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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Machine Quilting...

I have spent the past couple  of days machine quilting.  I hope to finish this quilt today.    I am ready to change to white thread and finish the white negative space. 

I've got a whole Saturday ahead of me of which I hope to get a ton done.  I have a two day training out of town next week which will hault my after work sewing time.

I also got my Santa & Reindeer quilt basted.  I hope to quilt it by the end of the month.

I am linking today with;

Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished or Not Friday
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
Friday Photo Fun

Thursday, March 15, 2018

15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge

Surfing the web today I discovered a new challenge I just had to join.  It is called 15 Minutes to Stitch which means you try to stitch at least 15 minutes every day.  The challenge does allow for us to cater to our own needs so that time can be adjusted.  Well, I definitely sew at least that every day but Sundays.  For me the Sabbath is a day of rest and a day to be treated different from other days, so I don't sew on that one day a week.

I looked over my 2018 calendar and all my sewing/quilty goals and surmised that I sewed 23 days in January and 22 days in February.  I have sewn 11 days in March.  

This year:  56 out of 74 days
This month:  12 out of 14 days
This week:  6 out of 7
76% is where I am at.  I would like to get that up to 80% although 76% is pretty good.

After returning from my weekend trip, I put my two embroidery blocks on the design wall with the other blocks.  I have the square in a square blocks in the wrong place.  They go on the far right, but I was experimenting.  I have decided to make all the units but wait to assemble them in case I want to shift or move things around for "looks".  I love the blocks in this quilt but don't necessarily like the layout.  For example, my gorgeous ebroidered house block that took many hours just doesn't pop.  It needs more white space around it and a location in the quilt where it can be a focal point.  

Last night after work I made 48 log cabin blocks, 24 of each kind. 

They will go around this quilt center.

The final product is going to be this:

I am really making my way toward a flimsy this month on this intensely pieced quilt.  There are a ton of pieces.  I still have more than 58 blocks left.  

I also finished quilting the border on my spring quilt but don't have a photo to show today.

I am linking today with:

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Katie's Life in Pieces
Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday
Lorna's Lets Bee Social
Midweek makers with Susan
Weight Loss Wednesday with Jennifer
WIP Linkup with Silly Momma Quilts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Embroidery & Justin's Medallion

Well, I spent 16 hours of this past weekend in a car just so I could go visit my cute little 9 month old grandson.  Granddaughter who is only 8 months old went with us, and I cannot believe how sweet and good she was for so long in the car.  Time spent with my daughters, their husbands, and my husband was also very memorable.  The babies are too small to really play together, but they do like having another little person around.  

During my travels I was able to hand stitch my house block.  My daughter who traveled with us did the angel block and nearly finished her.  I am anxious to put these with the other blocks.

I was also able to add to Justin's Medallion making the center more showy.  Oh I hope this quilt top becomes a flimsy this month.  It is what I am working toward among other things.

Linking up with:
BOMs Away with Lynette
Tish's UFO Busting
Connie's Freemotion by the River
Show N Tell Monday with Bambi
Moving it Forward Monday with Em
Esther's WOW
Monday Making with Beth 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Deana: Santa top done, quilting, and piecing

Yay Yay!  I turned "Up on the Housetop" into a Flimsy!  I just love this quilt so much.  Not only do I like how cute the Santas and reindeer are, but it was the most fun quilt I've made in a long time.

The legs are 3D and just dangle.  I love them!

This one shows it being loaded onto the quilt frames.

I have also been piecing a little on Justin's Medallion.  I have arranged them this way for fun, but this is not at all how they will end up in the quilt.

I also got the outline quilting done on this one as well as half of the border.  I have been sewing hard after work this week because I won't get a Saturday sew day this week.  Instead I will be playing with my little grand baby.

Sorry that the basting stitches are still showing.

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Esther's WOW
Let's Bee Social
Moving it Forward Monday
Needle and Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
Finished or Not Friday

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Deana: a church or two

I have a small amount of progress to report.  I pieced the units on the churches last week and need two more to complete them. They would have been done except I was missing the copies I needed.

The sky fabric was out of stock, which made me a little nervous about doing these, but it has been restocked and is ordered and on its way.  Whew!  I'm glad that worked out.

I spent the weekend at my daughter's house playing with my 8 month old grand daughter.  It was relaxing and so fun.  She is crawling around and waving now.  She is so tiny and has the cutest little girly voice to go with her small body.  She likes to think she is singing with music and dances as well.

In between playing with the baby, I was able to get a little bit more stitching in on my house for "Pieceful Country".  It is really gaining character.

I am linking up with:
Lynette's BOMs Away
Tish's UFO Busting
Beth's Monday Making

Friday, March 2, 2018

Deana's One Monthly Goal and others

It is a new month and so far this year I am really getting things accomplished.  March may not be so lucky as I have a lot on my goal list.

March One Monthly Goal is to piece this medallion quilt for my son.  It was also my #8 in the Patchwork Times UFO drawing.  It is also on my 18 in 2018 list.  I would like to have the top done.  It is pretty intense piecing with small pieces.  I will have to do some paper piecing as well as make small sized log cabins.  I have made this quilt a couple of times already and hopefully this will be the last.  I designed it for my daughter #2's wedding and then daughter #1 wanted one for her wedding as well.  I figure it is fitting that my son get one as well.  He is not getting married yet, but procrastination makes me crazy so I must get going on it.

Daughter #2's Medallion (gray, blue, orange)

Daughter #1's medallion: (brown, mint, and orange)

This is how far I am currently on my son's.

I always have other goals and this month there are many.  I think I can do them all, but I won't be surprised if I fall short a little.

I am also linking this post to TGIFF which stands for Thank Goodness its Finished Friday.  Well, this list is not a completely finished list but it does celebrate some flimsy finishes.  #2 is a flimsy I "finished" last month but then wasn't satisfied with it.  I am picking off the side borders and making changes to improve it.

#4 is also a Flimsy finish from December and #6 is my middle school students' block finishes.  

1.  Medallion quilt listed above
2.  Two more rows of houses on my sliced quilt...I just wasn't happy with the finish and want to add two more rows.  I will be taking the borders off and redoing them with a little row of a village.

3.  Finish, quilt, and bind my "Up on the Housetop" quilt

4.  Quilt and bind this bright yellow/blue quilt

5.  Keep up with my "Land of Liberty" QAL that I have renamed "Pieceful Country"

6.  Assemble the barn blocks made by my middle school students

Well that should be plenty to keep me busy.

I did complete my goals for February except for putting a few quilting stitches in the bright flower quilt that is on the list for this month.

I am linking up with:

Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished or Not Friday
Friday Foto Fun
Show off Saturday

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Deana: My school kids quilt blocks are done!

My quilting class at school ended today and so I came home with nearly finished tree blocks.  I sewed for about an hour and then trimmed them up.  This is the basic layout I am planning for this  quilt -   I LOVE IT!  I am so proud of my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  They are amazing!  

They made 4 extra barns that I will put on the back.  One is not in the photograph because it needs to be sized.

I am linking up with:  

Needle and Thread Thursday
Midweek Makers
Weight Loss Wednesday

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Deana: Pieceful Country for February

I was able to finish up month two of the "Land of Liberty" quilt-along.  Well, everything except for the hand embroidery which will take some time.  I am really liking how it is turning out.

February featured an Eagle which I swithed out for a chicken.  The chicken has been done for years except the feet which I stitched up quickly.  I didn't care for the angel in the quilt so I found an embroidery pattern and got her marked and colored in with crayon.  The ugly big stitches are just basting stitches to hold the liner on.
Here is the February section:

This is a close up of my Angel in progress.

Here is the January section that now shows some color on my house.  You can also see that I've got a start on the stitching.

Here are both sections together with border pieces randomly placed at the bottom.

I am linking up with Humble Quilts and Esther's WOW.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Deana: Legs are done!

Yes, Santa and reindeer legs ane made and turned.  They will make my Up on the Housetop Quilt so much cuter.

Linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Main Crush Monday
Moving it Forward Monday

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Deana: Sampling the sashing fabric and placement

Laying out my "Up on the Housetop" blocks to test out my black sashing fabric was a lot of fun.  I also got the Santa legs and boots cut out.  Now to cut out the reindeer legs/hooves and set it all together.  
I ordered black buttons for the eyes on Amazon as well as buckles for the santas.  They should arrive later in the week.

I would love to have this Christmas top all quilted and bound by the end of April.  It will all depend on what UFO number I will be doing for March.

In the photo below, the black fabric is just laid under the rows to test for color.  You can see that it isn't wide enough although it gives perspective on what the quilt will look like.

I am itching to start something new so that means I MUST get a finish first.

Today's linky parties are:

BOM's Away
Monday Making
UFO Busting with Tish

Friday, February 23, 2018

Deana's Santa blocks are pieced!

I had so much fun making these Santa blocks!  They still need trimming, mustaches, eyes, and legs but they are well on their way to joining the reindeer blocks.

I am linking up with:

Crazy Mom Quilts
Midweek Makers
Sew Stitch Snap Share
Weight Loss Wednesday
Friday Photo Fun

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Deana's students making barn blocks

Now that my main goal for February is done and out of the way I can focus on my "Up on the Housetop" quilt.  I sewed up this lone Santa block because of the striped fabric.  It took awhile and though the stripes are not perfectly matched, they are the best they could be under the circumstances.  I can't wait to start chain piecing the others!  This block hasn't yet been trued up.

I also wanted to add an update on my middle school students who are learning to make a Buggy Barn style quilt.  The barns are all finished except for two which should be done in a day or two.  We are now starting on trees that will go between the barns.  I will show pictures soon.

I am linking up with:

Freemotion by the River
Main Crush Monday
UFO Busting
ABC 123 WIP Linkup
Esther's WOW