February 6, 2017

First Week of February!

It's funny how putting these weekly updates up on the blog really makes me feel better about my accomplishments each week.  The first week of February (!!) has come and gone and I had a migraine for 4 days of that, struggling to get to the sewing room and I was feeling pretty low about not getting as much done as I wanted to.  But this morning I take pics of everything I did and feel much better!  I got WAY more done than I thought.

Let's start with the blocks for the 365 Quilt Challenge.  I love that all of these blocks so far have been out of my scrap bin.

A Quilting Chick - 365 Quilt Challenge

A few of those were pretty detailed and took a lot of time but there were several easy ones that helped a lot.

Next up is last week's block for the Adventurously Epic Sampler.  Thankfully, this one was before my migraine started.  These blocks are so pretty!!

A Quilting Chick - Adventurously Epic Sampler

As it was the beginning of a new month, a lot of monthly blocks came out.  Like this month's block for the Children's Library Mystery.

A Quilting Chick - Children's Library Mystery

I'm loving the fabrics in that one.  Too bad it'll take a whole year to get it finished.  I also did the bee blocks for my Sew Sweet Bee sister, A Quilting Sheep, her design called Friendship Love.

A Quilting Chick - Sew Sweet Bee 2017

I make one block to send and one to keep for a Bee Yearbook Quilt at the end of the year.  I love that block.  So cute and simple!  I also went ahead and tested the one I think I'm choosing for my month in March.  It's called First Kiss by Podunk Pretties.

A Quilting Chick - First Kiss

Isn't it sweet?!?  I love her designs so much and can't wait to play with these blocks more.  Also before the migraine hit, thankfully, the first block for the new Release the Kraken BOM by Quarter Inch of Quirk came out.  I fell in love with the design and couldn't resist joining in.

A Quilting Chick - Release the Kraken

Can you say "OMG!!"?  I was squealing when I finished these pretties.  I've been saving a fat quarter stack of Horizon by Kate Spain and this is the perfect project for it.  Love!!!

I also got the first month's blocks in the mail for Fig Tree's new mystery, Nantucket Seaside.  Here are the blocks so far...

A Quilting Chick - Nantucket Seaside
A Quilting Chick - Nantucket Seaside
A Quilting Chick - Nantucket Seaside

I love the fabrics in this and can't wait to add some Coney Island to the mix.  Love!!!

Next up are the blocks for this week's 52 Week's with the Quilter's Planner, hosted by Gnome Angel.  The block on the left is the block for the week, the block on the right is leftover from Project 48 and being framed to go with this quilt.

A Quilting Chick - Quilter's Planner

That finished up the blocks for this week.  I also put the blocks together for another NICU quilt.  This is another one using the Framed pattern in Simply Retro.

A Quilting Chick - Framed

And lastly, I put together my bee blocks from last year.  I asked for the Star Surround block by Happy Quilting.

A Quilting Chick - Star Surround

So, as you can see, I wasn't as "unproductive" as I felt!!  :)

Linking up with Oh Scrap!, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag, Show & Tell Monday with Bambi, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  With Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday and with The Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.  With Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, with Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, with Esther's Quilting Blog for WOW, and with Jo's Country Junction for UFO Progress. With Kat and Cat Quilts for Sew Some Love, and NTT at My Quilt Infatuation. and with Ft.Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Friday Fun Day at Quilt Art Designs, Friday Finish at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Busy Hands Quilts for TGI Finished Friday.

January 31, 2017

Another Productive Week

Yes, I had another very productive week last week.  I finished up both of the quilt tops that I was making for Free Spirit.  And I managed to keep up with all of my quilt alongs.  First, the blocks for the 365 Quilt Challenge.

A Quilting Chick - 365 Quilt Challenge

That quilt is going to be simply amazing.  I also did my block for the Adventurously Epic Sampler.  I decided to add the 4-patch cornerstone for the settings and got them added to all the blocks I've made so far.

A Quilting Chick - Adventurously Epic Sampler

Isn't it gorgeous!!  I'm absolutely loving everything about this quilt along.  Saturday, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts released the next blocks for her Have a Jolly Christmas Quilt Along.  I need two of the mitten blocks for my layout.

A Quilting Chick - Have a Jolly Little Christmas

I love, love, love the fabrics and the layout I've decided on.  It'll be almost Christmas before it's done, but oh my!  Love!!

Sunday was the next day for the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner Quilt Along.  This block (on the left) took a while, but was so worth the effort.  The block on the right is from Project 48 and I'm adding a border to make them big enough to go in the same quilt.

A Quilting Chick - 52 Week's with the Quilter's Planner

Along the way, I also got some more blocks finished for the Stargyle Quilt as leaders/enders.

A Quilting Chick - Stargyle Quilt

I decided on the sashing last night and am adding it this week as I make my other projects.  Not bad for one week!  :)

Linking up with Oh Scrap!, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag, Show and Tell Monday with Bambi, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  With Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday and with The Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.  With Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, with Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, and with Jo's Country Junction for UFO Progress. With NTT at My Quilt Infatuation. and with Ft.Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Busy Hands Quilts for TGI Finished Friday.

January 23, 2017

Stargyle Quilt Progress

How was your week?  I spent my week working on a few projects for Westminster/Free Spirit Fabrics, but managed to keep up with my quilt alongs as I went.  The 365 Quilt Challenge blocks have still been pretty simple...

A Quilting Chick - 365-2017-4

I'm going to love that quilt.  Speaking of love....this Adventurously Epic Sampler quilt is going to be fabulous!!  Here's the block from last week...

A Quilting Chick - AES17-3

The silver highlights?!?  I know it's going to take a while to finish (2 years) but I'm already really enjoying it and know this will look fantastic on my bed! :)

Yesterday, I did my block for the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner being hosted by Gnome Angel.  If you're making this block, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  1. The subcut directions for white state 2-1/4" squares and 2-1/2" squares.  But you're subcutting from a 1-1/2" strip so the squares needs to be disregarded.  They'll be rectangles.
  2. Also in the same section, the 1-1/2" x 2-1/4" is wrong.  They should be 1-1/2" x 2".  
  3. Watch your 1/4" seams.  There are, what, 10 seams in a row?  If they are off, even by a little, you'll be having trouble when joining them.
Here's my block:

A Quilting Chick - QP17-4

I really like how it turned out.

And, in between all the rest of my sewing this week, I got another 15 stars put together for the Stargyle Quilt!

A Quilting Chick - Stargyle Quilt

The rest of the blocks are pinned and next to the sewing machine to continue their role as leaders/enders.

Hopefully I'll be able to share my project for Free Spirit soon.  I'm really excited about it. :)

Linking up with Oh Scrap!, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag, Show and Tell Monday with Bambi, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  With Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday and with The Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.  With Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, with Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, with Esther's Quilting Blog for WOW, and with Jo's Country Junction for UFO Progress. With NTT at My Quilt Infatuation. and with Ft.Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Busy Hands Quilts for TGI Finished Friday.

January 16, 2017

Two UFO's Finished!

That's right!  I finished up two UFO's over the last week!  The weather hasn't been cooperating this weekend though so the good pics will have to wait, but here's a sneak peek.  First, I met my January goal and finished up the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt, designed and hosted by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

A Quilting Chick - Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL

I'm so excited about it!  I cannot wait to get it quilted and use it next Christmas!  Then I went back to my UFO stack and found I was very close to finishing up this baby quilt that is destined for the NICU babies at the local hospital.  The pattern is "Framed" and is by Camille Roskelley in her book, Simply Retro.

A Quilting Chick - Framed

I have two more of those cut out and ready to whip together.  They'll be next in the UFO stack to finish up.

I also stayed up to date on my quilt alongs (thank goodness!).  First, this year's 365 Quilt Challenge.

A Quilting Chick - 365 Quilt Challenge

I love this umbrella block.  It's for my Adventurously Epic Sampler.  This pic captures some of the silver in the fabrics! :)

A Quilting Chick - Adventurously Epic Sampler

I have four more blocks done for the Stargyle quilt which is working as my leaders/enders project.

A Quilting Chick - Stargyle Quilt

Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts, started a new quilt along, Have a Jolly Little Christmas.  The first block was released Saturday.  I got into EQ7 and made a plan then made up these blocks.

A Quilting Chick - Have a Jolly Little Christmas

And lastly, yesterday's block for the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner hosted by Gnome Angel.  This block was designed by Cassandra Beaver and to be quite honest, I was dreading it.  But the instructions were well written so it went together relatively easily.  Here's the Sand Dollar Star.

A Quilting Chick - 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner
Yup!  It was another very busy week.  This week, I have some sewing to do for Free Spirit (yay!) but I'm going to try to keep up with the quilt alongs.  Wish me luck!

Linking up with Oh Scrap!, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag, Show & Tell Monday with Bambi, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  With Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday and with The Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.  With Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, with Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, with Esther's Quilting Blog for WOW, and with Jo's Country Junction for UFO Progress. With Kat and Cat Quilts for Sew Some Love, and NTT at My Quilt Infatuation. and with Ft.Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Busy Hands Quilts for TGI Finished Friday.

January 9, 2017

New Year Week 2

I cannot believe we are already through the first full week of the new year!  Did you make progress on your goals?  I sure did.  I got so so much done this week.  Let me show you.

First, I got all of my blocks done for the 365 Block Challenge.


I also found a new quilt along (as if I needed another one).  This is a new paper pieced block of the week called the Adventurously Epic Sampler.  Here's the first block:


During all of this sewing, I managed to finish these blocks for the Stargyle Quilt, designed and hosted by Brenda at Just a Bit Frayed.  It's been relegated to my leader/ender project.


I also got my Sew Sweet Bee block done.  I decided to make two of each one and keep one for myself to make a Bee Yearbook quilt.  This is the Rolling Stone block from Fat Quarter Shop.


Pat Sloan is running a new mystery for 2017, the Children's Library Mystery.  This is the first block.  I've decided to use a fat quarter pack of the Mini Fun Fair by Melly and Me for Ella Blue Fabrics.


Next up is this week's block for the 52 Week's with the Quilter's Planner 2017 hosted by Gnome Angel.  This block is Doves in the Daylight by Michelle Bartholomew.  The block on the right is a block from the Project 48 with the borders added to fit this new quilt.


I ALSO (told you I got a lot done) finished up ALL of the blocks for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt that was designed and hosted by Sew Fresh Quilts.  I got the sashing put on all of the blocks that I finished this week.  I am seriously gonna love this quilt!


And last, but certainly not least, I made the test blocks for my new pattern, Over the Rainbow.  I love this so very much!  I used the new fabric Nordic Stitches by Northern Quilts for Moda.


This week, I hope to keep up on my quilt alongs, get the top done for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and to get the first step done for the rest of the blocks for the Over the Rainbow quilt.  What about you?

Today I'll be linking up with Show & Tell Monday at Bambi's, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Oh Scrap!Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag, and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt. With Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday and Quilting Room w/Mel for Fiber Tuesday.  With Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, and with Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.  With NTT at My Quilt Infatuation.  And with Fabric Frenzy at Ft. Worth Fabric Studio, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop  at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and with Finished or Not Friday with Busy Hands Quilts.

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Hi all!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  Mine was full of family and spending time with my kids.  And....preparing for the new year.  I have a lot of plans and a lot of goals and I'm hoping that y'all will help me stay accountable!

First off, I'm doing the 365 Block Challenge again in 2017.  I started it last year but when I got really sick last summer I fell very behind.  This year, I'm making another colorway, this one for my brother, and when I get to the point that I stopped last year, I'll be making 2 a day.  Here are the blocks thus far...

A Quilting Chick - 365 Block Challenge 2017 - Week 1

My sister has come back to quilting and is doing the 365 Challenge too.  It'll be fun to watch her version come along.

I've also decided to do the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner being hosted by Gnome Angel.  Really praying the first block isn't a sign of what is to come because it was a booger.

A Quilting Chick - QP2017-1

I knew that I wouldn't get back to the Project 48 quilt so I'm joining the blocks I made for it with the ones from this challenge.  I'll just add a border to each block to increase it's size.  The one on the left is the new challenge block and the one on the right had the border added.

My first goal for January is to finish up the top for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL that was designed and hosted by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  I make one block that she designed then follow it up with one block using random Christmas fabric in the center.

A Quilting Chick - Ugly Christmas Sweaters

I only have 8 more blocks to go so this should be an easy one to finish up.

My last goal for January is to write up the pattern for my newest quilt, "Chris Cross Applesauce."  I made it for an Instagram challenge and can't wait to share it with you!

What are you working on for the new year?  Any special goals?  I'd love to hear.  This week, I'm linking up with:  Show and Tell Monday with Bambi, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at What a Hoot Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, and Val's Quilting Studio for Tuesday Archives. Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, and WOW at Esther's Quilting Blog.