Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Snow Day!

I am very blessed to have an understanding boss.  When the roads are covered in snow, I typically stay home from work.  Now I can spend my snow day quilting!  But first, after spending some time on my treadmill, I headed outside with my husband and our dogs to shovel the driveway. The dogs love the snow.

Now that the dogs are tired, I am free to quilt!  I have several large quilt tops that I plan to quilt this year.  While I love my sewing machine, I have some difficulty quilting large quilts because they hang over my sewing table.  To help with my large quilt tops, I purchased two dog grooming hooks from Amazon.  

Here are the hooks set up with my sewing machine.
I suspend my quilt from the back loops.  With this setup, I am no longer fighting the weight of my large quilts.  I hope to finish quilting my tropical twist quilt today.

If you are having your own snow day, I hope you are enjoying it!

Friday, January 12, 2018


I can be a little obsessed when it comes to finishing things.  I will read a book until I fall asleep, or work on a jigsaw puzzle for hours at a time. When it comes to quilting, I find myself easily distracted.  When I sit down on my computer, I find new patterns, new fabric, or new techniques.  I am always tempted to start a new project instead of finishing a current one.

This week, I found myself at my veterinarian's office, with my quilting partner GG.

The office has a wonderful painting of a shaking dog.

Shakin' Off The Blues by Iris Scott

When I looked online, I found that the artist, Iris Scott, has a whole series of shaking dog paintings.  The most fascinating part is that she creates her amazing paintings by finger painting!  I love how she captures the movement of both the water and the dog in her paintings.

The Juggler by Iris Scott

My dog GG loves the water, and loves to shake when she comes out of the water.

Now I want to create a shaking dog quilt.  I can picture the water droplets appliquéd around the dog.  I don't know if this project will be a success, but it will certainly be fun to try.

For now, I will continue on my 2018 projects, and plan new projects for 2019.

Monday, January 1, 2018

18 in 2018

In an effort to get more done in 2018, I am joining Lynette's 18 in 2018 Challenge.  It was very hard to pick 18 projects, as I have so many in progress.  I tried to find a mix of quilt tops, BOMs, and projects that will keep me busy.  I am planning on putting away my other projects, so that I will remain focused on my 18 projects.  In no specific order, my projects are:

Four new projects to start
1.  Rainbow Bargello Quilt - I purchased the kit from Craftsy because I thought the quilt would be perfect for my daughter's bedroom.   I have not started it yet.

2.    Blazing Star - BOM from Craftsy - Also a kit from Craftsy, I have not started it yet.

3.  The Quilt Show 2017 BOM
I am planning to use this project to use some of my stash.  The patterns are printed, the background fabric has been purchased, and I am ready to go!

4.  Sunflower Pattern
This is a quilt kit I purchased a couple of years ago from Dakota cabin quilts.

5 Projects to Finish

5.  A Tisket, A Tasket by Bunny Hill Designs
I remember working on this project when my daughter played softball in high school, so it must be at least 8 years old.  At least four baskets are done, so it is time to finish this one.
6. Faberge Egg - A Teri Tope Pattern that I prepped a year ago to appliqué for Easter.  

7.  Night Owl - Another Teri Tope pattern that I started last year.  This will be perfect for Halloween.

8.  Tropical Twist - Bonnie Hunter actually came to Columbus Ohio to teach a class, and I have not finished the quilt yet.  

9.  Purple Table Runner
I purchased this kit to make a quilt for my daughter's room two years ago.  The fabrics have been washed and cut, but never assembled.

8 Tops to Quilt

10.  Christmas Round Robin
As I was Christmas shopping, I was thinking that I would really like a Christmas quilt for my bed.  I forgot about this quilt top, which was a round robin with an online group.  It will be perfect for Christmas 2018.

11.  Sylvia Bridal Sampler
This quilt top was finished many years ago, when the pattern was available for free online.  

12.  Easter Row Swap
This row swap quilt from on online group will be perfect for displaying at Easter.  The top was completed several years ago.

13.  Bookcase Quilt
This top was from a pattern on Moda Bakeshop, and made four years ago.  The books will be quilted with titles chosen by the daughter.

14.  Red/Gray Round Robin
This was also a round robin from several years ago.

15.  Fibonacci Quilt
I was inspired by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry to make a Fibonacci quilt.  I estimate that the top is 4 years old.

16.  Quilt Beginnings Mystery Quilt
This quilt top is perhaps three years old.

17.  Amish Quilt Shop Hop
A sampler quilt from around 2004, this top has been waiting 10+. years to be quilted.

One Top to Bind
18.  Metro Waves - I made the quilt a year ago in a class at Quilt Trends.   While I had a great time quilting it, I never put on the binding.

That is officially my plan for the new year.  I may finish a few other small projects, but I hope to remain focussed on these 18 projects.  I hope all of you have a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Another New Year - 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 passed by in a blur, and tomorrow is the beginning of 2018!  I must admit that I got off track a little in 2017.  The amazing thing about life is that we can change directions at any time.  I am going to make 2018 AMAZING!  I going to restart my blog, and I hope to share my quilting journey with you.  I hope you will join me in finishing more projects, and enjoying life.

A New Planner
I am starting 2018 with a new planner.   There are many wonderful planners available today.  I fell in love with the Happy Planner.  It's a disc bound planner, which lets me customize the planner, and add pages, photos, quilt guild information, swap guidelines, and anything else I may want to keep in one place.  This is my planner:

I love the weekly pages, which are divided into three sections.  I use them to track my quilting projects, my home projects, and my personal to do list.  I did not want a planner which was divided into hours for each day, since I keep my work calendar separate from my personal calendar.

Price was definitely a factor in my choice.  I purchased the planner for 60% off at Michaels, so the cost was less than $15.   I used a coupon to purchase the hole punch for the planner, and I added free printable pages to track my quilting projects from From Pixels to Patchwork, and Hello Melly Designs.  I will be sharing them with you soon.

Now that I have a planner, I need to create a plan! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Will Work for Fabric

It is almost spring!  If you live in central Ohio, that means that it is time for the annual sewing day to make quilts for patients at the James Cancer Hospital.  In addition to the upcoming sewing day, spring means that I need to finish the project kits that I picked up at last year's event.

Wonderful people volunteer to put together hundreds of kits for the annual event.  Here are a few that I took home:

The patterns are very easy, and it takes little time to make up these lap quilts.

The kits come with backing fabric too!  We are asked to piece together the backing for the quilters that volunteer to quilt them.    Once the tops and backings are finished, they fit back into their ziplock bags.  Last year, tote bags were even provided to hold the kits!
Charity quilting is a great way to practice your quilting skills, and give back to the community.  

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Here's to a Productive 2017

I am not been very good at posting on this blog.  I will try to do better in 2017.

I have dedicated 2017 to finishing several of my works in progress.  While there are many online tools to choose from  online, I am using a very simple project list.  Unfortunately, my projects are like tribbles, and they've multiplied within my cabinets and closets.  Every time I organize my quilting space, piles of projects somehow appear the very next day.

What have I finished so far?  

I really enjoy quilting small quilts, and during those Black Friday sales, I had purchased flannel to make the 2-fabric self binding quilts that are very popular.  I followed the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  These were the baby quilts that I finished in January:

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I finished this reverse appliqué quilt:

The pattern is by Teri Henderson Tope, who is a local quilt artist and a very talented teacher.

What am I working on now?

I am quilting a quilt for my daughter on George, and I hope to share it with you soon.  While going through my stash, I found a few baby panels, and I am using them to practice my free motion quilting on my Bernina. This photo is my early morning quilting while watching Hart to Hart.

 My wonderful dog GG is telling me she needs some attention.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Wedding Quilt

While my son and his fiancé were planning their wedding, I decided that it was time to start their wedding quilt.  I asked them to pick out the pattern.  After searching the internet, they picked the Bali Wedding Star Pattern by Quiltworx.

We went to my wonderful local quilt shop, Quilt Trends, and picked out fabric. Then the fun began.  Paper piecing a queen size quilt is not a quick project!  I spent a weekend retreat sewing the rings.

I spent another weekend sewing the stars. 

It took a few additional months to put it together, and to quilt it on George.  Finally, the quilt is finished. 

The work was definitely worth it.  They loved their wedding quilt!