Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday - A Little Progress

It was so nice to have a weekend at home.  The piles of laundry have been temporary vanquished and there was still time left over to get in a bit of stitching. 

This year my quilting plan is to focus on fewer projects in hopes I'll make a bigger dent in my pile of 22 UFOs/WIPs.  At the moment that means I'm working on Twinkle Star blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Twinkle Stars  Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

Poinsettias is my leaders and enders project. It doubles as my long term Lets Book It Challenge project.

 Poinsettias By Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue
of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

My "get'er done" project is last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery project, Grand Illusion.  

Grand Illusion  A Bonnie Hunter Mystery

I'm making pretty good progress on the blocks for row 3.  I'm only making five rows of blocks, that should use up most of the pieces I've already got cut out and/or assembled into the smaller blocks.  I'm still not sure if I like this one or not.  The more blocks I make, the better I like it.  

Unfortunately, I won't get much done over the next two weeks.  I've got a project at work that will be taking a lot of time.  This weekend was my calm before the storm.   I'll be pretty scarce over the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week and keep stitching.  I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday over at Judy's Patchwork Times

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week 15 of 2015: Stash Report and Some Slow Stitching

It was nice to be home over the weekend with no place we have to be.  Laundry isn't quite under control yet, but the remaining piles aren't quite so menacing.  I got a bit behind when we took off to Branson, MO for Spring Break and then a week later headed back to Missouri to celebrate Easter.  I picked up a new project at work right after we got home from Spring Break that has some very tight deadlines, so there have been a number of 12 hour days in my schedule.  

All of that has conspired to limit my sewing room time pretty severely.  But I was able to get in some decent stitching time yesterday so I actually have something to report as outgoing for this week. 

Used last week:  0.28 yards
Used in April:  0.28 yards
Used year to date:  11.58 yards 

Even better, still no stash additions for 2015.  I've been ruthless about deleting all the fabric shop emails and even passed up a chance to visit my favorite quilt shop when we were in Missouri for Easter.  My family was in shock that I turned down that opportunity.  I'm really trying to make some type of dent in the stash this year.  

Though I've not had a lot of time to sew when I've been home, traveling did give me an opportunity to work on some hand stitching.  I've made some progress on my embroidered medallion quilt.  

I started this project in 2012, I'm going to need to kick it into gear if I hope to ever finish it.  

The sun is up, so I need to get back to those piles of laundry.  Too bad clothes don't wash them selves.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

An Unplanned Break

Life happens.  It's happened a lot over the last three weeks.  It's not all been crazy, hectic work schedules.  There has been some relaxing family time away from home in there as well.  But both the much needed family time and the crazy work schedule have kept me off the computer and out of the sewing room for several weeks.  I could have worked around the planned family time, but when I ended up with an unexpected project at work with a looming deadline, something had to give.  I'm still in the thick of things with the project at work, so I'll be scarce for another couple of weeks.  

I've not had much of a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, but I did take a break for Easter weekend.  We visited My Guy's family and went for a lazy walk on the family farm last Saturday.  The daffodils were thick and oh so pretty.  

I do hope to catch up with a few blogs as well as spend a bit of time in the sewing room this weekend.  Hopefully that will translate into something worthy to post about next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.