2018 Finish-A-Long Q1 Goals

Whoopee! I wasn’t sure there would still be a Finish-A-Long this year. I know it must be a lot of work and I am incredibly grateful to the lovely ladies who run it. Imagine my delight when I saw Leeanne from She Can Quilt had a post to link up first quarter goals. Now to make some!

I usually hope for 5 finishes and, if I’m lucky, get one or two. So, here goes in the order I would expect to finish them.

  1. Christmas Jelly Roll Race – I have the inner border on and need to decide on and add an outer border, quilt and bind.
  2. Disappearing Pinwheels – I may have enough blocks already completed to make a throw sized quilt. We will see.
  3. Layer Cake Explosion – All the blocks are completed. Now I need to cut the rest of the background fabric and get it put together.
  4. The 2011 Designer Mystery BOM – All the blocks are completed. Next up would be cutting the finishing kit and putting it together.
  5. Getting to Know Hue – This is a huge reach. I have the gold blocks to make, the four appliqué blocks and the center star in addition to getting it put together, etc. Big reach. But I’ll try! 

So there’s my official list. Stay tuned to see how it goes.

Quilt on!

2018 Quilting Hopes and Dreams

Here are my Quilty Resolutions for 2018. You will be able to find them in the sidebar throughout this year in a little less detail!

  1. UFO & WIP Finishes – at least two of these:
    1. Disappearing Pinwheels – I seriously need to do this!
    2. 2011 Designer Mystery BOM – I think this is currently my oldest UFO.
    3. The Christmas Jelly Roll Race – I don’t know how I didn’t finish it last year!
    4. The Jinny Beyer BOM – I either need to finish this or let it go.
    5. Getting to Know Hue – I’d like this not to be a long term project.
    6. On Ringo Lake – I don’t want this one to get to be a UFO.
    7. Layer Cake Explosion – I should be able to finish this one soon also.
    8. The 2009 Designer Mystery BOM
  2. Start (and finish if possible) at least one of the kits I have around the house.
  3. Make at least two bags.
  4. Organize all the patterns I have pulled out of magazines.
  5. Make some serious progress on La Passacaglia.

That’s it for the Quilty Resolutions. I don’t know how realistic these are since one never knows the future. But a person can dream!

What are your quilting hopes and dreams for 2018?

Quilt on!

Craftsy End of Year Sale

Yes, this is an ad for the Craftsy End of Year Sale. This is a supplies sale of up to 70% off your crafting supplies. It lasts until Sunday, December 31st at 11:59 pm MT.

Click here for the sale and to help support this blog!

And, yes, the big question is “Can Gretchen avoid spending money on this?” I guess time will tell. I’ll get back with you on that!

Quilt on!

Odds and Ends

As we approach the end of this year, I hope to ramp up my sewing and quilting efforts again. I had a couple of weeks off, caused by the use of my cutting table and a dull rotary blade for present wrapping. (Jaye, just so you know, we still have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper from my MIL’s stash to use up before I feel like I can switch to cloth bags, but I am looking forward to that concept.)

Christmas brought some quilty goodness – a puzzle, Angela Walters’s most recent book, a Jaybird Quilts table topper pattern and the Mini Pineapple Trim tool. Yay! My daughters and sister provided some awesome future quilty fun. (And that is without mentioning the awesome puzzle board that my sis sent along.)

And then yesterday there was the gift of sewing time! I started Clue 2 (yes, I am that far behind) of Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery. I got 70 of the 200 flying geese done but I haven’t taken pictures so you’ll have to settle for the pieces before sewing. (Just a note, a fat quarter of that pink fabric provided those 70 quarter square triangles.) In case you’re wondering about all those little pieces, I used my Kimberly Einmo Flying Geese ruler.  It may not be as fast as some methods, but it is very accurate – and when have I ever worried about fast?

What have you been up to lately?

Quilt on!

Progress on Something or Another

I did get a couple of other things done besides purchasing items.

First, I did the blocks for the Getting to Know Hue for the November month so that I could go down and pick up the last blocks. November’s were the green blocks.

I need to change the rotary cutter blade before I get on to anything else quilty, so that makes this the ideal time to use my cutting table and rotary cutter to wrap Christmas presents, so that is in the plan for today.

Here is my best nine from Instagram, complete with guest appearances by Kathy and Nonnie.

Quilt on!

I Succumbed to the Craftsy Sale!

Yes, I did. I try not to buy kits, but I bought three yesterday. Three!!!!! Here are links to the kits I bought so you can see how much I caved.

First, I bought a Judy Niemeyer kit. It was a pretty good sale price and I really liked the colors. Here’s a link and the picture.

Next, I purchased another kit I’ve had my eye on the 2016 Summer Amish Medallion Block of the Month.

And finally, I bought a knitting kit. I am not sure if I’m actually knitting this myself or begging/bribing Carolyn to do it for me, but it is a shawl I really like. So.

None of these links are the kind that benefit the blog. I just wanted to share my foolishness!

Quilt on!

Some Black Friday Sew-In Results

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the holiday weekend. Not pictured is my very anemic start to Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Hopefully there will be something to look at from that soon.

First up, this is a mat to go under the jewelry tree I purchased for the church auction. The fabric is from the Hoffman Challenge fabrics this year. Yep, that center hexagon is jewels.

I was attempting to take a picture of this table runner, but someone seems to think it is meant just for him.

Finally! I got a quick chance to take a picture of this table runner. It is also for Friday’s auction.

During some football Saturday, I got a healthy percentage of the next round of La Passacaglia Rosette 2 completed and sewed into place. The piece currently has a couple more of the pairs sewn on, but then my eyes gave out and said, “That’s enough of that!”

Not as productive as I would have liked, but something got accomplished.

How was your weekend?

Quilt on!


Craftsy Black Friday and Cyber Monday Event!

In case you were wondering if Craftsy is having any sort of sale this weekend, the answer is a resounding yes! Starting at 12:01 am MT today, (Thursday, November 23) and ending at 11:59 pm MT on Monday, November 27, this is the link to get you there if you care to support this blog with your shopping.

Happy shopping!

Quilt on!

Project Update

I finished the wall hanging for the church auction. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope it does well at the auction. I am fairly certain that I am not a big fan of fusible appliqué, although I admit it was quick. I don’t think I will do it on Getting to Know Hue. I’m pretty sure that one will be hand appliqué.

Here’s the finished wall hanging.

I have also been working a bit on the third Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia. It is going to brighten up a bit in the next couple of rounds.

And I decided I was no longer feeling the look of the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt I started at the same time as I started Lone Star Explosion. The first star block I made didn’t have enough contrast and I’m not really fond of the other block. 

I still like the fabrics so I will repurpose those. I haven’t gained a project box with this move though, because that one is broken and will have to go away. Sigh. But there is one less project to worry about.

Quilt on!





Finish-A-Long Q4 – Finish Number Two

Here’s the second finish from my Q4 Finish-A-Long list.

After several years, I have finally completed what I’m now calling Lone Star Explosion, a quilt I began in a class with Kimberly Einmo at the 2014 Grand Rapids AQS show. Here are a few process photos.

Possible blocks

Layout possibilities.

Here’s another layout possibility.A possibile star.This layout?

A possible blockAnother possible block.

My final layout plan is a mixture of two of Kimberly Einmo’s suggestions. Here it is before the white borders were added.

Here it is all quilted, bound, washed and dried. The binding is a fabric from the collection (Ink Blossoms) that I found online and thought I might use as border fabric. When I tried it out, I didn’t like it, but it makes a great binding.

Here is the quilt in use for reading! It will actually probably end up on a wall somewhere, but for now…What have you been finishing?

Quilt on!