Monday’s Manifesto

Garage Sale

I believe the guild Garage Sale was a success. I got rid of a LOT of stuff! It was great! I was very happy to only bring a small amount home!

I also was able to donate about 10 quilts to the baby quilt and comfort quilt guild charities! That also freed up a bunch of space!

As my dear hubby was helping to load the car, he gently told me that perhaps I might not want to bring home as much stuff as I took! I had to laugh, as I had absolutely NO intention of shopping at the garage sale …

However, when things are staring you in the face, you HAVE to shop! The blue fleece was at the table next to me and after an hour, I broke down and bought it. It will back 2 baby donation quilts. And the ruler handle … oh yes, the ruler handle. Whenever I’m at a retreat with Patti, she always has a long ruler with a fantastic handle on it. I gravitate to that ruler and absolutely LOVE the extra stability the handle adds. So, of course, I HAD to have it!!!

Now … to get things back in order in my sewing studio!

Overhauling the Craft Room

For awhile this past week, my studio looked WAY worse than it did when I first posted pictures … but that’s OK … sometimes, you have to make a mess to clean up, right? Anyhow … here is the progress this week:

Here’s Before and After pictures of the same spaces!

It looks a little cluttered behind the sewing machine on the right … but that’s my leader & ender project … and it’s allowed to stay there – ready for sewing! Yes, several rulers hang behind this machine.

Another area … The bags on the floor were emptied and things put away. The sandwiched quilts and various other things are in appropriate spots. Finally, there is a permanent home for my Accuquilt … with the Island Batik scraps ready for cutting … much better than putting it away all the time!

My quilting area … the SAD light stays and the laptop gets moved so I can view whatever as I’m quilting or zoom quilting or ??? Another leader and ender project ready when I piece on this machine and the area is clear for quilting. So, hopefully, I won’t quilt spare pieces of fabric into the back of whatever I quilt!

All that is left is my ironing board, cutting table and computer desk! GROAN …. but I will work on them …

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

I missed 3 days of sewing this week. Two because I was getting ready for the garage sale and one on the day of the garage sale …

  • January – Mar:  90 / 90
  • Apr 1 – 24: 21/24
  • Total: 111 / 114
  • Percentage =97% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

Finishing this baby quilt used 2.5 yards of fabric.

  • Fabric Used this week      2.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       32.25 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   2 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    6.25 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                 26 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list a week ago:

  1. Quilt & Bind at least 2 more Baby Quilt Panels only 1 done
  2. Work on Foodie Blog Hop project not done
  3. Finish going through the Fabric and Project containers. √   DONE
  4. Work on May Island Batik challenge. not done
  5. Clear at least one more surface in the sewing studio. √   DONE
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS not done
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

Here’s the UFO Baby Quilt I finished.

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt & Bind at least 2 more Baby Quilt Panels
  2. Work on Foodie Blog Hop project
  3. Clear Cutting Table and Ironing Board for Craft Room Overhaul
  4. Work on May Island Batik challenge.
  5. Work on Pop Star Quilt
  6. Work on Squirrel Attack Quilt (see below).
  7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

1. Foodie Blog Hop: These fabrics are from my stash. You’ll just have to wait until May 24th to see what is happening with this fabric!

2. A Squirrel Attack: As I was going through my containers … I found left-over strips from a jelly roll quilt … well, they spoke very loudly to me and said, “USE ME NOW.” Well, I have learned that it’s usually worth listening to fabric when it speaks to you. This is one half of them and there will be sashing added between the rows.

3. I have started Sandra Walker’s Pop Star Quilt … Sandra is a fabulous designer and I absolutely LOVE making her quilts. This one is a sew-a-long … Each week, there are directions on what to do. I have chosen some Island Batik fabrics and they are cut out and waiting. The first sewing directions are available … so I need to work on it. You can access the steps at MMM Quilts HERE.

Quilting:

I still have several baby quilts left to quilt!

Since I have several baby panels to quilt and last week I counted 2 as 1 UFO. I’m going to continue that. It’ll be at least another week or 2 before I get another one finished! So the only change is that I’ve added my new starts.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long: Day 16

Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long

Day 16

Here’s my quilt … all quilted …

There are swirls in all of the white (background) areas as well as the sashing and borders.  Then on the heads, I used a ruler and quilted ½” lines.  The quilting threads matched the fabric – or was a close match.

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Here’s a close-up of Eeyore:

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And, as I posted this picture, I realize that I need to quilt the white of his eyes.  The weird area on the right grey part is just the shadow from taking this picture while the wind was blowing!

Thank you for sewing along on this Quilt Along!  If you’ve kept up, you now have a wonderful Winnie the Pooh Quilt top!

Here is a Linky Party for you to show your Winnie the Pooh quilt.  You don’t need to have a blog to post a picture.  But you do need a link to either an Instagram or Pinterest page.  I’d LOVE to see all the quilts that you’ve made!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Design Wall

Piecing:

I made a bunch of “DOVE” bags (simple drawstring bags) and some masks.  I’ve changed the pattern that I use for masks … my son’s girlfriend asked if I could replicate a mask she really likes … sew, I used it as a pattern, added a seam allowance and viola!  They’re a LOT faster to make and there’s no fiddling with those fussy pleats.

Summer Solstice: I’m back to thinking about working on my Summer Solstice quilt.  These are pictures from March and February … sew … I need to sew, not just think about it.

Quilting: 

Nothing being quilted right now!

Stash Report

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No shopping.  Dove bags used up about 1 yard of fabric and the masks used up about 1/2 yard …  Winnie the Pooh used 5.5 yards from my stash.  Stitchin’ Sunshine used 2 yards for the back. (See HERE).

  • Fabric Used this week      9  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        190.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    170.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – May:  151 / 152
  • 30 min days/  June:  21 / 21
  • Total days in 2020: 172/ 173
  • Percentage = 99% 

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’s list:

  1.  Finish Winnie the Pooh    √   done
  2. Finish  “Stitching Sunshine”     √   done  You can see the quilt HERE.
  3. Prepare materials and make “Retreat” Bag.     √   done  I’ll show you the bag in a future post.
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done

This week’s list:

  1. Work on UFO, Summer Solstice
  2. Finish watching a video on how to digitize an In the Hoop Zipper Pouch.
  3. Make a Zipper pouch from my own digitized design.
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.

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I did start # 27 in Starts in 2020 and I finished it.  I will show you in a future post!

No UFOs are finished …

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long Day 15

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Day 15.

Time to add the sashing and borders.

The measurements for these are on the last page of the instructions.

I sewed the shorter (BS) sashing strips between Pooh & Piglet and then between Tigger and Eeyore.  Next, the RS, and 2 SB strips were attached.  The final border strips were attached.

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Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how I quilted this quilt.  And, there will be a Linky party … so you can show off your quilt!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long Day 14

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Day 14

Assemble the rest of the Eeyore block.

As you are sewing the EARS onto the sides of the face, there are 2 things to be aware of:

First: Sew them so the orientation is correct – not like this!

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Second … when you put the EARS next to the FACE, you will notice that it is ½” short.  This is OK.  Just line them up at the bottom … when you add the large white 6.5″ square to the top for the last  STOP step, that ½” difference will be cut off.  As you can see from the upside down ears, I added extra – but in the end, it was cut off … SEW, you don’t need to make the same mistake that I did!

And, here is the finished Eeyore block!  I love how his eyes are looking up and to the side!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long: Day 12

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Day 12.   I found Eeyore’s block took the longest to piece, so it’ll be broken into 3 days instead of 2 that we used for Winnie,

Following the directions:

  • Use the STOP method to make the MANE
  • Make the EYES
  • Sew the Pink EAR pieces (Ee) to the Blue EAR pieces (!)
  • Sew the MANE together (not shown in the picture below)

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long Day 11

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Cut Eeyore’s Fabric.

Two adjustments to the cutting:

  • On the blue there should be 2 pieces 2.5″ x 10.5″  (E)
  • you don’t need to cut (d) 2.5″ x 8.5″

When I cut the pieces for Eeyore’s blue, I cut 3 strips of width of fabric then they were subcut into the amounts given in the pattern.

  • 4.5″
  • 2.5″
  • 1.5″

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh: Quilt A Long: Day 8

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Day 8.

Before you start cutting: 

Look at the ORANGE  G instructions.  Does it tell you to cut (2) 3½” squares?   IMPORTANT: If it does say 3½” – you have the OLD version that is not correct.  Go and download the Tigger and Eeyore pages of the updated version.  HERE.   All you need is those 2 pages … the rest of the old version is fine.

If it says 2 (3″) … then carry on and …

Cut out Tigger’s pieces.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long Day 6

Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long 

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Day 6.  Do all the “STOP” pieces for Piglet (see pattern directions).   Mark and sew Piglet’s triangles … remember to sew a thread width from the line – towards where you will cut.   Cut the triangles 1/4″ from the seam.  Remember to press all the seams open.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh – Quilt A Long Day 5

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Today you’re going to cut the fabric for Piglet’s block.  This is such a cute block! (Well, they’re ALL cute!)

Helpful HINTS

 Cut the largest pieces first! 

Label each of your pieces … it will save you time later!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long Day 4

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Day 4.  Assemble the Winnie block.  Make sure that you play close attention to the orientation of the pieces.   I did press all of the seams open, EXCEPT for the one at the base of the mouth.    I pressed that seam down towards the chin.

Now … you should have your Winnie Block done!   Here’s mine!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh: Quilt ALong Day 3

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Day 3.  Do all the “STOP” pieces for Winnie (see pattern directions)  Mark and sew Winnie’s triangles …

Helpful Hints

  • remember to sew a thread width from the line – towards where you will cut. 
  • Before you cut … check to ensure the placement is in the correct direction!

Remember to press all the seams open.

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  • ears (dark yellow V plus background A)
  • ears (yellow H onto corner of ears that don’t have the background)  I forgot this when I took the picture.
  • sides of face (yellow L plus background H)
  • nose (red B plus yellow A)

The picture to the right is of all of the STOP pieces for Winnie … and obviously not in the exact correct final position … there’s lots of pieces missing!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie The Pooh Quilt ALong – Day 2

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I am making the large quilt (46 x46″)

Cut the fabric for Winnie the Pooh. This took me approximately 35 minutes.  It may take you longer or you may be faster. It’s OK either way!

HINTS

 Cut the largest pieces first! 

Label each of your pieces … it will save you time later!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish June’s Island Batik  project √   done  (see it HERE)
  2. Start Winnie the Pooh  √   done  – well it’s started (I need to keep ahead …)

This week’s list:

  1.  Work on Winnie the Pooh
  2. Finish “Stitching Sunshine” project
  3. Pick a UFO to work on … and work on it

Did you see?

My latest quilt for Island Batik.  This month’s theme was a “free” theme … and I had a ton of fun making and quilting this one!  You can see more details HERE.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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June 8 – Day 1 Winnie the Pooh Quilt-A-Long

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June 8: Day 1.   Pull your fabrics

  • The pattern gives you measurements for the background and binding
  • For Pooh – I had a 9″ piece, Width of fabric of the yellow.  This was enough, until I cut the largest piece in half … So now my Winnie has a line in his forehead. If you are afraid of making mistakes, make sure you have more than 1/3 of a yard of the yellow.
  • For Piglet – I had a fat quarter of the light pink, with lots left over.
  • I’ll give you approximate amounts for Tigger & Eeyore, once I’m to that stage.
  • For the rest of the fabrics, I just raided my scraps …

This Quilt Along is being broken into small steps.  I’m planning for approximately half an hour each day.  Some days it may be a bit less, others a bit more. But that is the plan.

That’s it for today … just pulling your fabrics.

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m participating in a blog hop later this month (June 22 – 25) and I’ve started that project … which will be a secret until I share it on the Blog Hop.

There’s also a request for a few more masks – so I need to work on that …

Quilting:

I’ve sandwiched what was originally going to be a baby quilt – until I changed my mind and finished the elephant quilt (see HERE)… and hopefully the no-longer for the baby quilt will go under my needle SOON!

Stash Report

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I did finish the June Island Batik challenge – but I used all Island Batik fabrics – which I don’t count …

  • Fabric Used this week       0  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        177.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    167  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – May:  151 / 152
  • 30 min days/  June:  7 / 7
  • Total days in 2020: 158/ 159
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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I revised my PHD in 2020 and added 6 more UFOs to the list.  So, I’m hoping that I’ll get them done!

 

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Coming Soon: Winnie the Pooh – Sew Along

3CC52214-17FE-4618-8F68-1434FB2725ADI assume that all of you planning to make this quilt have downloaded the pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts.  It’s free and you can access it HERE.

Please make sure that you adhere to the TERMS OF USE.

TERMS OF USE: The Winnie the Pooh and Friends quilt pattern are derivative art and are free for your personal and non-profit use ONLY. Patterns are not to be used for distribution, resale or manufacture. That means no selling the patterns themselves, PHOTOS, or physical projects made using these patterns (including but not limited to: commissions, custom work, no selling on Etsy, Ebay, craft shows, etc). By downloading and or printing these patterns, you agree to these terms. This pattern is NOT FOR SALE or RESALE!!!

 

This quilt is going to take approximately 2 ½  weeks to make the top.  Most days, the cutting or sewing will take about 30 minutes.

I will start this on Monday, June 8 … We’ll work on it 6 days a week … and should be finished by June 20th … 21- 25th if you want to quilt it right away.

No Finishes in June … Yet

I’m working on quilting  my June Island Batik project … and silly me … the quilting is fairly dense – so it’s taking me awhile!  Here’s a picture of 2 parts of the quilt and the fabric that I was given by Island Batik!  Kismet is a Fall 2019 release designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.  It should be available in stores now.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL collection of fabric!

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I was Featured

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Jennifer of Wednesday Wait Loss Featured the elephant quilt above.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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The Start of a New Week

Island Batik “Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop”

This is the last week!

Visit  Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads to see what she’s made for the final day!

You have an opportunity to win some fabulous fabric!  This is a FQ pack of Wonderland, designed by the talented Kathy Engle!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long

Are you interested in a Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long?  Want to join me as I make this quilt?  I emailed Lorna (the designer) about hosting a Sew-a-long and she said, “Sounds fine with me Gail! I would love to have you host a quilt along featuring them.”

SEW … I’m thinking of starting on Monday, June 8.  That will give you (and me) 2 weeks to pull fabric or go shopping.  I’m thinking that if we do one character a day or every 2 days … we’ll be finished in just over a week.    I’m not 100% sure, because I haven’t made any of them yet … But I plan to start on June 8.

Lorna emailed me today to say that the pattern has been updated … so, if you downloaded it before, you may want to download it again as there is an update.    You can access the pattern HERE. (scroll down the page).  There are 3 sizes to choose from.  Your choice as to which size you choose.

If you haven’t visited “Sew Fresh Quilts,” you are in for a pleasant surprise of LOTS of cute, cute quilts!

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Finishes

I finished 2 quilts today … Florabunda #2 & #3.  These count as one UFO finish.  I know … with all 3 Florabunda quilts completed, it should count as 3 UFOs … but it’s only May and that leaves me with one more UFO to finish to accomplish my UFO goal for PHD in 2020!

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Florabunda #2 and #3 were quilted with swirls … lots of swirls … large swirls, medium swirls and small swirls … they were both pretty quick to quilt!  Hobbs 80/20 is the batting and Aurifil #2309 was the thread.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I started this quilt.  Yes, I wanted to use up floral fabric, but … I ended up with 140 blocks … enough to make 2 quilts that are 6 x 8 blocks and one that is 6 x 7 blocks.

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Florabunda is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter and you can access it HERE.

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Piecing:

I’m still working on the baby quilt and the big brother quilt.  I changed my mind and the baby quilt is a UFO that needs to be finished.  Big brother quilt is in progress with these fabrics.
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Can you guess what this will be?  It’s part of my June Island Batik challenge.  I’m using the “Kismet” fabric collection, designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.  Doesn’t the black make the colours pop?

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Quilting:

I hope to sandwich the UFO baby quilt and Big Brother quilt and get them quilted SOON!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish the 2 new quilts!      not done in progress
  2. Finish Quilting Florabunda #2    √   done:  #3 is done as well You can see them above
  3. Piece June’s Island Batik project    not done in progress

This week’s list:

  1. Finish the Baby UFO
  2. Finish Big Brother
  3. Finish piecing June’s Island Batik project

Stash Report

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Florabunda – all 3 quilts used approximately 24 yards!!!

  • Fabric Used this week       24  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        169 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    159.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 24 / 24
  • Total days in 2020:  144 / 145
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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With the finish of Florabunda … that leaves 1 UFO to finish for my PHD in 2020.   Somehow, I think I will finish more than 12 UFOs this year!

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Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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A Friday Finish

I have been having fun … and not working on what I should be working on … but that’s what makes it fun, right?  Sort of like skipping school and doing nothing – that’s fun, right?  Well, I actually wouldn’t know about that, because I never skipped classes in highschool –  except for one time … (That’s actually true, and it’s up to you if you believe me or not!)

I gave you a hint earlier this week when I posted a couple of photos of the Helen Godden Flower Power Quilt-a-long …  Here is the finished project:  Each block is about 7½” square.  Lots of quilting!

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This is a free project. Helen has a separate Youtube video for each block and shows you how to do the various techniques, with ease.  Well, with a measure of ease!  She does make it look super easy!  I still have a long way to go, but I’m happy with the end project!

The project was done on an Island Batik neutral, the sashing, binding and back was an Island Batik fabric that I bought locally at a store that is now closed. I used black Aurifil thread (4-5 bobbins) and scraps of Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Helen’s instructions for finishing the quilt made it super easy.  Each block was stitched individually (and coloured with Inktense pencils). Once the blocks were trimmed to size, I zig-zagged them together.  Simple, eh?    For the sashing, I took a 4″ piece of fabric and ironed some “Steam-a-seam” on it.  Then it was cut into 4 –  ½” strips and ironed in place.  SEW SEW EASY!   Then a co-ordinating Aurifil thread was used to stitch down the sashing.  The backing was cut 1″ larger than the piece, folded over and viola! the binding was ready for the same stitching that I did on the sashing.

Here’s a close up of each of the individual blocks  …

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What do these things have in common?

You’ll have to wait until May 13 for the answer …

Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Did you visit the blogs this week?m  There is a LOT of amazing Home Dec projects!  Trust me, it’s well worth visiting them!  I have the direct link to each blog post so that you don’t have to go searching for them.  And some of the blogs are offering an opportunity for YOU to win fabric!

May 4
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 10.43.01 PMBe sure to enter Island Batik’s Rafflecopter to win Cascadia precuts! This collection was  designed by Claudia Pfeil of Claudia Pfeil Designs.  You could win both a 10″stack and 2½” strips.  Each pre-cut comes with 2 of the 20 fabrics in the collection.  It’s well worth entering – you never know if you will win!  Here’s the link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Monday in the Studio

Sew … what’s been happening around here?

Well, Helen Godden (on Facebook Helen Godden Quilts) had a Flower Power Quilt-a-long.  I was thinking of doing it for a future Island Batik challenge, but all of the specifics for the challenge are not available, yet.  SEW … I thought I’d share it with you.  If you are on Facebook, you can go to her page and download all of the pictures.  She has directions on how to do each of the blocks with a Youtube video for each block.  It’s fantastic for practicing free motion quilting!

These were done on an Island Batik neutral fabric … with Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil black thread and Schmetz microtex needle.  (All of the supplies were given to me via Island Batik).

I have done 8 of the 9 blocks … They are SEW fun to do.  I LOVE the zen doodling!  And I’ve learned a few new-to-me patterns.

The other thing, is that I ventured into the world of colouring fabric.  Helen talks about “Inktense” pencils and how you colour your fabric with them.  From another Youtube video, I learned that you colour, spray with water and then press with an iron to stop the spread of colour or bleeding.  That’s how my blocks got their colour!  I was able to get a set of Inktense pencils at a near-by store that does curb-side service!  (Opus, in Langley).

I will show you the finished wall hanging … hopefully it’ll be done soon!

BLOG HOP 

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This week is the following Blogs:

May 4
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m working on an Island Batik challenge – so no photos yet!

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Quilting:  

This scrappy squares quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

I easily managed to get everything on my list done … and more!

  1. Quilt Blue Round Robin  √  done    
  2. Bind Purple Round Robin √  done
  3. Finish 7 masks  √  done
  4. Finish 7 pillow cases  √  done

You can see the Blue & Purple Round Robin quilts HERE.

I completed 18 masks and 12 pillow cases.  When I went to originally take a picture of the 7 pillow cases that were started, I realized they were mostly all “girl” types.  Sew … back to the stash and I made 5 that are more suited for the male gender.

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This week’s list:

  1. Finish Island Batik May project
  2. Finish Flower Power
  3. Scrappy Squares: Quilt and possibly get the binding on.
  4. Florabunda: lay out & piece at least one top

Stash Report

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The fronts of the Round Robins were Island Batik – so I don’t count that.  But the backs took 3 yards.  The pillow cases used up 12 yards.  The masks used up 3.5 yards … for a total of 18.5 yards!

  • Fabric Used this week       18.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        138.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    129  yards

Stitchin’ Time 

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 3 / 3
  • Total days in 2020:  123 / 124
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Stay at Home Round Robin: Part 2

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If you want to see the Intro and Part 1, click HERE and HERE.

Piano Keys!

There are many different ways to do piano keys …

For the Purple Round Robin (Quilt-as-you-Go), the piano keys are lengthwise  and for the Blue one, they are perpendicular to the quilt.

Video of Piano Keys

Here is a video of the piano key borders going on the Purple quilt:

                 https://youtu.be/m-xRPnbMFZM               

For the Blue Quilt, I cut 1½” slices from the 10″ stack of Island Batik “Freedom” fabrics and sewed them together.

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This piece was cut into 2½” pieces and sewn onto my grey square.

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I still haven’t decided about the centre block.  Will I do some appliqué? Some embroidery?  I’m sure I’ll decided before the quilt is finished!

Here is the purple Quilt-as-you-Go with the Piano Keys sewn on.

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SEW …

How are you doing with your Round Robin?

Linky Party

Here is a Linky Party for you to show off your work!  You have a few options for posting … you can post a link to your blog, a link to your Instagram or a link to a Pinterest page.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

What’s the next round you ask???

Pinwheels … I haven’t made them yet, so I’m not sure how wide the round will be.  It’s up to you to decide how big and how many pinwheels you want to add to all 4 sides! Do what you want, but add some pinwheels!   Have fun!  There will be another linky party next week!

Friday Finish … NOT

But I do have a flimsy, actually 2, completed.  These are from the Elvira Sew-Along that GE Quilt Designs hosted this past weekend.  I was going to make one large quilt, but decided that 2 smaller ones would be more appropriate for me to make at this time.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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