Weekly Progress Update #151

To-Do for the week of June 27th-July 3rd:

  1. Write my July 2022 OMG post. √Done
  2. Make more Murmuration units (diamonds and possibly triangles). √Done
  3. Write my 2022 Mid-Year Check-in post. √Done

To-Do #1

I did decide to make finishing my Murmuration quilt top my July 2022 One Monthly Goal. See my post here.

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To-Do #2

I’ve made several more Murmuration units this past week, some of which are in the photo above. I think I will spare everyone more photos of this project until the quilt top is finished. I do think they’re very pretty, but they definitely look alike!

To-Do #3

I enjoyed recapping the first half of 2022 and prioritizing what I want to accomplish in the second half of this year in my 2022 Mid-Year Check-in post. The photo below shows flying geese depicting January, February, and March temperatures for my city in New Mexico, my stepdaughter’s city in the Bay Area in California, and my stepson’s city in Washington. Staying current with these temperature quilts is my number one priority the rest of 2022.

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

  1. Bind my Nene quilt and a write a post about it when it’s finished.
  2. Start sewing my April flying geese temperature units into columns.
  3. Work on my Murmuration project.

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

 

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2022 Mid Year Checkin

I am joining in on Yvonne@Quilting Jetgirl’s#2022 Mid Year Check-in Linky Party. I’ve participated in these Planning Parties hosted by Yvonne for the past six years. (See my 2021, 2020, 2020 Mid Year Review2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 posts for previous quilting-related goals). I really enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and be more intentional about what I want to prioritize in the coming half-year or year.

Here is what I had hoped to accomplish in 2022:

Temperature Quilts

I’ve been keeping up with making 2″x 4″ flying geese for THREE temperature quilts that uses data from AccuWeather for cities in three different states. I am using the same Kona solids to depict each temperature range, and it has been so much fun to see the columns of flying geese next to each other and compare the different temperatures for each state. 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. The purple colors are the colder temps, and the greens and yellow are the warmer temps.

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Quilt Your Life

In January I joined Kitty@NightQuilter’s Quilt Your Life Crew and had planned to document distance on my Peloton bike. I’ve been riding it at least 10 minutes a day (which for me has been a little over 3K) for the past eight months (except for one day when I was sick with food poisoning–Ugh!). I originally planned to make large throw-size Quilt Your Life quilt, but have decided to make a mini quilt with the block below embellished with some embroidered stats for the year.

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Quilts for Special Occasions

  • a high school graduation quilt for my great-nephew, Colby
  • an I Spy quilt to celebrate Lucy’s first birthday in April
  • a Pineapple mini quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon’s 70th birthday also in April
  • Butterfly Effect English Paper Piecing quilt for my best friend, Mary’s birthday in October using a quilt kit I bought in April from Pink Door Fabrics.

I got the first two on my list of Quilts for Special Occasions completed. I finished Colby’s high school graduation camping quilt in June, link to post here. I really enjoyed making Lucy’s I Spy quilt, link to post here. I started to work on a Pineapple mini quilt for Sharon’s 70th birthday but had some difficulty with it and had lots of other things going on in my life, so I opted for a store-bought gift. Gasp! I also decided to postpone making the Butterfly EPP mini quilt for my best friend. Lord knows she’s NOT hurting for handmade items from me!

Donation Quilt

I decided to turn an old Work-in-Progress from 2019 into a donation quilt in 2022. It is the Treasure Hunt quilt, and I had Bee Hive members make scrappy blocks that for this quilt. I ended up donating this quilt to a professor of mine from grad school who lost everything in a wildfire in May. Read more about this quilt here.

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Quilts that Weren’t on my list for 2022

Round Robin Quilts

In January I decided to participate in the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) 2022 organized by Quilting Gail. I enjoyed it so much that I made my another round robin quilt using most of the same borders for a quilt for my stepson featuring his Boston Terrier, Sushi. See this post for photos of these finished quilts.

Color Gradient Quilts

Not surprisingly, I decided to work on three color gradient quilts this year. One is a finished quilt, one I just received back from Rebecca Grace earlier this week, and one is my current project. The finished quilt is my Color Gradient Strip quilt, link to post here. Nene is the quilt that was quilted by Rebecca, link to finished quilt top here, and my current project is my Murmuration quilt, link to post here.

What’s Up for the Rest of the Year?

My priorities are obviously finishing up my Nene and Murmuration quilts in the next two-three months, and making headway on my temperature quilts and Quilt Your Life mini quilt, but of course I have some other projects that interest me that I may or may not get to.

  1. I’m thinking of making one more throw-size quilt this year. Lumen is definitely a favorite of all the quilts I’ve made, and I frequently think about making this quilt for myself. Read about the Lumen quilt I made for my stepdaughter here.
  2. More small projects including mini quilts, table runners, placemats, and pillows.
  3. Make some blocks for a Mosaic Story Camping Quilt using Amy Friend’s Mosaic Story quilt block.
  4. Make some Sew Tiny ornaments. See two adorable trees in this post.
  5. Make a center block for the 2023 Stay At Home Round Robin.

Linking up to Quilting Jetgirl: #2022 Mid-Year Check-in.

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July 2022 OMG

My July 2022 One Monthly Goal is to finish making my Murmuration quilt top (making units for this quilt was also my June 2022 OMG). This is a project I’ve wanted to make for around three years using the Murmuration pattern by Rebecca@Bryan House Quilts. So far I’ve used 21 different Kona solids. Below is a pic of 63 diamonds and five of the triangles I’ve made so far for this project that is getting closer to the final layout which be comprised of 93 diamonds plus 30 triangles. I’ve also made a few lighter diamonds that aren’t in the photo that will be placed near the outer perimeter of the quilt. I’m definitely having fun finally working on this quilt and seeing it start to come together!

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: July 2022 One Monthly Goal.

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Weekly Progress Update #150

To-Do for the week of June 20th-26th:

  1. Write my June 2022 OMG Finish post. √Done
  2. Make more Murmuration units (diamonds and possibly triangles). √Done
  3. Get caught up with my temperature quilts flying geese. √Done

To-Do #1

After I returned from my trip to Florida, I put the 60 diamonds I’ve completed thus far on my design board in nowhere near the final layout, took a photo, and wrote this post.

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To-Do #2

Over the weekend, I decided to make five of the 18 triangles needed for the top and bottom of the Murmuration quilt top.

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To-Do #3

I had 18 flying geese to make on Thursday morning after getting back from my trip. Since then I’ve gotten back to making the three flying geese daily. In the photo below, the flying geese are arranged with New Mexico on the left, a Bay Area city in California in the middle, and a city in the state of Washington on the right. The dates shown from top to bottom are June 17th-June 25th. Surprisingly enough, the Bay Area city had the highest temperature in this nine day span (92 degrees shown as Torch) between the three cities.

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To-Do for the week of June 27th-July 3rd:

  1. Write my July 2022 OMG post.
  2. Make more Murmuration units (diamonds and possibly triangles).
  3. Write my 2022 Mid-Year Check-in post.

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

 

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June 2022 OMG Finished

My June 2022 One Monthly Goal was to make 50 more diamonds for a quilt I’ve wanted to make for awhile using the Murmuration pattern by Rebecca@Bryan House Quilts. So far I’ve used 20 different Kona solids and am thinking of adding another two or three colors. Below is a pic of the 60 diamonds I’ve made so far for this project in nowhere near the final layout:

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Here are the first nine diamonds I made over the Memorial Day weekend:

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I will be making a total of 93 diamonds plus 30 triangles in the final layout. Finishing this quilt top will most likely be my July OMG.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: One Monthly Goal June 2022 Finish.

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Weekly Progress Update #149

To-Do for the week of June 13th-19th:

  1. Visit a new-to-me quilt store. √Done
  2. Work on a  second Sashiko square using my favorite variegated Caribbean perle floss on grey cloth. √Done
  3. Make more Murmuration diamonds. √Done

To-Do #1

I actually visited two new-to-me quilt shops in the past week. The first one was Quilting Folks, and it is in Rockledge, Florida. I visited my long-time friend, Annette, arriving Friday June 17th and getting back to New Mexico on Wednesday June 22nd. Annette lives two long blocks from the beach. Below is the pic I took during a glorious morning stroll:

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Here’s a photo of Annette with her favorite fabric at Quilting Folks.

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And here’s me with pretty teal Sphere fabric by Zen Chic (and yes I did come home with a yard cut of it!)

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I actually visited two new-to-me quilt shops in the past week. The second quilt store we went to was Quilts and Lace, and it is in Melbourne, Florida. I picked up an interesting table runner and placemats pattern there called Mitered Magic.

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The last full day I was in Florida Annette and I went to a little park where manatees are known to frequent. While we didn’t see a manatee that day, we did have a close sighting of a gator! Annette is definitely braver than me regarding proximity to alligators–I got close enough to snap a photo and then backed right up!

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To-Do #2

I had plenty of time of airplanes as well as some relaxing time at Annette’s, and I got two Sashiko squares finished during my trip. The pic below is definitely not great, but it shows the two squares next to a portion of Annette’s lovely swimming pool where we spent one relaxing afternoon floating around.

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To-Do #3

I just made three more Murmuration diamonds this past week before going to Florida, but I didn’t take a photo of them.

To-Do for the week of June 20th-26th:

  1. Write my June 2022 OMG Finish post.
  2. Make more Murmuration units (diamonds and possibly triangles).
  3. Get caught up with my temperature quilts flying geese.

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

 

 

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Weekly Progress Update #148

To-Do for the week of June 6th-12th:

  1. Bind Colby’s high school graduation camping quilt. √Done
  2. Make more Murmuration diamonds. √Done
  3. Work on a Sashiko square using my favorite variegated Caribbean perle floss on grey cloth. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get Colby’s camping high school graduation quilt finished over the weekend. 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 used 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 the big camper/tent squares and the small phases-of-the-moon squares, 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 a pic of the front of the quilt and the second photo below shows the back of the quilt.

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To-Do #2

In the bin in the pic below are 48 Murmuration diamonds. I have nine more on my design wall, so I have a total of 57 of the 93 diamonds I need to be make for this quilt. I’ll also need to make 30 triangles, so this project will keep me busy for awhile.

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To-Do #3

Over the weekend I also finished one Sashiko square with the pretty variegated Caribbean perle floss. I’m thinking I will make another set of coasters similar to the ones shown in this post, but I may substitute a different pattern or two.

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To-Do for the week of June 13th-19th:

  1. Make more Murmuration diamonds.
  2. Visit a new-to-me quilt store.
  3. Work on a  second Sashiko square using my favorite variegated Caribbean perle floss on grey cloth.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #147

To-Do for the week of May 30th-June 5th:

  1. Write my June 2022 One Monthly Goal post. √Done
  2. Make some more units for my June goal. √Done
  3. If I get Colby’s quilt back from Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting by the weekend, I plan to get it finished. Nope

To-Do #1

For those of you who have followed by blog for awhile, you may remember reading about a quilt at the top of quilty bucket list. It is the Murmuration quilt by Rebecca@Bryan House Quilts. Below are my first nine Murmuration diamonds. Read more about this project here.

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To-Do #2

I’ve been house/cat sitting for my friends, Sue and John, and of course, I brought a sewing machine over to work on some Murmuration units. Their cat, BG (short for Birthday Girl) decided that I needed some help. I literally had to pull out some ziplock bags from underneath her when I needed a specific color 🙂

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Below is a pic of three different units. The middle diamond is not trimmed yet. This project is an interesting combination of improv and foundation paper piecing. It’s been fun alternating the widths of strips as well as color arrangement.

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To-Do #3

I did not receive the quilt back from Sew Shabby Quilting in time for me to bind it this past weekend. The good news is the quilt arrived on Monday, so I will be able to bind it this coming weekend.

To-Do for the week of June 6th-12th:

  1. Make more Murmuration diamonds.
  2. Bind Colby’s high school graduation camping quilt.
  3. Work on a Sashiko square using my favorite variegated Caribbean perle floss on grey cloth.

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

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June 2022 OMG

My June 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make 50 more diamonds for a quilt I’ve wanted to make for awhile using the Murmuration pattern by Rebecca@Bryan House Quilts. Below are the first nine diamonds I made over the Memorial Day weekend which will be arranged differently when I finish making all 93 diamonds plus 24 triangles in the final layout.

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I will be using 20 different Kona solids in the teal/turquoise/aqua colorway which is an absolute favorite color scheme–only slightly second to rainbow/ombré projects!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: June 2022 OMG.

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Weekly Progress Update #146

To-Do for the week of May 23rd-29th:

  1. Share my May 2022 One Monthly Goal Finished post. √Done
  2. Write a post about my finished Treasure Hunt quilt and share next Sunday on the Hands2Help Final linky party on Mari@Academic Quilter’s site. √Done
  3. Work on a Kantha pillow cover. √Done
  4. I added a fourth to-do. Since publishing this post last Monday, I found out that my Color Gradient Strip Quilt had been quilted and was on its way back to me! So I plan to get it finished this upcoming holiday weekend. √Done

To-Do #1

I’m happy to share that my finished Nene quilt has been received by Rebecca@Rebecca Grace Quilting. It’s on her quilting calendar for June 20th. More info about my finished May One Monthly Goal can be read here.

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To-Do #2

On Sunday I shared a post about my Treasure Hunt quilt on Hands2Help Final Link party. Check it out here if you’re interested.

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To-Do #3

I did get the front of my Kantha pillow cover sewn together and did some Kantha stitching on two middle strips. I really like how this stitching looks, and I’m not sure it needs any more decorative stitching, so I’m going to focus on some other projects and put this project on the back burner for now.

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To-Do #4

I did get my Color Gradient Strip quilt back and quickly got it bound and photographed outside in the very welcome blue sky. More details are included in this post.

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To-Do for the week of May 30th-June 5th:

  1. Write my June 2022 One Monthly Goal post.
  2. Make some more units for my June goal.
  3. If I get Colby’s quilt back from Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting by the weekend, I plan to get it finished.

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

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