Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Catching Up

Last week I was at a quilt retreat by the Amana Colonies in Iowa. It was a terrific time with a group of good friends. We retreat together 3 - 4 times per year. Needless to say, it was interesting getting back to Minnesota due to the snow storm. We ended up staying overnight in Clear Lake, Iowa on Thursday evening and heading for home Friday morning. Of course stops were made at shops along the way. We stopped at SR Harris in South Minneapolis. It was my first time to this location. Definitely need to have a plan when going there to shop.

At retreat I worked on a quilt top that I won as a door prize (Cambridge Square- pictured below) at our Ripple River Quilt Guild in Aitkin, MN. Needless to say, I needed to win a whole big quilt like I needed another hole in the head (Very Big Grin--), so I decided to cut all the pieces right away and work on it at retreat. It will make a good donation in Camp Knutson by Crosslake, Minnesota.

So far this year I have been working on UFO's and hope to make progress. There are a lot of tops to finish quilting, as well as, tops ready to be put together. Have a couple of Bonnie Hunter quilts where the blocks are all pieced and just ready to be put together.

I finished piecing a top started several years ago at a February retreat I attended. It is called "Black, White, & Bright." It still needs to be quilted and bound. Hoping to get it completed this year!!

Completely finished another fun quilt that is so nostalgic.  It reminds me of the early years of marriage when we went out into the swamp and cut Christmas trees for us and my husbands family.

It has been a good feeling to start finishing up some of the quilt projects around the house. Another quilt that I quilted for my "Ladies of the Lake" quilt group has been moved out of the house. Some other deserving member (LOL) gets to do the binding.

                              Hugs, Beth

Monday, December 31, 2018

UFO Challenge and 2018 Wrap-up

Well, I procrastinated too long and missed the sign-up for the UFO Challenge on Patchwork Times but I am going to list the twelve items anyway.

Here goes:
1.  Black, White, & Bright quilt (partially pieced)
2.  Bringing Home the Tree (started the wool applique')
3.  Mystery from Colorz Quilt Shop (partially pieced)
4.  Checkerboard Dresden (partially pieced)
5.  Kim Diehl - Journey Home wall hanging #1 (half pieced)
6.  Starry Night - machine embroidered tile scene (2/3 done)
7.  Peacock Blue Stripe quilt using Paula Nadelstern fabrics (partially pieced)
8.  Batik crazy curves quilt - blocks are pieced
9.  Bonnie Hunter "Allietare Mystery" (partially pieced)
10. Dinning room window treatments
11. Bonnie Hunter "Grand Illusion Mystery" (half done)
12. Two Seasonal table runners that are pieced but need the applique' attached & then quilted.

There are a lot more UFO's but these were twelve that I really would like to get done in 2019.

I did have some completions for 2018:

This is a quilt for my son, Byron, for his birthday in May. The center is a digital print.

This quilt is a memory quilt for my new SIL's parents. I utilized fabric that had been from his grandmother for background and border. The pictures were from both sides of the family.

For 2019, I need to get in the habit of blogging. This is my journal and it helps me keep track of completions.

                  Hugs and Happy New Year

Sunday, January 21, 2018

SKOL! BOM and Aardvark

Sorry, couldn't resist saying "SKOL" I am waiting in nervous anticipation for the Vikings/Eagles game to start.

While waiting for game time, I am cutting some more pieces for the borders of my Journey's End quilt. Since this was a BOM and the fabrics were included, it takes longer to cut all those pieces from the kit fabrics then if it was a true scrappy quilt. I have a lot of scraps already cut or strips in the correct dimensions.

Last Tuesday at Country Fabrics, I started the HandiQuilter Ruler of the Month. Received the first ruler (Pillbox), now there must be a quilt I can use it on. Right now I have a back for a Tula Pink quilt loaded on the frame and have already decided how I am going to quilt it.

At Colorz Quilt Shop in Brainerd, they have started a stash BOM using the desk calendar "Inspiring Stitches" by Heartland Heritage. It is a twelve month program. Looks like fun and I think I am going to start it but I have to use only my own stash.  Sounds like a plan. LOL

Last time I was a Grubers Quilt Shop in St. Cloud, MN, I couldn't resist the following Aardvark pattern. Thought it would be a good cushion for when people end up sitting on the floor due to a shortage of places to sit. Have to admit, I adore most everything that Pam makes.

Well, off to cut some more pieces and wait impatiently for the football game to start.



Hugs, Beth