WiP - HSTs

Oh, man, do I ever hate HSTs, and somehow, I ended up with a lot of them this week. There's dog ears scattered all around my cutting table. But also some cute stuff, so I guess it's worth it?

Like these, my weekly churn dashes that I should really be calling month churn dashes now. This month is light blue, and I already have plenty of blue, so I dove into my "floral-too-large-to-fit-one-color" box. Made an extra for last month {it's brownish!} I'll probably do December and the four remaining blocks to finish off my layout from this box...there's lots of choices!

{I hope my #makeadalekmakeafriend swap pattern isn't allergic to cats...}

And these - ooh, I like these. I made them with Debbie's Big Batch HST method, and in no time flat, I had 54 HSTs to trim up. Sigh. I'm trimming between chores, so it's not as painful. Scoop the cat box - trim five HSTs - change the diaper - trim five HSTs - mumble about potty training the entire house - trim five HSTs.

I cut the rest of Taffy and started chain piecing even more HSTs. Sigh.

And I finished Summer Drinks, which was luckily just binding and not all those HSTs.

I also quilted a couple tops and worked on another pattern for Jennie, but you'll just have to pretend there's pictures of that. I'll get around to it. After my nap. Man, I hate time changes. Can't we all just agree to stick with Standard this year?

Linked: BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

October - the Pattern Month

I think the biggest thing about October was the pattern testing! Oh, wait, I ran two half marathons. I suppose that was big, too. Last one for the fall season is Vegas, and I'm so looking forward to the drinking running.

But yeah, this month, I tested and brutally edited Jennie's patterns. Make It Do is already out, and the next three will be released every Friday in November, with a big finish right before Thanksgiving!

Taffy will have to count as my NewFO, because I'm way too lazy to go downstairs it's way too dreary to take a picture of Something New.

So that's what I've been piecing for the last couple of weeks, in addition to...

Ripples and Reflections Part 6 {and I still can't lay it out and get any idea on the quilt! Soon!}

And three out of four churn dashes. I don't have enough brown scraps, and I don't feel inclined to go buy a color I don't like or use anyway. I'll be digging into my "floral too large to count as any one color" bin to finish these off, I think.

And I finished the top for my Instagram mini-swap. Now I need a quilting plan. Like, soon!

I finished Gigi's Memory Quilt. Which reminds me, I need to stitch the label on before my MIL takes it east!

And I finished my Spin Cycle. It's perfect. I know. You're jealous.

And lastly, Summer Drinks!

So a pretty successful month - some new starts, the utter joy of wielding a red pen, and a nice set of finishes. November should be pretty similar, with pattern releases, a bunch of quilts that just need some binding, and another mini-swap quilt to work on. Oh, and a commission t-shirt quilt coming in!

My goal for November could be a lot of things {ahem, mini-swap deadlines} but I'll narrow it down to my nephew's baby quilt. Shower is before Thanksgiving, quilting is done, and the binding is already prepped!

And now I feel kind of bad that this post has no pictures of CC, so I'll leave you with my kids, at least. The Dude was Steve from Minecraft, which required nothing but a big head. {I learned from last year.} And the Little Man was Tigger, fourth generation - my mother made the costume for the Dude, and it has now been worn by all the grandkids around age 2-3.

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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 - Pieced Borders

So, a quilty question. What do you call borders that extend the main quilt top design? I mean, they're not just borders, or pieced borders. They're different. And I worked on two of them this week.

Tennessee Waltz - finishing out the points from the snowball blocks. TW will probably get another border in the grey.

Summer Drinks - finishing out the quarter square triangles. I think I'm done here. At least, I'm out of fabric!

I also finished a t-shirt quilt.


And quilted a second one.

...but both are just sneak peeks until they have been received!


And did my Weekly Churn Dash. This is one of my mother's old scraps.


And popped the binding on Mom's Halloween striped table runners so I had something to hand stitch while we drove around the Seattle area.


You know, where I ran a half marathon. Not even close to my best time {but also not my worst.} Considering my longest training run recently was...Portland's half marathon. A month ago.

And the boys played in the snow pack in front of Mount Rainier. It's not as dirty as it looks!


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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.