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Sunday, June 2, 2019

May 2019 Wrap-up

May 2019 was a great month - very busy, but lots going on and I participated in StitchMaynia again this year. StitchMaynia is done many different ways, but the most common is to have 1 start per day in May (and stitch every day).  Last year, I started 18 project in the first 18 days of the month (for 2018). Over the past year, I've worked on finishing them and completed all but 1 before this May. I also have the project that I started before Maynia last year, so I decided to focus this year on just three projects - the one Maynia start not yet finished, the pre-Maynia start, and my monthly Lizzie Kate Flip-It. I switched projects about once a week - not methodically, but just when I felt like switching up what I was working on. 
2019 StitchMaynia Projects
I am pleased to share that I finished two of the three - my May flip-it and Cozy In, a Mill Hill kit. I made good progress on Bloom, the third piece, as well. I stitched 25/31 days - some days just for a few minutes, but it was great to put so much focus on the stitching. 
May Flip-it
Cozy In (complete with beads)
Bead close-up
On the quilting side, I did almost all of my quilting for the month at my retreat - I did quilt Square Dance before retreat, and I worked on a t-shirt quilt a little the last two weeks. The t-shirt quilt is on my "12 Things" list for the year, and it is for a co-worker, so I want to get that finished soon. 

My stash report is pretty good for May since I focused on sewing up existing projects at retreat and I resisted the urge to buy pretty new fabric. My only addition is 1/2 yard of challenge fabric for the next challenge. With all that I got done and some fabric I sold at the sale table, I more than doubled my amount used for the year! 

Fabric added this month: 1/2 yard
Fabric used this month: 9 3/8 yards
Fabric added year to date: 3 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 18 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 15 yards! 

I crafted 26/31 days this month for 84% crafty days. Most of those were cross stitch days due to Maynia. 

Hope you had a great May and are having a good start to June! 

I am linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces and quiltpaintcreate for Stash Sunday

Shipshewana Spring Retreat 2019

You might know that I don't do nearly as much quilting these days as I did when I started my blog. Between working full time, raising two busy kids, running a Girl Scout troop, and splitting time with my other hobbies, the quilting seems to take a little bit of a hit. I have come to love my retreats even more because of this. I have dedicated sewing time and really enjoy creating, usually projects that have been on my to-do list for a while. This year was no exception!  Our retreat used to start on Thursday morning at 11, and we'd drive up on Wednesday, do some shopping and dinner, then lazily make our way to the sewing room in time to get set up and started by 11. This year, we gained almost a full extra day, as we could start Wednesday at 3 if we paid $5 and boy, was it worth it! 

The first project I had to work on was my challenge - last year, our group all bought a yard of the same fabric and had to make a project with that fabric. Mine waited for inspiration the better part of the year! I finally had an idea, so I pulled some fabric that I had bought for the purpose, grabbed a specialty ruler and went to work. I spent Wednesday cutting, piecing, and eventually quilting and binding my project. I think it turned out so fun and I have it hung up on my mini-wall behind my longarm. 

Here are all of our projects at show and tell Friday night - we had quilts, a purse, a pillow, and chap stick holders!  In the end, we had so much fun with the challenge that we decided to do it again - this time the fabric is tan with red and blue, and this one will be due in the fall. I am hoping inspiration doesn't wait to hit me until the week before retreat for this one :) 

On Thursday, I spent the morning working on putting together my rainbow scrap challenge quilt, and when I got tired of working on that one (it was tedious), I pulled out a couple panels that I made into wall hangings and bound the quilt that I started at retreat last year. Here's the progress pic from Saturday night, and a full picture of the finished quilt. It has a super soft backing and it is great for snuggling on the couch. 
Square Dance quilt - pattern from Gudrun Erla, Sweetwater fabric

Friday brought time to have some fun. I got Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts) Alphabet book for my birthday the year before last and I wanted to play around a bit. I decided to start with a table runner for Valentine's Day, and I had so much fun making it that I decided to go ahead and make a second project - this one will be turned into a pillow for my daughter. She loves all things rainbow, so I think she will really like it. 

Saturday was dedicated to my scrap quilt - one of my big goals for retreat was to go home with this finished! I worked on it all day, hoped to finish it by show and tell (that didn't happen), and finally put the last sections together at about 11:00 pm. I am so happy with how this is coming together! It still needs two borders and then will be ready for quilting. I have a few other things in the queue ahead of it, but I look forward to getting back to it so that I can get it finished. 
Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018 center
By Sunday morning, I only had one project left to make and it was a cinch. It is a panel with borders on just two sides. I had it done and the binding made in 1/2 an hour! I plan to get this one quilted over the summer, as I think it will be a fun quilt to hang in our family room this fall. 

All in all, it was a really great retreat. I especially enjoy the time with my mom and my quilting friends. Already looking forward to the fall retreat!