Catching up …

I was away on holidays … did a bit of sewing then, but most of it is secret sewing … so no pictures.

Design Wall

Piecing:

#1. Secret Sewing: Island Batik

#2 Secret Sewing: BBQG mystery quilt

#2. Scrappy Improv … another variation of the hot air balloon quilt


Quilting: 

#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted


Stash Report

I was in Edmonton while I was away … Lori’s Country Cottage had a 40% sale on selected fabrics … I did not behave myself … It was fun to be in a fabric store … it was fun to shop … here’s a picture of the damage ….

I could justify each purchase … the fabrics on the left were for one of the guild’s mystery quilts and the fabrics on the right were all flannels … necessary for backings …

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  12  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      39.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  58.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

While away, I managed to sew for 5 days … and for 6 days, I did not sew.

  • January – August –  235 / 242
  • Sept –  20 / 26
  • Total: 255 / 268
  • Percentage = 95 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

OK … so I had over 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list – a little bit of everything got done!

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project Partially done!
  2. Finish 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv Partially done!
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December  project Partially done! 
  4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quilt √   done
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project
  2. Work on 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project
  4. Quilt Secret Sewing BBQG mystery quilt #1
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

PHD in 2021

Table Scraps

I have 2 Table Scraps for this month … First is my table runner and 2nd is the coaster.

This Table runner was made with scraps of Island Batik fabric … mostly from the Autumn Wings collection. Quilted with Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz needles.

This coaster was made with a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi … Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting and made in the hoop on my embroidery machine.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

  • So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy
  • Sunday Stash quiltpaintcreate
  • Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework
  • 15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces
  • Frédérique  @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
  • Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt
  • Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
  • To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal
  • Table Scraps @ Joyful Quilter
  • Weekly update

    Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1. Country Panels: No work on it this week!

    #2 It’s A Secret: you’ll see it in October! (And yes, I HAD to start something NEW to give myself a break!)


    Quilting: 

    #1 Amish panels: I finished the quilting and when I went to put the binding on I discovered that the rows of swirls in the border were HORRID!!! So bad that I’ve spent more than a couple of days taking it out. That’s why it’s not finished, the quilt above isn’t finished piecing.

    Quilting #2: Island Batik August is ready to quilt – but I have to fix the other one first!!!


    Stash Report

    I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

    • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week. And, I’m including “unsewing” as part of my 30 minutes / day!

    • January – May–  180 / 180
    • July – 18 / 18
    • Percentage = 99 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    This week it was hard to get everything done. Like most people, I highly dislike unsewing. OK … if I’m honest, I HATE it!!! Its taken me ages to get all the horrid quilting out … and I’m not finished yet! GROAN!!!. I do have a personal policy of taking out the mistakes before quitting for the day … but more than a couple of days of unsewing is discouraging! It’s OK … it’s almost all done … and then I can start moving forward again!

    1.  Add sashing to  Country Panelsnot done
    2. Finish IB August top   √   done 
    3. Finish quilting Amish Panel not  done 
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   sort-of …
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1. Add sashing to Country Panels
    2. Fix Amish Panel , finish quilting, bind
    3. Start quilting IB August
    4. Finish Secret project (listed at KY book in my UFO tally)
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Heat wave is over

    Thank you to all that offered your sympathy and concern for us surviving the heat wave. It is over and the temps are way more comfortable … around 30C (86 F). And it is cooling down at night! So sleep is possible!!! YEAH!!!

    Although, in the wake of the heat wave, there are a LOT of fires burning in British Columbia, lots of lightening strikes … one town was burnt totally to the ground … the residents had less than 15 minutes to flee the town. Lots of sad stories …

    But this blog is about quilting … so here goes …

    The Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt fabric amounts and cutting directions have been posted. You can see them HERE and HERE.

    I still don’t have a lot of energy, but Zoom sewing with Island Batik Ambassadors on Friday helped! I got a start on my August project … using a BEAUTIFUL line of fabric (Autumn Wings) and Studio 180 rulers. It’s a secret, so no pictures … sorry!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1. August Island Batik project: a bit of progress

    #2. Country Panels:

    I started working on another UFO … 2 different country panels that I’m putting together. I’m using the burgandy grunge fabric for sashing and a first border. But I don’t have enough … so I had to go shopping … More about that further down …


    Quilting: 

    #1 Amish panels: 2 panels, put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. No progress on this. But the machine is threaded with the thread I want to use, bobbins are wound … just need to start.


    Stash Report

    I needed some more burgundy grunge for the 2 country panels that I’m putting together … so I went to Essem Textiles … and they just happened to have a skinny bolt sale on a “black dress” grunge and a “grey” grunge. I might or might not have bought them. Well, I can’t lie, of course I bought them … Sew … that adds 3 yards to my total of fabric bought!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  3  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  41.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week.

    • January – May–  180 / 180
    • July – 4 / 4
    • Percentage = 99 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project. √   done   and blog post is almost ready!
    2. Quilt and bind:  Town Table Topper √   done   
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel not started.
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Work on Country Panels
    2. Work on IB August project  
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    No further finishes. I started my August Island Batik project.

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    We’re having a heat wave

    A serious heat wave. This is so unusual for Canada’s west coast! But our temperatures are over 41 C (translates to 106 F) and it’s not cooling off at night. No fun!!! It’s hard to have any energy to do anything … oh … and did I mention that our air conditioning is called a fan?

    I have been working to get the Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt ready to roll. It takes time, but I was able to post the introduction on Saturday! You can read about it HERE.

    Sew, even though not a lot is happening … here’s this week’s report:

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Town Table Topper: This table topper is not finished, yet … On Friday, I showed the “unstitching that I needed to do … It’s now unstitched and the 2 offending blocks are switched around … but that’s as far as it’s gotten!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Island Batik July’s project: Still in progress … 2 days of ripping out did not help my progress or my mood with this project!

    #2 Amish panels: put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. No progress on this.


    Stash Report

    No shopping, no buying … nothing finished …

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes most days this past week.

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 25 / 27
    • Percentage = 99 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Finish July Island Batik project. not quite done
    2. Finish piecing Town Table Topper √   done
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel: Not started
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project.
    2. Quilt and bind:  Town Table Topper
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    No changes from last week!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Progress ? Well yes … a bit …

    I have almost finished my July Island Batik challenge and here is a close-up of the progress. I’m using Aurifil #2600 (Dove) quilted on Island Batik Coconut and using Silly Moon’s “Twinkle” ruler. There are 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 to make those stars pop!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Town Table Topper: This panel will be a table runner … and yes, it is that curved! One of the main reasons that I highly dislike panels … they are NOT straight! And fudging is the main focus of putting them together! It is a UFO that is headed to the Finish line!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Island Batik July’s project: in progress

    #2 Amish panels: put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. (I decided that this is it … no more borders …)


    Stash Report

    No shopping, no buying … nothing finished … well, I did finish this panel, but I didn’t buy the fabric and I didn’t use any of my stash … so it doesn’t count.

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 20 / 20
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Summer Mystery Quilt: still waiting for the testing to be completed and double check fabric amounts
    2. Amish Panels: sandwich and prepare for quilting √   done
    3. Essem Panel: finish quilting and deliver it √   done
    4. July IB project: work on it √   done
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Finish July Island Batik project.
    2. Finish piecing Town Table Topper
    3. Start quilting Amish Panel
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    I was Featured

    Tish, the Madd Quilter from Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland featured this quilt … Thank you, Tish for the feature!


    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Moving Along with Projects

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Amish panels: 

    I think I have the top pieced … just deciding if I need to add another border … The centre square, the star block is what I bought extra fabric for. I’m sort of wishing I hadn’t bordered the rest of the small blocks and I could have done all of them like the star. But, since I’m not a fan of taking a lot of things apart … it’s not going to happen.

    #2 July Island Batik project … it’s a secret for now!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Mystery Quilt … coming soon! I finished quilting it and am quite happy with the result!

    #2 Essem Panel: Essem Textiles (the new store close to where I live) got a huge bunch of kids prints in. SEW cute!!! The owner is not a quilter (yet!!!) and I offered to quilt a panel for her. I’m having a LOT of fun … here’s a sneak peak! I hope she likes it when it’s completed.


    Stash Report

    The backing on the 2 maple leaf quilts used 9 yards of fabric. On the purchasing end of things, I bought some grunge fabric to use for the UFO, Amish Panels (see the star above!)

    • Fabric Used this week      9   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0.75  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Here’s the 2 maple leaf quilts I finished … you can read more about them HERE. Yes, the tops were were made with Island Batik fabric, using an Accuquilt cutter and dies. Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles were also used.


    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 13 / 13
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    1. Summer Mystery Quilt: Quilt & Finish writing pattern √   done
    2. Amish Panels: Finish cutting out and maybe get it assembled √   done
    3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Summer Mystery Quilt: waiting for the testing to be completed and double check fabric amounts
    2. Amish Panels: sandwich and prepare for quilting
    3. Essem Panel: finish quilting and deliver it
    4. July IB project: work on it
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Getting the UFOs done!

    I finished another UFO.

    These are the hankies I bought in Thailand 7 years ago. You can see this in progress HERE and HERE.

    I used Island Batik “Lavender” for the sashings and border.

    And here is the finished wall hanging. Yes, I did quilt it to death in the background, but I wanted the main elements to pop. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed quilting it!!!

    I used 3 different Aurifil threads to quilt this: #2315 (light Orchid), #1148 (Light Jade), and #2220 (Light Salmon).

    Hobbs 80/20 batting was also used.

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    2 Blog Hops this week and more …

    The 1st Blog Hop is …

    Island Batik’s Quilt Modern … Just look at these beautiful fabrics!!!! I’ve had a sneak peak at some of the creations and believe me, you are in for a treat …

    I believe there will be a draw for some fabric, but we haven’t received any information yet … so stay tuned!

    and here are the participants …

    May 17:

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    Pleasant Surprise!

    You know what? Years after you have gifted a baby quilt, it’s lovely to see it actually being used! This was a quilt made with left-over blocks from watching an Eleanor Burns video around 2017. This quilt was gifted to my daughter’s co-worker and they recently sent her this picture! I don’t know about you, but knowing that my quilts are being used makes my heart smile!

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    Outstanding Blogger Post & Weekly Report

    Emily, from the Darling Dogwood, nominated me! I must confess, someone nominated me a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t find the blog post … sigh … so I didn’t follow up. (Sorry, whoever you are! …) The purpose of the Outstanding Blogger Award is to applaud our fellow bloggers and learn more about them by answering questions that are asked.

    Here are the questions that Emily asked:

    1. Do you still have your first quilt? No. I made my first quilt when I was 17. I designed it with scraps in my mother’s scrap drawer and used gingham in part of the blocks. It was backed with the ugliest fabric (translate into cheapest) that we could find. It was tied. I had no idea what I was doing. No one showed me what to do. I used the quilt throughout my years in nursing school. I remember it became the dogs blanket at one point and was either buried with her or destroyed.

    2. What is something on your Quilty Bucket List? I’ve always wanted to make a Storm at Sea! And, I hope to make one later this year.

    3. Is there a color or fabric style that you really dislike working with? I used to hate working with orange. But orange goes nicely with so many other colours … and when I’m using Island Batik fabrics … well, what can I say … it’s growing on me.

    4. Do you have a favorite traditional quilt block? The quick answer to this question is no. I don’t have ONE favourite block. I have several … Log Cabin, Pinwheels, Friendship Star, 8 point star … and the list goes on.

    5. What one non-quilting thing about you that your readers might not know? I was a swimming instructor and lifeguard prior to going into nursing school. I also scuba dived at that time. I played the oboe and bassoon when I was in middle and high school.

    Who to nominate? I have a zillion blogs that I follow … and I honestly couldn’t say that I know who has or has not been nominated …

    • Anja @ Anja Quilts
    • Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery
    • Karen Neary @ Sew Karenly Created
    • Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde
    • Jennifer Eurbank @ Jennifersewing.wordpress.com

    If you choose to accept the nomination, here are your questions:

    1. What inspired you to make your first quilt?
    2. What inspires you to make your quilts today?
    3. Do you use software to pencil to design your quilts? (or patterns)
    4. Which quilt is your favourite?
    5. Tell us something about where you live that is fantastic!

    Scrappy Table Runner is Completed!

    Light blue was the chosen colour for this month’s Table Runner. The pattern is from QUILTsocial and you can find it HERE. I also talked about this runner HERE.

    After I had this quilt top done, I saw my Studio 180 “Split Recs” ruler. It’s still in the package. I’ll have to pull it out and try it. I suspect that I will prefer the Studio 180 method, but I do need to try it to be sure!

    I used Scraps from my Island Batik box with Coconut as the neutral. The batting is Hobbs Poly Down and it is quilted with Aurifil #1148 (light jade). I didn’t have a light blue Aurifil, but the Light Jade was a perfect fit!

    I will be linking to The Joyful Quilter.

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    Second Monday in April

    I’ve been busy in the studio!!! Not a day goes by that I’m not working on something!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 House Wall hanging. I started working on a UFO. It was a little kit in a bag: A cute little house wall hanging. I must admit, that when I opened the bag, I was a bit disappointed with the “green” house colour. See the pale, olivy grunge … well it didn’t do anything for me. I substituted the darker green in the picture on the right. Much better, I think! Unfortunately, I do not remember where I bought this kit.

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    Almost the end of March

    I had a fun day today, sewing and chatting with other Island Batik Ambassadors. It’s certainly fun getting to know each other! To discuss what we’re working on, what concerns us, and what’s new!

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    Last week, I said that I had nothing on my design wall. Well, that wasn’t exactly the truth … I just had nothing NEW on the design wall … I did have the pieces from the class “Speed Dating with Improv.”

    And, they have changed a bit … they are now sewn into a block and need borders.

    As we were taking the course, Krista (the instructor) told us to think of a story to help with the assembly. Some of the ladies had fabulous stories and you could see it in their quilt layout. Me? I couldn’t think of a story. On a Zoom chat, (as this was being assembled, someone suggested that I had an apple in the middle. OK … I guess so, if you use your imagination … So, the final title of this little sampler might just be, “Maybe it’s an apple?” OR … what do you see in this sampler? PLEASE tell me …

    Quilting: 

    My April Island Batik challenge is being quilted. (Sorry – no pictures until April

    Stash Report

    The SAHRR is finished and although the top is all Island Batik, the back was from my stash … so that used 4.5 yards of fabric. You can read about it on tomorrow’s post!

    • Fabric Used this week     4.5   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       35 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  25 yards 
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – February –  59 / 59
    • March – 28 / 28
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting it “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    I accomplished everything on my To Do List!!!

    1. Finish SAHRR √   done
    2. Borders on Healthcare Hero’s Mystery (this is for the guild …) √   done
    3. Start putting Speed Dating top together √   done
    4. Make Table Runner for the Scrap Challenge – green this month √   done and posted about HERE.
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS√   done   
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1. Finish quilting and binding April Island Batik Project
    2. Start A&A’s quilt
    3. Sandwich  Healthcare Hero’s Mystery (this is for the guild …)
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    I will post more about PHD in 2021 on Wednesday with a linky party for YOU!

    What’s coming up on the blog in March and April and May?

    Tomorrow!!!!! March 29 – SAHRR parade … there will be a linky party for all the SAHRR quilts



    And … I’m waiting to find out what colour April will be! Then I’ll think about a table runner!

    In April, there’s the “In the Kitchen” blog hop happening!!


    Doesn’t this sound like a fun fun, FUN blog hop??? And … I just might have an idea of what I’m going to do!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

    Linking to:


    Middle Monday in March

    Lots of things happening here. All in my studio … no travelling …

    Teaching

    On Friday, I taught a Scrappy Irish Chain class. It’s the first class I’ve taught by Zoom. It was a lot of fun! And the ladies were wonderful!

    There are 2 things that I did not like about teaching via Zoom and both of these help me in reducing my own stash!

    1. I couldn’t walk around the group with a bunch of my own 2″ or 2.5″ squares and give them to everyone to include in their own quilt.
    2. I couldn’t take a huge box of scraps and tell everyone that I wanted the box empty after the class.

    I make 4 patches as leaders and enders … and occasionally, they work into a quilt. I have a lot of Irish Chain pieces and they were put back in the box until I teach this class again.

    As I was demo-ing various parts, I managed to get some of the components sewn. This is 9 completed blocks.

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    Then on Saturday, I took a class “Speed Dating with Improv” with Krista Hennebury @ Poppyprint. I don’t do Improv … I’ve not been too interested in Improv … but … it doesn’t hurt to learn something new, right? But, to be brutally honest: I was scared!!! Improv is so out of my box!!!

    However, I certainly felt a LOT different after the class!!! We cut things free hand. Yes, straight lines and curves!!! With NO rulers!!!! The piecing doesn’t have to match!!! Woo Hoo!!! After years of attempting to get great points and to match corners … it didn’t matter!!! It was a LOT of fun!!!! If you’re interested in Improv, check out Krista’s classes @ Poppyprint.

    I used Island Batik solids: black, white and turquoise.

    Here’s a picture of what’s on my design wall. Now, to organize and arrange and put all the fillers in.

    Quilting: 

    The T-shirt quilt is now a pieced top … and is sandwiched. There is a TON of stretch with the T-shirts – even though they all have interfacing on the back. They still stretch! Sew, I thought I’d use Hobbs fusible batting with the hopes that it would decrease the stretch. However, there is the issue of using heat on top of the logos. Sew, I used a pressing cloth. It took 2 full days to press everything … and it didn’t always stick very well. Sew, a lot of pins were inserted!

    I started out with a Schmetz 90/14 quilting needle. It didn’t like it. Then, once I re-thought what I was sewing through … T-shirt material, iron-on interfacing, fusible batting and cotton backing … a light bulb went off in my brain and I switched to a ball point needle (Janome blue-tip). Much better!

    Then there was issues with the thread. I started off with Glide … it bunched up above the needle and broke a ton!! Then I switched to the same colour in a CanSew polyester thread … same problem. Finally, I switched to Aurifil and viola! It’s the perfect thread for this quilt.

    Here’s some pictures of me quilting the quilt! It’s big … it’s over 6′ x 8′. It will be a wall hanging / banner.

    Stash Report

    The Moorewood Mystery is finished. It used 12 yards from my stash. You can read about it HERE.

    • Fabric Used this week      12   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       18.5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  9.5 yards (YAY … no longer in the red!)
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – February –  59 / 59
    • March – 14 /1 4
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting it “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    I accomplished everything on my To Do List!!!

    1. Pick out a backing for  SAHRR √   done   
    2. Finish quilting Moorewood Mystery √   done
    3. Get the Echo Lake T-shirt top completed √   done
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!  √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Get Echo Lake T-shirt  quilt finished.
    2. Sandwich SAHRR
    3. Borders on Healthcare Hero’s Mystery (this is for the guild …)
    4. Arrange Speed Dating top
    5. Work on Salt and Sand project!
    6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One UFO completed … but the list in Starts in 2021 is getting longer …

    What’s coming up on the blog in March?

    Salt and Sand Blog Hop … Just thinking of this blog hop makes me want to travel and visit someplace warm! But alas, I’ll be staying home for now. But, I’m positive when we get to travel, I will appreciate it much much more!

    March 29 – SAHRR parade … there will be a linky party for all the SAHRR quilts

    And … I need to think of my project for the Table Runner Scrap Challenge:

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

    Linking to:

    PHD in 2021: February Report

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    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021. So far I have 4 UFOs completed, but I still feel like I’m cheating. Three were started in December and were easy finishes. All of these were made with wonderful Island Batik fabrics. The 4th was a panel, so that was also a quick finish.

    I have started working on the Echo Lake T-shirt quilt. The T-shirts are cut and interfacing is on each piece. Now, to decide the layout and how to piece it together!

    Linky Party

    Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 Progress.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter
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    Do You need Help?

    A fellow candidate for PHD in 2021, Sheila from “So This is Kentucky” posted about using Trello. It’s free to start with and gives you a visual of what projects you have going. See Sheila’s post HERE. You may also find it helpful!

    Rainbow Scrap Table Topper

    February’s colour is Yellow. I made another coaster. Again, I used Island Batik fabrics. The yellow fabric is “butter” that is available year round. I’m not sure what the beige is (but it is Island Batik) and the green was in a stash buster bundle. The pattern is a free embroidery design from Kreative Kiwi – the Mother’s Day coaster. Obviously, I omitted the writing. On the rose, I used my yellow and oragne inktense pencils to add a little more colour.

    A Book Review

    The guild librarian, asked me to have a look at a new book they got in the library.

    “The Big Book of Little Quilts” by Martindale.
    This book is jam packed with a variety of small quilts.  They range from a fresh, modern look, to homespun and many can be scrappy or controlled scrappy. Some of the patterns are pieced, some are paper pieced, some have applique and some have hand embroidery.  There is something in this book that will appeal to you!  It is a book I will definitely take out from the library when I’m looking for something small and a little different. 

    DrEAMI

    This month I had a DrEAMI project. DRop Everything And Make It. I will be linking to Sandra @ MMMQuilts. These little baskets were quick and easy to make! You can read more about them HERE.

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    SAHRR – Round #6

    Just to remind you … SAHRR is Stay AHome Round Robin. If you missed the previous posts about this year’s SAHRR – you can see them

    Today is the day that Susan told us to add Log Cabin blocks. Again, I’m rebelling! I am not going to do the blocks all around the quilt. Just in the middle of the next round. This quilt is getting bigger than I had planned and this will keep the size down. The logs started out at 1.5″ wide strips and finished at 1″ wide. As you can see, I paired the colours with the white fabric.

    Again, I continued to use a variety of fabrics from Island Batik’s Ohana collection.

    Next week will be our final round!!! I’m loving the variety of quilts that are being made!!! Aren’t they wonderful? MARK you calendars for March 29th !!! I will have a linky party for everyone to show their final quilts or tops!

    Make sure to visit all of the other co-leaders and link up to Susan’s linky party to show us your blocks! HERE

    Here’s their links:

    Island Batik’s blog hop “Create for a Cause” is over. I hope you enjoyed it!!! If you want a lot of wonderful eye candy – you can go HERE to see all of the quilts in one place!

    As well, one of our ambassadors has put together a wonderful video that shows all of the beautiful quilts. You can view it HERE.

    AND … just in case you forgot – I had a giveaway on my blog when I posted my “Create for a Cause” quilt (see HERE.) And the winner is …. drum roll … Donna H. She has sent me her address and I hope to get it in the mail soon!!!

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    I’ve started the Echo Lake t-shirt quilt that has been on my UFO list for … well, um … ah … yes … well … It’s about time I started on it!!!!

    There’s a huge pile of t-shirts. I’ve cut some and I’ve learned 2 things.

    1. Use a pressing cloth when ironing the interfacing on. Fortunately, I realized that the interfacing would stick to my iron if I didn’t use a pressing cloth!!!
    2. It’s best to iron on the interfacing right after the shirt is cut. When I didn’t, the edges started to curl in. I’m cutting the shirts much larger than the logos so that when I lay it out, I can trim them down.

    Quilting: 

    I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!

    Stash Report

    I finished the guild’s Jan / Feb mystery quilt. I used Island Batik fabrics for the top, but I did back it with flannel from my stash. So that fabric will be included as “used this week.”

    You can read more about this quilt HERE.

    • Fabric Used this week      1.5  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       6.5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 2.5 yards
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January –  31 / 31
    • February – 21 / 21
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting it “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

    Last week:

    Well, I worked on everything that didn’t get done, but I was successful with a few things! And, even a little progress is moving forward!

    1. Work on final round of SAHRR   partially done
    2. Start quilting Moorewood Mystery  not done
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge   √   done
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!  √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Complete final round of SAHRR
    2. Finish  March’s Island Batik challenge
    3. Start quilting Moorewood Mystery
    4. Cut all the t-shirts and iron on interfacing for the Echo Lake t-shirt quilt.
    5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

    Linking to:

    SAHRR – Round #5

    Just to remind you … SAHRR is Stay At Home Round Robin. If you missed the previous posts about this year’s SAHRR – you can see them

    Today is the day that Wendy told us to add wonky stars. I’m a rebel … and I did friendship stars instead! I used the Accuquilt to cut the half-square triangles. Do I ever enjoy using it for those!

    However, I didn’t do the math very well and I have extra stars left over. I wanted to leave the cornerstone as a plain white block, so … who knows what will happen with those extra stars?

    Again, I continued to use a variety of fabrics from Island Batik’s Ohana collection.

    Make sure to visit all of the other co-leaders and link up toWendy’s linky party to show us your blocks! HERE

    Here’s their links:

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!

    Quilting: 

    I took a Silly Moon Ruler Quilting class on Saturday by Zoom. It was fun and I learned some things. Believe it or not – the fabric is dark blue and the thread is light grey . Obviously, my phone did not pick up the true colours!

    Stash Report

    I

    No change from last week!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 4 yards
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January –  31 / 31
    • February – 14 / 14
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday is no longer. However, Chris from ChrisKnits is going to be hosting it from now on. Her blog is HERE.

    Last week:

    Total success this week!

    1. Work on next round of SAHRR  √   done
    2. Sandwich Moorewood Mystery  √   done
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge  √   done
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!  √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Work on final round of SAHRR  
    2. Start quilting Moorewood Mystery  
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge  
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

    Linking to:

    SAHRR – Round #4

    Just to remind you … SAHRR is Stay At Home Round Robin. If you missed the previous posts about this year’s SAHRR – you can see them

    Today is the day that Roseanne & Sue instructed us to add checkerboards … These took me forever to make. I used scraps, 1.5″ squares, no strip piecing … uggg … it took forever! But I like it! Here it is … !

    Again, I continued to use a variety of fabrics from Island Batik’s Ohana collection.

    Make sure to visit all of the other co-leaders and link up to Roseanne’s linky party to show us your blocks!

    Here’s their links:

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    #1 I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!

    #2  Moorewood Mystery: You can find out more about the mystery and all the clues HERE at Meadow Mist designs. I have the top pieced together. I like it!!! Now to decide how I’m going to quilt it!

    Quilting: 

    I finished quilting the current guild mystery quilt. Sorry, but until the guild members have the final clue, I can’t show it to you.

    Stash Report

    I

    Nothing finished, nothing bought! No change from last week!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 4 yards
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January –  31 / 31
    • February – 7 / 7
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

    Last week:

    Total success this week!

    1. Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin  √   done
    2. Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin not done
    3. Work on the next Moorewood Mystery clue  √   done
    4. Work on March Island Batik challenge.  √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Work on next round of SAHRR
    2. Sandwich Moorewood Mystery
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Moving Along in January

    Last week I said that the Winnie the Pooh quilt needed some more quilting, specifically Winnie, Eeyore and the moon. A loving friend told me that if I left it, they would pop. So, I’m going with her advice and am considering this a UFO finish! That made for a super quick finish!!! This will be another donation quilt for the guild. It was a fun quilt to quilt. There is Hobbs 80/20 batting in it. It was quilted with CanSew beige thread.

    Another Holiday Seclusion Quilt

    Somehow, I missed putting Valda’s quilt on my blog last week. It’s a beauty!!! You can see all the other ones from my guild HERE.

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    #1 I’m still working on the SAHRR but can’t show you any current pictures. Want to know more about the SAHRR? check it out HERE. We started the reveal of our centre blocks last week. See my centre block and the centre blocks that many others have made HERE! Tomorrow, we’re showing the 2nd round! Be sure to check out all of the bloggers that are co-hosting with me! We’re taking turns hosting and having a linky party. It’s Emily’s turn this week!… here’s the list:

    #2 The fabric is stilled pulled for the RSC21 Table Scraps Challenge table runner. I have an idea of what I’m making, but I haven’t gotten any further than that!!

    #3 The February Island Batik challenge is up on my design wall. I’m using some wonderful fabrics and they are all so pretty!!!

    #4 Moorewood Mystery : Half of Block A are pieced. I’m doing them as leaders and enders … so they will be done before the next clue comes out on Feb 4.

    Quilting: 

    Nothing being quilted at the moment …

    Stash Report

    I

    Winnie the Pooh was 2 yards of fabric

    • Fabric Used this week      2  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 4 yards
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January –  24 / 24
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

    Last week:

    Even with sewing a LOT this past week, I didn’t get much on my list completed. But I’m fine with what I DID get done!!

    1. Finish current round of Stay at Home Round Robin √   done
    2. Finish next round of Stay at Home Round Robin partially done
    3. Piece Moorewood Mystery Block A partially done
    4. Make the PINK table topper not done
    5. Start cutting for February’s Island Batik Challenge! √   done
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   not done !!! I have been doing SEW well with this – except for this week!! And this week I was Zoom sewing with other Island Batik ambassadors and we showed our studios … mine was a total mess!

    This week’s list:

    1. Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin
    2. Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin
    3. Finish Piecing Moorewood Mystery Block A
    4. Make the PINK table topper
    5. Web the top for February’s Island Batik Challenge!
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    OK … the Winnie the Pooh quilt was a quick finish this week. All it took was a decision! (grin)

    I KNOW that not all my UFOs will be finished this quickly. But it is nice to have 3 considered done!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Grey and Dull Sunday

    The perfect day to stay inside and quilt … or write blog posts!

    I have another UFO finish!

    This is my Holiday Seclusion Mystery … scrappy Island Batik fabrics (from Stashbuilder bundles) and Island Batik solid grey. Graffiti or Wild quilting was done … lots of different motifs, swirls, feathers, flowers, vines, McTavishing, pebbles … It was SEW fun to quilt! Hobbs fusible batting was used. I LOVE it! No shifting at all. This will be a comfort quilt, so I backed it with a grey flannel … so cosy!

    Yes … I made this bigger … However, I started planning the design with 9″ blocks and quickly realized that most people would not want to make a quilt with smallish pieces in such a short time frame. I then switched the pattern to a 12″ block for the mystery. But of course, I didn’t want the work I had done to go to waste, so I just continued piecing the smaller blocks. Same pattern, different size!

    For Instructions on the Holiday Seclusion Mystery, see the Holiday Seclusion Mystery tab at the top of my blog HERE.

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