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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Little Bit of Shopping

A long, long, long, long time ago, Judy had a weekend full of giveaways and I won one! And the one I won was a gift certificate for The Fat Quarter Shop, a great online quilt store. I very rarely order quilting stuff online because I like to see it and touch it (and get credit/punches for it at a local store!). As a result, it took me forever to decide what I wanted. I have been to the website at least 4 or 5 times and couldn't make up my mind. Something kicked in Sunday morning and I decided it was high time I spent my gift certificate. I had a little luck in the book section, then a little luck in the ruler section, then spent a couple hours poring over pre-cuts. I finally whittled it down to one I hadn't seen anywhere and one I've seen just about everywhere (and still like!). 

Here's what I got: 

1. Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Anka's Treasures (love her patterns!)
2. Mini Fit to be Geese ruler (I've read about this from several people and my next PIG has flying geese in it, so I thought it would be good to try)
3. A charm pack of Curiosities from Nancy Halvorsen - I haven't seen this anywhere, but it looks super cute! 
4. A charm pack of Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater - I have seen this everywhere and thought it would make a fun pool/beach bag. 

It's fun to do a little shopping :0) Thanks Judy! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Design Wall Monday - Aug 27 2012

I was lazily stitching last night when I realized I still had to get my French braid chains done to show them today! But, before we get to them, here's the charity quilt I quilted earlier this week. I used the Bubbles panto again, and I think I may need to re-name it Bobbles! It is a tough one, but I think I was doing better by the end of the quilt.

I did a little work on my mountain of binding Sunday - got two attached - one fully by machine (see quilt above), and one half way done so I can hand stitch it. I still have one other waiting for me and two more to sew on.

Finally, here they are - the four "light" braids (because they start with a light fabric vs. a dark one). The colors are bolder and brighter in person with lots of gold tones in the fabrics.

That's all here for now - quite a good bit if I do say so myself! It feels nice to be moving some things forward!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stash Report Week 34 2012

Wow, what a great week for my sewing! I started the week with my birthday and had a day to myself to do whatever I wanted. After piddling around the house for a while and getting the kids off to school, I headed down to do some quilting. It took a large part of the day with several breaks, but I got my Cherish Nature panel quilted. It has been on the frame since sometime in July and was giving me the stink eye every time I walked by, so I am glad to have it done! I will post pictures when I have it bound. 

Once I got that done, then I was raring to go with another one, so I loaded another top and got it quilted by Friday night. It is a small charity top. Yesterday, my mom and I spent about 1/2 the day together sewing and I made some good progress on my french braid quilt. I hope to have the first set of rows done tonight so that I can show it on design wall Monday. 

The kids had a full day yesterday and crashed before 8, so I had another free evening to work on a project. I loaded and quilted the two Halloween table runners that I made at my bee retreat earlier this year. It doesn't happen very often that I can load two projects and quilt them at the same time, but it sure is nice. It is also nice to use up batting scraps for table runners. I decided to quilt these with two different threads so they'd have a little bit different look and I liked how both turned out. 

So, now I have a mountain of binding to attach and then sew down, but it all comes at a good time because I like to bind while watching new tv shows. 

All that progress did a little good for my stash report - I can count the two backs and one binding. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 2 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 29 yards
Fabric used year to date: 66 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 37 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I thought I would share a little stitching on this design wall Monday, since I don't have much new sewing to share since last week.  Between long hours on a plane, stitch nights with my mom and neighbor, and lots of tv watching during the Olympics, I have made  good progress on some of my smaller stitching projects over the last few months. Here they are, just waiting to be finished - not sure how I will finish them - probably frame a few and make one or two into pillows or wall hangings. 
Work continues on the stocking for my nephew, and I have started the backstitching on it, so the end is nearing. I have one other big project after that which is in progress and probably about 1/3 of the way done. I am looking forward to getting back to working on it after about 5 years! 

I have the day to myself today, so am planning to give my HQ some love and finish the panel that has been loaded on it since late July. I have a little bit of a creative block on how to quilt it, so I think I just need to go start! Hope you have a great Monday! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stash Report - Week 33 2012

Every year, about this time, my stash report takes a bit of a hit. You see, Quilts Plus has a sidewalk sale and ice cream social. This year, there was tons of great fabric, including some lovely batiks, for $3.99/yard. When the prices are that good, it is really hard to pass it up. So I didn't! 
2012 Quilts Plus Ice Cream Social Haul
I bought the rest of the bolt of the red and white and the green batik. All the others are 1 yard cuts. 

We spent a little time outside after I got home, because it is absolutely gorgeous here this weekend (high 70s, windows open, cool mornings - feels like spring again), then I finished cutting out my next quilt top - my oriental french braid. So, at least I have some stash busted this week! 
Oriental French Braid - some assembly required
I haven't started working on the quilting I was planning to do post-Olympics, so that is the goal for this week. I have a day off and nothing scheduled tomorrow, so am hoping that I will get at least the panel I have on the frame finished. 

Here's the final accounting: 
Fabric added this week: 10 1/8 yards
Fabric used this week: 2 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 29 yards
Fabric used year to date: 63 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 34 1/8 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! You can see more stash reports and read some really funny stories about chickens over at Patchwork Times

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Olympic Achievements

I made good use of my sewing time during the Olympics, especially during the last weekend. I had one project that I brought up to work on - a UFO that I started cutting out during the Vancouver Olympics two years ago. If you've been reading for a while, you've seen bits and pieces of it along the way - it is my red and white snowball quilt that started as a fabric exchange hosted by Nicole from Sister's Choice. We each had 4 or 5 people to swap with and send them strips of the cream fabrics. 

When I started sewing last week, I had one set of snowballs to finish and then the end pieces, which are 1/3 of each snowball. By Saturday night, I had all the components ready. 
Once they were all ready, I couldn't resist laying it out on the floor of my living room. And once they were all laid out, I couldn't resist starting to sew them together. I finally went to bed, but didn't want to pick it up, so my family had to tiptoe around them all day Sunday. I worked more on Sunday, but didn't get it finished up until Monday night. I waited until this morning to take a picture in the good light. 
I decided I am going to name this quilt "From Vancouver to London." I will make a back and hang it up to go into the queue for quilting. 

Speaking of the quilting queue, it keeps growing. So, now that I am moving back downstairs and not leaving the tv on all day, I need to set a little goal for myself to start to move through some of said queue. My goal is to quilt 4 things (I have tops and table runners in the queue) in the next 5 weeks. If I can keep up that pace, I should have plenty of binding to do by the time the new tv season starts ;)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stash Report - Week 32 2012

Over the past several months, I have said several times that I have backs to make to improve my stash usage, and this week was finally the time! I took tops and backing fabric to my bee work day on Monday and I got two backs done, and then had some time to start cutting out a new quilt. I am not going to count that fabric as used until I finish cutting the quilt - it is from a jelly roll, so is easier just to count when done. I am hoping to get back to that this week. 

Here are the backs: 
Charity quilt peeking out under the back
Back for a Service quilt for a friend who served in Afghanistan
Closeup of the panel - thought it was a nice touch for a patriotic quilt
And here's the stash report
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 7 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 18 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 61 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 41 1/2 yards

This week my focus is on a couple finishes. I will move my sewing station back down to the basement as the Olympics ends and hope to make some progress on things that are waiting for me down there. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stash Report - Week 31 2012

The family room sewing station that I set up last week really worked well for me this week. I got sewing in two nights and twice during the day (it helped that I had three days off work this week). I also finished all the blocks for my red & white snowball quilt that I started working on during the Vancouver Olympics! I still have the end pieces of that quilt to make - about 50 more half square triangles - but am hoping before the end of this Olympics that I will have the top assembly started. I used a little bit of red for that, and I need to cut some white/cream today, but that didn't offset my Friday night purchases. 
My mom and I headed down to Crimson Tate on Friday night for an impromptu show hung outside the shop. It was really neat to see all the quilts blowing in the breeze and to see so many people appreciating them. I love to hear the comments of bystanders who don't  know anything about quilting ;)
I did have to do a little to support the owner, right? I picked up these two groups of fat quarters - I plan to make a purse with one set and not sure yet about the other set, but I really liked them both. 
Here's the report for this week: 
Fabric added this week: 1 1/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 1/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 18 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 53 1/2 yards

Net fabric used year to date: 33 7/8 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash - you can check out other reports at Patchwork Times

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

June and July Round-up

As the month of July passed, I realized I hadn't yet posted my June accomplishments. Given that I hardly did anything in July, I decided to wait and post both months together. Here goes: 

June accomplishments - I started the month in Bangkok, Thailand for a work trip and ended the month packing to leave for family vacation in Michigan. In between those two, I got in 13 3/4 hours of sewing: 
- Set up shelving, finished the move of closet stuff, and organized my storage area in the basement.
- Cut, pieced, quilted, and gifted Sea Turtle wall hanging for Jenna's 1st Grade Teacher, complete with a photo label that had a picture of them together. 
- Pieced blocks into rows, pieced rows into top, and added borders to Wonky Trees quilt
- Finished quilting a top for my mom with a new panto. 
- Made a back for and quilted a comfort quilt that will be sent to the recipient later this week. 
- Made a block for bee-mate Barbara

I used weekly lists to keep myself in check and it worked well for me. 

July accomplishments - We spent the first week of July on our family vacation in Michigan. After that, I got in a measly 4 1/2 hours of sewing! This is the slowest month I have had since I started tracking my time. I did make some progress on cross-stitch projects, but hardly went down to the basement at all. The little I did get done: 
- Loaded and started quilting Cherish Nature top.
- Repaired two summer blankets for the kids beds.
- Added binding to hexie quilt. 
- Gifted my cousin several yards of fabric :)
- Cut out fabric for my shirt
- Pieced together pieces and finished the mini quilt from my mini blocks from the Wendy Butler-Berns class I took in May (pictures and description to follow soon). 

I am hoping August will be better. I have several backs to make, a new PIG challenge project to start, and I want to finish my shirt so I can wear it this summer! To encourage myself, I set up a sewing station right in front of the tv - let's hope that works for me!