My Weekly Goals, Reports and Review

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #57

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party and it’s always fun to go see what everyone has done and are planning To-Do.

Last week’s list:

1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days to spend some quality time with the longarm. Maybe next week. 😢

2. Quilt and bind the panel quilt for the challenge. It’s now on my UFO List To Be Quilted. 😢

3. Continue to work on the secret sewing project. Some progress made.

4. Finish my project and write my post for the Born to Be Wild Blog Hop. Still need to write my post.

5. Start sewing the pattern test for B. Flimsy is finished 😄

6. Continue working on the second pattern test. Almost done! 😉

7. Write my post for the scrappy quilt after I finish making the test blocks since I decided to try it with 2 1/2” squares as well as my original 2” squares. Writing the pattern is an official UFO since I have been making a concerted effort to finish writing all of the pattern for quilts I designed and liked the finished products. Pattern is written, Test blocks made using both 2” and 2 1/2” squares and the pattern is now posted on my Pattern Page. 😄

8. Try harder to avoid the squirrels this week. 🐿. Success; no squirrels sidetracked me.

This week’s goals:

1. Studio time with my longarm if possible.

2. Continue with my secret sewing project for me.

Getting low on batik scraps so I needed a bit of yardage! 😉

3. Write my blog post for the Born to Be Wild Hop.

4. Finish the second pattern test.

5. Start a leader/ender project with my 2 1/2” scrappy squares.

6. Start planning my next Blog Hop Project.

7. Keep working on the RSC blocks. Red for this month.

8. Keep on avoiding squirrels. 🐿

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 121/129
  • This week – 6/7
  • Year To Date – 127/136

I missed a day with having to go to town for a biopsy and had an issue with the freezing. Life does get in the way of fun occasionally 😉

But I did manage to clean out my scrap bin! 😄

It’s empty and ready to start filling again.
My pizza box is overflowing! Time to use some 2 1/2” squares! 😉

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 77 yards
  • Fabric Used this week 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 77 Yards

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

Happy Sunday/Mother’s Day

For those of you who celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you are having a wonderful day and for the rest of you, I do hope your day is a day of rest and relaxation.

A friend sent me this to share with all of you. 😉 Carol

Born To Be Wild Blog Hop

Coming in just over a week! I’m anticipating some fun new projects to add to my To Do List and seeing all the eye candy will be so much fun!

Pattern Testing Ocean Breeze

I was only too happy to help out when Kris from Phoebe Moon Designs asked if I could read her new pattern and try the different methods of making the elongated diamonds. Well of course I had to pull fabrics and play with the various methods of making the elongated diamonds to see which I preferred.

Once I had the diamonds done, I just had to cut a few more pieces of fabric and make the entire block.

Now to decide what to do with this pretty block made with some lovely, treasured batik bits. Perhaps a runner or table topper? Time will tell 😉 Carol

Another Fun Blog Hop in June!

Joan from Moose Stash Quilting is going to be hosting a fun hop in June. Click on the photo for the details.

It’ll be fun with Joan, Carol and Carla tag teaming for hosting the hops over the next few months. 😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #42

I can’t believe how fast these weeks seem to go. I just now realized it’s Thursday, the day where a group of bloggers get together over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color to share things that bring them joy.

My week has been taken up with writing a pattern for this scrappy quilt, “Scrappy Chain” which a reader had requested. I wrote the pattern using either 2” squares or 2 1/2” squares. It took so much time because the flimsy is sitting in a bin at my studio waiting to be quilted on the frame so I couldn’t just pull it out to measure anything and I couldn’t find my notes; just the one photo. 😉

Click on the photo for a downloadable photo.

Other than pattern writing, my week has been filled with walks to enjoy the scenery on our beautiful golf course.

The snow is almost gone on the ridge.

A couple of trips to town for medical appointments and a stop at a favourite Quilt Shop to pick up some supplies I needed for a couple of pattern tests completed my list of happy things this week.

Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you have checked out the rest of the bloggers post that link up on LeeAnna’s blog. 😉 Carol

How Did My Week Go?

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #56

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party and it’s always fun to go see what everyone has done and are planning To-Do.

Last week’s list:

1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days to spend some quality time with the longarm. Perhaps next weekend depending on travel restrictions since it will be 2 weeks after my first shot.

2. Quilt and bind the panel quilt for the challenge. No progress; see #1.

3. Work on the secret sewing project. Layout is decided; I need at least 24 more blocks.

4. Work on my project for the Born to be Wild Blog Hop. Just need to finish it and write my post.

5. Start on a new pattern test. Fabric bought and cutting is done.

6. Start on another new pattern test. Fabric is bought, cutting is done and sewing has started.

7. Finish my topper from the last squirrel attack.

8. Avoid the squirrels! Couldn’t do it! A blog reader asked about a pattern for a quilt I’d done. After searching for hours I realized it was my pattern, so I had to Drop Everything and Make the Pattern reality. It was hard doing the math since my quilt top is sitting in a bin at the studio!

This week’s goals:

1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days to spend some quality time with the longarm.

2. Quilt and bind the panel quilt for the challenge.

3. Continue to work on the secret sewing project. I need 72 blocks I think.

4. Finish my project and write my post for the Born to Be Wild Blog Hop.

5. Start sewing the pattern test for B.

6. Continue working on the second pattern test.

7. Write my post for the scrappy quilt after I finish making the test blocks since I decided to try it with 2 1/2” squares as well as my original 2” squares. Did I say Math is hard?

8. Try harder to avoid the squirrels this week. 🐿

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 114/122
  • This week – 7/7
  • Year To Date – 121/129

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

It was a bad week. I have 2 pattern tests to do and just didn’t have any fabric that worked. I had to go to my favourite LQS, wait outside until one of the 4 patrons left (yes we are back to strict limits in stores again) and then try to speed shop since there were other people waiting to get in.

  • Fabric previous balance: 67 yards
  • Fabric Used this week 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week: 10 yards
  • Balance in stash: 77 Yards

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

May OMG

It’s time again to set a goal for the month.

If things loosen up with the third wave still going strong in April, I’m not sure if I will be able to travel to the studio to get some quilting done and finish some quilts. Hopefully getting more needles in arms will allow more in person meetings or travel, but here in British Columbia we have been told it will be 4 months before we can get our second shot.

When things do loosen up and I can travel to my studio I need to finish this quilt for my granddaughter’s best friend in case they get to travel back to Canada. They have tickets booked from Mexico for the end of May. It’s not looking great. The first lockdown, my son was en route to work but was turned around and spent lockdown at home with his family. This time he might be locked down at work, possibly until November.

The quilt was made from a pattern, Waltzing With Bears by Sandra from MMM Quilts which I modified by adding more blocks/borders.

I am working on this pile of fabric goodness;

I’ve been collecting batik scraps for a quilt for my bed. Some are my scraps, some were prizes from Maryellen and Emily, and some were gifted from a wonderful friend, Susan. Now I just need to finalize my layout and see how many more blocks I need to make. I’m setting a goal of having this finished to flimsy stage by the end of the month.

My third and fourth goals are to finish the two pattern test quilt tops I need to make by month end. No pretty pictures of fabric pulls for these two 😉

I’d also like to finish my panel quilt challenge this month. It is sewn but again, I need to travel to my studio to finish quilting it. 😢

The only other must do on my list is to finish writing my blog post for the upcoming blog hop.

In other words I have a list that will or will not be done due to so many variables with our lives still being effected by Covid-19.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. 😄 Carol

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts May OMG

Pattern Testing; Bluebird Song

Kris from Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs had asked for a couple of testers to check out her new pattern “Bluebird Song”. I have done a few of her QAL’s and patterns so I knew it would be fun. Here’s the link to her patterns.

All I can say is “you need to make this quilt!” To make it easier, Connecting Threads has kitted this quilt and this is the link.

I printed the pattern and read through all of the instructions, grabbed my scrap bin and easily finished the test block.

This year I determined that pattern testing should be done with the fabrics I have in my stash. A few years ago I had been gifted some bright pretty fabrics from a Moda collection (I think) but I don’t know the name. This pattern just told me I needed bright, happy fabric in order to work my way through some things I had going on in my life (besides politics and Covid).

Can you believe I didn’t take a photo of the fabrics before I started?

Once I had my head together I planned and cut my fabrics, needing to be very careful because I only had so much of these fabrics and I knew I would not be able to get more.

This pattern does use 5” squares so I pulled out all of the charm squares in my scrap user system (unused pizza boxes) that would coordinate with these fabrics.

I started piecing and found the pattern to be well written and the instructions were well illustrated and easy to follow.

The blocks work out to be 17 1/2” square when squared up. It makes a wonderful quilt with only 20 blocks.

I took the blocks to my Guild to check my layout. This was laid out first using only one table so I had to put 2 together!

I sewed the blocks together and then started auditioning fabrics for the border. I had just enough of the cream background for the background blocks and had made a mistake when cutting my sashing fabrics so I knew I would need to pull more fabrics in to my palette.

Once I decided what I wanted to do with this quilt top, (sorry Kris, I had to change it) I decided to not add the borders. I am adding a backing to it (no batting), will do some stitch in the ditch to stabilize it, and then assembled it to make a duvet cover with a zipper opening. Where we live we are often subjected to long power outages in the winter so I keep a down duvet on my bed. I’m so happy that next winter I will have a quilt on my bed that I made.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post about another fun testing project. 😉Carol

DrEAMI for April

I have been studiously ignoring the squirrels dive bombing me this month and keeping to my To Do Lists until I got an email from a blog reader asking about a quilt top I had made and what pattern it was.

I spent a couple of hours looking through my files but couldn’t find a pattern.

After posting about it I realized it was one of my patterns 😂

So I had to sit down and actually write it out. It is written and I’m double checking my pattern as I’m writing this.

Does this qualify as a DrEAMI? I think so. 😉 Carol

I’m linking this post with Sandra’s blog MMM Quilts since, like her I thought today was still in April.

April Block Report

Shelley at Prairie Moon Quilts has a fun block challenge every year. At the end of the month we total our block numbers and get to share with others.

So here we go:

My April block count is:

  • Follow Your Own Path 16
  • RSC blocks 8
  • In the Kitchen Stitchin’ 3
  • Scrappy Batik Blocks 48
  • Panel Quilt Challenge 2
  • Total April Blocks 77

Previous YTD Blocks: 133

January 18

February 61

March 54

April 77

YTD Total: 210 Blocks

”Owltime” My Panel Challenge Quilt

Shelly from Prairie Moon Quilts announced another fun challenge a while back. The challenge was to complete a panel in to a finished quilt by the end of April.

Well I had the cutest panel and couldn’t resist the owls to make a baby quilt with so I thought I should just jump right in. The quilt is for my grandson’s best friend who is having a baby in November and has chosen not to find out boy/girl. They want a surprise. This panel is perfect for a non gender baby to be born in winter.

I’m not sure how but I lost the original photo of the panel before I started cutting it apart but I did get an in progress photo. I shopped my flannel stash which is limited and came up with some cute flannels that worked.

Here is my finished quilt top; which needed to be 45” x 50” for my grandson’s best friend’s crib for the baby she is expecting in November.

The white and grey is the end of a bolt of flannel I had bought to make my youngest granddaughters matching nightgowns (no photos available). The beige, light green and multicoloured are all leftover pieces from other projects. Once again I managed to finish a quilt from my scrap bin.

I’m using the white and grey flannel for the backing and have just enough left of the inner border green for the binding.

This won’t be quilted or having the binding on by the end of April since we are on very strict travel guidelines with the third wave of Covid going strong. I’ve only had my first shot last Friday so I’m quite strict about the guidelines. I’d love to be able to travel the 5 hours to my longarm studio since it is still in my health region, but the Okanagan Valley has a few Covid hot spots.

Luckily this should be done before baby arrives as eventually we should be able to travel safely sooner rather than later.

I’m so glad you stopped by to spend some time with me, reading my post. 😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #41

If you’ve never checked LeeAnna’s blog, Not Afraid of Color, you really need to pop over to see the lists of things that bring joy to several friend’s lives. I always enjoy seeing the treasured glimpses in to these great blogger’s lives and happiness.

I missed posting last week since there is some stuff going on that to be dealt with.

This was my adventure last Friday;

I happy to report that my arm was sore, I needed naps and I was cold, but only for about 36 hours. 😃

I’ve not had a lot of motivation or inspiration for quilting fun but did have a blog hop to participate in.

Then I started on a project that I have been collecting batiks scraps from projects, from fabric wins and gifted from friends;

48 blocks so far; 48 more to go for a quilt for my bed. I will finally have a quilt in my home that I made and not given away. 😊

Since my mojo has been in short supply I have been going for a lot of walks to enjoy my scenery.

The snow is slowly melting up top and the grass is quickly greening up. Our volunteer gardener has been busy clearing out flower beds so soon we should have some pretty flowers and the apple trees should get some blooms.

Here in BC we are limited to travel within our health care region for necessary travel only. I’m hoping soon the limitations will be loosened so I can get to my studio to play with the longarm. If not, I’ll just have to hope my sewjo comes back so I can get motivated to play more with fabric.

Seems to be my theme right now 😉

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I love it when I get visitors or comments! 😄 Carol

April OMG Check In

My April list was short so I was hoping to get it done.

In all it was an interesting month. I had the most exciting news when I received an email that I won the $25.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop for an OMG entry. Thank you Patty. It didn’t take long for me to add more to the order I was putting together at FQS. I find that for some things it’s too much fun to shop on line. Then DH and I were the happy recipients of our first shot, the Pfizer Covid vaccine. I was prepared in case either of us reacted, but other than feeling chilled and needing naps for a couple of days it was great. My arm was not even sore enough to stop me from sewing. 😉

1. I need to get this flimsy on the frame to have a finished quilt in time for my granddaughter to gift it to her friend. It looks like she will be in Canada (hopefully) in June if all goes according to plan. Unfortunately we are in lockdown here in B.C. with travel being restricted. Technically I could probably go to my studio since it is in the same health region, and I have had my first shot, but it’s better to not take chances. This quilt (and all the other To Be Quilted Tops will have to wait a bit longer. 😒

2. I need to finish the secret sewing project I just started. Done

3. I have 2 Blog Hop projects to finish before month end. Done

Am I happy with my April progress and adventures? You bet I am!

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. 😉 Carol

Linking with Elm Street Quilts OMG Linkup

My goals and Reports for the Week

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #55

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started joining Roseanne and Sue at Home Sewn By Us for this fun link up.

Last week’s list:

1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days with the longarm to quilt Delaney’s quilt and my SAHRR, or one of my older UFO’s? No getting away this week.

2. Work on the panel quilt challenge. Sandwiched and ready for quilting.

3. Continue working on a new project. 48 blocks done so far.

4. Finish my project with the fun leftovers from the Follow Your Own Path test I did. No progress.

5. Start on my project for another Blog Hop. Some progress.

6. Get my first vaccine/shot in the arm on Friday. Done with the common side effects for 2 days; chilled, fatigued and needed a nap. 😄

7. Continue avoiding the squirrels. No such luck! I just had to stop everything and play with my blue scraps to make a new runner for the top of the tv stand for a good friend.

I just had to do it!

This week’s goals:

1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days to spend some quality time with the longarm.

2. Quilt and bind the panel quilt for the challenge

3. Work on the secret sewing project.

4. Work on my project for the Born to be Wild Blog Hop.

5. Start on a new pattern test.

6. Start on another new pattern test.

7. Finish my topper from the squirrel attack.

8. Avoid the squirrels!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 107/115
  • This week – 7/7
  • Year To Date – 114/122

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 73 yards
  • Fabric Used this week 6 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 67 Yards

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

RSC Blue Blocks

I made 4 – 12 1/2” square curvy log cabin blocks from my blue scraps, and managed to get them sewn together for a new runner for the cabinet which the tv sits on.

When we get back from town for DH’s medical appointments tomorrow, I will get it sandwiched, quilted and the binding on.

Linking with;

ScrapHappy Saturday

HELP!

I was asked by a reader for the pattern for this quilt.

I looked back through my notes and patterns and thought I had found it, but I was wrong.

Who designed this? Was it a QAL I took part in? Lol. It was actually one of my patterns! 🥴

There is another weather change coming so it’s migraine time again and my brain is just not working.

🤔 Carol

My Day on In the Kitchen Stitchin’ Blog Hop

I’d like to start by thanking Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing another fun hop for all of to enjoy, whether it is gathering new bits of inspiration or creating something to share. I know I’ve had a few squirrels tempting me with all the posts I’ve been reading!

I was going to make a new cover for my Kitchenaid Mixer but then thought of my daughter, granddaughter and great grandkids having just moved in to a new place and the video tour my daughter had taken me on to show me the new place. The ideas started forming and I went searching my stash for fabrics and some cutting and stitching commenced.

And here you have it:

A pretty new utensil holder for my daughter and granddaughter’s new place!

I don’t have a pattern to share since I was just winging it. My first consideration was the width of the side of the cupboard I was making this for (14”). I wanted the dowel to sit inside the edges of the cupboard. Then I cut my backing fabric 12” wide, sandwiched it and then quilted it with some straight line quilting following the stripes in the fabric. Then I started making my two pockets. I calculated where I wanted them and then doubled the measurement. I folded one end of each pocket twice to make a 1/2” fold and top stitched it. The other end was finished with single fold fabric from the same fabric as the backing to make a nice finished binding edge. The pockets were then folded in half and pinned in place. The back pocket goes right to the bottom of the holder and the other two pockets are offset to have different depths. in all there are 4 pockets of various depths.

Then I thought of the mountain of dishes and pots and pans they have every day with two kids in the house and plenty of family in their bubble, and decided they needed a couple of dish mats as well since I still had more of the pretty border print fabric and some blue to use up. I also had a huge bath towel that was still great but a bit tired along the edges. It worked well with my continued goal for the year, working from my stash and up cycling things. 😉

For the mats I just sewed some

The parcel was mailed and should be arriving any day now to surprise my girls. 😉

Here are the other blogs on today’s list:


Thursday, April 22nd

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Quilting Gail

Sew Many Yarns

that fabric feeling

Annie’s Musings

Quilt Schmilt

Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Food for Thought

Have you had a chance to check out the posts on everyone’s blogs? How many fun new projects have you added to your To-Do Lists? Did you leave a sweet comment to show your enjoyment for the eye candy? I hope so because your comments make our day! 😉

Thank you for stopping by to check out my post on the In The Kitchen Blog Hop. 😄 Carol

In the Kitchen Stitchin’ Blog Hop Day 3

This is the list of blogs to check out on Wednesday:


Wednesday, April 21st

Moose Stash Quilting

DayBrook Designs

Beaquilter

Karrin’s Crazy World

Patchwork Breeze

Kathy Kwilts and More

Stitching at Home

Songbird Designs

Days Filled With Joy

Enjoy their fun projects and don’t forget to show some love by leaving a comment on their posts. It does make our day when you do. 😉

In the Kitchen Stitchin’ Blog Hop Day 2

Are you ready for some fun. Here is the list for Tuesday’s blogs to check out:


Tuesday, April 20th

Life in the Scrapatch

Websterquilt

Ms P Designs USA

Stitch and Quilt

The Joyful Quilter

Inflorescence

Words and Stitches

Scrapdash

My Bumbleberry Life

Have fun checking out their posts and please, leave them a comment and subscribe to their blogs so you don’t miss any of their posts.

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