Tuesday, March 29, 2016

OMG - March Results and Bee, Myself and I

Ok it is time to reveal what I got done this month, which to be honest wasn't much. Last month I spent so much time in the sewing room and this month it seems like I didn't spend any time at all. But that isn't really true, I did get a few things done.

My main goal was to complete 10 blocks for Cole's quilt and I got that done. I also got a few more blocks cut, that I hope to assemble next month. I admit I like the tic tac toe block a lot because it is easy to make and still looks complicated.  Here are the 10 finished blocks. I've typed up my blog post for the stash bee and have everything written out for my bee hive bee. Hopefully a lot more blocks will be flowing in next month.

Now as far as the rest of my list it is pretty weak. I did get my bee blocks done and in the mail on time. And they were lots of fun and pretty easy to make. I think I want to do a disappearing four patch in the future.

I didn't get anything quilted or Ariella's top finished, but I did get my flying geese top pieced together. Since I've not really picked what project I want to work on next for my Bee, Myself and I project, I'm counting piecing the top as my project for this month. I wish I could have gotten a better photo today, but it was just too windy.  Hopefully I will get it quilted soon and then get some really good photos.  I will say I think it is one of my most favorite quilts ever.

All in all it wasn't a lot done, but I'm ok with it. I go on Thursday to have an injection in my knee and I really hopes that helps enough that I can quilt again. But for now I'm linking up with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts and if you want to see what others have done for Bee, Myself and I, check out Granny Maud's Girl.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Stash Report / Sunday Stash

I've been good I swear, ok maybe that is stretching it a little, but I'm not been really bad and that is what counts right? I've have some new fabric that arrived this week, but I didn't buy it. I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads for my participation in the 4 X 7 Sewing Challenge. How cool is that, I got lots done and won a prize...winner winner chicken dinner.

When Sarah from Berry Barns Designs contacted me to tell me I won, I was very excited. I've not bought fabric all year. Yes I realize it is only March, but I normally would have bought at least a bundle or two by now. I also knew right away what I wanted to buy. They have Chipper by Tula Pink in stock and as much as I wanted some that isn't what I got. I was a good girl and bought fabric for Cole's quilt. I'm needing purples, blacks and grays, so that is what I bought. I'm a little bummed that the grays were lighter than I wanted, but they are still very cool. And I can't wait to do a block for his quilt with the Tula purple tiger fabric.

The patterns are pretty neutral for the most part, because Cole is a boy (ok man) and I'm sure he doesn't want a quilt covered in flowers. Well if you know Cole you know he wouldn't care, but I wanted to make it as "manly" as possible.

Now for my stash report. Sadly I didn't get much done in March, lots of doctor appointments, feeling bad and just general busyness, kept me out of the sewing room way too much. I did get my bee blocks done, but that is all I can count as leaving since everything else I did is still not finished. And with the influx of my gift my overall usage for the year shows to be -10.75 which isn't bad, but if you ignore the gifts I've used about 17 years for the year.  Not awesome, but not horrible either. Hopefully I will get my knees in shape soon and can get some quilting done and really pump up my usage number.

That is it for today, I'm going to link up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash via Mary Emmens and Patchwork Times Stash Report. I'm going to be back soon to show you the progress I've made on the sample blocks for Cole's quilt.  I got some done, and more cut out, so progress is being made.

Monday, March 7, 2016

OMG - March Goal

I've hesitated to write this post, because I don't know what I want my goal to be for March. I have a ton of things I want to do, but I just don't know which one to pick. My first choice would be to quilt my tic toe quilt, but I'm still having some knee pain and I'm not sure that is possible. So that leaves me a variety of projects, but I have to pick one.

Ok, I'm tugging up my big girl panties and picking Cole's blocks. I'm am the queen of two different bees in April and I've decided to make a quilt for Cole. He and I've talked about it, and he has picked the colors he wants, now I need to get some test blocks done as well as a few more. Since he is a tall boy...ok man, I'm going to need at least 48 blocks to make it big enough, and maybe even 56. Even getting blocks from two bees won't be enough, so my goal this month is to get at least 10 blocks done. That will give me plenty to show for samples and get me started on all the extras I need to make.  The block we've chosen is the Tic Tac Toe block, but the colors are different than mine. I think it is going to be very cool looking and he will be very happy. Here is what it looks like when I drew it up in EQ7.

Now as always I can't leave it at just one thing, I have to have a to do list even if I get nothing done on it. Because it gives me such pleasure to mark things off of my list. So here are the other things I want to get done.

I want to finish Ariella's top, that went by the wayside when I did so much selfish sewing last month, so it is time to pick it back up and get it done. I also want to get my bee blocks done and mailed, hopefully by the 15th. I have to do a Quartrefoil and Disappearing 4 patch blocks. I should have fabric for both, yeah!!! I also want to get my flying geese top pieced. I'm just so excited to have all the blocks done. And lastly I want to quilt my tic tac toe quilt, I've got the top and the backing pressed and hope to load it on the long arm tomorrow.

Ok that is for March, I best get to work because I have lots to do and the first week is already gone. I am linking up with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts.