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Monday, January 31, 2011

Jenna's Butterfly Fling

I put the final stitches in for Jenna's Butterfly Fling quilt tonight, my #6 UFO for Judy's UFO Challenge. I have to say that I don't think I would have finished this quilt anytime soon if it wasn't for the challenge, because I just didn't have the kick in the pants that I needed. Thanks for the kick Judy! 

When I started the month, I had the top and binding done, and a little fabric pulled together for the back (but I knew it wasn't enough). I split out what I needed to do over the month as follows: week 1: make the back, week 2: Load and quilt, week 3: bind, week 4: label and relax. The plan went awry in week 2 when it took longer than planned to quilt, but I managed to catch up with a lot of binding this weekend! 

You got a sneak peek at how happy Jenna is with the quilt when I took it off the frame, but here's the final product. 

I am hoping for an easy draw for the month of February because I have another busy month at work and would like to have some time to work on my new projects. Numbers 3,5,8,9,11, or 12 would be good ones to pull. Fingers crossed! 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stash Report - Week 4

This week was a weird one. I thought I would have lots of time for sewing, but it didn't turn out that way. I did work on a small UFO that I will blog about later this week, and I spent all of my sewing time this weekend working on binding my January UFO so that I can have it done and post about it tomorrow. 

I did use some fabric this week, as I pulled from my stash to provide the backing and a consistent black for a comfort quilt that several of my quilting friends are making for another quilting friend. It is a good thing I had to pull fabric for that, because I had my first addition of the year. A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Cara Quilts, and this week, I received my Pure Jelly Roll. The good news is that they cancelled each other out :)
 Light above, dark below

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

Fabric added year to date: 2 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 10 1/2 yards
Net fabric used: 7 3/4 yards

I also added a new book to my library this week as I had a bonus card to Joann's, and I couldn't let that go to waste! 

Patterns added/used this week: 1/0
Net pattern usage for the year: 2

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stash Report - Week 3

It was a very boring week for the stash report, because I spent all of my sewing time downstairs with my HQ16. Yesterday afternoon, I finished the quilting on Jenna's quilt, which is the UFO I am working on this month. My plan is to add the binding today so I have the week to sew it down and get the label on. 

Last night, I decided to load another quilt that I am doing for a friend, and once I got it loaded, I decided to start quilting. I was done in an hour :) and it can go back to her at bee tomorrow. I have never gotten two quilts finished in the same day! Here are a couple pictures. 

It feels great to have my "must do's" done for the month (except for the hand stitching), so now I can play a little, at least until Judy pulls the UFO for next month! 

Fabric added this week: -
Fabric used this week: -

Fabric added year to date: -
Fabric used year to date: 7 3/4 yards

Patterns in/used this week: 0/0
Net used ytd: 3

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Quilting is Done!

Wahoo! I just finished the quilting on UFO #6. 
Jenna helped me take it off the frame and immediately cuddled up.
Do you think she's a little excited? 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

First cross-stitch finish of the year

My first quilty finish this year was putting the final stitches in the binding on the 1st, and I will have to show you a picture of that one soon, but last night, I finished up a cross stitch I started on last year. It is going to be a gift for one of my sisters-in-law, the owner of the farm we visit from time to time (the first post isn't her farm, but all the others are). I need to get it framed and then find a good occasion to give it to her, but for now, I just needed to show off a little (it has been a long time since I finished a cross stitch!)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

UFO #6 Progress

When Judy pulled UFO #6 at the beginning of this month, I was pretty happy to work on a quilt top that I've had done since the retreat I went to in 2009. I pulled together fabric (some I'd forgotten about but luckily stored with the top) and got the back made at my bee's January workday. I planned to load it on the frame right away, but my mom asked me to quilt a top for her and it was small and was going to use the same panto I already had lined up, so I did that one first. After that one was done, I did a check of my batting to discover that I didn't have enough Warm and White to do this quilt. Mom and I made a trip to Joann's today and I picked up a bunch at 50% off :D so I am set for a while. 

I got the quilt loaded today and met Jenna's request of pink thread on the top (even though I really wanted to use neon green!). I started off tonight on the top border and quickly lost steam. I am doing loops and loosely following the butterfly and flower designs in the border fabric. I stopped after getting the top border done because I am not quite sure what to do in the middle in the blocks - if you have any ideas, please let me know! If all else fails, I will loop my way through the middle. 

My plan is to work on the quilt tomorrow since we have the day off for MLK and hopefully get the binding on by the end of the week so I have the last week of the month to get it sewn down and the label on. Then I get to hold my breath to see which one Judy picks next! There are a few higher on my list than others, so I will have my fingers crossed for a couple items not to get picked yet! 

Stash Report - Week 2

This was a really busy week without a lot of sewing. I got a quilt loaded for my mom last weekend and got it quilted on Tuesday night. It was a lap quilt, and I used the panto that was already lined up on the machine, so it went pretty quickly. Here's the final result, and she'll probably show it on her blog when it is bound. 

After that, my week was pretty busy, so I didn't get anything done until Friday night, when I made two pillowcases. These go with a wedding quilt that my bee has finished for our friend Lois' nephew. I will show pictures of that one and the other one I am giving to her sister later today or this week after we have a chance to hand them over. I used my pillowcase pattern this week and managed to resist buying a Sue Nickels book at our guild meeting, so my pattern count is looking pretty good too :)

Fabric added this week: -
Fabric used this week: 2 1/8 yards
Fabric added year to date: -
Fabric used year to date: 7 3/4 yards
Net fabric used: 7 3/4 yards

Patterns used/purchased this week: 1/0
Patterns used/purchased ytd: 3/0
Net patterns used: 3

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stash Report - Week 1

The first full week of 2011 was a good one for the stash :) I got the backing finished for my #6 UFO and am hoping to load it on my frame this week - just have to get the one I told my mom I'd do quilted first! Beyond that, I did a couple small projects as gifts to others - the first is a set of coasters for a work colleague who is transferring overseas. The second is a trio of snap bags for our hostesses in China when I was there in December. 

All in all, a good week for stash usage and pattern usage! 

Fabric used this week: 3 5/8 yards
Fabric added this week: -

Fabric used year to date: 5 5/8 yards
Fabric added year to date: -

Net fabric used: 5 5/8 yards

Patterns added this week: -
Patterns used this week: 2 - Snap Happy & Four Patch Coasters

Net patterns used: 2

Hope you all had a good week too! Judy is already in terribly impressive territory! 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Annual Goals

Last year, I decided to move up from monthly goals to annual goals to keep me on track with some things I wanted to get accomplished through the year. I still set monthly or weekly goals for a good portion of the year, but seeing my annual goals really kept me in check to make sure I was working on the things I really wanted to work on. 

Here's the results of what I got accomplished with my 2010 goals: 
- Report my stash usage and acquisition - Done! I tracked usage all year and ended the year with 92+yards used. 
- Finish at least 4 more UFOs - Done! Finished three small projects and one baby quilt.
- Locate, divide amongst bee, and help to finish Lois' UFOs - Done! 20 (36%) complete and many more in progress.
- Quilt a dozen items on the HQ - Done and then some - 15 quilted
- Fall table topper - In progress (Judy L quilt) - got stalled on this project when I ran out of one of the fabrics, but it is back on my UFO list this year.
- Twin size bed quilt for Jenna - Didn't make any progress on this, except for deciding that I am going to finish my butterfly fling quilt for her.
- Five easy pieces king size bed quilt for us- Partially done - got the top together, and bought the batting, but didn't get it quilted - also on my UFO list for this year, and is the project that was selected for the first quarter, so hopefully it will be done by March.
- Do something without a pattern - Done! I messed up cutting a table runner, so had to figure out how to make the pieces work without a pattern to follow!
- Start on a bed quilt for Michelle and Steve - No progress on this, but I do have some ideas to work on and hope to make some progress this year.
- Make more table runners - made four over the course of the year and had a lot of fun with these quick, pretty projects!

So, now that I have recapped 2010 goals, I am setting out 2011 goals. 
- UFO Reduction - End the year with 8 fewer UFOs that I have now (21). If I keep going with the UFO challenges, reduction shouldn't be a problem, but I am hoping this will help me keep in check how many new projects I start and don't finish. 
- Make a charity quilt
- Continue stashbusting and end the year well into the black (dare I aim for 100 yards?) and add pattern usage to my weekly reports. You see, I found this year that patterns were a great loophold when not buying fabric and I really want to make a lot of them, so this will encourage me to make from my existing patterns and books before I buy too many more. 
- Work on Steve and Michelle's quilt - I would like to have the top well underway this year, maybe even finished. 
- Quilt 20 items on the HQ - upping my goal from last year since I did so well and so many of my UFOs require quilting.
- Make a QOV for a friend who is stationed in Afghanistan and due home mid year. 
- Make 3 projects from existing patterns or kits that I have bought prior to this year. 
- Finish at least four cross-stitch projects

Hope you have a good set of goals for the year whether it includes specific projects or not! 

Stash Report - End of 2010 and Start of 2011

I decided to break my stash report into 2010 and 2011 today so that I can officially track my year to date usage (and yes, I am just that anal!). I had a sewing day at my mom's this week and the kids were really good, even though Jack refused to nap. I got a table runner top done and started in on a new quilt using a book I've had for a while. This is a picture of the jelly roll, book, and ruler that I picked out a few weeks ago. I wound up picking a pattern that doesn't require background fabric, so the cream fabric in the picture will go back down to the basement. 

I also made up a few more scrap bags and started sewing some blue squares together for a charity quilt. It left me with some good usage to wrap up 2010. 

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

Fabric added all of 2010: 44 5/8 yards
Fabric used all of 2010: 137 1/2 yards

Net fabric used for 2010: 92 7/8 yards -- I am really happy with this total considering the fabric I was gifted at Christmas! 

Ok, now moving on to 2011. The UFO challenge really got me going yesterday and I pulled out my project for the month and got started on making a backing for it. I didn't have enough room to lay everything out, so I stacked it to go to workday on Monday and moved on to more blue squares. The evening of sewing got me off to a good start for 2011. This year I am also going to track my patterns in/used so that I can keep myself in check for pattern purchases too. You'll see that in my Sunday reports as well. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 2 yards
Net fabric used: 2 yards

Patterns in = 0
Patterns used = 0

Hope you all had a good week/day too! Happy new year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Month End Review

In December, I spent almost half of the month travelling to Miami, Singapore, and Shanghai for work (finally posted pictures here if you want to see a little of my trip). When I got home, I was just plain worn out and didn't even walk into my sewing room until Dec. 16th! I was off work from the 17th through the end of the month, though, and I sure made up for it as I wound up with 23 hours of sewing in the month!  Here's what I got done: 
- Tote and four tissue box covers for teacher gifts
- Put together one of Lois' UFOs into a top (minus borders)
- Stocking for Curtis
- Loaded, quilted, and started binding the pink quilt for Lois' great niece
- Cupcake table runner top put together (didn't get a picture of this one yet)
- Loaded and quilted the wedding quilt for Lois' great nephew
Lots of time on the HQ, and it felt great. I even got an issue with the stitch regulation worked out so now only one issue with the machine remains. I will call them about it in the next few weeks, but the machine is very usable in the meantime. 

I am going to post my 2011 goals later this weekend or early next week, so January will be focused on starting off with some good progress on them. I also have two UFOs to work on -- Judy pulled #6, which means I need to make a backing, quilt, and bind a top that I finished about a year and a half ago. I even have the binding made and ready to go! The second UFO number hasn't been pulled yet, but I will do that later today, so I will have another project to work on in the first quarter, but don't have to have that done in January. I will get in one sewing day this month, which is Monday. I am really looking forward to it and have my fingers crossed that I can get lots done!