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Focus : Week 1

I have had some deadlines lately that I have just missed. I feel bad about it and decided that this month, I am committing to finishing up some projects.

This week’s WiP and focus projects are:

  • First priority: Sisterhood of the traveling quilts – Laura’s (@littleandlots) quilt addition…She wanted a row of blocks, that represent the rainbow.  I was pulling fabric trying to decide and all of a sudden I found that I loved Tula Pink + Alison Glass combination. It just happened I was pattern testing at the same time for Juliet @ Tartankiwi, and feel in love with the Can-can girl paper piecing template. I am almost finish – here is Miss Orange through Miss Violet…

    Only Miss Red to go, and I am hoping that she will be finished tonight (PS. there might be a giveaway on Friday to celebrate completing these).
  • Secondly: I plan to bind my Idea, Design, Create quilt to show at our Guild meeting this weekend…probably my Friday night sew along project. I got the quilt back from Sarah @ Crinkle Love who did the wonderful quilting!!IMG_4749

Planning ahead:

  • Project of the Month and my goal for ALYoF is the same as last month – my Spoonflower Sampler Quilt. I actually plan, starting next week to release a block or two patterns per week (total of 12 blocks), as I complete the quilting and binding on this project. So stay tuned every Saturday for the releases!!
  • Sisterhood of the traveling quilt: Jess’ @Quiltyhabit who wants jewel tone curves. I have the perfect start, for this project and I am re-purposing this UFO.
  • Start and complete my quilt top for our guild’s Spoonflower charity quilt challenge.
  • Lastly, is my planning and buying supply’s for my possible QuiltCon entries.

Linking up for this week’s WiP projects @Freshly Pieced WiP Wednesday  and for my monthly goal, A lovely year of finishes (see buttons on the right).


2015 – Looking Forward

This past year, has been somewhat a whirlwind but I have enjoyed all the experiences I have had. For 2015, I am looking forward to more of the same.  I am really excited about attending QuiltCon and Glamp Stitchalot, looking forward to having a blast and meeting new people.


I realized last year that my path and goals changed significantly in the last 6 months, so instead of setting goals for the whole year, I am just going to set them for the first 6 months and see how it goes…

      • My biggest goal for the beginning of the year is to sew just from my stash. If I run out of a fabric in the middle of a project or require backing fabric, I can make a purchase.
        My Button
        Yes, this is my stash….
        IMG_3147  IMG_3149
      • Continue to make strides in finishing of my projects on a monthly basis (see below for project plans/targets). I will definitely continue goal setting with A Lovely Year of Finishes.My Button
      • Make my son a quilt via Patchwork City QAL
      •  Participate more in the quilting community
        • Launch “Back to School” Tutorial series on my blog, which I hope will be a regular feature (coming beginning in January).
        • Plan and teach new classes this year. I hope to teach a needle-turn applique and a paper-piecing class this year.
        • I have really enjoyed sharing Design to Reality on Sew Mama Sew, so I would like to continue contributing projects and take the big step of seeing if I can publish in magazines.
        • Participate more in my guild (Triangle MQG).
      • Design goals include:
        • Continue participating in Quilt Design a Day.
        • Try out a 1-2 new fabric designs via Spoonflower

Project Plan

My monthly plan looks like a lot in the first quarter, but most of the projects are already made and just need finishing (ie. quilted). Also, flexibility is definitely one of my objectives as you never know what comes up.

Order (left to right) 1. Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  2. Celestial Spheres  3. Bjorn the bear  4. Rangers Station 5. Cheri D’Amour  5. Jungle Ave Tapa

Monthly plan Project Current Status
 January  Spoonflower Sampler Quilt TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5)  TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
February  Celestial Spheres  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Rangers Station  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 6) TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 March  Cheri D’Amour TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Patchwork City QAL
 New Project
April  Secret Sewing Project
 Patchwork City QAL
 New Project
May  Secret Sewing Project
 Patchwork City QAL
 New Project
June  Patchwork City QAL
 New Project

Wow, that took way longer than I expected (probably shouldn’t have tried multi-tasking in front of TV…3 hours later). Lastly, here are additional WiPs that I have on my pile that I hope to get to through out the year.


I am looking forward to reading all of your goals and your dreams for 2015!! Happy New Year!!



Big Q4 Goals!!

I have big goals for Q4 and trying to finish up a few projects, start and finish some of the quilt design a day designs, and finish two sew mama sew projects.

A few projects:
1. Bjorn the Bear 2. Olive 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Phased Circles 5. Jungle Ave. Tapa Cloth

Make up these  2-3 of these designs in addition to the sew mama sew projects. If you are interested in testing these patterns when they are complete…let me know by leaving a comment below.

mosaicb0de6cdea170bea7ea0e74c47736ef49806680d61. Transparency 2. Cherie Quilt (60 x 60″) 3. Plus (20″ cushion) 4. Rangers Station (60 x 60″)

Lastly, two Sew Mama Sew projects that are based on these palettes:
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For my super busy quarter and to keep me honest, I am linking up with Katy @ The littlest thistle for 2014 Finish Along.

Finish Along 2014 

Project of the Month??

I know this sounds terrible but I am struggling this month on what I should choose as my “A lovely year of finishes”.

This is what should have happened in April, which is not too bad:

April Where is it at?
Attend Nashville Sew Down DONE
Blocks and Patterns complete for
Sample Block Mini Quilt
Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks  ALMOST COMPLETE (1 complete,
2 cut and ready for piecing + 1 cut)
Stash Bee Blocks  DONE
Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)  LOW PRIORITY – NO PROGRESS
Border & Lines Project Check-in  NO PROGRESS

I did add additional projects too, unfortunately that has meant more UFO’s. You can see my original goals for May here. This month, my projects are varied and I would like to make progress on all of it.

  • Sample Quilt (finish off all 9 blocks)
  • Tapa Star Pillows (Finish completely)
  • DS Chicopee pillow
  • Stitch and Flip Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind) – Practice FMQ
  • Lotta Aerial Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind)
  • Bee Blocks (Scrap-bee-licious and Stash bee blocks)

However, the one project I select for this month, is a project that is brand new and not a any list previously. It is a baby quilt made with Juliet @ Tartankiwi’s butterfly paper piecing block. I have a color scheme in mind and a design, so stay tuned.!! This is what I a linking up.

Linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” (see button on the right).

2014 – Looking forward

After reading Daisy’s post @ Ants to Sugar, instead of going a fabric diet, I am going to plan out my year (see: Amy’s post @ Badskirt on Curate) to control my fabric purchases and other aspects of my crafty doings.

So,  this post is to see what my year will look like. Take stock on what I am participating in. Also, take a look at my goals.

Goals (keeping it simple)

  • First off, I need to be realistic….I will be doing very well, if I can finish a quilt a month.  Luckily all of them, have more or less been started, so I think this is doable. I will be participating in “A Lovely Year of Finishes” to stay on track.
  • Host Book Review Tuesday every two weeks
  • New Project – Borders and lines (see below)
  • Attempt to be published in a quilting magazine
  • Teach a quilting class
  • Maintain posting a recipe per week

Balance + New Project

I was fascinated a while back, as one of the blogs I followed, posted about the Sketchbook Project, run by the Brooklyn Art Library. You receive a sketchbook and your job is to fill the pages on a given theme.  I was inspired by one of the themes, they had in the list “Borders and lines”.

To get balance back with the other art areas that I enjoy, I have decided to start a year long project to explore “Borders + Lines” in multitude of media. I plan to check in at a minimum once every two months to share what I have done.

The Plan

January February March
AFineDayQuilting X+Blocks FourSeasonsInOneDay_1
  • Riley Blake Challenge Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, Kona
    White needed)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  •  X & + Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • 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)
April May June
Sample_Quilt PushmePullme_Block1TheGrove_Collage_blocks NaturalCorridors_QuiltDesignmosaica3f4b5af3774f43ec70149d860ed36644a3c61d5
  • Attend Nashville Sew Down
  • Blocks and Patterns complete for
    Sample Block Mini Quilt
    (Fabric TBD)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Pullme, Pushme Mini Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Carolyn Friedlander Tree Mini
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Natural Corridor Charity Quilt (Fabric Supplied)
  • NZ Birds Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
July August September
PinkyBar_QuiltDesign 3e0b95ce0b9d7224212173a8f1f09534 Photo and design from Lee @ Freshly Pieced IMG_8579
  • Pinky Bar Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Tutorial
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Chair Bags/ Chair Pockets (Fabric Purchased)
  • Sean’s Quilt (based on this quilt)
    (Fabric Purchased – Constellations)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in

  • Scrappy Trip Around the World
    (Fabric Purchased, True Colors…JD, HB, AMH)
    (Fabric Purchased if Botanics/ Fabric not
    purchased if Color me Happy, V and Co. )
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
October November DecembeR
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  •  Through the Shattered Looking Glass
    (Use Stash + Stash Bee Blocks, may need to
    purchase Kona Silver for background)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Orange/Grey King Size Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, may need white sashing)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  •  Tula Pink City Sampler
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Hexagon Lap Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Christmas Gifts
    (Fabric TBD)
  • iPad/iPhone Stands
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in

What do you guys have planned for 2014? Have you made plans?

WiP Wednesday: Triple Zipper Pouch {20.03.2013}

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
My work in progress this week is the triple zipper pouch, I am thrilled to finally start it. This has been on my to do list for both February and March, I had chosen out my fabric. All the pieces are cut out and I have put the web interface on the relevant pieces.


Hoping to finish for Friday. In the meantime, I am thinking of signing up for another Craft show at a local outdoor market – Western Wake Farmers Market. They are holding a Spring Craft Fair in May, so it should have warmed up by then, and the entry fee is not that bad. That gives me 8 weeks (well, 7 as I have one business trip in the middle there), which I think I can pull stock together by then. If I sign-up then I would have meet one of my yearly goals…..I suppose that means there is not much more to think about 😉

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