Sunday, October 17, 2021

October OMG - progress

 My One Monthly Goal is to make Aidan's quilt (Twilight Hopscotch by Kim Diehl) longer. Someone got taller and the 61x61 it was seemed to be too small according to him. It is now 89 inches long..... we will see how that works for him! I opted for adding 2 rows instead of the requested 1. He is only 13 after all and still growing..... he has not reached the 6 feet I expect him to hit in the next year or two.

My handy helper holding down the parts while I was organizing today. I zigzagged some extra batting bits together. Then I zigzagged that onto the existing quilt. Then I added the backing, while tugging that batting out of the way. Then it was moving the cat and pulling back the batting and batting and machine stitching that top to the existing top. Done. Then I laid it on the floor to pin it for the quilting. Let's just say washing it will hopefully help make those issues not as noticeable =). A quick squiggle quilting following what I had originally done. Then.... I made a teal binding and attached it by machine. I see I hand quilted inside each of the teal stars in orange..... so I have 8 of those to do along with hand stitching the binding. 

That will be my slow stitching later tonight. We will see if I have to do the kid pick up or if hubby will do it this week. 

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday in green

 A few touches of light and bright green this week - I cut out a slew of hexagons last night and about 10 are ready for prepping for stitching. If I am tagged with the horses run today that is what I will be working on. 

I pulled some darker green and stitched up this block since I did not have a dark green in the mix for this collection. Something about forgetting the correct size to cut things and my block ended up 12 inches instead of 16! oops. All fixed now. 

I got a bright green butterfly block stitched and basted. All set for applique onto a background next year. This is going to be a multi year project.

I saw this bumblebee this week and managed to get him right after he came out from getting some nectar. 

I hope to see more green and some bits of orange later today when we head to the pumpkin patch! I wish the cool front had gone through already, but alas it looks like later tonight. It will be a hot and sunny day walking around the field. 
Linking up with the RSC Challenge.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Snowman and Silent Night sew along

 I took some time today and stitched up the last block in this sew along. The finishing instructions come out on Monday. The pattern is currently free until the end of the month if you sign up with Jacquelynne Steves - The Art of Home.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday stitching

 Happy Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors up in Canada. Kathy reminds us each week to slow down, breathe in and stitch to relax. After a little picking up, cleaning and errand running I am ready to settle in with a movie and some relaxing stitching. I might have also promised the cat he could snuggle on my lap if he would let me sew for a bit earlier!

I forgot I had one orange hexagon left to 'quilt' and this time I will embroider a pumpkin. I completely forgot to prep more hexagons in bright and light green so maybe I'll do that later tonight.


I was working on drawing, cutting and sewing these butterfly wings together by machine earlier. I need to mark 1/4 inch around those circles and cut it out still. That will go on the inside of the butterfly, then I'll basted it 1/4 inch in all around for future applique onto a background.

Then the seam ripper will be in use to remove the bottom border off Aidan's Twilight Hopscotch quilt. One errand was to look for more of the blue dot print for the backing but alas, they did not have any at that store. I'll try another one tomorrow or come up with another solution. 
The top section with 2 rows of blocks is the 'new' section.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

RSC in bright green

I finally finished up the orange and prepped some green hexagons this week. I managed to get one green stitched up in the car line yesterday. The rest are ready for a quick 5-10 minutes of time here and there.

While the green was out I cut out this block and got it sewn together. I messed up the dark green month one - so that will be my next block in this series. Then I need 2 more - and since I missed the red month with them one will be bright reds and one maroon I think.   I used 4.5 inch squares and 2.5 inch squares for the four patches. It finishes at 16 inches.

 Linking up with the RSC on Saturday

It will be interesting to see what the next week brings. Our county's community spread numbers were 9% last week and 6 % this week. The school board had said 2 weeks under 10% and they would remove the mask mandate (with the parent opt out which is at 22% in our area). I did attend an in person leader meeting for girl scouts this week. Keep in mind my troop does meet in person and per the new church rules we meet at, masks are worn at our meeting and I have the girls spread out. I was one of 2 people at the leader meeting with a mask. There were about 25 people there. We were spread out at a U shaped table but that tends to show how things are in my area of Florida. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Snowman and Silent Night Sew Along

 After running the kids to school and then moving some files at work for testing, it was time to play with fabric! First off I sewed Aidan's 4 rows together to make his quilt longer.

I made block #2 and #3 for the Snowman Sew Along. I do love that I purchased the middle blocks so it is super easy to sew this one up.  I also cut a weeks worth of bright green hexagons and then prepped them for stitching during a 2 hour meeting this afternoon.  During that meeting I had Aidan's quilt and my seam ripper and got nearly all of the 60x60 binding taken off the quilt. I finished off  the last 2 feet before dinner.  When I laid out the quilt without the binding and the section I had sewn together..... it appears there is a final border on the quilt that I missed! Oops - plenty of fabric left to add that to my new section and  I will have to unpick the last row on one side of the quilt when I add it to make it bigger. If I take off that bottom I really just need to add something to the 2 new sides then sew the removed last row onto the new section. I think I have it figured out in my head even if it doesn't make sense here!

After dinner of warmed up carnitas meat from the freezer and some roasted sweet potato, I headed to Sams Club. All I can say is I had flashbacks to last year! Limit one of toilet paper or paper towels. There were no paper towels and I grabbed the Members Mark TP. I got flour - no sugar! There was also no brown sugar at all. Good thing I usually buy more when I pour the old bag into my big container so I do have both granulated and brown sugar in the pantry. The cookie/cracker aisle... where it is normally stacked my height was single layer of things and missing a few of the things on my list. At least there was frozen chicken and beef so I got my one package of each for the freezer. Honestly, I keep a well stocked pantry and freezer and when I open the last container  or know I am using something that week I grab another one. I knew the coffee I am using will be empty tomorrow and I'll open the container in the pantry. So I got one to put into the pantry. I think I have always shopped that way, not sure why but it works for me. I tend to use the same things so they do get used. 

I am very glad I went out Tuesday and filled up my empty tank with gas. I told the kids I was trying to test the gas low light =) It comes on with 27 miles to go. I think it was at 29 when I filled up.  It was 2.91 for unleaded. I noticed yesterday the prices had jumped to 3.05 and today they were 3.15 a gallon! Quite the jump in just a couple of days. Too bad it does not go down that quickly.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

mid week check in....

 I really need to stitch these 4 rows together tomorrow for Aidan's quilt. Hopefully I get a few hours in the morning for sewing. I have a meeting in the afternoon that I will log into and some quick moving of files into test first thing in the morning before I drop kids to school. I must remember to grab his quilt and jack the ripper and get to work on removing the binding tonight as well.

That of course will be after the leader meeting tonight - the first one this year (year started in August) I will go to in person! Hope I can find the new spot. Dinner is a mish mash.... as Aidan didn't feel like the brussels sprout and squash meal and Em didn't want the kiev. They are getting rosemary roasted red potato and buffalo wings instead!

Hopefully I can stop at Sams on the way home and pick up a few things. We are out of Kleenex (Aidan informed me it is allergy season!), and I'll pick up the big package of bounty paper towels and tp so we are good for a few months. Flour and Sugar as I popped the last bags into their container last week and we are nearly out of the frozen burger patties and chicken breasts I like to have on hand for meals. 

A few photo's from the back yard this afternoon. This is 7 of the chickens - Poppy was in the coop thinking she wanted to lay an egg but I have not checked to see if she is done yet. When she is done there should be a green one in the nesting box. The Trumpet flower and my rose the kids gave me probably 10 years ago for mothers day. This time it looks cream in bloom - last time it was pink =) It tends to swap back and forth on me.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Slow Stitching

 The calendar says it is fall, but I don't think the state of Florida received the memo yet. It was feels like 93 yesterday by 1PM when we got home from horses. Granted it was better than feels like 100, but still pretty hot. I stayed in the barn yesterday despite the large number of people there to watch Emily ride. She got a really long time in the arena as there was a wait at the stalls to tack up and wash down the horses. I think she got an extra 20 minutes of walking Lance around to cool him down after his workout.

Getting him from his stall before tacking him up. There was a wait for this as well.

Getting all set to ride.

Since the calendar says it is fall.... and I currently don't have anything in the hoop I figured it is a good day to give the cat and mice a little attention and see if I can get them moved along.  I took my cue from Kathy who is pulling out her winter quilting project this week. It has been sitting here patiently waiting for me to work on it. This is the first set of borders so the whole quilt is still waiting on quilting. I am hoping to add 15-30 minutes of quilting on this each day and see if I can get it moved along. You know if you sit down for that 15 minutes it always turns into longer!

The new month turned up lime green or bright greens in the RSC. I have a little 'finishing' to do still with orange from September. I miscounted and need to prep 2 more when I pull out the greens to prep those for the month. A handful need their quilting inside the edge and some need stitching down and quilting. The orange pile was pretty low on options to pull from so I added a couple of extra muslin ones with orange backing. I see a pumpkin stitched in that bottom middle one I think.

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers. What will you be working on today?

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Finishing off orange

As I was looking through the blocks I am making for the RSC - I saw I had not done the Full Stop one. Angela mentioned a dash at the beginning of the month. I decided to give it a try - 2.5 inch by 4.5 inch for my dashes. I added a top and bottom to that in white. Then I added a 6.5x2.5 on each side and stitched them together. I think they came out pretty good!

I also stitched together the butterfly's and basted them. Next year I'll work on adding them to a background I think. 

I never got to the garden path blocks in orange. Oh well, that's what the catch up months are for.


Friday, October 1, 2021

OMG for October 2021

 To make my son happy, I'm making my goal this month to finish expanding his quilt to make it longer.

We worked on this quilt together and it finished at 60x60 in March 2019. He picked the pattern and colors and did sew a few seams before he got completely frustrated and asked me to finish it. I asked a few times about making it bigger - no, this size is fine. Well, the boy has grown in the last 2 years and now he wants it longer! I managed to find similar fabrics and pulled what was left from my stash. The quilt is a Kim Diehl Pattern called Twilight Hopscotch. 

I am planning to add 8 more blocks  to get it around 90 inches long and have made them and cut out the sashing and cornerstone blocks. By the end of the month I hope to have the 'new' quilt rebound and finished for him. Linking up with the October One Monthly Goal.

My steps to do this month to get it completed:

1.) make 8 blocks - done - finished the last 4 on Sept 30.

2.) cut the needed sashing and cornerstones - done

3.) remove the binding from the original quilt. ** Done 10/7.

4.) remove the bottom border from the quilt. **Done 10/14.

5.) create rows and borders with the new blocks as a new section. **just need outer border 2 sides 10/7 **Done 10/16

6.) Find a backing piece to use for this new section. **Done

7.) cut a batting piece for the new section. *Done - pieced one.

8.) Using the QAYG method - add the top to the existing top, bottom to the existing bottom and whip stitch or zig zag on the machine the new batting. Will need to unpick a little of the existing quilting. **Done 10/17

9) Quilt the new section on the machine - thank goodness I did easy line squiggle quilting! **Done 10/17

10.) Trim up quilt.** done 10/17

11.) Select  and make binding (will let him choose - orange, teal or grey) - Teal chosen!**Done 10/17

12.) attach binding to the quilt. - by machine is done - now to finish by hand!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Fall Quarterly Ravelry UFO Challenge 2021.

  I'm in again! I'm just removing the four finishes from Summer and see what can get accomplished this quarter!

Since I never know what I am in the mood to work on.... lets just throw a whole bunch of things out there and see what sticks shall we?

Block Collections.

1.) I know I have at least one more cut and in a baggie somewhere to fill that open spot for a 7x6 setting. These are hand pieced.... and might need a little fixing along the way.

 2.) Hexagon flowers on a black background. These are a stack of blocks I hand pieced a few years ago then hand appliqued to the black background a couple years after that!  Not sure if they will become one or two quilts....

3.) Crumb blocks.... might these end up in a quilt? Or the start of some baskets?

4.) Sweet Confetti blocks - I have 96 of these made.... need to be put together and quilted.

5.) Midget Applique quilt from Sentimental Stitches. I need to add  more flowers and leaves and the vines... and the bottom yellow border. This one is completely hand pieced.

6.) Ella Maria Deacon blocks - make a few more and finish them off into a top. I believe I was making these by hand. Patterns from Sentimental Stitches.

7.) Purple applique hearts... need to figure out how they want to be set.

8.)  this quilt that has been an on and off, leader and ender for years. My scrappy irish chain. I believe I had a bucket of 2 inch squares next to my sewing machine for a while and would make sets, and rows and blocks in between sewing other things. I think it wants to get competed.

9.) Midget block collection - I started these in Vermont in 2010!

10.) Civil War Blocks

11.) Endless Diamond Blocks - 21 made.  20 will make the top I think. All hand pieced. This is a top... but it wanted borders to finish the stars, silly quilt. 

12.) Birds in the Air block collection

13.) Harmony - hand pieced project started March 2021- one 28 inch block completed - 3 to go.

14.) Lets go fly a kite- because it might have percolated long enough in my head already. - 2 completed into a placemat august 2021.

15.) Cat and mouse is on the frame in process of hand quilting but has been sadly neglected.

16) This one stayed on the list - needs quilting. Vermont Quilt Festival Booth Hop from either 2008 or 2009. I have backing for this and it is 71x71.

17.) Green Tumblers - a hand pieced top. 

18.) Hoarfrost - top is done will it get quilted this year? **Snowflake gray backing

19.) Baby Bear Paw quilt top ** Made back from a class in 1999 I think from Yankee Pride. ** Polka dot backing

20.) Trip around the World

21.) Y2K Joann's BOM - quilt top

22.) Tumbler flag - this did not come out how I imagined.... It might get reinvented after taking parts out. We will see. **Suggestion to make it wider. 

23.) 1857 Quilt Along Top

24.) Spring Hexagons - not sure if this wants to be bigger or not.... 

25.) FCQG baby quilt challenge. 40x48 have a backing for this. ***Polka dot backing

26.) Triple Irish Chain - green. 80x80 I think. I did find both fabrics extra with it... Might need a green or cream border first or both... Made in the early 2000's.

Found some more to add to the mix! My current RSC2021 blocks.

27.) Hexagon QAYG

28.) Garden Path blocks

29.) RSC 2021 blocks

30.) Full Stop Sew along.... 2021 Old photo as I know I have rows for everything except orange this month... must go find the post with those directions....

Adding 1 more on Oct 2.

31) Snowman sew along