Thursday, February 11, 2016

4 X 7 Sewing Challenge - Week One

If you didn't read my early post, I'm participating in the 4 X 7 Sewing Challenge being lead by Sarah at Berry Barns Designs. Today I'm reporting on my progress for the first week. Week one started off with a bang, I was getting lots and lots done.  I think because my knee is hurting, and sitting is about the only thing that doesn't bother it, sitting and sewing just happened more. I am so happy with what I got completed.

On Monday (the first), I started by cutting the nine blocks I needed to finish by tic tac toe quilt. I went through and picked colors to give some balance to the quilt so there were not to many of any one color. And then I made one of the blocks.

On Tuesday I did 5 more of the blocks. These blocks really do go together fairly easily, I probably could have finished all of them, but I was trying not to push myself. I also cut some more blocks for my cross quilt, ok I cut some of the crosses, still have to cut the backgrounds for them.

Wednesday was a super busy day at work, and by the time everything was done I was very tired. I did go sew the corners on the last three blocks, to get my 30 minutes, but I wasn't up for much more.

I started sewing those last three blocks together on Thursday night, I had all the rows assembled when Sharla asked if I had used her credit card that day. By the time we figured out it was fraud, reported it to the credit card company, I never made it back to the sewing room and I never got a picture of the rows.

Friday was another busy day and Sharla's birthday. I knew I wouldn't get a lot done, but I did get some skies for my flying geese cut. I did it at my desk while I worked and totally forgot to post a picture of it until Saturday. It is funny in about 30 minutes I got about 15 sets of skies cut. It goes a little slower now, because I'm picking and choosing my fabrics more carefully to avoid duplicating what I already have.

Saturday I had to do some errands, which meant I would be walking on my bum knee. This also meant I wouldn't want to do much once I got home. But I did get into the sewing room and finish my last 3 tic tac toe blocks.  And I started putting them on my design wall to see how they looked.

Sunday was Super Bowl day, and I really wished I had thought ahead to have some fabric to cut, because I was pretty bored with it this year. But before it started I did begin to put the rows together. Since some of these blocks were bee blocks I had to deal with things not fitting exactly and some ironing issues, but I was able to get the top three rows sewn. I didn't take any pictures of the sewn rows, but here they are on the design wall from Saturday.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I completed the top on Monday, but that is for next week's update. Overall I'm very happy with my progress for the week. Now I'm moving on to my cross blocks and my flying geese. I might even get another one done this month, of if not at least I will make lots of progress.  Today I'm linking up with Sarah at Berry Barns Designs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OMG (One Monthly Goal) - February Goal(s)

It is time for me to pick my one monthly goal, and yes I will have more than one, because I just can't help myself. I am thankful for Heidi at Red Letter Quilts for leading this process because setting goals really does help me make progress.

I am struggling on picking a goal for this month, not because I have nothing to choose, but because I have so much to do. I would love to pick something to be quilted, but I jacked up my knee and I'm not sure if I will be able to get anything quilted this month. So that leaves a piecing goal and I'm having a hard time choosing only one.  But here goes...

I've decided that my main goal for this month will be to piece my tic tac toe quilt. It was my bee quilt from the Bee Hive last year.  I've received all my blocks but wanted it larger so I've needed to make more blocks. If you read my 4x7 sewing challenge post you know I needed 9 blocks to finish it and I've already done 6 of those, so I just have three left. So I want to finish those and get the top pieced this month. I have cut all the blocks and yesterday I was able to finish 5 of them at one sitting. I'm really loving these blocks.

Today's selfish sewing included 5 tic tax toe blocks...with yesterday's block that is 6 out of the 9 I need.  Loving getting things done.  #4x7sewingchallenge

Now I can't just set one goal, that would be too easy, I have several more things I would like to get done this month. So I'm going to list them here. They don't count on the OMG scale, but they are still important to me.

1. Bee Blocks. I'm part of two different bees, so two blocks to make. I have already completed my Stash Bee blocks, and they were so much fun. They are very simple heart blocks and I made three without any effort at all.  I also have to do a double star block for the bee hive group and hope to get it done by this weekend.  But here is the blocks I finished (just because I love lots of pictures).

These heart blocks are like potato chips, you can't make just one. Day one of the month and I have finished one of Mt bee blocks.  #stashbee2016, #hive3

2. Finish piecing Ariella's memory quilt. All the rows are pieced I just need to iron it and get the side sashing on it. I almost finished it last month, but my bum knee kept me out of the sewing room the last few days of the month.

3. Selfish sewing. I'm going to focus at least 30 minutes a day sewing for myself as part of the 4x7 Sewing Challenge, so I want to get lots done. It will include my main goal listed above, but I also want to get as many cross blocks and flying geese blocks done as possible so I can get those tops pieced as well.

4. Start piecing Samuel's memory quilt. Since I should finish Ariella's top this weekend I want to move on to Samuel's. I need to finish these, so I'm trying to keep myself on track and work on the every week until they are done.

5. Piece the back for at least one quilt. I'm not sure if it will be Sharla's Norway or my purple quilt, but I want a backing ready so when my knee is better I can get something onto the long arm. The memory quilt all have backings ready, so they will most likely go first, but I still want more ready and waiting.

So that is my list for February, I'm hoping to make great progress on them.  I will be linking up with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bee Myself and I - January

Besides the two bees I joined this year I decided to join Carla @ Granny Maud's Girl and do some sewing for myself. The plan isn't to go overboard sewing for myself, but to try and get some blocks for me, not just ones that I send to other people. If you read my post from yesterday you know that in February I plan on doing quite a bit of selfish sewing, but I had fairly simple goals for January.

First I wanted to complete 10 cross blocks and I got them done. I have to say I will be sorry when I finish this project because I love doing these little blocks. They are easy blocks. If I could get ahead in cutting they make great time fillers when I just want to sew for a little bit. I'm getting close to the end of this project and can't wait to have the quilt on my bed. But here are some of the blocks I did this month. I love the mouse riding the bicycle in the green blocks it just makes me smile

Next I wanted to do 2 tic tac toe blocks. I love how these look, but for some reason I don't like cutting them. So I've already started cutting the last nine blocks I need, so there is a chance I could finish this one in February. It is the smallest of the three and should end up about 60 x 72, so my plan is for it to be my chair quilt while I watch tv. This month I did a red and green block (I called it green because the background is a dark green).

And lastly I wanted to make 2 more flying geese blocks (well 4 half blocks). I picked red and black for this month, not sure why, but I love them.  Flying geese are slowly becoming another favorite block for me. I love how I can make 4 at a time with little or no waste and they look good. I will also say that I love having a bloc-loc ruler to trim them, it makes everything so much faster and neater.

All in all I ok for January on my selfish goals. I hope to have a lot more done in February, but I plan on doing 30 minutes every day, so I should make great progress.  And if you want to see what Carla is doing (and she is doing some great blocks), check out her Bee, myself and I section of her blog.