Friday, August 29, 2014

ALYoF - August finish party

It's Friday evening
and I just pulled the mystery quilt 
off my frame: yeah - done!

And after:
It looks good, too.
Another UFO bites the dust!

It was my August goal for ALYoF
to quilt this top
and I made it with a few days to spare.

Without the incentive
and blogging peer pressure
and Melissa's & Shawna's link up,
nothing quilty would get done at my  house ;-)
Thanks, ladies!

Linking up to the ALYoF finish party.
Now as a reward 
I may consider startting a brand new project,
how about that?

Happy Labor Day weekend sewing,

Barb

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday (or rather Friday evening)

While cleaning up my sewing room,
I came across a UFO from November 2013:
started during a workshop with Sandy Klopp.
The idea of moving (or losing) 
the pre-cut pieces one more time,
just didn't do it for me today.
So I started sewing...
Before:
And after some major curve sewing
- with acceptable success -
Tadaa, all 4 blocks are done!
Now I have to make a decision
if I want to add a piano key border.
It will be just a wall hanging 
to remind me that I DO KNOW 
how to sew curves ;-)

So glad I tackled it
on a somewhat dreary Sunday.

Quick update on Hawk's Nest -
a few more blocks were pieced
whenever I found a few minutes to sew.
Slow going,
but every block counts!
After all there are 
41 pieces in 1 nest block:
On Monday morning
check out all the listings at

Barb

Friday, August 1, 2014

August goal party - ALYoF

When I look at my pile of UFO's
it seems hard to pick one
Way too many choices...
but it needs to be something doable.
I should probably tackle
my mount-to-be-quilted.
It has the highest success rate, too.

So here is my pick:
Quilt the guild mystery quilt - 
it was started in February 2014.
First I'll have to search
for a suitable backing.
Then I'll probably use 
my trusted loopy star groovy boards
for quilting - 
and hope all can be done 
by the end of August!

Come and join
the lovely ladies at
with their ALYoF. 
You will be amazed
how motivating it is
to join their monthly challenge!

Happy sewing,
Barb

Monday, July 28, 2014

July ALYoF - finish party

I just took MB's top 
off my quilting frame - 
meaning  I have reached my July goal 
for ALYoF!!!
Here is the BEFORE picture
of the top:
It's a free Bonnie Hunter pattern
and we all took her workshop together
a while back.

Finished version:

Yes, it was a struggle
- with flannel backing and high loft batting -
almost too much for my poor short arm,
but it turned out okay.
Hope to give it on to the next quilting friend
so she can attach the binding
before it will be given back 
to MB's family.

Linking up to the
thanks so much for hosting
the monthly challenges!
Barb

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday

This summer I am taking it easy
with my blogging.
But: I did get some sewing in
and finished the top
"Garden Path" - 
a quilt kit I had bought earlier.

I am so happy the top is done - 
sometimes I do surprise myself :-)
And then I got ambitious:
I loaded and quilted MB's quilt:
Not quite done yet,
but I'll finish it as my July goal!

What have you been working on?
Happy stitching,
Barb

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Design Wall Monday

How lucky am I - 
I got to sew with Judy at her house!
Here is the result:
8 blocks of "Garden Path"
(pattern in Quilty magazine).
Not a great photo -
my camera battery is getting real low,
but you get the idea.
8 more blocks and it will be done
as a 4 x 4 block lay-out.
Can you see the white cross in the lay-out?
There'll be 4 in the center of the quilt.
The blocks are 18" square
which made for a great and fast project!

During my travels in Michigan
I also got to collect 
a few Row-by-Row patterns:

Look what else I got to see:
Mackinac bridge, 
as seen from the state park 
in the UP.

Thank you Judy for having me over -
I loved every minute of the visit!

Linking up to 
Barb

Finish Along Quarter 2 Finish(es)...

Well, 
from my Q2 Finish Along list 
with 6 quilty goals
I accomplished and finished - one.
Oops. But better one than none!

(Before picture)

Here it is: my completed Hashtag Quilt,
quilted and bound:

Linking up to The Littlest Thistle Q2 finish party.

Let's hope 
Q3 will be more successful,
Barb