2017 Finish List

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday...

...And a couple of awesome finishes.

It's been a busy week.
My niece is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks and I need to make them a cuddle quilt.
I like my baby quilts to cover Momma and Baby.
Way back in 2013, I participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy blog.
I planned to make a row quilt and true to form, 
I got part way through the year and stopped,
and now I have a box of awesome 6" blocks. 

Then Bonnie writes a post about Getting Serious With Scrap Reduction.
She shows a picture of Dancing Dashes and that's all I needed to get this quilt started.
I grabbed some yellow polka dot for sashing and soft lavender for the corner stones.
I'm hoping to have this top together before Thursday.
Maybe I'll name this Dashing Dashes and Friends. 

Because Friday is Mystery Day!!
I finally pulled my fabrics for On Ringo Lake.
I don't have one single piece of fabric in Bonnie's main colors so I went stash diving.
Red, Blue, Black and Creamy Neutrals
Depending on the clues and sizes of pieces needed, 
I'll pull from my strip bins and deeper into the stash.

Granddaughter Taylor will turn 18 in a few days.
She had hinted about a quilt with black, white and aqua. 
How could I say no.
I knew Bonnie's Scrappy Trips was a perfect design.
This is found on the Quiltville free patterns page.
Fun strips were pulled from the black and white strip bin.
Most of them were from strip swaps at retreats.

I had a blast quilting this.
Somewhat straight lines in a random pattern.
I used gray thread and my walking foot.

Finally En Provence is finished!
These photos are from Jane right after she quilted it for me.

We decided soft yellow thread would be perfect.
The panto is called Lovely by My Creative Stitches.
And Lovely it is!
I used bright pink for the binding. 
It's been dark, gloomy and wet here so no full on pictures.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday

When last we met, I was finishing up the quilting on the secret project. 
Now it is finished and I still can't share any photos. 
So instead I'll show you what's up next at my machine.

That's right!
A major cleaning and oiling and putting stuff away.
So I am procrastinating! 
Big Time!!

Instead of cleaning my machine and grabbing the next UFO,
I'm knitting and binge watching Netflix.
I can't let this fabulous No-Fuss Shade Shawl become a UFO!

Really I've been feeling a little peaked and when that happens,
I just like to knit and watch tv.
I've been fighting off a cold since retreat and I think I'm winning.
And my shawl is almost finished.

I must get my machine cleaned today because 
tomorrow I pick up my En Provence from Jane the Quilter. 
Now, where did I put that binding?

I'm planning a pretty busy week.
Wish me luck!!

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Design Wall Monday and Retreat Report

Last week was my final retreat for the year. 
I had plans, lots of plans.
I worked and worked, chatted and laughed!
My first project was to make this table runner for my friend for Christmas.
I just need to add the buttons to the intersections.
Ramona showed it last week on this blog post and I knew it would be the perfect gift.
Then she sent me the link for the tutorial.
Thanks Ramona!

Next I worked on bow tie blocks for another table mat.
Insert my sad face here when I did bring enough of my background to finish the blocks.
And then I cut for another table runner and the fat quarter I wanted to use was all cockeyed crocked!
It was so bad! 3" bad!
I have the charm squares cut and ready to go so I'll find something else that will work with it.
It wouldn't be a retreat without a Whoopsie or 2.

Next project--UFO #8 for August from Patchwork Times UFO Challenge.
20 Garlic Knot blocks were from a block swap and I made 28 more.
We layed them out and arranged them and pinned into rows at Binding Friends last week.
The sewing went pretty fast.
(After I made the last 3 blocks that I needed.)
Next up will be to quilt it and bind it with a scrappy batik binding.

Then I pulled out my Garden Party #2 Blocks and worked on them the rest of retreat.
I am almost finished with them.

Retreat started Thursday for me so I spent lots of time quilting the secret project before I left. 
I'm almost ready for binding and gifting and sharing.

Here is my favorite snag on the road into retreat.
The rains and winds knocked all the pretty orange leaves off the trees.
I take a picture of this at every retreat. 
I love this old snag!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday

It's been over a year since I worked on my tumbler top. This month Judy L at Patchwork Times chose #6 for the 2017 UFO Challenge and guess what was my #6, that's right the Quiltville leader/ender project for 2013-14. I pulled out the bin and promptly ignored it! Again!!  I haven't been too good about keeping up with this challenge. I need to go back and see where I am and make these a priority because UFO Busting is my challenge for this year!

I just went back and looked at the numbers list and will pull out the August and September projects to have ready to assemble next.

When I got to a stopping/I need batting point in my top secret birthday project, I wasn't ready to stop sewing. So I opened the tumbler bin and took inventory. Meaning I layed the top out on my bed to see where I was. I had a bunch of parts and pieces of rows and a bunch of rows sewed together. I wasn't as far along as I thought I was.  I sewed a few more rows and added them to the top, layed it out again and see I still need at least 3 more rows of neutral/color and 2 border rows of just color.

This means I need to cut more tumblers! So today I will count so I don't go super crazy with the Go cutter.  Will it be done by the end of the month? No, but it is now the main project at my machine...after the quilting of the secret project because I bought batting and the quilt is basted, bobbins wound, machine cleaned, thread is threaded and I'm ready to quilt. 😉 Binding is made and pressed ready to sew on. I'm hoping I can get this finished by Wednesday. Wish me luck.

I have another retreat this week. I have more secret projects to work on there-I need to prioritize my list! (Hubby fixed my machine rolling cart.....the wheel lost it's lock washer thingie so he went to the hardware store and bought more....$4 for a baggie of thingies vs $80 for a new cart.  He's a good guy!) My machine is cleaned and oiled with a new needle ready to go to work! I'm excited to just sew and sew and sew!

Have a good week everyone......I'll be back soon. Or Monday, whichever comes first.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Design Wall Monday

What a week! Most of it was spent in the kitchen as I added to our winter pantry.
I don't think I turned on the sewing machine once!!
This little quilt is from the latest QAL at Humble Quilts.
It's called Palmateer Point.
I finished it the day the last clue was released but only hung it up yesterday.
It now lives on my sewing room door.
(I really need to change out the hooks for that quilt holder. 😉)

I also did some kitting up for the next retreat.
I have 3 small projects to work on,
plus I'll take along Garden Party #2.

A few evenings I worked on the Mischief Quilt rosettes.
I added 4 more to the pile.
I love batiks but this is the only batik quilt I will ever hand stitch!
And it might just turn into a wall hanging.
My fingers do not like that dense fabric!

So yesterday I got out the On The  Road Quilt.
(This is an old picture.)
I stitched a few more sections on and did an inventory of parts.
I need to make several more neutral scrappy blocks.
Those are so much fun to make.
Netflix and the neutral scrap bin=pure happiness!
I think I'm just over half way on this project.
Time to get super serious! 

The weather has turned typical for the Pacific Northwest.
That means serious sewing for me.
Unless of course a beach trip happens like I'm hoping it will.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stocking The Winter Pantry

It's hunting season for the hubby.
Opening day, Saturday, he got his buck.
 That means Monday was processing day.
 Backstrap, a few steaks and venison burger.

My Facebook friend Pat had posted a picture the other day with how she freezes her burger.
So I copied her and wow, what a game changer!
Put a gob of burger in your vacuum sealer bag,
seal it, then take a rolling pin and flatten the burger.
A light bulb moment for me!

I canned 3 pints of burger to try
plus 5 half pints of chunks and 6 1/2 pints of bone broth made with the rib bones.

Yesterday I picked up my Zaycon order of 40# of chicken.
First up was 30 1/2 pints of canned chicken chunks.
By the time that was finished, so was I.

This morning I pulled the remaining chicken out of the fridge and got busy.
These are big breasts so 3 half breast were frozen whole for baking.
Then 4 more chunked into large pieces for whatever.
7 packages each of chunks and strips that I did the same as the venison burger.
Flat packages stack so nice! 
I also cooked a nice pan full to shred to put a few bags in the freezer.
I do have some noodles cooked in the fridge so it will be chicken & noodle bake for dinner tonight.

My pantry cupboards are a mess so I did some rearranging on the jar side.
You can see my stash of beans that I did last month.
Below that is my honey and the clam chowder soup base and jars of smoked clams. 
Recipes for the soup base and smoked clams are in the Ball Blue Book.
Below that is my little bit of jams and jellies.

Next up I want to can some garbanzo beans.
I'm hoping for an elk next month.
In the meantime, there is a turkey and 3 whole chickens that need out of my freezer.
I have a few pork roasts that are a bit on the tough side.
I'll pull those out and pressure cook them.
Then I'll freeze the meat up for soups.
The chicken and turkey will be vacuumed sealed for future meals.

I'm doing my own Freezer Challenge this week. 
It's time to clean the kitchen freezer again.
I know there is an abundance of bananas and reruns (leftovers) to use up.
Banana bread will be baked today.
That should earn me a few more Good Wife points. 

I've discovered a couple of really good you tubers that have me excited to get my pantry in order. 
It all started with a simple little video I found about what I canned that I love and didn't love.

Check them out.
Lisa at Sutton Daze
I just started watching her Pantry Preparedness from August 2016.
Amanda at Moore2Life
Plus several more. 
Oh the plans I have on my list!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!!!
Midnight Flight is finished and headed to my bed today.
I started this quilt in May at a retreat with Bonnie Hunter.
I am thrilled to have it finished.

My friend Jane quilted it.
I told her I wanted gold thread and swirls and to just do her Jane thing.
I love what she did!

I have been working hard on trimming up the scraps.
I am pleased to report that the backing extras are cut to usable sizes and put away.

Each retreat I stop to take a picture of this snag.
It's on the road into Royal Ridges.
I was a bit disappointed that the leaves weren't all orange yet.
Maybe they will still be there when I go back in November.

I worked on the secret birthday project until all the blocks were complete.
They are now stacked and pinned in rows thanks to help from friends.
Next up was Garden Party #2.
I just took posy block kits and I think I completed 30 more blocks.
These are so fun to make.

All the while, leader and ender Oklahoma Backroad blocks were being made.
I think 21 more blocks were completed.
I'm almost ready to lay this one out for real.

Retreats are fun.
Retreats are energizing.
Retreats are exhausting.
Retreats are special.
I get to spend hours sewing with one of my daughters and a bunch of my friends.

Today is catch up at home day.
Lots to do!
Hubs was lucky and harvested a deer on opening day so today is processing day.
And when that's over, you'll find me in my sewing room.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Design Wall Monday

We just got home from a few days at the beach.
It's clamming time again.
Yeah. While I don't like them, I do have fun digging.
Until my back hurts and then I'm done 
and go sit in the truck and spy on people with the binoculars.

I sewed a for quite a while on Sunday.
I make 11 more Wild & Goosey blocks and found 5 untrimmed ones in the box.
They are all now pressed, trimmed and depapered.
I still have a lot more to make and
need to enhance my medium/dark fabric bag.
That's on the list for next trip.
I don't want to take too much so I just work with what I have.
It's quite fun.

This is my view from the truck Saturday evening. 
Stunningly beautiful.
I love the beach.

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I have to wait and check them all out later,
I have laundry to do and stuff to put away.
I love coming home but I don't love the coming home chores. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The only sewing that happened this past week looked like this.
I made parts of 9 patches, 
lots of parts and pieces, blocks and framed blocks.
All for Garden Party #2.
Except that one piece by the Tootsie Roll! 
That is my Oklahoma Backroads leader/ender.
 2 more blocks went into the l/e box.
(***The advantage of blog photos is seeing where you need to unstitch.
That dark green on the left is sooo wonky!)
After last Monday's blog post, 
I packed my car and headed to Crystal's house to stay with 4 kiddos while they vacationed.
Let me tell you,
after 4 days, I was one tired Gramma!
But we had lots of fun.

Saturday I spent most of the day in my sewing room.
At the end of the day,
I had a good pile of pieces and parts sewn.
In my basket I have 30 framed 9 patches,
30 more waiting to be framed and
the bed of my machine has a lot more ready for the next steps.

These tools are usually on the bed of the machine.
I call them the tools of my trade.

I buy the seam rippers and thread snips in bulk from Amazon. 
I can't live without my reverse tweezers for pulling threads.
The stiletto is the skinny extension of  my chubby finger!
Bonnie shared the instructions on her blog here.

Funny story...
I was shopping at Winco one day after she posted this.
I always buy canning lids when I shop there.
As I was getting my lids, out of the corner of my eye,
I saw packages of the turkey lacer things.
Marked down to 25¢ for a package of 8.
I don't remember how many packages there were.
I took them all.
Lots of friends now own stilettos. 😉

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Design Wall Monday

It's time to work on Garden Party #2.
This is from our retreat in May with Bonnie Hunter.
I haven't opened the box since May 22
After finishing Midnight Flight, 
I decided this is my next get it done project.

I have all the flowers kitted up ready to sew.
I decided to do the 9 patch chain blocks first.
Since I'm changing from Bonnie's original setting,
I need more blocks.
No problem, these are so fun to make.
I have my bins of parts to pull from
and everything else is already cut and ready to sew.

I have a retreat coming up pretty soon.
When your granddaughter sends you a picture of a quilt from a store
and she loves the colors and wants one kind of like that for her 18th (gasp) birthday,
you get busy.
Found in her free patterns section.
I have a big bin of black and white strips but no aqua.
I ordered a strip set from my friend Judy at SewFunQuilts on Etsy.
Miss 18 is going to love this. 

Yesterday I sat down with my strips and made up block kits.
Each set is stacked in the order I want them sewn together.

Oh yes, I have a retreat plan.
Scrappy Trips first, then work on Garden Party flower blocks.
I think this will be enough to keep me busy for the whole retreat.
That's my plan today. 😉

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