Monday, April 7, 2014

April goal

I didn't finish my March goal, though I did get much further along on it.  So, to help me not set it aside, I am going to make finishing my Quilty Fun quilt top my goal for April.  I still have several blocks to make, I am going to redo the bee block in a smaller version I like better and then put it altogether.   Linking to A lovely year of finishes.

Second Quarter to do list: Finish Along 2014

While I moved several of my projects further along, I was only able to get one completed. And then I forgot to link it up to the finish party! Oh well, here's to a better second quarter.  I am not adding anything to my list this time.  One goal is to take a machine quilting class so that I can get some of these tops finished up.  Here's to some finishes during the next three months! Linking to Finish along at The littlest Thistle.


1.  These have been cut since I first discovered the Scrappy Trip Along craze on Flickr--back in January 2013!  These strips have been moved from the chair in my craft room to the guest room, back to the craft room when guests arrived and now, I want to actually work on it! I actually got to put two blocks together this past quarter! I love it!  UPDATE:  This strips have now been dumped off the board I store them on, twice! LOL DH refuses to move them for me.  I have gotten two more blocks completed, for a total of four! 

2.  A lap quilt from a pattern titled Three Bean Salad by Miss Rosie.  I loved the colors of the sample so much, I decided to replicate them!  This is partially pieced, one I usually take to the guild sewins.  UPDATE: I have all of the blocks pieced. I laid them out on the floor to see how it would look.

3. A quilt top made during Pleasant Home's Sew Scraps Along 2012. The top is actually all pieced, I just love this picture, so I need to quilt and bind it.

4.  A quilt top started during Thought and Found's Oh my stars BOM last year. I only have about eight of the fifteen LARGE stars completed.

5. I hand pieced this sampler over 17 years ago. It was a class I took to occupy my time while my husband (then boyfriend) went away to college. It needs to be quilted and bound.

6. I actually bought this top at an auction my guild held.  However, I want to do some redwork in the open blocks and then quilt and bind.

7.  I finished this top in February. Now it needs to be quilted and bound.

8. Star Surround QAL.  I am not happy with the yellow fabric for the surround. It was so much brighter when it was folded up! I also mixed up where I placed those color corner pieces. So, I kind of set this aside.

9.  Another QAL that I started but then fell behind.  I don't want all of these projects to just start piling up.

10. This is one of the first quilts I ever started, over nine years ago!  I have most of the blocks together, I just need to sew them together and piece the border. This one is a wall hanging. I kind of have put off finishing it because I wasn't crazy about the fabrics anymore, but it is starting to grow on me again.

11. Penny Patch QAL---this QAL has quilted along without me! LOL I was doing well until the piecing part, then life got busy and my temporary design wall had to come down so I could get inside the closet that holds the wrapping paper! LOL So, I will need to lay this one out again and finish it.

12. Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery. I started pressing and cutting for this one. However, I don't have enough scraps to work from, so I am going scrappy using fat quarters. With at least 10-20 different fats in each color--that is A LOT of pressing before I can even play! LOL Slowly working away at it.

13. I have had these fabrics set aside for a Swoon quilt for at least a year now. I would love to get it made this year!

14.  The Fat Quarter Shop 2012 BOM.  Obviously, I never even started this one. Now, the 2013 BOM is starting to pile up as well. I really want to get to work on this one!

15. The 2013 Fat Quarter Shop BOM is starting to pile up as well. REALLY want to get started on this one too!

16.  I received this quilt kit two Christmases ago.  It is my first hand applique project and it is taking me forever! I can't wait to finish it and hang it in my craft room.

17.  I received this quilt kit several years ago. This is the first Flea Market Fancy collection along with the Tag Sale pattern. I would love to get this one completed for our bed---before we change the colors in the bedroom! When I received this kit, I really wanted to make it exactly as pictured--I have notes trying to keep track of where each fabric was used. Now, I don't think I need to be that neurotic about it! LOL I actually think I am going to use it as a leader and ender project while I work on another quilt.

18. Yet another quilt kit I received for a birthday present several years ago. I still love the colors and can't wait to get this one finished! UPDATE:  This quilt is all cut out and I have begun piecing it.

19. This is a quilt along that I started--seven weeks after it began! I was hoping to get the book for Christmas--which I did! So, I am trying to catch up and keep up at the same time.  

20-21. I hope to make a couple of these quilts from all of the flannel scraps left from the rag quilts I have made in the past.  I am hoping for at least one pastel and one bright one. But, I am just in the process of cutting the scraps, so I don't know what will end up working. 

22.  Another flannel rag quilt to have ready for a friend.

23.  A flannel rag quilt to have in case of emergency gift! LOL

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March goal

This month I hope to catch up and get all of the blocks together for the Quilty Fun QAL.  I started seven weeks behind and have been trying to catch up ever since.  The final step for finishing the quilt won't be released until March 31st. So, my goal is to catch up and be current in the blocks.

I am linking to A lovely year of finishes.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Two for two: Second goal reached!

Yea! I reached my goal for the second month in a row!  I had planned to finish this rag quilt.  Thanks to a one day quilt retreat and a little time at a quilt sewin-I was able to get this one completed.  It was actually done earlier in the month, but I kept forgetting to take a picture.  Now I have one male and one female rag quilt ready--just waiting for babies to give them to! Linking to A lovely year of finishes and 2014 Finish Along.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February goal

I am currently working on several quilt alongs and block of the month quilts--so none of those will be completed in February.  I have been trying to work on my shabby scrappy trip around the world--but can't seem to get the scant 1/4" figured out on my travel machine.  Sooo, I have decided a feasible goal is to get this rag quilt completed.  The fabrics cut so far are the main fabrics, I am adding several blenders in red, green, yellow and blue.  A lovely year of finishes

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So far, so good: January goal met!

I finally finished this quilt top! I didn't think it was going to ever be finished.  All I had left to do was stitch the blocks together and add the borders. Well-who knew how difficult that would prove to be! First I stitched some blocks in the wrong order. Then I got the rows together and noticed that the one seam was close to fraying--so I had to rip out and redo that section. However, now it is complete. I only have to baste and quilt it. LOL Still learning to machine quilt, so that will be down the road.

I am happy I completed my first goal of the year!  Still shooting for one every month.  Linking up to A lovely year of finishes. The picture isn't the best--it has been too cold out to take the camera outside for pictures.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

DAGMT 2014

Beth from EvaPaige designs hosts an annual challenge to Drop and Give me twenty (DAGMT). The title says it all, you have to pledge to sew at least twenty minutes everyday in February. (Thank goodness it is the shortest month! LOL) I participated last year and it was a lot of fun! Of course Beth finished like, a million projects! Me? Not so much! But I did get a little further on some projects.  To participate, you need to pledge to the program. Here is my pledge:

I, Kimberly Rennie, lover of starting new projects and not finishing the others I started (unless there is a deadline for a gift),  am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes--though hope it will be more--so call before coming over because the house won't be clean every day of the month of February, 2014. In doing so I hope to clear out the guest room and make room for more purchases from Lancaster in March and  of course I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join.

So are you going to join us?