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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Triple Trip March

March 2018 sure has been busy for me! I have been out of state three times (so far!) and had some good trips. 

First up was a work trip to Boston. I was there for two nights for a meeting and all went well. It is nice to be back in the city where I've spent several short weeks over the last three years. I am handing off my responsibilities there to someone else, so this is my last Boston trip for a while. I didn't get any good pictures while there, but I did have some awesome cannoli! If you're in Boston, make sure you stop by Mike's Pastry - we tried three different kinds and they didn't disappoint! 

After that, I had a quick turn-around before I headed over to Threads of Time Quilt Shop and Retreat center with my mom to meet a couple friends for a quick long weekend retreat. We wound up in the Parlor, which is a room for a small group. At the start of the weekend, we didn't know if we'd like it, but it turned out great! I got everything that I took finished! I don't think that ever happens, so I was really happy. Here are the projects I worked on: 
Made the binding for UFO #8
Mini Spools by Thimbleberries with Lucy's Crab Shack fabric, quilted with Aurifil thread - all done!

Polar pals finished top
Finished borders for UFO #1
Topsy turvy Trees table runner
Back to work for a few days after the return from retreat, and then we packed up our ski stuff and headed north to Michigan to teach the kids to ski. We originally planned to head out west, but with the iffy snow there this year and good snow in the Midwest, we opted for a driving trip and it turned out great. 
Checking out the mountain on the night we arrived.
The snow was just about perfect and temps were in the 30's each day. We skiied at Boyne Mountain and Nub's Nob and had great experiences at both (although I am a little partial to Nub's), and the kids took to skis like fish to water. The first run was tough, but they kept at it, took some lessons, and learned to fly down the mountain. Skiing is a sport I love and I was so glad to introduce my kids to it and even more glad that they love it as much (or maybe even more) as I do! 
Top of the hill! Me with the kids :) 
March still has another week in it and I am hoping to get a cross-stitch finish and some quilting in so that I have something new to share with you by the end of the month. See you back here in another week or so! 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

February 2018 Accomplishments and Stash Report

Wow, where did February go? Oh, right, to the Olympics! I spent a lot of time watching and enjoying the Olympics, and didn't spend that much time sewing. Even so, I did get a few things done. 

I pulled out my UFO #9 and decided to start making some more blocks. It is a Thangles Buck-a-Block from 2008! I diligently made the blocks way back when, and then put them away as I had decided not to buy the finishing kit. I knew when I pulled it out that 12 blocks wouldn't be enough to really make anything with, so I started making opposite color blocks. I had a good time, was reminded how many darn steps there are in making blocks with Thangles, and taught both kids how to carefully pull off the paper! In the end (today actually), I got 9 more blocks made before I ran out of fabric, and here they are on my design wall. I don't quite know what to do next, so I think I will take them to  my mini-retreat next week and see if my friends have some ideas. I have plenty of batik fabrics I can use with them, but just need some ideas on how to set them. I'd like to wind up with a nice sized lap quilt. 
At the same time as I was working on the Thangles, I was also getting my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February done. I posted about them last weekend and you can see the pictures here

I also did some handwork during the Olympics, and got my hand embroidery done on my Valentine's candle mat. I got it quilted and bound just in the nick of time before the end of the month. This one, being a very small quilt, got straight line quilting on my regular machine. 
Last up in the quilting department is a top I quilted for my mom. It was an easy quilt job after last month's custom quilting. 
In the cross-stitch department, I finished up my Topsy Turvy Bunnies from Val's Stuff. I got this pattern in the sale room at my Local Needlework Shop, Persnickety Stitchers, last year. It's nice to get it stitched up quickly! I used all kinds of substitute thread in this one, from DMC to Weeks Dye Works to Splendor Silks. I like the way it turned out and I will probably finish it into a little cube. 
For the stash report, I took a little hit because I did some SuperBowl sale shopping - both at the Needlework shop and the quilt shop! I went big an bought a new kit with a Minkee back at the quilt shop. I can't wait to make this one and cuddle underneath it! 
Quilt Shop Purchases
Fabric added this month: 7 7/8 yards
Fabric used this month: 5/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 7 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 1 3/4 yards

Net fabric added: 6 1/8 yards (I better get working on a few backs to turn that number around!)

And in the challenge to find 15 minutes a day, I was successful about half the month (before and after the Olympics!) in finding three days/week to sew. For the whole month, I had 10 days where I spent time in my sewing room for a total of 13 1/4 hours of sewing. 

Hope you had a nice February and have some fun plans for March (I do!)....more to come in the weeks ahead!  

Linking up with:
Judy's UFO Challenge
Donna's Stash Report Sunday
Kate's 15-Minutes a Day