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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

February/Esterita project done!

Well, I am only two months behind, but I've gotten my Esterita Austin project finished! It was the UFO Judy pulled for February, and I worked on it quite a bit then, a tad in March, and made myself finish it up this month before starting on the April UFO. It is hanging on my design wall now and only needs the hanging sleeve stitched down. Overall, I am really happy with how it turned out and enjoyed learning this technique...not sure if I will do it again, but maybe with the right picture, I'd think about it. 

Here are some of the close ups of quilting - I tried a few different patterns and enjoyed expanding my repertoire, but I sure do like the speed of quilting on the HQ a lot more! 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stash Report - Week 17

I did a little bit of everything this week, but don't have any pictures to prove it, so you'll just have to trust me. I sandwiched and started quilting my April UFO, finally sent out the fabric for a giveaway I did last fall (!!), put blocks together with my mom and got them most of the way into a quilt top....before we ran out of fabric for the final sashing strips, finished the binding on my February UFO (better late than never), cut out a little coupon keeper, and started adding sashing to the blocks for my charity quilt.

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 3 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 29 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 11 1/4 yards

I am about 25 yards behind where I was at this point last year, but I am okay with that since my focus this year is really on getting through UFOs.

Patterns added/used this week: 0/0
Net pattern usage: -3
I didn't think about how to count free patterns on the internet....I am not technically buying them sot they aren't adding to my stash of patterns, but I am not using something I already have, so I guess I won't count them as added or used, unless any of you can give me a good argument for counting them as used!

And since you read this far, you are rewarded with a happy easter picture from my family. I hope all of you who celebrate Easter or Passover enjoy your holiday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

About Jill's Question

If you haven't been following along with Jill's Year of the PIGs posts, you're missing some great blog posts and responses about how people get PIGs, sewing areas, etc. I keep meaning to post an answer to Jill's questions, then forget about it/get busy and don't get around to it. Today, both kids are having play dates here, so I have some time where I need to be visible but not terribly involved in what's going on - the perfect time for a blog post. 

This month, Jill askedWhat part (or parts) of the process of making a quilt are your least favorite? The part (or parts) that you just dread and that make you throw your projects back into the dark recesses of your stash closet? Have you found any tricks to break the cycle of being held up on the parts that aren't your favorite?

I've been thinking about the answer to these questions and I think that it has changed for me over the past few years. In the beginning, getting a quilt ready for binding (including making the binding) was what did me in every time. I would get a quilt back from the quilter, put it nicely in my sewing room, then let it sit for ages before I'd pull it out, square it up, and make and attach the binding. I didn't mind the hand sewing piece - it was all the stuff that had to come before that. In order to break myself of that, I think there are two things that I've changed. First, I now make the binding when I finish the top. I find that when I finish the top is the time I am just about most excited about the quilt, so I have the energy to make the binding. I've also gotten a lot more experienced at making and attaching binding and making the ends meet, with the help of a little reference book my mom gave me when I was a new quilter (posted about here) that has a fantastic page on ending your binding. Second, I now put the finished quilts right on my cutting table when I finish quilting them so that I have to pay attention to them before I dig into something else. Sometimes this doesn't work, but most of the time it does. 

So now, probably the thing that makes me turn a project that I am actively working on into a UFO is just boredom...or maybe not boredom, but interest in something new. It seems that I have sooo many things that I want to make that I just want to get going on the next thing, even when I am not finished with the last thing. That's why I have so many items to work on for the UFO challenges I am participating in this year! I usually do feel really good when I finish something up, but as soon as I do...the desire to start something else comes back! I suppose I will always have to walk that fine line between too much in progress and too much to do, but I don't mind so much....that approach will work for me until I run out of floor space and storage room!  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stash Report - week 15

Not too much activity this week as I was working on stuff either already cut or quilting to finish up a UFO. I did cut a couple bindings and started cutting sashing last night for a charity quilt.

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

Fabric added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 26 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 7 3/4 yards

Pattern usage for the year remains the same - I am in the hole by three.

The plan for this week is to work on quilting my April UFO and sewing the sashing onto the blocks for the charity quilt. I don't have any evening commitments this week, so hope to make some good progress.

Mission Accomplished

After I posted last night, I headed right up to my sewing room, changed out the foot on my machine and got going on the quilt I wanted to finish. I had a solid hour of quilting left complete with one bobbin change and one drop of oil to make the machine sound a little happier. I got the quilting done and promptly moved on to the binding, and now it is ready (along with the hanging sleeve) for hand stitching. I am seriously thinking about requiting one spot because my tension was really loose, but even if I do that, it should only take about 30 mins and I think I will be happier in the long run.
Sorry for the wonky picture, blogger won't upload it correctly. I'll show it right side up when I finish sewing the binding! 

Friday, April 15, 2011


Handmade by Heidi

I am joining the Friday Night Sew In momentarily and hoping to finish some quilting on my Janome tonight. Wish me luck and join in!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stash Report - Week 14

Well, Judy fell off the wagon this week and so did I! It was actually a good week for both busting and adding to the stash. I started off the week with a day home with a sick little girl, so I spent a lot of the day sewing while she was swimming. I added binding to three quilts (one baby, two wall), and pulled fabric for another baby quilt - a panel I bought a long time ago. I quilted it up this week too and found binding for it but haven't had a chance to prep it and put it on yet. 
After all that good work at the beginning of the week, I headed over to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, OH with a van full of friends. I was so good on the first day and only bought two things - both presents for other people! On the second day, I bought a lot more....everything which is in the picture below! 
The red fabric (4 yards!) is a backing for a quilt I am working on for my sister in law. It is an on and off project that I am doing when I have a sewing day, so it might not be busted soon but I have a specific purpose for it. The layer cake and the little 2.5" square packets were on sale at The Fabric Shack and I just couldn't pass them up. I will make up at least two of the square packets for my guild small quilt auction. The blue piece in the back is for a baby gift (a fabric book), and the purple batik is to make a cover for my new iPad, which also arrived this weekend. I also added 4 patterns (1 in a kit form) to my pattern stash -- yikes! 

Added this week: 10 1/4 yards
Used this week: 3 1/8 yards

Added year to date: 18 5/8 yards
Used year to date: 25 1/2 yards

Net fabric used: 6 7/8 yards (I am pleasantly surprised that I am still in the black!)

Patterns added/used this week: 3/0
Net patterns used year to date: -3

I guess I better sign off this computer and get working on finishing up some projects so I can bust some more stash!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

My mess of a design wall

I haven't done a design wall Monday post in a while, although even if I did, it would be the same thing week after week since the UFOs on my design wall haven't been touched in at least 4 months (except for 1 of them). Here's my mess: 

And explanations of everything, starting on the left: 
- Blocks from a buck-a-block from 2008? I got them all put together in 2009, and even played around with how I might finish them, but nothing has driven me to work on them yet. 
- Two snowman blocks from last year's Bunny Hill BOM. I have the fabric and patterns ready for the other 10 and will get back to them someday. 
- Two labels ready to go on quilts that have been done for a long time but not labelled. 
- Across the top & middle are two market bags that are on my UFO list to be quilted and finished. The long thin strips are the handles and the large pieces the bags. I have lining pulled for them and will work on them when their number is pulled. 
- My little snap sack top that I finished last week, sitting half on top of a wall quilt my mom finished for me last fall. I need to hang it up down by my HQ. 
- Halloween wallhanging - this is my UFO for this month and needs to be quilted and bound. 
- The green squares on the right are machine quilting practice. I may put them together one day into some type of charity top of may just give them to the cat...time will tell. 

So, there's my mess! The only item I expect to change this month are the two little ones on the bottom, unless I get another project to the stage where I need to lay out the blocks! 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stash Report - Week 14

This week was spent mostly binding and quilting, but I did get a little piecing in too. I took Thurs/Fri off work and took the kids with me to a sewing day on Thursday. I got this little snap sack top together and also worked on a WIP that I will show when I get to design wall stage...it is pretty boring in its current format. 

I loaded and quilted the second Las Vegas quilt last night and got them both trimmed up so hope to get binding made today. 

I am also going to work this week on getting some quilting done on my Janome so I can wrap up my UFO project that was picked in February and start on the one for April! I am going to the Cincinnati show at the end of the week and really looking forward to it, so that might impact my incoming totals. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Net fabric used: 14 yards

Patterns added/used this week: 0/1
Net patterns used year to date: 1

Friday, April 1, 2011

March Recap

At the beginning of the month, I told myself that I wouldn't do anything except finish the UFO for the quarter (my Five Easy Pieces quilt) and finish February's UFO from Judy Laquidara's challenge....after I made myself a new purse! Here's the results of what I told myself: 

- Finished my Claire purse in Bliss fabrics
- Quilted and bound Five Easy Pieces (this is second on the list but took me all month to quilt and the last week to bind! I'll get a full picture on Monday b/c I will be able to lay it all out)
- Made 2 bad snails trail blocks (they look fine, but were supposed to be 12 1/2" and turned out 11 1/4")
- Quilted the Girl Scout quilt for my mom

- Loaded and quilted the first Las Vegas quilt (one of Lois' UFOs and this is a part of the back, will save the front to show when it is bound and its twin is done too)
- Cut out and pieced a snap sack kit for a new home present for a friend who moved into her new home last year

I spent 18 hours in the sewing room/at the frame, and probably another 5-6 binding, but I don't count that time because I am usually watching TV then too. I didn't make any more progress on Feb's UFO and I didn't even pull out March's! I hope to get back on track this month!

I am going to go out on a limb for April and say that I will get two projects quilted upstairs, one or two downstairs, and start on a new cross stitch...we'll see how well I do!