Friday, April 4, 2014

Quarterly Quilty Resolution Check

To make sure I keep on track with my Quilty New Year's Resolutions, I thought I would do a quarterly status check on them!

#1 Package up finished quilts

Nope -- still need to work on this one!

#2 Use up fabric in my fabric drawers to make room for new fabric!

Although I've been really busy with custom orders this quarter, several of them have helped me use up fabric in the drawers! So, I will consider myself on track with this goal.

#3 Spend at least five minutes daily keeping up with my Etsy tax Excel spreadsheets

Although I haven't really set aside a few minutes a day for this, I have managed to get a lot of entries done for 2014. If I concentrate on it this month, I should be able to get all caught up!

#4 Continue to blog regularly, and do a blog makeover

January and February were good blogging months, but March was not! I did take some time in Janaury to clean up the right side of my blog page, so that was a good start to the blog makeover. This quarter, I'd like to go back through some earlier posts and add labels.

# 5 Make at least one donation quilt each quarter

Yay -- I did accomplish this goal! My students and I created this quilt, which was raffled off to benefit a local hospice organization:

#6 Use up scraps in the pink Rubbermaid tote!

I did make a bunch of snowball blocks in the early part of the quarter using scraps from the Rubbermaid tote, but ended up setting them aside to work on the donation quilt above (which technically used up fabric drawer fabric!). I plan to resume working on the original snowball quilt so I can donate it to my guild by June.

#7 Write at least one new pattern each quarter.

I'm on track with this goal, too! I finished my pattern Pinwheel Party in February...

... and I just completed my tenth pattern this week! It is called "Picture Perfect", and it is available on both my Etsy and Craftsy sites. I'll blog more about it in the next day or so!

All in all, I'm doing okay on the resolutions, and I think I have a good idea of what to focus on this quarter. I'll touch base on them again at the beginning of July!

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Finishes!

Here is this month's collage of finished quilts!
I enjoy looking back to see everything I accomplished each month! Most of these finishes are custom orders, but I am almost caught up -- finally!

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Little Furry Help

The other day, I laid out some blocks for a custom order. I wasn't sure I liked the arrangement and mix of colors. Apparently, someone else didn't like the arrangement either.

Much better!

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another Custom Order!

Here is another March finish to add to the list:

My customer had purchased some Birch organic fabrics, including a faux patchwork panel, and she wanted them made into a quilt. I was a little nervous about cutting up the patchwork panel and piecing it into the quilt since the printed squares don't allow for seam allowances, but I was able to make it work.

It turns out the printed squares are slightly wider than they are long -- I think I ended up cutting blocks that were 8 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, but it still worked! We chose a teal border to frame the center, and a cuddly minky backing.

I have to say, I do really like the way this turned out, so I may have to play around with the concept more in a future quilt!

 

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here Fishy Fishy

It's no secret that I love tumbler quilts, so when I had some leftover fabric from a custom quilt that used the Here Fishy Fishy fabric collection by Heather Mulder Peterson, it didn't take me long to whip out the Accuquilt and cut out a set of tumblers!

I love the combination of colors in this collection!

I also made use of some scraps on the back. I thought it tied it nicely with the front, and it left me with no scraps to store!

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hometown Stars

Another favorite finish from the past month was this Hometown Stars quilt. Although this fabric collection is extremely hard to find in precuts, I've managed to hoard a bit of it so I can make at least a couple more of these for the shop.

In fact, I've hoarded so much Sweetwater fabric that I think it's time to make a quilt combining several of their collections! I have some ideas floating around in my head, and I'm looking forward to playing with them!

 

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Finish

As promised, I'm spending this week catching up on some recent finishes. This next one is a remake of a quilt I designed last year for a colleague. I used a Riley Blake collection by Bo Bunny called "On The Go". To make the appliqué airplane and cloud patterns, I used a photocopier to enlarge images from the airplane border fabric.

One of my favorite parts is the striped binding. I love a striped binding! Unfortunately, I only got one decent photo of the quilt before it was sent off -- wish I had more close ups of the center to share!