February 2023 OMG

My February 2023 One Monthly Goal is to make a quilt top using the Easy Bargello Quilt Pattern by Busy Hands Quilts. Below are the fabrics I’ll be using along with a coordinating Kona solid. This will be another fun color gradient project!

Bargello quilt fabrics

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Feb 2023 One Monthly Goal.

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Weekly Progress Update #181

To-Do for the week of Jan 24th-30th:

  1. Make the first border for SAHRR2023.√Done
  2. Finish binding my temperature quilts and write a post about them.√Done
  3. Finish my Sashiko Daisy Pouch and write my Jan 2023 OMG Finish post.√Done
  4. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.√Done

To-Do #1

I got the first border done for my 2023SAHRR project. Unfortunately I was too late to join the linky party. Roseanne with Home Sewn By Us gave us our first prompt which was the Spool Block. I paper pieced the tiny strips of “thread” using 1/4″ graph paper. It’s about 7″ square after the first border. I’m really happy with how it is looking.

SAHRR2023 first border

To-Do #2

I did get the binding finished on all three temperature quilts and wrote a post about them on Saturday. For those of you who have already read the post, I added a couple paragraphs at the end of the post about my Spoonflower labels and binding the quilts. I was just too tired on Saturday to include those details. For those interested, here is the link to that post. I’ll just include a photo of the finished California quilt below but there are lots more photos in that post.

CA outside

To-Do #3

I really pushed getting my Daisy Sashiko Pouch finished in order to meet my Jan One Monthly Goal. I’m positive I wouldn’t have finished it this month if it hadn’t been this month’s OMG, especially after I hit a snag while working on it a couple weeks ago. See details about this project here.

Daisy Pouch Sashiko pouch done

To-Do #4

Here are some more Ripples blocks that I got done for Kim’s camping quilt.

Ripple blocks 21 22 23 4 5 9

To-Do for the week of Jan 31st-Feb 6th:

  1. Finish the Ripples Camping quilt top for my niece, Kim.
  2. Make the second border for SAHRR2023 which will be stars. I’ve found the perfect tiny stars to make!
  3. Write my February 2023 One Monthly Goal post.

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January 2023 OMG Finished

My January 2023 One Monthly Goal was to turn the Daisy Sashiko panel I finished in November (see 2nd pic below) into a pouch. Several months ago I purchased this Pouch Kit from BeBe Bold. I finished the pouch with just a couple days left in January. I ran into a snag earlier in the month because I had inadvertently cut some of the striped fabric across the width rather than down the length leaving me with not enough striped fabric for the lining. I did have more of the gold fabric with black flecks so I added a piece of it so the lining fabric was long enough and placed it at the bottom of the bag, so it’s not visible unless someone peeks inside the bag. I’ll be using this pouch to hold Sashiko supplies.

Daisy Pouch Sashiko pouch done

Daisy Pouch Sashiko panel done

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Three 2022 Temperature Quilts Finished!

New Mexico is on the left, California is in the middle, and Washington is on the right.

In late 2021 I decided that I wanted to make three temperature quilts: one for my town in northern New Mexico, one for my stepdaughter who resides in a city in the Bay Area of California, and one for my stepson who lives in a city in the state of Washington. I decided to use the same Kona solids for each quilt to depict each temperature range to be able compare the different temperatures for each state. I used 2″x4″ finished flying geese in all three quilts, paper-piecing all the flying geese (daily when possible so not to get too far behind) using Lee@Freshly Pieced’ Perfect Flying Geese and keeping track of the date, state, and colors on the paper to keep me organized. I used Accuweather to track temperatures. I designated the large triangles (geese) for each day’s high temperature, and the small triangles (sky) represented the low temperatures. On January 1st, I pointed all the large triangles for all three states up, and then for subsequent days, the direction of the large triangles was determined whether the temperature increased (pointed up), stayed the same (still pointed up) or decreased (pointed down).

These are the Kona colors with associated temperature ranges: <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, 75-79 Chartreuse, Citrus 80-84, Papaya 85-89, Torch 90-94, and Coral 95-99. There were no temperatures in 2022 for any of our cities in the 100s. I use Kona Charcoal to sew rectangles to the end of the columns for the months that don’t have 31 days. I only had one day the entire year where the high and low temps were in the same temperature range which was WA Jan 5th Surf 35-39.

Early in 2022, I decided that I wanted Rebecca of Rebecca Grace Quilting to do the quilting on all three temperature quilts, and I knew I wanted to use a Charcoal Minky backing, so in September I ordered seven yards of Shannon Minky Solid Cuddle in Charcoal and had it shipped to Rebecca who was nice enough to store it for me until she received my quilt tops about three weeks ago. I have to tell you that the back looks AMAZING. Here’s a pic that Rebecca took of my New Mexico temp quilt before she returned it to me:

nm minky backing

The bobbin thread is grey and wonderfully highlights the quilting on the minky backing, but the thread that I am most excited about is the thread we chose for the front of all three quilts which was Glide Sprout:

Glide sprout thread

At the top of this post I have photos of all three finished temperature quilts taken outside mid morning on 1/28/23 (click on the photos to enlarge them). The sun was shining brightly which tends to wash out the colors, but I definitely wanted to include some outside shots. I also took pics of all three quilts on my bed. Here is New Mexico:

NM bed

Here is California:

CA bed

And here is Washington:

WA bed

Finally here is a close-up of some of the quilting on the Washington temperature quilt with the awesome Go With The Flow Quilting in Glide Sprout done by Rebecca (which shows up better on the Charcoal border above):

WA close up

I had Spoonflower print up customized labels for all three quilts (for info about the process see this post here). Below is a pic of my New Mexico label sewn in:

NM label sewn in

I started binding the quilts on Jan 21st, the day after I got them back from Rebecca. I ended binding them all a little differently. For my New Mexico temp quilt, I machine stitched the binding on both sides and thought that some of my wobbly sewing showed up too much on the binding on the front of the quilt. For the Washington quilt, I sewed the binding to the back (because I thought I was going to machine stitch it down on the front like I did for NM but then changed my mind) and hand-stitched the binding to the front. For the California quilt, I machine sewed the binding on the front of the quilt and hand-stitched it to back which took a lot of time because hand-sewing with minky fabric is NOT fun! It’s difficult to get through the fluff to fabric underneath. If I use a minky backing in the future and want to hand-stitch the binding, I will definitely do it like I did for the Washington quilt–machine stitch on the back, hand-stitch on the front.

I wrote a lot of posts about these temperature quilts over the past year. If you want to read in more detail, please use the Search This Blog box and type in temperature, and more posts than you likely will want to read will be listed.

I am SO pleased with how these temperature quilts turned out, but I have to tell you all that making three temperature quilts at one time is CRAZY!!! But now that they’re finished, I’m glad I did!

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Weekly Progress Update #180

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

  1. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.√Done
  2. Start binding my temperature quilts. √Done
  3. Cut a few center on-point squares for my Mosaic camping quilt. √Done

To-Do #1

I got six more Ripples blocks done for Kim’s camping quilt. I’m enjoying how this project is starting to take form.

Ripples blocks 1-3 and 6-8

To-Do #2

I got the temperature quilts back from Rebecca on Friday and had them all trimmed by early Saturday morning. I find quilts with Minky backing a little more challenging to trim but thankfully I had borders sewn on the front, so I wasn’t worried about trying to protect the points of any of the flying geese while painstakingly trimming. I’m not going to share any pics of the quilted temp quilts this week–SORRY–but I have decided that when I finish these quilts (and it should be this week), I will write a detailed post about the process involved in making three temperature quilts at the same time. And I also promise to share plenty of photos and links to previous posts about these temp quilts. Over the weekend I machine sewed the binding on all three quilts. I also machine stitched the Kona Charcoal binding on the front of my New Mexico quilt but decided that the less-than-perfect stitching shows up too well on this fabric, so I pivoted for California and Washington, and I’m hand-stitching the binding down on these two quilts which definitely is a more time-consuming task. But one that will be worth it as the end result will more nicely frame Rebecca’s exceptional quilting. Get ready to be WOWED!

To-Do #3

I have started to fussy cut some 3″ on-point center squares for my camping quilt. I am using Amy Friend’s Mosaic Story block pattern.

First seven fussy cut on point squares for Mosaic quilt

To-Do for the week of Jan 24th-30th:

  1. Make the first border for SAHRR2023.
  2. Finish binding my temperature quilts and write a post about them.
  3. Finish my Sashiko Daisy Pouch and write my Jan 2023 OMG Finish post.
  4. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.

Linking up to Quilt Schmilt: To-Do Tuesday.

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Weekly Progress Update #179

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

  1. Write a post about my SAHRR2023 center block. √Done
  2. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim. √Done
  3. Start working on my Daisy Sashiko pouch. √Done

To-Do #1

SAHRR 2023 has officially started! I’m choosing to make a wall hanging using Alison Glass fabrics and coordinating Kona solids. My center block is VERY small measuring 4.5″ square. Read more about this block here.

SAHRR2023 center cropped

To-Do #2

I made a lot of progress this past week on the Ripples Camping quilt for my niece, Kim. I made 600 half-square triangles. I actually made 624 HSTs since I decided to replace one of the fabrics that looked too bright with my more-muted-than-usual color palette. Too bad I didn’t remember Sue Pfau’s training on color design through Passport to Quilting that I took last year. She shared about not mixing brightly saturated fabrics with fabrics that have grey tones in them. See her post here that gives more information about this concept. Below is a pic of my design board where I’ve started designing the blocks. I had to break out three more boxes of pins to get the 625 pieces pinned to my design board (and that does not include the eight 2.5″ background squares for each block)! At the top of the design board is one of the blocks sewn together.

Ripples quilt first block sewn but actually block 10

To-Do #3

I did start working on my Daisy Sashiko pouch but ran into a snag and put it in time out for a little while. I do think I’ve figured out a solution to the problem. More on that soon.

To-Do for the week of Jan 17-23rd:

  1. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.
  2. Great new! Rebecca has finished quilting my temperature quilts! And they’re supposed to arrive back to me on Friday. If they do get here this weekend, I plan to start binding them.
  3. Cut a few center on-point squares for my Mosaic camping quilt.

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SAHRR2023 Center Block

I’ve been looking forward to participating in  SAHRR2023 since I finished up SAHRR2022 last year because it was so much fun customizing my design and stretching my piecing skills. See my Blue Dog quilt here and a similar one I made for my stepson, Drew, here.

SAHRR2023 center cropped

For this year, I have decided to make a wall hanging using Alison glass fabrics and coordinating Kona solids. I decided to make my SAHRR2023 a color gradient project (Big Surprise I know!), so I started with one of my red-orange Alison Glass prints along with Kona Coral and Poppy. I used the center of Kitty Wilkins’s Fierce block which she designed for the 2019 Summer Sampler to help participants strengthen their tiny paper piecing skills. See the complete Fierce block made by Kate@SwimBikeQuilt here. My SAHRR2023 center measures 4.5”square.

Linking up to Quilting Gail: 2023 SAHRR 2023 Center Block Linky Party.

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Weekly Progress Update #178

To-Do for the week of Jan 3rd-9th:

  1. Make binding for 2022 temperature quilts. √Done
  2. Start working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim. √Done
  3. Start sewing my SAHRR2023 center block. √Done

To-Do #1

I did finish preparing the bindings for the three temperature quilts and decided to photograph one rolled into a wonky spiral next to one of my favorite Christmas gifts given to me by my friend, Kristen. I was really touched that she remembered the year I started quilting. The Open 24 Hours line on the sign is almost true as I tend to wake up early and get a lot of my sewing done in the wee hours of the morning.

Quilting room sign

To-Do #2

I fussy cut fifty 4.5″ squares for the Ripples Camping quilt that I am making for my niece, Kim. My favorite trick for fussy cutting was taught to me by Elizabeth Hartman when I attended Glamp Stitchalot 2016. There were several big name quilt industry instructors at the sewing retreat including Carolyn Friedlander and Violet Craft. Read about my experience where I felt totally in over my head here. The trick I learned from Elizabeth is to use freezer paper which is cut to the finished size of the square (in this case 4″) and is exactly placed where the fussy cut will be made, pressed with a hot dry iron, and cut out with the 1/4″ seam allowance added on all four sides.

50 squares for Ripples quilt

To-Do #3

I did get my center block made my SAHRR2023 project and will share it next Monday at the SAHRR2023 Center Block linky party hosted by Quilting Gail.

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

  1. Write a post about my SAHRR2023 center block.
  2. Continue working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.
  3. Start working on my Daisy Sashiko pouch.

Linking up to Quilt Schmilt: To-Do Tuesday.

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Weekly Progress Update #177

To-Do for the week of Dec 27th-Jan 2nd:

  1. Finish my three temperature quilt tops!√Done
  2. Write my January 2023 OMG post.√Done
  3. Start to pull fabrics for my SAHRR2023 project.√Done

To-Do #1

I’m so happy to report that I did finish my three temperature quilt tops on January 1st! I’m going to wait to share pics until these quilts are completely finished. Below are the last three 2.5″ x 4.5″ flying geese units I made for 2022 with my town in New Mexico on the top (High 63 Kona Glacier/Low 30 Kona Noble Purple), my stepdaughter’s California Bay Area city in the middle (High 59 Kona Cyan/Low Kona Mediterranean), and my stepson’s city in the state of Washington at the bottom (High 49 Kona Celestial/Low Kona Ocean). The quilt tops are being sent off for quilting to Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting today!

Last three flying geese for 2022 temp quilts

To-Do #2

I did get my January 2023 OMG post written. Read about it here.

Daisy Pouch Sashiko panel done

To-Do #3

I pulled some Alison Glass fabrics for SAHRR2023 that is being hosted by Quilting Gail. Below are fabrics that I will use for the center, Round 1 and possibly Round 2. I will also use some coordinating Kona solids.

SAHRR 23 fabrics for center and rounds 1 and 2

To-Do for the week of Jan 3rd-9th:

  1. Start working on Ripples camping quilt for my niece, Kim.
  2. Start sewing my SAHRR2023 center block.
  3. Make binding for 2022 temperature quilts.

We have a new To-Do Tuesday host. Thank you, Carol, for taking over the hosting of this very helpful and supportive linky party. Linking up to Quilt Schmilt: To-Do Tuesday.

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January 2023 OMG

My January 2023 One Monthly Goal is to turn the Daisy Sashiko panel I finished a couple months ago into a pouch. Several months ago I purchased this Pouch Kit from BeBe Bold. This is a project that I really enjoyed stitching, my favorite Sashiko project ever.

Daisy Pouch Sashiko panel done

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Jan 2023 One Monthly Goal.

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