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February finishes – March madness

I accomplished my main goal for February which was the Riley Blake Challenge quilt, so that is the first time (maybe the second) I actually made my “A lovely year of finishes” goal. Now, that is a big deal for me.

Here are how my other month goals feared. I think I had a really great month.


  • Finish Riley Blake Challenge Quilt!!
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    NO BLOCKS FOR THIS MONTH, the request was just to make something you enjoy…UNDERWAY
  • Stash Bee Blocks
  • Book Review Tuesday Project
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
    PATTERN NEEDS MORE WORK, my initial testing will be completed this weekend.
  • X & + Quilt (at least 20 blocks)
    No progress
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    Did not do this month

For my March goals, my focus will be on the X & + Quilt top. The great news if I complete the majority of my list I will have clean design boards….I can start new projects!!

  • Four Seasons in One Day
    Baby Quilt (one without buttons)
    (Fabric TBD)
    (Fabric Purchased – Grey Kona Solids)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Tutorial
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • X & + Quilt (complete top)
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Finish Pantone Challenge Quilt
    (Project needs quilting + Binding)
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Post Tutorial for this months blocks)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Book Review Tuesday Projects
    (Use Stash)
  • Finish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern testing
    (Use Stash)

Linking up with “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (see button on right) and Amanda Jean’s Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

I am also joining in the 30/30 Challenge, and hope I can make X & + block per day to meet my March goal. This way I might be able to cut some of the TV, I have been watching and stop “laying like broccoli” (vegg’ing).

Berry Barn Designs

Gypsy Wife QAL – February Schedule + January Winner

Woo-hoo, it is time to start sewing. Here is a reminder on the February goal for the Gypsy Wife QAL.

Month Main Block Filler Blocks Total Blocks
February: Color Wheel (1) Pinwheel Blocks (6×4″) 7

There are already a couple of blocks posted on flickr. Come over take a look – it’s not too late to join in. Kristel @ Work in Progress Girl will hold a link-up party at the end of the month for the completed blocks where a giveaway will be available….details to follow.

Feel free to grab a button:


<img alt="GypsyWifeQAL" src="https://factotumofarts.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/gypsywifeqal.jpg" width="199" height="199" />

Now to the give-away for the fabric selection process. I decided to draw two winners:

  1. One for those that linked-up (who wins the 1/2 yard bundle)
  2. For those that did post their photo on flickr – the winner will get a scrap bundle in a color of their choice.

Link-up Winner which was randomly chosen by random.org is #2: Joanna @ Riddle and Whimsy, who has pulled her collection of Christmas fabrics for the Gypsy Wife Quilt along.
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Photo on Flickr winner, which was chosen via the hubby chose a name out of the hat method, is Amy (Quilting Amy).

I will send you both an email to get address details. Hope everyone has a great weekend 🙂

February goal wrap-up and March goals

This was the first month, I linked up with A lovely year of finishes  and The Girl who Quilts. I made the realization that with normal life getting in the way that I need to reassess what I am committing to in March :-).

Here are my March goals (which includes a lot of the unfinished goals for February).

  1. Bottom, Baste and Quilt, the “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song).
  2. Finish 2 sets of chair bags.
  3. Finish 1 set of pot holders (custom order)
  4. Finish a E-reader case
  5. Sew + Finish the Triple zip pouch
  6. Kiwi Paper Piecing Cushion Cover
  7. Make 1-2 Blocks for our Madrona Road Challenge

Continue with my more general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge with a focus on:
    – No Sugar or Processed Food
    – Exercise 3 times a week
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
  3. Post a new recipe each week

A Lovely Year of Finishes The Girl Who Quilts

Anyway, this is how far I got in February….

  1. As mentioned on Friday 1st, complete top and back of my “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song)
    I have now completed the top and started the back. You can see my first quilt top finish here.FourSeasonsInOneDay_1
  2. Finish 4 sets of chair bags.
    I have cut out 2 sets of chair bags but have not started sewing yet. I did not get any further.
  3. Finish 4 sets of pot holders.
    I have 3 sets of pot holders completed.IMG_0865 IMG_6892
  4. Cut out fabric for my son’s quilt.
    Not started yet – I have landed up ordering two new fabrics.
  5. Triple zip pouch.
    Fabric and other materials selected but did not get any further.
  6. Try out a paper piecing block.
    I tried out the techniques but I want to make this kiwi pattern from Tartankiwi and make it into a cushion. 

More general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge.
    I am continuing on even though February saw some up and downs.
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
    Check – doing well.
  3. Post a new recipe each week.
    Check – doing well

Materials for Triple Zipper Pouch + Madrona Road Challenge

I have several projects on-going for this week’s work in progress – most of them relate to my February goals. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

#3 – 4 sets of Potholders:
I am still working on finishing the set of two pot holders. The chicken ones are completed (and being sent to ClumsyKristel this week) and the blue teapot ones are closer to being finished.

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#5 – Triple Zipper Pouch Tutorial (at A Quilters Table)
I wanted to complete a triple zipper pouch, well I have finally decided on my fabrics (Les Amis Fabrics by Patti Sloniger for Michael Miller) and zippers (Red-brown, Taupe, and Orange-Pink).IMG_0855

Finally a project not on my February goals – Our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild started the Madrona Road Challenge this week, and I finally have the fabric. I am so excited to get started I have been seeing so many great projects. I know the design I want to try, and it should involve my #6 goal for trying paper piecing. I will be trying to also design my own template….ambitious you might say since I have never paper pieced – well we will see :-). If the blocks turn out I will be sharing the idea and the templates (paper pieced) /designs (for non-paper pieced blocks)IMG_0862