Updates on Sewing Up My Fabric!

Since I originally posted my description of this blog, I have somewhat erred from my intention. I have actually bought much more fabric than I had but ................. in my defense, I got the solids at 50% off and the quilt shop fabric at 75% off, so that doesn't count, right? LOL

Thursday, August 2, 2018

One Monthly Goal for August

OMG for August is the same as OMG for July!

I really had high hopes for finishing this quilt in July but I didn't quite make it.  I started out with a small daisy, all over design and quilted it more densely than I had planned, so it took me longer to quilt.  I just have to finish quilting the sewing machines and the irons rows and then do the borders.  Hopefully, this will be hanging on the wall in my sewing room by the end of this month!

Please click HERE to see what others are planning to accomplish this month!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Block for Starry Bright Sky QAL

Block One
These blocks were a joint effort with my daughter-in-law.
After spending a full week working on this block, I finally asked my daughter-in-law to help.  She is good at figuring out things like this. She likes a challenge. Lucky for me! LOL We worked many hours on this one before finally coming up with this design.  I know it isn't the star design, but this is as close as we could get. LOL

Block Two
We worked another day on this one.  I have to give her all the credit for both of these blocks.  All I did was the prep work on the strips! She did the rest. We looked at a lot of on line videos until she was able to make the cubes.  I honestly don't think the cubes were any easier and neither does she! Wow, they are finished!

I am linking up with Alida for the Starry Bright Sky QAL July blocks.  Click HERE to see what others have made.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Mid-Year Review


What I am working on now.

Linking up with Yvonne at QuiltingJetgirl for a mid year look at my 2018 goals.

I tried to make my goals real and attainable.  Some days it is difficult, but I think I am pretty much on target.  See my comments in red below.


2018 Planning

Using my new planner, I have chosen 3 main goals for the year.

1. Empty garage of all moving boxes - I have been moved in for a year now and still have a 3 car garage full of boxes!  Oh my!  I am hoping to get one box emptied each day until it is done. I also plan to take before and after pics.
While I haven't emptied a box a day, I have averaged that by emptying more on other days.  I am just about half way through.  I did take pictures but I had a computer glitch and lost them. 

2. Sort all fabric - That seems to be a never-ending project but I have decided to start each week with a reasonable goal for sorting fabric for the week with before and after pics.  I forgot to  mention that I still have fabric in containers in the garage! Oh my!  
I am making progress with my stash but I don't know if I will be where I would like to be at the end of this year.

3.  Keep house clean - Now, my house isn't dirty, but I like to keep a handle on things and I figure if I make a plan, then I can work it around my quilting and I reference Cynthia Brunz's blog title "Quilting is more fun than Housework!"  I can assure you that I'd rather be quilting!
I am slowly working into a routine to keep the house clean with minimal effort so I can concentrate on my quilts and fabric stash!

Well, I have all of this written in my Quilters' Planner so lets's see how I manage everything.
It did help to write things in my Quilters' Planner.  I hope to do better with it next year.

I wish everyone their best in keeping up with their goals.

I am linking up with Yvonne AKA Quilting JET Girl for the 2018 Mid-Year Review Please click on the link to see how others are doing with their mid year reviews!

Pam

Sunday, July 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal - July Link up

OMG for July

This picture was my June OMG which was to get this quilt top assembled.  My July OMG is to get it quilted and bound. I am so excited to almost be finished with this quilt.  I want to hang it in my sewing room.

Please go to Elm Street Quilts and check out what others hope to complete this month!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Starry Bright Sky QAL - June Blocks


Block one - Starry Bright Sky QAL
Block Two - Starry Bright Sky

These are my two blocks for this month's QAL. 
You can click here to see all the other blocks that have been made this month with Alida's Starry Bright Sky QAL.

OMG - One Monthly Goal

OMG - June

Yippee! I did it! I did it!

I don't know why it was so intimidating and overwhelming for me to finish the quilt but thanks to Patty at Elm Streets Quilts for sponsoring the One Monthly Goal, I was able to do it.

Here is a link to my original OMG post for June.

Please click HERE to see all the wonderful projects people have completed this month.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June Starry Bright Sky Block

Block One

Block Two

I am linking up with Alida and the others who are participating in the Starry Bright Sky QAL.

Click here to see what the others have done this month.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

OMG - One Monthly Goal for June

One Monthly Goal for June

Ok, this is a 2014 Row x Row quilt designed by Deana named "Quilter's Garden". You can find the post by clicking here.

My goal for June is to get this top completely assembled.  This entire quilt is hand appliqued. I need to do a little more embellishing on some blocks and assemble the rows and make the borders. I really want to finish this quilt, but the little things I need to do to finish just seem to overwhelm me, so I won't even plan on getting it quilted this month!

Please go to Elm Street Quilts to see what others have planned for this month!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Another Finish - April OMG - better late than never!

April OMG - One Monthly Goal
Here is a link to my original April goal.

I didn't have too much to do, just cut and sew the sashing and border and quilt it but I just didn't make the binding in time.  To me, it isn't finished if it isn't bound!

Some close up of quilting

A look at the backing.

Thanks for looking!

OMG for May - I finished in time - just barely!



May OMG
I wasn't sure I was going to make this one either but I managed to get it done in the nick of time!
Here is a link to my May OMG plans.

close up of quilting - I used one of the flower motifs in Lori Kennedy's FMQ book for all of the blocks.

I used a ruler that I have had for a while but never had used.  It was just the right size for the plain outer borders.

I used my latest technique for pinwheels.  I like the square quilting in there.

I finished off with a fabric bowl.  I had a lot of little strips of fabric left over.  So glad I got that used up.

I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the May One Monthly Goal.  Click here to see what others have done this month!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

OMG - One Monthly Goal for May

OMG for May

These blocks were from a 2011 Saturday Sampler at my LQS.
  1. I still need to make the December block. (I bought the finishing kit and managed to get all the pieces cut last week!) 
  2. I need to make (13) 12" alternate blocks.
  3. The outer border has pinwheel blocks all around it which I still need to make.
  4.  Quilt 
  5.  Bind
Just a Little Side Note
I have submitted an OMG project every month this year and have finished them all, but somehow at the end of the month, I still have the binding left!  
I have only been able to submit one this year so far.  
Maybe this month will be different.
At least I am getting one a month finished and bound even if I don't make the deadline!
That's what I am telling myself anyway!

Good luck to every on finishing their projects this month!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

It's beginning to look like a Starry Bright Sky!!!

Block 4 of Starry Bright Sky

Alternate block 4

Texture block for April

It's beginning to look like a Starry Bright Sky!

I am linking up with Alida for the April Starry Bright Sky QAL.
Please click on the Starry Bright Sky QAL in red to go see what others have been doing with this block.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RSC16 finally quilted and bound

RSC16 Quilted and Bound
 I have been following Angela Walters and her FMQ Challenge. Click here to go to her YouTube Channel to check it out!
I tried to take each row and apply one of her techniques to it.
It was fun and challenging.
Close-up of quilting

More Quilting Closes-ups




I am linking up with RSC here. Please check out and see what others are doing this week!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

OMG - One Monthly Goal

One Monthly Goal for April

These blocks have been sitting for a long time waiting to become a quilt.  These were swap blocks from a group called Stroll the Block.
I hope to get these sewn together, quilted and bound in April.

I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Click HERE to see what other are hoping to accomplish this month!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

OMG! I made my March OMG!


Front of Baby Quilt
Measures 45" square

Close-up of quilting

Backing

Close-up of Backing

I cannot believe that I finally finished my OMG in time to  post!
This baby quilt has a bit of a story behind it.  I guess all quilts do. Right?

Last July I went to a grand opening of a new fabric shop in Wiesbaden, Germany. I met the owner and she is a lovely person. Of course, there was a slight language barrier, mostly on my part, but I still loved walking through her store and when I saw this foxy fabric, I just had to buy some, in meters, of course!
Click HERE to the link to her Facebook page.


I am so glad I get to link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts OMG and all the others who have managed to meet their goals this month.
Click HERE to see all of the creativity.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS QUILT

I used Karen Vail's pattern in the Moda Bake Shop.
Click HERE for the link to the pattern.
Karen's pattern says it will work for any size square as long as the two large squares are the same size.  Since I had yardage and only 4 fabrics for this quilt, I made my two big squares with 7 across and 7 down.  I was surprised to see the layout after I cut the squares diagonally and sewed them back together.  It looks like I planned it, but I didn't. 
My quilt turned out to be 45" square.
I made it for our new 2 month old neighbor across the street and I am told by her parents that she is already enjoying it!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

February OMG - a few days late!

OMG February - almost!
It only took me a week to quilt it but I just couldn't get the binding finished in time!
This was a 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt from my LQS. The pattern is "Seeing Stars" by Tricia Cribs of Turning Twenty.
This is a large quilt.  Long anyway.  76" x 96"
I was determined to quilt the whole quilt from Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilting Challenge Week 2.  The entire quilt is quilted with meander or echoing.  I am really pleased with how it looked.  I learned a lot from this exercise.


Echoing
At first, I looked at these pinwheels and panicked not knowing how to quilt them.  Then I looked at them again and saw that they were in a square so I echoed the square!  I really like how it turned out.

Close up of quilting

Another close up of quilting

Friday, March 2, 2018

March OMG

March OMG
This is a baby quilt that I really need to finish!
Just need to quilt and bind it.  
I was just three sides of my binding making the January and February OMGs.  I hope that surely I can make this one since it is so small, about 45" square.

I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.
Click here to see what others are hoping to finish!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February Starry Bright Sky QAL

February Block
I am linking up with Alida for the February Starry Bright Sky Block.  Please click here to see all of the February blocks. There are so so so many beautiful stars out there!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

January Starry Bright QAL






I am linking up with Alida for the January blocks for the Starry Bright Sky QAL. Please click HERE to see the other blocks in this QAL.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February OMG

February One Monthly Goal

This is a Saturday Sampler quilt from my LQS for 2016.  All I need to do it baste, quilt and bind it and I will have a finish.  I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for my OMG.  Please click here to see what others are hoping to accomplish this month!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

OMG - One Monthly Goal for January

January OMG Finished - Quilted and Bound

Back of January OMG
My OMG was to finish piecing, basting, quilting and binding my Wayward Transparency quilt by Quilting Jet Girl.
I was afraid if I didn't make it my OMG that I might not get it done until a lot later.

I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the January OMG.  Please click here to see the rest of the finishes!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Finish of 2018

Quilted and Bound!
 This is my first finish for 2018.  The "Growing Up QAL" by Alida for 2017. 
I had entered it as my December One Monthly Goal, but didn't get the binding finished in time.

The Back
I used every bit of fabric I had left from this line to make the backing.

This was all the fabric I had left.

I cut it all up into usable precuts and the leftovers will go toward string quilts, fabric bowls, and crumb quilts.

I can't believe I actually addressed the leftovers so soon! LOL




Monday, January 1, 2018

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts January OMG

January 2018 OMG - One Monthly Goal

I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for my one monthly goal. Hopefully, I will make it this time.

This is part of a QAL with Yvonne at QuiltingJetGirl.  I just need to do a little bit more to finish the top and then I will be on to the quilting and binding.

Please click on the link below to see what others are committing to accomplish this month.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal January Linkup.