Weekly Progress Update #166

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

  1. Bind my Lumen quilt that I received back from Rebecca last week. √Done
  2. Sew flying geese units into columns for August for NM, CA, and WA. √Done
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching in a different color palette than grey/turquoise. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get my Lumen quilt bound this past week but did not have time to take any photos. That’s on my list for next week.

To-Do #2

Here are the flying geese sewn together for August for New Mexico, California, and Washington. It’s interesting to see that my stepson in a city in the state of Washington experienced four days of 90 or above as represented by Kona Torch, and neither my city in New Mexico nor my step daughter’s city in the Bay Area city in California had any days in the 90s.

August flying geese columns

To-Do #3

I have started another Sashiko project from BeBe Bold. It’s their Daisy drawstring pouch, and the color palette is wonderfully rich (and definitely not my typical brightly colored palettes!). In the photo below, I have completed the straight lines of stitching:

Sashiko pouch straight lines

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

  1. Take photos of my Lumen quilt.
  2. Sew flying geese units into columns for September for NM, CA, and WA.
  3. Do a little more stitching on my Sashiko Daisy pouch project.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #165

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

  1. Bind my Offset Gradients quilt. √Done
  2. Sew flying geese units into columns for July for NM, CA, and WA. √Done
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get my Offset Gradients quilt bound this past week. As a reminder, I used Alison Glass’ Spectrum pattern, and this was a quick project to make, and GASP, it was not paper-pieced! The quilt measures 54″ X 78″, and I only used Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce fabrics in the quilt. I’ve accumulated quite a stash of their fabrics over the years, and it’s nice to finally be using them. (I dipped my toe in the water when I made my Color Gradient Strip Quilt quilt a few months ago, but I made a serious dent in their fabrics when I cut 7 inches width of fabric for the triangles for this project). I read a newsletter over the weekend from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl where she introduced me to a new acronym: FOUF–Fear of Using Fabric. I have definitely suffered from FOUF over the years, but it absolutely brings me to joy to be creating projects with these beautiful fabrics, so my FOUF has significantly decreased!

Offset gradients front full shot

Here’s one close-up of the beautiful quilting done by Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting that looks as lovely on the Kaleidoscope Charcoal sashing which I also used for binding as it does on the prints:

Offset Gradients close up 2

And here’s another close-up that shows off the Sunrise Chevron quilting pattern:Offset Gradients close up 1

I really love the photo Rebecca took before she returned the quilt to me (note to self–try more photos from different angles):

Offset gradients pic by Rebecca

Here’s a a full shot of the back of the quilt that shows the wide back Stonehedge Gradations Ombre in Graphite from Backside Fabrics.

Offset Gradients Back full shot 2

And a close-up that shows how well the So Fine 409 Smoke thread blends with all the greys on the back:

Offset Gradients Back full shot

To-Do #2

This month I plan to get all the flying geese units sewn into columns for July, August, and September for my New Mexico, California, and Washington temperature quilts. Read more info about my October 2022 One Monthly Goal here. Here are the flying geese for July sewn together for NM, CA, and WA:

July flying geese sewn together

To-Do #3

Here’s a Sashiko flower square that I also photographed on our robin egg picnic table:

Sashiko flower

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

  1. Bind my Lumen quilt that I received back from Rebecca last week.
  2. Sew flying geese units into columns for August for NM, CA, and WA.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching in a different color palette than grey/turquoise.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #164

To-Do for the week of  Sept 27th-Oct 3rd:

  1. Bind my Break of Day quilt. √Done
  2. Write my Oct 2022 One Monthly Goal post. √Done
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching. √Done

To-Do #1

I did finish binding Break of Day over the weekend using Kona Hibiscus which is the same dark purple as the dark purple stars in the center of the quilt. The quilt measures 58″ X 68″. I chose to have Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting quilt large spirals to give it a softer, more ethereal look. I’m very happy with the finished quilt (see many more details about this quilt here). Another quilt crossed off my Quilty Bucket list!

Break of Day quilt finished

To-Do #2

This month I plan to get all the flying geese units sewn into columns for July, August, and September for my New Mexico, California, and Washington temperature quilts. Read more info about my October 2022 One Monthly Goal here.

To-Do #3

I love how this Orange Peel Sashiko square looks against our Robin Egg Blue picnic table.

Orange peel sashiko

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

  1. Bind my Offset Gradients quilt that I received back from Rebecca yesterday.
  2. Sew flying geese units into columns for July for NM, CA, and WA.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching.

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

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October 2022 OMG

My October 2022 One Monthly Goal is to sew together the third quarter (July, August, and September 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. I’ve wanted to make a temperature quilt for the past couple years but then the pandemic hit, and I didn’t particularly want to commemorate 2020 or 2021, but I’ve been somewhat cautiously trying to live a more normal life in 2022. The first temp quilt is for me in northern New Mexico, the second for my stepdaughter who lives in California in the Bay Area, and the third for my stepson who lives in Washington. 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. Below are the flying geese units for Jan-March. New Mexico is the left, California in the middle, and Washington on the right:

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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. Here are the units for April-June for NM, CA, and WA.

temp columns april through june

I’m looking forward to seeing what the third quarter of this year looks like once I’ve sewn them together.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #163

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

  1. Finish my niece’s Herringbone place mats and write my Sept ’22 OMG Finish post. √Done
  2. Refine my fabric pull for my mini rainbow block. √Done
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching. √Done

To-Do #1

I did finish my niece’s place mats. Below is a pic with some pretty late-season cosmos flowers after I washed and air-dried the place mats. They did not shrink too much. They were 12.5″ x 18.5″ prior to being laundered and lost about 1/4″ with both width and length.

MF Placemats with Cosmos

And another shot where I tried to be a little artsy with some strewn cosmos 🙂

MF placemats with strewn cosmos

In my September 2022 One Monthly Goal Finish post, I shared several pre-wash photos that I took on our robin blue stained picnic table. Here is one pic from that post that shows the two different fabrics from Sharon Holland’s Willow Collection that I used for the backs.

MF Placemats 5

To-Do #2

Here are the fabrics I’ve decided to use for my Mini Series Rainbow. I hope to start working on it in the next couple weeks.

Ombre strips for Rainbow mini

To-Do #3

And here is the fourth Sashiko square I’ve stitched that I will make into coasters for a Christmas gift this year.

Sashiko Square 4

To-Do for the week of Sept 27th-Oct 4th:

  1. Bind my Break of Day quilt that arrived in the mail yesterday from Sew Shabby Quilting.
  2. Write my Oct 2022 One Monthly Goal post.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching.

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

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September 2022 OMG Finish

My September 2022 One Monthly Goal was to make a set of eight herringbone/chevron place mats as a house-warming gift for my niece, Mary Frances, who bought a lovely vintage home a few months ago. For the pattern I used two of the foundation paper pieced templates from Alison Glass’ Feathers 2021 Pattern Book.

MF Placemats 1

I used four fabrics from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection by Juniper Row Design for Hawthorne Supply Co. and a recent Giucy Giuce print called Matrix in Mulberry from his From Attic Collection (with the pink pliers on top of it). All the other fabrics were from my stash, though I did need to buy some more Smoke and Rust fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics for binding from Kimmie Anne Fabrics on Etsy. I especially love the Aboriginal print placed in the upper left side of the bin. It looks like a snake in the pic above in the first vertical place mat on left side.

Fabric pull for Mary Frances placemats

For the back of the place mats, I used two lovely fabrics from Sharon Holland’s Willow Collection: Owl Things Floral in Forest and Flora and Fauna in Treasured.

MF Placemats 5

MF Placemats 6

I quilted the place mats with diagonal lines spaced 3/4″ apart which can replicate the chevron design depending on how my niece places them on her table. The thread is Aurafil 50 wt Medium Orange (5009).

MF Placemats 2

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

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Weekly Progress Update #162

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

  1. Start sewing the Herringbone units for my niece’s place mats. √Done
  2. Do a little Sashiko stitching.√Done
  3. Share some progress on my temperature quilts.√Done

To-Do #1

I was able to get the fronts completed for my niece’s place mats. I will share more info about this project in Sept ’22 OMG Finish post later this week.

MF placemats fronts

To-Do #2

I’m going to make another set of coasters with the grey Sashiko cloth and the turquoise variegated floss. Here is one of squares that will be made into a coaster for a Christmas gift this year.

Sashiko Square 3

To-Do #3

While I didn’t take any photos of the flying geese units I’ve been making on a daily basis, I did contact Rebecca@Rebecca Grace Quilting and made arrangements for her to do the quilting of my three temperature quilts early next year. I also ordered the minky backing fabric and had it sent to Rebecca, so I’m definitely committed! My October OMG will be to get the flying geese sewn into columns for July, August, and September, so pics will be coming soon!

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

  1. Finish my niece’s Herringbone place mats and write my Sept ’22 OMG Finish post.
  2. Refine my fabric pull for my mini rainbow block.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching..

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

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Weekly Progress Update #161

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

  1. Work on my Spectrum project during this coming week. √Done
  2. Print patterns and start to pull fabric for the Mini Series Sew-Along, and determine whether this SAL is feasible for me at this time, or if maybe I just want to make one or two blocks in the next two months. √Done
  3. Start cutting strips for Herringbone place mats. √Done

To-Do #1

I had some extra time off from work this past week, so I was able to get my Spectrum quilt top finished. Originally I was going to use the ROYGBIV color layout starting with Red at the top of each column and ending with Violet, but my best friend, Mary, encouraged me to mix up the gradients for more interest, and I found offsetting the gradients created more color contrast. The fabrics are all Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce fabrics along with some coordinating Kona solids, and the sashing is Kaleidoscope Charcoal. I am now calling this quilt Offset Gradients. I’ll be sending it off later today to Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting for her to work her magic.

Off set gradient quilt top

To-Do #2

I decided that I do want to make the rainbow block with leftover Fairy Dust scraps after I finish the place mats for my niece. I probably won’t make any other blocks in the Mini Series anytime soon, but I will probably make more of them down the road. I’d love to make a couple shams to go with my Ombré Lotus quilt using some blocks from the Mini Series Sew-Along.

Fairy dust scraps with rainbow pattern

To-Do #3

I did get quite a few strips cut for my niece’s Herringbone place mats. I’ll share a progress pic next week.

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

  1. Start sewing the Herringbone units for my niece’s place mats.
  2. Do a little Sashiko stitching.
  3. Share some progress on my temperature quilts.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #160

To-Do for the week of Aug 30th-Sept 5th:

  1. Work on more units for my Lumen quilt project. √Done
  2. Start stitching the ornaments on my Sashiko Christmas tree. √Done
  3. Write my September 2022 OMG post. √Done

To-Do #1

I was able to get my Lumen quilt top finished and will be sending it off later today to Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting for quilting. Here is a quick diagonal shot I took before I got it packaged up to send to Rebecca.

Lumen 2 quilt top diagonal shot

To-Do #2

I chose to use four colors of Perle cotton floss in the aqua-turquoise-teal colorway to stitch the decorations for my Sashiko Christmas tree. I love the non-traditional red-turquoise Christmas color scheme. I’m not sure when that became a thing, but it totally works for me!

Sashiko Christmas tree stitching done

To-Do #3

I decided that making herringbone place mats for my niece, Mary France, would be my September 2022 One Monthly Goal. Read my post here.

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

  1. I’ve started one more color gradient lap quilt. I plan to work on this Spectrum project during this coming week.
  2. Print patterns and start to pull fabric for the Mini Series Sew-Along, and determine whether this SAL is feasible for me at this time, or if maybe I just want to make one or two blocks in the next two months.
  3. Start cutting strips for Herringbone place mats.

Linking up to Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday

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September 2022 OMG

My September 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make a set of eight herringbone place mats as a house-warming gift for my niece, Mary Frances, who bought a lovely vintage home a few months ago. She sent me a few photos of some of her decor, and I found two fabrics from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection by Juniper Row Design for Hawthorne Supply Co: Small Butterfly Dreams in Pink and Small Wildflower in Pink that she liked for the place mats. I also ordered a print from Giucy Giuce’s Fabric From the Attic Collection called Matrix in Mulberry (it has the cute pink pliers on top of it). Then I pulled some more coordinating fabrics from my stash that I think will look good in these place mats. Looking over my fabric pull, I decided that I needed more of the color rust to round out the color palette, so I ordered a couple more rust prints from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection (not pictured).

Fabric pull for Mary Frances placemats

I also have a couple pretty fabrics for the back of the place mats that I will share when I (hopefully) link up my OMG finish at the end of the month.

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

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