Wednesday, February 28, 2018

OMG March

February sped by so quickly. I didn't get a change to work on my One Month Goal until tonight. Sigh!!

It had been so long since I touched this UFO that I forgot how to make the strip for the Accordion Carpenters Wheel. It is an interesting technique created by Beth Helfer of Eva Paige Quilt Designs.
I made the center of the Wheel in December.

After several attempts to make the accordion strip, I gave up and emailed Beth. She set me straight. She also pointed to the YouTube video part 1 This is the  part 2 of the Carpenter Wheel before cutting it open. Part 3 is how I have to cut it before assembly. The Accordion Carpenters wheel  was a course she had on Facebook in a closed group. Some beautiful Wall hangings were created

I got better at doing the 1/4 inch seam as I went along. It goes fast once you get your rhythm. After I do the part 3 and assemble the pieces I will have a Carpenters Wheel that fits perfectly and look something like this.

If you want to see more about this, here is the

The Carpenter's Apprentice Sewalong on Facebook.  

With that said I will be using this same UFO as One Month Goal for March
Getter Done!!! 

Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Post Quilt Show

This weekend was our biannual Quilt Show. It was Fantastic. Over 400 quilts on display, Basket Walk, Boutique and demonstrations. The Art Quilt Challenge, the Silent Auction and the Young Quilts were wonderful. 

I entered All Wrapped Up and had it judged. Scary for me. It is my first quilt in a show. Was a simple quilt because it is for my grandson who will be 1 years old in May. I hope he drags it until it is a rag!

My report card from judging was very good. 6 Good and 3 Satisfactory. No needs improvement.! I worked hard getting those corners sharp!! LOL! Ribbon was for 1st time exhibitor. It was fun to see it hanging and have visitors ask me about this quilt.

The members worked very hard to make it a success. I couldn't do much due to me being a hot mess so I volunteered for the Patriotic Booth. I had fun talking with the guest and selling $1.00 donation tickets for a Travel bag filled with sewing goodies and fabric and tower of patriotic fabrics, supplies and a mini quilt. Proceeds will go to the Veterans. We did quite well in ticket sales.

We also had a few Quilts Of Valor presentations. Very emotional. The black white and red quilt is made from one of our members Navy uniforms. Her uniform is hanging next to it. It was just beautiful. She and her husband both received Quilts of Valor for their service. We had 3 other presentations during the show.

The members of the guild have been adding to this members quilt for years. Sorry to say I still have not submitted mine and have been a member since 1999. Procrastination, thy name is Aileen. This year for sure! It is double sided


I worked on my scraps as I have been refolding my fabric. I found quite a bit of purple. I didn't have anything in mind to make as yet, so I made 52 - 4 patch blocks so far. I also found some 3 1/2 inch string blocks from way back when.... I still have more to make. The bucket next to the 4 patches still has quite a bit of fabric. I also found more purple scraps under my Martelli table... Lets see how many quilts I get out of the 4 patches! 

Stash Report  2/18 -2/24  Week 8 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard   Scraps only this week
Fabric used to Date:     9 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 7 yards

Net used for 2018: 9 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made 50
YTD made 55

15 Minute Challenge:  

2/18- 2/24         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          44 of 54 days
Percentage of days sewn 81%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[

Linking to So Scrappy RSC 18

Linking to Prairie Moon Quilts 350 Block Challenge

Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Oriental Art piece

Finish or not Friday

The guild has a Art Challenge every month. Every month I get an idea but for that last 7 months I have not had time to execute my idea. I started this mini wall hanging on Tuesday. I finished it Wednesday and submitted it Thursday at the guild. Only 2 of us entered the challenge. Unfortunately I didn't win. The theme was Oriental. The other mini had a Chinese food container, chopsticks and 2 fortune cookies. It was terrific. Still I am glad that I finished the mini.

Stash Report  2/11 -2/17  Week 7 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard
Fabric used to Date:     9 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 7 yards

Net used for 2018: 9 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018
Blocks made 1
YTD made 5

15 Minute Challenge:  

2/11- 2/17         6 of 7 days
2018 Total          37 of 47 days
Percentage of days sewn 78%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[

Monday, February 12, 2018

February Week 2

This week flew by. I am still organizing my fabrics. At first I was tossing the scraps in a pile, Then realized they are coming out of tubs that were sorted by color. DAH keep them separated in colors. I already have 2 very large tubs filled with big zip locks in sorted colors.

I am ironing purple and blue scraps for the RSC. I didn't do January - Blue and February is Purple.  I am going to start with those. Will cut the purple into 2 1/2 strips to get going. I just have to pick a pattern. I changed my mind 50 times already. My crafty brain wants to go complex, my logical brains says " get a grip" and go with an easy pattern. I guess my left and right brain just have to battle it out.

I sewed more random 4 patches. The only thing I created from scratch this week was a pillow cover for my grandson. He was sleeping over and his brother already has a "special" pillowcase on his sleepover pillow. Little man is an equal opportunity kind of guy. In other words, why get into an argument with a 2 year old over a pillow cover. He loved it and kept sticking his blankie inside the slit on the back then laughing his butt off!

My granddaughter also came over for a while last night. They ran around the house like drunk maniacs. I finally put a movie on so they would chill out. Thank goodness for The Emoji Movie!

I woke up exhausted. In order for me to check my email the next morning, I needed a diversion. Buttons. Though I had to keep one eye on him at all times so he didn't up them in his mouth, the buttons gave me a half hour of quiet. He was just amazed at how many different buttons there are. He obeyed grandma all that time and was dumping them in the box. After that 1/2 hour he just had to dump them on the floor.  Was all good, his brother helped clean up the buttons and out the door we went. I deposited them back at their house. Flew home and into my bed for a well earned nap! Was out cold for 3 hours. 

Oh Scraps
There is actually a bag in every color but when a 2 year old comes over and his favorite game is in and out, its time to jam those bags back into the tubs and hid them. I have plenty of scraps I forgot I had and I still have 18 tubs of fabric to fold. 

Happy Sorting

Aileen in Florida

Stash Report  2/4 -2/10  Week 6 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard
Fabric used to Date:     8 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 7 yards

Net used for 2018: 8 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018
Blocks made 1
YTD made 4

15 Minute Challenge:  

2/4- 2/10         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          31 of 41 days
Percentage of days sewn 75%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[

Monday, February 5, 2018


Take me to the OMG February Link-up!

I want to commit to finishing something this month. I breezed through January and didn't do any of my UFO's. I did sew but was of the obligation type of sewing.

My goal will be to finish the Accordion  Carpenters Wheel.
It is a really different concept in how you make it. It is the creation of EvaPaige Quilt Designs.

This is the center star. I have 2 rounds to go to finish the star parts.
Then the fun stuff...!!

Happy Sewing

Aileen in Florida

New Day in Feb

February arrived with both of us sick. No birthday party for DH on Groundhog day. We didn't want to get the kids sick. At first he was fine with this, but next day he was a bit blue. We will celebrate this Friday instead. 

I have been slowly organizing and folding my fabrics. I have found so many that I had forgotten and stop to pet them. I have also been folding fat quarter size pieces as well.   I have folded 10 sweater size tubs of fabric and ended up with a tub of fat quarters and 2 tubs of scraps. The bad news is I now have more scraps for the scrap bins. I still have 20 more tubs to go through. Not in a hurry but will start with RSC color for February of purple. I already have some scraps and I may as well add to these. Now to think of a block I want to do.

I couldn't get motivated to sew because I was stuck on an art challenge piece. I have changed my mind about 2 dozen times. This fabric just put the brakes on my creativity. I finally talk with a friend and she gave me permission to can it. Its put away and if I get inspired I will revisit it. 

To get back to sewing, I decided to do some mindless sewing. There was a small shoes box with 2 inch 4 patches in it. I sewed those together and it made me feel better.  I don't know what I will do with them but that is okay with me for now.

Happy Quilting

Aileen in FL

Stash Report  1/28 -2/3  Week 5 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard
Fabric used to Date:     7 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 7 yards

Net used for 2018: 7 yard

350 Block Challenge 2018
Blocks made 3
YTD made 3

15 Minute Challenge:  

1/28- 2/3         5 of 7 days
2018 Total          24 of 34 days
Percentage of days sewn 70%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[