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Monday, November 29, 2010

November Report

Whew! I came skidding out at the end of this month, quilting four projects in the last week of the month! It was really a pretty good month, especially considering I was sick for almost 1/4 of it and had a lot going on at work.

I spent 15 3/4 hours sewing and got this done: 
- 2 blocks and a back for a comfort quilt 
- Loaded, quilted, and bound a baby quilt
- Made a snap bag
- Cut and tied a fleece baby blanket
- Loaded and quilted a second comfort quilt
- Quilted and bound a table runner Christmas present
- Loaded and quilted a quilt for a guild-mate (it is Judy Laquidara's Morning Splash pattern - we sat next to each other in the class earlier this year, but she got hers done first)
All of the things on my list except for the last one are gifts for others, so I am lacking in pictures these days...I promise to start getting them mailed out so that I can catch up and show you what I've been doing! 

I am headed out on Wednesday for two back to back trips for work, so I will be taking along some cross-stitch. When I get back, it will be back to the HQ for me, as I have two more big quilts I want to finish before Christmas. Hope you all had a great month too! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stash Report - Week 48

This week was a good one for the HQ! I got two projects loaded, quilted, and pulled off. One got trimmed and sent off for binding (gotta love having a friend who loves to bind!), and I bound the other so it's ready for Christmas. Since both projects are gifts, no full pictures to post, but I'll give you a hint....

I used a small amount of fabric to back the second project, a table runner, and didn't venture into any quilt shops this week, so nothing added. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 38 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 129 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 90 1/2 yards

I was talking to my husband this morning about how much I've used this year and how it doesn't even begin to make a dent...guess that means I'll be stashbusting again next year! Visit Judy's blog to see how her week was and take a peek at the other stashbusters. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Germany Wrap Up

I realized the other day on the way to work that I never finished posting about our trip to Germany. Sorry if you were waiting for it...but work and life have gotten the best of me! 

Our last stop in Germany was Munich and we arrived mid-afternoon on a Sunday. We settled into our hotel and then decided to head over to Oktoberfest to see what it was like. We wandered in by the fair rides, then made our way past the bratwurst stands and over to the beer tents. We wandered in a couple beer tents before we found a place to settle for the evening. Our company was a couple from Frankfurt with great English skills, a couple from Munich with very limited English skills, and two young women from Canada who were on the last stop after a summer of travelling. Despite our eclectic mix of people, we had a blast! 

Over the next two days, we explored the center of Munich and really enjoyed the sights, the food, and the people. Our hotel was perfectly located near everything, but on a side street that was quiet at night. The weather even cooperated - the forecast had called for rain most of the time we were there, but we only had one afternoon and evening of showers, and as luck would have it, we spent most of those times inside. 

On our last day, we made the trip to Dachau to see the memorial from the Dachau Concentration Camp (no pictures from here). It was very respectfully put together and a sobering sight for sure. 

Our trip ended with dinner at a restaurant recommended by a work colleague who was raised in Munich and then one last stop at Oktoberfest and one last liter of beer. 

All in all, the trip was just fantastic and a great way to celebrate ten years of marriage. We missed the kids and think they missed us too (but they had a blast with my parents), but it was really nice to have the time away. Stay tuned, I'll have another one to report about in 5 years! 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stash Report - Week 47

I had a slow week in the sewing room because I had another busy week at work. I took Friday off to prep for a weekend away and to use one of my remaining 7 vacation days this year! That's a lot of days to use between now and Dec 24th, especially when I will be travelling for a week, but have no fear, I will get them in and will enjoy lots of sewing/quilting when I do! 

I was able to cut out a Christmas present on Friday while Jack napped and then got a fleece blanket cut for a new baby gift. I took it with me and Jenna and I tied it while Jack napped on Saturday (hooray for Jack's naps!). Even though it isn't official quilting fabric, it was taking up room, so I am counting it as stash used! 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 2 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 38 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 128 7/8 yards

We had a great weekend in Lansing, MI with my college roommate and her family. The guys enjoyed the Purdue v. Michigan State game and we did a little shopping - visited Country Stitches and I got out with only a pattern in hand for a Halloween pillow. 

Here's a picture of us with 3 of 4 kids this morning (Jenna was not playing the game!). 

Hope you all had a great week too! 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stash Report - Week 46

After my amazing stash busting last week, I was down for the count! I had a fever from Thursday night through Tuesday afternoon and was unable to function well from Saturday through Monday. It was a rough weekend, and in addition to being sick, an incredibly busy week for work. I worked from my bed on Monday, my couch on Tuesday, then back into the office on Wed, and training my department on a new computer system Thursday and Friday. To say I was wiped out in the evenings was an understatement! I had a little energy by Friday night, and really wanted to get down to my frame. After settling a few issues, I was able to get going on a baby quilt and get it finished in under an hour. I spent a couple hours later in the evening making and attaching a scrappy binding to the top. Now, I just need to sew it on and it will be ready to mail to the new baby girl. Here's a sneak peek. 
I did use a little stash for the binding, and my mom returned with a few presents from Quilt Festival in Houston, so the report does have a silver lining this week (and that little schnibble of fabric isn't even a fat eighth, so it doesn't get counted :). 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 38 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 126 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 87 1/4 yards

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Best Book

When I was at retreat a few weeks ago, I showed several of my table-mates a book that I brought with me. It is a probably the one book that I have used most since I started quilting. I take it with me for reference when I sew away from home and think I might have questions, and when I am in my sewing room, it sits in the drawer just under my left arm. I pull it out and reference it all the time, especially for binding (this is the most used page in the book for me, by far!). 
It is spiral bound (magnificent), and is laminated so you can write on it with a dry erase marker, especially helpful on the pages that have little worksheet/calculation areas. 
My mom gave it to me for Christmas the first year I was quilting and I just googled it and can't find it anywhere on the web for sale. If you see one in your local quilt shop, I highly suggest picking up a copy for yourself or a new quilter in your life. It's official title is Quilters Q&A - Answers to your most important quilting questions, by Thistledown & Co. 

In the event of a fire in my house, I would definitely grab this book! What about you? Which quilting book could you not live without, either because of its inspiration or practical application? 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nine Patch Play

Ages ago, Judy over at Virtual Quilter posted a challenge for EQ7 users. It was a simple challenge to use the basic nine patch block as a starting point then draw straight lines to create new blocks. She had amazing results, and I had a good time playing along too. 

I started with line drawings, but quickly had to add color...here's some of the favorites that I came up with by just adding straight lines to a nine patch:

This last one really got me going. I was trying to figure out in my head how I could possibly make this block - maybe paper piecing? Then, I started to wonder what it would look like in a quilt where it was repeated...would a secondary design emerge? 

Ohhhh, I love it! This is going into my inspiration file and I just might take the plunge and make one of these one day! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stash Report - Week 45

This was a rocking week for my stash! I worked on one small project (not done yet, and it is a bit of a surprise when it is done) and then made backs. Boy, it is great how backs take up so much yardage! I also counted the fabric that I finally sent from my giveaway in late Sept. (at least the one package I sent, still need to send the second one!). 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 12 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 38 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 125 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 86 7/8 yards (and it doesn't even make a dent!)

This week, I hope to get some of those backs on the frame so that I can get some tops done!  

Saturday, November 6, 2010

October Report

I can't believe how much I got done in October! Of course, the two day workshop and weekend retreat really helped me get to some things I've been working on (or wanting to work on) for a while. I topped my highest month ever and sewed an amazing 51 1/2 hours in October! Here's what I got done: 

  • 2 Pillowcases
  • Back for the wedding quilt (one of Lois' UFOs)
  • Quilted and prepped binding for Lois' 9-patch quilt
  • Esterita Austin workshop - prepped top and pinned to foam core
  • Cut kits for retreat
  • Christmas presents for kindergarten teacher (1 bag) and kleenex box covers (6)

  • 2 Backs for Lois' Las Vegas photo quilts
  • Mountain blocks for guild block of the month
November is flying by already, but I really hope to get some time on the longarm this month. I have a backlog of quilts ready to go and I really want & need to get several of them done soon!