Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Check in

It is time to check in and post my goal finishes for July. 
My goal for July was to move my Go Cubs Go! quilt forward and I'm happy to say that it is done! I completed the quilting and binding and just last night added the label. Hopefully we will be able to use it in October this year!
I posted about the details here if you are interested.
 For the label I found a picture of a baseball online and used it as the background. Cute, right? 
I also previously posted about the Rainbow Scrap Challenge block and the Milky Way QAL block for July here. Goal accomplished!
In the beginning of July I mentioned that I joined Pat Sloan's Sew Along. So far there have been 5 blocks released. I'm using some Domestic Diva by Riley Blake that I had in my stash but I needed to get a bit of yardage (I found some online and also bought 2 coordinating prints).
I made this block out of order (it was the 2nd block released) since I was waiting for the brown yardage. You can see the 1st and 3rd blocks here.
The 4th block released. 
The first 4 blocks altogether. 
And today's block...
Proud to say that I'm all caught up! 
I'm linking up to One Monthly Goal ~ July finish over at Elm Street Quilts.
and Let's Be Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts.

I'll be back soon with my August goals. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Plenty to do....

There is always plenty to do and since I have been home with workers coming and going 
(kitchen renovation in progress), 
I have had some time to spend in my sewing room. I decided that I needed to do some organization in-between projects. Since my dining room table is loaded with the odd and end contents of my kitchen cabinets 
(most things are in boxes throughout my house but some things don't fit well in boxes), 
I can't prefer not to (table verses floor) sandwich the last quilt top in my UFO's. But...
I did finally finished my Go Cubs Go! quilt that I made in honor of my life long favorite baseball team's incredible win of the World Series last year (2016) after 108 years!
I had the Cubs, baseball, and the pinstripe fabrics in my stash for quite a while just waiting for a time to make a quilt! This was the perfect time!
I used the economy block, alternating the Cubs and baseball fabrics with Kona red and blue. The sashing is Kona white. The border is a print that reminds me of hearts that I found at my now closed 😥 LQS! 
I 💙 the Chicago Cubs!
The backing is a vintage baseball print that I found online. This quilt finishes at 51" x 60.5" a perfect size for a throw or picnic. 
It is Nellie approved!
Back to a little organizing....
I found uncovered this mini quilt kit that I purchased at the International Quilt Festival this past spring. It is called Citrus Delight (one color way of many from the Friendship Pineapples series by Fabrications by Doris). 
It is a fun mini paper pieced block. 
Also, my neighborhood of Little Blue Houses had another population explosion!
There are now 56 houses in the neighborhood! All made out of different blue fabrics from my scraps. It was taking up a good portion of my design wall so the neighborhood came down (to make room for other projects). I am not done with it (or my blue fabrics 😝) yet! I'm still having fun!
What have your been doing?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Here's what's happening!

The month of July has been filled with demolition/renovation of our kitchen. It has made me stay at home with workers coming and going. Some of my time at home has been spent cleaning out kitchen cabinets, sorting things we don't use or need, and living out of boxes! However, I have given myself permission to spend time in my sewing room also!
The color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month is blue which happens to be my most overflowing scrap bin. I made these 5 little spools blocks!
These don't use up a lot of scraps but I am lovin' these mini spool blocks! Linking up at So Scrappy.

I also used blue for this month's Milky Way Star ~ Regel.
Here are all the stars in the Milky far!
I may add some mini stars! Go over to Blossom Heart Quilts to see more.

I joined the Grandma's Kitchen Sew Along with Pat Sloan. This is the first time that I joined one of Pat's QAL. It is perfect for Domestic Diva by Riley Blake that I have had in my stash for quite some time. I won 2 charm packs way back when...but I didn't have any yardage. I did find some online and ordered 2 pieces for the bigger pieces needed. I also went to the fabric store to find some corals to coordinate. 
The blocks are released every Wednesday, so far 3 have been released. 
The first block is The Kitchen Table. It was easy to make out of the charm squares and some background fabrics. 
The second block needed longer than 5" so I'm waiting on my fabric order. 
The third block is The Key Holder. 
(The lighter coral fabric is one of the fabrics I found to coordinate with Domestic Diva)
I love how Pat includes a little story about her memories of her grandma's kitchen. I'm really enjoying this Sew Along! Head over to Pat Sloan's blog for all the information and blocks!
Finally, here is a cute picture of my niece's daughter with the quilt I made for her! She loved it!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It's Time

It is time to set some goals for July! We will be going through a kitchen renovation which will limit my time in my sewing room. 
Before the major packing started, I managed to sandwich my Go Cubs Go! quilt. So my goal is to move it forward and decide on the quilting and get it started.

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is blue so I will make my spool blocks and I will use blue for this month's Milky Way QAL star, Regel.

I also joined in Pat Sloan's new Sew Along, Grandma's Kitchen. The first block was released on June 28th called The Kitchen Table. A block is released every Wednesday. There are 4 Wednesday in July so I hope to be able to get most of them done before I update my progress. 
I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts - July Goals.

I really like stating my goals each month as it keeps me focused. I have learned to be realistic in setting goals and to be happy if I achieve more. 

Have a great 4th of July!