A Lovely Year of Finishes–June Completions

It’s time to see how I did on this months ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ goals.  It’s summer break and lots of fun things have happened – including mini trips, an anniversary celebration, amazing quilt classes, oh and we got a pool!  All of these things have had an impact on my sewing time but honestly – family time is priceless and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Now I just need to sew more at night and I think I can make it all happen…all about scheduling and timing.



Goal 1.  Scrappy Trip Along


By the middle of the month – I had just 34 blocks complete of my goal of 72 blocks with them all sewn together or the end of the month…do you think I made it?

IMG_9685I did!  Thanks to my parents that is!  I went on a bus trip to the International Quilt Festival on June 21st and my parents watched my kiddo’s while I went.  They offered to keep them a bit longer which gave me THREE FULL days to sew!  Without these three days it would never have happened.  The #scrappytripalong is really fun but was a bit intense in the end…

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I thought I was making a queen size quilt but when I laid it out on my King bed it seemed to fit pretty well.  I don’t have a good 'straight on’ picture because I didn’t want to hang it until it was quilted.  Last night I delivered it to my aunt Barb of Quilts by Barb for quilting so I should have a ‘finished’ picture to share with you all in a month or two.  I’m guessing the binding may take me awhile.

Goal 2.  Project QUILTING June Off Season Challenge – Texture


COMPLETE!

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This is just a little ‘peek’ at what I created.  I was inspired by the cross hatching in an old chair I’m repainted and played a bit with weaving.  When I first started quilting I decided to actually weave a quilt so I wouldn’t have to match my corners.  Turns out that taking that little bit of time to match your corners is way easier than weaving a quilt.  I do have a pretty amazing woven quilt to show for my efforts though.  Anyway – so I decided to play a little with raw edge weaving and I decided to make a tote bag. More pictures and details to come soon but it is FINISHED!

Goal 3. Catch up and/or Keep up with the various quilt along’s I’m participating in.


I have fallen behind on so many quilt alongs…I really need to either catch up with them or realize that it just isn’t going to happen.  Here’s the four that I really want to keep up with…

20 Craftsy Blocks!

  • 2013 Craftsy BOM – I’m adding these blocks to my 2012 Craftsy BOM blocks so I really need to catch up to this….


New Plan.  I’m going to just put together my 2012 Craftsy BOM blocks together and not do the 2013 Craftsy BOM.  I just feel overwhelmed looking at it and I think I need to finish my red/turquoise/grey fabric quilt up.  Once I made this decision I felt so much less stressed about my to do list.  Since quilting is sort of my job but also something I truly enjoy doing I don’t want to feel stressed about it at all…I want to feel inspired. So – now I just have to figure out how to sash this… Still deciding how I want to put this together.  I need to get a few quilts off my design wall so I can put these blocks up and let them ‘marinate’ in my mind for a bit…Sew Sweetnessmosaic7d1bdcb7480dc00c947b5e71efb349331f24f41b
1. tulapink block 3, 2. Block 6, 3. Block 5, 4. Block 4, 5. Block 7, 6. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 7. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 8. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 9. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 10. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 11. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 12. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 13. Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along, 14. Tula100 Block No. 16, 15. Tula100 BLock no 17, 16. tula100 block no 18, 17. tulapink block 1, 18. tulapink block 2


  • City Sampler Quilt Along – I have 18 blocks done so far! A big group of bloggers is running a ‘quilt along’ and so far they are through block 15…so I feel like being at 18 is a good thing.  I’m trying to get as ahead as I possibly can because we have A LOT of apples on our trees in the orchard which means I’m going to be swamped from mid-August to the end of October with farm things.  I don’t want to fall too far behind everyone during those months!


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  • Dancing Stars QAL – I  did not get any additional blocks done this month…but I did cut up more fabrics to make the blocks.  At least that’s something…


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  • Impromptu Along – So, at the beginning of this month when I put this on my list I hadn’t even gotten the pattern yet.  I’m proud to say that I have the main quilt top all pieced!  I used a mix of hand-dyed fabrics and my beloved African fabrics.  I LOVE this quilt top!  I have started the borders.  I have one around the edges and am currently working on a second pieced border to finish it off.  It shouldn’t take me long but I have to measure and pin borders so I always procrastinate on them.


 

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  • Aurifil Designer Block of the Month – Since I was only working on a few quilt along’s, I decided I needed to add another to the list.  I have four of the blocks done – just two more to do to catch up with all that have been posted so far.  big bad wolf febrary bungalow Quilts BOMI have decided to combine my Aurfil blocks with the Fairytale Bungalow Quilting BOM patterns to create one really fun and crazy sampler quilt.  I just have one done so far – 5 more to piece to catch up.  I’m still happy with the progress on this last minute addition to my ‘to do list’.


 

OTHER!


My Madison Modern Quilt Guild had a June Lotto Block Challenge and I made three blocks in three different color ways!

June Lotto Block for the Madison Modern Quilt GuildJune Lotto Block for the Madison Modern Quilt GuildJune Lotto Block for the Madison Modern Quilt Guild JuneBlockLottoMMQG Here are what all the blocks look like next to each other!  I didn’t win them but I can’t wait to see this quilt finished!  What fun!  I also can’t wait to see what block we’ll be making in July!

We had another challenge – to make a name tag.  You know I can't say no to a challenge.  The night before the meeting I finally whipped up my name tag…

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It was nothing too exciting. I used a fun spool of thread fabric as my background.  Went into my scraps of fabric that already had fusing on them and cut out strips to make my name and then added a little big of shiny embellishment to the edges.  Of course – I finished all this and then something came up at the last minute and I didn’t get to the meeting.  Luckily a friend at least brought my blocks so they’d get to the lotto winner.  Hopefully I’ll get there next month to show off my name tag.

 

How did you do on your June goals?  Don’t forget to link up HERE.  Today’s the last day to do so!

 

Oh – and it’s Sunday so we need a Haiku

 

Driving in the car

Having fun with the kiddos

playground, swim and dance

15 minutes

that is all you need.  Just 15 minutes a day and you can create things you never imagined.  This was what Victoria Findlay Wolfe taught us at her workshop ‘15 Minutes of Play’ that was held at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee yesterday.  I was super lucky that my friend Trisha told me about it and I was able to sign up before the class filled.


The day started with a fun little ‘trunk show’ of some of Victoria’s quilts (yes…we’re on a first name basis already.)  One of the many quilts that stuck out to me was Victoria’s Quilt titled ‘The Bird, Pierre’.  I just love the composition of this piece – the mix of tradition and modern…just wonderful!  Throughout the trunk show she showed us examples on how her work developed through just 15 minutes of play each day.  I’m going to delve any deeper than that on her technique other than you simply MUST give it a try.  It’s easy to do – you can get an autographed copy of her book ‘15 Minutes of Play’.  This book teaches you how to ‘make fabric’, it gives you challenges to inspire you, shows off 70 amazing quilts, and gives you ways to make this more modern technique work in traditional block fashion.


I decided to make ‘heart’ blocks with my made fabric.  I have a special project planned for these hearts that I’ll be sure to share with you as I finish them up!


Here’s Trish with one of her made fabric blocks.

 You know a lot of good work is getting done when your quilt space looks like this!

Yes.  I was super cool and brought my own ball chair to sit on for the day…I LOVE IT!

Victoria was great at giving folks advice, direction or different ways to think about how to look at their made fabrics and what they can do with them.

A wonderful pile of Victoria’s quilts!

Cheryl sat across from me and didn’t even realize how cool her pieces were turning out until they were up on the wall!  I can’t wait to see what she ends up!

Here’s Kristin G, a fellow Madison Modern Quilt Guild-er, making her own fabric and really enjoying herself doing so!



Victoria playing with our made fabric blocks on the design wall.

You can see more pictures that Victoria took by checking out her blog post HERE.

victoriaVictoria’s daughter won her a Minion to take along on her travels like ‘Flat Stanley’ with pictures.  Trish, me and Victoria are photo-ed above with him.  victoria minionsI showed my girls the minion photo so they had to bring her ‘Stuart’ to be a friend to the big minion.  Our family LOVES Despicable Me and we CANNOT WAIT for Despicable Me 2 to come out on July 3rd

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You can’t really see him but Pip is holding the Stuart Minion in this photo.

8 years

I haven’t looked at pictures from our wedding in quite awhile.  I’ve been looking them over and reminiscing all morning long and it just reminded me of how truly wonderful that day was.  Our wedding day was the best day of my life.  It was a hot day but it was June 25th..what else could we expect?  Looking at the pictures reminds me too of how much has happened in the last 8 years…we built a house, had three beautiful girls, moved the orchard…lost Jared’s grandpa and my grandma…  It’s crazy to think how things can change in just 8 years.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the bond Jared and I have…it’s still as strong as ever.  It’s hard for me to believe that after all this time…8 years married, 11 years together…I still want to spend as much time as possible with one man.  He is an incredible husband that can handle me…which trust me…is quite a feat.  Watching him with our three girls makes my heart melt…he’s such an amazing father.

Here are just a few of my favorite photo’s from that day (in no particular order)…there are just so many to choose from!

100_0434Yes – instead of a limo we had horses pulling a wagon!  It was fabulous!KF 0191 - Copy100_0445Thousands of bubbles awaited us at my in-law’s farm between the ceremony and the reception.  We had to have a really early ceremony and most of the guests were from out of town so we served beer and appetizers at my in-laws farm before heading to the reception.  It was definitely a hit.100_0448My beautiful sister-in-law, Karma.HPIM0565First dance.  We only had professional photographer’s for the wedding and a bit longer after that.  All our reception pictures were taken by friends with digitals or using the disposable ones we put out on the table.KF 0070My gorgeous bridesmaids!KF 0092I just LOVED my cascading bouquet!  It was so beautiful – it did weigh a TON though!KF 0102Jared’s groomsmen and our ushers.KF 0187 - CopyBoth of my Grandma Grace’s.KF 0193I love this picture of me hugging my godfather – Uncle Tom.KF 0198Jared was miraculously totally relaxed before the ceremony.KF 0212My mom and brother.P6250083KF 0218 - CopyJared and his parents!KF 0250My dad walked me down the aisle. KF 0324 - CopyKF 0385KF 0493 - CopyKF 0080Natalie, my maid of honor.KF 0500 - CopyKF 0526KF 0578I just love this picture – I truly think we were caught off guard for it too.KF 0580 - CopyGrandpa was so proud of this tractor!  He cleaned it up all nice for us for pictures.KF 0596 - CopyP6250058

Two of my crazy bridesmaids.P62n50006-001P625000n4Grandpa was really excited to ride with us on the wagon ride from my in-law’s to the reception…he was so cute!  When we stopped at a bar he made sure to help all the ladies down the steps.P6250022The three Frank’s all together.  Love this picture of ‘Frank’ Jared and his dad and grandpa.P6250123

It was truly… a perfect day.
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