March OMG and Cross Stitch

I didn’t do so well on my monthly goals, while I did complete the quilting and get binding on the front of the pentagon quilt, it’s not stitched down on the back yet. I did not get around to doing the backing for Cassie’s bed quilt so that certainly didn’t get basted. Things got a little crazy this month with school, Cassie’s birthday and an unexpected death in our family. My father-in-law passed away last Friday (3/25) and hubby had to go out to California the same week the kids had Spring Break. This meant I was tasked to distract the kids for the week. 🙂

I may not have gotten enough quilting done, but I did get a TON of cross stitch done! First up is the Table of Elements SAL that I’m participating in. Finished part 3 with a week to spare! I’m really liking how it’s looking and I’m really glad to be done with the yellow sections! Part 4 was released today and I have it on my tablet to start working on today. Not as much to do this time, hopefully I’ll get it done quickly so I can work on my other projects.

Next up is the Heartfelt SAL from Fat Quarter Shop. When I saw the finished piece on their blog I knew I had to do it too. The column was month 2, but I had to go back and finish up all the borders from month 1 – got a little behind on that part last month! Now it’s all ready for month 3 (2nd column) that will be released on April 1st (hope it’s not an April Fool’s joke!)

Since I finished both of the SAL and had time left before the next sections would come out, I started working on Quilt-o-graphy from Fat Quarter Shop. They are doing it as a SAL, but I’m not following that I’m just doing it on my own. There’s a companion cross stitch piece that I’m going to do as well, Stitch-o-graphy. I love the colors, the design and I plan to finish it the way they did on the website. So far this is a pretty easy stitch, I think I’m about 15-20% done with it already after only a couple of evenings of work.

I’ve also been pretty busy this month with orders, it’s time for everyone to start buying graduation gifts and Class of key fobs are my biggest seller every year. I need to find out how many kids are in my son’s 5th grade class, I’d like to make one for each of them and donate them to the school. I’ll have to check on that soon so I can start working on them.

I should be back soon with a finish – that quilt will be bound soon!

March OMG Projects

I finished last months projects pretty quickly and started working on quilting the pentagon quilt. I just have the border left to quilt and then get binding on it.

That was the easy project this month! I also want to get the backing made for my daughter’s bed quilt and get it basted. I’m hoping to get more done than that – but I will consider my goal met if I can do the backing and basting. It’s larger than the pentagon quilt so it will take longer to quilt. I also have a little girl’s birthday to get ready for, which means party bags and possibly a few presents if I have time to make them. She’s turning 8 this month and is now into Harry Potter which makes mama’s heart sing!

Off to work on a hat order so I can get to quilting! Linking up to Elm Street Quilts OMG.

February OMG Results

I knew I’d be able to finish these small projects this month, but I didn’t think I’d finish them so quickly! The first one is a runner for my sister’s makeup table and since there were extra pieces we didn’t need for the runner length, I made a small pillow for her that matches. I even put a zipper in the side – first time for me! – and the pillow insert is a little small, but that’s ok, I think she’ll like it anyway.

The other project was the Valentine’s runner for my island. I’ve made Cathedral Window things before, using the Missouri Star method. The first one I ever made was using 2.5″ squares and that was difficult. It’s pretty easy when you use charm packs. I have 3 more of these runners to make with holiday fabrics, we’ll see if I can fit them in soon.

Since I finished these projects, I basted and started quilting another project, I posted about that last week. House is empty today, I only have a few household chores to do, so I’m hoping to get a lot of the quilting done today. It’s 2/22/22 and my little 2nd grader was so excited to wear 2 different shoes, a tie and I did 2 braids in her hair today. It’s so cool the things they do at school to celebrate these special days during the school year.

I’m determined to get things off my UFO list this year, no matter how small they are! Linking up to OMG finishes at Elm Creek Quilts.

Whew!

I have finally completed the top for Cassie’s bed quilt. I started this February 3, 2019 while we watched the Super Bowl and 3 years later I get the borders added to the top on Super Bowl day! I have a plan for the back, which requires ordering some fabric – which hubby might not be happy about. I wasn’t too thrilled about how much I had to add for borders, 9″ for 3 sides and 18″ on the bottom, just to get it to the right size for her bed. The pattern says it finishes 60″ x 72″ and if I had been paying attention to that I would have added at least 3-4 rows to the EPP part before adding borders. I have been trying to find the designer but it looks like her site is gone, email doesn’t work and she’s not even on Instagram anymore which is where I originally found the pattern. Cassie thought when I put it on her bed that it was totally finished, she’s not very patient and really wants it done!

I’ve been working hard this weekend to get things accomplished, and I just found out about something really cool at guild last week. There is a product called Free Fuse Powder that you can sprinkle on your top/batting/backing and press it all together. It’s easy to quilt through, there’s no basting pins, and it’s so quick! I used it on a runner I was working on yesterday and fell in love with it! Took me a couple of hours to baste the runner (4.5′ long and 1.5′ wide) and then quilt it. Now I need to make some binding and I can get another UFO off my list! I did finish one of my OMG projects, I’ll be writing about that soon, the table runner will be part of that post too.

Time to get dinner ready so we can watch the Super Bowl. I don’t like them, but since it’s an Ohio team we are rooting for Cincinnati this year.

Snow Day!

The kids had a snow day yesterday thanks to Winter Storm Landon. I was pulling fabrics for backings for this month’s OMG projects and borders on Cassie’s quilt and found a bunch of fabrics that were too small to do much with. Scraps from previous projects that just got thrown in the big tub of fabrics that I still need to get put on mini bolts and put away. So I spent some time pressing them and getting them cut into squares – from left to right, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″. They are now in the tubs and ready to be used in projects instead of buried in a bin.

Hard to really tell from the picture, but we got a bunch of snow. We have a 650′ driveway and I only went out yesterday long enough to drive Alex to his friends house around the corner and pick him back up later. the roads were bad, but I think our driveway is worse 🙂 We are currently waiting for someone to come and plow the driveway, unfortunately the snow blower won’t work very well on this wet snow. Hubby has major issues with the snow blower when it’s wet since it just clogs up everything.

We got the new month’s pattern for the Table of Elements SAL on Monday and I’ve been working hard this week on it. I’m getting about 200 stitches done a day, might get more done this weekend since the kids are going to my sister’s for some fun and we’ll be catching up on some movies that we’ve been meaning to watch. During the day I’m planning on working on some quilting for this months OMG projects.

February OMG Projects

So I have 2 items on my 2022 UFO Challenge list that I want to complete this month. The bottom runner is going to be a Valentine’s cathedral window runner for the island that just needs backing and batting. I will find that somewhere in my stash as I’m not buying any fabric this month! I have a total of 4 of these holiday runners I want to get done this year, this one is made with a white Bella Solids charm pack and a charm pack of Holiday Essentials Love by Stacy Iest Hsu. It will be quilted while I finish putting it together and I’d love to have it done for Valentine’s Day.

The second item is a runner for my sister which includes a pillow since there were some extra pieces that we didn’t need for the length. This has been waiting for a LONG time to be finished and I’m sure at this point she’s forgotten all about it.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.

January OMG – Completed!

Wow, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it this month! I was so close last night after working on it all afternoon and evening yesterday, that I decided that this morning I was working on it until I got it done. Now I need to figure out what size borders are going on this to fit Cassie’s bed. She thought it was going to be 100% done and she’d be able to use it already, she was so very sad when I said it wasn’t done yet. Guess I’ll need to work on it when I’m done with some other items next month.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts and will be back soon with February plans.

OMG – January

Ok, we are going to try this again for 2022. Every year I have the best of intentions of doing one monthly goal (hosted by Elm Street Quilts) and I do ok for the first month or so and then never continue. In the attempt to get my 40+ list of UFO’s down I’m going to try this again! 🙂

This months goal is to get the top of Cassie’s EPP quilt put together. I have the first 4 rows assembled and I’m trying to work on it at least a little each night. 5 rows left to put together and then assemble into a top with border. Tonight I’ll start working on row 5 after dinner as my Sunday slow stitching. Cassie gets more and more excited with every row that gets added, which is making me want to get this done for her before her birthday in mid-March. I’ll be able to work on the quilting while she’s at school so she won’t see it.

Finished OMG!

I was afraid I’d have to much to do this month and not have time to finish what I wanted to this month, but I’m happy to say I’m wrong! Not only did I get ALL the pentagon/squares put together and pinned to the background for applique, but I started stitching them down to the background. 3 in the batch are done, and the rest all need to be stitched still. This has been put aside for a bit because I have some cross stitch I want to work on. I have 2 wonderful teachers that both kids have had, that I want to make something special for before the end of the school year.

Happy to have the first months goal met, now to decide on what the goal is going to be next month! Check out everyone else that met their goals at Elm Street Quilts.

Happy New Year!

It’s January 2nd, and we had a great New Year’s Eve! The kids wanted to see the ball drop, so we let them stay up until midnight. OMG were they cuckoo crazy! Running around the room, and just being goofy. We played some video games and watched the ball drop and put them to bed just after midnight – let them sleep on the couch, which they’ve been asking to do for awhile.

I try this every year, maybe this year I can stay consistent and do something every month! I start every year out with good intentions in participating with the One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and after a few months I just get so busy that I fizzle out and never get back to it. So let’s try it again! 🙂 This month I want to get the rest of my pentagons put together, there’s 18 of them left, and then pinned to the background and ready for applique.

Need to finish my inventory today so I can balance my 2020 books for the business and I really want to start some quilting today if I can. So I’m out of here! Good luck on your goals this month!