To-Do-List

As mentioned in my post of January 3, 2013 one of my goals for this year was to establish and maintain a list of finished and unfinished projects.  Putting together such a list took quite a bit of research.  After rummaging through my stash of patterns, books and kits my scribbled notes were entered into an Excel Spreadsheet.  From that spreadsheet I put together this document.

Periodically throughout 2013 and beyond I hope to update this document.  I will use this resource to hold myself accountable.  My intention is to finish as many items on this list during 2013 as possible.  Hopefully the 2013 finished projects will far outweigh the volume of items I might add during the year.  So without saying anything more here’s the result of my research:

*Quilt Tops Ready for Quilting*

Bear’s Paw Quilt by Eleanor Burns from the TRIO of Treasured Quilts Quilt in a Day Series

Simple Times quilt by American Crib Quilts

*Fabric and Quilt Patterns Purchased For*

Autumn Quilt by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

Christmas Fun by Life’s A Stitch (added 12/2012)

First Year Log Cabin by Acorn Quilts (added 2012)

Heart & Home by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

Snowy Days by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

The Bundling Board by Primitive Pieces (added 2012)

The Log House by Washboard Quilts by Pat at Life’s A Stitch (added 9/2012)

*Quilt Pattern Purchased For*

Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs (added 2012)

Civil War Battle Series # 2 by Clothesline Quilts

Courthouse Square # 169 by Country Threads

Family * Home * Friends by Cottage Creek Quilts

Full House by Schnibbles at Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.  Purchased at Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

In My Folk Art Garden by The Cinnamon Patch.  Purchased in Colorado Springs.  (added October 2012)

Joyful Welcome by Threads That Bind

Martin’s Pennies by Civil War Legacies

Snow Drifts by Hanging by a Thread

Sundance by Villa Rosa Designs (added 7/31/2012)

Tall * Small by Waltzing with Bears (added 2012)

*Fabric and/or Craft Pattern Purchased For*

Chelsea Tote by Lazy Girl

Elf Mittens by Button Stitch Designs.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

Encore Purse Insert by Studio Kat  3/19/13 Update:  Fabric purchased

Just Swell by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms.  Sewing Machine Cover (added October 2012)

Little Cupcake Tote by Penny Sturges for Quilts Illustrated.  Purchased from Nanas Quilt Cottage in Colorado Springs.  (added October 2012)

Margo Handbag by Lazy Girl.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

Patchwork Ironing Board Covers by Cotton Way.  Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts (added 2012)

Penny Mats thru the Year, January, April and November by Buttermilk Basin.  Purchased from Life’s a Stitch.  (added 2012)

Sunflower Pillow by The Cottage at Cardiff Farms (added 7/31/2012)

Sunny Days Table Runner by Buttons for Hillcreek Designs.  Purchased from Backyard Quilts. (added 2012)

The Sammi Grace Bag by Fishsticks Designs

Tweety Birds by Creative Fiber Expressions (added 7/31/2012)

I also have fabric purchased to make three children’s quilts.  These quilts do not require a pattern.  (Two of these quilts are now finished.  One remains to be quilted.)

*Finished Items*

My Colorado daughter’s king sized quilt (Finished September 2012)

Garden Party Table Runner by Mary Cain.  Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts.  (Finished 2012)

Hold Anything Bag by Dancing Crane Designs Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts, fabric purchased from Backyard Quilts (Finished November, 2012)

Sandy Quilt # 1 (Finished January 2013)

Sandy Quilt # 2 (Finished 1/28/2013)

Sandy Quilt # 3 (Finished 2/25/2013)

Sandy Quilt # 4 (Finished 3/17/2013)

Tag Along by This & That.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch. (added 2012) 3/19/13 Update:  Fabric ordered from Fabricworm.  Finished

May Night from the Pineapple Passion Collection by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan published by That Patchwork Place.  Finished 4/25/2013

Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl  3/19/2013 Update:  Fabric purchased 5/6/2013 Update:  Project started  Update:  Project completed 5/28/2013

Happy New Year

2013 has arrived.  The party hats are gone and the bells and whistles are silent.  Time to open a new chapter.  My sewing rooms have been whirring with activity.  Today I’ve been spending time sorting through remnants of Sandy Quilt # 1 as I look back on my recent accomplishments.

Until I sat down to list my completed projects I had thought the list would be small.  Now I’m amazed at the length.  Here’s what’s finished:

1.  Applied the binding to Sandy Quilt # 1.

  1. Blanket stitched around the labels for Sandy Quilt # 1.

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3.  Finished Sandy Quilt # 1.  You may find links to the history of this quilt here, here and here.  These are its vital statistics:

  • The quilt has 6 rows of 7 blocks each = 42 blocks
  • The quilt measures 85 1/2″ wide  x 97″ long
  • The blocks came from Michigan (4) , Tennessee (14), Vermont (1), Washington (6) and Wisconsin (17)
  • The quilt has two borders.  Border # 1 is lavender and measures 3″ wide.  Border # 2 is black and measures 4″ wide.
  • The binding is black
  • The brand of batting is Warm & Natural
  • The backing was constructed from a variety of blue fabrics from my very own stash.

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4.  Mailed the blog hop prize.

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5.  Cut out and completely assembled five Hold Anything Bags by Dancing Cranes Designs

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6.  Gathered together supplies and finished two pressing boards, one for myself and one for my oldest daughter.

Next Week

On the agenda for next week

1.  Finish assembling the quilt back for Sandy Quilt # 2 (already done)

2.  Quilt Sandy Quilt # 2

3.  Bind Sandy Quilt # 2

4.  Add the labels to Sandy Quilt # 2

5.  Start Sandy Quilt # 3

But, before I do that I must finish cleaning my sewing room.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Go see what other quilters have been working on.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sandy Quilt # 1: Row 1, Row 2, Row 3

Sandy Quilt Block Drive Blocks Are Arriving

Last week I told you I was participating in the Sandy Quilt Block Drive over at the Quilting Gallery.  Since last Wednesday I have been receiving packages from all over the United States and Canada.  The number of quilt blocks in each package varies.  Some contain two, some may have six and still others just might house twenty.  Together they add up to a whole lot of blocks.

Forty-Two is the Magic Number

As the blocks come in I stockpile them waiting for the magic number of forty-two.  Forty-two is the number of blocks it takes to make one Wonky Sandy Quilt.  I reached that milestone on Monday.  Yesterday I began preparing the blocks for assembly.  Each block was carefully pressed.  Once I was satisfied with its appearance I took the block to my cutting board where I performed surgery.  You see each block must be trimmed to a 12.5″ square block.  The process of cutting renders the block its “Wonky” shape.  I found this step to be rather entertaining.  As I twisted and turned my 12.5″ square ruler this way and that I watched as various possibilities developed.  I felt so powerful, yet creative like an artist.  The cuts I would make with my ruler and rotary cutter would change the block forever.  One by one I transformed all forty-two blocks into a “Wonky” Log Cabin quilt square.

Rows to Build

With my pile of forty-two “Wonky” squares in front of me, my next task was assembling them into rows of six squares.  Each of the squares has a unique appearance.  No two are the same.  Because they are all different that makes it very easy to assemble them into rows.  I gathered together six squares and sewed their adjoining seams.  Once row one was finished I continued with six more rows of six squares.  By the time all forty-two squares were sewn into strips I had seven rows of six blocks.  Time to go to the ironing board.

Press, Press, Press

All seven rows needed their seams pressed.  I used an alternating pattern to press the seams.  Row one had its seams pressed to the right, row two to the left, row three to the right, etc.  By alternating the direction the seams were pressed I was making the next step of sewing the rows together much easier.  As I pressed the seams I was careful not to distort the structure of the blocks.  From the ironing board I headed back to my cutting table.

Six Blocks Per Row, Seven Rows Per Quilt

Next step was pinning the rows together and sewing those seams as well.  Beginning with rows one and two I laid them out, with right sides together.  Since I am a real perfectionist I use lots of pins.  I’m very fussy when it comes to matching up seams.  As I moved from one end of the row to the other I strategically placed pins to avoid excessive movement of the two strips.  My goal was to finish with all seam intersections lining up perfectly.  When I was satisfied with the number of placed pins I took the strip to my sewing machine and stitched the seam.  After reaching the end of the row I snipped my threads, cautiously flipped open the two rows and peeked inside.  I was so pleased to find all of the seam intersections just as I would want them to be.  The process was repeated until I had all seven rows stitched together.  Once finished I again carefully pressed open my seams.  The end result was a really cool quilt top.  Here’s a sneak peek.

Left To Do Is:

1.  Choosing fabrics for two borders,

2.  Stitching on the borders,

3.  Quilting,

4.  Binding and finally

5.  Attaching the labels provided by each of the quilt makers.

By next week I hope to have this Sandy Quilt all finished.  If I do I will share photos of the completed project.  Once this one is done and on its way to the distributor it’s on to the next one.

Two More Quilts

Did I tell you I signed up to make two more Sandy Quilt Block quilts.  The addition of two more quilts means I’m registered to assemble a total of four quilts.  I think I’m going to be busy for a little while.

Other Projects

Although it hardly seams like I had time to work on anything but Sandy Quilt Blocks, indeed I did.  Aside from shopping for fabric for my stash, taking advantage of Craftsy’s amazing temporary reduction in pricing for their on-line classes, reorganizing my creative rooms, I also purchased materials to make a portable pressing station and made plans for an upcoming giveaway.

Did I Say Giveaway?

You bet I did.  Be watching for an announcement in the not-to-distant future.  I will be offering a free item to one lucky winner.  Shhhhhh . . . I can’t tell you what it is.  I can give you a sneak peek of the fabric or fabrics that just might be used.  Here you go

Option One

Option Two

So which one do you like?

Linking Up

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Take a stroll on over there to see what everyone else is working on.