40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

Month 5 wasn’t so hard, except for the fact that I was catching up on month 4. And, then I had to pull out my sewing machine to add the last 2 rows of houses, the corner squares, and a thin border on all sides. Meanwhile, month 6 of the pattern was released.

I started by doing this:

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Quilt To-Do List

I wrote down everything I needed to do, sorted by task–cutting and stitching. I did everything I could for all of the patterns without pulling out my sewing machine. (My sewing machine lives under my desk.)

Finally, yesterday I had a quiet morning and I sewed like crazy! I’m happy to report that I have month 5 complete!

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Ta-Da! The Sarah Fielke 2017 Block of the Month Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt! (Month 5)

You don’t know how happy I am with it! I love how the corner suns/flowers pop!

I’ve got a decent start on month 6. There is a lot of hand applique involved. Which is fine, but I don’t think I’ll be done by July 31st when the next pattern is released. Oh well, I’m having fun!

 

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

Month 4 took me forever to complete. In fact, I’m about half of a month behind. First, I had to pick out 10 new fabrics. Then, I had to cut out a bazillion little pieces. Of course, when you have a bazillion pieces, you have to stitch them together. My sewing machine lives in a storage tub under my desk. So, I have to have a clear schedule to pull it out.

Finally! That day (or 2 or 3) came. Behold the next installment of my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt!

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Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017, Down the Rabbit Hole, Month 4 Complete

Okay, it was a lot of work, but I’m LOVING it. I’ve been sweating in the fabric store as I pick out new colors. I’ve been trying to use some of the same colors over. For example, the house roofs are made from the same fabrics as the flowers and the wedges of the center circle. The small center circle, flower centers, and windows are all the same yellow fabric. My goal is not only to keep some consistency within the colors, but to use up as much fabric as I can–not that a stash is a bad thing!

As you may have guessed, because I was behind on this, I’m behind on month 5. But, it appears to be less work and uses techniques I’ve already learned with this quilt.

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

I’m nowhere close to having this quilt done, but I have completed the third month of the pattern! Behold!

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Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017–Third Month Completed

I’m happy with the colors. And, it’s such a relief, because I’m not necessarily the best with putting colors and prints together. Month 2 and 3 had a lot of hand stitching in the form of needle turn applique. That thin dark blue border was machine stitched. Because my sewing machine doesn’t live out in the open, it is an occasion when it comes out. I try to only break it out when I know I have enough time to tackle my current project, plus something on my “to-sew” list.

So, when I stitched on the border, I also stitched loops of ribbon onto my kids’ towels.

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Ribbon loop sewn onto a towel for hanging convenience.

I saw this on the Internet a year or two or three ago and mentally cataloged the idea. I put some semi-permanent hooks onto their bedroom doors. It’s such an easy solution. Bonus: because they’re just towels, I didn’t have to fuss over ribbon or thread colors. What I had was what I used. Function over form!

Now, I’m working on Month 4 of the block of the month pattern. There are a lot of little pieces I have to cut out. Everything is machine stitched, too. We’ll see if I can get all the stitching done in one sitting–I’ll keep you posted!

40 Before Forty Update: No. 07 Added

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits. I thought of this the other day and then my Mom-in-Law mentioned it. Sold! So I’m putting it on my list. Of course, I need to do this one faaaairly quickly–well before I turn 40. Because at some point, I figure my daughter isn’t going to think this is a cool idea. Ha!
Of course, my sewing skills are pretty limited. And, right now, my block of the month quilt consumes most of my crafting time. It’ll be fun taking her to the fabric store and having her help pick out material. Emphasis on help–I can’t be wearing something that appeals only to the under-5 crowd. Stay tuned!
 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

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12. Host a brunch.

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

15. Learn to hambone.

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18. Become a 2-pet household.

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26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!

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28. Learn the names of trees.

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40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together. I’m pretty confident that I can finish the quilt top in 2017 or at least a month or two into 2018. The challenge is going to be turning it into a finished quilt. But, hey, I’ll have about 5 years to do it! I’m loving this program. There is a private Facebook group that allows participants to share their progress. Everyone’s beautiful work is an endless supply of quilty eye-candy!

Here’s where I was in the midst of January’s pattern:

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Work in progress on my Sarah Fielke “Down the Rabbit Hole” Block of the Month Quilt

I have high hopes that I’ll get February’s work done before March’s pattern is released at the end of the month!

 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

7.

8.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

11.

12. Host a brunch.

13.

14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

15. Learn to hambone.

16.

17.

18. Become a 2-pet household.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!

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28. Learn the names of trees.

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31.

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