November 350 Blocks Report

Posted on November 30, 2016 by prairiemoonquilts in 350 Blocks Project

It’s a good thing I went to a retreat last month so I could sew, because this month  . . . I made a whoppin’ ONE block!

Granted, it’s one big strip of this quilt that I’m counting as one block, but still. I was too busy at the longarm to do any piecing. I had to finish up lots of last-minute customer quilts, because . . .

On Monday, My Cowboy and I hauled my longarm machine, Ivy, up to the guys at Nolting to have her overhauled. She’s given me 4 years of hard service without so much as a teeny glitch, so I thought she deserved a spa day. She’s gonna get some new parts (don’t you wish it was that easy for humans?) and a good cleaning, but best of all, when she comes home, she’s coming home with a new frame to ride on!

My old frame had gotten completely out of whack, which made driving the machine on it a real trial, in some instances. As my friend, Lisa, would say: “Like dragging a dead body through Georgia mud!” I could never tell when I’d hit a spot that would cause me to make a bobble, and there was no way to fix it. The new frame will be all metal, completely level, at the right height for me, with all new wheels and rolling system, and have a couple of new features that I will be thrilled to have.

So I feel sort of lost this week, kind of floundering. I thought I would feel freedom, but no . . . I’m just feeling nervous. I still have a lot more of those last-minute customer quilts to get done before Christmas!

While I’m waiting for Ivy to come home, I’m putting the finishing touches on the room where she will be living. Furniture is going in:


Meanwhile, I keep making bigger messes elsewhere. This is my weekly cutting table update photo — not much progress here:


How did you do in November with block making?

Can you believe there’s only one more month of this year left?

We have a December goal of 30 more blocks, which will bring us up to the final 350 for the year that we’re after! I’m getting excited about seeing how our group totals add up for the year, and I’ve been gathering goodies for the prize packages, so you’ll want to stay tuned for all that.

So it’s time to report in for November, and I’ll do my best to get the Project page updated with all the new totals for everyone. If any of you, like me, are working on last-minute quilty gifts, we should have more blocks to report before the end of the year!

The prize winner for October is Katie Z., who is currently up to 789 blocks — woohoo!!

Happy stitching, and enjoy this wonderful month of celebrating the holidays — it really is a magical time of year.

39 responses to “November 350 Blocks Report”

  1. denniele says:

    What exciting news for Ivy…and you! I believe it is good to make life easier when you can!! 🙂
    58 blocks this month. Still struggling to get into high gear! 🙂

  2. Becky says:

    I’ve gotten 162 blocks done in Nov! I did a marathon sewing day with my daughters over Thanksgiving. Oh happy day!

  3. Betty K says:

    I am still not the best (health wise) but sewing along when I can. I am above right now what I did last year so that is a yippy from me. This month I did 41 blocks. That gives me a total so far of 749. I would love to reach 850 or better but time will only tell.

  4. Sherry V. says:

    I did not do much better than last month. . . I got another 5 blocks done.

    I am hoping that I can get a number of blocks done in December; but I have my doubts.

    Thank you for all your work in running this.

  5. Louise says:

    I only made 48 blocks this month, but 36 of them are 6″ blocks with 41 pieces each. The other 12 are 5/8″ hexies with 12 pieces per block. So, I have made a lot of pieces, but not many blocks. 🙂

  6. Kathy Fraser says:

    I was able to make 20 blocks for a Christmas quilt. I also made 5 blocks to inco-operate for the backingSo my count for November is 25.

  7. randy says:

    20 and mostly due to a four day retreat..

  8. Leah Groenwald says:

    made 60 assorted blocks, a few for each of 3 different quilts

    Blessed Christmas Season to you & your family

  9. Stephanie says:

    I chopped up a Moda Scrap Bag, added a bit of stash, and made 39 blocks. Only a few left to do. Design is Two by Four from Film in the Fridge.
    Total so far this year 774 – woo!

  10. Susan says:

    One block for this month. Next month should be better.

  11. Pat Mac says:

    Working on a mystery quilt so finished 221 4-patches.

  12. Maxine E. says:

    45 blocks this month! which is surprising with the holiday..

  13. Bobbi says:

    Well, you beat me! I didn’t make any blocks in November. I’m still hopeful that I will finish with 350 for the year, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  14. Deanna says:

    A much better November for me this year than last year: 34 this time. That brings the yearly total to 427. I might get in one or two more finishes for 2016 and will probably end the year around 450. Keeping track is fun!

  15. Put me down for 34, Shelly. And my cutting/quilting table remains cleaned off – mainly because I haven’t been in there much during the holiday weekend, and I was gone two days this week.

    You’ll get there.

  16. Cindy says:

    Well seemingly I forgot to keep track this month. I can only come up with 22 for a grand total of 571 for the year.

  17. Susan says:

    How exciting for you and Ivy! It sounds like it’s a really nice overhaul. I didn’t do much this month – saved by some small blocks I did on one day. 19 blocks total for the month. Total of 763 for the year. I guess it’s a good thing I had some big projects earlier in the year!

  18. Barbara B says:

    57 blocks completed in Nov

  19. Crystal Farinella says:

    49 blocks this month….got off to a great start but sweet baby granddaughter decided to arrive 7 weeks early. Feeling truly blessed!

    Crystal in Cedar City

  20. Marlene Clausen says:

    That should make the total look a bit better!

  21. Rose Marie Smith says:

    I made 42 this month. I really hope I win one of the prizes. I sent my husband out to buy some Powerball tickets………….absolutely nothing. I just have this yen to be a winner.

  22. Julie L says:

    Healthwise I am starting to feel better. Quiltwise I am doing better as well. I got 16 blocks done this month. That makes 602 for the year.

  23. Suelynn Williams says:

    Hooray for retreats! Your table looks like mine!
    Lucky Ivy – she will be amazing when she returns.
    October 13 blocks
    November 15 blocks

  24. Pam Martin says:

    I got 90 blocks done in November – thanks to a retreat! Finished one quilt with 80 blocks and did the last 10 blocks on the pineapple quilt, now just have the borders left to add.

  25. Andi O says:

    I had a great month with lots of extra time over the Thanksgiving holidays to sew. I had 275 blocks this past month!

  26. KT says:

    Not as much time to sew in November due to lots of championship meets for my daughter. Still managed 34 blocks this month. December will be worse since I’ll be working on the new Bonnie Hunter mystery and the first several clues are usually just block components.

  27. Janet V says:

    November 122 blocks

  28. Kathi Benchley says:

    36 blocks!

  29. Oh, I wanna play with all of you! I just read the primer page and this sounds like F-U-N! What else do I need to do to let you know? Will there be a 350 blocks for 2017? Can I get a widget for my blog’s sidebar? Will there be snacks? lol

  30. katie z. says:

    Woohoo, I like being chosen. Thanks for all your work on this.

    85 new blocks for a total of 874. 11 days to baby, so who knows what December will bring!

  31. Happy to report 19 blocks, which takes me to 351 for the year. Yay, I made it! Still making blocks in December for a local mystery quilt club I recently joined. It’s been such fun doing this Shelly, so thank you.

  32. Donna says:

    25 blocks this month. My best month yet!

  33. Cynthia says:

    I managed 28 blocks for November.

  34. Karen says:

    In November I made 30 blocks. My total is 681 blocks.

  35. JanetD says:

    Nothing, zero. I can’t believe how little I’ve been able to sit and sew this year. Hope it changes before someone gets hurt!

  36. Mary says:

    I made 56 partial blocks for the border of Bonnie Hunter mystery from a few years ago. I’m not sure how to count them, so why not go whole hog and just say I did 56!

    Yea for you and your new frame! I hope it’s even more wonderful than you expected.

  37. Meloney says:

    Can you tell how my month went, I just not got to this message. 🙁
    I did a great 2 blocks in November and December is not looking so great yet.

  38. Linda Knight says:

    As you can tell by my late post I have had a busy last few weeks. I actually managed to make 52 blocks in November but haven’t had time to make any since. I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a very quilty New Year!

  39. Jackie Hale says:

    I did worse than you ~ I made ZERO!

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