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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fifty Percent

I bet, Lois, that you would never have expected us to finish any of your UFOs beyond the few quilts you had specific plans for, but guess what - we've gotten to the 50% mark! 27 of your UFOs completed and given to your family (or ready to be given)! 

I took some time tonight to update the spreadsheet I started after inheriting all your fabric and projects and was just thrilled to see that so many projects are finished. There are four others waiting in the wings to be quilted and I hope to get them done over the next few months, but boy is it exciting to get this far! 

Here are some pictures of what we've finished lately: 

Your Petal Play wall hanging from the class with Joan Shay

Two picture quilts from a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago (I never knew you with brown hair, so it had to be before Jenna was born!). I found the flamingo and penguin paper pieced blocks with them and couldn't figure out why until we remembered that there are penguins at the Flamingo hotel in Vegas, and you must have stayed there. They made their way into the backs. 

Wool crazy patch blocks - you'd made four, but with no note of what you intended to do with them and no additional pieces cut out, so mom made the executive decision to make them into pillow covers. 

Oriental Stars - I think I showed this one before - we all remember the day you came to work day and cut this out and are glad to see how it all came together. This one will be entered into judging at the quilt show because so many of us from the bee worked together to get it finished. 

Bowties - I asked for help on the blog to put them together in the best layout and got some great feedback. I went with the majority for this layout and allover quilting - the last project I finished on the HQ16. This one will also go into the show for display. 

Hope you approve of how we're finishing them and I know they will be enjoyed by your family! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stash Report - Week 38

It is a late stash report this week because I didn't turn on the computer until just a few minutes ago and I am also catching up from last week! I had a good week and between myself and my mom, got a lot of fabric used. I quilted my first project on the Avante - a two-fer. I am making a set of Market Bags from a Terry Atkinson book and quilted them both at the same time. I am hoping to get them done this week. The great news is that I used Rainbows thread on them and I had heard that it didn't work well on HQ's but I didn't have any problems with it and it looks great! I thought my tension was a teeny bit off the whole time I was quilting, but when I took it off the frame, it looked great :D I am sure I will have tension challenges ahead of me, but am glad not to have them on the first project. 

I also count a pillowcase and a yard of test fabric which I put on the Avante when it was being set up. Mittens is now snuggling on that fabric and seems to approve of the test quilting. 

My mom gave me the biggest boost this week though, as she took a bolt of muslin home and cut all of her hanging sleeves for the quilt show out of it and also used it to finish 4 pillows from wool blocks Lois had made. We didn't really have enough to make a top from them, but they will look good as pillows. Mom and I are each going to keep one and will give the other two to her sister for her family. 

I did add some fabric and a couple patterns this week (pictured below) - all were gifts, but I still count them. The Miranda Day Bag kit is from a friend in my bee, and the book is a birthday present from one of my friends who doesn't quilt, but has a good eye for picking out quilting books! Also included in the picture are the bow tie quilt w/binding finished (will show a picture soon when I do an update post on Lois' UFOs) and a cross stitch that mom gave me for my birthday. 

Well, that's all the chatter -- here's the official report:

Fabric added last two weeks: 2 1/8 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 6 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 38 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 86 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 47 1/4 yards

Patterns used/added this week: 1/2
Net patterns used year to date: 0

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Jedi

Today was my day off (I work 4 days/week) and I had a great day with Jack. Before Jenna started first grade, I was a little apprehensive about how a whole day with Jack would go because he plays with her so much and is so needy when he doesn't have his playmate! I am happy to report that we're having a blast and really enjoying our days together. Today, the schedule included errands, vacuuming, laundry, watching a little PBS Kids, having lunch at school with Jenna, Wii, and then a little sewing. You can tell which parts of the schedule were at his request and which were at mine! 

To keep Jenna occupied when I was sewing, I kept an art bag in my sewing room that she could only play with in there and she loved it. Jack could care less...so today, when we headed upstairs, I suggested that he bring up a few Star Wars characters to play with. He did and kept himself very busy for about 30-40 minutes playing with them, then asked if he could help. He was a great helped cutting threads for me, then wanted to play with the scissors. I set him loose with my scrap bag and a pair of scissors and he had a blast. Before long, he told me he had made a belt to hold his lightsaber. 

Don't you love the 4 1/2 year old imagination? 

Friday, September 16, 2011

I told you it was going to be an exciting month

Sunday morning, I quilted my last quilt on my HQ16. It was the August UFO and one of Lois' that was just in blocks when I found it.

After I got the quilt off the frame, I took it apart, vacuumed the floor and got ready for Tuesday when my new toy arrived. Here's what I am playing with now!

It is a new HQ Avante with an 18" throat. So far, I have only quilted a test piece on it, but love it already!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stash Report - Week 36

Since I didn't use any stash this week, I figure I could at least share some pictures of a finished project.  Okay, I figured out after writing this whole post that I did use some stash this week, because I finished up a baby blanket (will post a picture later because it has the recipient's name on it and I know her mom sometimes reads the blog)! 

I sewed the label onto the comfort quilt that I made this week so it is ready to gift. I pulled greens and animal themed prints from my stash and then had to purchase a few animal prints to finish it up (they were counted when I made the blocks last month). I decided when putting it on the frame that I wanted an all over pattern and that this would be a good quilt to try something new. I practiced for a few minutes, then took off with the Paisley design from Leah Day's blog. Here's a closeup of the texture that it gave the quilt. 

I had all kinds of problems with the tension on this quilt and tried just about everything, but at the end of the day, I think I have a bad bobbin. Here's a distance picture of the back (not showing you up close cause you'll see the evidence of the tension issues ;) 

All in all, I really like how it turned out and would definitely make this quilt again. I think it would be fun in holiday fabrics too. 

Hope you had a great week! 

Fabric added/used this week: 0 /  2 1/4 yards
Fabric added/used year to date: 36 3/4 yards  / 79 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 42 5/8 yards

Pattern usage holds steady at 1 used for the year. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

August Report

I decided to forgo the stash report this week as there is nothing to report - no in, no out, no patterns bought or used. The quilt I loaded on the frame last week is patiently waiting for inspiration and the one I am working on quilting upstairs is starting to show some progress. I will unveil both as they are finished. 

In August, I started the month with a sewing day with me bee and ended the month with a sewing day at Shiisa Quilts. It was a good month with 25 1/2 hours of sewing (woot woot!). 

I finished the following projects: 
- Made two quilt backs - comfort quilt and charity quilt
- Made a spool tree for our guild's shop at the quilt show
- Trimmed, added binding, and outsourced the stitching of the binding on Lois' Oriental Stars quilt
- Loaded, quilted, and bound the green/animals comfort quilt. 
- Loaded and quilted mom's red & white flowers quilt. 
- Finished a UFO - the Buttons & Blooms tote bag
- Took a color selection class with Mickey Depre
- Put together the jelly roll hexagon top

September is gonna be fun....trust me!