March Block Report

I am enjoying being able to see how everyone is doing this year with Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts with the 350 Blocks Project.

I was at the studio to get some quality time with my longarm when my daughter called to let me know my great granddaughter had passed away. I have stitched almost every day this month but it has been handwork, hand quilting a little quilt and doing some EPP projects. It seems to soothe my soul.

March:

  • PQ 13.6 Flying Geese -1
  • January Total – 170 Blocks
  • February Total – 113 Blocks
  • March Total – 1 Block

YTD Total: 284 Blocks

Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

Linking with:

Shelly @ Prairie Moon Quilts for the 350 Block Project.

Another Box of Treasures

When I picked up my mail a couple of weeks ago, I had received another fun box of treasures from Denise.

Lovely acrylic wool, knitting needles, notions, patterns and more!

There was so much more in this box of fun and inspiration:

Beautifully pieced blocks, panels, fabric, a sandwiched quilt top and black and white scraps!

I’ve been spending my time these past weeks hand quilting this printed panel which Denise had sent me in a prior goodie box:

At the rate I’m going I should have it finished soon.

Thank you Denise for sending me more of your leftovers, scraps and a project which has kept me going after losing my great granddaughter and all of the other drama life has seen fit to send my way. 🤗 Carol

Scrap Fabric Fun Blog Hop

Mel from The Quilting Room With Mel is hosting a fun hop that shows us great new ways or projects to use up our scraps. Any quilter has scraps and using those leftover bits can bring a warmth of the memories of past quilts and projects.

For my project I had a pile of leftover bricks (those pieces of cut in half charm squares) some of which had been gifted to me by Denise, and stones (2 1/2” squares).

The simplest way to use them up was to take the piles of each and sew them together (one of each).

I then started sewing them in sets, alternating the hst’s from one side to the other.

Then those sets were sewn in to blocks of 4 which measured out to 8 1/2” x 7 1/4”.

The blocks were then sewn into 8 strips. I decided on using some leftover yardage from another project to make 2 1/2” sashing strips and an outside border.

“Two Sided Zippers”68” x 74” finished size.

This was one of those mindless sewing/leader-ender projects that was a finished flimsy before I knew it. Once it was together I thought of those lovely two sided zippers that you use for parkas.

Once again, however, this flimsy along with backing and a scrappy binding are folded up and stored in a TBQ bin patiently waiting it’s turn to be finished on the longarm. After having one of my great granddaughter pass away at the age of 2 unexpectedly, I’m not up to doing any quilting right now. Instead this top will be donated to Quilts For Survivors as part of my H2H donations.

Thank you Mel for hosting such a fun, inspiring hop and thank you for stopping by to read my post. Hope this tutorial helps you clean up some of your scrap abundance. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

H2H Easy Patterns Party @ The Academic Quilter

PQ 13.6 Flying Geese

This was the prompt we received for the sixth and final challenge this week from Trish (aka Quilt Chicken):

“We have not truly done a block challenge this year yet, so today’s the day. This time, I want you to incorporate some pieced flying goose elements into your project. I don’t care how many you use – but I am setting a bare minimum at 5.”

I can’t believe we are at the last challenge but it is mid March so it is that time.

In spite of life interfering with my quilting mojo, it did give me the idea for my project. I was thinking of the trip to attend Clarke’s Memorial Service and realized I needed a new toiletries bag that is tall enough to hold my toothbrush. It’s been so long since I travelled other than going to the studio, I needed to start thinking of what all I would need to take with me.

So I pulled out my scrap bin and got to work needing the variety of scraps, polka dots, patterns, florals and a rainbow of colours.

I made 6 larger flying geese with polka dot bodies and different coloured wings on each goose, added floral fabric borders for the top and bottom portions of my bag to get it to the exact size I needed. My geese are flying around my bag. I had the right sized zipper in my stash so it was easy to make the bag outer layer, the lining and get the sandwiching done with some fusible fleece.

I really had fun playing with the quilting, doing some STD, and matchstick quilting. Before I finished the side seams I added an electric loop to hold my toothbrush case upright and inserted a pocket on one side to hold the charger. The other side has a pocket as well to hold any smaller items to keep everything neat. The case folds flat and is tucked in my suitcase now just waiting until it is time to travel.

Once again I need to thank Trish (aka QUILTchicken) and Kim of Persimmon Dreams for keeping us on our toes with such fun challenges to make a quilt/project in a week! This year I managed to finish 5 of the 6 challenges. Next year I might even get all of them unless real life gets in the way again.

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

Linking with Kim and Trish from Project Quilting 2022.

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Participants

This month’s Blog Hop was hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy on this final day. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain and inspire us. 😉

 

March 18

Just Let Me Quilt

Bumbleberry Stitches

Karrin’s Crazy World

Lianne Makes Stuff

Crazy’boutquilts

Songbird Designs

Thank you Carol for another fun, inspiring blog hop. I’m off to read some blogs now and show my appreciation of everyone’s effort to inspire us by leaving a comment. 😉 Carol

It’s My Time in a Bottle!

This month’s blog hop is being hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. The challenge is to add an hourglass in your project. It could be 1 or 100!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day for all of you that have a bit of the Irish in you 🍀☘️🍀

As soon as Carol announced this hop, it started. A never-ending ear worm that brought back so many memories. I was still a teenager when this song came out! 😉

Just click on the photo if you want a trip down memory lane 😄

For my project, I started by gathering 5” squares; some of which had been gifted to me by Denise B. I needed bright, happy prints:

Chain sewing happened! Making 4 patches with the centre seams spun;

I forgot to take a picture so had to use one from a previous project.

As you can see in the photo above, the next step is to face 2 blocks together, making sure all of the seams match. I pin them carefully. Then you sew a 1/4” seam all around the outside edges.

I give the blocks a press at this time to set my seams. Then the blocks are cut on the diagonal, both ways:

Once again I’m using a previous photo 😉

I square the blocks and make sure the dog ears are trimmed.

Then the fun began laying out the blocks. I tried to not have too many of the blocks making a square. I really wanted the qst’s to show off that hourglass shape.

Chain stitching the sashing, and the columns happened over a couple of hours.

Here you have it;

This quilt came about because I needed a quick quilt for a child. I wanted it to be bright, and random with a few planned placement of the blocks. It’s in the TBQ pile with binding a backing and will go to the studio with me on my next trip.

I did get to the studio but received news of a death in my family which totally destroyed us all. The quilt is still unfinished for now.

Please take the time to visit the other bloggers who have projects ready for your inspiration. Do remember to show your quilty love by leaving a comment to make everyone’s day.

Here’s the list for today:

March 17

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt. You are here! 😉

That Fabric Feeling

Quilted Delights

Words & Stitches

Selina Quilts

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

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Day 3

This month’s Blog Hop is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain and inspire us. 😉

March 16

 Inflorescence

Lynn’s Blog

Karen’s Korner

Stitching Farm Girl

Scrapdash

Familypatchworks

 

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #97

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal. Every week I find myself looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep playing with my leader/ender project. No progress

2. Get another EPP block pieced. No progress

3. Get my Shoo Fly Border on my SAHRR. No progress

4. Give myself permission to put writing Boxed Pattern on hold until my head is in a better space.

5. Finish the last border on my last Leader/Ender flimsy. No progress

6. Go to the studio to do my usual helping out, check on K and get some UFO’s quilted on the longarm unless the snow we have been getting for the past two days gets heavier. I did get to the studio and had some fun on the longarm finishing a quilt and doing a major repair job on a sentimental quilt. Then my world fell apart when our Clarke passed away so life has been in a holding pattern.

7. Can I come up with a project for the new Project Quilting Challenge? I did have a project planned but just couldn’t do it.

8. Start planning my next blog hop project for:

I have some ideas but will have to see which one will work with what I have on hand to work with.

9. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿 these last weeks Samantha knew just what I needed to keep me calm. Hand stitching for the win.

10. Keep calm and stay busy while we wait for two weeks to get the results from the four biopsies my granddaughter had done. 😳 Still waiting.

This week’s goals:

1. Monday take DH to a doctor’s appointment and the go to the Guild for a meeting and work party to clean and organize cupboards and inventory our supplies and equipment.

2. Keep working on my hand quilting project.

3. Work on my idea for my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop project.

4. Take DH to get a biopsy done of a nasty looking mole on Thursday.

5. Plan my next trip to the studio to help K. and D. Get some things organized when he attends the Cancer Clinic appointments to deal with his diagnosis of Mesothelioma. They will be needing a lot of help and prayers to cope with this news and diagnosis.

6. Do whatever I need to to keep calm. I’m giving Samantha, my inner squirrel permission to distract me as she can to just keep going.

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Kates Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

Since my last To-Do List I can say I have still managed to keep up with my 15 minutes a day goal. For a few days it was stitching on the longarm and since then it has been hand stitching for the win.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • this week 7/7
  • This month 13/13
  • Total: 72/72
  • Percentage =100%

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

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ Quilt Paint Create to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 89 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 89 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

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

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Life in the Scrapatch @ Stitch Sew and Show 2022

From Bolt to Beauty @ Beauties Pageant

LKate’s Life in Pieces @ 15 Minutes to Stitch

Sunday Stash @ Quilt Paint Create

Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Day 2

This month’s Blog Hop is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain and inspire us. 😉

March 15

MooseStashQuilting

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

The Darling Dogwood

Quilting Gail

Time 4 Stitchn

Beaquilter

 

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Day 1

This month’s Blog Hop is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain and inspire us. 😉

March 14

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vroomans Quilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Samelia’s Mum

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Stitchin At Home

 

Another Box of Treasures

When I picked up my mail yesterday I received another fun box of treasures from Denise.

Lovely acrylic wool, knitting needles, notions, patterns and more!

There was so much more in this box of fun and inspiration:

Beautifully pieced blocks, panels, fabric, a sandwiched quilt top and black and white scraps!

I’ve been spending my time this past week or so, hand stitching this cheater panel which Denise had sent me in a prior goodie box:

At the rate I’m going I should have it finished by the end of next week?

This weekend I am at home since we got hit with another snow storm rolling through. We’ve had about 5-6 inches of snow since yesterday afternoon and more is coming.

I’m telling myself it’s a sign that staying home, hand stitching is what I need right now.

Keeping Going

Thank you all for your condolences, prayers and thoughtful messages.

There is nothing under my foot this week. Instead I am hand stitching. I’m not very creative but am trying to keep busy with this sweet project that came in a box of treasures from Denise. It does help sooth my soul as my hands are kept busy stitching.

PQ 13.5 Rhythm & Repetition

PQ13.5 RHYTHM & REPETITION

I had a project planned, but just can’t do it right now. 😢 Carol

Devastation

Just letting you all know I will be off line for a while. This loss has destroyed us all. RIP sweet little Clarke. We will miss your smile, your monkey ways and your loving big sister ways. ❤️

My PHD in 2022 February Update

Gail from Quilting Gail PHD Report is hosting the PHD in 2022 again. I really enjoy keeping track of things and seeing if I can get 12 of my UFOs finished up.

So here’s where I’m at with the great tracker Gail created:

I didn’t get any UFO’s finished, but did get a lot of this year’s starts finished up.

I did finish a couple of more projects, but can’t show them yet. 😉

Thank you for reading my post and thank you Gail for the great linky that keeps me on track.. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

PHD in 2022 @ Quilting Gail

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #96

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal. Every week I find myself looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

Last To-Do list:

1. Start a new scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep working on my EPP projects.

3. Keep up with the new prompt for the SAHRR. The last prompt was the Shoo Fly block. I’ve pieced the border and it’s ready to be sewn on.

4. Write my pattern for “Boxed” since I have had several requests for it. I haven’t finished it, but I did start.

5. Get ready for my Quilting Group to start meeting on a small scale this next weekend. I have 2 days scheduled at the Guild to clean and get set up. We have a rug hooking workshop the day before my Quilting Day. So much fun to look forward to starting to see people again The Guild has been cleaned, hot water is turned back on, tables are set up and classes and groups have started up again. A Punch Hooking Workshop was held on Saturday and some Quilters had fun on Sunday 😄

6. Finish my flimsy from my Leader/Ender scrappy pieces. Just need to add one more border to bring it to the required size.

7. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep playing with my leader/ender project.

2. Get another EPP block pieced.

3. Get my Shoo Fly Border on my SAHRR.

4. Give myself permission to put writing Boxed Pattern on hold until my head is in a better space.

5. Finish the last border on my last Leader/Ender flimsy.

6. Go to the studio to do my usual helping out, check on K and get some UFO’s quilted on the longarm unless the snow we have been getting for the past two days gets heavier. It did delay me for a day, but I’m heading out on Tuesday.

7. Can I come up with a project for the new Project Quilting Challenge?

8. Start planning my next blog hop project for:

9. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿

10. Keep calm and stay busy while we wait for two weeks to get the results from the four biopsies my granddaughter had done. 😳

Looks like a long list this week, but it’s just a couple of finishes, making progress on some others and planning another fun hop project. Totally doable, right? 😉

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Kates Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • this week 7/7
  • This month 27/27
  • Total: 58/58
  • Percentage =100%

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

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ Quilt Paint Create to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 89 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 89 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

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

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Life in the Scrapatch @ Stitch Sew and Show 2022

From Bolt to Beauty @ Beauties Pageant

Kate’s Life in Pieces @ 15 Minutes to Stitch

Sunday Stash @ Quilt Paint Create

Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

February Block Report

It’s so much fun to see how everyone is doing this year with Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts with the 350 Blocks Project.

February:

  • Tickled Pink Blog Hop Project #2 – 4
  • 1 Pattern Test Block Whale – 1
  • Pattern Test Quilt – 12
  • PQ 13.3 – 1
  • My SAHRR – will count the blocks when it’s finished
  • Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Project – 48
  • Pattern Test Blocks Beach Hut, Anchor, & Life Buoy- 5
  • PQ 13.4 – 1
  • EPP blocks – 5
  • leader/Ender scrappy flimsy – 36
  • January Total – 170 Blocks
  • February Total – 113 Blocks

YTD Total: 283 Blocks

Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

Linking with:

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Participants

This month’s Blog Hop is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain us. 😉

March 14

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vroomans Quilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Samelia’s Mum

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Stitchin At Home

 

March 15

MooseStashQuilting

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

The Darling Dogwood

Quilting Gail

Time 4 Stitchn

Beaquilter

 

March 16

 Inflorescence

Lynn’s Blog

Karen’s Korner

Stitching Farm Girl

Scrapdash

Familypatchworks

 

March 17

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

That Fabric Feeling

Quilted Delights

Words & Stitches

Selina Quilts

 

March 18

Just Let Me Quilt

Bumbleberry Stitches

Karrin’s Crazy World

Lianne Makes Stuff

Crazy’boutquilts

Songbird Designs

February One Monthly Goal Check In

I will be linking up with Patty from Elm Street Quilts on the February One Monthly Goal Challenge post.

This is one of my favourite linky parties to join because it keeps me on track to finish at least one new project each month.

My goal(s) this month are:

1. To finish off my projects and Posts for three blog hops: Done

2. Write a pattern for my “Boxed” quilt. I had so much fun designing it and have had so many requests for it, but have not sat down to write it from my notes. I’ve not been able to concentrate with the goings on in my life, my country and now in Europe. 😢

3. Make up a scrappy quilt design to use more scraps from my bins and complete a new flimsy from the pattern. Done. Just need to write the pattern.

Sneak peek of some of the blocks just waiting for trimming and assembly. 😉

I did a few other projects this month including some pattern testing, some EPP, the SAHRR and PQ13 Challenges:

I’ve also been busy with my Guild, organizing events, cleaning and sorting donations for our fundraiser. We’ve finally been given the government protocols allowing us to have classes and meetings again.

Thank you for reading my post. If you leave a comment I will reply to every one. 😉 Carol

Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish Up Linky

Whirl & Twirl Free SAL

Sharla from Thistle Thicket Studio is hosting a fun free SAL which starts on March 1, 2022. Doesn’t it look like some fun?

Just click on the logo or studio name to get the information.

Enjoy if you play along. 😉 Carol

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