Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #9

June was a good month for my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. Out of 30 days I sewed for at least 15 minutes on 21 one them (70%). Most of the ones I missed were over a long weekend when I was away. That puts me at 57% for the year so far. 
Most of my sewing time has been spend on the Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt. I have all the purple squares cut and 360 pairs of light/dark squares assembled to turn into 4-patches. I will need to cut the neutral background pieces next.
Looking ahead to next month I will be working on a T-Shirt quilt for the daughter of a friend, hopefully making the skirts I didn't get to in June, and continuing to move forward on my Irish chain.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #8

So far I am doing well on my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal this month. In the first 15 days of the month I sewed for at least 15 minutes on all but one day.  
I didn't get a post written in time to officially set a one-monthly-goal, but still hope to get a couple of skirts made. I have made progress on the Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt. I have cut all the purple squares for it (1,060) and started sewing the 4-patches from them. The gardening isn't getting a lot of time because it seems like it is always raining when I am not at work.
I have been listening to podcasts while I sew and if you are a lover of classic mysteries I highly recommend http://shedunnitshow.com/ 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #7

May went better than April both generally and as far as my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. I managed to sew 17 out of the 31 days in May which was 55% for the month. For the year I am also at 55% (83/151) so am just making the goal of sewing on half the days.
Since my last Sunday Stitching post I finished binding my Carolina Hurricane Quilt and got it sent off to its new home. I also exceeded my one monthly goal for May which was to make 6 grain-bag totes (I finished 10). I also figured out how to get the mariners compass blocks for my Tropical Whimsey quilt attached to the backgrounds in a way that I am happy with. Two of those blocks are done and several more are pinned and ready for hand-applique. 
My plans for June include making a couple of skirts for this summer and cutting hundreds of 2" squares for a Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt that I am planning. At this point I'm thinking it will be all purples with assorted white/cream background fabrics. I will have to see how my supply of purple scraps holds up. I might throw in some reds as well. There are also several finished tops in my pile ready for basting so I should consider working on those as well. 
This time of year there is also the challenge of balancing sewing time with gardening time so will have to see how that goes. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

OMG May Finish

I set a #onemonthlygoal of completing 6 grain-bag totes and I finished 10 of them! All 10 were delivered last night and will soon be available for purchase at Great North Aleworks. Linking this post up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
3 of the 10 completed tote bags

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Carolina Hurricane Quilt

Finished Streak of Lightning Quilt
I started working on a full size streak-of-lightning quilt for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project back in January. Today the finished quilt went into the mail so it can be given to someone in North Carolina who needs it.
I did all the piecing from my scraps and my friend Mary Kate quilted it on her long-arm with a beautiful curving pattern. I always like the quilting to contrast the piecing. I hadn't made this pattern before, but it went together very nicely and I would consider making it again. I wasn't sure how well so many different fabrics would go together, but it all ended up blending nicely.

Quilting detail

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #6

April was an almost total washout as far as my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. I only managed to sew 5 out of the 30 days in April. I finished March with 23/31 days of sewing (74%). So far May is going well. I have sewed for at least 15 minutes each of the first 4 days of the month and sewing for 15-minutes today should not be a problem. At the end of April I was at 71/120 days so I am still on track for my goal of sewing 50% of the days. It is a good thing I didn't set a very ambitious goal.

My last Sunday Stiching post was on St. Patrick's Day and since then I have finished putting together the top for my scrappy purple wheel-chair lap quilt (finishing the blocks was my March OMG), and I got the quilt back from the quilter that I made for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project and added the binding which I am now in the process of hand-sewing to the back. I should be able to ship the finished quilt to NC before the end of the month. I finished the bargello wall hanging and got it sent off in time for the NHPBS spring auction. So despite April being a tough month I did get some stuff accomplished and am hopeful that May will be better.