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Sunday, March 30, 2014

30/30 challenge wrap-up

i did lots this month...lots of quilting...lots at work as we moved ER to its temporary home while our old home is being renovated...kind of like camping but we are doing it...having my quilting to look forward to has been a blessing...i finished the projects i set out to complete...so i achieved my goal...whoot whoot!!!!!!! high five yourself everyone who took part!!!!!! happy dance goes here!!!!
  • first i finished a baby quilt i had pieced but not quilted
 quilted, bound and ready for Thomas Henry
  • next i finished up my Lucky Stars BOM star

  • after that i worked on my own BOM which is a wild thymes pattern which i have set out to do one block each month until i am finished
  • next i cut out the pieces for my April wild thymes block

  • after that i quilted my "mango margaritas in the snow"
  • then i worked on Ruth's quilt for her retirement...trimmed, pieced, sandwiched, quilted and bound it ...had coffee with her to present it...very well received

  •  i got my lizard quilt to the binding stage...happy happy


  • i got the trees, bears and northern light on my "bear country" runner 

here it is...not totally finished but looking good...this design is my friend and her husband, her older set of twins and following along is the younger set of twins...cruising through the boreal forest under the northern lights...nice little family
close-up view

Saturday, March 29, 2014

30/30 challenge

this is week was more difficult for me as we are getting our house ready for sale...so that cuts into my sewing time...
my challenge this week was...

  • to finish up quilting "twice in a blue lizard"...check it is finished..





some of the detail of the borders





 one of the larger blocks...i quilted wavy parallel lines through the lizards to give it an organic look of water or grass
 another block in the sashing you can see i just stippled around the circles after i had stitched around each circle...they really pop of the quilt that way






the little lizard i fussy cut...it give his body some dimension
it is hard to get a good photo but here it is with the quilting finished

now if i could just find that fabric i bought for the piping i could get on with finishing up this quilt...
  • next on my list for the week was to put another tree on my runner "bear country" that happened also...great
  • after that i planned to get the northern lights for that runner cut out which i did get done...check
  • last but not least was a beer on friday...check...we went out for supper with friends...had a great visit at the pub
so the week was a success even if i did not get 30 minutes every day...only missed 2 days so that was pretty good...see ya on monday



Sunday, March 23, 2014

week 3 of the 30/30 challenge

did manage to get everything done that i set out to do

  1. i did actually get 2 trees blanket stitched on the runner
  2. "mango margaritas in the snow"has the binding sewn on and ready for our road trip...
  3. got the binding on Ruth's quilt and actually managed to get the binding hand sewn on the back...it is all ready for me to take to her this week and have coffee...looking forward to having coffee i miss her at work
  4. here is where it gets interesting...i planned to sandwich my "twice in a blue lizard" quilt...my friend runs a longarm business...she has 2 yes that is 2 gammill's...she is away this week with her husband who is had cardiac surgery...she gave me a quick lesson on how to run the machine...and then left me with the key...whoot whoot! i have spent lots of hours in her "shed" as she calls it...(used to be garden shed) so i knew how to load a quilt...so i have spent my week there quilting it...loving it but it is hard work...so not only is my quilt sandwiched the quilting is underway
stitching around the circles in the sashing...lots of work but worth the work...those circles just pop of the quilt...the ones with batting in the back really pop
some of the detail in the blocks...i wanted it to have lots of movement and look organic...somewhat like grass where to little lizards live...


for this coming week i want to do the following things
  1. finish quilting "twice in a blue lizard"
  2. put another tree on the "bear country" runner
  3. cut out the northern lights pieces for the "bear country" runner
  4. have a beer on friday night...it will be well earned because this will be a big week if i get it done...

Friday, March 14, 2014

week 2 of 30/30 challenge

this week i did once again manage to get all done that i wanted...the hardest part is actually working for 30 minutes after i get home from work...saturday and sunday are usually not an issue for me but week days when i work 07:15 til 3:15 are much harder for me...i like to think i work so hard i am exhausted every day when i get home but that is not true...some days but not everyday...
  • finished quilting "mango margaritas in the snow" it went much faster then i thought it would so i got lots done on saturday and sunday...










centers of the flowers i quilted on the quilt



 quilting finished and lying outside in the warm snow








some of the detail of the leaves i quilted along the borders





  • only had a small amount to do on the wool block so it only took about 30 minutes...i easily got the block finished also...

  • traced and cut all the wool applique pieces for my april wool block...yahoo

  • ironed a tree on the table runner and got it blanket stitched...did that on one of my early mornings...darn daylight savings time...boy it has me messed up...awake at all different times...but it does make for some 30 minute blocks when you least expect it...in fact i got the next one ironed also...waiting to be blanket stitched...had them all cut out and waiting for me..

so my new goals for the up coming week are as follows...
  1. blanket stitch another tree on table runner
  2. put binding on "mango margaritas in the snow....start the hand stitching of the binding during breaks at work...
  3. put binding on ruth's quilt and hand over the hand sewing to next quilter
  4. sandwich my "once in a blue lizard 2 quilt"...ready to start quilting next week...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

swooning because it is finally finished







swoon...it is finished and although it is not my usual style i quite like the final result...the part that is very much me is it has a very scrappy look...no matter how i try i can not just pick 3 to 5 fabrics and make a quilt from them...i love to mess all those colours together 




a wagon load of swoon




 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

the rain stippled the snow

when i woke up this morning this is what i found...the rain fell on the soft melting snow and then froze...the snow in the front yard is all stippled just like a quilt...
 the snow was frozen...difficult for large animals as it creates a crust which is hard on their legs...small animals and kids just run right on top
 the deer tracks from yesterday all melted and frozen
 it just looked so cool crisp and glittery...kind of like sugar on cookies
a small spot of colour from the hummingbird feeder...which i don't use because it drips sugar water everywhere...although the ants love it

Saturday, March 8, 2014

look who got caught peeking in my bedroom window

 look who got caught peeking in my bedroom window...she was eating the grass close to the house where there is no snow...
it seems the deer have a hard time seeing when they are close up to the glass...so it is easy to watch them

one of the eight deer that walked through the yard on this lovely warm day...



30/30 challenge

last week i listed my goals for the month...in all reality it was the goals for this past week...i find i work best when i set short term goals rather then long term goals although i think i have those in the back of my mind...so i did very well meeting those goals even though i was sick on the couch for 1 1/2 days this past week
  1. to get my wool block finished by march 31st...got most of it finished just have the small stems left to appliqué... so finishing this block in the up coming week will be my new first goal...i love my Aurifil wool thread...it is making these blocks look great

  • next goal was to finish my Lucky Stars BOM block for march by march 31st...score it is finished and in the drawer with 16 blocks waiting for January 2015 to be sewn into a quilt..i love my stash of aurifil threads



  • third goal was to get started quilting on "mango margaritas in the snow"...got this sandwiched at work on thursday evening...i love that large board room table..


  • next was to get border and binding fabric...sew the blocks together for Ruth's quilt...i managed to get the border on the quilt and get it quilted by me friend...although i will be working that off...right Darlene Wiebe...the binding is cut and ready to be sewn on 








  • fifth goal was to get binding on my baby quilt...managed to do this during supper and coffee breaks at work...so done and check of list

so now it is time to set new goals for the week
  1. trace and cut out the pieces for my wool block for april...then it will be ready to go when april fool's day arrives
  2. quilt one square on "mango Margaritas in the snow"...that should bring me up to having 7 of 9 squares done...and then borders...
  3. figure out how much fabrics i need for the back of my lizard quilt...
  4. finish one tree and my table runner
  5. that will make it a busy enough week for sure

Saturday, March 1, 2014

the 30/30 Sewing Challenge

   
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berry barn designs

 i am going to commit to the 30/30 challenge... i am  committing to 30 minutes of sewing for 30 days... now this should not be hard for me...it means i just need to give up 30 minutes of TV or 30 minutes of internet cruising...just think if i gave up both...i only just found this challenge today while blog hopping...but i have already done my 30 minutes
so my list i hope to work through with my 30 minutes daily are:

  1. finish one of my wild thymes wool BOM before march 31
  2. get my march lucky stars BOM square done before march 31
  3. start the quilting on my mango margaritas-in-snow quilt...
  4. this week sew together the blocks for Ruth's quilt, find border fabric and cut borders 
  5. cut, sew binding for baby quilt i just finished quilting (get this done tomorrow and hand sew binding during coffee breaks at work this week)
today i worked on a baby quilt...i had started it during the christmas holidays, sandwiched it several weeks ago and started the quilting on thursday, and friday....
some of the detail quilting on the baby quilt i finished up quilting during my 30 minutes today
one completed wool block...going to be a lovely quilt
next block for this month ...going to be a pretty one
some of the 30 blocks made by workers at my hospital for one of our retiring nurses Ruth McIntosh..so my committment is to get these blocks trimmed and sewn together...border fabric bought and cut, ready to attach...