Sunday, June 28, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 29 - 2020

We went wild this past week and visited both of our children and grands.  Both times we spent most of the time out doors and maintained the correct distance.  I missed the hugs but it was great to see everyone and find out what is going on with them.  In Maryland we also dropped off some quilts ready for binding and picked up some more tops to be quilted for Faithful Circle Quilters. 

I did pretty well on my goals this past week.  Here's what the list looks like at the end of the week. 
W/O 6/22/2020
Border the Bright Boxes ✔️ done and ready for the to-be-quilted closet. Sorry -- not sharing this one until it is completely done. 

Quilt and bind Ninja Stars quilt ✔️ It's quilted but I didn't bind it yet. You can see the top here

Make individual blocks for FCQ Equilter✔️, Silver Lining QAL✔️, and last years CP BOM. These are two string blocks that are already on their way to North Carolina.  I still need to get going on last year's BOM from Country Piecemakers.  I haven't done any for many weeks. 

Pull out another UFO to work on✔️ I've decided to pull out my Christmas paper pieced blocks.  You can see the one I've already finished here. 

Now here are my latest goals... 

W/O 6/29/2020
Bind Ninja Stars quilt.
Work on Christmas paper pieced ufo.
Load and quilt customer top.
Load next personal quilt.

You know the drill:  I''m linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Join me as I check out what quilters are up to by blog hopping starting with these linky parties. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Thursday, June 25, 2020


Meet Carousel

The pattern is called Carousel from the book Simply Fat Quarters by Its Sew  Emma.

Quilting design is Diana E2E by Christy Dillon from MyCreativeStitches.Net. 
It is my new favorite quilting design. So Fine thread and Pellon 80/20 cotton/poly batting. I'm tickled that the quilting shows well on both the front and the back.  
I have to say I really like this quilt.  Pat immediately hung it up in our entry way.  After the summer it will be shown on the quilt rack in the guest bedroom. I don't know how long we'll keep it but it may be "living" at our house for quite a while. 

Please visit the following links to see what's new on quilting blogs across the internet. Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop, Whoop FridaysPut Your Foot Down, and Beauties Pagent 87.  (I'll post links as they are posted and I remember.) If you click on the pictures they should enlarge. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Monday Meanderings 6 - 22 - 2020

Saturday morning I looked at my goals and realized I had succeeded in finishing only one of them. It really isn't a big deal if I hadn't finished them this week but I really wanted to be able to check some more items off the list.  I spent Saturday and Sunday sticking to only those goals. 

You may wonder why I was unable to get many goals done in the 5 days of the week.  Surprise!  I had a customer bring me a cute baby quilt that she wanted me to quilt and bind, the faster the better. Once my quilt was off Ruthie the long arm I spent the rest of the week finishing up her quilt.  (I forgot to ask if it would be ok to post it here so until I make sure that's ok you won't be able to see it.) 

By Saturday I had decided I wanted to make some more masks for my son.  He drives into DC two or three days a week and I figured he needed enough that he didn't need to wash them every couple of days.  So, Sunday afternoon I made these two.  I think they are conservative enough to look proper for business wear. 

I did finish Carousel and take pictures but I'm going to hold off until Thursday to post about it.  Both hubby and I LOVE it.   Right after its photo shoot hubby hung it in our entry hall. 

These blocks were started before Stay-At-Home began.  I lost interest.  They are for one of my FCQ Equilters.  A few weeks ago I took the finished blocks and some of the pieces and made a few more.  Hum, these don't look very bright in the picture.  They aren't this dull in person. This is Brick Yard from Missouri Star.  They will be going into the mail this week. 

This next quilt I finished last month and forgot to share pictures.  It was made from  some leftover quarter square triangles.  Nothing spectacular but someone will enjoy having it. I was happy to use up some older fabric too. 
And here is the backing.  I used some leftover wide back fabric and a piece of tan Kona. I was really excited to use a new long arm pattern.  It's called Sound Wave.  Very simple waves. Here's the back where the pattern shows much better.  It was designed by Jessica Schick and sold by Urban Elementz. I'm looking forward to using it a lot in the future. 

Here's the info on all of last week's goals and then what I hope to work on this week.
W/O 6/15/2020
Finish Carousel quilt on long arm.✔️
Cut binding and apply it to Carousel.✔️
Finish the Sawtooth Stars blocks✔️
Put the border on Bright Boxes - nothing done.
Set the airplane blocks from last year’s SOS - nothing done.

W/O 6/22/2020
Border the Bright Boxes.
Quilt and bind Ninja Stars quilt.
Make individual blocks for FCQ Equilter, Silver Lining QAL, and last years CP BOM.
Pull out another UFO to work on.

There you go -- another week has passed.  I spent quite a bit of time blog hopping.  If you want to this week please check out these linky parties:  Oh Scrap, Design Wall Monday and Main Crush Monday. 

I leave you with my friend JR playing the bag pipes at one of our drive-by birthday parties.  One of the gal's friend bought the yarn sign which was really fun.  

Yep, he also is Santa Claus during the Christmas Season.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 15 - 2020

Have you been baking a lot over the last few months?  I have.  Previously I made a carrot cake, chocolate chip cookies, and, recently, a Dutch apple pie. Yum.  It's gone now but we sure enjoyed it for the last week or so.  Hum, could that be why I've gained a few pounds over the last few months?  (I'm betting it's because I'm not working out 4 times a week as I used to.)  
Here's what I've been working on. Remember the picture of my new chartreuse fabric from last week's post?  I decided to use my owl fabric and the chartreuse to start a small quilt. I'm making 9 12" sawtooth stars. On the second block, I put one set of star points on backward.  Sigh. Ripped that out and remade it.  Hopefully next week I can show you the the top all finished.
Last week I finished two sets of blocks for my FCQ Equilter group. Here are the blocks I'm sending off to Sharon. The pattern is Turn Style from Missouri Star Quilts. 
And now my goals from last week.  I'm tickled I got every one moved forward or finished. 

W/O 6/8/2020

  1. Embroider a couple of logos for mask and make the masks.✔️didn't make the masks yet as Pat doesn't need them for a couple more weeks. The embroidery is done. 
  2. Finish putting the braid blocks together into the top.✔️ Pictures coming soon.
  3. Pick a quilt to quilt✔️ It’s started. 
  4. Wash newest fabric. ✔️ And one is already in use. 
And next week here's what I hope to get done.
W/O 6/15/2020  
  1. Finish Carousel quilt on one arm. 
  2. Cut binding and apply it to Carousel. 
  3. Finish the Sawtooth Stars blocks. 
  4. Put the border on Bright Boxes.
  5. Set the airplane blocks from last year's SOS. 

The quilt design is Diana E2E by My Creative Stitches. Thread is So Fine. 

This is the first week I've used the new Blogger.  UGH.  Some things are just not as easy as the old. I'm wondering how long it will take me to figure it all out. 

I'm linking up to my favorite linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  Take some time to check out what folks are working on. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 8 - 2020

First up is my fabric statistics for May.  I'm making progress but I did go a little wild buying new fabrics. 
Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year

I've changed how I count wide backs coming in.  For every yard I'm counting it as 2 yards.  Most of the time I buy a wide back with the plan to use it for two different quilts. This should make it easier to figure the usage.  I've almost used more fabric than I've bought. I hope to at least break even in June.  

Which brings me to my recent purchase of even more fabric.  Sigh! I bought two more wide backs and a blender from an on line source.  I should have enough backing fabric to get several more tops quilted. 

Two wide backs and a yellow blender. 
Here is the chartreuse fabric I bought in May.  I was tickled to figure out I have several fabrics that will go with it.  (One isn't included in this pic.) 
Wild animals and owls.  I probably won't use the wild animals with this one. 
The owls and the chartreuse may be the next new project I start.  I think that combo with some blues and yellow will look good. 

Last Week's Goals: 
W/O 6/1/2020 
  1. Start making blocks for FCQ Equilters (I’m behind — I’ve got blocks for 3 people to do!) and other individual blocks. ✔️ 1 1/2 sets done, 1 1/2 sets to go.
  2. Put the white part on the braid blocks. ✔️ 
  3. Embroider a couple of logos for masks. Not needed until next week. 
  4. Cut some red fabric for split rail blocks ✔️
I spent more time goofing off or reading last week instead of sewing.  Hopefully this week I'll get more sewing done.  

W/O 6/8/2020
  1. Embroider a couple of logos for mask and make the masks.
  2. Finish putting the braid blocks together into the top.
  3. Pick a quilt to quilt and quilt.
  4. Wash newest fabric. 
That's it for me this week.  I'm linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  I'm looking forward to seeing what quilters have been working on. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Hands 2 Help

Have you been making quilts for Hands 2 Help?  Sarah, who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, sponsors Hands 2 Help each year.  This year is going to be her biggest year ever.  I've been supporting this program for several years.  Sometimes I make new quilts.  But this year, I did finish one quilt but also chose 2 other quilts I've made in the past. 

Here are the quilts I sent to Quilts of Compassion in Ohio today. 

Baby Girl Happy Block Quilt 
Fox Quilt 

And a really old Mystery Quilt. 
This is a short blog to make sure I get it posted on Confessions of a Fabric Addict before the linky party closes.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie