Tuesday, April 3, 2018

OMG - April Goal

I set up a One Month Goal for February (actually, I had several goals!), but I missed posting an update. And I totally skipped March because there has been too much going on at home for me to get any sewing done other than getting to the quilt shop for my classes.

Here were my February Goals with results.

1. Work on t shirt quilt for Aunt Donna - I have cut the shirts apart and fused the interfacing to all of the shirts. This month, I will finish this!
2. Quilt 4 personal items - I haven't quilted any personal items in the last 2 months.
3. Declutter 3 areas - Done out of necessity with my brother moving in.
4. Sock Monkey HSTs (because they will need to be packed up if not assembled into a top!) - The blocks were laid out!

Not too bad. Not too great either.

A lot of big items have been ordered for the kitchen repairs. The first big item goes in next week - upstairs carpet. This is also wreaking havoc on my quilting and piecing because all of my projects and fabric and totes have to be moved out of my studio to give the carpet layers as much room as possible to lay the carpet cleanly and evenly.

BUT I am excited that I have a quilt retreat this month and am already batting around ideas of what I will take to work on.

So my April OMG is to make the monkey blocks! If I have to put them away, at least the blocks will be made for storage.

This is what the block will look like. Some are in strips and pressed and just need to be sewn into rows. Some are still HSTs laid into the block pattern.


There are enough blocks for a couple of baby quilts. Or maybe 3 or 4. I can't remember.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Surviving so far!

It's been just over 3 weeks since my brother and his dog moved in with me..... 168 days, it seems like! There has only been one instance of blood drawn between the dogs. Lula was excited to have a new friend... Stewie was excited to ignore all things smaller than him.

Things are moving along with the renovation... I think. Cabinets have been ordered, a new contractor acquired, counter tops chosen but can't be measured until the cabinets are installed. Flooring and carpet have been ordered. It's really all a waiting game at this point. Next, I have to shop for lighting, sink, faucet, tile for the back splash....

I had another BOM class for the Ohio stars Deb Tucker rulers BOM. This is March's block.

And this is all three blocks so far.


My friends Barb and KT came over to sew for National Quilting Day and I assembled this top. I have decided to just had 4 borders and not do a pieced border, but I haven't started those yet. This is my #1 BOM for the year.

I also got awesome news in February that my AC unit was no longer functioning so on my birthday last week, I got a whole new system. Happy birthday to me!


Last year, I found the S'mores snack balls at Aldi's and ran into the store a couple of weeks ago to see if they were back. They were! And I found this cheddar and caramel popcorn mix. I grabbed all of the S'mores balls and a couple of the popcorns. They will be much enjoyed at retreat next month!

I am working on getting myself set back up with my machine and space. It's been tough, but I am hopeful that I will make some time to sew this weekend! No more blog breaks!

I am linking up with Lynette for BOM's Away.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

BOMs away - Big Updates Coming

I haven't been sewing a lot the last couple of weeks for a few reasons. In January, I had a water leak in my kitchen and I am stressing about the fact that almost the entire first floor is ripped up at the moment.

And my brother is moving back to the area from out of state and will be moving in with me for a while. The past couple of weeks, I have been concentrating on decluttering some spaces to make room for him. This week, I will be finishing up the changes in the house because he will be here next weekend.

So now that those updates are out there, here is the sewing that I have gotten done.

The Deb Tucker ruler classes have continued at the shop and I have gotten a couple of blocks done with during the Tucker University classes. These classes are designed to help us get more experiences with using the rulers that we got with last year's BOM.

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This block was made using the Square Squared ruler and was one of the examples on our handouts.

Yesterday, we used the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler. This was the first time I have used this ruler and made this bock without making HSTs. It so easy!

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I've also been working on the sock monkey blocks. I have 6 assembled into rows and ready for the rows to be assembled.

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I need to keep plugging away at these blocks. I think there are at least 8 more that need to get to this stage.

And finally, this is the February Ohio star block that was made in class this month.

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Here are the January and February blocks together. I really like them!

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I am linking up with...
Lynette for BOMs Away
Sarah for Whoop Whopp Friday

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Still here and moving along

I bet you thought that since I haven't posted in a week that I was dropping out of blog world again, didn't you? Well, I am not! The first of the month was last Thursday and the first 3 business days of each month are very busy at the office for me and it doesn't leave me time for much else.

I did find time to get a couple of backings during a sale on Saturday at my local quilt shop. I also got to enjoy lunch with my 2 partners in crime, Gail and Tina. They are the ones who have taken all of the Deb Tucker classes with me since last January. The shop had 20% off for the Super Bowl and I took advantage with 2 extra wide backings. Sweet!

I was able to finish all of the blocks for Road to Llano, project #1 on my 18 in 2018 list. And the UFO number pulled on Judy L's UFO list for February. And since all of the blocks were done, I laid the entire quilt out on the design wall.

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I have been working on assembling the rows and then sewing a new finished row onto a section already assembled. One more row for the top half to be fully assembled!

I have been working a little each morning before heading to work on whichever project is on my cutting mat. Two days ago, I turned on my iron and water was spewing from all of the crevices. This isn't the first time that it has happened with that iron and in the past, I would do the anti-calc/cleaning and it would shape up for a few months or a couple of years. This time, the iron kept flipping on the re-heating light even though it should have been hot enough.

I was all prepared to purchase another Rowenta steamer iron! I had looked up the prices on Amazon a few weeks ago and checked out other stores to see if there were better deals. I kept remembering the first steamer that I had that I won in a raffle and how great it was for marathon sewing days... I was ready to take the plunge and buy my own!!

Then, when looking for my missing owl pin cushion, I found a box for the iron under my bed. I pulled the box out and it was not empty - it had a brand new iron, the same model that I have been using. I must have bought a replacement for the iron one of the time that it leaked.

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So now, I have a new iron and no need for the steamer. I'm a little bummed, but a little happy that I thought ahead and won't be without a nice hefty iron for any length of time!

One thing that was holding me back while assembling the Llano blocks into the top was that I didn't have a leader/ender project. So I took all of my sock monkey HSTs and put them into blocks.

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They will be at least 2 baby size quilts and possibly a lap, but really maybe just a few baby sized.

So that is where I am. There are quite a few things going on behind the scenes that I can't share at this time. All I can say is that I am looking forward to things quieting down a little in a month or so.

I am linking up with...
Lynette for BOMs Away
Sarah for Whoop Whoop Friday

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A finished top!

I meant to post this yesterday, but I ended up working from home and tried to get so much done in the time that I was online and then I went to a new local meeting of long armers and by the time I got home, I was too pooped to even sew!

So I am posting my January OMG update, my WIP Wednesday, my January UFO finish... So many blogs to link to!

Let's start with the January One Month Goals. Here are the goals.

1. Work on steps 1-3 of Road to Llano (#1)
2. Cut out and piece blocks for Come Sit a Spell (#10)
3. Work on the Sock Monkey HSTs
4. Quilt 2 personal things on To Be Quilted list

I really tried to limit myself to steps 1-3 on Road to Llano, but I haven't been able to stop myself from working on it!

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I am just about done with step 9 - I just have to do the final pressing of the darker complimentary blocks. But I couldn't resist laying out the blocks to see how it was going to end up looking. This is going to be a king sized quilt for my parents to use on their bed.

And once I got the blocks made for the Come Sit a Spell, I just have to keep going on that one, too. It helped that it was the UFO number pulled on Judy's blog.

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I need to get backing for this one and put it in the to be quilted line.

Unfortunately, I didn't work on the sock monkey HSTs other than to separate them into stacks of the same fabric so that I can lay out the blocks. And now, the design wall is occupied....

And I didn't get anything quilted. But I have a kind of big event happening in a couple of weeks and I need to get the house in order and one of the things on my list is to get my upstairs railing cleared and that is what I have part of my To Be Quilted pile.

Now, I will make up my February OMG...

1. Work on t shirt quilt for Aunt Donna
2. Quilt 4 personal items
3. Declutter 3 areas
4. Sock Monkey HSTs (because they will need to be packed up if not assembled into a top!)

Also, I am adding the Halloween top to my 18 flimsies in 2018.

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All in all, I think I did very well for my first month at my sewing machine in way too long! 

I am linking up with....
Lynette for February 18 in 2018
Judy for the January UFO finish
Elm Street Quilts for One Month Goal
Sarah for Whoop Whoop Friday