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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Company in the Forest

My first little snowman now has a friend. So far, I have waited until the end of each month to finish up my snowman block, but I have gotten them both done on time! Here's a picture of the new guy (on the right) with Mr. January. 
I am also finally packaging up my 4 patches for Regina's project in memory of her mom. I made my four patches as leader/enders with scraps from quilt backs and a few random scraps from my buckets. 
I can't wait to see all her 4 patches turn into quilts! If you want to help, the deadline for 4 patches has passed, but she is still working to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. You can link to her donation page through her blog here

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stash Report - Week 8 2012

Wow, two weeks since my last post! I haven't really been doing much sewing, stitching, or crafting since I last posted, but I thought I should check in with a stash report today, seeing as how I had some changes. I really think that Jill and I have changed places this year when it comes to stash enhancement. We usually are in opposite places when it comes to stash purchases and usage! Over the past two weeks, I used mostly scraps, which I don't count because I count them when I first cut into them and they go into the scrap bin. Even though the numbers don't show it, I do like using those scraps and I have more planned on that front this year. 

Since I last reported in Week 5, I have used 7/8 of a yard - most of it from a kit that I started at work day earlier this month. There was a little more cut for my second snowman and I plan to finish him this week, so will share a picture when I do. I was doing okay with the buying until yesterday when I went to one of the local shops that was having a 29% off sale for Leap Year. I knew I needed some white on white fabric for the snowman blocks, and it was a minimum 1 yard cut, so I picked up 3 yards and the only 2 FQs of w-o-w that they had cut already. Then, there was this bundle of FQs from Make Life by Sweetwater. I looked at the fabric about 10 times before I broke down and bought it. If I can figure out a wall hanging to make with it, it will look great in my family room. There are 11 FQs, so if you have any good ideas for me, please let me know. 
I also got a book this week - it is the newest from Whimsicals and has some great projects in it. 

Here's the damage: 
Fabric added last 3 weeks: 6 1/4 yards
Fabric used last 3 weeks: 7/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 14 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 7 1/8 yards

Net fabric used (added): (7 1/4 yards)

Yikes, I better get sewing! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

An afternoon of painting

Warning - this is a no quilting post! I thought it was high time that I shared a few more posts of the kids and the activities we do with them, so I am going to try to blog about them a couple times a month. Let's start with our activity from today. 

Our neighbor Beth has a son who just turned 1, and the kids LOVE to spend time with Evan. Beth invited us over to do some finger painting today and the kids took off in their aprons in a dead sprint to get to her house. She wisely covered the table with a tablecloth and newspaper and then let them go at it. They kept going and going and now we have a whole lot of artwork to decorate their room. 

Evan studying the strange stuff we dipped his fingers in.
Paint on the face - that's better
Jack called this skeleton hands
An artist hard at work
As soon as they were done painting, the kids headed for Evan's toys and Beth and I had a while to chat while the kids played. It was a good afternoon for all! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Work Day Monday

It seems like we just had a workday (well, we kinda did since it was later than normal last month). I over packed the night before, thinking I would get all kinds of stuff done. I would rather have too many projects on than too few though. I only worked on one project the whole day -- my first quarter PIG project. 

I had to trace patterns, stick to the fabric (this was new for me, since I usually have to fuse them to fabric!), then place, fuse, and satin stitch. I had some Steam a Seam Lite that I tried and I really liked it. I only got one set of satin stitching done, but am happy with the progress made thus far and so glad to be working on a project that I've had over 3 years!
Jack was with me for the day and he had fun with the camera once again. I won't show you the picture he took of my mom's read end! He was trying to help me and wanted me to give him some scissors to help with the cutting -- I decided that sharp scissors + 4 1/2 year old boy = high probability of "oops," so instead I gave him some fabric scraps to play with and before I knew it, he was asking me to make x's and o's so we could play tic tac toe. 
We had a great day once again and I am already looking forward to next month's work day! 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Stash Report - Week 5 2012

I used a little bit of stash this week to make an iPad holder. 

Other than that, my week was dedicated to binding and quilting a top for a family friend. I had some issues yesterday because I am using a spool of thread, so Mike helped me rig up a homemade horizontal spool holder from a wire coat hanger. It is a good temporary solution and should get me through this quilt. 

Tomorrow is my monthly bee sewing day and I am debating what I will take to work on - probably two of the projects on my list for this month, and then maybe my red & white snowball quilt to continue to make some progress on that. My sewing buddy Jack will be with my for the day so I am sure there will be some entertaining pictures! 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 1/2 yard
Fabric added ytd: 8 1/8 yards
Fabric used ytd: 6 1/4 yards

Net fabric used (added): -1 7/8 yards -- still working on getting myself into the black and targeting the end of the month for that. 

Before you leave, I have a favor to ask -- my mom entered her snowman quilt in the weekly quilting gallery contest and she is in 2nd place -- would you go visit their site and give her your vote? Her quilt is named "Farewell Carol Victory." 

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Review

After all the sewing I did in December, I didn't find myself up in my sewing room or down in the basement as much this month. I had a total of 20 1/4 hours and got a lot done: 
- Quilted, trimmed, added, and started sewing the binding down on Michele's quilt
- Cut back for my 60 degree quilt top so it is in the queue for quilting
- Loaded and quilted Mom's 3rd Girl Scout quilt
- Wrap dress for Jenna's doll

- Cut and pieced together three scrap bags and sewed up one
- Minkee bear 
- Tree block for my beemate
- First snowman block for my trees & snowmen quilt
- Finished the service quilt top
- Made an iPad cover

I set a few goals for myself in January so that I would get done those things that I really wanted to finish. I had lots of luck getting those things done and realized that I may need to return to my practice of setting monthly goals, so here are the ones I've set for February - my theory is that these are the things I really want to get done so that if I finish them, then I can work on whatever I want (in January it was the new iPad cover). 

February goals: 
- Fabric frame and send cross-stitch baby announcements
- Make snowman block for trees & snowmen quilt (my own little block of the month)
- Quilt 1-2 tops on my HQ
- Start working on my Q1 PIG from my bee PIG challenge.

Hope you had a great January and have lots of fun plans for February.