WiP - Alaska

  Whew, it's been a while, huh? We went to Alaska for vacation - which was amazing! - and then I came back with a nasty head cold. So it's taking a little longer than I expected to get back to real life. I'm determined to do something resembling a catch-up this week, though, so...

Trip highlight: first, that amazing quilt behind him. Denali has artists in residence, and the artwork, including several quilts, were awe-inspiring. This was up at the Eielson Visitor's Center - totally worth the four-hour one-way bus trip.

Second, as the Dude was inducted into the Denali Junior Ranger program - literally, at this very moment - the ground shook. It was a 5.8 earthquake. That's some timing that the Dude will remember for the rest of his life!

And then there was the before-we-left project, a mini quilt for the Dude's teacher. He picked the blocks {math is his favorite subject - can you tell?} and the fabrics. The blocks are only 4", so it's a very small mini at 11x16", but his teacher loved it, especially how much it reflected him.

And then the biggie - I finished Ripples and Reflections! Well, I shouldn't say I did. I ended up paying a friend who actually likes hand-binding {weird} to do the last step. But she is done, and I took her to Alaska for delivery to my mother-in-law, and snapped some photos while the scenery was good. Finish post coming soon!

I also sketched out the next t-shirt quilt and did some hand stitching, neither of which is particularly photographic. And before I left, I finished the quilting on Shivaun Place, made six Superman capes and a baby Thor costume, quilted three baby blankets for my church ministry, and finished all the squadron receiving blankets. Whew. I really needed a vacation!

And now we need to get into the swing of summer vacation - hopefully with less coughing!

See also: Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun Than HouseworkBoMs Away at What a Hoot.

June - The Roller Coaster Month

June has been an interesting month - lots of ups and downs.

My husband was supposed to go on a short trip, but ended up shredding an engine and being stuck in Guam for nearly two weeks. {He had three other engines to land with. Clearly this was not an emergency. I like denial.}

Since this was a mere 20 days after getting home with the Little Man, I was going slightly insane by mid-month. Not to mention, no "babysitter" = no long arm rental time = delay in finishing a customer quilt.

But woo - the up! A customer quilt!


A running t-shirt quilt - and I think I did a fabulous job. ;) {My AYOLF goal.}

I also ventured cautiously into the world of branding and hired a designer to do my logo. I'm slowly working toward understanding my Facebook page and blog as a business. Don't worry - it'll take all summer.


I also finished a t-shirt quilt for Lori - just a sneak peek, full post will be Friday. With professional photographs! {Because I mailed it to her.}


Worked on a Tennessee Waltz for my aunt - the first border, an "extension" border is done. {My NewFO.}

Kept steadily cutting Ripples and Reflections. O.M.G. So much cutting! I thought I would cheat and just cut step 1, but so many of the steps overlap pieces. I need one Fabric 4, Piece B, for Step 1, then four more in Step 6, and the last three in Step 10 - or something like that. So I need to cut everything...and I really don't know how to organize it.


Put extension borders on Summer Drinks. I wasn't sure on this, but I think it's the perfect way to finish it off.


Finished the star blocks for Cardinal Charms and started piecing the rest of the quilt. I laid it out and thought about making more star blocks {six seems paltry} but I really like the 10x12 layout. So I'm sticking with it.

{And yes, the colors will be spread out. Just threw them on the design wall/floor to check layout numbers.}

Since we're halfway, here's six months of Churn Dashes. Not too many darker ones, but this month is red, so there will be some darker tones added. Overall I'm really happy with these!

Oh, and I made a skirt! A very simple maxi skirt, but I followed instructions. And my fabric wasn't stretchy in the same direction as the instructions. So my waistband had no stretch...plus I measured after eating pasta, so everything was just a little off. ;) I ended up sewing a casing, picking out the side seam, and putting in elastic. Little extra work but it fits fine now! And the foldover waist hides the extra stitching.


There was also school finishing and national park visiting and half marathon running and lion feeding and inappropriate dam joking. You know, summer stuff.

Linked:
BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Scrap Basket Sunday @ Kim's Big Quilting Adventure
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric
A Year of Lovely Finishes
Fresh Sewing Day @ Lily's Quilts
NewFO @ Cat Patches

Weekly Progress - Relentless Forward Motion

Another week, another husband no-show. Good for top finishing...not so much for the quilting. Which is a teensy bit frustrating since I have customer quilts...another downside to renting long arm time.

But, he should be back soon, so hopefully I'll be making tops into quilts this week! Until then, I'm just trying to see how many tops I can finish before he gets back. ;)

My aunt's Tennessee Waltz is done to borders. I love this pattern so much. Even though I had to fix one block twice.


Weekly Churn Dash - not sure what this was...Riley Blake maybe? Anyway, it's cute and it was in my Rainbow Chevrons.


Backings prepped for the t-shirt quilts. I did a great job matching the chevrons...and didn't even attempt to match the floral.


Since I was ahead of schedule, I pulled out Summer Drinks to see what it needed to finish up. I'm extending the HSTs into the border. Not sure if there will be a second border or if I will call it quits after this.

March - Big Events for My Boys Month

I haven't posted in two and a half weeks...gosh, I wonder where I might have been! ;)

If you need a hint, "Eolmana ma?" is how you say "how much for a yard?" at a Korean fabric market. Sort of.

And this is what 15 yards for $45 looks like.


And that other thing we went to Korea for...I think that went well. Honestly, I'm not going to breathe again until we get initial approval. But, we met the Little Man and he flopped right down on the quilt I made for his foster mother and hugged it, so I like him already.

Sewing


Both long-time UFOs, so good to knock those off the list.

Some smaller projects...

...a table runner for a friend...


...a pillowcase for the Dude...

...and a birthday table runner. For my NINE YEAR OLD.

Quilted

Central Park Sudoku / Reverse Hearts - Hearts is now bound but not all the threads are buried. CPS is waiting for binding.


Piecing

Spin Cycle - adding a few blocks every week. By the way, who bet on 2.5 months before Little Miss Fluffy Tail ripped the design wall down?


Bedtime Monkey {my NewFO} - done to the applique. I can't decide if the monkey ought to have shoulders. He looks a bit weird without them.


Striped Tablerunners - I took a class on these at the beginning of the month and whipped together a few more. Only the birthday ones have been quilted so far.

Weekly Churn Dash - quickly polished off the last two {bottom row} this weekend. The darker teal is from Boardwalk, and the other is, of course, my most favorite fabric ever, the Lovely from my Celtic Solstice. {Does it count as a scrap if you're not done with the quilt yet?}

And speaking of Solstice, I didn't do any sewing on it this month. In fact, I unsewed. I decided the pinwheel centers in Block B were too distracting, so I used the 12+ hour plane rides to rip some seams, and the down time in Seoul to sketch out a plan.

And I dug out Toy Story 1 and discovered it was a whole six seams from finished. So now it's a top.

Linked:

2013 - In Review

I'm doing this a little backwards - since 2014 is already up and running. Oh well, here's 2013 anyway!


Not bad, huh? 21 quilt finishes, including five commissioned t-shirt quilts and six commissioned not-t-shirt quilts.

Of course, a lot of these were pieced or partially pieced in years past, and a couple are nothing more than borders on a panel, but a finish is a finish, right?

I also kinda sucked at naming quilts this year. Nine-Patch Snowballs? Really? Okay...


I also had some smaller finishes, and even added that to the blog header. They might be little, but they're something I did, and pillows ought to be celebrated. Especially Minecraft pillows.


Life had some ups and downs. 

My husband came home from a seven-month deployment, we went on a cruise, Lori and I qualified for Half Fanatics and set some personal records.

But my beloved lap cat died, we had a rough move from Oklahoma to Washington State, and our house sale...well, it sold.

In addition, our adoption stalled when Korea halted all international adoptions for about six months. Now that we've finally been submitted to court, it's hard not to be bitter that we would have had him for at least Christmas, if not his second birthday, if it weren't for that stoppage and a couple snags with the move.

Bright spots at the end of the year include my sister's wedding, learning how to long-arm quilt, and for the Dude, CC the kitten. Tycho and I are still not huge fans of the kitten.

So, we're hoping 2014 will be a little better as we finally settle into our home, bring the Little Man home, work through the FIZes, run some races, and convince the kitten to stop acting like a kitten.