Here in Michigan we are really getting mid to late October weather.  I am not turning on the furnace yet, it is too soon.  I just need to keep moving to keep things warm.

Here are a few things I’ve been working on:

My September Queen’s block choice, Blossom Heart Quilts – Bee Hive Checker block.  It really worked up quick, even when I had to tear it apart because I had the lower right HST the wrong way.  But it is now done and in the mail.

 

 

I’m moving along rather nicely on my September OMG of making one block a day for #bluerkblocks.  As of yesterday I have 24 completed.  Not bad for the first week.

 

For those of you that have read much of my posts, I don’t normally have more than one project going at a time.  But this month is not the norm.  Here is a Christmas quilt I started and hope to have finished this month too.  I am repeating my last Christmas quilt, Cookie Exchange pattern.  This will be Quilt #41, since I started quilting two years ago.

But wait, let’s add another new quilt into the pile.  Project Jelly Roll Day next Saturday, September 16.  I have a few jelly rolls:

Now I just need to decide on a pattern and pick a roll.

Are you sewing on Jelly Roll day?  What pattern are you using?  Which jelly roll are you picking?

 

I am linking up with a few friends today:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Devoted Quilter – TGIFF

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

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In my last post, June Happenings or Not I said I had finished my June Queen’s block.

I thought it turned out pretty good.  So I posted it in our facebook group and found out I put it together wrong.  So it was time for a bit of ripping.

Here is how it is suppose to look.

 

 

I was so careful to read the pattern and the notes that were in the group on what the Queen wanted.  There were conflicting directions for the layout of this block, so was glad to have an easy fix to get it right.  It turned out cute finally.

Not sure how crazy I am for paper piecing, but maybe in time it will grow on me.

Now I only have my Purple In Process to fix.  So I think I can start a new project.  Can you tell I am putting off trying to fix my split seam.

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I had a very slow May in getting things accomplished and June is starting out slow too.  I need to pick up the pace.  Anyone who has followed me knows I like to start and finish a project, before I move to the next one.  I’ll give a little when it is blocks for swaps, charities and bees.  I can squeeze those in with my current project.

Currently, I have three, yes three projects in the works.

I think the last few projects are giving me lessons to learn and not much progress.

First up was Purple Diamonds.

 

I was loving how this was turning out, until the wash and the seam pop.  

I have been pondering the fix and not wanting to jump in until I have thought it through.  Don’t want to fix one mistake with another.  So this is on hold for now.

Lesson #1 be sure the 1/4″ seam is accurate.  Check both sides of the block.

 

Second Project is June OMG.

I started to put together some charity baby quilts with the blocks.  First up looks cute until I look at the sides, which don’t match up.  So I am off to do some investigation, which I am sure will involve a seam ripper.

 

Lesson #2, measure each block after it is completed.  Measure each block after it is ironed.  Measure each block before you put on sashing.  Another words, be sure your block is exact.

 

Third up is my Bee Hive Lily Pad June block.  It is another paper pieced block.  Blossom Hearts Quilts – Busy Block

 

I have it completed, but a few of the pieces have loose edges at the seam.  I am thinking that I didn’t sew all the way to the 6 1/2″ edge of the block.  Today I will be correcting that block.

Lesson #3 on paper piecing sew to the outer edge of the block.

 

In my heart today I would like to start a new project, but my head won’t let me.  I need to get this block done and work on my June OMG, then I can start something new.

 

Linking up with:

Quilt Fabrication – MidWeek Makers

Mama Spark – WIP with Friends

Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social

 

 

 

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I signed up this year for an online for the Swarm Lilly Pad Bee.  I was the February Queen and loved all the blocks I received.  Here is my February Queen quilt.

May’s queen was my fear, Flying Geese.  Nothing new for most, but a first for me. The block chosen was Blossom Heart Quilts – Double Star.

 

I didn’t really have any great fabrics, so headed to the local shop and picked these up.

 

I think the block turned out nice.  The flying geese weren’t too hard.

 

 

 

 

Can hardly wait to see the Queens finished quilt.   She plans to use 4 blocks and make NICU quilts.  I sent an NICU quilt I made of some leftover HSTs, check it out here.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation -Needle and Thread Thursday

 

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We just got back from vacation.  It was beautiful and relaxing.  A cruise from Miami to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.  Warm weather and sunny skies.  We even got to check off a bucket list item, swimming with the Stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman.

 

 

Once we were back home and laundry was going, I needed to sew.  I usually do my Swarm Lilly Pad BOM for the Queen on the first of each month.  So I felt behind, we have until the end of the month to get the block out, but I like to be early.  Then I found the block for our May queen.  Uh Oh, flying geese.  I have never done a flying geese.  Here is the pattern for the Blossom Heart Quilts – Double Star.  Hilary our May Queen was using these blocks for NICU quilts.  I didn’t really have any fabric that would be good for kids.  I had dentist appointment (45 minutes from home) that is near a great fabric store.  So I made a stop and found this fabric. And started the layout.  Then the flying geese fear came in.  Not ready to do that today.  I just want some no brain needed sewing.

 

                        

 

I asked Hilary what size the NICU was looking for and she said between 20 to 30 inches, square or rectangle.  Wait I have some left over blocks from Ribbon Dance.  They made just the right size.  Layed them out and sewed the rows.

 

 

Went to find some leftovers for the backing and binding.  Here it is completed.

 

 

A fun little project done.  Now I need to get back to those flying geese.

 

Linking up with

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

 

 

 

 

 

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