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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Weekend Sewing with Friends & 15 Minutes

 While tending two littles this weekend, I still managed to get quite a bit of sewing done.  The kids were so good and so easy in order for this to happen.  

Here is my weekend progress on my Windmill quilt.  I sewed nine windmills together and almost a 10th one.  Three are pinned and ready to attach the white outside piece.  They all still need the black centers appliqued.  They are pretty fun and pretty fast.

15 Minutes Report:

I am linking up with:

Oh Scrap

BOM's Away

Monday Making

Patchwork and Quilts

UFO Busting

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

#27 I Like Thursday

 Last week had some great things going on!  

1.  I got my second Covid shot.  I am so glad it is done, but I did get fevered for two days and had to miss some work.  I still say it is better than getting the disease or worrying about giving it to someone else.

2.  My son came home from college to visit.  I have missed him.

3. I got to tend four of my little grands last Saturday  It was wonderful!  I was able to cuddle with each of them individually after their naps.  I also get to tend my other two this coming Saturday.

Favorite quotes:

"Grandma, you came for a sleepover!"  Three-year-old shouted this while running full blast at me as I entered his house.

"Frama, you came home!"  Two year old said to me while racing her brother for a hug from me.

4. I joined a BOM by The Quilt Show called Color My World.  I am anxious to go through my stash to select scraps and begin March's blocks, and I already have background fabric.  I am two months behind but plan to do them in January and February of 2022.  I absolutely love quilts with houses on them.  This one is perfect for me!  

I participated in The Quilt Show BOM many years ago on a quilt called Star Crazy.  This is how it turned out.  I used fabrics from my stash that had a "granny" feel to them, so I called mine "Granny Went Star Crazy."  I could not find the quilted photo, but is done.  

My Sister-in-Law Felicity and my cousin Anne made one with me.  I ended up quilting Felicity's for her. You can see that mine looked pretty different from the others.



I have another BOM pattern from The Quilt Show that I have not made yet, but I absolutely love it!  Someday...

Thanks again Leeanna for the weekly party of positive thoughts!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

To Do Tuesday


Last week's goals:

1.  Finish quilting NYB ✔ DONE!

2. Attach binding to NYB ✔ DONE!

This quilt was a complete finish - yay!

This week's Goals:

1.  Some hand applique' on Diamond Hill

2. Piece the Windmill blocks that I have cut out.  I think there are four. I have also cut the strips for 6 more blocks.

3. 4 Masterpiece blocks

4.  Applique' 4 circles on Windmill blocks

5. Select my fabric for the Color My World Quilt Show BOM.

I am also linking up with:

Wednesday Wait Loss

Midweek Makers

Monday, March 1, 2021

March One Monthly Goal, WOOFA, and Patchwork Times Challenge

 New month - new goals for sewing.

Patchwork Times UFO challenge picked number 11 for March.  My #11 is to finish all of the hand applique' on Diamond Hill.  This quilt has taken years, and it's time to finish it.  I will finish the applique' this month and hopefully get it quilted and bound at some point this year.

The top two corners are complete as well as the center blocks.  One corner is a little more than half done and the fourth corner has no stitches in it yet.  Glue is holding it on at this time.  Wish me luck!

My One Monthly Goal and WOOFA is different as I plan to quilt and bind my Black Memory Round Robin.

In addition, I would love to:

  • Make ten more Windmill blocks
  • Make 20 Masterpiece blocks
  • Make March's blocks for The Quilt Show's 2021 BOM called Color My World
  • Begin strip sewing Windmill border
  • Make at least one Christmas block
  • Make four Omigosh blocks
I am also linking up with:

Sunday, February 28, 2021

350 Blocks Challenge & 15 Minutes report


I am participating in the 350 blocks challenge by Prairie Moon this year.

February blocks made:  30!

6 Trees

1 Mrs. Claus

3 Windmills complete.  The other seven don't have the applique' done yet.

20 Masterpiece blocks

Total blocks this year:  49

Yay!  I am still at 100% for 2021 with a goal of sewing 6 days per week!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

February's American Patchwork and Quilting, One Monthly Goal, and WOOFA Completed!

New York Beauty is miraculously finished and was down to the wire as well.  I finished the binding today.  This was my American Patchwork and Quilting February pull #2.  I also selected it as my One Monthly Goal and my February WOOFAHere is a link back to that post.

PHD Challenge Update:

Doing pretty good on my PHD with three finishes already this year.  The goal is 12 total.  I do have one new start of which I plan to have the top done in March.  I actually made some progress on 7 different quilts this month.  Whew!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I Like Thursday #26

 It is Thursday again?  Where do the days and weeks go?

Thanks again to Leeanna for the I Like Thursday happy motivation posts!  We need more positivity in this crazy world.

1. Quilted NYB

2. Zoom with grands. I could not believe babies stayed focused on me. 

3. A great new series.  This is book 1 and I am now on book 3.

I am also linking up with:

Design Wall Monday

Wednesday Wait Loss

Needle and Thread Thursday

Midweek Makers

Monday, February 22, 2021

15 Minutes and To Do Tuesday

 Another week, another 100% of stitching and not so good on my to do list.

To Do Tuesday Report:

This week's goals:

1.  Get all of the "colored" areas quilted in my New York Beauty. ✔

2. 10 Windmill blocks - no, none.  I did get the center circles glue basted on though and three are stitched down.

3. 10 Masterpiece blocks - I only made one.

4.  Eat healthy every day - 5 out of 6 days were good

5. 10,000 steps a day plus weight training 5 days this coming week 

I didn't do so well, but I have been quilting pretty hard on my New York Beauty which is a top priority finish for February.

This week's goals:

1.  Finish quilting NYB

2. Attach binding to NYB

15 Minutes of stitching report:

I am also linking up with:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I Like Thursday #25

 Two things brought me much joy in this past week:

1.  A baby's laughter

I watched videos of my grand blowing bubbles at his little baby brother.  Baby giggled and giggled and giggled, and so did I.

Great joy filled my soul as I also watched videos of my parents hold my grand babies.  I guess I should also say how thankful  I am for technology that brings families together.

2. Badly needed snow in the mountains

There was a little at home too.

Check out the other I Like Thursday posts at Leeanna's blog.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

To Do Tuesday

 To Do Tuesday Update

First of all, we have a new host for To Do Tuesday.  We will miss Roseann, but Chris will be a perfect replacement.  Check out everyone's goals, progress, and projects.

Last week's goals:

1. 10 Masterpiece blocks - I made close

2. Attach binding to Arizona - ✔  I got this one completely finished - Yay!

3. Windmill Strip Sewing - 

4. Some Windmill blocks - I have ten done

5. Outline quilting on NYB - 

This week's goals:

1.  Get all of the "colored" areas quilted in my New York Beauty.

2. 10 Windmill blocks

3. 10 Masterpiece blocks

4.  Eat healthy every day

5. 10,000 steps a day plus weight training 5 days this coming week

Also linking up with:

Wednesday Wait Loss

Midweek Makers

Design Wall Monday

Monday, February 15, 2021

15 minutes progress

 Yay, I am still holding at 100% on my 15 minutes of sewing per day.

I finished binding Journey to Arizona this morning and now have 2 finishes for 2021.

This quilt does have a fun story.  My husband had a desire to walk/bike/hike from our home to the Arizona border (257 miles).  This quilt tells our story. This link will take you to photos and stories of our journey.

  • Each log in the braid represents 1 mile.  
  • White sections are one day and black sections are another day.
  • I stitched the dates into the beginning log of each day section.
  • Yellow squares:  Hubby walked alone
  • Purple squares:  We walked together
  • Orange squares:  We biked together
  • Green squares:  He biked alone
  • The panel at the bottom is a filler piece, but it is a print that looks just like the beautiful country we journeyed in.
I have to say that we walked/biked through the prettiest country in our beautiful state!

I am also linking up with:

Monday Making

BOMs Away

Oh Scrap

Patchwork and Quilts

Thursday, February 11, 2021

I like Thursday # 24


I like having a hobby during cold winter evenings.  It gives me a reason to run home after work and be excited about something!

I have been excited about my new Windmill project.  There will be twenty blocks.  I hope to be half done by the end of the week.

I also love that we are expecting snow in our mountains over the next week.  I hope we get enough to sustain us through the summer and fall.  I am also thankful to not have go over the mountain and drive in it.

Check out everyone's "I Like Thursday" posts linked at Not Afraid of Color.

I am also linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday

Beauties Pageant

For the Love of Geese

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

To Do Tuesday

To Do Tuesday report:

Last week's goals:

1.  Get Justin's Medallion basted and off the frames ✔

2.  Piece the backing for NYB 

Done and basted!

3.  Make 6 Masterpiece blocks 

I made 10.

4.  Order black fabric for the Windmill quilt & sew up a sample block to test the pattern. 

Five blocks are sewn.

5.  Some Arizona machine quilting 

Arizona is completely quilted and awaiting binding.

This week's goals:

1. 10 Masterpiece blocks

2. Attach binding to Arizona

3. Windmill Strip Sewing

4. Some Windmill blocks

5. Outline quilting on NYB

Also linking up with:

Wednesday Wait Loss

Midweek Makers

Design Wall Monday

Sunday, February 7, 2021

15 Minutes

Masterpiece blocks to date = 24

End of February Goal is to have 55

Windmill Blocks to date

15 Minutes a day

This week's report:

Linking up with:

OH Scrap

Monday Making

Patchwork and Quilts

BOMs Away

Friday Night with Friends quilty progress - yay!

A productive weekend happened here. 

Justin's Medallion is basted, off the frames, and tucked away in the Cedar Chest to await its turn for quilting.

A new start called Windmill happened here as well.  It is my own pattern.  My cousin Marie is doing this one with me virtually.  I made one for each of my daughters for their weddings, but have not made one for myself yet.  This one, though will likely be for my son's wedding some day.  I LOVE making this quilt!  It goes together pretty fast too.

More Masterpiece blocks were stitched as well.  I have 24 to date.  Once I peel off the paper, I will get a photo of all of them together.

I also have my New York Beauty on its way.  I pieced a back, loaded it on the frames, and have it half-way basted.  I hope to have this as a complete finish by the end of the month.

Today's linky parties include:

Friday Foto Fun

Can I get a Whoop Whoop?

Friday Night With Friends


Friday, February 5, 2021

Mrs. Santa joins the Christmas Quilt Blocks

 Mrs. Claus helped me to participate in Lou's monthly Christmas challenge.  I just missed getting her done for January, so February will have to do instead.  She needs some facial embroidery at some point.  The directional word print was a bit of a challenge, but I like it.

Here are the other blocks I made previous to 2021 for this quilt.  I intended to do a row quilt, but we shall see how I feel about it once I get some more Christmas blocks completed.  The plan is eventually make one more Santa, some peppermint candy, two more gingerbread embroidery blocks,  a nutcracker, and some Christmas ornaments. I might only make one block a month, but it will still be progress.

I am linking up with several Thursday linkies:

Peacock Party

For the Love of Geese

Beauties Pageant

Finished or Not Friday