Weekly Progress Update #144

To-Do for the week of May 10th-16th:

  1. Sew some of my Nene quilt blocks. √Done
  2. Write a blog post about a recent finish. √Done
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I’ve started sewing my Nene blocks, and I really like how they’re looking. I have the other 17 blocks partially made and just need to sew the grey setting triangles on them and then trim them to size (11 3/4″ x 22 5/8″–not the most straightforward block dimension!)

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To-Do #2

I recently got my SAHRR 2022 quilt finished. For details, please see post linked here.

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To-Do #3

Here is a pic of temperature quilts flying geese for May 1-14 for my town in New Mexico, a Bay Area city in California, and a city in Washington. I love how these units dramatically show in a pictorial way how much my town in NM differs from my stepdaughter’s city in CA and my stepson’s city in WA. We’re still dealing with some low overnight temps (May 5th Purple at 27F and May 13th Noble Purple 34F). The highest temp represented is also in the NM column May 14th Citrus at 84F).

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To-Do for the week of May 17th-23rd:

  1. Sew the setting triangles on my Nene blocks and possibly sewing the blocks into rows.
  2. Make binding for Colby’s graduation camping quilt and for my gradient strip quilt.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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SAHRR 2022 Finished

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) 2022 organized by Quilting Gail. Because I sent my quilt top off for quilting, I was not able to participate in the SAHRR 2022 Finale Parade. I’ve had it back from Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting for a few weeks and finally got around to getting it finished this past weekend. I would’ve liked to have taken a nice outside photo, but I live in northern New Mexico with a wildfire that is scarily close, and there’s no way I will expose any of my quilts to the ever-present smoke in the air. Hopefully the firefighters will get the fire fully contained in the near future, and going outside will once again be a good thing.

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Here is a close-up of the center French Bulldog block that shows a little of the royal blue minky backing with the Scribble quilting.

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I wrote about each border in the following posts:

I made a quilt with many of the same borders for my stepson, Drew, with a paper-pieced Boston Terrier center block, in honor of Drew’s beloved Boston Terrier named Sushi. Read about the finished quilt here. And see a cute pic of Sushi with the Sushi quilt below:

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Now I can’t wait for SAHRR 2023!

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Weekly Progress Update #143

To-Do for the week of May 2nd-8th:

  1. Start working on my Nene quilt. √Done
  2. Start arranging the layout for my Kantha quilt top. √Done
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I got all the cutting done for my Nene quilt and have picked the coordinating Kona solids that I will use in the blocks. Here is a photo of the colors that I’ll use in two of the the four blocks.

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To-Do #2

I finished my gradient quilt top, and I really like the arrangement. I did, however, decide to not add Kantha stitching to this quilt. I still want to make a Kantha project which will most likely be a color gradient design, but I want it to be smaller and more portable like a pillow or mini quilt. I’ll send this quilt top and backing off for quilting and will use it to cover my recliner in the living room. My Dimension in Dusk quilt has shrunk after multiple washings and doesn’t stay up on my chair anymore. So I need another colorful chair cover!

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To-Do #3

I’m caught up with sewing temperature flying geese units. I’ll try to take a pic of the first two weeks of May next weekend.

To-Do for the week of May 8th-16th:

  1. Sew some of my Nene quilt blocks.
  2. Write a blog post about a recent finish.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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Weekly Progress Update #142

To-Do for the week of April 25th-May 1st:

  1. Finish my Apex camping graduation quilt top for Colby. √Done
  2. Cut more strips for my Kantha quilt top. √Done
  3. Write my May 2022 OMG post. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get the quilt top done for Colby’s camping graduation quilt. It is packaged up and ready to send to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. Here is a photo of the center of the quilt top.

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To-Do #2

I may have finished cutting strips for my Alison Glass Kantha Sew Along quilt. I won’t know until I take all the strips I have and start laying them out in a cohesive gradient order. I will be piecing the strips together in columns that are approximately 78″ in length. The width of the quilt top will be around 54″. Below are strips I cut over the weekend.

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To-Do #3

I wrote my May 2022 One Monthly Goal on Sunday. Here is a pic of one of the gorgeous panels I will be cutting into triangles for my Nene quilt:

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To-Do for the week of May 2nd-May 8th:

  1. Start working on my Nene quilt.
  2. Start arranging the layout for my Kantha quilt top.
  3. Make more units for my temperature quilts.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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May 2022 OMG

My May 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make a beautiful and colorful quilt top using the Nene pattern by Eye Candy Quilts and Giucy Giuce’s gorgeous Quantum panels.

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I first saw these amazing panels in the Nene quilt made by Eye Candy Quilts on Jessie@Threaded Quilting Studio’s blog post Hiring a Longarm Quilter: Footnotes Edition. If you open the link, scroll down to the fifth photo to see this spectacular version. I will be using coordinating Kona solids for the diamonds and Kona Charcoal to outline the diamonds. My background fabric is Kona Titanium.

This has been a project I’ve wanted to make for over three years, so I’m excited to get it started!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: May 2022 OMG.

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Weekly Progress Update #141

To-Do for the week of April 18th-April 24th:

  1. Finish sewing my flying geese units into columns for the first quarter of 2022 for my three temperature quilts and write my April OMG Finished post. √Done
  2. Bind my stepson’s Sushi quilt. √Done
  3. Start working on a high school graduation quilt for my great-nephew, Colby. √Done

To-Do #1

My April 2022 One Monthly Goal was to sew together the first quarter (January, February, and March 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. Below is a pic of Jan-March units sewn together with my town in New Mexico (NM) on the left, my stepdaughter’s Bay Area city in California (CA) in the middle, and my stepson’s city in Washington (WA) on the right. For more information about this project, please read this post.

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To-Do #2

On Sunday I attached the binding to the quilt for my stepson, Drew. He will turn 39 next month, and the quilt features his Boston Terrier, Sushi. Below are pics of the front and back of the quilt (minky). The Loops & Swirls quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.

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To-Do #3

My great-nephew, Colby, will be graduating from high school in May. Camping has been a big part of his life, so I opted to make another camping quilt to commemorate the occasion and to celebrate our family’s love of camping. I am using the Apex quilt pattern by Mitzie@Jittery Wings. The pattern uses strip piecing to simplify the piecing. I wasn’t able to strip piece all of my fabrics due to choosing to fussy cut two of the units, but I can tell you that the pattern is well written, and I can see me making it again and totally strip piecing my next version of it. Below is one of the blocks I’m using in the quilt for Colby.

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To-Do for the week of April 25th-May 2nd:

  1. Finish my Apex camping graduation quilt top for Colby.
  2. Cut more strips for my Kantha quilt top.
  3. Write my May 2022 OMG post.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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April 2022 OMG Finished post

My April 2022 One Monthly Goal was to sew together the first quarter (January, February, and March 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. Below is a pic of Jan-March units sewn together with my town in New Mexico (NM) on the left, my stepdaughter’s Bay Area city in California (CA) in the middle, and my stepson’s city in Washington (WA) on the right.

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I am using the same Kona solids to depict each temperature range, and when they are finished, it will be so much fun to see the quilts next to each other and compare the different temperatures for each state. I’m using Accuweather to track temperatures. The large triangles (geese) are the high temperatures, and the small triangles (sky) are the low temperatures. On January 1st the geese for NM, CA, and WA were all pointed up. If the temperature stayed the same or increased, the geese for Jan 2nd pointed up as shown with California and Washington, but since the high temperature decreased in New Mexico on Jan 2nd, I pointed that goose down. I’ve used 16 of my 21 color ranges so far. They are: <0 Orchard Ice, 0-9 Violet, 10-14 Magenta, 15-19 Geranium, 20-24 Dark Violet, 25-29 Purple, 30-34 Noble Purple, 35-39 Surf, 40-44 Ocean, 45-49 Celestial, 50-54 Mediterranean,  55-59 Cyan, 60-64 Glacier, 65-69 Clover, 70-74 Kiwi, and 75-79 Chartreuse. I’m using Kona Charcoal to sew rectangles to the end of the columns for the months that don’t have 31 days.

I’m using 2″x4″ finished flying geese in all three quilts. I am paper-piecing all the flying geese using Lee@Freshly Pieced’ Perfect Flying Geese and keeping track of the date, state, and colors on the paper to help keep me organized.  At first I was making flying geese for several days at a time, but I’ve found making the flying geese units on a daily basis works best for me. Here is what the back of the units look like:

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When sewing the units into columns, I sometimes had to match up the points of the geese. At first I tried to use David Sirota’s tip on How to Get Points to Align Perfectly using dental floss, but that was going to take too much time. Next I just tried to eyeball where the points matched with not very good results, so then I thought I would use a long flower pin inserting the pin as I did with the needle threaded with dental floss:

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I sewed very carefully up to pin which helped my points match fairly decently (meets my “good enough” criteria!)

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I sewed the units for the three columns in four different groups first sewing NM Jan 1st to 2nd, then CA Jan 1st to 2nd, and then WA 1st to 2nd tearing off the paper right before I sewed the units together (but taping little labels to the back of the some of the units to keep myself straight). Then I reached around and clipped off the two units for NM and CA and added Jan 3rd to each column, then I clipped the two units for WA and added Jan 3rd, etc. When I had added units through Jan 8th for each state, I started again with the Jan 9th units. I felt that I had to use this rather meticulous method to not get my dates mixed up.

I won’t lie, making three temperature quilts at one time is time consuming, but my organizational system is working pretty well, and it was definitely reinforcing to see the first three months sewn together for all three temp quilts. So far I’m current with April. I’m looking forward to using Kona Citrus when the temperature in one of the three cities I’m tracking hits 80-84.

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Weekly Progress Update #140

To-Do for the week of April 11th-April 17th:

  1. Start sewing my flying geese units into columns for my three temp quilts. √Done
  2. Bind my four sunflower placemats. √Done
  3. Cut more 2.5″ strips of Alison Glass fabric for my Kantha Sew-Along quilt top. √Done

To-Do #1

I have made progress on sewing the flying geese for my temp quilts into columns. Below is photo of the month of January from left to right for New Mexico, California, and Washington. The purple fabrics denote colder temperatures, so you can see that the temps in my city in New Mexico has been significantly colder than my stepdaughter’s Bay Area city in California or my stepson’s city in Washington, except for Jan 7th which got up to 65 degrees shown in Clover green!

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To-Do #2

I did get my Sunflower for Ukraine placemats finished, and they’ve been used and laundered. I just did not have it in me to put them nicely on the dining room table with some sort of decorative centerpiece, so here’s your basic on-the-cutting-mat shot! I really love the sunflower quilting done by Jessica who is on Instagram as @sugarmillquilts.

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To-Do #3

I cut some red violet, pink, poppy, and coral colored strips for my Kantha quilt. It’s been fun playing with these gorgeous fabrics!

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To-Do for the week of April 18th-April 24th:

  1. Finish sewing my flying geese units into columns for the first quarter of 2022 for my three temperature quilts and write my April OMG Finished post.
  2. Bind my stepson’s Sushi quilt.
  3. Start working on a high school graduation quilt for my great-nephew, Colby.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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Weekly Progress Update #139

To-Do for the week of April 4th-April 10th:

  1. Start sewing my flying geese units into columns for my three temp quilts. Nope
  2. Make bindings for my SAHRR2022 quilt, Drew’s Sushi quilt, and for the four sunflower placemats. √Done
  3. Start cutting 2.5″ strips of Alison Glass fabric for my Kantha Sew-Along quilt top. √Done

To-Do #1

This past week I didn’t have time to work on sewing my temperature flying geese units together for January-March, but I should be able to make progress with them this coming week.

To-Do #2

When I have a lot of binding strips to cut, I get out my Accuquilt-Go machine with the 2.5″ strip die. It really makes short work of cutting binding strips. Too bad it won’t sew the strips together and press them in half 🙂

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To-Do #3

I cut some 2.5″ the regular way for my Kantha quilt. I will piecing strips together to make them approximately 78″ long. And probably not surprising, I’m planning to arrange my strips in a gradient order.

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To-Do for the week of April 11th-April 17th:

  1. Start sewing my flying geese units into columns for my three temp quilts.
  2. Bind my four sunflower placemats.
  3. Cut more 2.5″ strips of Alison Glass fabric for my Kantha Sew-Along quilt top.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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Weekly Progress Update #138

To-Do for the week of March 29th-April 4th:

  1. Make two more Sunflower for Ukraine blocks. √Done
  2. Work on some flying geese for my three temperature quilts. √Done
  3. Write my April 2022 OMG post. √Done

To-Do #1

I was going to quilt my Sunflower for Ukraine placemats myself, but then I decided I wanted a sunflower quilting design and checked in with Jessica who is on Instagram as @sugarmillquilts because not only is she skilled, but she is also fast! So I sewed the four placemats into a quilt top and sent it off to Jessica on Thursday.

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To-Do #2

I have continued to make flying geese on a daily basis for my three temp quilts. I generally make the flying geese before I turn my attention to more challenging (and interesting) tasks.

To-Do #3

I had a few different ideas about what I might want to choose as my April 2022 monthly goal but decided on getting the first quarter of 2022 completed for my three temperature quilt tops. Read the post about this project here.

To-Do for the week of April 4th-April 10th:

  1. Start sewing my flying geese units into columns for my three temp quilts.
  2. Make bindings for my SAHRR2022 quilt, Drew’s Sushi quilt, and for the four sunflower placemats.
  3. Start cutting 2.5″ strips of Alison Glass fabric for my Kantha Sew-Along quilt top.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday.

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