Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Stitching: Zombie Progress

Yesterday was a good day, most of the afternoon was spent in the sewing room.  Well it was a good day till I came downstairs for a snack late in the afternoon and wondered why it was so much warmer downstairs than it was upstairs.  It's usually the other way around.  After some investigating, we found that the downstairs fan was running, but the air conditioning unit wasn't.  Thankfully it was cloudy most of the afternoon, so we didn't have the sun beating down on the house.  It rained late in the evening which cooled things off enough to sleep. We are hoping we can get someone to come out today and fix it. 

There was lots of progress on the Zombies in Paris quilt this week. 

Zombies in Paris, Self designed

Just seven blocks left to make, then it will be time to stitch it all together.  This should be a finished flimsy before the end of July. Zombies was just started in May.  This may turn out to be my fastest finish ever.  Considering how long my UFO list is, it will be nice to not add another one to that tally.  

Linking up with 
Making Monday at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts
Monday Design Wall at Patchwork Times 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stash Management - Week 26 of 2016

It's been a relaxed weekend.  Drama Teen is home from her travels, it's good to have her background noise back.  It was way too quiet when she was gone.  She has one more journalism workshop this summer, but that's not till after mid July.   I have quite a "to do" list for her to check off between now and then.   

It's too hot to go out and do much during the day this time of year. But it cools off markedly once the sun gets below the horizon. It was actually cool enough for a short walk before it got completely dark last night.  During my wandering last evening I came across this fuzzy plant. 

Not sure what it is.  My "fuzzy white seed pods" Google search didn't show up anything that looked like it.  Any ideas?   

This hot weather has been pretty conductive to sitting in the sewing room and stitching.  I did really well at finding at least 15 minutes to stitch each day, it was certainly too hot to do much of anything else.  

Days with 15 minutes of stitching this week 7 out of 7 days
Days in June:  20 out of 25 days
Days in 2016:  147 out of 177 days

All the stitching time, combined with the 12" blocks being made for Zombies in Paris contributed to a good week on the stash busting front.  

Used last week:  1.07 yards
Used year to date:  34.70 yards
Purchased year to date:  25.75 yards
Net used for 2016:  6.60 yards

My goal is to end the year in the black. So far, so good on that front.  Looking at where the various projects are, a couple of quilt backs should be needed in the near future.  Those always make for good stash busting weeks. 

That's it for me this week on the stash busting front.  You can find more stash management discussions over at Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Finally Done with Green

My weekend started Thursday afternoon.  I took the afternoon off to pick up Drama Teen at the airport.  DT was selected as one of 51 Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholars for 2016. Part of the award was a trip to DC to attend a journalism conference sponsored by the Newseum. If you are wondering who Al Neuharth is, he founded USA Today.  

Drama Teen in the House of Representations Press Room (Photo Credit:  The Newseum)

The Democrats started their sit in over the lack of gun legislation just minutes after her group finished their tour of the House.  She had a great time, but was pretty exhausted when she got home.

My Guy and I both took Friday off.  Most of the morning was spent in Tulsa running errands and getting the car serviced.  But I got to sew most of the evening.  I finally finished last month's green blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

I'm not thrilled with the mismatch in the gingham in the bodice.  I'm considering adding some ribbon to hide it, after all the restitching, I'm not redoing the entire dress.  So both green dresses are done finally (just a month late).

Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

Now I can move on to June's aqua dresses.  I've got the fabrics all picked out.  

I fell behind on this year's Rainbow Scrap Project back in March when I had a lot of business travel.  Not sure I'm going to be able to catch up as we have summer vacation plans coming up.  The dresses have been a lot of fun to make, but they are certainly complicated to piece.  

That's it for my scrappy stitching this week.  I'm linking up with Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and for Oh Scrap over at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

June One Monthly Goal: End of the Month Update

Hard to believe that there is less than one week left in June.  The first half of 2016 seems to have just flown.  It's already time to report the progress on June's One Monthly Goal over at Red Letter Quilts.    

I tend to procrastinate on getting a quilt ready to be shipped out for quilting.  It's the dread of trying to get all the loose threads removed and dealing with any stray and/or fraying seams on the back.  All of this while trying to keep the parts of the quilt that have been gone over clean.  This month's goal was to get Allietare shipped to Trudy for quilting.  That meant cleaning up and pressing the finished flimsy and getting a back made.  I didn't think to take any pictures during the prepping process, but I got the important one.  

The quilt top and the associated striped backing are all pressed folded and put in secondary containment before shipping.  You can just see the Warm and White batting showing underneath the packing material. The box was delivered to the post office a couple of weeks ago.  Trudy emailed me on Tuesday to say the quilting was done.  So Allietare should be back and ready for binding before the end of June.  

The One Monthly Goal has been a great motivator for me.  I'm six for six with my one monthly goals.  This monthly link up forces me to pick one project to make progress on.  Typically there are at least 4 projects actively in progress at the sewing machine.  Picking one goal a month helps me focus on moving just one of those projects to the next step.  

Check out all the other monthly success stories over at Red Letter Quilts

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WIPs: Filling the Pots

It's been a while since there's been a midweek post.  There just hasn't been much progress on anything but the Zombies in Paris quilt for a few weeks.  I've finally fallen into a good working rhythm with that project so it was a bit easier to rotate in another project.  Blooms and Butterflies was started back in May as part of the Lea Brummett's Back Porch Blooms quilt along.  There's not been a lot of visible progress, but all the flower stems are cut and a few of the leaves are finished.  

  Blooms and Butterflies
Bloom block by Lea Brummett, setting by Kate
So the planting has begun, but there's a long way to go before the blooms will start showing up.  Just like in growing a real garden unfortunately.  But that's OK, progress is progress even if it's slow.  

There's another project that's just about to take over the design wall.  Poinsettias has been my leaders and enders project since 2014.  There are four more sashing strips left to piece and then this project will be ready to be assembled into a flimsy.

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

Which means I'll need a new leaders and enders project soon.  I've got some thoughts on what that project might be.  Midnight Mystery still needs to be bound and Allietare is coming back from the quilter's next week.  If I'd get busy on that front, I can probably add a couple of finishes before the end of June.  Which would be a great way to mark the half way point of the year.  

Linking up with:
Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation