Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIPS: A Timely Finish

It's graduation week for Drama Teen, so it's been a bit busy here.  Sunday was Senior Sunday at church.  Monday night DT and I ran a few errands to get ready for the last end of school celebration and sleep over.  On Sunday, DT decided that we really needed another label for the The First Amendment quilt, one that had been signed by all the newspaper staff.  So that left me scrambling Monday night to get the second label sewn to the quilt.  The plan was to present the quilt during the end of the year journalism party yesterday.  That stitching was done and the quilt was wrapped up ready to go before I went to bed Monday night.  So now I can claim that all the graduation quilts are done!  Talk about just in time finishes.  

Here's the finished First Amendment Quilt. 

The First Amendment Quilt, pattern self designed

The First Amendment is printed in the center panel.

The panel was printed using the largest size printable fabric sheet I could find.  This quilt was for Drama Teen's journalism teacher, so that seemed to be the most appropriate theme.  The background fabric is a fake newsprint, which also seemed appropriate.  Trudy Lindemann did a wonderful job on the quilting as always.

A chain of stars in the borders.  

And loops in the star center.  

The quilt was gifted yesterday during the end of the year journalism party.  According to DT, Miss T loved the quilt.  I got a very nice hug when I got home.  Doesn't get much better than that in terms of being thanked.  

The First Amendment quilt is my forth finish this year.  Considering that I only finished 4 quilts in all of 2016 (the same for all of 2015) and it's not even June yet, this is looking to be one of my better years for finishes.  I'd like to have a shorter WIP/UFO list for 2018.  The First Amendment quilt was on my Second Quarter 2017 Finish Along list.  It was number two on my list, so I'm halfway to my goal for the quarter.  That's a good feeling too!  

Linking up with:
Let's Bee Social
Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I get a Whoop, Whoop
Second Quarter 2017 Finish Along

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Stitching: The Small Design Wall

Today starts the last week of high school for Drama Teen. She's got finals all week.  Physics is Wednesday, that's the one she's really dreading.  The last day of school is Thursday.  We're hosting the annual end of school year party and sleep over that day.  The graduation quilts will be gifted then.  I've got my fingers crossed that they are liked.  I put the last stitches into The First Amendment Quilt binding last night.  Pictures have to get taken this afternoon.  It needs to be wrapped up tonight as it will be gifted on Tuesday during the journalism end of year party.  Nothing like taking it down to the wire, but they are all done!  Now I'm ready to play with some non-deadline stuff for awhile.  

I've been working on getting the final borders on the Meadow Mist Mystery quilt.  It's been taking up space on the big design wall.  The next to last border is pinned on ready for stitching, so at the moment that project is laying by the machine.  But there is stuff up on the small design wall.  This month's UFO project is the Christmas Angels quilt started back in 2013.  

All the pieces for the alternate blocks were in the project box when I pulled it off the shelf.  The path of least resistance was to start assembling these blocks.  Before I started on the assembly, I did end up tweaking the final quilt design just a bit which meant cutting new centers for these blocks.  The plan is to make progress with this project this month, it will probably not get finished.  But moving it along is better than not.  

The other project up on the small design wall is block 7 of EnProvence.

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

EnProvence is my current leaders and enders project.  I'll start sewing this block together this week.  I'm hoping there is enough fabric to make 12 blocks, so I'm just at the halfway mark with this project.  The plan is to finish it before then next mystery starts.  

Linking up with:
Main Crush Monday
Making Monday
Design Wall Monday 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Stitching and Stash Stuff for Week 20 of 2017

Weekends always seem to go so fast don't they?  Yesterday seemed to just fly by.  High school graduation is this week, so we've got lots of family coming for next weekend.  Time just seems to pass by in the blink of an eye when there is a lot to do.  There never seems to be enough time to get all the stuff done no matter how early you start.  Why is that?   There has to be some space/time theory that explains all of that (And why your kids are babies one day and then graduating seniors seemingly the next!) The end of school also means that the graduation quilts are going to new homes.  Three of the four are done.  Thankfully, I'm to the binding stage on the fourth. 

Drama Teen's journalism class is having an end of year party on Wednesday, so the First Amendment Quilt needs to be done by Tuesday night as it's for the journalism teacher.  I've turned one corner so far, just three left.  So I'll definitely be taking refuge from all the rushing around we've been doing to slow stitch the rest of the binding down.   You can check out more slow stitching projects over at Kathy's Quilts.  

Sunday is usually also stash report day.  But Judy over at Patchwork Times decided to stop hosting that linky party after last week's post.  For whatever reason, posting how much fabric I'm using and how often I get in the sewing room helps keep me accountable.  Quiltpaintcreate is going to pick up the stash report linky party for at least the next month.  If she gets enough participation, she'll keep doing it.  So here's my stash numbers for the week:

Used last week:  0.77 yards
Used year to date:  28.98 yards
Added year to date:  154.3 yards
Net added year to date:  125.32 yards

I added 4 yards this week.  Not so much because I needed it, but because I do believe in supporting the newly opened quilt shop in town.  We've not had one for a while and I'd like this one to stay in business.  So about once a month I pop in and see what they've got.  I walked out with 4 one yard pre-cuts. 

I don't have much of these four colors in my stash.  We've not done orange yet this year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and my project this year will need 16 different oranges.  So I'm picking up a few here and there when I find ones I like.  I also came home with a very fun pattern.

No plans for this one as yet, but with all the book lovers in the family, I'm sure this one will get made at some point. 

As far as finding time to stitch this week, 7 out of 7 days something needle and thread related happened.  I'm at 95% success rate with finding those 15 minutes to stitch each day.  This shows in my finishes.  It's been a while since I've had almost 4 finishes in before June.  I'm hoping I don't loose momentum once all the graduation quilts are done.  Though I will be glad to be done with the time constrained projects for the year.   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: A bit of Green

This is proving to be one busy May.  I don't remember high school graduation being such a busy time, but looking back I suppose passing finals was my only focus then.  Yesterday was the senior awards ceremony.  Drama Teen did win one small scholarship, but lost out on the one she really wanted.   However, she didn't get too much time to mourn that outcome as there was a very fun surprise waiting when we got home.  Drama Teen's debate coach had asked if she was interested in an alternative final rather than doing a final case presentation.  Since she's on the journalism staff he asked DT to write an article about the debate team's year and see if she could get it published in the local paper.  She finished the "final" earlier this week then submitted the article and photos to the paper on Wednesday.  To her great surprise and pleasure, her article and photos were on the front page of the paper yesterday.  It was below the fold, but still the front page.  She was so excited to see her name on the byline. I would think that merits an A, but I guess we'll see how that goes.    

So enough proud mamma stuff (thanks for letting me get that out).  There has been some stitching going on, though I will admit it hasn't amounted to much the last few weeks.  Two of the large green fans for this year's RSC project are done. 

I love how the black background makes those greens pop.  There are two large green blocks and 4 small green blocks left to make this month.  With graduation next weekend, housework is the number one agenda item this week.  Plus, I need to get the binding sewn to the last graduation quilt by Wednesday.  I don't know that I'll get much done on the RSC blocks this week.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.   And on Sunday, I'll be linking up with Oh Scrap.  You should check out both linky parties.  Lots of beautiful scrappy eye candy there. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 19 of 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in the United States.  We aren't doing anything special this weekend, which is good.  With Drama Teen's graduation coming up in the next 2 weeks, we'll be busy with getting ready for family and friends to come celebrate with us.  I got scones for breakfast, one of my favorites.  Then My Guy and Drama Teen are grilling salmon for dinner.  I'm so lucky to have such a great family.  

It's been a bit hectic the last few weeks between work stuff and graduation stuff.  Due to My Guy's success as a nature photographer (his photographs have been used in company calendars for the last 3 years), he's been asked to photograph a number of company events, I got drug into that Friday night as he felt that it would take 2 of us to cover all the activity.  I'm also suffering from seasonal allergies, which resulted a very early evening on Thursday, I pretty much came home and went straight to bed.  So I didn't do so hot at finding 15 minutes to stitch every day this week, but I managed 5 out of the 7 days.  Some weeks it's just going to be that way. 

In terms of the stash, I did manage to get a bit moved out. 

Used last week:  0.85 yards
Used year to date:  28.21 yards
Added year to date:  150.3 yards
Net added:  122.09 yards

My family is going to let me do whatever I want today, so there will probably be some significant time spent in the sewing room today.  I need to make a back for the Meadow Mist Mystery quilt, so hopefully there will be some significant yardage going out sometime this week.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Have very a happy Sunday.