tomorrow.

Here's what I'll be working on this week. 
May 28, 2018
Hand quilt on Civil War Quilt (I am almost done with this one!) 
Bind charity quilts
Finish 6 more Jamestown Landing blocks
Sew Jamestown Landing blocks together

Between spending a day at museums in DC and driving to Richmond to get my Bernina I may not succeed with all of these goals.  But I will be moving some projects forward!

I'm linking up with my regular parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Moving It Forward, Design Wall Monday,  and Main Crush Monday.  I'm taking some time to see what others are working on this week. How about you? 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Meandering 5 - 21 -2018

Retreat is over. Exhaustion has hit.  A great amount of sewing has been done.  Lots of fellowship with friends I don't see all that often has taken place.  This post will mostly be a few pictures of what I worked on and my goals for this week. I'm pooped! 
This top was started at the beach house last weekend and finished at retreat.  The Looney Tunes character fabric was 6 fat quarters I received last year at a swap at the October retreat I go to.  It's ready for quilting and binding and YEA, I have a backing fabric for it already. It will go to one of Sarah's charities for Hands 2 Help.

Jamestown Landing saw a lot of blocks being made.  I had most of the units for the blocks made.  Here are 33 of the 42 blocks I need.  I'm pretty sure I have enough of the broken dishes blocks but I will need to make some more of the string blocks before I can finish all of the blocks.  Plus, I need to measure the bed and figure out whether I want another row to make it a bit longer.  

I actually started another small quilt but ran out of steam.  It will be easy to finish up quickly. 

Here's what happened on the goals this week: 
May 14, 2014
RETREAT FUN! Enjoy myself & sew like a demon!
Sing at last concert maybe Couldn't make it.
Finish 2 small quilt tops One finished, one started
Work on Jamestown Landing
Hand quilting on Civil War Quilt

And this week I'm planning on taking it easy on the quilting and just relax. 
May 21, 2018
Quilt 1 customer quilt
Hand quilt on Civil War Quilt
Work on Jamestown Landing
Bind previously finished charity quilt
Rest and read a book or two

I'm linking up with my regular linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Moving it Forward, Main Crush Monday and Design Wall Monday.  Join me in browsing these links for some great inspiration. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

PS I had planned to write a post on my iPad while on retreat.  The photos were taken and watermarked. But when I tried to load the pictures into Blogger I couldn't figure out a way to load them directly from my iPad to the post.  Anyone know how to do that?  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Meanderings

A small finish.... yes, it's really small.  But it is done.

I started it at the beginning of April.  You can read about the start here. And the pattern is available here.  It didn't take long to finish. (I really liked that idea!)  I asked Pat to make a different stand for my bunny.  You can see the original one where the patterns are shown at the link above.  Of course, now I need to come up with some more little hangings.  That will give me some small designing experience since I've wanted to design more of my own projects. 

I did pretty well on my goals this week although I didn't get 2 pillowcases cut out.  I'll try to do that today so I have them to take with me on retreat.  Yep it's RETREAT WEEK.  Sharon's coming up Wednesday and we're heading off on Thursday morning.  This year we won't make it as early because if we leave really early we'll end up sitting in rush hour traffic.  Bummer. But we'll have plenty of time to sew! I don't think I'm going to do any fabric shopping this year.  It's all about the sewing. 

I forgot all about the fact that I was the guest blogger at Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Sunday.  My post was about using a collection of blocks I had won.  Hop on over to read about my process of putting "Opportunity Blocks" together.  Here's the quilt after quilting. (If you click on most of my pictures they will enlarge.) 

My goals were mostly achieved.  I didn't get the pillowcases cut out.  On the other hand I did get the quilt above quilted and it wasn't even on my list.  Not a bad trade off.  I've got two more quilts I'd like to get done between now and Thursday but I'm not holding my breath. 

May 7, 2018
Hand quilt on Civil War quilt
Work on Jamestown Landing
Cut out 1 more project for retreat
Cut out 2 pillowcases OOPS, didn’t happen
May 14, 2018
RETREAT FUN!  Enjoy myself and sew like a demon! 
Finish 2 small quilt tops
Work on Jamestown Landing
Hand quilt on Civil War quilt
Sing at last concert maybe

Unfortunately, the Retreat Weekend is the same weekend as my neighborhood chorus and the Spotsylvanians' concerts.  I dropped out of the neighborhood chorus but I've gone to all of the Spottsy's rehearsals.  So if Sharon and I get back in time, I plan to sing on Sunday afternoon. 

I'm off to cut out some pillowcases!  Before I go, let me remind you that I'll be linking to Oh ScrapMonday Making, Moving It Forward, and Design Wall Monday. I will be spending some time surfing the Internet this week.  You can get so many good ideas! 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stash Enhancement -- Oops!

Bernie, my main sewing machine, went in for a spa day:  clean, lube, and repair of the automatic threader. (Boy, am I looking forward to having that back!) I take her to the Blue Crab Quilt Co. in Richmond.  So it's an hour trip each way.  I could take look at the sale items couldn't I?? Of course. 

So a couple of new fabrics came home with me.
The top is a great white on white with star fish -- ooh already in my Jamestown Landing!  Blue was just I can always use go-with blues.  The next two Halloween fabrics are because I got a wild hair to make a quilt to lay across the couch during Halloween.  I think I have some blocks already made but I haven't checked recently. 

Remember when I mentioned we were redoing our shower?  Well, take a look at the pic below.  Does a quilter live here or what? 
Pat chose the grate and the tiles. He's a great hubby.   The shower is great and I get a big kick out of the "quilty" look when I use it. 

Tomorrow I am the guest blogger at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Sarah's Hands 2 Help.  Stop by Sarah's blog to see what I have to say about using "Opportunity Blocks." 

I'm linking up with  Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop? and Finished of Not Friday

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Monday Meanderings 5 - 7 - 2018

Here's the charity quilt I was able to get quilted this weekend.  I quilted it for Faithful Circle Quilters.  They make a lot of charity quilts that usually get tied. I've volunteered doing some of the them over the last year or two.  This may be my last group as I won't be going up to Columbia all that often now that Sharon has moved south. Did you notice the sailing vessels on the back?  It must be a home dec fabric as it is much heavier than quilting cotton.  I was a little leery of it giving me problems since it also had some quilting cotton sewn to it to make the backing big enough.  In the end, it all worked fine.  Yea! I'll pass it on to Stephanie at retreat.  Hopefully, maybe I'll get the other two quilts done too. 
The quilting pattern is Ginger Star by Apricot Moon.  It is one of several "Ginger" patterns available.  I like them all -- flower, heart, snap. I didn't get Ginger Squeeter! (see below.)  Thread is white So Fine on top and bobbin. I'm not sure what batting was given to me.  One of the reasons I like this design in all of it's variations is it is straight across the top.  I don't have to fill in partial rows. 
Once again I was able to complete at least something on all my goals last week. Both the hand quilting and Jamestown Landing are long term projects.  I'm now quilting the borders of my Civil War quilt.  So the end is in sight on that one! Maybe in two weeks or so I'll be putting the binding on. The secret project has been put on the back burner.  I don't need to finish it right now. 
April 30, 2018
Sew opportunity blocks (UFO) together√
Work on secret project√
Hand quilt on Civil War quilt√
Work on Jamestown Landing√
May 7, 2018
Work on Jamestown Landing
Cut out 1 more project for retreat
Hand quilt Civil War quilt
Cut out 2 pillowcases

I'll be linking up with my regular parties: Oh Scrap, Main Crush Monday, and Moving it Forward. (Monday Making is on a hiatus.  Watch for her return to blogging next week or the week after.) I'll be back tomorrow to activate all the links once everyone has posted their blogs on Monday. I think Main Crush Monday isn't being posted this week. I'm adding Design Wall Monday. I've hesitated to link because she specializes in small quilts and doll quilts.  I decided to give it a try and see what happens.  Take some time to look over at least some of these links. 
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Friday, May 4, 2018


It's time to announce May's One Monthly Goal.  It took me awhile to decide but here it is. 

I will finish all the units and put the blocks together for my Jamestown Landing quilt.  

Here's what's done so far:  I have 236 broken dishes units. Way over the 210 I need.  So done with those! Yippee!  I have 117 of 168 of the string blocks done.  These are not my favorite blocks!  My plan is to make the rest of the string units.  Then I will get at least 42 blocks made.  

Here's what it looks like now. 

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts linky party announcing May's One Monthly Goal and Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie