Besides moving my sister and her husband and doing some mending for her, I managed to meet all of my goals and then some. Whoohoo!
The number one priority goal is the Jacob’s Ladder blocks for the three king size quilts I need to finish this year. I did reach my goal of 36:
In addition to these blocks, I completed 12 of the quad Log Cabin blocks which is more than I’ve been able to complete in a single month so far:
Then I decided it was high time I finished a set of 7 tea towels I started the first week of December 2016. I learned a lot about my embroidery machine working on these since the lettering would not fit in my 4 x 4 field. I used a movable hoop and learned how to mark things and line them up. I’m pretty new to this embroidery machine game. LOL
And since I had the embroidery machine stuff strewn all over the place, I decided to make a set of 5 tea towels for one of my granddaughters for her birthday:
After I finished the embroidery, I did a bit of cleaning and straightening in my studio. While I was whistling while I worked, I had a brainstorm. My shelving for my fabric stash and other treasures is made from two shuttered bi-fold closet doors and 5 boards. It dawned on me that those shutters showing on the end could work harder than just holding up 5 boards. They could also hold my cones of quilting thread. Here is what my husband and I came up with:
Now isn’t that just handy dandy?
Oh, and I almost forgot about the doll dress I finished. I did the embroidery whilst all that stuff was out, and then I put the fasteners on the jumper and the tee:
Maggie really likes the bee on her red corduroy jumper.
Then I finished a blanket my youngest granddaughter started about 4 years ago:
And to finish off the month, I took a strip of fabric and folded it just so and sewed it up, added a pair of folding scissors, and then put it with the other stuff I made for one of my sisters for her birthday:
I think that’s it. Like I said, it’s been a mighty busy and productive month!
Okay, something happened to my first post for these finishes. The title stayed while the body of the post disappeared. So am attempting to recreate it. As Winnie the Pooh would say, “Oh, bother.”
My first finish of the year was the Crochet Fusion quilt. I ripped out the last two rounds of crocheted edging three times before I figured out what was wrong. The count was off because I used 5″ squares of fabric rather than 6″ squares as in the original pattern. I had to make some adjustments which happily are indiscernable unless you actually do some counting or look very, very closely. Now who would do such a thing! LOL
I am pleased with my finished blanket:
My second finish of the year is a doll cradle. My niece gave me some pink and ivory decor fabrics some time back, and then I found this cute pink doll cradle at a yard sale.
After much thinking and draping of fabric and cutting of fabric and sewing of fabric and lace, it now looks like this:
My little antique dolls love their new bed.
Remember these? The squares for the High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt?
Well, while watching TV yesterday evening, I looked at a few more ways to join crochet squares and decided on one – the single crochet join. I’ve done all the horizontal joins and am ready to start the vertical ones. It went pretty fast once I made a decision. Here is what it looks like now.
Here’s a closeup in case you can’t tell what I’ve done.
This pretty little quilt may very well be my first finish of the year although I’m nearing completion on another that I’ll post before and after pictures once it is finished. In the meantime………………………………..
After several days of working on the Crochet Fusion Quilt, I have made some progress, but it is slow going. I trimmed the corners of all 42 squares, turned them right side out, and top stitched 1/4 inch from the edges. Then I started working on the blanket stitch. After getting the blanket stitch completed on 6 blocks, I wanted to see how the crochet would look so did the crochet around 1 of the blocks. I currently have the blanket stitch completed on 7 blocks, started the blanket stitch on the 8th block, and have completed the crochet around 1 block.
My progress on the Confetti Quilt is also slow going at this point. I’ve trimmed 225 four-patch blocks and have 50 remaining to be trimmed. Hopefully this next week I will get the borders and sashing cut for this quilt and start sewing the rows together.
Hope your projects are showing a bit faster results than my current ones. LOL
Or Should I Say Projects
After spending 40+ years on my last project……Well, there were moments when I didn’t work on it. Now there’s an understatement. LOL Well, anyway, I was anxious to start on something new. So anxious that I’ve started two new projects.
The first involves about 270 four-patch blocks that finish at 3 inches. In less than a weeks time, I have all the four-patches sewn together and have started squareing them up.
I’ve trimmed 75 of them so far, and my thumb on my right hand is now officially sore from all that trimming. So to give it a rest, I’ve temporarily moved on.
I ran across a tutorial for the sweetest baby blanket. You can see it here, but don’t forget to come back and see what I’m doing with it.
Welcome back! Isn’t it just the sweetest ever? And about the time I found this tutorial, I received an email from the Missouri Star Quilting Co. with their daily deal which was FREE SHIPPING. I love free shipping. So I went to their website and shopped their charm packs. I found the most delightful one which also included 250 bonus Quilter’s Cash points. So I promptly ordered two packs. That was on Friday. On Sunday I noticed that my order would most likely be delivered on Monday, so I got busy cutting 5 inch squares of batting from my batting scraps. I needed 42. Done.
As expected the charm packs came today, and I got busy sewing and before I knew it I had turned this
The first step is complete. Now to trim the corners and turn each square right side out.
Until then, Happy Quilting,
I finished my first great grandbaby’s quilt today. Now to get it to the precious one. Aspen Rain made her debut weighing in at 6 lbs 13 oz and 20 in long. She looks like her mama. I haven’t got to see her yet but will definitely see her soon and take her the quilt.