Category Archives: Quilting

2023 Quilt Queue

Here is my current quilt queue in no particular order. Well, I take that back. It’s in order of completion from oldest to more recent. But it’s in no order as to when they are to be quilted. Ideally I want to quilt the oldest one first to get them off my list but the older ones are all big quilts and what I learned last year is that the big ones take forever to finish quilting (surprise!). Anyway so this year I’m going to mix the big and small quilts up hoping that I can get quick finishes in the middle of long quilting projects.

Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 Mystery Quilt – Good Fortune – flimsy January 2020

2012 SoCal Quilters Run – Area One’s mystery quilt – flimsy June 2020

Area One 6/22/2020

Jan Krentz – Broken Diamond Star – flimsy 4/2021

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – finished top! 8/7/2021

Scrappy Stars

Kimberly Einmo’s mystery quilt from Craftsy circa 2014-

I know it doesn’t look finished but I promise it is. I just haven’t taken a pic of the flimsy yet.

Disappearing 9 Patch – flimsy 10/20/2022- this one is currently being quilted.

Dora Carey’s Arabesque – flimsy 11/3/2022 – i’ll be quilting this next as I want it finished by April to show.

Arlene Arnold’s Lucretia’s Journey – flimsy 11/29/2022

Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail – flimsy 12/5/2022

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

January 2023

Here is my January list to keep me focused.

#1 – Disappearing 9 Patch is under my needle right now. I would like to finish finish finish this quilt this month.

#2 Plum Fusion – one of our local shop’s Saturday Sampler. – I would like to do page 11 and page 12. I believe these are just one block a piece so not too difficult.

Page 19 – 4 blocks of these

#3 – Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 workshop. – Finish this top

#4 – New saturday sampler – The Quilty Pleasure Saturday Sampler starts this month. I’d like to stay on schedule and keep up with it so I’d like to get the first month’s tasks done for the QP Saturday Sampler.

#5 – the road classes – be prepared to learn, do and finish the projects.

#6 – Mountain Mist – cut fabric for 1 block and start…

#7 – my bag

#8 – my peasant top

It’s a lot for one month and we’ll see how much I actually get done. I have one weekend retreat for cross stitching and I plan to work on my needlepoint. And I have Road to CA classes. But I’ve got them on the list so I hope that helps me get some of these things checked off.

Happy quilting!

Melanie

Hello 2023 and my plans

At the end of the year I went on a finishing spree. I had started out the fall a bit depressed and stressed about all my upcoming planned starts. It really helped to blog about my starts, preparing for them and my 2022 WIP list to get them finished. I’ll post a new WIP list soon to keep me on track and start the year off right.

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022 – last flimsy finish of 2022

This year I am participating in a different LQS’ Saturday Sampler than the LQS I did last year. I debated back and forth on whether or not to do both as there are 2 Saturday Samplers being offered by 2 different local quilt shops. The thin material of the other had me and some other friends decide against it, even though we loved the look of the quilt. We decided to do the one below.

Saturday Sampler at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, CA

In addition to the Saturday Sampler, I have a few Guild workshops coming up. and with every workshop is a new start. January- Jean Impey and her beautiful ‘twinkle’ quilt. February is Sheila Colins and her Mandala. March is April Sproule. July is Patricia Skiles; September is Kim Brownell, and October is Linda Sullivan. I’m not yet sure if I will be doing all the workshops that are planned this year but I generally plan on it and change things as the year goes on.

I have a bunch of hand work and hand quilting I want to work on too. I plan to add them to my WIP list. When I work on them I enjoy them but I often forget about them because I’m focused on the piecing and classes. Which reminds me, I have 3 classes at Road to CA that are all hand work: Sue Spargo, sashiko, and wool applique. All three have new starts attached to them.

Quilt Queue: Last year it was a goal to finish finish finish a quilt each month to show at my monthly guild meeting. I almost accomplished that but fell by the wayside when I got Covid and my energy waned. I ended up with 6 completely finished quilts -4 bigger ones and 2 minis. I plan to do this again this year but not as strict. I also need to mix up big quilts and smaller ones to help with timing. I have 9 finished tops to be quilted and I’ll be tracking the quilt queue list over the year to remember what still needs to be done. These lists really help me stay on top of what needs to be done and get things done. I swear by them.

Other than quilting I still have my other crafty wants. I still want to sew bags, sew some clothes, knit, cross stitch and continue my needlepoint obsession. I love hand embroidery and all kinds of hand work.

There is just not enough time! I knit and cross stitch almost every day and for now I will continue with Gamer and the MFE SAL 2022 and my Orient Express Shawl. I have a list somewhere of all my knitting WIPs and cross stitch WIPs. The Shawl will be done soon (in another 2 months or so) and as I get closer to that finish I need to figure out what will come out of hibernation next. Gamer and MFE will still take forever. Knowing me, Ill get tired of working on these 2 at some point. I’m still surprised that I haven’t yet. And when I do I will need to find some trick to get me to continue to work on it while I switch up projects here and there to keep me going.

I’ve been working on my needlepoint at retreats and I have 2 that are mine and the rest are inherited projects. I wish I could work a little bit every day on my needlepoint but the problem is it uses the same stand as my cross stitch and I don’t have the energy or time to switch them out every day. I’ve been contemplating getting a new stand just for needlepoint but haven’t pulled that trigger yet.

Last on my craft list is sew some bags and some clothes. Since it’s last I haven’t gotten to this much this year. Earlier in the year a group of my gal friends created a small group called the ‘bag ladies’ and our intention was to work on bags every Friday night. Well other sewing took over and then life. Soon we stopped meeting on Fridays. It helps me to have a dedicated day/ time to work on these. The problem is I don’t have that day/time to give. So I have to reflect and see what to do to add these in. I think I will add one bag and one clothes project to my monthly list to help me remember to work on them. I’ll try that this year.

Well, friends, that’s my crafty plans. Nothing really specific other than blog, make lists, check them often and cross things off!

Hugs to you all!

Here’s to a great year to everyone!

Melanie

December Recap 2022

Even with all my travels and all the things I had a great month in terms of my quilting goals. This pretty much is the same as my mid month recap.

First, my disappearing 9 patch – I wasn’t able to finish quilting this project but Im halfway through. With all the traveling I ran out of time.

Second, Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea/Snails Trail – My goal was to finish the top. And it’s done.

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

Third, Plum Fusion – My goal was to finish page 19 and here it is! 4 of these blocks.

And Fourth, Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 – my goal was to pull this out, take a more current picture, and see what needs to happen to finish this project up. And I did it!

Happy quilting!

Melanie

2022 Finished Projects

Here are my finishes for 2022.

Dancing with the Stars – Feb. 2022
Mama’s Bukid – Framed March, 2022
Glam Clam – March 2022
April 2022
Hawaiian quilt – May 2022
Rippity doo dah -June 2022
Provence – November 2022

A small project finished: Chirp Block

front
back

Finished tops….

Arabesque – October 2022
Disappearing 9 Patch – October 2022
Lucretia’s Journey – November 2022
Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Designer: Wendy Mathson – December 2022

Paris in December 2022

December 2022

I went with some girlfriends to Paris for a week! We’d been planning this trip for months and I was thrilled to finally take the plunge back into international travel. This was my first time to Paris while my travel sisters had already been before. I am so lucky they still wanted to do the iconic tourist spots with me.

Our visit was jam packed but here’s where we were able to fit in our busy schedule.

– Seine River Cruise at night. Since it was December, it was really cold to do this at night. But we persevered and kept each other as warm as possible.

– Musee de l’Orangerie – If you love Monet, come here.

– Musee d’Orsay – if you love impressionism, come here.

One of the clocks at d’Orsay

– The Louvre – if you want to see the Mona Lisa and some other famous paintings, come here. Each museum, you can spend several hours. I got what I came for at the Musee de l’Orangerie and Musee d’Orsay. If I am able to come back again, I would love to leisurely explore The Louvre for a lot longer. The nice thing about coming in December is that there were not as many people so the lines were very short if there were lines at all.

– Food Tour of Monmartre – This was lovely and other districts have similar tours set up as well. We got to visit a cheese shop, a bread shop, a butcher shop, a chocolate and macaron shop, a crepe spot and a wine spot. After all the walking around, we settled in a “secret spot” where we shared the meal and our guide educated us on the different foods we were eating.

– and since we were in Monmartre, we also went to Sacre Couer. Which is a beautiful big church (cathedral?).

Sacre Couer

– walk down Champs Elysee – this is a 1.5 mile long avenue of shops. And if you are into shopping, this may be the spot for you. We didn’t really shop but walked down it as at the end is the Arc d’Triomphe.

I’d rather stroll Jardin de Luxembourg than Champs Elysee – but you have to do it just once so you know.

– Arc d’Triomphe – climbed to the top

– Galeries Lafayette – This is a huge mall and the real prize is the view from the rooftop and it’s free. Since it was Christmas time, the mall was full to the brim of people and there were lines to everything. This is the only place where I felt congested.

Top of Galeries Lafayette

– City Pharma – a must if you are into skin and hair care. The items are significantly cheaper than the States and many items cannot be found in the States.

– Eiffel Tower- The day we went to the Eiffel Tower was the coldest day of our visit at 27degrees F. It was so cold we could not go all the way to the top due to frost. We were only able to go to the 2nd platform. We chose to take the elevator up and then walked down for the steps.

On the second platform at the Eiffel Tower

– Rue d’University – this is for iconic instagram pictures.

Iconic insta pic at Rue d’Universite

– Jardin de Luxembourg – this is a nice place to leisurely stroll, sit on a bench and read a book if you have the time.

Jardin de Luxembourg

– and a lot of shopping and eating

I ate so much food. I thought I would come home 10 lbs heavier. Amazingly I lost weight. I attribute it to the 20,000+ steps we were averaging each day.

I hope I can come back one day and do a fiber and textile tour. I want to visit yarn and fabric shops and needlepoint. We just didn’t have the time to do it this trip so I know Paris is a must for me to come back to. I learned that there is a needlecraft show that happens every March. I would love to come back in March, 2024 for this event.

Hugs,

Melanie

December 2022 – mid month update

First, my disappearing 9 patch. Here’s how much I was able to quilt before I headed off to Paris.

Second, Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea/Snails Trail – My goal was to finish this top and I finished it!

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

Third, Plum Fusion – one of our local shops’ Saturday Sampler. – I wanted to finish Page 19 and I did!

And Fourth, Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 workshop. – My goal was to pull this out, take a more current picture, and see what needs to happen to finish this project up. – done!

I didn’t think I’d get everything done this month but my finishing urge has been going strong lately. The rest of the month will be a little slow on the crafty end as I take a few weeks off traveling.

Happy quilting!

Melanie

Quilt in Progress: Linda Ballard’s Dresden

This was the picture I last posted on my WIP list:

My guild hosted this workshop with Linda Ballard in February 2022. As with everything, I worked on it and worked on it and then the next workshop happened and then life and it got put away and forgotten about. I really totally forgot about it until one of my friends pulled hers out and hers is pretty much almost done. And I mean fully quilted, bound and labeled done.

That’s when I remembered and added it to my WIP list. The nice thing about WIP lists is that it’s hard to forget about projects. And as much as I’m not wanting to work on this, I do want to get it done. My goal for December was to pull it out, take a current picture and see what needs to happen to finish this project up.

And I did that….Here’s my current picture:

Linda Ballard’s Dresden / current picture

And the next step is to attach the dresden to the Log Cabin background and then attach the center. Or, do you attach the center and then attach the dresden to the background? How do you do it?

I plan to hand applique the center and machine blanket stitch the dresden. I’m just not sure of the order yet.

That is all that needs to be done to call this a finished top.

There is too little time my crafty friends.

Hugs

Melanie

A small finish: Chirp Block

This was part of my WIP list I posted about a few weeks ago. I’m taking a class at Road with Sue Spargo and it’s listed as an intermediate class. I was intimated so asked my Stitch Club teacher to prep me and she had me do one of Sue Spargo’s ‘Chirp’ blocks. It reminded me of all the steps and now I feel confident to attend the class.

I finished the piece by backing it with a peice of wool and folding the top fabric over to the back. I fused the backing with a heavy heat and bond fusible that I have on hand for my ornaments. and stitched it down with matching Ellana wool thread. Then I added batting with a light fusible. I only fused it halfway so I have a bit loose at the bottom in case I needed it. The black felt was where I was keeping some needles on for the chirp project and just attached it to this to keep my pins in place.

I really loved how it all turned out and I had everything on hand. I have a generous stash and I have the complete collection of the Ellana wool thread that way I can easily match and use it as I need it. This was a very pricey birthday gift to myself and I worried I was buying something I wouldn’t use but I’ve been dipping into it a lot since I got it a few months ago. It’s definitely the best purchase I’ve made so far this late in the year.

Hugs,

Melanie