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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Four Things - April 2013

As I write this, there is a week and a half left of April and I have already finished my four things for the month - yippee! (I waited to post it until the end of the month)

Here they are: 
1. Finish Richard's tiger shark costume - body finished early April, hood finished on the 20th. He was a big hit in the play too! 
2. Quilt mom's table runner - quilted on the 21st - boy, do I love quilting table runners - they are so fast!  I used Sulky Polylite in the top for this one and bottom line in the bobbin.  These two threads work so well together and I really love the polylite. I know most longarm owners are not fans of Sulky thread, but I have always liked it and last year, when I was at the Cincinnati show, I had a long chat with the lady at the Sulky booth and she recommended that I try the polylite. I bought a couple mini-spools and I am so happy I did. I will look for this thread again the next time I am at a big show with a good Sulky booth. 

3. Quilt the wheelchair quilt - finished on the 10th and bound on the 29th. This one is going to the ALS quilt initiative in honor of my aunt, who is fighting ALS. She is going to Washington, DC later this month to tell her story in hopes of getting more funding for ALS research. You can read her story here

4. Make top and quilt comfort quilt - I got this top pieced, quilted, bound, and returned to work to be gifted by tax day.

My start of May is going to be pretty busy, but I still have plans to finish up a few things and keep going on another one or two.  

1. Make a new purse
2. Quilt one of my UFOs - either a mini or a big top
3. Make the giveaway for my 500th post
4. Get back to work on my paper pieced sunrise over the mountain top

Let's hope I can do as well in May as I did in April! 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Stash Report - Week 17 2013

I've really done a good job this month of moving things forward. The latest in the series is another comfort quilt. One of my friends from work has been diagnosed with a second round of breast cancer and is going into her treatments this week. I had some orphan blocks from a quilting friend that we actually thought that we might use on the first comfort quilt, but they didn't fit at all.  Once we learned of the second person who would need some comfort, I decided to make a top out of these too. 

I loaded and quilted it with a great big stipple this week - Superior Brytes on the top and Robison-Anton cotton in the bobbin (they worked great together) - and will get the binding on today so that I can take it in to work on Monday with some fabric pens so that everyone in the department can sign their well wishes to her.  I hope that it can be delivered by the end of the week. 

The borders and backing were added to the quilt this week, so I had some good usage. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 3 1/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 25 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 15 1/2 

Slowly but surely using what I have :) Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

March 2013 Accomplishments

I have known for the last week or so that I need to post my March accomplishments, but I didn't want that to be my 500th post.  March was a good month for me on the accomplishment side, mostly because I had my retreat at the beginning of the month. I rocked the tops at the retreat and came home with a lot ready for quilting. Once I got home, I seriously lost steam and spent only a few days/nights in my studio so didn't have a lot to show for the rest of the month. Here's what I did get done during the month of March: 

- Made Christmas mini-quilt from a kit my mom gave me
- Cut, pieced, and added borders to the Christmas Disappearing 4 patch quilt
- Made wheelchair strippy quilt, loaded it onto the machine for quilting at the end of the month
- Finished Lois' heart top, quilted it, and attached the binding by machine. 
- Finished Easy Street top
- Made a new headband to wear to yoga
- Hemmed my Amy Butler shirt  (no pic, will try to remember to take one when I wear it this summer)
- Finished Bricks and Stepping Stones donation quilt
- Made two belly bands for my yoga teacher's dogs
- Started a tiger shark costume for our friend's son 

It looks like it was a really busy month, but almost all of it was done at retreat :)  I had a total of 37 hours of sewing time, 28 of which was at retreat.  Not sure what the final report will look like for April, but I know I feel a lot more productive throughout the month!  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I've done this 500 times!

So, what is it that you think I've done 500 times? Posts! I have been watching my posts creep up over the last several weeks and months a little incredulous that I have been at this blogging thing since Sunday, June 1, 2008! I started to blog after reading other blogs of younger quilters and really enjoying seeing all they had to share. At the time I started, Jack was not even walking yet and Jenna was only 3! My, how time has changed!

Thanks to all of you for visiting my blog, reading, and especially commenting! While I love the process to keep a good record for myself, I also enjoy all the people who I have gotten to know through blogging - whether just as an online personality or as a full-fledged, met you in the flesh friend!

At the time I started my blog, I had just bought my Janome 6600 and had no idea I would have a long arm within a year. Now, I am on my second Handiquilter machine and I have quilted over 70 quilts between the two! I have also outfitted all the beds in our home with quilts along with sharing others as gifts and donations.  I have seen a very sizable change in my stash with the inheritance of Lois' fabric, which has filled my basement and changed my shopping habits dramatically!  It seems fitting to share the latest finish - my Jelly roll challenge quilt from the sewing day our bee had last year. 

As with any good milestone post, I am going to have a giveaway - it is an easy one - no following or sharing required, you just need to leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoy reading about most on my blog so I know where to focus the next 500 posts!  I'll have two giveaways - one for those who would rather have fabric and one for those who would rather have something made with fabric. Let me know in your comment which you are :)  If you would rather have something made with fabric, please let me know you favorite 2-color combination.

Thanks for all your support! I am off to do a little sewing so that I will have something to report for post 501 and beyond!  

Stash Report - Week 16 2013

I have several things on my to-do list for others this month, and I think it has helped me get a little bit of my quilting motivation back - deadlines have a tendency to do that! 

Last week, I worked on finishing a comfort quilt for a coworker who is undergoing cancer treatments and started one for another coworker who is starting treatments in a few weeks.  I also finished up the hood for the tiger shark costume I made for our friend Richard, who is in his play at school this week. I got the binding made for the charity quilt I've been working on. 

I had a little stash usage for the bindings, and the second comfort quilt, but everything else was fabric that was given to me to work with, and I didn't count it coming in, so won't count it going out either. 
The first comfort quilt was a joint effort, with blocks made by team members who work closely with the lady who will receive it - everything from iron on patches to embroidery (some taught by you tube just for this purpose!) to yarn balls! I got all the blocks and put them into this layout, added the applique block with the hearts growing from the pot, made an added the two four patch blocks, and then assembled and quilted it all.  I was glad to find a batik that went well with all the colors in the quilt and had enough for the borders and the binding. The back is fleece and this is the first time I've quilted with fleece.  It was very easy to use and I would use it again. I did still put a layer of batting in because the fleece was so loud that I didn't want it to show through to the front.  I used my Magnifico thread from Superior for the first time and really liked it. I had one spot that gave me some trouble, but other than that, it went together very nicely.  I used So Fine in the bobbin and the two threads seemed to get along well. 
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 1 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 22 yards

Net fabric used: 12 1/4 yards

Hope you all had a great week with your stash! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stash Report - Week 15 2013

I quilted two quilts this week! I am planning to bind both of them today, so will show pictures when they are done.  I put borders on one before quilting, so had a little stash usage, but then I went to guild on Thursday, and Deb Strain was there with lots of her fabric....she brings fabric from lines that are at least 2 years old and I found a couple things I had to have! I don't have a picture of them, but am happy to have a couple precuts to add to my stash -- a mini charm of Coming Home, and a Turnover of Winter Song. Once I added those, I had a little loss - oh well! 

Fabric added this week: 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 20 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 10 1/2 yards

I should have more progress this week as I am making bindings today and working on another quilt top and back that I'd like to have finished by the end of the week! Yikes, I better get moving! 

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Stash Report - Weeks 13 & 14 2013

I missed the stash report last week because my family was taking a little spring break mini-vacation in Kentucky. We took the kids to Mammoth Cave and Louisville for a few days and had a really nice family getaway. I am now looking forward to a longer vacation, but that won't happen until the fall, so we will enjoy our short getaways until then. 
Enjoying a hike through the National Park
Before we left, I spend some time finishing a project which I blogged about here. When we were gone, I visited one of my favorite out of town shops - Among Friends in Louisville. It is a nice shop with a wide selection of fabrics, HQ machines and accessories, and tons of panels. I got a couple yards of Lucy's Crab Shack to supplement the charm pack I got last summer and then a few of the Moda 2 1/2" packs (I can't remember what they are calling them - mini charms?) of some new lines that I really liked. I can't quite bring myself to invest in a larger precut and don't have a specific project in mind, so I thought a mini-charm and a few FQs would be fun to play with. 

My additions and usage almost evened each other out! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 9 yards
Fabric used year to date: 19 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 10 5/8 yards

I am coming up on my 500th blog post in a few posts, so stay tuned. I am planning a giveaway of some fabric in my stash that I won't likely use but that you may enjoy! 

Hope you had a great week with your stash - check out today's stash reports linked to Judy's blog to see what others did with their stash this week. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

March Cookbook Challenge

March is Jack's birthday month, so I let him choose the cookbook for the month. .  I pulled out a large stack and let him go through them - naturally, he chose the one with the cake on the coverTaste of Home's Quick Cooking Annual Recipes (2000).  We looked through together and found a few things to make, and then I came back to the cookbook weekly as I made my grocery list.  This cookbook was a gift from my mother in law and, like the others before it, I am not sure I have ever made a single recipe from it. 

What an easy cookbook! As if the title doesn't say it all, most of the recipes in this book are quick and use very common ingredients.  We maxed out this month with 9 recipes!  Here they are: 

Speedy (and yummy) Salmon Cakes - Jack declared them the best Salmon ever!
These Beefy Biscuit Cups were a huge hit! 
St. Patrick's day menu: 

Pot o'Gold Potato Soup - two thumbs up from all of us!
Leprechaun Lime Drinks (not a hit - way too sugary sweet)
Blarney Stone Bars - a great dessert! 

Bavarian Sausage Supper - we like sausage, and we like the bagged noodle mixes, and this recipe puts them  together. Mike and I liked it more than the kids, but I think they'd be okay to eat it again. 
Breaded Turkey Breasts - could just as easily be made with chicken and very tasty

Aloha Chicken - this was a little bland for our tastes, but we would make it again and experiment with a few spices to some more glaze - Jack wasn't a fan of the pineapples, but liked the chicken and rice. 

Lemon Chicken and Rice - we were supposed to have some carrot in this, but ran out earlier in the week. It looks bland, but this was probably the most flavorful dinner recipe of the month! 

German Chocolate Cookies - these were a big hit and so easy since you start with a box of German Chocolate cake mix. We all agree that Chocolate Chip are our favorite cookies, but there were a good change and we'd also experiment a little with these making them with a few other kinds of cake mix. 
All in all, we really liked this book. We found a couple recipes that we can add to our normal rotation of dinners because they don't take a long time to cook and don't take crazy ingredients.  I am really glad we tested out lots of recipes this month and look forward to making several of them again! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Four Things - April 2013

Let's start with the accounting for the four things I set out to do in the Month of March: 

1. Make a new purse - pulled some fabric but didn't even start on it. 
2. Finish the 2nd Deb Karasik paper pieced moon/tree - pulled it out to work on at retreat and realized that I only had about 1/2 of the foundations printed, so worked on it for a while and put it away (haven't gotten it out since then either)
3. Make top, back, and quilt Christmas Disappearing 4-patch - made the top at retreat, haven't made the back or quilted it yet. 
4. Finish Bricks and Stepping Stones charity top (this has been a leader/ender project for me for a long time and is into the block phase now) - Done! Finished the top when I was working on the other leader/ender quilt I started at retreat. 

So far, in three months, I haven't done too well at getting my four things done....but that isn't going to stop me from continuing to set goals! In April, I want to finish a few things up and I need to finish a few things up, so here they are: 

1. Finish Tiger Shark costume for our friend Richard for his lead in his school play at the end of the month. 2. Quilt wheelchair donation quilt3. Quilt table runner for my mom (she has this on her list too, so we will both get to check it off!)4. Piece top and quilt comfort quilt for co-worker

Let's see how I do this month....anyone taking any bets?