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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tiny Tuesday

This week I am linking up with Jill for Tiny Tuesday! After I finished my other retreat projects, I started on my project for this quarter's PIG challenge with my bee. I am making a mini quilt from a 2008 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. I pulled the fabric at least two years ago and it sat on the shelf just waiting to be started. 

I pre-cut only part of it, so spent the first 30-45 minutes cutting the remaining pieces out, then started making little bitty square in a square units (not paper pieced!), then put them together to make blocks. Each block is approx. 6" square. 

Next up is to make a couple dozen tiny flying geese blocks. I will use my new Fit to be Geese ruler to square them up and hope I have good luck with it! I am hoping to have the top done late this month or early November so I have plenty of time to finish it before the holidays. 

Do you have tiny blocks you're working on too? Visit Jill on Tuesdays to see hers and link up yours. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Design Wall Monday - Oct 22 2012

I am excited to be able to share a design wall Monday post today, since I have three things from retreat to show off! It was a very productive weekend for me and I got all three things finished that I really wanted to get done on the retreat. I had several more projects in my bag, but these were the top three priorities, so I am glad that they are all at the place I wanted them to be. 

1. Quilt for Jack's bed - he has two quilts on his bed but neither fits his bed - they were both made when he was a baby. He asked a while ago for a quilt that fits his whole bed and he picked out the colors and pattern. I really like how the top turned out - he has good taste, doesn't he? 
2. Grommet Purse - this is a long-awaited new purse that I was looking forward to making with fabric I got over the summer at a sale. The purse turned out much smaller that I thought it would - guess I didn't pay enough attention to the "finished size" on the pattern. I do like it, so think I might remake it in a larger size soon. It only took a few hours to make and I used some new interfacing for it - the stuff that is like car headliner. It worked well and the purse stands up well too. I am hoping that the same purse in a larger size will look just as good ;)
3. Workshop project - I pieced the 8 border pieces, 4 corner pieces, and the inner border. I really like how this top turned out and look forward to making two more from the same book so that I can have a series of three hanging in my living room. It took a full day (from after lunch one day to dinner the next) to finish this one, but I am glad I stuck with it! 
So, that's what I finished in the last week. I did start one more project, but will share that later in the week. Here's another retreat photo for you - quintessential Shipshewana! 

Stash Report - Weeks 41 & 42 2012

This weekend was my quilt retreat in Shipshewana and it was a great time! I will be posting more details over the next few days, but wanted to capture my stash report here. This report covers two weeks since I didn't post last week. I took a workshop, and used all my own fabric (love when that works out!), and did a little prep for and then cutting at the retreat. 

I also showed amazing restraint while at 4 quilt shops during retreat and didn't buy a single piece of fabric! I did get a free FQ from the boat at Lolly's and added a lovely red tone-on-tone to my stash. 

Here's the official report: 

Fabric added last two weeks: 1/4 yard
Fabric used last two weeks: 2 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 35 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 80 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 44 5/8 yards! 

Here's a picture of our group that sat together at retreat - we are standing behind quilts made by Muffet (in the red and black shirt) since the last retreat (and that's not even all of them!). 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today's Project

I had the day off work today and spent it the best way possible - at a workshop! 

Deb Karasik was our speaker for the month at our guild, and she taught a beginner paper piecing class today. Now, I've done my share of paper piecing, but my schedule didn't allow for my to attend the class tomorrow, which is the advanced class, and I really wanted to attend one of her classes! 

It turned out to be a great day where I got to: 
- refresh and renew my love for paper piecing
- use a bunch of luscious batiks
- learn about successfully setting in curves
- see a fantastic binding demo 
- add some new tools to my stash (but no new fabric)
- get a signature in one of my books
and....put together a good portion of a quilt top! 

I still have to add borders. #1 is an easy, solid border. #2 is totally paper pieced, so this puppy is going to join me at retreat next week so that I can keep moving on it. The pattern is from her book "Quilts with Attitude," which I bought years ago! I have grand plans to make the other two sun/moon quilts in the book so that I can have a set of three...anyone want to make any wagers on timing? Not sure how soon it will be, but I am going to work it into my master list! 

I can't say enough how much I enjoy workshops. No matter what the class, I always walk away with at least one good new tip. I also enjoy the camaraderie of sewing with a crowd! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

September Accomplishments

Hey, look - it isn't even half-way through October and I remembered to post my September accomplishments. I had a very good sewing month - only 12 1/2 hours counted, but lots of binding finished too (and I don't count that time). Here are the projects I made progress on or got finished: 
- Finished binding Cherish Nature
- Pieced back, loaded, and quilted burlap fabric for Terri
- Pieced remaining braids, top, back, and most of the borders for my Oriental French Braid (I'll get the last of the fabric for the border in less than 2 weeks when I head to Shipshewana)
- Loaded and quilted Mary's quilt
- Made bee blocks for Kay and Julie
- Finished binding the hexie quilt
- Finished binding the first Halloween table runner

I am pleased with all that got finished in September and glad to finally mark a few things off my UFO list. Now, I just have to be careful not to start too many new things! 

October will start with more cutting than piecing and will then shift as I head to retreat in a week and a half. I am looking forward to having three good days of sewing :)

Stash Report - Week 40 2012

No report last week because nothing changed. This week, I started my prep for the retreat. I like to have projects cut in advance so I can focus on sewing while I am there. My bee work day was Monday, so I took a stack of fabric and spent most of the day cutting out pieces to make a bed quilt for Jack. 
All the pieces for Jack's quilt
When I got home that night, I prepped the fabric for the baby blanket that will head to a shower next weekend. I got that finished on Tuesday night and on Wednesday I finished the last of the binding from my big pile of binding. 
Baby nine patch backed with flannel
Today I am hoping to get a quilt loaded and work on finishing up a project or two, but we are also heading to the pumpkin patch this afternoon, so that might chew up most of the day. 

Fabric added this week: 1/4 yards (a birthday fat quarter)
Fabric used this week: 4 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 35 1/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 77 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 42 yards

Hope you had a good week with your stash!