February 350 Block Project report

I am a couple of days behind on my 350 Block Project report but at least I made some this month! I don’t know if I said, but I only made 4 blocks last month….starting out way behind the 8-ball on this!

First I put borders and pieced a backing for my Cows for Deb quilt. This photo shows it on my longarm where it is patiently waiting for me to finish the quilting.Cows for Deb

 

I am counting the borders as one block and the pieced back as another for two of my February blocks.

My second inspiration was found when perusing the web, along with an upcoming need for some baby quilts. The Jolly Jabber, The Fat Quarter Shop‘s blog, was featuring one of their free patterns (I didn’t know they had any prior to this post!) and a blog hop with some giveaways along with it. The pattern was Layers of Charm, using a layer cake and a charm pack. It was a lot of fun to look at all the different fabric choices everyone made on the blog hop, and at Samelia’s Mum post, Layers of Charm, I found a very inspirational table runner. It reminded me of a layer cake of 20’s-30’s reproduction fabrics I had bought a number of years ago. Anorina, from Samelia’s Mum, used blue and white triangles to form the diamonds in the quilt. Inspiration! I thought that would be a great little boy quilt, and I could use red and yellow accents in the little girl version!

Here is my little boy version of Layers of Charm – Layers of Charm - boy

I made it 4 by 6 rows instead of the 4 by 4 listed on the actual pattern, that way the quilt was a little larger. This is 6 more blocks for the month. The top is finished, though in this picture it is not yet pieced.

The picture here on my design wall shows 6 bonus pinwheels that came from the Layers of Charm quilt and 11 leader-ender batik 9-patch blocks.

Layers of Charm - boy

 

This gives me 25 blocks for February and a whopping 29 total for the year so far (picture me rolling my eyes at myself on that one!).

Believe it or not, I have some blocks already made for March. I have finished the little girl version of Layers of Charm as well as the bonus pinwheels and some more batik 9-patch leader/enders.

I think from the little bit of inspiration I had to make up a couple of baby quilts, I will end up with four total: the two Layers of Charm quilts, the bonus pinwheel quilt when I put them all together, and a batik 9-patch that I have the PERFECT border fabric for!

You need to grab a cuppa and click on over to Shelly’s Prairie Moon Quilts and check out the phenomenally huge tallies some folks rack up for their monthly block totals – you will see why I am making fun of my block count!

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May 350 Blocks Project Report

Well, I started out with a bang, then life got in the way! All these blocks were finished up the first week of May.Green Bay Blocks

These of course are more 9-patches for the Green Bay Packers quilt – 26 total. These were the last of them and I am quite a ways into the process of sewing them together for borders.

I have a couple of baby quilts to make and I love using Mary’s Strippie Quilt pattern – it is so easy and quick to put together. Here is the first one –

Baby Girl quilt

I am counting this as 6 blocks – each of the pink, brown, floral, and brown sets was sewn together (there are 5 of those) and then there is one left over pink strip to sew on.

As you can see, this one is pink and brown. I have more fabric that is pink and gray and I hope to get that one worked up pretty quick as that baby is already born! I want to quilt both of them at the same time…save a little time and fabric that way.

I have also been working on more blocks, just not finished with them. I am almost finished piecing the units and am actually paper piecing them. You will see why when I am finally post them!

For the month, I completed a total of 32 blocks to give me a year-to-date total of 209 blocks. Not too bad!

Now you just need to skip on over to Shelly’s Prairie Moon Quilts to see how everyone else has done.

 

 

April 350 Blocks Project Report

I barely squeaked by under the wire on this month. I finished 30 9-patch blocks this afternoon to meet my goal for the month. Sure, they are just 9-patch blocks, but I need them for borders for a quilt that will need to be done in June. I still need 24 more for the quilt, but this deadline gave me the incentive to get them started.

9-Patch blocks

 

These 30 blocks bring my total for the year to 177. I am still ahead, but I need to keep plugging along!

Jump on over to Prairie Moon Quilts and see how everyone else has done this month.

March 350 Blocks Project Update

I so can’t believe it is the last day of March! The month has flown by….and I have gotten very little personal quilting stuff done.

I have been spending a lot of time with the 4-H quilting group that I am leading. The girls are learning to make quilts and two of them don’t have a working sewing machine, so they have been coming over once a week to work on their projects. I am going to have to get some photos and post them…they are doing such a wonderful job! Anyway, between that and snow days early in the month and sick kids at the end of the month with Spring Break in between, it just hasn’t been happenin’!

These are the last of the Birds in the Air blocks that I need to make. There are 24 here, and I only needed 23. These were done early in the month. Birds  in the Air blocks

That was all I did. I haven’t touched anything else of my own. At least that makes my total 147 blocks for the first quarter of the 350 Block Project! Still above the goal, but if I’m not careful my head start will be gone before I know it.

Just so you know I haven’t been totally slacking off from quilting for the month, this is a picture of the latest customer quilt I am working on. This is made by Barb M. from my guild.

Barb M's quilt

I wasn’t sure what the name of the pattern was, but I found it in Block Base and it is called Love Chain. This quilt is for Barb’s daughter’s marriage, so very appropriate! I only have the outer pink border and a little of the off white border to finish up. I will be glad to get this off the machine!

And just to show you another little project, Munchie was in a 4-H skit where the club did a take off of the hit  movie “Frozen”. We were tasked with providing “Olaf” and here is what we came up with!

Olaf and Munchie

Well, at least his head anyway…and he keeps losing that in the movie also! Not too bad!

Anyway, Shelly over at Prairie Moon Quilts did so much better on her blocks than I did this month. Skip on over there and see what everyone else accomplished!

February 350 Blocks Project update

Woo hoo, I finally have my computer back! Yay! I just picked it up at noon today and am busy loading all the software I need back onto it. I should have been quilting, but you know how that goes….LOL.

I actually had a pretty good month. I got a lot done early in the month, then was sick and lost almost two whole weeks of quilting-type work, but made up for it early this week when I jumped in and finished more of the Birds in the Air blocks.

This first block is the center block for a lap quilt for some friends who are huge Packer fans. I finished up the main Packer logo in December and had the letters cut out for the words, I just hadn’t put them on the block yet. Now that part is finished and I just need to work up the border. This is a quilt I had worked up in EQ7 and then lost the files when my laptop crashed. Fortunately, I found a printout of the finished EQ project when I was cleaning in my sewing room the other day!

Green Bay

My next project is for a graduation quilt for a nephew.Brett's quilt

I pieced the 13 9-patch blocks and got the whole center of the quilt pieced together. That leaves only the borders and quilting. I don’t know what is up, but I am way early on getting this one done! By the way, I didn’t count the plain alternate blocks in my block count for the month….I figured that would be cheating, but I may wish I had by the end of the year!

I spent Monday and Tuesday working on more Birds in the Air blocks. Monday I was able to finish up 34 blocks.Birds in the Air

Tuesday I finished up 18 more. Birds in the AirIncluding these, I have 257 birds in the air blocks. I need 280 blocks total so have only 23 more to go.

End result with the 66 I made this month, my total for the year is 123 blocks. I know that makes me way ahead of what I need to be, but I am sure this summer I won’t get so many done, plus I will have all the easy blocks pieced and that will leave only hard ones as I finish the year. For instance, some of the Civil War Tribute blocks have 70-80 pieces per block!

If you haven’t already, hop on over to Shelly’s and see what everyone else has accomplished!