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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A little bit of piecing

Remember a few weeks ago when I couldn't help myself from starting something new? Well, I kept to it and got the top together before starting anything else - even though I haven't touched my "four things" goals for May
Houses in rows, ready to be pieced
Rows webbed together
Santorini houses top finished!
I have no idea where I am going to hang this quilt, as it doesn't match any of the colors in my house, but I love it! It will go into the queue for quilting for a while as I have some UFOs of my own that I want to work on and a few projects to quilt for my mom. Maybe by the time I get back to it, I will have figured out where to hang it! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

A little custom quilting

The only quilt I've had on the frame so far this month is a baby quilt for my cousin's son, who just turned 6 months old. My mom made this quilt - isn't her applique great? She has had the pattern for ages, and the picture on the pattern was pretty dated, so I made her use more contemporary fabrics in the quilt, and she follows direction so well ;)  The fabrics are all from Crimson Tate, a great shop downtown. 
Ruler work, lelele border, and stippling
For quilting, my mom wanted a custom job - all that she knew for sure was that she wanted stippling or loops around the applique to make it pop a little. After I loaded it, I decided to try a little ruler work. I haven't worked with the ruler since I got the Avante, and I found it to be so much easier to use with the Avante than it was with the HQ16. I think the frame that the machine is on has a lot to do with it. I did a lot of ruler work to keep the quilting simple, then added an "lelele" border. I used Superior Lava variegated cream thread on the top and a cream Aurifil in the bobbin. This thread combination worked really well together. 
Stippling around the "O"
View from the back
It was made extra sweet because we got to see the little guy this week. He had to come to Indy to have a little surgery and he came through with flying colors. My mom was able to finish the binding and do the 4,000 tie-offs just in time for his arrival, so she was able to gift it in person. 
Me with the little guy - ready to be discharged and head home healthy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stash Report - Weeks 20 & 21 2013

Activity with the stash has been pretty slow. Over the last two weeks, I did a little quilting, a little shopping, and just a little piecing. This didn't result in any stash being used, but it did result in some being added. 

Here are the additions - a Sewline pencil and leads which the kids gave me for Mother's Day, and a couple yards of Sweetwater's Noteworthy line. I already have a jelly roll and a yard, and this was on sale for 50% off, so I took the opportunity to pick up another couple yards so that I have more to work with when I choose to use it. 

Here's the official report: 
Fabric added last two weeks: 2 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 0 yards

Fabric added year to date: 11 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 27 yards

Net fabric used: 15 1/4 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash (and hope to spend a little time with mine later today)!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Silly Lois

As I was pulling fabric on Saturday night to start on a new project, I found a nice large pieced of a cream marble fabric that works well with the charm pack I am using.  After I pressed it and laid it out on the sewing table to cut it, I noticed that Lois left me a little note of in just to make sure that I knew what it was! 
It made me chuckle! I did find later that the selvage is labeled, but it is in the same color as the mottle, so you can barely read it. I guess she didn't want to forget what she bought! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Stash Report - Weeks 18 & 19 2013

After finishing April so strongly, I really started May slowly! I actually had a work meeting last week and I was wiped out by the weekend, then spent my evenings this week mostly upstairs working on cross stitch projects.  I did manage to get downstairs last night, and I really had a hankering to work on something new! I know I have a zillion things in progress, plus four things that I want to get done this month, but the lure of doing something new was just to great last night, so I gave in. 

The project I am working on is a charm pack quilt from Moda Bake Shop, and I am using a Santorini charm pack.  I got everything cut last night and started on part 1. I may go work on it a little more tonight or may just relax in front of the tv again :) 

Fabric added last two weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 1 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 27 yards

Net fabric used: 17 1/4 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

500th Post Winners

Thank you to all 12 of you who commented on my 500th post a few weeks ago! I have been thinking all week that I need to do the drawing for the winners and keep forgetting! I finally remembered this morning, and decided to pick two winners from the list. 

I made a list of the comments in order and then plugged them it to random.org, and the winners are: 

#5 - Beth
#1 - Regina

You both wanted something made by me so I will get working on it to send your way soon! Congrats gals! 

Based on your comments, I will keep posting about just about everything I post about now!  Thanks again to you all and hope you enjoy the next 500! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

April Cookbook Challenge

As April was Jenna's birthday month, I let her pick our cookbook for the month. The first one she chose was Finland, Nature's Bounty, a gift from our Finnish exchange student's family. I decided to take a deep look through the cookbook in March to see what I'd be getting myself into. I found recipes with reindeer, lingonberries, and cheese we don't have in the US, and then talked Jenna out of that cookbook! 

Instead, she chose Something's Cooking, which was a fundraiser cookbook by the UT-Houston Medical School women faculty and faculty wives. My mom gave it to me for Christmas one year (the connection to UT was through our girl scout troop).  The recipes in this book are really nice, but most of them are pretty involved, making things from scratch type recipes. I had hoped to make one a week, but that didn't happen. 

What did happen was an awesome batch of Chicken Chimichangas with Green Onion-Cilantro sauce....  The kids weren't big fans, but Mike, our neighbor Beth and I loved them!  This made a nice meal with plenty for leftovers. What really made it was the sauce, mmmmm! 

About a week later, I make a Lemon Yogurt Cake with the kids. They really enjoyed separating the eggs and zesting the lemon, but I was wiped out by the time we finished it!  It was listed in the cookbook as similar to pound cake but with lemon flavor. I found it to be closer to a coffee cake - it was a little dry for me, but the lemon flavor was really nice. Not sure if I would make this one again given the amount of work to make it. I think I could make just as tasty of a lemon cake with a box mix. 

I almost forgot when drafting this post about our first recipe from the book - Wild Rice Casserole. It was a awesome mix of white and wild rice with soy sauce and pecans that was really savory and a big hit for the whole family. I love it when we find recipes that we all like!

I found a couple more recipes in the book that I would like to make - I just didn't have time/energy during the month of April to get to them. This one, like the three before it, is a keeper. I know I won't use it a lot, but there are some gems in there and I will definitely be making the Chimichangas and sauce again! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

April 2013 Accomplishments

I really feel like I got my groove back in April - it helped that I had signed up to make/finish a couple quilts for co-workers.  I wound up with 15 1/4 hours of sewing time, and several finished projects: 

- Pieced, quilted, and bound comfort quilt #1
- Tiger shark costume & hood
- Quilted and bound Strippy wheelchair quilt
- Quilted mom's table runner
- Pieced, quilted, and bound comfort quilt #2
Although the list isn't long, two of the three were done start to finish within the month, so they felt like a big accomplishment! I have a couple more quilts in the lineup to quilt this month and also want to get started on or get back to a couple other projects. The first few days of the month were toast because I was running a meeting at work and the days were really long. I am hoping to have a little time tomorrow and this week to get things going.