2016 APQ UFO Challenge List

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Belated Stash Report & Design Wall

After a very busy Sunday, I sat down to write my stash report only to find lots of issues on my laptop :(  After about 30 minutes of messing around, I shut it down and decided to let it rest. It is still giving me a few problems today, but I've done what I can to clean it up and it is running....slowly, but enough to write a quick post! 

I had a great week for stash reduction, because I cut out pet beds, a purse, an advent calendar quilt, and a baby quilt back (woo hoo!).  My mom and I had a sewing day on Saturday, so I was motivated to pre-cut.  

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 5 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 41 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 26 3/4 yards

Last weekend, I quickly sandwiched an orphan block for a bee project, and sent it off with my mom on Monday. 
At the sewing day, my mom was the first to finish something - this fleece baby quilt that she's had for probably 15ish years! 
I got the purse done (picture forthcoming) and also most of the baby quilt top. I discovered when laying out the baby quilt that I was missing one 5" square, which I had actually seen on my cutting table but thought was a scrap.  I got all together that I could, then came home and finished assembly Saturday night and loaded it on the frame and started quilting it! I was so proud of myself for sticking to it and not wasting the night on the couch....like I am doing right now! I will have to get going though, as I want to get this one done before the weekend. 
Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stash Report - Week 29 2013

Some weeks, it is almost not worth reporting the stash usage because it is so small, but then you realize that you really did use some fabric and made progress, so it is worth talking about a little. 

I didn't spend much time in my sewing room this week, but I did get down there a few nights and I got a couple things done that have been on my list and my mind.  I made three pet beds the other night (fabric already cut and counted in a prior week) and freed up a couple spaces on the floor by my machine. Yesterday morning, I was up and at 'em early since I went to bed super early on Friday night (long week with early morning wake ups), and I decided to spend a few minutes sewing before the day got busy.  I am glad I did because it spurred me to steal a little more time later in the day for sewing too.  I finished one of my giveaway projects and found an orphan block to sandwich for a guild project. 

I plan to get downstairs today as well and hope to finish up that block/quilt so I can share pictures tomorrow. 

Here's the official report: 
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 1/4 yard

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 35 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 20 7/8 yards

Hope you've had a good week with your stash! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Design Wall Monday - July 15 2013

I am really late in getting this up tonight due to a busy day and some evening work, but I have a couple finishes so wanted to share! 

First up is my mini-quilt - Rolling Stones - this is from an old issue of American Patchwork and Quilting and it is now available online here. The finished size is 14" square and if you look at their pattern, you can see that I chose very different fabrics for mine - and I love it!  I chose the bright green for the binding - I thought it made the whole thing pop a little more than the blue. 
Rolling Stones - bound and ready to display
For quilting, I did straight line diamonds in the four "cogs" and then X's across the flying geese and straight lines in the border. If you've been reading for a while, you know that this quilt has been on my to-do list since the beginning of the year and I just really didn't know how to quilt it with all those little pieces. I didn't want to do an all-over. I am really happy with the way it came out and now just need to find the right place to display it. 

I also loaded up a baby quilt on the frame yesterday and got some quilting done. A bee friend made this one for her niece, who is having her first baby. I did big swirls with a Sulky Polylite thread on the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  These two threads don't play all that well together and I had to change the needle size to a smaller needle, loosen the tension top and bobbin, and also go slow. I really like the look of the Sulky, but I've had more luck using it with a cotton bobbin, so need to remember that in the future! 
Big swirls up close
I have some early morning meetings this week at work, but I am hoping that I will have enough energy at night to get moving on a few more projects this week! 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stash Report - Week 28 2013

I bookended this week with sewing on both ends - Sunday, I went to my mom's house with my purse fabric and she and I both got our purses finished. I used Annie's Soft and Stable batting in my purse and I really like how it holds up. I bought a package at the Cincinnati quilt show last year and also made the purse in this post with it. I will definitely buy this batting again. 

 The purse pattern is from the October 2008 Quilts and More magazine and was a 1-1 1/2 hour project, great for a Sunday afternoon! The only adjustment to the pattern that I made was topstitching around the top of the bag once it was all together. I've used the purse all week and it is the perfect size and I like all the pockets (the whole exterior is pockets, created when you sew the straps on). 

No sewing during the week this week, but I did get down to my sewing room last night and finished the quilting on my rolling stones quilt.  I ran out of the pink in the top, so auditioned the other three fabrics in the quilt for binding. 

I ruled out the black w/color bars and then stretched out the two leftovers....you'll have to come back again to see which one I chose! Which one would you have picked - the neon green or bright blue?  I got the binding on last night and have it almost 1/2 stitched down already - love mini quilts for that!! 

So, here's the official stash report for the week: 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 1 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 35 1/2 yards

Fabric used year to date: 20 5/8 yards

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stash Report - Weeks 25-27 2013

It has been a few weeks since I've done a stash report...hard to report much when you haven't been sewing.  I didn't have any activity for the first two weeks of this three week reporting period, but the last week finally found me fondling fabric :) 

I started with cutting for a baby quilt - a little boy born about a week ago. I hope to get it finished this month so that I can deliver it to his aunt in early August, and then she can pass it on to him. 

 Then, mom and I took a little trip on Friday to Threads of Time, and I brought a magazine with me. If you've been reading for a while, you know that I have had the desire to make myself a new purse since about February. I even picked a pattern and pulled fabrics for one, but it just didn't get me going.  I was browsing through an old magazine about a month ago and found a really cute (and easy!) pattern so that's the one I am going to make. I found some great summery prints - they were fresh out of the box! And I also found some nice teals/greens to make another one. I even talked my mom into buying fabric to make one too! We are hoping to get some sewing time in this afternoon to get started on them - and the pattern isn't too hard, so maybe we will get them done in an afternoon.  
Purse fabrics
Last up on the stash report was a little fabric to make some pet beds. I have three overflowing bags of scraps around my sewing table and it is time to put them into beds for the local pet shelter. I cut three more out of this lovely fabric - it is heavier weight than cotton - maybe decorators fabric. Regardless of what it is, I will be glad to see it leave the sewing room and go to good use! 
Perfect fabric for pet beds (aka fabric that was never going to make it into a quilt of mine!)
Here's the official report: 
Fabric added last three weeks: 3 1/8 yards
Fabric used last three weeks: 2 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 34 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 19 1/4 yards

I sure would like to make some progress this month and be up to 25 yards by the end of the month....I better get going if I want to do that! 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Four Things - July 2013

After a few weeks of no sewing whatsoever, I finally made it down to the studio for a while on Thursday afternoon.  I pulled fabrics for a new baby quilt and got them cut. Then, yesterday, my mom, the kids, and I headed over to Threads of Time in Danville, IL so that she could get her machine looked at - it is not behaving :(  Going to a quilt shop always gives me a little bit of a boost of motivation, and TOT didn't disappoint yesterday. I picked out some fabrics to make a purse and they are pretty summery, so I hope that will help me move in the right direction! 

For my four things that I want to complete in July, I am going to do something a little different - I am listing several things that I want to get done.  I will call myself successful if I get any four of them done! 

1. Finish quilting and bind Rolling Stones mini quilt
2. Finish and mail giveaway presents
3. Make a new purse
4. Piece baby quilt top
5. Make quilt back for red & white quilt
6. Quilt graduation quilt for my mom (she didn't graduate, she made it for a graduate!)
7. Label and mail my two donation quilts for ALS Quilts and Dreams Challenge

Let's see if this new approach works! 



Monday, July 1, 2013

The month of not much

For each month so far this year, I've written three separate posts at the beginning of the month to share my sewing/quilting accomplishments, my cookbook challenge results, and my "four things" progress since there was typically enough content to justify different posts. Not so much for June, so let's recap the slow, lazy month. 

Down in the studio, I only had 5 3/4 hours of sewing this month - I think that's a new low. I don't really have much of an excuse - except for the week in Peru - but I just wasn't feeling it this month. 

I worked on my four goals for the month, but only got one of them done - I quilted a Christmas quilt for my mom. I got one of my giveaway bags put together, but it didn't look good, so I am taking some time to rework the pattern before I sew the other one together and I will figure out something else for the first one (don't worry Beth and Regina - I will get them to you!). I did get a little quilting inspiration after a guild lecture by Jacquie Gering and finally started quilting my rolling stones mini. After looking at it for ages, I decided to do some straight line quilting on my Janome. The quilting is about 1/2 done. 

On the cooking front, I picked Rachael Ray's Just in Time! cookbook for the month. Her claim is 30 minute meals. 
I started off the month okay with Shrimp Scampi Verde, which took about 40 minutes to make.  It was good, but took a lot of work to make - I would probably return to last month's shrimp/fettuccine recipe before I did this one again. 
After that, I just couldn't find any recipes that I really wanted to make. The first reason is that her list of ingredients is really long and every recipe had a couple ingredients that I wouldn't normally use, so I couldn't just wing it. The second reason is that a lot of these meals are heartier and just didn't fit with the warm weather of summer.  The third reason is that it was all full meals - no side dishes, appetizers, or desserts. I am realizing that I like that flexibility. I may try this cookbook again in the fall - if not, it will be headed to Half Price Books - no reason to keep one that I am not going to use!  I am hoping for better luck this month and have picked a barbecue cookbook - no better time than summer to get some good use from the grill. 

At least I did make progress on a couple stitching projects this month - I even finished one! I am going to continue with the stitching and I will return to the sewing when the desire strikes.  I am going to think about my four goals for July for a day or so and will post them when I've decided what they should be - maybe the first one should just be doing a little sewing!