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Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's Done!

Well, the top at least! 

Stash Report - Week 30

Not a very exciting stash report this week since I was working on UFOs, but it does feel so good to work on UFOs! My progress since last week on the bed quilt is here

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 1/2 yard

Fabric added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 76 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 58 1/4 yards

Even though the stash report isn't that exciting, I do want to post a hearty thanks to all who have posted comments over the past few weeks and welcome a few new followers. I love hearing from any and all of you! There were several questions about the patterns I've been working on, so I thought I would post the pattern names here for anyone who is wondering. 

The clock pattern is called "Quilted Clock" by Rebecca Dickson. Shiisa Quilts, the store I made the sample for, has it available in their online shop here. The only tricky part about this pattern is that it calls for Freezer Paper paper piecing, which I hadn't done before. I googled the term and found some instructions and actually quite enjoyed the process...even better than regular paper piecing because you don't have to rip out the paper at the end.

The bed quilt pattern is called "Five Easy Pieces" by Cotton Tales. I bought it at Back Door Quilts (a wonderful, wonderful shop with great batiks and repros!) and it is available here. I just realized as I am typing this that I picked up a couple kits there yesterday and didn't include them in the stash report -- they can go on for next week! Maybe by then I will already have the stash used ; )

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FNSI Results

It was great fun to participate in the Friday Night Sew-in last night. I started pulling the blocks from the wall and laying them out across our bed so I'd have room to lay out the additional rows I needed to make. 

Before long, they covered the whole bed and the headboard! 

When I got all the blocks laid out, I had three left over and they all look kinda the same to me. 

I started sewing rows together around 10 and got about half of them done by the time I decided to call it a night. I wanted to take a picture, but Mike had crawled into bed already! I got the pic this morning and I am hoping to get the rest of the rows together by the end of the weekend so it can go into the "needs backing" line. Anyone know of a place to get good quality wide backing? Seems that some I have seen are thinner than normal quilt shop quality fabric. I have enough of a bolt from Lois' fabric that I may piece the backing, but if I can find a good extra wide, I may just go with that for ease! 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

For months, Jill has been trying to get me to join help me remember the Friday night sew-in, and guess what, this month I finally did! I am going to join along and work on getting the rest of our quilt top together...let's hope the kiddos go to sleep quickly! 

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Late Show

I had good intentions this morning of getting a Design Wall Monday post up early, but it is my last Monday home with the kids for a while, so I turned off the computer and headed to the park with them. We met friends there and had a blast, then stopped by the elementary school to pick up Jenna's letter and supply list. We walked down to see her classroom and her teacher was there. It was great for Jenna to meet her 1:1 and talk to her without all the first day distraction in the classroom. She told me this afternoon that she is going to like her classroom (big happy face!). 

On the design wall/cutting board this week are a couple finished projects and progress on another one. 

The clock is done - I made it as a shop sample for Shiisa Quilts and they will add the clock workings. 

The baby blankets are done and I put them in the mail this afternoon :)) (I am awful about mailing things promptly). 

And another row was added to the Five Easy Pieces quilt last night. As you can see in the upper right corner, the top block and setting triangle are not on the design wall, so I think the next row will be set up will be made on the design bed! I'll just have to keep the cat, dog, kids, and husband entertained elsewhere!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Stash Report - Week 29

The stash week started out great, as I gave some fabric to my mom to make a couple dresses for Haiti and finished up my own. These will head to Haiti with the husband of one of our guild members - she collected around 150 dresses in all! 

From there, I worked on UFOs for my friend Lois' family. We had a bee work day on Monday and I kinda turned it into a UFO sweat shop! We got three tops finished, three backs made, and two quilts basted so they are ready for quilting (and one that I didn't bring home is already done!). My fabric didn't take a hit for any of this, as I am not counting any stash used for Lois' projects in my report. 

I also got another big baby nine patch blanket done, so now have those all ready to gift/mail. My mom added the name with her embroidery machine and they are in the dryer right now. Will be packed up so I can drop them at post office tomorrow. 

Last night, I decided that I didn't want to do any quilting, so I wandered in and picked up the batiks from my Five Easy Pieces quilt that I started over a year ago. I've had all the blocks made for ages, but was procrastinating on cutting the side setting triangles (why, I don't know). I got the remaining 5 cut and started piecing the quilt last night. It is gonna be bright and scrappy! It is intended for our bed, and I think we may wind up needing sunglasses to sleep under it! There are 11 rows to put together and here are the first three. As you can see, I am running out of room on the design wall, so I will have to go to another location as I get to the center rows. 

All in all, it was a great week for the report, so here it is: 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 76 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 57 3/4 yards! 

Hope you all had a great week too and stop by Judy's blog if you want to see how everyone else did! 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stash Report - Week 28

This week was a good one for the stash :) I pulled 1/2 yard to make this doll blanket for my friend's daughter. My friend just had twins and I am sending gifts for them, so also wanted to include something for the big sis. 

The rest of my used fabric was put into a basket to be raffled at our guild meeting. I put two FQ packs totalling 15 FQs in the basket. Hope the winner likes it! 

On the other side of the coin, I brought in a little over a yard to finish up another big baby nine patch blanket, which will go to one of the twins. 

Although it didn't use any fabric, I did get the top from last week's design wall Monday put together. I went with the majority vote and did Random Circles/X's and O's. I will add borders this week and then have another one ready for quilting! A great big thanks to all who provided opinions about their favorite layout. 

Here's the report -- 
Added this week: 1 1/8 yards
Used this week: 4 1/4 yards

Added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Used year to date: 73 1/4 yards

Net used: 54 5/8 yards

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mid-Year Goal Check

Seeing as how we're halfway through the year, I thought it would be a good time to update my goal progress. I do it periodically in the sidebar, but I will add a little more commentary here. 

- Report my stash usage and acquisition - I have faithfully reported each week and have made great progress. It really does make me think twice about picking up something cute - not only because I have a small quilt shop worth of fabric in my basement - but also because I know I am going to have to 'fess up come Sunday! 
- Finish at least 4 more UFOs - Three down, two to go - I have finished My Carnival Quilt (started in 2009), 

the Snap Sack table runner (also started in 2009),

 and The July Stars wallhanging (this will be a shocker, also started in 2009). 

I really would like to make the fourth finish something bigger - like a wall or bed quilt, and something that's been hanging around a little longer.
- Locate, divide amongst bee, and help to finish Lois' UFOs -making good progress and will post a separate update on this one.
- Quilt a dozen items on the HQ - 9 quilted so far - am doing well on this goal and have a large stack of Lois' UFOs to work on, so I should make this one before I get into the holiday homestretch! 
- Fall table topper - In progress (Judy L quilt) - need to get back to this one - I am at the pieced border and then have a few more borders to add. I do want to get this one done and hopefully quilted before Thanksgiving. 

- Twin size bed quilt for Jenna - I have been perusing my books for this quilt and also went through Lois' UFO stuff last weekend. She had a french braid quilt in Jenna's favorite colors (pink, purple, and green) that she had barely started, so I may repurpose that and make it Jenna's (I am pretty sure she'd approve)
- Five easy pieces king size bed quilt for us - I've cut a couple more pieces for the setting triangles and only have 10 or less to cut. I will need to buckle down and get working on this soon if I want to get it done this year (and I do!).
- Do something without a pattern - I am signed up for Esterita Austin's class in October when she visits our guild, so that should fulfill that requirement. I am thinking of making a quilt of this picture Mike took in New Mexico last year on our vaca. 

- Start on a bed quilt for Michelle and Steve - haven't even started this one...I've looked at a few patterns and thought about it a bit, but haven't gotten going yet.
- Make more table runners - Made two so far, one more cut out, and I have at least one table runner UFO. I'd like to get at least one more done for us and one for a holiday gift because, yikes, I bought another kit for one in Columbus a few weeks ago! 

Overall, I feel pretty good about the progress. I still have a lot to do in the 2nd half of the year, but do have a retreat coming up in October. My mom and I have earmarked a couple of joint projects to work on at the retreat, but I will still take a few of the ones above to work on as well. 

Did you have plans for the year? How are you coming along? 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Design Wall Monday - bow tie thoughts

I didn't plan to have anything new on my design wall today, but I was itching to work on something different. Below are 24 bow tie blocks, one of the UFOs from my friend Lois. Her original plans called for making 144 blocks into a bed size quilt, but I am just going to finish the 24 she made into a small lap/baby/wall quilt. I threw them up on the wall and discovered two possible layouts, then got bothered by the light/dark contrast, so have four options. Could you please post a comment and share your opinion with me? Should I just sew them together as is or add some sashing, and which layout do you like better? I do plan to add a border once I have them all pieced together. 

1. Random "circles"

2. Random Diagonal 

3. Dark to Light Diagonal

4. Dark to light "circles"

Thanks! (And once again, sorry for the poor pictures...camera replacement is on the schedule for this month!)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Stash Report - Week 27

My stash this week had its ups and downs. 

On the up side, I won a little contest in one of my online groups and the prize came from two locations. Regina in NY sent me a set of fabric and two spools of thread. Her sister Sue in SC sent the Margo pattern from Lazy Girl Designs and a Bag-E-Bottom and label. I am really looking forward to making the purse, although I may make it in more fall colors, because I don't have a good fall purse yet! 

On the down side, I cut up another 2 yards for scrap bags that will become pet beds. They will head off to members of my bee. I also cut the backing for another big baby nine patch and got it sewn together (and as I type on Saturday night, my mom is adding the baby name to it on her embroidery machine :). I also pulled out one of my UFOs that has been sitting for a year. I started it last year on the 4th of July while my mom, Mike, and Jenna sat in the rain waiting for the fireworks (Jack and I went home early and he was snoozing while I was sewing). I put it away last year because I didn't know how I wanted to quilt it, but knew that I wanted it finished for this year. I got it done just in the nick of time, putting the last stitches into the binding on Saturday afternoon. I must say though, that it feels really good to have another item knocked off the UFO list, even if it is only a small one! Here's the results of all that above (and sorry for the awful picture, my camera suffered a bad fall and is dying and can't find the cord to plug my husband's into the computer!). 

I also finished up the binding and label for my mother in law's quilt - I was able to give it to her on Friday night for her birthday. I've already counted all the fabric for this one and it was great to pull out the already-made binding and stitch it on. 

Late last night after drafting this post, I cut out fabric to make a couple dresses for girls in Haiti. A woman in our guild is sending a suitcase full down with her husband later this month, so I pulled a couple bright florals to make them with. Pictures to come later in the week as I get them finished. 

Here's the numbers for the week: 

Fabric added this week: 1 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 5 1/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 17 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 69 yards

Net fabric used: 51 1/2 yards -- woo hoo, back above 50! 

Check out how everyone else is doing (and read about the new bees) at Judy's blog

Saturday, July 3, 2010

And, another month bites the dust

Is it just me, or does it seem like the months are absolutely flying by? I started off the month of June with 8 consecutive days of sewing, at least half an hour a day, and it felt great. I slowed down for the rest of the month though and wound up with 17 1/4 hours in my sewing room (still a respectable month). 

It didn't seem like I finished much, by my list seems to show more than I remember doing: 
- Added 1st and 2nd border to my Judy L quilt
- Made a pillowcase for our friend who is stationed in Korea with the Army
- Finished quilting my mom's block of the month quilt
- Loaded, quilted, and put binding on my MIL's birthday quilt
- Set up and played with HQ16 in the tabletop frame
- Repaired couch cushions (no pic of this b/c it is just not that exciting!)
- Made one big baby nine patch (just need to add the name)
- 4 pet scrap bags
- Enjoyed a wonderful Edyta Sitar lecture, the Brown County quilt show, and the Columbus NQA show (yes, I still have pictures coming from this one!)

In addition to the sewing, we finally got our basement repaired after our March floods, and we will be moving back in there over the next few months. I am looking forward to getting the frame set back up and getting some projects on it. 

I have a couple projects in progress this weekend that I hope to finish with the extra day, and then I want to get back to my Judy L quilt, and maybe start on something new....and I definitely have to get to the post office, because I now have three things that need to go in the mail!

Hope you all had a great June and are enjoying the start of a wonderful July!