Category Archives: Month by Month

The Weekend Line Up

I was able to get Moon Glow caught up last weekend so 2 of my 3 BOMs are caught up.  I’ve got 3 kits of Hampton Ridge in a pile for me to complete and that’s one of the top to do items for this weekend.  For some reason – I’m not feeling Hampton Ridge right now.  I have a feeling it’s because I’m so behind and unlike the other BOMs – 3 kits translates to 12 blocks.  Oh well, I’ve just got to put my big girl pants on and just start doing it.  Hopefully, I’ll start getting into it once I do.  That’s what happened with Moon Glow last week.  I didn’t have any intention to finish up Moon Glow so I hope that whatever bug got into me then will get me going on Hampton Ridge.

I have been keeping myself busy on other things.  I actually started quilting Flowers and Baskets.  I realized the other day that my finish quilt goal this year is 6.  I’ve already finished 4 so I only have 2 more to go.  While I’m doing well on my BOMs, none of them will be ready for quilting and finishing this year.  Which means, I have to take two of my finished tops and quilt them by the end of the year to meet my goal.  I have three quilts on my target list to finish for 2014.  Those are Raining Cats and Dogs, Missing Ivy, and Celtic Solstice.  All three of those are nowhere near ready to be quilted so I doubt that they will be done this year.  I originally wrote that list at the beginning of the year so I need 1 other quilt to finish.  I think that will be Month by Month.  That is my last quilt top waiting to be quilted.  So over the next couple of months I’ll be quilting Flowers and Baskets on my little Bernina.  Then once that is done, I’ll be quilting Month by Month.  And by the end of the year I will meet my 6 quilts for 2014 goal.  🙂

Quilting Flowers and Baskets

Quilting Flowers and Baskets

Right now I’m quilting the straight lines on Flowers and Baskets with a walking foot.  I’ll be done with that this weekend.  Then, I’ll be quilting inside the blocks of flowers and baskets.  That may take me a little while as it’s a mix of straight lines and FMQ.  But they’re going to be different on each block.  Then I’m going to work on FMQ on the empty blocks between the flowers and baskets.  I’m still not sure what to put there but they’ll be the same on each empty square.  And finally, I’ll quilt the borders.  Everything within the borders will be quilted with black Aurifil 50w.  The borders will be quilted with a purple Aurifil 50w.

 

Celtic Solstice - Step 4 4 Patches  100 assembled  the rest waiting for me

Celtic Solstice – Step 4
4 Patches
300 assembled

I was also able to finish up Step 4 of Celtic Solstice.  I’ll check out what’s involved with Step 5 and put that on next week’s to do list. 🙂

So this weekend’s lineup is:

  1. finish straight line quilting Flowers and Baskets
  2. Practice FMQ
  3. Hampton Ridge
  4. get the next part of Block 7 for Raining Cats and Dogs set up for applique-ing.

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

 

WIP Wednesday – 9/11/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – I’ve got everything basted down and all I need to do now is applique all the pieces and embroider.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get this one done this month but that’s okay.  The last block took me three months to finish so I’ll just concentrate on getting a bit done at a time.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2 – Finished quilting 2 sides of Border #2.  If I keep up at this rate, I should be able to get Border #2 quilted this month.  I decided not to do anything special with Border #2 other than the normal quilting I’ve been doing with the rest of the quilt.  If I finish quilting and I still have some time left in the month I may had a center swirly line in the middle of Border #2 to give it some flair but only if I have time to do so.

3. Easy Street – I’ve got all the blocks sewed in rows and now I’ve just got to get the rows pieced together.   I’m planning on putting a little border just to set it off a bit.  I was planning on quilting this on the long arm but I may just quilt it on my little Bernina.  I think straight quilting would be fine since the quilt itself is so busy.  Especially since it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to actually get certified on the Long Arm until November and then I will still need to practice.  I really want this one done this year and if I stick with the long arm idea, I do not think that that is going to happen.

4. Road to Brenham quilt with Judy at Patchwork Times – After last week I checked my fabric and realized that I didn’t have all the fabric.  I was missing the background fabric.  Well, thanks to my stash I was able to pull everything I needed from my stash (5 yards!) So all in all, I’ve set aside about 15 yards for this project.  Also, I’m changing the name of this quilt to “Missing Ivy”.  As I said in that quilt’s page, I am making it for my daughter because she is missing her old school a lot.  This quilt is being done in her old school’s colors.  The school’s name begins with Ivy so that’s why I’m calling it “Missing Ivy”.

Thanks for reading!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 9/4/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – I finished piecing the background and tracing all my pieces last Monday (Thank you Labor Day for the extra time quilting!) I started basting down the pieces yesterday but only got one piece down.  I’ll continue to baste down pieces and hope to get this part done this week if not sooner.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2.  I’m almost done with 1 side!

3. Easy Street – Finished Block B this last weekend and laid out the entire thing on my floor – I do not have a design wall big enough to fit this monstrosity!  It’s the first quilt my dad has seen me lay out and he was amazed at how all the pieces fit as I was laying down each block.

4. Month by Month – my September Get It Done Goals included getting this quilted on the long arm.  I’ve never quilted on a long arm before and my LQS – the further one away – rents out their long arms.  Since I battled quilting Kayla’s Thirties Quilt with my little Bernina I wanted to check out this process with Easy Street.  It’s a pretty quilt but it’s big and I don’t want to use my little Bernina on it.  I also do not want to use that as my first quilt on a long arm.  So this quilt “Month by Month” – as it was my first practice quilt for machine piecing will be my practice quilt on a long arm.  In order to rent out the long arm, I have to take a class to become certified to rent.  I’m not available the next class date (9/14) so the next one after that is Oct. 26.  The weekend after PIQF.  I’m not sure if I could swing doing Quilt stuff two weekends in a row.  I do have to spend time with my family and work wise – October is one of the busiest months in the year.  The next one after that is Nov. 2.  So I’ve got 10/26 on my calendar as I’d rather get it done sooner.  However I’m not going to register for the class until we get closer to then.  I would say that I did as much as I could for this goal this month and I’m moving it off to October’s list.

5. Road to Brenham quilt with Judy at Patchwork Times – I’m pretty sure I’ve got all the fabric.  I purchased the darker blue and the lighter shade of blue and yellows.  I pulled some fabric from my stash to see how they play together.  I’ll have to check the fabric requirements and see but if I could get Easy Street done soon maybe I’ll get started on this.

Thanks for reading!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

Adding a project to my WIP list

Now that Kayla’s Thirties Quilt is done, I’m looking at what will replace that project in my WIP list.  Currently I’ve got three listed:

My Hand Quilt – the plan is to finish the inner border this month, the middle border in September and the final border in October.  Then I’ll bind and label it in November.

Raining Cats and Dogs – I’ve got 4 blocks left to do.  On average it takes me about 2 -3 months to finish a block because I am hand applique-ing it.

Easy Street – the plan is to finish the rest of step 8 in September, quilt it in October, bind and label it in November.  I’d like to actually quilt this on the long arm so as a practice I’m going to add Month to Month to my WIP list.

Month to Month was a project in a quilt book I had in my bookcase for many years.  I cannot even remember when and where I bought it.  I do not have it in front of me so I can’t reference the exact title of the book and the authors.  But my primary purpose for doing the project was to practice machine piecing.  The quilt top was completed years ago and I found it a few weeks ago when I unpacked my quilt boxes after the move.  I do not really like the quilt.  It’s not really my style.  The only reason I started the project was because it was the first quilt project in the book and for some reason I had it in my head that I needed to do the first project and work my way through all the quilts in the book.  There are a total of 5-6.  Now – I realize that there are just not enough time to do things this way.  I only work on things that are pretty to me.  However, since it’s done – I might as well use it as a way to practice quilting on a long arm.  There is a quilt shop not to far from me that rents them out so I’m going to add this to my WIP list.

Month by Month

Month by Month

I’m updating my quilt gallery to reflect all of these changes.

– still in Los Angeles. I’ll be heading home with the family tonight.

Wish I was quilting now.

Melanie