2016 APQ UFO Challenge List

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stash Report - Week 17

I put a new plan into place this week to make sure that I am getting all these projects completed when I want to rather than finding them under a pile of half finished things. That meant not much new cutting for me this week, as I was working on cleaning up, organizing, and prioritizing what I want to work on.

I did give some fabric away in a challenge of one of my online groups, and passed on a few FQs to my mom for a friend of hers who is collecting paisleys. A good week for the stash and the soul! I do have one little block to show that I made for a bee-mate. It is little - 3 1/2 inches - can't wait to see how these all come together.

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 yards
Fabric used year to date: 48 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 39 1/4

Hoping to pass the 40 yard mark for net fabric used in the next week.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A New Plan

Earlier this week, Regina posted about QDD - Quilters Distraction Disorder. I have been struggling with this a bit lately too. While I have finished a few quilts this year, I have way too many projects in progress or abandoned (see my UFO list on the sidebar). This week, I decided I needed a new plan to get me finishing things more consistently. I usually post monthly goals on my blog, but I don't post them anywhere where I see them and I don't usually go back to look at them until I am posting at the end of the month. And really, a lot happens in a month! So, the new plan is a list with two categories: Do in the next week, and do in the next month. You probably can't read the details, but here's my list that was started on Wednesday night.

As I finish all the "do this week" items, then I can dip into the second part of the list. My plan is to update the list weekly and keep it visible to me in my sewing room (rather than on my computer :).

The plan was tested last night as I got a chance to sew and it did keep me on track. I almost got sidetracked once, but was able to contain myself because I knew what I needed to get done.

What process works for you? Let me know in the comments how you decide what to work on and how you make sure you're actually getting the things done that you want to get done.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Retreat Report

Ages ago, my mom and I booked this weekend to go to the St. Jude's retreat (same one I went to last year), but found out a few weeks before that it had to be rescheduled. We weren't available on the rescheduled date due to my commitments with Judy L's visit to our guild, but we weren't willing to give up the weekend since we'd already made arrangements (my husband willingly agreed to keep the kids all weekend). We had to do a little finagling, but came up with a Plan B.

I worked on cutting out projects last week to prep for the retreat and got the rest of my Judy L. quilt cut out, a new quilt for my MIL, and a table runner. I only remembered to take a picture of the table runner though!

We headed east on Friday morning and stopped in Oldenburg for lunch at a great old pub, then kept on going (with a quick detour to Pohlar Fabrics) to Cincinnati.

We checked into our hotel, set up, and were sewing in about 20 minutes. Jill came by that evening to hang out with us and we got to see a couple quilts she just finished, catch up on all the latest news in her life, and watch her knit some really soft socks. We sewed and chatted quite late then collapsed after she left. I woke up too early on Saturday morning, and made myself trim up my hst's before I could shower or eat breakfast. Here they all are nicely trimmed.

We sewed until our late checkout then headed out to do a little shopping (mom with the squirrel in front of stop #1) and eat lunch at a great pizza place. We hit one more shop after lunch and met my cousin at The Container Store (oh, my, what a great place -- I wish they'd open one in Indy). After shopping, we went to Julie's apartment for the remainder of our retreat. She was a little amazed at all we brought in, but handled it very well when we took over her dining room!

We didn't even realize it was dinner time until she mentioned that she was starving! She took us to Green Papaya, a fantastic Thai restaurant. Julie and I both devoured our Pad Thai, and I had to take a picture of my mom's Pineapple Fried Rice!

After dinner, we went back to sewing until late in the evening (or was it early in the morning?). I finished a quilt top for my mother in law sometime on Saturday evening and just have to add a final border, which I hope to find in my stash.

After that, I decided to work on one of Lois' UFOs and got the borders on this quilt.

Sunday morning came too quickly and I woke up with a headache. Took some Tylenol and was able to recover after some donuts and a great Chai Latte from Busken Bakery (OMG - yummmm). I got the top pieced and borders on the second Irish Chain quilt of Lois' (it is about 1/3 the size of the first one). I think it still needs another border...what do you think?

Last project before we packed up was continuing to work on my Judy L. blocks. I got two more complete blocks done and several units of the companion block made. I am hoping I can get the companion blocks done if I sew a few hours in the evenings this week.

We sadly packed up our things (but not before mugging for a few pics with our gracious hostess), and headed back to Indy. It was a very fun weekend, and boy did we eat well!
The kids were excited when I arrived home last night and we all stayed up too late, so I am off to bed after I finish this post. I think Mittens is glad I am home too!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stash Report - Week 16

It's a late stash report tomorrow, and in the interest of time, won't include pictures, but I will blog later in the week with details from my weekend retreat with my mom. We did a bit of sewing, and I prepped in the week by cutting several projects, so I busted some good stash this week. But, then we did a little shopping while in Cincinnati and found a great sale for those not going to Paducah! A little in and a little out, but a good time was had by all! Stop back later in the week for pictures of what I cut and what I got done.

Fabric used this week: 7 3/8 yards
Fabric added this week: 5 3/4 yards
Net fabric used this week: 1 5/8 yards

Fabric used year to date: 45 1/4 yards
Fabric added year to date: 9 yards

Net fabric used this year: 36 1/4 yards

Monday, April 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I don't usually play along with Design Wall Monday, because I don't usually have anything exciting on my design wall (or I have the same thing for weeks on end), but this week, I do have something exciting! It is a Judy Laquidara quilt in progress!

You know how sometimes you start blocks for a quilt and think "hmm, this will be okay, but I am not wowed by it"? I had that problem with Carnival. Loved the technique, loved working with batiks, but wasn't crazy about how it was coming together until I had it into a top with borders and all.

This time, quite the opposite reaction! I loved the colors when I pulled them (and these aren't my typical colors -- except for that bright orange in the middle!), and I love how the blocks are looking when I put them together. I am very motivated to work on this top and really hope that I can stay that way so it fulfills an item on my to do list of the year -- can you guess which one?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The best giveaway yet!

Have you heard about this wonderful month long blogger giveaway? Wow, it is amazing! Kelly over at I Had a Notion, is giving away a product a day for 30 days to celebrate the first anniversary of her store. There are some wonderful products -- you'll probably lose at least 1/2 an hour reading through and entering! Good luck!

Stash Report - Week 15

Well, you would think that with my Judy Laquidara class prep and lecture this week, I would have used something like 16 yards (like she seems to do every week!), but alas, I just cut as much as I needed for the class! Then, I bought some fabric at the quilt show my mom and I went to yesterday. The panel and coordinate with turtles are for a baby quilt and I just love that Moda Cherish Nature line so I had to get the panel for it. I will head into Quilts Plus soon to get some coordinates for it since I have a gift certificate from Christmas to use there.

I was still in the green for the week though.

Fabric added this week: 2 3/8 yards
Fabric used this week: 4 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 3 1/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 37 7/8 yards
Net fabric used: 34 5/8 yards

I am going to be cutting out a couple new projects this week in hopes of still retreating somewhere/somehow with my mom this weekend (our planned retreat got rescheduled and we couldn't attend), so I hope to break the 40 yard line for fabric used, and if it is a really good week, then maybe my net used can also top 40. Cross your fingers for me!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Better in Person

You know how some things are just better in person? Like fabric, quilts, and even teachers! Last night Judy Laquidara arrived in Indianapolis to give a lecture and two workshops to our guild. I was very excited to meet her after reading her blog for several months and participating in her weekly stashbusting challenge. She was a joy to meet in person and boy, is she funny! She was a little embarrased with the New Orleans Saints logo on her desktop in front of a Colts crowd, but we were forgiving, especially when she started pulling out the quilts to show!

She lectured on borders, labels, and sashing and it was great fun to see all she does with her borders. She makes me want to get EQ6 (or maybe just steal my mom's copy since she doesn't use it ; ) to make some beautiful borders. Here are a few of my favorites that she showed.

Today I get to host a workshop on the last quilt shown and then take Judy and her husband out to dinner. I came home last night and started cutting fabric for the quilt and I am excited about how all the fabrics go together. Hopefully I will have some blocks to show tonight!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stash Report - Week 14

This was a great week in the sewing room (unfortunately not a great week in the basement, but I won't whine about that on the blog...I will just say that I am very glad that all the fabric down there was in plastic bins).

Last weekend, I got some cutting done and this week, I finished up my new purse/tote. I love it! It is the snap happy tote and the top snaps together with the use of metal masking tape. It matches the little baggie I made here, which turns out to be perfect for my digital camera!

Here's a picture of the inside.
I made the pocket inside out, but the good news is that I will be the only one who knows (oh, yeah, I guess all of you will know too). Perfect space for the cell phone and iPod. I had so much fun making the two snap happy bags, I may have to make a few more!

I also got some more scrap bags cut out and plan to sew them this week so that everyone in my bee can have one to toss their scraps in.

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 4 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 7/8 yard
Fabric used year to date: 33 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 32 1/4 yards - boy, I didn't think last week that I'd jump past 30 yards this week - that sure is motivating!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter from all the Cousins!

My brother and his family rolled into town on Thursday afternoon and the kids have been playing ever since! There are 5 cousins 8 and under and they get into a lot of trouble have a lot of fun together.

This weekend, the big project was to move and set up a play structure in my parents back yard (given to them by their very generous neighbor). My brother took it apart and we carried it from their yard to my parents.

The kids were having a very good time in it before my brother got it back together!

Unfortunately, we had rain much of the day today, so they didn't get great playtime in today - let's hope for sun after the Easter Egg hunt tomorrow!

Friday, April 2, 2010

March in Review

Despite a crazy busy month at work, and two floods in our basement during the month of March (as I write this post, I am having three new sump pumps installed!), I managed to find some respite in my sewing room.

I started the month getting inspired at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show and cleaning my main machine, then got going on some other projects:
- Pink Pillowcase for the challenge
- Quilted and attached binding on the snap sack table runner that I pieced in December
- Finished binding mystery quilt #1
- Quilted and bound Curtis' quilt
- Small snap happy bag
- Made 4 scrap bags to fill and pass on to the Humane Society
- Cut and fused my January and February Snowbound BOM blocks
- Loaded and quilted my friend Kathy's QOV
- Pieced a second bucket filling quilt
- Pieced Lois' Irish Chain top

It was a good month, and I rallied in the last week to total 19 hours in the sewing room. Lots on deck for the month of April. Judy Laquidara is visiting our guild next week and I will be hosting one of her workshops. Mom and I are trying to develop a plan B for our retreat in the middle of April since the one we were supposed to go to has gotten rescheduled. And, my brother and his family surprised us all and came into town for the Easter weekend. Even so, I have a few goals for April:
- Finish my Snap Happy Tote/Purse
- Finish the second bucket filling quilt
- Cut and finish a baby blanket for my friend whose daughter is almost 1!
- Cut the fabric for a quilt top for my mother in law
If we get to retreat, I should get a lot more than that done....cross your fingers for me that we can come up with a good alternate plan!