Friday, October 28, 2016

A Finish for the October One Monthly Goal

Normally I post on Monday and sometimes on Wednesday but this week we've had intermittent Internet issues, so I've not been able to get a post drafted.  Those issues seemed to be resolved, so hopefully I'll get this post written before we have to head off to work.  

It's the end of another month.  Which means it's time to report on the October One Monthly Goal.

The plan for October was to bind Allietare, the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from last year.  Bonnie just posted the fabric requirements for this year's mystery, En Provence.  I really wanted to have Allietarer finished before starting on this year's mystery.   Trudy finished the quilting several months ago.  I just hadn't taken the time to get the binding made,  attached and sewn to to the back.  

This is where I was last Friday.  Only about 10 inches of hand stitching left.  This is also a good shot of the striped backing fabric.  I was afraid it would be a bit overwhelming, but it's actually not.  

The stripe actually looks pretty subtle when you stand back a bit. Here's the finished front.

Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery Quil
Started November 27, 2015, Finished October 23, 2016

The binding is the darker blue from the center.  It makes a nice frame for the rest of the quilt.  The patriotic colors worked so well with this pattern.  This is my favorite Bonnie Hunter Mystery to date. 

Since Allietare is being donated to QOV, Trudy kept with a patriotic theme and quilted a star in a star pattern over the whole quilt.  

Now I can start the 2016 Bonnie Hunter mystery with minimal guilt.  I say minimal because Celtic Solstice, Bonnie's 2013 mystery, is still in pieces somewhere in my sewing room.  With the graduation quilts taking center stage this year and early next year, it's not likely to get finished any time soon.  At least the 2014 and 2015 mystery quilts have been finished. 

This is the 10th month I've participated in the One Monthly Goal challenge over at Red Letter Quilts.  I've met 9 of my 10 goals so far this year, so the extra push has really helped me move projects along.  Hard to believe it's almost time to come up with November's goal. 

In addition to linking up with Heidi for October's Monthly Goal, I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop.  

Have a great weekend!  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Slow Stitching and a Stash Report for Week 43 of 2016

Is it really week 43 of 2016?  As I typed this blog title, my mind was in complete denial.  It really can't be that late in the year can it?  But since we've only got one week left in October, I suppose that's really where we are.  I'm so not ready for the end of another year!  

I was playing with the idea of a solo sewing retreat today.  With all the holiday stuff coming up, this may be my last chance for one till after the holidays.  So that settles it, I'm going to go play for the day.  First on the list is to finish off the binding on Allietare. 

This is all I've got left to go on hand stitching the binding.  I would have finished up last night, but it was getting late.  This won't take long at all.  Then I can claim my third finish for the year.  

Spending the day in my sewing room should help me recover from what this week's mail brought.  

Some very pretty blue half yard cuts arrived from last month's give away for the Shadow Box Mini Blog Hop sponsored by Janice who blogs at Color Creating and Quilting.  No plans for these three pieces, but I'm sure they'll get used in one of my scrappy projects for next year.   

Here's how the stash report stands now:

Used last week:  0.55 yards
Used year to date:  49.77 yards
Added year to date:  47.59 yards
Net used in 2016:  2.17 yards

I'm still in the black for the year.  My goal is to just use more than I add, so I'm still good on that front.  There are plans for binding one more quilt and making the backing for another, so there should be another big jump in stash going out in the next few weeks.  

I did pretty well on finding time to stitch this week, though I ended up snubbing the sewing room for a good book on Monday. But having extra time to sew on Thursday and Friday made up for my lapse there. 

Days in the sewing room this week:  6 out of 7 days
Days in October:  21 out of 22 days
Days in 2016:  236 out of 296 days

I'm going to check out who's doing Slow Stitching Sunday and follow up on a few Stash Reports before my self-imposed exile to the sewing room.  Have a great Sunday.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Catching Up

It's amazing how much more one can get done with just a couple of extra sewing hours per day.  We took off Thursday and Friday this week, mainly to run errands and take care of a few things before winter sets in.  My car has had its check up and the furnaces got theirs yesterday.  It took an hour at the post office to get the passports off to the State Department, but it's done.  We got home in the early afternoon each day so there was some time left over for stitching. 

For a change I was actually working on blocks for the current month's color.  That business trip in March really put me behind, but last week I finally got caught up.  So Tuesday evening it was time to select the blocks and fabrics for October's dresses. 

The rose print on the right is going to be really pretty.  I'm hoping there is enough contrast in the yellows for the dress on the right.  The dark fabric for the belt is really a dark blue not black.  

With the extra time in the sewing room this week it wasn't hard to finish off the first yellow dress. 

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

This isn't the best photo, the lighting in the sewing room isn't great at 10 PM.  The belt is actually dark blue not black.  I'm happy that the subtle pattern showed up on the main print and that there is good contrast with the yellow chosen for the pleats. It's an elegant little dress to add to the collection.  

That's it for me this week.  You can see more sunny yellow blocks over at Soscrappy. I'll also be linking up with Oh Scrap when it's posted on Sunday.   

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekend Stitching: Blocks and Butterflies

Definitely not ready for Monday.   Thankfully this is a short week.  Fall break starts on Thursday and we are taking off work.  I'm hopeful of getting in some good stitching time at least one day of our long weekend.  Thursday is errands (cars to the shop, send in our paperwork for passports, etc).  Other than that, I'm not sure what's on the agenda.  So I just have to get through Wednesday!

Not much stitching happened on Saturday, but that changed on Sunday.  Not that you can see much has changed on the design wall.  I've got a good start on the second set of Economy blocks for Bejeweled.

Just two more of the pinky/purply blocks and I'll be half way done with that set of blocks.  

I've also finished a couple of more butterflies for the Blooms and Butterflies border.

Bloom block by Lea Brummett, setting by Kate

The third border needs 22 butterflies, so there are still 7 left to make.  Three of those seven butterflies are sitting over at the machine in various stages of assembly.  Those should get finished this week.  I need to cut more of the blue polka dot background pieces before the last four can be started.  

I'm working on stitching down the binding down on Allitare. 

I've turned the second corner.  There should be a finish to show off next week.  

Linking up with
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Slow Stitching and a Stash Report

It's been a slow and relaxing weekend.  On Saturday we attended the Tulsa Food Truck Festival.  That was a new experience.  Drama Teen and both ordered pork rib mac and cheese from the Mr. Nice Guys truck. 

It was yummy.  There's a lot of food there, neither of us finished our portions. 

There was some time for some slow stitching before we left and after we got home.  

I should turn the second corner on the binding for Allietare this afternoon.  I love the striped backing and Trudy's quilting looks as good on back as it does on the front.  Getting this project to finished quilt is this month's One Monthly Goal.  It's looking pretty promising that I'll make this month's commitment.  

This week's outgoing stash includes the binding.  Which is a good thing or I'd not have very much in the outgoing column. 

Used last week: 0.82 yards
Used year to date: 49.22 yards
Added year to date:  46.09 yards
Net used in 2016:  3.13 yards

In spite of a busy week and a one night with a nasty headache, I did manage to get into the sewing room every day this week. 

Days in the sewing room this week:  7 out of 7 days
Days in October:  15 out of 15 days
Days in 2016:  230 out of 289 days

After a bit of laundry this morning, I'll head back to the sewing room this afternoon.  Hopefully to make some more headway on that binding.  

Linking up Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and with Patchwork Times for the Stash Report.