Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quarter Four!

Alrighty, then.  I think I need a new plan of action.  And that will be...more focus.  Less options.  For the Fourth Quarter of the Finish Along 2014 I have 3 goals:

The Odd Goose Out (yes, I know it's been on the list and the AYOLF more than once!).

The SISTER gift quilt

And my Busy Bees quilting bee quilt.  I was Queen bee for month 1 in July.  Although I need to make  quite a few more blocks before it is a reasonable lap size.  I need to find a name for this one too! Any suggestions?  You ladies were so helpful with my last plea for names.

Naomi Ruth
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Odd Goose Out

Well, unfortunately I did not finish my "A Lovely Year of Finishes" July goal, which was to finish The Odd Goose Out quilt.  I chose to do more than just straight line quilting and so it is taking me longer than expected.  Thus, my July goal is now my August goal.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Finish Along Quarter 3 - List

Sooo...maybe this quarter I can finish this post in time to make the link party at The Littlest Thistle!  Especially since I am starting it at the beginning of June. ;) I am hoping to update some of the photos, although not much has changed with my list - except that it's gotten bigger!  And I finished my Butter Churn in Purple quilt.  Which I'm not even sure was on the last list. lol.

This Apple Cider quilt needs a backing, 
basting, quilting and binding!  It's a queen.

This baby quilt I want to border in more black but
offset the patchwork so it's more in a corner.

 Summer Sampler Quilt Along quilt 
needs six more blocks. And I might re-do the star
block on the bottom right.

I got tired of machine blanket stitching all these triangles on this baby quilt. That is all that has to be done before basting, quilting and binding.

 This quilt was supposed to be a mini quilt made with just one block (the red border was the outside of said block).  But I fell in love and couldn't stop making them. Again, just needs basting, quilting and binding.  I'm calling it Square Foot Garden because it reminds me of photos of square foot gardens which are 4x4 foot gardens where each square foot of garden is planted with a type of vegetable. Check it out here and here and you'll see what I mean.

Random hourglass quilt I started when I bought a Creative Grids specialty ruler.  
I will have to find the ruler before I can finish this one...

My early attempt at a triple Irish Chain quilt.
I think it was a very ambitious scrappy project that ended when I realized I did not have enough greens. 
My stash has grown since then...but I think it will either turn into a table runner or small quilt

The blocks for my Sweet Baby Pinks quilt  version of the Sweet Baby Blues quilt still need to be made.  
2 down, 33 more to go...

This one needs to be quilted and bound. 
Need a backing fabric first. This one is my July ALYOF goal.

The Swisslandia quilt top needs to be pieced, quilted, bound.
The plan is to have the one red swiss cross and the rest black.

And last but highest priority is this one. 
The long overdue birthday quilt for my sister.  
I only have 2 blocks done.

Can you tell what my favourite part of quilting is yet?  Haha.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Block of the Month

Well, this BOM isn't new - it started in January, but it is new to me.  Every month Aurifil does an awesome interview with a designer and that designer designs a block for the BOM.  I was reading Camille Roskelly's blog yesterday and she is the July Designer of the Month.  There was a picture of the block she designed and I fell in love.  After proceeding through to the Aurifil blog I looked up all the January to June blocks as well.  I've made three of them already! I was up until midnight. haha.  And yes I realize these have nothing to do with my July ALOYF goal but I have 24 days of the month left!

Meet July, June and March (in that order).

I kept to the same colour story that the designers have because I love it and I've always wanted to make a quilt that is primarily blues and reds.  I love the bits of yellow too (it's my third fave colour).

Have you ever fallen in love with a block?  If you have let me know which one it was in the comments!

Happy Quilting!


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July Goal

I have decided to join A Lovely Year of Finishes and put in a goal for July.  You have to pick one thing to finish and link it up by the 7th of the month. Then if you link up your finish in the last 7 days of the month you can win prizes!  How awesome is that eh?!  So my single goal for this month is...  

To sandwich, quilt and bind this quilt.  I would also like a name for this quilt.  Any ideas?  They remind me a bit of those things in racing video games that you try to drive over to get super speed?  I don't know if those have a name...  Or I was thinking Odd One Out because there is one single blue "goose" block.  I basically copied this quilt from one that I pinned on Pinterest but I don't know anything about the original.

I had better buy some batting tomorrow or else nothing will be happening with this puppy!  Wish me luck.

Happy Quilting!
Naomi Ruth

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Finish! A Mistake. And a Story.


I was going to have it done for the baby shower in December.

I was going to have it done before the baby's due date. 

I was going to have it done...and it is! :)

My Butter Churn in Purple quilt is complete. 

I hand stitched the baby's name and birthdate into the bottom right corner.  If you look really closely you can kind of see it in the photos.  I did take close up pictures to show you..but then I realized the mama might not appreciate having her baby's full name and birth date plastered "all over" the internet (not that my blog gets read much). lol.  The front is made with Kona Purple and I think Bone.  It is backed in a patterned minky that I don't know the name of but matches beautifully.  I found it at my LQS.  I finished it at almost 2am the night before my partner Robert left to go to Montreal for a visit  to see the baby and her mama (his niece).

A Mistake. And a Story...

Ohhhhh, the quilt exchange.  It happened in the hallway of the college I work at and went something like this:

Robert: I have to hurry to catch my flight.  Where's the quilt?
(me wearing a big smile, grabbing the quilt)
Me: You have to see it.  I finished embroidering the name!
Robert: I'm running behind & I'm going to miss my flight if I don't leave 15 minutes ago.
Me: You have to see it. It'll only take 10 seconds.
(as I unfurl the folded quilt in dramatic fashion)
Robert: It's beautiful. 
(looking at quilt)
Robert: It's a good thing we spelled the name right.
Me: Yeahhhh...it is... (said with slight confusion) 
Robert with eyebrows raised...look on face that says "Didn't you catch the sarcasm - hint, hint?"
Me: What?! Seriously?! It's right isn't it???! ...(said with increasingly higher pitched voice)
Robert: No. It's wrong. (as he shakes his head)
Me:   You're joking. RIGHT?! RIGHT?! Oh God say you're joking!!??!
Robert: No, I'm not. It's spelled with an F.
(as I frantically try to grab the quilt back)
Me: You can't take it! I have to fix it. You can't give it to her like that! Seriously. Give. it. back.
(holding quilt slightly closer to him as he slowly backs away from crazy person)
Robert: I have to go or I'm going to miss my flight...It'll be fine. 
Me: No! I have to fix it...Umm...Okay, what about you bring it and show it to her...but take it and bring it back? So I can fix it...we can mail it back to her.
(still backing away)
Robert: I'm sure it'll be fine. I'll see if I can get my sister or mom to fix it...
Me: Umm...Okay...but they won't have the right thread!  Maybe if they unpick it carefully it might work... If only I had the thread and my needle with me I'd come with you to the airport...I could fix it...

It has been received now and I have heard from the mama that she is not worried about the name (it's spelled the Italian way) and is sorry it caused me so much anxiety.  Apparently, the rest of the family spells it wrong too. Probably not on something so permanent, but I am comforted by that fact.  I bet we will all spell it right now.  And I have learned that if you are putting a name on your quilt...double check the spelling.

Happy Quilting!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sweet Baby Pinks

Yep.  I've started another quilt.  Before finishing the last one.  I am hoping to turn this pile of beautiful girly fabrics into this

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Economy Block

I am pretty good at procrastinating but I only have 2 more of these babies to go before I have enough to mail out for my Progressive Swap group on Threadbias.  The deadline for mail out is March 30th.  Of course, I wanted to get them done before March 1st!  So...you can decide whether that qualifies as procrastinating or not. lol. Personally, I'm counting it as early!  

I used all scraps for these and they are paper pieced.  They are being mailed with the paper still on.  I may even make more.  Not that I have a lot but they really didn't make a dent in my scraps.  However, trying to find scraps that go together and are the right size(s) is a little addicting.  Plus, it's fun to look through and be reminded of all the fabrics I've used and the projects that I used them for.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Works In Progress & Fabriholic Anonymous Confession

Progress is happening! It's happening very sloooowly but it is happening.  lol.  

I have completed the Butter Churn quilt top. Next steps: baste, quilt, bind!

This needs to get done before March Break is over or it will not be done in time for baby!

Also started but not on my WIP list is a hybrid hand and machine piecing project:
So far, it's just been hand pieced, but it is a longer term project. I am not sure how big it will be.  But I am using the Inklingo method and freebie collection to create the pieces.  There were a few hiccups with the printing but overall it seems to be going well.

I must confess that I have broken my fabric fast. Not once but twice {insert embarrassed me here}.  Once was for the Butter Churn quilt because I was short 11 background squares but then I ordered the wrong colour of fabric (I have the Kona Colour chart now...).  The second time was when I purchased the backing fabric - which doesn't count as part of the fabric fast, but the 6 FQ's I bought with it do...  

Now, I am determined that I will do even more in the next 3 months to use up my stash.  I am participating in the March Economy Block swap on Threadbias.  I also have another baby quilt that is due in a few months and a bunch of QAL's that I want to finish or start.  

Wish me luck ladies and gents!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Color Intensive Workshop

I've gone and signed up for Rachel at Stitched In Color's Color Intensive workshop.  She has had quite a few online courses that I have been wishing that I could join in on, didn't and ended up regretting it later.  So, with my One Little Word 'do' buzzing in my brain I went and signed up.  I can't wait!  I love colour but I definitely don't understand it.  It is the one thing that can stall me - whether it is with quilting or scrapbooking.  I'm hoping 7 weeks from now I will have a better understanding of colour.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Finish Along 2014 Q1 goals

Let's try this again, shall we?  I didn't finish a single thing the last time I attempted to participate in the Finish Along.  I'm hoping that with my Fabriholic challenge and my One Little Word for the year (do!) that I will get something completed before the end of this quarter!  Here is my list of goals:

Butter Churn baby quilt
This must get done this quarter! Baby is due April 4th. As you can see, it's in the beginning stages. The picture doesn't do the purple justice, it looks blue!  But I ran out of sunlight! Maybe I'll re-do the picture since I didn't make the Finish Along deadline today. 

Cross  baby quilt
The feature square is done, the others are in various stages.

Coral baby quilt
Simple squares, all cut. Needs to be pieced.

Flying Geese baby quilt
Piecing is done, needs to be quilted.

 Two infinity scarves

 Rachel's quilt 
Was due for her birthday in June last year.  It's a bit late.

Haven't decided if this is going to be a Penny Patch quilt or a Tone It Down QAL quilt...maybe I have enough for both?

Wish me luck!