Sunday, January 8, 2017

Eight Shoo flys

  My first project of the year and the first project of season 8 of Project Quilt.  The theme was the number 8.  Well it just so happened I pinned this photo of a quilt I was going to make a change up on Pinterest.  And I knew the Shoo Fly block had 8 sides.  So I decided to do eight giant Shoo Fly blocks.    I already had fabric picked out for it.  And it just happened to be one of the my goals for the year!

     Night one after work I measured and came up with a plan that added another two 8's to my quilt.  I decided to make only 8 blocks using 8 inch squares with the center block empty.  So the ironing and cutting began and I had the quilt and binding cut out! 

     Night two I barely had any time but got the half square triangle blocks marked, sewed and cut out.  Then on to working long hours for the next few days.

    After working most of the night Friday and sleeping late on Saturday,  I had my head set on Sewing all day long!!!  And that I did,  with the exception of a little cleaning, homework and laundry.  I sewed the day away.  I managed to get the top done, sandwiched and partially quilted.

    I managed to use a product new to me, blue Ponce.  I have been buying stencils for a little over a year and used the white one on one small project.  81 blocks later I think I finally got the hang of it.  It's not done very neatly,  as I was in a hurry,  but it's quilted.  I do think for the future,  I know that using stencils takes time,  but does help with free motion quilting. Ponce,  does take some work to get use too,  and shows up great. 

     I diminished the binding just in time to post,  but then had a blog nightmare that I am still fighting.  That's another story for another day.  This quilt finishes at 74x74.

     This quilt will be a gift to match one I made my best friend.  This will be for her daughter!!   I hope she enjoys it and cherishes it for years. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Goals

     I got of track the last few years and did not even do a goal list last year.  This year I decided I would put most of my unfinished or desired projects on my list of Goals.   My goal is to at least finish one project a month.  My other goal is to not have any unfinished projects next January 1st, unless they are a long term project.   So here's my list-

Brads Wedding Quilt

Confederate Flag Quilt

Sawyer valance

Wendy Mcmanus Quilt

Bob Hammond quilt

Wade's grandaddy Quilt

Bill Retirement Quilt

Nancy McNally block of month Challenge

Mazie Quilt

Scrappy crown of thorns quilt

Stained glass window Quilt

Fox Quilt

Laundry room curtains

Camo strip Quilt

Daddies row by row Quilt

2017 row by row Quilt

Diamond scrap quilt

Jared Quilt

Us map Quilt

Christmas scrap Quilt

Triangle Christmas scrap Quilt

Urban scrap Quilt

Fox Quilt

Brick cottage Rainbow Quilt

Unpaper towels

Einmo retreat Quilt

Pirate Quilt

Back porch coffee table

Back porch grill table

Propane shutters

Sewing room island

Closet buffet

Door potting stand

     Project Quilt starts today.  There will be 6 Challenges to finish,  maybe I can knock a few of theses goals off my list while doing it!  Project Quilt is such a motivation for me to get the year started.  Lets see how I will do with a new sewing room this year