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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stash Report - Week 5

My sewing room was quite neglected this week. Long nights at work led to short & tired nights at home and the couch was so welcoming! I did get lots of handwork done though, so still feel crafty at the end of the week. I did make a block on Friday, but it was all from scraps and since I am not counting them, it doesn't affect my totals.

No shopping outside of my house yet either. I pulled some fabric from the basement for a new BOM project, but I haven't cut into it yet...maybe this week.

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric added year to date: 0

Fabric used this week: 0
Fabric used year to date: 9 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 9 7/8 yards

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Measure Thrice, Cut Once

I bet you think this post is going to be about a cutting mistake. Guess again! I have surely made several of those during my quilting time, usually accompanied by four letter words! But this little post is about some really cute gifties some of my quilty friends have bestowed upon me in the last three weeks.

The story starts at our bee workday on the first Monday of January, when I forgot to bring my measuring tape. I was cutting backs, so that was kinda a problem...it is hard to measure backs with a 24" ruler! I borrowed a measuring tape from one friend an mentioned that I used to have one in my travel bag, but don't know what happened to it where the kids put it.

So, I return to work the next day and have a little present on my locker (long story, but I have a locker and not a desk...will share that on a really slow quilting day!) from my admin. 

Then, I went to guild the next week and Suzie, who let me borrow her measuring tape on work day, hands me a little baggie with a present in it. 

Then, my mom goes on a little shop hop on Friday and brings me back another little present. 

I think I should be set now! I fully expect Jenna to steal the kitty one, but at least now I'll have an extra when she does.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stash Report - Week 4

Another good week...I did all my fabric shopping from the dining room and basement! I finished a top that won't be shown on my blog until it is gifted since the person reads my blog, started a pincushion, and finished the first of my donation pillowcases for the million pillowcase challenge.

Fabric used this week: 2 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 9 7/8 yards

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric added year to date: 0

Net fabric used: 9 7/8 yards

I am hoping to prep the back for the quilt top mentioned above this week, so should have a couple yards there and have a block to make this week, so I should wind up with a little more busted this week. I am also hoping to get some time in with my HQ this week...no busting there, but some finished projects, which feel just as good!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cooking Mom...just for a night!

Sometime in the last week or so, one of the bloggers who I follow posted about making Italian meatball soup from a Pioneer Woman recipe. I followed the link (which I now cannot find anywhere) to the recipe and it looked great...but also very involved...and it included cheese, which isn't an option in our house if all of us are to eat the same meal, which is what we try to do on most nights.

So, I pulled out my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and found a recipe sans cheese. Started with the meatballs (this is about 1/2 of them).....

Cooked them and started the soup pot with a yummy mix of beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, pasta, and spinach....

And voila...soup! In under an hour, which was the really amazing part.

It was sooooo good. I think this one may become a regular in our house on damp, cloudy winter days like today. Jack loved it. Jenna only ate it so she could have another piece of bread and dessert...and tried not to eat any of "that green stuff."

I helped myself to two bowls, so now I am trying to tear my full tummy of the couch and get a quilt loaded on the frame...we'll see!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stash Report - Week 3

This was a busy week for me schedule-wise, and I was working on binding my Carnival quilt to show at Show and Tell on Thursday. I finally got into my sewing room last night to cut a little fabric and start a new quilt.  

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric added year to date: 0

Fabric used this week: 3/4 yard
Fabric used year to date: 7 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 7 3/8 yards

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Double or Nothing

Lois, do you think it is odd that I have more fun working on your UFOs that I do on mine? I guess the difference is that your projects are new to me! I can tell from your copious notes that you had plans for just about everything you bought. I may borrow some of those plans from you because many of them are my taste as well!

Mom and I went over on Monday and picked up almost all of the rest. There is one more multiple drawer bin that just wouldn't fit in the back of the van, so that will be on the next trip. I think that my dining room has disappeared with this load! Jenna likes to crawl under the dining room table when she is mad/sad/wants time alone/is eating a box of Girl Scout cookies that she doesn't want us to know about. She tried to do that the other night to avoid washing her hands before dinner and got stuck! I heard this voice calling "Mom, Mom, can you come help me? I need you to move these boxes; I can't get out!"

Jack seems to think that the white shelving unit is for climbing on, but I think I corrected him last night (let's hope!), and Jenna keeps looking around the house for a place to put it so that she can put "all those small fabrics" in it. I am thinking it will need to be somewhere where she can fondle the fabric because she really finds it quite charming! She tried tonight to sell me on a location right next to her bookshelf so she could look at it when she reads....I think there may be a future quilter here! That's good, because I think you've given me enough for me and her!

We found in your bookshelf these two great binders - your resource books! I asked your sons if I could have them and they were fine with it. They are such a great resource with all the articles about thread, batting, binding methods, and tons of quilt ideas and free projects that you printed off! They should keep me inspired and busy for quite a long time! Thank you so much!

I know you'd be so happy to see that I finished my Carnival quilt from the Debbie Bowles class. You were so excited about her coming to our guild and I can tell why. Her patterns are fast, striking, and look just smashing in batiks. I think this may be the first in a series of batik quilts for me, and your stash will help me out a lot in this area!

I quilted this one with a King Tut thread you picked out for one of your niece's quilts (don't worry, there is plenty left on the cone when we get that quilt put together!), and Bottom Line in the bobbin. I am not thrilled with how I quilted it (meandering) because I don't think it did much to accentuate the pattern, but that is a lesson learned! From here out, I will do a better job of studying the quilt and really planning how I will quilt it before I put it on the frame.

Next up are a couple more quilting projects and then work on my snowball challenge quilt - you'd really love that one (although you'd probably make it in purple and white!).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are you kidding me?

For quite a while, I have suspected that Jack has a secondary allergy or food issue due to some gastrointestinal problems I won't detail on the blog : ) During our family vacation to New Mexico in May, he had none of the issues and since then we've been trying to figure out what the difference was in his diet. Different brand of soymilk, different tap water? Those were theories that we couldn't check very well once we were back home, but we started week after week of trying to eliminate certain foods to see if they might be the trigger. We went through corn - no, wheat - no, pork - no, and I think there were a few others in there. In addition, he's been off eggs for about a year because of suspected issues with them too (and there is a high correlation between soy and egg allergies). Well, this weekend, we finally figured it out....and I can't believe it!


The Christmas day turkey sparked a reaction and I have had him off turkey since then. Kinda forgot about it and gave him a turkey sandwich on Saturday, and by Sunday, issues were back.

I am so glad we've figured this out. This is such an easy thing to remove from his diet and we're lucky that he loves his protein so we can easily substitute with another meat. We do eat quite a bit of turkey in our house, but I don't think he'll really notice if we make a change for him.

So, now we try eggs again when we're feeling brave (I think we'll wait a few weeks at least). And, then hope that he outgrows it all!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stash Report - Week 2

It was another good week on the stashbusting bandwagon, as long as you don't count the fabric I inherited and started to bring home (which I am not counting...it would probably take me all year). Due to all that fabric, I am adding one more guideline to my reporting - I am not counting fabric used in the finishing of Lois' projects as busted. I will count any of her fabric that I use myself or use for donations/giveaways.

This week, I prepped two wall/baby quilt backs, a table runner back, and a binding, so had some good stash usage.

Fabric added this week: 0 yards

Fabric added year to date: 0 yards

Fabric Used this week: 5 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 6 5/8 yards

Net fabric used for 2010: 6 5/8 yards

Friday, January 8, 2010

Two and Counting

Hi there Lois, me again! Just wanted to let you know that I am starting to make some progress on your UFOs. Here's the first one - it was so close to complete - I stitched the opening in the back closed tonight and it will head back to your house probably this weekend or early next week. Don't know where your boys will put it, but I think the colors are great (sorry they don't show as well in the pictures). Your simple pattern has inspired me. I might have to make some placemats like this from one of the many jelly rolls that you left me!

I also finished your X-Bag. We both bought the pattern in Columbus at Quilt Trends in different years, and mom and I made our bags a while back. I remember the day you came to bee and told me that you couldn't figure out how it went together. We pinned it the right way and that must be how you left it. I hope you sister or one of your nieces will like the bag and will use it.

I also worked with Mom yesterday to package up eight projects for others to start on! She took them all to the North group today and passed them out to a couple bee members and a couple volunteers who do hand work.

On the other hand, I found another UFO yesterday! Shame on you hiding them in the midst of other things! I added it to the list and later in the day found some blocks that were already made for it! Ha ha - got ya! You thought you'd fool me putting them in two separate places, but I figured it out!

This weekend and into next week, I am going to take a little break from your stuff for a week or so to get a couple of my own projects quilted. I am suddenly experiencing a little urgency after seeing so many UFOs!

P.S. Could you please stop knocking over the thread? Twice yesterday, your thread racks fell over and all the thread toppled off, once when I was on the other side of the room, and the other time when I just barely bumped the ironing board on which they were resting. We really do need thread to finish the projects, okay? I promise I will take good care of it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dear Lois

Hi there Lois. I hope you're having the time of your life reconnecting with your parents, your brother, and your husband. Just in case you haven't had a chance to check in on me, I thought I would give you a little update. Your memorial service was really nice. The quilts displayed all over the room made it look so welcoming, and I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of you throughout your life. Your sister is really a neat lady (she must take after her big sis) and she looks a lot like you in the face!

On Monday night, Mom and I decided to go over and get started on bringing your stash to its new home. Wow, I did a double take when we started...you said I would need to buy a bigger house, and I think you might be right! Stop laughing! Kevin and Steve were so helpful. They really know how much your quilting meant to you and were both very aware of which projects should be finished. We talked a lot about all your stuff and your love of fabric as we loaded the entire back end of the van and the car seats! Don't worry, we'll be back to pick up the rest soon...probably this weekend since I left the blues and novelties that I need right away to start on some of your UFOs.

Mike was, um, a little overwhelmed when I pulled into the driveway and he opened the side door, then the back door of the van. He was a great helper and just kept bringing it all in, not even asking me once what I planned to do with it or where the heck I was going to store it. At the end, I thought I was going to lose him when I told him that this was just over half.

Now, let's spend a minute to chat about some of those UFOs. Most of them are in the two bags there, one the chair and the floor under the table. So far, I have found 30 of them in varying states of completion! I have them all in a spreadsheet and several current and former members of the bee have offered to help finish them. We'll get them all back to Kevin and Steve or Marti. Man, you were so close on so many of them!

I'll be back in touch to share pictures as we finish things up, and as I bring back the second load, and as I figure out how to store all of this in the long term. I host bee in March, but I think they'll all understand if Auntie Lois' quilt shop is still in my dining room :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

December Accomplishments

Well, I have been posting all this stuff about the new year and I haven't even posted my December accomplishments yet! Here goes...

What was on my list:
- Christmas gifts - 2 + 7 for day care teacher gifts - done - the Christmas turned into birthday, and the teacher gifts went down from 7 to 5 

- Thank you gift for Jack's day care room (he's moving up to preschool!) - didn't even start it.
- Prep backing, quilt, and bind Christmas tree skirt and put it under our tree before Christmas morning! - Done
- Finish Carnival quilt top - Done, but you'll have to wait to see a picture until it is quilted.
- Quilt a top from a friend that I've had in my closet for way too long - Done
- Finish hand sewing on Reindeer quilt and hang up! - Done
- Start on my snowball challenge - Done

And the things that weren't on my list:
- Top for baby quilt for the Curtis
- Quilted 4 placemats for my mom in exchange for her making a block for me
- Snack sack table runner
- 3 Christmas towels
- Finished cross stitching on baby announcement for Ella
Sorry, but I don't have pictures of any of there to share yet...they will come in good time.

And my goals for January
- Finish and mail Valentine's table topper for Michelle
- Quilt and bind Carnival and baby quilt
- Complete cutting fabric and block assembly for Snowball Challenge
- Pick up and begin the process of figuring out how to store Lois' fabric
- Identify and develop plans for Lois' UFOs so that we can finish the projects she had started, specifically 2 quilts for her twin nieces and a wedding quilt for her nephew and his wife. I am sure we will find more than these 3 UFOs as we start to go through her room!

Stash Report - Week 1

I am jumping into this world of stash reporting in 2010, so I am not sure quite how you all do it, but I thought I would list my informal set of rules that I am using for myself:
  • My stash week will last from Sunday to Saturday, so I can post late Sat. or on Sun. morning.
  • I will count as busted anything that comes out of bins or off of shelves and gets cut for a project (hopefully I will be pretty good about starting these projects in the same week).
  • I am rounding to 1/8 of a yard.
  • If it comes from my scrap buckets, it won't count because I will have already counted fabric that goes in there as busted. I usually only put things in there that are less than 1/2 of a fat quarter.
So, then, onto the report for this first week:

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added year to date: 0 yards

Fabric Used this week: 1 1/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 1 1/8 yards

Net fabric used for 2010: 1 1/8 yards

The fabric used this week was for a table topper I am making for a friend. I was happy to find a good use for this charm pack that someone else won at the retreat I went to last year and gave to me because she didn't care for the fabric line. Am hoping to get this quilted, bound, and in the mail by the end of January so that it can be used for a couple weeks before and after Valentine's Day.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I love my new sewing room!

You wouldn't believe how great my new sewing room is...there is carpet on the floor, all the way to the wall in most places! There is a well organized closet with all the quilting stuff together and all the cross stitch stuff together and all the stuff that I never ever use tucked away on the very top shelf. And, there is a cutting table that is clear enough to use! Imagine that....funny thing is, the door is the same place in the house it used to be, but I swear it can't be the same room. Nope, I am just going to call it my new sewing room!

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Year Ahead

Over the past few weeks, I have been reviewing my 2009 goals and thinking ahead to 2010. I had drafted several goals in my head, but the passing of my friend Lois earlier this week has changed things a little. You see, Lois mentioned casually one day that she planned to leave me her stash. It turns out that she also shared this wish with her sons and they would like to honor it. Soooo....my first order of business this year will be cleaning out her sewing room with my bee and bringing home lots of new fabric. I am so grateful for the gift she's left me, but let me tell you, I really didn't want it this soon. I would much rather have had Lois around for another dozen years.

I have some new goals now that include going through her UFOs and helping to finish them. Several from our bee have also said they will drop their current projects to help finish UFOs so that her family can have them. I have no idea what or how many we'll find.

Here's a review of my 2009 goals and the progress I made on them:

  • Quilt at least eight quilts on the HQ16 - DONE 
    • Valentines Wall Hanging 
    • Mystery Quilt Re-do 
    • Charity Baby Quilt for my mom 
    • Lois' Trip Around the World
    • Mom's Oriental Circles
    • Nick's Log Cabin QOV 
    • Julie's Quilt 
    • Suzie's Raindrops
  • Quilt of Valor for Nick - DONE
Here's my list of goals for 2010:
  • Report my stash usage and acquisition (not sure yet how/if I will count Lois' fabric in this, but I will definitely count my purchases)
  • Finish at least 4 more UFOs
  • Locate, divide amongst bee, and help to finish Lois' UFOs
  • Quilt a dozen items on the HQ16
  • Fall Table Topper
  • Twin size bed quilt for Jenna
  • Five easy pieces king size bed quilt for us
  • Do something without a pattern...art quilty
  • Start on a bed quilt for my college roommate and her husband
  • Make more table runners
I think that's a good list. As I know from last year, this list keeps me focused when I finish one project and can't decide what to start next. I also know that I will probably get far more than this done.

Happy New Year to all of you!