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Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Accomplishments

February was a very short month for me. Between a busy work schedule, illness throughout the house (Jack, me, Jenna, Mike, Jack), and the Olympics on the TV nightly for 2 weeks, I didn't get a lot of sewing in.

I only totalled 15.5 hours sewing this month. I did make some good progress on a cross stitch project, which is not counted in that total.

Here's what I got done:
- Back for mystery quilt #1, quilted & attached binding on this quilt.
- Lois' UFOs -- helped with the wedding quilt for her nephew, pieced her schnibbles quilt top.
- Made a Pink Penguin Colts bag
- Quilted my mom's Eureka quilt
- Pincushion for my QIN swap, which is now officially lost in the mail :(
- Prepped, assembled, and quilted the bucket quilt for Jack's preschool classroom.

I don't have aims to do a ton more in March since I know my schedule is going to be crazy for at least the next two weeks. But I still have goals...here they are:
- Finish sewing binding on mystery quilt #1
- Quilt and bind Curtis' baby quilt
- Start working on the Bunny Hill BOM
- Assemble another bucket quilt for the classroom next door to Jack's

And since you read this far, you get a bonus picture!

Stash Report - Week 8

I did it! Got to 20 yards this week (so now I can go shopping, right?!?!). Due to the allure of the Olympics, I set up shop downstairs one night this week so I could watch from the couch and cut some fabric. This is the strips and squares for my snowball challenge quilt...it is taking longer than I had hoped to get going on this one, but when I was cutting the fabric the other night, it reminded me how much I am going to like it so I am now a little re-motivated to work on it.

I have the bucket filling quilt from last week home now and need to do some quilting on it today, so check back in later today or early in the week and I will post a picture of it in its completed state. I am going to do another one for the classroom next door in the next few weeks too!

Here's this week's report:

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 2 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 21 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 21 1/8 yards

I hope to keep going now that the Olympics are winding down!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Feet

It has been a good month for my feet. It started off with the arrival of new slippers, which we much needed due to holes in the feet of my old ones!

Then, my mom finished knitting socks for me :) We bought the yarn a few years ago in Colorado, and she recently took a sock knitting class and used this yarn to use through the class. They fit perfectly and I love them! Thanks Mom!

Then, she finished a pair for herself that turned out too small, so they also made their way to my house! These socks are really warm and snug too!

In addition to all this foot happiness, I decided to take my digital camera in for repair. We actually have 3 in our house and I have been using my husband's for the past several months because my 2 were both broken. The repair guy was able to fix the one I took him and now I am so happy to have my own camera back...good week!

P.S. It is a little wierd to take so many pictures of your own feet!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Stash Report - Week 7

I was glad to have an obligation this week that pushed me into the sewing room and got me cutting some fabric! I helped my son Jack's preschool classroom make a quilt for their class this week! I sent in a piece of muslin on Tuesday and picked it up on Thursday...look what they did to it!

On Thursday night, I cut the borders, back, and batting and added the borders to the top. I took my sewing machine into the classroom on Friday afternoon and showed the kids how to put a quilt together (stitch and flip method, which works a lot better when you actually put right sides together...so the kids also got to see how you use a seam ripper!).

I haven't gotten pictures of the completed quilt from the teacher yet, but I will be bringing the quilt home one night next week to do a little quilting in the middle around the bucket so it will wash well.

Anywho...on to the stash report:
Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 4.5 yards

Fabric added year to date: 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 19 1/8 yards
Net fabric used year to date: 18 1/2 yards

Woo hoo - getting close to the 20 yard mark...I hope I can make some time this week to hit it!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Are you talking to me?

From the first time I started going through your UFOs, Lois, I wondered if I would find a project that you had us all help with in the bee. You started it the year before I joined and then had us make additional blocks for it the next year. It was a beautiful set of blocks and I couldn't wait to see how they'd go into a quilt.

After bringing home the second load of fabric, I located them...all the blocks and borders neatly zippered into a bag tucked into the book with the pattern. I put them in the box with all the UFOs, but every time I walked by the table, they caught my eye. I just had to see how they'd go together. So, I worked on them a few weeks ago (sorry, just catching up on the blog now!), and boy do they look great!

But the best part of this project is that I found your notes on the back. Several blocks had names on the back of them of the person you assigned them to, and mine even had a few instructions from you!

It was kinda like you were talking to me from the back of the quilt! I have the top all together now and one of these nights I am going to pull off all the paper while I'm watching tv.

CJ summed it up....she left you a note on the back of her block and I think we all agree...just wish you could be here to see this one get finished.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The quilt without pictures

I finished quilting a new one on Monday, but can't show any pictures yet because the recipient reads my blog and I don't want her to see the quilt here first. I used Thermore batting in this one and boy, is that stuff thin! I have it laying on the couch and will start sewing on the binding one of these nights while we are watching the Olympics, so I will see then how warm it is. But it was great for tension...no issues at all on this one. I used Superior Brytes. I really love that thread. It has just the right weight and sheen to it and it quilts so nicely.

Since I can't show pictures of the quilt, I will share my pincusion pictures. I hosted a pincushion swap for my Quilting in Indiana yahoo group and made this pincushion (which still hasn't arrived at it's destination across town even though I mailed it a week ago....arrgghh).

And, I received this one in exchange.

It was a really great swap...nice to have a little something to use in the sewing room and no new UFO (that's the best part!).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stash Report - Week 7

This was a sad and lonely week in my sewing room. I had a very busy week at work plus two night obligations this week, so no sewing actually happened. I did go in to iron a sweater one morning!

I did have a FQ go out as a birthday gift for one of my bee-mates, and I had the first fabric of the year come in. The speakers at our guild meeting this week were The Two Sipsters, Beth Wheeler and Lori Marquette. They talked about how to alter photos and print them for quilting. I was really inspired by their stuff so bought their book and a roll of their fabric. I can't wait to try this technique!

Fabric added this week: 5/8 yard
Fabric used this week: 1/4 yard

Fabric added YTD: 5/8 yard
Fabric used YTD: 14 5/8 yards
Net fabric used YTD: 14 yards

I may not have much more activity this week due to 1)the Olympics, and 2) lots of quilt that need to be quilted!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Valenstimes Week

Valenstimes is how Jenna says Valentines - isn't that cute? She is very excited for V-day later this week and will be even happier to get her little present (a new doll).

On New Year's Day evening, I pieced a table topper for Valentine's for my college roommate and her family. I quilted it in January as well, then bound it by machine. I sent it off to Michelle and she received it on Friday so I can now post a couple pictures. I didn't take a picture of the full finished product by accident, but here's a few pictures of the top completed and a closeup of the quilting.

I used a new ruler that my mom picked up in Houston for me and it was great fun! It makes the rope chain in the outer border. It was a little tricky to do the angles, so I took a picture of another section to show : )

My brilliant moment in the construction of this table topper was choosing a Christmas print to back it with so she can put it out over the holidays then flip it over in January and leave it out through February.

I also have to give a shout out on the pattern for this one. It was Little Charmers III from Anka's Treasures, a very easy to follow and quick pattern. I am a follower of Heather Mulder Peterson's blog too and she is really a great blogger...I get lots of inspiration from her and love seeing all her bright cheery pictures.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Go Colts!

We live in the heart of Colts country. The Colts complex is less than 2 miles from our house, and we'll be rooting on the home team today!

Stash Report - Week 6

I prepped a back this week, which is always good for stash busting! I also made a Colts bag that you'll see on my blog later today. And, I gave my mom some of my inherited fabric to use for her Pay It Forward bags! Lots of good stash usage this week and I still have that new block of the month to start, so I am hoping to have a good week next week too!

Fabric used this week: 4 1/2 yards
Fabric added this week: 0

Fabric used year to date: 14 3/8 yards
Fabric added year to date: 0

Total fabric used: 14 3/8 yards

And so far, I have managed to keep myself away from all the quilt shop football widow sales!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mom's Quilt

Last fall, my mom and I both signed up to take Debbie Bowles class when she was here. My mom also hosted the 2nd day of classes, and made a Eureka quilt. It has all batiks in the middle and a black on black for the borders.

She brought it down to me the second week in January to quilt and it has been on the frame to quilt since then. I finally started the quilting a few weeks ago and it didn't go well. She wanted me to do straightish lines that mirrored the long sections of the pieced curve blocks. I tried three and they did not look good, so I moved on and did a pattern with my versatool ruler in the square blocks and it looked pretty good. At that point, I stopped, called my mom, and we decided that she would do the long lines on her regular machine after I did the other quilting. Then it sat...for at least another week.

Earlier this week, I did a little work on it and promised my mom it would be done before the Super Bowl started, so I got to business last night and finished it. I had fun in the borders using a stencil that I picked up at Joann's and my pounce pad.

I will let her share the final finished product when she finishes the rest of the quilting on it and the binding.
I am starting to get a little backlog of quilts for the frame, so I am hoping to get a couple on and done quickly over the next few weeks. That will also mean lots of binding to work on during the Olympics!

Friday, February 5, 2010


I love my little iPod touch. I bought it originally because I wanted the wifi email/web access and thought I might listen to a little music on it. Then I discovered that I could plug it right into a jack in my minivan and life hasn't been the same since. I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore and after I drop off the kids, I listen to podcasts on my way to and from work, appointments, my parents, the grocery store, etc.

I have two favorites that I listen to every week, and when I miss them, I really miss them! Tops on my early in the week list is This American Life, a public radio show. It makes me think, hard sometimes. The shows really stick with me. Tops on my late in the week list is The Chaos Chronicles. It makes me laugh, and it makes me feel a little more like a normal mom. Lian, who does the Chaos Chronicles, used to have a show, then podcast called Satellite Sisters. When they went off the air, I think I went into a depression...so thank god Lian started Chaos Chronicles.

I also subscribe to Annie Smith's Quilting Stash podcast and really enjoy her interviews of quilters, but she is not podcasting as much this year.

But now I have a problem....I increased my work schedule from 3 to 4 days a week at the start of the year and now I am running out of podcasts before my commute is up for the week, so I need your help! Do you podcast? Is there one you love? It can by quilting, parenting, general interest, news...really anything that will add about another hour - 90 minutes a week to my listening pleasure! Let me know what I should add to my rotation!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Starting to Stack Up

Hi Lois! It has been a few weeks, but I have been thinking about you a lot...just about every time I walk through my dining room or wander into the basement! I have unearthed several more UFOs, but I have the priority ones all divided out among the bee and we're doing great. Check out this stack of projects!

There are a couple in that stack that need to be quilted, but let's take a look through the others....

We had to find someone from outside the bee to finish the hand quilting on this one! You must not have enjoyed hand quilting either, but she finished it off very nicely.

This one only needed binding and there was plently leftover from the back to make it from that. I am guess this one and the one before are going on 20 years old based on the fabrics!

This one was ready to quilt and mom finished it up and I found the binding you had already made for it! Woo hoo.

And finally, Sandy hemmed these curtains for your kitchen. They are so cheery!

We will work on labelling them and getting them over to your sons soon. But the best part was at workday today. I took the pieces and parts of the wedding quilt for your nephew and his wife and the whole bee worked on them. We have the top done except for the borders and Suzie took those home to put on. It was so fun to work together on it and try to figure out what you were thinking when you were working on it! Now I just have to find something to use for the backing....but don't worry, you left me with plenty to choose from!

January Accomplishments

Whew, that month went fast! I guess they all do anymore...but it was a good one. I started off on fire, then slowed considerably toward the end of the month. I did get lots of cross stitch done, but the progess on that would be very boring to watch on the blog, so you'll see those projects when they are done.

This month, I rocked with 23.5 hours in my sewing room and I finished the following projects:
  • Valentine's table topper - pieced, quilted, bound, and mailed! (I think that's a first)
  • Rice bag for my mom
  • Made 50 red segments for my snowball challenge (boy, I want to get back to this project!)
  • Prepped back for Carnival, quilted, bound, and showed at the guild meeting.
  • Prepped back for Curtis' baby quilt
  • Finished Lois' candle mat and X-bag
  • Modified my friend's shirt for easier nursing access
  • Pieced a top of a heart quilt...pics to be shown when it is done
  • Loaded a quilt top for my mom, started quilting it and didn't like the quilting...still on the frame (I have some to rip out, but we have a plan B)
  • Made the first of my pillowcases for the Million Pillowcase Challenge
  • Made binding and hanging sleeve for one of Lois' small wall quilts
  • Star block for a lady in our guild who is recovering from a broken ankle and can't go anywhere for 12 weeks (yikes!)

I didn't finish the quilting on the baby quilt I am making, and wish I'd made more progress on the Snowball challenge. I did get all of Lois' fabric to my house, got some of it organized in the basement, and found most of her UFO's. All the most urgent ones are in progress and I am enjoying working with her stuff (both the unfinished projects and the fabric).

I don't want to put a lot on the docket for February because we have a busy month ahead and I have a lot going on at work, and the Olympics is starting, which means a lot of couch time! I would like to get these things done at least:
  • Finish quilting mom's quilt
  • Quilt Curtis' baby quilt
  • Finish one more of Lois' UFO tops
  • Do some more work on the Snowball Challenge
Hopefully, I can get some things quilted so I have binding ready when the games begin!