Saturday, March 23, 2019

UFO Busting #53

I'm seriously thinking a March redo is in order.  I cannot believe we are already approaching the last week and there is still so much left to do.  As you read this, I am locked in the back room not aloud to come out until my March Island Batik project is quilted, or possibly I'm dealing with some last minute life/adult-ing business that must be handled before the end of the month.  I'm actually hoping it's the first scenario.  What ever the case, I did manage to be slightly productive this week.

I went two sections forward, two blocks back.  Sections 1 and 2 of A Flower Bouquet are complete and the black and white polka dot sashing has been cut.   

However, I have fell behind on the next two blocks.  I have to remind myself to stop stressing about it.  There really is no dead line.  So I will be putting this on hold until I catch up on a few other projects.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

UFO Busting #52

If you were worried I had been abducted by a UFO...worry not.  I am still here on planet Earth surrounded by all my unfinished projects.  The month of March has come in like a lion of distractions and it's time to regroup and get to work.  So many positive things have been buzzing, I just need to figure out how to channel that energy and shoot it like a laser towards my sewing room.  Oh and don't get me started on that hour I lost last weekend.

So my sewing spaces look a little something like this...hit it!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

UFO Busting #51

What's the old saying about March?  In like a lion, out like a lamb.  That's what I'm declaring for my little neck of the woods.  I am ready for some spring, and if that means the end of March will let me have it...I'll take it.  As for my sewing, it's kind of coming in like a lamb, so by the end of the month I should be in full on lion mode!  Here's to pouncing on some finishes!

I've managed to keep some projects moving along this week.  I've start piecing on my April Island Batik challenge project and realize, March's challenge needs be to quilted.  I'm going to have to ground myself.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

UFO Busting #50

UFO Busting just hit the big 50 this weekend.  This is our 50th time partying together and I just don't want it to stop!  I was afraid I would show up this weekend empty handed, but even during the personal life crap happens, you will need to sew.  It's good for the soul.

The only time my machine was turned on was to work on a rep sample for Island Batik using the secret fabrics they sent me.  Unfortunately, I can't show that to you.  But trust me those fabrics are so sexy!  Yup, I used the word sexy.  

My rotary cutter and Go! Cutter on the other hand...the got a work out.  I started the week off by digging through my totes of stashed fabrics, trying to figure out if I had enough stuff that made me happy to participate in Little Bunny Quilt's Daisy Chain Mystery QAL.  The answer was yes, I do.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

UFO Busting #49

This week has been all about finding balance.  Balance juggling old projects and new ones.  Balance in using time for quilting and dealing when there is no time quilting can be done.  The stars aligned and I was able to find a bit of both.

My old--I pulled out a UFO that is on my PhD (projects half done) list and decided it is high time to get it quilted.  Bundle Buster Baby Quilt will be seeing its finish soon.

I'm trying my hand at an all over design and hope that the squarish swirls do this quilt justice.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Island Batik-Magnificent Minis

I'm so excited to show you my first complete challenge for Island Batik.  This month our challenge was to create a miniature quilt no larger than 24" square for the Magnificent Mini Challenge using fabrics provided to us by Island Batik.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

UFO Busting #48

Great news!  The ground hog saw his shadow, so an early Spring is ahead.  I do hope for the little fellows sake, he's right.  We would hate to fire him and hire a new one.  No sleeping for the ground hog equals no sleeping for the Tisha.  This week I managed to sneak in as much sewing time as I could.  I have a long list of things I want to cross off and February is the shortest of them all.

The retreat puppy quilt has been all pieced together.  This makes me so happy.  I can't wait to get it all basted up and headed toward a finish.  I can see me and this pack of puppies enjoying a warm cup of tea and a good book.

Block 6, Garden Inspirations, of Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet QAL found it's way to a finish.

And three more little doll gowns managed to get cut out.  These should sew up super quick.

Most of the other quilting that happened this week fell under the planning category, leaving me with not much to show for it.  Everything in its time.

Now let's take a peak at what all linky dance moves you were up to last week.  Since Valentines Day is right around the corner, let's check out this stunning red and white quilt pieced by Chris at Chris Knits Sews.

This beautiful Feathered Star Quilt lived quite a long time in UFO land but that is 100% okay, because Chris's quilt has come alive as a finish.  She recently had her quilt quilted by a talented friend and man did she add some yummy quilty texture to this baby!  Make sure you hop over to Chris's page and check out all the details on this quilt.  If you aren't hit by Cupid's quilty arrow, I will be shocked.

Now let's see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us all about it.  We want to fall in love with your projects too.

Next week, I will be sharing with you my first completed challenge project as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I can't wait to show you all the fun I packed into this quilt.  It may be mini, but I promise it will be exploding with fun.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

BOM-Day Dreaming of Layouts

Last year's break from blocks of the month must have recharged my quilt along juices.  I am keeping right up with Pat Sloan's Out of this World monthly quilt along and the weekly quilt along A Flower Bouquet.  The first of February brought the second block in the Out of this World QAL, Space Shows.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Island Batik---the Magic Boxes

This is the moment you have been waiting for.  A huge moment.  A box of fabric you have been anticipating for a week arrives and your mind is blown the moment you cut the tape sealing the box.  It's like Christmas, your birthday and any other present receiving holiday all wrapped up into one.  It's the moment your first shipment of fabric from the Island Batik Ambassador program arrives.  All you can do is sit and bask in the glowing light that is all those beautiful hand dyed fabrics.  Wait, what's that noise?  Is that actual angels singing?  You are can't...even...anything...

Then you slap yourself back to reality, grab the camera and start snapping pictures because fabric this beautiful...must be shared! (Warning what follows is a post full of many pictures of beautiful fabrics!)

Look at all that quilting yumminess!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

UFO Busting #47

I decided about Wednesday that the party must happen!  No dark clouds raining on my parade this week.  Happiness is a choice and sometimes that's a hard thing to remember.  I got to celebrate my first finish of the year this week, with my guild challenge project--When You Wish--Mountaineer Style.

I've also decided to reflect on my current goals and how I'm doing on getting my PhD with Gail at Quilting Gail.  So far my UFO's are a bust...not a good bust.  This is what the project list looks like as of now.

PhD List 2019 Finished Starts in 2019 Started In Progress Finished
Morning Star Out of This World BOM January x
Ocean Sky A Flower Bouquet January x
Variable Star Dog Gone Cute January x
Psychedelic Cat Lady Roses and Arrows QAL January
Holly Jolly Christmas IB February Challenge January x
Unicorn Quilt IB March Challenge January x
Up From Here Guild Two Color Challenge January January
Bundle Buster Baby Quilt IB April Challenge
Christmas Star Blossom IB May Challenge
Midnight Mystery IB June Challenge
My Secret Garden IB July Challenge
Four Square & Left Over IB August Challenge

No UFO's are finished, but I have finished a project started this year.  So to stay on task I have decied to set some specific goals for the month of February.  

Thursday, January 31, 2019

When You Wish-Mountaineer Style

This is my first official finish for 2019!!  At the beginning of January I issued my quilt guild's first challenge project (with hopes to do a total of four this year); make anything but only using two colors.  You can use various shades of the two colors but only two colors.  I decided it get working on mine ASAP.

I have been crushing on this free baby quilt pattern called When You Wish at Bonjour Quilts for a while now and decided now is the time.  I am happy to report that this mini quilt is 100% from the stash.  No new fabrics were purchased to make this quilt.  For my color scheme, I went with one of my favorite and yellow/gold.  Queue the WVU fight song!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

UFO Busting #46

It's been a week of blocks, blocks and more blocks!  I am happy to report that all of the puppies for the Dog Gone Cute Quilt by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts are complete.  Two rows are actually sewn together.

This last little fellow ended up with blue eyes. 

He will definitely be that little one that stands out from everyone else.  There is always one in the pack.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

UFO Busting #45

We are officially over the half way point in January, is everyone still with me?  I do hope so.  I'm still slowly plugging away at projects over here, but my focus has changed a bit this week.  Yesterday, I made an announcement that I was chosen to be one of the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2019.  I can't tell you how excited I am and scared.

So this week my focus has been planning for the monthly challenges us ambassadors will be participating in.  I've inventoried what I will be working with and made a plan on rationing it out to the projects, but we will talk more about that in February.  So needless to say, most of my sewing has been very secret...shhhhh.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Exciting News for 2019

I am super excited to announce I will be joining the lineup of Island Batik Ambassadors for 2019!  It seems like ages ago that I made my little block and submitted it and my application for consideration to join the team.

After posting the block, I admit I had a moment of panic.  What if I do get selected??  What if I'm not able to keep up with the monthly challenges??  2018 and all the life changes it brought left me artistically numb for quite a few months and I knew I couldn't do that again if I was selected.

Then news came a few weekends ago, I have been selected to be part of the program!

So I've decided, I've got this 2019.  I'm not going to have time for any drama or negativity because I will be surrounded by beautiful hand dyed fabrics and pouring all my energy into positive creativity!

Right now I am reading up and learning the ropes of the program.  I can not wait to share with you next month the box of goodies that arrived at my home and a kind of funny story of receiving it.  I am debating on how to do the reveal; fabric porn blog post, Instagram video or both?  What's your thoughts?

Monday, January 14, 2019

BOM of the Week Update

So far so good on the blocks of the week update.  This is the second time I have participated in one of Pat Sloan's weekly block quilts.  This one is called A Flower Bouquet with a new block coming out every Wednesday.  Two blocks have been released so far and I'm happy to say I'm 2/2.

I could not wait to break into this fat quarter bundle I picked up back in the fall at Miller's Dry Goods in OH.  I knew that it belonged in this quilt.  The instructions called for 19 fat quarters and my bundle only contained problem I just pulled from my stash.

Here is a close up of last week's block, Seed Catalogs, to show those yummy prints.

And this week's, Bulbs.

Is it too soon to start day dreaming about what the final layout will be after only two blocks?

I do hope not, because if so, I am in deep trouble!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

UFO Busting #44

Welcome back for another addition of UFO Busting, a linky party where we either celebrate your UFO hard work or distractions that keep you from them...your choice.  This week I've worked on a little bit of everything.  I've kept up with some quilt alongs (BOM) and have prepared for one that will be starting next week.

I finished piecing together this panel top that will be quilted during Amy at Amy's Freemotion Quilting Adventures QAL that starts next week.  I purchased this panel back in the fall when I was at a quilting retreat with the hopes of quilting it this year.  So, when I discovered Amy would be hosting a quilt along to literally quilt this panel, I had to join in.  It was like fate and you never tempt fate.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fireburst Winners

I want to thank everyone who helped make the Fireburst Mystery Quilt such a success!  We had a total of 22 participants, all entering the most beautiful quilts!  Now that the smoke has settled, I would like to announce the winners of the prizes.  I used a random number generator app to select the winners for each prize.

Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 PhD

Last year, other than starting a linky party of my own, I've kept a pretty low profile when it comes to participating in things.  I'm ready to be all social and stuff again.  I've decided to join Gail at Quilting Gail and work on my PhD in 2019.  If you haven't heard of this, I'll wait while you go here and read about this very cool project she started last year.  It really is a great way to keep accountable on projects you want to finish and finishing projects you start in the current year.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

UFO Busting #43

We officially made it the first week of the New Year!  Are we still energized and feeling motivated for the next 51 weeks?  I know I am.  I've spent the week cleaning, reorganizing and reclaiming my house after a holiday visitor left.  Things are returning to normal and it's time to get back to some serious work.  

I've decided to join Gail at Quilting Gail in her PhD program for 2019 and really commit to finishing some older projects...and all the new ones I start.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Fireburst-Fireworks Display of Quilts

Happy New Year to all of you where ever you are!!!!  Excuse me while I set down my piece of birthday cake and wine.  Ok, all better now.  It's finally here!  The time has come to light up the quilty skies with our display of Fireburst Mystery Quilts!  It has been so much fun to watch all of the quilts come together on line and on social media.

Let's get this party going!  Goodbye 2018!  Hello 2019!  Let the fire bursts begin!!

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