Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Re-Cap

Lots of catch up, most of which is done, so roll on October :)

1. Chocolate Stars - June, July, August and September Blocks

2. Dog Gone Cute - Three Blocks  (1, 7 and 8)

3. EQ Seasons - Two Rows

4. Harvest QAL - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

5. Midnight Mystery - Week 3 - 34 SiaS Blocks

6. MMQG BOM - Block 5

7. Moccasin BOM - September Blocks

8. Modern Aztec - A Lovely Year of Finishes September Goal met

9. Snap Shots - September Block - Quilt Kitty

10. Spring RAL - September Row - Garden Fence

11. Vacation Time BOM - September Block Ferris Wheel

My Design Wall, Pile of ' To Be Quilted' and Project Bins - September 30 -

Let's Bee Social 92

September has been a whirlwind for me, it feels like I've done nothing but catch up, both with quilting and in real life.  Which, if I'm honest, is exactly what I have been doing :)  While getting reacquainted with my little brother machine, slowly at times, I've managed to get caught up with most of my BOMs and QALs.  I've dropped a couple and added another and there are a couple that haven't inspired me to 'catch up with', maybe next month :)

This past Saturday I took part in my first MMQG Sew In where I had the great fun to work with Leslie, from The Cuddle Quilter, on one of the  8 (maybe 10) Charity Quilts being donated to The Lodge That Gives.  They are in various stages of completion and will be finished up during October's Sew In.  Great bunch of ladies, beautiful Maritime weather, lots of laughs and quilting too :)  Don't these 5 look great on the line?

In my Fun Room I worked on Dogs, Chocolate Stars, Spools and Hour Glasses.

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, check out what buzzing in some of the hives, it's fun and free :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September ALYoF

Another month, another goal met, and a little more :)  My Goal setting post is HERE and was link number 4 in the Goal Setting Link Party.  I carried on from August with Modern Aztec, got section 2
pieced as well as section 3.
It wasn't my favorite section, but I knew it wouldn't be.  With all those pieces it was tiresome and there are some wonky bits.  The colors are lovely though.
The 3rd section went quickly, I had done the triangles in August and the blocks were simple and came together with only one or two little 'ripper' uses.
 I had gone a bit overboard in August and quilted section one, which made packing it a little more 'room consuming', but it made it home and is in the 'to quilt' pile with the other two sections. It's also needs a date with the iron :)
I'm still loving this one :)  It's folded over the clothes line, so twice the size showing, which is why I decided to quilt it in sections.

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes at  Fiber of All Sorts.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Harvest QAL

I worked on Weeks 3 & 4 of the Harvest QAL, an Autumn Wall Hanging, designed and hosted by Patty D at Elm Street Quilts.  I posted about the Apples and Pumpkins from Week 2 on Wednesday. Week 3 was three rows of flying geese, in lovely Autumn colors, and while I don't like working with small blocks... I may have mentioned that a time or 6... the geese turned out nice.  On to Week 4, which were Churn Dashes and Leaves, 5 of each.  More small blocks... but this is only a Wall Hanging so I stuck with them.  A few puckers, but they won't show, much :)

All caught up just in time for Week 5, which was posted today :)

Linking up with Lynette's BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts.  I hope you have enjoyed your Monday :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Let's Bee Social - WiPs Galore

My wonderful niece pointed out that I have a lot of projects on the go, and she is right! My first week home I  worked on getting my fun room organized and all of those WiPs sorted.  I even made a list! Since Saturday I've been sewing... when not having my eyes tested,  going to Dr's appointment, blood drawn, or any of the other time sucking day to day activities.  I finally got the first two blocks for the Harvest QAL done.  They are smaller than I like, but quick to put together, even with my off bubble seams and having to re-cut a couple of pieces. No purchases required for this one, I'm using what I have on hand.  Two more weeks to go and I'll be caught up :)  Likely not before Week 5 is released ;)

For the past three weeks or so I've been learning EQ7, I'm determined this time to stick with it!  I've done a couple of the Rows from EQ7 Seasons Row Along, and there are a couple more I'm hoping to get done.  Most seem to be paper pieced or applique and I don't enjoy either.  My thought is to do two rows of each season and put them together as a quilt.  LOL  But, me being me, I will likely change my mind again.  I took out the sashing between the  squirrels and nut in the Sew Fresh Quilts row in an attempt to make it the same size as the pumpkin row by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  It's still longer so I think I'll have to take out the other rest of the sashing... or just add sashing to the top and bottom then a border and turn both into table runners.  Only one heart in my pumpkin row... and there are 4 geese blocks in between... wrong sizing.  I should make it perfectly clear that the issues with sizing are purely MY OWN FAULT :)  The files, instructions and tutorials are excellent, when followed properly ;)

I also managed to get a Dog Gone Cute block done!  And September's row for the Spring Row 

So... today my inspiration wall looks like this, makes me smile :)

Yes, I've been busy :)  Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social #91 at Sew Fresh Quilts.  I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday, be happy, stay safe and share some smiles!

Monday, September 21, 2015

09/21/15 BOMs Away

I did the September Snap Shots block, 'Quilt Kitty', this weekend, and while I had the bin out decided to fix the August block, 'Like Riding a Bike', the handle bars are now connected to the rest of the bike (the pedal is still floating and that basket is still resting on the front tire, but the handle bar is connected ;) I then continued on and added the frames and sashing to the July, August and September blocks.  What the heck, I got that much done, may as well add the row to the quilt top :)  This BOM has been so much fun!  I still have the camera block for the back to do, but I'm thinking my camera will go along the top of the front... with all the piecing that goes into the blocks it just seems a shame to put it on the back.

Linking up with Lynette's BOMs Away at 'What A Hoot Quilts'   I hope you have enjoyed your Monday, be happy, stay safe and share some smiles :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

BOMs Away

I think I'll be glad when ' Moccasin' is done.  The multitude of little pieces used in the construction of the blocks just aren't fun for me.  The July blocks (triangles made from a template that I made a mess of) still need to be redone and I didn't even attempt the August blocks (more curves)... but ta da, September's are done!  Very similar to the June blocks so they sewed up quickly.  They (and all the others) made it safely across the pond, so no excuses for not finishing this BOM.  I'm still not sure what I'll do about the undone blocks... maybe just a use a solid square where they are supposed to be.  LOL   Note to self... don't take on any more BOMs that use 9 inch blocks (or smaller)...  Still loving the colors though :)

Linking up with BOMs Away  at What A Hoot Quilts.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Electric Quilt 7 -Skylights-

The past couple of weeks, with sewing winding down in preparation for my return home, I've been learning to use my EQ7 software.  I purchased it a year ago, dabbled with it a bit over the winter (usually at home, in the evenings, while pretending to watch tv)  I generally enjoy design programs, having used Paint Shop Pro for several years, but I was finding the tutorials available for EQ7 lacking and after the cost of the software itself wasn't keen to pay to learn how to use it.  My enjoyment dwindled.

A year later... I was  prepared to pay for a class at EQ University ~~~chuckle~~~ I've been really good this month and haven't purchased anything 'quilty' so $40 + the exchange rate was burning a hole in my pocket.  Off to 'Do You EQ' I go, click on the EQ University tab and pick out the 'Class' I want to take 'EQ7 Building Blocks' and oh look... there is a Prerequisite to take 'EQ7 Sampler', at wouldn't you know, $40 + the exchange rate.  So now, my 'learn to use a program I paid probably too much for will cost me $80 + the exchange rate.   Errrrgggggggg  There is a free 'Quick Start' class, which I took last winter, and has made the program at least usable for me... but I want more!  :)

Anyway, while clicking around in Do You EQ I found some lessons with a little more meat on their bones, under Mystery Quilt Series.  The first one I did was Skylights.  I'll admit here, I didn't read the 'story' that went with the lessons, but just skipped to page 2 of each of the 12 Lessons.  Tons of learning, some repetition which helps my pea brain retain at least some of the knowledge for future use.  I only did the EQ part and doubt I'll ever actually sew the quilt... though one never knows where boredom will take me, but I was well impressed with what I learned overall.  Will I remember it all? Not likely, but at least I'm encouraged to use EQ more and hopefully retain some of it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Goal

My September goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to continue on with Modern Aztec, how much further I get will depend on how smoothly my travels home go so I'll set my goal low at piecing the blocks for section 2 and sew the blocks together.   This section has three 20" blocks, each constructed from 56,  3"HSTs... all that trimming...all those seams... this is the section I've least looked forward to. The other blocks are 21" bordered squares cut in half and added to the sides of the HST blocks.  Simple enough and the end result should be nice.

Linking up with the Goal Setting Party at Fiber of All Sorts.

The pictures are scanned from Issue Twenty One of Love Patchwork & Quilting.  The pattern I'm following was designed by Cristina Tepsick of Pretty Little Quilts.  Other posts about Modern Aztec on Both Sides of the Pond are HERE and HERE.