Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What Happened After I Posted My Goals

Here's what . . . Monday was VERY productive and especially satisfying. 


I started by sandwiching and pinning the last two sides of the Lace Cabins quilt. All that's left is quilting and binding.


I cut up some of the scraps into 2.5 inch squares and assembled 9-patches. These make great leaders and enders.

 

Two more witches got colored and heat set.


Here's the procession so far :)



And finally, the Growing Up BOM is completed . . . early !!!
I just have to post it. It didn't quite turn out like it was supposed to, but I tried. 

I did some work on the "Seasons" project, but didn't get a photo. It will be done on Tuesday and I can show you the finish.

My list for Tuesday is pretty lengthy:

Cabins - begin quilting
Growing Up - post
Seasons - binding
Wonky Houses - begin assembly
Jacquelynne Steves BOM 2017 - choose fabrics
Snowman - stitching
Spring - pull box, review status
and if time allows, put away any supplies from above projects and get some mending finished.

This will definitely keep my busy.

I got some very exciting news yesterday. I won a couple of different blog posts and have squishy mail coming :) I'll tell you more about these later. What a great start to my week :)

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Goals for the week of August 14, 2017

Goals for the week of August 14, 2017
1. Lace Cabins
- finish row assembly, sashing - done
- add borders, quilt - all borders added, no quilting
- bind





2. Santa Hats Wall Hangings
- begin assembly - done




3.Growing Up BOM - chose fabric, no assembly
- assemble block

4. Jacquelynne Steves BOM 2017 - no progress here
- choose fabrics
- begin assembling block

5. Jacquelynne Steves BOM 2017/Maggie
- review project status - done





This week's bonus project:







Goals for the week of August 21, 2017

1. Lace Cabin
- sandwich two remaining sides
- quilt
- bind

2. Sheep
-sandwich blocks
- begin quilting

3. Growing Up BOM
- assemble block
- post completion

4. "Seasons"
- assemble

5. "Wonky Houses"
- assemle

6. "Spring"
- assemble

7 - Crazy Quilt Snowman
- finish stitching
- choose fabric

8 - Jacquelynne Steves - 2017 BOM
- choose fabric
- assemble first block

There's a long list because several of these items are just things that are small and need to be finished. Here's hoping I can get to everything. School starts on Wednesday, that means three days home along to just work on projects.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

FNSI - Saturday Continuation

Just like Friday, not exactly according to plan. I finally got to my sewing machine and quilt early afternoon. Because I'm ding quilt-as-you-go, I not only have to add borders to the front of the quilt, but the back. I have to add them separately so I can sandwich the batting between the layers. I now have two of four sides done and ready to be quilted.



A couple of projects off the UFO list this week.

Seasons by Jenny of Elefantz.



I finished stitching this week.

Wonky House also by Jenny of Elefantz.



Not exactly sure when I finished this one, because when I pulled the box I was expecting to have something to stitch :)

These will be added to this week's goal list for finishing.

I've linked Jenny's Craftsy Pattern Shop for you. I didn't find either of these on her pages, but she has lots of other great patterns. Give her a shout and she might be able to help you out directly.

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FNSI

My Friday didn't go at all as planned and consequently, neither did FNSI . . .

My goal for Friday was to get the borders on the Lace Cabin quilt. I got them cut between loads of laundry and before leaving for errands. Home, put away the groceries. While the dogs ran and played, I did some more weeding. 

Dinner and dishes done and I tried again, finally, to work on the quilt. I managed to only get one side bordered.



I'm making it a priority for Saturday. I want this done.

While I was looking for something to stitch, I found a couple of projects that are stitched and just need to be finished. So they are going to go on my goal list for next week. More about that later. 



Speaking of goal list, I'm making good progress and will be excited to share with you in a day or so. School starts this week and a few more weeks before Bible study begins, so I'm planning on making good use of my "me" time.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

August . . . half way mark

August has reached it's half-way mark. It's amazing how quickly time passes. For the most part, it has been a very productive, enjoyable month.

Honey Do celebrates his birthday (much to his chagrin) at the end of the month. He's working on taking vacation that whole week into the Labor Day weekend. Ten days away from work . . . and home :)

My day started by working on the third witch. I'm behind on my goal for the week, but hope to get this entire row ready for stitching beginning over the weekend.



On to the Lace Cabins . . .



The quilt is completely assembly. There are two remaining steps. The final border and binding.

And on that note, that will be my FNSI (Friday Night Sew-In).
Hope you will join friends all over the world.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday Happenings and Wednesday

I have a normal routine every morning . . .

Honey Do's lunch and get him off to work
Devotions, reading
Household chores
Gather dinner supplies, decide on a dessert (or not)
Gardening/weeding
Sewing
Stitching (this is almost always in the evening)

Monday evening, I worked a bit on the Witches panel and got the second witch colored.



This is witch #2.


And here's where she lines up in the procession :)

Tuesday morning, I worked on the Lace Cabins. I began the sashing on Monday. Unfortunately, my day got away from me, so I didn't get it finished. But progressing nicely nonetheless. I'm doing this quilt with the quilt-as-you-go method and I have to tell you, I like it. I like that I have a finished quilt and don't have the "quilting" to look forward to as it is my least favorite part of the entire process.

Wednesday morning, I continued working on the quilt, in between a couple of small loads of laundry, dinner prep, and weeding my butterfly garden. It's amazing how clean it looks when you get the neighbor's over-growth removed !!





The gardens always look so sad in August. That makes me long for autumn all the more.

Unfortunately, I didn't make as much progress on the quilt as I would have liked. But I kept finding sections that needed quilted.

Here's hoping for the completed top Thursday.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Goals for the Week of August 7, 2017

Goals for the week of August 7, 2017

1. Christmas Pajamas - putting this one off for a couple of weeks while I finish up other projects.

- purchase fabric for #8 and #9
- make pjs

2. Santa Hats Wall Hanging
- draw off design - done
- cut out design - done
- start assembly? - yes, I did :)



3. Shoebox Swap
- purchase final FQs - putting this one off for a bit also

4. Snowmen Dozen
- finish stitching #12 - done
- choose fabric - done




BONUS - quilted and bound

5. Lace Cabin
- review status - done
- continue assembly


And some extra projects done:



Pillow case for Great #12


Rag doll from Kirtlan trip.




Goals for the week of August 14, 2017

1. Lace Cabins
- finish row assembly, sashing
- add borders, quilt
- bind

2. Santa Hats Wall Hangings
- begin assembly

3.Growing Up BOM
- assemble block

4. Jacquelynne Steves BOM 2017
- choose fabrics
- begin assembling block

5. Jacquelynne Steves BOM 2017/Maggie
- review project status



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Mnday Goals

My day started with an unexpected visit.




Momma and her twins.

Then I began with laying out the Lace Cabins. I plan on adding sashing between the rows and a small border all the way around.


I decided on one and a half inch sasshing and worked on that later in the afternoon.

Next on the list is to prep the second of three Christmas wall hangings for my nieces' families.



They don't look like much yet. I decided to use a white "fur" for the cuffs. That means I don't have a place for individual names, but I'm still thinking about it. They may fit under each hat. I'll have to get further along before I make any final decisions. The points will be jingle bells. All the words will be embroidered.

In between steps, I took care of daily minimal chores and prepped supplies for dinner. While the dogs played in the backyard, I did some weeding and dead-heading so the beds don't look so unkempt.




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Monday, August 14, 2017

What I did with my weekend

Here's what I did with my weekend:

Saturday, I went to one of the larger garden centers for a make and take project. And I'm in love, it turned out so cute.


When I got home, Honey Do and I went into the garden. I added a couple of plants I rooted from my kitchen and we picked what was ready. It's not a lot, but it's getting there.



And while there, this beautiful moth landed on me for a quick photo-op :)

 


And my projects . . . 


This is as far as I got, but at least it's a start.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

End of the week . . .

Wednesday, my intentions were good but it was a rough day . . .

I fought a headache all day. It was humid and I couldn't get comfortable or settled. I persevered and worked on the snowmen wall hanging.




They got put together. Next up, borders and quilting.

Between prepping dinner, I put together my first loaves of zucchini bread from the Sunday pickings Honey Do did. I made them on Wednesday so I could take one of the loaves to Mom.

Honey Do was in Heaven with the fresh loaf after dinner. It won't last long. Good thing I have enough shredded zucchini for a couple more loaves and another squash yet to use. The plants are large and healthy and this is just the beginning of the season. The bread freezes well, so I'll stock up for winter.

Wednesday evening, after our walk, I looked over the instructions for my next embroidery project:



(Photo from Crabapple Hill)

My next step is to color before I begin stitching.

Thursday, Newton and I went to see my mom :)
After some basic cleaning, we went to one of three bedrooms. We've touched all of them in the last year, starting in the closets. Some purging has already been done, but it's an on-going process when you are trying to deal with years of accumulations. I grew up in this house, and Mom has lived her more than 40 years. That means A LOT of STUFF.

The smallest closet has shelves and Mom would like to store her yarn supply here. That's where we started. Helping Mom usually ends up being pretty beneficial for me :) And this time was no exception.



The wooden goose planter was a gift to my Dad. I got it from a co-worker who made them.

 


These linens are a dozen napkins and tablecloth. Mom started the project but never finished it. Now she doesn't want to. Both of these treasures became mine :)

Thursday, I got the borders done on the Snowmen Dozen.



Friday I quilted and bound it. Another UFO finished!!

Once that was done, I moved on to the Salem Witches.



This row is 45 x 18 inches. There are six witches and a wagon. Each figure is pretty detailed and it too me several hours during the afternoon to color this one. This is not a project for the faint of heart.

Once she was done, I moved on to another goal, the Christmas wall hangings for my nieces and their families. I drew off a pattern and the fusible web that I'll use to adhere the "hats" to the background fabric. I need a total of 18 hats. I would like each member of a family to have a different print. Two of the families have seven members, so I'm going to look for seven different prints to work from. I also need backgrounds and hat cuffs. That means another shopping trip in the next couple of weeks. I think I'm going to wait until school goes back in session to do that.

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