Yellow RSC blocks and PHD Report

I am happy to report that I completed my yellow RSC blocks for this month. Here they were in progress. I tend to just pick out all the small scraps, press them, and just fit them together as I go.

Here are the completed blocks. 

Tutorial is at mmmquilts.

And all of the blocks so far. I'm happy that I'm looking at a different project on the design wall now that Log Cabin Stars is a top. The downside is that it's hard to get a nice picture of things on the design wall. The lighting is always weird.

I'm not so happy to report that I don't have anything to add to my PHD report for this month. I am making progress, just haven't moved anything into the completed list. 

I'm hoping that since there are still a few more days this month, I may be able to move one thing over. I want to get the bias binding onto the sweatshirt jacket. I ordered a bias tape maker from Amazon that got delivered last night--JoAnn doesn't have any in stock anymore even though I've purchased several other sizes there in the past.

I've been quilting up a storm. Let's look at all the beauties, shall we? *Be sure to scroll all the way down to the end!*

First is Amber's baby quilt. I quilted this one with hand-guided loopy meander.

Next is Carol T.'s Nashville quilt, quilted with Notes (music notes). This design came preloaded on my Intelliquilter, but you can buy it as well.

Then I quilted Two Simple on Sharon's Irish Chain quilt. This quilt is HUGE! I think this is the fourth one of these I've quilted for her?

Next up is Brenda's Lion King quilt. She and her family selected the Jungle Party design. 

Sara's flamingo quilt is quilted with Gulf Stream. Did you know that I love flamingos? I even have a little flamingo mascot in my sewing room that my friend Annie gave me. I'll have to take a picture sometime.

I quilted Megan's quilt with Propel. This quilt had Swedish Fish fabric, popcorn, heart suckers, fancy pancakes, and so much more. She's a newer quilter and she did a nice job, especially considering how large the quilt is.

Amber let my daughter and I select the final design for her kitty quilt. We picked Clamour Cat. It's so cute!

And the final one belongs to Penny. She selected Loop the Loop for her Ruby Star quilt. It's looking really good. I got about half way through it yesterday, so I'll be finishing it up today. Random aside: I've had two separate friends tell me recently that Ruby Star fabric smells sweet/maple syrup-like when you iron it. I can say that I noticed that while steaming Penny's quilt back. Have you ever noticed it? We're wondering if it's just the metallics.

I think many of you participated in the Villa Rosa blog hop recently, either as makers or participants. I was lucky enough to win two prizes. The first one has arrived--I won a quilt! I really like the fabrics the maker used for this (was it Tricia?). 

I hope you enjoyed this mini quilt show. Next Wednesday will be the May OMG link up, so my regular post will be on Thursday again.

Linking with A Quiltery, My Quilt Infatuation, and Alycia Quilts.

April One Monthly Goal Finish Link Up

How did you do with your sewing goal this month?

This link up will remain open until April 30 at 11:55 pm EST.

Want to see everyone's goals? Check out the April goal page

My goal of sewing the rest of my Log Cabin Stars quilt into a top felt insurmountable as my to-do list feels never-ending and we have many events scheduled with the end of the school year/college year quickly approaching. I rallied and managed to get my blocks sewn into a top. I'm happy to look at something else on my design wall now. 🙂

I was really hoping to get this thing quilted and partially bound too, but I've just been swamped with work. There are still seven days left in this month, so maybe I will be able to get it quilted before next month. Stay tuned, and I'll see you next week for May's goal setting--I think I have a doozy selected.

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Swiss Star & Bedford Tiles

Another week has flown by. It's been a busy one. We're nearing the end of school and the end of college, so there are a lot of events coming up. My son's academic honors was Monday night. He was recognized for five trimesters of 4.0+ GPA and also received an academic excellence award for pre-calc.

I've managed a bit of personal sewing. Here is this week's progress on the Swiss Star QAL.

I got to sew with my small guild friends on Saturday. We were working on a project called Bedford Tiles that a local woman presented to us. It's basically a variation of Bonnie Hunter's trip around the world quilt. As of Sunday afternoon, I have all my strip sets sewn. Next I have to sew the strip sets into tubes, then cut them up and unsew certain seams. It might be a bit before I get back to this one. 

You can see I was also working on my Log Cabin Stars quilt.

I've quilted several more quilts and finished some of the binding. My Lucey decided she needed a few days off (random long stitches, no explanation, went away after it sat a few days 🤷🏻‍♀️). 

I quilted Linda's quilt with Toss Up.

This one also belongs to Linda and is quilted with Radiance.

The next two belong to Toni. This one is quilted with A Fishy Tail. 

And this one is quilted with Starry.

I'll probably be quilting most every day for the next few weeks. Keeps me out of trouble I guess.

I was able to get the rest of the vegetable garden tanks weeded and planted peas and lettuce. I also planted thyme, dill, and parsley in one of my Aerogardens. The dill and parsley are because I found some pre-planted tubes that I figured needed to be grown. I also started bell peppers and tomatoes in the other Aerogarden using the seed starter insert.

Our crabapple trees have put on a marvelous show this year. 

I've had a few tulips pop up and there are still a good handful of daffodils blooming.

I'm planning to spend a day this weekend getting the lower flower garden into shape.

I attended a trade show/convention thing with my husband yesterday and saw a smiley face in the clouds on the way back home.

The April OMG finish link up will open next week Wednesday, so the regular blog post will be on Thursday next week. 

Linking with Quiltery and Alycia Quilts.

Swiss Star Center and Eclipse Day

Did you get to experience the eclipse on Monday? We were in the path of totality, so schools, college, banks, and more were closed. The experts warned us to be prepared for up to 300,000 visitors in town and to get gas and groceries ahead of time. The grocery stores were hit hard as early as Friday, with many things being sold out, and of course hotel room rates and gas prices soared. I saw a lot of people on Facebook trying to sell parking in their yards, though without takers.

I would suspect that "they" grossly overestimated the tourist count. There was a big show at IU with Mae Jemison, Janelle Monae, William Shatner, and other performers. I guess they prepared for 10,000 but only sold 2,500 tickets. Most of the pictures I've seen of various locations had small crowds, definitely not packed. I'm thinking that because the path was so broad this time, most people didn't travel long distances.

We enjoyed gorgeous weather and were able to witness the eclipse from the comfort of our own driveway. Many of the neighbors had small viewing parties and the closest neighbors had a pool and a blow-up slide respectively for all their kids to play on. 

It was quite hot out (~76 degrees) prior to the eclipse. My husband was outside working on his barn. The kids and I kept running out, looking, going back inside until something was happening. They did set up the GoPro camera in the chicken coop and my son set up one of his old phones to film out his window. He recorded with that for over two hours and ended up with a 20+ second video that shows the changing light. 

I was working at the computer and noticed that it had suddenly gotten much darker in the house. The temperature dropped about 10 degrees and it kept getting darker and darker inside, though it didn't seem quite so dark outside until right at the moment of totality. Totality lasted a bit over four minutes for us. The songbirds got a little quieter. We thought the chickens would go into the coop. They headed up the ramp and then looked around and came back down. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The roosters did quit crowing during totality, but started up again after.

I did notice that the sound of humans carried much, much farther during totality. We could hear many people talking that were not our immediate neighbors. There was lots of cheering. I could have dealt without the profanity that carried and also the fireworks someone set off afterwards--like, it's light out, why do you need to shoot them off now? At least they weren't shooting them during the eclipse. Why can't we just appreciate the wonder of nature and not ruin it with stupid fireworks?

We were all taking pictures. My husband got the best shot using his Samsung phone using the pro mode (pictured top). The rest of us have iPhones, so our pictures weren't good (directly above). My son used my DSLR with its dying battery to get this shot.

After all that, it's back to work for us. I completed the center portion of the Swiss Star for the QAL I'm participating in. We also had to make blocks with the HST from last week and square in a square blocks.

I'm really itching to get this top put together. The pattern author included an assembly diagram along with the individual block unit instructions this week, so if I can complete all the client binding, I'm going back to it. 

I also need to assemble my Log Cabin Stars top still. I have about two weeks to get that done before I need to post the OMG finish link up. Other tasks that need attention are prepping for my small guild's class this weekend and making my yellow RSC blocks for this month. And I really should start working on the guild's QAL. I bought all the fabric and I am now three to four months behind. LOL.  And I never, ever run out of business-related tasks, quilting or otherwise. There's so much behind the scenes work.

I've still been keeping busy with tons of quilts. Here are the ones I've completed since last week. The first two belong to Pat. These both need to be fully bound. I quilted Flirtatious Leaves on this one.

And Sprawl on this one.

I liked the selvedge on her backing fabric! It's a bit hard to read in my picture. It says, "Nothing Haunts Us Like the FABRIC We Didn't Buy!" Two Wisconsins are printed after.

Then I quilted Flirtatious Leaves on Carol's embroidered quilt. I used 60 wt thread in cream so as not to detract from the embroideries, which were all done by hand. I would have probably picked pale green otherwise.

Next was Twist Tie on Maria's quilt. 

And Ginger Hearts on two little doll quilts for Maria. All of Maria's quilts still need to be fully  bound by me. This first one looks much cuter in real life than in my picture. I couldn't get the colors to show up correctly.

I quilted Loops and Swirls on Trish's quilt. 

Finally, I quilted Deb's with Stipple.

I took advantage of the $.88 pineapples on special last week and canned 11 pints of pineapple chunks from four large fruits. I did almost all of this by myself this time, with just a tad of help from my son grabbing extra jars and rings at the end. He also helped me weed the side, vegetable, and a bit of the front upper garden the day before.

I took apart and cleaned the tension assembly in my long arm by myself! I changed out the check spring because it had a very deep groove worn in. I really need to just put in the new tension assembly next time instead of messing with cleaning all the plating dust out of here. Sometimes I can be frugal to the point of cheap. 

Monday I had a bit of a shock when I was loading the doll quilt backings. One moment I was rolling the fabric on and the next, there was a large crash--the quilt backing bar actually fell out! It damaged my LVP floor. ☹️ At least it wasn't my foot.  

My husband decided to add Loctite to all four rollers while he checked and retightened them. These are all on the left side of the frame when looking at the machine. If you have this frame for your APQS, avoid unpleasant surprises and please check periodically!!

I found this gem left by sister. It took me three or four days after she did it for me to notice. LOL.

Here's one of my little squirrel friends. I feel like I'm often distracted by squirrels, literally and figuratively.
Happy sewing, friends.