Category Archives: Get it Done!

*whew* I’ve Been FAIRLY Busy!

Our Minnesota State Fair (the best 10 days of summer) starts next week, and I’ve been busy as a bee trying to finish as many projects as humanly possible to enter in Creative Activities.  Yesterday was the last day to bring your entries in, and last night I slept.  Like a baby.

So here are my finishes:

Swoon’s adorable “Brooklyn” handbag.  I quilted the gray Essex linen and paired it with a black pebble vinyl.

Brooklyn front

Swoon “Alice Shopper Tote” bag.  Free pattern at the Swoon Patterns site.  It’s a great pattern to try if you’re interested in purchasing any of the Swoon patterns, as it gives you a feel for her directions.  Plus this is a great bag!

Swoon Strawberry Allice sofa

A little wool framed art, pattern by Becky Delsman, published in the 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.   Can’t wait for fall so I can hang this one up!

Pumpkin crow berries

This is great-nephew Peter’s bee quilt.  (The family’s last name starts with “B”.)  Wanted to do a woven type design with these fabrics, and figured out how easy it is to put together.  This will go in the fair’s Bee & Honey department.

Peter's Bees

Here is an embarassing one…DH Jim’s socks.  This photo is from spring of 2014.  2014!!!  I pulled them out to finish this summer, and all I needed to do was about an inch of the toe and close the toe.  AND I forgot to take a photo of the finished pair, so I have to show DH’s naked toes.  Hope he doesn’t read this…

05-02-2014 365 Jims Sox

I’m working backwards in time, so you perhaps have seen this one already:  the Cane Bay Wrap.  Here it is being blocked.  One of my most favorite things I’ve every made.  Love it so much, I went back to Jenny’s shop (The Twisted Loop in Prior Lake) and bought this fabulous yarn in another color for wrap #2.

Cane Bay Wrap blocked

It took me a while to finish this one this spring, but I ADORE this Swoon “Charlotte City Tote, done up in green glitter vinyl and Tula Pink Bumblebees.  Charlotte is also entered in Bee & Honey, so if you go in the Ag-Hort building, check out the Bee & Honey items…and I always buy some sort of honey or honey products while I’m there.

Swoon Charlotte angled

This is Swoon’s “Dollie Mini Cross-Body” bag.  With its cross-body strap, it would be perfect to carry at the fair.  If it wasn’t IN the fair…

Dollie no handles close

This is the “L is for Lattice” wallhanging I did for my part in our guild’s Alphabet Challenge in 2015.  Yummy batiks in Lemon, Lime, Latte’, Lava, and Licorice.  I know…you’re thinking, “What the “L” is she talking about?”  Twenty-six of our guild members each made a 26″ x 26″ wall quilt.  We drew for letters, and I drew the letter “L”.  A 27th guild member did a wall quilt depicting the letters from A-Z.

Lattice quilt

So there you have it — my nine items I brought to the fair this year.  It’s always more fun when you have some of your items to look for.  Thank you, both of you, who read this all the way to the end!

— Sue


April’s “Get It Done” / May’s Goals

Yikes!  April is over already???  I’ve always felt that time goes faster as you get older because you’re going downhill, but this is ridiculous!  (I’m pretty sure I didn’t get 30 days this month.)

April’s Goals:

1. Four baby quilts for our church’s silent auction quilted and bound.  Two done & donated, and that number was just right — four would have been too many and diluted the interest in baby quilts too much.  (You can see photos by clicking on the “UFO Parade” tab at the top of this page.)

2. Finish my cowgirl boots friendship quilt.  Noooo.  Sometimes I have to stop and think why I’m avoiding a project that I really want to do.  This one is I didn’t know how I wanted to quilt the background areas.  I figured that out this week, so I will be moving this quilt to May.

3. April’s postcard for a guild member.  Yes, my third Sunbonnet Sue (so unoriginal, I know) postcard.  The first one was turned edge applique, the second in wool, and the third one was raw edge applique. 

May’s Goals:

1.  Quilt and bind a lap-sized throw for grand-nephew’s Ashton’s teacher.

2.  Grand-nephew Colton’s Minkee top quilted, baby sized.

3.  1910 9-Patch top quilted & bound.

4.  Quilt donation quilt top for guild (someone else will be binding it).

5.  Dream Bonus Item:  Quilt my cowgirl boots top.

6.  Post card for a guild member.

7.  Quilt & bind a lap quilt for a cousin who is recovering from serious injuries.

I should be able to do one item a week, don’t ya think?  And since May has seven weeks this year…

Linking to Judy Laquidara’s Get It Done – May 2013

Get It Done / Goals report

I laughed when I read Judy Laquidara’s report tonight…she said her report stinks!  Well, so does mine.  Hold your nose as you keep reading.  My success/failure on March’s Goals:

1.  Go to Paula Nadelstern’s kaleidoscope class in New Braunfels. YES! A wonderful 5-day class through Quilting Adventures. FABULOUS artist/teacher. My first block (about 16″ across, for scale):

March 2013 461

2. Quilt and bind one top. NOPE.

3. Finish up Anita’s Arrowhead blocks. I think this is the second month I blew this project off. NO.

4. March’s postcard for a guild member. YES!  (I’ll post a photo of the January & February postcards when I get all my pix on my new computer.)

April’s Goals:

1. Four baby quilts for our church’s silent auction quilted and bound.

2. Finish my cowgirl boots friendship quilt.

3. April’s postcard for a guild member.

And since I haven’t posted much for bird photos this year (a combination of a less-convenient camera, sharing a computer in TX, and the alignment of the planets), I thought I would throw in a Texas bird picture.  A White Ibis at Paradise Pond in Port Aransas:

White Ibis blogLinking to:  Judy L’s Patchwork Times and her Get It Done challenge.