Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last Week - Going All Out!!!

So this is the last week of school.  Crazy!!!!  I am super excited for all of the fun things we have planned this summer but it is going to be busy :)  And, I lose my uninterrupted nap time (le sigh).  Which means I am going to be having a little less time in the sewing room.  (As most of us probably do in the summer time).  So, with that in mind, I went all out this week trying to tie up some little WIP's that needed some attention.

First off, I decided on a block for my Bee Month :)  (Appropriate as it is a week away).  I figured, I totally fell in love with this design I did for the Accuquilt Barn Block Contest (Which I didn't win but I had so much fun designing for it and totally appreciate all your support.) so why not have my amazing bee mates each make one and I will have an entire quilt in just over a month!!  Yippee Skippee!!!

And once I decided on the block, it was easy to decide that I wanted it in the Countdown to Christmas!!!  This will make such an awesome throw to wrap around in Christmas morning :)  I am so excited!!  So I immediately went to work on making a sample block.  And of course, as my Bee-mates are going to need a tutorial of how to make it . . . Coming Tomorrow on TNT :)

After the sample was all set and I was sure on sizing and so forth I cut up 11 sets to send out :) (which I mailed on Monday, Yippee Skippee for being on time )  I mixed up the colors so there will be backgrounds in red, green, black, and white.  I am so excited, I really think this will come together so cute!!

So with the bee taken care of I turned my sites to my 2 Braided Irish Chain's I am making as samples for my class in January ;)  (But I have to have them done by end of July for advertising purposes :)  I spent an entire afternoon cutting all of the pieces.  Yea, that was a lot of cutting and this picture doesn't show the strip piecing cutting either.  (Too bad they didn't have the Solid Jelly Rolls in the colors I was using, it would have totally been worth the extra few bucks :)

So after all of the pieces were cut I started working on the strip piecing.  That is a lot of strip piecing also, but I love how much time this saves in piecing!!!  So now I am on to pressing and subcutting.  I managed to get a few strips sub cut (See picture above) but still have a ways to go :)

I also finished up a few little projects this week.  Don't you love little projects!!  It is so good to feel the accomplishment of a great finish and only have spent a few hours to get it!!  I finished my bee blocks and sent them off in the mail (which I posted about yesterday) and I made the matching pillowcases for my daughters bedspread.  It's not like I could showcase the quilt for  Blogger's Quilt Festival without having the matching pillowcases, funny how that works to motivate me to cross another thing off the list :)  Love it!!

I also finished up another quilt but I can't show it yet.  But at least this one is only a 3 week wait, and there will be a tutorial :)  I am so excited to show it to you all.  It is one of my favorite finishes :)  (but then again, I say that about almost all my quilts :)

So . . . Here is the rundown.  With a little bit of summer schedule juggling I might just be able to keep moving things on down the line, hopefully :)  I guess it would help if I stopped adding things to the top of the line, but we know that isn't going to happen any time soon :)

Designing Stage
  • King Size Serenity Quilt
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt
  • Snip and Clip Quilt
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • Sew Bee Create Quilt
  • Father's Day Rolling on Out Quilt
  • Braided Irish Chain - Queen and King
Quilting Stage
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
Completed Stage
  • DDD Baby Quilt
  • Stars Matching Pillows
  • May Bee Blocks

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  1. Fabulous block, Melissa! It will make a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  2. Look forward to the package, neat choice of block :)

  3. Awesome awesome awesome block!!! Looks so great! :)

  4. that Christmas quilt will be so wonderful !

  5. That should keep them busy for a while :o)

  6. Some really great sounding projects lined up there!
    Love your bee block with the Christmas theme! =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

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  8. melissa, I posted your Beejeebers block yesterday - and am hoping I'm not too late. I have a sinking feeling that the secret quilt is the one the block was for :( I did put a little thank-you-please-forgive-me something in the envelope with the block.
    ****Editing this to say that I just spotted the quilt in question in your 'piecing' list, so maybe all is not lost? Also, I have a photo of what I sent, and will post tonight when I get to my less fickle home computer (work blocks a lot of sites :/

  9. My kids last day was yesterday! I love the summer, but man... I have one that DOES NOT like being out of school! It makes for a LONG summer!! LOL


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