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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September is the month for quilting

For me, at least! I have the fourth quilt of my frame for the month of September, which may be more than I quilted all summer :)

The next one up on the frame is one that my mom finished a while back. It was a kit she bought that included all the fabric for the top and the backing. I quilted it with a large stipple with red Bottom Line on the top and bobbin. It quilted up quickly and I returned it to her last week. The best part is that I had only one thread break on the whole quilt.

I am really glad to have accomplished so much already this month, and am looking forward to finishing one more before we head into October.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quilting a UFO

One of the goals I posted for this month was to pull out and make progress on a UFO. When I wrote the goal, I had a quilt in mind that needs another 6-12 blocks. Once I finished quilting the graduation quilt for my mom, I realized that I probably had far more UFOs to quilt than to piece, so I pulled out this one, my disappearing four patch (D4P).

I pieced this during my retreat in March. It is one of three Christmas quilts that I have to quilt, so I will be glad to have it finished by the holidays. I quilted it with a holly and poinsettia echo panto, which I haven't used in a long time. I had forgotten how easy it was and how nice it looks. I used Magnifico thread for the top and bottom line in the bobbin. This is the second time I've used the Magnifico and I am really pleased with how it quilts and the visual appearance on the quilt. I think I will be buying more next time I visit a show and find it on sale!

For the back of this quilt, I used a piece of fossil fern from Lois' big collection of fossil fern, then I added four Christmas themed fat quarters on the side to make it wide enough. I think I am finally figuring out a good use for some of those novelty fat quarters I bought as an early quilter!

I will be binding this at my October retreat - there is a new double color technique that I would like to try. For now, I am happy to have 2 off the racks so far this month :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stash report - week 37 & 38

Over the last two weeks, I have spent most of my time focused on quilting rather than piecing. I will share the progress I've made throughout the week. In the meantime, I did piece a back for my red and white snowball quilt later night. I need to get this one quilted because I entered it in our guild show which is next month. It is due to be turned in the same weekend I go on retreat, so I need to spend some time this week and next to get it quilted, bound, and labelled.

I forgot to take a picture before I started loading it on the frame, so got one before it was all rolled up. I have the batting ready and plan to start quilting it today.

This was good for the stash report, and I also sent off some fabric for giveaways, so the news is good this week!

Fabric added last two weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 8 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 56 1/2 yards

Net fabric used: 41 5/8 yards

In the next three weeks, I also need to get my fabrics precut for retreat projects, so maybe I will hit the 50 yard mark before I go shopping :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stash Report - Week 35 & 36 2013

Backs make for a great week on the stash report and I made two this week! First up was the back for the quilt I finished last weekend. It is all sealed up and just waiting for me to go buy envelopes so I can mail it to Jill for quilting.

Once I got that finished, I got back to quilting and finished the graduation quilt for my mom. The picture is much darker than I realized, but it shows the full quilt, which was quilted with the popcorn panto. I took it back to my mom earlier this week and she loves it. Two graduates down in that family and one to go (in a few years).

After getting the grad quilt done, I decided I wanted to keep quilting, so I pulled out one of my UFOs - the Disappearing 4 Patch top that I made at my retreat earlier this year. Friday night, I made the back, loaded the top, and started quilting. I am using a panto for this one too - it is Echo Holly and Poinsettia. I am also using Magnifico thread in bright green and am loving the way it is quilting. I hope to get it done today and will get another quilt from my mom to load after this. I'd love to make some good progress on my quilting goals this month.

Here's the official stash report:
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 6 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 48 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 33 1/2 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

August Cookbook Challenge

For my birthday month, I selected Dinner with Friends , another cookbook that was given to me as a gift - this one from my mom a few years ago.

I must admit that it was a little daunting to look through...the first few recipes included Smoked Fish Pate, Fresh Oysters with Tarragon Vinaigrette, and Moulded Egg and Caviar Dip. I was a little worried that I wouldn't find any recipes to actually make in this one, but I kept going through the book and found a few things to try.

The first recipe we tried was Crab Cakes with Avocado Salsa. The first batch of crab cakes got a little overcooked, so I cooked them for a shorter time for the second batch and they looked much better. They were good, but the real hit of the meal was the avocado salsa. Mmmmm, mmmm. It was great with the crab cakes and also with chips.

The next recipe I tried was Piquant Potato Salad, a warm tangy potato salad. This one was really tasty and I would definitely make it again.

There were a few other recipes in the book that looked good but I had trouble finding a few ingredients and had trouble making the time. I will keep the book marked to try them another time.

This one won't stay at the front of my shelf - most of the recipes are beyond my desired level of effort/time. However, both of the ones I made were very good so we will revisit them again.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Design Wall Monday - I Sewed!

My mom and I had a sewing day yesterday while my dad took the kids to lunch and a movie. It was a very productive afternoon for us both. I worked on putting the stack and whack blocks into a quilt top and my mom worked on blocks for a UFO.

I got my top finished and even came home and made the back last night. My mom even talked me into making the binding yesterday so it will be ready to go on when I get it quilted.

This one is going to Jill for quilting and I am looking forward to seeing how she quilts it!

Last night, after I finished the quilt back, I started on some quilting. I loaded this quilt from my mom over a week ago and started the Popcorn panto on it last night. I have my fingers crossed that I won't run out of thread - I am playing it tight on the top and bobbin! I think I will put in a thread order today just to be safe!

Hope you're having a great long weekend for lots of time to do whatever you want!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Four Things - September 2013

In August, I spent very little time sewing - between vacation, back to school, a couple really busy weeks at work, and a cold basement, I put my energies other places.

My goal for August was to finish four of this list and here's how I did:
1. Mail/deliver giveaways Delivered one
2. Quilt the graduation quilt Loaded the quilt on the frame
3. Label and mail ALS donation quilts Labeled the quilts, found a box, and filled out the form...
4. Make quilt back for red & white quilt Picked out fabrics for the quilt back
5. Quilt red & white quilt Hard to quilt a top that doesn't have a back yet ;-)
6. Bind, label, and mail baby quilt it is bound, label is partially made
7. Continue on paper pieced sunrise over the mountain. Still in the bag...

So, overall, not a great month, but I am okay with that. I will redouble my efforts in September by starting off the month with a sewing day with my mom. Here are my lofty goals for the month (and I am going back to four!):
1. Mail everything - baby quilt, giveaway, and donation quilts
2. Quilt graduation quilt for my mom
3. Make back for and quilt Red and White Snowballs
4. Pull out and make some progress on one of my UFOs

Hope you have a great September!