Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November OPAM Finishes

I have been super busy this month, which I guess is a good thing! haha  I feel like I've managed to accomplish a lot.  Maybe that's because I had firm deadlines that I had to hit with several quilts I had made tops for.  I managed to finish 6 quilts this month!  I know, totally crazy!!

The first quilt I finished was this one I made for Mother's Day for my grandma.  It had half the binding done, and was sitting on a box in my closet.  Yep, I was that close to finishing it.  I finally bit the bullet, took it downstairs, and didn't move my butt off the couch until that dang thing was finished!!  I'm going to give it to her for Christmas, even though the label says Mother's Day 2011 on it, because Christmas is also her birthday (and I already bought her a Christmas present).

Surprisingly Super Simple quilt
Close up of Strip quilt
The second quilt I finished was a little strip quilt I made for the Breaking Dawn: Part 1 charity showing of the movie I helped with. Colton's Angels did an awesome job, as usual, making it fun and enjoyable.  The door prizes were great, thanks to tons of donors.  You can see a full list of the door prizes here.

I also finished this Surprisingly Super Simple quilt for the movie.  I thought I was so ahead of the game when I purchased my fabric back in October and pieced the quilt tops.  But then they sat at work waiting to be quilted for weeks and weeks.  Before I knew it, it was November 14th and the movie was on November 18th, and neither of the quilts were quilted!  Yikes!  Luckily I was able to pull it out and get them done just in time.
close up of the SSS quilt

I also finished this mail center I designed a few months ago.  I had the binding all attached, but just needed to stitch it down on back.  It seriously probably only took 10 minutes to finish, but it's been sitting in my drawer for weeks waiting to be finished!

Mail Center
I also finished a darling pirate quilt for my son for Christmas.  I was a little stressed that I wouldn't ever get it finished in time.  Usually when I have quilts for Christmas I put off the quilting until Christmas Eve, and then I'm up until 5 or 6 Christmas morning working on the binding.  I was determined not to do that this year, so I quilted the pirate quilt Thanksgiving weekend and attached the binding to the front.  Then it sat in a bag at home on my sewing table.  Last night I was so stressed that Munchkin would see it and ruin the surprise that I pulled it out and got it finished (plus Mike and Marshy cleaned the house and I wanted to put it away in the closet).  It took half of Iron Man 2 and about 45 minutes of Star Trek to get it bound, which isn't bad considering I was also working on laundry at the same time!
Pirate Quilt

In addition to the 2 quilts I made for the Twilight movie, I was also in charge of making the quilt and the tree skirt for the donated tree for Colton's Angels.  Every year we donate a tree and display to Festival of Trees.  Proceeds from the sales of the tree displays go straight to Primary Children's Medical Center.  Our theme this year was "L'il Boys Are Made Of".  We used this darling fabric from Sarah Jane.  It was so perfect for our theme!  I made this quick and easy strip quilt.

Festival of Trees Quilt
 I also made the tree skirt....or in this case, tree pants!  I saw a great tutorial/sew along on Sew-Mama-Sew, hosted by Monica Solario-Snow (of Happy Zombie fame).  The pattern is for tree pants, because not every tree wants to wear a skirt.  I just love that!  And it's true!  I'm kind of sick of round tree skirts, and this pattern was PERFECT for our tree.  I finished it a few weeks ago, luckily, and we took all of our tree stuff up to the South Towne Expo Center in Salt Lake City yesterday and put up our tree.  If you get a chance to go to Festival of Trees, it's well worth the $5 entrance fee.  The Festival runs from Wednesday, November 30 thru Saturday December 3.  It's definitely a fun outing for families, groups, or just by yourself.
tree pants

So, if you've made it this far (haha! sorry it's so long!) you'll realize that I finished 7 things this month!  HOLY COW!!  SEVEN!!!  I don't think I've finished that many in one month for a long time!  Of course, December is going to be totally different.  I'll be lucky if I get 1 thing done.  But hey, 1 thing is better than nothing, right?  :)


Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a month.....wonderful lot of finishes...

Judy said...

Wow, that is wonderful! I'm so impressed and happy for you.

Nanette Merrill said...

The tree pants is my fav. I get all mixed up. And I'm terrible at catching up with people. Did you have that baby yet!?