Weekly Progress Update #171

To-Do for the week of Nov 15th-21st:

  1. Work on more paper-pieced trees to make into coasters. √Done
  2. Work on embellishing the simple pine trees I shared in last week’s post to be made in Sew Tiny Ornaments. √Done
  3. Work on a small Sashiko project. √Done

To-Do #1

I made more progress paper-piecing trees to go with Christmas quilts I’ve gifted in the last couple years. I ended up increasing the borders on the trees in the first row after I took the photo, so they could be comparable in size with the animal “backs” in the second row. Row 3 and 4 are for my brother and sister-in-law with the fourth row the designated backs of the coasters that will hold up fairly well to my brother’s coffee spills! I also used a splotchier snow fabric for the trees that will also (hopefully) be more stain-forgiving than the pristine snow fabric in the first row for coasters for my friend Mary’s sister, Kathy, whose OCD-tendencies will most likely prevent major spillage! I have actually quilted all the coasters (minimal quilting per usual!), and I plan to bind the coasters this coming week.

coasters fronts and backs Kathy and Bill and Sharon

To-Do #2

Here are two of the Sew Tiny simple pine trees that I have embellished that are ready to be sewn into ornaments.

Two embellished sew tiny pine trees

To-Do #3

And here is a Sashiko cats square that I’m thinking I will make the center of a small pillow for a gift for a friend who was born on Christmas Day.

Sashiko cats

To-Do for the week of Nov 22nd-28th:

  1. Finish the three sets of coasters.
  2. Finish my wonky star pillow cover.
  3. Finish five Sew Tiny ornaments to send off the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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Weekly Progress Update #170

To-Do for the week of Nov 8th-14th:

  1. Work on some paper-pieced trees to make into coasters. √Done
  2. Work on a label for my 2022 New Mexico temperature quilt to be printed by Spoonflower. √Done
  3. Work on some more Sew Tiny Christmas ornaments. √Done

To-Do #1

I’m making coasters to go with some Christmas quilts I gifted in the last couple years. The middle square will be made into a Sew Tiny Ornament.

Debs coasters squares

To-Do #2

I did mock-up a label for my New Mexico temperature quilt that has 3/8″ squares of all the Kona colors included in my quilt that represent the different temperature ranges and sent a photo to Spoonflower and had them print up an 8″ swatch that I plan to cut down to about 4.5″ square. I was impressed with their turn-around time. I received the swatch below six days after I uploaded the photo and placed my order. With tax it cost me $6.83 for this custom label that I will border on the top and right sides with the left and bottom sides sewn inside my binding. The bordered sides will be hand-stitched down. My only complaint is that I had glued the Kona squares on a piece of white copy paper, but it looks light grey rather than white. But it will work for this project since the backing for the quilt is charcoal minky fabric.

Spoonflower label NM

To-Do #3

Here are three more Sew Tiny pine trees that still need to borders sewn on them before I make into ornaments.

Two green and one pink sew tiny pine trees

To-Do for the week of Nov 15th-21st:

  1. Work on more paper-pieced trees to make into coasters.
  2. Work on embellishing the simple pine trees I shared in last week’s post to be made in Sew Tiny Ornaments.
  3. Work on a small Sashiko project.

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

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Weekly Progress Update #169

To-Do for the week of Nov 1st-7th:

  1. Share my Nov 2022 One Monthly Goal post. √Done
  2. Do a little more stitching on my Sashiko Daisy pouch project. √Done
  3. Start working on some Sew Tiny Christmas ornaments. √Done

To-Do #1

For my November 2022 One Monthly Goal, I am going to make a wonky star pillow cover to go with the Northern Stars Wonky Star quilt I made last year. Read about details here. Below is 12.5 unfinished wonky star that still needs borders to be made into a 16″ pillow cover. I’m debating what I’ll use for borders, perhaps another Ombré Fairy Dust fabric or maybe some of the darker leftover Stonehenge Gradations Ombré in Graphite fabric (the lighter fabric was used for the background of the wonky star).

Center for wonky star pillow

To-Do #2

I finished stitching the panel for my Sashiko Daisy Pouch. This is my favorite sashiko project ever, but I am putting it aside while I continue to work on small Christmas projects and my 2022 temperature quilts. I hope to get the pouch finished early next year.

Daisy Pouch Sashiko panel done

To-Do #3

Speaking of small Christmas projects, last year I participated in the Sew Tiny Ornament Sew-Along on Instagram hosted by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter). I shared about finishing two Sew Tiny Pine Tree Ornaments on this post. Well, I’ve started five more pine trees that I will embellish in the next few weeks and then make into ornaments.

Five sew tiny pine tree fronts

To-Do for the week of Nov 8th-15th:

  1. Work on some paper-pieced trees to make into coasters.
  2. Work on a label for my 2022 New Mexico temperature quilt to be printed by Spoonflower.
  3. Work on some more Sew Tiny Christmas ornaments.

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

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November 2022 OMG

My November 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make a wonky star pillow cover to go with the Northern Lights Wonky Star Quilt that I made last year that is pictured below:

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The Northern Lights Wonky Stars quilt which measures 36.5″ x 55″ will go on top of our lounger, but it’s really not big enough to stay securely in place, so I’m going to put it on top of the back of my Offset Gradients quilt. I may safety pin it in place or tack it with a little thread. Any other suggestions for temporarily joining these two quilts?

Offset Gradients Back full shot 2

Here’s a sweet photo of our cat, Rusty, lying on Offset Gradients on the lounger:

Rusty on Offset Gradients

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

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Weekly Progress Update #168

To-Do for the week of Oct 25th-31st:

  1. Take a couple outside photos of my Lumen quilt if weather permits.√Done
  2. Write my Oct 2022 OMG Finish post. √Done
  3. Do a little more stitching on my Sashiko Daisy pouch project. √Done

To-Do #1

On Saturday I took a few photos of my Lumen quilt hanging outside on the curtain rod attached to our shed. Here’s the pic of front which benefited from the sun just starting to rise above the horizon. I love how vibrant the Alison Glass Kaleidoscope colors look on the charcoal background.

Lumen front full shot

The wide backing fabric for the back of Lumen is Aurora Borealis from Backside Fabrics. I snapped the pic of the back about 10 minutes later than the front when the sun was starting to shine.

Lumen back full shot

And here’s a close-up of the back of Lumen:

Lumen back close up

I’m so pleased with my finished Lumen quilt which measures 60″ square. As a reminder, Lumen was quilted by Rebecca@Rebecca Grace Quilting. The quilting design is called Celestial Spark Clam, and the variegated thread is Great Barrier Reef. For more close-ups of Lumen, please see my weekly post from last week here which really shows off the pretty variegated thread. And some of you may remember that I made another version of Lumen in 2019 for my stepdaughter, and even back then, I knew it was likely I’d make my own Lumen quilt to keep. If you are interested in reading about my first Lumen quilt, please see this post. 

To-Do #2

Below are the flying geese units for my three temperature quilts for July-September sewn into columns which were sewn together to complete the third quarter for each state. Read my Oct 2022 One Monthly Goal Finish post for more information about this project. New Mexico is the left, California in the middle, and Washington on the right:

Third quarter flying geese sewn together

To-Do #3

I made some progress doing some stitching on my Sashiko Daisy Pouch, but I’ll wait to take another photo until I finish the stitching.

To-Do for the week of Nov 1st-7th:

  1. Share my Nov 2022 One Monthly Goal post.
  2. Do a little more stitching on my Sashiko Daisy pouch project.
  3. Start working on some Sew Tiny Christmas ornaments.

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

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October 2022 OMG Finished

My October 2022 One Monthly Goal was to sew together the third quarter (July, August, and September 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. 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’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. I am using the same Kona solids to depict each temperature range, and it has been fun to see the units sewn together for each quarter so far in 2022 and compare the different temperatures for each state. Below are the flying geese units for July-September. New Mexico is the left, California in the middle, and Washington on the right:

Third quarter flying geese sewn together

Here are flying geese units sewn together for April-June (New Mexico on the left, California in middle, and Washington on the right):

temp columns april through june

And here the flying geese units sewn together for January-March (New Mexico on the left, California in middle, and Washington on the right):

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Weekly Progress Update #167

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

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

To-Do #1

The weather did not allow me to get outside to take any pics of my finished Lumen quilt, so I took a few inside on my bed. I love how Rebecca’s quilting complements the minimal piecing. The quilting design we chose is called Celestial Spark Clam, and the variegated thread is Great Barrier Reef.

Lumen 1

Lumen 2

Lumen 3

And here’s one more lovely shot taken by Rebecca before she sent Lumen back to me:

Lumen pic by Rebecca

To-Do #2

Here are the flying geese sewn together for September for New Mexico, California, and Washington. Notice that my step-daughter in a Bay Area city in California experienced the highest temperature in September as represented by Kona Coral. In the photo below I forgot to sew Kona Charcoal rectangles at the end of the columns since September does not have 31 days.

Sept 2022 Flying geese units

To-Do #3

I am two-thirds done with the sashiko stitching on my Daisy drawstring pouch from BeBe Bold. In the photo below, I have completed one set of the diagonal lines of stitching, and I’m really liking how it is looking:

Daisy sashiko two thirds done

To-Do for the week of Oct 25th-Oct 31st:

  1. Take a couple outside photos of my Lumen quilt if weather permits.
  2. Write my Oct 2022 OMG Finish post.
  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 #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.

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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.

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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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